Breast examination | health assessmet | Rasmussen College System
When asking the patient about breast pain, the nurse should start by inquiring as to when it first started and how often they experience it. Additionally, questions regarding any associated symptoms such as swelling or redness could provide valuable insight into the underlying cause while also helping determine if it requires further examination. Furthermore, desired therapies used in the past for managing this condition can help better assess whether or not additional treatments might be necessary.
In terms of potential causes for breast pain, some of these may include hormonal changes related to menstruation or pregnancy, infections like mastitis caused by bacteria or viruses as well as structural issues such as cysts or fibroids. Similarly, certain medications and products including birth control pills or anti-inflammatory drugs may also trigger these discomfort in some individuals. Ultimately, a thorough evaluation is needed in order to differentiate between benign and malignant conditions thus allowing an appropriate course of action to be taken accordingly.