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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/19/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! Went to the doc today because I have felt painful lumps in my breasts. The doc checked me out and told me that I have fibrocystic breasts and that I needed to lay off the caffeine and chocolate. That majorly sucks. I am a major caffeine addict! Anyways. I also might have strep throat, and my son might have it too. So, he gave us both antibiotics, and he gave my son some benadryl for his rash. He has a viral infection, but, thankfully, it isn't chicken pox. He is contagious to other kids, but not adults. So, I am thankful for that. Anyways. I was wondering if anyone else has fibrocystic breasts, and, if so, what do you do about it??
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 6/19/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy I had fibrocystic breast til there was no hormones left in my body. smilewinkgrin That's the good thing, once you are in menopause it goes away except when I eat a lot of chocolate or drink coffee and I'm not a coffee drinker, so I guess I do have a couple of hormones left. I hate to tell you Honey but you haven't even reached the worse of it yet. In my mid 30s when the hormones hit their peak, if it wasn't bad enough that I couldn't stand to be around myself and my family would hide from me when it was that time of month, the breast would get so sore it was like trying to stop nursing, thankfully I had small breast.  I could tell I was pregnant before I ever missed a period cause they would get sore. I had a gyno tell me to take vit E for it but I couldn't tell the difference and I took it for years. So lay off the caffeine. Isn't it great being a woman??? tongue
 
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/19/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee,
I don't have periods. I am on the Depo Provera shot for birth control, and I haven't had a period in a really long time. My doc said that sometimes the shot could ease the pain and sometimes it could make it worse. So, I guess I will find out if I feel any better at the beginning of next month when I get my next shot.
Apparently, this condition runs in my family. My mom has it, and so does one of her sisters. My grandma on my dad's side has it, and she once had a lump so big and painful that she had to have it removed. I hope that doesn't happen to me. Anyways. I guess my genes kind of cursed me with this. I have only one bra right now that fits me because they have been growing because I have been gaining weight. So, all I have is a sports bra that isn't really super supportive, so it kind of hurts to walk, if you get my drift. But, I guess I just add it to the list of things that is wrong with me. I do plan on getting fairly regular checks, though, because I read that sometime this condition can lead to breast cancer, and I don't want that.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


poodles
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   Posted 6/19/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always had fibrocystic breasts. Does that mean I have always had fibro? Well, imho...yeah. But that's another discussion.
I had my first biopsy when I was 19 or 20. Another some years later. The doctor finally decided that none of the places I was worried about was anything but fibrocystic knots.
Sorry, but it just really is great being a woman!!!! yeah
Vickie

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puppylover
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   Posted 6/19/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I also always had fibrocystic breasts.  Not so much since menopause.  Hey that's one good thing about being older tongue
I too had to stay away from caffeine.  Just keep doing your self exams and getting your mammograms.  Cysts were just one more thing to put up with-but I always figured it could be worse.  Hopefully reducing your caffeine will help.
 
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never had a mammogram before, and my doc didn't order one, so I don't think he is too concerned at this point. But, I do plan to stay on top of this. I have my normal monthly appointment coming up on the third of next month, so I am going to try to remember to ask him to do another check while I am there. I get my shot then as well, so I am hoping it might help the pain some and not make it worse.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


SleepyBug
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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have this too Sassy, and it can be soooo painful. It can also be very worrisome-I've had 3 mammograms in my life already because of questionable lumps and I'm only 36! Fortunately, though, I finally had a Dr. explain to me that if the lumps feel tender to the touch and are larger, then 99.9% of the time it's nothing to worry about..she said that cancerous lumps tend to feel like hard little peas and don't hurt to press on. So now I know not to worry when I find one of my fibrocystic lumps when I do my monthly self exam!

The way I deal with this is avoid caffeine and use lots of moist heat when they are acting up particularly badly. (Where would we be without moist heat!) Ibuprophen also helps.

Oh-and I'm so sorry you have strep throat! I've got it too although I am feeling tons better..it sure does suck though, doesn't it?!?

I hope you get to feeling better soon..{{{{hugs}}}}
love and hugs
~danielle


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Marlee2
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   Posted 6/20/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I started having mammograms in my 20s and I did have to have one lump removed and biopsied in my 20s. I think the danger of cancer is that our breast are so lumpy it is easy to miss a lump that maynot be a cyst. I don't know where mine came from my niece is the only other person in my family with it.
 
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