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Topic: Lump in left armpit pea sized, Scared to DEATH to go to dr. O_O

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Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 08:32PM

SmileItsP wrote:

Good evening everyone!!!

 I noticed this tiny lump about a month ago. I was thinking it might be a in grown hair in my left armpit. It was about the sized of a pencil head. Now it is the size of a pea, and it has grown that much in a month. I haven't told one single person because I just don't want to hear everyone ask me over and over again, " Did you go to the dr, What did they say?", etc.

 My question is, what could it be besides a cancer? I really hate the doctors, and I have my own opinion about them, cancer and everything to do with it.

 What could this lump be?

Thanks in advance.

 P

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Oct 17, 2011 08:35PM dpbrown523 wrote:

I also have a lump in my left arm pit which is the affected side. The nurse practitioner thought it was scar tissue. The oncologist could not even find it (?) so I told my PCP and he ordered an MRI. It is nothing to worry about. They assured me not to worry and everything that is wrong with me is "normal" for someone who has been through all the things I have been through.

Dx 6/1/2006, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIb, 6/13 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 17, 2011 08:40PM JanetM wrote:

Go to the doctor and get it checked out.  The thinking about what it might be is more stressful than going and finding out.  I am no fan of going to the doctor but ignoriing it won't make it go away.

Lumpectomy 5/24/11 - LCIS, ALH and ADH and SAH/BSO - 8/10/11

Dx 5/10/2011, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes
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Oct 17, 2011 08:44PM starbeauty wrote:

P... It could just be a cyst... Just go get an MD to tell you that so that you can stop stressing...

Dx 12/16/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 3/23 nodes, ER+, HER2-
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Oct 17, 2011 08:51PM Kimmer1975 wrote:

It could still be an ingrown hair as well, like you initially thought. If it stays under the skin the lumps can get bigger and bigger. Often getting infected etc. It could also be a cyst. It may be niether of those things though. I really encourage you to go to the doctor and get it checked. He/She may know right away what it is and put your mind at ease. Sadly, none of us can give you that peace of mind though because we just "guess" like you do. Please go to do the doc. It's always better to be cautious! 

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Oct 18, 2011 01:10AM Mazy1959 wrote:

Why would you want to wait ???  I dont know what your problems are with doctors but please dont use that as an excuse not to have this lump checked out. It has grown...get it checked. Its probably nothing but what if it s isnt? Let us know..HUgs, Mazy

Bone marrow mets in 90% of bone marrow.

Dx 3/6/2003, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 12/19/2006, ILC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-Dx 4/25/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 8/4/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Chemotherapy 08/09/2012 Abraxane
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Oct 18, 2011 02:01AM Racy wrote:

I agree with the other ladies. We understand what it's like to be afraid but we also know the earlier a problem is attended to, the better. If it's nothing, your fear will be relieved. If it is something serious, you can get it treated while it can be easily treated. With cancer, the earlier it is caught the simpler it is to treat and the more likely it is that it will be cured. As cancer grows, the whole situation grows more complex and takes more of a toll physically, emotionally and financially.

Please take our advice. Of course we all hope it's not cancer.

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 18, 2011 05:14AM Carola32 wrote:

If you are really 'scared to death', go see a doctor, unless you like being worried. It can be many things, not always ooooo so scary cancer.

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Oct 18, 2011 06:56AM PlantLover wrote:

I understand your fear. Please don't try to look for answers on your own.  I did that and convinced myself for awhile that I didn't have anything to worry about.  I'm not saying you'll end up with a diagnosis of Stage III BC if you keep waiting.  You many have absolutely nothing but if it is something it is sooooo much better to find it early. 

Please find a doctor you trust and get it checked out and let us know what they find.  Hopefully it will be nothing!

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is." -- Mary Anne Radmacher

Dx 10/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIb, 3/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Oct 18, 2011 08:24AM Se82 wrote:

Echoeing what everyone else says, that you should see a doctor as soon as possible. What's worse, dealing with something that has a very high chance of being nothing to worry about, or worrying yourself sick over what it might be? There are a number of things it could be and the chances of it being anything bad are very slim. And like the others said, even if it isn't good news, finding it as early as possible is really important. Ignoring it isn't a good thing. Even if it's a cyst, they can be uncomfortable and painful until they're dealt with, and they'll just drain it for you right there and you can move on! 

Also, I totally understand not wanting to tell anyone. I didn't tell my family until I had my results, so you should handle that part of it however YOU want to for yourself. If you don't want to tell certain people, then you don't have to! Do whatever you need to do in order to cope with this, but do get it seen to as soon as you can, and let us know how you get on!

