Clinical Management of Breast Pain
Breast pain – mastalgia – is a common complaint among women. Most of these women consider premenstrual mild cyclic mastalgia (CM) lasting for 1–4 days as “normal.” However, mastalgia can be moderate-to-severe and last over 5 days each month, causing great discomfort and fear. Because of increased awareness of breast cancer, more women than ever before are seeking professional advice. The subjective nature of symptoms makes mastalgia difficult to manage clinically. Successful attempts at quantifying mastalgia rely on measurements made prospectively using a pain chart. At present, very few physicians adopt a systematic treatment approach; for those who do, treatment options are limited due to reduced efficacy and multiple side effects of the available therapies.
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