Hello, I am brand new here. I decided to join this forum because I'm tired of scouring the Internet for info & this looks to be a wonderful network of caring women with a lot of information based upon experiences!
(Please bare with my long post...)
So, having said that, I would like to present my story thus far and would love ANY input you may have from similar experience or just knowledge based..
Two weeks ago I went to my gyno for a lump I could feel in my left breast, at about the 12oclock position almost under my nipple but slightly higher up. felt like the size of a grape.
I was scheduled for a mamo and ultrasound last Wed.
There, they found three complex cysts. The largest having irregular shape & thickening of the walls and echos within. there was also a small cluster of mass in the bottom left side of one cyst.
Today, I went for three needle aspirated biopsies. The first cyst collapsed but when she held up the syringe, there was clearly bright red blood swirling through the cyst fluid.
When she placed a needle to the 2nd cyst, I could still feel it (not numbed!). after several ladicane injections, I still felt the needle when it hit this "cyst" Ended up it did not have fluid at all and felt/looked like a solid mass. She did a 2nd biopsy, (forget at the moment what it was called but it had a bigger needle a distinct ka-chink sound and reminded me of an ear piercing gun.. yikes! )
she took 6-7 samples and really blasted the cyst to a pulp while doing so. later, she then placed a tiny titanium clip in its place to mark the area..
The last cyst was the original one I felt, prompting my visit to the gyno. when she inserted a needle into it, it mostly collapsed but the fluid drawn was also bloody and looked to me like a orange, reddish opaque fluid.. almost like tomato soup. This was the one first mentioned with the irregularities. She said she would have to send this one off to be tested as well..
So..... anybody having read this, what is your opinion on the bloody fluid and solid mass?? I am feeling fairly certain that the scales are tipped more in the direction of possible cancer ... than not.
A bit about me..I am a 34 white female with two children. I breastfed both exclusively for about 18-22 months. and have not bf for about 3 years. I have a Mirena IUD.
I did have a leep done for precancerous cells on my cervix about 11 years ago.. I was somewhat overweight for the past 8 or 9 years weighing around 170 - 192 at my heaviest. I've lost around 70lbs over the past year and weigh in around 134 which I've maintained since about last July.
I am self employed and do have constant and moderate stress...sometimes a lot of stress with my job. I work loooong hours into the night and have developed the bad habit of getting 3- 4 or 5 hours of sleep at night. I also drink A LOT of diet mtn dew & coffee... I tell you all of this not to be judged (..lol..) but to help understand my lifestyle and possible contributing factors for these breast issues.
I would really, truly love some input. I have spent countless hours learning terms, diagnosis, reading case studies and trying to find similar documentation with what I have happening.
Of course EVERYTHING I read states that if blood is found in the cyst fluid or the cyst is a solid mass, they need to be further tested for cancer.. I am obviously worried but just don't know what to think.. It will be a few days before results are back.
wow...that is a lot of information!! If anyone actually got down here and is still reading, God Bless You!!!
I am going crazy waiting for results - not to mention in a lot of discomfort from today's biopsy needle-fest..
THANK YOU so much for any input!
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