24th March 23:56
Any of the females ever have a Ductogram? (ultrasound mammogram)
I am scheduled to have one this Thursday, and I am a little nervous. I
really don't know what to expect. All I know is that they insert
contrast dye into the ducts in the nipple, then do something like a
mammogram. I just wonder what they insert the dye with, because the
idea of having a needle near my nipple kinda scares me. I am not
afraid of them squishing my breast during the picture taking process,
cause it wasn't all that bad last time. The Surgical Oncologist
ordered a ductogram, along with a regular mammo, but the radiologist
refused to give me a mammo. He said I am too young, that you have to
be 40 to have one. I guess it's just that particular hospital, because
I had one done at another hospital 2 years ago, and didn't have a
problem scheduling it. Oh well. Hopefully the ductogram tells them
what they need to know. If not, then the doc will have to get adamant
about a mammo. The surgical oncologist did a breast exam, and said my
lymph nodes under my arms are swollen. When she did the exam, I found
that I was really tender under there. It hurt pretty bad. I'm getting
a little nervous about this. One good bit of news is that my
ultrasound came back normal. But that doesn't mean much to me because
the tech asked me where the lumps were, and I only knew where a couple
of them that the gyno found were. And of course the tech only did an
ultrasound of those areas. She didn't even get close to my lymph
nodes. Oh well, I guess I will find out something soon.
29th March 03:33
Any of the females ever have a Ductogram?
Thanks Kathy. I will let everyone know how it goes with me. I am sure
I am getting nervous over nothing. It can't be all that bad. It will
definately not be as bad as the failed LP the ER doc attempted on me a
couple weeks ago. I lived through that, so I can handle pretty much
anything now, I suppose. Thanks for your well-wishes. Sometimes I wish
all that was happening to me was just in my head, like seems to be the
case with all this business about Dawn. I feel as if there is too much
wrong with me to be believed, and I would hate it if you guys stopped
believing me. I rely on your support to get me through the day to day
problems that we all face.
A weary Angel
29th March 03:35
Any of the females ever have a Ductogram? (grief arthritis)
i've never had a ductogram, so i'm sorry that i can't give you any
info about that, but you've definitely got my best good thoughts and
i doubt anyone has or will think you're a faker because you've had
health problems. pretty sure we all know that it's possible to have
both M.S. and other physical problems, there are others on the group
who have more than 'just' M.S. to deal with.
i've had pre-existing gyn problems from before my M.S. dx, have
apparently developed arthritis at this point, a medication-induced
ulcer, and some unknown but obvious weirdness in the spine that i hope
to know more about after i see the doc monday and schedule my very
first spinal MRI.
i've never seen you monopolize the group with your problems, much less
stir up any trouble! to me, you seem to be stronger than you even
realize -- you deal with your own health problems, your family's
health problems, lack of insurance, lack of money, pain, worry and
grief -- and when it gets to be too much, as things do even for the
strongest person at times, you post about it. that's one big part of
what the group is here for, IMHO, sharing experiences, encouraging
other folks when able, being encouraged by other folks when you're
not, and just plain venting when the need arises.
if anyone accuses you of being a faker, remember they don't know you,
and really, who cares what a stranger who happens to also be a dork
with a modem thinks? i'm sure you'll find that the majority of people
in the ng care very much, worry, and just want to help you get through
this awful time as best you can.
hang in there, i'll be pulling for you!