Pain in the breast is a common complaint that is often experienced by women either constant or intermittent. This condition turned out to be triggered by several factors. What are the causes of breast pain?
Breast Pain (Mastalgia) is usually depicted with the pain in one or both breasts, a burning feeling or tightness in the breast tissue. These symptoms are more common in young, premenopausal women and perimenopausal women.
Pain is felt in the breast can be divided into two types: cyclic and noncyclic pain. Cyclic pain is usually related to hormones such as menstrual cycles and not dangerous. While noncyclic breast pain usually comes from the breast itself or the surrounding area.
Even so there is some triggering factors that cause pain in the breast, as quoted from the Mayo Clinic on Friday (05/20/2011), namely:
1. Reproductive hormones, cyclic breast pain is estimated to have a strong relationship with hormonal and menstrual cycle. This pain will be reduced or lost when one is pregnant or menopausal.
2. Anatomical factors, non-cyclic breast pain is more likely due to the anatomy as triggered by a cyst, trauma, previous surgery or other factors associated with breast. But pain can also be caused by factors outside such as the chest wall, muscles, joints or heart that spreads to the breast.
3. Breast size, women who have large breast size is more likely to experience non-cyclic breast pain. Discomfort is sometimes felt also in the neck, shoulders and back. Several studies have shown that the reduction surgery sometimes can reduce this problem.
4. The use of incorrect bra size, using a bra in a size that is not appropriate for example is too small to trigger pain, this is because the bra will push the breast and do not endorse them well.
Some suggestions might be to try to relieve pain such as using an appropriate bra to reduce breast movement in the chest wall, and record and mark whenever the pain can be expected to arise that cause.