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Friday, February 18, 2011 Meg T., Community Member, asks

Q: I have pain in my left breast that radiates into my armpit, shoulder blade, and my left arm. I do not feel any lumps, but the pain is severe. I notice it when I am on my period. I also have an IUD.

It almost feels like my muscles in my shoulder, arm and neck are just sore, but the pain stemming from my left breast is really bothering me. I have had an IUD for 4 yrs now and never noticed any of these problems before.
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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
2/18/11 12:03pm

Meg, this kind of severe, radiating pain on the left side can be a sign of cardiac issues. Although it seems to come and go in synch with your period - and that might point instead to a hormonal issue, or a large cyst – I think it's worth your while to describe these symptoms to your doctor, and see what s/he says. So make an appointment, OK? Take care- PJH

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By Meg T., Community Member— Last Modified: 02/24/14, First Published: 02/18/11