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<p>Anyone on here have fibrocystic breasts? Mine are driving me absolutely insane these day. They just ache like crazy. I would seriously undergo some kind of surgery if it were available...</p>
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<p>Has anything worked for anyone on here? I need help!</p>
 

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<p>I have them and the pain is bad.  I am to the point of having a breast reduction because mine are very large, but also very sagging because they are so fiberous.  I go to the surgeon on Jan 5 to discuss my options.  I never thought I would consider reduction, but with the pain of having to use a very supportive bra to hold them up, I can't handle the back pain.</p>
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<p>They are also very sore during my period.  They have been like that for a long time.  Not sure if this has much to do with being fibrocystic, but they are painful for sure.</p>
 

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<p>Try taking Vitamin E daily for a couple of months.  I don't know why but it helps with the pain in many women with fibrocystic breasts.  It's not a cure all, and it does take time to work, if it's going to work, but for me it worked wonders.  The pain slowly got better (maybe a month or so after I began taking it, I began to notice a change) and after 3 months I only needed to take it before my period.  </p>
 

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<p>My OB wanted to try bioidentical progesterone b/c I was deficient when he tested me, vitamin E, and iodine.  But then I got PG so the E and iodine were out. </p>
 

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<p>I started on constitutional homeopathy remedies in the spring and they're pretty much gone now.</p>
 

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<p>I second the caffeine suggestion if it applies.</p>
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<p>Also, have you considered trying out not wearing a bra for a while? <a href="http://brafree.org/" target="_blank">This page</a> has a lot of info about one doctor's theory that bras and fibrocystic breasts could be related. It could be worth a try if nothing else is working.</p>
 

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<p>I switched from underwire bras to non-wire bras and have noticed a HUGE improvement! I have also taken several supplements over the years. The two that had the most effect were evening primrose oil (taken internally) and drinking tulsi tea. No way to know exactly what was the most effective or if just one was the key. I took the evening primrose oil (gelcaps) first and felt noticeable relief after a week or two. Then, I started seeing my Ayurveda practitioner and she gave me the tulsi tea. Along with other herbs and using rosewater (externally), we addressed several issues and I have been much healthier all around. She is the one who recommended switching bras, too. I was hesitant due to my size and wanting good support, but I found two wireless bras on clearance and they quickly became my favorite bras ever!!! I recently purchased another such bra and LOVE it! The brand I like is Warner, but there are others out there. You do have to hunt, though.</p>
 

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<p>Okay, I just read the FAQs on that brafree.org site. Halfway through, I literally yanked off my bra! <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>If my breasts feel this much better after switching to a less restrictive bra style, imagine how much healthier I'll be with no bra. I'll probably still wear a bra in public while I get used to the idea and while I figure out how much coverage I feel comfortable with, etc.</span>, but I certainly don't need one while I am at home. <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>DH & DD happened to ask me for gift ideas tonight, so I mentioned camisoles. Those were mentioned in the brafree site.</p>
 

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<p>I had a therapeutic massage today and several women in the spa all advocate going bra-free! How was I never clued into this before??? I've since spoken with a few more women and this is actually more common than I thought, at least in my area. I'm surprised, but I was raised rather conservative in regards to clothing. I was raised by my father. However, my mother was arrested for burning her bra in City Hall before I was born!</p>
 

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<p>Just thought I'd follow up to say... I've been nearly bra-free since the first day I posted on this thread and my breasts have never felt better!! I am amazed!  <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"> </span> The dense, lumpy spots have actually softened...</p>
 
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<p>wonderful update! </p>
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<p>My favorite naturopath and teacher (Robin Murphy) is a major advocate for breast health in general.  He says that breast massage and being bra free are the keys to breast health.  I'd throw iodine in there too...but regardless it's great information.</p>
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<p>I myself can't even begin to consider being bra free.  My breasts increased in size so much during pregnancy that they feel very....unwieldy.  I was a professional performer before having kids and am used to being taped.  There aren't many companies out there that don't do this so I spent most of my life with serious compression even though I was just a B cup.  Now I'm more like a DD and feel best with sports bras that compress.  Not great for health at ALL, but the alternative feels awful to me.  I have a hard time with movement, I guess.</p>
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<p>One more thing to strive towards for the year to come!</p>
 

