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Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 10:34PM

sandejosgirl wrote:

I am completely freaking out. I had my expander deflated this afternoon. Came home, dinner, put the kids to bed. Put on my running clothes, turned a looked in the mirror and saw this funny bulge on my ribs under what would be my left breast, if I had one. I thought, is my fat on that side really so different from the other?  Took off my running tank/sports bra and yes, a very discernable difference looking straight down. I would never see it with the expander in the way and clothes hang off it farther out from my body.  So I started feeling around in the area and I have a lump/mass/thing "on"? my ribs about two finger widths under my expander, about the size of a quarter but a raised area the size of my palm about 1/2 inch higher than the other side.

COMPLETELY FREAKING OUT!!!! WHAT THE HECK DO I DO? I mean besides not sleeping tonight and calling the Onc 1st thing tomorrow.

 HELP!

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Sep 15, 2011 10:56PM cmdczc wrote:

Is it soft or firm?  Could it just be edema (fluid)?  Stay strong.

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Sep 15, 2011 11:02PM sandejosgirl wrote:

It's soft?? I don't know. I doesn't feel like my breast lump. But it would be a lot for edema.  And why on earth would I have edema there? I don't mean this as a criticism of you at all. My husband & I are asking the same questions.  Could I have bruised or injured myself and not remember? Other than cancer, what on earth could it be? It's just such a funny place to get, well, whatever it is.

Stephanie Dx 3/11/11 @ 33yrs old; DCIS & TNBC, stage IIa

Dx 3/11/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 15, 2011 11:06PM sandejosgirl wrote:

I just wanted to add that it is down my rib cage from my expander, as in closer to my navel by 1.5 inches. It is under my expander, not "under" my expander.

Stephanie Dx 3/11/11 @ 33yrs old; DCIS & TNBC, stage IIa

Dx 3/11/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 16, 2011 12:19AM jc3win wrote:

Is it where the breast fold would be after recon? My surgeon tried to leave a bit of the natual fold area at the bottom of my breast so that it would still be there to work with in recon.

Another idea could be that it is a benign fatty lipoma. I had one of those removed after chemo (finding it really freaked me out). I think the only reason I found it was because the other tissue had been removed and then the swelling went away after rads and then then lipoma was palpable.

Of course you will have to show your doc but try to stay as calm as you can in the meantime.

Jennifer

Dx 6/15/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 16, 2011 12:37AM sandejosgirl wrote:

It is under where the breast fold is, by about 1.5" or two to three finger widths. I feel like it is palpable but at this point it is a green monster roaming about under my skin trying to eat me alive :)! So I really have no idea what is my imagination and what is clinical.

Stephanie Dx 3/11/11 @ 33yrs old; DCIS & TNBC, stage IIa

Dx 3/11/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 16, 2011 01:06AM melinda413 wrote:

I would be freaking too I swear but I really think it could be fat, could be fluid, anything. When we do recon stuff moves randomly. Which sucks and sends us into a tizzy, I've definitely done that before! Call the onc tomorrow but I really feel like they will feel it and be likeboh no biggie. Keep us posted though!

DX 7/6/07 @ age 25 - Medullary Carcinoma/Triple Negative/BRCA1+/ Bilateral Mast/ Recon failed/ DIEP @ NOLA 2010-Success!

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Sep 16, 2011 01:14AM anonymice wrote:

I don't know but it really does sound like some sort of bizarre benign thing.  

(Tongue outI'm pretty sure it's not an alien monster eating you from the inside - the chewing noises would wake you up!)

I would also be freaking, but just take a deep breath and get it looked at asap for your peace of mind - sounds more weird than dangerous.  I'll take weird over dangerous any day!

Dx 9/22/2010, IBC, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Sep 16, 2011 01:17AM Bany wrote:

Could it be the port from your deflated expander?  That's a hard bump!  Expanders are weirdly shaed and perhaps what you are feeling is the expander or its port?    

 Please keep breathing deeply and try not to panic.  There's nothing you can do until the morning.  You could panic all night, but that won't get you anywhere other than exhausted and tense.    And in all likelihood it is a benign case of canceritis, and not something new and cancer related!!   Hang in there!  xo Bany

Dx at 39, THIRTEEN years dancing with my main man NED!! BRCA2+ Holding Angela (BLESSED4) in my heart always!

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Sep 16, 2011 03:32PM sandejosgirl wrote:

Onc. thinks it's just swelling. Went in and he felt me up. Who knows why? Swelling that moved down my ribs because we were messing with the expander?

I have a appointment in 2 weeks anyway and we will follow up then.

Stephanie Dx 3/11/11 @ 33yrs old; DCIS & TNBC, stage IIa

Dx 3/11/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 16, 2011 05:53PM cmdczc wrote:

I think edema in the area below surgery, etc. is common. I had it, sort of an asymmetry when you look at both sides.  Sorry if my questions upset you; I work in health care, and just tried to get a feel for it.  Glad it doesn't seem to be anything to worry about.  Take care.