I am a 17 year old male, and about a month ago, I happened to notice a small lump right above my right shoulder blade. The lump is not on the shoulder blade, but kind of in the muscle above it, if that makes sense. So, being the worry-wart I am, i freaked out. I asked my mom to check it out and she didn't really know what it was, that everyone has lumps and to not worry about it. That wasn't the answer i was looking for.
So, i went to my grandmother's, who is a retired nurse, and she looked at it and felt it a bit, and also didn't know what it was, but it was kind of deep for a cyst. Not the answer I was looking for either. So, again, i panicked and asked for a doctor appointment.
I went to the family doctor and he looked at it. He didn't have any concern at first. Then he states that it doesn't feel like anything to worry about at all. He's dealt with plenty of this and it doesn't feel or look like cancer. But he sent me to a different doctor first off because i freaked out and knew if i didn't know an exact answer i would probably worry myself to death and secondly because it was a little deeper than most he's seen, and not the normal 'lump and bump' you see everyday. So, he sent me to a Orthopedic doctor who specialized in cancer and tumors. As you can imagine, i freaked.
So, i went to this cancer doctor and about had a heart attack waiting to get in. He felt around and didn't seem to have any concern at all. He measured it and it was only 1x1 cm, and he said he doesn't really worry too much unless they're about 5+ cm. It was very easy to move around and was sort of rubbery. He said he is sure it's not cancer, but just to ease my mind, he would set me up for an appointment for 3 months later. If it grew larger or started to hurt to the point it was restricting me, to come back. He also said there was no need for a biopsy because it would probably do more harm since it's nothing to worry about and a scan would be a waste of money because you would probably not be able to see it since it's so small. He said he is almost positive it is just a benign soft tissue nodule.
Call me crazy, but that still wasn't the answer i was looking for! I was still worried it could be cancer, and i still am. I don't know why, but i feel like i need a 100% answer telling me it is NOT cancer. It just bugs the hell out me daily. I am constantly thinking about it, rubbing it, checking to see if it's bigger, etc. Every little thing that i used to not notice like a headache or a slight pain..i think it's cancer. Why do i have to over-think things too much!?
I just don't know what to do. I've always had perfect health, and so has all of my family. Never any cancers or anything related. I feel like when i don't think about it, everything's fine, but the second i think about it or feel it, it is kind of sore or has gotten bigger, but i think it's all in my head. My mom said it hasn't grown at all. It's just a really scary thought!
Anyways, sorry for the long post..any suggestions or input on what you think it could possibly be would be nice. If anyone takes the time of day to actually read this, THANK YOU! It feels nice to vent this out
bbskater78 - I read your post and can completely sympathize with your worry. I recently (1mos ago) felt 3-4 small nodes in my 17YO daughter's neck. Took her to our family doctor who ordered blood work. White blood cells low, lymphocytes high, monocytes high. After an antibiotic treatment and the second round blood test the results were lowers white blood, even higher lymphocytes and monocytes. Because I'm worried sick, I did not wait for my Primary care to refer us to an oncologist I simply made the appoint. Thank God for PPO insurance. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what it is in either of your cases, but keep asking questions until you are satisfied. But also try to keep things in perspective by being positive and DECIDING to not worry until you KNOW there is something to worry about. Good luck and good health to you hun!
You're right. I have been trying to keep positive lately, but with my anxiety, it isn't the easiest thing to do. I have another doctors appointment scheduled for next week, which hopefully will go well!
Everyone in my family and all of my friends think i'm over-reacting like always, but i would rather make sure it's fine like you said than do nothing about it! Thank you for your support though. Good luck with your daughter and everything you guys are going through. Also, i hope for good health to your daughter and your whole family as well! Thanks again!!
Did you ever end up finding out what was going on? I only ask because I have a similar thing going on in the muscle around my left shoulder blade. This has been there for like 2 years at least, now and my back is always feeling tense. I went to the chiropractor and have had several massages, thinking that it was just a stubborn knot in my muscle but now I am not so sure. Was just searching around on google and found this comment and thought I'd check to see if you got the answer you were looking for. Thanks!
did you find out what it is because I have the same thing it can cause me pain and head aches. I am going to the doctors some time this week I 14 going on 15 in a few months my parents don't know what it is and I would like to know
Hey what was the lump. I have one exact place and I am freaked out. I thought it was a underground zit had it for years but recently it got bigger and it hurts my muscle. I read it is like a lympoma however you spell it or like a cyst. I am always grabbing it freaked I am going to die. I seen that movie steel magnolias and the girl had a lump under her armpit and died. years ago a dr said its fine but why did it get bigger. Mines deep as well
I also have one in the same spot (near right shoulder). I've had it ever since I can remember, and never really thought anything of it until recently. I don't believe it has ever changed in size. I would like to share some information about what this might be from looking into it further the web page is http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lumps-swellin
They wrote "Lump on the shoulder, back, chest or arm-
A lump on the shoulder, back, chest or arm is most likely to be a lipoma or a cyst.
A lipoma is a soft, fatty lump that grows under the skin. It is fairly common, harmless and can usually be left alone. When you press a lipoma, it should feel smooth and soft, like rubber or dough. It can range from the size of a pea to a few centimetres across.
A cyst is a sac under the skin that contains fluid, usually pus. It can look a bit like a lipoma but is close to the skin surface (lipomas are deeper under the skin). Also, cysts are firm to the touch. A cyst may go away on its own without treatment, or you may need to have it drained."
I've had a lump on my back under my left shoulder blade for about a year; between the size of a nickel and a quarter. Some days it felt hard and rubbery; other days it felt liquid filled. Some days it was red in color, some days it was red on top and white below it. It protruded about half an inch out of my back; my dad called it my third nipple. It has never caused any pain or discomfort. Over the last month, my dad has tried to pop it with no success. Over this time, when he applied pressure, I couldn't even feel the pressure applied to the site. However, over the last week it began to develop a broad white head. Last night my dad tried popping it, still no feeling of pressure applied...and SUCCESS! It produced a very small amount of liquid puss, then out came this fatty, "maggot-looking" puss. In total it produced about a two inch long "maggot-looking", fatty puss string. The puss came out in 1/4-1/2 inch lengths and was about 1/4 inch in diameter. Towards the end of my dad applying pressure to get what puss was left, I began feeling his applied pressure. It ended with blood and a clear fluid draining form the area. After doing some research, I have no doubt that this was a lipoma. Today the area looks like an everyday pimple that anybody could get on their back. It was protruding about half an inch out of my back and now it's almost flat against the skin. The area is now red with a white head which I believe to be what is left of blood and clear fluid. After he popped it, the feeling was like I had just been "shot with a pellet gun." There was a small cavity where the puss came out of and a slight discomfort which feels like it goes down into the shoulder blade. I dressed the cavity with Neosporin and a band-aid, and covered that with gauze and tape. I hope this helps.