Post # 1
Hey everyone. This isn’t wedding related but I just needed to hash it out and maybe get some helpful feedback. I don’t want to needlessly worry my friends or family by talking about it with them.
For the past month or so I’ve had a pain in my breast. Initially I thought it was muscle strain so I didn’t do anything, but since it wasn’t going away I made an appointment with a Dr. Had the visit today, she did a manual exam and said she didn’t feel anything to be concerned about, but since the pain wasn’t going away she wanted to refer me to get an ultrasound and mammogram.
The idea of getting a mammogram at 29 is really worrying me. Like, clearly she thinks something might be wrong or she wouldn’t have referred me, and of course my mind immediately thinks cancer. I’m not sure what to do and the mammogram isn’t for another 2 weeks, so I’ve got 2 weeks to let my mind go crazy and make myself sick with worry.
Anyone else gone through this or something similar? Any advice? I feel like crying right now
Post # 2
a_day_at_the_fair: I haven’t gone through something like this, but, in college, one of my friends located a lump in her breast during a self exam. After a biopsy, it was determined that the tumor was benign. Doctors told her she didn’t need to have it removed and I don’t remember whether she chose to do that or not.
Just because you’re having a mammogram (or even a biopsy in my friend’s case) doesn’t mean that there is something to worry about. From what you described, it seems that your doctor wants to be thorough and make sure that nothing is accidentally missed. That’s a good thing.
Try not to worry because you don’t have a diagnosis and so far the only important takeaway is that your doctor didn’t feel anything during the manual exam. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and hoping that there’s nothing to worry about.
Post # 3
a_day_at_the_fair: Mastalgia is not commonly a symptom of breast cancer. Ultrasounds and mammagrams are diagnositic tools that are not just for finding cancer.
It is actually a pretty common occurrance for women. I am assuming that it is non-cyclical pain (as in not on/during/before your period) which is often harder to find an exact cause. I would say the doctor is checking for infection or cysts. Mastitis can occur in non breastfeeding women.
Also breast pain can be an indicator of shingles or problems with the chest walls.
I wouldn’t worry too much because as I said breast pain is not a common symptom of cancer.
Post # 4
*hugs* I know it’s scary, I’ve been there myself (had a lump biopsied but it was completely benign). The chances of this pain being anything sinister is very low. As j-jaye said, it’s very uncommon for breast pain to be caused by cancer. As you have no lump and are so young, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favour. Get the scans done so that you can put your mind at ease and then forget about it.
Post # 5
I do know how you feel. I had a lump then a two week wait for an ultrasound scan when I was 24. I had the scan and they saw the lump and made an appointment for a biopsy a week later. I was terrified and knowing my family history I thought i had cancer. My tumor is benign too. My only advice is to tell someone! Take someone to your appointment. I went to all of mine apart from the biopsy on my own. And it was really hard. You don’t have to tell everyone just someone to support you. I don’t thing will take your mind off it so its nice to have someone to talk to. The other ladies are right… Hugs your way xx