Has anyone got a breast augmention??

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   Posted 1/8/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Im looking into getting it done, and i wanted to know if anyone else with lupus has had it done and if there were any issues?

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   Posted 1/8/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I seem to remember a lady some time back who had implants and was having lupus symptoms and thinking it was possibly related to the implants. I'm sorry I don't remember the details. I would highly recommend you seek sound council before you do it. Any procedure can cause a flare. Also, steroids can delay your ability to heal. Be careful! Judy

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   Posted 1/8/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard about that, but nothing has said that it is proven that it causes it. maybe it was the surgery its self. I had a child 18 months ago and gained alot of weight, my breasts went from a B to a D over night then with in a few weeks back to a B. Well i have lost 30 lbs in a few months im guessing form the lupus because doctors cant find anything else wrong with me but I can not even wear normal bras, i have to wear sports bras and im ashamed for my husband to see me nakes so were not really haveing sex which was a cause of us seperating.

I normally wouldnt want to do a breast augmention but with lupus and the depression I want to do something to make me feel better about my self.

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   Posted 1/8/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
This is something that would need to be discussed with your rhuemy. He/She would have a lot of insight on how it might affect you, what they needed to watch for during and after the procedure. I read your last post and it sounds like you might need a new rhemy...I would find a doctor you trust and like, get your symptoms under control, and then consider the procedure!

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   Posted 1/8/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Honey, i'm not advising you one way or the other, however, i'm sorry to say that a breast augmentation is probably not the answer to the depression and low self -esteem you are feeling. You have just been diagnosed with a chronic illness. You are taking medication that can contribute to these feelings. You could benefit from a close friend/confidante, pastor/clergy, psychiatrist/counselor or trusted family member to talk out your feelings and what you and your husband are going through. This is not about your body alone...it multi-faceted for both you and your spouse. You may benefit from antidepressants if you are not already taking them. MANY of us have, are or will deal with depression OFTEN and feel self-concious about our bodies and the impact of this disease. GET SOME HELP...you are NOT ALONE!!! We know how you feel and how isolating and lonely this disease can be. I am going to be praying for you. I know others on here will read this and pray for you too. Hang in there. Judy

p.s- give the steroids time and you prolly wont need an augmentation after all! ;0)

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   Posted 1/8/2010 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Be very careful with your health. As others have mentioned, usually rheumies tell us to avoid all unnecessary surgeries -- I've even been told not to have laser treatment to lighten sun damage.

Often even the required surgeries send us into flares -- bigger flares than we've had previously!

It's no fun having an autoimmune disease, and some of the things we have to give up for the sake of our overall health suck.

The person MJLD was talking about had implants for several years. She had done a lot of research and concluded for herself that removing them might have an overall positive impact on her lupus & her health. I don't recall what kind of implants she had, and I don't think she ever reported back about whether the removal helped her or not...

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   Posted 1/9/2010 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
surgery doesnt seem to impact my lupus to much at all, in june I went to my GYN with a lot of lower abdomin pain (before we know about the lupus) he thought that it was endometroisis, and although there was a little in there he saw that there was a lot in inflimation which is how we found out i had lupus. that was a lyproscroptic surgery. I have no issues at all with that surgery, and i was having a flare because shortly after that my positive ANA came up. I have no idea how it did not cause any issues having a surgery with a flare but some how it worked out for the best.

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   Posted 1/9/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I would remove both of my breasts if it meant that I could have the last six years back and feel good again. And I can promise you that as much as my husband likes my breasts, he would too. There's no way that I would ever risk anything that could even minutely, possibly affect my lupus in a negative way. Just because one surgery didn't hurt your lupus is no guarantee that another will. And lupus symptoms don't necessarily come right after breast implants. Often it takes years for symptoms to come up.

I know you'll think long and hard about this decision because you came here looking for answers, but I urge you to seek sound advice from competent rheumatologists.

Good luck.

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   Posted 1/9/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had it don't know who has but I am sure some women. I would suggest that you get counseling before you do anything to your body. I'm sure you realize big boobs won't fix your relationship. Not to mention sounds like hubby could use some counseling too. You know I got weird when I had my son. and I didn't want to have sex for the longest time. I don't know if you ar just embarrassed aout how you look or if you have no desire to have sex with your hubby. If he was that concerned about you he could save up the money and the two of you could work together about what you want to do.
I sure wouldn't do it for anyone but me though.
I would go work out at a gym long before I did anything else. Not to mention I am sure you are quite beautiful just the way you are. Boobs or no boobs.. That's not what makes a person beautiful.
I have been fortunate to meet so many people on this forum and I have only seen a couple of them. But I can't begin to tell you how beautiful everyone here is to me.

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   Posted 1/10/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
"I am so grateful i dont have things as bad as other people. I can tan and stuff the only effect the sun has on me is my eyes."

This is a quote from one of your other posts. Keeping this in mind, I wanted to suggest that maybe you really think about the surgery, and seek counsel before proceeding. If your lupus is mild, then the last thing you want to do is aggravate it.

Also, you mentioned that your ANA was positive after surgery. Is it possible that the surgery caused the +ANA? Sounds like your rheumy might want to explain things a little more clearly so that you can make the best decision for your own body.

Also, I am sorry that you and your husband are having problems. Having a young child is not easy, combine that with a life altering illness and this will test any marriage! Perhaps you could take your husband with you to talk to the doctors so that he better understands what is going on.
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   Posted 1/10/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I plan on fully talking to my doctors before I make a decision o n weather I want the surgery or not. My husband is in the airforce and works in a weird department so most of the time he can not get off work for my appoitments, its been hard. before we seperated we tried marraige couns. but that did no good the man was totally biased, he told my husband infront of me that it was ok to spank our daughter as long as he doesnt leave any bruses, when i was talking about not wanting him to spank her. I think that man had a little to do with our seperation. He was someone threw the airforce, i think next time we go threw a marraige couns. ill request a referal off base!!

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   Posted 1/10/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a breast reduction (G to C)  done just when I was diagnosed with Lupus. I had decided on this years before and had decided I would do it after having my children. The surgery and recovery did not present a problem. My only caution would be the reason behind the augumentation. It is not a quick fix to relationship problems nor to your depression. I suggest you deal with the underlying issues before embarking on the surgery. Healthy eating, exercising and managing my Lupus is where I started. 

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   Posted 1/10/2010 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
years ago when I was in high school I always wanted to model. When I found out I had lupus I wanted to hurry up and try to do it before my lupus got to bad so about a month ago I went and had some professional pictures done and they came out real bad, I cant wear bikinis or anything. I got my body shape back from having my daughter but me breasts werent as lucky haha. There is many reasons for me wanting the surgery not just because of my husband but also for my self. I feel if I get this done shirts will fit better and ill br able to do some modeling before my life is over ran. I have had a hard time with the lupus so far, just as it started getting under control the pharmacy I use was closed for the holidays and I got snowed in and couldnt get my RX, I am real clastrofobic and was stressed bad with being snowed it...I mean we could not open the door bad... I went 2 weeks before I could get my rx and then had a flare.
I was told that im going to need a historectmy soon because of the inflimation in my cervix and other reproductive organs so i will not be able to have any more children, I kinda wana do my dream before it is to late...if that doesnt sound retarted...there are many reasons that I want a augmention but I am deff going to talk to my doctor and my surgen before I make any final decisions because that is the last thing i need is for the lupus to get worse.
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