I woke up slowly this morning after having difficulty falling asleep last night.
I usually stay in bed until I've got my wits about me. It was early enough that I stayed there for a while. That's when I realized that I felt a strange pain in my right breast.
I started to massage around my breast to see if I could find the pain. I have fibrous breasts and they do get really sore right before my menstrual cycle.
Problem is... my menstrual cycle just ended. So... why would my breasts be sore?
As I pondered this thought, I came across a raised area on my breast. I shot out of bed and ran into the bathroom to get a closer look. What appeared was something long and slender, about 3 inches long, just to the right of my areola. I thought it may be a raised vein but as I traced along the length of it, I found that one end was especially sore. It almost felt as if an insect bit me!
I went about my morning, stopping now and then to examine this strangeness on my skin. On the drive to work, I made an appointment with my general doctor.
I'm 40 years old. My last mammogram was at age 35. In my family, I have a mother who had fibrous/non-cancerous tumors removed from her breasts in her 40's. My father died of esophageal cancer. My father's sister (who, I believe, is actually my 2nd cousin), just found out that she has breast cancer.
All of my grandparents have lived into their mid-90's, with my grandfather still kickin' it at age 93.
Could this be something serious like the "c" word? Would a cancerous tumor be painful? And why would it suddenly just appear out of nowhere?
I was examined by the doctor earlier today and am now scheduled for a mammogram on Wednesday.
She believes that it may be a blocked milk duct or an inflamed lymph node. Just to make sure and because of my age, she is definitely recommending a mammogram.
Getting my boobies squished is not my idea of a good time but hey... the little scare I've had so far today is enough to kick my ass into gear.
Ya'll wish me luck and keep me in your prayers please.
This website was especially helpful for more information on Breast Anatomy and Pathlogy: Breast Diagnostic Center
Do you do breast self-exams?
How often do you get mammograms? Have you had one before?
Have you tried thermography?
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Did you know that men can get breast cancer too?