How are fibrocystic breast changes typically treated?

Usually no treatment. If symptomatic decrease salty foods and caffeine. If this does not help then a mild diuretic or danazole may help.
Decrease caffeine. Look at your diet and see if you are eating or drinking foods that contain caffeine. Some of the usual offenders: coffee, tea, chocolate, iced tea, soda/pop, energy drinks and powered drink mixes. Try decreasing your caffeine intake for 2 weeks. If the pain gets better, then caffeine is the problem. Vitamin e and evening primrose can be used to relieve pain as well.

Related Questions

Can fibrocystic breast changes be unilateral?

Beginning stages. If a mammogram shows unilateral fibrocystic breast changes, this may be the beginning of the disease and down the road will become visible in the contralateral breast as well. Read more...

Can you tell me what fibrocystic breast changes are?

Yes. Also called "lumpy bumpy" breasts, it is not a disease. It actually gives your breasts their internal structure an after menopause a lot of that architecture is lost and what leads to breasts "falling." in the mean time, right before your period your breasts are more lumpy bumpy and tender. Right afterwards they are less so as fibrocystic areas of the breasts are sensitive to your own hormones. Read more...
Common problem. Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. 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...

Can you tell me the symptoms of fibrocystic breast changes?

None. Most women have some fibrocystic changes of the breast and have no symptoms. In more severe cases tenderness and swelling can occur. Read more...
Lumpy +/- Tenderness. Many women have fibrocystic breast changes (fcc). This simply means that there are some lumpy areas in the breasts. Some of these lumps are benign cysts which can bigger or smaller depending on the hormones in the menstrual cycle. Fcc does not mean that you have an increased chance of breast cancer. However, you may need breast ultrasounds in addition to mammograms for screening the lumpy areas. Read more...

Is there anything I can do to prevent fibrocystic breast changes?

No. Decrease caffeine and salty foods to decrease symptoms. The density and fibrocystic changes cannot be controlled. Read more...
Normal breast tissue. All breasts are fibrocystic. When the breasts get sore and lumpy during your period, this is fibrocystic change. This changes can also occur due to increases in caffeine intake, stress and hormone use. So in essence, you can't get rid of fibrocystic breasts but you can improve the symptoms related to them (see some of my other posts on breast tenderness/fibrocystic breast disease). Read more...

If you have fibrocystic breast changes do you still need to look for change in lump consistency?

Yes but. so difficult to tell if significant; look for hard not mobile lumps and bloody nipple discharge and red rash on breast first as bad sign, tender lumps that come and go not usually bad but never know, if family history of breast cancer see gynecologist or breast surgeon to check it out , if smoke very bad risk so don't . Read more...

If I have fibrocystic breast changes, could that increase my risk for getting breast cancer?

No. Fibrocystic breasts are often a sign of estrogen dominance. You may have too much or potent kinds of estrogen. Your ovaries produce estrogen but so do fat cells. Inflammation from sugar/trans fats make fat cells produce more. Foods that are not organic contain pesticides which act like estrogen. Your liver may not be breaking estrogen down properly. Constipation prevents the release of estrogen. Read more...

Do fibrocystic breast changes always come with pain and tenderness?

Not always. Fibrocystic breast changes can make symptoms like spontaneous pain associated with the menstrual cycle or tenderness to touch, but fibrocystic changes may be detected simply on mammography. Read more...