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I am a 38 year old female and have a swollen lymph node under my right armpit that is a little painful to the touch. I've had it for a few months and finally decided to get a mammogram to get it checked out. My mammogram came back normal, but they told me I'd have to see my family doctor to get the lump checked out. My family doctor definitely felt the lump and said it was an enlarged lymph node and started me on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine in case of an infection. They ran bloodwork to check for an infection, but I just found out that it came back normal, so no infection. They are sending me to a well-known breast surgeon in the area who they also said treats lymph nodes. I guess I would like to know what this means. I was hopeful I just had an infection. Since the infection came back negative, could this mean a type of lymph cancer? (Lymphoma, Hodgkins, etc.?) I am very scared and can't see this other doctor until 4/23, AFTER our family vacation. I am having a hard time relaxing... Thanks, Kelly
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replied May 2nd, 2009
lymph node swelling
hi i am a 44 year old woman that has a swollen node under my arm. Have had a mammogram and a ultrasound and came back clear. I have been checked for infection and also came back clear. I now have been refered to a surgeon tohave a needle biopsy tosee whats is going on. You have my sympathy as i know what you are going through. Please keep me posted i am going on the 11/5
Cathy
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replied October 25th, 2011
No Biopsy
Don't have a biopsy! What happens in most cases is that you probably have a staff infection that can be treated with a vitamin called thymex from standard process. But when they go in and do a biopsy they spread that infection throughout your body and it causes other thing...then they say you have breast cancer. Most antibiotics don't kill the staff infection. I have to be on thymex for 12 weeks before it will rid me of the infection. Most antibiotics don't get rid of it. Research a little more before you have a biopsy
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replied September 9th, 2012
Swollen lymph nodes
Hi my name is Karen.i may have the answe you needing to hear. What type off arm detrotant do you use, is it roll on for. Avon or the store or just the regular one.
I been told by many not to use roll on detrotant due to it plug your lymph nodes and could cause cancer. I use it she. I was you get and got lumps under my arms so it finally went away after the stopping off it. Then the other day since I figured I am older now that I would try the Avon roll on and yet again I have a very sore lump u der both armpits ever. At first I did not know why I was so so then got thinking the only thing I changed was that and now since I stopped useing it I am still sore but my lymph nodes ate going away slowly so my advise to you and pass it to your friends don't use roll on deterant. My girlfriend dad died from cancer due to lymph phobia cance. He used roll on detrotant from Avon his whole life. so again any roll on is not good. Well I wish you both well and you get the answers you need and that it is not serious.please remember to pass on the info about rollon detrotant.
Good Luck
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replied September 22nd, 2013
Karen,
Your advice is ignorant and unfounded. This is a medical website intended for exchange of factual information. You cant even spell at a grade school level. Dishing out advice to people who are searching for answers about a very serious medical issue. Just change deodorant? Shame on you. Do some research before spewing nonsense.
Inflamed glands and lipomas need to be addressed by a medical professional. Endocrine bloodwork, and radial imaging will rule out any detrimental conditions.
Science = fact
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replied September 22nd, 2013
Karen,
Your advice is ignorant and unfounded. This is a medical website intended for exchange of factual information. You cant even spell at a grade school level. Dishing out advice to people who are searching for answers about a very serious medical issue. Just change deodorant? Shame on you. Do some research before spewing nonsense.
Inflamed glands and lipomas need to be addressed by a medical professional. Endocrine bloodwork, and radial imaging will rule out any detrimental conditions.
Science = fact
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replied October 2nd, 2013
Dear rude lady above.
Iwould like to say that my mother and aunt both had breast cancer. One lives in Missouri and the other in Arkansas. Both were told that some deodorants can contribute to breast cancer. Don't think this is a coincidence. Although, the FACT is that two different specialist both made this comment, I would like to note that it is safe to get medical advice from your Dr. As far as the rude lady above. Maybe you should get your facts straight. Also, try having some respect with how you talk to people. You yourself should be ashamed. P.s, If by chance you find some imperfections in my spelling or punctuation please do my a favor before you judge. Find the bggest set of tweezer you can and pluck the thorn out of your own eye. God bless!
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replied October 2nd, 2013
Dear rude lady above.
Iwould like to say that my mother and aunt both had breast cancer. One lives in Missouri and the other in Arkansas. Both were told that some deodorants can contribute to breast cancer. Don't think this is a coincidence. Although, the FACT is that two different specialist both made this comment, I would like to note that it is safe to get medical advice from your Dr. As far as the rude lady above. Maybe you should get your facts straight. Also, try having some respect with how you talk to people. You yourself should be ashamed. P.s, If by chance you find some imperfections in my spelling or punctuation please do my a favor before you judge. Find the bggest set of tweezer you can and pluck the thorn out of your own eye. God bless!
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replied September 23rd, 2013
Karen,Ignore the rude lady below, Im sure you speak more languages than she does. I have had the same issues. Some deodorants clog the sweat glands so much that they become infected. It is safer to use a deodorant rather than an antiperspirant.
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replied May 4th, 2009
Hi, Cathy!

