Boobfilter: Help me get rid of my not-so-lovely lady lumps!
September 13, 2012 6:26 AM Subscribe
I know YANMD, and I'm not looking for a medical opinion. What I am looking for is your experience using holistic/folk/natural remedies to reduce or reverse fibrocystic breast disease and/or fibroadenomas.
Has anything actually WORKED for you?
Background: I am a white female, age 47, still menstruating. I have always had lumpy breasts, to the point where I felt doing breast self-exams were pointless because there are so many lumps I wouldn't know a cancer lump from any others. Also poking at my breasts is generally somewhat painful. I was relieved to find out in my early 20s that it's a condition called fibrocystic breasts and is fairly common among Western women.
I started getting mammograms at age 40. From the start, there was a general reaction of "whoa, lots of cysts" from medical personnel. About two years ago, during a manual breast exam, my doctor found a peanut M&M size lump in my left breast, 1 o'clock position. She also noticed a thickening in my right breast, 11 o'clock position. She told me she thought they were fibroadenomas, and I had core something-or-others that confirmed that. FYI, after that I have been diligent with the breast self-exams, since having a doctor find a lump that size without my knowledge was pretty embarassing. Also, I found out there is usually a noticeable difference in the way benign lumps feel/move versus cancer lumps that finally made breast self-exams seem worthwhile, even though they are still painful.
Yesterday I went for my yearly mammogram. I don't know if it's because I'm currently having my period or what, but my breast tissue caused quite a stir. Reactions ranged from "what a mess" by the mammogram tech, to "you must hate having mammograms" by the ultrasound tech, to "your breasts are very busy" by the radiologist.
I was quite offended by these comments, but I'm over that now and I've decided to do whatever I can to reduce or reverse these conditions in my breasts to sort of "show up" the medical folks next year.
Googling last night produced mainly holistic approaches. Cutting out caffeine and chocolate will be tough, but I can do it. Other recommendations were iodine supplements, as well as other vitamins/minerals/herbs, but these all seemed to be from sites selling those supplements, so seemed questionable to me.
In college I remember a professor talking about her experience in Asia. Apparently fibrocystic breasts are such a rarity in Asian women that she had a round of doctors coming to feel her breasts so they would know what they felt like. I assume this was in a medical setting, lol. She seemed to think it was due to differences between the Asian and Western diets.
Sorry for the long post. Bottom line up front: have any lady me-fites had a successful outcome reducing or reversing breast cysts or fibroadenomas without surgery?
Thanks in advance . . .