Differently painful

Ow! Ow! And thrice ow!

Just when you think you’re used to something being a right pain (and a left pain, too, come to that), the experience shifts and changes, becoming a different sort of pain altogether.

The last few weeks have been marked by seriously sore/achy breasts. This week, the feeling has focussed…come to a head, so to speak, with breasts fine…and nipples about as sensitive and hurty as two very large spots. Wonderful – in time – I s’pose.

Just that they are sore enough for anything, from rolling over in bed to a light brush from a blouse to bring forth a yelp of startled pain.

Oh, I know. This is absolutely what I wanted, so I should pipe down and keep quiet. Take this as my contribution to public health: a compare and contrast for any other trans women going through the same thing. I understand that its never quite the same: everyone experiences this phase differently.

A constant, though, is that the early stages seem to be marked by a fair bit of pain as your boobs get up to speed. As my GP put it: if they’re hurting, that’s good.

Ye-es. That’s re-assuring, sort of.

Now, if anyone has any suggestions for creams, potions or anything else to make them stop hurting quite so much for a bit, that would be very welcome.



4 Responses so far »

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    andrea said,

    ~20-30 drops of the tincture of cleavers, another common weed, works wonders. This plant, also called “goose grass” was used as a black tea substitute by the colonists. The dose may be repeated every hour or up to 6 times a day.

    ~ Women who get a lot of calcium and magnesium from their diet (leafy greens, yogurt, and many herbs are rich in these minerals) have less breast tenderness. Increase the minerals in your diet with a cup or more of red clover/mint infusion daily.

    ~ Large cabbage leaves, steamed whole until soft, and applied as warm as tolerable, can be used as a soothing compress on breasts which are sore and swollen.

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    Lucy Melford said,

    Mine have never really been more than slightly tender. So don’t knock the agony!


  3. 3

    Rebecca said,

    Paracetamol and aspirin, alternate two hourly (paracetamol 9, aspirin 11 etc.), decent quality padded bra, if really desperate those gel-filled eye mask things.

  4. 4

    janestheone said,

    breast pads, as sold for nursing mothers. I remember mine being really uncomfortable when I was 13 and they were just putting in an appearance.

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