Hello, Male, 36, UK
3 weeks ago, I noticed a slight tenderness under both armpits (internal, not on surface), didn't think anything of it, just noticed it was there. This carried on every day, I felt around but couldn't feel any particularly painful spots or swellings. About 1 week ago, it got a lot more painful, to the point where I took pain killers.
It's continued like this, sometimes more painful in the left then the right or both. At the moment, the left is more painful.
I googled for this, which imediately scared the ***l out of me (will not do this again). I went to my doctor the next day. She could feel no signs of swelling and no other symptoms so put it down to muscular/skeletal - would go away in a while.
Next day, felt slightly short of breath and light headed, the doctor suggested I go to casualty (UK's 'ER') to get checked up straight away. Not that she felt it was an emergency, but because it was the quickest way to get some basic results.
ER did ECG, blood count, chest x-ray, blood oxygen test - all fine. No fever either.
Doctor isn't sure, thinks it could be muscular so suggests I take anti-inflammatories for 2 weeks then come back if pain still there. I'm not convinced that this is correct - I have full range movement of both arms, no matter what position I put them in or whatever I do I cannot make the pain worse. The pain doesn't seem to be related to my muscles.
Today, 5 days later, I'm feeling drained, my appetite has gone, lost about 8 pounds, feeling nausous and occasionally like I'm about to faint. Got occasional pains all over shoulders and rare twinges in groin and knees.
Part of me knows that some, if not most of these latest symptoms are due to anxiety. I've never been like this before, but this one scared me. Trouble is, I don't know what is real symptom and what is anxiety-related.
Would really aprpeciate any advice with this or any angles to explore. If I could get a diagnosis I'd know what I was dealing with and could get on with it. Not knowing is exhausting.