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Painless large soft swelling above l clavicle for 4 mos. No palpable nodes there but 3 hard fixed nodes below l ear, normal size. Related? Thyroid ok.

Painless large soft swelling above l clavicle for 4 mos. No palpable nodes there but 3 hard fixed nodes below l ear, normal size. Related? Thyroid ok.

Yes: A painless mass at your clavicle should be investigated. You should see your physician as soon as possible as this could be something very serious. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Get intermittent water-balloon swelling above right clavicle. Can feel it coming on when I walk. Lightheaded. Off balance. Imaging done. All normal.

Get intermittent water-balloon swelling above right clavicle. Can feel it coming on when I walk. Lightheaded. Off balance. Imaging done. All normal.

One possibility: If the "water baloon" happens closer to the shoulder joint it may represent a acromioclavicular joint (ac) cyst, a fluid-filled sac arising in the setting of a long-standing full-thickness rotator cuff tear. Subsequent mechanical wear of the articular capsule of the ac joint, allows passage of fluid from the glenohumeral joint into and often beyond the ac joint. Did you do an MRI of the shoulder? ...Read more

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Get intermittent water-balloon swelling just above right clavicle. Can feel it coming on when I walk. Makes me lightheaded?

AC Joint cyst: I have seen patients who present with swelling at the ac joint (where the collar bone meets the shoulder blade) that is intermittent with activity (such as walking). This is typically a cyst that is related to arthritis in that joint. You should be evaluated. I have no way of explaining lightheaded feelings related to this problem so evaluation would be helpful to you. ...Read more

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Swelling in triangle area above clavicle. Goes over mid clavicle to base of neck. Aching in shoulder arm and neck.

Swelling in triangle area above clavicle. Goes over mid clavicle to base of neck. Aching in shoulder arm and neck.

This can't be: Diagnosed with the available information. Recommend a physical examination, history and possibly lab or other testing. ...Read more

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Swelling in left neck & above clavicle, fatigue, pain/aches, CT scan shows inflamed lymph nodes and lungs pushing down diaphragm. Recent MRSA exposure?

Swelling in left neck & above clavicle, fatigue, pain/aches, CT scan shows inflamed lymph nodes and lungs pushing down diaphragm. Recent MRSA exposure?

Muliple possibilitie: There is a rather large differential diagnosis to the combination of symptoms and findings you have described. I would discuss these with the physician who ordered the CT scan. ...Read more

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I have a deep pain 2 inches below my clavicle, towards my armpit and I have just noticed swelling. Could it be serious?

I have a deep pain 2 inches below my clavicle, towards my armpit and I have just noticed swelling. Could it be serious?

Mass and Pain: This depends on your age, sex history and the nature of the pain and the mass. If this persists more than a few days, get an examination. Better than guessing about a mass with pain. ...Read more

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I think my daughter might have broken her clavicle but there's no bruising or swelling but when I touch that area she says it hurts?

I think my daughter might have broken her clavicle but there's no bruising or swelling but when I touch that area she says it hurts?

May not see bruise: The clavicle is one of the more common bones to break in the body. In kids it can crack & be maintained in place by its surrounding fibrous sheath & the only initial sx may be point tenderness at the point of the crack. Within a day or two a bump may arise over the surface of the bone. If the kid doesn't want to use the arm/shoulder & complains about that location it is worth a visit. ...Read more

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If I press just under my right clavicle it is super tender. It feels like a major bruise, yet there is no visible bruise or swelling.

If I press just under my right clavicle it is super tender. It feels like a major bruise, yet there is no visible bruise or swelling.

Continue to monitor: I would continue to monitor it. It depending upon where along the clavicle you are experiencing the tenderness it could be a bone bruise, muscle or joint sprain or even tender lymph nodes. In the absence of trauma, decreased function or worsening of symptoms, watching waiting would be appropriate. Certainly, see your primary care physician if it worsens. ...Read more

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I am in severe pain, left neck, shoulder, & clavicle area. I have swelling about 3 inches across, in the cs joint area, very tender to touch.?

I am in severe pain, left neck, shoulder, & clavicle area. I have swelling about 3 inches across, in the cs joint area, very tender to touch.?

Abscess: You may be describing an abscess or pus pocket eg painful swelling. Best to go see your Family Doc ASAP for evaluation & treatment as you may need to get swelling lanced & drained then started on antibiotics. Go to Urgent Care or ER if necessary. You may apply warmth/heat temporarily if necessary. In meantime, mark circumference of swelling w/indelible pen to give docs some idea of spread. ...Read more

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I had someone try to inject me in my neck with meth and now by my clavicle there is a hard lump. The swelling has gone down a bit but still there.

