Hi, I am back on the boards after a very long time. Things have not been going at all well; in fact, the future looks extremely bleak but that's not why I'm posting today. I want to thank the people who are writing about breast reduction. If I don't have one I will go out of my mind. My breasts are so heavy and huge that my body takes a size 12 while I have to wear clothes that are 2 sizes bigger just to fit me. One of the many pleasures I had was wearing cutting edge fashion clothes and costumes when I am able to attend any of the horror/thriller conventions I used to enjoy so much (they even have a costume contest). Now whatever I put on makes me look like a cow--not kidding. My hubby will vouch for that. I won a beautiful velvet dress on eBay to wear to a wedding on Saturday and, as usual, it fits beautifully until it hits the chest area. Even my hubby said "oh my God, can't you strap them in! It would look gorgeous if only your breasts were smaller." (He's not cruel, I asked him to be blunt.) Larger sizes look like tents on me. Due to my conditions I can't wear anything--even a strapless bra. My last attempt resulted in me almost vomiting and passing out from the pain. So I just hang there looking just awful. I could go on but here's my problems: 1)money (of course) No insurance except Medicare and I'm sure they will not pay anything. They'll say "lose weight". Please tell me how to do that when I have Fibro and RSD, cannot wear any kind of breast support due to excruciating pain, and waking up with migraine like headaches almost daily. We are way too poor and just paying off my hubby's $10,000 dental bill and surgeons want their money up front. 2) My RSD doctor is against it and one surgeon already told me she wouldn't operate on anyone with RSD. Yes, I know there are risks but that is a "maybe". The pain and weight brought on by my breasts (plus not being able to wear suitable clothes and exercise properly) are already "givens". What the surgery will do is an unknown. I am willing to take the chance. If anyone has any experience in this or suggestions, please post. I had a breast reduction in 1981 but that was before all the horrible changes in my body took place. I am about ready (and came very close to) just doing some self surgery--yes, it's that bad. I am 35 inches around my ribcage and my breast size is DD at least. Sorry to go on and thanks for just reading this.