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What is sarcoidosis?

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis: Dear jbennett,
sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown etiology which can affect almost any part of a patient's body. It is known for the granulomas it produces--non-caseating--which can form commonly in the lungs. About 50% of the patients are african or hispanic origin, there is also a large % from northern europe. It has been found that a patient's immune response creates the granulomas.. . ...Read more

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Sarcoidosis (Definition)

A condition in which nodules form in various organs, including lymph nodes, lungs, eyes, and liver. Common symptoms include cough, chest pain below the breast bone, fatigue, ...Read more


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I have a swollen lump under my skin above my rib cage. Could this be due to sarcoidosis? Other conditions?

I have a swollen lump under my skin above my rib cage. Could this be due to sarcoidosis? Other conditions?

Depends: Sarcoidosis is an inflammation in the body of unknown cause where nodules (granulomas) form in many locations, including under the skin. 25% can get skin rashes. Lumps under skin can also be due to benign conditions such as lipomas (fat lumps), small tumors. Tell your md if this is a persistent problem to be sure it is not anything more concerning. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Have pain on right and left side of ribs. Not continual, just wicked twinges. MRI showed a prominent liver. Twinges cause?

Diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Have pain on right and left side of ribs. Not continual, just wicked twinges. MRI showed a prominent liver. Twinges cause?

No: Liver sits on the right side in the upper portion of the abdomen. It would not cause symptoms on your left side. Sarcoid is a difficult disease to deal with. Can have many symptoms. Make sure you follow up with your treating doctor regarding these complaints. Sorry this was not more helpful. Best of luck ...Read more

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I think I pulled a top rib muscle coughing (sarcoidosis), how long does it take to heal? What can I do coughing kills even hurts to touch breast.

I think I pulled a top rib muscle coughing (sarcoidosis), how long does it take to heal? What can I do coughing kills even hurts to touch breast.

Chest pain: If you've inflammed an intercostal muscle or a chest wall muscle it can take some weeks to heal. Your chest is constantly moving with respiration and coughing irritates it also, both slow healing somewhat. You might be able to take Ibuprofen to make things more comfortable. It is isn't improving should see your doc. ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis & I'm hurting real bad. It's my arm pit it's grown and increased in pain. I couldn't even sleep last night. What should I do?

I have sarcoidosis & I'm hurting real bad. It's my arm pit it's grown and increased in pain. I couldn't even sleep last night. What should I do?

See Doctor: Try otc med in the meantime if you don't have any pain med and you are not able to see your doctor. If this is a flare up- you may need a steroid treatment to help your pain. If you can't see your pcp then go to an acute care center for eval-. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with Myositis I also have lymph nodes that are in my face & neck. One was removed for tests & some in chest. Sarcoidosis?

I was recently diagnosed with Myositis I also have lymph nodes that are in my face & neck. One was removed for tests & some in chest. Sarcoidosis?

Sarcidosis: What Are the Symptoms of Sarcoidosis?
The symptoms of sarcoidosis can vary greatly, depending on which organs are involved. Most patients initially complain of a persistent dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include:
Tender reddish bumps or patches on the skin.
Red and teary eyes or blurred vision.
Swollen and painful joints.
Enlarged and tender lymph glands in the neck, armpits, and groin.
Enlarged lymph glands in the chest and around the lungs.
Hoarse voice.
Pain in the hands, feet, or other bony areas due to the formation of cysts (an abnormal sac-like growth) in bones.
Kidney stone formation.
Enlarged liver.
Development of abnormal or missed heart beats (arrhythmias), inflammation of the covering of the heart (pericarditis), or heart failure.
Nervous system effects, including hearing loss, meningitis, seizures, or psychiatric disorders (for example, dementia, depression, psychosis). ...Read more

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Will chest X-ray and ACE blood test be able to tell me for sure if I have/don't have sarcoidosis? Is there anything else that should be considered?

Will chest X-ray and ACE blood test be able to tell me for sure if I have/don't have sarcoidosis? Is there anything else that should be considered?

Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis can be difficult to diagnose because the disease produces few signs and symptoms in its early stages. Diagnostic tests include: c-rays, ct scan, mri, pet, blood tests, eye exams, biopsies, and lung function tests. ...Read more

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I have been having intermittent swelling of the lymphnodes on my head, behind ears recent swelling of rue and abnormal hilar chest xr. Sarcoidosis?

I have been having intermittent swelling of the lymphnodes on my head, behind ears recent swelling of rue and abnormal hilar chest xr. Sarcoidosis?

Need to see Doc.: Lymph nodes enlargement, swelling of rue, abnormal hilar shadow on cxr may suggest sarcoidosis, however, rue swelling is not a finding of sarcoidosis. Other serious conditions needs to be excluded like hodgkins, and non-hodgkins lymphoma and cancer. Ct scan of chest would be better at confirming hilar and mediastinal lypmh nodes. Lung specialist evaluation may be necessary if so. ...Read more

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Can you see sarcoidosis on chest xray? I am short of breath. When I stand

Can you see sarcoidosis on chest xray? I am short of breath. When I stand

Yes: Sarcoidosis frequently involves the lungs and a chest x ray and if needed, a ct scan, can show changes that are consistent with sarcoidosis. However, these findings are not specific for sarcoid as several other diseases can cause similar findings. ...Read more

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Few cases of iritis. Had chest and si joint x-rays. All fine. Does this rule out sarcoidosis? Had blood work too. All fine except HS CRP level is 2.6.

No: Spondyloarthropathy and sarcoid still must be considered. Early ankylosing spondylitis may not be recognized on si x-rays and other forms of spondylitis may spare the si. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with sarcoidosis in my chest lymph nodes. However I constantly have headaches and pressure in my left eye with eye floaters. What is it?

