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Offline camille07

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Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« on: November 26, 2011, 08:21:31 AM »
Hi everyone,

I wanted some advice, because I'm really confused.  I had foot surgery 4 weeks ago. The pain was really bad, they had to break the foot and reset.  I was sleeping very little 2 or 3 hours a night and stressed out.  I got a cold sore and sinus infection.  I had a fever and chills. Getting around on crutches when your feverish and dizzy is difficult.  I was crying everyday.  The doctor put me on Augementin.  The first 2 days it worked and then it stopped.

Yesterday morning, I woke and reached over for my coffee and experienced a terrific pain on the side of armpit on the breast side.  I found a large lump that has appeared out of nowhere.  So I went to the doctors and a ancient  man appeared as a fill in.  He asked me if I had a mammo and I said, yup  7 months ago.  Then he checked out my breasts and said they felt fine (I'm sure) but wants me now to go for a ultra sound. 

He then drew blood.  He wants to check for lymphoma?  I did get my blood work a month ago, and everything was fine.  I'm on Truvada, Norvir and Reyataz. 

He told me that the swollen lymph node would be an infection/cancer and not related to my low resistence? 
I'm torn because anyone who has probably been a doctor to Lewis and Clark has probably lost his mind.  And I kid you not, I'm on crutches and move to a geriatric pace, and easily beat him to the nurse's desk.

He originally put me on Spectracef, but the CVS pharm didn't carry it.  So he ordered up Omnicef.

I'm confused that might have breast cancer or lymphoma? Is it even possible that my crutch could have affected the lymph node or is that a stretch?  Or can this be even an Hiv thing.  I'm worried now even more.

Thanks for any imput! 

Camms



 

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2011, 09:41:14 AM »



   Jeeesus Cam, some luck getting him as a fill in.  When will your regular doc be back replacing "Lewis and Clark"?  I would definitely want a second better opinion.  I do know crutch use can make the area rather sore.   What I'm wondering is if along with the sinus infection perhaps you've irritated a swollen lymph node with crutch use...

  Does the area in question make contact with the crutch during use?

  I hope you feel better...
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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2011, 09:47:19 AM »
Thanks!

My regular doc in on Tuesday.  And the crutch does target the area perfectly.  Do you think stress could be a factor?

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2011, 10:02:24 AM »
Thanks!

My regular doc in on Tuesday.  And the crutch does target the area perfectly.  Do you think stress could be a factor?

I'm not really sure what you mean by stress, the mental kind, or simply just the area being stressed from crutch use?  Of course, if it's the mental kind, you're already under the weather from operation recovery, and on top of all this you get a sinus infection that leaves you feeling miserable it can all be factored in..

My own experience with crutches was a long painful one.  I tore my mcl and acl in my knee when I was 14.  The extended crutch use was painful.  If you've ever noticed, it's why you see folks tape towels and extra padding to the top of the crutches. 

Like I said earlier, it could be that you've irritated a swollen lymph node that may have gone unnoticed if not for the crutch use.

That would be my guess.  It would be best to play it safe though and contact your doc on Tuesday.

Please keep us updated Cam!
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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 10:07:54 AM »
I will definitely post an update!

Again, Thanks

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 10:25:59 AM »
Cam, we see it happen all the bloody time over in the AM I forum where people are constantly checking, poking and prodding their lymph nodes and by doing so, they make them swell.

Now I'm not saying that's what you're doing, but I am saying that YES, the crutch could be the culprit if it's directly corresponding to the area where the node has come up. While with a head/chest type infection you'd be more likely to get swollen nodes in your neck, the ones in other areas of your upper body can also be involved. When they swell during an infection, it just means they're doing their job.

But if they're a bit swollen because they're doing their job and they're also getting outside, manual interference, they could very possibly swell more and become very sore.

Saying all that, it's never a bad idea to get one that is unusually sore and painful checked out, even if it most likely is due to concurrent infection and crutch use.

It sounds like they gave you the old, under-the-arm barbaric type of crutches instead of the new-fangled ones that hook onto your upper arm. What gives there?

Hope you're feeling better soon. That foot surgery sounds even worse than what Miss P recently had done, and much worse than what my daughter recently had done. What is it this autumn with foot surgeries?

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 10:34:01 AM »
The frankenfoot experience has thrown me for a loop.  I thought I would be out and about with my mega boot a week afterwards.  But I was nestled into my couch with an influx of ice packs and vicodin es for the first 3 weeks.  I've watched ever bad a, b, and c film on netflix and Itunes, especially since reading was a bit difficult for  a while.