I thought I would let you know that after seeing the specialist, she wanted me to have an ultrasound of the lymph node first. I have that this morning so crossing my fingers. Depending if they find that it looks suspicious or very large, THEN they will do the biopsy, but they want a closer look first. Best of luck to you.
-Kelly
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replied October 2nd, 2011
Hi Cathy,

I am a male I too have had a pain under my left arm and chest wall tenderness, is the best way to evaluate this to do an U/S and/or mammogram, I have had plenty of U/S and a couple of mammograms, I go to see my breast surgeon on Tuesday and I will ask him about an U/S.

Tony
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replied June 14th, 2009
swollen arpit
Hi i have noticed that my arm pit is swollen on one side and very tender, the other side is abit tender as well. What do you think i should do, could it be swollen as i have my peroid?? or could it be an infection?

heidi
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replied July 19th, 2009
Just wondering what came of your doctors appointments. I have had a lump under my right arm pit for a couple of days now. It was hurting and really swollen a couple of days ago but now it is mainly just sore unless I mess with it. Is this something I should go get checked out...
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replied September 10th, 2009
I am 48 and had a needle biopsy and ultrasound for an enlarged lymph under my armpit. It came back negative for cancer. I can't feel it. Doesn't hurt. But, the Radiologist wants me to go see a surgeon anyway. She is concerned about false negative results. Does anyone have any info on false negatives with needle biopsy?
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replied September 10th, 2009
Experienced User
Hopefully everything is okay, but too much of certain nutrients in the diet can cause swollen/sore lymph nodes. My fiance's armpits were sore and swollen for over 3 weeks because he drank energy drinks all the time. It stopped when he stopped drinking them. Diet can also cause inflammation. Although, a few months is a long time.

Sometimes viruses can cause this problem and they might not show up on infection tests.

I also just remembered that my cousin had to get cysts under her arms removed a couple of years ago. She had similar symptoms and her tests would have come back negative. She had to be put on BC pills because she started getting painful cysts on her ovaries as well. All benign.

Any of these could be explanations. I hope it's not serious for anyone who posted above.
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replied June 6th, 2011
Energy Drink or Cancer/ swollen lymphnode
Wow thank you so much for your answer here. I have never really drank "Energy drinks" but, I started a few months ago and Bam! Last night got a very painful node under my arm. I went to the emergency room, they ran full blood work and all came back good. But, the first question almost from the Doctor was, did my family has a history of Cancer. Scared the crap out of me. Hoping this is the answer but I am still going to my primary tomorrow to follow up with this. Hope it's just those stupid "Energy Drinks".
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replied September 17th, 2009
Need help
Hello I just came across this during a google search.. I am in the same situation as alot of you ladies. I am 32 had a lump appear in my left breast had ultrasound and mammo .. mammo was clear u/s showed what they thought was a mass in my breast.. they repeated u/s today because the mammo was clear and wanted to mark where the mass was in breast.. and they are now saying its more in my armpit area and its a swollen lympnode.. i am so confused they just dismissed it like it was nothing. it was the size of a golf ball or bigger and iam so sore and not sick at all so i dont know what kind of infection it could be. They totally dismissed the lump in my breast since it didnt appear on the mammo, but i have read about microcalsifications that are missed in mammo and u/s. i have a strong family history of breast cancer and my concern is how do they no its not a mass in my lyph node or cancer without a biopsy? please iam really worried.
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replied September 17th, 2009
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kennysangel- Did they schedule you for another appointment or plan to call you soon? From what I understand (from my cousin's situation) is that they asked her to come back in a couple of months to see if her lumps got bigger, and they did, which is when they did the biopsy and removed them.

I think the reason they're not sweating it is because something like 80% of microcalcifications are benign, so if it doesn't show up on a mammo or it's under a certain size, it's not an emergency.

