Fibromyalgia Symptoms Can Include Breast Pain

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Can Include Breast Pain
Mastalgia and fibromyalgia can significantly coexist in women, suggesting that mastalgia may be a potential syndrome in  fibromyalgia. These are the results of a study titled “Can mastalgia be another somatic symptom in fibromyalgia syndrome?” and published in the journal Clinics. Mastalgia, also known as mastodynia or breast pain, occurs in about 80% of women. Commonly associated with benign breast conditions, such as fibrocystic breast disease, premenstrual syndrome, and psychological disorders, it may in rare cases be a sign of malignancy. Researchers investigated the coexistence of mastalgia and fibromyalgia, and how both syndromes can impact pain patterns. The team enrolled 114 women, 61 experiencing breast pain (mastalgia group) and 53 with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS group). All patients reporting breast pain (including those in the fibromyalgia group who experienced mastalgia three months prior to starting the study) answered the Breast Pain Questionnaire. All patients in the mastalgia group were screened for fibromyalgia syndrome to determine the coexistence of the two. Scientists observed that 47.2% of patients with fibromyalgia were diagnosed with mastalgia at the time of admission; additionally, they discovered that 37.7% of women with mastalgia met all the defined criteria and were diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome. Total breast pain scores registered in mastalgia patients in the FMS group were
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