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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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My left breast has been sore close to my underarm pit. The dull "muscle" ache has then spread. No sharp pain but dull. Now both my Breasts are aching.

My left breast has been sore close to my underarm pit. The dull "muscle" ache has then spread. No sharp pain but dull. Now both my Breasts are aching.

Depends: Breast/chest pain has many causes and many implications. Some are minor and some can be life threatening. More information a complete history and physical is recommended by your doctor if you indeed have these symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

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Pain above left breast in the muscle/rib area.?

Pain above left breast in the muscle/rib area.?

See your MD U are 83: Because of your age please see your internist for a minimum neuromuscular exam, possible ekg, and mammogram! yes a mammogram until god calls you! ...Read more

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My left shoulder has pain in the muscles. My left axilla stinks like bo. Bad bo. Left breast is full. More than right?

My left shoulder has pain in the muscles. My left axilla stinks like bo. Bad bo. Left breast is full. More than right?

Infection?: Perhaps you have an infection, either cellulitis or abscess, leading to fullness, pain, and possibly malodorous body odor. Only way to figure out what's going on is to go see your Family Doc for evaluation. Speculation won't help. In meantime, you can apply warm compresses to area to focus body's immune system. Some pus pockets can drain on their own so don't be alarmed if that happens. ...Read more

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Off and on pain over top of left breast towards center. Don't have tight pec muscles cause I stretch them regularly as I work out. Annoying pain?

Off and on pain over top of left breast towards center. Don't have tight pec muscles cause I stretch them regularly as I work out. Annoying pain?

Breast pain: A simple question is if your bra is too tight.
Also if you do a self exam do you feel a lump as there is a chance you have a small cyst that gets irritated. ...Read more

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Having a sharp pain in my left breast that only happens when I am leaning over, could it be a pulled muscle?

Having a sharp pain in my left breast that only happens when I am leaning over, could it be a pulled muscle?

Unlikely: You describe a positional chest wall pain. This often comes from the back (spine and ribs) not muscle.
See your physician for a spinal exam and to consider working with a physical therapist to work on stretching and postural exercise. ...Read more

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Have pain like a pulled muscle behind left breast. Did not do anything to injury myself but pain can be felt in my back same spot.

Have you had a mammo: Well could be just a pulled muscle. Do you exercise? If the pain feels deep in the breast may be good idea for you to have a mammogram. Best to be checked ny your doctor ...Read more

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17yo Asian. Did 1st self breast check, found 3cm thick hard strip of sth from bottom to left side of left breast. Is it muscle or sth more serious?

17yo Asian. Did 1st self breast check, found 3cm thick hard strip of sth from bottom to left side of left breast. Is it muscle or sth more serious?

May be rib: It would be very unlikely that you would have something serious at 17. The most likely thing that fits your description is a rib. Any time you wonder about a finding, check the other side. If you find the same thing there, it is probably normal. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Last few days, my left breast, deep down inside, in the pec muscle area has been itching & appln pressure only seems to help (temp). No other symptoms?

Last few days, my left breast, deep down inside, in the pec muscle area has been itching & appln pressure only seems to help (temp). No other symptoms?

Unusual for muscle: Itch in body. You should discuss this with your doctor to see what may be causing it that might be revealed by physical exam. Usually, itching occurs on the skin level, and not down deep into the pectoral muscle. Do get a 2nd opinion, especially if you are showing signs of hives, wheals, or swelling that will need further work up. ...Read more

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Muscle building supplements that can cause a lump in a males left breast?

Muscle building supplements that can cause a lump in a males left breast?

Yes: Absolutely. They also contribute to enlargement of the male breast which can be permanent. Consider stopping. ...Read more

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What can cause muscle twitching right below my left breast, around my rib cage?

What can cause muscle twitching right below my left breast, around my rib cage?

Various: Irritation of muscles due to overuse or contorted positions; irritation of the intercostal nerves in the rib cage; irritation of thoracic nerve roots often from compression; irritating lesions deep to the muscle such as tumors, infections, etc. ...Read more

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I have a muscle twitching right below my left breast, around my rib cage. Why would it twitch?

I have a muscle twitching right below my left breast, around my rib cage. Why would it twitch?

It Could be related: To stomach problem gerd.Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes gerd signs and symptoms. Thank you. ...Read more

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I have some unconfortable sensation under my left breast that spread to my arm and to my neck muscles what does this mean?

I have some unconfortable sensation under my left breast that spread to my arm and to my neck muscles what does this mean?

Confusion: Left sided chest pain is complicated. Everyone thinks about heart disease and woman are twice as likely to get a heart attack. But could be lots and lots of things. Gas, muscle strain, infection, trauma, cervical disc disease or a combination of these. Worrying about it will make it worse so get it checked out for your peace of mind. ...Read more

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It just felt like a painless muscle spasm behind my left breast. It lasted just a second but set off panic. Possibly anything dangerous?

