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Internal painful lump in the armpit. Prescribed with antibiotics. Getting bigger. Concerned

I have an internal lump in my left armpit the size of a golfball. No irritation and I can hardly move my arm now. It s been about five days and I m getting kinda scared. My doctor prescribed me some antibiotics after jabbing me in the lump, causing severe pain, and telling me he had no idea what s wrong with me. It seems to have grown larger since he poked it. Please help, once again it s not a friggen pimple .
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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By description, a golf ball sized lump in armpit region could be an enlarged axillary lymph node. If it is not responding to antibiotics, a FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) test might be necessary. In this a small needle if inserted into the swelling and few cells are aspirated (sucked). This is then studied under microscope by pathologist. You have not mentioned whether it is sudden onset or present from weeks and slowly growing. If there is no pain and it has been there for long time, a chronic inflammatory condition might be present. Presence of fever and any weight loss is also important. You must consult a surgeon with these details.
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