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Doctor insights on: Swelling Under Left Breast Rib

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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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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 without delay ...Read more

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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. ...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! ...Read more

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2007 mastectomy w/reconstruction. Sudden swelling left breast arm neck and bottom of rib bruises on right leg. Breast MRI ruled out breast cancer?

2007 mastectomy w/reconstruction. Sudden swelling left breast arm neck and bottom of rib bruises on right leg. Breast MRI ruled out breast cancer?

R/o lymphedema: If there is a question of spread of cancer, you may need a pet scan. The most common reason for non-malignant swelling of a post-mastectomy area is lymphedema. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My mom had an endoscopy a few years ago and she has now started having pain a 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 a 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

Had a biopsy on left breast lump last year, got diagnosed with fibroadenoma, can it cause pain? A 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Hello.i have fibroadenoma in my left breast from a 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 a 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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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For 4 months I've had a swelling in my armpit by my left breast which is painful at times and it sometimes makes my whole left breast hurt. I seen a doctor but he said it was nothing to worry about.?

For 4 months I've had a swelling in my armpit by my left breast which is painful at times and it sometimes makes my whole left breast hurt. I seen a doctor but he said it was nothing to worry about.?

Second opinion?: While there are a number of possibilities here, swelling in the armpit may represent an enlarged lymph node. If you have recently nursed a baby, you may have an infection, e.g. mastitis — though this usually presents with a fever. While breast cancer doesn't usually start with pain, I'd want to rule this out — though it is unlikely. Good doctors value second opinions. Make sure you're comfortable. ...Read more

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Recently had axillary dissection to remove melanoma in left lymph nodes. However, now left breast is swollen. What can I do to relieve the swelling?

Recently had axillary dissection to remove melanoma in left lymph nodes. However, now left breast is swollen. What can I do to relieve the swelling?

Melanoma/axill disse: Best to see your surgeon TODAY. The lymphatic drainage from the breast is through the axillary noses, so swelling, cellulitis could be related to the decreased drainage pathways. ...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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How do you treat pain under left breast and ribs?

How do you treat pain under left breast and ribs?

Depends on cause: Can't provide you with a solution without learning more about etiology of the pain. ...Read more

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What is lower left breast area, rib cage pain?

Rib cage: Rib cage pain is usually produced by some. Blunt trauma producing rib fracture or tearing of the intercostal muscles between the ribs. Or can be secondary to a temporary inflammatory process involving the cartilaginous tissue which connects our ribs to the sternum. Because there are other causes one would be wise to be evaluated if the pain is increasing, occurs at night or lasts for more than a ...Read more