Welcome to this presentation about breast pain.
There will be a combination of video clips and written information.
About breast pain
- In the absence of other symptoms is unlikely to be due to cancer.
- Rare to pick up a cancer in women over 40 with breast pain – usually a coincidental finding on the mammogram
- Extremely rare to pick up a cancer in women under 40.
Types of breast pain
- Usually at its worst just before a period
- Affects both breast at the same time
- Breasts feel swollen and heavy
- Can be brought on by taking Hormones
Hormonal breast pain
- Most women get it at some point in their lives.
- It often goes away on its own
- No need to attend clinic unless there are other symptoms (e.g. a lump)
- No tests are done in the clinic
- Some benefit from herbal remedies such as Agnus Castus.
What is referred pain?
- Originates in the bones, nerves or muscles of the chest wall and shoulders
- Dull and aching
- Sharp shooting, stabbing
- Associated with numbness or tingling
- A feeling of swelling
Why do you feel pain in the breast?
Nerve (neuropathic) pain
- Muscle tightness on the chest wall can cause pain
- Often tender to touch
- Worse on movement
- Treat by gentle massage and painkillers
How can I make the pain better?
- Take good care of your back – exercise and posture!
- Exercise to improve your ‘core strength’ start gently with swimming, tai chi, yoga or pilates.
- Painkillers when necessary
- Massage for muscle tension
- Learn some relaxation techniques if you tend to become stressed.