Another lump

It’s been over a week now since I saw my GP about my armpit lump and swelling.  As my doctor suspects something sinister I’m supposed to be being seen under the 2 week cancer rule, but so far I’ve not heard a word about my scan :-/

To rub salt into the wounds, the same day I saw my GP I took a friend through to the city to have a consultation about his bad back.  I heard today that he’s already been for an MRI scan, despite nothing sinister being suspected.  It’s fucking outrageous.

Today I discovered another lump.  I have no idea how I haven’t noticed it before because once you know it’s there it stands out a mile!  It’s inside my elbow (on the right as you look at the picture) and on the same arm as the armpit lumps:

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There are lymph nodes exactly where the swelling inside my elbow is, so there’s clearly some kind of lymph issue going on.  In addition, my armpit is now hurting when it hasn’t before, and my whole arm is feeling heavy and keeps going dead on me.

Until now I’ve just brushed the whole armpit lump thing off, but I have to admit having found this new lump and feeling sooooooo exhausted since Christmas (and actually, well before) I’m more worried now and just want the bloody scan so that I know what’s happening one way or the other.

15 thoughts on “Another lump

    1. Jak Post author

      Thanks for the concern. I don’t know where I’ve been referred to though, as I haven’t heard from them. If there’s still no word about the scan tomorrow (10 days after GP appt) I’ll give my doctor a ring and explain what’s happening x

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  1. Melanie Odell

    On the good side, you may not have noticed your inside elbow lump because it was not either there or noticeable before, and now your armpit hurts also. It does point more to a lymphatic infection/ blockage than the big “C”. I know the big “C” can move quickly, but you are talking breakneck speed here, which is not totally unheard of, but is unusual, which makes it sound much more likely to be an infection, and as you have a totally wonky immune system the two go hand in hand. Here’s hoping with two fingers crossed, that the most likely scenario, which is infection and/or blockage, is the right scenerio. Think positively and think hoovebeats and horses this time, instead of zebras.

    Can’t you call everyday and pester them constantly about your scan. I am annoyingly aggressive when it comes to my healthcare myself and I hound people unmercilessly totally death, until I get what I need and want, then I am sweet as pie once I get it. Hahaha. I imagine myself as a fly just buzzing around annoying people into doing what is right. They probably wish they had a giant fly swat to get rid of me, but as they don’t I usually pester people in speeding up a lagging process just to get the get rid of me. Then I can destress a bit too, which of course is always much needed.

    The stress of waiting could honestly have caused your elbow lump to appear so quickly. I know how it goes. The stress of waiting is undoubtably speeding up whatever is causing your lumps. I hope you get scheduled ASAP. Let me know as soon as you do. I care. A Big, big hug from me to you. I don’t get any in real life either, not even from a slobbering pooch, as I am allergic. Sending out good vibes you get scheduled almost immediately, and the results show it is not and dangerous process causing your lumps, but one that is fairly easily treatable instead.

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    1. Jak Post author

      The lump didn’t come up overnight as far as I know – I just haven’t noticed it, just like I didn’t notice the lump under my arm. Like my best mate said to me today, what sane person sits and examins inside their elbows esp as it’s winter and we’re all constantly in long sleeves 😉 My GP has already ruled out infection and the other usual benign suspects, hence the scan.

      My GP did tell me off for not doing regular breast and armpit exams, but to be fair I’m menopausal and she has no clue how bloody sore my boobs are all the time. Do I want to go prodding them? Noooooo. Plus, they’re so lumpy anyway who the hell could tell if I had a lump?

