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I have what I believe enlarged lymphnodes in my left arm and face. What test are used to diagnose in face? Arm?

I have what I believe enlarged lymphnodes in my left arm and face. What test are used to diagnose in face? Arm?

A few: Hi Jennifer,
Lymph nodes are typically examined physically by exam a physician first. If further imaging is needed, we typically order ultrasound. In some cases, depending on the clinical situation and physical exam, we also sometimes go directly to referral to a specialist to consider if excision or biopsy of the lymph node would be appropriate. ...Read more

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I have a golf ball sized, hard, painful lump on the inside of left arm where the arm bends. It grew kind of suddenly. I've had it for about 2 weeks.?

I have a golf ball sized, hard, painful lump on the inside of left arm where the arm bends. It grew kind of suddenly. I've had it for about 2 weeks.?

Lump on elbow: Could be an abscess, a bursitis (that grows suddenly and an abscess keeps growing) that is infected or is not infected or gout. if bursitis sometimes comes on suddenly from repetitive work, need to rest, ice, NSAIDS and may get it drained and fluid checked. Also lyme can present this way and needs treatment f/u with doc/urgent care ...Read more

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My daughter has an enlarged lymph node in left arm pit. It has been swollen for coupe of weeks however it did go way down and then came back?

My daughter has an enlarged lymph node in left arm pit. It has been swollen for coupe of weeks however it did go way down and then came back?

Other symptoms?: Was there an apparent reason for the swelling the first time? Ie: a bite on the arm, rash or infection. Did it heal while the node was swollen? Has she had a recurrance of the bites, rash, on the arm? Sounds like an infectious process at least in the beginning. Were there scratches from a kitten involved on the arm or hand? Discuss what you can remember with your doc. That can direct the next step. ...Read more

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Hi I have history of recurrent p.e. I have enlarged right ventricle (mild rvf). I have had cold sweats while hoovering. I also have rec top left arm pain?

Hi I have history of recurrent p.e. I have enlarged right ventricle (mild rvf). I have had cold sweats while hoovering. I also have rec top left arm pain?

Concerned: Your symptoms alone are very concerning, but particularly so given your past medical history. Your sweats and left arm pain. are most concerning for a heart attack. You should seek immediate medical attention, and go to the ER if necessary ...Read more

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Been having left arm/shoulder pain, intermittent. Echo and EKG normal about 6 months ago, but mitral valve enlarged slightly. Could this pain be hrt?

Been having left arm/shoulder pain, intermittent. Echo and EKG normal about 6 months ago, but mitral valve enlarged slightly. Could this pain be hrt?

Go to a DO: If you've already gone to a doctor and received your cardiology workup, it might be wise to go to an osteopathic physician for a second opinion, to help determine the origin of your left arm, and shoulder pain. S/he can do a full osteopathic musculoskeletal examination, and determine if your left arm, and shoulder pain is structural, or in some way related to another issue. If it is musculoskeletal origin, she/he can do and osteopathic manipulative treatment, and relieve that pain. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged axillary lymph node under my left arm. It is visibly noticeable and quite sore. I've often had enlarged lymph nodes while I was sick bit I feel fine and this one is quite a bit larger than usual.

I have an enlarged axillary lymph node under my left arm. It is visibly noticeable and quite sore. I've often had enlarged lymph nodes while I was sick bit I feel fine and this one is quite a bit larger than usual.

Lymphadenopathy: Studies show that approximately 1.1% of primary care patients presenting with lymphadenopathy have malignancy. The axillary lymph nodes drain the breast, chest wall and upper extremity. Lymphadenopathy that is persistent >3 weeks should be investigated. Most causes of axillary lymphadenopathy are reactive in nature. A full medical history and physical exam should be performed. See your MD. ...Read more

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My left arm is so achy?

My left arm is so achy?

Some time you may: Use it as pillow without knowing at night that to little pressure on the nerve and cause to be achy, hopefully it will go away. Thanks. ...Read more

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Why do I feel pain on my left arm?

Why do I feel pain on my left arm?

Need many more facts: There are way too many possible reasons to go into now. Clearly more history is needed. Ideally a doctor would want to perform a history and physical exam before making a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causing left arm to feel heavy?

What causing left arm to feel heavy?

See details: This needs evaluation by a doctor. Is the arm truly weak? Pain or weakness in the arm or shoulder area has many possible causes. ...Read more

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Sudden pain in lower inside left arm?

