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Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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Cause of right upper rib ache just outside armpit area going towards the back. Heating pad helps. Hurts more when I stretch. No injury. 43female

Cause of right upper rib ache just outside armpit area going towards the back. Heating pad helps. Hurts more when I stretch. No injury. 43female

Muscle Spasm: Sounds like you have an internal muscle spasm. Best person to treat this is a doctor of osteopath that is trained in manual manipulations. Sometimes you may find a physical therapist with advanced training in these osteopathic techniques. ...Read more

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I have a dull pain towards the back of the armpit. When feeling for the tender area I think it may be the latissimus Doris. Pain came on after swingin?

I have a dull pain towards the back of the armpit. When feeling for the tender area I think it may be the latissimus Doris. Pain came on after swingin?

NICE: Anatomy "sense"....it may be that muscle strained/sprained by swinging (on what??)
In any case a strain/sprain will last for 7-10 days giving pain when the muscles involved are USED.
Applying ICE at first (24-48 hours) then HEAT to increase circulation in the area and promote healing is the best advice I can provide on-line

Hope it helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Having pain in chest, back, both armpits and pain radiates down armpits towards elbows. Pain more severe when resting and armpit pain comes in pairs?

Having pain in chest, back, both armpits and pain radiates down armpits towards elbows. Pain more severe when resting and armpit pain comes in pairs?

May be serious: How long have you had these symptoms and how severe are they? If of recent onset and pain is 10 out 10, it is safest to go to the er or even to call 911. If you have had these symptoms slowly progressing over a few months, then see your doctor. Possible causes are broad depending on the rest of your symptoms and exam (aortic dissection, spinal stenosis, cardiac, lung, esophageal). ...Read more

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I have a lump on my right side towards my back but not all the way in my back. No pain its on my ribs under the armpit area but as low as my belly but?

Right lump: Could be a lipoma. Looking at your age, it is possible. Unless you have a doctor in your family, I recommend you drop by your family doctor and let him check it. ...Read more

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I got the impanon, it was placed the inside of my elbow towards the back of my arm. It stabs me & I don't want it to be ineffective.

I got the impanon, it was placed the inside of my elbow towards the back of my arm. It stabs me & I don't want it to be ineffective.

It's effective: It shouldn't "stab" you, but if it is inside your body, it should still be effective. Go back to the provider that placed it and tell them about your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have this strange light pain in my left axilla almost towards the back & shortness of breath what can it be?

I have this strange light pain in my left axilla almost towards the back & shortness of breath what can it be?

Not enough info: To narrow down the possibilities, one needs more information from you. For example, if the pain increases when you take a deep breath, it is termed "pleuritic", meaning it suggests pleurisy (inflammation of the lining around the lung). However, viral illnesses, pneumonia, even more serious problems such as cancer, can cause pain and shortness of breath. You should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain at the injection sight on my arm after a flu shot that radiates towards the upper back?

Is it normal to have pain at the injection sight on my arm after a flu shot that radiates towards the upper back?

No: It may be from irritation to a nerve ending from the shot. If so it should go away after a few days. It is more likely to be unrelated muscle strain. ...Read more

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I have mild sharp twinges under left breast that radiate half way towards my back and into left arm pit and arm. Is this just anxiety?

I have mild sharp twinges under left breast that radiate half way towards my back and into left arm pit and arm. Is this just anxiety?

Anxiety, pain: Not necessarily, because for many women this is how cardiac symptoms present. So I would suggest seeing your doctor to rule out any medical illnesses. Then if all checks out you can work on a approach to address the anxiety. ...Read more

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I was playing basketball today and my thumb went back toward my arm! And now my palm near my thumb hurts a lot. Injury?

I was playing basketball today and my thumb went back toward my arm! And now my palm near my thumb hurts a lot. Injury?

Many possibilities: There could be a tendon injury, muscle tear, avulsion or fracture.
May want to try icing it and nsaids, if no better within a day or 2 please see a doc. ...Read more

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I did something that pulled my thumb back toward my arm really hard. Since then, the part on the palm of my hand near my thumb hurts. Injury?

I did something that pulled my thumb back toward my arm really hard. Since then, the part on the palm of my hand near my thumb hurts. Injury?

Injury.: Dear puma, since that action has led to pain it does seem that you have had an injury. I don't know how long ago this occurred. Medical evaluation can help determine the extent of type of injury. From there a treatment plan can be developed. Take care. ...Read more

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I sprained my wrist (palm toward arm) 2 weeks ago. It pops in the back center of my wrist when used, then gets a sharp pain and bad ache after. Why?

I sprained my wrist (palm toward arm) 2 weeks ago. It pops in the back center of my wrist when used, then gets a sharp pain and bad ache after. Why?

Have it evaluated: Possible cause of your pain may include sprain, bursitis, fracture, contusion, neuritis, but of course there are a multitude of other possibilities. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do for back pain? Also a lump under arm pit towards left breast?

Need work up: Lump word must be checked by your m.D and fell the size, consistency, pain or no? Back pain at age 35, find the cause ice pack, yoga, breating exc, ortopedic needs to find the cause. ...Read more

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I'm male 42 and I have pain under left breast toward side that radiates to back. Also left arm sore from shoulder to elbow?

