A WOMAN with size 32GG boobs claims the NHS has refused to give her a breast reduction to ease her back pain – despite the pain causing her to become bulimic.
Jenna Todd, 27, suffers excruciating pain every day and says she has spent the last 12 years begging medics for reduction surgery.
SWNS:South West News Service Jenna claims she has been to more than 100 doctors’ appointments to ask for a breast reduction
The nursery nurse claims she has had more than 100 doctors’ appointments in the last ten years about her breasts and has been rejected for the life-changing surgery twice.
Jenna says doctors have continued to suggest her breasts will get smaller if she keeps losing weight – despite being only 5ft 6inches and weighing a slim 9st 9lbs.
She recalled how one doctor diagnosed her with body dysmorphia and suggested her back problem was “all in her head” – something she claims caused her to have an eating disorder.
Jenna, who lives in Glasgow with boyfriend James Harvey, 27, said: “The back pain I experience every day is excruciating but I have been left to feel like this is how I should feel.
SWNS:South West News Service The nursery practitioner says she is in excruciating pain every day because of her boobs
“I have been the target of every lad joke from the age of 13, leaving me embarrassed and insecure.
“I just want to have a day where I have no pain and don’t change my outfit over and over again because I can’t hide my chest without making myself look larger.
“I’m exhausted from trying everything from exercise, physiotherapy, diets anything advised making no difference to my pain.”
Jenna says she was bullied at school and was even given the nickname “T-O-Double-D” by cruel classmates.
SWNS:South West News Service Jenna said she was left bulimic trying to lose weight in the hope it would make her boobs smaller
“Boys at that age don’t think they are bullying you, but the constant comments were hard to take,” she said.
“Because of my last name, I got the nickname ‘T-O-Double-D’ – it was so horrible.”
Jenna went to her GP with her mum at 16, when her back problem began, to try and get referred for a reduction.
“My back was constantly sore, I didn’t want to take part in sport and I always felt embarrassed,” she recalled.
“But the doctor said I was too young for major surgery and even said some girls would kill to be in my situation.
“He said I should try and lose some weight and it should reduce the size of my chest.”
SWNS:South West News Service Jenna said finding bras to fit her can be really difficult
When she was 18 Jenna went on a diet and dropped down to just 8st 5lbs, but her chest stayed the same size.
She lost over two stone but he cup size remained the same, so her GP began prescribing strong painkiller and suggested physiotherapy to manage her pain.
When she was 18 Jenna was finally referred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to see a plastic surgeon but says she was told to talk to a psychiatrist first.
“I explained I had tried to lose weight as the doctor said, how I felt about my chest, and the pain I was in,” she said.
“After half an hour she had decided I had body dysmorphia.
“I knew I didn’t – I felt happy with the rest of my body, it wasn’t in pain. I just wanted to have my breasts reduced to help with the pain in my back.
“So I was denied the surgery because they claimed I had body dysmorphia, yet they didn’t offer me any help or counselling for it.
SWNS:South West News Service Jenna was bullied in school for the size of her breasts
“The next two years I was back and forward to the doctor still saying the same thing about my back pain, but he only ever offered me a constant supply of painkillers.
“I started to think they were right and began telling myself if I just keep losing weight maybe they will get smaller.”
During this time Jenna developed bulimia, which saw her spiral into dangerous routine of binging and purging her food.
Her weight plummeted to just 8st.
“I was trying to bring up everything I ate, and once my mum and dad caught on to it I started taking laxatives – around two a day.
“I suffered on and off my bulimia until I was 25 and I never got any help from anyone other than my mum and dad.
SWNS:South West News Service Jenna has been rejected for a breast reduction twice
At 21 Jenna was referred back to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to see a cosmetic surgeon.
She claims they took pictures of her without her bra on and noticed her right breast was significantly bigger than her left.
But they refused her for surgery saying her body is in “perfect proportion”, Jenna claims.
Jenna, who struggles to find bras to fit her, says it’s her dream to be able to walk into a “normal shop like Primark” and buy a bra.
“I have been left with dents in my shoulders from bras that don’t fit and it’s a nightmare to find any that do,” she said.
“When I find a bra that fits me I wear it to death, so I end up spending between £50 and £70 each month on bras from places like Bravissimo and Boux Avenue.
“I struggle to find bikinis that fit me – I spend about £200 a year buying specialised ones.”