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Under arm boobs

(8 Posts)
aimingtobeaperfectionist Tue 16-Oct-12 21:12:46

Had anyone else experienced this? I've always had lumpy armpits especially the left. When I got pregnant they were worse, turned dark brown (oh the shame) and were very very swollen. When I had DC and milk came in, christ. Massive, swollen, couldn't put arms down. Very embarrassing and very painful. Just wondered if anyone else had experience of this. I knew before that your breast tissue goes all the way up there but I just never though they would react like boobs. Actually boobs. Feel like I've got 4 (still ebf).

div22c Tue 16-Oct-12 21:34:07

Yup I had it too, but my DD was born in 2008, the lumps are now back to pre-delivery size. I never got it checked, so interested to hear what others have to say.

EverybodyWalkTheDinosaur Fri 19-Oct-12 17:19:49

I have this on one side. The midwives were horrified how swollen, sore and hard it was! I was referred to a breast clinic were it was checked out. They don't think it's cancerous but it still bloody hurts! It was explained that it is an extra breast, when we're in the womb we have several down our abdomen (like other mammals) as we develop they go. However some don't which is why people have third nipples etc.

I'm having mine removed next year when DD is just over a year. Mine is horrible, I hate it and it affects my life.

zombieplanmum Fri 19-Oct-12 17:25:03

You have lymph nodes in your armpits, they can become enlarged if you have some sort of infection, get run down - but if it were me id be getting this checked out.

aimingtobeaperfectionist Fri 19-Oct-12 18:29:11

Zombie- its definately not my lymph glands.

Dinosaur- can you have it removed then? Who did you speak to about that?

I was just too embarrassed to mention it to anyone. After everything else that came with pregnancy I'd had enough poking and prodding!

Jellykat Fri 19-Oct-12 18:47:08

I went to a breast consultant many years ago with pain and swelling up to and under armpit. He told me it was extended breast tissue, and as Dinosaur says, some women actually form a 3rd and 4th breast, and in rare cases extra nipples! and yes they can be removed thank goodness.

Well thats been kept a bit quiet by the medical profession, so i was freaked out at the time. Nowadays i have to admit to having a brownish skin tag type thing in that area that i watch like a hawk confused but it doesn't appear to be growing so far.

I just don't get why we aren't told these things..

aimingtobeaperfectionist Fri 19-Oct-12 20:25:54

I've always had a lumpy armpit but after DC I was just mortified at the state of it. Like having an orange under my arm and it went so brown, like I'd just fake tanned my armpit (several times) an nothing else! Or had never shaved. WHY does no one say anything about these things? It would save a lot of embarrassment.

EverybodyWalkTheDinosaur Fri 19-Oct-12 20:48:44

I think it just gets taken out by a general surgical team, or breast surgeon. I went to the gp this time last year about it and they said it was infected, unbelievable as I'd had several courses of antib's (for an unrelated matter) which would have sorted any infection out. I changed gp, went just before my due date, gp said to phone a few weeks after birth when I felt ok to be seen and she'd do my referral. Breast clinic here sees you within 2 weeks of your referral letter being received. I'm putting it off due to bfing DD.

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