Being the most common breast-associated problem among women, a stabbing pain in breast is an uncommon sign of breast cancer. Cancer of the breast tends to be painless. It may occur in both breasts and the underarm.
Causes of Sharp Stabbing Pain in Breast
When trying to find the best intervention plan, it is important to know what the causes of stabbing pain in breast are. They could be any of the following:
- Cyclical refers to how the breast tissue responds to the hormones estrogen and progesterone that change monthly.
- Fibrocystic change when the pain is accompanied with lump formation or areas of thickening.
- Non-cyclical, which may be caused by trauma or injury to the breast area
- Oral contraceptive pills
- Tight-fitting bra
- Weight gain
- Hormonal replacement therapy
How the Stabbing Pain Should Be Diagnosed
Several diagnostic studies are performed to correctly diagnose the condition:
- Chest x-ray
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast mass excision and Histopathology (cell analysis)
Stabbing (Burning) Pain Management and Treatment
There are stabbing pain in breast treatment available. These include:
- Apply a piece of flannel soaked with castor oil to your affected breast and cover with plastic wrap. Apply a heating pad and set it on medium or high.
- Apply warm compress to the affected breast.
- Consider taking a hot bath or shower.
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