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What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts?

Posted by Grace [4820.74] on April 10, 2006 at 19:52:15:

Hello,
I'm just curious. What exactly are fibrocystic breasts? I know that they are "lumpy" breasts. But say you were to mammogram them or ultrasound these "lumpy" fibrocystic breasts, what would you see? Dense tissue? I understand they are supposed to just feel like lumps and it's hard to do self-exams on them for that reason. But I just wonder what the heck makes them lumpy and what it is about fibrocystic breasts that make them feel that way (ie, is it dense tissue in varying areas of the breast?).

Lastly, why do lumpy breasts (and sometimes non-lumpy breasts) sometimes exhibit pain?

Thanks for helping out my curiosity...
Grace



Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts?

Posted by Terri-Lynn [1917.2536] on April 11, 2006 at 10:43:26:

In Reply to: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? posted by Grace [4820.74] on April 10, 2006 at 19:52:15:

Perhaps the Doc will answer that question, but I can tell you that caffeine really effects it; I can also tell you that Iodine really helps it!
This is not a foreign thing to this gal and these are the things I've done to help with them and then I don't expierence the symptoms. Off Caffeine and taking kelp and I do a spray of Iodine on my breasts once in awhile; Works for me!



Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts?

Posted by Grace [4800.74] on April 11, 2006 at 11:21:01:

In Reply to: Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? posted by Terri-Lynn [1917.2536] on April 11, 2006 at 10:43:26:

Would just small consumption of chocolate here and there be enough caffeine to affect the consistency of breasts? I only eat it a few times a week (whether it's in a bar form, or if they are chips in a cookie). I don't drink coffee or soda anymore, and will occasionally drink decaf green tea. So, I'm not sure this is enough caffeine to actually affect my breasts... is it???



Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts?

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 11, 2006 at 12:02:28:

In Reply to: Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? posted by Grace [4800.74] on April 11, 2006 at 11:21:01:

Grace,

IF caffeine is a contributing factor to your fibrocystic condition, just a trace every few MONTHS would be enough to keep it going!

Walt



Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? Ease of self examination. Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 11, 2006 at 12:10:07:

In Reply to: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? posted by Grace [4820.74] on April 10, 2006 at 19:52:15:

Grace,

"Fibro" means scarring and cystic means "cyst forming".

The process gradually causes scarring to block the glandular ducts and so cysts form behind the blockages. The pain comes from the pressure that stretches the ducts into forming cysts

Since I learned that elimination of all traces of caffeine, taking at least 400 units of mixed tocopherols vitamin E daily and, if necessary, a individualized dosage of Lugol's Solution daily for a few months cleared practically 100% of these cases--and greatly improved the rest--I have not had to send one patient for biopsy and detecting a cancerous lump has become MUCH easier in those patients.

Walt

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Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts?

Posted by Grace [4800.74] on April 11, 2006 at 12:58:33:

In Reply to: Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 11, 2006 at 12:02:28:

Thanks Dr. Stoll,
It would be very hard to eliminate caffeine entirely then, b/c I read that decaf green tea has traces of it, right?

What would an ultraound or a mammogram see if you have fibrocystic breasts... dense tissue? I'm very curious b/c I'd think it'd be hard to differentiate between a fibrocystic condition and a real "mass" if they indeeed feel like lumps to the self examiner.

Grace



Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts?

Posted by lissa [2032.23] on April 11, 2006 at 19:00:03:

In Reply to: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? posted by Grace [4820.74] on April 10, 2006 at 19:52:15:

On a mammogram possibly nothing, on an ultrasound, a cyst.

I don't know why they are painful, and flare up during menses.

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Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts?

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on April 12, 2006 at 06:42:02:

In Reply to: Re: What exactly ARE fibrocystic breasts? posted by Grace [4800.74] on April 11, 2006 at 12:58:33:

Grace,

It can be difficult to tell the difference between cancer and fibrocystic disease by palpation OR by scanning techniques.

The ideal thing is to discipline yourself to totally eliminate caffeine or caffeine like substances (as well as follow the rest of the recommencations) and sees how you are doing in 3-6 months.

I have done it and know that all it takes is discipline.

Walt

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