Going for biopsy tomorrow, very nervous

July 17, 2018 - 23:34

Hello everyone,

I'm going for my first biopsy tomorrow morning and and pretty scared.

I found a "lump" in both breasts only two weeks ago. My doctor found one area of thickened breast tissue in my right breast, and three In my left.

My doctor was obviously concerned, so sent me to the breast clinic asap.

I'm worried, as I get rib pain, on my left side, and also feel some aches in my bones.

I'm panicking, as the areas of thickening are quite large, to feel at least, and my left breast causes me quite a lot of pain.

Not all the time, but last night, I found it hard to sleep with the pain, and it hurts when hugging or even just sitting/lying down (again, not around the clock).

Should I be concerned about this? Or are all these symptoms unconnected?

I'm 36, no known history of breast cancer in my family (as of yet). I think this thickened tissue could have been there for some time, as I've recently lost weight.. about two stone since March (my mom passed away in early March).

Another symptom I'm having is that my hands and feet go numb, very easily.. again, I'm not sure if any of these things are connected or not, but i may as well document them here, so I can refer to them.

Any advice or support welcome. Thanks.

July 18, 2018 - 12:23

Hi,

Thank you for your message. I am sorry to hear of the recent changes in your body. I recognize that this is a very distressing time for you and waiting for tests and treatment to commence will add to your distress. I think that if you call us on the Cancer Nurseline on 1800-200-700 we can discuss in a little more detail and we may be able to help and support you.

Regards,

July 18, 2018 - 14:36

Hi there,

Had my appointment today in the breast check clinic, I was very disappointed with my experience there, and what they told me.

I met with a doctor, who gave me a standard breast check (by hand). He then called in an ultrasound technician, who gave me another breast check, also by hand.

They actually said that they will just be doing an ultrasound on my left breast in 6-8 weeks (ultrasound only takes 5-10 mins).. they said that they will not be doing an ultrasound on the right one at all, even though there's some kind of a mass (thickening) there!.. it seems negligent to me to be honest. Obviously, I'm no expert, but for them to say they won't check my right breast by ultrasound seems wrong.

I've been advised to insist that they do an ultrasound on both breasts. I'm going to make sure they do what they are supposed to do.

I felt rushed out of there, and would have at least expected the ultrasound today, as it's a short, uninvasive procedure.

I'm not sure if this is the norm, as this is my first experience in a breast clinic. But I just don't see how they will be checking one, and not the other. And why they couldn't do this ultrasound today, rather than keeping me waiting for another two months?

I suppose the best course of action is to write them a letter, explaining my concerns.

Just thought I'd keep you updated on my journey.

Thanks for reading this, and apologies for sounding frustrated. I am frustrated, but it's not directed at you.

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