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Posted on: Jan 30, 2009 12:48PM

bopsie wrote:

I have been experiencing armpit pain for about 4 months.  The pain has gotten progessively worse.  It feels as though I have been innoculated.  Sometimes it just feels like there is crumbled paper under my armpit and I have to air out my armpit by flapping it once or twice and the discomfort goes away.

Sometimes, when I wake up, it doesn't hurt at all, but then gets progressively more painful throughout the day.  

I felt around my armpit and I think I found a swollen lymph node.  It is movable and it feels like it is a rubber band with a slight swollenness in the middle of it.  The other armpit has a similar lymph node, but it is not as pronounced.  

I made an appointment to have a mammo and an u/s next week.  Nothing feels particularly suspicious in that breast, and I thoroughly felt the breast.

Should I be worried?  Anyone else experience what I have?

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Jan 30, 2009 01:45PM, edited Jan 30, 2009 01:45PM by CrystalLocket

I had pain in my armpit before my diagnosis.  My breast cancer had spread to one lymph node.  I had no lump in my breast as I had invasive lobular carcinoma.  Good luck and keep us updated.

Karen

Dx 11/24/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 30, 2009 01:51PM bopsie wrote:

Thank you Karen for replying.

Was your armpit painful to the touch, or was there just a sensation of pain during movement, or both?  Had you felt any lump in your armpit?

Was the pain in your armpit the reason you went to the doctor?

Was the invastive lobular carcinoma detected by calcifications?

Thanks again.

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Jan 30, 2009 02:02PM angeltam wrote:

Bopsie,

I started out with breast/nipple pain that has spread to my underarms (armpit) and it is very painful, using the arm just makes it worse. As I've ready and found out EVERYONE is different in what symptoms comes first or at all. If you have even a few for more than a week get it checked out.

Just to let you know I do NOT know if I have IBC or not, I'm pushing to get answers myself.

Praying things turn out B9 and you feel better soon.

Angel

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Jan 30, 2009 02:06PM my3girls wrote:

Bopsie...try and stay positive...the waiting is difficult..but think that things will all be b-9. When was your last mammo? Have you had a doctor examine you?  Please make that appt as well.

We are hear for you...hoping it will be all good news..and we can celebrate with you. But if not...we will be here to help you every step of the way.

xoxo

Lisa

Worry is for "shit"! Live, Laugh, Love! //unilateral mast//reconst. 2/4/08

Dx 3/6/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 30, 2009 02:07PM CrystalLocket wrote:

I had many calcifications in my breasts for years, and my armpit was just sore in general (to the touch as well as an achy constant feeling that got progressively worse).  I didn't really feel a llump, but I've read that doctors can feel a lump (as the gland is swollen) if cancer is present so it's best to demand further attention to it if the doctor brushes it off.  I went to the doctor for my routine mammogram and mentioned the pain.  They found my cancer on that mammogram.  They could tell from the mammogram that it was cancer, they actually told me before I had the biopsy.  Then I had the biopsy to confirm (for insurance reasons) and then a double mastectomy (which is not nearly as painful as it sounds) last week.  I hope you find that it's nothing to be concerned about. (hugs)

Karen

Dx 11/24/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 30, 2009 02:13PM bopsie wrote:

Karen, during the mammo, was an xray taken of your armpit?  Did the mammo show just calcifications or was there an image of the tumor present?

Angel, I pray that you are B9 and find out SOON!  Did the dr try to feel for any lumps in the armpit?

Lisa, thank you for your support and encouragement.

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Jan 30, 2009 02:31PM angeltam wrote:

Yes the doctor did try but I have no lumps. With IBC there aren't always lumps and that is why it's missed so often and thought to be "Breast Infections" . More often then not  a Mammo, Ultra Sound or MRI can NOT spot IBC but instead a "Deep tissue Biopsy" is needed. Although my Lymph-nodes in my armpit and around my neck are all swollen.

If you feel it is something PUSH to get something done ASAP.

Praying for B9 results for you as well.

Angel

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Jan 30, 2009 04:06PM adamash67 wrote:

bopsie it's good that you are following it up, the info and advice on here is great.

I have pain in my arm but not in the actual armpit. I have enlarged lymph nodes under each arm, more prominant in the left. I cen feel 2 or 3 ( like a cluster ) in the left. I also have a fibroadenoma in the left breast which continues to grow, and a large vein that covers the lump area and runs into the nipple. I have a follow-up appointment scheduled in 10 days as I went for my annual checkup 2 months ago and the doctor asked me to come back in 4 months as a precaution after the tests came back benign. But now that I have the nodes, the vein, and the pain in the arm I decided it was best not to wait, these have only developed in the last month.

I find the pain does get worse during the day, my arm feels really heavy and weak as the day progresses. 

I have my fingers crossed for you, hopefully we'll both get good results.

Annie

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Jan 30, 2009 04:23PM bopsie wrote:

Annie - Did you have the nodes when you went to the doctor 2 months ago?  What did you he say about them?  Are they movable?  I pray that we all who don't know what the heck is wrong with us come back with B9.

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Jan 31, 2009 02:20AM adamash67 wrote:

Bopsie I don't know if I had the nodes when I went last time as they didn't check them.

I had a mammogram, ultrasound, and a fine needle biopsy which came back with no abnormal cells. My doctor asked me to come back in 4 months unless there were further changes in the meantime.

It was only after I had a look on the web about self examination that I realised after all these years I had never checked my armpits for nodes. So I did and that is when I found them. It has been about 4 weeks since then, I waited 2 weeks to see if they would go away and then I ummed and ahhed about what to do. I called my doctor and told the receptionist and she booked me into the first available. So here I am waiting and checking the area every single day. Paranoid much????? Lol.

I hope for us that we have good news when we finally have our appointments.

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Feb 7, 2009 07:29AM adamash67 wrote:

Bopsie how did you go with your tests? Hope all is well with you, have my fingers crossed.

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Feb 9, 2009 12:40PM bopsie wrote:

adamash67 - Have you seen the doctor yet regarding the nodes?  I hope that they said there were normal.

My general practitioner felt my node and said that it felt completely normal.  I had my blood tested anyway.  I am scared of the results.

My mammo and u/s of just the node appeared normal.  The radiologist said that he would have seen something.  He said all the nodes that were looked at were small and appeared normal.

Here's the thing: the u/s was just of the node.  The u/s tech just gingerly touched the area where the node was.  She barely moved the u/s wand.  So, I feel that the u/s was incomplete.  She should have u/s my entire armpit including the breast where the pain was.

I have an appt with my breast surgeon on Tomorrow.  

I am very scared that I have this pain under my armpit.  It is very, very painful.

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Feb 9, 2009 06:43PM adamash67 wrote:

Bopsie when you see your breast surgeon make sure you tell them your concerns. I would think that they would want a more complete ultrasound than the one you have. They need to explain where this pain is coming from and the reason behind it. It's so frustrating waiting for people to do their jobs properly, especially when it concerns your health.

I have my appointment in 3 hours, I live in Australia, so the time difference is a bit confusing when I post on here. I get to come on here when everyone else is asleep.

I'm nervous about today. I don't want them to find anything but I don't not want them to find anything. I'd hate to go there and be told all of this is nothing, but I don't want it to be something either. Aaaarrrggghhhh the confusion!!!!!!!!!!

I'll let you know how it goes later.

Thinking of you and hoping you get answers soon.

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Feb 9, 2009 06:46PM bopsie wrote:

Wishing you the best!