WELCOME TO HEALING BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

 

This site was created because it is the information I wished was concisely available to me while identifying and recovering from my own breast implant illness.  Experience is the foundation of wisdom and may the words of this site benefit you.  Please be advised I am not a medical or legal professional and this website is in no way medical or legal advice (please see LEGAL for complete website disclaimer information).  It does not take a medical degree to understand that two large bags of toxic chemicals implanted in the chest will cause profound illness.   Please be advised that this website is protected under copyright law.  It cannot be copied, distributed or exhibited in whole or part without permission.

The focus of this website is not about proving how unsafe breast implants are but rest assured all the information and more than you want to know including the science is here in BREAST IMPLANT SAFETY .  Unfortunately, no matter how much information comes to light about the negative health consequences of breast implants, implants are a trend and there will be many cases of breast implant illness in the future.

Rather, the focus of this website is on the timely identification of breast implant illness and then guiding you toward steps whereby you can possibly recover your health.  The body, when treated well, has an amazing healing and regenerative capacity.  Trust in your body’s ability to heal. 

It is not a matter of if you will get sick, it is a matter of when you will get sick, as breast implants cause endocrine and immune system dysfunction and steadily deteriorate in your body since the first day of implantation and silicone particles and toxic chemicals in the silicone interact with your body tissues and systems.  All types of breast implants cause illness, none are safe and especially not the cohesive gel implants which contain very aggressive chemicals.  How do breast implants cause illness?  What is silicone toxicity?  What are the symptoms of breast implant illness? Please see BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS .  I  had many of these symptoms and women who have breast implant illness have these types of symptoms and perhaps others depending on the progression of the illness and the type of implants they have.

Unfortunately, you will not get help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor and especially not from your plastic surgeon.  This illness is not acknowledged by the medical community yet.  In fact, the medical community clings to the false belief that silicone and breast implants are safe.  Your plastic surgeon may even deny breast implants cause illness or refute your symptoms in order to avoid liability.  Mine did. Plastic surgery is big business built on silicone and breast implants are their greatest source of revenue.  Plastic surgeons will refuse to admit that breast implants are unsafe and will actively refute the truth with their junk science in order to protect their cash cow.

Many woman suffering from breast implant illness are misdiagnosed with other diseases that have similar symptoms and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms.  Some women will go on to develop serious diseases and even die because their breast implants are not removed in time.  Don’t waste your precious time on misdiagnoses. Time is of the essence to your health.   You know what is right for you. Your body is telling you that the implants and the toxic chemicals in silicone are poisoning you.  Trust your inner wisdom. 

After identification of symptoms of breast implant illness, the next and most important step is timely and proper Explantation (removal).  Check out EXPLANT which goes into details you need to know.  Proper removal of your breast implants as quickly as possible is the most important step to your recovery.  Breast implants should be removed En Bloc (in a manner which does not contaminate you) and with a Total Capsulectomy.   You may hear differently from your plastic surgeon.  He may attempt to talk you out of removal and instead suggest replacement or a different kind of implant because he wants to make more money.  He may delay or refuse booking a removal.  Mine did.  He may tell you that a Total Capsulectomy is not necessary.  Mine did.  Do not believe this, in fact, we suggest not going to your original plastic surgeon for removal unless he readily acknowledges breast implant illness, silicone toxicity and insists on a Total Capsulectomy and is experienced at removing implants En Bloc. Here is a list of world wide plastic surgeons which are known to explant breast implants properly EXPLANT SURGEONS.

After proper explantation of breast implants, the next step is elimination of any bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and detoxification of the toxic chemicals and heavy metals which have built up in your body due to the implants. Because breast implants significantly impair the immune system certain opportunistic organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites can take hold and without elimination of the overgrowth of these organisms many women will continue to have symptoms after explantation.  Please see DETOXIFICATION for steps and suggestions to assist your detoxification process.

