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I went to the Drs on Wednesday because I've been sweating excessively at night. Not every night - it happens for the last 1-2 weeks of my cycle every month. I wake up in the night literally soaked in sweat.
After asking me some questions she didn't think it's hormonal but has arranged some blood tests. She then want to feel my abdomen which I was fine with (although a little surprised as I hadn't been expecting it). Had a quick feel and said she could feel a lump and said it was either a collection of fat (can't remember what she called it) or possibly a hernia) and asked me if I'd had any problems with my stomach muscles in my last pregnancy which I hadn't.
I was surprised as I had no idea it was even there! She said she'd refer me for an ultrasound. No suggestion that it was related to the sweating btw. And I assumed it'd be a while for the scan and thought if they do find something nothing would need doing as it's not causing any problems.
But today I've received a letter for the scan already and it's 2 weeks to the day that I saw the GP. Now I'm freaked out that she's referred me on the 2 week referral thing because referrals just aren't that quick around here!
I assume because you have two possible cancer symptoms you need to be seen in 2 weeks. I had to be seen in 2 weeks for breast lumps that were nothing to worry about. Don't freak out, chances are good that it is something benign but it's a good thing you are being seen quickly!
If it's good/benign, you've got nothing to lose, and if it's not you obviously want a quick referral. The diagnosis hasn't been set yet, that's why you're going there. Garden is right, it could be just a cancellation, someone called in sick and cancelled their appointment right when your referral landed on the nurse's desk.
I am in the same position, went to the doctors last week, had tests and an x ray the same week, results sent back to the doctor the same day as a identified a couple of issues instead of the normal wait and an ultra sound which has been sent through for two weeks time.
The tests have already identified a heart condition and blood condition and the x ray showed up something dodgy on the lining of my bladder.
I was seen within 4 days for breast lumps that my dr wanted to watch and wait as she was sure it was benign but i adked for referral as i have anxiety. I proper freaked but it was as my gp suspected, a cyst.
Your gp is following guidelines and doing the quick referral because the possibility of cancer is there with an unidentified lump. Obviously it doesn't mean it is and it most likely isn't, but she's doing the right thing however scary it is for you.
Yeah I know. And I'm trying to remember that the chances of it being anything scary are tiny. I just wish she'd explained what she was doing and why. Would've been a lot less scary than finding out like I did.
Would have been nice if she'd said, it's very unlikely but we have to follow procedures and it's just to rule a problem out. Would have reassured you a little. Fwiw. It is almost certainly nothing but, yes it's scary. I had a breast lump which was just a fatty lump so I know the terror!