Mastalgia (breast pain)
How is cyclical breast pain diagnosed?
It may be helpful for you to chart your breast pain to determine if the pain is cyclical or not. After a few months, the relationship between the menstrual cycle and breast pain will emerge.
How is noncyclical breast pain diagnosed?
One cause of noncyclical breast pain is trauma, or a blow to the breast. Other causes can include arthritic pain in the chest cavity and in the neck, which can radiate down to the breast.
Your doctor will be able to give you a diagnosis after a physical examination.