To be worried about my boob?

(141 Posts)
catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 11:45:54

This may sound really odd but my left breast feels funny

It feels a bit swollen and, not exactly sore, but a bit uncomfortable.

My cousin died of breast cancer last year and a bit of me is niggly worried. I've had a good feel around and can't find anything lumpy but it feels wrong somehow and I am not 100% sure how to properly check my breasts (about to google it)

I feel a bit silly about it but it just doesnt feel right. AIBU to be a bit worried. Is it too silly a thing to see a GP about? I have doctors appointment this afternoon but that's about something else and I know they hate you mentioning more than 1 issue

I suppose I'm looking for some re-assurance really

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 11:52:30

No it's not silly to worry about it.

Phone for an appointment. Put your mind at rest.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 11:54:16

Thanks. I will.

I've just scared myself silly on Google. I will mention it to the Dr this afternoon. Hopefully he will have a look or if not book me an appointment to get it checked. I think I am a bit over sensitive due to my cousin.

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 12:03:13

Are you mid cycle? Sometimes mine feel funny around that time.

My dsis had breast cancer so I understand also why you feel edgy. Hopefully your GP will reassure you x

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 12:10:32

Ah I am so sorry about your sister thanks (and an unMumsnetty hug)

I am mid-cycle so it could just be that.

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 12:16:55

She's fine now, thank you smile been in remission for over 10 years.

Let us know how you get on.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 12:31:15

I'm glad to hear that smile

I will update with what the doctor says.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 18:12:49

Right

I went to the doctors. She found what she described as a 'firmness' under my nipple about 5cm in diameter

She's made me an urgent referall to the breast clinic

I am terrified and lost the plot for a bit BUT my breast is sore which my DM says is a really good sign as cancer wouldn't be sore like that and it will be mastitis or a cyst or a blocked duct or something, so I've calmed down a bit

I don't think I will sleep much tonight though sad

kinkyfuckery Mon 08-Apr-13 18:17:43

You did the right thing seeing your GP.

Try not to worry - easier said than done, I know. What will be, will be. x

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 18:19:12

I'm sorry to read this cat. I know you are scared but you've done something quickly. You are being seen quickly.

Honestly it could be nothing. Big squeeze for you, will be here if you need me flowers

HoneyStepMummy Mon 08-Apr-13 18:19:50

Try not to worry CatGirl. I'm not a medical expert- but breast cancer doesn't usually hurt.
About 8 years ago I got terrible shooting pains in my breasts and they felf really lumpy. I saw a doctor and apparently I have cystic breasts...I just have a natural tendency to form cysts due to dense breast tissue. I was told to cut down on caffeine and take vitamin E pills. It helps a lot. Good luck and try not to stress too much!

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 08-Apr-13 18:20:34

keep in touch with us. Sure all will be well but we are here. Been there - it's scary. Mine was just a massive cyst that they had aspirated in two ticks and it was totally painless and kind. Boob felt a bit saggy after though as it was so big.

thebody Mon 08-Apr-13 18:22:10

Best of luck cat you did the right thing.

And fwiw your mum is right, cancer lumps usually don't hurt but cysts and blocked ducts do.

Hugs and thinking of you.

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 18:22:27

And keep in mind that many women are referred with lumps, bumps, thickening skin and the majority are fine. Keep thinking about that.

crikeybill Mon 08-Apr-13 18:22:58

How old are you cat ? Is it as obvious as your username ?

I've worked in a breast cancer clinic for 18 years, you did the right thing. Any change or symptom should always be reported. Any other family history ? Whereabouts in the country are you ?

Owllady Mon 08-Apr-13 18:28:59

if it's any consolation they refer all worries of this type now just to be on the safe side
well done for going smile you have done absolutely the right thing

CwtchesAndCuddles Mon 08-Apr-13 18:58:04

I had this a few weeks ago - appointment in breast clinic for a mamograme and then back for the results. It was nothing but scared the shit out of me. Family history of breast / ovarian cancer made it more worrying.

It is most likely nothing serious, try not to worry too much!

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:05:02

Thank you all so much thanks

I'm 36. No real family history other than my cousin who was my mum's, brothers daughter if that makes sense

Im in the NW

Im still reeling but the fact its hurting is reassuring me, along withthe lovely posters on here

Thank you for the support and sharing your positive stories x

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:19:36

I'm veering between positive and terrified

Right now I am at terrified

I have a 16 mo old son. I love him so much and he needs me. I'm the only breadwinner in the family. I'm frightened

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 20:39:27

((squeeze))

When is your appointment?

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:45:54

She said if it didn't come through this week it would certainly be next week. Which is very good really (although will no doubt feel like an eternity).

Thank you for the squeeze smile I am a bit wobbly to say the least. But friends have regaled me with lots of postive stories of lumps that turned out to be nothing and the stats are very reassuring

It was just such a shock.

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 08-Apr-13 20:49:19

Phone up and asked to be called for a short notice cancellation if you can.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:50:10

Right I will do that tomorrow. That sounds like a good idea. x

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 20:53:29

Of course you're wobbly, it's a shock, you're worried and our minds always go haywire when we feel like this.

Do you have private health care?

AnythingNotEverything Mon 08-Apr-13 20:54:04

You were right to tell your go and don't worry about the "urgent" appointment. Last time I was referred (I have fybrocystic breasts - basically really lumpy!) I was told they try see everybody within about 2 weeks of referral. It's very unlikely to e a sign of you go's concern.

All changes should be reported, an it's good that you know what's normal for you.

Try to relax. And take a book when you go to the clinic. I'm always there for hours for some reason xx

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