Soreness, swelling, heaviness, shooting or burning pangs, tightness — whatever the feeling, chest pain hurts. It can be troubling, too — it’s very common to wonder if what you’re feeling might be a sign of chest cancer.
Doctors call chest pain “mastalgia.” It’s important to track the cause of it. But know that pain in either or both of your br**sts in itself isn’t a sign of chest cancer. chest tenderness and other discomfort can happen for lots of different reasons. This article examines the most common ones.
Cyclical chest Pain
Your chest pain is likely cyclical — meaning it’s linked to your reproductive cycle — if you have some of these signs:
The pain feels achy and heavy
Your br**sts swell or seem lumpy
Both br**sts are affected, mainly the upper and outer areas. Sometimes, the pain can radiate to your armpits
Symptoms get worse during the 2 weeks before your period, then improve afterward
You’re in your childbearing years (around your 20s and 30s), or you’re approaching menopause
To help ease cyclical chest pain, your doctor might recommend you take oral contraceptives, or she may tweak the dosage you already take. She might also suggest you cut back on caffeine, or try over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium.
Most chest pain seems to relate to the levels of two hormones — estrogen and progesterone — in your body. Doctors aren’t sure what triggers chest pain. It can happen at different times in your reproductive life, such as during:
Your monthly period or when you have premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Pregnancy, usually in the first trimester
Breastfeeding. Sometimes a blocked milk duct can get infected, a painful condition called mastitis. It needs to be treated immediately, usually with antibiotics.
Fibrocystic chest Changes
This is likely linked to hormones, as well. Fibrous tissue (chest tissue that’s scar-like or ropey) and cysts (fluid-filled sacs) form in your br**sts. It can be painful, but it’s normal and usually harmless.
About half of women in their 20s to 50s get it. You don’t need treatment unless your symptoms are severe.
Fatty Acid Imbalance
These acids are found in vegetable and animals oils. If there’s an imbalance of them in your cells, your br**sts can be more sensitive to hormones.
To reduce your symptoms, try cutting down the fat in your diet. Your doctor might also recommend a diet high in complex carbs.
Some doctors think taking evening primrose oil helps correct fatty acid imbalances, too.
Noncyclical chest Pain
chest pain also can be triggered by reasons other than hormones. Yours might be linked to another issue if:
Your pain feels like soreness, burning, or tightness
Discomfort is constant (or unpredictable)
Pain seems to affect one chest in a particular area
You’ve passed menopause
Extramammary chest Pain
This pain feels like it’s coming from your br**sts. But it’s actually radiating from somewhere else, often the chest wall.
Usually, the pain gets better with rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds (NSAIDs), and sometimes cortisone injections.
If you strain your pectoralis major muscle (that’s located beneath and around your br**sts) it also can feel like your br**sts are the source of the pain. This can result from activities like lifting, raking, and shoveling.
Though mastitis usually occurs in women who are breastfeeding, it can happen at any age. If your clothes chafe against your bosoms, that can irritate them, too. It can let in bacteria that may lead to infection.
Trauma to a particular area of your chest — such as from having surgery or getting implants —
can cause chest pain. Sometimes an injury can cause a chest vein to swell and a blood clot to form. Though painful, it’s usually not serious.
Certain prescription meds, as well as hormone medications, can cause chest pain. These include some heart medications and psychiatric drugs.
Women with large, heavy br**sts can suffer pain from stretched ligaments and chest tissue. It can hurt not only in your br**sts, but in your back, neck, and shoulders, as well. Reduction surgery can help, but it, too, can cause pain if tissue is damaged during the operation.
A supportive, sturdy bra can help keep your br**sts in place. Wearing a sports bra to bed and when exercising can also help.
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