Found a lump :(
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Posted: 11/18/2013 9:43:42 PM

I am on the cancellations list. My doc is a high risk dr. in high demand in our area and she is booked up pretty fast. I *was* given the option to see her NP but I asked not to due to a past issue and I just don't trust her diagnostic abilities.

Thank you all for your reassuring words. I appreciate any and all prayers. Now I will just wait and see I guess.....

I already made an appointment, but she couldn't get me in until december 16. I felt it a while ago, but it was smaller and I honestly didn't think it was anything to worry about simply because I tend to have cystic breast tissue to begin with. Besides, I'm in nursing school and honestly I don't want to be "that" person who suddenly comes down with whatever unit we are working on in assessment.

Well it's been getting bigger. It's not round like a ball, but long and kinda spindly feeling, and solid. It doesn't feel like it has any fluid mass to it.

I'm terrified......for what I think are all the wrong reasons and so irrationally. I am terrified that if it is cancerous I won't be able to continue with my schooling and I've waited for 20 years to be where I am.

I know - crazy.


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Posted: 11/18/2013 9:47:50 PM
Waiting until December 16th would not be ok with me!! Find a new doctor and get it checked out so you don't have to stress about it.

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Posted: 11/18/2013 9:48:28 PM

I know - crazy.

Not crazy. Of course you're scared. Is there any way you could get in to see another doctor sooner?

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Posted: 11/18/2013 9:50:00 PM
I'd be seen sooner. (((hugs))) Of course you're scared. I hope it's nothing.



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Posted: 11/18/2013 9:50:16 PM
Oh no, I am sorry. I don't know if this is helpful, but I had some really scary symptoms- pretty much textbook cervical cancer- last year and realized I hadn't had a pap in a really long, way too long, years and years. I was freaked, and sure my lazy attitude to regular checks meant I was now in late stages and it was going to be terrible. But- it wasn't! My symptoms were all iud related, my pap was clear, I was fine. The very worst was the waiting, but it turned out fine, and I am sure your situation will too.

I totally get how freaked you are! Please update us, and be kind to yourself in the meantime while you wait. I didn't tell a soul except the peas I was so worried, but they sure helped comfort me.

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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:29:53 PM
I had a lump several years ago that sounded like the one you described. It ended up being a swollen milk gland. I always thought they would be round or oval shape, but they can also be elongated.

I'm also in agreement about the wait time for a doctors appt. Did you explain what was going on to the receptionist? At my Ob-gyn they make appointments 10 to 12 months out for regular checkups but they keep a certain number every week for things like this.

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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:46:32 PM
Get on their cancelation list. Call them every day. I know it's scary sometimes. I have had lumps too. I hope yours, like mine, just turn out to be lumpy boobs. It's normal to be afraid just try not to jump to the worst case scenario. I know I do that too.

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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:51:07 PM
You are not crazy. Finding my lump was scary. I was terrified. And I had a new doctor that I hadn't seen before. I called, told them that I had found a lump and it was very painful. She got me in to see her in a few days. Call back and push for something sooner. Being in nursing, you probably already know this, but remember even if it is something, waiting that long probably won't affect anything. Except the wait will be very difficult for you. So call. And tell them you want to see someone sooner. It took a month for me to be diagnosed. First to get the appointment with her, a week until they could get me in for a mammogram and ultrasound, a week before they did the biopsy and a week to get the results. This may not be normal everywhere, but things don't move fast in diagnosing.

I'm sorry you are going through this. It is scary. I know it's impossible but try not to worry until you have reason to. (((hugs)))


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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:59:21 PM
If you can't get in any sooner, maybe the doctor could at least set up a mammogram for you in the meantime. I know I'd be pushing for it or would find a new doctor. Waiting almost a month to see the doctor is way too long, even if only for peace of mind.


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Posted: 11/18/2013 11:03:09 PM
can you call and get a mammogram done now or do you need to have a dr. referral? I always get mine done before my appt. then you will know if you need a repeat one or not and get that all done before your appt.



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Posted: 11/18/2013 11:03:52 PM
Try calling once or twice a day to see if they have cancellations. You must be seen immediately! Good luck!


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Posted: 11/18/2013 11:05:36 PM
Tell them to put you on their cancellation list. I do that sometimes and I almost always get called in sooner.

