Why is pain in fibrocystic breast disease mostly located in the upper outer quadrant of the breast?

More breast tissue. This is where most of the breast tissue is and the most movement. Antioxidants, evening primrose oil and avoid caffiene.
Anatomy. Very good question. Fibrocystic condition affects the milk ducts and milk producing lobules of the breast. These structures are the most prevalent or concentrated in the upper outer quadrants of the breast. So that is where the tenderness or swelling would occur the most.

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Could fibrocystic breast disease go away over time?

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...

Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Maybe. Studies have been contradictory regarding the relationship between smoking and fibrocystic changes. Periductal mastitis and subareolar abscesses are associated with cigarette smoking. Read more...

Doctors does anyone treat fibrocystic breast disease?

Breast/general surg. 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...

What do doctors do to diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?

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...

Could fibrocystic breast disease affect breast size at all?

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. . Read more...

Fibrocystic breast disease and severe mastodynia. Unbearable?

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...
Try conservative. First be sure you've had a thorough exam including imaging to rule out pathology. Then try support bra 24/7, motrin, and although data to support, caffeine reduction, evening primrose oil, and vitamin e might (50/50) help. If still no relief, low dose tamoxifen (10 mg daily) has been shown to be effective. Tamoxifen treatment should be under direction of doctor. Read more...

How do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease? By feeling you?

Combination. 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...

Can you tell me how do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?

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...