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I have a swollen muscle below my right armpit. I hurt this

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I have a swollen muscle below my right armpit. I hurt this area doing heavy moving 6 weeks ago. The pain radiates to my back. The pin goes away with advil.
JA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: just sore muscles after the heaving in late May. Ice helps any activity brings pain. How do I get the swelling down?
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Anil replied 3 months ago.


I understand your concern.

Well you should go for physical therapy including Ultrasound,Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS),Hydrocollator and see an Orthopedist to rule out chronic muscle strain/tear.

You may require prescribed strong anti-inflammatory medications orally and topical gels to reduce swelling.

Avoid strenuous physical activities for a while.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

This is Dr. David

it sounds like you severely strained or tore a muscle below your arm pit, most likely your pectoralis major or minor muscle

you need to ice the area with bags of ice wrapped in a towel and alternate with heating pads to help relax the muscles.

I would not use TENs units on this area.

make sure you take advil with food in your stomach, never on an empty stomach and also with plenty of water since advil can tax your kidneys.

you should see your doctor if the area doesn't get better

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