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Post by Charlii on 19th January 2016, 10:02 am

Finally had my follow up this morning. He had a very respected specialist look at my mri results, and everything is healthy and clear. It did say there was some fluid, but he thinks that's a typo and is going to follow up and confirm. He's also going to confirm the placement of the implant, as the notes suggest it's sub glandular, as oppose to sub muscular, which is what I was told I had. We had a poke, and we're fairly certain they are sub muscular, but best to be 100%. If they aren't what I was told, then there's going to be some very angry phone calls to thg. 

So, nothing medically wrong, nothing obviously causing the pain. Which leaves a few options. One - take them out. Nope! Two - it could well be the weight of the implant on the left is rubbing against a nerve or something. The fact that there is more pain when unsupported suggests this. We could replace with a smaller or lower profile implant, but there's no guarantee that would work. Three - look into polyeurothane implants. If the pain is when I'm moving unsuppported, let's make it move less. Again, no guarantee. And four - do nothing and live with it. I like how they look, and if it's not medically necessary, and the pain is tolerable, then do nothing. 

Its a lot to think about, procedure wise, money wise. He seemed more open to operating on me this time, so that's good, and would use the furries if that's what we chose. But he didn't push anything, and told me to have a long hard think about it, as nothing we do will guarantee pain free. We mentioned the double capsule that Mr Richards had suggested, but the mri was so clear and in depth that it rules it out really. 

I'm still trying to get hold of my pcc at thg, they're not replying to my emails at the moment, so need to find time to ring them and pester for answers. But in the meantime, I think I'm just going to book a holiday instead!

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Post by Lucy106 on 19th January 2016, 10:17 am

Sounds like a brilliant idea- book a holiday!!!

Its a tricky one that only really you can decide as no one else knows the kind of pain levels you are experiencing.  Does it literally only hurt when unsupported?  If that is the case then I'd be tempted to leave it and live with it.  You are always able to wear a bra apart from short periods of time occasionally - but I understand it must be annoying.  At least now you know there is nothing medically wrong with it and that everything inside is looking good then this might subconciously make the pain less troubling for you.  I know with me, that if I have a pain that is worrying me and I don't understand what it is it almost seems to hurt more!

How odd that they've suggested the implants might be subglandular!  I'll be interested to hear but I very much doubt they are - THG would be in some serious trouble if they are anyway! xx
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Post by blush89 on 19th January 2016, 10:23 am

Hey Charlii

Wow, so lots to think about. How are you feeling overall? I can vouch for poly's as I think they are brill, yes they take a little longer to soften but I think the positives outweigh the negatives.

I know you've said before you didnt want to go any smaller, which is understandable. So are your main thoughts leave them or swap to poly's? I cant advise you other than say go with your gut. Yes, getting surgery again is going to be a HUGE pain in the ass. But you've done it before, and if it's a matter of a few crappy weeks of pain for the next 10-15 years of being happy I would consider it. 

Absolutely book a holiday! In situations like this you just need time to think. Might also help to just get a big sheet of paper and write all your options up. 

When life gives you lemons (or melons in our case), make lemonade (with gin!). Everythings going to be ok, just take some time out to have a think :) xxx
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Post by Carrierowland on 19th January 2016, 11:11 am

You've got a few options there !!!

I think if I was you and you are glad with the way they look and I no you say pain without support but if they are supported most of the time no pain.

I too think when we are in pain and we don't no why it seems worse. Now you no ruffly why hopefully it will ease. ( that's my theory)

Where are you going to go on holiday? Somewhere hot? Xx
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Post by mrskelly on 19th January 2016, 11:19 am

That's a lot to think about. I'm glad it's nothing medically wrong. You get your holiday booked and sit on it for a while xx
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Post by Charlii on 19th January 2016, 7:59 pm

It's not just when they're unsupported, it's when they move sometimes. So dificult to describe it really! Def need to sit with hubs and work it all out. I've got a year under thg to decide if I want to reop with them. Obviously any new op is open ended. Uh, too many decisions!

We're thinking about hiring a villa in Zante. Week of sunshine and a private pool :)

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Post by Twinky on 19th January 2016, 8:35 pm

Wow Charlii, a lot to mull over.
Sensible and fun thing to do...get the hol booked and see how you feel.

I would be tempted to leave it....now you know the pain isn't anything bad, but as Carrie has said, we don't know the level of pain.
It's you that has to live with it.
Just glad you have a good surgeon on the case.

Good Luck,
and have a wicked holiday off missy! dance  
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Post by BkozK on 19th January 2016, 8:57 pm

Gosh what a lot to think about. I can't say I have anything to add other than thankfully it's nothing medically wrong and totally agree a holiday in the sun is a great idea. A decision may seem clearer once you've mulled it over with your hubby. I second Blush's comment on the furries although I'm only 5 months in. Happy holidaying xx

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Post by Lucy106 on 20th January 2016, 8:43 am

I've been to zante years ago and it was gorgeous! Xx
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Post by CartoonUnicorn on 20th January 2016, 9:53 am

I went to Zante years ago, it was gorgeous! You certainly deserve that holiday!
I guess you have looked at herbal remedies? There are some great ones for reducing inflamation (I know this because I'm allergic to Ibuprofen and needed alternatives). Not saying that your problem is inflamation of course! I reckon a trip to a good herbalist shop might be worth a try. Avoid Holland and Barret though, try an independant one. Just explain everything to them and they should be able to recommend something. I didn't believe in herbal remedies until I had Rheumatoid Arthritis and the doctor told me I would be permanentely in a wheelchair within a month. I couldn't even get up or down the stairs. I went to see a herbalist as a last resort and after their advice I've been fine since. That was 7 years ago. My mobility returned to close to normal within 2 weeks. I rarely need to take the supplements now but they help out a LOT when I do need them. Just putting it out there :-)
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Post by Charlii on 20th January 2016, 10:14 am

I went as a kid, so it'll be nice to go back and do it with hubs. Plus Greek food is awesome!

I'm actually currently on steroids for juvenile arthritis, so can't currently take anything else other than paracetamol until we work out the best long term management for that. The thing is though, in the 2.5yrs, only once has it been painful enough for me to take painkillers, and that was what kicked off this wave of appts. Its more of a discomfort, and a nails on chalkboard kind of feeling. I wish I could describe it better!

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Post by Carrierowland on 20th January 2016, 6:25 pm

That's a party island!!! Greek salads are the best x

Have you ever tried Devils Claw? It's a herbal tablet and I really recommended it xx
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Post by Mammamia on 20th January 2016, 8:41 pm

Really pleased it's not anything medically wrong, although I guess it makes things more difficult rather than clear cut. Personally I would rather have pain than a reop with no guarantees.....but then I don't know how much pain you're in.

A bikini clad holiday does however sound like a perfect plan! Take your time, mull it over and you're figure it out.

Has your thg surgeon seen your mri results? I can't rememver if it was based on these results that he suggested a capsule problem or if you had the mri later on. If he hasn't, it would be good to see if his opinion has changed.
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