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    wpatterson4
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    Just wanted to know. What would it feel like in its earliest….. manifestation? Most people probably only feel them when they’re a centimeter or more, as that’s the measurement I always see. What would they feel like before that? I check my axillary nodes every day. Some times I feel things.

    Would you be able to feel one when it’s less than the size of a BB?

    #57774
    cohanja
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    That’s one thing I have not learned how to do at home on my own. I check my skin, etc. . but I don’t feel my own nodes cause I just don’t know what I’m feeling for – what feels normal, what’s abnormal, etc. .? I leave that to the doctors. But, I wonder if checking them everyday would be like checking your skin everyday. .almost too often that it’s harder to detect change cause you’re doing it every day. I also thought that that in and of itself can cause nodes to swell, always feeling them?

    #57775
    wpatterson4
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    I’m just the opposite – compulsive, because I really do think my melanoma was high risk. Viewing that webinar with Dr. Mihm only reinforced that opinion.

    I’ll go through weeks during which I feel certain that I feel something, but this time is a little different.

    However, I’m now shy about going to the doctor because I get tired of shelling out co-pays or more when the docs tell me I’m fine.

    #57776
    cohanja
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    I thought your pathology reflected more of a low risk; 0.34mm, no mitotic figures identified within the dermis, and it’s been almost 2 years right? I thought first 2 years were half the risk of recurrence. Being male + trunk location. . . same as me. . I get those things make it higher risk. . but still 95-98% survival rate with the Breslow + mitotic rate, depending on which study you look at.

    #57777
    Catherine Poole
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    Nodes are very sensitive and if you palpate them daily you may create swelling. It isn’t a good idea. If you feel you must check them, do so monthly or at longer intervals. Don’t forget they go up and down in response to colds and other viruses.

    #57778
    cohanja
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    The irony is I’ve had SLNB and I think because of it I always feel weird stuff going on in that axillary area – probably from the surgery (even though that was a year and a half ago)

    #57779
    wpatterson4
    Participant

    I believe it’s high risk because of severe regression. Some days I think it’s guaranteed to metastasize after all I’ve read.

    #57780
    cohanja
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    Isn’t the highest risk of that to happen within the first two years, and you’re almost there by now? Plus if Breslow is #1 prognostic factor, yours is favorable.

    #57781
    wpatterson4
    Participant

    If that’s the case, I hope I cross the first finish line next month without this latest scare turning out to be “something.”

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    #57782
    cohanja
    Participant

    Have you done any kind of baseline chest xray or scans?

    #57783
    BigRed1984
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    lymph nodes are difficult, they are different sizes depending on the location your body and sometimes they can remain large after an infection. I have HUGE inguinal nodes, those are in my upper thighs.1.5-2cm in some cases. I thought for sure I had some type of metastatic cancer when I first noticed them. But they are within the range of normal according to my doctor, also they are mobile and squishy. Also, I am very thin so I can find lymph nodes in places other people couldn’t because of their padding. I have driven myself crazy over this in the past and know how you feel. It still haunts me some days and I go poke crazy. Good luck with you anxiety over this and try to enjoy the holiday season.

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