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Painful underarm lump, I hurt all over, nowhere to turn, please read!

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  • Posted By: AngieBaby77
  • July 24, 2007
  • 10:29 PM

Hello everyone. I am 29, female. Had a painful armpit lump which doc said was fibrocystic breast changes. Pain got worse even after my period recently ended so I went to ER today. ER doc says it is an infected lymph node. Started me on Zithromax. I took two pills today and I am to take one each day for four days after.

That was earlier yesterday. Since then, I feel even worse. I not only hurt under my armpit, but all over. My breasts and chest feel sore and achy in different places especially on the left where the lump is. My entire back aches. I feel achy and sore all over my body. I am fatigued. I even have indigestion.

I am scared that I have cancer, or some kind of dangerous lung infection, or kidney infection.

I even paged my doctor and he hasn't even called back. Because I am also being treated for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (with Celexa and Xanax), he treats me like a hypochondriac.

I am wondering if I have fibromyalgia. In a way, I hope I do because it is benign and could explain all my aches and pains.

I have been aching, hurting and crying all yesterday evening, not so much crying today. I don't have any family to accompany me to the hospital or doctor and basically I feel loney, scared and sore all over. I have a bad habit of imagining the worst case scenario.

I smoked cigs for 15 years (been cig free for 10 months) and I still smoke some herb sometimes. Therefore, of course lung issues concern me.


A few years ago I had a chest CT that revealed a benign calcified lung node on the left side.

Six months ago I had a chest Xray for bronchitis symptoms that didn't show anything concerning. However, in light of these new symptoms I am scared the swollen armpit node could be cancer related.

The node itself under the arm feels swollen and painful. My left chest area feels heavy. And I feel weak and achy. I am not coughing or running a fever. I have not been sick with a cold or flu lately.

I have been to the lake and also to a large community festival, so I could have been exposed to germs and ticks. I did find a small tick in my hair two days ago and there is a small bite mark on my neck. No rash according to doc. It came off easily when I scraped it with my fingernail and did not look engorged with blood. The doc said the symptoms are probably not Lyme disease because it would be too soon for them to manifest.

However, I just want to rule out serious causes if I can. My doctor told me to take the meds and call back after ten days if no improvement. I am scared to wait ten days because of my fear of the "C" word.

I need advice. Reassurance. What should I do? As you can see I am a very anxiety filled person. My husband is so sick of my whining and sickness that he cannot stand to be around me. I have nowhere to turn. The doctors have made it clear there is nothing they are going to do until I've finished my antibiotics. But I am still very worried.


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  • Hi, I'd get a mammogram. I know you are young, but I think you need one.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Get a biopsy and a TB test. Sorry to add more worries.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • ya,agree you do need a mamogram just in safety side.check for infections also,for your swollen lymph nodes,biopsy lymph nodes.and TB test too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, Did the node get swollen before or after the tick bite? A mamogram is important to rule out things, and put your mind at ease.. Some times the abx, does make a person feel much worse before they feel better, because of the bacteria/germs, dieing off. This is called a "herx" reaction. The dr, is wrong abt this,""The doc said the symptoms are probably not Lyme disease because it would be too soon for them to manifest."" Perhaps its not the first time you have been bitten, but the first time you have seen the tick??Its possible to get LD, an not even have a rash. See how you feel when the abx are finished and then push the dr for tests on Lyme and coinfections. It sounds like you have sarciodiosis, with the results of the lung scan. This can be part of undx'd Lyme Disease, so can anxiety attacks, pains and much more. Check out lymenet.org. Good luck to you.~~Dee
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  • Stay calm and give the antibiotics time to work. I am a breast cancer patient... discovered at 29 and pain was no issue and it was stage 3. 10 days is a long time to wait but it sounds like infection with the pain and chest pressure. Biopsies are good and they will work fast if it is something. Just stay calm and stop the herb smoking that can lead to paranoia.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm sorry you're feeling so bad.I had one of those lumps under my armpit. It swole up pretty big (a few inches) and was so painful that I could not put my arm down.The doc said it was an infected lymph gland. She lanced it, gave me antibiotics, kept it clean and covered and she told me to watch it to be sure it continued to shrink, that it didn't leak blood, etc.It cleared up...
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  • I think that it is just an infection, but if you can, I would switch Doctors. It is no good to have a doctor that you don't trust and that seems to think that you are paraniod and hypochondriac. Go to a new doctor and tell them the diagnosis that your er gave you and ask them for a second opinion for that. Just to make sure. That is what I would do. But don't worry. It is a scientific fat that worrying actually makes Cancer worse if you have it. But everything that I have read says that Cancer with swollen Lymphs doesn't hurt. A huge symptom is the losing of weight. Good Luck!
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