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The day I found a lump

What Happens If You Find A Lump In Your Breast?

 

Finding a lump can be scary. This is what happened after I found one. 

Finding a breast lump

Last Thursday, I had possibly the scariest event happen so far in my illness journey.

I was fast asleep in bed when I had an itch on the underside of my left breast (where your rib cage and bra are).

I went to scratch it when I stopped suddenly. There was something there.

A lump.

I was still half asleep so didn’t think too much of it and fell back to sleep. When I awoke I had completely forgotten about it until I went to put my bra on and realised that it was sore. Then I remembered. Before I went to check again, I was hoping that it would have gone by then, but as my hand moved into the area, and my fingers went over the area, my worst fears were confirmed. It was still there and incredibly painful.

I made a doctor’s appointment straight away to see someone that evening.

I saw a female doctor (not because I asked I’m not that fussy and trust my doctor) but she was the only one available that day.

She had a feel around my breast and told me she could feel the lump I was talking about.

Fortunately, she seemed to think it wasn’t anything sinister and told me it was possibly an abscess or cyst that had formed. This was a huge relief. So she gave me some antibiotics. 1 tablet taken 4 times a day for a week.

She did stress to me though that if the lump changed, or got worse or became more painful I should go back.

Tuesday the following week

Unfortunately, this was now my 5th day of my 7-day course of tablets, and the lump was still very much there.

The pain had subsided somewhat but not completely.

I decided that even though I hadn’t finished my course I would go back to the doctors that day. I would have thought antibiotics would have done something after 5 days.

So off I went back to my regular doctor. Dr Evans.

I told him I had been on antibiotics for just under a week, but they weren’t working.

Due to the male/female scenario, a female nurse was asked to attend while he performed another breast exam.

Found a lump?

Once again, he confirmed he to could feel the lump. He agreed with me that he would have expected it to have improved with antibiotics by now.

This was not the news I wanted to hear.

I think he must have sensed my worry because he followed it up by saying that although the antibiotics haven’t worked, it could still be a deep-rooted abscess or cyst, which may require draining.

This cheered me up a little.

So I have been referred to an emergency breast clinic to undergo further tests. Due to the nature of the problem, they classify most breast lumps as urgent, and I was told my appointment would be within two weeks!

I am hoping to do some form of a live blog or at least a video if possible of my breast screening. Hopefully, so I can show everyone that there is nothing to worry about when attending a clinic.

Even though this is a concerning time, I’m staying positive.

Rather than worrying or complaining, I try to remember there are people always worse off than me.

I am trying to remember this if the news isn’t good.

I keep my fingers crossed anyway!

Found a breast lump?


Also published on Medium.

12 thoughts on “The day I found a lump

  1. I will for sure!!! I asked my dr today if we could get an ultrasound at least. I had a similar one a few months ago and she just wanted to watch it. And i think this is the same one but has not gotten bigger. So I just want to get it checked!!!

  2. Ugh I’m so sorry to hear about this extra thing to deal with. I really hope it’s nothing too sinister as well. I remember having a big abscess once in my inner thigh. Can’t remember how long it took to subside but it did take a while. I guess my immunosuppressants weren’t helpful either. Sending you good thoughts!

    1. Hi Sheryl thanks so much for your message! Thank you for your support. Ive been for my check. All clear!!! Yay!!! Just a cyst xxxxxx

    1. Hi thanks so much for your message! Thank you for your support. Ive been for my check. All clear!!! Yay!!! Just a cyst xxxxxx

  3. I wish you luck, Lucy, and will be keeping you in my prayers. I understand the roller coaster of feelings because I didn’t find anything and went for a routine mammogram which I have every year and two weeks after I get a letter in the mail saying all is okay and see you next year! This time I got a call two days later asking me to come in for a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound. That was followed by an MRI, another ultrasound and a biopsy which showed it to be benign. I found out there was a second lump which will get further tested in December and January. Stay positive and strong. That is what is getting me through it all. Hugs.

    1. Hi Lydia, thanks so much for your message! Thank you for your support. Ive been for my check. All clear!!! Yay!!! Just a cyst xxxxxx thankfully x sorry to hear you have had some issues as well with it. Let me know what the outcome is of your results xxxx sending my thoughts xxx

  4. Praying for you. I just woke up yesterday and found a big cherry sized lump under my arm (breast cancer can be see there) so I’ll be calling tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi amber. Thank you for your support. I’ve been for my check. All clear!!! Yay!!!…. Just a cyst.

      So sorry to hear your having a similar issue though! It’s frightening isn’t it. Please let me know what happens and the outcome xxxxx

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