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Doctor insights on: Pain In Armpit And Shoulder Blade

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What should I do about upper back pain near armpit and shoulder blade?

Spine nerve irritate: If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms to go more into spasm instead of releasing it.Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a. ...Read more

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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Im having pain under armpit,chest and back under shoulder blade on the right side?

Im having pain under armpit,chest and back under shoulder blade on the right side?

Could be many things: Without a more complete understanding of the medical issues, this pain by itself is nonspecific and could be due to many things. It may be benign and self limited or may point to a serious issue. ...Read more

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Pain around left breast, armpit, shoulder and blade. Can't pinpoint but feels sore where breast and armpit join. Dr sd heart sound fine ?

Pain around left breast, armpit, shoulder and blade. Can't pinpoint but feels sore where breast and armpit join. Dr sd heart sound fine ?

Musc-skeletal: Given the pain's path/location, your age and gender, plus "ok" from your dr., it is most likely soft tissue / muscular in origin. Particularly if large breasts, may have had a jarring type motion to start discomfort. Should improve with support, ice, nsaid. If not after 7-10 days, recheck with your dr. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pins and needles pain in my right side under my rib cage that goes into back, armpit and shoulder blade. also have nausea and vomiting.

I have a sharp pins and needles pain in my right side under my rib cage that goes into back, armpit and shoulder blade. also have nausea and vomiting.

Radicular pain: This pattern of pain is following the distribution of the intercostal nerve. There is one nerve beneath each rib and comes out in the back and goes forward. You need to be evaluated by a physician to make sure that you do not have cervical vertebral injuries or abnormalities. sometimes this may happen before a flare up of shingles (if this is the case you may see a rash in the same area soon) ...Read more

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Swelling in left breast, collar bone, armpit, and shoulder blade area in the left half of my back. A hard bone like lump above my left breast.

Swelling in left breast, collar bone, armpit, and shoulder blade area in the left half of my back. A hard bone like lump above my left breast.

Worrisome: Based on your age I would be less concerned about breast cancer, but you describe a hard lump so this concerns me. Is the area red or painful? This might indicate infection; please see a doctor ...Read more

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I'm having pain on my left side under my armpit and my left shoulder blade. What could this be?

I'm having pain on my left side under my  armpit and my left shoulder blade. What could this be?

Under armpit pain: Under armpit and shoulder pain can be due to many things: do you feel a mass? Have you had a fever? How old are you? Are you a smoker? Any history of cancer in your family? Any history of TB? Consult with us. ...Read more

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Hi. 54 year old female. Full pain in left shoulder blade. Swollen nodes under left and right armpits. What could cause this? Thank you

Hi.  54 year old female.  Full pain in left shoulder blade.   Swollen nodes under left and right armpits.  What could cause this?   Thank you

Many things: Whatever it is, you need to see your doctor. If these are in fact lymph nodes, then you may need to see a surgeon. Possibilities include infection, inflammatory or malignancy. Call your doctor and have him/her feel these areas. ...Read more

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Being getting cheat and under left armpit, neck back, and between shoulder blade all day at wrk today is this normal..plz any good suggestions?

Being getting cheat and under left armpit, neck back, and between shoulder blade all day at wrk today is this normal..plz any good suggestions?

Muscle or nerve: This is a rather diffuse discomfort that could be due to muscular inflammation or a nerve entrapment in the midspine causing radiation of discomfort around the rib cage into the front of the chest wall. Disc problem may be the culprit. If you can take them,NSAIDS like ibuprofen May help. If symptoms persist,see an orthopedic specialist or neurologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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For the last few days I've had a pain in my right shoulder blade (pretty much in the middle) and my right armpit feels a little strange. Advice please?

Likely muscular pain: Inflammation and irritation of the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder can cause discomfort in this described region. Pain can occur from a minor injury or muscle overuse. Short-term treatment (<1 week) with an over-the-counter pain medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help provide relief. Seek medical attention if pain persists beyond 1-2 weeks to rule-out other causes. ...Read more

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Why do I cough and then feel a sharp pain in my armpit across my back to under my shoulder blade?

Why do I cough and then feel a sharp pain in my armpit across my back to under my shoulder blade?

Could be diaphragm: When you cough, it increases your intrathoracic and intra-abdominal pressure. If you do not have enough fluid between your lung tissue and your diaphragm, coughing and even deep breathing can cause pain. Your medical doctor can hear if this is happening using a stethescope. Another reason for your pain could be a pinched nerve in your thoracic spine. Sometimes an MRI is necessary to diagnose this. ...Read more

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I have left armpit pain and pain under my right shoulder blade on my back. What could this be and are the 2 related?

Pain: No way to tell without examining you and perhaps getting some imaging studies. Make a list of all your symptoms and the sequence in which they occurred and go and see a doctor. You might try highlands regional medical center. ...Read more

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I'm having pain from my left armpit, going around my shoulder blade, and up into my neck. It comes and goes and sometimes radiates into my lower back?

I'm having pain from my left armpit, going around my shoulder blade, and up into my neck. It comes and goes and sometimes radiates into my lower back?

This description is: consistent with a radicular pain, i.e. pain originating from pressure on nerve fibers exiting the cervical (neck) spinal cord. Accurate/effective diagnosis/treatment can be difficult to find & bad help can not only not help but make things worse. Suggest find a physical therapist who is expert in Robin McKenzie evaluation & self-treatment techniques. Unlikely an internal mediastinal organ issue. ...Read more

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I'm having sharp tight pains on my left side upper back around shoulder blade more pain on the right side in the middle, pain also around armpit?

