Why Some Women Experience Breast Pain

Why Some Women Experience Breast Pain

Many women will experience breast pain throughout their lifetime, it is normal, although it is not something that should be ignored. While some may automatically assume that something is severely wrong – others may let things slide; this stems from the lack of proper knowledge about what could be happening.

During menstrual cycles, it is very common for women to experience some breast pain and tenderness.

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Why Some Women Experience Breast Pain

This is caused by hormonal levels being unbalanced. Unbalanced hormones generally occur when women are pre-menstrual, premenopausal, during pregnancy and with PMS. When the breast pain is not cyclical – other issues that are not hormonal could cause it. The medical terminology for breast pain is mastalgia, which covers but is not limited to the following:

Typical Breast Pain Symptoms

  • Lumpiness
  • Tenderness
  • Tightness
  • Itchiness
  • Dullness
  • Aching
  • Soreness

These symptoms are the cyclical symptoms. Since all women are different and handle pain differently, they may not experience all of the symptoms listed or perhaps they do. It is not uncommon for some women to experience pain in one breast and not the other.

In regards to non-cyclical symptoms, possible reasons could be but are not limited to:

  • Breast Cysts/Trauma
  • Stress
  • Breast Size
  • Cholesterol or medications
  • Mastitis
  • Antidepressants
  • Alcohol Intake

Common Breast Pain Causes

The most common cause for breast pain is in fact hormonal imbalances and many women between the ages of 25-50 experience it regularly. It is imperative to understand that this is usually estrogen levels being thrown off rather than a sign for cancer. These types of pain are easily treatable and it may be as simple as getting a little more exercise and implementing breathing techniques into your daily routine. Water level intake is important just for optimal health reasons and it will help regulate salt level intake as well within the body. If for some reason you are experiencing persistent, non-cyclical breast pain, it is safer to visit with your physician and discuss what the root cause could be.

PLASTIC SURGEON IN KANSAS CITY

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Rast abides by a philosophy of helping plastic surgery patients in Kansas City to more achieve more beautiful appearances and true inner happiness.

Care After Plastic Surgery

Continued care after plastic surgery is extremely important to the proper healing and setting of any plastic surgery procedure. Kansas City plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon E. Rast, recommends listening completely to your doctor and following all of their directions as necessary.

Post-Op Care After Plastic Surgery

The first step, is to make sure you understand your doctor’s instructions. If you aren’t sure what to do, make sure you call them, or contact us with specific questions. Healing time is different for every patient, but you can follow these more general basic directions:

care after plastic surgery

  • Avoid Heavy Lifting with certain procedures, especially breast augmentation, as lifting can cause issues with incision sites and muscle healing.
  • Depending on the type of surgery, you may restrict movement for the first 3 to 5 days post surgery.
  • Monitor your temperature for fever. If you have a high fever, call your doctor. While a low fever is common after surgery, a very high fever could be indicative of other problems.
  • Showers are recommended 2 to 3 days after most surgery procedures. When washing, gently wash the area with mild soap (like Dove) and gently pat dry, do not rub. Rubbing could cause irritation. For the first two weeks, do not submerge yourself in water, such as a bath or swimming pool.
  • While exercise is not recommended for the first three weeks after surgery, normal activity can start again three days after surgery. Moving around and walking multiple times a day, beginning the day you get home from surgery, can minimize the risk of blood clots.

Swelling Care After Plastic Surgery

Swelling is a natural process after plastic surgery. Swelling should subside in about 3 months after surgery and the body contours will begin to look more natural. A regular regimen of ibuprofen will help reduce the swelling before the body is completely healed. Pain medications unfortunately do not help with swelling as much as normal ibuprofen.

Contact Dr. Rast

If you are interested in plastic surgery in Kansas City or have any questions about pre or post surgical procedures, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Rast online, or call (913) 451-3722 to schedule a consultation.