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Can coughing due to a cold cause breast tenderness/pain? Just diagnosed w/Costochondritis due to cough from sinus infection

Can coughing due to a cold cause breast tenderness/pain? Just diagnosed w/Costochondritis due to cough from sinus infection

Possibly: Viral infections can make pretty much everything hurt. If the pain is related to the costochondritis then I would expect it to subside as the cold symptoms subside. Evening primrose oil is an herbal supplement that can help with breast tenderness. ...Read more

Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


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My dr said I have costochondritis. The pain is in my ribs both sides under breasts toward sides pain when pushed on. Had pneumonia. How long lasting?

My dr said I have costochondritis. The pain is in my ribs both sides under breasts toward sides pain when pushed on. Had pneumonia. How long lasting?

Highly annoying...: For its discomfort, how it jabs you worse when "need to breathe, " and (unfortunately) how it can last anywhere 2-6 weeks...Very hard to predict. Hopefully the NSAID they provided for you is working--ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) often helps make it manageable. ...Read more

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Chest pain, particularly around breastbone&under breasts. Hurts to touch. PCP diagnosis costochondritis. I've had this 7x's in past year now. No reason. Chronic?

Chest pain, particularly around breastbone&under breasts. Hurts to touch. PCP diagnosis costochondritis. I've had this 7x's in past year now. No reason. Chronic?

Not necessarily: Costochronditis can occur intermittently. It is the inflammation of the joints where your ribs meet your breast bone. There are many causes. It is usually self limiting, but can recur. You can take OTC medications like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil to relieve the pain if you need to. ...Read more

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I have burning radiating pain under left breast. Ruled out cardiac & dx costochondritis. This has been going on over 2 years. Is it normally that long?

No: I would be looking for other explanations. Perhaps even post herpetic zoster (shingles)? Sometimes there is no rash. I'd also look for problems along the upper spine. Besides your regular doctor you might also see what acupuncture or manipulation would do but I think you are right to ask for another explanation. Costo-chondritis I would expect to get better with care and time. ...Read more

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Is it normal for costochondritis to wake me up? And last all day? Burning pain under left breast for 2 years. Ruled out cardiac. Can't take antiinflam

Unlikely: The duration of your symptoms for years makes costochondritis less likely, but may still be contributing if waxing and waning symptoms.

Trial of steroid burst/rapid taper may be adequate to assess if inflammatory component is contributing.

If no response, consider alternative etiologies and work up: GI, pain medicine, etc. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been having a small pain under my right breast (male) and, I've read up and people say it's a collapsed lung or costochondritis, do you know?

Hi, I've been having a small pain under my right breast (male) and, I've read up and people say it's a collapsed lung or costochondritis, do you know?

You are correct: You are correct that both of these conditions can give you chest pains - non cardiac, but usually they are located in different place and they stronger.
Possibly you have muscular pain due to pulled muscle. ...Read more

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What is the best (fastest) treatment for possible Costochondritis? Suffering with chest pain on left side, breast bone & sternum.

What is the best (fastest) treatment for possible Costochondritis? Suffering with chest pain on left side, breast bone & sternum.

Pinpoint the source.: Find a doctor who will locate the exact source of your pain. X-rays and possibly CT can show if anything obvious is going on there. Injection of steroid can sometimes relieve pain. ...Read more

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My Mom has pain under left breast by her ribs. She had an X-ray, dr said there was a dense area, wants to do a nuclear bone scan. Costochondritis?

My Mom has pain under left breast by her ribs. She had an X-ray, dr said there was a dense area, wants to do a nuclear bone scan. Costochondritis?

No: Costochondritis does not show up on x-ray. The density is concerning for cancer, and that is what the follow up studies are looking for. Good luck I hope it turns out to be something benign. ...Read more

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Pinching dull pain left breast and left arm, comes and goes. Normal EKG tread. Could it be costochondritis or pinched nerve in neck? Also hern disc.

Pinching dull pain left breast and left arm, comes and goes. Normal EKG tread. Could it be costochondritis or pinched nerve in neck? Also hern disc.

