Thomas L. Whitten, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
- pain medicine
- pain medicine
Location and Office HoursWestmoreland Pain Management Center
4893 Rte 30 E Ste 8
Greensburg, PA 15601
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Why should I report physical pain to my doctor if I am an older adult?
As an older adult, it is vital that you tell your doctor if you are experiencing pain since it can impact your health more than your advancing age or any diseases you may have. Persistent, unrelieved pain is a powerful predictor of depression, social isolation and even suicide. Conversely, addressing your pain will maximize your ability to remain active and engaged in life.
What is cyclic breast pain?
Cyclic breast pain, which is caused by a woman's normal monthly hormone changes, is usually most severe before a menstrual period and then is relieved during the menstrual period. It is typically described as a heaviness or soreness, and it often radiates to the armpit and arm.
Cyclic breast pain is often accompanied by harmless breast lumpiness, also known as fibrocystic breast changes. These changes also come and go with the menstrual cycle.
Most cyclic breast pain goes away without treatment and usually disappears at menopause, when menstrual periods end.
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