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I have swollen, tender lymph nodes on the left side of my neck and just above my clavical. No other symptoms. Could it be cancer?

I have swollen, tender lymph nodes on the left side of my neck and just above my clavical. No other symptoms. Could it be cancer?

Unlikely: Enlarged lymph nodes can be due to cancer but in that case they typically are painless. Infection related enlargement of nodes is often tender. If the nodes do not settle down in 2-3 weeks, you should get checked by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Very Tender in the hollow area above my left clavicle and previously diagnosed with Costalchondritis in June that has not resolved. Should I be concerned?

Very Tender in the hollow area above my left clavicle and previously diagnosed with Costalchondritis in June that has not resolved. Should I be concerned?

Costochondritis: By now costochondritis should have resolved. Would check chest XR or chest CT and also may consider mammogram. Any pain on shoulder or arm movement? Any parathesias? Bumps or lumps? Coudl be LN, vascular sternocledomastoid pain (pain on neck movement?) rarely thoracic outlet (usually arm pain F/U with doc ...Read more

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I am in severe pain, left neck, shoulder, & clavicle area. I have swelling about 3 inches across, in the cs joint area, very tender to touch.?

I am in severe pain, left neck, shoulder, & clavicle area. I have swelling about 3 inches across, in the cs joint area, very tender to touch.?

Abscess: You may be describing an abscess or pus pocket eg painful swelling. Best to go see your Family Doc ASAP for evaluation & treatment as you may need to get swelling lanced & drained then started on antibiotics. Go to Urgent Care or ER if necessary. You may apply warmth/heat temporarily if necessary. In meantime, mark circumference of swelling w/indelible pen to give docs some idea of spread. ...Read more

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I have pain on my left shoulder blade that feels like a bruise when touched and just hurts when left alone. Do I need to see a dr right away?

I have pain on my left shoulder blade that feels like a bruise when touched and just hurts when left alone. Do I need to see a dr right away?

Rest and ice: Pain and tenderness is often from musculoskeletal causes. A pulled muscle or trauma to the area would have to be considered. Associated symptoms such as chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, pain radiating to the neck or left arm would be more concerning but would be uncommon to cause tenderness over the muscle. A trial of over the counter anti inflammatory medication and rest may help. ...Read more

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I have a weird pain right above my left shoulder blade. It's almost a bruise kind of pain, but there is nothing on my skin.?

I have a weird pain right above my left shoulder blade. It's almost a bruise kind of pain, but there is nothing on my skin.?

Strain?: Maybe you simply strained your shoulder-could be muscular or tendon in nature, etc. If this pain continues, see your Dr. To have it examined. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A bruise like mark appeared ony left shoulder I don't remember hitting it anywhere ant it doesn't hurt ar all?

A bruise like mark appeared ony left shoulder I don't remember hitting it anywhere ant it doesn't hurt ar all?

Monitor: You'd be surprised at how even minor "bumps" - even ones you don't remember - can lead to a bruise. I would encourage you to monitoring the bruise to make sure it's not growing or becoming painful. Also make sure your bruising elsewhere or bleeding from your gums when brushing your teeth, having bloody noses, blood in your stool or urine. These issues should prompt a formal evaluation with a doc ...Read more

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My left shoulder hurts, only when I lift it up. Hurts when I go above neck length. What could it be? Feels like there is a bump on it. Not a bruise.

My left shoulder hurts, only when I lift it up. Hurts when I go above neck length. What could it be? Feels like there is a bump on it. Not a bruise.

Acromioclavicular jt: Sounds like you may be describing an injury with swelling and pain over/about your acromioclavicular joint where the clavicle meets the acromion. There is normally symmetry between right and left joints. If one side is significantly more swollen and painful (especially with motion), a thorough shoulder examination is warranted along with Xrays. ...Read more

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I was bitten by my horse about a month ago (the bite broke the skin slightly, weird injury I know) and it left a scar behind. How can I fade the scar? It looks like I always have a dark colored bruise on my shoulder where I was bitten?

I was bitten by my horse about a month ago (the bite broke the skin slightly, weird injury I know) and it left a scar behind. How can I fade the scar? It looks like I always have a dark colored bruise on my shoulder where I was bitten?

Soft tissue injury: Time will be your best friend. Sounds like a soft tissue injury. So just monitor it but do not touch. It will take several months to resolve be patient and try to avoid horses! ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my left arm from an IV. It's grown and I have noticed increasing pain in my shoulder and daily headaches since the day I had the IV

I have a bruise on my left arm from an IV. It's grown and I have noticed increasing pain in my shoulder and daily headaches since the day I had the IV

Not related: It's not unusual to have some blood leak from the vein after an IV is discontinued. It would be very unusual for your shoulder pain or headache to be related to the bruise, and I suspect they are unrelated. Consult your physician if your symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Small red patch on my left shoulder towards my neck for three weeks. Feels a bit bruised on pressing but mostly just red. Not crusty no visible lumps?

Small red patch on my left shoulder towards my neck for three weeks. Feels a bit bruised on pressing but mostly just red. Not crusty no visible lumps?

Red patch - shoulder: Is it flat or raised? If there is lyme disease in UK check for it. May be eczema, bruise, infection (but should have grown wihtout treatment), early psoriasis, fungal (tinea), mycosis fungiodes. Try Consider (antifungal /steorid cream f/u w/doc ...Read more

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I have a painful bruise above my collarbone on the front left side of my neck and I have no idea what it is. Can it have something to do with my nipple?

I have a painful bruise above my collarbone on the front left side of my neck and I have no idea what it is. Can it have something to do with my nipple?

