lump can't be viewed on ultrasound or mammogram

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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   

I am scared and frustrated and I don't know what to do. In July 2008 I found a hard, pea size lump in my breast. My doctor couldn't feel, but at my insistance sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound. Neither one of those tests detected any lump, so my doctor told me "don't worry".

Well I am worried. So I got a referral to a surgeon, who again can't feel my lump and tells me 'don't worry'. (I don't know why they can't feel my lump, it's not very deep and I even mark the area with a sharpie marker so they know the area in which I am talking about)

My primary doctor won't give me another referral to get another opinion. She said I am 'over sensitive' and 'worry too much'. But in my mind if they can't tell me what this lump is, then they can't tell me what it isn't!

Also, part of the problem is that I have breast implants, and it seems like no surgeon wants to do a biopsy on a person with implants. My insurance denied me for a breast MRI, since I don't have a family history. (I'm 38 years old)

What should I do now? I worry about this everyday. I found this lump almost 6 months ago, and I just can't believe that no one is willing to help me solve this problem.

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   Posted 1/14/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
hmmm.  Well, i can tell you my experience.  I was 36 at diagnosis.  i found a lump,my doctor found another, and also had some enlarged nodes in myarmpit. he sent me for a mammogram, which showed no sign of cancer, but did note that I had dense breast tissue.  He insisted on a biopsy, sent me to a surgeon, who agreed to biopsy only because my family doc insisted.  he couldn't feel anything unusual in my armpit, although I could feel the lumps there.  Both of the breast lumps were invasive cancers of different types, and I had three lymph nodes that were cancerous.  Up to 30 percent of all breast cancers are missed on mammograms, and this is particularly true for women under 40. have breast implants, and I'm sure you know that these are prone to adhesions, which I'm sure feel like lumps when you do a breast exam.  Chances are, your doctor is right. But if my doctor had told me that my lumps were nothing and I was being overly sensitive, I would have gone home, forgotten about it, and I would be dead by now.
I don't know where you live, but most larger cities have breast centers, and I would insist on a referral to one of these.  With implants, you need someone who specializes in breasts looking at this, if for nothing else, for your peace of mind.  If you doctor values mental health as much as physical, then he will give you a referral.  if he won't, then you may need to shop for a doctor who will listen to you.
Again...chances are, your doctor is right!  But your life is not worth taking chances.
Hope this helps...Good luck!
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. I made an appointment with a new doctor to see if they will give me a referral to a specialist.

My lump is a round and hard and shaped like a pea. It is tender. I thought adhesions where elongated and sort of ropey feeling?

I'll keep working on this, but it's causing me stress. I hate my insurance. I wish I didn't have to get all these referrals to see who I want to see.


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   Posted 1/14/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and Welcome. I just wanted to say Bev gave great advice (she always does =) Please let us know how things go.

  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Haven't been her in like forever, but I was struck by your plight.  I went to NYC for a second opinion on a "clear" mammogram of a lump we all could feel.  It was cancerous.  There's a gamma imaging screen that can detect cancer in dense breasts, I saw Sheldon Feldman, breast surgeon.  I got the gamma outside of insurance, it didn't cover it, I paid something like $500, not including the eval, which my insurance paid for.  You can ask.  he's now at Columbia Presbetyrian, used to be at Beth Israel when he treated me. 
Just some info to pass along.  Hope you find some relief from your worry soon!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.


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   Posted 1/30/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just wondering if when you were at the doctors did you have them feel the area while in the position that you feel it in?  I'm just thinking that if you feel it standing up and they have you lie down to feel it they may not be finding it.
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