When to see your doctor about breast pain and tenderness
NHS choices recommend that you see your doctor if you notice changes to your breasts, such as:
- a lump or an area of thickened tissue in either breast
- discharge from either of your nipples (which may be streaked with blood)
- a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
- a change in the size or shape of one or both of your breasts
- dimpling on the skin of your breasts
- a rash on or around your nipple
- a change in the appearance of your nipple – for example, it becomes sunken into your breast
- pain in either of your breasts or armpits that is not related to your period
- any symptoms of an infection in your breast, such as swelling, redness or warmth in your breast, or a high temperature (fever)
And then there’s always HRT…
HRT may initially cause breast swelling and pain, which should settle down once your body gets used to the hormones.
The Hot Flush caveat, there are pros and cons to taking HRT. See our vlog – What is HRT? and our conversation with our gynaecologist, Dr Karen Morton Talking HRT with Hot Flush. We don’t take a view. It’s for you to decide whether it’s for you or not.