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Oct 18, 2011 12:20PM Kimmer1975 wrote:

Hey Girlie! Just wondering if we've convinced you to see a doc?? I hope so! Good luck and please let us know what you decide to do! Thinking of you! Hugs. 

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Oct 18, 2011 09:32PM Kaara wrote:

About 4 years ago I discovered a lump on the left side right next to my breast, but not on the breast.  I went right to the doctor who didn't think it was anything, but suggested I go to the surgeon and have a biopsy done.  The biopsy was negative...fatty tissue...and I was told not to worry.  Better to get checked out than to worry constantly about this...it is probably nothing.

Good luck to you! 

Kaara

Dx 11/14/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 18, 2011 09:55PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

The only thing that will alleviate your worries, despite your fear of doctors, is to go to the doctor. We are not doctors and even if we were, the Internet is not where professional examinations occur. Go, my friend. The sooner you do, the sooner you can stop fretting. Caryn

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur

Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 09/07/2011 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Radiation Therapy 11/15/2011 ExternalHormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex
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Oct 21, 2011 07:54AM, edited Oct 21, 2011 08:20AM by Kimmer1975

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Oct 21, 2011 09:23AM SmileItsP wrote:

Thanks everyone for your comments and support. I did make an apt for Monday @ 3:30pm. What should I expect the first visit? Will they send me to a different doctor? Set up an apt for a biopsy? I have no clue what to expect. Any and all advice or info will be greatly appreciated. :)

Blessings! P

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Oct 21, 2011 09:33AM Lifes-A-Beach wrote:

I'm thinking they will set you up with an appointment for a mammo/us if you haven't already had one..At least that was the protocol for my breast lump..

I am so happy to hear that you have made your appointment, and remember you are your own advocate make sure you get the all the answers you are looking for..

 Best wishes and keep us posted..

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Oct 21, 2011 09:37AM SmileItsP wrote:

Thanks Lifes-A-Beach... And Ty everyone else. I never did get an inbox message, but ty for anyone who cared enough to send me one! I have never had a mamogram before. Keep everyone posted, and prayers are always welcome!!! Ty again ladies!!! :)

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Oct 21, 2011 10:06AM Kimmer1975 wrote:

Yes! :))) You just made my day! Honestly! I am glad to see you back and that you have decided to go get it checked out! 

Usually your Doc will send you for a Mammo/Ultrasound. Then at that time, the radiologist who reads those diagnostics, makes the decision if you should have a biopsy or not. If he/she thinks you need one, sometimes they do it right then (they did mine right then) or they get your Doc to schedule an appt with a specialist who will do it for you. Hopefully it's just something easily remedied!  There are different kind of biopsies as well, so it's hard to say for sure what they would recommend if they feel the need. I think it will solely depend on what they see on your Mammo and US. 

Make sure to keep us posted! *sigh* I really am relieved you came back and updated us! :)

Hugs. 

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Oct 25, 2011 07:46AM SmileItsP wrote:

UPDATE!

Went to Dr yesterday and my Dr. ruled out any type of ingrown hair. She ordered a ultra sound. It's scheduled for Nov 9th. I will def keep all you amazing ladies posted! We are hoping it will come back as a cyst and that will be the end of it. :)  If it is a cyst do they do anything about it? Are cysts normally pain free?

 On a different note even thoe this lump is pain free I have been having TERRIBLE neck pain and headaches. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I am hoping it's just from stress and tension and nothing to do with this other issue. Prayers are welcome and THANK YOU VERY MUCH in advance!!!

Big hugs!

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Oct 25, 2011 10:04AM, edited Oct 25, 2011 10:05AM by Kimmer1975

I'm so glad you followed through with the doctors appt! :) That's great. As for cysts, I think it all depends on the situation. Sometimes they just drain them and poof, their gone. Other times they leave them. Sometimes they remove them surgically. It all really does depend on the type of cyst it is and if it's causing other issues. Some people say their cysts hurt, others say it didn't. Again, all depends! lol. (Not much help am I?) Can you move it around when you press on it? Is it "squishy" when you press on it or hard? So many variables. I will keep you in my prayers that you'll find out it's just a cyst and that will be the end of it for you! Hugs. 

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Oct 26, 2011 09:51AM SmileItsP wrote:

Thanks so much Kimmer! It is hard not squishy and it doesnt move. :) Big hugs!

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Oct 26, 2011 10:29AM, edited Oct 26, 2011 10:31AM by Patriotic

Hi P! When I was about 20 years old, I got something similar to what you describe (pea-sized lump) in my right armpit. I had a mammogram a few years later, when it continued to grow a little bigger. The doctor felt it was just a fat deposit (Lipoma) so, I left it alone. After pregnancies (and weight gain), the little lump got bigger. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer (this year-other breast) I finally learned what that little lump was; Axillary breast tissue. It's benign but I am going to have it removed.

