Apr 20, 2017 08:01PM - edited Apr 20, 2017 08:02PM by LRM216
Lynn: I know only to well what you are feeling as I too have always felt a lot of pain from my mammograms. I just had my yearly last week, and it literally brings me to tears each and every time. I too have been told exactly as you have been - that it has to be done; if they do not come out clear, then they will be done over again, etc., etc. I absolutely hate and dread my yearly so much. I had a large batwing lumpectomy, that had to be reopened for one dirty margin two weeks after the original surgery, and still have 23 of those little metal markers in my BC breast, although they keep telling me each year that the markers do not have anything to do with the pain I feel (I'm not so sure, but that may be true as my good breast hurts as well during the mammo).
Last year, the kind tech that did my mammo laid down a thin foam cushion on the plate and told me to ask for it every year I come for the mammo. I asked and got it this year, and while it did not make the mammo painless, I can honestly say it helped a great deal. I suggest you ask for the same thing and see if it makes a difference for you, as it did for me. I am 8 years out and can't imagine why no other tech has ever mentioned this thin foam pad to me in all the years I have been having these dang mammos.
Hope this helps a bit. I wish you all the best, always.