I had to resurrect this thread. I was having underarm pains again and I started to look on the internet for answers. I thought this was interesting so I wanted to share. It makes perfect sense! I usually get pain for a few days during the month. I had to cut and paste because it was a long article. I hope that's ok.
Cyclical breast pain is related to how the breast tissue responds to monthly changes in a woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. If breast pain is accompanied by lumpiness, cysts (accumulated packets of fluid), or areas of thickness, the condition is usually called fibrocystic change. During each menstrual cycle, breast tissue sometimes swells because hormonal stimulation causes the breast’s milk glands and ducts to enlarge, and in turn, the breasts retain water. The breasts may feel swollen, painful, tender, or lumpy a few days before menstruation. Breast pain and swelling usually ends when menstruation is over. The average age of women who have cyclical breast pain is 34 years old. Cyclical breast pain may last for several years but usually stops after menopause unless a woman uses hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Cyclical breast pain accounts for nearly 75% of all breast complaints. Of all women who experience breast pain, two thirds experience cyclical breast pain. Physicians often have patients chart their pain to determine whether the pain is cyclical. Though cyclical breast pain is usually related to the menstrual cycle, stress may also affect hormone levels and influence breast pain. Physical activity, especially heavy lifting or prolonged use of the arms, has also been shown to increase breast pain (pectoral (chest) muscles may become sore from physical activity).
Most women with moderate breast pain are not treated with medications or surgical procedures. The following suggestions have been shown to reduce breast pain in some women (although there is not sufficient scientific evidence to establish the effectiveness of any of these suggestions):
Relax. Some breast pain can be caused by stress and may subside by reducing anxiety and tension
(non-cancerous), fluid-filled cysts to relieve breast pain. It may not be possible to drain very small cysts.
- Wear a good, supportive bra to reduce breast movement. Many women with breast pain find it comfortable to also wear a bra while they sleep.
- Limit sodium intake.
- Reduce caffeine intake (coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate).
- Maintain a low fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains.
- Maintain an ideal weight. Losing excess weight may reduce breast pain by stabilizing hormone levels.
- Occasionally use over-the-counter pain-relief drugs such aspirin, acetaminophen, or Motrin.
- Take vitamins. Some women have found that taking Vitamin B6 (pyridoxineon. Physicians sometimes drain benign