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abnormal pap smear

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by fredntan2, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. fredntan2

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    Do you'll know much about these? a friend at work mid 30's is scared to death.
    she got the call at work that her pap smear was abnormal and they have scheduled her a cervical bx next friday.

    this poor child has had a couple of very horrible years. her kids are 4 &5. couple of years ago her DH was messing around and they have divorced, he doesn't provide child support. the kids are allways sick and have had some surgeries first part of year. they are ok now. but this poor child doesn't need this on her plate. her parents help her a lot with the kids.

    she says female cancer runs on both sides of her family and that she's been having some cramping pain in her lower abdomin.

    Is a cervical bx painful? they wouldn't tell her much over phone. just says they give local? WTF? I'm going to try and switch my work days so I can be her driver and she can have valium.
    and they said it would take 3 weeks to get results back? In my dept when someone have lung/liver or whatever type of bx-it generally takes 3 days to come back. a kidney bx does usually take 3 weeks.
    but if she's having cramping pain, shouldn't they be getting a CT scan or something. I mean if she has anything, we've lost a whole month not knowing anything.

    could you'll say a little prayer for her. this poor child needs a break:(
     
  2. Jen_in_NH

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    I had a cervical biopsy for an abnormal pap a few years ago. It wasn't the most uncomfortable thing ever, but it wasn't pleasant either. The OB/GYN told me to take Tylenol before I left home to take the edge off. I know I had the result back within 2 weeks, and that was at Christmastime.
     
  3. ecs1516

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    I had a relative(step) that had a abnormal pap. After the recheck , everything was fine. She was in her 60's
     
  4. Colleen

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    I am an oncology nurse. The procedure it tolerable. It does cause cramping and sometimes some mild bleeding or spotting afterwards. They take tylenol or advil for pain. We usually see a turn around on the results in 3-10 day, not weeks. I would definitely question why it would take so long. Cervical cancer in the early stages is treatable and curable. If the cancer has spread then more aggressive tx is needed.
     
  5. czardoust

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    I had a few abnormal paps before my cervical cancer in 2001. If shes getting a local for the biopsy, give thanks! I got none and that dr swore to me that the cervix had no nerve endings when I asked for a local before the biopsy was done, so I when I jumped off the table in pain she thought I was faking it. :confused: The pain is very quick and can be compared to a tug and pinch combined. I think half of my pain was the dr not preparing me for it. If she had said "This will hurt" I would have said "OK" and just bit my lip or something. But no, she lied and said it was painless.

    That being said, the biopsy is very important. Mine was caught at the carcinoma stage but the slow process of Tricare actually getting a military dependent into a specialist/surgeon resulted in me being in stage 2A by the time I got my hysterectomy. (In 2004). I as 34 when I had it done. It turned out to be a blessing.
     
  6. Traci

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    I've had several cervical biopsies and don't remember any of them being painful. Uncomfortable is the term I'd use. I think abnormal paps are pretty common because today's pap smear is so much more advanced than they used to be...or that's what I've been told. Its probably nothing to worry about. As it turned out, I did have cervical cancer. It was treated and I went on to have four children and no more abnormal paps.
     
  7. Barbzzz

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    Frannie, I had the cervical biopsy thing done, too, several years ago. I didn't have a local for it, doctor said it would pinch a bit and it did -- I about scooted backward off the table. :eek: If I remember the thing that they used to do it looked like a drain snake. :D I didn't take anything before hand, probably should have, but regular pain relief afterward was fine, and there was some spotting. The test results took about 10 days.

    Will say a prayer for your friend.
     
  8. czardoust

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    HA! exactly :D
     
  9. fredntan2

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    me thinks a little valium and driver home is in need.

    Drives me crazy how you guys don't/didn't get anything for a cervical bx.
    I work down in radiology and we give the patient what ever they want for pain control. one guy actually had anesthesia for a simple little procedure that could have used a lot less

    might make her not able to sign consent. maybe doc can do phone consent before.
     
  10. lil'Man'sMom

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    I had a cone biopsy http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.webmd.com%2Fcancer%2Fcervical-cancer%2Fcone-biopsy-conization-for-abnormal-cervical-cell-changes&rct=j&q=cervical%20cone%20biopsy&ei=DyjxTLaTBYT58AaouMCDDA&usg=AFQjCNGhLgHwyIV1GKPG-uPdoEDS88Gcbw&cad=rja about 15 years ago. While this may not be the same procedure, my results came back rather quickly, with normal results. I have been fine since, and had DS 5 years later.

    Good luck to your friend, the unknown can be scary.
     
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    I actually work in an OB/Gyn office. If it's a colposcopy, we generally don't give any numbing meds. It's generally a pinch and yes can be uncomfortable but the cervix has very little nerve endings. But, every patient is different. If it's a LEEP procedure, we give a spray that numbs then injects lidocaine. The leep actually cuts the end of the cervix instead of a small biopsy. The colpo is done first and then if need be a Leep can be done or Cold Knife Cone procedure. Usually cervical cancer takes a while to develop, that's why yearly paps are crucial. The results are usually in within 2 wks for our office. Also, unless the tests come back really bad, CT scans etc aren't done at our office. If she's having cramping, pain and abnormal bleeding an endometrial biopsy can be done to check the lining of the uterus. It's good she has you to count on and I hope all is well with your friend.
     
  12. lisab

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    I had cervical cancer about 16 years ago.....at 25yrs of age. My symptoms were disregarded by my doctor for a long time - I was paranoid about cervical cancer and was told I was too young to get cervical cancer. A pap smear showed abnormal cells....which was still dismissed as probably nothing. He wanted to leave it and do another pap smear in 6 months. I wasn't comfortable with this and demanded a referral to a Gynecologist. New pap smear and then biopsy (which was uncomfortable but not painful) Borderline stage 3 localised tumour, quite large, but easily treated, glad I pushed for the referral when I did.....otherwise it would have been a very different story.
    Just wanted to say I hope all goes well for your friend!
     

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