Lump - but the doctor said it wasn't there!

Hi everybody. I’m looking for a little advice. About 4-5 months ago I noticed something different about by left breast. Not a lump, just a different feel to the area just below my nipple. I put it down to hormones, and hoped it would settle in time. Unfortunately, within the last few weeks I’ve found a definite lump. It’s quite hard/ firm and very obviously not supposed to be there. I plucked up the courage to see the doctor today, but have been left a little unhappy with the outcome. The doctor did an examination of both breasts, but not the area under the nipple where the lump is, and concluded that either I have mastitis or it’s my hormones. I showed her where I could feel the lump, but she didn’t check it! “I can’t feel any lumps at all, but both breasts are a little tender. Take 400mg Ibruprofen every day for 3 weeks and then come and see me again after your next period.” I have no redness or fever, no pain whatsoever, my breasts do not feel tender and the lump is completely painless! I check my breasts on a regular basis, and I know the lumpy feeling that I get at certain times of the month - this is completely different!!! I went to her with a specific hard lump that I can feel in one place, and she didn’t even feel it. I’m so cross. Am I overreacting?

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No you are not over-reacting, you know your own body the best so trust yourself and do not stop until you are satisfied with the answers…I would not be satisfied with the experience you had today either…

No you are not over reacting. This is exacty what happened to me many, many years ago. You know your own breasts. Go back and see another GP and ask if you can be referred to a hospital near you. It still may be nothing serious but GPs in my opinion are NOT specialists in all fields and I would want an expert at the hospital to check me out. I wish you well. Let us know how it goes. You are entitled to a second opinion. Val

Oh I forgot to add that my daughter found a lump recently and went to her GP who referred her to our local hospital. She was seen within a week and had an ultrasound and needle biopsy and all was well. I hope you are too. Val

Oh I forgot to add that my daughter found a lump recently and went to her GP who referred her to our local hospital. She was seen within a week and had an ultrasound and needle biopsy and all was well. I hope you are too. Val

Thank you for your comments and support. The more I keep thinking about it, the more annoyed I get that I wasn’t taken seriously. I’m not saying that the doctor was wrong in her diagnosis - if it is mastitis, fantastic! It’s just the fact that I went with a lump, and because the doctor didn’t feel it, it wasn’t there! I was made to feel like I was wasting her time.
I think I’m going to have to stick with the plan, take the Ibuprofen and go back in three weeks. I have a feeling that if I go back straight away, she’ll just tell me that I haven’t given the treatment a chance. *sigh*!

Again, thank you for your support and for letting me vent. No doubt I’ll be posting here again if things don’t change! X

Clickbeetle - I had the same with my gp she siad the lump was the wrong shape!!! and before that she said she couldn’t feel it! and again take ibruprofen for aq week and then go back and she would refer me then!!

I accepted this but whilst walking home i thought NO! i can’t wait another week i’d already left it 2 weeks before i went to see her just incase it went1 so phoned and asked for a referal there and then - she was very hessitant to do it - so i sadi if she didn’t then i would get another doctor to do it!1 she refefferd me and has an appt 10 days later - betweent hose days i was doubting myself that ther was anything therre but soon as the consultant had a fell he found it and another one!!

Don’t be put off by your gp! like someone else said you know your own boobs!!!

Good luck!
Cathy x

Hi Clickbeetle

I agree with all the other comments - you know your body best. If you feel something is wrong, INSIST on getting a referral ASAP. Don’t p**s about waiting for 3 weeks taking ibuprofen!

When I went to my GP with a “lump” she said she was pretty sure it was nothing serious, but referred me to the breast clinic to be on the safe side. Even the breast consultant said she didn’t think there was anything more than a cyst, but sent me for a mammogram that same evening. Then I could see the alarm bells starting to ring, I was sent for an ultrasound immediately, and even I could see the black shadow. It turned out that the lump I had found was a harmless cyst, but there was a thickened patch next to it which was cancer.

I’m not trying to frighten you, just demonstrate that even the “experts” don’t always know, so go with your instincts. If necessary, ask to see a different GP and insist that they examine you properly.

Thank you for all your comments. The lump is still there, and I’ve also noticed a light brown patch on the same breast over the last couple of days (no idea if they’re connected or not). So… I’ve been back to the doctors today.
I decided to visit a different doctor, a male GP this time. He was the complete opposite of the first doctor! He was absolutely lovely and really took the time to listen to my concerns. He performed a thorough exam, and actually asked me where I had felt the lump - would’ve been sensible for the first doctor to ask that!!
He can definitely feel the lump, and he’s referring me to the breast care unit at the hospital as a precaution. He’s almost certain it’s nothing to be concerned about, but he said he understands that I need peace of mind.
I’m so glad that somebody has actually taken me seriously. It’s been playing on my mind for weeks - at the minute I’m not really worrying myself about what it might be, I just need to know what it is so I can move forward.
Will post another update when I’ve been to the clinic. x

Good luck and hope your appointment comes thru soon.