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Pain/swelling from collar bone down 2 in, width 3in. Feels like skin is being pulled apart, sensitive to touch. Recently had bronchitis and strep.

Pain/swelling from collar bone down 2 in, width 3in. Feels like skin is being pulled apart, sensitive to touch. Recently had bronchitis and strep.

Costochondritis: It's very possible that you have costochondritis . An inflammation and swelling at the point where your rib meets the cartilage of your breast bone (sternum). Having recently had bronchitis, you may have coughed forcefully, causing swelling and pain at the articulation of the bone and cartilage. This condition usually resolved itself with anti inflammatory medicine, local ice and rest. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Swelling underneath collar bone going to armpit area for 2+ weeks, had CBC and ultrasound done, both came back clear. No redness/discoloration. Help?

Swelling underneath collar bone going to armpit area for 2+ weeks, had CBC and ultrasound done, both came back clear. No redness/discoloration. Help?

Different imaging: The type of physical finding is often times better visualized with CT or MRI. There are many structures in this area that can be a cause for this swelling. Especially lymph nodes. Muscle injury blood vessels all are there. Ultrasound is of limited value for an initial investigation especially when you are not sure of the cause. Talk to you doctor for more help. ...Read more

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I have puffy swelling above my collar bone close to my neck with some pain on my neck?

I have puffy swelling above my collar bone close to my neck with some pain on my neck?

Get this checked out: Any mass above the collar bone needs to be checked out by an expert. Get in to see your family practice doc! ...Read more

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Can severe allergies cause swelling above my collar bone?

Can severe allergies cause swelling above my collar bone?

Angioedema: Tissue swelling is called edema. If it is due to leaky blood vessels, it is called angioedema. Allergic reactions commonly cause facial swelling because of how loosely these tissues are attached to the underlying muscles. Lips and eyes are the most common sites of all. See an allergist to evaluate suspected allergy problems if your pcp cannot provide you with answers. ...Read more

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Threw up last night, lump in throat which causes little pain tp swallow and a little swelling under my collar bone. What's wrong?

Threw up last night, lump in throat which causes little pain tp swallow and a little swelling under my collar bone. What's wrong?

Need exam: I don't know but doubt that vomiting is related, but don't know. Do you have trouble swallowing? Your doctor will proably order a swallowing test to see where an obstruction in swallowing is located before deciding on the next step. Someimes you can look down the throat and see the problem. The swelling under the collar bone sounds like it could be a node. See your doctor ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling or enlargment of collar bone?

How to reduce swelling or enlargment of collar bone?

First diagnose the -: Cause of the swelling, so see your pcp.
Ibuprofen will help with swelling and discomfort; a sling will help to relieve the pulling effect of the weight off the arm.
Importantly get the cause diagnosed, as the treatment would depend on that. ...Read more

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I am a hairdresser, when I cut hair I get an egg like swelling just above my collar bone. Really any time i work a lot with my arms up?

I am a hairdresser, when I cut hair I get an egg like swelling just above my collar bone. Really any time i work a lot with my arms up?

Strain: Sounds as if you have an overuse syndrome that is putting a strain on your shoulder/clavicular area. See a health care provider after it happens and when you have the swelling, so the area can be properly diagnosed and then treated best, good luck. ...Read more

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Swelling in left breast, collar bone, armpit, and shoulder blade area in the left half of my back. A hard bone like lump above my left breast.

Swelling in left breast, collar bone, armpit, and shoulder blade area in the left half of my back. A hard bone like lump above my left breast.

Worrisome: Based on your age I would be less concerned about breast cancer, but you describe a hard lump so this concerns me. Is the area red or painful? This might indicate infection; please see a doctor ...Read more

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I have a lump in my left arm inside elbow where a nurse places stethoscope. It is hard and there is swelling around it. Also, above collar bone?

I have a lump in my left arm inside elbow where a nurse places stethoscope. It is hard and there is swelling around it. Also, above collar bone?

Likely lymph nodes: It sounds like it could be some swollen lymph nodes since it is in multiple locations. Would consult with your pcp and look for possible underlying infection or another reason for some lymph node enlargement. ...Read more

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What would cause swelling of the neck above the collar bone?

What would cause swelling of the neck above the collar bone?

Thyroid: There are many causes of swelling in the front of the neck. An enlarged thyroid, and enlarged lymph nodes are some causes. A visit to the doctor should help determine. ...Read more

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Hello. My friend broke his collar bone on a snowboarding trip. He wants to know why swelling/inflamation is somtimes good and sometimes bad.?

Hello. My friend broke his collar bone on a snowboarding trip. He wants to know why swelling/inflamation is somtimes good and sometimes bad.?

Movement: Clavicle fractures will feel better with shoulder retraction, rest and ice untill they heal enough to be more stable. Motion will cause the bones to move and thus more inflammation. I suggest ice a few times a day, work on keeping the shoulders pulled back and not trying to do too much. Sometime these fractures require surgery to stabilize. See a shoulder specialist for appropriate options. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you have a broken collar bone witout any showing of swelling or brusing?

