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St0rm Thu 22-Oct-15 20:57:40

Hi , I hope I am posting in the right place. I have recently noticed some changes in my nipples including bloody discharge and change in shape. Also some mild tucking on my left breast. When I went to the GP he said he said he could feel lumps. I got an appointment within two weeks which I went to today. It was a center that does everything mammograms , ultrasounds and biopsy if needed. When I arrived it was clear they had overbooked and were under some pressure. 2 hours wait later I am seen by a doctor , she examined my breast while I lay down and could feel something so got a consultant in. He said I was to be referred for an ultrasound as I was under 35 so I couldn't get a mammogram. I thought it would be done today but they are apparently only had one technician in to do ultrasounds and all his slots were already taken for the day( this is at 12) . So now I have to wait again for an appointment to get an ultrasound. Possibly 2 -6 weeks.
I am not sure why I am posting. I think I am just mad that I hoped I would have some idea what was going on today but I just have confirmation that yes there is something and it needs to be examined further. I knew this two weeks ago. Any advice from anyone who has been in this situation. I have just read up on what happens at a breast clinic and it sounds so different from what I experienced they were almost disinterested because I was younger than 35 and had no family history of breast cancer.

St0rm Thu 22-Oct-15 21:48:09

No one?

Nishky Thu 22-Oct-15 21:51:26

So sorry you had that experience - I went to the breast clinic and had a mammogram and scan there and then and given the results that day.

Do you have any way of going private to get a quicker result?

flustercuck Thu 22-Oct-15 21:52:55

Call your GP and explain you are very anxious, they may manage to hurry your appointment along. Also call the breast clinic reception, explain you are very anxious and say you're willing to come in earlier, and at short notice, if there is a cancellation.

I hope all is ok.

St0rm Thu 22-Oct-15 21:56:59

Thank you for replying, do you mind if I ask were you over 35? I could go private I actually spent the afternoon calling but I'm not living in the UK right now and there are only 2 clinics that do private and the waiting is 2 weeks aswell.
I'm just confused surely if they were worried about what they felt they would have found a way to fit me in? Or does it not work like that?

TheoriginalLEM Thu 22-Oct-15 21:57:50

please don't accept this. Go back to your gp and complain. Then complain to the clinic.

the reason for the mammogram not being offered icould be due to breast tissue being more dense in younger women.

You absolutely should not be made to wait 6 weeks.

i am sorry you had this experience

St0rm Thu 22-Oct-15 21:58:09

Thank you fluster I was thinking of doing that tomorrow but don't want to sound like a crazy person

Rivercam Thu 22-Oct-15 21:59:48

Ring the clinic again, or try another hospital. You shouldn't have to wait that long.

St0rm Thu 22-Oct-15 22:03:54

Thanks Lem, in my head I'm saying this is not right but I found myself just shocked that I was still no wiser as to what was going on. I haven't slept fully in a few days now so thought maybe I was being irrational. I'm going to call and try be more assertive tomorrow, I just don't want to waste their time either. But I am quite worried about symptoms.

Shakey15000 Thu 22-Oct-15 22:30:13

Just to wish you all the best St0rm

Am probably headed to the breast clinic myself soon (app 2nd Nov at GP) and hope my experience is better than you've unfortunately had sad Good luck with your deserving call tomorrow thanks

DrawingRoomBlue Thu 22-Oct-15 22:42:50

I'm sorry that your experience wasn't great- it's such a worrying time and you shouldn't come away feeling like you have wasted anyone's time.

On my recent visit to the breast clinic I was seen straight away for my ultrasound scan which fortunately was ok so I was sent on my way. They told me not to hesitate contacting the GP for a referral again if I had any more concerns.

I was prepared for a long wait but was in and out in 20mins. At no point was I made to feel stupid. I'm also under 35.

I hope you get sorted soon- you should absolutely call them- an up to 6 week wait is unacceptable. Good luck flowers

St0rm Thu 22-Oct-15 22:53:13

Thank you all for replies I will call tomorrow and push them on it . Shakey I hope your appointment goes well

Nishky Fri 23-Oct-15 08:24:56

I am over 35, but my symptoms were far less obvious than yours-just some dimpling of skin-I was embarrassed to go to GP as it seemed so vague-she immediately referred me as she could feel a lump.

I was not made to feel stupid, even when the conclusion was that the dimpling was a result of a recent weight loss-the consultants exact words were 'well done for acting on it'

Hope you get somewhere today.

Hope it goes well Shakey.

AnnaFiveTowns Sat 24-Oct-15 20:26:23

It is not acceptable to wait for 2-6 weeks for an ultrasound when you have these symptoms. Please insist that they see you sooner or pay whatever you can afford to see somebody privately.
It is most likely nothing to worry about - but if it is cancer then time is of the essence!

Shakey15000 Thu 26-Nov-15 21:59:08

St0rm how have you got on?

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