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Hard lump on outer labia

Dark purpley lump on outer labia folds, gets painful and is hard and is getting bigger have had for a couple months now.
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134578 tn?1642048000
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Can you see a doctor? It might be a cyst and if it has been going on for a couple of months, it might be simpler to have it lanced.
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I agree with AnnieBrooke.  If it were just a bump, okay.  You can wait and see but it's getting bigger and bigger by your description.  Needs investigation. Bumps under the skin like you mention really are usually cysts.  Feels like a pebble under there?  You can try a sitz bath to see if it helps.  but really, get checked by your doctor.  
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I had this symptom, and also swollen lymph glands at the tops of my thighs.  could not get an insight through obgyn/primary.  It was preceded by what I thought was coincidental years of pain, fatigue and nuero symptoms.  I had an IUD that seemed to become infected a decade ago which lead to a hysterectomy.  The pathogen was painfully slowly spreading as fibromyalgia and the operation didn't come fast enough.  I needed antibiotics but it was never a consideration.  A decade later I became super lethargic over a few days as I slipped into (pre) sepsis without diagnosis- my heart felt like it was getting minor heart attacks- enough to call an ambulance once a mo...  until they finally diagnosed me as septic, but then regretted to inform me that my condition was chronic.  I really almost didn't get enough antibiotics to survive.  I had to be scrappy.  They weren't looking for the right pathogen= standard medicine.  Even when I was on watch to drain my heart of infection, no interest in testing beyond the routine tests, which fyi never lead to a Lyme test.  I was fortunate to be tipped by someone who had Lyme that it could be Lyme.  Treatment was available, privately through an LLMD.  No more hard lumps but the treatment starts out rough.  Mine were kinda itchy, but mostly just super awful bothersome because gross- wtf is That??  And I had become accustomed to feeling sick.  Bartonella cysts can show up in other areas of the skin and internally.  Also a stretch mark looking rash is a tell tale sign even if it's cleared since.  There are other Lyme types- see an LLMD for appropriate testing.  This is not a DIY, money well spent.  Good luck!!
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wow GBS_patient, this is an awesome post.  Very informative and I appreciate it.  How are things now?  
Hey!  thanks!~  So, having been there and back I can't complain too much now.  Mornings and days are still rough (lingering rigors etc still) but I have some almost normal time in the evening when I am up for it.  I will miss this new energy soon because I have to go back on another round of antibiotics, and they bring serious complications for me (histamines mostly), but this is a long haul road to healing.  Need to emphasize that I don't look sick.  Better than the alternative, but it's another reason Lyme goes unrecognized.  A great documentary is Under our Skin.  just the trailer on Amazon is eye opening.  In this past year since initial treatment I fixed up my house and brought in a roommate- slow but steady progress in coming back to life.  I was living like a homeless person in my own home.  I'm fortunate to have had some life savings because now that it's been depleted down to four walls, the gravity of impact of chronic disease hit heavy.  Impacts everything, and without Dr support there is no social security DI and often partners and family abandon.  Bartonella is more life threatening than some other Lyme infections but also has better recovery than others.  All Lyme infections can make you quite miserable eventually.  Once I was diagnosed, it seemed so obvious, and although a world of hope opened, I've been too in shock to make fast progress.  I felt so gullible that it took me so long to figure it out.  Then profoundly sad to know there are millions of undiagnosed Lyme cases in America.  So I will try to keep spreading the word in hopes that people can benefit from my experience.  
Personally, I'm terrified of lyme disease.  Do you know how you got it?  Tick? I'll check the documentary out!  Glad things are so much better for you.  So, you are also off and on antibiotics?
Lyme disease was a lot scarier for me when I didn't know what it was or what could be done.  I have faith that I will resume a 'normal' life.  This is round 5 of being sick, so I know it is cyclical and now I am significantly breaking the cycle and preventing.  : )  idk how if I'll be able to work again, but I can stand being in my own skin thanks to diagnosis and treatment and I'm resuming finer social skills.  People can be judgmental when there is 'no explaination' for not being able to engage like I used to.  Lyme is stealthy- most people don't know they have it at first. It's common- millions go undiagnosed in the US.  Diagnostics used by private LLMD's have improved, but the tests used by insurance co doctors are rather worthless for mature infections because they only show positive with antibody levels of a fresh infection.  Lyme is a term used interchangeably for the initial borreliosis discovery, as well as a other vector born infections the tick spreads.  I have Bartonella, aka cat scratch fever, that I technically could have gotten from cat exposure- or both.  But I highly suspect it from a deer tick when I was about 11.  the head stuck in my body overnight- big no no.  If you get a tick bite, save the tick, photo the bite and any rash.  Go the the Dr for a Test and a simple round of antibiotics.  at this stage most any of them are easily treatable the same way.  But a test before treatment will be very useful info if the symptoms show up later.  Also send the tick in for testing by finding a company on line.  It's worth the effort up front to be safe.  Lyme is definitely on the rise and Dr's are less inclined than ever to recognize it at all.  Its quite political which is in part what makes Lyme scary.  I am on and off the antibiotics because I got So sick- not only was the infection suddenly destroying my brain, heart and liver, my body had some bad reactions to the antibiotics.  Treatment can induce herxheimer reactions that are rather brutal and in rare cases dangerous.  So I do what I can tolerate, and meanwhile, real life says, hey!  how are you going to pay your bills?  So I have focused on saving my house so I don't become homeless.  But now it's time to buckle down for my health again.  I think of it like chemo.  Bartonella has a good recovery compared to other Lyme infections.  An obgyyn will never test for it, I can promise you that.  I do hope my posts can help someone, if not the person who started this post.  There are people who believe that Bartonella is passed congenitally and/or sexually transmitted, so that can explain why it would show in labias.  I may have passed it back and forth this way.  While many people can get over it without antibiotics, Bartonella is known for depressing the immune system. so over time you just get really run down without explaination and then it's even harder to get medical treatment.  Best to nip an infection like this early.  thanks for your interest & best wishes!
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Consider Bartholin's cyst with superinfection/abscess. See your OB/GYN if symptoms persist.
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