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SallyBR1's picture

just did my annual feminine checkups - since, as Gary so kindly reminded you all, I AM NOT A ROBOT :-)

so, for those who are flesh and bone such as me, go see your doctor if it's been more than a year since you had the mammogram, pap smear

You only have one body. Take good care of it.

 


 


American Citizen, with a tropical twist...


(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


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mineart's picture

(post #52829, reply #1 of 110)

you're okay, yes?

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52829, reply #2 of 110)

Yeap! Clean bill of health! It is almost impossible not to have butterflies in the stomach in that time that the technician leaves the room with your X-rays and goes "discuss it with the doctor".

ONce you have a suspect mammogram and go through a biopsy and all that, every year is a bit of a struggle. I hate it. But it needs to be done.

 


 


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(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


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Rhea's picture

(post #52829, reply #3 of 110)

Hi Stranger...and glad to hear you had great news:)


I remember years ago I found a lump under my right arm pit and my stomach sank...had to wait weeks for the ultra sound and as I lay on the bed the Doc(male) pushed and pulled me like a rag doll and gave me about as much respect one gives an annoying ant at a picnic. I started to cry and asked a couple of questions and he was so rude.


Finally I looked up at him and simply asked why he was having so much difficulty being kind and empathetic. He said nothing, finished what he needed to do and left me with the nurse who showed me the kindness he failed to provide. Thank-god it was only a swollen lymph node, but until you get the results you are in a panic..


I am heading for a mam soon-first one and nervous,....atleast they are smaller now,so there is less to squish...LOL


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Glenys's picture

(post #52829, reply #4 of 110)

I just don't understand why women are so afraid, skeptical, illogically defiant, against mammograms. So it hurts a bit sometimes! Like cancer or surgery isn't going to hurt worse? What is so wrong with being proactive?
It baffles the hell out me.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52829, reply #5 of 110)

A friend of mine from Brazil simply DOES NOT do them. She did once, said she almost passed out from the pain, never went back. She is now 62 years old

I don't quite 'get' it. Ok, sometimes, depending on the technician you get, it can be uncomfortable and hurt a little, but you can always talk to the woman and ask her to be more gentle or do whatever she needs to do more slowly.

but to refuse to get a mammogram? ridiculous.

 


 


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(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #52829, reply #6 of 110)

First mammogram I ever got was at the request of my doctor in Louisiana.  I went to the technician he recommended and literally was fainting from the pain.  I mentioned this to him, and he just laughed it off.  I suggested he try putting his testicles in a vise and I would tighten it as tightly as I could, then we would see who was laughing.  I almost never had another one, because it was soooo painful.  Fortunately we moved to Texas and I had one at a different place, where the technician actually knew what she was doing, and it wasn't painful at all.  It was uncomfortable, sure, but heck, so is a pap smear.  I think that if someone has had a bad experience (and mine was terribly bad) with a mammogram, they need to change technicians.  Now I get digital ones, which aren't painful at all.


Last one I got, the technician asked me to wait in the exam room, and she went out and got two other technicians.  They all agreed they had never seen anything like my shot.  I just knew I was headed for a coffin.  They agreed that she should take it over.  I timidly asked why, and was told that for some reason, the shot was upside down.  Wheeewww!




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evelyn's picture

(post #52829, reply #9 of 110)

well, it can really, really hurt. Especially if you're a big-breasted woman. I am asking for an ultra-sound and mri this year.

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.


Edited 8/1/2009 4:37 pm by evelyn

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Marcia's picture

(post #52829, reply #11 of 110)

Evelyn, please be aware that MRIs pick up lots of false negatives. I don't mean to dissuade you, but just thought you should know.

Lee's picture

(post #52829, reply #12 of 110)

I wonder if your provider is using the newest equipment.  It hurt like he** years ago (I can remember ending up with actual bruises), but the new machines at the mammography center I go to are much faster and there is much less discomfort.  I can't tell you the procedure is pain-free, but it's so much better than it used to be.  Now if they can only come up with a prep for a colonoscopy that isn't so miserable ...

Carole4's picture

(post #52829, reply #14 of 110)

"prep for colonoscopy" Amen!!!!!!!!

I just had my mammogram a few months and it did not hurt at all. I also agree about the breast self exam. My sister found her lump after her mammogram.

soupereasy's picture

(post #52829, reply #16 of 110)

Amen !! The colonoscopy prep is hideous! It is almost a relief to get to the actual event.


I have to say for the last 10 years or so, the techs. who did the mammograms never hurt. Uncomfortable, yes, but they never really hurt. ( Never fun to have ones boobs squeezed, and almost erotic the way they mould and shape it!)

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52829, reply #17 of 110)

I haven't had a colonoscopy yet (next year will be my first), but I went through the prep (the diet part) in solidarity with hubby when he did his.

The only thing I did not do was drinking that stuff to "clear the passages" :-) But all the starving and liquid diet the day before, yeap. Did it all.

 


 


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Lee's picture

(post #52829, reply #18 of 110)

You are a very loving wife.  The liquid diet is bearable for a day, but the gallon of awful stuff that you have to drink is the absolute worse part of the whole process.  The actual colonoscopy is nothing.  The hospital I go to does 100 to 125 a day and the whole process moves along like a well-oiled machine.  I left the hospital less than 3 hours after I arrived, had a nice nap during the procedure and woke up to juice, graham crackers, a pleasant nurse and a blanket right out of the warmer.  I almost hated to leave.  ;0)

JoyfulNoise's picture

(post #52829, reply #25 of 110)

Things sure have changed over the years. Mine was done while I was awake. The doctor gave me 5mg of valium and went for it. The worst experience of my young life, just thinking about having another makes me tremble. I was only 25.

