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MsBliss

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I have a swollen area in my arm pit on the same side as my triple negative cancer was.  I cannot feel any lymph nodes, but the thickening and swelling is very apparent.  I also have tingling in my arm and hand.  Could this be a recurrence or met to the lymph nodes?
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It should certainly be checked out, but the symptoms aren't automatically those of any malignant involvement since most swollen or tender masses that arise suddenly in the armpit lymph area tend to be benign inflammatory lesions (e.g., cysts or reactive lymph nodes), and typically when  malignant, the lymph nodes are palpable and usually fairly firm/hard to the touch, and the tingling is not wholly consistent with this.  But unless non-surgical  examination makes clear a benign origin, it's likely to require either needle or excisional biopsy to be definitive  and resolve  the cause.  Still, in the meantime, try to not let anxiety take over - even in cancer patients, the odds for an axillary area lymph swelling that is not clearly  palpable and firm/hard, usually with clear "nodal"  definition, is still on it being benign, so let's  just see what the diagnostic inspection finds.

 


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Miss Bliss,
Gee that sounds like the beginning of lymphedema. Especially with the arm and hand tingling. That is how mine always starts.
Definitely follow our Constantine's advice. Call your doc tomorrow. You may need to see your breast surgeon for a referral to a LE clinic.
It also sounds a little like a seroma too-

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Thank you Edge, for your perspective.  I agree--I will follow up and try to keep a cool head.  I  just never had much swelling in that area before;  I did have a benign mass removed in the exact same spot several years ago.  But it never was reactive and healed perfectly.  I do some chin ups and weights, and my upper back and neck are pretty messed up and tight.  I'm hoping it is an impingement or something else.  Anything else actually! 
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MsBliss:

 

It should certainly be checked out, but the symptoms aren't automatically those of any malignant involvement since most swollen or tender masses that arise suddenly in the armpit lymph area tend to be benign inflammatory lesions (e.g., cysts or reactive lymph nodes), and typically when  malignant, the lymph nodes are palpable and usually fairly firm/hard to the touch, and the tingling is not wholly consistent with this.  But unless non-surgical  examination makes clear a benign origin, it's likely to require either needle or excisional biopsy to be definitive  and resolve  the cause.  Still, in the meantime, try to not let anxiety take over - even in cancer patients, the odds for an axillary area lymph swelling that is not clearly  palpable and firm/hard, usually with clear "nodal"  definition, is still on it being benign, so let's  just see what the diagnostic inspection finds.

 


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MsBliss

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Thank you G!  LE, I can deal with....seroma, that too....but it has been 6 months since my surgery and they removed only 2 nodes.  I guess it is possible to be LE--I never considered that. 

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Miss Bliss,
Gee that sounds like the beginning of lymphedema. Especially with the arm and hand tingling. That is how mine always starts.
Definitely follow our Constantine's advice. Call your doc tomorrow. You may need to see your breast surgeon for a referral to a LE clinic.
It also sounds a little like a seroma too-

hugs and love to you
g

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Dearest Miss Bliss,

I experienced an infection after surgery, having a Hematoma in the breast and a Seroma in the armpit.  Antibiotics were the only remedy that helped.  Draining proved to be useless because of blood clots.  Have you tried antibiotics? 

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Indi
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