Interviewer: So your breasts are feeling kind of tender and they sort of hurt, is it a normal situation? We're going to talk about that next on The Scope. Announcer: Questions every woman wonders about her health, body, and mind.
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.
Some women may experience a sharp pain under their right breast that comes and goes. Others may experience it every time they take a breath. Sometimes this pain radiates into the back, armpit, or up to the breastbone.
Although chest pain is often—and rightfully— associated with heart disease, other medical problems can be causes of chest pain. Angina—feelings of pressure, heaviness, tightness. You can learn more about angina in the Harvard Special Health Report Diseases of the Heart: A compendium of common heart condition and the latest treatments.
Breast soreness is very common. It affects most women at some time in their lives. The degree of soreness, and where and how it is felt, differs for each woman.
Back to Health A to Z. There are many reasons breasts can be painful. Breast pain by itself is unlikely to be a symptom of cancer.
The left side of the body houses a number of vital organs. Under and around the left breastbone are the heart, spleen, stomach, pancreas, and large intestine. When you experience pain under the left breast, it can have a variety of causes — some simple, some serious.
Breast pain mastalgia — a common complaint among women — can include breast tenderness, sharp burning pain or tightness in your breast tissue. The pain may be constant or it may occur only occasionally. Postmenopausal women sometimes have breast pain, but breast pain is more common in younger women who haven't completed menopause.