Unable to complete ultrasound core biopsy
I am wondering if there is anyone else who can relate. I have EXTREMELY SENSITIVE nipples and am unable to tolerate breast exams. I can barely manage to get through a mammogram. I had a mammogram in January that showed calcifications in the left breast subareolar area. I was called back for a diagnostic mammogram which I completed, however had I known they were going to compress my left nipple/areolar I would of refused. Immediately afterwards they wanted to do a ultrasound so I reluctantly agreed and cried during the very limited procedure. The tech brought in the radiologist and he wanted to scan but I refused. I have a 20x8x8mm spiculated hypoechoic left breast mass with calcifications. The radiologist talked to me about needing to do a biopsy. The nurse at the clinic said my doctor could prescribe valium and that might help me get through it. I know I am high risk due to my age and my Mom having breast cancer so I agreed. Two weeks later I went in for the procedure, took the valium, signed the consent and waited for the valium to work. I felt NOTHING from the valium and completely freaked out when the doctor tried to numb the area. Of course the procedure was cancelled and the nurse at the clinic made an appt with me to see a general surgeon. Saw a woman general surgeon on March 7th who was very nice and I liked immediately. She had reviewed my mammograms and scans said she was worried that I might have a malignancy and strongly suggested I needed to have the mass removed. She went to do the breast exam but I ended up pushing her hand away. I said the only way I would consent to a biopsy is if they put me completely under for the ultrasound localization and marking of the skin. They were able to arrange the localization with ultrasound in the OR once I was under anesthesia and then she would immediately proceed with the excision. This is scheduled for April 14th and I am still extremely nervous. I feel so ashamed that it has to be done this way. Does anyone else have the extreme sensitivity to the nipple/areolar? THIS IS MY WORST NIGHTMARE!