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I stopped nursing my 5 yo about a year ago, and about 6 months
ago my breasts started becoming swollen and painful before my
period. I would think that was normal, but it's now to the
point where it starts about 3 days after my period ends, and
continues the whole month until I get my period again, at which
point I get a few days relief before it starts again. So
basically, they hurt almost all the time, and are bigger than I
want them to be. I'm 42, if that matters. Is this some kind
of peri-menopause thing? How do I make it stop?
Sore and Too Big
Don't want to scare you, but just read an article on a very rare but fast moving
breast cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer. There is no lump with this cancer
as there is in most cases of breast cancer. The main symptom is brest swelling. You
can read all about it online - just google Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Definitely see
your docotor about this and request a mammogram!
You know, I had something similar. It started shortly after my
daughter weaned at 27 months. My breasts would get swollen,
tender and very heavy around the time I ovulated and would stay
that way until my period started. It was very painful - I'm a
stomach sleeper and couldn't sleep on my stomach. This was how
my breasts felt when I was pregnant. I was convinced it was a
hormone irregularity. Anyway, I found a great accupuncturist on
this network who helped alot of other women with this kind of
problem. After my first month seeing him, my breasts didn't get
tender or sore until 3 days before I bled. I am so happy to
have found him! His name is Brian Barlay at Temescal
i need more info about breast health than i can find at the
doctor , online, la leche league. about 1.5 years ago, i had a
horrible ''Ductal Yeast Infection'' while nursing, which forced me
to wean off the one infected breast. no other treatment helped.
the doctors were stumped, Diflucan an expensive waste, diet
changes made no difference, etc. now, approximately 1 year
later, this same breast is, intermittently, very painful to
exam, lie on, just live with. i ceased all nursing about 10
months ago, so my system is nearly milk free. my mammogram came
back clean, and the dr. exam found nothing. has anyone had
experience with this specific problem, or read about it anywhere
? it isn't so much the pain level that bothers me, as the not
knowing what is going on in there. thanks for any information
I had a bad problem with clogged ducts when I started
breastfeeding my first child. It was one of the most painful
experiences of my life. (Yes, I had labor, and that was only a
couple hours. The clogged ducts lasted for weeks.) Basically,
since that time, I have had (decreasingly) painful breasts. I
too have had my doctor check it, but he found nothing. It's now
four years (and another child, and more breastfeeding) later, and
although the pain on touching or lying on my breasts has
diminished, they are still more painful than before my first
pregnancy, and more painful than I'd like or expected. I figure,
that's just how it turned out. If you find out any answers,
please post them.
Breast pain too, but no answers
I am having some strange pain in my right breast. It's hard to
describe - you could say it's either a sharp ache, or a dull
pain. It comes and goes, and lasts only for a few minutes.
It's not even really *that* painful, but I don't think it's good
to just ignore it. I just weaned my daughter about 3 weeks ago
after 16 months of nursing - I did not notice this pain while I
was still nursing, but then again it may not be related at all.
Has anyone experienced anything similar, or have any insight?
Thanks very much.
I had similar breast pain (a dull ache) when I lived in
Singapore. I went to my GYN to rule out any serious problems,
and she suggested that I take Primrose Oil which helps with
hormone-related aches in the breast. The pain went away after a
week or so. I can't imagine a US doctor making such a
suggestion! It's available almost everywhere in tablets and good
for arthritis, as well. Good luck.
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