Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 35

Thread: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

  1. #1

    Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    So before I explain, i have seen a doctor yesterday about this and I am getting my ultrasound in two weeks (luckily there was a cancellation because they were going to have me seen in June).

    So Iíve had this tiny seed size lump in my right armpit (closer to where your arm bends towards the shoulder bone). itís not soft per say, feels like a grain of rice, but I can grab it and move it side to side with my finger tips. It feels rubbery at times. Iím pretty sure Iíve had this for years.

    My right side has a history. Iíve had what was called cellulitis in 2012, but i donít know if I ever took care of it. Then in 2018, my right nipple developed atopic dermatitis which Iíve treated. Since 2018 Iíve had tender breasts with periods which is when I noticed this small seed size lump. But I never thought anything of it for years because it hasnít grown and I wasnít aware that this part of your armpit is connected to your breast (this is me being young and naive). In 2020, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer (not likely to be genetic). But this is when I became aware of things more. I noticed this lump again in September 2020, thought it was just a pimple under the skin. Then I forgot about it because it doesnít cause pain when Iím not on my cycle so Iím not aware of it honestly. I noticed it again in March/Apr and so I decided itís time to get it checked out (I honestly hate myself for waiting this long but I really just didnít think).

    I saw a doctor yesterday for my Pap smear and I asked for a breast exam. She told me they donít recommend women to do self exams anymore (just for women to notice changes and understand their breast), and that they actually donít do them in the visit anymore unless you notice something then they will check. (This is news to me).

    So she checked the area, she said it feels like a possibly cyst sac or possibly my tissue but she said itís so so so tiny she canít really tell me. It is definitely under the skin. I mentioned my anxiety about it and that I want to figure out what it is. She said well we can order an ultrasound just to see if itís anything at all. To me she seemed unconcerned. Itís just more like what is it kinda thing.

    A part of me is saying that if it were serious wouldnít it have grown or Iíve noticed any changes in that area? Then the other part of me is saying what would stick with me this long, being static, and not going away?

    She also mentioned my breast werenít lumpy at all. Which Iíve always felt they were because of the size (Iím a 40 DDD). Maybe Iím feeling fatty tissue.

    Of course Iím getting it taken care of, but seeing the referral is slightly triggering seeing the word mass of Axilla on the paper. My parents told me they do this for insurance purposes so that they see thereís a reason. But it still triggers me.

    Any insight would be so helpful? Anyone have anything similar?

    For age reference I am 30 years old.

    Best!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    22,762

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    I think you said it all in your post. Your doctor isn't concerned and it's been there 7 years. Do you want to pay for reassurance?

    FMP
    __________________
    "Eat. Drink. Enjoy the work you do. Be thankful for the blessings God gives you in this life. Live, love and seek out the things that bring your heart joy. The rest is meaningless... Like chasing the wind." King Solomon

    The best help is the help you give yourself! http://cbt4panic.org/

  3. #3

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishmanpa View Post
    I think you said it all in your post. Your doctor isn't concerned and it's been there 7 years. Do you want to pay for reassurance?

    FMP
    Luckily it’s being paid for by insurance, and it’s been there for 3 years. But yes I’m trying to be rational but I’m also really concerned why it’s been there for so long and hasn’t gone away ����*♀️

  4. #4

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    So I woke up with an anxious stomach. I know it’s like hitting me that I’m getting an ultrasound in two weeks. I’ve never had something like this done before. Words of advice and encouragement would be great. I have my own coping mechanisms throughout the day. But there’s some brief moments where the thought comes back.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    1,025

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    Wow, I could have written this! I also have a small lump in my armpit, feels a bit smaller than a pea. It's quite moveable, and if I push on it feels a bit squishy, but it is hard. It's been there possibly about a year, but I also kind of forgot about it. I don't know if it was as prominent back then, but definitely felt something about a year ago. I'm terrified to go to docs so have just been putting it off and off. Let us know how you get on! And well done for getting it checked, I'm too scared :(

