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swelling in right armpit

I'm an 18 yr old female
Recently I've noticed that my right armpit is swollen/raised, and tender to the touch, sometimes I notice the pain is creeping down the underside of my right arm and into the shoulder area. I have had pain in my hips/groin area, front part of my elbow, and lower back for a while. Also getting strange attacks of severe head pain, where there is a very sharp, stabbing pain that suddenly comes on over my head for about 10 seconds. Also had occasional bouts of vision changes (right eye flickering, and sight dulling - for about 10 seconds, and dizziness)
My Father and grandmother have chronic arthritis, don't know if that is at all helpful...
Haven't had fever/cough/cold or anything.
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replied April 10th, 2011
Lymphoma typically causes painless (and progressive) enlargement of one or more lymph nodes. On the other hand, tender, painful lymph nodes are usually caused by infection or inflammation.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide a specific diagnosis over the Internet to patients with concerns regarding enlarged lymph nodes. Therefore, my advice is for you to see your doctor for an examination. If you have persistently enlarged lymph nodes (and especially if they continue to enlarge), then a biopsy may become necessary to rule-out lymphoma, or other cancers involving the lymph nodes.


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"

A landmark, evidence-based guide to a healthy cancer-prevention lifestyle, based on cutting-edge cancer research.
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