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Old 12-06-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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intrammary lymph node

so to introduce myself, i will say i am a 27 year old healthy female with severe severe health anxiety in general and even more to the breast. in the past 7 years i have undergone at least 10 ultrasounds on breast alone, i even had 1 biopsy bec i touched my breast too much and ended up inflaming the tissue so i thought it was a lump. it wasnt, it was plain breast tissue.

i go to my ob/gyn often for clicincal breast exam.
occasionally i go for ultrasound just for reassurance purposes. makes me feel better for next few months.
so i asked for an ultrasound even though i didnt feel any lumps at all. i went yesterday and expected just to have it done quickly and the technician would usually tell me everything looks normal and confirm it with radiologist later. this time however, she looked and i saw she was concentrating on something. needless to say i PANICKEDDDDDD! i hate doing further testing and going to breast specialists. this increases my HA tremendously. Anyway, after she was done, i asked her what she was looking at cuz im drop dead nervous. she looked at me weird and said, what makes you think its anything abnormal, so i told her u never usually look so long. she wasn't very nice and told me there are many normal things they look at during an ultrasound. but i shouldn't worry cuz it was only cyst & lymph node

when my Dr called me back to give me the results of my Ultrasound, all he said is that its normal. i did know however, that the sonographer found a 0.03 cm cyst but he said its normal.
Now, he uploaded the results on his patient portal, and i'm freaking out again. here is what it sais:

There is a 0.3 cm cyst localized to the 11:00 position. A 0.08 cm intrammary lymph node is seen localized ot the 2:00 position. no discrete mass or region of shadowing seen.
for goodness sake, what does this mean????? never heard of an intrammary lymph node.
when i called my doctor for results, he just told me everything is normal. he didnt even bother telling me about cyst, when i asked him, he said its common and on the report it sais benign.
my question now is, have any of you ever had normal ultrasounds with a cyst? did you do any following up? ( my doctor said i dont have to do a thing) did an ultrasound ever reveal a cyst without u feeling it?
as i have severe HA, im worried that maybe its a mass and they made mistake?
please share your experience if you ever had s/t like this. im so nervous and confused.

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Old 01-05-2017, 04:31 AM   #2
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Re: intrammary lymph node

Hi goldenmommy,
I did some reading and happened to see yours and wanted to try and help relieve some of your anxiety if I can.
I have been going for Mammograms every year with ultra sound after the mammo and then an MRI of breasts 4 months after mammo and then seeing my breast specialtist for a hands on exam so that I'm always being checked being i'm high risk due to my family history.
BOTH of my sisters had breast cancer and my maternal aunt did too, and grandmother of ovarian cancer. I haven't had a genetic test performed yet.
from what I've learned about cysts is that they are round looking and not solid on the radiology picture. Cancer is not perfectly round and is dense.

the radiologists use all these hard terms to explain to us folks who haven't gone to med school.. lol
I'm sure they will keep an eye on your cyst and the lymph node. I was just told I have that too, plus other things that I didn't find comforting once I researched it because the radiologist made it sound like it's nothing even though I keep getting a Birads 2. which means something is there but is benign. It will tell you at the bottom of last written report of your tests what Birad yours is. What is your Birads?
Do you have a family history of breast cancer?

they say that if they find something suspicious looking on mammo that the ultra sound can tell the radiologist whether it's solid or fluid filled.
If you feel uncomfortable with the results from your radiologist and DR, then maybe you should seek a 2nd opinion.
sorry you are going through all this at such a young age.
It's important to be diligent about your yearly mammo's and ultra sounds so I'm glad to see you go. I think they suggest woman start getting mammo's in their 30's for a baseline so they can compare future ones to the first one to see if there is any changes.
they found a few atypical cells( pre-malignant) in my biopsy so I just make sure I go ever time I'm supposed to. They cut it out in a surgical biopsy and I"ve had biopsies by a needle guided one and a needle core biopsy, all within 3 yrs in a row. I was like WOW! biopsies every year? Its a good thing my gyno referred me to this cancer group for their breast surgeons, because all I was seeing prior to the specialists was a general surgeon who didn't even specialize in breasts. so maybe you can go to a breast cancer cntr?

if you have dense breasts it's hard for the radiologist to see a small mass because it lights up as white and dense tissue lights up as white which can block a dangerous mass. THAT scares me. it's manadatory now that radiologists tell their patients they have dense breasts. so that they can get MRI's to see better.
your doctor is doing everything correct according to what they're to do. I was worried about the lymph nodes being enlarged in my breast as well and in the underarm. yet my radiologist and Dr. aren't concerned, and I too am considering a 2nd opinion being I'm such high risk.
Please keep us updated about your problem. I hope you find peace of mind. anxiety can make it worst for you. Be well.

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