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My breasts are quite large, 36G/GG, I have to wear 3 bras while exercising and have really bad back and neck pain as well as dents in my shoulders.<br><br>
I'm going to speak to my GP as soon as I can get in to speak to her about a breast reduction surgery, but I'm wondering if anyone has any advice? I've been told that it's possible to get the surgery on the NHS if you fit certain criteria. This is something I've been thinking about for a long time now, 3 years.<br><br>
My parents have said that if we can't get the operation on the NHS we'll find another way, but I don't want my parents to have to shell out nearly £5000 for a surgery to make my life easier. I don't want to have to ask anyone that can't really afford to help to help.
 

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It's not completely related, but regarding the procedure itself on a different scale, you could look up twinfools on youtube. He's FtM, so it's not the same, and he's in BC, but nonetheless it might be interesting.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KfehabeLao" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KfehabeLao</a><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyq5QgeP8dQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyq5QgeP8dQ</a><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVRT64L1XzA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVRT64L1XzA</a><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QTJSJ_CcoQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QTJSJ_CcoQ</a>
 

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I had a breast reduction surgery in high school (I was an I cup). I had some serious back and skin issues related to my breast size, and was able to get the surgery totally covered by health insurance. I am not sure how NHS works in the UK, but if you are experiencing back and neck issues, there may be a good chance they will cover at least some of the cost.<br><br>
If you are feeling really uncomfortable, I say go for it. Getting the surgery was one of the best decisions I have ever made. You will have lasting scars, but they fade with time and aren't that noticeable. It just makes such a huge difference in your level of comfort... after I got mine done, I was able to exercise much easier and I lost a lot of weight. The recovery isn't bad, I didn't take any pain meds except for the occasional Tylenol. Taking time to clean the stitches can be challenging, and a bit gross, but worth it in the end. Also, you won't be able to lift anything for a while, which may be inconvenient depending on what you do for a living or if you have kids.<br><br>
A lot of people will frown on cosmetic surgery, but in this case it can greatly improve your quality of life.
 

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I don't have any personal experience but the NHS website has a bit of info about how you go about things, incase you haven't seen it: <a href="http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Breast-reduction/Pages/Introduction.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Breast-...roduction.aspx</a><br><br>
Goodluck, I hope it works out for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I had a breast reduction surgery in high school (I was an I cup). I had some serious back and skin issues related to my breast size, and was able to get the surgery totally covered by health insurance. I am not sure how NHS works in the UK, but if you are experiencing back and neck issues, there may be a good chance they will cover at least some of the cost.<br><br>
If you are feeling really uncomfortable, I say go for it. Getting the surgery was one of the best decisions I have ever made. You will have lasting scars, but they fade with time and aren't that noticeable. It just makes such a huge difference in your level of comfort... after I got mine done, I was able to exercise much easier and I lost a lot of weight. The recovery isn't bad, I didn't take any pain meds except for the occasional Tylenol. Taking time to clean the stitches can be challenging, and a bit gross, but worth it in the end. Also, you won't be able to lift anything for a while, which may be inconvenient depending on what you do for a living or if you have kids.<br><br>
A lot of people will frown on cosmetic surgery, but in this case it can greatly improve your quality of life.</div>
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Thanks for this. The scarring doesn't bother me as I know it's just one of those things I'd have to live with. It would be amazing to me to finally be able to exercise properly again. It's actually something I enjoy but the movement of even dancing hurts my chest, and that's with the 3 sports bras. No kids here, so that's a good thing lol.<br><br>
I've got my appointment on Thursday in the morning. I know I'm over the weight requirement at the moment, by 10 lbs, but I'm confident enough that I can get that off before I would even see a consultant.
 

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I have pondered it before and I'm a D-cup! I can totally understand why you would want it done, I often have back problems if I don't 'support them right' or sit correctly throughout the day! not to be nosy, but, are you overweight or within normal range? a bit of weightloss would take a bit off of them, and would make surgery perhaps easier if you have a little to lose. A friend of mine went from an F to an E even before the surgery and it worked well because they were able to take off about another two cups to bring her down to a C easily.
 

