Breast Pain

Understand the Types of Breast Pain

From aching and tenderness to stabbing and burning sensations, breast pain manifests itself in a variety of ways. It’s important to note that, while some symptoms of breast pain can indicate a more serious medical condition, pain itself is not normally a symptom or sign of breast cancer.

Below is a list of common types of breast pain:

  • Cyclical Breast Pain – This describes pain that’s linked to the menstrual cycle. Examples of cyclical breast pain include pre-menstrual breast swelling and tenderness, mid-cycle sharp shooting pains, and glandular fullness.
  • Non-Cyclical Breast Pain – Non-cyclical pain doesn’t follow your menstrual cycle. It is usually related to an injury or another specific cause. Examples of non-cyclical pain include burning, stabbing or sharp sensations, localised tenderness, radiating pain, or a lump or bump in the area.
  • Fibrocystic Breast Changes – This is a broad term describing breasts that feel lumpy or ropy. This can be accompanied with tenderness and cyclical pain, although it is usually only mildly bothersome.

Understand the Causes of Breast Pain

Breast pain can have a variety of causes. One of the most common causes is hormonal changes related to your menstrual cycle that cause breast swelling, tenderness, and pain.

Non-cyclical pain can be caused by several factors such as an injury or trauma, infection, medications, and breast surgeries. Occasionally, breast pain can be a symptom of breast cancer, although this is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as a mass or lump in the area.

Tips For Managing Breast Pain

  • Wear a good-fitting supportive bra to reduce movement within the breast pocket.
  • Avoid caffeine and other stimulants.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.
  • Apply heat or cold packs to the area.
  • Massage the area with coconut oil to loosen up the tightness.
  • Take a warm shower or bath to relax the muscles.