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05-19-2005, 05:27 AM
I went for my first mamogram yesterday. What an experience it was. This morning I got a call and they need me back for a second screening and further tests on my right breast. I asked the lady that called if they "see" something and she wouldn't comment, "i'm not the doctor", oh geesh thanks.
For those of you who have had a mamogram done, is this common to have to return. The lady that did the test said that the first one is the hardest because they have nothing to compare too. My thoughts are if there was something wrong, wouldn't it be clear on the screening ?
Just a liitle scared and looking for other's experiences.
05-19-2005, 12:47 PM
Yes, I had to go back once because they basically had not got a clear enough picure.. Now they usual have me sit before getting dressed and have a good look at the mammo before they let me go.. I have calcification and and they keep a very close watch.. I also have fibro cysts which I just had to have one biopsied. Thank God it was ok.. It is frightening for sure.. I have to go for another Mammo next week..I am glad we have the technology that if there is something not right that it detects things early..
All the best and I can say don't worry to you but I know from experience that is very hard to do..
06-02-2005, 01:11 AM
My doctor received the original report and they have found a mass in my right breats. Further testing tomorrow, wish me luck.
I'm scared ! hoping for the best but hard not to think of the worse. If they where just wanting a clearer picture ok, but there is something there. makes it a different story.
Jen, I will say a prayer that all goes well. I know when we are dealing with our health it is a very stressful time. I can also tell you from my experience I am going through right now that getting over stressed is not good on your body either.
I am going to have to learn some techniques to calm me down when I get under a lot of stress. My body can't continue to be stressed like this. Maybe we both need to take some deep breaths and relax.
06-02-2005, 01:36 AM
I hear you Jolene. I have so much stress in my life right now it's silly. Infact it has to stop. I am living with a 39 year old child and his actions don't help matters. It is effecting my health drastically. And then this came up. I'm meditating 4-5 times a day, yoga on my own all the time just to try to keep myself calm, doesn't work. My doctor has put me on an anti-depressant (I was on anixety pills but not helping) so hopfully all will work in the end. I am extremely sensitive to medications which makes the process of finding the appropriate balance between helpful and harmful, effects both disruptive and frustrating. So not thinking positive this will help.
06-04-2005, 04:22 AM
Just an update, went for more screening and "something" is there, that I don't know at this point. Test results will be to my doctor by hopefully Thursday of next week. Good thing is whatever it is it is painfull and they tell me that is a good thing.
This is going to be one long week.
06-04-2005, 07:19 AM
About three years ago I had to go back for an ultrasound after a mammogram. I watched it on a TV screen when they did the ultrasound and it showed up black --- I was later told that black on the ultrasound meant it was a fluid filled sac --- a cyst, which is harmless. It was really scary for me, but I absolutely insisted I be told before I left the building. The tech went after a radiologist (MD), who immediately checked it and gave me the results.
06-04-2005, 07:34 AM
Try I am so sorry you are going through this I will keep you in my prayers.
06-04-2005, 09:56 AM
We'll be thinking of you!! :grouphug:
06-21-2005, 01:49 AM
Just an update, finally.
I just got my test results back and all is OK. There is a mass of some sort but a good one. What a few weeks this has been. I can finally rest knowing that all is OK.
Amazing how the mind works when you go through something like this. I was totally prepared for the worst and it turned out all OK.
What bothers me is I do regular monthly self exams and I have never felt anything, my doctor didn't even feel anything. Just makes me wonder how long it has been there ?
Thanks everyone for your kind words during a tough time !
06-21-2005, 02:47 AM
That's why we have mammograms. They can pick up even tiny irregularities. It just makes sense to have them regularly.
I am so glad that everything came out ok!
07-19-2005, 09:38 AM
Hi there all..I am new around here...when is a good time to start getting mammograms? in your 30s 40s? Just curious...
07-19-2005, 10:03 AM
My mammogram was for today but i called and changed it to next monday when my husband will be off work for a half of a day because he has a dr. appt. that way i have someone to watch the children while i have my test done.
this is very scary for me because its my first one too.
I hope if they find anything at all. I know there is something there i can feel it and its sore to touch it. that its a good type of something and nothing that has to be cut out.
Since i know to watch for something black on the screen you betcha i will be watching. I know those people know what is going on. that is how they make there reports back to the dr. but all they say i'm not the doctor i don't know. Or i don't know how to read these reports, My Butt! that is there job.
guess there trained to say this. gggggrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
if something is wrong I want to know Then and There. I guess there scared if they tell us the doctor want get that ex cash from our inc. for us to go back to the dr. Gees its sad that all people can think about is money
When they do a mammogram there is nothing to see, they take the x-rays and then in my case they have always taken the films to the other room to make sure they were OK, as in clear enough films, and I was sent out to the waiting room to wait for the ok to get dressed.
I will be praying all is ok for you.
07-19-2005, 10:14 AM
Good luck on your mammogram I will be thinking of you. I am having a test the same day an emg for 2 hours. Sending you prayers and hugs.
07-20-2005, 08:19 AM
I'm so SO glad for you that it was nothing to worry about!! I can not imagine going through that! Just having them redo my pictures the day of my mammogram while I'm STILL there freaks me out. Take care.
Rhonda, I just had my second one yesterday. They really don't hurt, it's an awkward position though!!! I felt like a contortionist. They had me go sit down after the first films were taken and then she said she needed to redo the right breast...oh goody. So we did it again, and the second time around was a little uncomfortable, but I survived, and it only lasts a few seconds.
Ever wonder about the techs that do the mammograms? Don't you think they have an odd job? They handle my breasts more than my bf does! LOL
Seriously though, it's important, you should have a baseline done at 35-40, then every 1-2 years following that. They DO pick up miniscule things and should be considered part of your normal health care routine.
07-21-2005, 04:46 AM
I just went for my 7 one yesterday, had my baseline one when I was 35 and then since I was 40 had one every year since then. I will know the results in about a week. I had to go back once, I think about 3 years ago. Yes, it was a little scary, but everything was ok.
Besides this, I also had a bone density test, my GYN said I was basically too young to have one, but I told him my regular doctor has had me going for these regularly for the past few years due to my scoliosis and osteopenia (I noticed a few years ago that I lost 3 inches and since than the doctor wanted me to get these regularly--and this time around the doctor thought with my fall that I took in April he said it wouldn't be a bad idea. (Anyway, i gain bone mass in my back but in my hip I loss, also I also loss more height almost an inch) - so I guess when the doctor gets all of the results back i will find out what he wants to do...
Yesterday was just a day for me to take off all day, had to go to the cardio doctor for my 6 months check up (had a valve replacement 2 years ago- so had an EKG and an echo) and lab work) but at least I was able to schedule my appointments on the same day, plus the fact that they are pretty much in the same medical complex.
Every morning, my husband always looks on the calendar and sees if there is any appointments for me-- if not he will ask me, because there is usually not at least a few days that go by without something (i.e. physical therapy, lab work-for my coumadin checks, for regular doctors) my mom says he is a saint because for the most part, he takes me and sits in the waiting rooms.
07-25-2005, 11:12 AM
Speaking of mammograms, just had one, the doctor office called me this afternoon, I have to go back in on Wednesday and have another one along with an ultrasound, will keep you updated.
07-25-2005, 11:39 AM
good luck on wednesday, keep us posted, will be thinking of you !
08-03-2005, 05:11 AM
Went in last Wed. for another mammogram/ultrasound. had to have a biopsy. Everything is fine, it was a cyst.
08-04-2005, 04:02 AM
Mary, I'm glad it was just a cyst.
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