very wise words. i am starting to settle down a bit now and keep myself distracted whatever the news I will be positive. It is great being able to share on here (never done this before). I will let you know the outcome.
I'm glad I was able to help a little....I think many of us recognise those feelings....where you swing one way and the other. Is it, isn't it? Thats the hard part to deal with, endless thoughts that you can't switch off. I don't know if this helps you....but....You know what, even IF it were something that needed treating, it would still be OK! Thousands of us here are OK, despite having had bc, the majority of women are OK after diagnosis. I'm not of course saying that they think you have BC, they are just doing the right thing and investigating where you have been referred, but if you could remove some of the fear of the 'sinister C' then maybe that would help a little?
hang on in there distract yourself as best you can. Im hoping you get some positive news in a couple of weeks, but if you do need a biopsy and further investigation then be thankful that you've done the right thing and reported a change in your breast, that is the RIGHT thing to do.
Thank you Charys
that really helps I felt much better as soon as I posted,I know you are right i just needed somebody to say it i suppose. I think i will wait for the results it is just coping with the anxiety. I am not really an anxious person, i am the one usually dishing out the positive advice!
Like so many people here your thoughts are in a turmoil and go from being negative and getting ready to accept the worst case scenario (in my case convincing myself i have cancer) to then trying to take a positive approach and push it to the back of my mind thinking it will all be OK.
For many of us it seems the norm to have our first appointment with the general surgeon, who is usually the breast cancer surgical specialist. So, that in itself shouldn't be of concern. I myself saw a general surgeon for my first few appointments including the very initial stages as you are at now, until after surgery and radiotherapy was due to start, then the oncologist took over.
The good news is that he did send for a mammogram (as is good practice if a GP has referred, unless it is absolutely without doubt that there is nothing to investigate) and those results will show anything that is an anomally, not just the two areas he has marked as needing investigating. I think he has taken you seriously, hence the mammogram. A mammogram does the full breast, whereas an ultrasound would be used in specific areas.I presume he did a manual examination and then said he could not find the area (which you say is now smaller) which you were originally concerned about, that is possible, as they are used to feeling for the type of thing that could be of concern. The 'thing' you originally found could literally feel like normal breast tissue to the consultant, as they have such experience of feeling for different things within the tissue. This would tie in with your GPs view.
Its understandable that you are full of questions and concerns, and the course of the examination didn't take the route you thought it would. However, I think, and this is only my personal opinion, I would wait until the results are back to query things. Until those results are back you won't have any evidence to query based upon, it could be that the original area you were concerned about shows up, it might not.
I know 2 weeks of waiting will be really hard, but even IF it were something that needed treating, 2 weeks won't matteras a wait. It is the psychological bit that is hard with these results.
Hope this helps a bit?
I found a hard small lump in my left breast 4 weeks ago, so i went to my GP he felt it but thought it was just a grizzly bit of tissue but sent a routine referal in for me just to be on safe side. I went to the clinic yesterday and saw a consultant who I found out was a general surgeon!!
He examined my breasts and found a thickening in my right breast and lumpy area in my left breast both not found by me! however the lump i had found he said he couldnt find.
He did send me for a mammogram thank goodnes but now I dont know what to think?
today my right breast is painful left no problem, i can still feel the hard small lump (it is smaller than it was 4 weeks ago and is quite deep)
Do i wait for the results (approx 2 weeks) or should i ask for a second opinion?
I am now worried that he did not take me seriously fluctuating with if there was nothing there why the mammogram? I did look at the x ray sheet that i handed in and he had marked the 2 areas he found??
should i now be worried about these?
the lump was originally found whilst lying in bed, when i turned on my side my breast felt uncomfortable so i checked and found it. I should also say it cannot always be felt lying down i have to search for it but now i no where it is I can get it everytime.
Any advise would be grateful.