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For members not diagnosed with breast cancer, but waiting for test results:  Biopsy, mammogram, ultrasound, or other screening tests. Waiting is VERY difficult but remember...

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." -- Corrie Ten Boom

Posted on: Feb 13, 2008 04:40PM

stndgfrm wrote:

I started having pain in my armpit about 4 wks ago and have occasional pain in my left breast.

I had my first routine mammogram Monday.  They came back in for one more angle of my left breast.

I had a hysterectomy 3 yrs ago and am not on HRT.

My breast has been hurting continuously since the test.

I have taken ibuprofen and applied heat.

I had done self exams but not regularly.  I do feel lumpy but notice some lumps that are different than the others and some of them feel firm.  There is no dimpling, I have had occasional itching (thought it was from a bra), there are no reddened areas, and I don't notice any drainage.

I'm just concerned and hate the wait.

The Drs office told me it takes 3 days to get the results.

I am a little scared but shouldn't be I guess.

I hate hearing i'm probably worried about nothing, I don't have cancer, etc.... etc.....

Just needing to vent STILL.


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Feb 13, 2008 06:32PM - edited Mar 19, 2008 10:10AM by TenderIsOurMight

Waiting is the hardest, and I'm sorry for this. It would be so wonderful if all centers took, read, and gave Mammogram results in one setting.

So, you are new, welcome. You had your first mammogram Monday. It's not uncommon for the tech, particularly without any past films, to be real careful and take another xray to ensure all is visualized as should be. Sometimes the compression does hurt a while, and it sounds like you're managing it with the pain medicine and the heat. Some may find ice preferable, but everyone is different.

Do you have a breast doctor? If your 35 or so and getting your first mammogram, its time to select one, especially since we as patient's can do breast exams, and should do breast exams, but often can't distinguish breast normal from abnormal breast findings. That said though, most breast cancers (and I am not suggesting any thing about you here) are felt first by the patient her or himself.

An annual physician breast exam is recommended, (I won't go into by what age) and many of us here, given it's a breast cancer site, would suggest by an excellent breast surgeon. Particularly so with lumpy breasts. And always, always trust yourself if you feel a persistent lump, no matter what any doctor says. Go back until that lump is felt or imaged, even if by ultrasound. And get it biopsied if persistent. Those are just the basic ground rules for us all.

I'm not sure about the pain in the armpit. Did it start after the exam? Do you feel a lump, like a lymph node? There too, your physician is the one to best advise you.

Hoping all turns out just fine on your mammogram. We truly understand the tension of waiting.

All the best to you,

It cannot be emphasized too strongly that treatment of each patient is a highly individualized matter. (FDA-approved labeling for warfarin (Coumadin) NDA 9-218/5-105)
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Feb 14, 2008 12:37AM tez wrote:

stndgfrm -

I have had the same symptoms. Actually 3 weeks ago I was in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack.  Severe chest pain, pain in my left breast radiating under and down my left arm.  After two days of tests, the cardiologist cleared my heart and sent me back to my family doctor for more tests.

I am 37 and had my first mammogram today.  After it was done I was told to wait while the radiologist read the xrays.  After 10 minutes the tech came back and said they needed to do some more localized pictures.  After these were read, I was immediately taken back for an ultrasound.  Once those results were looked at, the dr came in and did a mannual exam.  Basically he said there is a suspicious shadow on my left breast, but since this was my first mammogram they had nothing to compare it to.  He said to come back in 6 months and to not worry.

Well here I am at 2:30 am not having closed my eyes.  Should I get another doctor to read the results before waiting?  I just don't know what to do. 

I know what you mean about needing to vent.  Just wanted you to know you are not alone. 

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Feb 14, 2008 04:10AM Peaches70 wrote:

If I were in your place, I would find a breast specialist and get a second opinion. Absolutely!

Dx 1/25/2007, LCIS, Stage 0
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Feb 14, 2008 05:15AM - edited Feb 14, 2008 05:16AM by HeatherBLocklear

Dear Standing,

It's natural to be afraid; we all are until we know what we're facing and have to fight. I consider myself to be the most scared of everyone on this forum, so you will have to fight very hard to get ahead of me in that regard! (I have contacted the Guinness Book of Records to see if they will include me in their Most Scared Category; maybe they can put me next to the Woman with the Longest Fingernails in the World.)  :-)

Yes, as Tender points out, the waiting really is the bad part. I truly believe that as soon as one knows what one is facing, one simply moves on from there. In any case, I've been told that if something bad is found, the protocol then becomes quite determined, and one just sort of goes along with it and becomes a good little soldier.

On the other hand, maybe there's nothing seriously wrong with you at all.  That is what everyone on this board is hoping. We'll expect updates from you!

Hugs and all good vibes going your way,


Annie Camel Tail Dx 2/23/2008, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 17, 2008 01:28PM tez wrote:

carrie - have you heard back from the dr?

I am going to see an oncologist this Thursday.  My family dr. said this dr. will most likely do a biopsy to see what is going on.  Trying not to worry - but that is much easier said than done, as everyone here knows.

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Feb 22, 2008 09:01AM tez wrote:

Still having tremendous pain in left breast and under arm.  Am having a stereotatic biopsy done Monday.  Trying not to worry, but....Frown
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Feb 22, 2008 10:05AM lvtwoqlt wrote:


Women are like tea bags, we don't know how strong we are until we were thrown into hot water. Eleanore Roosevelt Diagnosed ADH Feb 2005, ADH Sept 2006 Surgery 2/12/2005 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/10/2006 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 10/12/2006 Dx 4/27/2007, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes Surgery 6/1/2007 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Feb 24, 2008 05:11AM Melslack wrote:

Hi Carrie;

I am just a few days out of surgery myself. I had a 7mm lump removed this past Wednesday. Turns out it was B9, but I had been passed around a tested and retested for the last month. Waiting is so hard, and everyone here does understand. Hang in there, this too shall pass. God Bless.


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Feb 24, 2008 06:36AM lns2119 wrote:

I also went to my breast surgeon because of breast pain.  She did not feel any lumps and tried to reassure me that vary rarely was breast pain indicative of breast cancer.  Hormonal changes can be the caused.  However, it can't hurt to check it out.  If you are not confident with your docter's recommendations - get a 2nd opinion!

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