I had a benign tumor removed from my armpit in December -- it was actually a breast tumor, but in my armpit. I'm now obsessed with the fact that the contour of that armpit is different from the other. I think I'd be less freaked out and just attribute it to the surgery, but I noticed it before the surgery (and even before I ever felt the tumor).
The difference is subtle -- I have creases in both armpits (sort of an indented line that runs across them). The area below the crease has a little fatty area that sticks out a tiny bit. The side with the surgical scar has an area that sticks out more dramatically than the other side. It makes sense that it would stick out more directly under the scar, but it also sticks out more from the bottom. Does that make ANY sense???
I made the mistake of reading that armpit swelling can be caused by breast cancer. So, of course I'm worried that that's what's going on. There's no palpable mass -- the areas both feel fatty and squishy, with the one with the scar just feeling a tiny bit bigger and like a more exaggerated version of the one without the scar. I sometimes have different sensations in that breast as well -- not pain, or even really discomfort, just fleeting sensations. What do they really mean when they talk about swollen armpits with regard to breast cancer? Anyone know? I can't even see a doctor right now because my husband took a job 1100 miles away and our new insurance doesn't cover any of the practices down here. Added to the stress is the fact that my husband moved in March, but the kids and I stayed behind so they could finish the school year. I've been a single mom for a few months and have been preparing for a cross-country move.
Help me get some perspective (or tell me to get to a doctor asap!). Are your armpit symmetrical?