Seems like most ladies on here had to deal with...
Seems like most ladies on here had to deal with big breasts from a young age. I'm so sorry! I was actually pretty flat until I started birth control in high school.
My mom had never experiened cramping until she had endometriosis. Soon as she started dealing with that she took me to the doctor right away to get me pills to battle my painful periods. Yay! And as a young flat-chested teeny bopper of course I was thrilled with a side effect of new curves! Except the suckers never stopped growing!
In 9th grade I was maybe a B cup. By my senior prom I was a probably a 32-34 bandwidth, but of course I was in the wrong size and wore a 36DDD. In college I fluctuated, but was wearing a 38F my last semester. I was also pregnant with my son. My second pregnancy took me to an H cup.
Now my kids are elementary school aged, and I'm still recovering from dealing with Grave's disease. My weight has been up and down with the whims of my thyroid. After radioactive-iodine therapy my thyroid is dead, and I've been trying to find the right dose of meds to combat hypothyroidism for over 2 years. A process made even more exhausting by the fact that I can't even exercise or run around after my kids because my breasts are huge!
I've finally learned a lot about bras and realized my band size is much smaller than I thought. Surprise! There's actually a rib cage under there! What?! So I've come to find out I'm actually a 36KK.
I have wanted a breast reduction since my senior year of high school, and I finally have a consult scheduled with Dr. Farid Mozaffari in August. You would think that since I've already waited this long I would be more patient right? Except I'm about to lose my mind from anticipation!
Reading the reviews on this site have made me giddy with excitement. I can't wait to be on the other side. Less pain, more mobility, one step closer to a happier healthier me? Yes please!
A good bra makes a huge difference eh?
Feels so weird to post pictures of a part of myself that I hate so much. I can't even sit around the house without a bra because I'm too embarrassed and that's with clothes on!
But I am hoping to see a huge improvement, and hopefully share my experience as so many other brave ladies have on this site.
I am worried/nervous that at my size I'm probably going to have to have a free nipple graft to achieve the end results that I desire. I've seen a couple FNG on here though, so my fear is getting better. August 7th can't come soon enough. Can't wait to see what the doctor has to say and what hoops I'll have to jump through to get insurance coverage.
My GP thinks I might have to do some physical therapy for my back pain. I think a look at the breasts I'm hauling around would show no amount of PT is going to affect my back until that weight is gone.
oh noes :(
Just got a card in the mail cancelling my appointment :( It's been killing me to wait until August, so I'm really hoping it won't be even longer :(
Trying not to get too upset until I call and talk to the office tomorrow. My son just had his doctor cancel an appointment too. Weird coincidence.
I just want these whomper boobies gone!
Called and rescheduled for August 27th. Impatient!
I just want to be done already :( Or started even! Figure my boobs can't ache much worse than when I take my bra off at the end of the day and my breasts feel like they are going to pull right off my chest. My left on has been hurting particularly bad lately. I've cut back on caffeine because that bothers the boobs sometimes.
On the silver lining side of things I would assume I had to reschedule because the doctor is taking his vacation. That's what happened with my son's appointment. So if I actually get to have surgery before the end of the year then at least he won't be vacationing during my recovery. Fingers crossed!
3 day migraine
I've been having a ridiculous amount of pain down the right side of my neck with a mild migraine for going on 3 days. I think I triggered it by doing some deep house cleaning :( I just want to be able to engage in everyday activities without feeling debilitating pain.
It's so frustrating. I discovered I had Grave's disease when I ended up being hospitalised because my thyroid levels were off the charts. So much so that my hypothalamus had shut down and I was close to organ failure. I couldn't walk across my living room just to use the restroom without vomiting or almost fainting from my heart beating so rapidly, but I didn't have insurance so I didn't go to the doctor or hospital until I literally felt like I was dying. Turns out I was pretty close.
Thus radiation therapy, dead thyroid, and now over 2 years later still can't seem to get the right dose of thyroid hormones.
Sorry for a total pity party, but I am sure many can relate. When you deal with something everyday friends and family get immune to your plight you know? People don't want to hear how you're really doing. Even at the doctor's office they ask you, "how are you doing today?" "Well, pretty miserable actually." Throws the nurse/doctor for a loop. They expect you to say, "Just fine, thanks!"