Thousands and thousands of ladies have breast implant illness and as such we created a Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where you can chat with many other ladies who have been through the same symptoms, finding a surgeon, surgery, recovery, detoxification and healing.  To go to the Facebook group, you can click on the Facebook button at the end of any page of this website or go directly here to the SUPPORT GROUP.

Under RESOURCES we have compiled supports, tools and educational information which will contribute to healing breast implant illness.  Step by step you can heal.  

We welcome your comments and questions via the contact form below or directly to info@healingbreastimplantillness.com.  There is no need to login to leave a comment or question on this site.  Recent comments, after approved, appear first. Every question  will receive a reply.  Best wishes in your recovery,

Nicole

 

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452 thoughts on “WELCOME TO HEALING BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

  1. Caroline

    Hi!
    Thank you for this website. Do you know the prices for European doctors? Also when you write “recommended”, what is it based on?
    Thanks
    Caroline

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Caroline,
      No I don’t know the prices of explant in Europe however, I will add them if they are shared with me. Recommended means that ladies have recommended their surgeon to me to add to the list. Nicole

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  2. Ellen Reynolds

    Just wondering how long ago this was written.
    I need to have mine taken out because I’ve been sick for years
    and suspected the implants and no one will listen to me about it,
    meaning the Dr’s. I have never been able to afford to have this
    done and wanted to know if the $5,000.00 was a total bill.
    Thank you,
    Ellen

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  3. Ann

    So in regards to Mercury fillings …I have one ….does it need to be removed first or can it be done have explanation surgery?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ann,
      You can remove your one mercury filling after your explant, make sure you go to a dentist that is knowledgeable about the proper protocols for removing mercury safely from your mouth and follows them. Nicole

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  4. Samantha

    I have breast cancer and i have been treating it for the past 2 years. I went for different therapy sessions, took different drugs but there was no cure . Until i contacted a doctor that treats cancer and he sent me cannabis oil (marijuana) and gave me instructions on how to use it, and after a few months of usage the lump in the my breasts dissolved completely and vanshed . You can reach him via email on davidcancertreatment@gmail.com

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  5. Diana

    I am sick and tired everyday can barely get out of bed. Went to a naturopath and after doing testing was told my body is toxic with what would amount to soaking in a tub with pesticides. Have no $$$ to have explanted, any info on resources ? Thank you🙏🏼

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  6. K

    My mother needs explant surgery as well as Mercury filings removed. She is having the Mercury fillings removed (correctly) first. How long should she wait to schedule the explant surgery? Can she do the surgery 2 weeks later or will that send her into too much of a detox? Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi K,
      As long as her mercury fillings are removed properly and without contaminating her with more mercury, it should be okay to remove her breast implants two weeks after. Her explant should be En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy, please ensure that all capsule tissue is removed. Nicole

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  7. Lisa S.

    Hi, I am 54 years old and have had my saline implants for 20 years…they look great (although a little bigger than i wanted) and no problems. I have many of the symptoms listed on this site, but never believed they could be from my implants…I just thought I was getting older and going through menopause. How can you tell the difference?
    I have terrible back pain with degenerative changes due to age, spinal stenosis, etc. and thought that maybe my implants could be aggravating that. So I had a consultation today with my original plastic surgeon that placed them. He said he would remove them but only remove the anterior capsule. He also said I would not need a lift, which I am happy about. All seems good, but I am having trouble making this decision….
    I am afraid that I won’t see any change in my physical symptoms and be sorry I have two empty, droopy sacs on my chest! What should I do? I could potentially have the surgery on Aug. 18th. Please help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      You likely won’t see any change in your symptoms if you do not ensure that all the capsule tissue is removed along with your implants. Nicole

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  8. Gloria

    I call the plastic surgeon that did the silicon surgery 9 yrs ago and explain the systoms look into my file and mention the surgeon could not do the removal because he no longer remove implants that I had to find other surgeon. Any recommendations plastic surgeon.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gloria,
      Please see the Explant Surgeon list on this website for a long list of plastic surgeons known to remove breast implants properly. Nicole

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  9. Michele Amos

    breast implants cause endocrine and immune system dysfunction….

