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Anne Mills

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Just last night I found a bump under my right underarm, about the size of a large gumball.
I was concerned (of course) so I went to a walk in today and the doc told me that we’d watch it for a week but it’s probably just my lymph node.
however, I wasn’t impressed with the receptionist, the clinic or the doc => the clinic was kind of dirty and old and not well kept up, the receptionist treated another patient badly in front of me, and the doc only saw me for two minutes, barely touched me and was pretty indifferent, if not dismissive.
Have another appt elsewhere on Fri am, but will try for a closer place first thing tomorrow am.
luckily I have no problems sleeping thru, having meds for that.
but wish me luck in getting through on the phone and getting a sooner appt.
Goodnight and best to all.
 

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We often see people on this site say they thought the doctor was dismissive. This is because they know what they are looking for and most often would be able to tell if it was something serious on the spot. Wait and see means they can’t say for 100% certainty it’s nothing, but most likely is and they will know in a week or so when they check again. From what I have read, a lymph node that is enlarged due to something serious does not have to be poked or prodded, it’s visibly enlarged.

We also often look for reasons and excuses not to believe what they say. It can’t hurt to get a second opinion, but I think working on some acceptance as well might help when the next doc also says the same thing.

It could just be nothing or it is indeed working to fight off something like from a nick shaving or an ingrown hair.
 

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Thank you both of you for your replies.
I had a fantastic Experience today at another walk in clinic where the doctor was still doing a virtual visit, but the nurse there first did a thorough in-person exam and took a thorough history of all my health concerns. She was so great!
And she did in fact find a lump. So I know I’m not crazy - yippee!! Lol
They are sending me for an ultrasound which should come back in 3 to 4 days and I will have a copy sent to my GP as well. They asked me other questions about a family history of cancer which I don’t really have much of and other markers that could indicate cancer and things seem to sound OK so far. I am feeling much relieved. Especially to know that I was taken seriously and it was so good to see someone in person as my doctor is still not doing that.
So th next step is tomorrow to book an ultrasound and hear back from the doc. *sigh a good ending to the day.
thx again
 

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Thank you both of you for your replies.
I had a fantastic Experience today at another walk in clinic where the doctor was still doing a virtual visit, but the nurse there first did a thorough in-person exam and took a thorough history of all my health concerns. She was so great!
And she did in fact find a lump. So I know I’m not crazy - yippee!! Lol
They are sending me for an ultrasound which should come back in 3 to 4 days and I will have a copy sent to my GP as well. They asked me other questions about a family history of cancer which I don’t really have much of and other markers that could indicate cancer and things seem to sound OK so far. I am feeling much relieved. Especially to know that I was taken seriously and it was so good to see someone in person as my doctor is still not doing that.
So th next step is tomorrow to book an ultrasound and hear back from the doc. *sigh a good ending to the day.
thx again
Is it in your armpit?
 

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Not exactly in the armpit, but on the outer edge of it. right below the right shoulder. Gonna go with doctor’s feeling right now that it’s not a huge deal… let’s see what the ultrasound results are.
 

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Feeling a bit better as w friend told me that she developef a bump In her armpit after getting her second vaccine. Apparently it is quite common and went away after a couple of weeks. I will still go to the ultrasound tomorrow but I’m hoping that’s what it is. Feeling a bit calmer…
 

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Yep, that’s probably it. They are recommending not getting a mammo within two weeks of the vax because an enlarged lymph node can trigger a suspicious finding when it is just your lymph system doing what it’s supposed to do after the vax.
 

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This happened to me after my vaccine shot except it was a lymph node right above my collarbone. It didnt appear till about 2 days after my shot and lasted about 2 weeks. It was very painful and tender and about the size of a bean. My doctor said it is common for the lymph nodes on the side of your body that you recieved your vaccine to swell up. It happened to her as well and hers were swollen for over 4 weeks. Typically the lymph nodes closest to the injection shot are the ones that may swell. The tech that administered my shot went a little bit too high up my arm which is why im thinking it was my collarbone lymph node that swelled and not my armpit. If it is due to your recent vaccine, which is highly likely, it will be back to normal soon!
 

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Same thing happened to my wife after her vaccine, node under the arm where she got the shot
 

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Not same arm as 2nd vaccine but doctor said it didn’t matter, common reaction. hard for a person like me with HA though.
thx everyone.!
 

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The waiting for the ultrasound results for the lump found is wearing on me, esp since it’s been aching. I hate this delay.
Today I was also feeling the ache in my right chest area too, it wouldn’t stop. Don’t know if it’s anxiety or mattress-hopping lately (home to boyfriend’s tokidsittingbsleepover).
Prolly didn’t help that I was up til 1:30 am. Not a totally happy day. :(
 

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The waiting for the ultrasound results for the lump found is wearing on me, esp since it’s been aching. I hate this delay.
Today I was also feeling the ache in my right chest area too, it wouldn’t stop. Don’t know if it’s anxiety or mattress-hopping lately (home to boyfriend’s tokidsittingbsleepover).
Prolly didn’t help that I was up til 1:30 am. Not a totally happy day. :(
It's okay to have a not-so-great day. Sorry you're so anxious about this, but try to remain as calm as you can. Things will work out. The waiting is something those of us with health anxiety really struggle with, I definitely get it.
 

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Feeling Better as I will be getting my results in a couple of days earlier than I had thought and the walk in clinic is going to send the results to my GP no problem. A friend’s daughter also has the same thing. So maybe I am not alone and it is not a big deal. Feeling more relaxed today.
 
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