I had my yearly mammogram yesterday....three years out from treatment. It hurt SOO bad, way worse than the last 2 years. Like agonizing torture. Left me shaking and she had to give me a break before moving on for more films. Just the cancer side, the other side was uncomfortable but ok. Does anyone know if the lumpectomy scar tissue just tightens up more as the years go on? It was agonizing. I had red marks for hours where the equipment pressed on my skin, and my breast is still sore today. It's also sore when I press on my ribs underneath. I'm surprised it's not all bruised honestly.
I see the doctor for followup later this week and plan to tell her about this. I'm just so frustrated because in this day and age, there has GOT to be a better way. At least pad the machine or something. I feel like I had one once that was padded but I guess not all centers do that. With all the available technology (I mean, they can clone a sheep, right?), why can't there be adequate pain control for a cancer survivor who's getting scar tissue squeezed so painfully? I told the radiologist and she said to take an Advil next time. I get she was trying to help, but Advil isn't going to cut immediate pain at that level. Otherwise, why just pop an Advil before they cut into you with a scalpel, who needs anesthesia? I know that's exaggerating, but still...it was extremely painful.
I just had to vent. I will get over this but I needed to complain about the injustice to us all....
Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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