Medical Questions > Cancer > Lymphoma Forum

Lump under armpit next to breast

User Profile
Goodday,
I have found a small lump under my left armpit relatively close to my breast. It has been there for maybe a month and has definately increased in size. About the size of a pea. Other symptoms include pain when I touch it, a tenderness in the area even if I do not touch it directly, my left arm seems to be painful a lot - almost a numbing pain which, sometimes, runs donwn to my fingers. When I raise my arm above my head, the area feel 'inflamed'

I had biopsies in both breasts around 15 years ago. Both were clear but I was told to have regular mammograms. I now live in Thailand where these questions are taboo and the doctors will often tell you to go home, cook a good meal and not worry so much about these things.

That's an exageration Wink but they do not really want to address these issues ( I would have to travel to Bangkok for expert care)

Your response is greatly appreciated.
Did you find this post helpful?
|

replied April 27th, 2009
Hrmsh, I am not a doctor, Not even a medical student. But in the last few month's I have learned alot dueue to endless searching on the internet caused by my Health Anxiety.

Anyways, it COULD be a lymph node. But according to the size you said, About the size of a pea this seems well within the "Normal" size of a Lymph node in the area.

Most normal lymph nodes are about 1cm in size (0.5 to 2.0cm) but that size varies depending on the location of the node, and what activity is going on. Infections, cancer and many other conditions can cause it to expand as the immune system reacts to the problem.

From what I have read on the net Painfull swelling of the Lymph Nodes usually is an indication of a nearby infection.

On that site you can find some info about the Lymph Nodes, I hope this is helpfull. Avoid searching the internet, for it can literally drive one insane, To the point of needing Therapy, Like me.

Wether it is Taboo or not, I strongly suggest you just visit the doctor, it is his job, and lumps such as these should allways be looked at, Especially for women, But do not scare yourself to much, it is probably nothing to serious.

As for the pain in your arm I am afraid that I have no idea what could be causing this, Maybe it is part of the infection, Maybe the bump might be pressing against a nerve, It could be alot.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied April 27th, 2009
reply
Hi Kraggy,

Thanks for the reply. I'll definately check it out. As you say, searching can drive you insane with worry.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied April 28th, 2009
Supporter
Hi and Welcome to eHealth!
Please , if you have to go to BRAZIL...go where ever a REAL doctor will take you seriously. You have found a small lump, that you think is growing in size and is painful. This IS NOT something to send someone home with. You need SERIOUS PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL help. This could very well be the beginning of a type of breast cancer. I'm not trying to scare you, I've already been through this (last year)...I'm trying to get you to get this seen about before it becomes worse. Feel free to pM if you wish! F*GM
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied April 28th, 2009
Hello...
I think it would be a cyst...if it were a tumor it would not hurt...don't worry too much, just try to find a good doctor...search online or something. Best of luck!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied September 24th, 2010
Hi,

I have just ready your "symptoms" and I am experiencing EXACTLY the same, however I see your posting was over a year ago - did you get it checked out and what was the out come????
|
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied September 25th, 2010
Thanks Fairy Godmother - the world needs more people like you in it Smile How wonderful that you are a conqueror!

Jane71, I took forever to have it looked at (mainly due to the issues mentioned but also financial implications) During October 2009 I went to the USA and travelled for 9 months - during this time it went from bad to better to worse and the pain got almost unbearable, together with the worry and nightmares I was creating for myself, I did an online search and found a Chinese center in California (let me know if you need details) that arranged for free checkups and mammograms (this was only in May 2010). I was very lucky - it came back negative. I am back in my home country and as soon as I have Health care I am going to see a gynae and have EVERYTHING checked.

In hindsight I realise just how serious it could have been. People (and I) can only learn from my past mistakes.

Please go and see a professional asap and let me know how you are doing.

Much love and healing to you
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied September 25th, 2010
Hi Sunsplinter,
Thank you SO much for your reply, I'm so pleased everything is OK for you. My lump has been there at least six months, the pain is more like a throbbing and the lump is very hard and about the size of a grape?? The lump isn't painful just the surrounding area and the numbness down my arm and into my hand (which goes cold) is a little worrying. I have an MRI scan due on the 2nd Oct so will let you know the outcome when I get the results. Although your lump was fine what did they give you to ease the pain etc......

Thanks again. Jane71
|
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied September 26th, 2010
Hi Jane71, Glad I could share it with you. I look forward to your message telling me that everything is okay.

I didn't get any meds for the pain - the doctor told me it would go away and that it was probably travel related from carrying a backpack .... uhhhh no it wasn't. The pain you feel might be related to the area being sensitive from the lump and it could be a nerve being affected, lumph nodes have a funny way of telling you they aren't very happy. This is sure to be cleared up by your specialist when you go for your exam.

I suffer from major migraines - sometimes up to 3 a week - I think the meds (Exedrin) I was taking might have helped a bit with that.

I still have the lump,at times it's still painful and my arm still goes tingly and numb combined with the pain which sometimes is throbbing right into my fingertips. As I said this will all be checked out when I can 'afford' it - my country is still in it's infant stage with providing affordable health care and it will have to wait until such time as I am on a scheme.

Stay strong and secure in your heart and mind.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied April 25th, 2011
Hi Jane71,
How did your results go? I too have found a lump under my left armpit just today. Might leave it a few weeks to have it seen to with the hope it'll go away.
Thanks,
louiseocm
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied April 25th, 2011
i have just found a lump under my armpit its not sore to touch and its the size of a pea am a worryin over nothin when a touch it it doesnt move just stays there its not hard but its not soft either its inbetween anyone know what it could be am a worrier so am paraniod as thanks xx
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 4th, 2011
I have recently discovered lumps beneath my right rib cage,in my armpits and at least one lump on top of my left breast- I have implants; this lump is dense, not an air pocket. I have numerous pea size and lima bean size lumpos on my lower back- they burn and stab me if they are touched by anything. My torso amd my back feel as if they are in a clamp. I find myself holding my breath, wondering if this is simply a natural part of aging? I am 43.I havent had a bowel movement in 12 days, losimg my appetite and am a complete insomniac... I am exhausted and wonder if its worth the expense of
MRI'S and blood work in a very small town- where doctors think women are hysterical and nurses talk to everyone about everyone else.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 4th, 2011
I have recently discovered lumps beneath my right rib cage,in my armpits and at least one lump on top of my left breast- I have implants; this lump is dense, not an air pocket. I have numerous pea size and lima bean size lumpos on my lower back- they burn and stab me if they are touched by anything. My torso amd my back feel as if they are in a clamp. I find myself holding my breath, wondering if this is simply a natural part of aging? I am 43.I havent had a bowel movement in 12 days, losimg my appetite and am a complete insomniac... I am exhausted and wonder if its worth the expense of
MRI'S and blood work in a very small town- where doctors think women are hysterical and nurses talk to everyone about everyone else.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied June 4th, 2011
lumps
I have recently discovered lumps beneath my right rib cage,in my armpits and at least one lump on top of my left breast- I have implants; this lump is dense, not an air pocket. I have numerous pea size and lima bean size lumpos on my lower back- they burn and stab me if they are touched by anything. My torso amd my back feel as if they are in a clamp. I find myself holding my breath, wondering if this is simply a natural part of aging? I am 43.I havent had a bowel movement in 12 days, losimg my appetite and am a complete insomniac... I am exhausted and wonder if its worth the expense of
MRI'S and blood work in a very small town- where doctors think women are hysterical and nurses talk to everyone about everyone else.
|
Did you find this post helpful?