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painful, changing underarm lump

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 13, 2006
  • 06:20 AM

I'm new here, and I guess this thread will be in the right forum.

I'm a 21 year old female and about a week and a half ago I noticed 2 large painful, hard, unmovable lumps in my underarm with the skin being pink, turning to a light purple. Ingrown hair is ruled out, as well as absess because they shrank back and never had a head or exit. They are now two unpainful pea-sized hard unmovable bumps that can only be felt and not seen. About 5 days ago I again noticed one large lump that, up until today, were also hard, painful and unmovable. Now the dark reddish (almost bruised) spot, about a dime in size, feels soft and squishy to the touch. Surrounding the main area is a painfully swollen area about the size of a silver dollar that cannot be seen but only noticed by touch. Occasionally the pain radiates all the way to my finger tips. I have checked my breast for lumps because I've heard breast tissue can also be under the arm, and nothing there. Money is tight, so should I be worried enough to go see the doctor? Any ideas?
Any help at all is appreciated.

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  • sounds like your lymphnodes are inflammed. Usually lumps that are bad (cancer) are not painful. Maybe your just fighting off an infection. Does your throat hurt or your neck?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 11, 2006
    • 03:35 AM
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  • I have lumps occassionally in the arm pits that hurt and are sometimes red. They eventually go away and are a dime size. I get them whenever I have been lifting something heavier than usual. I spoke with the doctor about it and he said it is from lifting heavy items. Unfortunately with me it doesn't have to be anything too heavy just a little heavier than normal so they occur pretty often. It scared me the first time it happened a few years ago because I thought right away.. cancer. But I was grateful to find out it was not that. Just swollen lymph nodes.
    Esti94590 6 Replies
    • September 26, 2006
    • 06:20 AM
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