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Suggest Treatment For Pain In The Left Armpit

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Posted on Tue, 3 Oct 2017
Question: I have been exsperencing sharp shooting muscular type pain high in my left armpit and breast, no fatigue ,no sweating,no left arm numbness , just intermittent sharp excruciating pain, like a torn muscle
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I understand your concern and would like to explain that your symptoms are not typical of any cardiac disorders.

Is the shooting pain triggered by arm movement or deep breathing? This would indicate inflammation or a musculo-skeletal pain as the main cause of your symptoms.

A pinched nerve can not be excluded either.

Coming to this point, I would recommend taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain.

If the pain is relieved by the above drugs, it would be another argument in favor of a musculo-skeletal pain.

Avoiding physical activity and having some rest is necessary too.

Otherwise, I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests:

- a chest X ray study
- a resting ECG
- complete blood count, PCR, ESR for inflammation
- a nerve conduction study of the upper limbs
- a cervical spine X ray study to investigate for a slipped disk or chronic degenerations, which can cause irradiating radicular nerve pain in this region.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me again!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri


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Suggest Treatment For Pain In The Left Armpit

Brief Answer: I would recommend as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM! I understand your concern and would like to explain that your symptoms are not typical of any cardiac disorders. Is the shooting pain triggered by arm movement or deep breathing? This would indicate inflammation or a musculo-skeletal pain as the main cause of your symptoms. A pinched nerve can not be excluded either. Coming to this point, I would recommend taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain. If the pain is relieved by the above drugs, it would be another argument in favor of a musculo-skeletal pain. Avoiding physical activity and having some rest is necessary too. Otherwise, I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests: - a chest X ray study - a resting ECG - complete blood count, PCR, ESR for inflammation - a nerve conduction study of the upper limbs - a cervical spine X ray study to investigate for a slipped disk or chronic degenerations, which can cause irradiating radicular nerve pain in this region. Hope you will find this answer helpful! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me again! Kind regards, Dr. Iliri