Last year I suffered with recurrent breast inflammation (mastitis) which would occur in either of my breasts, but only in one breast at a time. I was sent to my local breast clinic each time as my GP was concerned that it could be cancer (there's a form of breast cancer that manifests itself purely as inflammation, with no lumps as such, plus I am post menopause and therefore wasn't breast feeding). I had mammograms and ultrasounds at the breast clinic, which showed absolutely nothing. They put me on antibiotics in case of bacterial infection, but one of the comments that the breast consultant made was that he thought that the inflammation was taking too long to subside on the antibiotics for it to have been caused by bacterial infection. His verdict was that it was 'just inflammation' and he just shrugged his shoulders as to what could be done about it... Fearing that I would have to live the rest of my life intermittently taking antibiotics with all the side effects they can cause (I was told that inflammation can lead to secondary bacterial infection of the breast, which can cause abscesses and fistulas that would probably need surgery, so I needed to take the antibiotics) I did my own research. And - to cut a long story short - I determined that the cause of the mastitis might be hormonal (although post menopausal, I've never been on prescription HRT)...So, I now self medicate with natural progesterone cream that has a touch of natural oestrogen in it...And, so far so good; I still occasionally get a bit of breast pain (mastalgia), but not inflammation/mastitis (which had caused me intense pain, but also made my breasts swell, go bright red and burning hot to the touch and caused me whole-body shivering, which made my teeth chatter like my body was in shock; on none of the occasions that I got mastitis did my temperature go up). I am now wondering whether the natural hormone cream is acting as a placebo and whether the inflammation could have been caused by TMS. Has anyone had a similar experience? Is there anything in any of the literature about TMS that has shown that it can cause inflammation anywhere in the body? I would be grateful to know if you've come across anything about it. Thanks in advance.