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I work out with weights a few times per week, and this

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I work out with weights a few times per week, and this morning I noticed that I could feel something in the top part of my pectoral muscle. I'm not sure if it's a lymph node or not. I checked the other side and I was able to feel the same thing on the other pectoral muscle as well. It doesn't feel like an isolated circular lump, but more like it's a little bit longer. It is palpable on both sides, so I wanted to see if you had an idea of what I might be feeling.
I asked this question earlier and got a response that it shouldn't be anything to worry about, but then I got an email from customer service that the doctor wants to set up a follow up call with me. This made me nervous.
I also had a neck lymph node needle biopsies a month ago, which was bemign, and I've been very conscious of potential lymph modes since. I'm just worried.
mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hi there,

I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

Since you can feel this equally both sides, this should be part of the muscle.

mysticdoc :

Muscle fibers can hypertrophy from exercises and can pop up like this.

mysticdoc :

Not likely lymph node as this will not be felt like this and symmetrically.

Customer: Ok, I wasn't all that worried until I got he email from customer service about setting up a follow up with the doctor.
Customer: I hadn't lifted in a couple weeks until a few days ago, and I'm sore now.
mysticdoc :

that is a new tool JA has started to provide comprehensive care

Customer: So, I think the soreness and feeling the area with my fingers going up and down made me concerned.
Customer: Did they just start that this week?
mysticdoc :

yes recently

mysticdoc :

soreness expected after starting exercise

mysticdoc :

since you did not lift for 2 weeks

Customer: i had been lifting 3x per week, but took a coup,e weeks off
mysticdoc :

yes probably related to that

Customer: I just am still a little on edge since the node in my neck hasn't gone down.
Customer: But it was benign
Customer: From the needle biopsy
Customer: And it was only 0.7 cm
mysticdoc :

that is reassuring.

Customer: Cervical node
mysticdoc :

yes understand

Customer: But the fact that its been two months and hasn't gone down still makes me worry.
Customer: Like, what if they missed something in the needle biopsy or someithing?
Customer: Thats why I keep feeling for new nodes.
mysticdoc :

not likely

mysticdoc :

nodes are small.

Customer: Once I feel the neck node go down, I'll be less worried.
Customer: I don't feel sick or anything either
mysticdoc :

yes --but do not worry

Customer: I'll stop worrying.
Customer: Thank you.
mysticdoc :

very welcome

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