As luck would have it, my realization that something is wrong is happening 2 days before Christmas. And so, I am seeking guidance during this lag period, while I wait to take action.
My situation is lymph node swelling. The ones above my breast, under my arm, under my breast. I think i feel something IN one of the nodes under my arm. I've had quite a lot of discomfort for months, where my left arm suddenly feels weak and achy, like I have an impingement. Only a month ago did I link it to my lymph nodes. Even then, I wasn't alarmed. I was given basic training (years ago) by a homeopath to drain lymph nodes, and so I began doing so, started detoxing through diet, etc. I still am hopeful it is as simple as fluid retention after having a couple viruses. But my gut says something is wrong, and action is needed now.
The question I'd like to ask is where to begin. I like to know exactly what to ask the doctor when I go in, exactly what tests to request (in case my Dr. misses something).
I've read that biopsy is the difinitive diagnostic procedure, but I'm guessing we don't start there. Do I start with mammogram to rule out breast involvement? Get an ultrasound of my nodes? With 3 kids, I'd frankly like to cut to the chase, with as few tests and babysitters as possible.
Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.