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What can I do for stabbing pain under left armpit- on the chest side?

See your doctor: This could be any other number of things. You should see your doctor for a good check up. ...Read more

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Have a on/off stabbing pain under left armpit. Had a ecg in Dec and all was good. Don't think it's muscular so am worried?

Have a on/off stabbing pain under left armpit. Had a ecg in Dec and all was good. Don't think it's muscular so am worried?

Stabbing pains are: Rarely cardiac. They are usually musculoskeletal or neurologic. Cardiac pain is usually dull and pressure like. Squeezing and associated with other symptoms like shortness of breath. Ask your health care provider for a more definitive test. EKG is good acutely but perhaps a CT with calcium score or stress testing would be more reassuring to you. ...Read more

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Having pain on left side of heart under armpit near ribcage and stabbing pain under breastbone also shortness of breath every day. Wat could this b?

Having pain on left side of heart under armpit near ribcage and stabbing pain under breastbone also shortness of breath every day. Wat could this b?

Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest with the symptoms you have described is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP for re-evaluation or a cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Intense kidney pain and stabbing pain in left chest btw ribs, armpit, and left thigh near groin. Ekg fine, said endometriosis could be cause?

Intense kidney pain and stabbing pain in left chest btw ribs, armpit, and left thigh near groin. Ekg fine, said endometriosis could be cause?

Diagnosis needed: Pain is the main symptom in endometriosis. A cyclic pattern related to the menstrual cycle is common. The diagnosis is not made by blood tests or ultrasound. Instead, a diagnostic laparoscopy is needed and biopsy or removal of suspicious lesions. ...Read more

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I'm 27 at times I hav soreness in my left breast & armpit sometimes stabbing pain it's not cyclical. I'm very worried. My grandmas had breast cancer?

I'm 27 at times I hav soreness in my left breast & armpit sometimes stabbing pain it's not cyclical. I'm very worried. My grandmas had breast cancer?

Worried: I understand your worry over your symptoms. I certainly would not want you to have persistent worry and I recommend even just for that reason, that you let a physician exam your breasts and if warranted, refer you for a mammogram. ...Read more

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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

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What does a sharp, stabbing pain in my left arm mean?

What does a sharp, stabbing pain in my left arm mean?

Heart pain?: One of the 1st “unusual” symptoms we learn in medical school is that heart pain sometimes shows up as left arm pain. At your age this is a distinct possibility. Please see your doctor immediately to make sure this is not your issue. ...Read more

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I have sharp, stabbing pain on the inside of my upper left arm. Do I need to be alarmed?

I have sharp, stabbing pain on the inside of my upper left arm. Do I need to be alarmed?

Depends: Pain can be a symptom of something else. Depends on the duration, severity, and quality of your pain. Does it radiate? Is it associate? Any other symptoms along with the pain? These are all questions your doctor will likely ask you. If you had any trauma or activity it is likely musculoskeletal in nature and should improve with rest and a very short course of anti-inflammatories. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing pain on the left side of my chest about 3 inches or so below the arm pit. What should I do? What tests should I have done?

I have sharp stabbing pain on the left side of my chest about 3 inches or so below the arm pit. What should I do? What tests should I have done?

Emergency: Left side chest pain is always treated as an emergency as it can be caused by a variety of heart and/ or lung related life threatening conditions. With limited information available a visit to the closest ER will be appropriate and highly recommended. ...Read more

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I have chronic stabbing pain in upper left back and shoulder. Sometimes pain generating down my left arm.

I have chronic stabbing pain in upper left back and shoulder. Sometimes pain generating down my left arm.

Pain shoulder/ left: Be checked; this pain may be originating in your neck. Imaging may help to show this. It does not sound like cardiac pain. After imaging physiotherapy may be an answer. All the best. ...Read more

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I'm a 16 year old guy who had a sharp stabbing pain under my left arm. I did lift weights about 3 hours before. The pain was brief bu intense.

I'm a 16 year old guy who had a sharp stabbing pain under my left arm. I did lift weights about 3 hours before. The pain was brief bu intense.

Muscle strain: Is the likely culprit since you were lifting weights prior to the event. Based on your description of the location, you injured your latissimus dorsi, teres minor/major, or triceps. The important thing is to prevent injuring it again until it is fully healed. Advil (ibuprofen) can help. If the pain increases or becomes constant, consider a HealthTap Concierge video visit for further advice. ...Read more

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Extreme sharp and stabbing pain in left arm tricep. Haven't been working out just came on suddenly what could cause this?

Extreme sharp and stabbing pain in left arm tricep. Haven't been working out just came on suddenly what could cause this?