    Do they cause Hashimoto’s disease?

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  10. morgan austin

    Any recommendation on a good explant surgeon in Lincoln or Omaha, NE? thank you for all your work and information.

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    1. Em

      Hi Morgan,
      I also live in this area and I am going to Denver to Dr. Huang. That was the closest expert in en bloc I found and she does a ton of these and has for years. Wishing you the best!

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      1. Taylor

        Hi Em, wondering if you have gone to see Dr Huang yet? I live in Colorado and want to get an explanation due to all the pain and illness i am certain is from my silicon implants. I’m very scared and wanted to see what you thought of her. Thanks, Taylor

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  11. Angie

    If your PS will not take your implants out and insists on replacing them, WALK OUT! You are not with the right surgeon!!!
    Explant surgery with fat transfer on August 9. I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2004 with silicone implants… First rupture in 2009-replaced them and now feels as if there may be another. I am very sick and praying that this is the answer, IT JUST HAS TO BE!

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  12. mOLLY

    I had some breast work done and I used the Dr Max Powers Scar Serum on one breast and the scar treatment they gave me at the doctor’s office on the other breast. The Dr Max Powers Scar Serum worked so much better I wish i would have used it on both sides now!!! I didn’t use it on both sides because I didn’t know what the reaction would be on an semi open wound ( stiches). I am using it now however and it is working…but its taking much longer to fade the scar.

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  13. Vicki

    I had my Breast Implants inserted in 1986. My left Breast Implant ruptured in 1994, and I immediately went into Adrenal Exhaustion due to the Silicone going throughout my entire body! I was truly in a “Life Threatening” situation after my left Breast Implant ruptured! I had both of my Breast Implants removed after my left Breast Implant ruptured and did not get another set of Breast Implants!

    I have been working with Alternative Medical Doctors since 1987 trying to remove the Silicone from my body which has saved my life! I would like to connect with other women who have had their Breast Implants removed and are using Alternative Medicine to heal.

    My e-mail address is azcelene@gmail.com

    Thanks!

    Vicki

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  14. Vicki

    Just diagnosed with leakage of very old silicone implants. Wanting to hear about any recent experiences with Florida surgeons as soon as possible. Greatly appreciate this website.
    Thank you.

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  15. Lili Kramer

    Thank You Nicole and Ladies for opening up this Web site, which is long over due. I am in this Dow Chemical Law Suit for over 20 years now, when Big Money Corporations has a Law suit pending, the breast implant victim could and does pass away before she sees any compensation for her inflicted injuries…which are atributed to numerous diseases and health problems. It will be interesting to hear from the thousands of women being put on hold, involved with this Dow Chemical lawsuit and their health problems and sacrifices in their lifestyle from toxic implants. I have acquired PLS, a pre ALS condition from having a saline implant in my left breast after a Cancer scare, Family history of breast cancers instigated this “scare” which Dr’s suggested a mastectomy, after surgery, mass was found to be benign Yes most Dr’s won’t enter into treatment or give a healing plan, or even sign a diagnosis pertaining to implants causing their health problem..For fear of losing their license. AMA…. and Big Pharma does control how LIFE is lived with the nation. To survive Women have to be assertive and persistent in their healing program… Lili from San Diego, Ca.

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    1. BETTY F. LEET

      You need to get them as much bad publicity as possible. That will hit them in their deep pockets too. And…it makes them want to settle a bit faster.

