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Well I went to the gynie yesterday and during the breast exam on the right side he said I felt "fibrous". Not to be confused with fabulous. Now I have felt some intermittent pain on that side for some time but brushed it off as nothing as I am want to do. He is sending me for a mammogram today at 2:30 p.m.

Now have any of you members that have had breast issues or cancer ever had anything "fibrous" turn out to be anything other than fibrous?

I am wondering if the steroids in the advair and inhalers can have any effect on tissue and glands.

On another note Tom saw his primary doc yesterday and had a good follow up. He just keeps plugging along.

Denise

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Denise, I have had various breast issues over the years. I even had one tumor removed--benign. I think your Gynny is just take precautions and that's a good thing. I think fibrous would more likely have a positive outcome than "lump."

Judy in Key West

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Denise,

How much caffeine to you drink during the day? Caffeine can lead to "bumps" in the boobies, and it's suggested (by many who have slam-o-grams often) to avoid caffeine for two days prior to your exam.

I had asymmetrical bumps when I was 25 and had to go for my first squeezin' then, the baseline for the trips that followed after my diagnosis with lung cancer. My oncologist sends me for the vise-locking, my PCP would have sent me at 40 (last year) but I've been going annually since I was 34.

Your OB dude is just being cautious. You're old enough for the ugly stuff, and you're the caregiver to many, even if it's just occasional for the kids. Maybe it's a hint to remember to take care of YOURSELF, along with everyone else...

So take the afternoon off, get squished, and then get ice cream!

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Becky took the words right outa my mouth. I have had "fibrous" boobs for years and yes, they say coffee drinking can do it. I did have one removed and biopsied but only because of the history of breast cancer in my family.

Feel lucky that your doc is being proactive and sending you for the mammogram. He is just being cautious. I no longer complain about getting squished since after my mom's mastectomy I had to empty her "hand grenade" drains!!! Believe me, a mammogram is much better!!!

Have some ice cream for me and lets us know!!

Oh, and so glad Tom is doing good!! That man's a real troooper!!!

Hugs - Patti B.

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The gyn asked me about the caffeine. I only drink about 3-4 cups of coffee a week NOT A DAY. Caffeine is not a big issue for me.I have been having annual squishies since I was 35 although I skipped last year. I put myself on the side burner and just dealt with Tom.

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer about 4 years ago and had a lumpectomy with radiation. No chemo. I also stayed with her and emptied and measured the drain outputs. She had a new cluster of cells that they are watching.

Denise

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Denise, I'm hoping for the best and that it is nothing.

I had some issues about two years ago and it's scary when you get sent in for "more" tests. Had the mamogram + sonogram and everything turned out ok...just scary the waiting.

I also recently decided to take the BRACanslysis gene test since my paternal grandmother had breast and ovarian cancer just to see what my own personal risk was.

Hang in there. I'm saying prayers for you....Tom keeps plugging along- WONDERFUL, now you put yourself on the front burner and take care of YOU for a change.

xoxo

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On this same issue of women's health.

Viv just had her follow up pap for the HPV and it came back still bad and they say she needs further testing. Seeing as how she is 7+ months pregnant there is not much they can do with the cervix. They can't do biopsies until after the baby is born but they want to do another colposcopy which is the scraping of the cells. I'm not sure how that one works while being pregnant.

Denise

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OH MY GOD, WHAT A FREAKIN NIGHTMARE!!!

So I went for the squoosh and I was all checked in, gown on and in the room. The nurse is going over my history and any problems I was experiencing. I tell her abou the pain on the right side and it is in one spot most of the time and that the doc said it felt fibrous. She say that I should be having a diagnostic mam instead of a screening. she goes out to confer with the reading radiologist and they concur.

Nurse calls the gyn's office and gets a new order faxed over and they reschedule me to March 4th because they don't do diagnostic imaging in the afternoon. The new order comes over the fax while I was still there but the new referral was not with it. I tell nurse that I will go upstairs and get it and bring it with me on the 4th.

I talk with the nurse upstairs who talks to the gyn and the gyn says that he want's me to have the screening first and then if anything shows up we will do a diagnostic and I walk away with no new referral. Now why would they fax a new order but not give me a new referral to go with it? :?

I go back downstairs and tell them and the nurse disappears for about 10 minutes and comes back and says they will do the scan now. So I had the squoosh afterall but the reading radiologist had left for the day already and I will have to wait til tomorrow for him to look at them and they will call if they need more views.

I was very frustrated so of course I had to stop for the ice cream that Becky and Patti said I should have and then I came home and made steak for dinner with a nice green salad, baby sweet peas and cheesy garlic bread. YUMMMM!!!!

I feel better now but my lord could things get any more complicated?

Denise

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Don't ya just love it??? The old medical run-around!!! My God!!!

Get this - I have a very close friend who gets a mammogram every year. And every year it comes back questionable so she has to go back for some other kind of special mammogram. Every year......so finally this year she asked her doc why couldn't he just order the special mammogram to begin with and he told her then her insurance wouldn't cover it. So...... the insurance company lands up paying for TWO mammos every year instead of just one.......geesh!!! And every year she has to go through the worry when she gets the call that something questionable showed on her mammorgram.

