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Old 02-08-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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I need advice and support please!

Hi everyone,
Back in June a nurse found a lump in my breast. My family doctor back in Canada had me get an ultrasound which came back normal and showed no lump. She asked me if I wanted further testing and I said no and she was fine with that. This weekend I felt it again but now there are several lumps that I noticed (although one is more distinct than the others). They are in both breast, smooth and movable. The largest one is about the size of a pea while the others are shaped more like a contact lens (flatter). I saw a new family doctor down here in Florida. She felt lumps in both breast and sent me for another ultrasoun. Again, the ultrasound came back normal. She now wants to just watch it and did not recommend that I see a specialist. She thinks I just have lumpy breasts which is typical in people my age. I don't think the original lump that was noticed in June went away, I think it has always been there (maybe the others were always there too). I'm not sure if it has grown over the past 8 months but if it has, it hasn't grown much. I would say the lumps are firm but not rock hard. It somewhat difficult to distinguish what is normal tissue and what is a lump. I'm 25 years old and I tend to have health anxiety so I'm not sure if I am just being paranoid. My question is, should I follow the advice of my doctor and sit tight or should I push for more tests (maybe a biopsy)? My insurance will not cover an MRI until after a biopsy is performed. Any thoughts or advice on this subject would be very much appreciated. Thank you

 
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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Re: I need advice and support please!

Fibrocystic breast disease (or lumpy breast disease) is quite common. If you can move the lump around easily between your fingers and seems to be filled with fluid, its probably a cyst which is almost always benign. Also if they come and go its most likely a cyst.
If its more like a mass that does not move and seems to be fixed to one spot, then it can be more worrisome and needs to be checked by a professional.
Limiting your caffeine and salt intake will work wonders for some people with lumpy breasts.

 
Old 02-24-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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Re: I need advice and support please!

I think to have peace of mind I would go to a breast surgeon who knows what to feel and what is serious to get a biopsy or not. I would make sure so I wouldn't sit and worry. I had a lump found during a mammogram and they did a biopsy and it was cancer and I was shocked. So I would find out and do what your gut tells you to do. Best wishes. Sometimes doctors discard patients that are younger and say you don't have breast cancer but I would make sure.

 
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