Pain in right side under arm pit

I haven't posted anything in my journal in some time. I have been reading and learning from many of you. I haven't heard anything on the pain that i feel. It is on my right side below my arm pit. It feels like I might have broken a rib or pulled a muscle I am not sure. It doesn't always hurt, just when I either cough or try to take in a deep breath. I know that many of you have gone thew so much more than what I have, and that is why I came here. Can someone tell me if it is from the sarc or if you think I should go and have it checked out.

Thank you, Nikki

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There are so many things that this could be. Has the doctor checked your gallbladder? The pain is a little far over, but it still could be. This is only one suggestion. Sarc can virtually attack us anywhere. What we inevitably end up doing is being checked continuously to make sure that our symptoms are not something other than sarc.

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I concur with Krissy it could be a mass of different things as well as a new place for infiltration of sarc. I really hope it is just a pulled muscle but with us sarcers we cannot just lay back and take a chance go and mention it and make sure it is looked after.

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Hi Nikki!

This is what I like to call one of my many Sarcoidosis Phantom Pains. It's real, it really hurts, and doctor's can't seem to find any cause for it!

Mine isn't under my armpit, but it is however under my right breast. It started out as a stabbing pain. The best way I could describe it is to imagine what it would feel like if shot with a bow and arrow that is set on fire. It would shoot right into my side and travel through my back and right out the other side. Leaving me doubled over trying to catch my breath. Doctor's thought it was my gall bladder, but it is fine. They thought it was my liver, ran every blood test known to man on it, nothing.... So they look at me and shrug their shoulders as if I am crazy. It's just become one of the MANY MANY pains I just am learning to deal with, unfortunately.

Cat

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Nikki
I concur with everyone on this. I get that from time to time. It is usually from the Lymphs. We woman do have to concern ourselves because of the breast.
On the other hand I have when my cough was at its worst broken a rib. It can pull muscle that can cause pain. Check it out.

Good Luck
Ellen

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All of the above are good suggestions. I just thought of something else that a lot of you may not be aware of. Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease and because of this our tendons, ligaments & joints become quite brittle. This situation makes us more prone to injury. This has been a real bummer for me, as my right arm and shoulder are now in so much pain and with limited movement. It started out as a rotator cuff problem, probably brought on by the inflammation. Now the pain is going up my neck and down the right side of my back. My physiotherapist was treating me quite enthusiastically and although this was probably a successful treatment for a non sarky, it has caused more inflammation in this area. I am now afraid that granulomas will form. They seem to be attracted to our weakest areas. This is making my job really difficult.

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Nikki,
I would tend to agree with what has been said as well. I however ama a 40 year old male and get pain exactly as you describe but on my left side. I mainly get this stabbing pain while at rest and it goes from my third rib down up to the center of my chest. I have not worked in almost a year so I do not think that it is a strain. I also do not have or have not had the cough as many on this forum have described. I was dxd with pulm sarc and sarc in lymph nodes back in Jan 09. From April through the end of May, it seemed as though the stuff was going away. Since then, my breathing is more labored again and my muscles and joints are more sore as well as I am more exhausted.
Keep pushing the docs further than they want to be pushed. It is your life and your body that is being (or should I say not bding) dealt with. It is the only one you will get so we all need to take care of ourselves because no one will do it for us!

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In my last entry I made a major typo and did not realize it until posting. I wrote in parenthesis or shoud I say not bding. It should read or should I say not being.

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I want to thank each of you for your replies. I will go and see what my pcp says about the pain that I have. I know that I should go and see what goes on, but before I do go I like to hear what others think so I don't embarrass myself because it might be nothing. Thank you again for all the advise that you have given to me.

Nikki

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Hello Nikki,

I have pain in my left side under my armpit since April. My doctor said I pulled a tendon under my armpit. Reading all these postings, I tend to think it is my Sarco or Costochondritis Costo is an inflammation in the rib cage which can cause pain in the chest pain and discomfort. I do not have shortness of breath. I do have pain which also goes right into my left breast. I have been in physical therapy since May. It has helped somewhat but I still cannot sleep on my left side. So I sleep on my right side and back. My right shoulder is so sore. I never liked sleeping on my back so I tend not to sleep well. I was on Ambien pills but I started to become dependent on them. So I weaned myself off the pill. I would wake up with shortness of breath. So what I do now is stay up as late as possible to get myself drousy so I can fall asleep. I do not work either. I have had a Chest X Ray and a MRI and nothing came up on the MRI. The Chest X Ray showed a pulled tendon so the doctor thinks. Since I still have the pain my next test will be a Cat Scan. The doctor wants to make sure nothing else is going on. Krissy you are correct our tendons, ligaments and joints become quite brittle. In early April I did a number of things that could have contributed to this problem. I fell, then I was putting a heavy box up on a shelf without standing on a stool. Maybe I did strain or pulled the muscle. A pulled muscle takes up to a year to get better. My immune system is low so that probably doesn't help. I am also in temporary remission for cancer too.

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Your body would be so inflamed at the moment that it would be very easy to get tendon, ligament or joint damage. Especially if you have had a fall.
I am trying to lower my inflammation by the anti-inflammatory diet. This usually works, but not very successful at the moment. Probably because I caught the flu & now I have to recover from that.

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I did go to the doctor's and he ordered x-rays and it showed that I didn't break any bones. That was good.
I told him how my hubby hasn't been able to sleep so that means I have had to go to the spare bedroom to watch TV. I tend to fall asleep in there. He said that from what I told him it sounds as though I must have a vertebra out of place and that is why I am hurting. So he told me to put some heat on the area that hurts. So that is what I am doing, going from the heating pad to putting Ice Blue on the area. So far it feels a little bit better under my arm.
Thank you all for your replies. You have been very helpful.

Nikki

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My pcp did try to get the vertebra back in place but it wasn't going any where. He told me to go and get an adjustment and I told him that I don't have any coverage for that. So it looks as though I have to wait it out and hope that it won't take long for my vertebra's to get back where they should be.

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My husband is a Sarkie and is always rubbing the area around his arm pits and rib cage. He says it feels like someone comes up behind him and punches him or stabs him, or kicks him in the kidneys. He rubs his hands and arms too. While I am sorry to hear of your pain, it does help to know that what my hubby is not alone in what he is going through. Nor are you. You all here are such an encouragement to him and myself and for that I thank you all for sharing your stories.
Kathy

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Hi,
I have the pain in my right side. It runs from the arm pit all the way down the right side of my chest.
In 2001 I was diagnosed with lung cancer, and they removed th top half of my right lung. In 2007 while doing chemo, they thought that the cancer had come back, so the cut me open to see. They found sarc instead, and said that they thought it was caused by the chemo. Has anyone ever heard of that happening? Anyway they give me pain medicine for the pain in my right side, and say that it probably will never go away. Great news huh?

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Hi,
I have the pain in my right side. It runs from the arm pit all the way down the right side of my chest.
In 2001 I was diagnosed with lung cancer, and they removed th top half of my right lung. In 2007 while doing chemo, they thought that the cancer had come back, so the cut me open to see. They found sarc instead, and said that they thought it was caused by the chemo. Has anyone ever heard of that happening? Anyway they give me pain medicine for the pain in my right side, and say that it probably will never go away. Great news huh?

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