Thank you for your post.
It’s understandable that you feel scared about what the cause of the thickening, lumps and pain might be, especially as you have been told the average wait for a clinic appointment is 25 days.
However, as it can be hard for GPs to know what might be causing the symptoms, they follow national guidelines, which advise when to refer someone to a specialist. As these are guidelines, it sometimes it can take a bit longer to be seen, depending on the hospital. But as you have been referred to be seen within two weeks and have been told the average wait is 25 days, it’s good that you are on the cancellation list.
I wonder if the breast clinic is aware that you are going on holiday in two weeks. It may help to speak with your GP to explain that you have been told you may need to wait longer than two weeks to be seen. They may be able to contact the clinic to ask if it’s possible for you to be seen before you go on holiday. Also, it may be helpful to talk to your GP about what might be the best pain relief to take while you wait to be seen.
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Hi, about 15 years ago I found a lump in my breast that was very, very sore. I ignored it at first but, over a number of weeks, it grew very quickly until it was approx 5cms long. I went to my gp and was referred to the breast clinic on an emergency referral. I only had to wait 10 days before my appointment and it turned out to be completely benign. I was given the option to have it removed because it was so painful but I really didn't want to go through surgery unless it was completely necessary.
So, to answer your question, yes, it is possible to have thickening, lumps and bad pain and it be completely benign. However, it really does need to be checked out and the only people who can put your mind to rest are the specialist breast team.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in February this year and today I'm completely cancer free and healing nicely. I know it's hard not to worry, but even if it is bad news, it will now be dealt with. Cancer treatments are extremely effective and everyone on my cancer team was kind and compassionate and very professional.
Good luck with your appointment, I hope it goes well for you and keep in mind, whatever the outcome, you've done the right thing by going to the doctor. Take care x
Have had pain in left breast for about 4 weeks and a lot of thickening but I couldn’t feel one lump, just lots of bumps. Waited to see if improved after monthly cycle and still there. In fact over the weekend the pain woke me at night.
saw GP Monday who noticed swelling and immediately felt the thickening and found a lump. Referred me on 2 week referral but I go n hols next Friday (just under 2 weeks). Called today to see when I’m likely to hear and was told average wait is 25 days. She said gp has marked as very urgent so I’m on cancellation list.
cant really afford to go private but the pain is getting worse daily and I’ve found another lump. Not sure whether to try and put on credit card but it is £250 just for consultation. Scans etc extra.
i just don’t know that to do.
Has anyone ever had thickening, lumps and pain and it been ok?
Sorry for long post, I’m so scared