I had someone try to inject me in my neck with meth and now by my clavicle there is a hard lump. The swelling has gone down a bit but still there.

See below: You may have an abscess in your neck. You need to seek medical attention. Stay away from drugs. Just say no! Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my lymph nodes on the left of my neck/shoulder & above my clavicle. Its painful & I'm running a fever but no other sign of infection?

I have swelling in my lymph nodes on the left of my neck/shoulder & above my clavicle. Its painful & I'm running a fever but no other sign of infection?

Lymphadenopathy: Swollen and painful lymphatic nodes are the presentation of the infection in most of the cases. Causes are:mononucleosis, bacterial skin, throat, ear infections. In case the fever and the swelling are persistent, patient should see a doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause front neck spasms and pain swelling around clavicle? I have Ehlers Danlos Sundrome could this be dislocation or cervical spine bulge?

What can cause front neck spasms and pain swelling around clavicle? I have Ehlers Danlos Sundrome could this be dislocation or cervical spine bulge?

Get imaging: With increased joint flexibility and pain/swelling around several joints, I recommend a visit with your doc and imaging. A CT scan of your chest will also evaluate your ascending aorta, which has some risk for dilation. Be well. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my shoulder. Is this bursitis?

I have swelling in my shoulder. Is this bursitis?

Probably not: Bursitis is inflammation of the bursal sac between the acromion and rotator cuff. There is rarely enough inflammation to cause swelling. The biceps tendon, which goes along the front of the shoulder can get swollen. Other causes could be a cyst or something called a lipoma. I would see a shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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Swelling behind the left shoulder blade, what could be wrong?

Swelling behind the left shoulder blade, what could be wrong?

Muscle strain: The swelling could be from a muscle strain, or possibly inflammation of the bursa sac of the shoulder blade. I would recommend you have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a full thickness bicep tear at the shoulder. Is there usually swelling, discoloration & visually disformaties?

Hi, I have a full thickness bicep tear at the shoulder. Is there usually swelling, discoloration & visually disformaties?

Yes: There is frequently swelling and bruising if the long head of the biceps tendon tore at the shoulder recently. The biceps muscle tends to ball up closer to the elbow called a Popeye deformity. The swelling and bruising will go away but the Popeye deformity will remain unless it is surgically corrected which isn't necessary unless there are other injuries like a rotator cuff tear. ...Read more

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I have been getting red marks on my shoulder blade's only on my right side though no pain or swelling I only notice then when I take my shirt off and see them what could it be?

I have been getting red marks on my shoulder blade's only on my right side though no pain or swelling I only notice then when I take my shirt off and see them what could it be?

It sounds like..: ..some sort of minimal trauma/abrasion. It doesn't sound like a drug/other rash to me. The one-sidedness is not surprising. Many of us, if not most, have some mild spinal asymmetry that causes one scapula to be more prominent than the other. But the real question what could be rubbing hard enough to cause red marks? Perhaps you are very sensitive to the type of fabric in your shirt or laundry soap ...Read more

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Fell on my shoulder at gymnastics an it's a bit of swelling. Hurts when I move it. I have a meet tomorrow and I want to but I don't want to get hurt?

Fell on my shoulder at gymnastics an it's a bit of swelling. Hurts when I move it. I have a meet tomorrow and I want to but I don't want to get hurt?

You are hurt: I cant recommend painful activities after a shoulder injury take the meet off save the rest of season get shoulder examined and treated, this is not the kind of pain to work through ...Read more

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Neck pain and swelling of the neck and shoulder?

Neck pain and swelling of the neck and shoulder?

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 sometimes shoulder pain. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

Could be: Lymph nodes are all over the body. You cannot feel most of them but the head and neck area have many which can be felt and that shallow pocket above your collarbone is one area where they are appreciated. There are, however, other causes for swelling and depending upon your symptoms, if this doesn't go away see your doctor. ...Read more

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Right sided back pain and swelling next to the shoulder blade, Ice has made no difference, what is the best cause of action?

Right sided back pain and swelling next to the shoulder blade, Ice has made no difference, what is the best cause of action?