Strange?: Your nipple is a little bit lower than the clavicle. As 4 the bruised area, many times minimal trauma which goes unnoticed can cause this, also heavy back pack may B the culprit. Your nipple has nothing 2 do with it. ...Read more

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I have a bruise that came on my left side below my stomach and also my left shoulder and arm have been hurting me for the last two weeks and each day

I have a bruise that came on my left side below my stomach and also my left shoulder and arm have been hurting me for the last two weeks and each day

Bruise, L shoulder: Did you injure yourself/ Bump into something? Are you on blood thinners? if so check you levels as if too thin could bruise easily. Bruises do hurt may take 2-4 weeks to resolve but should be getting lighter or changing color, if your left shoulder and arm is hurting you x 2 weeks without injury would go to urgent care/ doctor today and get EKG make sure not heart. Or aorta. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps on my thigh, what could they be? Some turned into black bruises. Started about a week ago on my left thigh, now on my right and shoulder too.

Itchy bumps on my thigh, what could they be? Some turned into black bruises. Started about a week ago on my left thigh, now on my right and shoulder too.

Dermatitis: Sounds like you have a dermatitis (not otherwise specified) and an exam would define it more specifically. Most dermatitis like, itchy skin eruptions can be treated with a topical steroid and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as an antihistamine (which can also help with the itch). If severe, then get derm eval. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was walking up stairs then suddenly I tripped and got a bruise on my cheek bone and my left shoulder. Any help?

I was walking up stairs then suddenly I tripped and got a bruise on my cheek bone and my left shoulder. Any help?

Bruises: Bruises are best treated conservatively. To contain the spread and overall size, try icing the area. That will also help with swelling. Unfortunately, a bruise otherwise just takes time to get better. The purplish color will slowly turn to a greenish color which will fade to yellow and then disappear. ...Read more

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I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

Get examined: This could be a muscle spasm or a rib contusion or any of a number of things. Best thing to do if it doesn't go away is to see your gp physician and get examined/xrayed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bruises mysteriously found on the back left & right side of my neck, and left eye, plus ongoing pain in my left shoulder, what might this mean?

Bruises mysteriously found on the back left & right side of my neck, and left eye, plus ongoing pain in my left shoulder, what might this mean?

Bruises: Mysterious bruising requires a comprehensive evaluation and work up. You should visit your family physician and a hematologist (if necessary) to get a complete physical as well as blood work to further evaluate for clotting deficiencies, anemia, liver abnormalities, leukemia and other conditions that be responsible for these symptoms. ...Read more

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My skin has become very sensitive to touch in certain areas feels like bruise/ burn but nothing visible, stomach, left shoulder, left ribs, been a yr now?

My skin has become very sensitive to touch in certain areas feels like bruise/ burn but nothing visible, stomach, left shoulder, left ribs, been a yr now?

Cutaneous: Hyperesthesia, may be due to multiple underlying medical causes. I suggest a comprehensive physical exam, testing, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment based on same. ...Read more

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My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

"Tap"? W/hammer?: Caused bruising? Something doesn't line up. Not likely heart issue, but could be orthopedic or lung, depending on your specific health issues/meds and what a "tap" is that can cause bruising. Should see your Dr or an Urgent Care for exam and x-ray -or- go to ER if shortness of breath prominent. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think my daughter might have broken her clavicle but there's no bruising or swelling but when I touch that area she says it hurts?

I think my daughter might have broken her clavicle but there's no bruising or swelling but when I touch that area she says it hurts?

May not see bruise: The clavicle is one of the more common bones to break in the body. In kids it can crack & be maintained in place by its surrounding fibrous sheath & the only initial sx may be point tenderness at the point of the crack. Within a day or two a bump may arise over the surface of the bone. If the kid doesn't want to use the arm/shoulder & complains about that location it is worth a visit. ...Read more

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If I press just under my right clavicle it is super tender. It feels like a major bruise, yet there is no visible bruise or swelling.

If I press just under my right clavicle it is super tender. It feels like a major bruise, yet there is no visible bruise or swelling.

Continue to monitor: I would continue to monitor it. It depending upon where along the clavicle you are experiencing the tenderness it could be a bone bruise, muscle or joint sprain or even tender lymph nodes. In the absence of trauma, decreased function or worsening of symptoms, watching waiting would be appropriate. Certainly, see your primary care physician if it worsens. ...Read more

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Hard, painful (feels like a big bruise) lump in between breasts - seemingly on sternum. Does not move. 2-3in from clavicle. Should I get this checked?

Hard, painful (feels like a big bruise) lump in between breasts - seemingly on sternum. Does not move. 2-3in from clavicle. Should I get this checked?

Yes: Truly this hard, painful lump on your sternum could possibly be a hematoma (bruise). However, you would likely remember any trauma that may have caused such a lump. Without any recent trauma to the chest wall, I recommend having it checked asap. ...Read more

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I have a patch of skin on my right shoulder blade that is tender to the touch (even a bra strap it uncomfortable) I have no other symptoms?

I have a patch of skin on my right shoulder blade that is tender to the touch (even a bra strap it uncomfortable) I have no other symptoms?

Notalgia: A patch of skin with no symptoms, particularly on shoulder blades of women is most likely a condition called notalgia paresthetica. This patch of skin can also be itchy, burning or achy. It is thought to be due to inflammation or irritation of a skin nerve. It is sometimes a challenge to treat but treatments are available. Please talk to your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Small lump bulge discoloration on left side of spine between shoulder blades. Sometimes aches and it tender to touch but not too bad.

Small lump bulge discoloration on left side of spine between shoulder blades. Sometimes aches and it tender to touch but not too bad.

Lump: See your doctor to have it checked out. Could be a cyst or beginning abscess. Many other possibilities. You didn't mention how long you had it. ...Read more

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