How to weaken the manifestations of cystic fibrous mastopathy
Since cystic fibrous mastopathy is not even considered a disease, you won’t be surprised if you hear that there is no cure for it. Your doctor may tell you that swelling, thickening, soreness are the things you need to get used to. Or that all these sensations can go away on their own. But some changes in your eating habits, mostly in your diet, can bring noticeable relief.
Try to drink less coffee and other caffeinated drinks. These include tea, cola, chocolate and commercially available drugs such as Dexatrim, Excedrim, ExtraStrength, Midol, Anacin, Sinarest and others (read the labels).
Although the relationship between caffeine and fibrocystic mastopathy has not been elucidated, pain has been found to decrease after cessation of coffee use. Linda Russell, a private practice nurse at the surgical department at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, reports that 61 percent of the patients she observed reported significant pain relief after they gave up coffee. If you suffer from severe pain in the mammary glands, you can try to give up products containing caffeine for a while and see if there will be relief.
Limit your sodium intake. This helps reduce swelling. Use less than one teaspoon of salt per day.
Do not smoke. But do not think that chewing gum with nicotine will help you, because presumably nicotine is an irritant.
Switch to a low fat diet. “Some preliminary studies suggest that a low-fat diet can reduce breast pain and, more importantly, reduce the risk of breast cancer,” Dr. Love notes.
Use stress relieving techniques. “It's known that stress affects hormone production,” says McGinn. Anything that can relieve stress can also reduce discomfort in the mammary glands. This is meditation, physical exercise, and biofeedback training, which uses electronic sensors to detect changes in body temperature and muscle tension.
Take multivitamins and mineral supplements. Multivitamins should contain vitamin A, a complex of vitamins B, vitamin E; you also need extra iodine and selenium. All of them, according to observations, helped to reduce pain in the mammary glands, even if some results are not completely convincing.
Beware of taking diuretics “Special pills,” designed to remove fluid from the body, help get rid of excess fluid in different parts of the body, but not in the mammary glands, ”warns Wend Logan-Young, MD, head of the Breast Disease Clinic in Rochester, New York State. “Even worse, diuretics can lead to an increase in cysts, because they have an effect similar to the action of hormones produced by your body, enhancing the effect. Nevertheless, some gynecologists continue to prescribe them for swelling and pain in the mammary glands, ”she notes.
Take analgesics. Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen relieve pain, regardless of where its source is located.
Wear a well-sized, chest-supporting bra. Freely hanging breasts will only increase discomfort.
Use your prescription medication as a last resort. “Danazole, a drug that works on ovarian hormone production, should be the last resort for those who have really very severe pain, Dr. Love warns. Danazole has many serious side effects, such as irregular menstruation (which can lead to bone loss), acne, facial hair, fluid retention and weight gain. ”
Here are some remedies that alleviate the condition of women. But can a special cure for breast pain be created at all? “Over time, Dr. Love believes, we will be able to invent something that will be specifically designed to relieve pain in the mammary glands; after all, anti-inflammatory drugs appeared for menstrual cramping, and women no longer have to suffer. ”
See also: How to monitor the condition of the mammary glands.
Is there a connection with cancer
“When a woman is declared to have cystic fibrous mastopathy, she cannot help but think about the likelihood of developing cancer. She wants to know if mastopathy can turn into cancer and whether her risk of getting cancer increases, ”says Kerry McGinn, a specialist in cystic fibrous mastopathy.
A few years ago, a conference of pathologists of doctors who performed microscopic examinations of breast tissue was held to determine whether they are benign, and once and for all to understand this issue. After studying the results of all the studies about which it was possible to collect information, and there were a lot of them, the pathologists came to the conclusion: in almost all cases, cystic fibrous mastopathy does not lead to the development of cancer and does not increase the risk of getting cancer.
“Breast cells usually grow, or proliferate, to replace old cells or to prepare the breast for pregnancy or lactation, but they do so within certain limits,” explains McGinn. Therefore, when pathologists talk about non-proliferative changes, this means that the proliferation of cells does not go beyond normal. "
Indeed, Susan Love, MD, from the Faulkner Clinic for Breast Diseases, points out that when studying 10,000 biopsies of benign neoplasms in the mammary glands, it turned out that only 3 percent of them fall into the category of those that are known to increase the risk slightly the occurrence of cancer.