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  1. #1
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    tips for better mammogram?

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    I've scheduled my first mammo. Any ideas to make it more comfortable?
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    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.
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    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.
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    Take an OTC pain killer before you go in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triskeliongirl View Post
    Take an OTC pain killer before you go in.

    +1. 45 min. or so before mammogram.


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    Don't panic when they call you back. Almost everyone gets called back after their first Mammogram because there is no base line.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrhodie View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by indysteel View Post
    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.
    Good to know that yours was okay! I will keep you posted. I know it's nothing, but if it is something, it's small.
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    Yes it can hurt for a few seconds when they squish but it's over quickly.

    The digital place I go to is strict about NOT wearing deodorant at the time. Something (aluminum?) distorts the pictures. They do have aerosal cans of deo spray for after the pics but I take my own. Feels weird not to use deodorant. But then again, I live in the desert.

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    My place has special wipes in case you forget to not wear deodorant.
    It hurts for a few seconds. Totally worth the pain.
    Not worse than climbing a very steep hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Not worse than climbing a very steep hill.
    Oh man, it sounds worse and worse.
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    Don't be scared about the pain remarks. Its just for a moment, but the OTC pain killer does make it easier. The important thing is getting it checked out. Hope all goes well for you!

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    Hey, I said it's not worse!
    I don't know, I just expect certain things might hurt and then it's over.
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    I will remember to take an Ibuprofen before. My NP also suggested avoiding caffeine for a few days before, but that might kill me. <3 my coffee. I think caffeine withdrawal is worse than hills. That kind of puts it in perspective.
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