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Sarita
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   Posted 3/26/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone!  I'm coming over from the GI forums and had a question or two for the members of this forum; thank you in advance for helping me out.  I'm 99% sure this is nothing but had a fleeting concern or two; I am 27 years old, have been on the NuvaRing for about four years now, the pill before that for a couple of years.  My breasts have always been sort of lumpy, but normal-shaped.  about two weeks ago I saw a very noticeable dent in the skin of my left breast.  I thought perhaps it was menstrual-cycle related and then after my period noticed it was still there.  My doctor saw it right and scheduled an ultrasound, which I had done today. 
 
The doc said the dent could be the space between two cysts, since I'm evidently somewhat cysty, or that it could be something more worrisome.  The technologist finished the pictures, talked to the radiologist for 15-20 minutes, came back in and took more pictures, then released me.  Hopefully I'll hear back within a couple of days.  Has anyone had something silly like a dent between two cysts mistaken for something more concerning?
 
Thanks for your help!
 
 

Tavish
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   Posted 3/26/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarita-
You are wise to seek medical attention. Most likely it is nothing, but the only way to know for usre is to do just as you are doing, and get it checked out. I am not familiar with cysts or the dents they may leave, but it sure is a possibility. 80% of lumps are benign, and at your age, probably even a greater chance. Just don't let them dismiss you because of your age. Let them dismiss you when they have examined all the possibilities, regardless of your age. You may want to get a copy of your radioliogy report for your records.

Hang in there and keep us posted!
Lori


Sarita
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   Posted 3/27/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you, Tavish.  My PCP called with the radiology report today and said that although the ultrasound "appeared normal," the radiologist recommended I visit a breast surgeon because of the clinical impressions.  I was like, what the heck does this mean?  My PCP recommended a surgeon but I am so confused; I figured with a clear ultrasound, everything was all good.  He said tests are not always accurate and with something like this no one wants to mess around.  But he said it was up to me whether I visit the breast surgeon.  I can't even think of what a surgeon would do besides go in there with a needle to biopsy the area...but is that really necessary with a clear ultrasound? 

I'm just sort of sick of visiting the doctor these days, having just been through a lot because I have Graves disease.  I would definitely appreciate any further advice/suggestions.


Tavish
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   Posted 3/27/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it is absolutely necessary. If the PCP left it up to you, it sounds as if he is pretty sure that the results are accurate, which is a good sign. But an ultrasound is not 100% sure at all. What it means is that the US looked good and normal, but because there was something there in the first place (clinical impressions), the radiologist feels better safe than sorry. Take this as good news. If it was imperative to see a surgeon, they would tell you that. The only way to be sure is to get a better look at the cells...too many times we hear of people getting a clean US report only to get bad news later...this does NOT mean we think bad news for you, but the point is that too often the doctors dismiss younger women without a proper exam and evaluation.

The surgeon may do a needle biopsy or may think that even though it is benign, that it may need to come out. Either one would be an easy procedure and would give you peace of mind once and for all. Think of the breast surgeon as a breast care expert, not just a surgeon.

You may also want to get a copy of the US report, for your records. Kudos to your PCP for not messing around!
Good luck!
Lori


Sarita
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   Posted 3/27/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again, Lori.  You have some sound advice; I'm not too worried about this, especially given my age and lack of any significant family history, but I might get it checked while my insurance is fairly decent.  My PCP was a mentor for me when I was trying to get into medical school (I'm starting this summer) so he is always really great about giving me an objective opinion and explaining the pros/cons of tests or treatments.  I know all of this will make me a better doctor, for sure!  Thanks again for your help, it's invaluable.

garmar
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   Posted 3/28/2007 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarita, I'm new to the site, and have found so much help here. I wouldn't hesitate to follow up on what the PCP has told you. It could be nothing, and probably is, but there is nothing like having the peace of mind knowing for sure that it isn't cancer, and that if it is, that you have a jump on it rather than just leaving it be. I had a recent mammogram and was told to come back in a year and my GYN had me visit a surgeon when he got the results and within a month I had 2 cysts, a fibroid and a benign mass removed. Good luck with everything and God Bless..Linda
True happiness is WANTING what you HAVE, not HAVING what you WANT.  Have a great day!!!


barkyboys
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   Posted 4/1/2007 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
My reply is for Linda.  Linda, thank you for your great post!  It is so nice that someone who got good news has come back here to share their experience with someone who is worried about a breast problem. 
 
I always worry that, someone comes here, we all tell them to think positive, it's probably nothing, but...that's what they told me and look what happened to me!  Probably scares the be-crap out of them!
 
Of course, we get lots of women who come visit us a few times, get a "benign" result, we celebrate with them and for them...and then they are gone.  That's what we're here for, and that's fine.  But Linda, you have gone that "extra mile" and provided support to someone, even though you were okay.
 
If I could give awards for really great people, you would get one today.  Thanks again!
 
BEV
 
 

Sarita
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   Posted 4/2/2007 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys have been really great, I second the notion for everyone.  I'll probably call my PCP sometime soon to ask for the referral to the breast specialist.  As long as I have decent insurance and before I start med school it will be nice to get it taken care of.  Thanks again!
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