Hello, I’m a 47 year old woman in the midst of the perimenopause and all its related joys.
Five weeks ago I developed a swollen gland under my arm and it has been coming and going ever since. It is extremely painful and much worse during my period when both breasts feels horrible, though there are no skin changes, nipple issues or lumps.
I went to the gp who said yes there was a swollen gland and then gave me antibiotics and a fungal cream two days ago but since then the pain has increased significantly to the point where lifting my arm is making me shriek.
Stupidly I have been getting myself into a state consulting Dr Google and now I’m terrified I have either breast cancer or lymphoma of some kind.
i suppose i am now looking for other people’s experiences? Did a painful gland mean cancer for you? Am I being dramatic or is my worry at this age justified?
Other than thyroid issues I am otherwise healthy, no night sweats, weight loss, appetite change or other symptoms and feel perfectly well. If the antibiotics don’t work the gp is suggesting an ultrasound and even the thought of that is frightening me. I have never before has such terrible health anxiety and feel terribly rifldiculous... but I do feel as though there is something wrong?