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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


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Upper back pain one year. Ct of chest in nov 12 ok. Mri spine ok. Could this be missed breast cancer? I had mammogram sept 12 ok. Not present at rest

Upper back pain one year. Ct of chest in nov 12 ok. Mri spine ok. Could this be missed breast cancer? I had mammogram sept 12 ok. Not present at rest

No, not Realy: Pain in the back with movement is usually linked to posture of the spine or ribs. Cancer at your age is usually found within the breast, and the testing you have undergone already is reassuring. Continue to be medically examined for your concern of cancer, but seek a musculoskeletal physician to help with your chest wall pain. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram and I am sore in my peck muscle and under my arm. I feel as though I feel movement in my peck area.?

I had a mammogram and I am sore in my peck muscle and under my arm. I feel as though I feel movement in my peck area.?

It is possible: That the positioning and compression requirements of mammography caused some temporary soreness. If it doesn't improve in a few days, talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Should I start with a screening mammogram for a lump under my arm in rib area?

Should I start with a screening mammogram for a lump under my arm in rib area?

No - diagnostic: Wolf: whenever you are having a problem that could be related to the breasts you should ask for a "diagnostic" mammogram, not a screening. This means any extra imaging that might be needed can be done at the same visit and the radiologist will often talk with you about your results before you go. The sonogram is almost always done when you are feeling a lump as well as the mammogram. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram yesterday and today I have shoulder pain and pain down my right arm into my hand is this normal?

Not related: There is no reason that a mammogram would cause the pain you describe, so there is no cause for worry in regard to the mammography. However, you could have strained or sprained something to result in the pain you describe. ...Read more

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When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

See below: A mammogram does not cause numbness in the arm and hand. The position you had your arm in during the procedure could have put some strain on your neck so I would go to an urgent care center or your local doctor if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I have had pain in my left arm pit and breast for over 2 months now. My regular dr. Seems to think it is nerve damage chest X-ray and mammogram normal?

I have had pain in my left arm pit and breast for over 2 months now. My regular dr. Seems to think it is nerve damage chest X-ray and mammogram normal?

Get Ultrasound: I recommend a ultrasound of the axilla to evaluate the lymph nodes. A breast specialist will be able to rule out a breast issue as a cause for your pain.
It is possible for a breast cancer to cause pain and swelling in the armpit and this should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Breast and arm pit pain hi I've been having pain in my left breat and underarm for quite some time. I've had a breast exam, an ultrasound, and a mammogram. They see nothing. Sometimes its a stabbing feeling and sometimes a constant ache. I am large breas

Breast and arm pit pain hi I've been having pain in my left breat and underarm for quite some time. I've had a breast exam, an ultrasound, and a mammogram. They see nothing. Sometimes its a stabbing feeling and sometimes a constant ache. I am large breas

Common problem: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cuase the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. ...Read more

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Burning sensation starts in upper back and goes down arms?

Pinched nerves: What you describe sounds like it could be pinched nerves originating in your lower neck. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I get mild pain in my upper back, chest and arms at the same time. What is the cause of it please help!

I get mild pain in my upper back, chest and arms at the same time. What is the cause of it please help!

Too general to say: Lots of territory here! Do you hurt to touch/press anywhere? How long has this been going on? Any injury? Any weakness or numbness? Any relief with mild meds (tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen)? These symptoms are very general and likely not serious but see doctor if worsening. ...Read more

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Twice within 3 days I had a sudden onset of pain in the upper back of my arms. Stops me in my tracks. But then goes away in a few minutes. Any ideas?

Twice within 3 days I had a sudden onset of pain in the upper back of my arms. Stops me in my tracks. But then goes away in a few minutes. Any ideas?

Pain: You need to be seen and assessed by a doctor who can examine you. You may need imaging studies of your cervical spine. Go soon. ...Read more

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Pains in upper back chest neck arms, could this be because of gerd....?

Pains in upper back chest neck arms, could this be because of gerd....?

Yes: Although gerd is only one of several conditions capable of causing these symptoms, it is probably the most common one capable of affecting all those areas. However consider that heart attacks and aortic dissection (both very serious issues) could do the same. ...Read more

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What causes a burning sensation in your arms, neck, and upper back?

