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swollen arm and breast

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Nanaval4G Sat 01-Aug-20 13:27:18

I probably have put the wrong title on this but here goes.

A few months back, well before lockdown, I noticed my left arm was getting bigger than the right one, and also my left breast. Previously my right breast had always been the 'bigger one'.

Any way I went to the doctors who referred me for a mammogram and an ultra sound under my arm. (Neither of us could feel any lumps ). These came back clear but my left breast is so big now I feel quite conscious of it. My arm doesn't seem to have gotten any bigger but it is still noticeably larger than the right.

I just wondered if anyone has had this problem and could offer any advice.

Many thanks

Furret Sat 01-Aug-20 13:31:26

Well something is clearing wrong. Go back to the GP and insist on more tests for different possibilities. It’s not up you you, or us, or anyone on social media to offer a diagnosis. That’s my advice,

Furret Sat 01-Aug-20 13:31:39

*clearly

Baggs Sat 01-Aug-20 13:58:37

I think going back to your GP is good advice, nanaval. All the best!

merlotgran Sat 01-Aug-20 14:01:45

Keep nagging your GP, Nanaval. If necessary get a second opinion. Don't be fobbed off.

Nanaval4G Sat 01-Aug-20 15:40:48

I've kept putting it off because of the lockdown but I think I will have to make an appointment pretty soon, I was hoping someone would have had knowledge of something similar. Not a fan of Drs. , I always seem to get tonguetied when I got there.
Thanks for all your replies

hulahoop Sat 01-Aug-20 15:48:10

NANAVAL if you get tongue tied write down what you want to say helps you not to forget anything as well good luck .

GagaJo Sat 01-Aug-20 16:29:12

Yes, write it down. I have to do that. I go into brain freeze mode when I get in there!

Esspee Sat 01-Aug-20 16:38:37

Please make an appointment first thing Monday morning. Sounds like a problem with your lymph glands.

cornergran Sat 01-Aug-20 16:38:42

Our surgery has the option of describing the issue via something called e-consult. I’ve used it with good effect for Mr C, it’s easy to think about what exactly the issue is and then describe it. Responses here are either via a phone consultation or face to face if needed, it’s not an email response. Apparently it’s being rolled out across most of the country. It’s not essential, we can still phone. That sort of thing might help nannaval, if it’s not available for you then yes, write it all down, you do sound as if you need medical help, please don’t wait any longer. Good luck.

BladeAnnie Sat 01-Aug-20 17:08:04

Please go back - I know it can be a hassle with appointments etc but you need it checking again. For your own peace of mine if nothing else. Good luck x

Puzzler61 Sun 02-Aug-20 07:25:58

I advise the same Nanaval, please ring your surgery tomorrow. Ask for a Doctor phone appt. if a face to face isn’t possible re. Covid.

They may ask you to send photographs attached to an e mail and a brief explanation + history till now. Say you are worried as you feel it can’t be right.
I hope one of the docs in your surgery will see you, and don’t worry about being tongue tied. You can write some questions down - say you want to be clear on the advice you receive and jot down shortened answers if you know you won’t remember.

Please come back to the forum and let us know how you get on. Good Luck 💐

annep1 Sun 02-Aug-20 07:57:10

You need to insist on more tests. I too hate having to go but you can practice what you want to say. And write it down.

Charleygirl5 Sun 02-Aug-20 08:31:11

It sounds as though you may have lymphoedema but what is causing it is a mystery. You absolutely must be seen and preferably face to face. This is something which you must not ignore because I doubt if it will go away anytime soon. If a second opinion is necessary, so be it. Good luck..

InnocentBystander Sun 02-Aug-20 09:49:39

Charleygirl5

It sounds as though you may have lymphoedema but what is causing it is a mystery. You absolutely must be seen and preferably face to face. This is something which you must not ignore because I doubt if it will go away anytime soon. If a second opinion is necessary, so be it. Good luck..

Lyphoedema was my first thought too. It really needs looking at but by a specialist. The GP is merely a stepping stone in this process.

Izabella Sun 02-Aug-20 10:36:09

My first thought too Charleygirl Suggest the OP gets someone to photograph your upper body and then take measurements of the arms. If your GP wont listen go to A/E. This needs attention now.

You can get telephone advice here:

www.lymphoedema.org/

Nanaval4G Sun 02-Aug-20 12:14:04

Many thanks for all your replies, I've never heard of lymphoedema so at least that's something I can mention . Will let you all know what transpires.
Thank you all once again

Phloembundle Fri 14-Aug-20 10:33:36

Yes. Lymph glands.