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Hack my sore boob

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 09, 2011 at 7:09 PM

So, my most recent period was the 3rd week of November. For more than a week preceding it, I had the worst case of tender boobahs I've ever had. Even wearing wire-free bras were murder (I have A-cups). It took two weeks for the aching to subside, and I've recently started going bra-free, which is basically what I do 75% of the time anyway (at home).

I'm currently in my luteal phase and I've felt myself up for lumps and I can't feel any. However, when I press up into my right boob I get a "bruised" feeling in the main mass (aka milk ducts and whatnot). There's no redness or visible swelling (at least not that I can tell). My left boob has always been underdeveloped and has always had an inverted nipple (which has caused me no end of heightened self-consciousness) and has never felt tender so I'm not particularly concerned about that one.

I do my best to avoid soy (but damn it's hard--shit is in EVERYTHING) and don't really eat many goitrogenic foods (2-3x/week max). Breast cancer doesn't run in either side of my family, however my mom has fibrocystic breasts (apparently that's quite common). I also tend to sleep on my right side.

Could my tit just be bruised? I have a routine physical and pap scheduled for the 20th but I wanted to get some Paleo opinions.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 17, 2011
at 01:49 AM

I think you're right about the progesterone. The soreness has faded over the past few days and is pretty much gone now that I've started my period.

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on December 14, 2011
at 07:32 PM

If you are interested, I am a FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist) We can run a salivary hormones panel on you and see if hormones is the factor. Sounds like it could be. Will never really know until you test!

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 13, 2011
at 05:01 PM

oh no! Not wheat farts! Poor gal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 10, 2011
at 07:36 PM

:) Hacking is for meat and nerds. :)

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on December 10, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I prefer when both boobs are unharmed. Hacking is for meat and nerds.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 10:43 PM

I'm 29, and have never had children. Stupid hormones! And I'm with you 100% about the Yaz. I briefly considered getting either the depo shot or the nuvaring, but decided against either. A condom is just as effective and doesn't mess with my body's natural state!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Hmmmmm, that might be worth a shot. I used to eat more brassica veg but these past few months I've been eating more root veg and tubers.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on December 09, 2011
at 10:33 PM

The title of the thread sounds like a line from a Brett Easton Ellis novel...

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:48 PM

LOL Kent trust me, there's not much to look at :)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Birth control makes me very ill so I don't take it. My periods are regular. The only things I think I'm eating which have soy in them are like pre-made Thai and Indian sauces, but even then I don't eat those very often :(

83d6a06c93bb3490dbca339cbbb63385

(526)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:17 PM

For me, even the small amounts of theobromide in chocolate will have an effect :(

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Nope, my bf and I use condoms every time and the only caffeine I get is from one cup of black coffee in the morning. I might switch back to decaf green tea and see if that has any effect. However, my next period is 10 days away. Maybe the rise in progesterone is triggering the soreness? So far it's not nearly as bad as it was last month.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I used to be friends with a girl who got non-breastfeeding mastitis in her left breast pretty badly. Had to have surgery on it which rendered that breast unable to lactate :(

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:37 PM

So many doctors on PH!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on December 09, 2011
at 07:36 PM

Kent - are you a doctor too? Small world

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:32 PM

That's okay, I still lol at poop jokes and I'm 29 XD

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on December 09, 2011
at 07:26 PM

BTW - not trivializing any pain you might be experiencing. But I am not mature enough to read the word boob and respond in a mature manner.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on December 09, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I'm a doctor. Let me know if you need a hand

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Is that for my boyfriend to administer? XD

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3a35e8bdfef3724c70dc594984b2d3d5

on December 09, 2011
at 09:00 PM

How old are you? I'm in my mid 30s and have found over the last year that I'm experiencing very much the same thing you seem to be experiencing. This is a definite change from the past. It was so painful that I discussed with my doctor and she told me that this is not an uncommon thing to be experiencing at this point and that the cause is hormonal. She advised that I limit my caffeine intake and make sure that I avoided becoming dehydrated. She also suggested the pill (Yaz) but I declined. Good thing too after all the stories that are coming out about Yaz and increased risk for blood clots.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 10:43 PM

I'm 29, and have never had children. Stupid hormones! And I'm with you 100% about the Yaz. I briefly considered getting either the depo shot or the nuvaring, but decided against either. A condom is just as effective and doesn't mess with my body's natural state!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 10, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Just can't bring myself to hack a boob that is already sore!

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on December 10, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I prefer when both boobs are unharmed. Hacking is for meat and nerds.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 10, 2011
at 07:36 PM

:) Hacking is for meat and nerds. :)

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on December 09, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Have you considered cacao nipple therapy?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:32 PM

That's okay, I still lol at poop jokes and I'm 29 XD

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Is that for my boyfriend to administer? XD

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on December 09, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I'm a doctor. Let me know if you need a hand

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on December 09, 2011
at 07:26 PM

BTW - not trivializing any pain you might be experiencing. But I am not mature enough to read the word boob and respond in a mature manner.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:33 PM

If we could get a better look at it we might be able to help out a bit better.

