Fibrocystic breasts in perimenopause

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Anyone here deal with Fibrocystic breasts? I'm having non-cyclical breast pain that goes from breast to arm pit, lumpiness, heavy, full feeling and pain into my upper back (although, that could be unrelated). Noticed some nipple puckering today when I raise my arms, but I,also, had a breast reduction many years ago where they reconstructed the nipples...so could be scar tissue. Had a mammo with US in March for the same problems (for the most part). Nothing found and they said nothing about cysts. Although, I do have dense breast tissue, so I know that may not be noticeable. I have a breast US scheduled today. Can someone shed light on this for me? Has this been your experience? Posted a couple days ago in a different thread and only got a couple responses. Thought I'd try again in a different way. Thank you in advance. My nerves are at an all time high!

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    Hi Char,,, I have very cystic breasts also and have had many mammograms for this,, finally decided to do some deep research and I found when your breasts are that painful and mine go up a whole bra size if not more and my nipples get so sore sometimes for weeks at a time, your estrogen is extremely high at this time sometimes higher then a 20 year old and your progestrone is to low, probably like real low.. All women are different as we know but some women are naturally real high there whole lives now us women are the ones it really messes with.. what I do when this happens, I take progestrone before bed until it subsides,, then just watch my body and stop taking when I feel its normalizing out... This is just what I do... It has been trial and error but my estrogen runs extremely high... Hope I could help you alittle...xxxx

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    Think I told you mine were so big at one point the radiologist even said "something is really wrong, you should see a doctor"! This was in the midst of seeing every specialist I could think of. Anyway, I always had dense breasts too, would watch what I ate, no caffeine, peanut butter..

    But at the height of my peri symptoms the cysts were so large and very painful. Pretty sure from estrogen dominance. Progesterone cream seemed to help, they eventually calmed down but cysts are still there.

    If you are concerned, ask for an mri for peace of mind, besides the mammo and u/s.

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    Hi , I have gone through numerous breast cysts,ultrasounds, excisions over the past 20 years. I am now 60. I was diagnosed with fibrocystic boobs and dense tissue. So everytime they see a shadow I'm put through the anxiety wringer.

    Just last week my daughter jad her first mammo and had to go back, got the same diagnosis. I still het the pains,fullness, etc because I am not yet officially in menopause. (I know, right?!)

    Just keep getting everything checked out but I bet everything is fine. Please keep us posted. Hugs!

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    Yup. Been through it too. When in doubt, get an MRI with contrast. That will really tell you if something is seriously wrong or if its "just" estrogen being a b***h.

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    Had a breast ultrasound done yesterday. Read by a radiologist and was given immediate results. No fibercystic breasts and no abnormalities. He compared it to my mammogram that I’ve had back in March and there were no changes. I also asked him about my dense breasts. He states my breasts are not dense as I was told by another radiologist years ago. He was able to see them perfectly well on the previous scans and by ultrasound. Though, he, also, said the term fibrocystic breasts doesn't exist. He said, "Women either have dense breasts or they don't. There's no such thing as Fibrocystic Breast Disease." I'm thinking theres a few that would beg to differ, including my mother.

    So, is it worth pushing for an MRI at this point? There’s always that what if they’re wrong feeling I have… and now of course, im sure my insurance wont pay for it. It could be estrogen just being a b**ch for sure! So frustrating! If MR eyes are the most accurate, where they just doing those for breast screenings every year? No radiation and early diagnosis. Aargh. Makes no sense.

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    Hello, This goes without saying that anything or any issues with the breasts, obviously you want ultrasounds and it to be checked by the doctor, which you said you are. My experience, I can just tell you, to completely cut out caffeine, sugar, any refined carbohydrates, cakey, cookie type foods are terrible for any breast issues., they really bother the breasts. also if you use regular deodorant I would switch to something holistic and natural. I also... when I had issues... was taking vitamin E and evening Primrose oil. I have very dense breast tissue as well, I think a lot of women do. Also Dr. suggest what’s called castor oil packets, google how to make them, only use organic, I think it’s also coldpressed castor oil, only the good stuff. That will help greatly. I did these steps in conjunction with seeing the doctor. I know that as far as myself and my friends, we all complain about how our breasts changed during menopause. My one friend has a distain for her breasts, that is truly unhealthy. She said they turned into her mothers… LOL. All I can say is... we just have to embrace these changes ...it’s much easier than fighting them 😉 Best Wishes!

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    I am going through that pain right now in my left side breast armpit to shoulder, that is why I am on here to see if anyone else has this issue I don't feel any lumps with self exam but I feel like something is wedged up under my left breast. I had a 3D mammogram end of Feb. Because of breast pain. I had an U/S on order but they said my mammo was really clear and even though I could have an U/S they felt it was unnecessary. I do not have dense breast tissue but fatty and clear to see. I have cysts in one of my breast, and I know my estrogen is high while my other hormones are low. I am almost two years post menopause, but really in the grand scheme of things that doesn't mean anything. I am about 60 lbs overweight. I am struggling to take anything off. I put on 35lbs in three years. So I know my estrogen issue and other issues could be improved if I could lose weight. I don't even like to look at myself in the mirror. I cry everyday. I am misery personified right now. To top it all off my Doctor quit her practice. She is about 37 years old and quit. Now I have to find another Dr and start all over. It is just discouraging. I have dealt with so much through peri and now post, I am a chronic worrier now, to the point of anxiety. It is truly debilitating.

    I know I am a ray of sunshine, lol Sorry. Hope you all feel normal soon.

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