Patient Comments: Fibrocystic Breast Condition - Experience

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your fibrocystic breast condition?

Comment from: Miranda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

A Mirena IUD (intrauterine device) and spironolactone cured my agony from fibrocystic breast condition. The IUD hurt terribly for quite a few weeks, but I persisted. I've had 4 years of pain-free bliss.

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Comment from: k80dryden, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I was diagnosed with fibrocystic breast condition when I was a college student, at the age of 24. I was told by the physician, to eat a healthier diet, a low fat diet that included a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, and to avoid caffeine. I have found that avoiding fatty foods along with moderate exercise and consequently losing 10 to 15 pounds has relieved my breast swelling and pain. When the pain is gone all of the fears of getting breast cancer go away with it! However, all of my fears are not gone because I have never had a mammogram. At the age of 27, after graduating college and finally being able to afford medical insurance, I was told that I was too young to get a mammogram and to wait until I was 40 years old. I was also told that worrying about getting cancer was causing undue stress and that I had no more chance of getting breast cancer than any other healthy young woman. I weighed 169lbs when I was diagnosed. I am now 39 years old, 5'8" tall, and weigh about 145 to 155 lbs. Every time that I have gained weight the breast pain and swelling has returned. Now, I am no longer employed and have no health insurance and have never had a mammogram, a biopsy, or breast exam, other than a self-exam. The thing that worries me is that two of my aunts were diagnosed and survived breast cancer and my paternal grandmother had to have her left breast removed and that is the exact breast that hurts me the most. The good news is: she beat her breast cancer and died of old age at 91 years old!

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Comment from: Ariba, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I am fibrocystic in my both breasts. I got operated for that cyst, but after 4 months they again tell me I have cyst.

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Comment from: diane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I am 47 years old and have had fibrocystic breast for many years and I can't even tell people how painful its gets. My breasts are always hurting. Sometimes I feel like a big baby when I tell the doctor about the pain, and they don't believe you. I have fluid filled cysts that pop out like a 3rd breast; I am always getting them drained. I had one drained so many times. The doctor removed it whole and removed the roots. I will never have that done ever again. I want to have my breasts removed so badly, but if you can still get them on the chest wall what good is that! But maybe they are less painful.

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Comment from: Suzanne, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

At 30 I found a lump in my left breast while doing my monthly personal exam. I went to the doctor and while she was convinced it would be fine, she sent me to have a sonogram. The radiologist took one look at the images and ordered a biopsy. Three nervous weeks later, I was diagnosed with 2 small cysts and told not to worry about it. This past summer came the pain; it hurt to put on a bra. I went back to the doctors, and now they want to remove the cysts. I'm not so sure how I feel about it. After all my 94 year old maternal grandmother has been living with this since she was in her 40s.

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Comment from: Jess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I was diagnosed with fibrocystic breast condition when I was about 26. When I got pregnant a few years later, I had problems with blood in my breast milk, assumably from the cysts. While it cleared up after a while, it was still really weird.

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