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Wednesday, September 02, 2009 zanis, Community Member, asks

Q: swelling under armpit. help.

noticed swelling under the  armpit. it has kinda been there for a while now almost a year now. it never hurt or bothered until now. when lowering arms it seems to be kinda in the way. there does not seem to be an obvious lump only more tissue like there is more fat under left underarm. lately it feels more tender too. checked for lumps but doesnt look like there is any only a more solid area deep under the skin. very nervous.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/ 2/09 5:15pm

Hi - Please don't waste time being nervous or worried. Action is the cure-all for worry! There's no telling what this is till you get it examined and diagnosed. So call the doctor for an appointment, OK? In the meantime, please read our post on armpit lumps; hopefully it'll ease your mind a bit. Good luck - PJH

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zanis, Community Member
9/14/09 5:19pm

Thank You for the response. been to see the doctor and all he sais is that it is a fat tissue under mu armpit. also i checked with another GP and she is saying that a lot of women my age (59) can get extra fat developing under armpits as well as its not strange for one underarm to be more swollen or fatter than the other. doctor never said i had to worry about anything and its normal. i asked if mammogram could show changes but she said it only shows breast area. what to do now??could it be only the fact that i might have put on more weight and thats ther reason??

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/14/09 7:29pm

Well, you could always ask for another opinion. But I'd tend to trust what the doctor says - hopefully s/he has enough experience with this to be able to identify what's a harmless issue, vs. what needs forther examination. But do ask for a second opinion if you're feeling very stressed, OK? PJH

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By zanis, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/27/14, First Published: 09/02/09