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Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« on: May 23, 2014, 05:58:41 AM »
Hi,

I recently had a clear mammogram and I realize they are not 100% accurate but I put that yearly task out of my mind (I dread mammograms since I had a call back 2 years ago). A few weeks later I felt a throbbing in my left breast, sometimes it felt like intermittent darting and so I felt around and discovered a lump.  I tried very hard not to panic and I made an appt. to see my Obgyn.  My reg. Dr. was not in the office but they were able to fit me in to see his colleague.  The Dr. felt the lump I did and he also did a breast check but he said he wasn't too concerned and to "watch and wait".  Well, it's been a week and I couldn't put it out of my head and so I called the Dr.'s office again, this time I get to see my reg. Dr. and the appt. is this morning but I am falling apart with worry.  It didn't help to read about a celebrity who also had a clear mammogram and later discovered a lump who just had a double mastectomy.  I always look for symmetry when I find lumps/bumps in my breast but this is unlike anything else  - as far as "moveable" I'm just not sure if it is or not.  I am so panicked and absolutely terrified, I think of my two kids and husband and just want to cry.  The anxiety is paralyzing, looking for words of encouragement!
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 07:00:07 AM »
I'm so sorry you're going through this anxiety. Just try and remember that the majority of breast lumps are benign. As you have recently had a clear mammogram the chances of this being sinister are very low. I know they are not 100% accurate - but to not pick up a palpable lump seems highly unlikely. Hang in there, see what your regular doc says, try not to catastrophize (easier said than done I know!) you're going to be just fine.
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 07:31:22 AM »
Thanks Nole,  I wax & wain on the anxiety.  I had been so good for so long however, leading up to the annual mammogram I did get that pit in my stomach dreading the appt.  Hopefully all will be well, I will check in later & let you know.

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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 10:50:32 AM »
So I just came from the Dr's office and my obgyn also agreed he felt what I was feeling.  I am due my period any day now so his advice was to wait a week after my period and check again, if the lump is still there he will refer me to surgeon.  He tried to assure  me the chances of it being anything "evil" are low but understands my concerns.

I'm not sure what is holding me together right now....I feel like i should be freaking out!
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 10:55:01 AM »
My period has brought on SO many new lumps this month! Maybe it's always like that & I just haven't been doing 5-6 self exams a day like I have been doing the past 2 weeks.

You know what's holding you together right now? Your common sense. The part of you that KNOWS you are going to be ok.  ;D
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2014, 11:33:38 AM »
Thanks Mroussa,

Luckily I have a busy weekend scheduled with family stuff and kids sports so I won't have much time to dwell on this.  I try not to think catastrophically but it is hard....and if I do go there I have to believe it has been detected soon so will be easier to treat.  BC has always been a concern of mine so much that I rarely perform breast exams on myself because it freaks me out!!  I'm 42 and I'm telling myself my body is changing and this will be nothing like all the other times I worried about my health.
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2014, 11:37:40 AM »
I hear ya! For the last 2 years I have been afraid of BC that when I take showers, I VERY QUICKLY wash my chest & move on. I dread it bc I just know something sinister will be found.

I too have a very busy 3-day weekend that I am PRAYING takes my mind off of this stuff.

I hope you have a great weekend!

(you are fine!)
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2014, 06:20:33 AM »
The throbbing pain as well as the lump can both be explained by pms. Hang in there. You should feel reassured by the recent clear mammogram and the fact that you are due for your period.
I agree with you all BC is super scary - I think because it's one of those things that ppl are often fund raising for and it's in the media and stuff. But you have to remember that just because we hear about it more than other Cs, it does NOT make it common, it is still rare compared to other breast lump causes.
I'm sending lots of positive vibes your way!!
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2014, 12:06:54 PM »
Hi Catrinrode,

What a stressful time it must be for you, I am sure biopsy will be negative but here is nothing worse than waiting.  I am three days out from the start of my period and I am thinking/hoping my lump is smaller but it is most definitely still there.  I will wait a week as my Dr. suggested but will follow up with him then. Thank you for all your good wishes and vibes, I will keep you all updated.
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2014, 04:40:55 AM »
Glad to hear the results are good!
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2014, 05:35:57 AM »
I'm so relieved for you! But I do agree 100% that if you keep checking you will keep finding and the anxiety cycle will continue. I'm a culprit of this too, as I suspect most of us here are. It's so hard to break bad habits and not to feed our anxiety. Anyway, just enjoy the relief that you are healthy! Great news.
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2014, 09:14:12 AM »
Hi Catrinrode,

