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#1 SelceLisbeth

Posted 04 August 2019 - 02:55 PM

After some advice. I have lumpy breasts and lumps that also come and go depending on hormones. I have a slow growing lipoma which has been checked over a few times now and in the same breast have a bit of hollowness which was checked out last year.

In the last few days that breast has been a bit tender to the touch, the hollow feels bigger and underneath it (deep into the breast, feels closer to the chest plate) is a kidney bean sized lump. Not smooth or mobile like most of the others I have had. Obviously I dont want to take any risks, but also if I went to the Dr for every lump I felt, Id never be home.

I thought maybe it was reasonable for wait 14 days so I know it isnt hormonal before I see someone. Wondering what other lumpies do.

#2 JRA

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:07 PM

I can remember in my early 20s I was told I had lumpy breasts. Lumpy breasts still can grow not nice lumps.

If it fees different, go an see someone

#3 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:15 PM

I have lumpy breasts and am under the care of a breast surgeon for regular check ups.  She tells me regularly that if I ever feel a new lump, especially if it’s unusual for me, to go back for another check, so I would do just that.   I get the temptation to wait but it’s just not worth it, even if it does turn out to be another benign lump.  Wishing you the best OP.

#4 purplekitty

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:29 PM

Go and see someone.

#5 *melrose*

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:37 PM

Please go see someone, give yourself piece of mind.

#6 smilinggirl

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:43 PM

I have lumps and if I was in your situation, I would be going to the Dr. Best to have a medical person examine it asap and they can decide what needs to be done next.

#7 lucky 2

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:44 PM

Yep, you have had further breast changes, you don't know why because you can't see inside your breast so it makes sense to visit you go asap!

#8 rosie28

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:56 PM

My mum has lumpy breasts (I don’t seem to have inherited them!) She goes if there is anything unusual, we’ll worth having it checked out just in case.

#9 SelceLisbeth

Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:56 PM

Thanks. Not what I wanted to hear, but I will follow up. My previous referral with the breast surgeon might still be valid. Fingers crossed.

#10 marple

Posted 04 August 2019 - 04:00 PM

Can you just go to breastscreen? It's free. Edit sorry you have to be over 40 and you may not be,

Edited by marple, 04 August 2019 - 04:16 PM.


#11 ytt

Posted 04 August 2019 - 04:17 PM

I know someone with lumpy breasts. Something felt different so she went and got it checked.

She has just finished radiation therapy for cancer. Not to scare you but to let you know things can change.

Lucky she got it quickly and radiation was all she needed.

I know someone else lumpy breasts and just diagnosed. She needs chemo, radiation and ovary removal. Her diagnosis was a lot worse.

If in doubt check it out

#12 smilinggirl

Posted 04 August 2019 - 04:22 PM

View Postmarple, on 04 August 2019 - 04:00 PM, said:

Can you just go to breastscreen? It's free. Edit sorry you have to be over 40 and you may not be,

I just booked my annual breastscreen appointment (I have had them since I was 30 due to family history) and the wait was 4 weeks. I know that depends on location, but it is a popular service that books out quickly.

#13 zenkitty

Posted 04 August 2019 - 04:38 PM

View Postmarple, on 04 August 2019 - 04:00 PM, said:

Can you just go to breastscreen? It's free. Edit sorry you have to be over 40 and you may not be,

Breastscreen is for routine, asymptomatic screening, if you have a new change you should see a doctor.

#14 Lifesgood

Posted 04 August 2019 - 05:24 PM

I have lumpy breasts, dense tissue and a history of breast cancer (my mum) so my GP sends me for an ultrasound and mammogram every 12 months.

#15 marple

Posted 04 August 2019 - 06:32 PM

View Postzenkitty, on 04 August 2019 - 04:38 PM, said:

Breastscreen is for routine, asymptomatic screening, if you have a new change you should see a doctor.
Oh ok I didn't know that. I went at 45 as just a general checkup but then got sent to be reassessed as have pretty lumpy boobs myself . Was seen by a tech and a  doctor there so thought that was pretty good. Was all fine. Just was a thought as the wait for a private surgeon can be ages too. Also got in within the week ( but NSW)

Edited by marple, 04 August 2019 - 06:35 PM.


