• Has anyone else had enough symptoms to practically Dx themselves? I don't mean one or 2 symptoms. I'm referring to 9 or 10 Red flags 2 r "B"

    Asked by CayenneJan on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Has anyone else had enough symptoms to practically Dx themselves? I don't mean one or 2 symptoms. I'm referring to 9 or 10 Red flags 2 r "B"

    I'm asking bcause I have been feeling not well since 4/2012. My Dr is getting close but he will not say "yes, you have Cancer".

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • Harry's Avatar

      You might consider getting a second opinion.

      almost 4 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I agree with Harry, time to consider a second opinion, This isn't anything to fool around with, please keep us updated best of luck to you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth (Best Answer!)

      I am not sure what red flags you are talking about, but if you feel a lump or noticed any changes in your breasts or had an abnormal mammo and it has been since April 2012, you really should see another doctor. I had an abnormal mammo, ultrasound and biopsy in Dec 2012, official diagnosis Jan 2012, bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction in Feb 2012, chemo finished August 2012.
      You should get another opinion for sure.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I was healthy and no concerns till I got called back from my annual mammo which ultimately lead to Dx...

      I agree witht the others that say get a 2nd opinion.....I don't know what you mea by red flags...but get a 2nd opinion.....

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Nope. I didn't have a single symptom. I have no idea what you mean about your doctor getting close. Get a mammogram and if that shows anything a biopsy. Breast cancer is pretty clear cut. It doesn't take months to diagnose it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I had no symptoms. Have you had a mammo or a sonogram? If you are not comfortable with your doctor, get a second opinion! Never Dx yourself. You are not a doctor. See a good doctor you can trust. Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My tumor did not show on my routine mammo but they noted that a lymph node under my arm was a "little generous" so they did an ultra sound the same day which still did not show tumor. They decided to biopsy lymph node which confirmed that there was indeed breast cancer cells - a couple of days later, I returned for a 6 hour workup including an MRI, another ultrasound and biopsies - finally, the MRI showed the tumor which ended up being 4.9. The tumor did not show on the mammo or ultrasound due to dense, fibrocystic tissue and the type of cancer (Invasive Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma). Within days, I saw a surgeon - who came in on a Saturday morning to do my surgery -- Chemo and Radiation followed. The moral of my story is that I had no symptoms and if they had not noticed the "generous" lymph node, I would have gone home for another year thinking everything was ok. Since you have symptoms, by all means, you should seek a prompt and accurate diagnosis ASAP. Personally, I feel that anyone with dense or fibrocystic tissue should have a yearly MRI instead of mammo because the mammo is useless. I wish you the best.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      It sounds like your doctor doesn't think you have cancer. If he was suspicious he would be pursuing more answers.

      It also sounds like you don't trust your doctor. That is your situation's "red flag," in my mind, that indicates you should see another doctor.

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      You've heard it said, we should all listen to our own bodies, we know them the best. If you feel strongly that something is not right, you have the power of knowing your body. Define your symptoms so that you can articulate them to the docs and keep going until you find someone to take you seriously. My bc should have been more apparent to me.. I kept feeling what I thought was a sore muscle in my left breast.. Thank God for mammograms.. it was a tumor. Best of luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I had several "Red Flags". I saw 4 doctors before finaly a PA checked and called another doctor in who said " I can tell by looking at that, it's breast cancer". Why couldn't the others see that? By the time I saw an onc. I was stage 4. Sometimes when you know somethings wrong you just have to keep pushing. It took me 2 & 1/2 months just to get them to listen to me that something was very wrong. I wish I had started pushing sooner. Mabey I could be cured. Now I can't.
      Don't wait for your doctor to be concerned. If your concerned, act on it!

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had no symptoms and was very lucky that my cancers were caught early. But you know your body, and if you feel that there is something wrong, and your doctor is not responding in a way that makes you feel confidant. I say go for an 2nd and even a 3rd opinion.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      I felt that the doctor had a tough time in telling me that yes, I have cancer. I guess it's a hard time for them too. His eyes were yelling "it's cancer", but he kept saying that I should wait for the biopsy, that whatever it was it had treatments, surgery...
      Even doctors have difficulties in dealing with cancer, I guess.

      almost 4 years ago
    • CayenneJan's Avatar

      UPDATE: I have a scheduled Oncologist appt on next Tues. Now my PC is ordering a boat load of blood tests and I go for 2 MRI's on Thursday. Maybe I can finally get some answers. Thanks again for all your responses.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      My cancer in not of the breast but I had absolutely no signs of anything being wrong up to the date of surgery other than a massive bleed that was my red flag. Felt just fine until I began chemotherapy and then I felt like I was dying. I suspect that any signs or symptoms should never be ignored and taken to the experts who can run the appropriate tests to determine the cause. I would certainly have never suspected I can such advanced cancer - it's an insidious disease and sneaks up on us all.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Chrissy's Avatar

      Fortunately my breast surgeon did not mess around. I went in because something just didn't feel right to me. It was hard to explain, almost like that full feeling in your breasts when you have your period, except it didn't go away and it was only on my left side. I had a mammo, ultrasound, MRI, then biopsy, and through the last two procedures, she gently but honestly told me..this is looking more like cancer but if it is, we will do everything we can and had every reason to believe I would be a survivor. I felt like I could completely trust her because she was completely honest with me. That made me feel like I was in good hands and was ready for the fight! You need your medical team to tell it to you straight, tell you what's going to happen next and answer any questions anytime along the way. Does your hospital or cancer care center have a breast health navigator? I would look it up and see what they might be able to do to help. I was dx in 2/2009 and within three weeks my tests were done, port placed and started chemo. Good luck to you, we are all behind you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I agree with everyone, get another opinion. I was already being watched with mammograms every 6 months. June 2012 was all good, see you in 6 months. In October I found the lump. 2 weeks later had another mammo, which STILL didn't show anything. My bilateral mastectomy was 10 days ago. The original lump was 2.5cm, plus 2 more... 1cm and 6mm, all on the same side.
      Trust your own instincts and push for yourself.

      almost 4 years ago

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