If it bothers you, you can call to ask them more about it or get a copy of your records to get a second opinion. It never hurts for someone with a family history to be vigilant. Just be open to other possibilities.
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replied October 28th, 2009
Hi - I too have a swollen lymph node under my right armpit - had it checked by my surgeon (he removed benign breast cysts on right and left breasts) - he said he did not feel any lumps to be concerned of - am having a mammo in January; I'm not sure what I should do but I think because it has become a little bigger that I will call my primary to discuss strategy; fortunately, I trust my surgeon so I'm not too worried although I don't like that it has become more enlarged (or engorged) - I am in menopause so hormones that are still floating around could be playing a part, but ... a virus - perhaps I have been feeling tired but then again who knows there to what could be causing this - experiencing many stressors that the majority of our society is likely experiencing with the economy, working, etc - any opinions I'd be curious - thanks and good luck to all
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replied April 30th, 2011
froggy50
Hi, I am 50 years old, had hysterectomy about 4 years ago, I was put on premerin and pretty much have taken it constantly since surgery. Had second mammogram, first one was when I was 40, and it came out abnormal. They found 2 solid nodules, dense, a 5mm and 9mm nodule in right breast. I also have a swollen lymph node under right armpit. Was told to have diagnostic mammogram and another ultrasound in which the doctor said he did not see any breast cancer. Then why swollen lymph node? He said, Im not saying its not lymphoma but you do not have breast cancer. So my breast surgeon wants me to follow up with my GP. Now the node is aching and a bit larger. My left armpit is not swollen but aches. Both my arms ache and my right side of my neck. I stopped the premerin when all this started per my GP. I am sweating so bad at night and all day. I dont know if it is because of being off the premerin, I am going to my GP May 2nd. Im nervous it is lymphoma. I am so tired and get to where I feel like all my blood has been drained from my body, sleep all the time, I have no desire to do anything.
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replied May 29th, 2011
Froggy, please stop worrying. There is nothing wrong except you are in menopause. If it were me, I would not be on Premenin! Find a doctor or alternative practioner who specializes in "Sotto Pelle TUNDERherapy" or "Bio Identical Hormones". Nothing strange about this therapy..it's just natural. Go online to locate this way of dealing with hormonal therapy. Your GP may 'poo-poo' your desire to do this but don't listen. I have been there and know what I am talking about. AND YOU DO NOT HAVE LYMPHOMA! I am 62 years old and when I could afford the Sotto Pelle I felt like I was 25! It is expensive and insurance did not cover it for me. But the Bios work too and insurance is more lenient. It comes in creams or pills. And the prescription is filled at a "compound pharmacy". And don't worry..if not one in your area, there are plenty out of state to which you can send your script. There is help for you. Let me know how you are doing with this. God bless...Mary...PS: I AM NOT A DOCTOR SO THIS IS ONLY BASED ON MY PAST EXPERIENCES. SO DO NOT OVERLOOK MEDICAL TREATMENT YOU THINK MAY BE BEST FOR YOU.
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replied December 5th, 2011
Have the calcium and PARAthyroid hormone levels checked - easy. Rule out hyperparathyroidism, not thyroid, the parathyroid. Look it up, often overlooked as just older and tired. Get those levels checked!
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replied December 7th, 2011
Effexor is great for change of life abnormal sweating
Froggy50 I had withdrawal symtoms, horrible headaches when my doctor refused to give me premerin etc. I begged her because the sweating was implorable. I went on the internet and found that Effexor, an antidepressant, was effective for the change-night and day sweating. In about 4 months after taking the effexor, the sweating just about stopped completely. I showed my doctor the article from the internet about effexor, she approved the perscription for effexor. Hope it helps bpage
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replied December 18th, 2011
I am 51 and noticed my right armpit was swollen and sore last week and of course
being a tad scared put it off. When I went in to my Dr. He said lets do this first.
He put me on an antibiotic and said to stop using deodorant , wash with Hibiclens and
use Lotrimin powder. To my surprise it does keep me dry and no odor.
He said sometimes the glands get inflamed from Bacteria because of deodorant or whatever.
I to am in menopause, I had been using hormone patches because I could not tolerate Premerin.
After 2 years of whelping (allergic?) from the patches I said enough. The sweating
has not been to horrible, but maybe because of the excess sweating it made the nodes
swell? But mine feels odd, they are not as swollen the past few days, but it feels like a long
rope, like ligaments. I have a mammogram every year because an aunt had breast cancer, they are always normal.
I go back mid week to see my Dr. My sister has parathyroid problems (removal) so I will ask him about it.
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replied January 7th, 2012
Update- The lymph node is not swollen or sore. I have been using the powder and so far it seems to be working to my surprise. I am following up this week with the Dr. to have full bloodwork done, but he thinks it was the excess sweating that caused it. PJO
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replied December 7th, 2011
Effexor is great for change of life abnormal sweating
Froggy50 I had withdrawal symtoms, horrible headaches when my doctor refused to give me premerin etc. I begged her because the sweating was implorable. I went on the internet and found that Effexor, an antidepressant, was effective for the change-night and day sweating. In about 4 months after taking the effexor, the sweating just about stopped completely. I showed my doctor the article from the internet about effexor, she approved the perscription for effexor. Hope it helps bpage
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replied January 7th, 2012
soy lecithin granules, will stop hot flashes. You can get it from GNC. 1 to 2 table sp. a day.
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replied October 28th, 2009
Hi-I also had a lump or enlarged lymph node under my right armpit. My lump appeared after gall bladder surgery. I developed fibromyalgia 6 months after my surgery. I told the doctor that the fibromyalgia flares during my cycle. I believe the lump and the fibromyalgia is hormone driven. I recommend anyone who discovers a lump like this to have saliva testing done on your hormones. The hormones they test for are: DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and cortisol. My hormones were not balanced and they were low. I am 43 and this happens to women in premenopause. You can replace your hormones to balance them through supplementation or creams. What helped get my lump pain under control was a diet with no sugar(except for honey) low to no fat (except omega 3fat and extra virgin olive oil)no white flour, and no caffeine. I eat protein with almost every meal to help with energy, complex carbs, lots of raw veggies, fruit and water. I also take a multivitamin, extra vitamin c, extra vitamin e, 2000 units vitamin D, calcium 600 and magnesium 300mg two times daily, last but not least digestive enzymes with my meals. You diet, srtess and age will cause your hormones to become out of balance. As of now my painful lymph node has gone away.