Sudden pain in lower inside left arm?

To the Doctor: Not one of those symptoms that you need to be google searching for the answer on your computer. Your age and gender put you on the side of being safe about this one. See your doctor. If this occurred with or after any exertion I would be particularly concerned. ...Read more

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Presistant pain in top half of left arm?

Presistant pain in top half of left arm?

Persistent arm pain: If there is no history of trauma (ie a fall or twisting injury) then persistent single sided arm pain could have several causes. Is the pain worse at night? Worse on movement or at rest?

There could be many different causes but without a proper examination and a history taken it is difficult to give you a proper answer.

I agree with the other answers to seek advice from a doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my left arm feel cold and tingly?

Why does my left arm feel cold and tingly?

Could be.....: Several things from minor, like a 'pinched nerve' in the neck, to major, like thoracic outlet syndrome.....See your doctor soon to get checked out. ...Read more

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My left arm feels heavy. Its hard to move it?

Left arm symptoms: These symptoms could reflect a focal stroke! - but this seems highly unlikely, given your age. A second possibility is that you rested on your nerve bundle that runs down the inner tricep region, next to your humerus. This area when compressed makes our arm seem "asleep". A third possibility is a cervical spine nerve root compression. A fourth possibility is an axillary compression of nerves. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have pain in my left arm?

Not sure: Tough to say over the computer, but l arm pain can certainly be associated with serious issues like cardiac chest pain. Best to have your pain evaluated by a dr. And get the proper diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot fully extend my left arm?

What to do if I cannot fully extend my left arm?

Needs to be checked: If you can not extend your left arm, you should consult your doctor or an orthopedic doctor. It may be due to muscle breakdown, Tennis Elbow or other neuro muscular disorders. Get it checked ...Read more

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What to do if pain in my left arm when I smoke.?

How about stopping?: There is an old joke - "Doc, it hurts when I do this." "Don't do that!! " Smoking causes intense constriction of arteries, more so in some very susceptible people, and you could be experiencing angina or heart pain. If it is only when you smoke cigarettes, I would be very concerned and see your doctor immediately for more complete evaluation. AND STOP SMOKING!! Get into a cessation program asap. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice weird sensation in left arm!?

Can you give me advice weird sensation in left arm!?

Not enough info.: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Why does my left arm hurt everytime I put on a shirt.?

Muscle strain: You may have injured a muscle or strained one. When you put on a shirt you have to twist the arm and in the process if there is an injured muscle it will hurt. If it doesn't get better see your doctor. Maybe you can remember doing something to injure the arm or to strain it. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my left arm keeps having sharp pains?

"left arm pain": The complaint "left arm pain" can be do to many conditions. Could come from the brain, spine, nerves, blood vessels, aorta, heart, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc. Your doctor will allow you to provide more information & examine you so he or she can a diagnosis and then provide treatment. ...Read more

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I get an odd pain in left arm at night. Should I be worried?

Don't worry: Just make an appointment with your doctor. Many possible things may be the cause of strange arm pain at night. ...Read more

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I have pain on and off in my left arm pit, what can I do for it?

I have pain on and off in my left arm pit, what can I do for it?

Get evaluated: Can you feel anything unusual in your armpit? There are lymph nodes there that drain the arm and front of the chest. Get seen and tell them your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions on pain in my left arm when I smoke.?

You need evaluation: To find the cause. Pain in the arms can be an indicator of cardiac problems, or can be something in the lungs or soft tissues of the shoulders, or even things in the abdomen like the gall bladder and other organs. Your doctor must make a diagnosis before anybody can suggest what to do. However, stopping smoking would be the obvious first step, and I strongly encourage you to do so. Get help! ...Read more

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Left arm is cold while the right is normal, what could be the cause?

Left arm is cold while the right is normal, what could be the cause?

Several possibilitie: Cause is one of 3...Complete blockage of main artery to left arm could result in cool extremity...Easy test...Can you feel a pulse at left wrist. If it is same as right wrist...Not an arterial problem. 2: nerve injury or compression on left side of neck or chest resulting in this feeling. Test with nerve conduction/emg of arms. 3: a deep brain injury resulting in this perception. Test MRI of brain. ...Read more

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I have an itch on my left arm for the last 2 days. What should I do?

I have an itch on my left arm for the last 2 days. What should I do?

Itch: Not enough info. Is there a rash? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help for itchiness? Sometimes food allergies or stress can cause rashes. ...Read more