Call and ask them to have the doctor write out a referral for a mammogram (if you need one)so that they'll already have results in your chart when you see your doc. That is likely to be the first step he/she takes anyway, so this way you can speed up the process and save yourself an office call.

Good luck to you. My heart always sinks when I see a post titled similar to yours.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 2:43:53 AM
Is it your GYN that you have an appt with? If so, go see your regular dr, and you should be able to be seen much faster. With what you're describing, you absolutely should not wait a month to be seen. Fact is you need a mammo at least, and any dr will be able to order that for you.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 4:58:00 AM

Get on their cancelation list. Call them every day.

I know the wait is SO hard. I would be shocked if you called them every day and they didn't get you in much sooner. (((Hugs))) to you.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 5:59:01 AM
Hoping it's nothing! I had a lump years and years ago that didn't go away for the longest time, it was hard like a knot. My doctor said it felt cystic to him and that caffeine may be the culprit (and to watch it). Sure enough it went away after like 6 months. I know how scary that feeling is

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Posted: 11/19/2013 6:42:05 AM
I just went through this a few weeks ago. While I totally understand the need to act now (and believe me I did the same thing). I have since learned that if it is something to worry about, it grows VERY slowly. I was told by several doctors that you have time to weigh options and get treatment. I am not talking months here but days won't really make that much of a difference. I would NOT wait until Dec 16 though. You need to have a diagnostic mammogram asap.

They found something in both breasts at a screening mammo. They then switched to a diagnostic mammo and then did an ultrasound all in the same 1 hour period. This was on Halloween. On the following Monday I had a biopsy on one breast. I had all this done before my doctor had even seen the results of the initial mammo. She said she would have done an MRI instead but I was happy with the biopsy. It was horribly painful and I still have bruising but I felt better knowing they were actually taking cells and not looking at a picture. It took until that Thursday to get the results.

I am still not sure what it was. It was about 5 mm but flat and very close to the surface of the skin. No one felt anything. My other breast is still abnormal but I will go in for a repeat mammo in 6 months. I can't stress about it right now. I got pregnant earlier this year and was far enough along that my body had started to change and the doctor that performed the biopsy said it was related to my ducts. I lost the baby though.

The best thing you can do is just breathe (I know it is hard), call and demand another appointment or tell them you need a diagnostic mammogram. The mammo places will fit you in. They don't mess around with stuff like this.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:50:11 AM
You are not crazy for worrying abuot something that could interrupt your plans!!

Last December, I found a small lump and immediately got pissed that I was going to have to miss my annual work trip to San Francisco! Totally irrational response, but I think it was a way to distract myself from a bigger fear of something worse. I was able to get into my OBGYN within 6 days of finding the lump but she wasn't concerned too much and I was able to wait a couple of weeks on the mammogram till after my trip. Turned out it was a swollen lymph and everything was ok.

I would get on the cancellation list for your OBGYN's office and see if they can fit you in sooner. I hope you can get seen soon so you can get some peace of mind.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:53:31 AM
I agree that waiting until December 16th is not okay, just for your own piece of mind. Sending you lots of positive thoughts!


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Posted: 11/19/2013 8:01:19 AM
I am sorry you are going through this. I would try to get in sooner too just for my own peace of mind. Waiting won't be easy.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 9:07:28 AM
Call them again and ask for the office manager, and tell her that is is bigger that you need to be seen immediately please...


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Posted: 11/19/2013 9:42:21 AM
I found a small round lump and called to make an appt. No ob/gyn, no pcp. I just called the mammogram place, told them I had a lump, went in the same week. It turned out to just be a sebaceous cyst, but I found out after mammogram and the ultrasound they had to do the same day b/c of where the cyst was. The doctor read it and told me what it was the same day.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 10:25:29 AM
Are you in the US?

That's such a long time to wait.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 10:44:42 AM
I'm so sorry. I had a melanoma scare around this time last year and it was horrible waiting for the biopsy results to come back in. It made it so hard to enjoy the holidays. Positive thoughts for good results and hugs to you.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 11:05:36 AM
You aren't crazy. Hopefully it's nothing but it's good to get it checked. I agree with the others that I'd go to another doctor instead if waiting until the 16th. Sending P&PT your way!

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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:54:48 PM
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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:58:21 PM
You should be able to set up a screening mammogram without a referral or script. That's how the mobile screening buses work. You'd want to make sure it would be covered by your insurance. But it would be a much faster way to get results quickly.
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