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Pain on outer breast / under armpit

By Anonymous April 10, 2016 - 1:30pm
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Hello there
One week after my period I noticed tenderness on the outer side of my breast, more under my armpit. The pain is greatest when I push down on the bones under my armpit. There are a few tender moveable modular lumps, I am used to feeling these in my breast though. This pain continued for four days then went away before returning five days later. It is rather painful and is eased slightly with heat. Does anyone what this is? I wondered about mastitis? I am not on the pill and have not had a baby nor am I Pregnant. I am 30 years old. Thanks

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

A virus can cause pain or swelling in the nodes - even a flu virus. Have you been unwell recently?

There could be several reasons why this is happening so I will address a few:

Some breast pain is cyclical, meaning it's due to your menstrual cycle. This is uncomfortable but not dangerous. Read more about Mastalgia here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/mastalgia

You may have some kind of nerve damage, muscle pain or even arthritic pain that is causing this and it may have nothing to do with your breast at all. You could even have an infection. Read more on mastitis here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/mastitis

Some auto-immune diseases can also cause this kind of pain.

You may need physical therapy but your doctor can help with a diagnosis first.

Read more here: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/pain-under-armpit-and-breast-area



April 11, 2016 - 5:17am
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