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So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 10th 2010, 03:31 PM

Ok, so I've found this lump under my arm, which as far as I know must have only appeared over the past week or so. And much as I don't like to think about it, I know that CAN be a bad sign and something you should probably go the doctor for.
However, I also know that often lumps can be down to many reasons which mightn't be very serious. And I had a blood test 2 m0nths ago (for something unrelated) and my doctor read me out all of the results, and everything seemed to be perfectly grand.
So what I'm saying is....if there was anything REALLy wrong with me, it would have most likely shown up in my blood test results, yes?? I just don't want to go and bother the doctor and have to scab 60 euro off my parents if it's something that's not very serious.
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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 10th 2010, 06:40 PM

It would depend on what he tested your blood for. If he was just doing a standardized blood test of your sugar levels, electrolytes, iron levels etc.. then no, they would not have necessairly found anything. There are certain tests for certain things, and I feel as if you're mentioning cancer? I'm really not trying to scare you.

However ! There are plenty of things that cause lumps. It could just be a cyst, it could be an ingrown hair (does it hurt??) a pimple, etc. It is most likely nothing to worry about .. I'd say if it doesn't go away in 2 weeks or so, you could consider visitng a doctor to put your mind at ease


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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 10th 2010, 06:58 PM

I've had a lump on my neck and another on my foot previously, turned out to be swollen lymph nodes. But probably your doctor would be able to really confirm what it really is in your case.
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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 11th 2010, 05:56 AM

You have lymph nodes in your pits, so its possibly that.

You have hair follicles and if you shave often or have friction there often, it could be infected and have spread to the dermis layer causing a furuncle (aka boile) to form. It must be lanced and drained to heal quickly, or using hot compresses it may come to a head and burst (never squeeze it trying to force it though).

It could also be one of multiple forms of cancer. As far as that goes, though, i highly doubt it as such.


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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 11th 2010, 11:27 AM

Hey there,

I'm not sure that anything would have shown up if your doctor was not specifically testing for certain things - there are specific tests for specific things.
I agree with what has already been said about this possibly being a cyst or an ingrown hair - those are not uncommon, especially under your arms where you may have been shaving and getting some friction from clothes or infection from deodorants or such.
I think that waiting this out may be a good idea and try not to worry about it too much. If the lump doesnt go away in a week or so, then you may want to consider getting it checked out.

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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 11th 2010, 07:26 PM

Thanks guys (: I just don't want to freak out about it if I don't need to, but at the same time I don't want to be TOO blasé in case it's something serious. I have a feeling it's an ingrown hair or swollen node, but if it's still there in a while I'll get it checked out. Thanks so much for the replies!!


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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 12th 2010, 05:15 AM

It could also be a cyst. I agree, it definitely depends what your blood test was for. If it doesnt go away or starts to get bigger, be sure to go to the doctor.
   
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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 12th 2010, 05:31 PM

I don't really know the details of the blood test, but it was taken because of these weird bruises I had on my legs (which just turned out to be in an infection and went away), and my GP wanted to check my white blood cell levels. I know they tested a lot of things like liver/kidneys/immune system, and everything seemed to be ok. but either way I won't worry unless it's there for a while. Thanks (:


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Re: So, lump. (what an unattractive word :/ ) - April 15th 2010, 03:39 PM

Seeing as you seem to be satisfied with your replies, I'll close this now. If you disagree, feel free to PM me and I'll re-open this or you could always make a new thread.
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