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Old 04-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Right armpit lump + right arm pain

Here's my issue. I'm 32 and 9 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child I became concerned about a small lump near my right armpit. My OBGYN felt of it and said "It's just normal breast tissue."

Over the years the lump has remained. It is NOT a lymph node for sure, but I always assumed it was just a fibroid type lump because it gets more painful around my period and when I drink caffeine. By the way, I have large, dense breasts, so painful lumpiness around my period is nothing new to me.

But this lump in my right armpit has always especially bothered me. Maybe because it's not actually IN my boob. It's in the area between my breast and my armpit. That area has always always seemed to be fatty as compared to my left armpit. Bear with me...I'm trying to draw a picture for you here...

My left armpit has NO lumps. Looks completely like a NORMAL armpit. Can see tendon when I flex, no pain, etc.

The right armpit area surrounding my lump is what I refer to as my 3rd boob. It is like a little pocket of fat surrounds that lump. I read online that it could be what is referred to as "auxillary breast tissue."

But I have had some weird changes lately. Around Christmas of 2010 I became really sick with the flu and a secondary sinus infection. I started an antibiotic, Levaquin, which a major risk of taking it was tendon injury. A week after I started taking the Levaquin I noticed my right elbow hurt really bad the day after I vacuumed. I initially thought the Levaquin caused the elbow pain and I stopped taking it.

The right elbow pain has persisted and changed over the last 4 months. Not only is my elbow painful when I use it, and weak. But now I also have nerve pain in my right arm that shoots from my shoulder to my hand. I also frequently wake up at night with my entire right arm completely numb.

In addition to this arm/elbow pain, I have also noticed that my lump in my right armpit is getting lumpier. The tissue around the lump itself is very thick and THE LUMP feels more like a pebble! The area has become more 'puffy fat' looking and the area always seems vary in some degree of soreness. Instead of just the cyclical pain.

I am scared. What else can I say? I seriously think that the arm pain has something to do with the lump in the armpit. Maybe it's working its way into my nerve!? I am going to make an appointment with my GYN, but do I also need to make an appt with a bone & joint specialist for my arm? I am thinking that my GYN will be able to suggest where to go from there once he assesses my situation. He BETTER NOT say that it is 'normal breast tissue'. I refuse to leave without an ultrasound or appt for a biopsy (I don't think a mammo is going to get a pic of my armpit very well).

My grandmother had a breast removed due to a tumor. My mom has to have mammos every six months because of abnormal lumps due to scar tissue from breast reduction. My sister recently had a cyst removed that gave us all the breast cancer scare.

I guess what I'm getting at...has anyone ever experienced symptoms similar to mine and what was the outcome?

Thanks for hearing me out. I wanted to start a thread because I will be back to update as soon as I have my appt with my doc. I have procrastinated my appt because I tried to convince myself everything is 'normal' but I can't ignore how much lumpier the lump is and this arm pain is not getting any better.

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Old 05-20-2011, 08:29 AM   #2
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Re: Right armpit lump + right arm pain

We have some things in common. Years ago I mentioned that my arm would hurt from pain that started in my breast, went into my armpit and then into my arm. I was sent for a mammo and they said everything looked fine. I was put on Natural Vit. E the week before every period and it did give some relief. Well, three years later I now have the pain again and it's not in relation to my cycles. My one armpit appears thicker than the other. I feel no lumps but definate areas of pain in breast, arm pit and one spot on my arm. Please let me know how you made out. I'm all stressed out again over this. I've had two breast cancer scares already, so I've had mammos, ultrasounds and even a breast MRI last year. I scheduled my mammo for this year. My aunt had breast cancer as did a great aunt so I'm watched closely. It's just so hard to deal with again.

Old 08-27-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Re: Right armpit lump + right arm pain


I googled 'armpit lump and painful arm' and found this post - I'm interested in what the outcome was, as I am currently having a similar problem. I also have a close family history of breast cancer. I regularly have painful lumps under my arms particularly around my periods - but this is different. Its nowhere near my period and it actually caused an inflamed area around the lump for about a week. Now that's gone down the lump is still under there and very painful to touch - I'm also having a lot of pain in my arm, noticeable when I lift things - not usually an area I have pain.

I think I'm going to see the doctor tomorrow about it, just hoping not to be fobbed off if it could be something serious.

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Re: Right armpit lump + right arm pain

First I think you are doing the right thing getting it checked. I can't begin to guess what it could be but be sure to describe it just as you have here. With a family history of breast cancer, you can't help but be concerned about that. As humans, we naturally go --to the dark side-- and scare ourselves too. I hope your doctor doesn't blow you off.... if he/she does, can you get a second opinion from another doctor? If after your appointment, you still don't feel good about the answer you get, I hope you can get a second opinion. You ARE doing what you should be doing. I hope you let us know how it goes at the doc's office. Take care, Sharon

Old 09-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #5
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Re: Right armpit lump + right arm pain

thanks so much for your support: I managed to get in at the doctors and he looked at it and confirmed that it's an infection in my lymph node, which would block some of the nerves running thro my arm, hence it being painful. As it's on it's way down, he hasn't given me antibiotics because it seems to be healing itself - it's a few days after and the swelling in my pit has gone down and my arm is less painful. So job done for now - it's interesting to know these boards are here tho - I will keep my sign in and look in here for help in the future. Many thanks again for caring X

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Re: Right armpit lump + right arm pain

So glad to hear a reason and lessoning of symptoms. Most of the time, these turn out to be lots of other things that have nothing to do with cancer. We are bombarded with tales of woe, articles about breast cancer, TV warnings about breast cancer so of course, cancer, is the first thing that pops into our minds. It is great you were able to get in to see a doctor who was able to diagnoses what was going on. Thank you for letting us know. I hope you NEVER, EVER, EVER, have to visit here again with worries about breast cancer. Tuck this into your memory bank though..... breast cancer is a disease which is highly curable/treatable when caught early. So, if you find something weird going on in your breast, be sure to check with your doctor ASAP. I was one who did that and had treatment and am 5 years down the road without cancer. It is bad enough to be diagnosed with breast cancer but to be diagnosed with late stage breast cancer is a shame. Take care, and good health to you! Sharon

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