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Swollen Lymph Nodes, Vein like cord, what is it?

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About 2.5 weeks I realized I had swollen bumps under my right armpit. These got bigger and bigger quickly and started to hurt, but not too much. Some of them were red. I went to my doctor and she said it was just an infection and put me on antibiotics. Couple of days later, and on antibiotics, there was a new lump/node/whatever it is and that one hurt trmendsouly, even just barely touching it. I went to the ER and they did an ultrasound and found there was fluid and called it an abscesss and drained it. I was put on antibiotics which I kept taking.

I also have to add that about the same time the bumps (or abscesses?) started appearing I developed a pain in my arm. However, the bumps appeared first. The was mostly in my forearm (not shoulder) and only when my arm was stretched and usually stretched over my head. I also had a small swollen node, a bit painful once touched but nothing huge, on my forearm. I mentioned this at the ER and they said it could had been a bruise, or even the abscess affecting the nerves.

It's been a week since the "abscess" was drained from under my armpit, and today while checking the area I see there's a vein that goes from the lump (the lump is still there even after drainage, just not painful and a lot smaller) to the area between my shoulder and elbow. I can follow it for a few inches before it gets lost in my arm. I touched the vein and it hurts, with the pain being very similar to the pain I get when stretching my arm over my head.

I've looked everywhere with what this could be and I've found nothing. On different posts I've seen people with similar symptoms, painful bump then WEIRD cord like vein, and they don't know what it is, and their doctors don't either.

I looked up Auxilliary Web Syndrome and that's the closest thing I can find to it, but I've never had surgery let alone breast cancer. If it helps, I'm male and under 25.

Can someone help with this?  
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587083 tn?1327123862
The painful vein could very well be “ Mondor’s disease” which looks like a long narrow cord under the skin and is often red and painful to touch. It’s not clear what causes this disease but it could be the consequence of vigorous exercise, trauma to the breast, such as breast surgery or after any type of biopsy procedure.
This is a benign condition. It’s much more common in women, but men can get it too. Please visit your GP to examine the area between your shoulder and elbow. He/she might refer you to a Breast Specialist who may be able to confirm if you have Mondor’s disease or not. If the Specialist confirms it, you won’t usually need treatment since the disease will get better by itself. You may need to take pain relief medication though and resting the arm to relieve the discomfort.
Antibiotics take time to completely cure an infection and the swollen node in your armpit will eventually shrink back to normal once the infection is gone.
Take care and I hope you’ll feel better soon.
Hi, Zouzi! Thank you SO, SO much! You've made me feel so much better after days of worrying. I have a trip on Saturday out of the country for a week, but as soon as I'm back I'll go to my doctor. The cord isn't red, though, and not extremely painful either with touch, much more when I stretch my arm over my head.

Thanks for the help!
587083 tn?1327123862
You are more than welcome!
In my opinion, the swollen lymph nodes, Mondor’s disease or Auxilliary Web Syndrome, which occurs in the armpit, are all related to the infection. I am sure that the Antibiotics will take care of this problem providing that you take ALL the medication, even if you notice considerable improvement Okay?
Best wishes and have a nice trip! :)
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It's pretty unlikely that you have breast cancer if you have noticed no changes in your right nipple area. A lump under your arm could be from any number of causes, ranging from trivial to serious. You should certainly see a competent physician and possibly have the lump removed so that it can be examined by a pathologist, who should be able to make a definitive diagnosis.
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