So since my last blog post, I have been to see my plastic surgeon and my GP.
My first appointment was with my plastic surgeon on Tuesday.
On the day of my appointment, I was still feeling pain in my chest. It hurt when I did any normal day to day stuff. Such as getting out of bed, lifted a glass of water, tying my hair back. Sometimes the pain felt like it came from the bones or the muscles in my chest, sometimes it was pain in the lump.
I couldn't wait to get some answers that day.
My plastic surgeon is located in Glasgow so I got myself on the train to see him Tuesday afternoon.
I was expecting him to say yes there is something wrong with your implant, you need to go in for surgery. I made a scenario in my head where I was discussing with my surgeon whether I would just remove both implants, get bigger ones or just replace the one that is broken.
(Un?)fortunately, he confirmed there was a lump but it had nothing to do with the implant. He told me to see my GP and get it checked out but he didn’t think it was cancerous.
I actually got a bit annoyed that it wasn't because of my implant I was discovering pain and discomfort. In my mind that just made sense and I just wanted to know now why there is a lump and why I was in so much pain.
Due to all the walking around and carrying my big bag around all day, by the end of the night I was in so much pain my tears wouldn’t hold back anymore. It was like my chest was on fire. I ended up taking ibuprofen and if you have read my blog before you know I NEVER touch that stuff.
I started reading up online (I know not good) what it could be and the only thing that sounded like my symptoms was a condition called Costochondritis (an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone, or sternum. Cause: trauma or unknown). That didn’t make any sense. As that has nothing to do with the lump in my breast!
The next morning I went in for an urgent appointment with my GP. I told her about my symptoms and she examined my breast. She said that the symptoms I was experiencing was most likely to be Costochondritis.
The pain caused by Costochondritis is described as the same sensation as a heart attack, so you can only imagine how much pain I was in.
But again, nothing to do with the lump. She said she would refer me to the breast clinic, but assured me it is very common for women my age finding lumps in their breasts. But I needed to get it checked out.
So today I still don’t know what the lump is. Although, I'm not thinking the worst case scenario as there are so many other things it can be. But on a positive note, the pain isn’t that bad anymore and I’m starting to feel back to normal.
To be continued.