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What to do if I have been referred to a breast specialist. Is this necessary?

What to do if I have been referred to a breast specialist. Is this necessary?

Breast Specialist: Can't tell you if it is necessary to see the breast specialist if I don't know the nature of the problem. I would suspect that a referral wouldn't be made without an indication. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it normal to go see a breast specialist due to mastitis?

Is it normal to go see a breast specialist due to mastitis?

Define specialist: If you mean seeing your obgyn or pcp, most can handle your average mastitis. If you mean a general surgeon or plastic surgeon, i'd say no. They could help, but I think they would wonder why you didn't see the other docs. ...Read more

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18yr old female changes in right breast with severe pain! Refured to breast specialist with no explantation why now need scans should I be worried?

18yr old female changes in right breast with severe pain! Refured to breast specialist with no explantation why now need scans should I be worried?

Mastodynia: Severe breast pain in an 18 year old is usually due to a cyst, infection or injury. A clinical exam and ultrasound are usually all that is needed to diagnose the problem. While you are being evaluated, reduce caffeine and chocolate, and take extra vitamin e. ...Read more

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I have 2 fibroadenomas, breast specialist said no biopsy is needed. Had 2 ultrasound follow-ups. Should I worry not having a biopsy done? 25, no history.

I have 2 fibroadenomas, breast specialist said no biopsy is needed. Had 2 ultrasound follow-ups. Should I worry not having a biopsy done? 25, no history.

Talk to you doctor: Any plan about your health should be with your agreement. It is good as long as you both stick to it: you following up with your physician and your physician ordering the appropriate test. If you have regular follow ups and the aspect of the lesion doesn't change you shouldn't be worried. ...Read more

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I'm having blood discharge from my nipple. What kind of doctor is a breast specialist?

I'm having blood discharge from my nipple. What kind of doctor is a breast specialist?

Breast discharge: You may ultimately need a surgeon for biopsy, but it would be best to start with your primary care physician -- who might be a family physician or internist. Either can explore your history, examine you carefully, and make helpful recommendations. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Breast pain in left breast. Have seen gyno, breast surgeon and breast specialist. Have had 5 exams, blood work 2 ultrasounds all normal still hurting?

Breast pain in left breast. Have seen gyno, breast surgeon and breast specialist. Have had 5 exams, blood work 2 ultrasounds all normal still hurting?

Monthly hormones: It seems to me that the one thing you didn't mention is when is this the most sensitive. In most young ladies, breast pain will follow the ups and downs of the menstrual cycle. Fibrocystic breasts are the most sensitive. As long as all those studies are negative, this would be the most likely cause. ...Read more

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Should I get a third opinion from a breast specialist? During a routine exam, a lump was found in my right breast. Had a mammogram & sonogram & the doc said he was not seeing anything. Went to a breast specialist who reviewed the films & did a physical ex

Should I get a third opinion from a breast specialist? During a routine exam, a lump was found in my right breast. Had a mammogram & sonogram & the doc said he was not seeing anything. Went to a breast specialist who reviewed the films & did a physical ex

Need more info: You need to ask a few more questions. Is it a solid mass or a cyst? Are they recommending follow (i.e. New mammogram or ultrasound in 3-6months). If you do not feel you have all the answers or do not feel your current doctors answered all of your questions, then seek a 3rd opinion. ...Read more

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High risk history. (-) mammo, GP found 1.5 CM lump + dimpling. Referred to breast specialist. Symptoms in 7 months: rash, weight loss, fever. Cancer?

High risk history. (-) mammo, GP found 1.5 CM lump + dimpling. Referred to breast specialist. Symptoms in 7 months: rash, weight loss, fever. Cancer?

See breast surgeon: These findings sound suspicious but this forum is not a substitute for a doctor evaluating you in person. Please do not fear the results but take action and be proactive.
Find a surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and/or is affiliated with a breast center in your area. Good luck! ...Read more

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Swollen and itching nodules in my Rt armpit for over a month/hand goes numb while sleeping. Have appt. W/ breast specialist. Should I call PCP also?

Swollen and itching nodules in my Rt armpit for over a month/hand goes numb while sleeping. Have appt. W/ breast specialist. Should I call PCP also?

Call PCP for appt.: As a PCP, I feel as if I am better suited to treat this. It is not clear to me that this is a breast issue and may be a waste of time to see the other doctor. I would see the PCP, especially if you can get in sooner. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as a breast reconstruction specialist?

