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Hi, I am experiencing pain, redness, and significant swelling in the lymph node located above my elbow on the inside of my right arm. Possible causes?

Hi, I am experiencing pain, redness, and significant swelling in the lymph node located above my elbow on the inside of my right arm. Possible causes?

Injury or infection: Lymph nodes usually swell in response to an injury or infection. A lymph node in the area you describe would most likely be due to an injury or infection in your forearm or hand. Swollen lymph node (s) are usually a sign that the body is taking care of itself and not reason for concern. In very rare cases, a swollen node may be a sign of a more serious condition. If it persists, get it checked out

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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My left upper arm has been slightly swollen for nearly two months. I saw a doctor when it started who gave me no cause. Now the right arm is swelling.

My left upper arm has been slightly swollen for nearly two months. I saw a doctor when it started who gave me no cause. Now the right arm is swelling.

Follow up appt: Bilateral swollen arms is a symptom that needs to be investigated. There can be be a blockage in either the venous system or lymph system causing these symptoms. You will need some diagnostic testing, such as ultrasound, to make that determination. Insist on proper investigation.

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My wife is suffering from RA and the same is under control. No joint pain but on medition. Muscle pain and mild swelling in right arm. Reason?

My wife is suffering from RA and the same is under control. No joint pain but on medition. Muscle pain and mild swelling in right arm. Reason?

Probably unrelated: If the disease is well controlled, it is likely to be unrelated. You did not mentioned what meds your wife is taking so I cannot comment on that area.

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Swelling under my right arm pit?

Swelling under my right arm pit?

Possible lymphnode: We need details like how long it is there, painful or not, skincovering is free or attached to the underlying lump, any blackhead like area -likely a skin cyst - sebacious cyst, to r/o cancer sitting in lymphnodes- irrespective female/male breast cancers (commonest) and distant cancers like lung, thyroid, blood related cancers like lymphoma, leukemia, acute infections like breast abscess, chronic inf.

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Swelling under the right arm no pain?

See a doctor: Examination will help understand if the 'swelling' is from a mass of from fluids. Without more details of when this started and how it changes with time etc., as well as details of history and family information, my answer is limited.

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I have pain in my right arm pit area and there is also slight swelling so what could it be?

Need to be checked: Painfull swelling is often caused by an infectious process. In your arm pit/ axilla it could be a benign (non cancerous) lesion like lymphnodes, cysts of the skin, fatty tumors and developing abscess from an infection. It also could be a cancerous lesion. If this is not resolving within a few days you must have your doctor check this out.

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I had a venipuncture on my right arm on 3/11/16. My inner elbow still hurts and it hurts when I extend and flex my arm. There is also a bit of swelling?

I had a venipuncture on my right arm on 3/11/16. My inner elbow still hurts and it hurts when I extend and flex my arm. There is also a bit of swelling?

Pain: You may have a localized superficial vein thrombosis in the vein used you should be evaluated to determine if that is the cause seeing a vascular surgeon for evaluation of benefit

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Occaisional swelling, discoloration, & pain in right arm & hand? Could it be dvt?

Seems unlikely.: Intermittent swelling is not characteristic of DVT since a clot would cause continuous swelling. Also upper extremity DVT is not as common as lower extremity DVT and usually is associated with an inciting event such as trauma, tumor, an IV or thoracic outlet syndrome. It would be very unlikely for your symptoms to be due to dvt. See a vein specialist for an exam.

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I woke up with sevre swelling in my right arm and hand?

I woke up with sevre swelling in my right arm and hand?

That sounds bad...: Waking up with severe swelling in one limb sounds bad. A doctor or the E.R. Can check to see if the blood circulation to the limb is blocked. A call to 911 can get one a ride to the E.R. If no personal doctor is available.

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I have some swelling and redness on the inside of my bicep area of my right arm just above the elbow.

I have some swelling and redness on the inside of my bicep area of my right arm just above the elbow.

Celluitis: Could be a few things including an infection-cellulitis, a clot superficial or deep, a muscle problem. Will have to let your doctor take a look at it.

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I have pain in upper right arm. Can feel pain when I extend arm. Should I be worried? No bruising, no swelling just achy. Help!

I have pain in upper right arm. Can feel pain when I extend arm. Should I be worried? No bruising, no swelling just achy. Help!

Extensor Tendinitis.: More likely that you have a tendonitis of the muscles that extend your wrist.If it hurts to lift a carton of milk and the discomfort is just above the elbow on the outside of your arm then it is likely to be a tendonitis. Don't use your wrist with the palm down, rest the muscle and give it time. This can take months to get better.

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Inside upper arm pain and swelling right arm no injury for 2 weeks. From armpit to elbow.?

Inside upper arm pain and swelling right arm no injury for 2 weeks. From armpit to elbow.?

Get seen: Pain and swelling from armpit to elbow could be infection, injury, or more serious. Have this checked by you doctor.

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Right arm vein hurts by my wrist. Dr. Says it might be gout but even with meds the pain is still there and so is the swelling. What could it be?

Right arm vein hurts by my wrist. Dr. Says it might be gout but even with meds the pain is still there and so is the swelling. What could it be?

So here's the: Thing, if gout is the presumptive diagnosis a simple tap of the region (tap means doctor taking a sample with needle) would confirm that diagnosis. In the event, it's not gout, an abcess, or infection presents Similiarly, and that should be considered, a clot could develop in a vein, less common in wrist but very painful when it occurs.

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I had a venipuncture on 3/11/16 on my right arm. I have some forearm pain around the area and elbow and some swelling and tightness. Is this normal?

I had a venipuncture on 3/11/16 on my right arm. I have some forearm pain around the area and elbow and some swelling and tightness. Is this normal?

Pain: This is clearly not normal, often after venipuncture can be some localized ecchymotic changes, but this is more than 2 months ago. I would recommend that you be evaluated by a vascular surgeon to determine the underlying problem

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Large tear drop swelling under my right arm pit, ultrasound showed a enlarged lymph node, will have to see a general sergeon. Can you tell me what is?

Large tear drop swelling under my right arm pit, ultrasound showed a enlarged lymph node, will have to see a general sergeon. Can you tell me what is?

Inflammatory: Could be a response to an injury or inflammation of your upper extremity. However, biopsy will confirm all this and also rule out any chances of malignancy.

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What does it mean to have selling by your collarbone and up chest. With weakness in the right arm and hand that had the swelling?

What does it mean to have selling by your collarbone and up chest. With weakness in the right arm and hand that had the swelling?

Indeed: U can have thoracic outlet syndrome. Several reasons for it that all could compress the subclavian/axillary vein and artery as well as the brachial plexus.

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