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Pain Free Mammogram

Started 1331134636.847 in Health & Fitness | Last reply 1331316129.383 by Kathleen

I just had a mammogram at a new facility close to my office and it was absolutely pain free. There was no squishing of the breasts, no holding still, no holding my breath, no skin irritation, or any pain whatsoever. The technician was very happy with the quality of the pictures. I saw them too and they looked good. Of course they have to be read and compared to my last mammogram. I just want to let you all know that mammograms do not have to be a painful experience. Had I not went somewhere else, I would have kept assuming that the pain was a part of the process and necessary to get clear pictures. So if you are not happy with your mammogram experience, speak up or try somewhere else.

Have a great day everyone. This experience sure made my day.

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bollx1331135013.2331096 PostsRegistered 10/26/2011

What is the name of the procedure or equipment used? How do you know it provides an adequate picture as compared to the usual method? Thanks.

squeezebox1331135564.0735524 PostsRegistered 2/17/2008Land of oz!

Seriously? Pain free? Where do you live? I need to have mine done wherever it is you went!
I flippin HATE going for a mammo. The last time, I swear the tech was going to rip them off. She got a few choice words thrown at her!
Supposed to go in April and I'm DREADING it.
The very first time I went there were issues so I had to have an ultrasound. My question is WHY don't they just do ultrasounds?????????
So annoying and painful I really do NOT want to go.

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.

robomo1331135768.7339301 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

I've never thought that Mammos were painful. It's different for everyone I guess.

brii1331135983.1921372 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008

I've had mammos that didn't hurt at all - but the one I had last year made me see stars.

It still doesn't prevent me from going.

dal1331136057.343544 PostsRegistered 11/15/2007Indiana

I want to know what it's called too!! Mine is due in May and last year I felt bruised and sore for 2 weeks!!! Ouch!!!! Even if I have to drive a larger city I'd do it to save that discomfort again!!

Kittyface1331136112.433649 PostsRegistered 7/18/2006WNY
On 3/7/2012 robomo said:

I've never thought that Mammos were painful. It's different for everyone I guess.

Same here! I'm glad OP finally got that experience!

Huntersmom1331136143.5371582 PostsRegistered 11/3/2007

They don't do ultrasounds, because they're more expensive.

Beth

kittyfan1331136440.175732 PostsRegistered 11/6/2008Central Tx

I go to a clinic associated with a hospital. They do the Digital---I don't mind these--had the opposite experience. I do think a lot depends on the tech.

Puppy Lips1331136758.0671350 PostsRegistered 11/19/2009

I live in Central Florida (Mount Dora) and the name of the facility is Physician's Imaging. I do not know if they are the only one or if there are more. I did not make a note of the equipment used, but it looked new. In fact the whole facility is only a few years old. She said it was digital imaging -- maybe they all are now anyway. But I saw the pictures and I can tell you they were as clear if not more clear than the ones that were done at the hospital in 2010, because I saw those too. In fact there was a tiny calcium deposit that I had never seen before. But that could have been a recent development. To top it off, the technician was extremely nice and the changing room was like a spa. While the most important thing is making sure there is nothing wrong, health wise, it was nice to have a pleasant all around experience.

squeezebox1331136882.335524 PostsRegistered 2/17/2008Land of oz!

I would pay extra to have an US versus the torture vice grips!

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.

Brinklii1331146166.80710277 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

Did anyone hear about a thermomammogram? It is something used in conjunction with a mammogram.

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bunkster1331146592.56821 PostsRegistered 4/20/2010

I wouldn't have believed it either. For many years, I had the few seconds of discomfort that was very intense, but of course worth it. But then our local hospital mobile unit was parked at my docs last time and she said they had openings if I just wanted to walk out and take care of it.

So I did, and no kidding, some compression of course, but not breath-stopping flattening that I'd always experienced. And I too thought, "I hope this means they see things clearly enough' but they said the quality was fine. I sure wish I could put that tech's name/number in my emergency numbers list! Smile So never say never. After 14 years of mams, finally had one that was easy.

twopeas1331146957.734275 PostsRegistered 6/5/2011PNW

The place I go to has the new digital machines; however, I still have to be squeezed to death and it hurts. I had breast cancer and even after 11 years, the side with the two surgeries and radiation is still tender. PuppyLips, did you just stand there like for a chest x-ray or how did it work? No squishing?