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  16. lili

    Hi Nicole, I am in a dilemma, I have two implants of silicone, inner legs thighs 2004, and BI 2005, I heard a lot of breast explanation and I happy to learn about it which is great!! I will persue to do soon. I urge to explant both they bother me a lot . how difficul is the leg ecplantatoon ad what type of surgeon should perform the leg surgery? i am sorry I do not know who to ask, Thanks for your answer.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lili,
      I assume, a plastic surgeon implanted the leg implants too and should be able to remove them as well. Please ensure that any capsule tissue is removed from the legs as well. Nicole

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  17. Roxanna spencer

    Does all this information pertain to saline as well? I have had implants for over 30 years. The right one shifted upward about 5 months ago, and now, just 2 days ago, the right one has either ruptured or has deteriorated bc I have quite a bit of a light yellowish sticky substance coming out. My daughter is coming now to take me to er. Is this where I should go? I’m in houston Texas.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Roxanna,
      Yes, all this applies to saline implants as well. The shell of saline is also silicone and further saline implants are regularly colonized with microorganism due to defective/leaky valves allowing in human fluids and tissues and providing a home for bacteria and fungus to thrive. Those microorganisms produce biotoxins which are highly toxic to us. Saline are no safer than silicone. Nicole

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      1. roxanna

        update: I thought I had saline, they were silicone. About 4 months ago, my right implant shifted upward. I ignored it. About a month ago, I noticed a sticky substance under my right breast, didn’t have a clue what it could be, guess I wasn’t even going to allow my mind to entertain the thought that hey, you have implants, maybe one ruptured. Shortly after that, I noticed it again. The next morning I got up to go to work and couldn’t. I was running a fever. Daughter took me to er. They discovered my right implant did rupture. I had surgeon remove both, but I didn’t know to ask about capsule tissue? Its been 2 weeks since my surgery, I go tomorrow to get stitches out. What should I be asking the surgeon? And how do I test my body to see if I have silicone throughout my body?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Roxanna,
          Enquire with your surgeon if he completed a Total Capsulectomy on you which means removing all capsule tissue. Ask for the operative report which should describe exactly what he did and ask if pathology was done on your capsules as pathology should also describe the capsule tissue size, shape condition. Ask what he did to clean the silicone from your chest pocket. I think you can assume that you do have silicone throughout your body. Dr. Kolb suggest Inositol removes silicone from the body. Please use this supplement list as a resource: http://www.plastikos.com/doc/articles/silicone/6.pdf. Nicole

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  18. Julie McDonald

    Hello Nicole! I am a previous member of the yahoo implant support group and a new member to your FB group. It’s awesome and such a great resource for women!! I am interested in starting a website of my own to tell my story and have another resource for sick women. I was wondering if you have any advice, tips, suggestions, etc. for me. My father is a computer programmer and is going to handle the technical aspects of creating the site. I have never done anything like this before, but after being sick for many years, explanted, and better now, I feel compelled to do it! Thank you in advance!!
    Julie M.

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    1. Nina

      Julie, just my opinion, but why start a new website? I say strength in numbers and not “dilute” our strength! Consider staying on “our” fb page and this website and work through them. I’m just a member of the fb page and not one of the administrators, but I feel THIS website saved my life! Maybe you can contribute your story/info here. Or, perhaps add some other social media for more exposure and direct people to this site/fb page. Best of luck!

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  19. Roxanne Burk

    My 16 year old daughter just informed me of this. I have had every symptom you can think since 2006 few,months after I got implants .. Everyone is uncertain of what the cause is for everything . is there anyone in the Cleveland Ohio area you suggest

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  20. Anna

    Hi Nicole, would you mind telling me who you used for your explantation? I’m in Vancouver BC as well, and having trouble finding a surgeon. My original surgeon does not want to remove them without replacement.
    Thank you! 💜

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anna,
      For my explant I used Dr. Thomas Sinclair in Canmore, Alberta. I cannot recommend him highly enough, he is a very skilled surgeon and has a wonderful bedside manner. Nicole