It is hard at first to follow this diet but once you get past a few weeks it gets easier.
Good Luck everyone.
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replied April 4th, 2011
Can you give me a little more information on this type of diet, I really feel it makes a difference what we eat. I'm 46 and just have a lump that came up in my left armpit area, it came up a few days after I had to have a diagnostic mammogram as well as ultrasound, but they said the findings were a group of cysts in my left breast, but a day later I had a lump in my left armpit, I really think diet have a lot to do with things going wrong in the body, so if you don't mind I would appreciate any additional information on the diet your talking about.
Thanks,
Linda
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replied May 16th, 2011
Under arm pit lymph node lump
Very good information in several of your communications with the others about the under arm lymph node. I have one myself and was on my way to bed when I decided to look it up on the web and found your blog from 2009. I like the diet with no sugar except for honey and the rest of it. I want so badly to change my diet and eat better. Stress is a factor for me as well due to my job and the economy, etc. If I would cut sugar and caffeine I bet that would help. I know what to do, just having a hard time being consistent and doing the right thing.
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replied November 27th, 2011
Diet affected underarm
Hi donjoe:
I have had a lump in my right underarm, too, that was quite pronounced and swollen. I have had U/S, mammograms and MRI, all of which came back to say that I don't have breast cancer and they are fairly certain i don't have lymphoma. My sister is in naturopathic med school (in Canada, you must also become an MD to be a naturopath). She had me get my allergies tested through electro dermal testing: the results showed I was allergic to moulds, anything fermented, dairy, red/blue dye, etc. So, I changed my diet a month ago: no dairy, no caffeine, way less gluten, more veggies/fruit, omega 3 and vitamin D every day, and lots of vitamin C and more water. The inflammation in my underarm and that big lump has diminished by almost 3/4. It's amazing. My GP couldn't believe it. SO, I'm writing to underscore your email. Diet may have a dramatic effect, like it has for me. Thanks for your email.
Hopscotch
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replied November 18th, 2009
Over sized lymph node back after removal
Hello i'm 22 and had an oversized lymph node removed from under my left armpit at the tail end of my breat tissue 8 months ago. On the mammogram it appeared to be the size of a pea, but when they removed it it was 1.5cm across by 3cm deep. The biopsy came back clear, but it seems to have occured again in roughly the same region. My surgeon didn't really tell me very much along the process and i'm unsure where i stand.
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replied November 19th, 2009
My lump came back after I missed my period. It has been there for 3 weeks now. My breasts are also very sore. My doctor put me on progesterone cream because it was very low.
Low progesterone could explain my gall bladder dying, thyroid symptoms, digestion issues, swollen lymph nodes and my missed period.
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replied April 16th, 2010
I am 25 I went to dr with swollen lymph nodes and periods on a week to eight week cycle he gave me the contreceptive pill and some anti biotics. Four weeks on no period so not started pill. Antibiotics taken and lump still there but slightly smaller. Ge didn''t think I needed to go back should I? I''m so fed up I''m tired all the time used all my annual at work nearly I ache all over constantly am at a loose end but no one seems bothered. Sad
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replied April 19th, 2010
I think you should have your hormone levels checked. An endocrinologist is the doctor to do that. The doctor will check your hormone levels through blood work. The most accurate way to test is through saliva. There are many labs that you can order from online. I went on progesterone cream after my doctor said my progesterone was low and I missed a period. I have been taking progesterone cream now for 7 months and don't have issues with the lumps, heavy clotting, bad cramping and extremely tender breasts anymore. If I don't take the progesterone cream it all comes back. It also takes a few months before it kicks in. You may feel bloated and hungry after taking it for the first few months. These side effects eventually go away. So, you need to be careful of what you eat and how much because you can easily put weight on. My endocrinologist also recently put me on thyroid medication to help with balancing my hormones. She believes being hypothyroid was a contributing factor to my hormone imbalance. You can by progesterone cream over the counter at vitamin stores. I take a prescription form that was given to me by my gynecologist. Make sure the cream has USP somewhere on the label. This tells you it is of good quality. Use as directed.
Good Luck, Donjoe
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replied April 30th, 2010
swollen lymthnodes
i have also got a swollen lymthnode under my left arm , went to see the breast clinic doctor ,and was given a mamogram that came back fine , ultrasound found swollen lymthnodes,, took biopsy ,i have been having a high white cell count also for the past year , had a bone marrow biopsy done 3 months ago ,came back normal would any thing ,,of showed up on them results im trying not to worry,,i have not lost any weight i eat well ,, i have been getting night sweats but not every night ,, but i have had a sore throat and feeling rough in the morning but after a while a feel fine i have toget my biopsy results next week for the lymthnodes ,, but really worried about this any one any ideas plz
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replied September 28th, 2012
How have things worked out for you?
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replied June 25th, 2010
Swollen Lympth Nodes in armpits and breasts
I am a 33 year old fighting extreme adrenial fatigue and after trying everything else first I decided to try over the counter dhea which is a hormone. After being on it for two weeks I felt great and started to lose weight. Then I had 1 large bump show up under my right armpit - then two, and then one under my left armpit. A friend of mine who is a D.O. looked at it and said that they were swollen lymph-nodes and I should have them looked at. She asked if I was doing anything different and I told her about the dhea - she told me to stop taking it and I did. The lumps were gone in two weeks. I feel like crap again though. Long story short - have your T3-T4, estrogen, testosterone, and dhea levels checked. If your body is making two much of one of the hormones - swollen lymph-nodes will most likely occur.
Hope this helps. Here is a link to a page about hormones. Pay close attention to the part that explains lumps in the breasts and armpits do to low and high levels of hormones.

