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Q: Is breast pain and swelling a symptom of hypothyroidism?

I have pain in my right breast and discharge. I was recently diagnosed as being hypothyroid and am taking medication for it. Are these breast symptoms related to that?

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/13/10 6:36pm

Problems with the thyroid can affect menstrual cycles and fertility, so it could certainly cause breast symptoms.  Usually hormonal issues affect both breasts, so if this pain has lasted longer than a few weeks, I'd suggest calling the doctor.  This article on breast pain can help you evaluate your situation.  Discharge when squeezing is very common and is not usually worrisome.  Start with the doctor who prescribes your medication, and then if you are still concerned, ask for a referral to a breast specialist.


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Don't Succumb to Itsjusta: Be Proactive About Breast Health

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By TIMMY, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/22/14, First Published: 05/13/10