Re: Consumed by worry- help!
Lord. This is why I don't plan to get my first mammogram until age 50 (if ever).
Every friend I have who has had a mammogram has gotten called back and frightened to death.
My aunt- small breasted to begin with- has had so many biopsies taken from her breast that it's all deformed and lopsided now... and she never had cancer. She had fibroid cysts, which the doctors kept thinking was cancer and insisted on removing, until she hardly has a breast left on one side.
I do my own monthly breast exams; I know that's not enough, according to the medical community, but it's enough for ME.
I know I have fibrocystic (lumpy) breasts; I have heard that mammograms don't work well on premenopausal women, because their breast tissue is too dense and fibrous, and mammograms are likely to detect "problems" when in fact there are none.
You are living my nightmare right now.
I would suggest you have everything biopsied to assure yourself you don't have cancer, and then decline to have another mammogram until you are 50, or beyond menopause, whichever comes first.
For what it's worth, I doubt anything's wrong. This is just what happens when younger women have mammograms. You will not catch me having one, unless I detect an abnormality in my breast myself, which i feel requires further investigation.
I'm actually older than you, and pregnant with my third child... but like I said, i don't plan to ever have a mammogram until I'm beyond menopause, for the exact reason that I don't want to experience what is happening to you right now, and what has happened to every one of my younger friends who have tried to do the "responsible" thing and go in for an early mammogram.
Even the American Cancer Society is now recommending holding off on a baseline mammogram until age 50, since they don't work well on younger women... but I guess many doctors haven't gotten the news bulletin yet. Or they like their money too much.
Best of luck.