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Losing Bra Eases Breast Pain

Q. I have suffered from fibrocystic breasts my entire adult life. At age 52, the lumps in my breasts had become so numerous, large and painful I could no longer ignore them.

After doing some research online, I stopped wearing a bra. After about a week the pain and tenderness disappeared, and now, four months later, the lumps have all gone away with none taking their place. This result has been dramatic and transformational for me. I wanted to share it with other women since this is a very common condition.

Needless to say, this treatment costs nothing and has no side effects. I wish my doctor had told me about this.

A. Many women do have lumpy painful breasts. If not wearing a bra limits your discomfort, it seems like a simple solution.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic suggest OTC pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, oral contraceptives or a drug called danazol (Danocrine) for fibrocystic breast disease. All these options have side effects, however, and going braless is far safer.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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