Hi everyone. Just wanted to share my experience as I have found reading other
Oats to be very supportive and informative.
I found a lump about 2 weeks ago and had an appointment at the clinic yesterday. I have been reading the threads on here, so felt prepared for what might come. I am very needle phobic, so came prepared with some Elma anaesthestic cream which works a treat for me.
I had a quick breast exam with a doctor, then wIted for a mammogram. Just to say at this point, my husband was not allowed to come into the room when any of the testing took place - only when speaking to the staff afterwards. The mammogram took about 10 mins and was uncomfortable but not painful. Each breast was squashed for about 10 seconds each - 2 pics were taken of each breast. I asked the lady who did it would I need a biopsy - so I could get me cream ready, but all she would say was tht it was up to the doctor to decide after he had looked at the mammogram results. I later found out that she thought the lump she saw was suspicious, but she gave nothing away to me.
Next, after more waiting around, I saw a doctor who carried out an ultra sound scan. Straight after the scan he said he wanted to do a biopsy. I said I had my cream (which it says takes an hour to work!!!!!) so he scanned another 2 ladies to give it a chance.
To reassured anyone worried about this procedure - I am the BIGGEST whimp out there and I didn't feel a thing really - just the tiniest scratch of the anesthetic going in. I was very overwhelmed at this stage, so didn't ask his opinion re what he saw. However, one of my husband's friends is an oncologist and they said to ask what their level of suspicion is.
Anyway, get the results tomorrow and have obviously convinced myself it's the worst possible news with the worst possible prognosis!!!!
I hope my experience helps to reduce any anxiety re the examinations, especially the biopsy part, which was my biggest worry.
Love and hugs to everyone x x