Please tell me, could you have a broken collar bone witout any showing of swelling or brusing?

Yes: If the fracture is small enough you may not have any significant swelling or bruising. ...Read more

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Palpable bulge by lower neck/ collar bone that moves. Slightly swelling on the shoulder as well. No pain. What could it be?

Palpable bulge by lower neck/ collar bone that moves. Slightly swelling on the shoulder as well. No pain. What could it be?

Lipoma?: While it's certainly hard to tell from here?
Probably the most likely source of your mass would
be a lipoma.
It could also be a little knot or muscle spasm often called a trigger point
But, if you're concerned you shoulder check it out —
most likely not anything too bad? ...Read more

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I have numbness and slight swelling on my left side starting at my shoulder socket following under my collar bone there is no pain when moved?

I have numbness and slight swelling on my left side starting at my shoulder socket following under my collar bone there is no pain when moved?

Not neurologic: Most probably, this is a musculoskeletal (rather than neurologic) problem in the shoulder joint or surrounding tendons (strain, shoulder sublaxation, etc) or inflammation in the tendons, fluid collections in that area (bursa), or breast tissue, or swollen nodes. Please see your doctor for a physical exam. She may order images of the shoulder, arm, or breast area depending on the likely diagnoses. ...Read more

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I have soreness under my right collar bone with NO swelling but VERY sore and getting more sore daily. What could this be?

I have soreness under my right collar bone with NO swelling but VERY sore and getting more sore daily.  What could this be?

It depends: It can be caused by any number of causes. If the pain persists and or there is associated redness or swelling then you must seek medical attention. An X-ray examination of the painful area may reveal the underlying cause. So you should go see your doctor if the pain does not settle down in 1-2 weeks. In the meantime you can take a mild pain pill.as needed ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my neck to my shoulder is swelling and I have two lumps on either side of my collar bone the aera is sore,?

What do you suggest if my neck to my shoulder is swelling and I have two lumps on either side of my collar bone the aera is sore,?

See a physician: This could represent swollen lymph nodes, or benign lipomas, or could even be just your body morphology (just the way you were born). See a physician to get it looked at for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I took my 1st dose of Prilosec 3hrs ago, and I feel a burn/itch feeling by my collar bone/around my neck. No swelling/redness/can breathe. Is this normal?

I took my 1st dose of Prilosec 3hrs ago, and I feel a burn/itch feeling by my collar bone/around my neck. No swelling/redness/can breathe. Is this normal?

Not sure: See if it goes away. If it reoccurs next time you take Prilosec again, it will be more reasonable to conclude it is drug related side effect. ...Read more

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Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket. Right handed/ no injury?

Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket. Right handed/ no injury?

Get evaluated: Although it would be rare for someone of your age to have heart trouble, shoulder pain is often seen with ischemia of the heart. Also, patients with injury to the spleen can have left shoulder pain. See you doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Collar bone pain, swelling. X-ray, CT scan nl. Labs for sed rate, cpk, creatinine kinase, CBC all nl. Pcp, pain dr stumped. Any ideas or suggestions?

Collar bone pain, swelling. X-ray, CT scan nl. Labs for sed rate, cpk, creatinine kinase, CBC all nl. Pcp, pain dr stumped. Any ideas or suggestions?

Do you lift weights?: If you lift weights (benchpress), that might be the culprit. The muscles and ligaments that attach to the collarbone are shown in the diagram. If your pain is at one of these places, you likely have a strain from lifting. If you've fallen on your outstretched arm, the same thing can happen. Also, ask your doctor about osteonecrosis (dying bone due to lack of blood supply). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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My neck to my shoulder is swelling and I have two lumps on either side of my collar bone the area is sore, Treatment?

My neck to my shoulder is swelling and I have two lumps on either side of my collar bone the area is sore, Treatment?

Your management --: Includes a proper Dx first, before any treatment could be initiated for you.
With a proper Hx, exam and investigations, your Doc can Dx and hopefully start the appropriate treatment.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Fracturing of collar bone what's the cure?

No cure: Fx clavicle must be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Collar bone pain years after break?

Collar bone pain years after break?

Did it heal: Has it always been painful? Did it heal? Did it just begin to hurt again? Where exactly does it hurt. More info needed. ...Read more

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How can I fix my dislocated collar bone?

How can I fix my dislocated collar bone?

Need an orthopod: You need to see an orthopedic doctor or go to the er to have this evaluated if it is very painful. ...Read more

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Could surgery hurt around the collar bone?

Could surgery hurt around the collar bone?

Yes and no: Each and every surgery carries risk of complications and untoward consequences and outcomes. If you are in need of surgery due to a fractured collar bone, you need to consult with your orthopedic specialist regarding your options, risks and complications. Typically, those surgeries are less complicated than others and heal fairly quickly. ...Read more

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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