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My lymph nodes under my arms swell and get sore often, kindly help me

My lymph nodes under my arms swell and get sore often and my armpits sweat excessively I also have bad joint pain in all my joints and they crack and pop Hi i am an 18 year old female. I ve always had really sweaty arm pits. Recently my lymph nodes under my arms have been getting swollen and tender. It usually only lasts for a few days. It s never both arm pits at the same time. Also my joints crack and pop. I have bad back and neck pain . My hips hurt. My knees. My elbows. Even the joints in my fingers. Last winter the joints in my toes got red and swollen and it hurt to walk. I m concerned about my health. I complain about pain often but every one just thinks I am a hypachondriact I need help. My joints crack all of the time. I m in constant pain.
Asked On : Sun, 30 Jan 2011
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Hi Cattam17, Welcome to healthcaremagic. The good news is- your problem do not sound very serious. Where are you based? From your queries, it looks like because of your tendency to seat a lot, the armpits are always wet. Hence, infections of the sebaceous glands and sweat glands occur frequently in the arm pit. You may use common antibiotic powders (Neosporin etc.) locally on the armpits when you have infections. I would also advise a complete blood test (common/ routine tests), like- TC, DC, ESR, Hb and Fasting blood sugar. This will rule out any major illnesses with you. Also please do an ultrasound/ color Doppler scan of the arm pit when lymph nodes enlarge.
Your joints also need to studied by doing x-rays of the affected joints. I also suggest doing a blood test for vitamin-D and calcium levels in the blood. If low, then you need to take vitamin D pills. If possible send me the reports of your tests, xrays to me. One of the commonest causes of body, joint pains is deficiency of vitamin D.
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You will find some videos on vitamin D problems there.. should help...
Bye and take care,
Dr. Joe.
Answered: Mon, 31 Jan 2011
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