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tips for better mammogram?

redrhodie2012-05-13 05:15:48 +0000 #1
I've scheduled my first mammo. Any ideas to make it more comfortable?
indysteel2012-05-13 05:29:00 +0000 #2
Avoid scheduling it around your period--assuming your breasts are more tender during your period. You might aim for mid-cycle.

Beyond that, I don't generally find it to be that uncomfortable--at least not with digital equipment. I'm small breasted, so they really have to cram me in there to get an image. The discomfort isn't lasting and is over pretty quickly.
ny biker2012-05-13 05:51:36 +0000 #3
Relax. Tense muscles can make it harder to get everything in the right position.

I find them painful, but the pain only lasts a couple of seconds. They loosen the plates as soon as they get the image.
Triskeliongirl2012-05-13 05:29:08 +0000 #4
Take an OTC pain killer before you go in.
Grits2012-05-13 05:47:18 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Triskeliongirl

Take an OTC pain killer before you go in.

+1. 45 min. or so before mammogram.
Jones2012-05-13 07:20:54 +0000 #6
Don't panic when they call you back. Almost everyone gets called back after their first Mammogram because there is no base line.
redrhodie2012-05-13 06:09:09 +0000 #7
Thanks! I actually made the appointment because I found a lump, so I'm already getting an ultrasound as well, so hopefully, that will be all. I'm pretty sure it's a cyst (the NP didn't think it looked like cancer), but I'd better not put this off any longer.
indysteel2012-05-13 08:41:51 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by redrhodie

Thanks! I actually made the appointment because I found a lump, so I'm already getting an ultrasound as well, so hopefully, that will be all. I'm pretty sure it's a cyst (the NP didn't think it looked like cancer), but I'd better not put this off any longer.

I went through that a few years back--and mine ended up being a water-filled cyst. I hope you have a similarly benign outcome. Please keep us posted.

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