NCBI Bookshelf. Boston: Butterworths; Breast pain is a sensation of aching, pulling, drawing, burning, or stinging in one or both breasts as a result of functional or pathologic conditions of the breast or, secondarily, due to extrinsic causes. Begin by asking whether the pain is unilateral or bilateral, localized or diffuse.
We hear a lot about left-sided chest pain and its relationship to heart disease, but what about right-sided chest pain? What causes this symptom? And, most importantly, when should you be worried? Pain that occurs primarily on the right side of your chest has many possible causes just as does left-sided chest pain.
For many people, breast pain is related to the menstrual cycle or other hormonal changes. Although you can usually treat mild soreness at home, infections and other underlying conditions require medical attention. In these cases, there are typically additional symptoms. Your healthcare provider will use this information to help identify the underlying cause and advise you about any next steps. There are times when you should call your local emergency services or have someone drive you to the emergency room right away.