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Breast lump what does gp do?

(11 Posts)
Abinob Tue 21-Jun-16 17:05:39

I have a hard lump in my boob (well, actually it's in both boobs but bigger in one)
I showed my mum yesterday expecting jet to say I was imagining it (I have health anxiety so usually I am) and she was like wtf no that's not normal.
Now she keeps texting me telling me to go to the doctors.
So I know I need to go to the GP but the health anxiety thing is making me scared.
I'm just trying to tell myself it's probably fine because I'm only 25, it's kind of on both sides and it hurts which according to the Internet isn't very cancery.
I'm just scared if the GP refers me to someone else THE WAITING will drive me insane.
sad

Abinob Tue 21-Jun-16 18:15:50

Anyone? I'm shitting it about this gp appointment. Am a wimp

hippoinamudhole Tue 21-Jun-16 18:20:24

The doctor will examine you and if necessary refer you to the breast clinic at the hospital. There they will examine you again you'll have a mamogram and possibly an ultrasound scan or a biopsy depending on what they think there. Try not to worry before you need to, resort said than done I know and try to stay away from Dr Google too.

hippoinamudhole Tue 21-Jun-16 18:20:53

Easier said than done

girlandboy Tue 21-Jun-16 18:27:27

I had one at about your age. And I'm sure it hurt more because I kept prodding it and couldn't leave it alone!

The GP will feel it and then decide if it needs investigating more.
My GP was convinced it was nothing to worry about. I was given an appointment for the hospital where they agreed with my GP that it was just a fibroadenoma (breast mouse) which is a fatty lump.
I had a fine needle biopsy which came back as negative and nothing to worry about.
The lump disappeared by itself after about a 6 months, but I believe some do just hang around.

Go to your GP. They don't keep you waiting for very long with a follow up appointment if that indeed is what they recommend.

Best wishes, and make that appointment.

Butterpuff Tue 21-Jun-16 18:27:37

I have a couple of lumps in my breast. Found the first at 22 the second at 27. With both doctor examined said she thought it was nothing refered me to clinic. The wait was tiny for the second appointment. I had ultrasound and biopsy both times which confirmed that it was nothing to worry about. I've never had a mammogram.

Easy to say don't worry but honestly the experience from gp to results is nothing to worry about. flowers

Butterpuff Tue 21-Jun-16 18:29:03

Girlandboy I have the type that hang around and grow.hmm

BlackDoglet Tue 21-Jun-16 18:29:27

You have two choices: (1) worry about it endlessly (and get nagged by your mum!) or (2) take a deep breath and ring the Dr for an appt.
if you take (1), the problem won't go away and eventually you'll have to face (2).
It is very likely that the lump(s) are nothing to be concerned about. You may get referred to the clinic as pp has outlined. But whatever the lump is - you need an answer!
Good luck - you can do this flowers

WiIdfire Tue 21-Jun-16 18:35:01

The majority of people with a lump will get referred to the hospital these days, so if they refer you, don't panic! At the hospital you will be re-examined, then probably have an ultrasound which they should explain the results of straight away. You wont have a mammogram as you are too young and it wont show anything up. You may or may not have a biopsy, which will take about a week to come back.

It will probably be nothing, but you do need to go.

Abinob Tue 21-Jun-16 18:39:59

Feel a lot better knowing the majority of people get referred, so at least now if he refers me somewhere I won't freak out and plan my death.
I am a huge huge wimp about medical things.
Am having a shit, shit day and my mum keeps texting me.like a mad woman making me think I'm going to die (she usually just thinks I'm being stupid so she has me panicking now!)
I have just had a chemical pregnancy so I'm hoping it's some kind of hormone thing I think it's been there before a period at some point last month too confused

Butterpuff Tue 21-Jun-16 19:25:49

Regarding hormone thing. I just checked my lumps for the first time in about 15 months.....or since I had my DC. I can't feel them anymore and they were huge. Maybe it's pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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