http://www.lef.org/protocols/female_reprod uctive/female_hormone_restoration_01.htm
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replied July 27th, 2010
Iam 31 years old, I have a lump under my right armpit, which I have had for over two years. 18 months ago I had an ultrasound, where the said it was a inflamed lymph node and not to worry. every month it aches, but for the past 6 weeks it has gotten a little bigger, aches all the time and if I streatch my arm out it pulls. My right arm has also had a real dull ache for the past 3 weeks to the point that it hurts to use my hand. I have an appointment next week for another ultrasound. Im so worried that they missed something 18 month ago and now I have cancer.
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replied September 29th, 2011
update
This sounds like me... can you update me?
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replied October 12th, 2012
THAT sound exactly like what ive been through and im terrified of going to dr. PLZ let me know what happened with you.
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replied October 12th, 2012
THAT sound exactly like what ive been through and im terrified of going to dr. PLZ let me know what happened with you.
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replied August 9th, 2010
hi im 27 and for the last past yearti have gotten a swollen lymp node under my right arm. i found out laswt year i had mrsa im worried i ha ve a viral infection
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replied August 16th, 2010
I am 46 year old female and for the past two years I had an issue with my left armpit which turned out to be a swollen lymph node. Aside from the fact it was annoying (could feel the marble in there) there was no pain or discomfort until the past 6 months. I went back to the doctors who referred me to get a mamo and ultrasound done and then went to see the surgeon. He explained that there was no change in size (stayed the same for the past two years) but because it was starting to bother me he felt it was reasonable to remove it.

Prior to the surgery, I went to ultrasound where they marked the lymph node with a wire <not fun>. This way my surgeon wouldn't have to hack the area and would know exacly where it was then I was taken to the o.r. where they removed it. According to the surgeon, the lymph node was damaged and was just like fat tissue that was pinching a nerve which was causing me discomfort.

I will be seeing him in about two weeks to follow up from the surgery and will review the biopsy report then.
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replied September 29th, 2011
What have you found out?? I sound similiar!
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