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Painful Breasts After Menopause
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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
Probably so: Breast cancer tends to be more aggressive in younger women (<45 year olds). On the other hand, breast Cancer is much more common in the post menopausal women than in the younger women. Regardless, a majority of women (>80%) do very well with modern treatment and early diagnosis. ...Read more
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
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
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
I'm on cetazette for ova a year with no problems but from 10th march I benn sick backach painful breasts darking nipples?
I am a 40 yr old woman very 2 very painful breasts....had a full hysterectomy 5 yrs ago. It's not a soreness it's pain.. .
Since january I have experienced swollen painful breasts & abdominal pain. I had a hysterectomy may 2013, I kept my ovaries. What is happening to me?
Hormonal changes: The average age of menopause is 51, so at 47 it would still be a little early, but not impossible for these changes to be related to menopause. I would definitely want you to see a doctor though, to make sure that there's nothing serious going on. Typically Progesterone is the hormone that causes breast pain and it could be that your hormones are just 'off'. See a doctor though to make certain! ...Read more
Mastodynia: That's the medical term for breast pain. If your pain is in one breast only, and it has only been hurting for a few days and is getting worse, you may have an infection, and you should call your doctor and get seen right way. If you have fever, red streaks, rapidly increasing swelling or redness, get seen now (unless you are breastfeeding). If your pain has been there a while, get checked soon. ...Read more
Typically no: ...But contrary to what most people think, some patients with cancer do experience pain. If you have any new or unexplained finding in the breast, be it a lump, pain, or skin changes, please visit your gyn or pcp. Don't depend on an online consultation. We can't examine you here. Best to you. ...Read more
Eval: Please don't attempt to remove a breast mass yourself. Recommend making an appointment with your physician who can assess and refer to a specialist as appropriate. ...Read more
I have heavy painful breasts 5 days till a week after period finished, is it normal at my age or is it a hormonal imbalance?
I am on ranitidine at the moment & I've got very itchy armpits (develops at night), itchy & slightly painful breasts. Is this due to ranitidine?
Could be?: These types of medications, especially Cimetidine (tagamet) are know to cause breast tenderness. Itching? I am not so sure about, however, if there is a one on one correlation to taking a medication and developing symptoms, there is a good chance it may be the cause. One can stop and see if symptoms go away and restart and see if they recur? May just want to go to a different med. Ask your pcp? ...Read more
I took levenolle 15hrs after sex, a week later I had bleeding lasting 5days. Three weeks on I still have painful breasts! Am I pregnant?
Maybe. Maybe not.: It can be hard to guess whether a woman is pregnant or not. A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period, or after having a "weird" period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. ...Read more
No mensis one week 3days pregnancy test neg. Swollen painful breasts I have bodly pains and feel sick when I try to do any heavy activity what's wrong?
I have itchy, burning, very painful breasts with some tingling as well. I have the nexplanon in my arm. Currently have 5 children and 3 miscarriages.
Painful breasts off and on, negative pregnancy test and 2-3 day period started two days ago. Could stress be a factor?
Yes, stress could: Play a role in the length of your periods. I'm not sure about the breast tenderness. I would check the pregnancy test again, just to be sure. ...Read more
The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
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