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concerned about swollen glands in armpit and collar bone

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thekingfisher Sun 17-Mar-13 09:23:24

Can anyone give me some advice - I do have a dr's appt but I have developed over the last 4 months or so an incredibly painful area in my armpit which is very tender to the touch and swollen. I am sure this is my lymph nodes and whilst I am aware they enlarge when fighting an infection this seems a long time for them to be so painful.

I have got incredibly sore boobs - but had dismissed this as side effect of the latest coil I have (inserted in Dec)

In addition I have had a very sore shoulder/round collar bone and neck which I was seeing an osteopath for but she hasnt been able to fix it and in general mooching around on facebook someone had linked to an issue with collar bone and lymph nodes and breast cancer and now I have freaked my self out that its all linked to something serious.

I have some mild rightsided weakness in my arm and also keep getting a 'hot' right arm at the top with a bit of a rash.... This of course could just be a sore back and a bit of nerve tinging

I know I need to see the dr but am I just putting a load of unconnected things together into something awful?

Bit or reassurance needed......

thekingfisher Sun 17-Mar-13 11:06:22

bump?

digerd Sun 17-Mar-13 15:32:49

In Germany I had a yearly manual breast exam a cancer screening, done by a qualified Gyny. She also felt in my arm pits for any lumps and in my neck under the jaw bone. But never down by the collar bone.
No experience of a rash on top of arm or weakness in arm associated with cancer.

Many people suffer from shoulder and neck pain, which also is usually a physio thing, and can be many causes, but seldom cancer.

Breast cancer does not normally make your boobs sore, that is usually hormonal.

Hope you get some answers from Dr. Good Luck

thekingfisher Sun 17-Mar-13 20:14:19

Thnaks digerd.... never had any boob issues before but have a couple of acquaintances with breast cancer currently which I think makes it all a bit real and therefore thinking the worst..

My Dr's appt is tuesday so hopefully will get some reassurance then
x

digerd Mon 18-Mar-13 10:51:50

Good Luck tomorrow.

Mckenngp1 Mon 18-Mar-13 16:19:51

Hi I've had swollen lymph glands in my armpits for over a year now. I was getting chest pains too, had lots of tests, even a ct scan of my chest and all came back inconclusive. Chest pains have now gone but the lumps remain. Drs don't seem overly concerned but they do worry me slightly and ache a bit. They just think they are blocked lymph glands. I'd be interested to hear how you get on x

thekingfisher Wed 20-Mar-13 10:30:59

Thanks for comments - dr seemed very unconcerned but has referred me to breast clinic as a non-urgent case so 6 weeks ish until. She more concerned with lack of boob lumps than my glands - even though she pressed deep in my armpit and I shouted out in pain!

didnt ask any other details or feel my other glands so hopefully I get a chance to talkabout those at breast clinic ( although no idea actually what they do - although she suggested an US rtahr than mammogram because of location.

digerd Wed 20-Mar-13 19:58:26

I had an appt. at the breast clinic a few years ago, when I developed painful lumps in one breast.
A young man felt it and announced they were fibrous lumps and I just had lumpy breasts. If there is any doubt, you will be sent for an ultra sound or mammogram.

Everyone has glands in the armpit that can be felt, and if pressed too hard they can hurt. The expert can tell if the glands are normal, just enlarged or feel cancerous.

You have a lack of breast lumps ? Strange thing to say ?

thekingfisher Wed 20-Mar-13 20:41:26

Thanks digerd, there is a def fibrous area which has been getting bigger and lots of dull aching and shooting pains around the lymph gland under that armpit.

Re the dr I meant she was not very interested in the fact the glands were swollen and more that she couldnt feel any lumps.

It was just odd as I dodnt go because I could feel a lump iyswim,I was clear about swollen area and sore gland thing and she seemed just not to address that point..

Anyhow hoefully the clinci can reassure me that its normal/hormonal whatever

thanksx

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