What Causes Painful Lumps Under Armpits?
Painful lumps under armpits can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose painful lumps under armpits, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "painful lumps under armpits" as a symptom. Here are eight possibilities:
- Lymphatic Congestion
- Vasectomy Side-Effects
- Infectious Mononucleosis
- Kali Mur Need
- CLL Leukemia
- Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having a CFS diagnosis
unexplained high fevers
history of sinusitis
shortness of breath when at rest
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
major unexplained weight loss
Latin / Hispanic ethnicity
increased sensitivity to touch
postauricular node problems
... and more than 60 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of painful lumps under armpits:
|Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
|Kali Mur Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
UNDER ARMPITS: Do you have any tender or painful lymph nodes here?
→ Don't know
→ Often, but not right now
→ 1-2 lymph nodes painful
→ 3 or more nodes painful
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no painful axillary nodes, frequent painful axillary nodes, painful axillary nodes or multiple painful axillary nodes, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as: