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Enlarged painful lymph node in rt arm with no answers.

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  • Posted By: Rosebud430
  • October 19, 2009
  • 10:48 PM

I am a 34 y/o white female. I have a large grape size spongy lump on my inner arm above the elbow for a week now. Its really painful also the inside of my fore arm is swollen and very painlful. I saw my GP today and he kinda blew it off and told me to see my Rheumatiologist about it because I do have RA. This really concerns me because I had a lymph node in my neck biopsied 15 yrs ago with normal results but since then the lymph glands in my neck swell up so badly it looks like I have the mumps for no reason. Also, over the past 5+ yrs Ive had CBC's with high wbc's and the physician always said, "You're probably fighting a little bug or something." While I felt fine. Ive also been diagnosed with EBV 20 yrs ago. Now what?? Should I go to the ER because of the excruciating pain and let them figure it out or wait another month to see my Rheumatologist???:confused:

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  • I am a 34 y/o white female. I have a large grape size spongy lump on my inner arm above the elbow for a week now. Its really painful also the inside of my fore arm is swollen and very painlful. I saw my GP today and he kinda blew it off and told me to see my Rheumatiologist about it because I do have RA. This really concerns me because I had a lymph node in my neck biopsied 15 yrs ago with normal results but since then the lymph glands in my neck swell up so badly it looks like I have the mumps for no reason. Also, over the past 5+ yrs Ive had CBC's with high wbc's and the physician always said, "You're probably fighting a little bug or something." While I felt fine. Ive also been diagnosed with EBV 20 yrs ago. Now what?? Should I go to the ER because of the excruciating pain and let them figure it out or wait another month to see my Rheumatologist???:confused:Hi there, I am no doctor but I wanted to share with you that I experienced the EXACT same thing once and I was terrified. My gyno finally informed me that it is a lymph node that drains the breast. That it was just flared up a bit (doing it's job cleaning out something it doesn't like) and not to rub it, but take some Ibuprofin and wait. Sure enough, the swelling went down. This may or may not be what you've got going on. Hope it helps
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 00:58 AM
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  • Now this morning I woke up and my whole fore arm is throbbing and extremely swollen like Popeye's fore arm :eek:. Maybe I should just go to the ER because I cannot go threw this a whole month to see my Rheumatologist.
    Rosebud430 4 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 01:30 PM
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  • Hi there, I am no doctor but I wanted to share with you that I experienced the EXACT same thing once and I was terrified. My gyno finally informed me that it is a lymph node that drains the breast. That it was just flared up a bit (doing it's job cleaning out something it doesn't like) and not to rub it, but take some Ibuprofin and wait. Sure enough, the swelling went down. This may or may not be what you've got going on. Hope it helps Thanks for the advice!! Now a few days later the pain isnt as bad as it has been in my forearm but the lump above my elbow is still there and very painfull.
    Rosebud430 4 Replies
    • October 23, 2009
    • 04:35 PM
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  • Now this morning I woke up and my whole fore arm is throbbing and extremely swollen like Popeye's fore arm :eek:. Maybe I should just go to the ER because I cannot go threw this a whole month to see my Rheumatologist. Try another internist asap or go into the ER if it gets worse. Get a second opinion.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 24, 2009
    • 00:49 AM
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  • Thanks for the advice!! Now a few days later the pain isnt as bad as it has been in my forearm but the lump above my elbow is still there and very painfull.Make sure you note on your CBC whether you have a high neutrophil count versus lymphocyte count. The neutrophils are generally higher in a bacterial infection so if you have something bacterial going on then they may be missing it if they overlook that little clue. Just something to look into. There are other things that can raise the neutrophil count but that is important. Steroids can raise your overrall wbc as well so if you're taking steroids for the RA that could be the cause of the WBC. It may be that your lymph gland is blocked and needs to be drained. That does happen sometimes and the only way to fix it is to have it drained. If your neutrophil count happens to be higher in that CBC I would check with an infectious disease specialist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2009
    • 09:43 PM
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  • Try another internist asap or go into the ER if it gets worse. Get a second opinion. It hasn't been as bad lately but it still concerns me. If it Gets any worse I will go to ER because I don't wanna play around.
    Rosebud430 4 Replies
    • October 25, 2009
    • 10:15 PM
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