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I am now day 5 post op. Had my surgery on Monday,...

I am now day 5 post op. Had my surgery on Monday, I'm not even sure the size I was because I couldn't wear anything but sports bras, however the 38 E was too small.

I am 23 years old, got boobs in 3rd grade, was a triple d by 6th. However back problems really only started the last few years. Anyways, I've been following this site, has really high hopes, and now I just don't know what to think. It seems like my recovery is going much more poorly than others.

Like I said, in post op day 6, I am still in tremendous pain, having to take the prescription meds and it still doesn't alleviate everything (I always thought I had a high tolerance, pain was not my concern with this surgery). I was puking all day yesterday, didn't get any post op antibiotics although I'm not running a fever and from what I can tell the incisions/drains look okay.

But it is really uncomfortable around the drain sites and when I stand up the bottom incision kills. I'm scheduled to get drains out on Monday. Still haven't even been able to shower. I ended up crying myself to sleep last night bc I have been so miserable with being in bed etc.

Any advice? In just so discouraged at this point and feel like I'm so behind on my recovery.

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Aww, hang in there! I'm 2 months post-op and I remember where you were.....in SO much pain, no energy, and really depressed. Your body just went through a huge shock! I, too, read some posts where people were off pain meds 4 days post op and thought I was doing something wrong. But I wasn't, and neither were you. My surgeon and his team were amazing, I was on Oxycodone and Oxycontin for 6 days, then Hydrocodone for a week, and Tramadol for about 4 days after that. I've had to take some ibuprofen here and there, but the pain is essentially gone now. I had nausea and vomiting too, the first week...it was miserable. But it got so much better, and it will for you too!! Just remember that your body is trying to get back to it's natural state, after lots of anesthesia and trauma. I LOVE my results, I just went shopping for my first "real" bra...no regrets! You'll be where I am before you know it, take care :)
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You're probably on vicodin. I think lortab is a stronger dose of the painkiller which is hydrocodone. Ask your doctor for that. Oxycodone is even a stronger medicine for pain. There are medicines to help you get over the recovery stage. You just need to make it clear to your doctor that you're in an unacceptable amount of pain. There are even pills to help you sleep. A doctor gave me an ambient when I had false labor. I was all nervous when I went home, but the small dose of ambient gave me a restful night sleep. My son was born 2 days later. Insist on the medication that will help you during recovery. When the recovery is over, get off the meds quickly. They do great for surgery pain, but they are addictive.
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At this point you need to try and relax. Getting upset and feeling down will just make it hurt more. Try and think of all the positive aspects you will get once you are recovered. Can you call your doctors office? Some doctors have a call center where you can speak with a nurse about your problems with pain etc. I don't recall having that much pain post-op but we all heal differently. It's really important to take your meds on time and properly so they will work for you. I am so sorry you are having so many issues. Watch some of your favorite movies (if you are feeling up to it) do things that will distract you. I remember I slept a lot.......which is important too. I just had my 6 month follow up and am still very swollen. I've read people's posts discussing so many different experiences.....just try and hang in there. You will get better and start seeing your new body in a better light. I hope some others post a reply for you too.....it's very helpful to know you are not alone on your road to recovery. Best wishes to you!
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Ok, not really any difference on pain yet. I'm...

Ok, not really any difference on pain yet. I'm posting a picture of one of the drains, it is supposed to come out tomorrow. Do you think I will feel better after it comes out?? Probably will hurt some the way it looks :(

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Picture is upside down, sorry

Picture is upside down, sorry

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So sorry to hear ur hurting so much . Plz call ur doc about getting meds. I took my vicatin for two weeks. I read other woman posting "no pain, feeling great, blah blah" it is uncomfy and damit I felt hit by a baseball bat !! Minimal bruising my a@@@ lmao. Keep restin and don't over do it. My drains Weren't hurting the way urs seem to but I bet when u get them out u will feel better. Hope u feel better soon xxxx
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I reccomend contacting your PS and gettting some antibiotics and antinausea meds. Also, make sure you are eating a lot of fiber or taking stool softeners/laxatives because the pain pills will cause constipation. try to rest up and heal!
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I am experiencing the same as you almost. The pain at the drain sites is almost unbearable for me when I get up. But thank god I get them out tomorrow on Monday so hopefully that will help you some with the pain once they come out. The tape that is holding the drains in place is probably the other cause for the drain site to hurt. Just hang in there and keep taking your pain meds! Glad to know that someone else is experiencing the same pain as me. Lets cross our fingers and hope that the pain will decrease after the annoying things come out!! Good luck and I hope ur pain decreases after they are removed.
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Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for the...

Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for the comments, so nice getting first hand experience. Drains come out at 145 today, so fingers crossed for uphill recovery from here!

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Drains, nipple dressings, and steri strips all...

Drains, nipple dressings, and steri strips all came off today. I feel much better around the drain sites, however no improvement when standing. To top things off, right nipple looks almost black? PS said everything looked good but I'm having serious doubts. Waiting for things to look up...

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Hang in there!!   Try some hot compresses on the drain site.

Keep a close eye on the nipple and call the doctor is necessary.  Are you having achy pain?  You will feel tightness, swelling and shooting pains for a while but it does pass.  

