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Sore breasts?

My breasts have been gradually more and more sore over the past 2 weeks. I actually can see that my left girl is significantly larger, more swollen, than my right girl. I'm not currently sexually active, yet have been on the Depo Provera shot for about 3 years. I am 19 years old and in my first semester of college, so Hello, freshman 15! Besides a slight, slight weight gain, (I am about 5'7 and 130 lbs.), I have had no other changes. I've done self breast exams, and I would go to the doctor but I have NO INSURANCE. I read caffeine could be a cause to sore breasts, and I drink my usual few cans of diet coke a day. Yes, I know, diet coke is bad in itself, but I do no believe these things are related. Also, if it's of any importance, I'm vegetarian.
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681148 tn?1437665191
Is there are reason for the Depo shots, like hormonal treatment?  My first guess would be that you're responding badly to the hormonal changes that Depo is meant to do.

Is there a hospital in your area that generally people go to who have no insurance that writes off certain low-income patients' bills as charity?  There is one in my area that does do this.  When I was not much older than you, I had to go a couple of times for treatment of some sort when I had no insurance and no other access to health care.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for all hospitals, but they do all have to take you, whether you have insurance or not.  There are also urgent care type of clinics that have to take you whether you have insurance or not that would at least be less expensive than the hospital emergency room.

How much soy do you consume as a vegetarian?  Unfermented soy products are very bad because they have a phytoestrogen effect on the body.  Most soy is GMO, which is worse.  Even if it's organic, it's no good if it's not fermented in the traditional manner.  Tofu is still NOT properly fermented to remove this phytoestrogen effect.  The last thing you need is the added estrogen load.  Many vegetarians who have consumed large amounts of soy have ended up with having such a severe body response to the overload that they have ended up being allergic to multiple foods, including the other legumes which have none of these phytoestrogen effects.  So, they clearly could no longer be able to continue to be vegetarian because of this, since there was no way for them to get sufficient protein to be healthy.  Once this allergic response happens to the body because of the soy, they have had to learn exactly just what all has soy added to it, including things people don't think of, like cosmetics, personal care products and nutritional supplements.  Nutritional yeast has soy and/or MSG, so either way it ends up being out for all these people who end up having severe reactions to having had all that soy overload in the past.  There have been cases of vegetarian mothers who consumed massive amounts of soy protein who gave birth to babies with birth defects because of the phytoestrogen effects.  Baby boys suffered the most obviously, because they were born with holes in their little scrotums that had to be surgically repaired immediately after birth as an emergency.  Girls end up suffering later when they hit puberty.  So, yeah, the majority of soy products actually need to be avoided with severe prejudice before you end up suffering the consequences and wouldn't be any longer able to continue to be a vegetarian.  And, yeah, definitely worse than the Diet Coke.

You know the Diet Coke is bad.  You probably know most of the reasons why people say that it's bad.  You know, you could actually lower your risk from the bad effects from the Diet Coke while saving money.  Black tea is generally safer than most green tea.  The problem isn't that green tea doesn't have valuable health benefits, the problem is that most green tea has lead in it that has something to do with the way that the tea is processed.  So, actually, if you're wanting to save money as well as reduce your caffeine intake, switching to black tea would help.  It takes three cups of tea to obtain an equal amount of caffeine as what is in a single cup of coffee.

By the way, I got this sort of information from reading the newsletters from Dr. Mercola.  While it's true that he doesn't think anyone should be a vegetarian and he explains why, that isn't why I'm directing you there.  I'm not trying to tell you not to be a vegetarian.  I'm trying to protect you with valuable information that could at least allow you to continue to be a vegetarian before the consequences or circumstances hit you so severely that you can't be a vegetarian.  And, too, Mercola does explain more thoroughly about the soy issue and why it is so important, especially for vegetarians.  He also explains about the small 1% of soy product that is actually a safe soy product that he himself consumes daily.  It is a Japanese product called Natto.  
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Thank you so much for replying! I did get the Depo Shot originally because I have been sexually active. My point was to imply that I am definitely not pregnant. There are low income hospitals around, I live in Dallas (ha ha), but I do not want to waste time or resources that could better someone else. I do not eat a ridiculous amount of soy, now has the amount changed hardly any over the past 7 years. I have also been tested (negative) for a soy allergy before. And Diet Coke, I've tried to give it up. It seems an inevitable bad habit (if not my worst.)

So what, in simpler terms, do you think it could be? I'm sorry, I'm currently enrolled in college and exhausted at this point in the day and have no means to comprehend fully what you're trying to say. Soy is the cause, do you believe? I believe it could be puberty, sadly. I have been a B cup my entire life and genetics didn't promise me much else, but I'm also breaking out badly, as well.

I might just call the clinic where I get my Depo from and see if it is necessary for them to do an exam or ask their opinion.

Again, thank you very much for taking the time out to respond. Feel free to respond again! I am still worried about it, and still too dense to comprehend.
681148 tn?1437665191
All I know is that the majority of soy on the market is GMO and unfermented soy has phytoestrogens.  That means this form of soy is plant that has an effect on the body that makes the body produce more estrogen than what is normal.  That means a combination of the hormones from the Depo and the phytoestrogens from soy can have a bad effect on the body.  I'm not saying that's for sure what the problem is, but it's a reasonable suggestion as to what the problem is.

I'm not saying that I know what is causing the rash, but soy allergy is common.  That doesn't mean there isn't a different sort of allergy causing the rash.  Maybe even an allergy that started from the Depo.  Since you're not sexually active at this time, you shouldn't need to take it just now either.  These seem to be the things that might be the most obvious in the way of allergic responses to me.  Anyone can develop an allergy of any sort at any stage of life, too.

Yes, for sure go back to the the clinic.  At least they will work on a sliding fee schedule when someone doesn't have any insurance of any kind.
681148 tn?1437665191
At some time in the future when you aren't stressed out or worn out, you should look up the information I mentioned before on Dr. Mercola's website.  He clarifies what I was trying to explain about things like soy and most of it being GMO and the unfermented soy products not being good for you.
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