|I have had 3 done so far....I have small but lumpy ones myself
It hurts a tad, if you are small chested because they push you as far as you can into the machine...the mechanism that smooshes the breast down can sometimes scrap each rib cage..its not horrible pain, just uncomfortable...mine just turned out to be small non cancerous lumps...but i have to go back every other yr...
dont wear deorderant or hairspray...
|No matter whether you're small breasted or larger (I'm the latter), it is fairly uncomfortable. But it doesn't matter - it has to get done. Please let us know how you make out.|
|Hairspary? I was told Deoderant, perfume and talcum powder were a no no not hairspray. How am I suppose to do my hair without hairspray? I guess I wear a hat to work on Friday!!!|
|To tell you the truth, I'm pretty freaked out right now. I was in to see my doctor about another lump about a week before this one appeared. This one came out of nowhere and it hard and moveable and a little painful.|
|I dont know why they told me no hairspray...I wore mine in a pony tail.....maybe my place is just extra strict...bring deoderant with you....I think they just wanted to make sure that there was no extra anythings on your body....call your place just to make sure...
ps...it was a bad hairday...even when i brought the can with me....once i leave the bathroom, hair is beyond repair....
My guess would be in case of wearing sleeveless tops or fixing hair before dressing. The spray would have the same effect on the xray as the deoderant. My hospital supplies wipes and deoderant swabs afterwards.
You control the pain to some degree. They tell you to tell them when to stop, BUT the flatter they are, the better the picture. They grab whatever you have, stretch it out as far as they can to place on the machine. Then they smash down as much as you can tolerate. Only lasts a few minutes, and they do one at a time. Nothing to fear, just something to dread like a pap smear.
Be concerned when finding a lump, but don't worry too much "until" you get bad news. Most of us have them. Praying for good results.
|hmmmm....Pam that would make sense then, as it is so hot here most of the year....all summer long is sleeveless weather.....|
|I can imagine how scary this is for you.
For whatever it is worth, I was told that if you have a small lump
and it is painful, it is usually nothing to worry about. Check it,
of course. If it were a 'bad' one, at that small stage it probably
wouldn't be painful. At least that is what I was told. It may at
least help you worry less.
Good luck with your squish! Remember flatter is better, so put
up with as much as you can.
To tell you the truth, I'm pretty freaked out right now. I was in to see my doctor about another lump about a week before this one appeared. This one came out of nowhere and it hard and moveable and a little painful.
Ahhhhhhhhhhh welcome to the world of Squished Boobs!!!! I have had a mammo every six months for the past 20 years. I am considered a high risk pt because of family hx and some previous lumps that were funkey (there is a medical term for it that slips my mind at the moment). So twice a year I flop em on the plate and get 'em squished
Alot does depend on the paticular mammo gram tech and teir skill. I've had mammos that I could barely feel and ones that brought tears to my eyes. The flatter the better and if you have large dense breasts or very small (either extreme) it is more uncomfortable.
BUT, even if it brings tears to your eyes it is SHORT (but not sweet ) and is over in a matter of minutes and the information obtained is LIFE SAVING.
Try not to panic, the large majority of lumps are benign (non cancerous) and even if they tell you they want to bipsy the lump (been there done that too) it doesn't mean it is cancer.
AND, the bottem line is that even if the news isn't good treatment of breast cancer has made enormous leaps in the last 5 years. It is HIGHLY curable.
|Great I can't wait to have my boobs squished!!! LOL.
Thanks guys for all of you help and knowledge.
Tasker's Mommy - You make me laugh so hard sometimes. Between you and Darcy I'm always wiping my screen!!
|I was just at the Women's Imaging Center today myself.
Rant to be posted shortly.
I was just at the Women's Imaging Center today myself.
Rant to be posted shortly.
Was it painful Ron or are you large chested???????
|I've never had one, but I dread the day I'll have to... ooowwwwww!
It hurts SO much if one of the dogs nails one with a paw, let alone squishing!!!
|and how i figure it....all of those extra lumps add to your cup size......|
all of those extra lumps add to your cup size......
I don't need anymore!!!
|I have a family history of breast cancer too, so I go every year. The actual squishing only lasts a few seconds for each picture, usually 6-8 totally shots. My favorite part is when they tighten the machine down on you and then say "Don't Move!" Lady, you have my boob in a vice grip! I couldn't move if I tried!
