You notice a lump in your armpit – something that wasn’t there before. Don’t panic – but don’t brush it off, either. This simple checklist will help you determine whether or not to see the doctor now, or wait until later.
Did you know that your breast tissue extends up into your underarm area? And that your underarm harbors a cluster of lymph nodes, nodes that can become cancerous? And that, therefore, an underarm lump can be a symptom of breast cancer?
No, I didn’t know that, either. But as a well-read breast cancer survivor, I’ve learned a lot over the past 12 years. And a lot of what I’ve learned is when to pursue diagnosis and treatment – and when to simply wait.
An underarm lump, like a mysterious lump anywhere on your body, can be scary. But rather than worry yourself sick, ask yourself the following five questions; the answers will help you determine just how serious that lump might be, and whether to ca...
My name is Doug Haberstroh and this is the story of my wife Keri. Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Keri was only 25 years old, and we had just begun our life together. Keri has just undergone her breast reconstruction. Her body was healing, and the cancer seemed to be gone. We noticed a new pain but did not think it was related to her breast cancer. The doctors, of course, wanted to be extra careful and ordered a few scans to be certain. Things are looking bright and we have a vacation to Disney in the works, which is the ONE thing Keri had to see before leaving Florida. Subject: Ta Da!!! Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 4:19 PM Hello All, It is finally here. The end of an era. I have had the last of my stitches taken out this week. I have been told that I look great and healthy. I have been instructed on my massaging that I am to do for the next year to make sure everything stays open and soft. The doctor tells me that the pocket that my im...
Back pain - nonspecific
Low back pain
Pain in any part of the back
Pain may radiate to the buttocks or upper leg(s)
Signs and tests
A physical examination focused on the back, the abdomen, and the extremities may confirm back pain or muscle spasm , but the examination does not reveal a specific cause (such as a herniated disk) or any neurological problem (such as weakness or change in sensation).
X-rays of the spine are usually normal. Further work-up may include a CT scan or MRI of the spine .
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