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   Posted 7/11/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
The last time I had a mamogram it hurt so bad I thought I was going to die.  The technician said that she wasn't even close to the setting she needed to be at.  She had to quit and take the xray as it was.  I am just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a more comfortable mamogram.  I thought I had heard of another way to do a mamogram that would be less painful.

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   Posted 7/11/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
They do have a new way of doing it but it is much more expensive and I think they only do it if the regular one comes back abnormal.
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   Posted 7/11/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
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" 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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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh I wish there was away to do something about the pain, it is very painful.
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   Posted 7/12/2010 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my first one last year and it was painful.  I thought maybe it was because I'm flat chested and there wasn't much there to squeeze in......
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