Of course we care and I am so very happy for you!!  Kick back and do something fun :)  I have my appt. with the surgeon on Wed and I am not sure if it will be a consult of if he will do a biopsy at that time, in the meantime your post has helped be in knowing there a lot of women out there experiencing anxiety from breast lumps which turn out to be nothing....but I still have my ups and downs with doubt and fear.   I will keep you posted and let you know how things work out for me. 
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2014, 09:29:26 PM »
Okay, high anxiety has kicked in and I am a blubbering mess......the breast lump still feels hard, not rubbery and it is at least 2cm wide.  My thoughts are all catastrophic and thinking I am going to receive bad news at the surgeons office next Wed.  I've been bottling up my fears because I don't want my kids to worry and although my hubby is FANTASTIC his reassurance that "everything will be okay" only lasts so long.  It's going to be a long wait till Wed...  Really hope everyone is doing much better than I am tonight :traurig001:
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2014, 09:53:39 PM »
Hey Superstressed - I hope my story helps ... I found a lump right after giving birth to my second - like while I was in the hospital.  I nursed so I worked with a lactation consultant who felt the lump and told me to wait until my 6 week appt - that it was probably nursing related.  My son was in the NICU for a week and an ob from my practice would come and go.  So me, the HA person, decides to mention this to the ob (not the ob I prefer to see, but she is in my practice).  Did NOT feel it.  Simply ordered an US.  Of course, HA person I am, gets the US done after my son was released from the NICU, and I get a call telling me I need a biopsy.  I freak out.  The ob goes on to explain that since my mom had breast cancer (in 1998 and is alive and well), I am recommended for a biopsy even though the US looks like a fibroadenoma.  Still I am completely freaked out - that is an understatement!  I get the biopsy done.  Breast surgeon walks in and says "saw the US - everything looks good - this is simply precautionary" - precautionary with a whole crazy amount of stress!  Came back as a fibroadenoma.  Went in to see my ob at my 6 week appt.  The lump is COMPLETELY gone!!!  I do not have it.  Had I waited and listened to the lac consultant .... That was 3.5 years ago - last summer I had a similar experience to you.  Felt some pain.  Felt around.  Felt a lump which did not feel moveable.  Went to my primary care dr who is completely in the know and understanding of my anxiety (was scared to see my ob due to the story I just told).  she felt it.  It was extremely sore- this was maybe a week before my period - said it feels like a cyst.  Don't worry about it.  Cut back on caffeine and come in for a recheck after my period completely stops.  (my pc is not one to jump into testing - and I like that).  Ok - so I am still freaked out.  I checked it every so often - even 2 days before my cycle was due to end - and I still felt it.  Go in for the recheck - all is well.  she has me feel it - all is well - all I feel is breast tissue.  had my yearly ob appt this past feb and shared the story with him.  He was totally unconcerned.  Felt nothing (had the appt after my cycle ended).  Said not to worry about the caffeine, the pain and lumpiness just happens with women.  It is ok.  Not going to hurt you.  Both he and my pc told me to ONLY check my breasts after my period. 

Point of all of this - I hope this brings some comfort.  Drs are often quick to test often going overboard.  A dr can feel quickly if it is truly bad or not.  Lumpy, cystic, painful breasts are common and ok.  and there was another poster in this thread who mentioned about the more she feels them and feels things and gets them checked out, the more the drs run tests ... it is true.  Check them once a month.  I am very sure this is nothing more than annoying cyclical cyst stuff.  Hang in there!  Hope this helped.
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Re: Breast lump - 2nd doc appt
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2014, 08:58:43 PM »
Hi Everyone,

My appointment with the general surgeon is tomorrow.  I AM TERRIFIED.  I called the office to ask what I might expect and was told it would likely be a consultation however, with breast lumps things should move rather quickly, i.e. further tests.  My lump has not decreased/gone away and now I have felt another lump on the bottom side of the same breast.   Both lumps are larger than 2cm and I also have pain in my nipple area that comes and goes.  As you can imagine I haven't slept much lately and I'm coasting through work and I have such a short temper with my kids and husband.  All this wondering and waiting is like a bad nightmare and to add to my worries I also have pain in my ribs under my breast which I am telling myself is from all the anxiety I am experiencing.  I am praying this is a fibrocystic issue but I really am expecting bad news.  I am so sad, upset and paralyzed with fear.  I know HA is an awful affliction but I defy anyone to tell me they wouldn't be as worried if they were in my situation.  Prayers and good vibes please folks.  I will update after Dr. appt.
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