Tips to Manage Pain During Your Next Mammogram

Tips to Manage Pain During Your Next Mammogram
Through the Fog If you're a guy whose mom, sister, wife, or girlfriend has fibromyalgia, please share this information. For all my fibro ladies, I hope you find this helpful for your next mammogram. Mammograms may give us peace of mind by showing that they are clear of anomalies and that we are good to go for another year. If something is detected, hopefully, it will be caught early. But women with fibromyalgia have additional concerns, including pain from compression, especially for those of us with fibrocystic breasts. Following are some of the useful tips I've learned. You and your physician may have other ideas. It's always more comforting if someone goes with you. If your doctor advises, you may want to take pain medication before you go. Try to schedule the mammogram at a time of day when you usually feel best. Ask if the plate is padded, which will help especially if you're sensitive to hard or cold surfaces. If your center offers only thin johnnies, bring a warm robe from home. Check around to find a place you think will make you most comfortable. To settle anxiety during the procedure, take nice, deep breaths between scans. Some fibromyalgia patients experience flare-ups or shoulder and arm pain after mammograms. My technologists have been fabulous always, because I have frozen shoulder in both shoulders and my range of motion is limited. Techs are good at helping me with my limitations, while still obtaining clear pictures. Stephen Ross, MD, chief medical officer at
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