Hello, I am 20 years old. Recently my breasts have become swollen and painful (almost like a bruise) and ifI press on them they seem harder than usual. This has been happened to me for the past 4 months or so approx. 2-3 weeks before my period. Why is this happening? It never happened before. My friends said taht their breasts hurt around the time of their period but the only symptom of pms I used to encounter was mood swings and bloating. Could my body simply be changing?
Thanks a bunch!
Dear Laurlil, Breast pain is a common breast symptom. The reason for breast pain is not clearly understood, and is not usually associated with breast cancer. Breast pain is sometimes associated with hormonal variations and is then called cyclical breast pain. Noncyclical breast pain does not seem to be linked to hormonal variations and is often localized to one area of the breast tissue. Noncyclical breast pain may or may not be the result of an injury to the breast.
Discuss your symptoms with your physician. Breast pain is evaluated based on the history of the pain you would give to the health care professional, as well as a physical examination. The need for further testing would be determined based on the above findings. Some recommendations for treatment of breast pain involve simple comfort measures such as a supportive or exercise bra, or application of warm or cold packs. Caffeine avoidance, limit salt intake and reduction of dietary fat may also help.
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