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Pain Under Both Breasts
I have this annoying pain under both breasts on my ribcage that's been developing over the last few weeks. Any idea what it could be?
Pleurisy: This could be something called pleurisy. It often happens after a chest infection like a cold. As the inflammation dies down, fluid is recycled back into your body. This process causes pressure and retraction on the muscles and connective tissue which is made worse on deep breaths. Try some ibuprofen, aleve, or tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more
Short pain under both breasts, ribs? I have tachycardia and had an echocardiogram that showed no blockages so I don't think it could be heart related
There are many: Different diagnoses that can cause symptoms as you describe. The fact that you have tachycardia in association with the pain is worrisome. An echo will not show blockages unless there are associated wall motion abnormalities but your age and sex make it unlikely this is from coronary artery disease. You need a thorough evaluation with history and additional testing. See a health care provider now. ...Read more
All of a sudden my mom started having severe pain under both breasts. Could that be a sign of a heart attack? Also, her stomach has started swelling.
Having on/off chest pressure on left upper chest and sometimes sharp pain under/betwn both breasts. No history of heart/BP problems.?
See your doctor : Although most chest discomfort in young people without risk factors is non cardiac in origin it would still be best to get a check up. Common reasons include chest wall musculoskeletal pain (costochondritis, muscle spasm, hiatal hernia and acid reflux w esophageal spasm. Stress reduction and relaxation techniques as well as reducing caffeine and citrus fruits and spicy foods might help. ...Read more
I am having intense pain under my breasts both breasts, the pain begun many years ago on the left side and is now on both sides, no diagnosis to date?
Mastalgia: Or breast pain has many causes: hormonal, mechanical (bra and underwire compression) , breast or milk duct obstruction or growth. I suggest a full breast exam and bilateral breast ultrasound. You may also need a mammogram. I would suggest switching to athletic or gym bras for the next 2 weeks and see if this helps at all. ...Read more
Having on and off pain under and between both breasts and also causing a funny feeling in my throat. Do I need to have this checked out?
Chest pain: How old are you? Get it checked ASAP ...Read more
I have a shap pain under my breast both left& right& back, it's a bit swollen. In the middle of my rib cage there's a ball that is tender to the touch?
Go to your MD: This ball that is tender or lump needs to be seen and if needed removed or biopsied or treated if it is an infection like an abscess. I can't see it, and I can't tell. It may or may not have to do with the other pain which also needs to be evaluated. We can't do much help here as we can't do much. Please see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Feel soft: Breast tissue on exam in a lying down position with the breast being examined, having the hand behind the head and the opposite hand being used, should move around the breast in a clockwise position. L the breast should feel like lumpy oatmeal. A lesion in the breast would feel like someone dropped a stone into the lumpy oatmeal. ...Read more
Yes: Most breasts (sort of like feet size) are within a certain range of difference. But occasionally they will develop at different rates or with different size that is obvious. Rarely this may be caused by underlying pathology. Discuss with you family doctor if this is your problem. ...Read more
More glands and fat: One breast formed more glands (allowing for more milk engorgement) and fatty tissue, so ended up bigger than the other. If a woman's breasts were always equal in the past, and one recently got bigger, she should have the doctor examine the breasts to be sure that there is not a more serious problem going on, such as a tumor. ...Read more
^ Breast Size.: The breasts enlarge naturally with weight gain, puberty, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Some oral contraceptives can be associated with increase in breast size in some women (sometimes). Building up pectoral muscles can lead to the breasts sitting on the chest wall in a manner that is attractive but will not increase cup size. ...Read more
Breast growth: Assuming that you are not gaining weight , but your breasts are increasing in size, it is possible that since you are probably still pre-menopausal, your ovaries are becoming more difficult to stimulate (higher FSH levels) and therefore more estrogen is being produced. This will affect breast size just like going from age 8 to age 16 when estrogen begins to stimulate breast tissue. ...Read more
Yes, Breast size is : Likely to ^ w puberty, pregnancy, breast feeding ; possibly prior to your period. You can build up chest muscles w exercise ; weight lifting but it will not ^ the amt. Of fatty tissue. There are no pills, herbs or machines that will ^ breast size. Breast augmentation is surgical enlargement. A padded bra will ^ appearance of volume. A supportive, well fitting bra can also enhance appearance. ...Read more
Breast enlargement: Of course garments/bras can be used. There are several other techniques to enlarge the breast with breast implants being the most popular. Either saline or silicone implants can be used. Other methods include external expanders (brava device), or fat tranfer via grafts or flaps. A variety of hormones can be used but are generally used only for male to female transgender treatment. ...Read more
Hormones!: The levels of circulating hormones in your baby's body after birth are really high! Additionally, they might be getting an extra boost of hormones from breast-feeding as well. Never fear; those hormone levels will fall within the first few months of your baby's life, and the breast tissue will subside. ...Read more
Breast: If you find your breast shrinking, you've likely either lost weight or your estrogen levels are falling, perhaps from going off the pill or impending menopause. If you're seeing shrinkage and none of those apply (especially if you also have hair loss, acne, and facial hair), consider being tested for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and see your doctor. ...Read more
Breast size: The breasts enlarge naturally with weight gain, puberty, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Some oral contraceptives can be associated with increase in breast size in some women (sometimes). Building up pectoral muscles can lead to the breasts sitting on the chest wall in a manner that is attractive but will not increase cup size. ...Read more
There is no: Specific time that breasts stop growing. The breasts enlarge naturally with weight gain, puberty, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Some oral contraceptives can be associated with increase in breast size in some women (sometimes). Building up pectoral muscles can lead to the breasts sitting on the chest wall in a manner that is attractive but will not increase cup size. ...Read more
Plastic surgery!: There is no "natural" breast enlargement and fat grafting is still considered experimental and controversial because of the potential for some fat dying and causing scar tissue and/or calcifications. These can interfere with mammograms and reduce ability to detect cancer. Plastic surgery is still the safest and best way to enlarge breasts; I do over150 a year. Avoid creams and miracle pills. ...Read more
Breast augmentation: Surgery is the only "tried and true" way of accomplishing breast enlargement. Very subtle increases in breast size may be obtained with use of the brava system, but large series of long term results are currently lacking. Some plastic surgeons perform fat transfer surgery, though this is often a staged approach and, again, long term data are lacking. ...Read more
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