Breast Pain Specialist

Maria Palafox, MD

Breast Cancer Surgeon & General Surgeon located in San Antonio, TX

Among the many mysteries of the female body is breast pain that can be constant or cyclic. This pain, also called mastalgia, may or may not indicate something more substantial at play, which is why it’s important to seek medical attention, especially if the pain is interfering with your quality of life. At Maria Palafox, MD, Dr. Maria Palafox takes a keen interest in women’s wellness, especially when it comes to breast health. If you’re in the San Antonio area, call or book an appointment online to get to the bottom of your breast pain.

Breast Pain Q & A

by Maria Palafox, MD

What is breast pain?

Mastalgia, or breast pain, is a common condition among women and is marked by a sharp, burning sensation or tightness in the tissue of the breasts. This pain may be constant or come in cycles, often tied to your periods.

Breast pain chiefly strikes younger women who haven’t yet gone through menopause and presents in a variety of ways, including:

  • Occurring over two or three days before your period
  • Lasting through your menstrual cycle
  • Occurring at any time and not appearing to be tied to your menstrual cycles

The pain itself ranges from mild to severe and can be a sharp pain or a dull ache. Swelling or lumpiness can also accompany the pain.


What causes breast pain?

Little is known about what causes breast pain, but the following are often tied to it:

  • A pulled muscle in your chest
  • Hormones (especially during your menstrual cycle)
  • Changes in your milk glands
  • Breast size
  • Fatty acid imbalance

Breast pain and breast cancer are rarely associated, but it’s still a good idea to have Dr. Palafox examine you to rule it out.


How is breast pain treated?

To treat your breast pain, Dr. Palafox first needs to get to the bottom of the pain. To do this, she conducts a comprehensive exam that may include:

  • A physical examination
  • A mammogram
  • An ultrasound
  • A breast biopsy

Armed with the findings from these tests, Dr. Palafox sits down with you to come up with a treatment plan, which may include:

  • Over-the-counter medications, such as Ibuprofen, for pain relief
  • An adjustment of your hormone medication, if applicable
  • A modification of your hormone therapy if you’re on it
  • Prescription medications, such as Danazol
  • Vitamin E

Dr. Palafox has had notable success using this last treatment, vitamin E. This harmless treatment involves taking vitamin E twice a day and is especially effective for breast pain that’s tied to your menstrual cycle.

In addition to these treatments, Dr. Palafox typically makes a few lifestyle suggestions that may help, such as wearing a more supportive bra or reducing the fat in your diet.

For more recommendations and treatment options for your breast pain, call Maria Palafox, MD, or book an appointment online.