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Old 04-12-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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I'm concerned about this

I had my annual mammogram this week and just received a call telling me something doesn't look normal and they want me to come back. I made the appointment and now I'm a little nervous. I just wanted to talk about it, because it's hard to discuss this with my husband.


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Old 04-12-2008, 09:22 PM   #2
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i know this scares you. had that happen to me once. of course , in my mind was having a meltdown. they just hadn't really gotten a good picture and just did it over.

did they notify you right away or was it a week later? i felt that if it was life threatening they would tell u right away to come back in

don't imagine to many dire things, till you find out.

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Old 04-12-2008, 09:27 PM   #3
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Essie, I understand how scary it can be. Quite a few years ago I found a lump in my right breast when I was taking a shower. It was on a Friday morning and I called the doctor immediately. I was petrified and didn't say a thing to Buck. I thought I'd just wait until I saw the doctor on Monday and, when I had more information, would then tell Buck. By late Saturday morning I caved and told him. I'm so glad I did. I would've been a crazy person by Monday. I was scared out of my wits. I know exactly how you feel. As hard as it may be, I encourage you to talk to your husband. The fear is lessened when you can lean on him.

Okay, after all was said and done. Had needle biopsies, etc. The doc found another lump when doing the biopsy. I can't even describe how I felt when he found the second one. Thought I was walking through a very bad dream.

After several weeks of tests, biopsies, etc. everything turned out to be benign.

So, don't immediately assume the worst. Just go with courage and support (husband). You can do it.

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Old 04-12-2008, 09:30 PM   #4
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It's happened to me twice now.

Once they saw what turned out to be "calcifications" (nothing to worry about) and the second time it was because of a blurry spot and they wanted to take a zoom shot (and saw nothing).

I figured that call-backs aren't at all rare.

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Old 04-12-2008, 10:42 PM   #5
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It happened to me too..Odd roll of the flesh and ten years later, I'm here to tell about it...I know you are worried, but, if they really felt it was life threatening they would have insisted you come in right then,,You have my good thoughts and prayers..
Hang in there.
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:17 PM   #6
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Essie, it sounds like you had a routine screening mammogram. That generally means the radiologist, the doc who reads the images, did not see the pictures until sometime after the X-rays were taken.

As babetoo has said, the images may not have been optimal and they want to get it just right. And as has been said, call backs are relatively common.

If there was something terribly wrong they would have called it.

Now for some reason they just want a better look.

That is all. It happens with great regularity.

Disconcerting, worrisome, you bet.

Go to your appointment. If there is anything to be concerned about you need to know it now.

Many blips on the mammogram are benign. And those that are not, thank God, are usually found when they can be taken care of with minimally invasive procedures.

Not time to get upset but go and get the follow up.
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:22 PM   #7
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No need to worry just yet. I had the same thing happen and on the second scan, it was clear. Sometimes it is a problem with the scan itself as opposed to actually being something. Please try not to worry, I know it is hard. But it could be anything and I will be praying that it is nothing more than a hardware glitch!

Keep us posted!
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:33 PM   #8
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I just want to give you a great big {{{{{{{{{{{{{{Essie}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} hug right now. Don't leave your husband out - he's your biggest fan and supporter.

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Old 04-13-2008, 01:13 AM   #9
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For me it was just a weird shadow or something on the image. I had to go back in for spot xrays (can't remember the exact name, spot something) and a sonogram. It was nothing.

Definitely do go back for follow-up, but don't allow yourself to dwell on it. Do let your husband know. And know that we are praying for you.

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Old 04-13-2008, 01:36 AM   #10
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Awww, Essiebunny, you must be scared to death. But the girls here are right - most of the time lumps and shadows are not malignant. Also, mammograms are great but have a hard time with particularly dense breasts or if you have cystic breasts that fluctuate with your cycles. That's why they will often re-check suspicious areas a week later - so that you are at a different point in your monthly cycle. They may ultrasound your breast this time since it can be more sensitive in differentiating cysts and dense tissue from masses. But if it's still suspicious, they may try to do a needle biopsy. It sounds like that's a very bad sign but it isn't. Most needle biopsies are negative for malignancy. So the odds are in your favor. Still, it's very scary and it's good for you to look for support from your friends.

I also had a lump when I was 24. I had a needle biopsy but there was no fluid so it wasn't a cyst. The next morning, I had a lumpectomy. I insisted on having it done under local because I didn't want to wake up not knowing what I'd find. I was so scared. My surgeon sent the tissue to the lab right then and stayed in the OR with me still strapped down on the operating table while we waited for the results. 30 minutes later they called to say it was an abscess (probably from a cat scratch) that had solidified. Not even a benign tumor! I'm telling you so that you know that even if they want to do a biopsy, it doesn't mean the worst.

Keep us posted and lean on us for support. That's what friends are for.

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