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Feb 6, 2012 03:14AM, edited Feb 6, 2012 03:14AM
Yes I would definitely get it checked. Last July I ended up in hospital with cellulitis of the breast area, extended across my radiated breast and up under my arm (where I had auxillary clearance, and up over my shoulder. A very large area indeed almost the size of 2 dinner plates joined together. Just came on over night, waking up in the moring with bad headaches and chills. Ended up in hospital for 4 days on IV antibotics.
On admittance to hospital, the doctor said "what are those red spots under your armpit". I didn't even know they were there and they had not been there the previous day. They didn't bother to do anything about finding out what they were. On the fifth day went home with cellulitis gradually receding over the following week. However the red raised lumps stayed there. After watching them for about 2 months, I decided to travel to Sydney to see my oncologist. He took one look at them and said we need to biopsy them (there were 6 red spots, and they were raised). They initially thought it might be follulicitis however the 1st fine needle biopsy came back as possible cancer.
Yes I totally could not believe it. They then decided to do another punch biopsy, and the result came up inconclusive, they did not know what they were and still don't.
It is now 7 months later, and the small lumps are still there, however are not as red or not quite as large, they seem to have shrunk a llittle in the last week. I have consulted my lymphedema educator, and she said she has not seen anything like them before, but said that lymphedema can cause similar type red bumps.
Needless to say, I ended up with 2 further bouts of cellulitis from the biopsies. At this stage the lymphedema seems to be more stable (from daily massage).
It would appear that the lymphedema/cellulitis bout brought them on, as they have no other answers. I had a total of 30 glands out, so as you can imagine, nothing much there to take the fluid away. I see that you only had 1 gland out, so maybe this is not what is causing your problem, however I thought I would post just to let other ladies know what can happen with lymphedema.
Dx 5/11/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 1/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 05/30/2007 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)