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Old 07-16-2009, 07:45 AM
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I have fibrocystic breasts. I have had two lumps surgically removed, and have always had a lot of cyclical breast pain, often severe. I really only have a few days each month that my breasts are pain free--the first few days of my period. The rest of the time is pain. Sleeping on my side hurts, as does any sort of minor jiggling. I can't bear to have my husband touch them either.

I have tried everything I can think of to help with this. I cut out caffeine years ago and only allow myself a tiny piece of chocolate each month, since chocolate has caffeine. I don't consume any other caffeine. I don't wear a bra, since I read that this can sometimes help with fibrocystic problems. I have small breasts so this works. I eat a low-fat, vegetarian diet. I am working on getting my diet to be even more low-fat. I have not tried evening primrose oil or Vitamin E, though I am thinking about it.

What has helped others decrease the breast lumps and pain? I still have more breast lumps that don't need biopsies but are still there!
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:15 PM
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I suffered with the fiber cystic disease most of my life.. My doctor (a female at that time) told me to take 2 vitamin E's 400's, twice a day and it helped mine. The best cure was menopause! I also got off all caffeine too.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:32 PM
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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You've already tackled the biggest culprit; caffeine. I'm not sure I understand the no bra thing. I found that when my pain was the worst, the only thing that helped was wearing a well-fitting bra, including while I slept! The less they moved, the less they hurt.
Fibrocystic Breast Condition (Fibrocystic Breast Disease) Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments by MedicineNet.com

Relief of symptoms: Some simple measures, such as adequate support of the breasts and perhaps wearing a bra at night, may provide relief from many of the symptoms of fibrocystic breast condition. . .
Good luck!
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:01 AM
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I had the same thing for about 8-9 years. I'm currently 41. I've been called back for mammograms every 6 months because my breasts are that dense. The last one I had was the worst and I had to have a huge cyst drained in April of this year. However for completely unrelated reasons in April of this year I also adopted a mostly vegetarian diet eating only fish a few times a week and lots of vegetables, salads, fruits and whole grains. I still drink coffee, tea and alcohol. I've noticed a huge change and went for my latest mammogram yesterday. I'm completely clear of cysts and even the calcifications have subsided. I know that our hormones will change with age but this was a drastic change in just 6 months. I can't think of anything this can be attributed to aside from my new diet. I'd tried giving up caffeine for 4 months before, didn't work at all. Nor did the vitamin E gelcaps. About a month ago I did get a water filter from Zen water and maybe that's helped too. just food for thought anyway.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:03 AM
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Also - I just remembered that I switched to wireless bras in the spring too - found some attractive ones at the Gap - mainly because the pain was so bad right before my period. Maybe that helped too.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:52 AM
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I had fibrocystic breasts. A stretchy "nothing" bra was a must to keep them from jiggling even tho small breasted, especially when exercising.

A sports bra worked too.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:48 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Two things helped me: cutting way back on coffee and chocolate (the caffeine made the condition worse)


taking Evening Primrose Oil: Fibrocystic breasts: Alternative medicine - MayoClinic.com
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:15 PM
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I, too, would wear some sort of support. I have small breasts, but during my period, they would hurt something awful....and a bra helped immensely! Kee those things tucked and secure...it really helps!

Then, talk to your doctor! There are things that can alleviate, or at least, help this condition! Your doctor can only help if you let them know how severe your discomfort is!
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:19 PM
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Cutting out caffeine worked for me.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:09 PM
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Yes, The the fibrocystic breasts are due to chemicals that mimic estrogen. Caffeine and coffee are just 1 class of estrogen mimics. Coffee actually increases estradiol levels by 70% by a Bringham Young University Study. Chemicals and herbs on your skin mimic estrogen and cause the cysts.

Get rid of the chemicals and herbs on the skin.

You can also take some progesterone to counter them as well.

Here is a link:

You can look at the testimonials at Amazon. Search for "Progestelle" ( This is a progesterone topical ).
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