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What causes a short stabbing pain in side of left breast near armpit? Some dull pain in ribs below armpit & below bra line of PCP says heart ok.

What causes a short stabbing pain in side of left breast near armpit? Some dull pain in ribs below armpit & below bra line of PCP says heart ok.

Costochondritis: Costochondritis, or Tietze's disease results from irritation of the cartilage that joins the upper ribs to the breastbone. Pain is typically manifest with movement, deep breath, cough. It is a benign condition, which can be properly treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Mechanical irritation due to bra wires can exacerbate the symptoms. ...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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I have a very painful lump left side breast. Was up more towards my armpit now it's down my whole left side of breast. I'm scared. It's painful. I do have large breasts so is it something to be so scared for?! I'm worried.

I have a very painful lump left side breast. Was up more towards my armpit now it's down my whole left side of breast. I'm scared. It's painful. I do have large breasts so is it something to be so scared for?! I'm worried.

See your doctor: While this sounds like something that may be treated medically, you shoud not assume it is a simple issue. Please see your doctor as soon as you are able. I hope that your problem is easy to treat and cure. ...Read more

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Marble size lump in armpit, aching and in left side of breast, noticed last August. My Dad, 2 Aunts 2 uncles died of cancer. I'm 50?

Marble size lump in armpit, aching and in left side of breast, noticed last August. My Dad, 2 Aunts 2 uncles died of cancer. I'm 50?

Need more info: Are you 16 or 50?
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Mass in left armpit for 5 months growing tenderness in left side of breast with a burning ache. Possible cancer?

Mass in left armpit for 5 months growing tenderness in left side of breast with a burning ache. Possible cancer?

Yes, possible...: Need to see your gyn or primary doctor asap for an exam. Could be non-cancerous but if it is a cancer, your odds of beating it are so much better when it is diagnosed/treated as early in its course as possible. ...Read more

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Been having this brief throbby pain on the side of my left breast and under my armpit for months now. I'm 19. Weird?

Been having this brief throbby pain on the side of my left breast and under my armpit for months now. I'm 19. Weird?

Yes, it's weird in: The sense that there's no immediate explanation. However, pain is your body's signal that something is amiss. Since you're concerned enough to ask Health Tap about it, I recommend you see a doctor. A Virtual Consult might not be helpful in this case b/c it would require feeling the area for lumps or tenderness. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I'm experiencing pain on the left side of my breast under my armpit. Its very painful that I need to take pain killers. What should I do? I'm worried

Need more info: I need to know how old are you? Are you breast feeding? Or do you have any sores in your breast or nipples
if it is that painful you need to be checked for infection (could be lymph nodes ...Read more

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I have a dull, tender to the touch pain. It is located under my armpit, outside of my breast. Only on my left side. Left side seems a bit larger than?

I have a dull, tender to the touch pain. It is located under my armpit, outside of my breast. Only on my left side. Left side seems a bit larger than?

Your age?: Answers to questions like yours, can vary based on your age. Please update your profile and include your age, and any medicines you take. Then ask your question again, and tell us how long you have had the pain and how severe it is. Then we will be able to give you better advice. ...Read more

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52yo. X2 wks been having pain under lt. Armpit onto breast, painful insensitive to touch cannot lie on left side. If puppy jumps onto breast very painful?

52yo. X2 wks been having pain under lt. Armpit onto breast, painful insensitive to touch cannot lie on left side. If puppy jumps onto breast very painful?

Inflammation: There appears to be irritation and/or inflammation of the breast or rib cage near the breast. There may be congestion of breast tissue as a cause. I recommend that you be examined by your physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Left breast is sore on side close to under armpit?

Left breast is sore on side close to under armpit?

Lots of things: Lots of possibilities, including muscle strain, lymph node inflammation, or other. Many groups recommend mammography for screening starting at age 40, you may want to get that done. ...Read more

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Pain in left breast and tenderness and pain in armpit and side of ribcage on left side. What could this be?

Pain in left breast and tenderness and pain in armpit and side of ribcage on left side. What could this be?

Breast Pain: Of course can't diagnose without proper exam, but pain with radiation to armpit may be a sign of inflammation and/or infection. Painful breast cyst or referred pain from chest or lung. See your doctor! ...Read more

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I have really bad pain, moves sides from left to right and its always around my breasts and under armpit Already gave me steriods but those didn't work?

Work patiently: You might need to be very patient and find a Dr to work with you. I expect they did some exam and tests before steroids - if not, do! Then, perhaps knowing your body in general (BMI, labs, etc) a PT eval might help for muscle/nerve work. Again - be patient and ready to exercise. ...Read more

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What can I do for lump on left breast on left side near armpit?

What can I do for lump on left breast on left side near armpit?

Physician Review: Palpable lumps in the breast may or may not be lymph nodes. Any palpable nodule in the breast should be reviewed by a physician who is experienced in breast review; surgeon, OB gyn, pcp. The provider should have access to high resolution ultrasound for an in depth review of the palpable area. Treatment options range from conservative observation to surgical excision, biopsy. Seek physician review. ...Read more

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Dull ache above. Left breast closer to armpit? Sometimes travels directly to same side in my back. I'm 28/f very healthy and exercise regularly.

Dull ache above. Left breast closer to armpit? Sometimes travels directly to same side in my back. I'm 28/f very healthy and exercise regularly.

Shoulder pain: I suspect the problem is muscular in origin given the history you have provided. I am always concerned about potential breast pathology in a 28 year old female. Suggest appropriate examination by qualified physician. ...Read more

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My left breast hurts on the side and in the armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

My left breast hurts on the side and in the armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

Not likely: Pain is not a usual feature of breast cancer. Is there a mass or lump? If there is a lump, see your doctor immediately. Does your bra fit well on both sides? Do mention this to your doctor at your next visit. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

Mastalgia: Breast pain is not usually a sign of cancer and is more commonly related to hormonal changes or simple mastalgia. However, you should be seen by your surgeon to help figure out what is going on also imaging with an ultrasound could be helpful and or mammography this could be related to gynecomastia. ...Read more

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I keep getting a pain on my left side. Starting on my left breast, to just under armpit to my upper arm ending just by my elbow. What is it pls?

I keep getting a pain on my left side. Starting on my left breast, to just under armpit to my upper arm ending just by my elbow. What is it pls?

Muscle pull: This could be a muscle pull. Try icy hot patch and anti-inflammatory over the counter. Should get better in short time. Its most likely not related to any breast problem/cancer. ...Read more

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I noticed a tender lump in my left breast right near my armpit on the top left side. What can this be?

I noticed a tender lump in my left breast right near my armpit on the top left side. What can this be?

Hard to tell.: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. ...Read more

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I am 17 and for a few months I have noticed an aching pain in my left armpit and side of my breast, moving into of my ribcage? Is this serious?

Get it checked: Your age makes this unlikely anything too serious. However, when it comes to this part of the body, there is no substition for a careful exam done by your doctor. Please get checked as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 45 years old and I have pain almost over a year now under my armpit left side, and part of my left breast. Is this sign for breast cancer? Or

Hi, I am 45 years old and I have pain almost over a year now under my armpit left side, and part of my left breast. Is this sign for breast cancer? Or

We don't guess: One does not sit at home and just worry or guess. You have a significant concern. Go get an examination and testing to determine the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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I ve small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back (left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer (no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

I ve small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back (left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer (no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

Very unlikely: It would be extremely unusual, but not impossible, for this to be a breast cancer. Any persistent symptom in the breast, and certainly any mass, should be examined by a doctor. You may need to have an ultrasound of the area done. It is always better to look into these things than ignore them. ...Read more