Hi New Day!
Yes there IS a way to have a reasonably comfortable mamo...get a competent technician! I've done them for many years and know how much discomfort they cause, especially those of us who have a "lot to photograph"...lol But one time I got a tech who didn't use the hand dial to tighten it and just stomped on the foot pedal. I was in tears and she felt bad. But she felt even worse when my letter of complaint got to the head of the entire network of radiology for whom she worked. They apologized to me more than once, asked if I would consider coming back one day and then sent this gal off for more training. She was OFF that machine immediately.
The reason I wrote a letter to complain about this gal wasn't for me but for the rest of the women who are afraid to go for fear of the pain. No one should be subjected to that amount of pain unless there are underlying problem, of course. But several women I had chatted with in our community declared they would never get another mamo because 'someone' at that lab hurt them so much. So one bad tech was putting all of these' womens' lives in jeopardy. That's not right!
The other thing you can do is to take something for the pain before you go. If you are already taking prescription pain meds then time it so you have some running in your system when you go. Otherwise take some Tylenol, Advil, or whatever helps you for aches and pains at least a 1/2 hour ahead of time. For me I take something just before I leave home.
I do hope this helps!!!
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