6 Mammogram Tips for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Mammograms offer women peace of mind and are an important tool in the fight against breast cancer. While the majority of women dread them, the fear can be much greater for those who suffer from fibromyalgia. MORE: Seven tips for managing pregnancy and early motherhood with fibromyalgia Both 2D and 3D mammograms obtain an image of a woman's breast tissue by compressing the breasts. Each breast is usually compressed both widthwise and lengthwise, with each compression lasting around 30 seconds. The compressions are uncomfortable for most, but those who have fibromyalgia may be concerned that the procedure will be painful. Chief medical officer at Solis Mammography, Dr. Stephen Rose, offers tips to help make mammograms as stress-free as possible for fibromyalgia patients. Scheduling Breasts can feel more tender before and during a woman's period, so planning the mammogram for a week after should help alleviate some of the compression pain. Communication Speak to the mammography technologist about any concerns you have. These are highly-trained professionals who ae skilled at getting breast images with the minimum amount of pain or discomfort. Temperature Mammogram screening rooms are generally kept at a cool temperature. If you're sensitive to the cold, ask if you can wear a robe or cape to help keep your back and shoulders warm.  You will only need to remove the clothes on the top half of your body, so dressing in separates rather than dresses may help you stay warm during the procedure. If the technologist's hands are cold, you could ask them to use hand warmers or wear gloves. MORE: Five types of exercise that can relieve fibro pain. Standing or Seated? You should be able to choose to sit down during the mammogram if you t
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  1. Grace from Australia says:

    I have given up on Mammograms years ago (am now 66). In my opinion; they cause more harm than they do good. Just do some research on it.

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