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Yeah, I'm just over the limit for the surgery, so I need to lose 10 pounds before I can have surgery.<br><br>
I have been losing weight and so far have lost about 10 and no change in my boobs. If anything, they've gotten bigger :/<br><br>
My biggest problem is that I can't even sit correctly. I am in such agony if I straighten my back that I'm living on painkillers at the moment.
 

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I am sorry your in pain with this and don't feel bad if you have to reduce them. Its your health and body and life, no one should tell you what you do.<br>
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I'm quite lucky that my family and my boyfriend are very supportive of this. My parents have said that if I do not get approval on the NHS even after I have lost the weight that they will try their hardest to help me fund the operation.<br><br>
Personally, I think it's more than worth it for a better quality of life. I'd much rather pay my parents back for years than to keep living with this constant pain. It's just waiting for the decision from the GP for now, but I'm pretty sure that she's going to tell me that I need to get under the BMI limit before I can be referred.
 

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I toy with the idea from time to time. I doubt I will though.
 

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Yeah, I'm just over the limit for the surgery, so I need to lose 10 pounds before I can have surgery.<br><br>
I have been losing weight and so far have lost about 10 and no change in my boobs. If anything, they've gotten bigger :/<br><br>
My biggest problem is that I can't even sit correctly. I am in such agony if I straighten my back that I'm living on painkillers at the moment.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> I'm so sorry, I know that <b><i>sucks</i></b>. One note I probably should have mentioned- I still have some back issues today. I think some of the damage is relatively permanent, but working on core strength will really help with back pain. I wish I had started that a lot sooner after my surgery, but I didn't know. Some pilates paired with yoga after you heal might be a really good idea.
 

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Thanks hun. Core strength is definitely something I'll work on as soon as I've had the surgery. I'd be happy with a reduction in the pain tbh. Anything is better than waking up in agony!<br><br>
Oh, and I know the perfect classes for pilates and yoga...my local gym holds them about three times a week.
 

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Just got back from the GP and she is going to refer me. She was unsure of who she had to send the letter to, so she was going to find out and the referral letter will be sent out tonight. I'm quite pleased with this as she didn't say no and that was what I was expecting. She was really nice and I found out that my weight is under 190 which I thought was impossible (my scales said 196) so my BMI is only 30.6 so not that much to lose I don't think.<br><br>
Looking forward to getting a letter now, whenever that happens and seeing what they say.
 

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<span style="font-size:xx-small;">Congrats on the referral! Mine are approaching the size you have - 36DDD/F, and I know, it sucks. I think the only reason I've been able to bear it at all is because I'm 5'9", so at least I have an overall larger body to help me carry it. If you're like most women, I assume you're not quite as tall. =P<br><br>
My advice to you would be to definitely try to lose weight. Ten pounds may not make a difference right away, but twenty or thirty could. I was a C cup at 135 pounds. Then I went on the pill, and I due to an injury several months later, I gained some weight, putting me at about 153-155. And boom, DDD/F cup. I know that some of the weight is from the pill, but I'm hoping that if I can take the weight back off, and maybe even get down to 130, I'll get down to a DD, and if I'm super lucky, a D!<br><br>
If you have nationalized healthcare (I live in the US, and I envy you), I'm assuming it could take awhile for you actually get the procedure scheduled and done anyway. So you have nothing to lose in the meantime by trying to shed a few.<br><br>
Please note I mean the above advice in the most respectful way. And I sincerely hope you get some pain relief. It's not a fun way to live.</span>
 

