Is Breast Pain a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

fibromyalgia and breast pain

Mastalgia is a condition characterized by tenderness and pain in the breast. Also known as mastodynia, this condition affects almost 80 percent of women all over the world. The condition is often associated mainly with benign breast disorders, like the fibrocystic breast disease. It may also be due to psychological disorders, pre-menstrual syndrome, and in rare cases, an indication of malignancy.




Fibromyalgia and Mastalgia

Fibromyalgia and mastalgia may coexist in women. This has led some to believe that mastalgia may be a potential symptom of the chronnic pain syndrome. In fact, a study published in the Clinics Journal focused on this topic.

In the study, researchers investigated the reason behind the coexistence of fibromyalgia and mastalgia. They studied how both these conditions affect pain patterns. The study consisted of 114 female participants. 61 of these women were suffering from breast pain while the remaining 53 had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. All patients in the study had complained about breast pain. This includes patients under the fibromyalgia group who had suffered from mastalgia 3 months before the study has started. Participants answered a Breast Pain questionnaire during the study. All patients under the mastalgia group were also screened for fibromyalgia to determine the coexistence of the two conditions.




Results of the Study

Researchers observed that about 47% of fibro participants were shown to have mastalgia during their admission. In addition, they found out that about 37% of women with mastalgia were also found to have fibromyalgia symptoms. The overall breast pain scores registered in participants belonging to the fibro group were higher than those in the mastalgia group. In addition, participants belonging to the mastalgia group and found to have fibromyalgia showed higher widespread pain. They also scored high in the symptom severity scale as compared to those belonging in the fibro group.

The researchers highlighted that the link between fibromyalgia and mastalgia is more frequent than previously estimated. In addition, mastalgia was seen to be a part of the central sensitivity syndrome. Therefore, researchers concluded that mastalgia is a potential symptom of fibromyalgia.

However, it is important to noted that there are two forms of mastalgia. One is cyclic mastalgia and the other is non-cyclic mastalgia. Cyclic mastalgia is more common, which is mainly due to menstrual periods. On the other hand, non-cyclic mastalgia affects only a small percentage of women and does not indicate pre-menstrual exacerbations.

4 Comments

  • I do experience Sore Areas In My breasts. Not always In The same area. There are so many Body pain Issues and constant fatigue, Weird body temperature variations, vision issues and on and on.

    • I totally agree with u Wendi Hoffman pain all over and it goes on and on with loads of different symptoms I also have all of those things going on and it’s jst so hard to even try and move most days

  • I’ve had sore breast most of my adult years I’m 74 this yr. went to many Drs.they shrugged it off not believing me.I have been diagonal with rheumatoid arthritis 3years ago and I’m on methotrexate injections once a wk works well, except when weather changes but glad it’s not worse.

  • I have fibromyalgia I get a lot of pain all over my body but my breasts hurt and so painful 24/7 I had legs shoulders arm hands back is so painful all day and night not sleeping well. I have retired earley could not carry on working because of being in pain and constantly tierd all the time. It feels like somes cuting my breasts off with a knifevso painful I have very big breasts seen the doctor they it’s to do with fibromyalgia like with all my symptoms to do with fibromyalgia. I all so have IBS Which is got so bad .

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