The breasts are susceptible areas, and any problem can cause discomfort and concern. Breast fibrosis is widespread among women. At least half of them will have these changes at some point in their lives, so knowing what it is about can be so important.
If you want to know what Fibrosis in the breasts is, what can cause it, what symptoms you can have, and how to treat it, you will be interested in this FastlyHealarticle. In it, you will find updated information that can help you understand and improve these changes in your breasts.
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What is Fibrosis in the breasts?
Fibrosis in the breasts, also known as fibrocystic breast or mammary dysplasia, consists of the change of normal breast tissue for a harder one with cysts (small sachets with fluid). This can cause some discomfort, especially before menstruation.
It is a benign problem. There is no greater risk of developing breast cancer due to mammary Fibrosis. At least half of women have this problem at some time. It usually improves after menopause.
To find out if this is your problem, your GP will conduct careful questioning, will carefully examine your breasts (looking at them and palpating them) to see if they have hardened areas, nodules, know how the lymph nodes are in the area, among others. In addition, when it considers it necessary, it can request the following studies:
- Ultrasound: By employing ultrasound, the characteristics of the breast can be appreciated, especially in women under 30 years of age, in whom the breasts are pretty dense and, at times, can be challenging to study with mammography. It is the study that can best diagnose Fibrosis in the breasts.
- Mammography: it is an X-ray of the breasts, it is a speedy and painless procedure, but it may be that, as your breasts are more sensitive, you may feel some discomfort. It is essential to reach the proper diagnosis when in doubt.
If there are any doubts about whether or not it is cystic breast fibrosis, a cyst puncture can be requested to determine what is happening in the breast.
Causes of Fibrosis in the breasts
Many studies have been done to try to verify what are the possible causes of fibrocystic breasts. The truth is that they are not precisely known. Yes, a specific influence of female hormones has been seen, especially in the variation of symptoms during the menstrual cycle. The increased estrogen before menstruation is associated with increased pain and sinus pressure with Fibrosis.
In addition, it has been seen that certain habits can make the problem worse. Among these, we can mention:
- Inadequate diet: high consumption of intoxicating foods is related to a greater possibility of suffering from Fibrosis in the breasts.
- Lack of physical exercise: not exercising constantly can predispose you to suffer from the discomfort of this type.
- Inadequate rest: sleep disturbances are also seen very frequently in women who suffer from this problem.
- Coffee consumption: Decreasing the consumption of coffee could help improve Fibrosis in the breasts.
- Fats in the diet: a diet rich in fat (fried foods, meat, dairy products, eggs) increases the possibility of suffering from fibrocystic breasts.
Symptoms of Fibrosis in the breasts
If you have the following symptoms, your problem may be Fibrosis in the breasts:
- Pain in both breasts, especially before the period comes down.
- You feel lumps in your breasts. These nodules can change in size at different times in the menstrual cycle. They are very noticeable from the middle of the menstrual cycle until the rule’s arrival.
- A green or brownish fluid (not blood) may come out of the nipple without putting pressure on the breast.
Treatment of Fibrosis in the breasts
Most of the time, Fibrosis in the breasts does not require more than observation and control by the professional since it is usually very mild and does not generate significant problems in the woman who has it.
Different therapies and measures can be used to treat or remove cysts in the breasts:
- Changes in diet: reducing fat consumption has proven to be very useful for returning the breast changes. If you eat as natural a diet as possible, this and other health problems will most likely improve. Increase the number of raw fruits and vegetables (they will provide you with the vitamins and minerals your body needs). Nuts, seeds, and legumes should be the base of your meals.
- Incorporate flaxseed: 25g of flaxseed in the diet is key to improving breast pain due to cystic Fibrosis.
- Exercise regularly: at least 30 minutes a day of exercise is essential for your body to regain the balance it has lost. Start with walking, biking, or swimming and, as you can, increase the demand.
- You can wear a bra that better supports your breasts. It is advantageous when the problem is pain.
- You may be prescribed pain relievers, such as paracetamol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, but remember that it is a temporary relief and cannot be used for a long time because it has adverse effects.
- There are certain medications that your doctor can tell you if the other measures are not enough, such as tamoxifen or danazol. Always remember that any medicine can have adverse effects. If they are necessary, follow your doctor’s advice, but do not take medication yourself, even less if you did not try to change your habits.
- As for vitamin E, which has been indicated to treat breast pain, it is not practical.
- If the cysts are very painful and large, it may be decided to puncture them. Removing the fluid collapses and reduces discomfort, but it does not resolve all the changes in the breast.
- The removal of a cyst or nodule may be decided if the specialist wants to analyze it more carefully because, instead of decreasing, it continues to grow or because it has some characteristics that are not consistent with breast fibrosis.
This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any condition or discomfort.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.