Does Lupus affect mammograms?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/15/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, all:
Thank you for your patience with my questions.  I really appreciate all who have responded previously.
Last year I went to a center of excellence for a diagnostic, which turned out to be fine.  It was more uncomfortable than I was used to, but when it was over, it was over, so no problem.  My ana at that time was 1:320.
This year I returned for a routine mammogram and it was painful, from the moment the tech touched me, throughout all of the positioning, and, of course, the compression.  I decided to hold out until it was over, since that would be the end of it.  It wasn't.  I developed a diffuse burning and, eventually, had to start taking motrin evey three hours.  I developed lots of swelling locally, as well as under my arms and under my upper arms.  By the end of the week, I was recovering. I am still sensitive and, in the evening, often have what feels like fluid draining in the underarm area and discomfort that does not require motrin.  I saw my primary's NP, and she said that I had trauma from being overly compressed.
The center techs say that nothing was different this year from last year.  However, they say that they will need to do the same amount of compression next year, and that they will need to be just as vigorous about getting my chest wall between the plates (yes, they said that).  I think the manipulation of my chest wall is what caused the trauma, but to be fair, even just manipulating me onto the plates was painful, which it never was before.  Now I am seriously concerned about going again.  My tissue is very dense, so imaging is problematic.  My insurance will not cover anything but a screening mammogram.
Here's the question.  My ana is now 1:1280 and my primary is watching for SLE.  Could progression of my uctd have caused my difficulties this year?  I read that this glandular tissue is, of course, connective tissue.  Does lupus affect women in this way sometimes?  I would certainly like to know the experiences of others and any solutions you may have.  I could take 600 mg of motrin one hour prior, of course, but that would not prevent the trauma, swelling, etc. that occurred this year.  Next year it might be worse.... rolleyes  
Thanks for patiently reading.  I would really like to know if there is a connection. 
Hope that you all had a wonderful Easter or Passover season.
Best wishes,

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 4/15/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fiesta, I have never had a problem with a mamogram but than everyone is different. Your ANA can chance at the drop of a hat also. Next time it could be 1:40. Do you take steroids? Predisone? I know for me I have been on predisone for quite some time and I have began to notice that I bruise easier and my skin is thinner. I have areas that I have stretch marks and when I run my hand up and down them it is painful. I have been told it is because the steroids are causing my skin to thin. I wish I had some answers for you. I hope somone comes along that has some answers.
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