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Friday, September 14, 2012
Surgery Next Week
Also, I learned that you had to take a look at the color. With me, though, I wasn't able to determine the color. Every time it happened I was wearing a dark night shirt or bra. I went to the doctor last month. He sent me in for my yearly mammogram. They did it as a diagnostic one, and ended up doing an ultrasound. These really didn't show much out of the ordinary. The radiologist came in and told me that if I continued to have problems that I needed to come back in.
The doctor said I was to come in immediately after I had a discharge, too. The only problem was I really didn't notice much during the day. I usually notice at night or on the weekends. Well, last Saturday, it ended up going through my bra and shirt. I was wearing a solid colored shirt. So, it was very noticeable. I was also able to get some on a paper towel. It freaked me out!! It appeared to be a bloody, brownish color.
Needless to say, I called the doctor first thing Monday morning. The doctor called me back at lunchtime, not his nurse (another indication to me that it could be serious). He told me I needed to call a surgeon that he recommended to get a duct o gram done (I think that was what it was called.) The surgeon saw me on Wednesday. Everything seemed to be happening so fast, it was a little freaky. The surgeon told me he could do a duct o gram but that it wasn't necessary. There was no need for me to have to go through that pain when I would need to have surgery no matter what it said. They do this test while you are awake. They inject a dye into the ducts in your breast, and use a mammography to take a look. So, in other words I get shots in my boob while they squish it like a pancake. No fun!!!
Anyway, I have to have a duct removed, and possibly a small tumor in the duct. If there isn't a tumor in the duct, he may have to explore more to see what is causing the problem. He can tell from the mammogram and when he examined me where the duct is that is the problem. I don't remember the name of the tumor but in 90% of cases it is benign. If I were to just leave it alone, it could become cancerous. So, I am having surgery next week.
Who would've thought that a wet spot on my nightshirt would mean surgery? Please if this happens to you (and you aren't pregnant or breastfeeding) have it checked out, especially, if the discharge is clear or bloody. If it is a milky color, it is more normal. However, I would still get it checked out.
Has this happened to anyone else? What happened with you? Please let me know your thoughts. I am kind of freaking out about the surgery.
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