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Worried about armpit lump

21 May 2020 17:04

Last week I found a lump in my right armpit. It's round like a sphere, it feels like those small silver balls you used to decorate cakes with. Remember those? They tasted vile haha. Anyway, it's just below the skin in my armpit, it isn't up inside the armpit wall fixed or anything. I can get it between 2 fingers and wiggle it about and when I stretch the skin out it stretches with it.  I've been worried sick it's cancer because it doesn't hurt and is so firm.

Its been a week and it's not gone but it's not grown. It's still small, like those silver balls you'd decorate cakes with or a bit smaller than a petit pois pea. I was hoping it would have started to shrink but it hasn't so much mines been racing. I'm crying ruling this. It's only small but it worries me. I even fiddled with it in front of a mirror and weirdly as i wiggle it side to side between my fingers you can see it's a white small ball just below the skin. 

I have no breast lump, my breast is fine as is the other side. My breasts are small so I feel any changes easily.

Can anyone reassure me? I suffer from anxiety and agoraphobia so for me this is terrifying as I never leave my house as I have ptsd but I'm going to start working on that again after lockdown. I've spoken to my GP and she's told me to just monitor it for a couple of weeks and she said stop touching it as that'll cause it to become sore and more swollen. It doesn't hurt unless I prod for days on end so I'm trying not to not touch it.

Libby. 

Worried about armpit lump

21 May 2020 18:56 in response to Libbyd40

Big hugs to you.

I would follow your GP's instructions and if it's no better then contact them again telling them you have been instructed to monitor it. Please let us know how you get on.

Worried about armpit lump

21 May 2020 18:58 in response to Hope2bcancerFree

Thank you. I will. X

Worried about armpit lump

21 May 2020 19:11 in response to Libbyd40

Meanwhile although it's difficult I hope you can stay as calm as you can big hugs.

Worried about armpit lump

22 May 2020 00:34 in response to Hope2bcancerFree

Thank you.
 

I'm managing to just take my mind off it during the day but at night I worry and tend to fiddle with it. I'm not sleeping before 2am because of if. Xx

Worried about armpit lump

22 May 2020 19:02 in response to Libbyd40

Hi anxiety is horrible isn't it. Have you thought about looking online for anxiety reduction techniques may be you could record some relaxing tunes to help you get off to sleep. Something that helps me get off to sleep is focusing on my breath entering and exiting my nostrils. I wish I could say more to help but please keep us informed.

Worried about armpit lump

22 May 2020 21:38 in response to Hope2bcancerFree

I had therapy in the past which helped. I also used to meditate. I do need to get back into something. My anxiety at home is much better but my agoraphobia and social anxiety is still bad. It all was triggered after an assault by a family member 8 years ago. It only hit me the last couple of years agoraphobia and social anxiety wise. 
 

Thank you so much xx

Worried about armpit lump

23 May 2020 01:20 in response to Libbyd40

I'm so sorry to hear what you have been through.

Big hugs

Worried about armpit lump

23 May 2020 07:41 in response to Hope2bcancerFree

Thank you xxx

Worried about armpit lump

23 May 2020 17:05 in response to Libbyd40

You're welcome x