Makes no sense all this stuff, does it??

But I am glad you got the ice cream and the steak sounds yummy!!!

Hang in there, girlfriend!!

Hugs - Patti B.

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Judy - I absolutely hate, hate, hate my new do. I kept trying to work with it leaving it curly or making it straight and it just never looks right. Then I finally realized that it was because one side is about an inch longer than the other. I went to one of those ala carte places. When I left there I was a frizzy mess because they don't actually style your hair for you so I did not notice it at the time. So now I have to go get it fixed and when I get it right I will post a new pic.

Denise

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Denise,

Getting the run-around with medical stuff is a royal pain, "been there, done that." :x

Glad though, that they took the mammogram.

As to having any fibrous tissue, I have what they refer to as dense breasts. Have had pain issues off and on over the years in my right breast.

There was a mammogram about 17 years ago with a "spot" showing up in one breast.

They tried to get a sample with a needle biopsy, but they couldn't get it, so they opted for surgery.

The radiologist at the hospital came in and told me that he thought it was benign, and didn't need to have surgery. I asked him, "Can you guarantee that it is benign?"

I had the surgery. It was benign.

My sister is a an over-thirty-year breast cancer survivor, and a forty-year survivor of uterine cancer. I wasn't about to take any chances. Grandmother had breast cancer in her sixties, and lived to be 88.

There isn't a year that my mammogram is taken without me being under stress. It's a day I do not look forward to, but wouldn't miss it.

Keep hanging in there, and let us know how everything is going?

Barbara

"Flyman35"]OH MY GOD, WHAT A FREAKIN NIGHTMARE!!!

So I went for the squoosh and I was all checked in, gown on and in the room. The nurse is going over my history and any problems I was experiencing. I tell her abou the pain on the right side and it is in one spot most of the time and that the doc said it felt fibrous. She say that I should be having a diagnostic mam instead of a screening. she goes out to confer with the reading radiologist and they concur.

Nurse calls the gyn's office and gets a new order faxed over and they reschedule me to March 4th because they don't do diagnostic imaging in the afternoon. The new order comes over the fax while I was still there but the new referral was not with it. I tell nurse that I will go upstairs and get it and bring it with me on the 4th.

I talk with the nurse upstairs who talks to the gyn and the gyn says that he want's me to have the screening first and then if anything shows up we will do a diagnostic and I walk away with no new referral. Now why would they fax a new order but not give me a new referral to go with it? :?

I go back downstairs and tell them and the nurse disappears for about 10 minutes and comes back and says they will do the scan now. So I had the squoosh afterall but the reading radiologist had left for the day already and I will have to wait til tomorrow for him to look at them and they will call if they need more views.

I was very frustrated so of course I had to stop for the ice cream that Becky and Patti said I should have and then I came home and made steak for dinner with a nice green salad, baby sweet peas and cheesy garlic bread. YUMMMM!!!!

I feel better now but my lord could things get any more complicated?

Denise

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After leaving a message on Friday I just now heard back from the hospital regarding my mammogram results.

We went ahead and kept the appt for tomorrow just in case. Well now it is just in case time. They will not be doing a diagnostic mammogram just the ultrasound part. So maybe now we are getting somewhere.

PLease keep your fingers crossed everybody.

Denise

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Okay, so get this. I have an island in my boob. What??!!

I stopped by the hospital to get copies of the reports before I go for the ultrasound tomorrow. I wanted to know what it had to say so we are on the same page.

"Benign Finding"

The breast tissue is heterogeneuosly dense which can limit the sensitivity of mammography. The focal discomfort in the right upper outer quadrant was marked. There is an island of benign-appearing asymetric breast tissue in the right upper outer quadrant which is stable since 2005.

Assessment: BI-RADS 2-Benign

Clinical correlation is recommended regarding right sided breast discomfort. Consider targeted right breast ultrasound for further assessment if clinically indicated.

So tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. I will have the ultrasound.

What has me a bit confused is that I have been having yearly mams since I was 35 and I am now 45. The report says "stable since 2005". That's only 4 years and I only skipped last year. What about the other years? Did this suddenly appear and nobody said anything because it "appeared" benign? Now granted I have had no problems or pain up until about 5 months ago but I will need to have that question answered tomorrow.

I am going with Tom for his CT at 6:30 a.m. then we will go for breakfast across from the hospital and then I will go for my ultrasound and go off to work all by 10 a.m. or so I hope.

Denise

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Denise,

I have a friend who has an ultrasound every year due to her "dense tissue" issues. She has always been given the clear signals.

It's the way to go as far as covering the bases.

Have you in my thoughts. Please update when you are able. Am watching this to see it all turn out OK for you.

Barbara

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So there are no warm tropical waters or white sand beaches on my island.

I was in ultrasound for a good 45 minutes. The tech went out to get a senior tech to take a look and they they were doing a lot of pointing at the screen. Then they both left and said the doc was going to take a look at everything and the first tech said she would be right back. When she returned she said they are recommending I have an MRI.

So now I sit and wait for them to put the order and referral together for the MRI and then central scheduling is supposed to call me to set up the appt.

We will find out Tom's results on Monday.

Keeping it crossed y'all.

Denise

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