Monthly I get swelling in lymph node areas, particularly in the armpits. These are manifested as hard, just below the surface bumps, that are not pimples, and then swell up to the size of a quarter or small ball, with semi-solid, white substance that comes out when they are squeezed. These pumps become very tender and painful, and I’ve stopped trying to get the fluid out. I’ve been having this happen for 10 years or so with no sign of it getting better. I also have bumps along the center line of my torso and in the groin area to a lesser degree. These bumps remain dormant, and scar over if disturbed, and can be darker than surrounding skin. One they reach the height of their swelling, which lasts around 4-7 days they shrink back down in size.
I’ve tried lymphatic massage and acupuncture but everyone I’ve visited seems to find this condition a mystery. Western doctors have prescribed topical steroids, and I’ve looked into Hidradenitis suppurativa, and I don’t think it’s that. I am a young woman and I’m wondering if this has to do with hormones or environmental toxicity?
Does anyone have any insights or experience with this subject?