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  21. Elisa

    Hi,
    I just learned about Breast Implant Illness. If it wasn’t for Crystal Hefner’s story I would have never of heard about it. Reading her story was like seeing a light of hope go off. I have been extremely ill and all symptoms indicate Breast Implant Illness. I just found out that I need to have my implants removed. Although this is a medical necessity, it is also a huge expense that is way beyond my budget. Please check out my story by going to the link below. I am not one to share such personal information about my life but this is journey is one that requires support. Thank you Nicole. Best of luck to everyone women out there desperate to get better like me. My surgery is within a week with Dr. Kusuma in Florida. Has anyone used him before?
    gofundme.com/2fptdbhg

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  22. JGolds

    I have had a breast implant since I was 16. I am now 42 and have all of the symptoms listed. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at 19! I have struggled with fatigue and joint pain my whole adult life. I now have severe pain in my right shoulder above the breast that has the implant. I have had MRI’s and xrays that shows nothing is wrong with me. I have went to specialists that insurance did not pay for to try and figure out the source of inflammation in my body. I have Adrenal issues which also keeps me up all night and has created insomnia. I have been miserable for a long time and feel much older than I am. If I have this implant removed, I will not have a breast on that side. I did not develop correctly. Can they reconstruct me a breast from my own tissue and are there risks involved because of the damage from the implant?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi JGolds,
      You can have reconstruction that does not include an implant or even better consider fat transfer which is producing beautiful results in the ladies I have seen in the facebook group. Nicole

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      1. Cerys

        Hi. What is the reconstruction surgery without implant called? I have never come across it in the UK. I can think of anything more depressing than having my implants removed and going back to my flat chested self. I’m not as lucky as many women who at an A or B. I literally have nothing there and it really effected my life so if love to har of any other ways to increase size even just a little. Thanks xx

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  23. Maris B.

    I have silicone Mentor implanted 2010. I’m a RN who went from working full time, volunteering, riding a bicycle 40+ miles a day (religiously), & being both extremely cheerful while giving of my time & being very socially active with our friends & family alike to being basically isolate & strictly home bound. Heath challenges were not new to me. I’ve had numerous surgeries in the past including including several 360 degree spinal surgeries one in ’06, ’12, ’13 with an abdominal surgery falling in there somewhere (my memory…I can’t recall). I’ve always bounced right back. I do have titanium hardware but no problems presenters until this. The majority of dabilitating disorders are post strokes. The one I have the most difficult time with is pain. Having always had such a high pain tolerance that every time I was pregnant the dr stressed to my family & myself the importance of my coming in at the onset of any pain what-so-ever as he feared I wouldn’t recognize the onset of labor (sans water breaking) until it was too late for a hospital delivery. Two things stand out to me here while typing this 1) I only went to the dr if I was pregnant or needed some type of surgical intervention. Now it feels as tho we have weekly appointments with… Hepatologist, liver biopsies are no fun. Neurologist, Hematologist, Opthamolagist, Allergist, Physical therapist & the list just goes on. The 2nd thing that stands out is I’m allergic to basically every narcotic as well as other meds. We had a Metabolic Panel Study done I order to find a med because it was thought the strokes were caused by the high blood pressure who chic was being caused by the inability to control the pain. Going in these Drs offices …each time being asked to fill out a stack of forms cause me such great anxiety… Anxiety that I never had before. I might recall it one minute but forever it the next. I have such brain fog it’s nearly intolerable and beyond embarrassing. My brain constantly feels as tho it’s going to spontaneously combust. I take medication in an attempt to prevent the migraines that more days than not, still present daily …so intense I become violently ill. My vision is so bad at times I just simply close my eyes rather than have them open. Not a day has passed since I can recall not feeling like I have the flu. Flu that makes every bone, muscle, hair & all your skin hurt. It takes everything I have just exist some days. For me to get dressed & go to church or anywhere for that matter takes hours & the saddest thing is I can’t believe I ever found joy in outings & gatherings. We miss a lot…& it’s so unfair for my precious husband! I have not driven a car further than 30 miles in over a year…most days I just go from the bed to my chair, to the shower & back to my bed. Repeating it all the next day. I look at the calendar knowing I’ll need a full days rest in between doing anything. Going to the dr in Houston will literally wipe me out. Five years ago, if I told my normal self this was going to be my life I would have 1) not believed a word of it 2) Said this is classic hypochondriac behavior …However, I’d have to ask this question… Why on earth would anyone give up my fabulous life to sit in a chair & wither away?! Who would give up spending as much time as possible with their precious recently retired parents who treasure each one of their three daughter’s as much as they do them? Who would trade a second of time they could spend with their tall handsome husband on the back of his Harley, wind in your hair, riding all the way to absolutely no where…& both loving every second of just being together. Who would miss out on spending every second they could with the greatest gift her son & DIL Ever gave her…their little miracle baby who calls you GiGig? And lastly but most certainly not least… Who on this Earth… Who in this Universe would trade a single solitary moment of sitting in a chair or being in a bed when they could be spending time with their gorgeous daughter. An angel on earth who lives five hours away completing her education but will drive or fly home just to help clean a closet. It was my adorable 23 year old daughter that found this site & in all capital letters she sent the words READ THIS NOW MOM!!!!! She so desperately wants her Momma back …
    I’d love to consult Dr Feng but with my medical history I’m not exactly sure how she would feel. Until I talk to someone…I feel I need to be in Houston near my Drs. & close to the medical center. Just a side note in case anyone is wondering… I do have full clearance to have the explant surgery done.

