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Monday, June 08, 2009 faith1500, Community Member, asks

Q: abnormal ultrasound/lump under armpit

hello my name is faith,i had an abnormal ultrasound they told me i have a abnormal mass in my lymphnode(ooh i hope i spelled that right) and that i need to see a surgon so i go tommorw for my consult; but i have noticed an lump under my armpit ,the same side as my breast it does not hurt but ive noticed thru out the day that my arm pit is a little sowllen like thicker ?? well i just wanted to kno what you think. even kno i go tommorw to get it checked out its just been on my mind and i thought to ask thanks lottsss Laughing

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/ 8/09 5:51am

Faith, be sure to show the surgeon both areas that concern you.  He or she may be able to do a quick biopsy in the office.  You can read about the different types of biopsies the surgeon might do in this article on biopsies.  The vast majority of lumps, even those that are suspicious enough to need a biopsy, are not cancer; so try not to worry too much.  I'm glad that you are being proactive about getting this checked out.

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faith1500, Community Member
6/ 8/09 10:39am

thank you and i will.Wink

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faith1500, Community Member
6/ 8/09 11:09pm

well i went to the surg today and he gave me a breast exam and said my lumps are just enlarged lymphnodes as well as the one in my arm pit. he said its pretty normal and that i shouldent worry; but i still am because i want to know whats causeing them to be enlarged and so big. but it dosent hurt.. i dont kno i need to make a apt with my reg doc and see what he thinks. because i had this b-4 .. ( i had 7 m&m size lumps in the back of my head and my doc said my body is fighting something and he asked if i was sick i said no and its still unsolved.. so can you or someone give me some advice on what to do or what kind of test to ask for. thanks lotts

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/ 9/09 8:00am

Faith, lymph nodes can enlarge for more than one reason, the main one being that they are doing their job and fighting infection.  Maybe you don't feel sick because your lymph nodes are doing such a good job.  I'd say that it's good news that you have had this happen before and that the swelling went down.  Checking in with your regular doctor is a good idea because he knows your whole medical history.  Then, assuming he says not to worry, try not to worry.  Check the places once a month--not everyday.  If they get larger, check back in with your doctor and discuss whether more tests would give you better information.  (When I'm watching suspicious places, I measure and write down the size.)

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faith1500, Community Member
6/25/09 10:11pm

thanks for everything..just one more thing..Laughing being that my doc was concerned about the lymphnodes the ones i had befor on the back of my head and the ones in my  breast and now their is a new one under my armpit.so he sent me for a cheast ct  w/o contrast just in case. because we both thought about non- hodgikins lymphoma (wooow i hope i spelled that rightSurprised.. well any way.. i called the office the next day and the nurse read me the findings. she told me that they seen two enlarged lymphnodes one on the right and left side of my chest. but now im just waiting to talk to the doc tommorw to see if thats bad or not.. well what i want to know is thatWink normal for people to have that?? thanks lotts faith

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/26/09 2:49am

Faith, I don't know enough about lymphoma to know what the next tests would be to rule it out.  It sounds like you have a doctor who is checking out all the possibilities, so have confidence that he will find out what is causing your enlarged lymph nodes.  I wish you the best as you continue to look for answers.  I want to hear what you find out.

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By faith1500, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/19/10, First Published: 06/08/09