Well sorry, but today I am not fine. I'm sure I'll be fine in a few days, but right now I just want to do the dishes without having back spasms for the rest of the day.
Not sure what to think...
Finally got to see the doctor today. All went well. He said I'm the biggest cup size he's seen. Okay...
They use a new machine during surgery that uses a dye to test the blood supply to the nipple. If blood supply is not adequate he may have to do FNG. Thinks he can get me to a D cup.
Good news so far. Then he asks what insurance I have and once he sees he brings up that they are getting really strick about BMI and weight. So I'll need to lose 40 lbs to get approved.
What?! I'm hypothyroid. Losing weight is nearly impossible for me! I asked him if insurance would happen to approve based on pictures, etc. Would he insist on me losing the weight... he responded that I should just do my best to lose what I can.
I'm really unhappy right now. I read a lot of fat activist writing and I don't believe weight is a contributing factor to my health. Getting this surgery however is a big factor for me.
I brought up the fact that it's really hard to exercise with breast my size and he just nodded. Like wtf dude. Be an advocate for your patient! I'm calling my primary physician tomorrow to see if she can write a letter explaining that my weight has gone up and down with my thyroid and has never made my breasts smaller. And that due to my thyroid condition I will probably have a very hard time losing weight, especially without being able to engage I aerobic exercise due to my large breasts. Yadda yadda... this is on the advice of the receptionist. So I can't decide if he just can't advise me not to worry about weight because he thinks pictures will win approval. Or if he is washing his hands of me and my fat ass.
I'm a size 16 at 5'6'' and have felt pretty average (except boobs of course) for my age and having birthed 2 kids. Regardless it's so wrong to withhold a medical procedure based on weight.
so my old surgeon was an @ss
I got denied by my insurance because my doctor's pictures didn't show shoulder indentations or evidence of rashes. Which I have pictures of my own I could have sent. Anyways, I called for months and the office kept giving me the run around until it was too late to appeal the insurance decision. Nice, eh?
So I had my family doctor help me find a new surgeon. Not only did he get me approved quickly, he had no issues with my weight!
I am finally scheduled for my breast reduction surgery in September!!!! I can hardly wait, yet am so nervous.
New surgeon says I'm right at the border of measurements from collar to nipple (I think) length that indicates whether there may be a problem with blood supply basically. So I *might* have to have a FNG, free nipple graft. But he hopes to avoid it if possible, but obviously will have to wait and see.
Makes me a bit more nervous, but I'm so excited to have smaller breasts that I'm trying to stay positive. I'm currently a 36K in UK sizes or 36M in US sizes. Doctor thinks he can get me to a double or triple D. Still big, but almost 6 cup sizes difference!
September can't come fast enough!
Just some of the markings from my appointment. Trying to picture the change. It seems impossible for me to wrap my mind around it. To see my ribs again! To be able to stand without getting back spasms and headaches. To be able to buy bras that don't kill my body or bank account, lol.
Only wish I could have gotten a spot in August. I'm a bit worried about recovery with my kids in school in September. Plus sooner is better; I have no patience, lol.
60 days pre-op
Starting to feel real, but so far away. I can't wait! I've been so focused on getting insurance to approve the surgery I haven't spent much time thinking about the reality of smaller boobs. I don't think I wanted to let myself imagine it and get my hopes up until insurance said yes.
Now I keep thinking of funny things, like I can wear scarfs again. Haven't worn them since college because they just add volume to my chest. I can wear geeky t-shirts again! Or any shirt with something printed on the front; I've avoided them for years because my breasts distorted the picture/print. I can wear necklaces again without them look tiny or drawing attention to my boobs. I can carry a purse again without it adding weight to my already aching shoulders. I have several dresses I stopped wearing because they became indecent as my breasts got bigger. Etc. Etc.
It's kind of sad how much I've had to set aside because of my breasts. It seems like silly things compared to the pain that heavy breast cause, but it's part of my identity that got swallowed up by being the girl with big boobs.
I'm looking forward to being more active with my kids again. I used to walk everywhere, and have stopped because my boobs cause back spasms when I stand too long. Boobs plus muscle fatigue from hypothyroidism makes for a pretty miserable time.
I keep trying to imagine what my body will look and feel like and it seems surreal. 60 days feels like an eternity to wait!