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My name is Jackie. I'm 28 and have no biological children i was a 46DD and am now somewhere between a high B low C It's 8 days after my BR surgery. I have had little pain but at night I have been having night sweats and when I looked in the mirror the other day I noticed on was a bit bigger then the other is this normal and is it because of swolling
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Welcome to the forum Jackie.  At 8 days PO you will have swelling.  Give it some time to settle down and heal.  I am happy you found us:)
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Hello Everyone! First, thank you for creating this community as it helps people like me to research the resources that are on the internet. Secondly, after years of having big breast, I have decided to get a breast reduction via my insurance. I know it is going to be fight with United Healthcare Choice Plus but I cant pay for another deep tissue massage or expensive bra that seems to never alleviate the pain in my neck, shoulders and upper back. I am currently working out with a personal trainer to strengthen by back but even that is not helping...I am a 34 year old AA with no kids, I weigh approximately 169 , and I am 5'5'. I reside metro-Atlanta so I am looking for a skilled plastic surgeon who cant take my 34G(34DDDD) to a 34 D or DD. I believe I have keloid skin or scarring skin so I would prefer a surgeon who understand the skills and precision of cutting on another human being. This type of surgery scares me because of how the breast looks years later the anchor scar but I do recognized it is all about how the surgeon cuts you...If anyone can recommend a surgeon ( I am willing to pay out-of network fees and travel out of the state), I greatly appreciate it. I want a surgeon who knows, understands, studied the woman's body; in particular, the woman's breast. Thirdly, when getting a breast reduction doe a breast lift comes with it or is that extra? Fourthly, I am also seeking advice on how to deal with my health insurance. You would think they will easily insure this procedure when it is clear a person who have large breast and small frame are in pain, but since it cost them more money that I pay into every month they find some kind of way to deny. I was told UHC is a hard insurance to deal with, I hope not! Fifthly, should I allow my primary to recommend the surgery or go directly to the plastic surgeon office? I need for this process to be seamless. Finally, any information you can provide in my efforts of locating the perfect surgeon for me is greatly appreciate it...I am so ready to start this journey so I can finally sit still in a chair without fidgeting as a result of the discomfort in my neck, shoulder, and back. Also, has anyone suffer from headaches because of the pressure of the bra straps?
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I forgot to add I reside in Atlanta Georgia.
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Hello Floridachic! As i am in seattle i can not recommend a surgeon to you in your area but as far as your insurance goes.....get as much documentation as you can! I had to see my primary doctor who gave me pain medication. I went to massage therapy and physical therapy. I made sure all doctors/therapists had excellent notes on their reports. I was told my insurance probably wouldnt approve the surgery either but they did! My primary doctor recommended my PS who had all the documentation from therapist/dr and he sent everything in for approval....2 weeks later it was approved. I have regence blue cross blue shield. My 36G boobs hurt my neck severely (i only have a 40 degree turn radius at my neck....normal range of motion is 70 degrees), my shoulders never stop hurting, and my back would hurtabout 2, 3 days /week. I got headaches all the time due to the strained neck muscles due to the big boobs! My surgery is tomorrow, oct 1. Im nervous/scared/excited. I hope it goes well. Good luck on getting your approval!
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Good luck michlm71!! Let us know how you are doing during recovery!! I go November 18th!
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Hi everyone im 25 no kids and im in need of a breast reduction. I had tried to get a reduction a few years back when I was a 36ddd mainky because of self consciousness and discomfort but I was denied. I am now lloking into surgery again at a 40F. This time around I am having bad back pain, the indents on my shoulders are deeper and painful, there is some pain in my breast as well. I also have this slight burning sensation on my right shoulder sometimes. Im not sure what it is or have any of u experienced that sensation? I really hope I can get approved this time. If any of u have some suggestions on what I can do to get approved id appreciate it thankyou.
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I have experienced that burning sensation. My chiropractor said that there are nerves in the neck that run along there that, if they are pinched, can cause that pain. I have suffered with migraines, headaches, neck, back, and shoulder pain for many years. My surgery is tomorrow. I'm super excited, but nervous too.
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How long have you been seeing your chiropractor? And is his/her evaluation what helped you get approve? And do the treatments help? Sorry so many questions im thinking about seeing one fir a few months to improve my chances of approval.
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I have only been seeing him since February. The letter I wrote to my insurance company is what got my denial overturned and approved. I told them, in detail, how my breasts affected my life and how the pain restricted me from doing so many things.
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After reading how hard it is for some of you to get approved I feel really fortunate. I went to see the PS for the very first time on August 1, got approved on August 3 and had the surgery August 21. I never had to have documentation or past history of anything.
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Welcome to the forum sea1019.  I will keep my fingers crossed that this is approved this time around.  Please consider starting your review in the community.
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I am thinking about you tonight.  xoxo
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What kind of insurance do you have ?? If you don't mind me asking
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I have those same symptoms...Especially the headaches. Did you suffer from the tingling sensation in your hands? I hope your surgery went well.
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Should I see a chiropractor to increase my chances with getting approve via my insurance?
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Just found this site about a week ago, I've been wanting a reduction since I was 14 I'm now 38! I emailed my insurance and asked what's needed for reduction mammoplasty and they responded and said no preapproval or documents needed... could this be true?
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I've never heard of anyone not needing preapproval or documentation unless you have Medicare. If it's true, then hooray for you!!! You can double check by calling the toll free number on the back of your insurance card.
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Everyone id talked to in the past said id need proof of medical necessity ... but I'm glad now finding a good Ps that takes uhc....
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Hi! Just got denied by my insurance. I can appeal, & they need dr. Records,etc. My problem is. .I didn't realize my headaches.shoulder. . Neck. Back. Numbness in arm. . Hands. . Etc was related to large breasts. Therefore. .I really have no documentation. . Other than my ortho surgeon. Just had rotator cuff repair and bone spurs removed. . (Exactly where my bra straps lay) I don't know and I'm not sure my doc will say bone spurs were caused by large breasts. I can write a letter myself and explain. Anybody got suggestions?
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Sorry to hear that . Just persevere x
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You don't have anything to lose by asking your doctor!
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I had to have documentation also. I did a few months of massage/physical therapy and pain medication prescribed by my doctor. Some will want you to see a chiropractor too. My doctor was great, she documented everything and recommended the plastic surgeon to me. The physical therapist also documented everything and sent it to the insurance company. I was approved within 2 weeks. Just keep at it!
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I have those same symptoms and have an appt with my primary on Monday. I wonder what all is needed to get approve because my pain is becoming unbearable to the point it is affecting my mood.
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Just read your comment about people not wanting you to do it and that you are fine the way they are. I completely understand how you feel. People just do not understand what it is like unless they have huge boobs. My mother in law said people would pay to look like me. I am sorry no one pays for a 36DDDD unless they are planning a future in porn. My surgery is scheduled for November 6. I can't wait to get these things off.
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