I can certainly understand your anxiety.
There is a fair amount of time to go till January, so I am quite hopeful that the breast tenderness should be less by that time.
here are five things you can do to have more comfortable, less painful mammograms.
1. Schedule Strategically
Keep track of your periods and schedule your mammogram appointments accordingly.
Most women experience the least amount of breast tenderness during the first two weeks of their menstrual cycle, which means you would experience less discomfort from a mammogram during this time.
2. Avoid Caffeine & reduce salt for upto a week before the mammogram
Some women find that caffeine increases breast tenderness. Even small amounts of caffeine can have an effect. Even if you aren't sure if this is you, experiment with avoiding caffeine in the week leading up to your mammogram to see if it helps lower the pain you experience. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, sports drinks and chocolate are common sources of caffeine.
3. Consider OTC Painkillers
An over-the-counter painkiller such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen taken about an hour before your mammogram may help to reduce any pain or discomfort you may feel during the mammography procedure.
Taking OTC painkillers ahead of time is also a good way to prevent any discomfort you might normally feel following your mammogram.
4. Ask About Padding
Some mammogram centers offer padding designed to make your mammogram more comfortable. One example is the MammoPad, which is a soft, white, single-use foam pad that is invisible to X-rays.
It secures to the lower metal plate, providing a soft and warm spot for the technician to place your breast.
5. Try Numbing Gel
While it can be messy, numbing gel applied to the breast has been found to relieve pain from the pressure of mammograms.