Hi People going through the same or similar thing - I am glad I'm not alone and yet I wouldn't wish this on anyone...
A little back ground. I have a skin disorder called HS (Hydradenitis Suppurativa) and it produces boils near apocrine glands so anyone that has this disease typically gets recurrant boils ( draining, scarring, re-draining, more scarring, etc.). I had my annual physical on the 25th of June and all was well except that I told her about the shooting pain I get in my left breast from time to time. I figure it has to do with a particular boil that tunneled fairly deep and maybe messed with a nerve. Who knows...I'm not a Doc so I tend to assume a lot.
Anyway - she thought to be safe I should get my first mammogram. I'm 36. My Maternal g-mom had breast cancer at 54 and my maternal aunt had breast cancer at 64. My mom has had one core-needle biopsy and it came back just fine but that was in her 50's. So for me - not a big risk at my age if we're talking hereditary cancers. (right??)
I went in and had a mammogram (not as big of a deal as I thought it would be - relieved and felt like It was sort of a right of passage experience). Went back to wait and get my breast exam - that was normal but she told me the doctor ordered an ultrasound and that's normal for women ( or men) that complain of any breast pain. So...cool, feeling just fine and not nervous at all.
Sitting and waiting for the people to call me from the ultrasound area and nothing for about 20 minutes -- My sweet mom came with me and by that time she had wandered back to the "gown wearer's" waiting area just to see how I was doing and what was taking so long. A tech came and got me from a different area and I thought hmm...guess we'll take the long way to the ultrasound. She informed me that the radiologist actually wants to do another mammogram on my left breast. mmmmOk. I am assuming it's just the boils but she shows me where and it's on the outer side of my breast and no where near any boils or scars...or the pain for that matter. ( I know pain is rarely a symptom of cancer so I truly thought this was just a boil on boob check)
The ultrasound, then Dr. and another ultrasound. He said it could just be a gland because that's the right spot for it but it just doesn't look like any of my other glands. On Ultrasound it looks dark with white squiggly texture to it. He said he believes that it is definitely not a cyst or boil or scar but since this is my first Mammogram it could be just a weird anomoly. It was odd looking compared to all of the tissue around it so he has me coming in for a core-needle biopsy thing Monday - July 2nd.
I know the "don't borrow trouble", "this is common", "I'm sure it's nothing" and on and on from reading forums and talking with my family and fiance. Of course they are worried but just because it's probably nothing doesn't mean I can turn off the anxiety and concern.
The waiting is the hardest part but I've got to say I'm really lucky to have gotten all of this taken care of with in days. After the biopsy the Dr. said it should be 2 - 3 days until I hear the results.
Anyway - I'm freaked and I needed to vent. I have a million questions but I'm trying to contain the spazz session until I at least get more info on Monday from the Dr. and staff. Try to fanagle some answers from someone!
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