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I've been experiencing dull pain under my left armpit

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I've been experiencing dull pain under my left armpit sometimes radiating laterelly downwards and backwards under the shoulder blade area. It's a dull constant pain which lasts a few minutes. Sometimes when it starts it does so with a cople of sharp stabbing blows for 2-3 seconds. Any idea what it could be?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Robert Fernando replied 6 years ago.
Since how long you have such pain?
Do you have numbness in shoulder?
Is the pain radiating to chest?
Any swelling in axilla?
Any past medical issue?
Any other symptoms?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

1. I've been expreincing it for the past one month off and on sporadically.

2. There is no numbness in the shoulder

3. No swelling in axilla, although when I touch or press the side of the chest under the arm pit it feels sensitive

4. diagnosed hypertensive about 3 months back.

5. I was overweight, but exercise regulalry now and have lost about 15 lbs in 3 months. I walk about 4-5 miles 5 times a week and follow a low fat, low card diet.

Expert:  Robert Fernando replied 6 years ago.
This can be due to Nerve entrapment or compression. It can cause inflammation of surrounding nerves in axilla region. Further the pain is passed along the complete path of nerve towards shoulder and down the axilla.
It can be managed with Anti-inflammatory and painkillers. To be on safe side EKG should be done.
For the time take painkiller Motrin and use ice packs on axilla. It can be applied 3-4 times a day.
I suggest you to get it clinically evaluated from your doctor.
Kind regards
Dr Robert.
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