Goldilocks: THIS breast is too lumpy... THIS breast is too pebbly...
September 11, 2008 6:43 PM Subscribe
How worried should I be? (You are not my doctor.)
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Essentially, I have a small (1 cm) lump in one of my breasts. I saw an NP who examined me and referred me to a radiologist for ultrasound and maybe biopsy. She also told me my breasts are "pebbly." I'm 24, some family history of cancers (including breast cancer), no previous weird pap smears or anything like that.
What I am having trouble with is this: I realize that it's probably nothing (a hard cyst? a fibroid? whatever that is?) but I am still somewhat upset about it. Part of what I am having trouble with is that when I think about it and get upset, I tell myself, "don't be stupid! It's nothing!" and then I still feel upset, but also stupid. Similarly, when I think about it optimistically, I feel like I don't have enough worry, and I'm tempting fate or something.
I think I would feel better if I just had some sense of how worried a reasonably well-informed person would actually feel. Either I should be very worried, which will mean that I have "permission" to feel that way, or I shouldn't be, which will mean that I have "permission" to feel optimistic.
I hope this is not too badly phrased. I have tried googling around, but it's not all coming together into something that makes sense. What is the scientific, statistical, common-sense level of worry that would be reasonable to feel in this situation?