Patient :I am 22 years old and i have been diagnosed with fybrocystic breast disease. My breasts sag like im over 50, they constantly hurt. The pain is a sharp burning almost stabbing like pain. Pain relievers dont help and i am constantly worried about breast cancer since all of my tests are coming back inconclusive because of this...What can i do?
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Fibrocystic breast changes can occur at any age, but is most common in younger women of childbearing age. Common symptoms of fibrocystic breast changes are:
Breast swelling or thickening
Lumps within the breast, which may vary in size and texture
Breast pain or tenderness
Aching or sharp pain, Burning, Itching.
If a lump becomes firm or has other questionable features, then a mammogram, ultrasound, or biopsy should be undertaken to rule out cancer. In most cases, treatment is not needed for fibrocystic breast changes. But doing a monthly breast exam can help you know what is normal for you and what is new. Removing fluid through fine-needle aspiration may help relieve symptoms of pain or pressure. But know that fluid may return at a later time.
These are other steps that may help with mild discomfort:
1. Supportive bras
2. Over-the-counter pain relievers, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen
3. Reduced intake of caffeine and stimulants found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and soft drinks
4. Oral contraceptives may be a good idea for women with severe symptoms. Although certain vitamins and salt reduction are also sometimes suggested, studies have not confirmed their benefits.
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Wishing you good health,
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