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I have had a lump under my arm for approx. 6 years. I had it checked out when I was pregnant and the specialist said it was axillary breast tissue. I ignored it, she told me it should go away after birth. It did not. as I said, I ignored it for years. Knowing it was there, but in an out of insurance coverage, it just wasn't an issue. A couple of years ago, I was being tested for Lupus, MS, etc because of fatigue. The lump was not an issue. However, it stayed and got bigger. Finally, when my husband's insurance kicked in with his new job, I decided to be proactive. I am still having fatigue, extremely bad night sweats and fever (I do not have an infection.) So, the doc sent me to get an ultrasound. It came back as an enlarged lymph node with hypoechonic(?) and echogenic(?) characteristics and measures 9mmx18mmx13mm- my CBC came back good, xray for chest results coming soon. I am a wreck- the doctor told me my choices are as follows: just an enlarged lymph node, breast cancer, lymphoma or hodgkins. Breast cancer runs in the family, but she did not feel anything in the breast exam to be worried about.
I wake up every night drenched in sweat, sheets soaked and fatigued. I feel as though my energy and strength have been sucked out of me at night, only to come back in little spurts during the day.
Any opinions?
Could I still have cancer even though the CBC came back ok?
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I forgot to mention that I am on paxil 20 mg and that I do have an appointment with a surgeon in early december :)
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Hi Amanda.
How long have you been on praxil?
Praxil is an antidepressant drug.  Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, decreased appetite, dizziness, sweating.  I agree with you that a consult with your primary care physician is warranted.
Cancer is diagnosed by the usual signs and symptoms and biopsy.  In order to alleviate your fear on whether the lump in your axilla is cancerous or not, it is best to have it biopsied.  
Good luck.
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I have been on paxil for a year. on and off for many years. night sweats are there with or without the meds.
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Just want to add.
Your symptoms could also point to an endocrine problem.
It would also be best to seek consult with an endocrinologist to rule out possible endocrine problem.
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