Underarm Pain

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Where do I start. Hoping someone can put my mind at rest.

In January, I had a nasty virus which led to chest pains, feeling terrible, palpitations, went to doctors, had ECG and bloods, all normal. Was taking Cerazette mini pill at time, stopped taking it. Started feeling a little better, started taking again. Had dull ache under left armpit and sore boobs. Put this down to starting pill again. Chest started feeling all tight and heavy, pains again, so stopped pill again, went back to doctors, slight swelling to sternum area, told I had Costochondritis. Pain in underarm/left side of breast continued, had a good check doing self breast exam, went back to doctors, had examination off the doctor, no lumps felt, no swollen lymph nodes, doctor put it down to combination of hormomes and costochondritis. Painful armpit went away, got my period, started taking cerazette again.

After a few days, started feeling ill again, armpit and left breast uncomfortable. Took pill for about 12 days, then made decision to stop it altogether, had another doctors apt - blood pressure, heart rate and ECG (again) all normal.

However, dull pain/ache still in armpit and sometimes down left side of breast, sometimes ache down arm. Its intermittent, not always there, when I'm sitting and relaxing I dont feel it, its not stopping me sleeping. When I'm doing things around the house, i'm aware of it. When I squeeze my armpit towards my body, I can feel the ache, but when I stop squeezing,

i dont feel it.  Both my breasts look as normal as usual.

I'm sick of waking up every day to this, worrying about it, the doctor says there no lumps and it will probably go away in time, but i'm worried that theres something more seriously wrong, and keep thinking im going to die and leave my husband and daughter which upsets me and makes me think of it more!

I have a 2 year old child that Im always lifting up, and i'm left handed, am wondering if it could be hormonal due to the amount of times I've stopped and started the mini pill in a short space of time, and also if I maybe have a trapped nerve or damaged a muscle in some way.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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    Hi,

    Did you ever find out what was causing your pain?

    I've had the same symptoms along with pain in the rib area and on and off headaches. All my pain seems to be on the left side.

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      Hi, no I'm am no further forward to be honest, it's all still the same. We had a week abroad in June and I barely noticed it so that made me wonder if it was slightly stress related?  I would t say I'm in pain, just uncomfortable and aware - I'm petrified its cancer or something, and have got paranoid about checking my breasts and feeling my armpits. How long have you been suffering?
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      Hi

      I've had it since mid June. Like you I started to get paranoid and had high anxiety. I finally got that under control but I still have the pain. Sometimes it reaches right down to my pelvic region. I also get bad headaches every so often. That could be related to the muscle pain in my neck and back. I have a specialist appointment soon so hopefully I'll know more then.

      Glad you you are feeling a bit better smile

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      Hi, I was reading your messages and wondering if you have any good news regarding what was causing your pain? I have been experiencing the same pain and found myself out of answers.. Please let me know I'll greatly appreciate it..
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      i have almost the exact symptoms along with some back pain and shoulder pain on my left side. my doctor ordered a sono and mammogram since breast cancer runs very strongly in my mothers family but i wasn't aware at the time of the appointment my insurance ran out so i have to further see anyone. it started with lumps in my armpit without pain (that i can remember, this began in november) and now there's near-constant pain. im trying online forums for advice and perhaps a women's clinic to get checked out since it only seems to get worse unfortunately.

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      Hi Holly, please get that mammogram; genetics and family history play a big role in diagnoses. You said breast cancer runs in your family. Early detection is crucial to a good prognosis. Please don't put it off. There are programs available to people without insurance. Please don't wait.

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    Hi

    I am have been taking Cerezette for 3 years to control the menopause and it seems to be working.  I have had similar symptoms to you with pain under my arm and at the side of my left breast since March 2014.  I self checked but couldn't find any lumps, went to doctors in April and was checked by two doctors, neither could find anything under my arm or in my breasts.  I had my 3 yearly mammogram on August 4th and have been recalled for further checks - again I have been checking each day since getting the recall letter last weekend and still can't feel any lumps. I go to the hospital tomorrow and will let you know the outcome of further assessment. 

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      hi, i was curious if your symptoms are still present or if they found anything when you went to the hospital? i have similar symptoms, since november, it started with a large lump in my left armpit. i can't find any lumps now but the pain is worse and does affect my sleeping. anyway, just curious on how you're feeling smile

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    Hi - as I mentioned I was recalled for breast screening last week - happily and thankfully all was OK and nothing was found on the additional mammogram or ultrasound examination.  I was told that breast pain can be common if menopausal (which I am) and they tend to 'ignore' breat pain to an extent due to this reason for one and also due to hormonal inbalance.  They said due to me taking Cerazette for over 2 years without any issues before this year there was little evidence that this would cause the pain, but advised that a trial off Cerazette would/could determine if this is indeed the cause - so it seems that it is all trial and error.  I would try not to worry too much about the symptome you have experienced/are experiencing and just return to your doctor if you are still worried.  

    Not much help to you with your situation, but I  felt so much better after knowing there were no lumps or anything found when recalled.

    I hope you are feeling a bit better and hopefully the pain will decrease in time.

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    Omg I am going through the same thing. You have describe everything i am feeling and going through. I thought I am loosing my mind. I had a check up yesterday. I don't know what to do. Any advice?
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      I've had ultrasounds but they still don't know know why I am having the pain. I have some doctor appointments coming up so I'm hoping they will shed said some light. I started taking evening primrose oil in capsules and they have worked very well for the underarm and breast pain.
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      Hi

      I actually had to stop taking it because I'm getting a lipoma removed from my upper chest and it can cause bleeding during surgery. I do believe it helped me though. It does takes a couple weeks to notice a difference. It might be worth a try if other things have not worked for you. Hope it helps!

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      I doubt it is but we will see what the doctor says about it. I go in on the 30th for him to look at it but I'm not sure when the surgery is. I have some other tests coming up as well so I will update when I find out more smile
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      I think a lot of people are in this position and it's worrying because we all want answers. I've been poorly fir a yr and a half now . same, but twitching muscles, pins and needles in hands and it makes me feel as though I can't walk any where, as it tires me. The pain across my left breast bones is tight, and I get stabbing pains in the top of my chest that are really scary. The pain under arm put has cone on since I've been feeling run down again? Hd bloods do e a few times over the last ur and a half, but nothing shows. Any suggestions on whst directions to go in next? Thanks 
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