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Breast Pain

Introduction

Breast pain is a very common symptom in women. In premenstrual women this is the most common symptom, even more common than headache symptoms or lower back pain symptoms (see Ref. 9, p. 1083). Breast pain is a non specific symptom and is most often due to fibrocystic breast disease  (thanks to www.epharmapedia.com for this image). But other structural changes such as breast cysts, fluid retention and breast cancer could also give rise to breast tenderness.

An examination by the doctor and possible workup, if necessary, with a diagnostic mammogram would be indicated. Many of these women my have fluid retention secondary to other causes including metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance). The zone diet plan according to Ref. 2 would be useful and can often cure not only breast pains, but also joint aches and sluggishness in these cases.

However, there is a danger to jump to conclusions and it is good to keep in mind that a 20 year old woman has a frequency of breast cancer of 1 in 2500 (=0.04%) whereas a 60 year old woman has a frequency of 1 in 29 (= 3.43%), see Ref. 9 (p. 1083). Many of these patients, particularly in the older age group may have both breast pain and breast cancer. However, most of the time early stage breast cancer is painless. Follow this link for more regarding breast cancer information.

Pain relief

In many women with breast pain there is estrogen dominance (Ref. explained more under Ref. 28) where the ratio of estrogen to progesterone in the blood and tissues is less than 200 (normal is more than 200). This leads to cyst formation in the breasts, fibroid development in the uterus and menstrual bleeding abnormalities. With bioidentical progesterone cream this hormone ratio can be normalized. The physician needs to be cautious not to overlook any hidden cancer.

 

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28. Dr. John R. Lee, David Zava and Virginia Hopkins: “What your doctor may not tell you about breast cancer – How hormone balance can help save your life”, Wellness Central, Hachette Book Group USA, 2005. On page 256 and 257 Dr. Lee describes how progesterone can be used as a cream to treat PMS.

Last modified: August 15, 2014