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<p>Another update because I am just sooooo amazed!!! <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>I actually went out in public where I was spending most of the day with people I know without a jacket....without a bra. This is HUGE for me!!!! I even wore a body-skimming sweater (not tight, but not a loose flowy shape). No one noticed, or if they did, they didn't comment.</span></p>
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<p><span>I kinda doubt they noticed because my breasts (or probably the ligaments around them) have gotten stronger somehow by NOT wearing a bra. When I read about that on the brafree.org site, I had my doubts. I didn't mark a calendar, but I think it has been 3 weeks or close to a month of being mostly bra-free. I'm a 34D or 36C, depending on the style of bra, and my breasts have been sore and tender for YEARS due to lumpy, dense breast tissue and wearing underwire bras (poked me so much, left a deep bruise that HURT)</span>. Over a year ago, I switched to wire-free bras and that alone made a huge difference in my breast comfort. Going bra-free has taken me to a whole new glorious level! My breasts actually FEEL healthier inside and the elasticity and firmness on the outside is noticeably better.</p>
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<p>At first, I was literally going bra-free with nothing between my breasts and my shirt around the house. Some tops (most notably fleece) really irritated my breasts with direct contact like that. I dug through my exercise clothes and found the loosest yoga tops I had (with shelf bras inside) and started wearing those when going out instead of my wire-free bras, then I wore them at home, too (with layers over them). I only have two and one is an odd color that doesn't layer well, so I went shopping. I got a few different types of camisoles in different fabrics and different lengths. I discovered I prefer the cotton camisoles with no shelf bra inside the best and I like the shorter ones better than the longer ones. I tried a few cotton tank tops I already own instead, but I do like the skinny adjustable straps like bras have.</p>
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<p>So, all this is to encourage others who may have lumpy, dense uncomfortable breasts to try ditching the under-wire bras AND so say THANK YOU to the OP for bringing up this topic and to thank the ladies who have contributed to the conversation, especially <span class="pmenuShow on" id="user_pMenu-125878"><a href="../../../user/ursusarctos" id="user_poster_16116468">ursusarctos</a> for linking the brafree.org site!</span> <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I'm so happy reading this.  I did transition (only part time) to camisoles instead of bras and I can say it did make a difference.  And my breasts weren't lumpy to begin with.  But yes..the ligaments do seem to tighten up!  I also increased calc fluor cell salt to support the connective tissue.  I just now have to go shopping so I can make it a full time transition.  Thanks for the encouraging update!</p>
 

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I had fibrocystic breasts as a teen and my mother and all of my aunts did, as well (and still do). I wanted to go bra-free awhile back but live in a conservative neighborhood where I got a lot of weird looks. What kind of camisoles did you use? Are shelf bras, like in the Majamas shirts or other nursing tanks ok for going bra-free or does that go against the point? If I don't wear *something* I leak milk everywhere from the rubbing on my boob. lol
 

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I had fibrocystic breasts as a teen and my mother and all of my aunts did, as well (and still do). I wanted to go bra-free awhile back but live in a conservative neighborhood where I got a lot of weird looks. What kind of camisoles did you use? Are shelf bras, like in the Majamas shirts or other nursing tanks ok for going bra-free or does that go against the point? If I don't wear *something* I leak milk everywhere from the rubbing on my boob. lol</div>
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I can't wear a bra due to a compressed nerve (bra would cause intense painful back spasms). Haven't worn one in... 8 years I think. And Elizabeth, I went from a B+ before kids to an AAA.  I wonder why some people go up and some people go down. But when I had DD2 almost 6 years ago, I lived in the Majamas tank tops because they were loose enough that they wouldn't hurt my back, but there was something to hold the nursing pads so I wouldn't leak. I probably continued to wear them for a few months after she weaned. But I developed fibrocystic breasts less than a year ago, then a lump, and pre-cancer, etc. There are a lot of people on the breast cancer sites talking about iodine and how it helps reduce fibrocystic breasts.<br>
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I had fibrocystic breasts as a teen and my mother and all of my aunts did, as well (and still do). I wanted to go bra-free awhile back but live in a conservative neighborhood where I got a lot of weird looks. What kind of camisoles did you use? Are shelf bras, like in the Majamas shirts or other nursing tanks ok for going bra-free or does that go against the point? If I don't wear *something* I leak milk everywhere from the rubbing on my boob. lol</div>
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I can't wear a bra due to a compressed nerve (bra would cause intense painful back spasms). Haven't worn one in... 8 years I think. And Elizabeth, I went from a B+ before kids to an AAA.  I wonder why some people go up and some people go down. But when I had DD2 almost 6 years ago, I lived in the Majamas tank tops because they were loose enough that they wouldn't hurt my back, but there was something to hold the nursing pads so I wouldn't leak. I probably continued to wear them for a few months after she weaned. But I developed fibrocystic breasts less than a year ago, then a lump, and pre-cancer, etc. There are a lot of people on the breast cancer sites talking about iodine and how it helps reduce fibrocystic breasts.<br>
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see I wouldn't have ever said I was fibrocystic, but the reason I went up, I'm sure was estrogen dominance.  Any grains in my diet creates that dominance-and gluten is the worst.  The first thing that happens if I eat it is my breasts increase in size (along with my thighs.)  I do agree that iodine is a key nutrient for those that do have fibrocystic breasts.</p>
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<p>Interestingly enough...I worse a tight-ish bra last night to a dinner I had to attend and today my breast hurts.  Noticeably.   Don't know what to make of that...but I'm bra free today!</p>
 