Radiating pain: Please see you family doctor. That pain might be related to heart problems, or problems with the aorta. I urge you to get it evaluated by your family doctor, or an emergency room doctor. ...Read more

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Front deltoid muscle severe pain every time I elbow backwards or extend my arm towards shoulder blade. Is it sore? Injured?

Front deltoid muscle severe pain every time I elbow backwards or extend my arm towards shoulder blade. Is it sore? Injured?

May need to see your: Doctor. Depends how you injured it. You may have a bicipital tendinitis if you did some unusual lifting, or sports injury. Difficult to diagnose without further exam & evaluation in person. Get it checked out if it continues. Get a 2nd opinion from a D.O., osteopathic doctor specializing in Neuromuscular Medicine. They can diagnose, image if warranted & treat. Many in FL. Call the school's clinic. ...Read more

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My breasts hurt on only the outsides, closest to my armpits. Even just letting them hang to the side towards where the pain is, hurts.

My breasts hurt on only the outsides, closest to my armpits. Even just letting them hang to the side towards where the pain is, hurts.

ThinkOutsideThe. The: I'd start with the simple stuff first & if that doesn't pan out then get examined in person. Think about your deodorant, any irritating fabrics;your bra style, type, size/fit. Any activities that could have led to any muscle strains? Recent sunburn (s)or sun sensitivity? Any topicals like sunscreen or lotions? Do they get engorged certain times of month? Aerobics at the gym?
No? Then you know what to do ...Read more

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Hello I woke up this morning and was stretching I reached towards my right armpit and felt a little painless lump underneath my skin.?

Hello I woke up this morning and was stretching I reached towards my right armpit and felt a little painless lump underneath my skin.?

Lymph nodes?: This is most likely a normal lymph node. If it becomes tender or it is increasing in size I would see your doctor. If it moves around easily under the skin it probably a lymph node. If it seems to be stuck down and immobile this would be more concerning for a malignant process. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding and get a prickly stinging sensation in my armpits towards the end of the day. It started last week. Is this normal?

Breast feeding: Yes and no. Many women describe pains, "heaviness" in the arms, prickly sensations, and other discomfort when feeding. Sometimes, merely adjusting the position of baby helps. It is nothing to worry about and doesn't mean you have mastitis. If you can't find a more comfortable position, give your OB or pediatrician a call and discuss tricks and tips they have recommended to their other patients. ...Read more

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I have a deep pain 2 inches below my clavicle, towards my armpit and I have just noticed swelling. Could it be serious?

Mass and Pain: This depends on your age, sex history and the nature of the pain and the mass. If this persists more than a few days, get an examination. Better than guessing about a mass with pain. ...Read more

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Pain in both armpits when coughing? Pain is sharp, mostly on right side. Pain is in center of pit where arm and chest meet, goes out toward triceps.

Pain in both armpits when coughing? Pain is sharp, mostly on right side. Pain is in center of pit where arm and chest meet, goes out toward triceps.

Costochondritis: This pain is likely costochondritis. This is an inflammation of the chest wall during a bronchial or upper respiratory infection. Take Motrin 600 to 800 mg three times a day and the pain will resolve in a few days. Feel better! Good luck. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning and was stretching I reached towards my right armpit and felt a little painless lump underneath my skin it is prob my deodorant?

Lump: At age 16 most of these clear up on their own but if it persists, it might be a bacterial infection or an allergy to underarm deodorant. See your doctor to determine which since we can't do it in this forum ...Read more

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Aches and pains all over body and feel low on energy/dizzy. Pains in armpit area towards chest. Are these linked?

Aches and pains all over body and feel low on energy/dizzy. Pains in armpit area towards chest. Are these linked?

Dizziness: Sounds like a virus. Depending on how long these symptoms have been going on will determine whether you need further blood work. Try to increase fluid and eat healthy and sleep a lot. If persists after a few days. See your doctor and get some blood tests ...Read more

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I got breast implants a few years ago now when I lay down they fall over to the sides towards my armpits, what can I do to correct this?

I got breast implants a few years ago now when I lay down they fall over to the sides towards my armpits, what can I do to correct this?

Tissue can stretch: Frequently after augmentation surgery the tissues can stretch and become looser over time. The time for this to occur varies from patient to patient.
The solutions vary as well. You would be best served by obtaining a consultation from board certified plastic surgeon with experience in augmentation breast surgery. ...Read more

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Hi im 26 years old female... I hav dull ache in my left armpit that sometimes goes towards side chest n sometimes towards arm. There are no lumps?

Hi im 26 years old female... I hav dull ache in my left armpit that sometimes goes towards side chest n sometimes towards arm. There are no lumps?

Nonspecific: This is a Nondiagnostic symptom and could be due to muscular causes, nerve entrapment or inflammation /disease of lymph glands in the axillary area. If symptoms persist, see your physician who will thoroughly exam your neck, shoulder, Axillary area, chest and breast in order to make a diagnosis, order appropriate tests or refer you to the proper speciaiist after the assessment. ...Read more