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Breast lump..

(61 Posts)
Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 14:43:53

I know i may be getting worked up over nothing here, but reassurance would be gratefully appreciated.

I've been having odd problems with swollen lymph glands (negative test for glandular fever) and right boob for @ 8 months, went back and forth to GP, and finally had an appt with a breast consultant last Thursday.

Have had right nipple being sore and itchy, areola periodically looking inflammed, and shooting pains up into armpit.
I convinced myself it's hormonal as am peri meno, but during scan the consultant found a lump previously undetected, immediately above my nipple. He thinks its nothing horrendous and said i should have a mammogram to be sure.

This morning i've received a mammogram appointment for Wednesday, so now i'm flipping out because it kind of looks a bit urgent..

Please tell me i'm being daft as i've no RL support here sad

Elibean Mon 07-Jan-13 14:50:25

You are being daft smile in a totally normal way.

Mammograms are usually issued quite fast, especially if asked for by a consultant. IME (which is limited to 2 or 3 consultants over the years, admittedly) a breast specialist will not say they think its probably nothing horrendous unless they really do think that. And they see a LOT of lumps, so usually they are right.

I had loads of weird boob stuff during peri-meno, and all turned out to be benign. But needless to say it caused me a few extra-fast white hairs each time.

Much MN hand-holding and good vibes to you - I'm so sorry you're short of RL support on this one x

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 15:28:54

Oh thank you Elibean! i'm very relieved you can confirm my suspicions re. being daft, and youre right, the consultants know their lumps.

I didn't realize all this can come with the glorious package that is peri meno, they didn't bother to put that down as a possibility in the bloomin' instruction booklet for living as a female.. buggers!

I do feel better for just reading your post, i'll stop being such a paranoid
plonker, and amuse myself with wondering how they're going to squish my non existent boobage between the 'shelf' thing and plate.

Thank you smile

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 15:36:24

I always worry they'll need to design and manufacture a bigger machine to fit my boob.

Wednesday this week?

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 15:42:04

Yep this week Sole..
Oo, you can have an additional 4/5ths of my shelf should you ever require it smile

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 15:46:02

Actually mine are flat and long lol

I'm glad we don't haveto wait longer than Wednesday. Do tbey tell you results on Wednesday or afterwards?

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 15:51:12

Says it'll take up to 3 weeks for the result, a bit long i reckon considering.. the consultant left it that he'd write to me.. do you think thats a good sign?

BackforGood Mon 07-Jan-13 15:54:14

Yes, Yes, I have to concur with Elibean - they know how much stress is caused by worry, so the system supports really quick appts for breast clinics. It's very, very, normal and also normal to worry.

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 15:57:13

Yes. You may beabke to get letter emailed from secretary. Ask on Wednesday.

I am relirvedyou are bring seen to. As Elibean said the Consultant ordered your appt. They have a lot of power...its quick.sticks when they speak, no.messing.

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 16:07:01

Thank you Backforgood and of course you Sole.

MN is such a brilliant place in times of need! smile

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 16:13:27

We're here xx

Are you worrying a bit about the procedure on Wedbnesday?x

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 16:24:48

No not really worried about the procedure, i know they'll squish me and it'll hurt a bit.. I've had worse at that hospital.

I'm more concerned about the 'no antiperspirant' element, i'll be sweating like a pig - hope the person sat next to me on the bus journey home has a really blocked up nose!

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 17:01:37

You'll be fine. I wish I.was there sad

Elibean Mon 07-Jan-13 17:03:35

Glad my experience of being squished and prodded and biopsied and ancient to boot has come in handy. Good luck, will be thinking of you!

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 17:20:53

You could come and mop my fevered armpits Sole..

Thank you Elibean - if you could waft some good vibes my way, between 3 and 4 on Wednesday that would be great.
Us old biddies gotta stick together, its a jungle out there y'know smile

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 17:23:14

Put some Tena ladies under.them grin

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 17:42:03

Excellent idea Sole, the nurse wont bat an eyelid grin
she'll be too busy trying turn my little boobage into spanials ears anyway..

As far as I know you can use roll on anti p -but no talcum powder as it can show up as specks on them mammo. But if they've said no deodorant follow their advice rather than mine grin
Lots of good luck -the speed of appoointment is normal and the consultant would be unlikely to say something wasn't horrendous if he wasn't pretty pretty sure. Still,it;s an unnerving time and the waiting isn't fun. If you need additional hand holding do pop to the tamoxifen thread as we've all been through such things

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 17:45:09

Is that thread in General health, Mary?

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 18:15:25

Thank you Mary
It defo says no anti p..

I didn't even know what Tamoxifen was until now! but just looked it up sad
Sorry you've been through this and worse, i will stop being such a wuss, and get a grip.. but if it all goes crap, i'll know where to go, thank you x

It's in General Health, and best not use the anti-p then smile You'd be v welcome to join us while you're waiting !

Piemistress Mon 07-Jan-13 20:47:46

Good luck for Wednesday xx

Jellykat Mon 07-Jan-13 20:59:28

Aww thank you piemistress! x

SoleSource Mon 07-Jan-13 22:34:14

Be thinking of you jellykat xx

BackforGood Mon 07-Jan-13 22:50:59

That's funny - I've not heard of being told not to wear anti - p to a mammogram only for the weeks and weeks in a row you are having daily radiotherapy. I wonder if that's a common request?

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