Could muscle pain be from old breast augmentation?

I had a breast augmentation seven years ago, almost eight now. It was the type done below the muscle not above. I've started getting pain on my left breast and in that general area. It's only been a few months since the pain began and I don't necessarily have it every day but when I do have it, I can't ignore it and I'm getting scared. It feels like a dull burning more to the edge of the breast and sometimes down my left side to my waist. I have a bad stomach so I'm familiar with gas pains and I've taken simethicone when I've had these 'attacks.' I don't know if it worked or not. The pain subsided somewhat but did not vanish. Is there a chance that this pain has something to do with my under-the-muscle augmentation? What would you recommend I do at this point to alleviate my anxiety and eliminate other scary possibilities like something related to the heart? I know anxiety can manifest as pain but I'm no more anxious than usual, except for this current issue. I would really appreciate your guidance.


F, 36, Virginia

Believe it or not, it is not uncommon to get occasional pain in the breasts when implants were placed under the muscle.  It is often the result of muscle strain from overdoing it with physical activity.  I would recommend taking it easy for 10-14 days, and trying an NSAID like Aleve twice daily to help resolve any inflammation that may be causing the pain.  If it does not improve, I recommend following up with your surgeon for an evaluation.  But I would not be anxious about this - this is happens very commonly!

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