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What Does Fibrocystic Breast Disease Feel Like
It could : Fibrocystic breast disease, depending on the extent, can cause some swelling of the breasts, particularly in cycles with menstruation - during those times it may feel more engorged for some women. It may persist for many years, perhaps getting less prominent when you are postmenopausal and your breasts become fattier. ...Read more
Not sure of your ?: I am not sure of what you are asking. Please rephrase your question and ask again. Breasts are composed of fatty tissue as well as denser "breast" tissue. Depending on many things the ratio of fat to denser 'breast" tissue varies from person to person and throughout life. ...Read more
Can be hereditary: Painful breast swelling and lumpiness in the breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is a common feeling from fibrocystic breasts. Dense mammogram findings and cysts can be seen on breast ultrasound. Hereditary factors may cause some women to have more fibrocystic problems than others. Some sites say that this condition affects more than half of women. It resolves with menopause. ...Read more
Fibrocystic breasts : Fibrocystic breast disease is characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in both breasts. The lumpiness is due to small breast masses or breast cysts. The condition is very common and is benign. These lumps/ cysts are often periodically affected by the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. ...Read more
Benign: Fibrocystic breast condition is a common condition. Associated with tender breast swelling & benign breast lumps or cysts. Discomfort worse around menstrual cycle. Symptoms can get worse with some hormone or bcp medications. Does not lead to cancer. Can make mammograms difficult to read if there is increased internal breast density. ...Read more
No: Fibrocystic disease is a termused when the breast as it ages develops lumps which is due to minizing of breast tissue with replacement by fat and the effect of estrogen on the terminal milk ducts which tend to plug the ducts near the nipple. The small amount of fluid in the ducts accumulates as cystic fluid spaces within the ducts further causing lumpiness or fibrocytic disease. ...Read more
Common, benign: Fibrocystic breast disease is a common, benign (not cancerous) condition. It is the most common cause of "lumps" in both breasts and can be painful. It can be due to the responsiveness of breast tissue to hormones. The size of the lumps and the associated pain often change with changes in a woman's menstrual cycle. ...Read more
Variable: Fibrocystic symptoms can range from mild breast discomfort and swelling around the time of the menstrual period, to more firm hard breast lumps and cysts that may be very tender or painful. Often the symptoms are worse during the menstrual cycle. Sometimes the breast lumps can be fluid cysts that come and go around the menstrual period too. ...Read more
No cure: Fibrocystic breast disease is the presence of fibrocystic tissue in the breasts. There is no cure for fibrocystic breast disease but there is treatment to decrease the discomfort. Decreasing caffeine intake will minimize breast tenderness and increasing vitamin E to 800 or 1000 international units (iu) each day will also decrease the pain. ...Read more
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. If it is associated w/pain, caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, primrose oil, and nsaids have been used w/marginal success. ...Read more
Lumps and/or pain: Fibrocystic breast disease is quite common with 40% to 50% of women having this problem. Physical exam findings include lumpy, nodular, granular breast tissue in some or all areas of the breast. Many women with fibrocystis breast disease have breast pain or tenderness that commonly fluctuates with the menstrual cycle. The symptoms sometimes increase with more caffeine or chocolate in the diet. ...Read more
Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: Most women's breasts are "lumpy-bumpy" and often hurt just before/during one's menstrual cycle. When this "flies above the radar", we give it fancy names like "mastalgia" and "fibrocystic changes". Some women respond to caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, oil of primrose, or even occasional nsaids. Please discuss your concerns with your gynecologist--they should be able to reassure you not to worry. ...Read more
Fibrocystic breasts: Cause is the normal fluctuation of monthly hormones and about 70% of women have it. It is the cystic dilatation of the milk ducts prior to menses after ovulation that produces the cysts and tenderness mostly. Goes away usually after menopause if no hormones are taken. ...Read more
Fibrocystic breast: disease= benign condition characterized by breast lumpiness and sometimes accompanied by tenderness ...Read more
Do nothing: In most instances one breast is slightly larger than the other and unless very small with need for enlargement, no treatment is recommended. ...Read more
I have fibrocystic breast disease but I had a hyst and since then it has turned into sagging and less bumpiness?
What are the treaments available for a fibrocystic breast disease and also if there is any danger for not curing a fibrocystic breast?
These patients can be followed by a breast surgeon or a general surgeon with a large portion of their practice dedicated to breast disease.
We perform a history, look at your food and medication intake, perform breast exam and review breast images. We provide extensive counseling, follow up, biopsy or aspiration of a fluid filled cyst when necessary. ...Read more
It is really not : A disease and most medical professionals have stopped using the term "fibrocystic breast disease" and now simply refer to "fibrocystic breasts" or "fibrocystic breast changes". The diagnosis is usually made by characteristic history and physical exam findings. Mammograms and ultrasound may show breast cysts. Biopsy is sometimes performed in questionable cases. ...Read more
Mammogram first: The first step is an exam by your doctor and a mammogram to rule out life threatening problems. If in fact you do have only fibrocystic breast disease there are a variety of options. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Motrin can help some. Vitamin e supplements may help. Primrose oil has been reported to help. Birth control pills can help too to normalize hormone levels. ...Read more
Making a diagnosis of fibrocystic breast disease involves taking a good history (telling your provider about your symptoms, diet, medications, etc), performing a complete breast examination and looking at imaging studies ( mammogram, ultrasound, mri).
It is important for women with fibrocystic changes to become aware of the changes in their breasts. ...Read more
Microscope work: Somewhere between 99% and 101% of women have "fibrocystic change" in their breasts sometime during their reproductive life. We pathologists who diagnose it under the microscope aren't big on calling it a disease. "fibrocystic change" is more appropriate. ...Read more