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Forum Name: Breast Cancer

Question: Armpit lump, painful


 smilie430 - Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:34 pm

I woke up this morning with a very painful lump in my armpit. I feel fine, besides having headaches once in a while. I had a similar lump a few weeks ago, but it went away on it's own. This one is in the same area, and both were/are painful. Any ideas??

Thank you!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:52 pm

User avatar Hello,
It looks like it could be an enlarged lymph node. Pain is usually a sign of inflammation especially if you remember any trauma or infection occuring the same arm. They usually go away on their own or after a 2 week course of the appropriate antibiotics. That said however, a lymph gland enlargement should always be examined to exclude more serious causes such as breast cancer.
Best regards,

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