Can you provide some pictures?

All angles, please.

You know, for diagnostic purposes only.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:48 PM

LOL Kent trust me, there's not much to look at :)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:37 PM

So many doctors on PH!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on December 09, 2011
at 07:36 PM

Kent - are you a doctor too? Small world

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0faecc3397025eab246241f4dcd81f5e

(2361)

on December 09, 2011
at 09:04 PM

It's unlikely to be the tiny amount of soy.

It may be that you need more brassica vegetables - not less. They help the liver clear estrogen

Check out this post at Robb Wolfs blog: http://robbwolf.com/2011/11/28/testimonial-female-hormones-finding-balance/ ".....One of Robb???s suggestions was acupuncture. I???d had success with that for morning sickness with my pregnancies so I started going weekly. I think it???s made a big difference. Besides, we all need to relax. I???m a type A mom of four. Slowing down is generally not an option in my life. Being stuck under needles for 20 minutes is good for something. I continued to research and found in a previous podcast that Robb mentioned supplements that could help estrogen issues. DIM (diindolylmethane) found in cruciferous vegetables and Calcium D-glucarate which is naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables. Instead of taking two different things I found both in one product at my health food store. I saw results almost immediately. I began taking it mid-cycle and instead of the week of P.M.S it was only a 3 or 4 days. The next month it was less and by the next month it was almost non-existent."

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Hmmmmm, that might be worth a shot. I used to eat more brassica veg but these past few months I've been eating more root veg and tubers.

2
009bed5330dc6f707c4104eb758ca094

on December 10, 2011
at 12:11 AM

This sounds exactly like what I've been experiencing! I've been feeling excess tenderness, particularly between ovulation and the start of my period. I second losttraveler in that mine may be related to age as the pain seems to have changed in intensity and depth the past few years. When I was younger it would be just my nipples, while now it's more the fleshy part (but no lumps and no history of breast cancer, knock on wood). I'm 28 and have been using non-hormonal birth control BC for about 6 years. Some months are worse than others, and I haven't noticed a difference with what I eat.

That being said, this week I finally realized a major part of my problem: my boyfriend. The man likes to spoon with a death-grip! He wraps his arms around my chest and hangs on for life all night (until he rolls over and inevitably farts on me... I should mention he is not committed to the paleo way). I didn't make the connection until he cuddled me one night and his hand went right into a sore spot. I have sensitive skin and sometimes bruise easily, so my case may be N=1.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 13, 2011
at 05:01 PM

oh no! Not wheat farts! Poor gal.

2
887424a3ff057897ff8db932c6801261

on December 09, 2011
at 08:04 PM

How much caffeine or other stimulants do you drink? Even decaf coffee can cause breast pain.

Otherwise...Is there a possibility you could be pregnant? Sore boobs are very common in the early weeks.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Nope, my bf and I use condoms every time and the only caffeine I get is from one cup of black coffee in the morning. I might switch back to decaf green tea and see if that has any effect. However, my next period is 10 days away. Maybe the rise in progesterone is triggering the soreness? So far it's not nearly as bad as it was last month.

83d6a06c93bb3490dbca339cbbb63385

(526)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:17 PM

For me, even the small amounts of theobromide in chocolate will have an effect :(

1
6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on December 10, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Sounds like high progesterone to me. When I was doing fertility treatments (and taking progesterone), I always got like this during the luteal phase. Now that I'm pregnant they're sore all the time. Maybe you should get a hormone workup.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 17, 2011
at 01:49 AM

I think you're right about the progesterone. The soreness has faded over the past few days and is pretty much gone now that I've started my period.

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1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

on December 09, 2011
at 08:26 PM

hormones...are your periods regular? are you on birth control? what are you eating that has soy in it?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Birth control makes me very ill so I don't take it. My periods are regular. The only things I think I'm eating which have soy in them are like pre-made Thai and Indian sauces, but even then I don't eat those very often :(

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on December 14, 2011
at 07:32 PM

If you are interested, I am a FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist) We can run a salivary hormones panel on you and see if hormones is the factor. Sounds like it could be. Will never really know until you test!

1
96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:21 PM

It could be any of the things you mentioned. My boobs fill up and get quite sore and it happened before menopause and (still) now. Before menopause, it seemed to track with my monthly cycle but now not so much. Frankly, I'd hoped it would quit once I was post-menopausal but the only positive change was that I stopped sprouting watery cysts on a steady basis.

I've never totally figured it out, because the sore/happy cycles don't seem to correspond directly with my known food intake although we all know how likely it is we're taking in unwanted things even when we try hard to be careful. The soreness I feel is definitely in the milk glands/channels/nipples so my best guess is that it's tied to the mastitis.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I used to be friends with a girl who got non-breastfeeding mastitis in her left breast pretty badly. Had to have surgery on it which rendered that breast unable to lactate :(

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C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

(610)

on December 09, 2011
at 10:01 PM

It may be this even though you can't feel lumps. http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/cysticbreasts/a/fibcysbrlubupan.htm

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