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Mamen
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   Posted 3/8/2005 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am a new member and I would like some advice. I am 29 years old and I went to Hospital because I had a lump on my breast and after a revision and an ultrasound I was found at least 7 or eight cysts!. Most of them were 5 and 6mm and I've got a larger one wich it should be 7/8mm. I was told they were all cysts and they were common in young girls. The doctor said it was hormonal. I asked the doctor if my irregular periods could be the cause and he said that it was probable and that i had to come back to my clinic and had that seen by my GP becuase they don't specialize in this!.
The only thing he told me was that if I notice any change on the lumps to come back to the doctor.
I don't know if it is common in young girls to have cysts but what I do not think is that having 7 or 8 is common!!. I do remember having very painful breasts before periods not even allowing me to sleep properly.
I would like to hear any advice, I read somewhere that by reducing the amount of caffein helps avoiding cysts, is this true? Is there any change on diet I could do?
 
Many thanks
 
Mamen

gma
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   Posted 3/8/2005 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Evidently cysts can be crazy. I have never had one, altho my first lump was checked to see if it was a cyst by the doctor trying to aspirate it. When he could get no fluid, I was sent for other tests and a biopsy. This was before the good mammo machines we have today. I have a lady that comes to help me and she was telling me just yesterday about having a recent mammogram and that she has three cysts. She said she has never had a mammogram that they have not called her back because of cysts. She had also gotten a sonogram and was told it was definitely cysts. I asked her how they could be sure if they didn't aspirate and she said the first time the doctor had drawn off two syringes full of fluid so knowing her history they feel that is what it is. I was shocked because that is a good bit of fluid. We talked about it all and I suggested she might see a breast specialist, but the problem is she does not have insurance. She is self employed. She seemed a bit concerned but she said they could see the fluid in the sonograms. So I am also wondering about her cyst problem. I don't know if cysts are common to those who have breast cancer or not. Let's see what the others say. Yes, everyone seems to say caffein does affect the breasts and cysts. Low fat diets are also supposedly good for avoiding breast cancer. But I am not the one to ask if I follow them. LOL Hope someone has some info for you. Hugs Mary K. (MK)


MNlady13
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   Posted 3/8/2005 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mamen, welcome to our community. I don't know how common cycts are in younger women. I certainly remember (way back) when I was menstruating and how painful my breasts would get. I don't think they every disturbed my sleep however. If I were you I would consult with an ob/gyn or a doctor who specializes in breast health. I certainly would not wait too long to get another opinion about these "cysts". By the way, 5,6 and 7 mm are pretty small. Still you need better answers than you've gotten so far, IMHO. And, yes, caffeine can aggrivate breast tissue. Good luck and keep us posted. Hugs, Lauri


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Tavish
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   Posted 3/8/2005 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Agree with Lauri & MK....cysts can be common in young women but I do not know the percentage or statistics. Cysts are fluid filled, and if you notice a change in them with your cycle, then it may be that they are cysts. I know of a young woman who has had several removed over the years, she is just prone to them. My recommendation is to get a copy of the mammogram report and the u/s report for your records. Take them along with the films to a breast surgeon and get a second opinion. Chances are they are nothing, but it is best to get it checked out for sure. You might also consider cutting down/out caffeine before that appointment to see if there is any change. This may help the doc in a diagnosis.

You may also want to reasearch fibrocystic breast changes/ disease. It is a common condition in young women.
Lori


Candy
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   Posted 3/9/2005 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Mamen, you have gotten some good advise from the great ladies above. I had cysts in my younger days that were somewhat painful and always around ovulation time. Thay disappeared when my journey to menopause ended.

I just want to say welcome and please let us know how things turn out for you.

Hugs,

Candy

 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 27:9


Cathi
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   Posted 3/9/2005 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Mamen..I agree with Lori (Tavish)..I would take all the films and
reports and get a second opinion. It cant hurt and it may help you
to have peace of mind...

Cathi
Sometimes it is a slender thread, Sometimes a strong,
stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....


Mamen
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   Posted 3/9/2005 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear friends,
THANK YOU ALL. I am thrilled to get so many replys and so quickly!!!. I think this forum really is useful. I am going to get an appointment with my doctor and ask for a copy of the ultrasound and consult and ask for a second opinion (may be when I go to Spain, back @ home you feel more safe!). I'll also try to cut down caffein, let's hope I don't fall sleep!
As soon as I know anything I will let you know. Thank you so much!
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