My doctors wont take me seriously because I am so young.

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lovelife12
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   Posted 9/4/2008 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnosed with fibrosis of the breast. But the pain is so bad. I dont think the pain I have is normal. The pain is so bad that I cried when someone hugged me to hard. My right swells up larger sometimes. And my armpits hurt too. I really am scared because my grandmother had breast cancer twice and ovarian cancer. When they found hers she was 35. What I fear is if they would have had the technology that we have now maybe they would have found it when she was in her late 20's. Hers was so bad they had to cut the whole breast off the first time. If I want a mamogram do they have to give me one? They say I am too young for the radiation. Does anyone else have breast pains that hurt so bad all the time. These are sharp strong pains! And oh yeay I am 23.
 
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Lovelife12

gma
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   Posted 9/4/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you find a breast specialist in your area? A breast specialist will know that breast cancer can be diagnosed as young as in the 20s. Given your family history you need to be taken seriously. Let us know! Hugs MK


Tavish
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   Posted 9/4/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
One of the problems with diagnosing breast problems in someone so young is that the breast tissue is too dense, and mammograms are rendered useless. However, there are other things they can do, such as ultrasound or MRI. It is also possible that the diagnosis you have is accurate and correct, but with your family hx, you should always get taken seriously. Mary Kay is right, look for a breast specialist in your area who can really do the right exam and tests and follow your care well into adulthood. Be sure to get copies of all your reports from tests and procedures, for your own records and peace of mind. Good luck!
Lori


panic queen
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   Posted 9/8/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
hello,
I usually don't post here, but I do come and read the post.
Go and see a breast specialist or surgeon in your area, they should answer all of your concerns & questions.
I work scheduling mammo's u/s and for our breast surgeon. I am only telling you what I see and have helped people out with. Everyone has different circumstances.
I do have a few things to suggest for you.
 Because of your age being so young, your breast are very dense, and hard to see.
That is why they usually don't do a mammo at that age. Most insurance will not cover the testing at a young age for a screening.
If you should have a lump/ cyst they may view it with an ultra sound.
They could ( I have seen) suggest an MRI for the breast.
The protocol is a mammo 10 yrs before your mother was dx with breast ca for the first mammogram.
It is important to get your family hx and keep track over the years where and when your mammmo's have been for comparison. Keep a note book somewhere.
You would be suprised the people who don't remember where / and what date their last mammo was.
 Stay away from caffine, I take a supplement "evening of primrose" for the fibrocystic breast. Take everyday. I does help.
Take charge of your health, and see a specialist. I hope that this helps.
 
good luck to you :)

Cincy
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Im a newbie to these boards but Im glad I found them.
 
I was 25 when I was diagnosed and waited WAY. TOO. LONG to get a mammogram....why? Because they detected my voice over the phone and said I needed a referral.
 
So I waited two weeks to get into my OBGYN so she could feel the lump for two seconds and say...."Yep, you need a mammogram"
 
Stage IIB at diagnosis...9/19 nodes positive.  AND I WAS HAVING PAIN!  (People say if its painful its not BC....NOT TRUE!)
 
How the hell are you "too young" for radiation?  I was 25 when I had radiation.  I strongly advise that you seek out a second, third or fourth opinion if you need it!!
 
Best of luck.
 
Cincy
 
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