M.H. asks from Crown Point, IN on August 05, 2009
Breast Reduction - Crown Point,IN
I am interested in getting one. I am looking for tips on how to get started. I also want to get my insurance to pay for it. My back, neck, and shoulders hurt on a daily basis. I get headaches also. I can go on and on...but, if you have large breasts you know my story. I am wondering what was your experience and did you have to lose a bunch of weight? I am no skinny minny, but have gained weight over the years. I am in NWI so if you have a surgeon that would be useful as well.
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N.Z. answers from Chicago on August 05, 2009
I am very large breasted...I know what you are going through. I can't wait to be done having kids because that's when these are going bye bye. Are you done having kids for sure? My dr. told me it is useless to get it done if you aren't. If you are, then go to your primary and tell them the difficulties you have been having with your back, etc. Ask them about getting a reduction and see what their opinion is. Go from there, check with your insurance, and ask your dr. straight up about having insurance cover it. OH and about the weight loss, I believe they try to have you lose some weight beforehand, because they want to see if with weightloss your breasts will naturally reduce.
E.S. answers from Chicago on August 05, 2009
I had looked into it and the insurance wouldn't cover it so I gave up temporarily. Anyway, the weight was one reason.. I am not a skinny minny either, but I have always been a size G, just the number before that has changed over the years! Biggest reason was that I am not one to go to the doctor so my constant aches and pains weren't documented. I was told by the surgeon that I would have to start documenting the pains with my GP and also probably seek chiropractic care to help with it and then come back to him. I don't have time for all that so I have given up temporarily and take a lot of advil! I'm sure all insurance carriers are different, so you would have to make a go of it yourself. My insurance at the time was BCBS. Good luck!
B.P. answers from Chicago on August 07, 2009
I had a reduction and absolutely loved it! I would highly recommend it. I didn't have the weight issue so I'm not sure about that. As far as insurance covering it mine did. At my consultation with the doctor he read over a "checklist" of symptoms---if you had a certain # or more it was covered. I would recommend finding a surgeon and having a consultation where you are not obligated to anything. You can then ask all of your questions.
D.K. answers from Chicago on August 05, 2009
Before you look into changing your body so drastically, maybe talk to a chiropractor. I got serious relief from headaches & back troubles from a standard chiropractor & accupuncturist. Then got really super results from an NUCCA chiropractor, you can search NUCCA online and see if there's one near you.
I had looked into a reduction, too, and learned they take your nipple off to do it, then put it back on as a decoration, you can't use it to lactate and it may not have any feeling to it afterward. It would be a last resort to me, but then things may have changed since then, a lot has!
But seriously, consider a good chiropractor, insurance companies cover it more and more, and it's a much less invasive way to cure your problem.
Good luck to you!