38I and Hoping for Some Relief - Rochester, MN

I'm a 31 year old mother of 2, 5'11 and 200 lbs. I...

I'm a 31 year old mother of 2, 5'11 and 200 lbs. I have been considering a BR for the last 5 years and have finally mustered the courage to go through with it. I have been dealing with chronic back, neck, shoulder pain and headaches that have recently become unbearable. My job requires me to be on my feet long hours and I often come home and spend the evening stuck on the couch with a heating pad. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 7 years ago but wonder how much of my symptoms are due to my large, heavy breasts. I used to be a very active person but my pain has made it difficult to exercise and I am currently about 25 lbs overweight. My hope is that this procedure will offer me some relief so that I can more fully enjoy my life. And of course I look forward to having normal sized, perky boobs for the first time in my life too :)
exercise and I am about 25 lbs overweight.

Less than three weeks to go before the big day!...

Less than three weeks to go before the big day! This site is so great. Its amazing to read everyones stories and to know that I am not the only one going through this. There are so many emotions attached to this experience and with each phase I go through it's comforting to read your stories and know that I am normal...well sort of :) I know this is silly but one of my biggest concerns with the surgery is the hospital itself. My doctors office is on the 13th floor and the surgery will be on the 15th! I have some issues with vertigo so elevators and heights are kind of a problem. It seems so lame that I am more stressed about the elevator than being put under :) I am not too worried about the pain. I have a high pain tolerance. More worried about nausea. I hope they give me something to prevent it. So my two biggist fears right now... the elevator and throwing up when I wake up.

Ughh! I have the worst cold! So glad I am sick now...

Ughh! I have the worst cold! So glad I am sick now. Hopefully I will be healthy for surgery. I have been reading other people's posts and just cannot wait to get this over with. The last couple of months have been pretty tough. My back has been so painful I dread putting my bra on in the morning and it comes off within 5 minutes of coming home. It feels like I am carrying a heavy backpack that I can never take off.

It's kind of funny but when I met with my PS he said I was an "emergency situation" and couldn't believe I have put up with this so long. It really surprised my husband. Even though he sees me in pain everyday he didn't realize how ridiculous things were getting. He is being so supportive through all this. I have been such an emotional rollercoaster. When I went to the PS I had a total panic moment before my appointment about having a total stranger reconstruct my body and almost backed out. I haven been asking the "no right answer" questions like, "will you like me better before or after?" Poor guy :) He's had to take on so much more at home because of the pain I am going through. Really hope this surgery helps and I am so blessed to have such a supportive husband.

My cold has taken a turn for the worst. I have...

My cold has taken a turn for the worst. I have been really dizzy since Thursday night and haven't been able to work. I have had ongoing balance problems for about 6 years but usually it's manageable. I am hoping that it's just from my cold and will get better. I am supposed to have surgery next Friday and I am worried that I will have to postpone surgery if I don't get better. Not to mention the dizziness itself, I can't function. My regular doctor is referring me to a vestibular specialist at the Mayo clinic but I found out today that I won't be able to get in for 3-6 months! My PS is also at the Mayo so that might help get me in sooner but probably not before surgery. I am so discouraged. I am a veterinarian and it took a lot of planning for me to take time off work for the surgery and now I am having to take time off now too. It feels like I can't catch a break. So frustrating. The main reason I am having the br is to hopefully get some relief from chronic pain which is making it very difficult to do my job and enjoy my life. Most nights I spend the night on the couch with a heating pad and take tylenol everyday just to get by. A lot of times I get terrible headaches from my neck and back pain. Now the dizziness. This is just too much. :(

The last 2 months have been the worst in my life....

The last 2 months have been the worst in my life. My dizziness issues continued to get worse and I had to cancel my surgery. I haven't been able to work for 2 months and have been bed bound for days at a time. The doctors still don't know what's wrong. I have also had severe headaches, nausea and have lost about 20 lbs. So for right now my breast reduction journey is on hold and I am just hoping to find out what's wrong and get better :(

Here we go again!!

It's been a long journey getting to this point!! I have dealt with severe chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, migraines and fibromyalgia for 10+ years. I was scheduled to have a reduction 4 years ago but a few weeks prior to surgery I became very ill. At the time I developed debilitating daily headaches, nausea and severe dizziness. I went to several specialists and had dozens of tests done. I was unable to work for 3 months. Eventually I was diagnosed with severe chronic migraines with vertigo. With diet, stress management and medication my migraines are better controlled. I continue to have severe back/shoulder pain which I know is a major trigger.

This year I decided it was time to try and have the surgery again. My family and coworkers have been extremely supportive as they see me struggle daily. But it has been such a battle just getting to this point!! A month before I was scheduled for my PS consult I fell down the stairs and broke my left ankle and severely sprained my right. Determined that this is the year I will be free of my breasts, I went to my consult in a wheelchair 3 weeks after having orthopedic surgery. I had my first mammogram standing on one leg - that was an adventure.

It's been 9 weeks since I broke my ankle. My insurance is approved, I've already met my max out of pocket and surgery is scheduled for October 3rd. Then just last week I went into the ER with abdominal pain and ended up needing emergency gallbladder surgery!!!

This is ridiculous! Will I ever be free of my boobs!! So far I am recovering well. The surgeon says as long as I'm up for it I can still go ahead with plans for reduction. That will be 3 surgeries in 4 months! I am so fed up I don't care! The PS estimates removing 4-6 lbs per side. I can't wait to be rid of this burden.

Here's to hoping for no more detours!!

1 week until the big day!

Today I went shopping at Target for post-op bras and comfy zip up/button up shirts. One more week to go! I am excited and nervous at the same time. I got a bad haircut this week and had a complete meltdown. What if I don't like the how my reduction turns out. Hair grows back...but boobs, not so much :) Feeling better about things today. Can't wait to get this over with!
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