Okay, so I'm sixteen years old.
I have a lump on my right arm, above my armpit. No idea what it is. I don't know if you'd class it as non-moveable, it moves with my arm, if that makes sense. So, if I roll my arm around, if moves with my arm.
Anyway, it's never gotten any bigger from when I first found it.
I also get breathless easily. It goes away when I sleep, and takes a couple of minutes or so to come back in the morning.
I know these are both symptoms of cancer, so I'm very scared. I think about it all the time, it's always in the back of my mind. It's almost as I've accepted that its cancer, and that I'm going to die.
I also have social anxiet and moderate OCD, so I was wondering if there was a stress element coming into the breathlessness thing. I also am prone to panic attacks and get scared and panicky very easily. Like..even if I'm home alone, I start thinking about horrible things which could happen, and get myself all worked up.
Anyway, I have no other symptoms of cancer. No tiredness, no losing appetite, no bloody excrement or anything like that.
I just really want some advice. Some comforting advice.
The lump in question appears to be a benign lymph node.
Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and âundergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the âviruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any infection it is common for the lymph nodes to âincrease in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure). âMost lymph nodes usually subside on their own or remain at a specific site for longer duration without causing any issues.
There is no need for any treatment for this issue. You should consult with a psychiatrist who can help you control your anxiety and stress issues. Behavior therapy and counselling would be very important to help you get rid of such anxiety and stress.
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