I'm sorry your daughter had surgery, along with  miss P.  I hope Miss P got a lot of good drugs  :)

What kind of surgery?

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2011, 11:01:03 AM »
I'm not sure exactly all what Miss P had done, but I know he had 40-odd stitches and I think four of them are still in - after having surgery on Oct 17th. He was having problems with puss on Thanksgiving (and I hope that's resolved now). I don't think they had to break any bones though. I'm sure Miss P will be along shortly to explain it all to you in technicolour glory. ;)

My daughter had to have some glass removed from the ball of her right foot that had been embedded in there for over four years. It had shifted around and was threatening to sever a blood supply, nerve, and/or both.

She had to stay off work for three weeks and not put the slightest bit of weight on it. The upside was that she came home for one of those weeks and I got to baby her like I haven't been able to since she was little (she's 24 now). She only had to have ten stitches, compared to Miss P's 40. She's doing fine now and is back to work.

Sounds like you've been through the mill lately, Cam. Got my fingers crossed that this lymph thing is nothing more than an uncomfortable irritation. Keep us posted!


ps - Basquo also had to have foot surgery recently.
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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2011, 11:39:37 AM »
My goodness, the foot operations are certainly becoming a trend!

Even though the circumstances weren't great, I'm glad you were able to spend time with your daughter~

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2011, 11:58:00 AM »
I'm healing quickly and getting along quite well, but YOU Cams, my heart goes out to you! I know the crutches are a bitch but I look at it as a toning exercise. But it would be a clenching-my-arse exercise if I had a swollen lymph node in the mix. I can't believe that doctor said cancer. Unless he's a dog and can smell it in your skin he doesn't have a clue as to what it is. Get well soon!

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2011, 12:24:12 PM »
So were your crutches type A...



or type B... ?



You never see anyone using type A here these days, unless it's a pair they already had or had in the family. They've fallen out of use precisely because of the type of problem you're having, Cam. Going by the other responses so far, type A is still in wide use in the US. I've used both types in my day and I can tell you that type B is MUCH more comfortable and easy to use. The only part that people on long-term use of them ever pad is the handle bit.

If you're using type A, see if you can't score yourself a pair of type B so you can give that lymph node a rest.

And yes, it was really nice to spend time with my daughter. I rarely get to see her these days - she's now a primary school (age 6-7) teacher over in the UK. Normally when she's home, she's out doing things with her mates, but this time she spent most of her time at home. We both enjoyed it immensely, and I was sorry to see her go back across. I'll see her again, briefly, at Christmas.

Basquo, glad to hear you're doing well. I agree with you, that doctor had no business mentioning cancer so early in the game. What a prat!
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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2011, 12:50:20 PM »
Hi Cam,

No advice here -- you've got a lot of variables at play. I wanted to say hi and hope you're feelin' better soon. I'm with Ann on the crutches switch -- nothing fun about the armpit masher style. What's great is you've not lost your sense of humor. Love the reference to the doc having treated Lewis and Clark. Hope you get some answers and relief on Tuesday.

Em

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2011, 12:51:30 PM »
Hi Camms,

Sorry for what you are going through.

Event timeline (under treatment w good counts, hospitalised, operation, swollen lymphs nodes) and your doc prescription tend to shows his has conclude for a bacterial infection.

Positive energy and thoughts sent to you.

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2011, 02:59:02 PM »
Ann, I have the Draconian crutches (picking A).   :-[  

I also found out that my cooler next to the couch (pick and pack) ice arrangement also has a contemporary/progressive version, compared to my outdated 200lbs of convenient store ice, preferably from the WaWa or Seven 11.  It's an ice machine that has a constant feed of ice to the needed area, and accessed through a prescription.  

I would have saved a lot of money with all the turkey and ziploc  bags needed for keeping the foot dry....lol!

Em-  thank you.  Hope you've been well.  And no advice, but a kind word is a good as a hug.

Basquo-  Glad that the recovery is going well.  Was it self inflicted, an infliction or cosmetic?  Whatever the case, hope you received the user friendly crutches.

