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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
has anyone ever had one? here's gonna be a bit of TMI, but i have this crazy lumpy breasts, they always have been and was told i would have to start getting mammagrams at 35, which that's fine, i don't mind. but the girlie dr i went to the other day wanted to go ahead and send me for a breast ultrasound, she didn't find anything that she worried about, but i will be 34 (eep!) and she wanted to go ahead and get a jump on it, because with all those lumps in there its hard to tell if something is there.
Im just curious what it will be like

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   Posted 3/29/2011 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Ultrasounds just show "lumps" better than mammograms. Normally if someone has fibrocystic disease (lumpy breasts) they prefer to do an US over a mammogram. You probably had an US when you were pregnant. Basically the same thing, only up higher :) Good luck.
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   Posted 3/29/2011 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Ultrasounds are pretty easy -- they don't hurt. I have Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia, which puts me at a bit higher risk of breast cancer. I also had a fibroadenoma when I was younger .... so I've had a few different kinds of breast tests..... when I had the fibroadenoma, I had an ultrasound, and they found the lump and took biopsies.... what was scary was that the thing they used to take the biopsies sort of sounded like shooting a gun into my breast..... this was very scary to me (and before I had gi problems and had so many other awful tests); I don't think it was all that painful, but I don't remember that well, as it was a while ago.

I have also had some tests that are further down the road, and a bigger deal (sterotastic and surgical biopsies), but I had these after they found calcifications on a mammogram, not because of lumps .... I can tell you about them if you want to hear, but hopefully you won't need them. The most common causes of lumpy breasts are cysts, which can be drained or left alone, depending on how big they are, and fibroadenomas (mine they just left, and it seems to be gone after ten years or so, but they can be surgically removed too).

Good luck.

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   Posted 3/29/2011 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
so its just a regular ultrasound ok I'm good with that.
Blueglass thanks for the offer but ill hold off on the scary stuff lol
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   Posted 3/29/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it's totally no big deal at all. Just a regular ultrasound on your boob. I had one done a few years ago because I had a cyst. Way more comfortable than a mammogram, in my opinion!
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   Posted 3/29/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, definitely way more comfortable than a regular mammogram.... oh they put this weird wedge pillow under you and you have your arm up..... if you have any back or shoulder issues, good to stretch beforehand.... I was a bit strained for a few days afterward....

Lips are sealed on all scary stuff....
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