How to weaken the manifestations of cystic fibrous mastopathy
Since cystic fibrous mastopathy is not even considered a disease, you will not be surprised if you hear that there is no cure for it. Your doctor may tell you that swelling, thickening, soreness are things that you need to get used to. Or that all these sensations can pass by themselves. But some changes in your eating habits, for the most part in your diet, can bring noticeable relief.
Try to drink less coffee and other caffeine-containing beverages. These include tea, cola, chocolate and commercially available drugs such as Dexatrim, Excedrim, ExtraStrength, Midol, Anacin, Sinarest and others (read labels).
Although the relationship between caffeine and cystic-fibrous mastopathy has not been elucidated, it has been found that after cessation of drinking coffee, the pain decreases. Linda Russell, a private practice nurse from the surgical department of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, reports that 61 percent of the patients she watched noted a significant reduction in pain after they refused coffee. If you suffer from severe pain in the mammary glands, you can try for some time to refuse products containing caffeine, and see if it will be a relief.
Limit sodium intake. It helps reduce swelling. Eat 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.
Go on 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,” notes Dr. Love.
Use stress relief techniques. “It is known that stress affects the production of hormones,” says McGinn. Anything that can relieve stress can also reduce the discomfort in the breasts. These include meditation, exercise, and biofeedback training, which uses electronic sensors to detect changes in body temperature and muscle tension.
Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Multivitamins should contain vitamin A, a complex of vitamins B, vitamin E; you also need additional iodine and selenium. All of them, according to observations, contributed to the reduction of pain in the mammary glands, even if some of the results are not entirely convincing.
Beware of taking diuretics “Special pills” designed to flush out fluids from the body, allow you to get rid of excess fluid in different parts of the body, but not in the breasts, ”warns Wend Logan-Young, MD, head of the Rochester Breast Disorders Clinic state of new york. “Even worse, diuretics can lead to an increase in cysts, because they have an effect similar to the action of the hormones produced by your body, enhancing the effect. Nevertheless, some gynecologists continue to prescribe them for swelling and pain in the breasts, ”she notes.
Take analgesics. Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen relieve pain no matter where its source is.
Wear a well-chosen, breast-supporting bra. Freely hanging breasts will only increase discomfort.
Use your prescribed medication as a last resort. “Danazol, a medicine that affects the production of hormones by the ovaries, should be the last resort for those who have really very severe pains, warns Dr. Love. Danazol 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 medicine for chest 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 breasts; there were anti-inflammatory drugs for menstrual cramps, 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 announced that she has cystic-fibrous mastopathy, she cannot help but think about the likelihood of developing cancer. She wants to know if mastopathy can go into cancer and if it increases her risk of getting cancer, ”says Kerry McGinn, a specialist in cystic fibrous mastopathy.
Several years ago, a conference of pathologists of physicians who perform microscopic examinations of the tissues of the mammary glands took place in order to determine whether they are benign, and once and for all sort out the matter. After studying the results of all the studies that were able to gather 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 developing cancer.
“Breast cells usually grow, or proliferate to replace old cells or to prepare the breast for pregnancy or lactation, but do so within certain limits, explains McGinn. Therefore, when pathologists talk about non-proliferative changes, this means that cell proliferation does not go beyond normal. ”
Indeed, Susan Love, MD, from the Falkner Clinic for Breast Diseases, indicates that a study of 10,000 biopsies of benign breast tumors revealed that only 3 percent of them fall into the category of those that are known to increase the risk the occurrence of cancer.