Cause of Pain in Left Breast?


Breast pain, while it may be alarming, is a relatively common medical issue for women. It can have several causes, though most notably, one of those causes is unlikely to be breast cancer. Breast pain can be generally classified as cyclic, i.e. associated with the menstrual cycle, or non-cyclic.

Cyclic pain is the most common and is usually described as dull, heavy or aching. It is often accompanied by breast swelling and lumpiness and affects the upper, outer portions of the breast, spreading to the underarm. The symptoms intensify in the two weeks leading up to the start of the menstrual cycle and then ease up afterward. Women who experience this pain are usually pre- or perimenopausal.

Non-cyclic pain is unrelated to the menstrual cycle and is usually described as being a tight and burning or sore. It may be constant or intermittent, but usually only affects one breast in a localized area. This type of pain is much more common in postmenopausal women. Fortunately, cyclic pain is usually normal. It may be due to hormonal changes associated with menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, puberty or medications such as contraceptives and antidepressants. Non-cyclic breast pain may be due to a benign lump, cyst, fatty acid imbalance or trauma. There is also a chance that pain originates outside of the breast, such as a pulled muscle or rib issue. Pain relievers, ice packs and warm compresses can help manage the symptoms associated with normal breast pain that eventually resolves itself.

Call your medical provider if you experience the following: bloody or clear discharge from the nipple; swollen or hard breasts within a week of giving birth; a new lump with pain that does not go away after your period; persistent, unexplained pain; or signs of breast infection: redness, pus or fever. Your doctor will conduct a breast examination and may perform a mammogram or ultrasound to determine the cause of your symptoms and advise a course of treatment.
Q&A Related to "Cause of Pain in Left Breast"
Heartburn, I think.
Though most people associate breast pain with women, men can also experience pain in the nipple or breast.
That depends on your age and what kind of pain it is. Could be
"What could be causing it?" Anything a doctor can find really. That's why you are meant to go to the Docs when you find a lump that's not usually there, even if you are
1 Additional Answer Answer for: Cause of Pain in Left Breast
Breast Pain
During the menstrual cycle, hormones cause changes in breast tissue that can lead to pain or discomfort in some women. While breasts do not typically hurt, occasional breast pain is not uncommon. Breast pain, also called mastalgia, is a common condition among women. The pain is usually categorized as either cyclical (associated with the menstrual cycle) or noncyclical (not menstrual). Mastalgia can vary in intensity, from a sharp pain to a mild tingling. More »
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