    Does anyone have a referral in Houston? A Very Highly Recommended one.

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  24. Syndi

    Hi there, I just became aware of this illness YESTERDAY and I can’t believe it. I’ve been unwell for many years and have had implants for 10yrs this year as I had tubular breast deformity as well as 2 hernias in each breast that prevented the development of breast tissue! Dr said that once he removed the hernias I would only have a nipple left. At 23yrs of age, this was horrific to hear … So we discussed implants and went forth with the procedure. I don’t want to be sick any more, but I don’t want to have just nipples at the age of 33. I’m feeling extremely defeated and confronted.

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  25. Shannon H

    I have had my implants for almost 6 years. I began having hip pain and elbow pain and I chalked it up to excercising. The last year I have been experiencing extreme fatigue, chest pain , joint pain……my doctor done blood work and my ANA test was positive therefore she sent me to a rheumatologist who do e more testing and he seems to think I have Lupus. I also have hypothyroidism. I’m convinced after reading this article that my problem is the implants. It’s scary but at the same time I almost feel relieved to have a answer

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  26. Karen Hetu

    Thank you so much for this information. I had my implants removed (as best as the doctor could) 2 years ago. I learned that both silicone implants had ruptured at some point about five years ago, but had trouble finding a plastic surgeon to remove the silicone.

    I finally found one, but he couldn’t get it all because it was spread all over. He also did a breast lift at the same time. I am so glad to have most of the silicone out of my body!

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  27. Dawn

    Will insurance pay for explant?

    I have all these same issues, BUT I did test positive for Lyme disease, hashimotos, 2 kinds of arthritis, adrenal fatigue, so how do I know if the implants caused any of this?
    I don’t want to explant if I don’t have to not to mention I don’t know where I’ll get the money if insurance doesn’t pay

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dawn,
      Some insurance plicies cover for rupture, pain of the breast, chest, neck and back, capsular contracture and infection/necrosis. Read your policy and see what they cover. Insurance usually does not cover for autoimmune diagnoses as they got a waiver for autoimmune diseases related to implants because there is a direct link between autoimmune and breast implants and the patient information warns of autoimmune symptoms and diseases from implants. Nicole

