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Hi everyone,

Before I found out that I might have an overlap syndrome, I was planning on having a breast reduction to help with my chronic back and neck pain. Now I'm wondering if that's a good idea. Obviously, I'll talk to the rheumatologist on April 9 when I see him, but just thought I'd toss this is out to all of you. My primary care physician thinks I should still go ahead with it because she thinks it will really improve my ability to exercise, something she says is really, really important in diseases like this.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Thanks!

Erin F

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Hi Erin,

I think if you want the surgery and your doctors and the surgeon okay it, go ahead. It might be good to do it now, because we never know how the disease will progress so if you're in good condition to do it, then go for it! I have a friend who had breast reduction before I met her; she has told me she's very happy that she had it done. I suggest asking the surgeon if he or she has operated on people with your condition(s) before.

Best wishes!

Karen

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Erin,

This is definitely one you should discuss with your doctors. I have a friend who had breast reduction because of chronic headaches and backaches and it did change her life. But she was very healthy at the time. If you are on immunosuppresants it adds to the risks of surgery, so please - talk to your rheumatologist about this.

Please let us know what you decide.

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Erin,

I hope you are able to have your reduction. I understand why you would but at the same time, I myself, would never risk rocking the boat. And as Janey said, especially if you are on certain meds. Your Dr. will probably have a strong opinion if it's not recommended. Hopefully though, you are not on immunosupressants and are free of lung problems.

I never understood why people get boobs...like my sister....I think the flatter the better...LOL.

Love,

Jennifer

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