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Should I worry (more)?
« on: June 02, 2014, 02:44:16 PM »
I have had this sore spot under my arm for almost a week. It went away for 2 days last week when my OBGYN gave me the all clear & but has come. Massaging it helps, so does taking Motrin, & heat from hot water. This leads me to believe it's muscle pain.

BUT.

I am so convinced it's cancer of some sort. There are 2 other sore spots in the same area that I know for a fact are because of muscle tension. But this one persistent spot is scaring me. It's very deep in my underarm. No lumps around it or near it.

What kind of cancer could it be??? I almost don't want to know.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 02:56:53 PM »
It's not cancer. Cancer doesn't just spring up like that, especially in the absence of other symptoms. Please stop poking at it if you are.

In response to your earlier post, I haven't taken medication for my anxiety, but if you took it before and it worked, then I don't see why taking again would be a big deal—it sounds like you could use it. They do take a while for the therapeutic effects to kick in. While you're taking meds, I'd also recommend that you begin seeing a counselor to get to the deep-seated roots of your anxiety. Learning how to better manage stress, as well as understanding the root causes of our anxious mindsets, can make relapse less likely when we go off meds.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 03:00:36 PM »
Thank you.

I started my medication again & am see a LCSW once a week & a psychiatrist once a month now. My HA has been dormant for about a year then BAM. Last month was a disaster, so I instantly made appointments for meds & to talk to someone again.

Thanks again!
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 05:38:36 PM »
Can breast cancer feel sore under your arm in one spot? Can lymphoma?

SOMEONE HELP ME OUT :traurig001:

PLEASE.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 05:45:56 PM »
It can, but massaging it wouldn't help. You know this is anxiety. You've gotten the all-clear.

Try to calm down. You seem hysterical.

Sometimes when I'm anxious the lymph-nodes in my chest swell and hurt. This is very likely just muscle tension. You become rigid and tense when anxious.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 05:52:28 PM »
I got the all-clear about any lumps or nodes my Dr. could FEEL. He did a breast exam & a lymph node check & didn't FEEL anything.

When I left the Dr's office, I felt WONDERFUL. He said he couldn't find a thing wrong with me & I felt like I was on cloud 9. The rest of the day & all of Saturday I felt great. No soreness or pain.

But it came back yesterday & I am terrified.

Why is it lasting this long????
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2014, 06:00:50 PM »
This isn't 'long'. And 'lasting' because you're still hysterical.

My current anxiety symptoms have continued for 6 weeks. Your doctor knows what he/she's doing. Far better than you do.

Seriously, calm down. You're okay.

If your doctor couldn't feel anything, then there's certainly no mass there.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2014, 06:08:43 PM »
The spot where this soreness is has no lump or node or mass. It's just a sore spot that comes & goes. & right at this moment it's gone...even if I rub there, there is no soreness. BUT IT HURTS when it's there. The pain kind of radiates down my arm halfway. It's nothing I can't tolerate, though.

When I feel it, I tense up, which I'm sure doesn't help. It might hurt on its own but I'm sure I am magnifying it in some way.

It's just strange to have something this long on my mind bc usually by now it would have either been replaced with something else or gone all together.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2014, 06:12:32 PM »
Hypochondria and anxiety are volatile and very difficult to predict. Trust me. I went a decade with no hypochondria whatsoever then 3 months ago I was hit with the worst of my life. It sounds possibly like an irritated nerve caused by your anxiety.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2014, 06:39:38 PM »
Can anxiety do that?

Last Tuesday I went on a lymph node hunt under this arm. I found one deep in there (it's sinced all but disappeared & there was another one under the other arm). It was located next to a tendon or muscle bc I could feel it. I made that spot sore from digging around.

Ever since then I've had this pain.

I'm just scared it's cancer.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2014, 06:41:58 PM »
You're telling me you bruised yourself and now are surprised it still hurts.

I'm sorry, but are you kidding?

To answer your other question, anxiety can do that and it can do a lot worse.

Take it from someone with somatoform/conversion disorder.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2014, 07:16:47 PM »
Nope. Not kidding. When I get on a HA kick, common sense no longer exists. My brain doesn't make the connection. Bc of fear.
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Re: Should I worry (more)?
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2014, 07:46:35 PM »
I don't know if I started feeling it before Tuesday. I do know it wasn't like this, though.
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