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05/23/2010 07:00 AM

Update on Breast Reduction Surgery(page 3)

mimsy317
 
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I had breast reduction surgery 3 weeks ago. I also suffer with FM so I know things take longer to heal for us. But, there is already, almost immeidately, a significant improvement on my back, neck and shoulder pain. I suggest seeking another doctor and going for it. There was absolutely no pain afterwards from the surgery.
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05/23/2010 07:59 AM
april27
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update: i ended up having a breast reduction in july 2009 Smile going from a 46F to a large C. the surgery didnt go well at all the doctor snipped an attery during surgery and didnt know it until i was in recovery and my husband noticed my right breast kept swelling, one nurse told him it was normal but he kept being persistent on having them check me, then i started gushing blood out my incision was rushed back into surgery to fix the artery. so recovery was really long process due to amount of blood loss and 2 surgerys but it did relieve some of the headaches and neck aches i was having, then in dec 2009 i found out i also have fibromyalgia and arthritis. so some days it can be really painful and other managable.

05/23/2010 09:08 AM
santos63
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I have known 3 women to have breast reduction, and all three were very thrilled and very satisfied with the results. Plus it did alot to help their self image , and decreased their pain monumentally.

05/23/2010 09:27 AM
april27
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i love my results too Smile i am so happy i had it done even though the surgery and recovery were tough i feel better about myself. it had def. helped. the FM is enough to deal with without the added strain from heavy breast. Smile god bless

05/23/2010 11:51 AM
Rainmist
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I was a 38L would you believe.... seven pounds taken off from me too. I saw two jerks before I found the right guy, and he was a jerk too but he was a very good surgeon, and interested in doing it for pain relief, not cosmetic reasons, and I figured the most time I'd ever have to spend with him, I wouldn't have to be awake anyway Wink I had to lose 2 stone before surgery to prove it had nothing to do with weight, and surprise, they found I had very fibrocystic breasts when they did the surgery, I could have got down to six stone without it making a difference. I was a 38c when I first had the surgery, which settled at a 38d and has stayed there. I'll add too that there are several ways of doing the op and as I was so huge, they did the most invasive one and it took 5 hours, so this is probably a worst case description.

I was in hospital four days, and it was about 5-6 weeks full recovery before I was totally comfortable, back to normal and driving etc. While the hospital staff weren't used to people with this surgery having real actual pain rather than discomfort, I expected to and did. As you say, fm people don't recover fastest and pain is often a bigger problem. BUT. Really. The pain was well managed with meds, and I talked to the anaethetist before hand and I wasn't diagnosed at that point so could only say I knew I didn't handle surgery well from a knee op 6 months earlier where the pain control was awful and got bad, so he planned from the start to be managing pain properly and staying on top of it. The pain was nothing like as bad as the orthopaedic pain of the knee surgery, it's soreness and bruising which does improve as the bruises heal. With the high level meds 24 hours for the first 10 days and then at night for another couple of weeks, there was never a point of not being able to handle it. The worst really was trying to sleep at night as I don't usually sleep on my back and you have to for a couple of weeks as that's the only way you're comfortable.

My back pain, my main reason for surgery, was hugely improved from the day of the surgery, I noticed the difference by the time I was fully conscious. While it wasn't the most comfortable 2 weeks after surgery, and I sorted out 6 weeks leave so I really had the recovery time needed, four years on I haven't for a moment regretted having it done and just wish I'd done it years earlier. The scarring is really minimal, I can barely see a thing, dressing and finding clothes is easier, my body image is far better, and the back pain is hugely better.

I know it's scary, I spent about ten years working myself up to seeing a surgeon, getting put off, giving up and going back to crying in cubicles when I tried to buy clothes. I went round and round on that cycle. I have had a good experience though, and the result for me has really been worth everything. Nor was it nearly as bad as I expected.

If you'd like to PM me and ask any questions please do, and you really do have my sympathy, I know how hard this is

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Rainmist

Post edited by: Rainmist, at: 05/23/2010 11:59 AM


05/23/2010 01:08 PM
raynedae
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Wow, I'd never even heard of "L" as a cup size...at DD I'm in a lot of pain and was trying to lose weight to qualify for the surgery when I was with a former HMO. My then employer changed insurance carriers and the new one considered it "cosmetic".

For anyone considering it or any other surgery, make sure that you let the surgeon or anesthesiologist know you have fibro before hand...we need local anesthesia as well as general and opioids after for several weeks after, according to the doctors at the conference I attended yesterday...and not OTC or tylenol 3s!

I had knee surgery several years before I was dx'd and I couldn't believe how bad it hurt. Didn't help that I lived in a 2nd floor apartment. I went back to work way too soon as I'd just landed a job and wanted to prove what a dedicated employee I was....I was an idiot.


05/23/2010 01:51 PM
Rainmist
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lol I was buying heavy lifting equipment type bras from specialist catalogues, and if they'd had an M cup I'd have been wearing that! I kept one of my old bras just to remind myself how totally ridiculous it was.

(we need local anesthesia as well as general and opioids after for several weeks after, according to the doctors at the conference I attended yesterday)

What brilliant advice! Do you know if that is published anywhere, or could you give details of the conference please?


05/24/2010 08:56 PM
MissStacey
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I never knew an L existed, you learn a new thing everyday Smile I can definately see how it would improve at least some of the pain in your back, I am glad it was a success for all of you that had it done. Wink
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