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luvmyboxer
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   Posted 8/26/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a mammogram last week and told the nurse about having Fibro. She was gentle with me.....I was sore over the weekend but nothing that some Advil wouldn't take care of.
 
I had a call back this morning, they found "something" and wanted to do a compression test and possibly an untrasound.
I was devastated (of course) and a nervous wreck.
When they explained the procedure to me it went something like this:
A traditional mammogram tries to flatten you like a pancake. This test not only TRIES but flattens you more like a sheet of notebook paper!!! shocked
 
I burst into tears. I was worred about what they might find and I was worried about the pain in the days to follow.
 
The tests came out FINE. I'm ok but my poor left boob may never be the same. nono
I swear it was going to get squeezed off my body and end up taking a few of my ribs out through my skin with it. I mistakenly thought that larger breasts would be easier to smash....I was told that isn't the case. A B cup is the preferred size. My DD's........not so much.
 
Ladies, GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS.
That's my PSA for the day.
 

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   Posted 8/26/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Ouch!  Yes, those compression ones are the pits!  Hope you feel better soon.  But, knowing there is nothing wrong will probably help.

Sue


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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh no,  im in the process of waiting for mammogram.  I thought bigger breasts like dd would be easier.  Not sure I want it done now, sounds dreadful. I will have to get it done my breasts are very tender I dare say I will cry to.  I will let you know in a few weeks. cry cry    sue2z
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   Posted 8/26/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Darn,

I need 1 also. DDDDDDD
ouch

Donnaeil

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   Posted 8/26/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband had a mammogram a few years ago. He now treats me like a queen whenever I get one. (He's fine, his lump was nothing of concern.)

I have no idea how they did it, he has no boobs! He said the lady just pulled and pulled and pulled until she had some flesh between the plates.

Fortunately he's not the kind of guy that gets embarrased by things like this.

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   Posted 8/27/2008 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had many mammograms, though they are uncomfortable, they aren't painful. I only had one that actually hurt and I think it was the technition. Maybe she was jealous...LOL.

They are necessary. They caught something early. I had a fine needle biopsy. Luckily it was benign.

So don't worry. It is just uncomfortable, but it goes by fast.

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luvmyboxer
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   Posted 8/27/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't mean to scare anyone. The normal mammogram is fine. Not painful persay, more slighlty uncomfortable and more "odd" since someone else is handling your breasts like a sack of potatoes.
It was the compression mammogram that was painful.
Either or, it needs to be done and doesn't take forever!
FM pain is MUCH MUCH worse and we are all really good at that.  wink   

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   Posted 8/27/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
It is not comfy for us B cups either. I do tell the girl about costo before she does it, not that she has any idea what it is. My rib right under my left breast never healed right after being broke so leaning into that thing is not fun.
 
But I will take that little bit a pain once a year over the alternative anytime.
 
I'm glad everything turned out okay Susi. I had to have a biopsy done many years ago and it is very scary.
 
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   Posted 8/27/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
smhair  Im due to for a Mammorgram will be 40 in Jan. have had two Mamograms, but i had implants both times, now i have no implantsnow, so it may be easier and more easier for them to see anything, hopefully there will be nothing to see shocked


 
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   Posted 8/27/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to have the new type of mammogram, a digital imaging one, because of calcification in my breast tissue. It's much less painful, and much more expensive. I have no insurance and have to pay out of pocket. (sigh!)
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   Posted 8/27/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had my yearly mammogram and it's only uncomfortable...not really painful for me.  The discomfort only lasts a few seconds until they release the breast.  So, don't stop going.  Mammograms are so important.
 
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   Posted 8/27/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   

I have to go for the tests, breast cancer is big in my family. My DM is a 10 yr survivor. Thank God!!! I had some great aunts w/ it also, not so lucky. I have a very bad time w/ it. I am a B cup, after many yrs as an A- tongue I have a hard time w/ the compression. I have to have someone drive me because I have to take a couple of Advil, and I don't drive after Advil. While I'm held as a prisoner, I get very sweaty, dizzy, and totally nauseous. The tech always asks if I want to stop, until I feel better. It is that obvious. If she released me, I would run away never to be seen again. So I just continue the 'fun'. Then I have to sit or lay down for a few, w/ a large glass of water to regroup. Yeah, I love that time of the yr. I wish I had a less painful way to do this, because I know it is sooo important.

Foolishly, I scheduled a Uterine Ultrasound and a mammo for the same day, one right after another. I should have had a CT scan to see if I actually had a brain lol. Never do two fun things like that on the same day. I was trying not to take too much time off from work. 

I'm going to schedule for around my B'day. Hopefully, my PT and shots in the knees visits will be over, and I will be ready for a new round of pain.    God bless.  Alice. 


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   Posted 8/27/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice  need shots in my knees they are killing me since they have both been operated on, who gives you the knee shots?
 