The lump can be many things; sebaceous cysts, Lipoma, a cyst that can increase/decrease in size due to monthly hormonal changes, infection, etc.

At the time of your ultrasound, they may do a fine needle aspiration of the cyst. The radiologist will numb the area and remove a little fluid or tissue to have a pathologist look at it. It was not painful and i only felt a tiny little prick from the needle. What you have is probably benign; most biopsies are benign. Best of luck to you.

Get busy living or get busy dying~Shawshank Redemption

Dx 3/23/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Oct 26, 2011 06:16PM PlantLover wrote:

Waiting to hear what you find out!

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is." -- Mary Anne Radmacher

Dx 10/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIb, 3/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Oct 26, 2011 11:38PM Mazy1959 wrote:

Just letting you know you are in my prayers. I am soooo glad you are getting it checked. Hugs, Mazy

Bone marrow mets in 90% of bone marrow.

Dx 3/6/2003, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 12/19/2006, ILC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-Dx 4/25/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 8/4/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Chemotherapy 08/09/2012 Abraxane
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Oct 27, 2011 07:15AM, edited Oct 27, 2011 07:15AM by Kimmer1975

SmileitsP: I just thought I'd tell you I have a lump in my armpit too! If I have to guess it's about 1-2 cm. When I had my ultra sound yesterday for a follow up from my previous biopsy on a different lump in my breast, the tech checked the under arm one and wasn't concerned about it. I am sharing so that you have some reassurance that not all lumps are something serious. Hopefully when you go for your appt they will be able to reassure you as well. She was not allowed to tell me what she saw, but she said to me before leaving "Nothing exciting going on". So that was her way of telling me not to worry! I am really glad though you have chosen to get it checked! Either way, you will be glad you did. If you hadn't, the worry would drive you batty! Will be keeping you in my prayers! 

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Oct 27, 2011 07:47AM SmileItsP wrote:

I really want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you that have replied to this topic! You ladies have REALLY helped me out. Even the posts that were not so tender, LOL. I needed to hear them.

@Kimmer.. WOW! We have the same sort of thing going on. Thanks so much for sharing. I will keep you in my prayers! I did call the place where I am going to get the CT scan done at and asked if I would be finding the results that day. She basically said more than likely not because either way it would need to be reviewed by a radiologist... Then they would get the results to my Dr, and then they would tell me at a follow up visit I assume. :) I hope the technician can give me a little clue like yours did you. :) It will def make my mind more easy. This lump in my armpit is about 1-2cm as well. It is def not shrinking or going anywhere, but I know that doesnt nessesarly mean anything.

Thank you again ladies! I will find out more (hopefully) on Nov 9th!! :) ((( BIG HUGS!!)))

p.s. can someone please send me a inbox message? for some reason I dont think my inbox messages or working. lol Just want to test it. TY in advance!

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Oct 27, 2011 08:05AM Summer38 wrote:

Keeping you in my thoughts - hope everything comes back clear on the 9th.

{{{HUGS}}} Smile

Dx 2/26/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIb, Grade 3, 6/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 27, 2011 10:44AM, edited Oct 27, 2011 10:46AM by Kimmer1975

Yah, it is somewhat similar. Not sure when my popped up though! I was too busy paying attention to the lump in my left breast! I don't know what mine is. It feels like a bump on a ligament or something. It's rubbery and feels attached to something! I don't know how to explain it. It's "springy" from side to side if that makes any sense! LOL. Not sure if that is anything like yours! It's not soft but it is moveable. I am wondering if I've just somehow sprained a ligament in my underarm. Not sure. I just know I'm not worried and I'm glad!!!! lol. Maybe someone else will recognize my description and know what it is! 

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Nov 8, 2011 02:02PM Kimmer1975 wrote:

Just wanted to wish you luck tomorrow hun! I didn't forget about ya! :) Fingers, toes and even my eyes are crossed, that all is well tomorrow! xo

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Nov 8, 2011 02:32PM PlantLover wrote:

Glad you bumped this Kimmer! 

Hope things go well tomorrow SmileitsP!

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is." -- Mary Anne Radmacher

Dx 10/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIb, 3/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 9, 2011 03:10PM SmileItsP wrote:

Thanks so much ladies! The radiologist said she "Thinks" it's a swollen sweat gland. I am just hoping and praying thats it. The would like the word "Think" if it was replaced with "IT IS"......But God is good and I am praying that this is over for me! :):

I appreciate all your support and prayers! xoxo! More than you know! I will keep you all in my prayers as well!

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