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I am experiencing a burning sensation in both my under arms and in my groin area. I do not

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I am experiencing a burning sensation in both my under arms and in my groin area. I do not feel any swollen lymph nodes in either spot. I do not feel sick or have any other symptoms. I am concerned that it may be cancer. What would be other causes, as I have also heard that stress may cause similar symptoms.

I am a 46 yr old male and married.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hello

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Do you have any other medical condition>

Customer:

I have a bicuspid aortic valve that is narrowing (1.0 dia) and this will need to be replaced in the next few years.

Mysticdoc :

ok

Mysticdoc :

now do you feel this on both sides?

Customer:

Yes.

Mysticdoc :

any change in skin color?

Customer:

No.

Mysticdoc :

how long this has been happening?

Customer:

for the past couple of weeks.

Mysticdoc :

ok

Mysticdoc :

is it worsening?

Customer:

no, it pretty much stays the same. It's worse sitting vs standing.

Mysticdoc :

do you see worsening of the symptoms with physical exertion?

Customer:

No.

Mysticdoc :

ok

Mysticdoc :

based on your replies, this is not related to any cancer

Mysticdoc :

cancer will cause swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms like fever, weight loss, nnight sweats.

Mysticdoc :

given your history of bicuspid aortic valve, there is possibility of circulation problem.

Mysticdoc :

but this worsens with physical exertion.

Mysticdoc :

this is not the case.

Mysticdoc :

another possibility is the pinched nerve

Mysticdoc :

the fact that it worsens with sitting, pinched nerve is likely.

Mysticdoc :

this is not concerning but can be bothersome.

Customer:

What could be cause, as I read on health sites that burning sensations are related to swollen lymph nodes, even though you can feel actual swollen node?

Mysticdoc :

no this is not correct.

Mysticdoc :

I explained above.

Mysticdoc :

step by step

Mysticdoc :

burning sensation by definition related to nerves.

Mysticdoc :

nerves can be affect due to the impingement or from poor circulation.

Customer:

If this is a pinched nerve, would it affect both groin and underarm areas at the same time?

Mysticdoc :

hence, this may be related to bicuspid valve but unlikely since the symptoms do not change with phyiscal activities

Mysticdoc :

if the pinched nerve is at the cervical spine or lumbar spine level then yes it is possible.

Mysticdoc :

another possibility is irritation from sweating

Mysticdoc :

superficial nerve endings can get irritated from sweating, change in temperature etc.

Customer:

It usually gets better when do physical things vs sitting down. How would you determine if this is in fact a pinched nerve issue and how long does it take for something like this to resolve itself?

Mysticdoc :

by clinical evaluation.

Mysticdoc :

nerve conduction studies another option.

Mysticdoc :

usually gets better over 3-4 weeks.

Mysticdoc :

you can see your doctor but definitely not related to lymph nodes

Customer:

Ok, so this is probably not related to Lymphoma or MS?

Mysticdoc :

no this is not.

Mysticdoc :

please be assured.

Customer:

Thx very much.

Mysticdoc :

very welcome

Mysticdoc :

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Customer:

Sorry, one additional item I forgot to mention. It was also getting a little sore behind my ears and ears were getting kind of plugged. This is the first time it happened, so not sure if this could be part of overall problem.

Customer:

This was happening today.

Mysticdoc :

this is not related

Mysticdoc :

this can be due to the viral infection or wax build up

Customer:

Just concerns me that all areas of lymph nodes seem to be affected all at the same time.

Mysticdoc :

lymph nodes are located all over the body.

Mysticdoc :

But without any swelling this is very unlikely.

Mysticdoc :

also if you are anxious, these symptoms may seem out of proportion.

Customer:

can armpits or groin be swollen without actually feeling the actual node? I assume when lymph nodes are swollen, one can actually feel them quite easily when feeling around.

Mysticdoc :

no this is not possible

Mysticdoc :

the lymph nodes are superficial

Customer:

Ok, thx very much. I will make an app't with my doctor...........when you say superficial, what do you actually mean by this?

Mysticdoc :

they are located just under the skin

Mysticdoc :

not too deep

Mysticdoc :

under the subcutaneous tissues

Mysticdoc :

so they are easily palpable if enlarged

Customer:

Ah, ok, thx. I am a little less stressed now hearing your answers.

Mysticdoc :

very welcome

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Sorry, I forgot to mention one thing. When my arms are by my sides walking, underarms feel irritated when rubbing against clothing and almost feels puffy........does this meran anything?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
This can be from irritation with by clothing, still does not suggest anything serious.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok, sorry to ask so many questions.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
most welcome
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Sorry, one last question(s)......how does one get a pinched nerve and someone had mentioned that lack of B12 could also cause similar symptoms?........
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
pinched nerve can happen due to the arthritis at the spine level causing pressure on the nerves.
Yes, B12 deficiency also can cause this type of sensation.
Thyroid disease, diabetes are other possibilities.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
How much B12 supplements is needed on a daily basis? I will try this approach as well.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
First, vitamin B12 level should be checked.
the recommended dose is around 500 mcg daily.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok, could I not take some supplements prior to blood test, as I heard that there is no ill affect for taking too much B12?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
yes you can take supplements before blood test.
You may require larger dose if blood test shows severe deficiency of b12.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok, I will take your suggested dose.........if this is B12 related, how long would it take for symptoms to go away?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
usually a month.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok. I guess it doesn't hekp taking larger supplements, does it?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
not right now without knowing it for sure.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok.

If underarn both aches and burns, do your answers still apply........i.e - not related to lymph nodes?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
yes my answer still applies.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thx again for your responses.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.
very welcome