Please excuse me but I need to rant! I'd been having one-sided breast pain for a few months and, after seeing all the advertising about breast cancer, decided I ought to get it checked out. Went to my GP on 22/10, discussed my syptoms and had a physical examination. GP said she could feel some thickening of the tissue which was connected with the pain and that she would refer me to the breast clinic, should be seen within 2 weeks.
Having not received an appointment after 2 weeks I rang my GP surgery. The secretary said that the referral was faxed to the breast clinic on 25/10 and she would chase the appointment. Hospital said they received the fax on 01/11 and that I would be seen within 2 weeks. Not quite sure how a fax takes a week to reach it's destination but never mind.
Today I had a phone call from the Outpatients department to schedule an appointment on Monday 12/11 at 3pm to see a breast specialist for a physical examination and to discuss symptoms. When I asked whether it was a breast clinic appointment, I was told that I was being triaged so if it is deemed that I need a mammogram, ultrasound or biopsy, I would be refferred.
From what my GP told me, I was expecting a one-stop breast clinic appointment but it now seems that I'll be no further on after 3 weeks than I was when I went to the doctors. Of course, I may get the all-clear on Monday and that would be great but I just feel it's the NHS manipulating the 2 week rule.
If they had only told me they can't meet their targets, I'd accept it but I don't like being fobbed off and, apart from that, I'm scared! 😞
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What a disappointment that they didn't do the biopsies today, I thought that was the whole point of a 'one stop' breast clinic.
My thoughts are with you, hope Wednesday comes round quickly.
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Just wanted to add my best wishes to everybody else's. I'm waiting for an appointment too and completely understand how you're feeling, the waiting is awful. I hate to think of you going through this completely alone, please give the helpline a ring as others have suggested, it might make you feel better to talk things through with someone.
Please keep us all updated.
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My appointment wasn't today, I'm still waiting for it to come through but thank you all very much for your replies and best wishes.
I feel a bit better today, I think it helped to get off my chest how I was feeling and I slept better last night. I'm going between thinking it's nothing, just a bit of pain to well, it's a very odd type of pain!! I guess there's no point in thinking about it like that as it's completely out of my hands for now. I needed to get my emotions under control as I get psoriasis which is triggered by stress. My skin is pretty good at the moment and I don't want to put myself at risk of a flare so deep breaths and cross stitch tonight to take my mind off it
Thanks again ladies, I'll update when I get my appointment through.
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This is my first post here. I've been having some one-sided breast pain and discomfort for the last few months but, as I'm menopausal (aged 50) and my periods are all over the place, I thought it was probably related to that (and hopefully, it is!) But after seeing an advert for the 5 signs of BC, I thought I'd better get it checked out so went to my GP on Monday.
My mother and maternal grandmother both had post menopausal BC and I've had 2 previous visits to the breast clinic - once after a mamogram and US at age 40 picked up cysts in both breasts (harmless and no treatment needed) and once 3 years ago when I had a fluid filled cyst which was drained and again, no further treatment needed.
As I was sitting in the GP's waiting room, I was hoping that the doctor would understand that it was 'just a feeling', I can't feel a lump or anything but it just feels wrong. Luckily, I saw a lovely lady GP and, after hearing my history, she examined me. She found what she described as thickening of the tissue and it was very painful when she felt that area (underneath and going up the arm side of my left breast). She said that if I'd only had the pain for a week or so, she'd tell me to come back in a few weeks but, as I've had it for a few months, she'd refer me to the breast clinic and I should be seen within 2 weeks.
The first time I had to go, I wasn't too worried as I'd had a mamogram and ultra sound and was told there and then that the cysts were probably harmless and, sure enough, after just a physical exam, the specialist confirmed that. The 2nd time, logic told me it was nothing to worry about as the lump was big and came up quite suddenly. The only thing which freaked me out a bit was the speed of it all - I had a phone call from the hospital the day after seeing the GP and was seen at the clinic within a week.
This time I was half expecting a referral and thought I'd be OK with it but it turns out, I'm a nervous wreck! I think it's probably because the GP actually found an abnormality which I didn't know was there. I haven't slept properly since Monday, feel constantly sick, tired, irritable and close to tears most of the time.
Last time I had to go, I phoned my Dad when I came out and he cried when I told him everything was OK. My Dad's the strongest man I've ever known and he'd shown no sign of being over-worried before I went so I haven't told him this time. I phone him every night as he's on his own now and it's very hard to keep cheerful on the phone and not let it show that I'm worried. My sister knows and will be coming to the clinic with me and a few colleagues at work know and, despite how I'm feeling, I'm really trying to put a brave face on it. What I really want to do is shout and scream at the people who are saying 'try not to worry about it'!!
Anyway, sorry for the long post. I think I just wanted to get out how I'm really feeling. Thanks for reading and good luck to all of you who are going through it
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