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Offline bittersweetlife

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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2014, 11:28:50 AM »
Oh God. I think lymphoma has been an epidemic! You do know that nodes are commonly caused by viral infections. There are also some people i know and sometimes here that their nodes are permanently swollen and still they are fine.

You do not have lymphoma or even breast cancer! So do i. let's just be keep on positive in life and negative in all bad things. I know this is all hard living with HA! Hang in there.

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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2014, 12:06:46 PM »
I can reply regarding the itch!

My armpits will sometimes itch like crazy but there's nothing to be seen.  I searched quite a bit and found some scary stuff and some common sense stuff. I started to pay attention to WHEN they itched and it was after I'd worn shirts that came up pretty tight under my arm pits.  On days that my clothing didn't rub the skin, no itch.  I gave away the shirts that were a bit too small and if I wear and undershirt, I remind myself that 'tomorrow my armpits may itch'.  Gold Bond Powder (generic from the Dollar store) helps prevent the chaffing.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2014, 08:52:03 AM »
If the itching has eased then you literally don't have a single symptom of IBC. The symptoms for IBC are mostly visual anyway and progress rapidly. Put it this way, you would know something was VERY wrong by now if IBC were present. There would be no guessing or wondering. Regarding lymphoma- this too seems unlikely given thT you don't really have any lymphoma symptoms. An aching underarm is actually quite a common worry some symptom on this site. As are raised nodes. Neither are sinister (unless the nodes are really big and fixed, and even then it doesn't have to mean C) So take a deep breath, you're just fine.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2014, 04:19:26 PM »
Thanks all.
Well, just after saying that the itching had stopped, it started kind of creeping back in. Not like a full on I can't stop itching feeling, but definitely an itchy irritation feeling. On top of that, I noticed that of my 3 enlarged neck nodes, one of them has gotten bigger and feels quite tender to the touch. So, the freak out continues. Can I also add this, I didn't mention it before. But i had a chest infection a few weeks ago, and I had bad chest pain on the right side, which the doctor said was from coughing so much/chest spasming. That was all well and good, and I accepted the diagnosis, but that was weeks ago now. Now, I have been feeling some chest pain when I move in certain positions etc, this is the same side as my underarm symptoms.
Ihadcancer - my itching is just in 1 armpit, not both, so this would make me believe it's not down to clothing.
bittersweetlife - I know that lymphoma is a common worry on this site, but I guess it's so for a reason, when you can actually feel lumps and bumps like that it's very scary :(
nole23 - I'm still worrying about both. Even more so that this other node is bigger and tender.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2014, 09:19:26 AM »
With lymphoma one of the key characteristics is a fixed enlarged node that is NOT painful. Your chest infection can explain why the nodes are raised, could be some residual infection or just that it's taking the nodes a long time to go down. The lymphoma itch is apparently insane, deep and constant. Doesn't sound anything like your itch.
You still don't have any symptoms of IBC. A sort of itchy irritated feeling is not really a symptom of the disease. If your breast still LOOKS normal after all this time, I'm gonna go ahead and say I believe you're fine.
I know it's tough to try and reassure yourself when your anxiety has got you trapped, but try and take a step back for a moment. You don't have a thing to worry about except the worrying itself.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2014, 05:10:13 PM »
Thanks again nole23 for your response. I genuinely appreciate all of your efforts to ease my anxiety. I guess one of my main concerns is, what else could cause these symptoms in just one underarm? Surely, if it were something less sinister like personal hygiene, candida infection, deoderant interaction etc, I would have symptoms in both underarms, not just one.
I can't help but add 2 + 2 together and get 5! I know I'm jumping to conclusions, but the symptoms worry me :(
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2014, 08:46:26 AM »
Oh it can be perfectly benign and only affect one side. A friend of mine had an intense rash on one side of her. No one could figure out what it was. Turned out to be from stress. Only one side of her body. Benign.
I had this weird tingling sensation on one side of my face. Had an MRI and everything because that's a scary symptom! Was from TMJ. Only the one side - a jaw has two sides but only one got inflamed.
I've had nodes pop up one one side. Doc told me it could be from something as simple as an ingrown hair. Your body is not as symmetrical as you think. Just because it is only affecting the one side does NoT mean it is sinister.
I think you should give this two weeks. If anything gets worse in that time or you're still worried, go back to the doc. But try not to think about it too much for only two weeks.
It is highly unlikely to be the worst case scenario. Highly highly unlikely.
Remember: when you hear hoof beats think horses not zebras!
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2014, 09:00:54 AM »
My RN friend whose DR. husband has lymphoma told me that with lymphoma, nodes are almost always enlarged on both sides and not a random node here or there. 
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2014, 04:30:39 PM »

Remember: when you hear hoof beats think horses not zebras!

Hadn't heard this one before, I love it thanks. Will try to think of it when the HA kicks in.

All symptoms still here. Itching seems to be getting worse again. Still no rash or redness. Thought I felt a lump in my underarm earlier. I really really really thought I did. But then I thought the other underarm actually felt the same. I dunno. On top of that my side (ribcage under breast) is hurting more when I move in certain positions, when breathe deeply, my collarbone area is sore too, my underarm is kinda throbbing. I mean, none of it is excrutiating, but it's all there. Did my worrying make all of these other symptoms come on or is something seriously wrong here? I'm a wreck.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2014, 06:35:12 AM »
Hon I have been there before. A few years ago I went through the IBC fear. For weeks I had real genuine pain in my one breast. It really hurt. Eventually I decided that if I had IBC I would have seen something on my breast by then, it would have looked swollen and inflamed. As soon as I realised this, the pain eased and eventually went away.
I have been down the lymphoma path too. I drove myself crazy. I developed itching on my leg, pain behind my knee, lower back pain. The pain and itching were real. But not caused by lymphoma.
The human mind is very strong. It is proven that when you focus on something in the body, you highlight it. The pain and itching you feel are real, but the cause is not cancer. If you can switch your mind off for a few hours; engage in life, watch a good movie, play a board game, have a great conversation. I think you'll be surprised at how quickly the symptoms lessen. As I said, just try this for two weeks and if no improvement then get it checked out. Either way though you should try not to worry, these are not highly concerning symptoms.
To answer your question: Your worrying may or may not have caused these symptoms to come. But it is DEFINITELY making them more apparent to you and therefore making them worse. Nothing is seriously wrong with you.
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