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What causes a vein under left underarm with a pulling sensation?

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015
Question: I have a vein under my left armpit that hurts to the touch and is protruding out. It feels like sore muscles, but when I touch the vein it hurts. I have had a lot of blood drawn lately, not sure if this has anything to do with it.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (49 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Mondor's disease / get confirmed / rule out underlying tumor or so

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query and an elucidate history.

This is a condition called iodiopathic thombophlebitis of the superficial vein.
The exact reason is not known why it occurs.Mondor's disease is a rare condition, which involves the thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins of the breast and anterior chest wall
This is usually a self-limiting disorder and does not cause any aftereffects. So nothing to worry about, provided you have to consult a Doctor to get a confirmed diagnosis by clinical evaluation, ultrasonography of the area, the breasts and the axilla to rule out any underlying pathology like a tumor or so.

Once confirmed, needs no special treatment other than symptomatic like a painkiller with anti-inflammatory medicines like Ibuprofen if it suits you.

May be hot compresses help.
Some Doctors prefer to give Doxycyclin and oral steroids on empirical basis.

I hope this answer helps you to get a proper diagnosis, and get a proper further treatment. Please feel free to ask for more or if you need further clarifications or if you feel there is a gap of communication.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Chandrakant (8 hours later)
Thanks for the response. I forgot to mention, I am also on letrozole. Does this make any difference in diagnosis? Just checking.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Letrozole changes the hormonal balance, but literature does not indicate so

Detailed Answer:
May I please know the reasons for which you are taking Letrozole.

It may or may not be responsible.
Sometimes, dehydration is responsible for such presentation.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Chandrakant (4 minutes later)
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
please continue but tell your Doctor

Detailed Answer:
The medicine you are taking and the problem you have must be in the knowledge of your treating Doctor.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes a vein under left underarm with a pulling sensation?

Brief Answer: Mondor's disease / get confirmed / rule out underlying tumor or so Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query and an elucidate history. This is a condition called iodiopathic thombophlebitis of the superficial vein. The exact reason is not known why it occurs.Mondor's disease is a rare condition, which involves the thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins of the breast and anterior chest wall This is usually a self-limiting disorder and does not cause any aftereffects. So nothing to worry about, provided you have to consult a Doctor to get a confirmed diagnosis by clinical evaluation, ultrasonography of the area, the breasts and the axilla to rule out any underlying pathology like a tumor or so. Once confirmed, needs no special treatment other than symptomatic like a painkiller with anti-inflammatory medicines like Ibuprofen if it suits you. May be hot compresses help. Some Doctors prefer to give Doxycyclin and oral steroids on empirical basis. I hope this answer helps you to get a proper diagnosis, and get a proper further treatment. Please feel free to ask for more or if you need further clarifications or if you feel there is a gap of communication.