Alternative Names Pain - breast; Mastalgia; Mastodynia; Breast tenderness Prevention There is not really any way to prevent most breast pain, but wearing a well-fitting bra for support may help. References Valea FA, Katz VL. Breast diseases: diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant disease. In: Katz VL, Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 15.
Phantom breast pain is feeling pain in the breast that has been removed. Phantom breast pain can happen after mastectomy for the same reasons phantom pains happen after limb amputations. The brain continues to send signals to nerves in the breast area that were cut during surgery, even though the breast is no longer there. You're more likely to have phantom breast pain if you had breast pain before you had a mastectomy.
Symptoms of phantom breast pain include the following sensations where the breast used to be:
pain and discomfort
pins and needles sensation
If there is intense pain associated with the phantom breast sensation, talk to your doctor about pain medication that can help.
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