NCBI Bookshelf. Boston: Butterworths; Breast pain is a sensation of aching, pulling, drawing, burning, or stinging in one or both breasts as a result of functional or pathologic conditions of the breast or, secondarily, due to extrinsic causes. Begin by asking whether the pain is unilateral or bilateral, localized or diffuse. If localized, ask the patient to point out the spot, if possible, with one finger and to clarify the type of pain, possible radiation to other areas of the chest wall or arm, whether it is continuous or intermittent, and any relationship to the menstrual period. The questioning at this point is intended to differentiate abnormal physiologic changes associated with engorgement and nodularity from benign lesions of physiologic origin.
It can affect any of the veins in the breast, but most commonly affects those on the outer side of the breast or under the nipple. Find out more about cording and axillary web syndrome. Over time, the narrow cord becomes a painless, tough band where the skin becomes pulled in. If the arm on the affected side is raised, causing the skin over the breast to stretch, a shallow groove can be seen over the cord, making it more noticeable.
Aubrey Bailey is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with an additional degree in psychology and board certification in hand therapy. Bailey is also an Anatomy and Physiology professor. Sarah Pflugradt is a registered dietitian nutritionist, writer, blogger, recipe developer, and college instructor.
YOU may think it only happens to the big breasted among us. The reality is the humble breast is made up of both fatty tissue and glands, all sitting pride of place over the pectoral muscles. While the quantity of fatty tissue determines the size of a gal's chest, it's the connective tissue and ligaments - known as the Cooper's ligaments - that gives boobs their shape.