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Unread 08-09-2004, 06:29 PM
I don't know where to post anymore

It's been 7 months since my hyst, and technically all went well with that. But this year has been nothing but trouble since. I had my second spontaneous foot fracture in my life; dexa scans, MRIs, rounds of x-rays, and no conclusions why I get stress fractures. I'm on Actonel, and my levels aren't too bad. But I do have arthritis and ulcerative colitis, so I suspect there is some crazy auto-immune thing going on here.

Then I had an unknown hematuria. Rounds of antibiotics, pyridium, etc. Off to a urologist. Cystoscopies, CT scans, more cystoscopies, ureteral stent (OUCH). Discovered I had a blood clot in my left kidney. They released it during one of my procedures, and concluded that if it had never been discovered, it probably would have passed on its own. So after all that hell: stress, expense, time-off work, pain, etc., I'm fine.

Then last week I finally got around to having my annual mammogram. I was only a couple of months late--had to keep re-scheduling it because of all these other procedures. Well, not good news. It is my 1st abnormal mammogram ever. Had to go in this morning for more enhanced films, and yes, there is a problem. Crap!

So tomorrow I go in for a core biopsy. I know it doesn't mean I have cancer. The odds are even either way. It's just that I lost my best friend to breast cancer in February, and I'm pretty frightened. I haven't had the best of luck this year. My family and friends can't believe that I have had such a rotten year.

I'm single, live alone, and my married sister and/or friends keep taking off work to take me to all these crazy procedures. To top it off, I'm technically on vacation this week. I took the week off to paint and wallpaper my bathroom. Now I'm spending it going to doctors and worrying my head off again! What next????

I've been in Pre-Op, Post-Op, & Bladder Matters, this year. I have no idea where to post next. I just know that somewhere out there you ladies are listening, and I need some tea and sympathy tonight.
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Unread 08-09-2004, 06:45 PM
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Oh (((((Junie))))) I'm so sorry you've been having such a hard time

Can't offer much insight as to what will go on with the Core Biopsy, but did want to say that I know that it's true where these things are concerned: the odds are 50/50. ing that, for once, the odds are in your favor.
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Unread 08-09-2004, 07:13 PM
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Junie,

Sounds like you are posting in the right place. Your road has seemed so long. I sure do hope all this rotten luck ends for you soon. I hope your biopsy goes well and that all your bladder woes clear up.

s

Shelly
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Unread 08-09-2004, 10:32 PM
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Hi Junie

You're surely due for a break my girl!!! Hang in there.

Many s coming your way.
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Unread 08-09-2004, 10:59 PM
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Hi Junie,

Just wanted to say I will be praying for you I know you must be scared and sick of all of this you have been through a lot. Please keep us posted on how you are doing my thoughts are with you...Take care...
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Unread 08-09-2004, 11:52 PM
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Hi Junie I'm so sorry you have to face yet another problem on top of everything else you've already been through. I think you've posted in exactly the right place!

I had a stereotactic core biopsy in January when suspicious calcifications showed up in a mammogram and a repeat mammo showed exactly the same thing. For me, too, it was my first ever 'problem' mammogram. I posted the details about the procedure, in case you're interested in reading more about it before you go to have yours, on this thread:

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...hreadid=123444

There is also tons of great information, including links to sites which have pictures of the equipment used to do the biopsy, in the Breast Cancer section of our Resources directory. To get there, just click on Resources in the banner at the top of this page, and then scroll down to the Breast Cancer section.

I was told at the time I had my biopsy, that about 75-80% of these biopsies come back negative. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you are one of the majority here. Good luck!
s,
-Linda
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Unread 08-11-2004, 06:07 AM
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Linda,

Thank you for referring me to your biopsy story. It was exactly what I had done yesterday. In a way, I'm glad I didn't read about it before the procedure! I was nervous enough about the thought of putting needles in my breast!

I was so surprised to see the table and find out I was be lying on my tummy and they were going to "clamp" my breast. The numbing pricks weren't too bad. Overall the worst part was how stressful it all is! When they let me sit up I was shaking all over. I'm amazed at how calm I was over my hysterectomy surgery, in comparison to getting a core biopsy!

I'm pretty sore and bruised today. I kept an icepack on most of yesterday, and I did start bleeding through the steri-strips a bit last night. But the radiologist was very honest about ALL the possible things that could happen (bruising, soreness, bleeding, etc.). I appreciate that. So many doctors send you off without much idea of "what is normal" and what is not.

Now the waiting for the report. Pretty nervewracking! I have to call tomorrow and talk to the doctor. Let's hope it's good news. My vacation days haven't turned out to be much fun, eh?

Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support this week,
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Unread 08-11-2004, 01:11 PM
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Junie

Hi, I also had my first abnormal mammagram a month or so ago. Had to have a sterotactic biopsy, and the results came back as calcifications.

I came on here before the biopsy and Linda referred me to her post about the procedure, but I didn't read it. I didn't want to know all the pain involved. Although, I had been told it was not that bad. But to the person about to get it done, someone saying "its not that bad" is scary.

I did it and it was a piece of cake as to what I thought was going to happen. I was terrified. On the way to the hospital, my husband was so afraid I was going to tell him to take me home.

As I lay on the table, facing the wall, I began to feel hot and sick to my stomach. It was my own fear of what was going to happen. The nurse went and got two cold wet towels, and laid one on my forehead and one on my back. The feeling passed and I was fine. Never once did I feel any pain.

Hang in there, my thoughts are with you.
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Unread 08-11-2004, 05:39 PM
Been there too

Hi Junie, I've been there too re the core biopsies. Three basically core biopsies, but each a slightly different procedure. No serious pain or problems with any of them.

The localization for the incisional biopsy and the lumpectomy is a sort of similar procedure to a core biopsy. So that makes a total of five!

Much greater chance that the results will be benign.

Hopin' and prayin' for you.

Mary D.
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Unread 08-11-2004, 08:05 PM
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Junie,

Sending up a prayer for you that it comes back negative. You are such a trooper and I am so thanful that you share your stories here.

Sending Gentle S

Shelly
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