I have had a really rough year health wise and I don't know if I am being paranoid because of it or if I really should maybe hold my breath, cross my fingers and Pray to God and all the other god's known to man! I seriously hope someone can virtually shake me and tell me to quit freaking out and it's nothing. . .
Ok here's my issue and if it sounds kind of familiar to someone, please let me know. I don't have insurance, but I'm working on it and I need to know if I should get this checked our first--or after my gall bladder surgery--which I should have had a year ago!
I havne't had a pap since my son was 1 or 2--he's now 7. So I haven't had a breast exam since then either. I had been more concerned with keeping my husband sane and healthy for quite some time. (It was at this point the my hubby was booted out of the military for a heart condition--not retired so I didn't get to keep health insurance) I did do monthly breast exams for quite a while and at one point I felt a tiny bump to the left of my left breast about the size of a pin head. It didn't always show up during it, so I just thought fibroid or fiber or something. Then I felt it two months in a row but slightly larger than I remembered--I started feeling every day--I was going in sane. SO I QUIT! I couldn't worry hubby, my glabladder started acting up and I couldn't have that checked because hubby was out of work, It was a comedy of errors. Either way my sanity dictated I quit freaking out.
About 2 months ago I realized my left breast was feeling fuller--not full of milk or anything, just it was rubbing against my arm when my arms were by my side. Sort of swollen. And it hurt. I had just recently bought a bra--so I attributed it to that. Then it hurt no matter what bra I wore. Not really hurt, just "man that's annoying" hurt. So I did a breast exam. That pin head--is now about the size of a navy bean. it is always in the same place, though it does "rock" if I'm feeling around.
I can't tell if it's an honest to goodness Holy Crap Batman lump, or if it's a lymph node that is swollen. As it is closer to my armpit than say my nipple. but it is definitely in the tissue along the side of my breast where it hits the underarm area.
I know 99.99995% of you are going to say go get seen--And I WILL!! i'm just wondering if this sounds familiar or if it's a "huh, that's an odd location for it" and maybe let me breath a sigh of possibly "lymph node' relief. (Even if it's a lymph node, I know it needs checking because it's been swollen for so long). I just need to know if this should be my priority--or the 2-1" gall stones I was diagnosed with last year and that I'm terrified will try to leave my gall bladder.