Diagnosed with sarcoidosis in my chest lymph nodes. However I constantly have headaches and pressure in my left eye with eye floaters. What is it?

? Unrelated: Or a side effect of a medication you are on as steroids, if any. Kindly see an ophthalmologist soon to make sure eye pressure and back of your eyes are fine, besides rest of eye exam, good luck ...Read more

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I have had chest pain for 5 mos, an 8mm noncalcified nodule on my left lung, swollen left hilar and axillary lymph nodes and CRP is 12.4. Sarcoidosis?

I have had chest pain for 5 mos, an 8mm noncalcified nodule on my left lung, swollen left hilar and axillary lymph nodes and CRP is 12.4. Sarcoidosis?

Mgt/workup: This is in the differential of possible causes, and a biopsy may be performed so that your physician will have more information, before making a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Sle. Wbc always high recent WBC 20.5, 25.4 ANC 6.8, 11.1, lymphocytes 5, 3. Lymphnodes larger than last chest ct. Sarcoidosis/lymphoma- should biopsy?

Sle. Wbc always high recent WBC 20.5, 25.4 ANC 6.8, 11.1, lymphocytes 5, 3. Lymphnodes larger than last chest ct. Sarcoidosis/lymphoma- should biopsy?

Wow, you: Are suggesting that you have sle, like I like to say! God does not hand you to many autoimmune cards. Noe, Prednisone can increase your wbc. Sarcoidosis can give you large lymph nodes. Proper evaluation should clarify if sarcoid or lymphoma, and it may require biopsy. ...Read more

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I have EDS3/chronic back pain, for 3 days I've had worsening upper back and rib pain with a fever and can't raise my arms or bend/walk properly?

I have EDS3/chronic back pain, for 3 days I've had worsening upper back and rib pain with a fever and can't raise my arms or bend/walk properly?

To The ER With You!: Whether or not you have EDS3, your fever and inability to raise your arms is very concerning. Your description otherwise is rather vague (more details needed), so best to go see a doctor for an exam and get this figured out sooner than later. Obviously, you should have someone drive you (to an ER would be best) today. ...Read more

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I, too, believe I have a pinched nerve that is causing a pinching sensation down my left arm. I also have left side rib pain esp. When coughing or tur?

I, too, believe I have a pinched nerve that is causing a pinching sensation down my left arm. I also have left side rib pain esp. When coughing or tur?

If you're asking...: ...whether the two are related, it's not likely. Also, a "pinched" nerve does not mean you will have "pinching" sensations in the affected limb. That's a misinterpretation of a colloquial term for a compression neuritis/neuropathy or radiculitis/radiculopathy. ...Read more

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Have right upper rib pain with arm pain/armpit. And right side of face what can it be?

Have right upper rib pain with arm pain/armpit. And right side of face what can it be?

Nerve irritation: You may have neck nerve root irritation that makes your muscles going into spasm especially the muscles that attaches to the ribs or covers the rib cage and arm. This will make the muscles of the shoulder girdle very tight and especially for spreading of the arm pit. Neck nerve irritation can also spread to the face. Please see the family dr. And also a rehabilitation medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Rib pain on right side under arm pit?

Muscular: First thought muscle strin but confirmation required dierected histoey and examination. ...Read more

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Upper right side rib pain (under arm) worse when moving or breathing, took a new exercise class on Friday using upper body movement, ?

Upper right side rib pain (under arm) worse when moving or breathing, took a new exercise class on Friday using upper body movement, ?

Rib pain: It is possible the pain may be related to the exercise class, particularly if the muscle is tender to the touch. If that is the case an ice pack and rest will help you. If the pain is persistent, gets worse or causes shortness of breath you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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My daughter plays competitive soccer. Was fine yesterday then reached upwards with her arm and now has rib pain. Could this just be torn cartilage?

My daughter plays competitive soccer. Was fine yesterday then reached upwards with her arm and now has rib pain. Could this just be torn cartilage?

Could be an: Injury to the cartilage that sit between the ribs or a strain of the muscles that surround the run cage. Support or care is ok nsaids ice stretching. Should get better in a week or so. ...Read more

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I have had shoulder pain and rib pain for about 6 months. Losing mobility of my arm. Hurts ribcage when I breathe. No break in ribs, 3 were displaced.

I have had shoulder pain and rib pain for about 6 months. Losing mobility of my arm. Hurts ribcage when I breathe. No break in ribs, 3 were displaced.

Complicated: If you have lingering displaced upper ribs, you may have something called thoracic outlet syndrome. Easy to test on physical exam, have your pcp or sports med doc examine. If no one has checked your cervical spine, make sure that has been checked out also to rule out radiculopathy. You might also consider manipulation by a chiropractor or do for the displaced ribs. Hope that helps, best of luck! ...Read more

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Upper back pain left side arm pain rib pain all on left side for 20 days now. Been experiencing heavy heart beat when lieing down. I'm 19 male?

Go see your doctor: There are a lot of things that could cause these symptoms. Go see your doctor to examine you and figure out what could be causing yours. It could be things as simple as panic attacks, to things as significant as emergency heart related problems. ...Read more

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27 w chest, arm, hand, back, rib pain for 6 months. Pain feels like foot falling asleep & 2-3sec. Shooting, burning, cramping pain 24/7. Awareness of heartbeat 24/7 (after Biaxin, HR normal). EKG's, blood, X-rays, stress are ok. NSAIDs don't work.?

Pain: Please have a family or friend refer you to a primary doctor you have not yet seen. Problems could be related to medical issues or you might set up an appointment with a Psychologist.
Please keep me informed. ...Read more