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Wondering about breast tenderness

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Since I've "gone Paleo" I've noticed a wonderful thing that I wonder is a fluke. Every month before my period, my breasts would get very tender, so much so that it hurt to walk sometimes. When I quit caffeine it would diminish, but not totally. Since taking grains out of my diet, and eating real food, my breast tenderness has gone away, at least last month it did. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?

Thanks,

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on June 09, 2011
at 03:30 AM

Cooked is just to break down the cellular walls, improving nutritional absorption, and to provide a warm temperature for eating/digestion. My practitioner stated 3x/week will work, but you have to be consistent, so do it for the entire month and alternate days.

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on June 08, 2011
at 08:36 PM

thank you Marie, will have to try this. There is always room for improvement. Would more often be better? And cooked, would that be baked, boiled, steamed?

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Oh, and the "recipe" is no caffeine, no salt, and 1/2c cooked yams x2-3 per week.

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Hi Sue, eating "cooked orange roots" is a remedy from Chinese Medicine. It worked for me. (BTW, breast tenderness is a symptom of Liver Stagnation (tip to the hat to The Quilt's comments) so you may also be experiencing a rigid frame/joints and some frustration and edginess. If so, check out Paul Pitchfork's text on Healing w/Foods.) {I am NOT a practitioner, but am studying the business theories behind integrating "Ancients" into modern medicine to solve health and profit stagnation. I tend to look for traditional, cheap, and easy solutions.}

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on June 08, 2011
at 05:58 PM

thank you The Quilt, and at Marie, I do eat yams, but raw carrots, cooked in soup...why?

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on June 08, 2011
at 05:21 PM

increase breast tenderness is E2 (estradiol) is up or phytoestrogens are overwhelming the liver, or the liver cant clear them in first pass effect. You could get an E2 level as well as an highly sensitive CRP or you could increase your B complex vitamins to helps liver clearance. If your crp is up that is a big clue your liver is not optimized.

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on June 08, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Are you eating any yams or cooked carrots?

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on June 08, 2011
at 04:45 PM

DOH, how do I fix that Efaitch? Or did you do it for me......dagnabbit

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on June 08, 2011
at 04:41 PM

thanks for this, I was a carb queen too, long distance cyclist made me think I was supposed to be, but now I know differently. Just watched the movie Fathead...wow, what an eye opener, it should be shown in school!

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:48 PM

i do think caffeine can play a role in breast tenderness too, fwiw. when i was on gluten, it was worse during my heavier caffeine-usage months for sure. --- i still do drink a cup of coffee every day.

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Happy to hear that Pam!

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:34 PM

Sue, I'm being a pedant... Your caffiene tag is incorrect (caffeine). Just in case anyone's searching :-)

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:32 PM

Interesting! It seems that a lot of my "nighles" seem gluten related!

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:00 PM

Can't say that I have ;-)

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:29 PM

It has been a very long time since I had any PMS issues. A friend was complaining recently about her sore boobs and cramps. I harkened back to High School which was when I would have similar issues. (I was on a long distance running lots of bread kind of regimen).

Anyhoo, I was trying to find the link between the changes I've made and I think perhaps gluten may be one of the issues. Here's something I read recently:

PMS and menopausal symptoms are associated with gluten sensitivity and adrenal exhaustion in this manner. Recall that the adrenal gland produces reproductive hormones, and that pregnenolone serves as the building block for other hormones. Under normal conditions, ample pregnenolone exists for conversion to those hormones, but when stressed, pregnenolone is diverted instead.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:32 PM

Interesting! It seems that a lot of my "nighles" seem gluten related!

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:41 PM

thanks for this, I was a carb queen too, long distance cyclist made me think I was supposed to be, but now I know differently. Just watched the movie Fathead...wow, what an eye opener, it should be shown in school!

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C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:29 PM

From TTC (trying to conceive) forums, it seems that a lot of women suffer breast tenderness around ovulation & on the run up to their period. I've only ever suffered mood swings before menstruating, but my PMS/PMT seems to have disappeared too. Definitely think it's due to hormones calming down/nutrient deficiencies resolving.

Surely, we're not meant to have these symptoms each month are we?

And, fwiw, breast tenderness is common in early pregnancy when hormone levels rise :-)

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:23 PM

I actually had a breast cyst for over a year in my left breast. Since eliminating grain and sugar it has gone away.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Happy to hear that Pam!

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on September 05, 2011
at 07:28 AM

Same for me absolutely - and some of my clients too - I wrote a post about my whole journey and what worked for me with menstrual issues.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:42 PM

Since i quit gluten last year, even before quitting all grains and legumes, even before eating meat again, my boobs stopped hurting. Furthermore, NEARLY ALL PMS SYMPTOMS ARE HISTORY.....And I used to be one of the real crazies. (PMDD style) I seriously used to think someday pms would literally kill me. I would get irritable, irrational, argumentative, inconsolable--often suicidally depressed. Also brain-fogged, forgetful, clumsy/dropping everything, fatigued, with uncontrollable carb cravings, some acne, a day-before migraine and first-day terrible cramps, along with the sore boobs.

Now: ZERO boob-soreness, and none of that other horrible stuff - maybe a little water retention, maybe slight crankiness, sometimes a wee headache the day before, light cramps. Amazing. Pretty life changing, honestly.

p.s. as far as i know i'm not celiac or anything - i just stopped eating gluten b/c i though it would help my joints (it did) - i had no idea how it would change my brain/body.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:48 PM

i do think caffeine can play a role in breast tenderness too, fwiw. when i was on gluten, it was worse during my heavier caffeine-usage months for sure. --- i still do drink a cup of coffee every day.

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:12 PM

Actually, something similar did happen to me. When I started getting real periods, they would get sore, but after a few months, they stopped getting sore all together.

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