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  28. Amanda

    I only got my gel implants 5 months ago. Slowly symptoms such as ibs, digestive distress, brain fog, fatigue & depression have cropped up. It seems most on here experience symptoms later on. Are these symptoms most likely due to the implants, and is a recovery possible? How long do you think it would take to heal given I’ve only had them a couple months. Thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      The earlier you have your breast implants removed, the easier and quicker you heal. Please ensure that your explant is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. All capsule tissue should be removed for your best recovery and choose a surgeon committed to getting it all out. Nicole

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  29. Concerned Woman

    Hi,
    I recently got my explant done. But I have a major reason to believe that the doctor left the capsule inside, eventhough we agreed he would take it out entirely implant and capsule as a whole.
    He never showed me the capsule after surgery he said he disposed of it. There is no way to know if he really extracted it. I am extremely concerned that the capsule that was left inside is still contaminating my body as i’ve had a severe headache since surgery. I’m not sure what to do. Any one have any recommendations or has been through this?
    Thank you!

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  30. Shelley

    I have been suffering with most of these symptoms since probably 2 yrs after getting silicone implants! The past 2+ yrs have been nearly unbearable, with debilitating, multiple joint pain, insomnia (I only sleep a total of a few hrs per night) dry eyes, fatigue. I have been to multiple doctors and had every lab test possible, only to be told time after time that my labs are normal and there’s nothing we can do for you except pain meds. I cry myself to sleep most nights, have had to give up basically all hobbies and exercise due to the pain, and have nearly destroyed my relationship with my husband because I never feel well. I’ve been put on high doses of Prednisone because is the only thing that gives me relief so may times, that I now have Avascular necrosis in both of my hips. I must admit, the thought of the culprit being my implants has crossed my mind and occasionally over the yrs, since my symptoms all started after getting them, I never really gave it any serious thought until today after seeing a woman from California who specializes in alternative medicine. I have been researching this topic since I got home and am now very concerned that it’s the implants, however I am also excited to think I may finally be able to get help after soon many years of suffering!!

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  31. Lindsay

    Hi everyone, I had mentor smooth saline placed in 2003, in 2012 I started getting real sick, though thinking back the chronic fatigue and interstitial cystitis may have been associated too. Since 2012, I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, refractory dermatomyositis, relapsing polychondritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. I am only 35. I am scheduled for explant on August 10. I was wondering if anyone else has had so many diagnoses and if after explant got any better. If so, would you be wiling to talk with me about it? My email is dakota288@msn.com.

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    1. PSwolfie

      Hi,
      I just was explanted 5 days ago. I had saline Mentor also for 26 years. I got interstitial cystitis months after the implants. I didn’t get a diagnosis for at least 5 years at first and really just stumbled on all this info this year. Well, 5 days in, I feel some IC symptoms today. Not sure what’s going, trying to join the facebook page to learn about detox. The silicone bag/case bleeds into your system supposedly. I will keep you posted. I am also on real self PSwolfie.

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      1. Twiggy11

        Hi I have talked to you on real self. So glad you are done with your surgery. I had to step away for awhile just so consumed with what to do next with healing. Good to be back looking forward to sharing our journey.
        I too have IC and was hoping that out of all my symptoms that breast implant removal would help. Happy some symptoms subsided but unfortunately still having bladder issues and food sensitivies. In fact day after surgery I had a new symptom! A swollen stomach that won’t go away! I’m Thinking it is from Candida getting worse from meds etc that I needed for the surgery. I started 5 wks after surgery taking anti fungals and probiotics which are helping with bladder symptoms. Looking forward to hearing your progress.