 
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   Posted 8/27/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Susi, your description of the compression test not only made me laugh (sorry, but you're funny), it also gave me major heebie-jeebies!!!  UGH, my breasts are tender all the time, and I can't imagine having them squashed to smitherines.  I have a few more years yet before mammograms are needed. I'm not looking forward to them!! 
 
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   Posted 8/28/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Sheryl, I have been getting these shots from the ortho dr. my pcp sent me to. He wanted to give me steroid shots at first, I told him no Steroids, so they are trying to rebuild the cartilage in my knees w/ this stuff. I can't remember the name , but it is made from chickens (Sorry, Chutz). I'm still having a hard time w/ walking. The dr. said sometimes it takes a few wks to help. I go back to him next wk, I assume he will x-ray and give me an update. I personally think he will suggest MORE shots. I have been doing all the exercises he suggested, and yet, my legs still feel off.

The ortho also has me going to PT for my shoulder, I'm into the 2nd series of sessions. I can move my arm just so far, and then it locks and pops. They tell me I'm doing well, but I still can't lift much weight. The guy is nice, but he doesn't know much about FMS. I feel terrible when I go in, stiff, achy, nauseous, sweaty, or shivering cold, my arms shake while doing some exercises. He will ask what is causing this or that reaction. I tell him this is Fibro, his response is 'Oh'.

Sheryl, what kind of surgery did you have on your knees? I hope you get some relief w/ you knees.

God bless.  Alice.


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   Posted 8/28/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice I had lateral realeases on both knees, becasue the knee cap(patella) get dislocating in both knees, they know longer dislocate but they hurt really bad,all the time, very difficult time walking up or down stairs, i fall up the stairs alot, and sometimes down them. I need to go to another ortho. i would take the steroids if gave me relief, i feel like my knees are full of arthritis.  I wonder what the stuff is that they are injecting to you?
Is it helping any. I know my exercises from past PT
on my knees and do them and other yoga(MILD) stretches.  i cannot do the knee quats they want me to do, but there arre other knee(quad) strenghting exercises i can do with out squats.
Im sorry shoulder is not doing well, i hope it does with PT and lots of patience(which is hard smhair )
i find ice helps my knees more then heat, but its very hard to tolerate the ice. buti do it when they are flaring badly. Let me know if those shots are woking for you and what it is when you find out the name, im am very interested, becasue my knees are hurting so bad. Take care... yeah
 
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   Posted 8/28/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sheryl, I found the name of the shots, carefully hidden (stuck w/ a pile of papers) It is called Euflexxa. I also remembered incorrectly about it being made from chickens. Just a note, I have Dyslexia. sad It is the first and only US approved non avian HA therapy, not made from processed chicken or rooster combs. This helps to eliminate the chance of an allergic response in ppl sensitive to poultry products. It is manufactured through bacterial fermentation.

I will let you know what dr. has to say next wk after visit. But at least you can start checking out this med in case it could help you. Wish you the best of luck.  God bless.  Alice.


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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Alice yeah
 
HAs is helped you some?..... blush
 
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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Sheryl, You're very welcome. I don't feel like it has done much for me YET. I keep exercising like the dr said, but my knees feel weak and 'shifty' if you will. I was walking this wk end and my foot twisted and my knee just didn't feel like it kept steady. I almost fell, caught myself on my bad hand/arm to keep from hitting the ground. I still have a hard time up/down steps, I have few in my house, but the dr/PT have several. I wear sneakers to try to support my knees. (Miss my flops)

I will let you know what dr. says next wk, hopefully it will be good news. Take care.

God bless.  Alice.


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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes i know that shifty feeling, and i have terrible time going upstirs and down, my knees hurt so bad,i know the exercises. smhair
I fell down the stairs last week and and landed on my elbow, big bruise was on my elbow. at least it wasnt my back, or tailbone, have enogh going on there.
Im thinkoing i really want a shot of some type in my knees so i can do things without so much pain.
Thanks for your help, and hope you get some releif too....
 
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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to speak up and represent the A cup gals (itty bitty titty committee)...

I have had a few mammos...NOT FUN! They pull on my poor little boobs to TRY to get something to put into the machine. I had actual bruising on my smaller left breast and tenderness/soreness for about a week. But I agree with everyone else, it is better than the alternative.
I had implants and was a C cup the first time I had a mammo, I had them removed Dec 2006 and have had 2 mammos post surgery as my little A cup. Neither way was easy.

Glad all turned out okay Susi!
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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Speppy, i know it wasnt easy with my implants in either, I have not had a mamogram since they have been out, and I am almsot 40 need to shechule one. So now i am wondering how its gonna feel without the implants???

 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
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Speppy
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   Posted 8/28/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sheryl!

I know, with the implants in I felt like my breast was going to POP!! After they were out, it just feels like they are searching for breast tissue to look at. But it was actually better for me.
I am much happier without the implants too...mine were full of bacteria & growing algae and stuff. Pretty gross. They had faulty valves.

Hugs! :-)
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