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Should I see doctor for armpit pain?


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Question from Jayne: I get confused about breast self-exams. I have been having pain in my left armpit—I can't feel anything on the outside, but I feel that there is something that I cannot palpate. Is this something I should see my gynecologist or my primary care doctor about?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. It's understandable to be confused about breast self-exam, but what's most important is that you're doing it. Because of the fact that you have found something that doesn't feel exactly correct to you, I would suggest seeing your gynecologist for a good clinical breast exam. You may be feeling tenderness within your breast or armpit area that has a perfectly rational explanation, but using your own sense that something isn't exactly right to guide you to your gynecologist is certainly appropriate.


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