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<p>When I was out camisole shopping, I saw the most interesting looking nursing camisoles. I wonder if they were what y'all are talking about? My DD is 9. I don't need anything nursing related, but those looked cool!</p>
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<p>I am improvising with a variety of camisoles:</p>
<p>1. I have a really cute black Prana yoga top that has gathers between the breasts and criss-cross skinny straps and a shelf bra inside. It is 95% organic cotton and 5% something stretchy (prob. spandex). I got it at the warehouse sale for $6 a couple years ago and it is loose for this style of top. I was pretty much living in that for a couple weeks recently!</p>
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<p>2. I have a pretty color (orchid) yoga top from the Marika warehouse ($5) that has skinny straps and a shelf bra inside with a regular scoop neckline. This has less cotton (probably some microfiber) and is borderline too big now. I love this for yoga at home, but it is an odd color to layer as a "bra" in the winter. (Our winters are mild, so necklines show and I don't wear a lot of dark tops.)</p>
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<p>I also have other exercise tops that are man-made fibers and thicker straps and they are much more fitted. From my reading, these would be fine for an hour or two of exercise, but not really the point of going bra-free. One of the main points I gleaned from reading a few places and talking to some local women is that our breasts are outside our bodies for a reason and one of the results of being outside the body (like men's sexual organs) is a slightly lower temperature in those body parts. Keeping our breasts tightly held against our bodies (bra or no bra) or wrapped in thick padding (hello miracle bra and its look-a-likes) increases their temperature. Plus, these same things restrict the natural movement of our breasts, which is critical to the lymphatic system. This is actually what prompted me to go bra-free because I already have known lymphatic system issues, so I want to minimize those issues and encourage healthy lymphatic processes in my body as much as possible.</p>
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<p>Anyway, so I went shopping for more camisoles after trying my 100% cotton tank tops as camisoles. I didn't like the ribbing (irritating), nor the wide straps. It was far more challenging than I imagined it would be!!! DD & I were at two malls that day. It was a mommy & daughter day geared more towards her, but we both knew the only thing I needed was camisoles. I had no idea it was going to be so time-consuming to find them.</p>
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<p>3. At JC Penney, I found the lingerie department to be HUGE and overwhelming. Three sections for women and no rhyme or reason that I could discern on why camisoles were in all three areas. I ended up getting two beige (matches my skin tone exactly, eliminating the nipple showing issue) super lightweight microfiber bralette-type items. They are sooooo comfortable!!!! They are sort of shaped like an exercise bra that goes over your head (no pieces of any kind to connect), but they have gathers between your breasts that add an amazing amount of definition (no uni-boob!) and the fabric is super lightweight. Pretty much zero support, which was my goal, but I am not sure how the company is marketing them because pre-bra-free I wouldn't look twice at these.</p>
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<p>4. At Styles For Less (which I never knew existed before LOL), I got two camisoles. One is light beige with skinny adjustable straps and is short and fitted made of 95% cotton, 5% spandex. No shelf bra inside, scoop neckline. It fits perfectly and stays put. Several I tried on at JCP rolled up from the bottom, which was very annoying!</p>
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<p>5. The other camisole I got at Styles For Less is a dark teal, which is a favorite color of mine, and is also 95% cotton, 5% spandex and has skinny adjustable straps, but it has a shelf bra inside and is super freaking long. Tunic length is what they call it. It covers my entire bottom and about two inches of my thighs. I have sewing skills or I wouldn't have purchased it. <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"> I'm not sure who wears this length or how exactly, but I plan to serge the bottom to the same length as the other one (#4). The deal was buy one, get one half off and I got the two of these for $11 total. (If they had more of the other one, I would have gotten two of those.)</span></p>
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<p><span>6-8. At Target, my DD found the camisole undershirts she was looking for....100% cotton pointelle with skinny straps (not adjustable) and just a tiny bit of lace in a package of three (2 white, 1 pink) for $5. I was lamenting not being able to find anything like this for women (I'd been searching many stores!) when I decided to look at the package details. The girls size 14-16 looked like it might fit according to the chest measurements, so I tried them on in the fitting room. PERFECT!</span> They are sooo comfortable (100% cotton knit is just so nice) and they provide a thicker layer between my nipples and the outside world, which makes me happy. That conservative upbringing shines through when it comes to my nipples showing, what can I say? <span><img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Now, I have plenty of bra alternatives that are super comfortable and cute. I still have my wire-free bras, too, and will wear them when I feel the need. I had already ditched most of my underwire bras, but found another lurking in the drawer and gave that away. The only one I kept is my one fancy 6-in-1 strapless, clear strap, regular strap, halter, everything underwire contraption from Victoria's Secret, but I'm not entirely sure why.</span></p>
 
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