It just felt like a painless muscle spasm behind my left breast. It lasted just a second but set off panic. Possibly anything dangerous?

See that you suffer: From anxiety disorder. It may have been a muscle spasm since your pecs are deep to the breasts. It sounds like it only lasted a second - so you are most likely fine. If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat. ...Read more

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Muscle knot feeling left side of back near shoulder blade, frequent burping, weird feeling in left breast in same area what could this be?

Muscle knot feeling left side of back near shoulder blade, frequent burping, weird feeling in left breast in same area what could this be?

Specialist will help: It all makes sense except for the "frequent burping", however a variety of strain patterns of the back can produce a visceral-somatic response. See a musculoskeletal specialist, usually a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) that specializes in omm (osteopathic manual medicine) or nmm (neuromuscular medicine) with a sports medicine background. They'll also weed out unusual causes like zoster. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with, for over a year, a tinglng feeling under my skin of my left breast. I also feel a tighting of muscles underneath in lung?

I have been dealing with, for over a year, a tinglng feeling under my skin of my left breast. I also feel a tighting of muscles underneath in lung?

Breast exam?: Have you had a breast exam or mammogram? I would recommend this to make sure there is nothing worrisome going on. If that is normal, you may be having spasm of your pectoral muscles. Try massage, alternating ice and heat, and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen ...Read more

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Slight pain under left breast where ribs are strarting while pregnant; breathing getting slightly difficult but feels like the muscle is tired inside.

Slight pain under left breast where ribs are strarting while pregnant; breathing getting slightly difficult but feels like the muscle is tired inside.

See your doctor: Any chest pain like this, especially during pregnancy should be checked out. It may be nothing, but always concerned about a pulmonary embolism (aka blood clot to lung). ...Read more

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I suddenly got an excruciating pain in my left breast, sharp like my muscle is being squeezed. Deep breaths and moving certain ways bring it back. Er?

Yes: Any excruciating pain of unknown cause has to be evaluated. It could all be muscle or costochondritis but I can't tell from your history. Women on contraceptive pills and who smoke are at higher risk for blood clots and there is a condition of lung collapse during periods (catamenial). From your short history, it is just impossible to make a diagnosis and you said severe or excruciating. ...Read more

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Hello, I have this light purple spot in my left breast, near my nipple, and I also feel muscle tightening some times a day out of nowhere in that area?

Hello, I have this light purple spot in my left breast, near my nipple, and I also feel muscle tightening some times a day out of nowhere in that area?

Exam: You must be examined and the skin lesion evaluated and observed. This sounds like a small hemangioma: a benign accumulation of capillaries under the skin; however, diagnosis depends on direct observation and cannot be done online. The breast/chest pain must be evaluated by a breast exam. ...Read more

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I have been having an on and off sharp minor pain in upper right portion of left breast. Could this be a pulled muscle?

Yes: Yes it could be a pulled muscle but I would advise you to see your doctor to figure this out. ...Read more

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I have been having pain much like a muscle being caught in my ribcage about 3 inches under my left breast. What does this sound like?

I have been having pain much like a muscle being caught in my ribcage about 3 inches under my left breast. What does this sound like?

Many possibilities: Depending on age, medical condition, activities, it could be many things. Muscle strain, even with "minor" trauma could do this. A cracked rib is possible. Rarely it could be referred pain from the neck or mid back. If it worsens or continues, see your primary provider for an assessment. ...Read more

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I have a pain under my left breast, it's painful to the touch and hurts when I flex my abdomen muscles and when I move certain ways. What is this?

I have a pain under my left breast, it's painful to the touch and hurts when I flex my abdomen muscles and when I move certain ways. What is this?

It's not your breast: The rib cage and chest wall can become sore or strained, especially after vigorous exercise. Did you just join a crossfit class or do 100 push ups? If you are able to take Advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin, usually this will help. ...Read more

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I did a home breast examination and felt a lump, not really sure if it's my muscle or a lump but it hurts what should I do and it's on the left breast?

I did a home breast examination and felt a lump, not really sure if it's my muscle or a lump but it hurts what should I do and it's on the left breast?

Better to check: Are you having your periods? Breasts do undergo changes during the menstrual cycle but if the lump persists for a week or more, it would be better to get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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My left breast just started twitching um muscle spasm or something more serious? I could see the twitching

My left breast just started twitching um muscle spasm or something more serious? I could see the twitching

Probably not serious: This is likely a fasciculation, localized muscle twitching which is usually not serious, esp. If it happens rarely. It can be related to deficiencies of calcium, potassium and esp. magnesium, so supplementing with magnesium, esp. As mag. Taurate or glycinate is worth considering- see http://drcarolyndean. Com/magnesium_miracle/
Stress may also contribute to fasciculations. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Upadya
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