Almost 3 weeks have passed since I've had the superficial lymph nodes removed in my groin. I had some of my staples removed last Friday and everything looked good. This morning, I felt a lump just above the suture line which is very painful and even hurts when I cough. During surgery, they found 1 lymph node positive for melanoma, but I'm still awaiting the results from the other 17 that were removed. I also had a PET scan that revealed NED. That being said, could this hardened lump be a recurrence of the melanoma so soon after surgery and if so, is it normal to be this painful? I've placed a call into my surgeon just to be on the safe side, but wanted to know if any of you have experienced this? It's hard not to be paranoid about these things when you've been recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma, but it could also be a bunch of other things that arn't cancer.