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Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by vettechmomof2, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. vettechmomof2

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    I found a lump on myself about 4 weeks ago.

    Being the medical person I am, I stuck a syringe in it and extracted some cells and examined it under the microscope. Called the doc and told him my findings.

    His answers were, seems fine call with a recheck.Problem is, he is now out of the country for 3 weeks visiting family.

    Lump is still here, where I stuck the syringe has actually scabbed over and skin is very dry. Not a normal healing for a needle biopsy(even a home one).

    That was with my family doc. Do you think I should talk with my gyno about this. It is in my breast.

    Concern being my grandmother had breast cancer when I was 6 and then died from metastic disease(lung cancer from breast cancer cells).

    So, what would you do with a strange lump that is not going away???
     
  2. Mom264

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    I think you should visit a specialist as soon as you can. This will certainly help you cyclye down the anxiety. So sorry you are going through this!

    But, since you have a medical background, if you don't get seen by the correct specialist, you will probably keep self-diagnosing all weekend and make yourself nuts.

    If it were me, I would try to be seen today.

    Best of luck with this! It is probably nothing, but do get it looked at and by appropriate specialist.

    Editing to add:
    Sorry just re-read your post. You found this one month ago. What has changed that made you biopsy it now?
     
  3. vettechmomof2

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    No real anxiety. I ignore anything that might possibly worry me about myself.:rolleyes:
    When I did examine it with the syringe and scope it was over 3 weeks ago, hence why the not healing is concerning me.
    Gotta run to work but thanks for the 2nd opinion.
    I think I just needed to hear that I wasn't crazy in thinking it was strange. Not my normal healing process at least and with my families past history, probaly a safe idea.
    Yeah, an extra gyno visit this year:rolleyes:
    Allene
     
  4. vettechmomof2

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    I did not do the bx now but immedietly when I found it. It just has not healed since that time and the skin around the site is also very dry(unlike the other skin).
     
  5. CC'sMom

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    Allene, definitely get to a doctor. Better to get things checkout.
     
  6. Heather(CA)

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    Yes, Go to your Gyno. That's their area...Don't mess around. It's probably othing, but better safe than sorry:confused:

    You did your own needle biopsy??? What a studette!!!!:eek::D
     
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    :eek::eek: I am in awe and grossed out at the same time! :eek:

    go to your dr. Get it checked!
     
  8. GAmom

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    I had a problem, it took two months for the appt. for breast center specialist to see me. So, another vote YES,get it checked out. It may be awhile before they can schedule you in anyway. Everything was fine, but it is really comforting to hear it from someone who's a specialist in the field. Esp. with your grandmother's history.
     
  9. Gaia

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    Could the weather being so humid ect have anything to do w/ your skin being dry? Im thinking this only cause I know weather can do that - dry skin out ect. Or have you used a new soap or anything that could contribute to it?

    I agree w/pp's. Call gyno - remind them of family history, tell them how long its been, condition of area ect. I hope they get you in soon.

    And yes, I too am in awe! You are one strong lady!!
     
  10. etringali

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    Firstly- HOLY HANNAH!!!!! You did your own needle biopsy! :eek::eek:

    Secondly- Call thy Gyno and have a visit.
     
  11. buggle

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    The vast majority of lumps are benign. My sister had breast cancer a couple years ago and two of our aunts and our grandmother and her sister died from it. So, we've got a strong family history. I've had lumps removed twice and both times, it was fibroadenomas. So, lumps with a bad family history don't mean cancer.

    As far as doing your needle biopsy, STOP IT. First, unless you're a pathologist who can recognize different types of cancer cells, then it's a waste of time. And if it were cancer, you could be seeding it from the needle tracks.

    Get yourself to a breast specialist and go get a mammogram or better yet, ultrasound and then have a proper biopsy if it looks like it's needed. The last time I had lumps, the ultrasound showed suspicious features, but biopsy showed that it wasn't anything. Don't take any chances and be a good girl and go get yourself checked out.
     
  12. sisterbeth43

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    I had to read this post twice to see if I saw it correctly. I cannot imagine doing my own needle biopsy. You are one strong woman. But now is the time to get to your dr and get this checked out.
     
  13. momandwifeoftype1s

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    I can't even remove a splinter with a needle without feeling queasy. I can't believe you did your own biospsy :eek:. That's freaking me out. Ok, now please go to your doctor and get a mammogram and a biopsy in a hospital. Please! The last time I had one (4 total), they did a core needle biopsy, and it was benign and left no scar. Happy to talk to you if you want.
     
  14. Christopher

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    With all due respect, you say you are a medical person (licensed veterinary technician) and you are able to do your own biopsy at home, but you need to ask people on this board if you should go to a doctor for a strange lump on your breast that won't go away???????? :confused:
     
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    Stop wasting time here and go to a doctor.

    You have a medical background, so I think deep down you know the answer is YES, you need to go to either a gyno or breast specialist.

    Sorry if I am being harsh, but this is not something you should be handling on your own, regardless of your medical background.
     
  16. vettechmomof2

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    :D I did the biopsy and reported immedietly to my family doc so I have not actually waited on this. But now my family doc is out of the country and I wanted an opinion of others if this should go to my gyno or another type of doc, so yep I asked for others opinions. Family docs recepts were not sure either so instead of waiting for a different doc who does not know my history to get back to me I figured I would ask for opinions from others who might have been there. As of now I still have not recevied a call back from my famil docs coworkers but have already made an appointment with my gyno due to the recommendations of others here.

    I reported the cells to the doc, who was not concerned with my findings, however again he is unavailable and I was not really sure if the gyno was the preferred choices for this sort of exam.

    No new soaps or detergents.

    Appointment is now scheduled with gyno.

    I worked in oncology for a few years so I do have quite a bit of experience with reading needle aspirates so my doc felt confidant with my assessment of the slides made.

    As for the biopsy. I had a reduction mammoplasty when I was 20 and really have limited feeling left there so no big deal to me.;)

    I think that covers everything.

    Allene
     
  17. etringali

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    Stilll..... Ouch.
     
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    Allene I hope everything turns out ok:cwds:
     
  19. Gaia

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    Well I hope you get some answers soon. I know this can be scary but you sound pretty grounded. I admire that. Me? I'd be freaking. Good luck to you! :)
     
  20. OSUMom

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    If it were me, I'd skip the family physician and gynie. I'd be visiting the most respected breast cancer specialist in my city. I hope everything turns out okay.
     

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