  6. #6

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    Quote Originally Posted by LF87 View Post
    Wow, I could have written this! I also have a small lump in my armpit, feels a bit smaller than a pea. It's quite moveable, and if I push on it feels a bit squishy, but it is hard. It's been there possibly about a year, but I also kind of forgot about it. I don't know if it was as prominent back then, but definitely felt something about a year ago. I'm terrified to go to docs so have just been putting it off and off. Let us know how you get on! And well done for getting it checked, I'm too scared :(
    hello!

    yes mine has been there I think for 3 years since Iím sure I felt it in 2018.

    itís concerning how we are thinking, well if it were serious Iím sure it wouldíve grown or changed in some way, but then why is it still in our bodies? This is what ultimately had me check it out.

    I would say the size of mine is more oval shape like a grain of rice or tic tac shaped. If Iím pinching it with my finger tips it feels that way. If Iím just using my flat part of fingers to roll around it it feels like a tip of a ballpoint pen. So it is super tiny. Itís been this way for years and has been static, hasnít changed. Doctor had to have me point it out a couple times.

    The texture when Iím pinching it feels firm and rubbery I guess. Itís definitely not soft. If Iím rolling it with my fingers it just feels like a pimple texture. On a scale of bubble wrap (not sure if anyone knows this) to pebble rock hard. Itís def In the middle.

    as for it being moveable, if Iím pinching it with my finger tips, itís only able to move side to side. I do this by putting pressure with my finger tips and it kinda slips under, but doesnít slip far away. If Iím rolling with my flat part of fingers. It moves around with my skin. It doesnít feel rooted to anything if that makes sense.

    I tried to be as descriptive as possible! How is yours? Anything similar?

    I will def keep updating. In the meantime I am trying my best to be calm until my apt. 😌

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    6,690

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    but then why is it still in our bodies?
    because bodies develop benign scars, lumps, bumps, blemishes and little nothings through our whole lives ?

  8. #8

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carys View Post
    because bodies develop benign scars, lumps, bumps, blemishes and little nothings through our whole lives ?
    True! I think Iím still being practical and rational getting it checked it out though. But I hope itís a benign issue in the end 🙏🏽

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    1,025

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    Yeah, sounds slightly similar but mine is bigger than a seed, more like a tiny pea. Feels totally round and also not rooted. Quite slippery if I push on it, but very easy to find. My partner said 'you've made that worse' after feeling it for me, now I'm convinced it's grown. But he's probably right. I've poked whatever it is now for months and months every day. Just so scared to get it checked. X

  10. #10

    Re: Tiny lump in armpit: Need some insight.

    Quote Originally Posted by LF87 View Post
    Yeah, sounds slightly similar but mine is bigger than a seed, more like a tiny pea. Feels totally round and also not rooted. Quite slippery if I push on it, but very easy to find. My partner said 'you've made that worse' after feeling it for me, now I'm convinced it's grown. But he's probably right. I've poked whatever it is now for months and months every day. Just so scared to get it checked. X
    Totally get what youíre saying! I honestly think that touching it everyday makes it harder for me to know whether itís bigger or tinier. Iíve honestly felt it bigger some days, and today it feels smaller. Maybe we should focus on not touching that area for a few days or so and go from there?

    As for getting it checked out. I understand that fear, I am the type of Health anxiety person that wonít see doctors. So I am actually quite proud of myself for doing this. It got to the point where the anticipation was too much. I just ripped the bandaid off and did it. Of course, telling you to check it out doesnít help, you have to be ready when youíre ready. I totally understand that, and Iím sure a lot of people here will support you!

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Tiny hard lump
    By Anxiety Jim in forum Male health issues
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 13-06-17, 23:11
  2. tiny lump/ bigger lump than the other nipple lumpy bits?!
    By goldenchicks522 in forum Health Anxiety
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-01-15, 20:49
  3. Tiny hard lump
    By Anxiety Jim in forum Male health issues
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29-01-11, 13:04
  4. tiny lump under skin
    By constantworrier418 in forum Health Anxiety
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 13-06-10, 07:58

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •