(Closed) ugh, lumps..

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Ugh, I totally understand! Any kind of skin abnormality or discoloration on my body and I FREAK OUT. I’m going through something similar right now actually. I have this bump on my bikini line that’s actually on my leg and no where near my lady parts, but it keeps changing color and shape and I can’t figure out what it is. One minute I look at it and it’s huge and the next minute I can’t even see it. It showed up when I shaved, and it hasn’t gone away. My mom told me she used to get cystic pimples on her bikini line when she shaved, so that’s probably what it is…?

I know by the time I set up an appointment with my doctor and go to show it to her, it’ll be gone, and if I tried to describe it to her, she’d be like…oh, a red bump that looks like a pimple? That’s not specific enough. haha. I’m not even going near Google with his, because I’ll drive myself crazy looking at pictures of skin abnormalities and make myself sick.

Ugh lumps is right. πŸ™

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I would, but after talking with a few people, including my mom, we figured out it’s Hidradenitis suppurativa, which is fancy/scary name for cyst like pimples. Apparently my mom has been getting them her whole life and they are hereditary. It’s caused by stress (which I have a lot of right now!) your period (which I also have) and wearing tight jeans and sitting all day (which I also do). What a relief! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I had a similar thing when I was younger – i used to feel them around the side and up towards my underarms. it turned out to be HS like @OneOfTheseDaysAlice  i went through a huge period of stress, one got so big i had to have it removed surgically.

that was 4 years ago and they’ve calmed down a lot now but still come back every so often. they can be extremely tender, or i feel nothing at all (except for the lump). they’re kinda hard and like a pea but sometimes a bit bigger.

I’m sure you’ll be fine – they’ll just be being safe!

I’m glad you’re going through this sooner rather than later as you’ll know the results quicker – there’s nothing worse than not knowing the answer!

let us know how you go on! πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

OK I think I am qualified to answer you πŸ™‚ But please please do not take my story as being your fate!

I found my first lump at 16. Since I didn’t have enough breast tissue and because it was young breast tissue I had an ultrasound rather than a mammogram. This didn’t hurt one bit. After the ultrasound I had a needle biopsy which came back as cancer. I then had a lumpectomy where they removed the lump and surrounding tissue followed by chemo and radiation (this was 20 years ago when treatment wasn’t nearly as targeted as it is nowadays). It was hell on earth and I was in treatment and generally unwell for about 2 years. i also have juvenile diabetes which complicates matters.

Over the years I have had many lumps/reoccurrances- some cancerous some cysts. You can usually (but not always) tell the difference between a cancer and a cyst by the fact that a cyst will move whilst a cancer is fixed in place. But i am one of the unlucky ones and I have numerous cancers remvoed and have had a parital masectomy. I have invasive ductal carcinoma and DCIS breats cancer node (microscopic) positive. I have only just recently finished chemo (again) and hopefully heading back to work soon πŸ™‚

Before I turned 30 they would never do a mammogram because of young breast tissue issue. Younger, denser breasts resemble “cotton wool” in scans, often making the lumps unrecognisable. Seriously I would ask for an ultrasound or MRI.

If you do have a mammogram it can be quite uncomfortable and you shouldn’t have one if you are premenstrual (unless urgent) due to tenderness etc. Wear a skirt or pants and a top rather than a dress as it makes it easier to get changed (you should be able to leave your pants on). Take someone with you that can be your support. It is an extremely tough thing to go through emotional (as is any cancer testing).

I think that they will most probably do a needle biopsy regardless especially if they do a mammogram. More than likely it will turnout to be a beign tumour or a cyst but me saying that will not allay your fears. In fact nothing will until you get the all clear! If it does come back positive after the biopsy then take comfort in the fact that it is 2012 and not 1980/90/2000. The treatments and speific diagnosis of all cancers including breast cancer has come leaps and bounds. More tailored treatments can be delivered resulting in more positive outcomes for patients.

Good luck and if you want to talk now or afterwards please feel free to PM me.

Positive vibes being sent your way πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

i was around the same age when i first had the same experience, i had 2 lumps my dr found. i had the mamogram and it came back fine. generally they mostly feel lumpy still in the same place and i find it really hard to tell what is going on. the lump is not getting bigger and im 35 now so i guess i just had to get used to what was normal for my body, just call me lumpy boob. πŸ˜‰

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

@nikstar:  lol I’ll call you Miss lumpy tits and you can call me Mrs one tit! (a little bit more aussie than boob!) We should start a band called the Tits and go on x factor! We will be just like the spice girls!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My Mom has some condition (forgot what it is called right now) that causes her to grow cysts.  Even knowing this, the doctors still make sure to biopsy any that grow on or around her breasts just to be on the safe side.  It wasn’t something they noticed until she was in her 20’s.  She also gets them on her neck/behind her ear, etc.  They’re very small, but obviously she can feel them there but you can’t see them.  No matter your age, if there is a history of cancer in your family they take anything pretty seriously.

 

I’d rather them check just to be safe.  Hope everything goes well!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I found a lump about 3 years ago and was about 21 years old at the time as well. The doctor ordered an aultrasound of the lump and I was told looked like a cyst or a pocket of fluid. I was told to monitor it and if it got any bigger to let them know. After about a year is started to get smaller and it is now gone. 

It is good you are getting it looked at since it is better to be safe than sorry. I bet you are just prone to having cysts as another poster mentioned. My dad, sister, and husband all get cysts that do not pose any harm but are just a nuisance. I hope it is not serious and tomorrow work out for you.

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