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Monday, July 06, 2009 leakitching, Community Member, asks

Q: dull ache and pain under left arm pit and in left breast

dull ache under left armpit and in left breast?? ....ive been having these symtoms for about 3 weeks now,.in november 08 i had a lump removed from my left brest and it was just a cist and ive had no problems until 3 weeks ago the ache in my breast and under my arm pit is really getting to me now as its constant  its even painfull to touch,..could you please give me some advice on what this may be many thanks, lea

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/ 6/09 6:13pm

Hi - This could be another cyst. Or it could be some fibroadenomas, which are benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors. Breast cancer is almost always painless, so this doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom. Please read our post on breast pain; I think it'll give you the information you need to decide whether/when you should see a doctor about this. Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon - PJH

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LI, Community Member
11/ 2/13 11:09pm

Hi, I am in the same situation than you were then. I have fibrocyst breast, a lump was removed form my left breast which was bening and since then I am experiencing the same pain under the armpit. I have had many ultrasounds and mammograms that show just the cysts but the pain still there.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 3/13 6:30am

Could be the surgery did some nerve damage; sometimes pain is felt quite a distance from the actual operation site. It could be some minor swelling from the surgery, swelling so slight you can't see it, but that's causing pain. Thankfully, pain in the armpit isn't a typical breast cancer symptom, so I wouldn't stress over that.

 

Keep your eye on it; if you feel a lump, you'd want to go back to the doctor and find out what it is. But in the meantime, hopefully they've given you some suggestions about hot or cold compresses, wearing a looser-fitting bra, and other ways to ease the discomfort. Good luck - I hope you feel better soon. PJH

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LI, Community Member
11/ 3/13 6:49am

Thanks for the advice Smile

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