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Jul 16, 2008 - 6 comments

Today I had a mommogram for continued breast pain that seems to come and go with what used to be my menstrual cycle.  I really thought this would be nothing since the pain for the week had subsided with the welcomed and illusive cycle.  I GUESS I WAS WRONG.  I had the mammo and my dr. ordered the diagnostic version, which meant I get the first part, wait a few minutes for the radiologist to look.  They should come right out and dismiss me off to my regular life.  Not that lucky.  They came back out to inform me I needed an ultrasound on one breast with the ruse (sp) of saying....since you have pain in one more than the other..... whatever..... they found something.... at least 2 somethings.  One showed black on the screen and was round.  The other showed but was not black.  It looked like there could have been more to me, but I could not tell from the position I was in.  She messed with the not black one more.  So when she was done...... I sat and waited again then she came out and said the radiologist said I could go and he would try to get my results to the dr by friday.  FRIDAY???  I don't think so, I marched my little self up to my drs office and thankfully spoke directly with him and he promised to get the radiologist to give him a verbal reading.

I have to ask ---- what else LORD?  I need some prayer right now please.

I think I am going to stroke out.  Me and my whacked out hormones and body cannot take anymore.

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by mags59, Jul 16, 2008
You've got my prayers.  I went for a mammo last year because I had a large lump, but nothing would show up on the mammogram, so they did an ultrasound.  Same thing (they said it was probably just some bunched-up breast tissue).  Anyway, I hope everything goes well for you (I know what you mean by feeling that you're going to stroke out, been there, still there).

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by mommy2two2008, Jul 16, 2008
Thanks maga - I just got back to work and now waiting..........

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by Jules77733, Jul 16, 2008
Ahhh just read about your problem now (after my post in the main forum). I'm very sorry to hear this...I hope everything works out for the best and you find out what's going on, SOON.

Earlier this morning, my mom was actually randomly telling me that breast self-exams may actually be causing more damage to women's breast, as opposed to being a good thing. I was sort of shocked, but when I thought about it, it kinda made sense (applying force could rupture any tumors present; it could damage healthy cells...etc.).

You're in my prayers!

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by mommy2two2008, Jul 16, 2008
Thanks Jules!  How's your thyroid?

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by Me967, Jul 16, 2008
Kim Hi.  I wouldn't let yourself get too worked up yet.  Like mags59 said maybe the tissue was bunched up or dense in which would lower the sensitivity of the mammography.  Most times they just like to recheck any mammo finding with an US to be on the safe side.  I had scattered cysts all threw mine on the US.  They just kept measuring. Ya I Thought!  They were all ok.  I know you must be going nuts.  I will pray for you and for a good outcome.  

As far as the self-exams I heard that on TV too.  What they were saying was that "advertising for self-exams should be stopped" because of a research done in china saying that (it wouldn't hurt you nor help you); but, the real advertising should be spent on having yearly check ups and mammogram's done instead.  
I think that was the stupidest thing I ever heard.  I don't personally do them myself but, if it don't hurt you why confuse the public on it.  What they were talking about was advertising money though on mammo's.  

I hate the fact that you are so stressed on this.  Hang in there.  We will all be cheering for a good outcome.  :-)
Take Care.

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by mommy2two2008, Jul 16, 2008
The doc called after calling radiology twice and this is what he got on his second attempt....

Preliminary report is a "spot"  characterized as a "Birad 3" (probably benign)......  The "spot" measures .6 cm x .8 cm.  I am stupid with this Birad stuff so the doc explained that Birad categories are 1 (not malignant) to 5 (highest probablity of malignancy) AND I AM A 3.  This is not what I wanted to hear at all.  PROBABLY is not a word that I like nor use.  ACTUALLY is my most favorite of words when dealing with a health issue and I have not heard that word.

My doc, the GYN says I can certainly have a second opinion if I wish with a surgeon of my choosing but they probably would not biopsy it.  I love my GYN you have to know and he is saying it is most probably benign.    I asked for a copy of the report when it comes.  Chatted with my boss about this (remember we do medmal doc defense) and he says that when I get the report he will call his best friend (the head of radiology) and get a re-read and have a nice long chat to explain that I am his secretary, already have thyroid enlargement and AM ABOUT TO HAVE A MELTDOWN and then ask him, if it was your wife, what would you do.


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