Re: 25 and in need of a mammogram
Update: I had the breast mass removed yesterday. They still have to do the pathology to see if it is cancer or not, but it's most likely a fibroadenoma.
I was pretty scared to have the surgery. They had to cut at the areola to get to the 3cm mass, so I was worried about scarring and dimpling. I was also afraid of post surgery pain.
Here's what happened: I went to the hospital, filled out paperwork, took a pregnancy test, got into a surgical cap and gown, and they put an IV in my arm. They numbed the area where the IV went in so it would not hurt as much. Then they have me something to relax me, and wheeled me into the OR. Then they gave me something to knock me out.
I woke up and was very groggy, and they wheeled me to my car. I had someone drive me home and when I got there I slept for two hours. When I woke up, I was in a lot of pain. My head and neck ached and I was vomiting- I couldn't keep down even a sip of water. It was really terrible. My doctor faxed in a prescription for some anti nausea meds and I picked them up. They helped a lot, but I still couldn't eat anything. I slept most of the day.
The next day, I was fine. Still slightly nauseous, but overall okay. The area where I had the surgery hardly hurts at all. I have pain meds if it gets worse.
But I was surprised that the worst part was the nausea and headache from the anesthesia. For anyone reading this who has to have a breast mass removed, just know that the pain won't be too bad when it's over. It wasn't as scary as I expected.