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I have a pain under my arm pit that comes and goes. What could that mean? I did have 5 lymph nodes removed when I had a lumpectmy 14 months ago.

By Anonymous December 13, 2014 - 6:16am
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Hello, and thank you for sharing your question with the community.  I understand how unsettling and confusing this pain must be for you. I'd love to give you some information that will be helpful.

     The pain that you are experiencing under your armpit is not likely to be related to your lymph removal because it has already been 14 months since you had them removed. Armpit pain that comes and goes, not chronic, is usually associated with referred pain from somewhere else in the body.  One of the most common is as brachial plexus injury.  Basically this means that a pinched nerve in your neck and/or shoulder is sending referred pain the your armpit.  Other symptoms of a brachial plexus injury is numbness, tingling in the arm, and sometimes reduced motor control in the arm muscles.  Watch out for these other symptoms.

Another common cause for armpit pain is reduced blood flow through the heart, or angina.  If this is the cause you may also experience chest pain or tightness in the chest.

If you have have experienced any of these other symptoms, see you doctor for possible treatments.  If you have any more questions, let us know.

December 13, 2014 - 12:29pm
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