Posted by: Sunshine | 2012-07-23

Reactive lymphnode.

Hallo Cyberdoc

I hope you are well.

I need your assistance please.

About 8 months ago I complained to my doctor about a lymph node under my right arm that was very painful. He sent me off to have a mammogram (which came out fine) as well as an ultra-sound of the lymph node. The ultra-sound was conclusive that the node was 20mm x 12mm and it was " reactive" . The report also suggested that if the node does not get better a biopsy is recommended.

It is now 8 months later, and I''m barely able to lift my arm at times because of the sore and tenderness of the lymph node. I had an appointment with my Gynaecologist on Friday in which she also investigated the lymp node. She suggests that I have a fine needle aspiration as the size of the node does not feel right to her. She suggests that I have it removed.

I have heard so many horror stories about lymph nodes being removed and later on struggling with edema in the arm. Apart from this, I have also heard that when a lymp node is sore and tender chances of it being something more serious like cancer is very rare.

I''d love to have the node removed - and just to make 100% sure there is nothing sinister going on. Some of the symptoms that I''m experiencing are a low grade fewer late afternoon, some itching (but this can be allergy related) and extreme hot flushes (which can be pre-menopausal - I''m 44 years old). I don''t want to remove the node and then struggle with the side effects afterwards.

My main concern however is WHY is this node reacting? And to what? I have stopped shaving under my arm (yuk) but his has not changed anything. I have no open sores or any cuts or bruises in the area. Why is this lymp node acting up?

I''d really appreciate your input ...


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Our expert says:
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It is impossible the speculate why the lymph node is reacting to a stimulus. You will have to consult a general surgeon for a biopsy of the lymph node and possible removal thereof. Removal of a single lymph node will not cause edema or swelling of the arm. Please do not be too concerned and rather consult a general surgeon and wait for the histological results.


Dr Anrich

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