Cause of tingling, tightness in affected arm?

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Question from JeanJ: How does one distinguish strange tingling, tightness sensations in the arm affected (especially underarm) from either the surgery, radiation, or anything more serious to be concerned about?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Numbness and burning, tingling sensations from the armpit down to the elbow, especially the undersurface of the arm, is common after any sort of axillary surgery. For some women, this disappears after several weeks and for others, it persists more long-term. This is due to disruption or irritation of the nerves in the axilla that supply those areas. Typically, it is not a sign of any new problem. Any new sensations, though, particularly years out from surgery (meaning new pain or lumps) ought to be investigated.

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