So just look for the humor and make the best of it that you can. It's just one of those things we girls have to put up with
It's just one of those things we girls have to put up with
LOL, I told my OB GYN one time just before I was put out for surgury, he was lucky he had a D^%$. My just laughed.
and how i figure it....all of those extra lumps add to your cup size......
|Good luck with your test, the techs will guide you through it.
Its so important to get yourself evaluated. Please keep us updated.
That said---doesn't mean we can have a light moment
on such an important topic
Subject: Power outage during a mammogram
POWER OUTAGE DURING A MAMMOGRAM
I actually kept my mammogram appointment. I was met with, "Hi! I'm Belinda!" This perky clipboard carrier smiled from ear to ear, tilted her head to one side and crooned, "All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this gown.
I'm thinking, "Belinda, try decaf. This ain't rocket science."
Belinda skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors. With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to the left and said, "Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean in a tad so we can get everything?'
Fine, I answered. I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the remaining circulation in my legs and neck and finish me off?
My body was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other boob wedged between those two 4 inch pieces of square glass) when we heard, then felt a zap! Complete darkness and the power went off!
"Oh, maintenance is working. Bet they hit a snag." Belinda headed for the door.
"Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone are you?" I shouted.
Belinda kept going and said, "Oh, you fussy puppy...the door's wide open so you'll have the emergency hall lights. I'll be right back."
Before I could shout "NOOOO!" she disappeared. And that's exactly how Bubba and Earl, maintenance men extraordinaire, found me, half-naked and part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life and the other part smashed between glass!
After exchanging polite "Hi, how's it going" type greetings, Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the power was off.
Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much calmness as possible "Uh, yes, yes I did thanks."
"You bet, take care" Bubba replied and waved good-bye as though I'd been standing in the line at the grocery store.
Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin and making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, "Oh I am sooo sorry!" The power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And silly me, I went to lunch. Are we upset?"
And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between the clamps....
( Thanks to Pamelaw)
|Zahra.....ohmygawd!!!!!! You had me in stitches...LOL!!!
You realize no female judge in the world would convict someone who actually did that...ha ha.
I had to start chuckling when thinking about the expression...flat as a pancake...cause that's what they do. Like the others stated not painful, but uncomfortable for a moment or two.
My thoughts are with you and don't worry..it's a good thing to have done to always be on the safe side.
all of those extra lumps add to your cup size
Any more and I'll be at the end of the alphabet
Wonder if the hair spray has to do with the technician being sensitive to chemicals? Or more likely if you spray one last time and you are wearing a lower cut sweater or shirt, the hairspray particles will cling to your chest and perhaps speckle the presses.
I've had the same lump for 29 years. I'm grateful when the technician reads my history so I don't get the call to come in for more pictures. Yeah gads.
Odd are favorable at worst it is a cyst and not to worry.
Pack your deodorant and hairspray, take a clip or clip in extension. One bad hair day is no big deal unless you do live television.
|and if we truely looked like Courtney Cox like Chelsey does...I dont think a bad hair day matters!!!|
|I can understand why you'd be so scared. I am praying that everything goes well for you and it is a false alarm.|
|I always use deopderant before my mammo. I have to work that day for goodness sake. The mammo place I go always has a basket of individually wrapped wipes for removing the deoderant prior to the mammo. I have also never heard about not using hair spray (I don't use it). But maybe we are just back woods|
|That was a funny one, Zahra.
I also get a kick out of those "how to prepare for a mammogram" e-mails. I never keep them, but they have things like:
Set your alarm for 3:00 a.m. Go to your garage, take off your gown, lie down on the freezing cold concrete. Using your garage door remote, raise the door slightly. Place your bare breast under the door and then using the remote, bring the door down until it smashes your breast flat. Repeat with the right breast.
Those things crack me up because they're not too far from the truth.
Las Vegas Sheepie Lover wrote:
I can understand why you'd be so scared. I am praying that everything goes well for you and it is a false alarm.
|Good luck. I hope everything turns out OK. I've never had a mammogram but this thread was highly intriguing - especially the humor!
Seriously, though, good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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