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I've considered it, too, and I'm only a 34/36-DD. Admittedly I'm only 5'3" so that's a lot. So I can definitely understand why you want/need to do this! Congratulations on the referral from your GP! A lot of people seem to think the bigger, the better, so it can be hard (I think more for men than for women, but that's a generalization), and of course we know that's not true. So good for you for going for what you need!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>xamorphia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2934934"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Congrats on the referral! Mine are approaching the size you have - 36DDD/F, and I know, it sucks. I think the only reason I've been able to bear it at all is because I'm 5'9", so at least I have an overall larger body to help me carry it. If you're like most women, I assume you're not quite as tall. =P<br><br>
My advice to you would be to definitely try to lose weight. Ten pounds may not make a difference right away, but twenty or thirty could. I was a C cup at 135 pounds. Then I went on the pill, and I due to an injury several months later, I gained some weight, putting me at about 153-155. And boom, DDD/F cup. I know that some of the weight is from the pill, but I'm hoping that if I can take the weight back off, and maybe even get down to 130, I'll get down to a DD, and if I'm super lucky, a D!<br><br>
If you have nationalized healthcare (I live in the US, and I envy you), I'm assuming it could take awhile for you actually get the procedure scheduled and done anyway. So you have nothing to lose in the meantime by trying to shed a few.<br><br>
Please note I mean the above advice in the most respectful way. And I sincerely hope you get some pain relief. It's not a fun way to live.</span></div>
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I know what you mean about weight, but I was a D cup when I was 14 and 120lbs so I don't think it has much to do with that lol. Yeah, I'm only 5'6 so it's not that bad, but its still not the easiest.<br><br>
According to what I've read, the maximum amount of time you're supposed to be on the waiting list is 6 months, so if it goes through, hopefully it'll be swift.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I've considered it, too, and I'm only a 34/36-DD. Admittedly I'm only 5'3" so that's a lot. So I can definitely understand why you want/need to do this! Congratulations on the referral from your GP! A lot of people seem to think the bigger, the better, so it can be hard (I think more for men than for women, but that's a generalization), and of course we know that's not true. So good for you for going for what you need!</div>
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Thanks. Oh, I know. A lot of my friends are asking why I'd consider it, but they are small chested and don't understand the pain.
 

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Trust me, have it done. I had a reduction at the beginning of this year and it is the best thing (apart from going vegan) I have ever done for my health and well-being. I feel fantastic. Sure, I have scars, but I also have less back pain and can actually do aerobic exercise if I feel so inclined. Also? My boyfriend loves my new breasts. DO IT!
 

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I know that it's going to be something that I'm going to do *yay* but the boyfriend brought up children the other day and breast feeding, so that's going through my mind at the moment. I'm not sure if I want to breast feed, but I think I'd like the choice. I don't want to rush into a decision, do you know what I mean?<br><br>
But then on the other hand, I don't know if I could deal with my boobs getting bigger during pregnancy and breast feeding :/
 

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I would love to get a breast reduction (Unfortunately money, and probably weight are keeping me from doing it) so I say if you have the chance then take it!<br><br>
I understand how you feel about breast feeding though, is there any possibility of being able to breastfeed after the surgery is done? Even if not, I think it'd be worth not having to deal with the pain, you'd be better able to take care of your hypothetical children without all that pain keeping you down <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Discobanditt</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2930281"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I had a breast reduction surgery in high school (I was an I cup). I had some serious back and skin issues related to my breast size, and was able to get the surgery totally covered by health insurance. I am not sure how NHS works in the UK, but if you are experiencing back and neck issues, there may be a good chance they will cover at least some of the cost.</div>
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Out of curiosity, what skin issues are you referring to?<br><br>
I'm a 6HH - 6J (depending on brands), which is a UK 28HH - 28J (are UK and US sizes the same?) so you can imagine it's ridiculously hard for me having such a tiny waist but not so tiny cup size. I know that weight doesn't affect my cup size because I've put on a lot of weight lately - I used to weight 42kg now I weight 55kg (that's going from roughly 90lbs to 120lbs!) and my cup size hasn't changed.<br><br>
Money isn't really an issue for me (luckily) because I'm pretty sure it'll be covered by my private health insurance, and if it wasn't my mum would be plenty happy to pay for it. I think though, I've honestly just been putting it off because it's a little scary. I mean, I wouldn't really like the idea of scarring, and also does anyone know what the recovery time is like? I might sound like a big baby, but the pain frightens me and also (seeing as it would make quite a big difference to my appearance) it might be awkward explaining it to people that noticed... I've also wondered whether it looks natural, and whether you get a choice as to how much smaller they go? I mean, picking a size is a really odd thing! I wouldn't know which size to pick!
 
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