What causes a burning sensation in your arms, neck, and upper back?

C-radiculopathy...: ......one of your nasty little brothers shining a magnifying lens on your neck while you're out minding your own business and getting a tan! I'm jealous...we used to live in Austin....beautiful weather but you can keep the fire ants! Now, why at such a young age are you having these issues? Your symptoms could be an entrapment of the suprascapular nerve. See a neurologist for more workup. ...Read more

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Have neck oa. Getting upper back spasms with overhead strength training (5lb). How else can I strengthen my arms and upper back?

Have neck oa. Getting upper back spasms with overhead strength training (5lb). How else can I strengthen my arms and upper back?

Several Options: You many consider having a functional evaluation with a physical therapist to provide a regimen to minimize any neck mediated symptoms and also evaluate your overall functional mobility for areas of improvement. You may also find doing these exercises supine rather than upright may take some stress off your neck. ...Read more

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I have an itch on my arms, thighs, and upper back. No visible rashes. For nearly 3 mnths I've been having it. Not intense, but uncomfortable.

I have an itch on my arms, thighs, and upper back. No visible rashes. For nearly 3 mnths I've been having it. Not intense, but uncomfortable.

Many things: Itching (pruritus) can be caused by skin conditions such as eczema or hives. It can also be due to infections such as scabies or lice. Internal, non-skin, diseases can also cause itching such as kidney failure and hepatitis. Other causes include internal malignancies, drug reactions, anxiety and many other causes. Often no exact cause can be identified. SEE:bit. Ly/1u0iDFO ...Read more

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Extreme upper back pain for 3 days it hurts to move especially if I move my neck down/move my arms what would cause this and what do I do to treat it?

Ans: You are very young. Need a good history. Did you have any injury? Do you exercise or do heavy lifting? Best to see a doctor for a good history and examination ...Read more

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Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Worrisome: Acute pain in neck & pain radiating to both arms raises concern for cervical spine integrity. If a mechanical neck injury has occurred, then urgent evaluation is indicated as are imaging studies to rule cervical spine disorder that is impinging the spinal cord &/or cervical nerves transiting to the arms. Is very serious if either arm is weak. ...Read more

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What causes cool burning sensation in the neck and down the arms and in the upper back? Sometimes I have hot burning pain? Please help

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle weakness and burning pain in the arms, finger numbness, neck pains, etc. Prevention treatment is always recommended. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have been having right sided neck pain for a week then 3 days after that I started to have a warm burning feeling my upper back and arms?

I have been having right sided neck pain for a week then 3 days after that I started to have a warm burning feeling my upper back and arms?

See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. Sometimes a disk can compress the nerves in your neck causing shoulder or arm pain. You can also get burning and numbness. See your physician to get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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I have little red itchy bumps that turn into really deep scabs that take a long time to heal. Bumps occur on arms and upper back what could it be?

I have little red itchy bumps that turn into really deep scabs that take a long time to heal. Bumps occur on arms and upper back what could it be?

Keratosis pilaris: Is quite common. They generally only get itchy if your skin is dry. They only scar if you pick at them. You can use an exfoliant and a loofah. Acne is also possible. ...Read more

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I have spots of my upper back and arms it's like acne and if I shower like once a week I get only abit but if I shower more often I get more spots why

I have spots of my upper back and arms it's like acne and if I shower like once a week I get only abit but if I shower more often I get more spots why

Counterintuitive: As counterintuitive as it sounds, but plain water applied in excess (frequent showers) dries the skin out and can cause reactions like the one you are describing. If you can't reduce the number of showers you are taking, you may want to try a moisturizing lotion after every shower. See if that makes a difference. ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain in my upper back around my rib cage. It hurts worse when I lift my arms. Also my left hip has been hurting bad lately causing me to limp.

I'm having severe pain in my upper back around my rib cage. It hurts worse when I lift my arms. Also my left hip has been hurting bad lately causing me to limp.

See a chiro?: You might consider seeing a chiropractor to get realligned. Sometimes those ribs can become sore without any trauma. Not sure about the hip, though. Probably not related. ...Read more