A WOMAN with size 32GG boobs claims the NHS refusing to give her a breast reduction op has left her battling an eating disorder.
Jenna Todd, 27, suffers excruciating pain every day and says she has spent the last 12 years begging medics for reduction surgery.
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 and has been rejected for the life-changing surgery twice.
Jenna says doctors keep telling her, her breasts will get smaller if she loses weight – despite her weighing just 9st 9lbs at 5ft 6ins.
She said one doctor even diagnosed her with body dysmorphia and suggested her back problem was “all in her head” – something she claims triggered her bulimia.
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.
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.
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 breast reduction surgery.
“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.”
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.
Despite losing more than two stone, still her doctor wouldn’t refer her for the operation.
Her cup size remained the same, but her GP prescribed strong painkillers, and told Jenna to try physiotherapy to manage her back pain.
She was finally referred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to see a plastic surgeon but said 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.
Jenna was bullied in school for the size of her breasts
“The next two years I was back and forth to the doctor, who kept 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 bingeing 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.
“I suffered with bulimia, on and off, until I was 25 and I never got any help from anyone other than my mum and dad.”
Jenna has been rejected for a breast reduction twice
At 21 Jenna was referred back to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to see a plastic 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 claimed.
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.”
The guidelines stipulate that boob reductions can only be carried out on the NHS in cases where a woman’s breasts are massive out of proportion. They’re also allowed if a woman has one much bigger than the other.
A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “The NHS does not undertake procedures which are requested for cosmetic reasons.
“Breast reduction is performed in very specific circumstances. Eligibility is based on specific Scotland-wide criteria.
“This does not include back pain as breast reduction is not a useful primary treatment for breast, back, neck or shoulder pain.
“This patient was reviewed by the vetting panel and unfortunately did not meet these criteria for surgery.”