      I’m sure it will be mast cell disease related, not cancer related. Having said that, swollen lymph nodes are more prevalent in systemic mastocytosis than MCAD, so if it’s not cancerous I think I’ll have to pursue that avenue more aggresively than I have until now. Jak x

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  2. Sarah

    Just to let you know, I was seen under the 2 week rule when they thought my cancer had returned. I was literally seen on day 14 and with very little notice, so don’t be too worried you haven’t heard yet
    I don’t want to say anything cliche, just to let you know I’m here for you and understand how slowly the days go by when there is this worry hanging over you. I did puzzle books like Suduko, as I found this was the only thing that I would tune out to otherwise my thoughts would infiltrate everything
    Sarah x

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    1. Jak Post author

      I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with cancer Sarah, but thank you for writing such a reassuring comment about timescales 🙂 Over my 25 years with chronic ill ness and what’s currently happening with my Dad I’m afraid I simply expect the worst all the time, ie for my notes to have gone missing or something! And it did piss me off that my friend, with non-urgent back issues, has been scanned before me :-/

      I’m so exhausted atm, but am trying to do my photography as it helps take my mind off everything. I’m sure it will turn out to be mast cell related, not cancer-related, though if that’s the case I’m insisting on seeing a mast cell consultant this time and not being fobbed off just because MCD is rare. Jak x

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      1. Melanie Odell

        Just curious. Have you seen a pelvic pain specialist? I know you have Endometriosis, but Interstial Cystitis, vulvodinia, pelvic floor dysfunction ( hypertonia) and Uthrethriris all go hand in hand with Mast Cell Disease. I was in pain for 35 plus years, in my abdomen, back, thighs and vagina, before finally getting diagnosed, and then found out they are all closely linked to Mast Cell Disease. You may have more than one issue going on in your pelvic area causing pain since you have Mast Cell Disease.
        I am with you on the painful lumpy breasts. Same here. For over 30 years, and I could never tell if a painful lump is a painful fibrocystic lump, or something to worry about. So I don’t do self exams either, because I have no clue what I am feeling.

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        1. Jak Post author

          I haven’t Melanie. I think severe recto-vaginal endometriosis, adenomyosis, polycystic ovaries and fibroids can fairly much account for my pelvic pain. Thank God I don’t have any bladder pain or cystitis issues.

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      2. Sarah

        I have to say it’s ok to question that you have, and be worried it’s cancer. I find whether it’s the British way of life or just society as a whole, people always make you feel you are over-reacting to the fact you may think it’s cancer. I obviously had a totally different response when I did have endometrial cancer, they couldn’t do enough, but after the op, if I raise the question of whether the cancer has returned, I am made to feel like I’m over-reacting even though I was told, if I get the symptoms XY and Z I’m to seek medical help
        The place of great help,especially whilst waiting for tests is the MacMillan chat rooms. They are so welcoming even if you don’t have a diagnosis yet as the people on there are either in the same boat as you, or have/had cancer and can emotionally support you. X

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        1. Jak Post author

          Thanks so much Sarah 🙂 Yes, it’s strange how people won’t just let you feel a bit anxious. I’m not a worrier at all – I have had so much wrong with me for so long that if I worried I’d be a nervous wreck – but anyone who finds a lump which concerns her GP is naturally also going to be concerned! It’s allowed under the circumstances, and I appreciate the fact you recognize that x

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          1. Sarah

            Just checked in and glad to see you have an appointment on Monday. I hope it goes ok x I’m here if you need me as I understand how you are feeling. Take care X I must admit, my teenage Son took the news ok for the same reason as you’re handling it. He said he saw it as just another thing wrong with me. Me too to some extent. I went to the results appointment on my own, which confused the Dr, nurse and HCA. (The HCA was there to support me) I also confused them because I didn’t cry. I was thinking of the practicalities. My son was taking a GCSE a year early so the op needed to be in the school holidays after the exam. I totally confused them! (This was in May btw) I also didn’t tell him until after his exam so spent the time between tutoring him on his Physics. Well that certainly kept my mind occupied. I was a little bit disappointed I couldn’t sit the exam too. I’m sure I would have got an A* 🙂
            Also, I found with the hightened anxiety you get a burst of energy, so if there are any physical jobs you’ve been avoiding, use this time to get them done 😉

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  3. d

    I hope you get news soon, but definitely call your GP and tell them about your new symptoms. Thinking good thoughts for you.

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      1. Melanie Odell

        Oh thank goodness Jak. Finally some good news. Just a nail biter of a weekend to get thru, then the infernal wait for results. I will be thinking of you on Monday and sending out all the positive vibes I can muster, just to you. Good luck, and fingers crossed with many hugs of support. Mel

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