The woman's breasts will not stop growing because of the mysterious condition that has stunned doctors and has not allowed her to work or move without crutches
- Lam Phrai Si Nuan, 46, suffers from unbearable neck, shoulder and back complaints
- The Thai woman noticed that her breasts grew rapidly around nine months ago
- Condition has confused doctors, but they have excluded cancer cases
A woman is unable to walk without crutches due to a mysterious condition that has caused her breasts to grow out of control.
Lam Phrai Si Nuan, of Thailand, suffers from unbearable neck, shoulder and back problems due to her gigantic bosom.
According to local reports, the 46-year-old woman must wear a heavy cloth behind her neck to support her breasts.
She first noticed that her breasts were growing three years ago, but said they started growing exponentially about nine months ago.
Lam Phrai Si Nuan, 46, suffers from unbearable neck, shoulder and back problems and is forced to wear a heavy cloth behind her neck to support her gigantic bosom
Mrs. Lam Phrai, from a village in the Phitsanulok province, claims that doctors were unable to diagnose or treat her.
But doctors at the Phutthachinarat hospital have excluded cancer tumors, Phitsanulok News reports.
She is scheduled for a thorough medical examination on July 19 – but fears she will not be able to pay the bill because her and her husband are both unemployed.
Mrs. Lam Phrai is now appealing to the public for financial support, according to a report from a local journalist.
She first noticed her breasts getting bigger three years ago, but said she started growing exponentially about nine months ago
The 46-year-old is unable to walk without crutches and her giant breasts put constant pressure on her backbone
She is currently stumbling around on wooden stools and the weight of her breasts puts constant pressure on her spine.
Doctors have not yet diagnosed Mrs. Lam Phrai.
Breast hypertrophy – one of which is gigantomastia – is a medical condition that can cause breasts to grow.
It is rare, according to the US Department of Health, but there are no estimates for the number of women it has.
It can cause skin to stretch, which can sometimes lead to ulcers. The condition can affect both breasts, or in some cases only one breast.
WHAT IS GIGANTOMASTIA?
The rare condition whereby breast tissue is abnormally enlarged rapidly.
The condition is usually diagnosed when the breasts weigh more than 3 percent of the total body weight.
It is thought to be caused by an increased sensitivity to female hormones prolactin, estrogen and progesterone – or an abnormally elevated level of these hormones in the blood, or both.
Sometimes it occurs naturally during pregnancy, but usually the breasts shrink again a few months after the baby is born.
Breast reduction is usually offered to most patients in order to reduce the size of their breasts to be more proportionate to their body.
Surgeons say it can reduce discomfort in the back, neck and shoulders, while also improving sleep quality and helping with uncertainties.
Studies have repeatedly shown that the condition, which often develops in adolescence, can be harmful to the mental health of teenage girls.
Figures are unclear about how often the condition occurs, but it has been labeled as rare in various medical reports.
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