Discussions By Condition: I cannot get a diagnosis.

Lump under arm

Posted In: I cannot get a diagnosis. 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 7, 2007
  • 09:27 PM

I have a 2" lump under my left armpit. First noticed it in Oct 2006. It does not hurt but is tender. Had an ultrasound, Dr. said it is fatty tissue. What do you think?

Reply Flag this Discussion

4 Replies:

  • My opinion. If it where my body and I was worried enough, I'd ask for a biopsy. Doctor is probably right because they see these things a lot, but there is always a chance of "something else" even in the most thourough examination. If you feel there is reason for futher concern, it doesn't hurt to ask. I don't know a single doctor who would say no to a biopsy if asked.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey Guys, The most common cause of " i have a lump in my ____ arm pit" is blockage of a hairfolicle causing a boil. This is caused usually be deodorants, ingrown hairs, or occationally dirt and oil. Some people are so prone to getting them from deodorants that the only way that they will not get them is to not use deodorants with aluminum. Which means that your deodorant will not function also as an antipersperant. Antipersperants work by the aluminum in them going into sweat pores and attracting lots of water and extracellular fluid to them. The area around and in the pore swells so much with this fluid that it constricts off the sweat pore so sweat cant get out. This same aluminum gets into hair folicules and traps bacteria in with the oil producing hair shaft. The bacteria feed on the oil and thus an infection is born. In an effort to contain the infection the body causes inflammation in the area and in some cases effectively seals off that area from the rest of the body. ie: lump and or/ hard lump. The second most common cause of "i have a lump under my ____ armpit" is lipomas. Lipomas are essensially fatty tissue over growth. Much like cancers (reason for the -oma ending) lipomas are basically uncontrolled mutiplication of fat cells. For some unknown reason lipomas are self limiting in size and do not produce the many proteins that cause other types of cell replication diseases to be dangerous. There are two things you can do with a Lipoma, cut it out, or ignore it. Lipomas on average stablize in size after a few months and are not harmfull. They are often caused by repeated irritation or mild trauma to an area. Diabetics that inject them selves to give insulin shots will get lipomas at the injection site if they do not rotate the places in which they inject. Lipomas typically only appear in places where there was already a pocket of fat.If i were you i would have my Dermatogist look at it, they are the skin/hair expert. If it bothers you they will most likely lance/biopsy it. While they are doing this is it is a lipoma and is not near any structures that are delicate like nerves, or blood supply they may just go ahead and remove it for you. Really not as bad as it sounds with a local nerve blocker and a good stitch job.Matt, Doctor of Pharmacy(excuse the misspellings i type these quickly)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the posts. I will get a biopsy.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.