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Is aspirin or ibuprofen better for fibrocystic (breast) pain? Which is safer to take long-term? Should i alternate usage?

Is aspirin or ibuprofen better for fibrocystic (breast) pain?  Which is safer to take long-term?  Should i alternate usage?

Try and see.: Neither is intrinsically better and the side effect profile is quite close. Try each of them at recommended dosage. Assuming no contraindications you should consider about 650 mg asa 4 times per day or Motrin 600-800 mg 3 times per day. See which one works best for you. ...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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I'm 38 and somewhat recently I've begun having extremely irregular periods, even 2 (long, heavy) ones a month! The cramping and bloating is excruciating, as is the fibrocystic breast pain. It seems like every month revolves around menstruation--the crampi

I'm 38 and somewhat recently I've begun having extremely irregular periods, even 2 (long, heavy) ones a month! The cramping and bloating is excruciating, as is the fibrocystic breast pain. It seems like every month revolves around menstruation--the crampi

Common issue: Women tend to have more menstrual dysfunction in their late thirties to early forties due to ovulation not happening as regular. Also most women with adenomyosis at this age have lots of pain and bleeding. You might benefit from an endometrial ablation. I would set up an appointment with your GYN so blood work and ultrasound can be done. ...Read more

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I have thickening in breasts and was told it was prbly fibrocystic, but there's no pain. Can you have fibrocystic breasts with no pain?

I have thickening in breasts and was told it was prbly fibrocystic, but there's no pain. Can you have fibrocystic breasts with no pain?

Yes: Fibrocystic breast tissue is not necessarily painful. Breast tumors are very rare in women your age. That being said, you should see a doctor if you notice further changes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast cause rib pain?

Can fibrocystic  breast cause rib pain?

Maybe: It may actually be a form of referred pain. The pain is actually in your breast, but it feels like the rib. I am assuming you were diagnosed with this condition by a physician. It is a good idea to get examined, other breast diseases, such as cancer, may cause pain. ...Read more

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What is fibrocystic breasts?

What is fibrocystic breasts?

Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: Fibrocystic changes are a spectrum of pathologic findings seen on biopsy. This has morphed into a clinical term for "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue and/or dense tissue seen on mammography. This is not a disease, just a variant of normal. This requires no treatment, just reassurance. ...Read more

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What are fibrocystic breasts?

Common problem: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast 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 cuase the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. This is not related to cancer. http://www. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Yes: The breasts go through changes related to hormone levels, stress and caffeine. The lumps will come and go. It is important to become familiar with your lumpiness and be able to distinguish your normal lump from something that feels abnormal. Anything abnormal should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do they do good mammograms if fibrocystic breasts?

How do they do good mammograms if fibrocystic breasts?

Same: Fibrocystic breast are dense and this makes it harder to see tumors and malignant calcifications but they can be seen. If the mammography is very unreliable then MRI should be considered. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop fibrocystic breasts under the age of 21?

Is it possible to develop fibrocystic breasts under the age of 21?

Yes: All breasts are fibrocystic. Some will have more symptoms than others. This is why most of us have tender breasts around the time of our period. Fibrocystic breasts run in families. ...Read more

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Fibrocystic Breasts (Definition)

Fibrocystic breast disease is a condition where the breasts develop non-cancerous lumps made of fibrous tissue. These can cause discomfort and pain that fluctuates ...Read more