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Breast Pain

I am 30 and have been having pain in both breast for a month. I went to the Dr and he did an exam and told me that I need to have an ultrasound done, which I had done last night. He also told me that he thought that there maybe something going on with my lympnodes (sp) (because it was extremely painful when he pushed on them) or that I had an infection. He never did prescribe me any meds for the infection I might or might not have.
The ultrasound showed a cyst in my left breast but they said it looked ok. I guess my question is...is it possible that having a cyst in one breast would cause pain in both? And why wouldn't a Dr prescribe medication if he thought there was an infection going on?
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Dear Sweet_:  It is not uncommon for young women to have breast pain, particularly in the week or so prior to the menstrual cycle.  The presence of a cyst can also contribute to breast pain - although this is usually in the breast in which there is a cyst.  We cannot speculate on whether or not there is an infection or whether or not antibiotics should be prescribed.  You might discuss this question with your doctor.  If the pain persists without a satisfactory explanation, you might want to seek an opinion from a medical breast specialist.  These experts usually are affiliated with large teaching medical centers.  
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Yes I am asking for a referral at my next appointment, because the only breast pain I have while being premenstral is sensitivity to touch...which is totally different to the pain I have been having and I have had my period already so I know that the pain isn't due to that. Thanks for your response!
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Hi, I just read your post and can feel your concern. I too suffered from extremely agonizingly painful breasts. I almsot cried every time my car hit a bump in the road. I was told by some doctors I was too fat, needed a breast reduction, hormones were out of wack etc. I had the good fortune to be seen by a female doctor with fairly large breasts also and she immediately knew what my problem was. She said cut out ALL caffeine in any form and take 800-1000 mg of vitamin E everyday and in 2 days my pain was gone. Period. I thought it was a coincidence and so after about a month I resorted to my old habits of butterfingers and diet pepsi and coffee morning noon and night and within 2 days the pain was back. I now drink only decaf, no caffeinated colas, no chocolate etc. The only time my pain comes back is when I get used to it being gone and break down and have a candy bar or too many cups of coffee (even decaf has a wee bit in it)
Most doctors don't even discuss the caffeine thing with you but I've told other friends and they've tried and no more feeling like their breast were going to explode! It's worth a try! Sue
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Another thing you can try for breast pain in Evening of Primrose Oil. It is in a capsule form available at any vitamin store and inexpensive. This helped me tremendously with unexplained breast pain.

Good Luck
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Thanks for the replies! I talked with my stepmom yesterday (she's a nurse) and she told me the same thing about caffine. I don't drink but maybe 1 diet pepsi a day anything after that is caffine free (no coffee..yuck!:)) I will try the vitamin E though!
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From whatb you are explaining and for your info, breast pain of that nature is normally related to dislocated and / or pinched nerves in the back(on each side of the spine).   It means that they have to be resetted.

   I know as I am a Special Massage Therapist and if you wish to learn more about me and my practice, view my web site at: " http://ca.geocities.com/painlessjoe/ ".

Good Luck
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i wrote about the very same thing in the womans forum a couple days ago. would you mind going over there and taking a look at my post to see if its what you are experiencing? i would really appreciate it and any thoughts you have. its under "sore breasts" and im 36 BTW.
i do drink a couple of cups of coffee a day but i have been since i was about 17! i will also try the vitamin e and i have a gift certificate for a massage so maybe that will help as another poster suggested.
hope to hear from you soon!
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I am having the same problem.  I am 54 years old...had a hysterectomy in '84 but still have my ovaries.  The last couple of weeks, my breasts having been aching and are sore...I am not big busted so it's not the size although right now they feel huge..weighty. I also have pain in my back behind my breast.  So, I'm not convinced that it's only my breast.  I have been taking Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E & A.  I cut back drastically on my caffeine intake.  I drink caffeine-free drinks/coffee..but they are still aching. I really feel like this is a hormonal thing possibly with arthritis.  I have had recent gallbladder problems too.  I have a dr's appointment next week with my ob/gyn and am having a diagnostic test in March on my breast because last year they found a lymph node that showed up on my mammogram but it checked out ok.  Sometimes I feel like my back is breaking. Another strange thing is that it bothers me most when I'm sitting like at my desk at work or it could be that I am more conscious of it. Who knows! Any ideas from anybody would be appreciated.
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I am having the same problem.  I am 54 years old...had a hysterectomy in '84 but still have my ovaries.  The last couple of weeks, my breasts having been aching and are sore...I am not big busted so it's not the size although right now they feel huge..weighty. I also have pain in my back behind my breast.  So, I'm not convinced that it's only my breast.  I have been taking Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E & A.  I cut back drastically on my caffeine intake.  I drink caffeine-free drinks/coffee..but they are still aching. I really feel like this is a hormonal thing possibly with arthritis.  I have had recent gallbladder problems too.  I have a dr's appointment next week with my ob/gyn and am having a diagnostic test in March on my breast because last year they found a lymph node that showed up on my mammogram but it checked out ok.  Sometimes I feel like my back is breaking. Another strange thing is that it bothers me most when I'm sitting like at my desk at work or it could be that I am more conscious of it. Who knows! Any ideas from anybody would be appreciated.
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i took the above posters advice and saw a massage thereapist today actually.i told her about my sore breasts and she did agree tension, knots whatever can cause sore breasts.
i had LOTS of knots in the mid section of my back. when it came time for me to flip over, she massaged right underneath my breast (like where the underwire on a bra would sit). i felt "pressure" she said there were knots there as well. they feel better after receiving the body massage and even when she massage some points on my back i could almost feel it "travel" to the breast. i have a feeling though if its stress related the soreness will be back. sigh.
hope this helps.
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Thanks for getting back to me...I think alot of this is stress also..I read on another website that stress is also bad when you are fibrocystic...which I forgot to add that I am.  I don't really feel scared that it's cancer, but somebody's going to have to tell me something and soon.  I had also heard about the massage thing..and as soon as I get the ok from the dr's ..I'm headed there..I can live with the pain as long as I know that's all there is to it. It's hard to try to explain to people what's going on with your breasts.. because at my age and because I had a hysterectomy at such an early age..most of my friends aren't going through anything like this.  It's nice to have a place where other women are going through similar things and I can get advice or comfort in that area....thanks again
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im not sure how much info. you will get out of this but i came across a website that explained a little bit about some common reasons for sore breasts. i think its www.womantowoman.com
i only read one section but perhaps you may find more poking around. i know, its NO fun to have sore breasts along with the million and one other things us gals have to go through!
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thats not the website! i did it and jewelry came up. lets see...

http://www.womentowomen.com/breasthealth/breastpain.asp?id=1&campaignno=breastpain&adgroup=adgroup1&keywords=sore+breasts
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