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Topic: Swollen armpit

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 07:55AM

Yogatyme wrote:

2 nights ago my armpit where lymph nodes were removed began hurting and then I woke up yesterday w low grade fever and flu like aches. It is a bit better today, no fever or aches and armpit not as swollen. I am hoping this is just a response from minor viral infection, but wondering if I should check in w my bc NP. I have a scheduled appt on Dec 17 and feel like asking for an earlier appt is overkill as I know that if it is related to bc, another week or so will not make much difference. Has anyone else had this happen

Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 5, 2019 08:30AM MinusTwo wrote:

Yoga - this could well be cellulitis. Don't wait. Get to the doctor or an urgent care clinic today. Once you have LE issues, it's really dangerous to put off treatment & antibiotics.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 5, 2019 08:45AM Yogatyme wrote:

MinusTwo, thanks so much.

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Dec 5, 2019 04:51PM MinusTwo wrote:

Were you able to get a doc appointment?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 5, 2019 04:59PM Yogatyme wrote:

MinusTwo, yes, went to urgent care bc we are at our mountain house and not near my cancer center or PCP. The swelling had resolved quite a bit and the doc thought I probably did pick up virus from BIL. Told me to watch it closely and if swelling starts again to call my NP at cancer center. He said it did not look like cellulitis. What a relief!! Also talked to my sister today and she had the same sx w/o armpit swelling. She also got sick on Tues evening, so despite BIL being very mindful and isolating himself I think he “shared” with us.

Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 5, 2019 10:16PM MinusTwo wrote:

Hooray if that's all it is. I would have probably asked for prophylactic antibiotics - even though I'm not a big fan of over using those. Be sure to keep a sharp eye out. Christmas in the hospital would NOT be fun.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 5, 2019 10:21PM Yogatyme wrote:

Both DH & I are keeping microscopic vision on it. Continues to seem to get better...both when I feel it with my hand and when my arm is at rest. We go home on Sat and if any issue can be seen there. Thanks for your help and for checking back

Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 6, 2019 08:28AM Yogatyme wrote:

MinusTwo, wanted to give you an update. My armpit is back to normal this morning. Yay!! Relieved to say the least. I’m hoping this happened bc I’m not that far out from surgery and not something I’m going to have to be prepared for every time I get sick

Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 6, 2019 09:46AM Euphoriaa wrote:

I'm glad to know you are ok. Best wishes to you!

Dx 9/24/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Dec 6, 2019 10:08AM Yogatyme wrote:

Thanks Euphoriaa!!

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Dec 6, 2019 12:48PM MinusTwo wrote:

Yoga - more good news. If you haven't been evaluated by a trained, certified LE therapist, you might make an appointment after Christmas. This is a great site was created with input from BCO members and has some good information. https://www.stepup-speakout.org/

Since I have been diagnosed with truncal & breast lymphadema, my doc has give me a prescription for antibiotics to carry just in case. I've never had to use them, but it's a comfort having them with me - particularly when I'm not in a big city with a convenient & knowledgeable ER.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 6, 2019 01:04PM Yogatyme wrote:

MinusTwo, thanks for the info. I am seeing bc NP in about 10 days. This information will help me with the discussion with her. Again, thanks so much!!

Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right

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