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Breast pain and menopause

Up to two thirds of menopausal women suffer from breast pain


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  • Kate Hatton's photo avatar
    Kate Hatton — 14.04.2019 18:30
    I am 57. I have been taking Premarin for 2 years and my breast size has gradually increased from 32E to 32G. They feel engorged and tender presently. They have never been tender previously


    • Eileen's photo avatar
      Eileen — 15.04.2019 13:44
      Hi Kate It is important to go back to your doctor with this. They can check to see if this is a common side effect or if there are any other health issues involved.


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    Kellyj — 14.02.2019 21:17
    I am 50 (will be 51 in two months) and haven't had a period since Oct 2017. I have had the full gambit of perimenopausal symptoms. I realize I am now in menopause so I don't know if that means I graduated and can hope to not have the peri symptoms but I have had sore breast for about a week and a half. They are achy and my upper back aches too now. The pain isn't constant but it returns. It was one breast then the other now they are both just sore and achy at the breast muscle. Sometimes one seems to hurt in a spot on my inner breast and then seems to ache underneath. Now it is heavy achy-painful feeling. I am large breasted. I am due for my mammogram this year. I have had them every year for the last 4 years and they have been clear. I don't have any lumps, (self exam) but they ache and it feels like the center of my chest hurts too. I don't know if that is from my back ache or vise versa. Perimenopause has turned me into a worrier. I have an appt with my Dr's nurse practitioner on Saturday and to get my mammogram scheduled. I am truly uncomfortable and Tylenol doesn't help.


    • Eileen's photo avatar
      Eileen — 15.02.2019 10:30
      Hi Kelly Hopefully, the tips above will be of benefit for you and don't forget to get yourself measured properly if you haven't had it done recently, a poor fitting bra can be a big factor in beast pain! Good to hear that you are getting a check up.


  • Sara's photo avatar
    Sara — 12.02.2019 21:06
    I have just started to get hard & very tender nipples no other symptoms though


    • Eileen's photo avatar
      Eileen — 13.02.2019 12:15
      Hi Sara I have posted a video blog on this and what you can do to help yourself so please do take a look.


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