- Breast Pain, Cyclic
- Breast Tenderness, Cyclic
- Cyclic Mastitis
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease
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Some women's breasts are unusually tender and lumpy, with symptoms of pain and dull heaviness that vary with the menstrual cycle. This condition is called cyclic mastalgia or cyclic mastitis and is often associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). When the lumps become significant enough to be called cysts, the condition is called fibrocystic breast disease.Besides discomfort, perhaps the worst problem of this condition is that it can mimic the appearance of breast cancer on mammograms, leading to false alarms. To make matters worse, fibrocystic changes can also hide true cancers, and some evidence hints that women with fibrocystic breast disease may also have a greater tendency toward breast cancer. The cause of cyclic breast pain is unclear. One theory, popular in Europe, suggests that higher than normal levels of the hormone prolactin may be involved. 18 Another theory attributes the condition to an imbalance of essential fatty acids. 1Conventional treatment for cyclic mastalgia involves anti-inflammatory medications and, sometimes, hormonal treatments.