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Can someone help please, a few days ago I felt a twinge in

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Can someone help please, a few days ago I felt a twinge in my right breast ive been feeling for lumps for the past few days, so have prodded and poked them quite a lot, initially I felt nothing, but now on the far side of my right breast I can feel a small little lump, I think it might me a swollen lymph node, as ive been feeling the left one too to compare there is now an almost identical one on the left side, could I have caused my lymph nodes to swell from all the prodding, my breast are now very sore too.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this question

Yes, you could have made them sore by pressing

Have you had a mammogram or ultrasound lately?

Any family history of breast cancer?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


no family history of breast cancer, I had a similar lump once about 3 years ago and they did an biopsy and it was just a enlarged lymph node.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Thanks Melanie

Any new lumps should prompt an ultrasound and a mammogram

I think it is going to be nothing but it should be checked
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


well I did get it check by my doctor, he has told me that he wants me to leave them both alone and come back for a review in a months time. My question was can you make lymph nodes enlarged due to prodding them??

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
yes, you absolutely can Melanie

Pressing on them and prodding them can cause inflammation and enlargement
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


how long will they take to go down?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
2-3 days with no pressing on them
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