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  #1  
Unread 11-10-2003, 01:26 PM
Got Milk?????

Ok...so here I am at 7 weeks post op...

Recovery going pretty good as far as feeling better and doing a bit more each day.

But...last week it was granulation at my 6 week post op and today I started lactating from both breasts.

I know it has to be hormonal as I've never had kids and had the TAH/BSO on 9/26/03.

I've had other surgeries in the past where things just weren't quite normal after they opened me up and my mom swears that I've never been normal...we both had to laugh about this lactating thing.

I have called the dr. and am just going to keep the appointment that was previously scheduled for Thurs. I've read a few other threads where others have lactated as well so I'm not freaking out nearly as bad as I was when I first noticed it.

Guess I just needed some girl talk!

Thank ya'll for being there!
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Unread 11-10-2003, 03:51 PM
Got Milk?????

Yes, this can happen when our hormones get disrupted.
It is comforting that you have your dr. appointment so soon, so you can talk about it.
Possibly the dr will suggest checking your prolactin levels.

.... but it is rather unnerving isn't it??
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Unread 11-10-2003, 04:01 PM
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Cheryl,

How do they go about checking the prolactin levels?

The thing that I am wondering is if the milk will dry up on its own. I have heard so many stories about people suffering through their HRT trials and errors.

I feel like my dr. hit the HRT dosage on the nail with mine as I'm not having any of the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, etc. If at all possible I don't want that changed.

Thanks for any answers you can give.
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Unread 11-10-2003, 04:08 PM
Got Milk?????

They check prolactin levels with a simple blood test.

Just to let you know, I had this problem start up in a mild way quite a long time ago - and I actually still have it.
I have a thyroid problem, and I don't know if it is related or not. My endocrinologist wasn't too worried about it.

there are some threads on this.....(I did a search for breast and discharge)....

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sea...on=showresults

Usually this is not a big deal, but I would mention it to the dr, you will feel better hearing what the dr has to say.

(I'm off to bed now (I don't live in your time zone!) will check in tomorrow!
cheers,
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Unread 11-12-2003, 05:23 AM
Prolactinoma

I suffered with this for 20 years and have been monitored regularly from bloods to CT and MRI scans.
It would appear that since my op the condition has disappeared and I have been discharged.
This causes infertility in women, but I guess as you've had the big H that's not an issue for you. But do mention this condition to your doc as if there is any swelling on your pituitary gland it too in turn can press on the nerves to the eyes= headaches etc.
Do not just put this down to hormones, but please get it checked. Nothing about it hurts, neither is it life threatening.
Let us know how you get on.
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Unread 11-12-2003, 09:07 AM
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Laughalot,

Wow...thanks for the information. I'll be sure to have it checked out on tomorrow at my dr. appt.

I appreciate all the info I've received!
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Unread 11-12-2003, 09:19 AM
Got Milk?????

Sheri,

What is granulation? I've not heard of this term.

Thanks,
Carla
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Unread 11-12-2003, 09:32 AM
Got Milk?????

Carla,

The best I can explain it is when you start healing from the outside in rather than from the inside out. This can happen with other surgeries as well.

In some instances the incision starts healing over the top of the sutures/stitches.

To treat this the dr. usually goes in with silver nitrate which cauterizes the tissue causing it to heal normally.

My dr. didn't seem to be overly concerned about it. He says it is common and that I didn't do anything to cause it...it just happens sometime.
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