Can there be such a thing as a breast reconstruction specialist?

Yes: In any field in medicine, there is a wide range of physician experience and expertise. A specialist is a physician that develops expertise in a certain area through proper training and continuing education. Anyone can call themselves a specialist, but is is best for this designation to come from referring colleagues. Continual process improvement can lead to optimal outcomes for patients. ...Read more

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Breast biopsy done 2 days ago and pathologist couldn’t get a good read on test so sent them to a specialist, what does this most likely mean?

Breast biopsy done 2 days ago and pathologist couldn’t get a good read on test so sent them to a specialist, what does this most likely mean?

Needle or open biops: If needle they may mean they missed the area of interest and got normal tissue. If open the same thing
If needle then they may want to do open ...Read more

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My wife (40) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. What questions should we ask of the specialist?

My wife (40) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. What questions should we ask of the specialist?

Specialist questions: First and foremost, what is the cell type of the breast cancer and has a stage of the disease been determined as yet? What Rx is recommended and what is the 5 year survival rate for each type of Rx.? What is the quality of life with the chemotherapy Rx that may be proposed and if invasive CA how effective will be the Rx.? Is the cancer estrogen or progesterone receptor positive or negative? ...Read more

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A doctor tried to drain a cyst in my breast, but nothing drained, I'm being sent to a specialist. What can this be?

A doctor tried to drain a cyst in my breast, but nothing drained, I'm being sent to a specialist. What can this be?

Multiple possibiliti: It could be a cyst and the needle used to aspirated it didn't reach or penetrate the cyst. This is fairly easy to do so more likely it is a solid lesion. Solid breast lesions in a young person like you is most likely a benign fibroadenoma. A surgeon can best determine what it is. It may or may not need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Wife got a letter back within a week to go see a specialist at the breast screening clinic does this mean she has cancer?

No: False positive rate is very high if a woman is getting regular screening. Here is an article that should be somewhat reassuring:

http://www. Ucsf. Edu/news/2011/10/10778/high-rate-false-positives-annual-mammogram. ...Read more

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My left breast hurts. Blood work, 2 ultrasound and diagnostic mammogram all normal. Specialist says fibrocystic but it hurts all month Idk what 2 do.?

Multiple causes: Fibrocystic changes are very common in women, and sometimes they can involve only one breast, or a part of one breast. Most doctors recommend a trial of avoiding caffeine first, which helps a large percentage of women. An infection can also cause this, and requires different treatment. Sometimes an operation is necessary. ...Read more

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I have had an ultrasound, cbc, tsh, prolactin test and 3 physical exams by two different specialists to try and figure out why my breasts are hurting. They all agree it's fibrocystic changes but how do I get the pain to stop. And should I keep pushing for

I have had an ultrasound, cbc, tsh, prolactin test and 3 physical exams by two different specialists to try and figure out why my breasts are hurting. They all agree it's fibrocystic changes but how do I get the pain to stop. And should I keep pushing for

Pushing for?: Fibrocystic changes are very difficult to be comfortable with. I've had many women tell me vitamen E. Some swear by it. Not more than 400iu. Also stay away from caffeine coffee a d soda pop. See if that helps a little. ...Read more

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Pain began mid-inner thigh now moving up through hips, stomach and now breasts, quickly. Great saphenous incompetent yet specialist says not venous.?

Pain began mid-inner thigh now moving up through hips, stomach and now breasts, quickly. Great saphenous incompetent yet specialist says not venous.?

Pain moving vein?: F of unknown age, ethnicity or medical Hx from Milwaukee Notes: Pain began mid-inner thigh now moving up through hips, stomach and now breasts, quickly. Great saphenous incompetent yet specialist says not venous.? ANS: bizarre combination of events. Need more details and can do live video consult now till 4 AM PCT. I am from Milwaukee but traveling now. ...Read more

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Chest, shoulder, collar bone and breast bone pain and bellow. No heart issue. Worsen when bending and movement. Which specialist should I go?

Chest, shoulder, collar bone and breast bone pain and bellow. No heart issue. Worsen when bending and movement. Which specialist should I go?

Internist: The pain you are describing sounds like musculoskeletal pain. Be reviewed by an internist initially and follow up with any other specialists as required. ...Read more

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My chest feels heavy and I have a gasping for air. I see a asthma specialist in 2 weeks. What can I do in the meantime? Duoneb makes me anxious.

