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a pimple?!

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  • Posted By: riskyd
  • March 25, 2009
  • 10:21 PM

hi all.

just to warn, this post is about female vulvar problems, so i warned ya.

In october of 08 i noticed a small light colored lump growing on the side of my clitoris.I went to my doctor who looked quicly and said it was a pimple.So i went home, did warm compresses, and kept up with daily hygene.

Recently, i have been having pain in the same area, and sometimes, the pain is so horrible, it feels like i have been kicked.

The lump has also gotten bigger, about the size of a large pea, and now there is also a very dark patch of skin, that i have had for a few years that has gotten bigger, and closer to the lump.

my clitoris has begun to swell on a regular basis, and my inner labia have begun to swell also.

recently i have been having terrible, sharp, stabbing pelvic pain, and i was told that it is most likely ovarian cysts, and i have an ulrasound next month.

so, any advice would be nice.I posted this in the gynae section, but no responses.

thank you.

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  • sounds like you need a new doctor; shouldn't it be removed and biopsied? Have you had a pap?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes, i have had a pap, and it was "slightly abnormal", but they have been that way ever sience( sp?) my daughter was born. I have asked repetedly what that means, and i was told that i don't have to worry about it due to my age, im 23.
    riskyd 35 Replies Flag this Response
  • does anyone have any suggestions?
    riskyd 35 Replies Flag this Response
  • this can be chancre so get yourself checked for syphilis. what antibiotics have you taken?
    ashishkumarrastogi 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • thank you for your suggestion, but the doctor i saw when i first noticed this said it could not be an std, as i have been married for 4 years.i have not taken any antibiotics recently.
    riskyd 35 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi all.just to warn, this post is about female vulvar problems, so i warned ya.In october of 08 i noticed a small light colored lump growing on the side of my clitoris.I went to my doctor who looked quicly and said it was a pimple.So i went home, did warm compresses, and kept up with daily hygene.Recently, i have been having pain in the same area, and sometimes, the pain is so horrible, it feels like i have been kicked.Hi riskyd,Would you describe the pain as an intense deep ache or more a sharp, throbbing pain? Does it come and go or is it fairly constant?The lump has also gotten bigger, about the size of a large pea, and now there is also a very dark patch of skin, that i have had for a few years that has gotten bigger, and closer to the lump.Has the lump changed in color as it has enlarged? Is the lump perfectly round or irregular in shape? Is there any redness, warmth? Does if feel hard-to-the-touch (indurated) or soft (fluctuant)?Is the "dark patch of skin" irregular in shape? Has the color changed since you first saw it? Is it painful also? Do you have any similar areas on any other part of your body?my clitoris has begun to swell on a regular basis, and my inner labia have begun to swell also.Do you mean that the swelling comes and goes or is it constant and increasing?recently i have been having terrible, sharp, stabbing pelvic pain, and i was told that it is most likely ovarian cysts, and i have an ulrasound next month.so, any advice would be nice.I posted this in the gynae section, but no responses.thank you.Is your pelvic pain central or does it radiate to any particular side? Do you have any other signs/symptoms such as a fever, vaginal discharge, nausea, diarrhea, etc.? Any other medical conditions or allergies? Are you taking oral contraceptives?Sorry for playing "twenty questions"...just trying to get a more complete picture of you and your situation.Regards,John
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi, thanks for the response, i will try my best....the pain is an intense deep throbbing, and it radiates upwards toward my right side,it feels like it stops at my right hip.the lump is a light color, off white? and it is hard.The lump does not really move, exept to "dissapear" into the skin.the dark patch of skin, is irregular in shape, like a very stretched out triangle, and it has gotten darker,and has only enlarged a small amount.I do have redness, around the base of the clitoris, the side where the lump is, and the left inner labial fold.The redness is constant, and accompanied by constant swelling.I am not on birth controll, and the only other issue i have down there is that my periods are very heavy, and last at least 10 days every cycle.if i have left anything out please let me know.
    riskyd 35 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes, i have had a pap, and it was "slightly abnormal", but they have been that way ever sience( sp?) my daughter was born. I have asked repetedly what that means, and i was told that i don't have to worry about it due to my age, im 23.It's absolutely irresponsible for your doctor to advise you that an abnormal pap smear can't be anything serious because of your age!!!! I'm astonished! thank you for your suggestion, but the doctor i saw when i first noticed this said it could not be an std, as i have been married for 4 years.A very common cause of abnormal pap smears (at any age) is the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can occur at any age with sexual activity and commonly produces (but not always) a wart-- maybe like the bump on your clitoris. It is very possible that you contracted this virus before or even from your husband. Symptoms (including warts) can take years to develop, so there is no reason to think that you couldn't have had this before your marriage and just not noticed or developed symptoms. Likewise, your H may have never had any symptoms and could have given this to you (I'm not suggesting infidelity). I think it is very likely your problem, at least in terms of the lump. The dark spot may just be a normal part of aging (yes, this can occur at your age--mine did). As for the pain......many things are possible, including warts on the inside. It's also possible for you to have a comorbid condition like ovarian cysts. I'm worried about you. It seems your doctor is brushing off some very serious symptoms. I very strongly urge you to either press with this doc or find another that will take these things seriously. Cancer can occur in your age......I'm not trying to scare you, just.....take this stuff seriously and be sure your doctors do as well.To reiterate:" the painhttp://kona.kontera.com/javascript/lib/imgs/grey_loader.gif is an intense deep throbbing, and it radiates upwards toward my right side,it feels like it stops at my right hip." -- very possibly ovarian cyst " the lump is a light color, off white? and it is hard.The lump does not really move, exept to "dissapear" into the skin"-- Human Papillomavirus likely"the dark patch of skin, is irregular in shape, like a very stretched out triangle, and it has gotten darker,and has only enlarged a small amount." --if this is flat to the skin, I think it's likely normal " I do have redness, around the base of the clitoris, the side where the lump is, and the left inner labial fold.The redness is constant, and accompanied by constant swelling."--- the location of your lump can cause much irritation and inflammation"I am not on birth controll, and the only other issue i have down there is that my periods are very heavy, and last at least 10 days every cycle." --again, consistent with ovarian cyst. Best to you, I wish you good luck with these issues.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • thank you so much for your advice!
    riskyd 35 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi again riskyd,The only reasonable advice that I can add to Harmonium's most EXCELLENT observations above is to echo the second part of her recommendation: seek out another doc who will take your symptoms seriously. I wouldn't be very comfortable having my loved one return to the original doc, who is obviously lacking in either experience or diligence (or both). Request a written result on your "abnormal" Pap and bring it along with you to your new doc.Best of luck. Keep us apprised of how things go.Be well!! John
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks, JonMac! :D
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
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  • i have made an appointment with a new doc, and will bring along all of my records.Thank you so much.
    riskyd 35 Replies Flag this Response
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