Hi all! I'm brand new here and i think ive read this entire forum over the last few days and finally decided to post.
November 17th I woke up to a very swollen, very red breast. I thought I slept on it or ran into something and it would go away. The next morning it was worse. Being an ER nurse, I texted my Medical Director pictures of my breast (classy, I know). She called me in an antibiotic. A week later I finished it with only slight improvement in redness, still swollen and now orange peel. I made an appt to see my primary on Tuesday who set up an ultrasound the next morning.
Things escalated so quickly when I got to the ultrasound appt. I went to mammo, then ultrasound, then to breast health nurse, then biopsy, then another mammo....results in 3-5 business days....bye!
My head was spinning. The breast health nurse called me the next day (this past Thursday, November 30) and I asked her to please tell me what direction we are going as I was too overwhelmed to hear anything. She told me the biopsy was Birad 5 highly suspicious of IBC. The "lesion" they biopsied was 2 cm.
I guess my question is: is 3-5 business days too long to wait for results? It feels like eternity especially with how aggessive IBC is now that I'm reading. It's been 2 weeks since the symptoms started. I already have a preemptive appt with a surgeon next Thursday set up by my primary which will be 3 weeks.
My second question is: I've started itching and started having very uncomfortable soreness in my breast and collarbone area. Is there anything that anyone has found that has helped? I'm taking motrin and ice doesnt seem to help. Like I said I'm an ER nurse and not really good at being the patient. Any helpful tips that anyone has done to ease this while you wait?
This waiting game is so frustrating. I'e never had anxiety but had to ask doctor yesterday for something for my nerves. I can't sleep. I can't eat. The clinical nurse in me and my emotional self are colliding. I feel completely out of control. I read all these posts with all these acronyms and I dont' know what they mean. Her+, her2+ etc etc. Like ive entered a foreign country. It reminds me of all the acronyms we use every day at work and never think a thing of it.
Ok I'm rambling now. I'm so sorry. I'm glad I found you all and there is a place to reach out to people who understand this waiting game. I admire you all so much.
12/7/2017, IBC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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