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Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

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Lucy_BCC
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hi Photomum
I am sorry to read that you have had such a difficult day, please feel free to call our helpliners to talk things through and for further support, lines are open during the week 9-5 and Saturdays 10-2 on 0808 800 6000
Take care
Lucy BCC

pinky3
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hello Photomum,

 

I am so sorry that you had such a negative experience. Some Doctors really need to get a reality check, to treat any concerned patient in that way is totally unacceptable. 

It will be useful for you to get a copy of any letter she sends to your GP.

If you are not happy go back to your GP and discuss what happened and how you feel. She may be able to reassure you or refer you for a second opinion. 

 

Best wishes 

photomum82
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

So, my experience of the breast clinic was not a good one! To start, i was the only one there without anyone with me. I then went in to see the doctor and student doctor. She starts by talking to me with her back to me. I wasn't even sure if it was actually me she was talking to at first. I quickly told her about my symptoms. She told me to lay on the bed to get examined. I lay on my back at a slight angle. She poked and prodded them and claimed she didn't see or feel the indentation or lumps (which GP noticed). Even when i pointed it out to her, she claimed she didn't see it. I was able to feel it! Why couldn't she?! She sent me off for an ultrasound and i found out that she only requested to have the bottom half of the left breast (where indentation is) done even though my GP had spotted lumps in both. I waited 45 minutes to be seen again for results which the bottom half of the breast looks fine. She started going on about pain management. Now, i don't normally have pain in my breast, only that once for 5 days which passed weeks ago. I told her i no longer have the pain. She said "But you said when i was examining you that you have pain in your indentation?!" I replied that i hadn't said that! I definately did not! This proves to me that she was not listening to me properly! She just glanced at me and continued on about breast pain management, going on about a certain breast condition that causes pain ( can't remember the name)...then paused and said...but i don't think you have that! I don't understand why she wasted her time going on about it if i didn't have that?! I left there feeling like a silly little child that is imagining things. I felt very tearful. I haven't been reassured. She tried to tell me that the numbness is from a breast reduction i had 9 years ago! I had to explain to her that i had full feeling in this breast weeks ago and now i don't! She also tried to put the indentation (remember, the one i apparantely don't have) down to me getting older! I'm 31! I asked if it is something that would happen overnight as this did! She couldn't give me any proper answers to these changes. I know what my breasts look like and i know there are changes!

 

I feel it was a complete waste of my day. Left feeling embarrassed, silly, teary! I called my partner and he was so angry that she said i didn't have this indentation! My partner, mum, sisters and friend have all seen this with their own eyes and cannot believe she said it wasn't there. I ran all of this past them before i went to the doctors as i do not like wasting doctors time.

 

So, the overnight change is nothing to worry about. It is down to my age/previous operation/imagination. My family think i should seek a second opinion but i really don't want to go through that again! My sister is a nurse and thinks they way i was treated was wrong and that i should put in a complaint but i don't think i will be doing that. What's the point! I can either seek a second opinion or just wait and see if i develop any new changes.

 

So, that is how my day at the breast clinic went. Just horrible!

 

On a more positive note, the nurses were friendly.

1stfear
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hi photomum!

 

Hope everything went well on your appointment today!

 

Xx.

photomum82
Member

Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Thank you. I will go and take a look. x
Jackie09
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hi,

In the other section scans and screenings I think it is, I've written my account of my clinic appointment. If you want to know what to expect, that might help x x
1stfear
Member

Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hi photomum!

 

This is how I feel, it was like reading about myself. I go to bed with this nagging thought and checking my boobs hoping these lumps might have disappeared since my last check (which very well could have been an hour ago). Waking up with the same ritual and can't stop thinking negatively. I also very irritable and suffer from feeling sleepy all the time... Sorry, it doesn't help you. Just want you to know that you are not alone. If i was at work the distraction would have been very powerful. Hope you have a chance to socialise and have a chat with someone on daily basis. Day goes faster if you make yourself tired with some tasks or hobby. Knowing that myself it still not works everyday, that is why i here to find out how others do  x x.

photomum82
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hi 1stfear,

It's so hard to not think about it. Thinking about it is taking over most of my thoughts! It's driving me crazy! I feel exhausted all the time now too and have started taking naps through the day! Also feel like my body is overheating all the time too! It must be caused by the stress. I have to stop myself from prodding my breast checking for lumps, to see if the indentation is still there. Is such a weird thing. Several inches long, about an inch thick and feels like I am missing tissue underneath. Just like a hole in my breast really. I am finding little hard pea sized lumps in both breasts too. Could be anything really but I am glad I'm closer to getting answers. Still, despite all the worry, I am trying my best to think positive. If I start thinking the worst, I fear I will really freak out!

My original appointment wasn't until June but appointments office were more than happy for me to phone daily to check for cancellations.

I hope all goes well for you too. Please keep me updated xx
photomum82
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hi Pinky, many thanks for taking time to read and reply to my post and share your experience. Yes, I have decided to just go myself. I highly doubt I will get told any bad news on that day so I will be fine.
1stfear
Member

Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Hi photomum82!

 

I'm also nervous though I'm nowhere near to my appointment. You only have a few sleeps left but I know probably the last day will be the longest ever. I am trying to keep myself busy with decorating the house, great stuff to keep your mind off worrying and makes you tired enough to sleep through night. Please come back and let us know how you getting on.

 

Take care x.

pinky3
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Re: Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

It is good news that you have an earlier appointment. I chose not to take anyone to the assessment clinic appointment and in fact didn't tell anyone about it as I didn't want family or friends worrying when the outcome was likely to be something benign. Everyone is different and if you want to take someone with you then that will be fine. At my clinic the only time your companion is with you is when you see Doctor for results which may or may not be at the same appointment, especially if you have a core biopsy or similar. My experience at the clinic was that I had a mammogram, then after a short wait while it was reviewed I had an ultrasound examination. The radiologist told me there and then that I needed a core biopsy and this was arranged for the next morning. I did take someone with me for that appointment and for my results appointment with the consultant which was two weeks later.

 

The waiting for results is pretty awful, but to be expected, fingers crossed everything will be okay for you.

 

Best wishes

photomum82
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Breast clinic this Monday coming. A little nervous.

Managed to get my appointment changed from the 2nd June to this Monday coming for a scan. Will be so glad to get it over and done with and hopefully all this worrying will have been for nothing. My sister was going to come up with me but can't make that date so I will be on my own. Did anyone take someone with you? I've been so stressed about waiting for this appointment. Just glad I don't have much longer to wait now.