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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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Sharp pain in left armpit area, left side of chest, and upper part of breast for an hour and a half? Started in armpit area. Sort of short of breath

Sharp pain in left armpit area, left side of chest, and upper part of breast for an hour and a half? Started in armpit area. Sort of short of breath

Injury, Clot risk?: If you have had blood clots in the past, seek evaluation immediately through the emergency room. If your breast feeding is complicated with pain or bleeding, call your physician for immediate counsel. If you injured your chest or the shortness of breath grows, er evaluation needed. Get going. ...Read more

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I started getting sharp pain on top left side of left breast under armpit. It comes and goes every 2hrs but very sore. Any idea of what this may be?

I started getting sharp pain on top left side of left breast under armpit. It comes and goes every 2hrs but  very sore. Any idea of what this may be?

Need an exam: Without examining the area it's difficult to give precise advise. Is there a lump in the tender area? If it's in the breast it could be a cyst. If it's in the axilla it's likely an infection such as a boil or abscess. In order to make a diagnosis and treat the condition you would have to see a physician. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on left side chest between ribs when lifting left arm + swollen painful lymph node under left armpit?

Sharp pain on left side chest between ribs when lifting left arm + swollen painful lymph node under left armpit?

Some thoughts: A swollen painful lump in axilla (armpit) accompanied by pain on same side when lifting your arm is likely caused by an infection or inflammation of the sweat glands associated with hair follicles in axillary hair (hidradenitis suppurativa) or perhaps an irritation from deodorant. See Dr soon if you develop a fever or if the involved area doesn't improve or gets worse See: bit.ly/1yTavVt ...Read more

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I've been have sharp pain on the left side of my chest under my armpit to my collar bone when i breath or laugh etc. Any help ?

I've been have sharp pain on the left side of my chest under my armpit to my collar bone when i breath or laugh etc. Any  help ?

Multiple reasons: With no disrespect, especially at your age, have you had any implants.? Are you having any breast soreness, raising the possibility of mastitis. Do you work out frequently and could have pulled a muscle .? Rarely the top of the lung can collapse on one side causing your symptoms, have yourdoc listen to your lungs and then order a chest x ray if appropriate. ...Read more

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Whenever a lay down and turn sideways to my right side, after some minutes, a feel a sharp pain in my left side of chest near the armpit. Whats this?

Pinch: Positional changes causing this armpit pain are likely due to pinching a nerve, muscle or joint. If this is the only position that creates this pain, it is likely not harmful. If this persists and is present in a more regular position see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Upper chest pain, left side closer to my armpit. Had it for a month, comes and goes, feels kind of like achy/sharp pain above my heart?

Upper chest pain, left side closer to my armpit.  Had it for a month, comes and goes, feels kind of like achy/sharp pain above my heart?

See thoracic surgeon: Begin with pcp , if no help concider vascular or thoracic surgeon. Your first rib could pressing on the vessel causing symptoms. Thoracic outlet syndrome is remote possibility. ...Read more

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Is sharp pain in my left chest/armpit/arm, left side of brain ice pick like and tingling, and left abd and low left n right back pain endometriosis?

Is sharp pain in my left chest/armpit/arm, left side of brain ice pick like and tingling, and left abd and low left n right back pain endometriosis?

Jumping, Careful: Symptoms: only that. Almost always very non-specific, meaning have many different bases, person-to-person & time-to-time same-person. Symptoms, combined with many details: timing, pattern, associations, etc. Only 1 of many clues which may help sort out reasonable educated guess about what is happening. Many people get too much exercise - by jumping to conclusions - which are not true & harmful. ...Read more

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