Hi Chick, I think I'll go the GP route as the breast unit is where I got a prosthetic But didn't use a mastectomy bra and found it uncomfortable) when I got pregnant and when I was breast feeding, but that was 9 yrs ago so things may have changed. Just disappointed in the nurses as all I was asking for was advice. Thank you, Nicci x
Hi Treeze , a crop top might be worth looking at, especially when in the house The pain I get just shoots through randomly and I have felt at times that I may have been better with an implant and left my back alone. I'll go into Marks and see what they've got.
Hello again Nic,
Oh great minds think alike! I was going to say prosthetic but I thought it may seem stupid so that's why I said about padding out the bra.
So, forget the BCNs. Get hold of the number of the Prosthetics/breast prosthetic Department at your hospital and see if you can make a direct referral/discuss on phone. If no direct referral allowed, then ask GP to do it. It still may be good idea to see GP and ask for a plastics review.
That sounds a good idea using a mastectomy bra. By the way, if you need and don't want to pay through the nose for them, Asda do a great selection online.
Hope it all works out well for you
Chick 🐣 X
Thanks Chick. I didn't have an implant just the muscle from my back. I did think about a mastectomy bra and just fill the pocket and I thought the nurses would be able to advise me as my natural breast would be heavier than padding and my reconstruction. I'd wondered about a prosthetic to give a bit of weight to hold the bra down a bit. I was sure I couldn't be the only person they've come across in this situation. I think my only option will be the gp, it just seems a waste of an appointment .
I am not going to be much help but I just saw your Post and I did not want to bypass it. This must be so uncomfortable for you.
The only thing that I would advise is, if you have not yet been to the GP then make an appointment and see if they suggest anything or refer you for a review. Don't discount things without even trying due to possible cuts etc. Did you have LD flap with implant - as I would have thought a review would be due after 12 years if an implant was used.
I don't know if it apt for you, but to redress the balance for the time being, is it possible to wear a larger bra to the size of the natural brest and use padding in the other side? Sorry if that sounds a bit dumb.
Best of luck to you,
I had my sugery 12 years ago and still get nerve pain through my reconstruction, down my back and through my arm. I had a LD flap reconstruction. I can move the reconstruction as the nerve still functions. My natural breast has gotten bigger with weight gain and hormone changes. It pulls my bra so far over that the other side can be seen at the v neck of my uniform. I'm not sure who to go to for advice. When I phoned the breast care nurses at my local unit they said they don't deal with people so long after treatment and I'd need to go to my gp and request a plastic surgery review. I know that with NHS cuts any further surgery may be seen as uneccessary. I phoned Maggies and their support group meets once a month when I'm working. I'm finding this more and more embarrising and upseting. The pain comes on suddenly and catches my breathe. I work with public which doesn't help. Just don't know where to go next.