Misty, I had a sentinel node biopsy; it was done at the same time as my lumpectomy, the area was numbed, and there was no pain afterwards. Did they tell you they wouldn't anesthetize the tissue under your arm? That sounds pretty darned barbaric, doing a biopsy without some kind of painkiller. Have you asked your surgeon why nothing to numb the area? Perhaps you could ask whoever's in charge of the breast program at your hospital to put you in touch with others who've had the procedure with the same surgeon, at the same hospital; they could give you the best feedback, I'd assume... Best of luck to you - I hope it goes better than you expect at the moment. PJH
Thanks to both of you. I'm not giving up. I've been "burned" by my pcp's office staff for dropping the ball when I needed authorization to see an out-of-network plastic surgeon, as well as when I required the breast MRI. I hate to count on them for much of anything anymore because their delays have caused big issues and roadblocks for me.
The biggest was trying to get the Ok for a local plastic surgeon who's not part of the BCN's approved physician list. Even with my involvement, they dropped the ball. By the time I got BCN's Ok I had already informed my surgeon that I would go ahead without the reconstruction, and we were proceeding accordingly. He initially told me I couldn't wait until after the holidays to have surgery, so I wasn't willing to wait for weeks on end for the two surgeons to coordinate my case with their respective schedules. I have little confidence in my pcp's staff, and not a whole lot for the doctor, herself, after finding so many errors and missing information she has in my chart.
She had me down as having my ovaries removed during my hysterectomy. This is not true. She'd kept me on Premarin for years due to my hot flashes. All I needed was an adjustment in my thyroid meds and the hot flashes went away.
Question: Would all this extra estrogen I was taking have anything to do with my HER2/neu ER+ status? Or does this have nothing to do with it? I was on it for most of the last 30+ years. Just trying to find answers, not trying to make accusations at her. I stopped taking Premarin on my own about a year before my diagnosis. As far as I know, she doesn't even know that I've just had a mastectomy. Not sure what I should do, if anything. Any suggestions on how I should handle this? I'm not very confrontational, but would like to give her and her entire staff a good chewing out for their incompetence. They need to get it together before they continue expanding. Their practice is much too large now, in my opinion. It wasn't when I started treating with her.
I did check to see what other doctors in my insurance group are taking new patients. Unfortunately, none of them are doctors I'd even consider as I don't have a very high opinion of any of them, and there are only a few to choose from. I think my issues with the pcp are mainly responsible for the negative attitude I've had since my diagnosis.
Do either of you have any thoughts or advice for someone dealing with a situation such as this?
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