My Newest Adventure

I absolutely abhor my yearly gynecologic visits. Most women do, I think. Unfortunately it was this last Thursday.  While all is well there, we did have a short discussion that I thought I would share with y’all.

As a woman gets older, it is common for her doctor to start estrogen replacement medication(s). Mine started a few years ago. Now when I started taking estrogen, I was told I may experience “a little swelling” in my breasts. I was fairly large busted to begin with (D cup) so I was really hoping this phenomenon would miss me.

Just my luck it did not. I am now 3 cup sizes larger (G cup) and all that extra weight on my chest is causing pain in my back, shoulders, and neck, as well as making it difficult to sleep, and causing posture problems.

My doctor and I discussed a breast reduction. She recommended a plastic surgeon for a consultation, and suggested that he may be able to get my insurance to cover the costs. I am nervous about the whole process and not looking forward to surgery, but I would be thrilled to be able to roll over in my sleep without worrying about a boob getting smooshed. (That hurts!) I would love to go to a store and buy a bra. (Special ordering bras sucks!) I would love to be able to buy a top that fits properly everywhere instead of having to get one 2 sizes too big just so it  fit over my boobs.

I know I am not the only person around with extra large breasts, or that may be considering a reduction for another reason so I thought it couldn’t hurt to chronicle my journey in this area here for any who may be interested. I will be back with more after I see the plastic surgeon. So far I have been to chicken to call him but I will have it done by the end of next week.

In other news, my rheumatologist has decided to send me to a neurologist. so we’ll see how that goes as well. The last time I saw a neuro he basically said I don’t have MS, and sent me on my way. I don’t hold out much hope with this one either, but maybe he’ll be the one to figure this out. Maybe he won’t get frustrated and just give up like the rest of the many specialists I have been sent to seem to have done.

Wish me luck!

Shelli

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