Breast Tenderness and Hypothyroid

Breast pain that is not cyclical can be due to the following: injury, a previous biopsy (pain lasts up to two years after this event), lung infection and arthritis.

It is not uncommon for women to experience breast tenderness and hypothyroid problems as a result of menopause. Because of the uncomfortable and often worrying nature of breast tenderness and hypothyroid problems, symptoms should be diagnosed as early as possible. The following page provides practical information on handling the symptoms of breast tenderness and hypothyroid difficulties.

What is Breast Tenderness? How is it Related to Hypothyroid Problems?

HypothalamusAny soreness, discomfort or pain in the breasts can be classed as breast tenderness, affecting either one or both breasts. During menstrual periods, breast-feeding and pregnancy it is common for a woman to experience mild breast tenderness. In the run-up to menopause, as well as during and after this period it is also likely that a woman will suffer from breast tenderness.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone – often the result of a hormone imbalance. Since the main purpose of the thyroid hormone is to direct the body's metabolism, people with this condition have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism, one of which can be breast tenderness.

What Causes Breast Tenderness and Hypothyroid Problems?

Further symptoms of hypothyroidism:
• Breast tenderness
• Fatigue
• Weakness
• Weight gain
• Coarse, dry hair
• Dry, rough pale skin
• Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
• Constipation
• Depression
• Irritability
• Memory loss
• Abnormal menstrual cycles
• Decreased libido

Breast tenderness can be caused by a wide variety of factors. However, in the majority of cases, an imbalance in levels of the hormone estrogen during menopause is the principal cause.

Hormonal imbalance during the menstrual cycle affects the amount of estrogen and progesterone in the body in different ways. When estrogen levels are down and progesterone levels are up (which is what happens during menstruation), the breasts increase in size. In menopause, hormonal imbalance can disrupt estrogen and progesterone levels further and increase the breasts to even larger size than is normally experienced, making the breasts more susceptible to pain for longer periods.

In order to manage and ease breast tenderness during menopause, it is critical to maintain healthy hormonal levels.

How Should I Manage Breast Tenderness and Hypothyroid Problems?

Chopping vegetables: a healthy diet can prevent menopausal breast painBecause hormonal imbalance is the most probable cause for breast tenderness and hypothyroidism, the first and foremost objective of treatment should be stabilizing hormone levels. This should be addressed primarily with a healthy diet and exercise regime, and supplemented with natural medicines.

For tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and to learn more about alternative treatments for breast tenderness and hypothyroidism, click on the following link.

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