If you always tell the truth you will never have to try and remember what you said before .....

chandeliers1331148125.754357 PostsRegistered 3/5/2008

Mammograms never hurt me. I tell the tech they can go as 'low' as they want for squish factor. The techs always breathe a sigh of relief. I could do one a day.

It's the other test (PAP) that I always dread. No one else seems bothered by it.

I. Cannot. Stand. It.{#emotions_dlg.crying}

tiamaria1331148577.862574 PostsRegistered 7/25/2006

Every mamo that I have ever had has always been painful except this last one I had at the beginning of the year. For whatever reason it wasn't nearly as painful as all the rest. I expected a call saying that I needed to come back so they can get more films because I figured the tech did something wrong. I didn't get a call-only the letter saying that all was ok. I would love to know I am going to have a pain free mamo. The pain does not stop me from going but I would definitely be less stressed if I know it wasn't going to hurt.

Orphananni­e11331149618.953726 PostsRegistered 6/13/2006

I had a pain free mamo last year also. Our hospital was updated with the latest 'women's wing' and I also saw the pictures. Finally after 25 years of painful mamo's, the medical system has delivered. :) :)

kitkom1331150273.635646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I've been having mammograms since I turned 40 so it's been 18 years now. I've never had a painful one yet. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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Clover291331152163.9810141 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

I had my first last year. My tech said it shouldn't hurt, and if it does, the tech is to blame. It's not exactly comfortable, but it shouldn't hurt (and it didn't). She also said that it's worse for bigger ladies than an A/B cup like me.

toodles111331152873.4594 PostsRegistered 12/6/2010

Thank you for the post.

I think that next time I will try the new hospital. I am small busted and nearly died from the pain and torture. I would not have gone back if I knew that it didn't have to be that awful. I would have a Pap done anytime than get a mammagram.

happy hous­ewife1331153541.9429789 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

I had a lumpectomy when I was 34 yr old and every mammo since then on that side has been awful. One tech did tell me they are more particular about the pictures with cancer survivors than just screening mammos. My last one they also did pictures of the underarm lymph nodes - it sorta scared me because I've never had that done before and I wondered why she did it - turns out at the hospital here they do that on all BC survivors. Now - you wanna talk pain - try getting your armpit squished. I was like "hey -those are bones in there"

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

curlywhite­dog1331153619.1836269 PostsRegistered 6/2/2005Central NJ

Sometime late last year Dr. Oz did a show during which he spoke about a new technology called Tomosynthesis, a pain free way of doing mammograms where the results were clearer and problem areas more defined...more like a 3D image. Because I have had a number of issues with my breast I was very interested in type of testing so when I went in January for my mammo I spoke with my radiologist about this and he told me that Tomosynthesis, while appropriate in some cases, exposed the patient to a much higher degree of radiation than a mammogram does and that for most women it might not be a risk worth taking unless there's a specific reason for doing so.

I have had some pain free mammos and have had some painful mammos as well. I think a lot depends on the skill of the technician and perhaps the time of the month the mammo is given.

Maria

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says "oh crap, she's up".

Vamp1331153794.8311213 PostsRegistered 3/9/2007

I've never had a painful mammogoram and have been getting them yearly for over 10 years, but I'm glad the OP finally got a pain free one.

Nana51331153868.72531 PostsRegistered 6/16/2006

I hope this new technology reaches my medical provider. SOON! I've never had a painless mammo and I've had a lifetime of them. I have pain for days afterwards.

Not sure if this makes any difference. I'm not overweight but I am well-endowed in the bust area.

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deeva1331155045.952064 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005stuck in the middle

I've never had a painful mammogram. Slight discomfort yes, but overall not a big deal. I'm a DDD cup.

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kittyfan1331155325.3275732 PostsRegistered 11/6/2008Central Tx

Oh LOL about the PAP--I would do a mamo over a PAP anyday. I've had two cone biopsies and thus a LOT of scar tissue--so they have a difficult time---ouch.

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