To put off going to the GP for a few days?

(14 Posts)
alltouchedout Sun 18-Sep-16 13:48:50

I know this is AIBU but if anyone wants to tell me off could you bear in mind that I'm feeling a bit scared about this and be kindish?

I have a swelling in my left areola, right next to the nipple, that is sore and sort of open and pus filled. Sometimes it gets a crusty head on it but that just comes off again within an hour or two and it's open again. My breast feels a bit sore and I feel generally a bit unwell ( but both my youngest ds and my closest colleagues have had heavy colds this week which may explain the unwellness). I first noticed a soreness and swelling on Thursday which I put down to over enthusiastic feeding by ds3, at which point there was no pus, it just looked raw, so I stopped feeding from that side then- this may explain the whole breast soreness but tbh it hurt a bit anyway before that.

Googling makes me think it's probably peridiuctal mastitis (might have spelled the wrong) or similar but obviously anything breast related also makes you worry about cancer. My auntie had breast cancer in 2011/12, recovered after a mastectomy and chemo. Ours is a family with a lot of cancer so on one hand we can be almost blasé about it and on the other we all worry we have it even when our symptoms hardly indicate it.

I have the sort of work day tomorrow that would mean if I took time out to go to the GP all hell would break loose. My manager would not be angry with me but without giving details that could identify me, I can't really take time out tomorrow unless it is so urgent that to do otherwise would be ridiculous. I have a half day booked for Tuesday for dental work and am thinking if I call the GP Tuesday morning and beg and explain I could very likely be seen that afternoon. That seems reasonable enough to me but dh is horrified that I am planning this and thinks I should be at the gp first thing tomorrow.

In all honesty this does not indicate cancer to me- irrationally I am terrified it is but when I think sensibly it almost certainly is not, so Tuesday would be fine, right?

TroysMammy Sun 18-Sep-16 13:55:45

I'd go today. Is there an out of hours in your area? Ring your GP practice and their answerphone should give this information. You obviously have an infection of some sort that is not going to get better, probably worse if you put it off.

Chippednailvarnishing Sun 18-Sep-16 13:57:36

Sounds like an abscess, I'd also go to out of hours. It will only get worse otherwise.

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Sun 18-Sep-16 13:59:59

You only get 2 boobs!!

Get to the GP tomorrow!!

flanjabelle Sun 18-Sep-16 14:01:29

Call 111 and get an ooh appointment.

GobblersKnob Sun 18-Sep-16 14:05:40

Ouch, sounds like an abscess to me, you need to see someone today, walk in or 111, hope you feel better smile

MrsKCastle Sun 18-Sep-16 14:09:54

Yes, do get seen today. Mastitis can be very nasty, or as others at, it could be an abscess. If you leave it, it could get worse overnight.

NicknameUsed Sun 18-Sep-16 14:10:31

Abcesses don't get better on their own. If the infection spreads you could end up with septicaemia. I had one in my groin a couple of years ago and it me me really ill.

If you are feeling unwell with it you need antibiotics asap. See OOH today

MaddyHatter Sun 18-Sep-16 14:15:13

OOH today or gp tomorrow.

if you're feeling unwell, its an infection and it needs dealing with.

NavyandWhite Sun 18-Sep-16 14:22:42

I wouldn't go to OOH today but I would try and get an appointment asap with my GP.

alltouchedout Sun 18-Sep-16 14:24:08

Thank you all- I just called 111 and they're having the ooh doctors call me back within an hour, they said they want me to be seen in the next six hours. DH is smug. I appreciate your advice because I'd have stubbornly left it!

Chippednailvarnishing Sun 18-Sep-16 14:37:34

If you get a choice of locations go to the one nearest the hospital...

flanjabelle Sun 18-Sep-16 16:36:37

Glad you phoned op. Do update us when you have been. We like to be able to tell you I told you so! grin

iMatter Sun 18-Sep-16 16:44:52

Good luck op. I hope you're ok.

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