2nd opinion: If your ekg is normal, and treadmill and you have a history of costochondritis, then you may benefit from having a neuromusculoskeletal examination (nmm) done by a do, who can check, correlate your pinched nerve to your rib issues, and the dull pain in the left breast and arm while checking your neck out too. Not sure where herniation is, but they can check it out too! It's worth it, and related. ...Read more

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Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

No narcotics: If you are not getting relief, I suggest calling your prescribing physician and after stopping opioids and NSAIDS and ask about the use of a steroid dose pack (Medrol (methylprednisolone) or prednisone). Narcotics will not cure the inflammation. ...Read more

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Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Not normal!: Need to see your PCP and get further work up. Jaw stiffness along with all the inflammation in your body needs to be investigated and worked up with labs, and possible imaging. Discuss with your doctor. Don't delay! Mild relief is not enough. You are only treating symptoms. Let your doctor take the next steps! ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause breast pain?

Can a pinched nerve cause breast pain?

Yes: If the fourth thoracic nerve root is involved, then the breast pain can be a symptom. ...Read more

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Is breast pain normal during menopause?

Is breast pain normal during menopause?

Yes: In the months/yrs leading up to menopause (the end of menstrual periods) our hormones fluctuate to higher highs and lower lows than they did when we were younger. These surges of estrogen can cause breast fullness and tenderness. Seek medical care if pain persists past a few days each month, or if pain is one sided. Get mammograms as recommended (yearly after age 40). ...Read more

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Could breast pain be caused by bad shoulder?

Could breast pain be caused by bad shoulder?

Maybe: In so far as a bad shoulder could lead to altered use of the pectoralis muscles under the breast, then this might be perceived as breast pain. Go into your doctor for a breast exam. ...Read more

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Getting breast pain and I'm only 19 yrs old!?

Several causes: You can see the doctor for a breast exam and see what the cause is. There are several possibilities. In the mean time you can take a pain medication such as Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) for the pain. ...Read more

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Can Mastalgia cause breast pain in one breast and area?

Can Mastalgia cause breast pain in one breast and area?

Fibrocystic changes: You could have fibrocystic changes. This is the most common cause of breast pain. It can be aggravated by caffeine, stress, menstrual cycle and hormonal supplements. In addition, you may want to get fitted by a bra specialist to make sure you have the right size, which will make you more comfortable. Vitamin e works for breast pain in some. ...Read more

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Can discharge with bad odor and breast pain be related?

Can discharge with bad odor and breast pain be related?

Uncertain: Whether you have a vaginal or a breast discharge that is malodorous - either need medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between breast pain and chest pain?

Chest pain: Breast pain is specific to your breast. Chest pain usually relates to pain caused by chest wall muscles, your heart, your lungs, or related to pain related to swallowing or heartburn. ...Read more

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Breast pain in just one specific spot, should I be worried?

Get checked: Breast pain is nonspecific. It can be normal breast changes as you age or due to menstrual cycle hormonal fluctuations. If it is at one spot it could be a fibroadenoma or a cyst. Rarely it could be infection if you're breast feeding. It would be worthwhile to check with your doctor for a mammogram and/or ultrasound. ...Read more

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I have breast pain that burns what is this associated with?

Need more info: Your symptoms are not specific to any diagnosis but it is a concerning symptom that must be investigated. You could be having anything from cancer to an infection. It is imperative that you see your OB/GYN NOW. ...Read more

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With women over 50 with menopause, what can cause breast pain?

With women over 50 with menopause, what can cause breast pain?

Common problem: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common after menopause. Breasts feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cause the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. This is not related to cancer. ...Read more

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Is breast pain common in late 40's? no lumps and abnormilities.

No: No it isn't, unless they are very large and unsupported. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with breast pain off and on?

Yes but...: First have an evaluation regarding the breast pain by a physician. This likely will include breast imaging to be done such as a mammogram and/or ultrasound. If there is no underlyling lesions of concern, there are a few things to try. This can include a well fitting/supportive bra, daily vitamin E supplementation, and evening primose oil. There is no guaranteed method. ...Read more

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What is a common cause of breast pain in women going through menopause?

What is a common cause of breast pain in women going through menopause?

Fibrocystic changes: Fibrocystic changes can occur at all phases of the life cycle.
If you look at my page, you'll find many answers regarding fibrocystic changes and treatments. ...Read more

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Costochondritis (Definition)

A medical term to describe an inflammatory condition that occurs in the junction of the cartilage and the bone portions of a long bone. It is most commonly used to describe these changes in the ribs, which is a cause of ...Read more