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Hi Breezy, its early days yet,you HAVE to be patient. I am saying this because i went through the same thing comparing my progress to the image in my head. Big mistake,it only caused paranoia! I thought of other people's recovery pics and scrutinized my breasts several times a day for any changes. Then i told myself: STOP!!! Do what the PS told you to,stop googling stuff, stop scrutinizing,just trust that all will go well and relax. Since then i am much calmer and hey,i AM recovering. Tomorrow is only ONE month post op for me and yes, i still have discomfort. I still have to hold my breasts when i get up as it feels heavy on the bottom incisions,until yesterday i still had to dress my T incisions every day as they were still oozing. But now they have dried up and things are looking much better.From my own experience i can vouch that after the drains came out, the pain improved dramatically. Just check your breasts twice daily or so, if there is any redness or something that bothers you,do not hesitate to contact a professional for advice. Dont wait and it should all be ok. Just relax and remember your body was sliced open and stitched back together, things will take weeks,months to completely heal. Take care of yourself,listen to your body and have a positive outlook. That would be my advice to anyone post op. If you hv any questions,pls let me know. All the best!
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Hey Breezy! Waiting to hear how your drain tube removal went today. I had BR surgery Tuesday with my tubes out Friday. Keeping my fingers crossed you're feeling better
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New picture. Has anybody seen this? What happens...

New picture. Has anybody seen this? What happens if it is dead? I have tried calling PS but no return call yet...

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I'll be going in to see PS tomorrow. Hopefully get...

I'll be going in to see PS tomorrow. Hopefully get some answers and some kind of good news.

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It looks like your nipple was bruised in that area, but I'm definitely not an expert. You should check with your doctor.
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yes they should be seein u immediately if its losing any blood flow. i can say that mine was a smidge discolored but it turned out it was the bad bruising i had. plz tell them u dont wanna wait. it will ease ur mind and u wont feel stressed. thanks for sharing ur pics!
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Hope you can get in today, it looks like it hurts, please keep up posted!
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They did not seem to be worried at all. Right may...

They did not seem to be worried at all. Right may be a little slower to heal but he says that will fall off and new skin is underneath. Hopefully things start to look a little prettier in the coming weeks!

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My doctors name was Shaw, also, so I had to do a double-take and see where you were located. Different state! My incisions still hurt, mostly the end of them under my armpits. Im day 8 postop now. As for the nausea, I have a trick for you (if its still happening - hopefully not :) ) Make some jello, just follow the instructions on the package except when it tells you to put it in the fridge to harden, put it in a cup with a few ice cubes and sip on it. If it starts to turn solid you can microwave it a few seconds and add new ice cubes - the ice just makes the top layer cool so its comfortable to drink.The jello coats your stomach and helps a TON with nausea (pregnancy, sickness, medicine, you name it!) Its an old family secret I like to share because it works so well - I hope it helps you! Your nipple also might look kindof dark because of the surgical marker they used, I know my incisions look a little dark and crazy right now but its because there is still that darn purple marker on there right at the incisions. I hope everything else is going well - let us know if you need anything!
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My BR was 11/26 and although I did NOT have any drains, I was feeling a lot like you on day 6 with regard to incision pain, etc. I have posted two questions on here about uneven healing, and possible nipple necrosis. Perhaps they will reassure you? I believe you can just look them up under my name... I was fearing the worst, but after a couple of PS replies, I'm more optimistic. I posted the latest pics on 12/21, and i'ts already looking and feeling better. My own PS told me not to worry so much, and not to expect daily improvements or changes--it can take up to 8 months! Unfortunately, patience is one of my WORST qualities! lol Hope your Christmas was awesome, and that your healing is coming along better now. :)
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I hope things settled down for you! Let us know how you are!
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Post op day 18. I wanted to wait a while until I...

Post op day 18. I wanted to wait a while until I decided on the "worth it", but at this time I have to mark no. I was apparently much less educated than I realized. After finding this site I felt very comfortable. Unfortunately, I've learned there is more than one way to do a reduction. I wondered why mine was so different from the reviews I've read, and I'd say the simple answer is bc I apparently had a free nipple graft, and most of you have not. Believe it or not, I thought that was the only way to do them, and it is not how they are generally done now (dumb me). Anyways, my right nipple/areola has lost a lot of tissue. It's pink underneath but if its healin at all I can't tell, the black spot is still attached, there is just a giant drop from half the areola to the other because of the tissue loss. I don't know how it could possibly heal without a giant scar. The t zone is also open, and it looks like the left t zone could start opening as well. My back feels good, however I am 23 and now I know there will be NO shot at breast feeding (I knew it was unlikely but I've heard many who could produce some), I have no nipple protrusion, and I will most likely have some ugly scarring. If I were older, this stuff may not have as much of an effect on me, unfortunately I am not. Anyways, glad to see everyone else is healing great, happy for you guys. Maybe some day ill be able to change my review?

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I notice you don't have any before pictures posted, do you have any you could post? Most of the time a free nipple Graft (FNG) is used for girls who are EXTREMELY large before reduction (I'm talking size M) or if the nipple is dyin during surgery they might have to do it as an unplanned emergency (This all coming from what my surgeon told me) so that may have been what happened in your situation. I am so sorry you are not happy and glad you did this - I know being so young the scars are more of an issue for us from the beginning. I hope you are able to change your review to a yes once the healing is finished!
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I agree with everything babydeer said. Sometimes FNG are also done if the breasts are very saggy (not necessarily huge). Do you have before pictures and after pictures that show your full torso?
Thanks for the nausea trick! Thankfully I'm finally off those pain meds but I will definitely keep that for later :) yours look amazing by the way, congrats!
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