New and needing help to decided

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Registered: 01-25-2001
New and needing help to decided
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Tue, 11-18-2008 - 1:14pm
I have had back problems for a very long time now.I am only 29 years old with a back that feels about 69.I am almost a DDD cup size, 5 foot 2, and only weight 150.For the last year about every six weeks I am rushing in to the doctor and asking for a prescription of vicodin or percaset and ludin or skelactin.I am a mother to a 5 year old and almost 10 year old and a wife to a soilder.I don't have time to be drugged up and on my couch for
3-5 days at a time.
In August I had to go to the ER because my doctor could not see me that day.The pain was so awful that I was given injections in both hips and sent home with my pain pills and muscle relaxers.At the end of October I had to go in and get these drugs again because of the pain.This time my doctor told me enough and we are going to start looking into a breast reduction.I was getting on an air plane that afternoon for a vacation.I still went but in tons of pain
When I came home from vacation the following week I had my yearly appointment with my OB/GYN.I discussed with him a breast reduction.He assured me that I am a perfect candidate and it will be the best thing for me for long term health.He had me talk with some of the women on his staff that had a reduction and gave me names and phone numbers to 2 plastic surgeons he would recommend.He also wanted me to have a test called HALO before the surgery.It is a test that prescreens for breast cancer.He can't do it after the reduction.I have a strong family history of it so I think it might be a good idea.Anyone else had this testing done?
Even though I have suffered from the back pain I still don't know if I want it done.I have never had surgery before and my husband is a breast man.Husband says that he is fine with it and if it is for my health he is going to support me no matter what.I am very nervous about the actual surgery and what they may look like after.I am going to get the process started right after Thanksgiving so I could really use some support and anyone who has words of encouragement.
Christina
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Registered: 11-27-2007
Tue, 11-18-2008 - 8:55pm
Hi Christina and welcome to our board. You definitely are struggling with some pretty bad pain issues and yes it is quite possible that your breasts are causing it. I think just getting a consult appointment with a plastic surgeon is not a bad idea. You do not have to commit to the surgery that day and also if you are still unsure seeing a pain management specialist is another option. Good luck and please feel free to post us any time.

Katie :)


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Katie :)

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Registered: 11-16-2008
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 10:34am

Run, girl, run right back to your surgeon and have the surgery! You won't regret it. I'm 53 years old and had it done in February 2007. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. I instantly felt better.I went from a size DDD, which were still too small, to a C cup! I can buy any bra out there. I am just under 5' tall. At the time of the surgery, I weighed 142 and couldn't lose any more weight. The surgeon took 3 pounds off each breast. Since then I've been able to exercise, swim, walk longer distances and tolerate being out in hot weather much better. My back pain is nearly all gone.
There haven't been many negatives. I was very sick from the anesthesia for a while. My recovery time was a little longer than I had planned. I lost the sensations. My breasts were numb or sore in places for about a year. There are some scars, but vitamin E oil really helps a lot. My husband was supportive and very pleased with the result as well.

Along with all the above, I feel so much better about myself too. You know, people can be cruel without realizing it. Even some of my friends used terms like "Ms Boobs", and "Busty"
I hated having my picture taken. I would hide behind people or my jacket or handbag. I even stayed in more as I got older and my breasts got bigger and lower. All that disappeared right after the surgery.
It's all worth it. Good luck with your decision.

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Registered: 01-25-2001
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 7:30pm
Thanks for the encourgment.I think reading some of the post on this board made me realize many more problems they are giving to me.I live in Nevada and I hate the heat too.When I was younger I used to love to run but now have a very hard time.Also I hate having my photo taken because I think I look so fat but I think it may be my breast.Didn't realize all this might be because of my boobs.
I know what you are saying about friends being cruel.My mother in law has even made nasty comments.My best friend is a B cup and always says how much she would give to have my breast.My own mother who is not very big calls me lucky.When in my realty for the past few years I would give anything to be smaller and there size.
My husband has been in the army for 17 years and we always have a formal to go to a few times a year.That is the one article of clothing I HATE shopping for.It is so hard to find a cute dress that does not make me look like I am going to bust out at any moment.
I nursed both my kids for 2 years each.So a total of 4 years of nursing.They still sit up pretty high but are starting to sag.I think that may have to do with the fact that I am nearing 30.I am not having anymore children so I think this is going to be for me.
Christina