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Big breasts can be a painful, numbing

Oct. 18, 2007 at 8:06 PM   |   Comments

PHOENIX, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers traced many symptoms suffered by women with macromastia -- abnormally large breasts -- to a pinched nerve.

Dr. Jacqueline Ansel of the Neurology and Neuromuscular Center in Clarksville, Tenn., used electrodiagnostic testing -- a diagnostic test that evaluates problems with patient's muscles and nerves.

Fifteen women with macromastia experiencing symptoms of neck pain, numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in one or both hands were examined. The physicians found that the muscles that control the movement of the thumb were found to be smaller or wasted in both hands, and there were bra strap indentations across the shoulders.

"Patients experiencing these symptoms are relieved to have their condition validated. The symptoms are not just a nuisance but are a real medical condition with clinical findings," Ansel said in a statement. "There are treatment options for patients with these potentially disabling symptoms including physical therapy, custom bras and breast reduction. Patients considering breast augmentation should also be aware of the potential risks involved if large breast implants are desired."

The findings were presented at the meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine in Phoenix.

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