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Sep 19, 2021 10:29PM
I read your post’s title and, for a moment, thought, “Is that my post?” I do not have a history of cancer- aside from a bit of SC skin cancer- but I literally just went through the four core needle biopsies in one go on Thursday; my DX mammo and ultrasound were BIRADS 5 as well. I have one mass in the left breast and three in the right. The radiologist was concerned that so many biopsies in one day would be too much, but honestly, I just wanted to get it all done ASAP. It actually went fairly smoothly and I was able to watch the ultrasound screen as the biopsies were performed. For me, it helped get me out of my emotional brain and into science and learning mode. And for the record, in retrospect, I would 100% do all of the biopsies in one day if I had to do it over.
I have very dense breasts and it got a bit brutal at times when the doctor was trying to create the initial path through to the mass so the automated biopsy “gun” could cleanly fire into the correct area to be biopsied, but since the area was very well numbed, it was more of a pressure sensation- and sometimes like being mauled by a bear. 😬. But the pain was truly minimal. My team used sodium bicarbonate to buffer the lidocaine when they numbed my breasts and it took nearly all the sting out of the injection.
I am quite bruised on the right side where the three were done, but some of my bruising may also be intensified bc they had difficulty stopping the bleeding from two of mine and had to apply extremely firm (think pushing all the way down to your ribs) pressure for 10-15 minutes on each entry point to achieve homeostasis.
As Livin Life said- ice, ice, ice! I kind of arranged my ice packs into a “boob shape” each time when I put them back in the freezer and felt that helped provide more immediate relief bc of better contact. I also used a wide, neoprene back support band that my mom had let me borrow. I would arrange the covered ice pack, then wrap the back support thing over the outside of my shirt to the ice in place and to also apply a bit of pressure to minimize swelling. An Ace bandage would work similarly, I’m sure.
I’m so sorry you have to go through this situation, but please feel free to reach out with any questions or just to vent a bit if you need to. You are not alone! We are all here to support you through this process.
10/21/2021 Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Right): Nipple Sparing, Simple, Skin Sparing; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander
12/2/2021 Lumpectomy (Right)
12/22/2021 Aromasin (exemestane)
1/19/2022 Whole breast: Right breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
4/6/2022 Reconstruction (Left); Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting
IDC/DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-