Many things: There can be different causes for posterior elbow pain including triceps tendinitis, partial triceps tear, olecranon bursitis, elbow arthritis or even medial or lateral epicondylitis. Best to avoid the aggravating activity and have it evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a sharp stabbing pain in my ribs under my left arm pit and it comes in waves about every 30 minutes what could it be?

Musculoskeletal: Most likely, it is a rib dysfunction and is pinching a nerve. However, it could be internal in the heart or lungs although these usually do not cause sharp pains with any kind of rhythmic occurence. I would start by seeing a osteopathic physician. ...Read more

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For the last week I have sharp stabbing pain in my left shoulder blade which causes some pain in the arm. What could this be?

Strain: Sounds like you may have a rib or upper back out of place. See your doctor and make an appointment with a chiropractor as well. ...Read more

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I all of a sudden got a bad stabbing pain in my whole chest and left arm. Lasted so far about 20min. Should I be worried? I was screaming in pain

Pain: If you have a pain so bad it causes you to scream like that in response. It is likely a good idea to get it checked out to see if a cause can be found so you can try and prevent a repeat experience. ...Read more

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I'm having pain in my chest on the left side my left arm is going dead and it's hard and it's a sharp stabbing pain and it like the room has no air?

I'm having pain in my chest on the left side my left arm is going dead and it's hard and it's a sharp stabbing pain and it like the room has no air?

Please go to. ..: Emergency for evaluation right away. Right now. Serious problems like blood clots to the lungs and stroke can happen even to young people so please go. ...Read more

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Inthelast week I have had a sudden sharp stabbing pain (in one point) in my upper left arm half way between elbow and shoulder on the inside. Whatisit?

Inthelast week I have had a sudden sharp stabbing pain (in one point) in my upper left arm half way between elbow and shoulder on the inside. Whatisit?

Left Arm Pain: Hi, left arm pain is one of the various symptoms that can be associated with angina, or cardiac pain. With out a history of injury, you should view this symptom as significant. You should have it looked at today. Remember that females can have very mild symptoms with cardiac disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in left upper arm. Hurts to move. Should I use a sling?

Stabbing pain in left upper arm. Hurts to move. Should I use a sling?

Shoulder pain: I recommend you avoid use of a sling for shoulder pain. A sling promotes stiffness, which in and of itself can lead to increased pain. Try ice, nsaids, and maintain flexibility. If no improvement in a couple of weeks, consult with an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am having SEVERE stabbing pain in my left ribcage which travels up to my collarbone and into my left arm. Can't even lie down to go to sleep. Advice?

Mgt: Severe chest pain requires an evaluation in the ED. At your age, cardiac causes are not as prevalent as among older patients, Other causes include an embolism. Please go the the ED for an evaluation including chest imaging. ...Read more

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If you have a stabbing pain in the lower left arm, does this mean heart attack?

If you have a stabbing pain in the lower left arm, does this mean heart attack?

Can be: There can be many causes to have pain in the left arm. A heart attack is just one cause of many. If you are having these symptoms, you should see a doctor asap to get checked out. Go to an er if you do not have a doctor. ...Read more

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My friend is 43, male and has previously had niggling chest pain, today has woken with stabbing pain in left arm and little finger. What could this be?

My friend is 43, male and has previously had niggling chest pain, today has woken with stabbing pain in left arm and little finger. What could this be?

Chest pain: Any chest pain in a 43 year old male especially with radiation to the left arm needs to be immediately evaluated. Heart attacks can present with those symptoms. Normally the pain with a heart attack is described as heavy and crushing, not niggling and stabbing but I think it is best to be safe. ...Read more

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Weird tightness/pulsing below right rib cage, developed into stabbing pain that sometimes radiates to left arm, back, and/or neck. Feeling of something there where pulsing/pain occurs.

Weird tightness/pulsing below right rib cage, developed into stabbing pain that sometimes radiates to left arm, back, and/or neck. Feeling of something there where pulsing/pain occurs.

Pulsing: Pulsating symptoms are seen with artery movements and an aneurysm. Gall bladder dysfunction is a cause of right upper abdominal discomfort radiating around to the back. Your symptoms are atypical and I recommend an evaluation by a physician who will take a thorough history, perform a physical examination and order any appropriate tests in order to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Pain for 2 days in left forearm more an ache than a stabbing pain, and tingling in fingers. No pain in other part of arm, chest or shoulder.?

Details: Pay close attention to where you feel the tingling. Aching pain less helpful for localizing the cause of the illness. Since you are 62 and the problem is new it is likely a nerve generated problem. Details of symptom distribution will help localize the nerves involved and this will help indicate potential diagnoses. Treatment depends on cause. See your doctor with the information. ...Read more