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02-07-2013, 19:48   #1
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Waiting for breastcheck - how to not worry?

My gp referred me to the breast clinic in The Mater Hospital.

Some nodules / lumps in each breast.

I thought maybe this thread might be a place for anybody else waiting or where you're worried but not at a critical stage that we could help each other?

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02-07-2013, 21:48   #2
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My gp referred me to the breast clinic in The Mater Hospital.

Some nodules / lumps in each breast.

I thought maybe this thread might be a place for anybody else waiting or where you're worried but not at a critical stage that we could help each other?

Share tips for distractions, or even post your thoughts or concerns if you don't or can't share them with real life people.
Snap!

My GP referred me to James - just got my letter today - although my GP never told me he was referring me so I got a bit of a fright! I was in with him a few weeks ago and had a cyst drained. I'm a bit freaked out but trying desperately not to be :-)

It's hard to discuss with my family as my mam died in 2001 so it's very upsetting for everyone to think we may have to go through all that again at some stage.

Not sure what can be said to help the worry that is only natural, but best of luck and hope you don't have too long a wait (I'm in two weeks so that's not too bad a wait). Fingers crossed all :-)
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Had some lumpiness last year, GP said best to go into James to have it checked.

Got sent an appointment time of 10am. Off I went and arrived at 9.20am. It was July and 21 degrees outside, the waiting room had radiators on and had dozens of women waiting in it. Hoping that an early arrival would facilitate an early departure I queued up, registered, and began my wait. I had a nasty cold at the time so I felt rubbish and was fairly sneezy and sniffly.

Anyway, no one told me where I was in the queue but I noticed that women who had come in after me were being called. It was horribly hot and uncomfortable and there were far too many people waiting in the room for the amount of chairs. There was a sign on the wall saying that all patients must be registered by 2pm or they would not be seen.

I was trying to be patient but after 3 hours I went and asked what was going on. I was assured that I would be seen soon. Another 40 minutes went. I simply felt too unwell to stay so I went to tell them that I couldnt stay any longer. At this point the nurse told me I was second last on the list because it was prioritised according to severity of problem and mine wasnt severe.

So it didnt matter that I had a 10am appointment that I had arrived 40 minutes early for, I was just bumped to the bottom and left there for the next 4 hours with no idea of where I was on the list, no food, unwell, probably infecting the whole room.

When I said I had to leave the nurse assured me I would be next. I was called next. The breast consultant was pretty cold and I assumed I was marked as trouble for making a fuss. Anyway she examined me, said there was nothing wrong and that because all patients got a free mammogram as part of the appointment I was to phone the number on the card she gave me and make another appointment to have it done. Then she shrugged and said "but you dont need it".

So I left and never made that appointment. All I can say is that I was worried beforehand but the breast consultant did put my mind at ease but that the experience of James hospital was horrendous. I was over 4 hours and actually weak and dizzy by the time I left from the lack of food and the heat.
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Thanks OP for posting this. I found a lump about 2.5/3 years ago, was referred to the breast clinic in Beaumont, waited 3 weeks for appointment (longest wait in my life), anyway was told it was nothing to worry about then... Phew.

. However I have now since found another lump, and Im in a panic over it, nearly afraid to go to my GP, as I don't think I can handle the thought of the panic I had waiting last time? Sounds stupid I know... They didn't do a scan or anything last time, I can't remember why- I was just happy to be in the clear tbh.. I have to get to my GP but scared stiff :-(
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Thanks OP for posting this. I found a lump about 2.5/3 years ago, was referred to the breast clinic in Beaumont, waited 3 weeks for appointment (longest wait in my life), anyway was told it was nothing to worry about then... Phew.(
When you've been in once, I thought you would be called back for regular checks, no???

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However I have now since found another lump, and Im in a panic over it, nearly afraid to go to my GP, as I don't think I can handle the thought of the panic I had waiting last time? Sounds stupid I know... They didn't do a scan or anything last time, I can't remember why- I was just happy to be in the clear tbh.. I have to get to my GP but scared stiff :-(
You know you need to make that appointment - I know it's scary, I thought I might pass out from fright when I was waiting to see him last time!
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When you've been in once, I thought you would be called back for regular checks, no???