Note: I'm editing this message because I wasn't clear about the subject. I was referring to a colonoscopy above.

I had no pain with my first mammogram last year, not a bit. I am large breasted, too.

Maybe they have the right equipment/operators where I went. I was scared before going, but very happy when I left.


Edited 8/2/2009 4:09 am ET by JoyfulNoise

evelyn's picture

(post #52829, reply #26 of 110)

I sure hope our clinic got the same equipment that yours has! ;-)

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
JoyfulNoise's picture

(post #52829, reply #27 of 110)

I hope so, too, dear ;=)

AnnL's picture

(post #52829, reply #28 of 110)

I was awake for my colonoscopy, too, though sedated somewhat with the valium.  I liked watching the video--wanted to make sure the doc didn't miss anything! 


I have 5 more years before I have to go for a re-check and I'm hoping there's a better way to do the prep by then.  That stuff was horrid. 


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"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Lee's picture

(post #52829, reply #37 of 110)

I can't imagine being able to feel everything.  My doc asked me what level of sedation I wanted.  I told him I didn't want to feel or remember anything, and that's how it has been.  I wouldn't even consider using a doctor who didn't agree to that.  My mom died from colon cancer.  She ignored and hid symptoms for almost a year.  By the time it was obvious that she wasn't well and we practically dragged her to see a doctor, the cancer had spread to her liver.  She died a year later at age 62.  My DB and I are obviously in a high risk group and it is recommended that we have colonoscopies every 3 years.  We do.   


I hope your bad experience hasn't caused you to ignore having another when you should.  The prep is miserable, but the procedure doesn't have to be. 

AnnL's picture

(post #52829, reply #39 of 110)

Yes, I've got colo-rectal cancer close--my father and his mother.  So, I had my first screening at 45yo.  Since that was clean, the doctor said I could go 10 years for the next.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Heather's picture

(post #52829, reply #40 of 110)

Are you sure yours was a colonoscopy and not a sigmoidoscopy? They don't anesthetize you for the latter.

soupereasy's picture

(post #52829, reply #19 of 110)

As Lee said, the diet part is nothing. ;)

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52829, reply #29 of 110)

Well, I think it is not nothing.... it is a little something. That my beloved was quite touched I did with him

so, there! :-)

 


 


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Adele's picture

(post #52829, reply #62 of 110)

Wow.  I am amazed that there is so much pain with the mammograms.  I have them click at least once more when they stop.  It's uncomfortable, but hey, it's not like it lasts for more than 30 seconds.


Evelyn- please ask before they do you if they are using the biggest plates.  There are different sizes and the larger one encompasses more area.  (Duh!)  Makes a big difference in not having to 'fit' as much under the plate.  Perhaps it's squishing more skin and that makes it painful for you. 


Colonoscopy- had my first a couple of months ago and didn't drink anything nasty tasting, but perhaps the Gatorade I was told to put the stuff into masked the taste. I don't like to drink anything cold, so I never put it in the refrigerator.  I did pills too, starting them before drinking the stuff.  It wasn't so bad, I followed directions to the letter and drank only what I was supposed to.  So it was clear duck broth instead of chicken.  LOL  Didn't have to get up after I fell asleep. 


EDIT:  I fell asleep at 10:00.  Perhaps it depends on the time of the appointment as to when you start the pills/liquid, then hit the bathroom.  Mine was in the morning. 


I also lost 4 lbs. 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Edited 8/2/2009 6:50 pm ET by Adele


Edited 8/2/2009 6:53 pm ET by Adele

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Marcia's picture

(post #52829, reply #64 of 110)

Good advice about the mammogram plates for Evelyn. I hope something can help. Her troubles with this issue seem very strange, but I'm certainly not discounting them.

Good grief, I hate the smell of Gatorade, and have never tasted it. I hope to remain a Gatorade virgin forever. Surely they let you drink something else.

evelyn's picture

(post #52829, reply #68 of 110)

thaks for that valuable info, Adele. I did not know there were different size plates! You're darned tootin I'm asking for the bigger plates!

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Carole4's picture

(post #52829, reply #30 of 110)

You are a sweetie! I've had four of them and I dread the prep every time. First time hubby got me cherry prep, can't stand cherry flavored anything to this day. Second, I did just plain, still nasty. Third one, I did lemon/lime, yuck. Fourth time I did pineapple, still yucky.

I would not do this, but my family has a history of colon cancer. I would urge anyone over 50 to start thinking about getting one.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52829, reply #31 of 110)

I am getting one right after I blow the candles on my 50th Birthday cake...

well, maybe not QUITE that fast :-)

 


 


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Carole4's picture

(post #52829, reply #32 of 110)

LOL. I'd wait a few weeks!

As some have said, it's the prep that is the worse part. The test is nothing. I, too watched the first one and the sweet nurse was holding my hand and every time I flinched, she just upped the joy juice drip...:)

evelyn's picture

(post #52829, reply #22 of 110)

I honestly don't know lee, I'll ask this Fall when I go to set up this year's exam. I will say I am a woman who can put up with a good deal of pain and not gripe about it. (I am thinking of last year when I worked all day with that ulcer about to pop like a balloon inside of me just to go and get operated on when my day finished in emergency). There is a real problem with mammograms and breast size. I need to get two done per breast. It is agony.

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Heather's picture

(post #52829, reply #23 of 110)

MIne hurt too. Just when the machine is as tight as I can bear, they always do one more crank that is excruciating.