Breast pain is a common symptom with which patients come to the Breast Clinic. Although there are various causes of breast pain, the most common is fibrocystic diseases or fibroadenosis.
Fibroadenosis or fibrocystic disease leads to cyclical breast pain, which means that pain is maximum before the menstrual periods but reduces when the periods start. The intensity of pain can vary from patient to patient. In some patients the pain is so severe, that they need to take pain killers.
There are certain lifestyle changes and natural therapies which ladies can use to reduce their cyclical breast pain but they should only be tried once the doctor has confirmed the diagnosis and ruled out more serious conditions like inflammation and breast cancer. One should also maintain a pain diary to evaluate if the pain is reducing or increasing with time.
1. Weight reduction – this is specially useful for patients who have a high body mass index (BMI). A reduction or even 2-3 kg’s can lead to a dramatic improvement in breast pain
2. Cutting down on tea/ coffee – There is anecdotal evidence that reduction in caffeine intake, specially before the periods helps in the management of cyclical Mastalgia
3. Adequate breast support – wearing a well supported sports bra helps in reducing the pain, specially during walking/ running/ exercising. Underwired bra’s can sometimes aggravate the pain
4. Turmeric/ curcumin – many of my patients have benefitted with curcumin/ haldi/ turmeric for a period for 30-40 days. Patients have reported a 30-35% reduction in pain.
If your breast pain doesn’t settle down with these methods, please consult your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
For further advise, please contact
Dr. Rohan Khandelwal
Breast Surgeon (Benign and Cancerous Breast Conditions)
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May the force be with you!!
(This was a card I recently received from one of may patient’s, whom I had treated for cancer)
Just got a very interesting message from a patient of mine:
Should I call it sexual harassment ? Whenever I tell people I have breast cancer👙 they look at my breasts and keep guessing which one 🤔
While I do not bother to look at others kidney, prostate or rectum.
These warriors are already battling this dreaded illness and they need our full support but the society just makes them more conscious of their disease.
Would love to know your views regarding this.
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