Before you freak out, I think it’s nothing scary or bad…
Maybe three weeks ago I started having quite a bit of pain in my left breast. I ignored it at first, thinking it was indigestion that was radiating there, taking Tums on and off and increasing my already prescribed daily dose of Prilosec. None of such took the pain away.
I’ll admit, I don’t do monthly self-breast exams, as ‘they’ say you should, mainly because I don’t really know what I’m looking for… Below is a great comparison of normal vs. fibrocystic breasts. I have fibrocystic, which makes self-exams extremely difficult in that there are areas of lumpy tissue that could be mistaken for something abnormal. Actually, I’m told both types of breasts shown below are technically normal, in that having fibrous breasts doesn’t make you any more prone to breast cancer.
Being I was having so much pain though, I started feelings around in the area where I thought the pain was coming from, and felt a lump larger than those around it, slightly larger than a pea maybe. It obviously scared me, so after having Eric feel it as well we decided we should at least have it looked it.
Last week I saw my Primary Care Physician (PCP) who sent me the same day for both a mammogram and ultrasound. First let me say, OMG, mammograms are not bad at all! Everyone have been telling me they are so painful, but that was not at all my experience. The radiologist came to talk to us, Eric went with me, while we were still in the ultrasound room… The lump in question didn’t appear abnormal on any of the scans, nor did my left breast appear any different on the scans than my right. I was told though, that I have very dense breast tissue and thus sometimes it’s difficult to get good scans of such tissue. For this reason they offered me a referral to a breast specialist for further evaluation.
I didn’t end up making a referral appointment. Not yet anyway. Eric isn’t fond of the local breast specialist, and actually, one of his partners wives is a breast specialist at the University, so Eric chatted with her. Her recommendation is to watch the lump for two months, if it’s still present at that time, she would like to do a biopsy.
So more to come on this in two months, or sooner if the lump increases in size before then…