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So Im 5'2 used to be 230 lbs and now I'm 156lbs (goal 120) but my breasts didn't shrink at all. Not even a centimeter. My doctor told me to try weight loss first before breast reduction and I get that so I have. But nothing now except them causing me a neverending amount of pain and numbness and tingling. It feels like absolutely no bra I buy offers any kind of legitimate support. They are so heavy and bothersome I almost wanna cry about it. It's causing issues in my shoulders, my hands, my chest, my elbows, my back, my breathing, how I walk, what I can wear. Everything in my closet doesn't fit right and every day I'm trying on 80 different shirts just to try and be comfortable at all at work. It's gotten so bad I've barely moved or done anything outside of work. I plan on seeing the doctor again about this but even if I do the process to actualy get reduction (and if it's even covered :/) will take many months and probably longer than usual because covid as well. I do exercise a lot bc yes I count my job as that because I'm on my feet 9 hrs stocking. So I have gained muscle a lot and tried that to help but it hasn't either. Please does anyone have anything I can do in the meantime I'm losing my fucking mind. and if I don't get approved or covered idk what I'm going to do. I don't want to live like this forever.

So Im 5'2 used to be 230 lbs and now I'm 156lbs (goal 120) but my breasts didn't shrink at all. Not even a centimeter. My doctor told me to try weight loss first before breast reduction and I get that so I have. But nothing now except them causing me a neverending amount of pain and numbness and tingling. It feels like absolutely no bra I buy offers any kind of legitimate support. They are so heavy and bothersome I almost wanna cry about it. It's causing issues in my shoulders, my hands, my chest, my elbows, my back, my breathing, how I walk, what I can wear. Everything in my closet doesn't fit right and every day I'm trying on 80 different shirts just to try and be comfortable at all at work. It's gotten so bad I've barely moved or done anything outside of work. I plan on seeing the doctor again about this but even if I do the process to actualy get reduction (and if it's even covered :/) will take many months and probably longer than usual because covid as well. I do exercise a lot bc yes I count my job as that because I'm on my feet 9 hrs stocking. So I have gained muscle a lot and tried that to help but it hasn't either. Please does anyone have anything I can do in the meantime I'm losing my fucking mind. and if I don't get approved or covered idk what I'm going to do. I don't want to live like this forever.

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If you are stocking you almost certainly have developed repetitive motion injuries in your upper body. Some of this is likely due to the way you move to cope with your chest size (avoiding certain movements in particular, trying to support your breasts as you support carrying items, etc.) but it is literally inevitable that stocking will cause or exacerbate a lot of the problems you name.

(I had a warehouse job for a while, then did stocking for a few years, I now do unloading/stocking as part of my job now.)

I do think physical therapy is in order and even if it doesn't get rid of your pain entirely, it can help you cope in the meanwhile with the demands of your job until you can find a better way to manage the pain associated with your breasts.

For what it's worth, I am a J+ cup and I don't wear a bra anymore but that was its own journey that I can talk about if you are interested. I often recommend mild to moderate compression garments (i.e. those worn as sportswear) to women for whom bras aren't working-- either by themselves or under/over a bra. This might be reasonable if you are stocking as it's an intensely active job and like the suggestions about corsets, they distribute the support throughout your torso rather than on your shoulders or around your ribs.

One thing I did while I was binding which I think is a relatively harmless trick is that you can wear a sports bra backwards under another sports bra/compression garment. If you're not actually aiming to bind this trick will simply keep your breasts in place instead of hurting you. It helps hold things "down and out" which is actually the natural position of your breasts and lets your full pectoral muscles/ribcage support their weight against your body, instead of forcing them "up" or flattening them like pancakes directly against your chest. The bra strategy-- i.e. "up" or pancaking-- I think can cause pretty bad nerve-y type pain from your nipple up through your "tail" of your breast into your armpit during movement as it tends to fold or smash larger breasts against themselves.