I'm having sharp tight pains on my left side upper back around shoulder blade more pain on the right side in the middle, pain also around armpit?

Myalgia vs. spasm: This sounds like muscle spasm if it is intermittent. This can be related to muscle overusepassive stretching , advil (ibuprofen) and topical biofreeze may help; however if not resovled within 1 week, get an examination and xrays. ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain in my right side-- chest, under my armpit, my shoulder blade. Not only is it painful, but it itches ( especially on my right?

I'm having severe pain in my right side-- chest, under my armpit, my shoulder blade. Not only is it painful, but it itches ( especially  on  my right?

Consider shingles?: The earliest symptom of 'shingles' or reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (previously caused chickenpox) ---is severe pain along a nerve path (dermatome) before the typical rash is apparent. The shingles can affect a nerve path stretching from one side of the chest wall through the armpit and back to shoulder blade. But, there are many other causes of chest/shoulder pain -see a doctor soon! ...Read more

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I have been having reccuring pain on my right side for last year it can be as high as my shoulder blade armpit or sometimes mid back rib area or below?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have a throbbing constant pain in my left shoulder blade, that radiates to my armpit and back. What is this?

Disc hx: Hi it appears you may have cervical or thoracic disc herniation causing radiculopathy MRI of cerv or thoracic ir both can be helpful for diagnosis and therapy and later epidural injection or nerve block can be helpful. ...Read more

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I have pain in my upper chest to the right near my armpit, it's painful to raise my arm and if I cough it hurts in my shoulder blade and back of arm?

I have pain in my upper chest to the right near my armpit, it's painful to raise my arm and if I cough it hurts in my shoulder blade and back of arm?

Pleurodynia: Female, no stated age has pain right upper chest, near armpit, painful to raise shoulder blade or cough. Sounds like Pleurodynia from infection/ inflammation affecting the lining of the Lung in that region. Could be caused by a number of Viruses and tends to Self- limit but if pain/ cough persist may need antibiotics and/or other treatment. Then see MD ...Read more

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I have pain that radiates from shoulder blade to arm, armpit upper spinal cord and also causes burning sensation.What could be the cause?

I have pain that radiates from shoulder blade to arm, armpit upper spinal cord and also causes burning sensation.What could be the cause?

Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapular nerve, we also see many patients with occult shoulder pathology have referred pain to this area. Patients who are very flexible can also have occult shoulder instability refer pain to this area. ...Read more

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I have a had feeling of swelling around shoulder blade and armpit on rib side for 3 years. Lump there but long and skinny don't think its a node.

I have a had feeling of swelling around shoulder blade and armpit on rib side for 3 years. Lump there but long and skinny don't think its a node.

Simple biopsy: You have a lump for three years. You should go to your doctor and have it evaluated. A simple excision or biopsy could tell you what it is. At a young age you want to make sure it is nothing. You could then stop worrying. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Sore back under shoulder blade, both sides, sore to breath, pain moves all over back sometimes, can spread under armpit and down sides. Whats wrong?

Sore back under shoulder blade, both sides, sore to breath, pain moves all over back sometimes, can spread under armpit and down sides. Whats wrong?

Muscle stress: Sounds like you have strained muscles around the shoulder blades. The type of activities that would do this would be either a severe acute mechanical force or a repetative stress, each or both incurred while pushing and pulling? Have you been moving? ...Read more

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I've pain in chest left side & armpit. Also around shoulder blade for 2 mths. Ecg ok so i guess i'm asking ideas re: what next?

Physical therapy: Continuous pain for 2 months isn't from a blocked artery more likely coming from pulled muscle or "pinched nerve." consider analgesia, range of motion exercises, heat and massage. Of course, if it is more intermittent, associated with physical activity other than movement of that arm, accompanied by short of breath, sweating, etc. Should be evaluated by professional. ...Read more

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Is it okay to get my tattoo on my shoulder blade colored in today when I have surgery on Tuesday to get a lump under my armpit removed?

Is it okay to get my tattoo on my shoulder blade colored in today when I have surgery on Tuesday to get a lump under my armpit removed?

Better to wait: Getting a Tattoo on your shoulder may create swelling in the lymph-nodes under your arm. This may make it more difficult to identify the correct lump to remove. It would be better to wait until after your surgery to get the tattoo. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Sore armpit and pain going through my right shoulder blade when moving my arm. What could be wrong?

Sore armpit and pain going through my right shoulder blade when moving my arm. What could be wrong?

Could be a tear: I would get yourself to an orthopedist. This could resolve with physical therapy and proper rest or you could have some ligament or labrum damage. Either way a full evaluation of your shoulder is warranted. ...Read more

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I have a terrible pain from after shoulder blade around mainly by armpit and side of breast specially when i breath, move of do nothing?

I have a terrible pain from after shoulder blade around mainly by armpit and side of breast specially when i breath, move of do nothing?

Doctor can evaluate: With symptoms of "terrible pain", a doctor should evaluate. It may be nerve pain from nerves coming out of the spine. It may be bone pain from the ribs or the spine. There could be a problem inside the lung or the pleura, which is the lining of the lung. If unable to reach one's regular doctor, one can go to the E.R. Because pains in the chest area might be heart attack symptoms. ...Read more