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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?

SoleSource Tue 08-Jan-13 13:50:31

Jelly hope you are doing ok today xxx

Elibean Tue 08-Jan-13 14:18:42

Vibe reminder set and ready to roll tomorrow, JellyKat. Although you may have to take the 'old biddy' bit back - I live in strict denial grin

I've never been told not to wear deodorant. Perhaps they just think, in my case, better a blurry picture than sweaty pits?! blush

Jellykat Tue 08-Jan-13 19:58:48

BackForGood and Elibean, i think the 'no deo' must be bog standard, my appointment is on an A4 sheet folded into 3 like a booklet.. There's loads of explaining and instructions, and it says..
"Please do not use talcum powder or deodorants/antiperspirants under your arms or around your breasts on the day of your appointment" hmm
Honestly, i can see it with my own eyes i promise smile I'll ask about why tomorrow if the nurse isn't a grump, and report back..

Elibean I have to embrace the old biddy in me, its my excuse for the odd afternoon 'old lady' nap.. grin

Meanwhile i could squeeze you (gently mind) for the support, you're bloomin' lovely you are! x

BackforGood Tue 08-Jan-13 23:49:47

Sorry - I wasn't meaning to suggest you were making it up grin, just pondering out loud really, as it was the case for weeks when I was having radiotherpay, and I think the thought of that was something that was really horrible for me - much worse than actually having the treatment!

All the best for tomorrow - will be thinking about you.

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 00:09:47

My Mother had tbe same directions when she went for a mammogram twenty years ago. I remembered this shortly after reading your thread jelly.

Thinking of you todayx

must be different for different health authorities I suppose- waves to backforgood - I remember the no deo for radiotherapy bit- found that very irksome...

BackforGood Wed 09-Jan-13 17:13:14

Waves back to MAS - I must pop back over to Tamoxifen when I have a spare couple of hours to read through smile

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 17:33:29


Elibean Wed 09-Jan-13 18:10:50

How'd it go, Jelly?

Squeeze very nice (assuming it wasn't on a par with the mammo machine's kind of squeeze grin)

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 19:01:09

Dors the machine really hurt even if boobs are big Elibean?

Sometimesiwonder Wed 09-Jan-13 19:10:22

Well it's defo not comfy, Sole, imagine getting one shut firmly in a door grin

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 19:14:46



Oh I would faint

Jellykat Wed 09-Jan-13 19:16:05

Well (and excuse me if you're a non sweary) Fuck that for a game of soldiers!!!

I just said to Sole - that machine has got to of been designed by a man, and i'd like to see his todger in a vice!!
I was clamped to buggery, holding my breath against the pain, and she casually strolls over to press the button.. meanwhile i'm thinking 'run woman, don't bloody stroll'..bah

My squeeze will be gentle as fairy wings Elibean!!

Oh, the no deo is because Aluminium deposits in deo/anti p can mimmick (sp?) cancer cells on the X-ray apparently, so maybe different types of machine, nurse said it was bog standard proceedure for my health board.

Sole the nurse said it's the same amount of pain regardless of boobage.

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 19:22:11

How long were you clamped for each.time? To tbe exact second if posssmile feel faint...

Jelly xxxxx

digerd Wed 09-Jan-13 19:23:26

It's become easier now that my small boobs have become droopier and less firm< peeved face> as they are able to pull and push like kneeding dough, into a crepe suzette shape - flat as a pancake !

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 19:27:48

Still hurts lime fuck? Right digerd?

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 19:28:48

Men should have testicular cancer the same machine.

Fooking sexist!!!!

digerd Wed 09-Jan-13 19:48:29

The worst I remember was when I was perter and firmer, but smaller and the front bit was pressing and hurting my ribs as she had so much difficulty getting anything on the plate. Then it got stuck half way down and she pushed it and it went suddenly, quickly and uncontrolled and gave me a right wack squeeze. I cried ouch! Only happened once as bad as that.

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 19:51:32

Oooh I feel tingly

Uncontrolled clamping


digerd Wed 09-Jan-13 20:02:56

You got the right word there - clamping it was. One advantage of having saggier breasts.

Jellykat Wed 09-Jan-13 20:05:24

Oh bloody hell digerd, it might as well've been a hammer OUCH!

Mine are like 2 wet teabags but it still hurt, maybe because it squished right on the lump.
But it is odd having another women pressing and pulling at your boobs to put them in a shape you've been trying to deny they would go in to. hmm

My mum refuses to have it done every 3 years, she ignores the request letters.. confused Despite the pain, i couldn't risk that, i'll qualify to be there for a routine one in 3 years, all being well.

SoleSource Wed 09-Jan-13 20:05:26

It's cruel, completly unecessary old fashioned method.

I feel.pain...

Owwww! well done jelly . The bosom manhandling is always a trial and not fun. Fingers crossed for good result.

digerd Thu 10-Jan-13 09:34:33

My SIL has enormous firm bazookas, despite BF 2 10lb babies decades ago and she is 71. Her mammos have never hurt, she said. < green with envy face>

Elibean Thu 10-Jan-13 11:03:43

I've had some that hurt a bit, others that didn't hurt at all, a few that hurt a fair bit but only for a second or two....seems to vary!

Well done Jelly smile

Now good vibes for clear results asap to put your mind at rest!

Jelly just seen this thread and wanted to send you positive vibes for a good clear result smile

I went through similar last year and was a complete nervous wreck waiting for the results - but it was fine and results were completely benign (as the consultant had said they would probably be, but, like you, I kept thinking 'what if he's wrong...'.

Was lucky as my mammo didn't hurt at all - I was dreading it as my mum always says they're hideously painful. She says I must have 'asbestos tits' grin

digerd Thu 10-Jan-13 14:11:45

I didn't care about what the female radiographers though of my old breasts. But when I was man-handled by a YOUNG MALE dr at the hospital, I was sooo embarassed.

digerd Thu 10-Jan-13 14:12:53

How did it go today?

SoleSource Thu 10-Jan-13 14:22:10

Jelly is at work today smile

Is it possible to request no males be present during tbe mammogram?

After writing that I feel that is silly..

I think you can

SoleSource Thu 10-Jan-13 14:31:26

I just feel awful because my boobs are a mess.

digerd Thu 10-Jan-13 15:04:08

The man was not at the Mammo, but at the breast clinic in hospital out-patients. He told me they were just fibrous lumps < so not only saggy, but consisted of just lumps> Humiliation - and he was so young, which to me made it worse than if he'd been a much older man. Silly me I suppose.

digerd Thu 10-Jan-13 15:12:00

Jelly said she had her Mammo Wednesday - yesterday?

SoleSource Thu 10-Jan-13 17:57:30

Yesterday, yup.

Jellykat Thu 10-Jan-13 20:17:09

shock at 'fibrous lumps' Digard, my god i bet his girlfriend bloody loves that! NOT.

badtasteflump Thank you for the positive vibes smile
I did snigger at 'Asbestos tits', must be handy at times.. grin

BackForGood I meant to say yesterday no worries re. the deo question, i was wondering why too smile

I have had male surgeon and his registrars examining me and a male in the radiotherapy dept, in fact 2 come to think of it...sort of got used to it,though am terribly shy and embarrassed about anyone seeing me.

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