#16 zenkitty

Posted 04 August 2019 - 08:37 PM

View Postmarple, on 04 August 2019 - 06:32 PM, said:


Oh ok I didn't know that. I went at 45 as just a general checkup but then got sent to be reassessed as have pretty lumpy boobs myself . Was seen by a tech and a  doctor there so thought that was pretty good. Was all fine. Just was a thought as the wait for a private surgeon can be ages too. Also got in within the week ( but NSW)

It’s a great service, but in the initial screening appointment you get the standard mammogram and sent away. Any areas they need more info about they call you back for further imaging. If you have a new change your Dr can refer you straight for diagnostic imaging, saves you going for screening, waiting for it to be read, then going back.

Also, your GP can refer for mammogram and ultrasound, you don’t need to wait to see a breast surgeon.

Edited by zenkitty, 04 August 2019 - 08:38 PM.


#17 lozoodle

Posted 04 August 2019 - 09:06 PM

I have very lumpy breasts that have been checked a number of times, and the lumps are "normal" for me.

I have always been told that any change or new lump that I haven't notice before, get it checked. Lumps an be normal and nothing, but anything new needs investigation.

I hope its nothing sinister :)

#18 SelceLisbeth

Posted 05 August 2019 - 07:26 AM

View Postzenkitty, on 04 August 2019 - 08:37 PM, said:

It’s a great service, but in the initial screening appointment you get the standard mammogram and sent away. Any areas they need more info about they call you back for further imaging. If you have a new change your Dr can refer you straight for diagnostic imaging, saves you going for screening, waiting for it to be read, then going back.

Also, your GP can refer for mammogram and ultrasound, you don’t need to wait to see a breast surgeon.

Yes, I google the breastscreen program and I am too young for it anyway, not to mention they have a long waiting list.

The breast surgeon I go to will ultrasound and FNA on the spot if he feels necessary, so will skip a few steps in the waiting period and it keeps his records of my lumps and bumps up to date.

Did a thorough self exam last night. One side actually has two lumps, both oblong shaped and not smooth or mobile, so definitely worth checking. Thanks for the nudge. I was prepared to put my head in the sand.

#19 SelceLisbeth

Posted 05 August 2019 - 02:01 PM

Havent been able to connect to breast surgeon's number (maybe he has retired?). Cant get in to GP til Thursday. Now I have decided (thanks to EB) to act, Im frustrated! lol

#20 MooGuru

Posted 05 August 2019 - 02:09 PM

I have (and I quote the ultrasound person) a frustrating number of cysts and fibroadenomas.
I totally get the wanting to wait and I'm incredibly guilty of doing that myself but I go with the theory anything that feels very different should be checked.

Glad you decided to book in. In the meantime the chances are high this is a nothing lump to add to your collection of lumps so try not to stress about it too much before your appt on Thursday.

#21 SelceLisbeth

Posted 06 August 2019 - 03:57 PM

Thanks. Like you say, I know most lumps are ok so I am trying not to stress. I have developed an ache in the underarm on that side now though and had swollen nodes at the back of my neck recently, so I am kind of glad I am chasing it up now. Mostly. I am using the staff GP at work and I feel a bit weird about someone I know and work with checking me, but I'll get over it. One of the parents at the kids school once did my breast exam  and I dealt with that weirdness!

#22 SelceLisbeth

Posted 08 August 2019 - 03:25 PM

Mammogram and ultrasound on Tuesday. Not too worried as I have developed some pretty real soreness which isnt common in nasties.

#23 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 08 August 2019 - 05:10 PM

Good luck for Tuesday!  Hope it does turn out to be just another benign lump.  I’ve found pain for me usually means nothing sinister too, but an infected cyst or hormonal changes.

#24 Sara.xoxo

Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:14 AM

Good luck tomorrow SL! I hope it all goes well. I too am part of the lumpy breast club and last year I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m so glad you are not ignoring it and getting it looked at promptly.

#25 lozoodle

Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:26 AM

Good luck! If you have been poking and prodding the area a lot it would have made it quite sore also.




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