My chest feels heavy and I have a gasping for air. I see a asthma specialist in 2 weeks. What can I do in the meantime? Duoneb makes me anxious.

If you are: Literally gasping for air you need help now. Please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Call 911 if needed for transport. ...Read more

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I got referred to a bone specialist due to back and chest pain. What can I expect from them?

I got referred to a bone specialist due to back and chest pain. What can I expect from them?

An evaluation: A physical exam and imaging which will help establish a diagnosis and help guide treatment. If you don't get a good explanation or effective treatment, see a pain physician. ...Read more

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I feels pain at chest when I drink water or take food and feel burn middle of the chest please give a solution or what specialist should I meet.

Reflux: Reflux may cause above symptoms. See your physician who can evaluate you and see if needs referral to a specialist (gastroenterologist). ...Read more

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Been to heart specialist not diagnosed with anything after extensive tests. Weird crushing pain on right side of chest after sex. 3-4 times now.?

Been to heart specialist not diagnosed with anything after extensive tests. Weird crushing pain on right side of chest after sex. 3-4 times now.?

Position: Why you do not try to change position and you start on the top, and see if you are going to get chest pain since nobody on the top of you crushing your chest.
You are too young for cardiac problem. If you continue to feel chest pain in spite of changing position, my question to you do you get chest pain when you do anything physical or only with sex,
My other question did they do echocardiogram. ...Read more

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I've been having strange chest pains. Is there a specialist I should see?

Chest pain: Well there are those who consider me a strange chest pain specialist :), most are my children or friends. Your first resource should be your doctor if no help from that area ask your doc if you need referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?

What type of specialist do I need to meet with in order to repair a pectus excavatum (sunken chest)?

Pediatric surgeon: Pectus excavatum does not alway require surgical repair. When patients have severe deformities and have an impact on their breathing or exercise tolerance, we repair pectus deformities, many with minimally invasive techniques like the "nuss procedure". ...Read more

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65 years. Had a fall in WC. PAIN IN left CHEST GOING TO shoulder. Xray OK. Which specialist to contact for this? Is this a ligament issue or muscle?

65 years. Had a fall in WC. PAIN IN left CHEST GOING TO shoulder. Xray OK. Which specialist to contact for this? Is this a ligament issue or muscle?

Start with your PCP: I assume the xray was done in the ER or UC
If you have not seen your primary health care provider, start there.
then the approp referral can be done if necessary. ...Read more

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Which specialist should I consult for continuous undiagnosed chest pain?

Which specialist should I consult for continuous undiagnosed chest pain?

Chest pain: If your PCP can't diagnose your problem ask for a referral to a Doc the PCP believes is appropriate. There are many possible causes for chest pain. Cardiac causes are but one of many and are not necessarily the most common cause of pains in the chest. ...Read more

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Got gyno, seen specialist about high prolactin, was useless and said it's normal, however chest is agony too touch, how can I improve?

Probably unrelated: High prolactin usually leads to abnormal milk production, if caused by a tumour in the brain might cause visual blurring. Isolated high prolactin is unlikely to be the reason for your chest pain. ...Read more

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25, went to 2gps and a specialist and says lightheadness and shortnes of breath are not physical, chest pain, no ekg, should I leave it as anxiety?

25, went to 2gps and a specialist and says lightheadness and shortnes of breath are not physical, chest pain, no ekg, should I leave it as anxiety?

If your doc has: Cleared you of medical conditions and you are still anxious you can: 1) get a second opinion, 2) see a mental health professional to learn coping strategies for your anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is this really as rare as my pcp claims? She has me going to a number of different specialists and imaging of all sorts? I have a lot of pain in my back and chest. Mri imaging of the c spine and t spine show lesions in a few places, and images of my chest

There: There are a few conditions that can cause night sweats, back pain, and multiple MRI lesions. None of them are particularly happy.

Have you been tested for TB or other mycobacteria? Pott's disease can present this way and, because it is rare in this country, can be overlooked. Other possibilities are lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Ewing's sarcoma can mimic infection, but is usually more localized. If all of these have been ruled out, then it is something even more rare, such as some of the myelodysplastic disorders (where the bone marrow doesn't make the right blood cells).

While it is frustrating to have a diagnosis take months, there are a lot of risks involved and making the right diagnosis is essential for the proper treatment. If you treat an infection with chemotherapy or cancer with antibiotics, the problem will only get worse.

Best of luck! ...Read more