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A 27-year-old female asked:

I finished breastfeeding 4 months ago. now, i have a pain under my left armpit/breast area and my left arm from my elbow to pinky finger keeps going numb. what should i do?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Chiro: Sounds like it may be musculoskeletal . Not unusual to have issue when breastfeeding. See your chiropractor.
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Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Maybe infection: You may have a residual infection of the breast, lymph glands, or some other inflammation. Check with your gynecologist. A simple, thorough exam should reveal the cause, and your doctor can initiate appropriate treatment. I recommend you call for an appointment tomorrow morning.
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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Nerve pressure: The effects from breast feeding should have cleared by now. While pain in the breast is not an ominous sign it is still worth checking out. The numbness in the left arm is probably not related as that sounds like pressure on the "funny bone" nerve but that should also be investigated further.
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Dr. Curtis Wong
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Arm numbness: Has nothing to do with cessation of breast feeding. If your symptoms don't go away quickly with a change of position, you should see your local doctor for a full evaluation.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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