Oct 06, 2002 - 11:19 pm
I have fibrocystic breasts and I've had pain in them for years. I've been receiving mammograms since I was 35. They're so lumpy, even my doctor has trouble examining me. I have a lymphnode that showed up on my last mammogram. They told me it's been there awhile but that it changed the last time. I also have a pain there; sometimes it shoots up my armpit. I asked my doctor to refer me for a second opinion and she sent me to a surgeon. He said that the lymphnode on my left side is quite a bit larger than the one on the right, but that he thinks it's inflamed because of my fibrocystic condition. He put me on naprosin and vitamin and asked me to come back in 6 weeks. The medicine has helped but the pain is not completely gone.
My questions are, when I go back in 6 weeks, should I insist on him taking the lymphnode out? if it's now equal in size to the other side? if it isn't equal in size? What am I subjecting myself to if I insist and it isn't cancer? What am I risking if I don't?
I don't mean to overreact, but....this is scary. No one in my immediate family has had breast cancer, however, I've had an aunt and great-aunt who have. How much action should I take at this point?
Thanks to all who respond.