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hack my hard, dense, lumpy fat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 02, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Hi all-

I am 27, 5'5", now 130lbs. I have fibrocystic breasts. I had my first GYN exam at 18 and was told this then. After that initial GYN exam, I started my self-breast exams, and since then, I have been hyper-aware of the hard, lumpy, dense fat in my breasts (family history of deadly breast cancer---on both sides). Never paid any attention to the rest of my body.

At my heaviest, I got up to 210lbs and then got fed up and made the change and lost 80lbs in the last year+ going paleo/primal. In the past few months, I've noticed that the hard, lumpy, dense fat that I've seemingly always had in my breasts exists EVERYWHERE in my body. I randomly noticed it in one place and then found it everywhere I have fat on my body. It could've been there for years and I just never knew it. But, for those women out there with fibrocystic breasts, the fat all over my body feels like that. And is painful like that. And I wouldn't call it cellulite---I have that, too, and it looks and feels different than what I'm talking about.

The bits of fat that I'm talking about are smallish, generally marble-sized in diameter, but flat, not spherical. Anyone know what it means to have this kind of fat? Could it somehow be related to years of icky trans-fat consumption? Is it normal? Just the symptoms of the last little bit of stubborn body fat? Any other insight?

Thanks :)

Amanda

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on August 17, 2012
at 09:52 AM

Yup. Iodine is terrific for so many skin issues. I had a weird skin issue on my face that my dermatologist couldn't diagnose. It was healing, but veeerrryyyy slowly. After writing the comment above, it reminded me to try iodine on the spots and it made a noticeable difference. Some areas have healed. Can't tell you why, but it works wonders on the skin, besides the PCOS benefit.

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I am taking kelp flakes and adding other seaweeds to soups in an effort to ensure that I'm getting enough iodine. Were you just using the kind of iodine you find in the first aid aisle?

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Yikes...did some reading on Decrum's, definitely not that. These lumps are tiny, and when I say painful, that's only when I'm really pressing on them.

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on May 02, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Huh. I did a little reading about enlarged adipocytes and most things say they are associate with obesity and diabetes/insulin resistance. I'm thin now, but the subcutaneous fat that I have left is hard and lumpy. Are they just remnants from when I was obese? I'm just trying to figure out if it's something I should be concerned about or not.

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on May 02, 2012
at 12:49 PM

I haven't ever noticed a change in hardness. All the GYNs I've seen have told me it's "normal" to have this type of breast tissue, that you can't do anything about it, it's hereditary, etc. The only things I consume in your list is alcohol (sometimes) and red meat, and I can't imagine giving it up! Grass-fed beef is my staple meat.

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on May 02, 2012
at 12:04 PM

I don't think they are lipomas. What I've read about them is that they are generally much larger than what I have. But what can you tell me about treating lipomas?

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on May 02, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Are you saying you have lipomas? They are treatable.

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on May 02, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I highly doubt grass-fed meat is contributing to the problem. Conventional meat, maybe.

You sure they're not just enlarged adipocytes?

D69d10c3b22d75b09a12f0ebfc7c61b9

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on May 02, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Huh. I did a little reading about enlarged adipocytes and most things say they are associate with obesity and diabetes/insulin resistance. I'm thin now, but the subcutaneous fat that I have left is hard and lumpy. Are they just remnants from when I was obese? I'm just trying to figure out if it's something I should be concerned about or not.

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on August 13, 2012
at 06:24 AM

I used iodine topically on some skin problems for a long time (skin problem went away) and I noticed that my breast were less lumpy. I read up on it and found that iodine was used to treat PCOS.

Easy enough to test. Just put a little on your skin daily - anywhere, I never put iodine on my breast - and see it it makes any difference after a few weeks of use.

Good luck

D69d10c3b22d75b09a12f0ebfc7c61b9

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I am taking kelp flakes and adding other seaweeds to soups in an effort to ensure that I'm getting enough iodine. Were you just using the kind of iodine you find in the first aid aisle?

Medium avatar

(3029)

on August 17, 2012
at 09:52 AM

Yup. Iodine is terrific for so many skin issues. I had a weird skin issue on my face that my dermatologist couldn't diagnose. It was healing, but veeerrryyyy slowly. After writing the comment above, it reminded me to try iodine on the spots and it made a noticeable difference. Some areas have healed. Can't tell you why, but it works wonders on the skin, besides the PCOS benefit.

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on August 13, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Maybe Dercum's disease

D69d10c3b22d75b09a12f0ebfc7c61b9

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Yikes...did some reading on Decrum's, definitely not that. These lumps are tiny, and when I say painful, that's only when I'm really pressing on them.

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on May 02, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I have fibrocystic breasts, too, and this lumpy fat. My docs seem to think it is lymph related. Do you notice a change in the hardness of the lumps? My ob/gyn recommended a reduction of caffeine, red meat, soy, and alcohol. When these factors are cut out, my lumps "soften."

D69d10c3b22d75b09a12f0ebfc7c61b9

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on May 02, 2012
at 12:49 PM

I haven't ever noticed a change in hardness. All the GYNs I've seen have told me it's "normal" to have this type of breast tissue, that you can't do anything about it, it's hereditary, etc. The only things I consume in your list is alcohol (sometimes) and red meat, and I can't imagine giving it up! Grass-fed beef is my staple meat.

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