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Old 07-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Full of questions after my first mammo

This is where I was last week: Hi everyone. Super stressed... i felt a bee sting type feeling in my left breast several months ago, i pressed into it and felt a lump. I kept checking it over the last several months. The pain would come and go and i couldnt figure a rhyme or reason. I went to see my gyno last week, and brought it to her attention. She is sending me for a mammo and ultrasound, on monday to be exact. Her order state that there is a 1.5 movable lump in the left breast 10 oclock. It feels oval like, and i can move it smoothly over my fingers and it feels wedged between breast tissue. I have had under arm pain on the left side for quite sometime, and i had brought that up to my gyno the visit before this one but she said it was probably from picking up the kids... makes sense. Anyways... i have been reading... i thought maybe it was cyst, but it has not changed in size, ever. I thought it could be that fibro something or other, but again, it doesnt change in size.... i dont know, can someone help me? Is breast cancer always rock hard? If cysts moves, just what does that mean? How much would it move? Just looking for some advice from real people. Thanks in advance!

And here is where i am today: Hi everyone. I went in today. They did the first set of mammo pics, then had me come back for several more. I glanced several times at her screen and had seen a brighter, whiter area where my lump is. After being back in the waiting room they then had me come in for ultrasound. While she could most certainly feel it, she said she could not detect anything via ultrasound. Over and over the lump she went, but alas nothing. She said if it was a cyst it most certainly would have picked it up (????) That left me kinda confused. She said she would send the reports to my gyn and she may order a mri. Could my age (30) make detecting these things more difficult? She said maybe its just breast tissue that has always been there... but i know it hasnt, no other part of either of my breast feel like this. And do they not only send you for ultrasound if infact the mammo detects something? That then the ultrasound is to tell if that something is fluid filled, or hard? Uhg, i am confused to say the least. I see my gyn next week, hopefully she can help me better understand. I guess my next question would be about an mri. Can mammo and ultrasound not pick up anything but mri can and does? Is this uncommon? Thanks so much

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Old 07-09-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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Re: Full of questions after my first mammo

I am no medical professional. I would think a MRI would tell more than mammogram and ultrasound. Yes a cyst would show up on an ultrasound. I sure hope you get some answers from a MRI.

I wish my dr. would send me for one, I just had my annual mammogram and had to go back for more pics in my left breast, they also did ultrasound and went over and over like you. They are puzzled, not sure what they see?? They claim they see something that was not there a yr ago, but I physically feel a tiny lump in the area in question. Instead of a MRI they are making me get a biopsy to see if it is benign or malignant. This scares the hell out of me. I have to wait till end of month to see a breast specialist. I hope she has some answers for me that the radiologist did not.

Post when you get some answers next week. I pray it is nothing serious for you. Some people never report the outcome, I am curious how everyone made out. (((HUGS)))

Old 08-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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Re: Full of questions after my first mammo

Sending you good luck and hugs.....

When I had my mamo and something showed up I looked at the picture, then had to have an ultrasound and they did biopsies and what they said was a 'dense area'.
I kept this picture of the dense area in my mind, it showed up bright white on the mammogram picture, it was sort of like a bright white circle with prickly edges. I then went home and looked up online 'mammogram photo's of breast cancer' and blow me down there was a photo on the identical to mine, it was a bit of a shock. After waiting a week to see the consultant he went on to tell me I did actually have breast cancer, all very scary but here I am 2 years on and doing well.

Everytime I have a mammogram now I ask to see the pic afterwards, they do let me and i search for a bright white area, but not everyone is the same, maybe not everything that shows up white is a cancer.

Good luck to both of you xx

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