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Swollen Lymph Node Undeer Left Armpit

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Back in October (2011) I got a flu shot. First time ever. A day or 2 later I was putting on roll-on deodorant and felt a swollen mass under my left armpit. Not too big, but noticeable. I went to my doctor the next day and other then reassuring me it wasn't flu shot related, she told me to monitor it and let her know if it gets any larger. I didn't get any larger, but I started reading about it on the internet and thought it was Lime disease. I went for a bolod test and it was negative. The swolleness did go down, but was still slightly evident. Just this past Monday I was getting ready for work, got out of the shower and felt a little soreness under my left arm again. It was swollen again. This time more so. It was as if someone took half a tennis ball (maybe a little smaller) and put it under my armpit skin. It was a slightly discomforting, but not at all painful. I went to my doctor again and he vigorously examined it. Beside a slight discomfort while he was doing so, it still was not painful. He explained that it could be a cyst, but to investigate further he ordered an ultrasound. I just got back from the ultrasound and the lady confirmed that it was a Lymph node. She said that there were 3 larger then normal, one was described as "a little larger then the average bear". She then asked me if I had been sick. I said I hadn't been, other then some environmental allergies. My follow up appointment is in 12 days. My doctor also ordered a blood workup. He wanted to check that as well especially since I have had low B12 levels recently. My question is what are the conditions that could cause this. I can't remember the last time I was sick (cold). I'm a 47 year old male in pretty good shape (185-190 lbs). I play golf regularly walking many of my rounds. I'm a retired NYC Detective who currently works as a Manager of security at a large computer company. Other then having my share of stress, I'm not a high strung person. I don't smoke, other then the occassional cigar during golf. I do drink alcohol, occassionally. May a couple beers a week. Some weeks none. Any advise would be appreciated.
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replied April 29th, 2012
I would refer you to an Endocrinologist preferably at a local Medical University if you are close to one. If you can get to a medical university it would be in your best interest.

This sounds to me like a gland issue. It could be anything from a swollen gland, due to some type of imbalance, to an infected gland, believe it or not, or as simple as backed up hair in a pore inside of the gland. But, you need a complete work-up done by a Gland Specialist -(Endocrinologist) I would make certain I got referral if you can't get to a Med. Uni. that has a very sound background an reputation. If you have anything wrong, the gland doctor will find it or at least be able to give you some peace of mind. We have lymph node's and gland's that some times act up. It doesn't mean cancer but, it could mean a simple imbalance. While many people don't like Medical University Hospital's, I will say this, I'd rather have a group of 10-12 of the very BEST working on my 1 or 2 issue's than, 1 over worked, under paid, doctor with 300+ patients to see a day. Some place that is dedicated to optimal service to humans and the best practice of medicine as their main goal in life. Get to an ENDO. Right away Smile Much luck to you.
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replied April 30th, 2012
Thank you for your reply. You mentioned a backed up hair in a pore as being a possible cause. Funny that you said that because I do shave my chest and underarms every few months. The more I think about it this last episode happened within a day or so of that shaving. I will mention this to my doctor. Thanks again.
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replied April 29th, 2012
Sounds like your doctor is on the ball. I would just relax and allow him to get the test done first. It could be anything. It's very common for us to think the worst in today's society. If he doesn't please you with his analysis I'd still get a consult to a Endocrinologist. I'll say a prayer for you. I wish I could be of more help however it appears your doctor is on top of thing's.
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replied April 29th, 2012
enlarged lymph node that has become inflamed
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replied May 1st, 2012
I had the same thing happen to me and it was right after the flu shot as well. It makes me wonder if there is a connection??? Please let me know how you make out.
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replied May 1st, 2012
I got my shot in North Raleigh, NC. You are not by chance from the same area are you?
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replied May 1st, 2012
No,I live in Pa. It first happened to me in 2010 with the flu shot,the swelling would come and go. Then I noticed it again in 2011 after that flu shot. I think that they changed the flu shot in 2010 and added h1n1 vaccine so people didnt need 2 vaccines. Did you get a flu shot in 2010?
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replied May 1st, 2012
No this was the first one I ever got, wether it's related or not, it will be the last.
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replied July 20th, 2012
It is absolutely related to your flu shot!!! I had my flu shot for the first time last year and that night, I developed a swollen gland under my armpit (same arm as the flu shot). Called the doctor and she said it's a typical side effect from the flu shot. Since then, I have had this swollen gland come and go for the past year. I never had this until the day of the flu shot. If you Google it, you'll see that it is, indeed, a side effect of the flu shot. I will never get another flu shot.
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replied May 1st, 2012
No I did not. But whether it's related to it or not, this was the last bone i'll get. I will posted again after my next Dr. visit.
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replied July 20th, 2012
It is absolutely related to your flu shot!!! I had my flu shot for the first time last year and that night, I developed a swollen gland under my armpit (same arm as the flu shot). Called the doctor and she said it's a typical side effect from the flu shot. Since then, I have had this swollen gland come and go for the past year. I never had this until the day of the flu shot. If you Google it, you'll see that it is, indeed, a side effect of the flu shot. I will never get another flu shot.
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replied May 1st, 2012
Hope it all works out, I look forward to hearing how your next visit goes.
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replied December 6th, 2012
Under arm swollen and pain after getting flu shot
I am very upset. For years every doctor I've seen have been telling me to get the flu shot and I've always said no. This year they wore me down and I got it. Now my left armpit is swollen and hurting. My doctor is saying it's probably not related but I don't think it's a coincident that the very arm I got the shot is the one that is in pain. I have never had any such pain before. What a mistake. Never again will I get another flu shot.
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replied August 9th, 2014
I too Have a swollen armpit after 2014 flu shot
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replied October 25th, 2014
I just got a 2014 flu shot in the morning on Oct 23. The next morning I woke up with a painful swollen lump node in my armpit. The left one which is the same side I had the flu shot on. I called Center for Disease Control & they didn't have that down as a possible side effect. She said to follow up with my dr. I was a bit concerned because my 31yr old son just got done with chemo & radiation for Hodgkin's lymphoma. I did a search on line & have found several people complaining of the same thing. The lady at the CDC said to also report it to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System(VAERS)-1-800-822-7967.

Just curious; are your lymph nodes still swollen?? I'm on day 2 & it's still swollen & a little painful but it's only 1:45pm & I've been taking it easy. Any input would be appreciated!! Thanks!!
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replied September 5th, 2014
Just had a flu shot 9/2/14 and initially for the first time ever, I became very light headed immediately after the shot and felt nauseated. Assumed it was a normal/Common symptom so I got through the day. 24 hours later my armpit became sore..today it's , or only sore but swollen and burning. The only other time I felt anything like this was several years ago after shaving and a got Lymphadenitis. I believe the flu shot in this arm was the reason. I'll speak with a few of my docs (I'm a physician practice manager) and see what they say.
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replied October 26th, 2014
I too have swollen glands under armpit 24 hours after 2014 flu shot. Very painful though.
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