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I have swelling under left breast on top of rib cage what could cause it?

I have swelling under left breast on top of rib cage what could cause it?

Must see doctor: Any breast swelling in the breast or near the breast need clinical examination, possible mammography and other tests including if needed a biopsy. See your doctor with out delay

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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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Having extreme rib cage pain, even skin is painful for me to touch. Also have noticed a largish swelling under left breast, on top of the ribs.

Having extreme rib cage pain, even skin is painful for me to touch. Also have noticed a largish swelling under left breast, on top of the ribs.

Shingles?: This could represent shingles. Costochondritis is also another possibility. I think it would be best to see your primary care doctor to discuss this and have a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps!

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I have swelling under left breast on top of rib cage, also entire rib pain even skin to touch.?

I have swelling under left breast on top of rib cage, also entire rib pain even skin to touch.?

Could be: shingles. If caught early in its course, treatment with antiviral medication is effective. Also could be something else, so it is best to see a doctor for this.

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What causes swelling under left breast with pain when coughing, sneezing, taking a breath or any movement?

What causes swelling under left breast with pain when coughing, sneezing, taking a breath or any movement?

Rib pain: This may not be breast pain at all. Obviously, I would recommend you get checked by a doctor. The fact that it is reproduced with cough, sneeze makes me think of muscle pain from between the ribs, or a rib is out of place I would recommend seeking out a good osteopathic physician or chiropractic physician to evaluate this pain.

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My mom had an endoscopy a few years ago and she has now started having pain an swelling under her left breast. What does she need to do?

My mom had an endoscopy a few years ago and she has now started having pain an swelling under her left breast. What does she need to do?

Completely unrelated: There is negligible likelihood of any causative relationship between an endoscopic exam of her esophagus 2-3 years ago and a localizing process involving her left breast now. Instead, please address whether she is up-to-date with mammograms, dermatology survey, and/or routine physical exam. Encourage her not to delay longer in getting evaluated by her primary care physician and/or gynecologist.

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What could cause a slight pain under my left breast when I cough or stretch? There is no swelling.

What could cause a slight pain under my left breast when I cough or stretch? There is no swelling.

Heart or muscle: Either an intercostal muscle is sore, or you are having a cardiac event. Women over age 50 tend to have atypical signs of cardiac issues. Please have a md check out the heart issue with an exam and ECG if needed.

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Swelling in my left armpit soft not hard but pains a lot...now the left breast also pains?

Swelling in my left armpit soft not hard but pains a lot...now the left breast also pains?

See your doctor: Any swelling under armpit that lasts longer than 2-3 weeks should be checked by your doctor.

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I have a burning feeling in my left breast, also firmness, swelling and tenderness. I am 50 years old?

I have a burning feeling in my left breast, also firmness, swelling and tenderness. I am 50 years old?

Infection: I would suspect "mastitis" an infection of the breast tissue. But some breast cancers act like an infection or inflammation.Please see a dr. Soon.

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Had a biopsy on left breast lump last year, got diagnosed with fibroadenoma, can it cause pain? An little swelling

Had a biopsy on left breast lump last year, got diagnosed with fibroadenoma, can it cause pain? An little swelling

It may: Your breast fibroadenoma maybe enlarging. However, there may be other causes for your breast pain and swelling. I would suggest that you have a medical evaluation.

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Painful lump in left breast near armpit, doesn't seem to actually go away. I can visibly see the swelling at the site. What could this be?

Painful lump in left breast near armpit, doesn't seem to actually go away. I can visibly see the swelling at the site. What could this be?

Breast lump: Based on your age, this could be an accessory lobe of the breast. It usually engorges with your period. Since it does not go away, you should have an examination by a doctor who may consider an image study such as an ultrasound.

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Under me left armpit it feels very uncomfortable like swelling. I'm 31 I don't feel any lumps a little pain there n in my left breast. Can it becancer?

Under me left armpit it feels very uncomfortable like swelling. I'm 31 I don't feel any lumps a little pain there n in my left breast. Can it becancer?

Infection?: The first thing I think of would not be cancer. This could be something called hidranitis (inflammation of the sweat glands) or a local infection. You should alert your friend primary care physician to these symptoms.

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Hello. I have fibroadenoma in my left breast from an year. Recent ultrasound has shown there is swelling of lymph nodes to size 10×5mm. Can I know the?

Hello. I have fibroadenoma in my left breast from an year. Recent ultrasound has shown there is swelling of lymph nodes to size 10×5mm. Can I know the?

Not exactly: Sure what the question is, but fibroadenomas are common benign Breast masses, usually there is no treatment necessary once the diagnosis is established. Did you have a needle biopsy of the fibroadenoma? The lymph nodes are likely not related. The size of the lymph nodes is not so much important as the shape/morphology, so a 10x5mm node may or may not be abnormal.

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I have a knot that started 2 days ago. Now have slight swelling and pain above my left breast along with nausea, puking, tingling and numbness in left?

I have a knot that started 2 days ago. Now have slight swelling and pain above my left breast along with nausea, puking, tingling and numbness in left?

More than a knot?: Left sided chest discomfort accompanied by nausea, vomiting and left sided discomfort or tingling may be more than just a knot. I would be uncomfortable not telling you to be evaluated for any cardiac causes asap!

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Constant left breast pain swelling itchy deep gnawing lymph node pain in top side of breast whitish discharge what else could be going on besides ibc?

Constant left breast pain swelling itchy deep gnawing lymph node pain in top side of breast whitish discharge what else could be going on besides ibc?

Breast skin cyst: Swelling and beast pain usually associated with fibrocystic disease. This usually from obstructed duct near terminal end at nipple. Node pain never from fibrocytstic disease but other sources of possible infection. Finding whitish discharge probably from infected sebaceous cyst near tail of breast which would explain all symploms- need cyst resection if can be defined.

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I have something on my nipple that has cause swelling and pain in my entire left breast. I also have 13 year old implants which this one is very hard?

I have something on my nipple that has cause swelling and pain in my entire left breast. I also have 13 year old implants which this one is very hard?

Infection?: It sounds like there may be an infection or abscess. I would all and make an appointment to be evaluated and possible antibiotics, ASAP.