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Types of Breast Pain

Do you feel pain in one or both of your breasts? If you do, do you know the type of your breast pain? If you are a breast pain sufferer, you had better know the type of your breast pain. Having a general understanding about your pain will help you to cope with the pain and prepare a better pain management plan.

Breast pain is very common among women of all ages. As an example, around two-thirds of women who have not been through the change of life/menopause (pre-menopausal women) will experience breast pain at some moment of their lives.

About the types of breast pain, there are two types of them and both can be treated. The types are as follows:

Cyclical breast pain
Cyclical breast pain is known to be a part of women’s menstrual cycle. Women might experience the pain as lumpiness and discomfort in their breasts a week or so before the menstruation period. The pain may vary from mild to severe. The breasts can also be sore and tender to touch. The pain usually goes away after the period starts.

Here are the characteristics of cyclical breast pain:

  • Occurs among premenopausal women
  • Typically presents between 30 to 40 years of age
  • Typically pain starts in the second half of the menstrual cycle, and then increases until the menstrual period starts, then the pain settles
  • Pain commonly involves upper outer breast area and then radiates to underarm
  • Pain could spread to both breasts, and might become more painful in one breast
  • Pain is described as achy, heavy and dull
  • Pain commonly settles during menopause and pregnancy

Non-cyclical breast pain
In a separate action, other women could have longer pain in their breasts which is not related to their menstrual cycle or is actually originating from elsewhere in their body. This pain would be categorized as non-cyclical breast pain.

There are two types of non-cyclical breast pain. The types are as follows:

  • Breast pain that originates from the breast but is not related to the menstrual cycle
  • Extra mammary pain that is felt around the area of the breast but the pain is actually originating from elsewhere, i.e., bones, joints and muscles. This can be referred to as musculoskeletal pain.

In the next article, we will explain further about breast pain treatment.

You should consult with your doctor and other health care professionals to get a better knowledge and information about types of breast pain.

Kindly bear in mind, this article is not solely intended as the only source of information about types of breast pain.

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