John-  You summed it up nicely.  Thanks for the positive energy!
« Last Edit: November 26, 2011, 03:03:41 PM by camille07 »

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Re: Large, painful lymph node near armpit...please advise
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2011, 04:23:38 PM »
My surgery was originally for a painful bunion and the resulting deformity, but there was also some type of cyst or tumor that popped up in the same region in the past year so I couldn't put the surgery off any longer. That part had to come out as well. He severed the foot bone, took a chunk out and screwed the cut ends back together. He did a similar maneuver on the toe bone, not quite going all the way through but taking out a wedge of the bone then fitting the new surfaces together and securing then with a staple. I had a similar operation almost 3 years ago, and although this one was more extensive I'm dealing with it much better and will probably return to work a little earlier than planned. I can even drive to get the mail now but any further and the pain starts bugging me. It'll be two weeks on Tuesday.

I'm using the Type A crutches and I really like them better. I like that I can actually kind of hang on them if I have to stand for a while, as I did when I was waiting for Curtis to drive me home from the doctor earlier this week. Other than leaning, though, the underarm part doesn't really touch my pits when I'm walking because I moved the handles up. That way when I straightarm for walking I'm not leaning on the crutches and my arms, wrists and hands have to bear the weight. That wasn't fun for the non-weightbearing part but it's really a snap now that I can put weight on the foot.

My ER gave me the crutches when I had a sprain 4 years ago, and I used them after my last surgery too. I just painted them gold for the holidays   8)

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« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2011, 07:53:07 PM »
You can actually lean on the type B crutches too - the cuff part will bend back so they're at a 90-degree-ish angle to the leg. The cuff goes around your forearm just below the elbow, so you can lean your elbow on them when standing around talking to someone. It's a lot more comfortable than being held up by your armpits.

They're also handy because if you need your hand free for a moment, you don't have to lean your crutch up against something and hope it doesn't fall over. The crutch will hang off your arm while you use your hand.

Like I said, you rarely see someone over here with type A crutches. Once you've used type B, you wouldn't go back to A. Trust your Annship. ;D
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« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2011, 12:21:38 AM »
May there never be a next time for me, but should there be, I'll give 'em a whirl. I think Cams would probably benefit greatly from them now. I do think that type A is irritating that lymph node.

Camille please let us know how things are going! And get well soon!

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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2011, 04:44:01 PM »
Just a quick update:

They ruled out lymphoma....all  my blood work came back with normal  results.  So now I have to go for a left breast mammo and ultra sound in the same day.  Results with also be same day.  That's next Tuesday.  I'll definitely post the results!

 ;)

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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2011, 05:41:21 PM »
sweet  :D

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« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2011, 05:56:33 AM »
Thanks for the update, Cam. It's good to know they ruled lymphoma out. Whew!

How's the lymph node now? I hope the swelling is going down and it's feeling better. Were you able to score some type B crutches?
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« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2011, 07:07:12 AM »
I can't get the crutches because there's a problem (clerical) with my health insurance.  That is a huge can of worms right now!  It got so bad that I my pharmacy gave me a 3 day supply of my meds.

It's still bothersome and even though my doctor has me going for a battery of tests, I  have a peace about it  :)

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« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2011, 08:45:02 AM »
Wow, it's a shame you can't get a simple thing like better crutches because of hassles with your insurance company. Over here, you are issued with a pair of (type B) crutches free of charge from the hospital, ER or doctor's office (depending on where you are when the need arises) and they don't even hassle you to get them back. You can hand them back in where ever it is the most convenient for you because they still get back into the system. Most people do hand them back so it works very well for all concerned.
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2011, 04:57:55 PM »
Good news all around!

Mammo and ultrasound produced a clean bill of health for my left breast and lymph node.  Yay!  I can finally breathe.

Anne, you'll be happy to know that I took my first steps today without the crutches or I mean crutch.  In fact, it's been a crutch free day all around!
By Friday I should be driving again  ;D

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

Many hugs,

Camms

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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2011, 06:02:00 AM »
That's fantastic news, Cam! Way to go!

Um.... don't be such a stranger, ok?

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« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2011, 06:16:37 AM »
Ok! :)

I'm on here a lot more than you think, I read more posts than post myself.  I will certainly not be a stranger.

HUGS

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« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2011, 06:22:45 AM »

I'm on here a lot more than you think


Ah, I see; a Lurky Lou. ;D
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« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2011, 06:30:47 AM »
Let's say Looky lou.....lurky lou makes me feel like I'm wearing trench coach and seemingly creepy.  8)

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« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2011, 06:36:40 AM »
Let's say Looky lou.....lurky lou makes me feel like I'm wearing trench coach and seemingly creepy.  8)

hehehehee... Looky Lou it is! :D
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