No I definitely wasn't called back, would that be because I didn't get a mammogram? He just had a feel and said I was ok...

You know you need to make that appointment - I know it's scary, I thought I might pass out from fright when I was waiting to see him last time!
I know, your right, just putting it off out of fear.. But I'll call my GP tomorrow!!
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I was at breast clinic last month referred because of lumpiness with soreness. I'm too young for breast check so it was a referral from my gp. My appointment came within a week for a triple assessment. That means mammography, ultrasound and needle biopsy if needed. Everything was very efficiently run, I was in St Vincents and it took abt two hours. I didn't need the biopsy and I was told by the consultant everything wad clear on the day. I felt like jumping for joy but there were lots of other women there waiting anxiously and in those two hours you are all in the same state of fear so I knew my relief would'nt be felt by all.

Nothing will truly ease your anxiety Dec just to say many, many of these lumps are normal or just cysts few are anything more serious. Also I found the whole experience was handled so gently and professionaly by the hospital staff. Just try and keep it off your mind when you can and try not to worry. Hope all goes well.
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I've been attending St. James for the last 4 yr with lumps in my breasts. Like Pretzill, each time I go it's the triple assessment, but with mostly needle aspiration as I have Fibrocystic Breast Disease, which is basically multiple cysts in both breasts.

I know it can be an anxious time while you're waiting to be seen and waiting on results but I've found that the consultants are very quick to put your mind at ease and explain things in detail to you which makes the proccess a bit easier.

I have had core biopsy done also as I've one solid lump in one breast but it's a benign tumour,not harmful.

All I can say is try not worry too much, easier said than done I know, but best of luck, hope all's ok

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Finally went to a GP today.. He felt the lump and said it was tissue on my rib cage.. So nothing to worry about- thankfully. Am posting this just to show anyone that finds a lump that it really can be something as simple as tissue. Hope everyone gets on ok.
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Just thought Id mention that out of 6 ladies in late 30s (myself and close friends), 5 of us have at some stage or another suffered with a breast lump and gone to the doctor about it and in 2 cases have progressed right onto biopsy - and everyone has been given the all clear. Breasts get lumpy, its usually not something to worry about, but is always something that should be checked.
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Good luck with it all, OP. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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Back in on the 23rd for another triple assessment, my sis in law comes with me, she will be a nervous wreck,always is We have a grim sense of humour and find it hilarious that I'm calm and fine and she panics

To anyone going to appoinments,best of luck and hope things turn out fine, they often do
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So, I had my appointment this week and so far nothing to worry about. Just to give anyone who's interested an idea of what they might expect........I arrived shortly before my appointment time and wasn't waiting long before I was called to register - which consists of handing in your letter! Then waited to see the doctor. We had a brief chat about my symptoms and history, and then he examined me. He said all was normal, drew a circle on my boob where the cyst was and sent me for an ultrasound. Waited for a bit in xray - had the ultrasound. They found that I have quite a few cysts so the consultant radiologist wants to discuss my case at the weekly Tuesday meeting and probably bring me in for another scan in a few weeks but no sign of anything sinister. Back to the breast clinic to speak with the doc where he said basically the same. So I'm to expect a call Tues/Wed. I'm hoping they do bring me in again, just to be sure to be sure, and I have some questions I'd like to ask that I didn't think of as I was such a bag of nerves!

My sister came with me which was a big help, esp for the first visit. All in all we were there from about 10am-12.30 or so, and all the staff were really nice and helpful.

Best of luck to anyone else heading in - it's nerve wracking but has to be done!
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Susie 564 , glad all went well for you

If you are called to go back to clinic, write down your questions and bring them with you, as I know it can be so easy to forget to ask when you're in with the doctor and caught up in everything! I have a head like a sieve and often come out thinking, damn I forgot to ask xyz !!

Just delighted for you really, I've lots of cysts,usually they aspirate them, roll on Tuesday, i'll update ye Tuesday night.

Stay safe everyone
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Well I got my appointment and its very far off, so I think tomorrow ill ring the private clinics and see if I can be seen sooner privately.

I'm still very worried - I almost feel that I can't do other things until I get this sorted.
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