See your physician: First, you need to find the cause. A number of problems can produce the symptoms that you have. You need to see your physician. A thorough history and physician exam, probably with Xrays or the area may provide the answer. Sometimes, further tests are required. Once you can identify the specific cause, it can be properly treated. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ slight shoulder pain. Next day w/ excruciating shlder pain & swollen shlder. Next week swelling & pain decreases some red/hot to touch?

Woke up w/ slight shoulder pain. Next day w/ excruciating shlder pain & swollen shlder. Next week swelling & pain decreases some red/hot to touch?

Get Going: Your original symptoms sound like a small rotator cuff problem from sleeping "wrong", but the progression begs for immediate assessment from a musculoskeletal physician, including imaging (X-ray) and laboratory studies. Start with your personal physician to get a timely answer and to negotiate the choice of specialist care. ...Read more

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My wife is having swelling above her collarbone...curious as to what may cause that?

My wife is having swelling above her collarbone...curious as to what may cause that?

Swelling: Hard to know what caused that but you must set up an appointment for your wife! Hope all goes well.
Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I recently fell on my shoulder and it popped. After week I still have pain and swelling. What is causing this?

Shoulder pain: And swelling may be caused by a fracture (broken bone), torn tendon/ligament, hematoma (blood collection), dislocation. See your primary care doctor or orthopedic surgeon for xray and possible mri. ...Read more

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Can sleeping wrong cause a little swelling in neck and shoulder?

Torticollis: That is conceivable. It is a great way to get torticollis, but I wouldn't normally expect swelling. Please see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is swelling in the feet common a day after shoulder surgery in a healthy individal?

Is swelling in the feet common a day after shoulder surgery in a healthy individal?

Probably: Most likely yes. After a surgical procedure - especially requiring anesthesia (being put to sleep) - the IV fluids that are given are not quite in the right compartment of the body yet. Therefore, some swelling can be normal. Massive swelling that is asymmetric (is your other leg swollen?) can be a problem after surgery. Blood clots can occur in certain individuals that are post - operative. ...Read more

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My lips & shoulder have swollen up. Is there anything I can take ot get the swelling down?

My lips & shoulder have swollen up. Is there anything I can take ot get the swelling down?

Call your doctor 1st: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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Back of left side of neck to my shoulder blade with pain and swelling. What could be the cause?

Did you: Injure it? Are you left handed? Do you carry your purse on that shoulder? It sounds like some kind of spasm that is causing the swelling and pain. Have you tried ice or heat or Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)? ...Read more

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How can I know if my collarbone pain is a separation? I have swelling and one side appears higher.

How can I know if my collarbone pain is a separation? I have swelling and one side appears higher.

Without: Without out further information, such as the events surrounding your injury, and a physical exam including radiographs, it is impossible to diagnose a shoulder separation. See an urgent care clinic or emergency department for an assessment. ...Read more

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I have a swelling between my collarbone and neck. İt's on left side. But it becomes apparent when I raise my left arm.?

I have a swelling between my collarbone and neck. İt's on left side. But it becomes apparent when I raise my left arm.?

Need more info: This symptom could be a cyst, muscle swelling or large lymph node. In any event the symptom is serious enough for you to obtain a physical examination from your family physician to make an accurate evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you have Tietzes syndrom with normal crp have painfull swelling on rib under collarbone only painful when touched? Crp <5

Can you have Tietzes syndrom with normal crp have painfull swelling on rib under collarbone only painful when touched? Crp <5

R/O COSTOCHONDRITIS: YES: You need to be examined have blood work and ekg. If you had a recent viral infection, you may have a post infection COSTOCHONDRITIS which usually responds to a course of prednisone with taper over 8dys. Also topical Voltaren (diclofenac) gel. PT with TENS& US therapy are also effective. If pain persists PRP injections may be needed. ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder and its being treated as a sprain. It seems to have gotten worse and has more swelling. What should I do?

I injured my shoulder and its being treated as a sprain. It seems to have gotten worse and has more swelling. What should I do?

Ortho evaluation: It typically takes 3-6 weeks for this type of injury to heal. Ice, nsaid's and activity modification can help control symptoms during the healing process. Oral/injectable steroids, along with therapy, may also be needed. If the symptoms are persistent, see a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a lump between shoulder blades on spine, did not bother me at first but is painful, red and swelling now, what could it be....

I have a lump between shoulder blades on spine, did not bother me at first but is painful, red and swelling now, what could it be....

Infected cyst: It sounds like it could be an infected sebaceous cyst. You need to see your doctor to get it examined to know for sure. Cysts can be present for years and never cause a problem. But they can become infected, become red, and painful. ...Read more