• wondering wondering
    November 30, 2009
    Can a swollen armpit lymph node be a perimenopausal symptom?
    wondering wondering
    November 30, 2009

    Is there any association with a single swollen armpit lymph node and perimenopause or irregular periods? My most recent mammogram came back normal. As I am in the throes of perimenopause, I am wondering if any connections have been made with estrogen levels and lymph nodes?

     

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    December 01, 2009
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    December 01, 2009

    Perimenopause, the time span women go through between having regular periods and ending their menstrual cycle for good, comes with a number of side effects. These can include sleeplessness; irregular, widely spaced periods; heavier menstrual bleeding, and mood swings, among others. All of this is due to fluctuations in hormone levels.

     

    The main reason you'd experience swollen lymph nodes – infection – has nothing to do with perimenopause, however.  Lymph nodes can swell any time they're working to fight an infection somewhere in your body. 

     

    Keep in mind that most women have some breast tissue extending into the armpit area, and that tissue could change from the hormone fluctuations of perimenopause. Would you experience that as a swollen lymph node? Possibly.  Please read our post on armpit lumps for more information on this.  

     


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  • Becky August 07, 2012
    Becky
    August 07, 2012

    I don't know but I have the same problem. I am 45. I had a hysterrectomy two or three years ago. I have just had a mammogram which finally came back normal, an ultrasound on the armpit and they found nothing, a contrasting CT on the armpit and they found an enlarged lymphnode so today I am going for an ultrasound on my thyroid. I just recently starting having major hot flashes and night sweats. I quit smoking in April and I have gained alot of weight and my neck, shoulders and upper back kill me. The pain is so bad in my arm that it feels like there are tons of golf balls there and I can't even rest my arm down by my side. Whatever it is it is pinching a nerve or something because my arm is numb all the way down and I have pains in multiple locations that ache so bad I don't know what is wrong. When you find out please let me know vis this site.

     

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    • PJ Hamel
      August 07, 2012
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      August 07, 2012

      Becky, don't give up on this - sounds like you've got one or more swollen lymph nodes, which can be very painful indeed. Since enlarged lymph nodes often indicate a systemic infection somewhere, I hope your doctor has ruled out a virus; or a bacterial infection, which might respond to antibiotics. Best of luck with the thyroid test - I hope it helps you get to the bottom of this, and that you get some relief from your pain soon. PJH

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    • jacqui
      March 25, 2014
      jacqui
      March 25, 2014

      I also have the same! Im 44 yrs old. Still having regular menstrual cycle. 5 months ago I discovered a small tender lump under my left armpit. The doctor said it was a swollen lymph node & that i probably nicked myself shaving (which i know i didnt) I have numbness in my left arm & sometimes pain. I have had a brain scan, muscle & nerve testing (which they only did from the elbow down) & thankfully both came back fine. Ive even been sent for physio on my shoulder & neck & it hasnt changed a thing with regards to the numbness. The physio says I do have a lot of knots & tightness though. I have an appointment booked for a mammogram etc & im very nervous. I have also been severely anaemic & am on iron tablets. The lump & tenderness seems to be worst before my period. I hoping best case senario its just hormonal fluctuations & possibly a cyst pressing on a nerve? I will report back after my next tests. X

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    • PJ Hamel
      March 25, 2014
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      March 25, 2014

      Well, Jacqui, you're doing everything right - not ignoring the lump, getting some diagnostic tests, doing online research. Since the lump changes in synch with your period, all signs point to it being a cyst, as you surmise. However, since any breast (or armpit) change lasting longer than a month should be diagnosed and treated, if necessary, continue with the testing. In the meantime, try not to stress too much; as I said, luckily this doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom. Take care - PJH

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    • jacqui
      March 25, 2014
      jacqui
      March 25, 2014

      Thank you for your prompt & kind reply :-) its difficult not to worry but im trying my best. Online research & support is very helpful....although sometimes adds to worry, reading things like lymphoma etc. Hopefully i will be able to confirm good news after my next tests. X

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    • Phyllis Johnson
      March 25, 2014
      Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      March 25, 2014

      Jacqui, your doctors have been so proactive about checking for the causes of the numbness and pain in your arm that I think they would have also checked for lymphoma if your swollen node looked like a typical lymphoma case.  The fact that the node is changing with your menstrual cycle strongly suggests that this will turn out to be a problem related to hormones.  Keep doing what you are doing in the diagnostic process and try to stay busy with activities you enjoy to reduce the worry factor.  We look forward to hearing good news from your tests.

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