Breast Lumps and Pain (cont.)
Breast Lumps and Pain Treatment
Breast Lumps and Pain Self-Care At Home
- Limit your intake of caffeine in coffee and soft drinks, theophyllines in
tea, and theobromine in chocolate. Although the role of these methylxanthines is
controversial, some women report improvement in pain when they limit these.
- Daily vitamin E can reduce fibrocystic changes. Avoid doses higher than 600
mg per day.
- Wear a well-fitted bra or sports bra for support, especially if you have
large breasts. You may want to wear a comfortable bra to bed.
- Apply warm compresses to your breasts for pain relief.
- Over-the-counter pain medication may help.
- Make note, and avoid, any foods that may seem to cause the pain.
- Keep a diary of pain, documenting frequency and severity for at least a
two month period. This may be enough to convince you and your doctor that the pain
is cyclic and not severe enough to warrant medications that may have bothersome
- Injury: If you suffer an injury to your breast, apply an ice pack for 20
minutes just as you would for any other bruise. Do not let the ice touch your
skin directly. You can use a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. You
may take a pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil, for example).
- Mastitis: Breast infections require treatment by a
doctor. After you see a doctor, try pain medication, frequent feedings of your
infant and warm
M Ruby Alvi, MD, CCFP, MHSc
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