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  32. susan

    thanks Nicole. I have seen Dr. Izzadoost here in Houston and will be having an explant procedure on January 9. I really didn’t want to wait but because of trips and business am having to wait. I hope you are doing well. thank you so much for your site.
    Susan

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  33. Racel

    I had just gotten a double mastectomy with with immediate reconstruction and was involved in a small fender bender. I instantly did not feel right but couldn’t describe what was wrong. Was then taken by ambulance to the ER and there they did ex rays and found 3 broken ribs. Which nothing could be done about. 24 hours later I notice cle as r reddish drainage through my right breast incision along with complete swelling of my right breast that was double in size compared to my left. I called my surgeon and told them what had happened and they informed me to go to the hospital and to prepare for surgery and not to eat or drink anything any longer. So they went in and stop the bleeding cleaned up the breast implant and then went ahead and we closed it. When I went home to sleep. Woke up 8 hours later and was itching like crazy. Couldn’t figure out what was wrong I know is that I hadn’t ate or drink anything you haven’t took in any form medication that would have caused an allergic reaction. So I went ahead and took Benadryl but Benadryl wasn’t doing it I had to go to the emergency room once again where they administered with some type of cocktail to help with the itching and hives and anaphylactic reaction that I was having. I was sent home with a dose prednisone and 3 rounds of those over next couple weeks. That has been 3 months ago and I am still dealing with the rash hives on a daily basis I’ve been taking Allegra instead of Benadryl because that does seem to help better but no one can explain to me what it is. Is there anyone out there that can help me or let me know if this is some type of autoimmune disorder that I’ve sir come to after this fender bender?

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    1. Raquel

      I have had implants put in (gummy implants) and about 3 days from the surgery I broke out in hives and the most horrible itching. The surgeon refused to belive it was the implants and told me I had scabies. After passing out twice and my chest started swelling I started researching. Dr. Barnett in sarasota fl is well known and helped me explant. It has been a year now and I know for a fact what I was dealing with was my implants

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  34. Heidi

    Dear Administrator
    I want to thank you for your work, contribution, support for thousands of women for which you are the baseline. I myself started researching through your site. I love that is is matter of fact, undramatic but very precise. Because of you I explanted 5 days ago with Dr. Kolb, I could not be happier.
    I will support you however I can by being open and vocal about my implants / explants so that women are empowered to stand up – all over the world.
    I also wanted to pay you a compliment: your register of surgeons is perfectly up to date. I live in San Francisco and called Dr. Alpert who used to be on your list. He took 30 min to talk to me but sent me into almost a panic attack because he said that a) he would never allow his own daughter to have capsulectomy under the muscle (life threatening) and b) nobody can promise to get the silicone all out. He left me hanging so bad that I called Dr. Kolb and she saved me. Dr. Alpert is not on your list any more and he should not be on there. So again, good work!
    Thank you again,
    Heidi

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  35. Beth Poore

    Hi and thank you for making this information available!! I was wondering if anyone else has also had silicone lip implants? If so, what was the outcome? I’m concerned about how they can fix this and what my lips with look like after. I’m also worried about how my chest will look but am better prepared since I know more about the explant in that area. I hope I’m able to have fat transfers to both areas!
    I am also concerned about being on Humira for Crohn’s and Rheumatoid arthritis. This is supposed to make my immune system weak so my body will stop fighting against it’s self. My concern is if I stop the meds I will be sick n deformed if I dont stop I’m afraid my body heal wont heal well after explant! I was diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis before any implants about 30yrs ago. It’s most likely Crohn’s instead. (Long story) My son has Crohn’s n my mom was never diagnosed but I’m sure she did too. My concerns about having autoimmune disorders and not knowing which ones are hereditary and which are from the implants n what meds are best… so confused. .. I will be looking forward to your response, ~b

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Beth,
      First I would like to ask if you have a mouth full of mercury fillings that may the initial cause of your Ulcerative Colitis, leading to Crohns and RA? Second, I suggest testing for all the genetic variants of MTHFR which hampers our ability to detox toxins and heavy metals and may make the difference as to why your family is getting autoimmune diseases which in general are from toxins. Approx 40 per cent or more of the population has MTHFR genetic variants that interrupt/block our ability to detox by 30 to 70 per cent and so those people collect toxins and eventually come down with autoimmune conditions and other diseases. Secondly, I would also look for an underlying fungal/microbial condition in your gut too and treat it asap. Next I would remove all the silicone from your body properly ensuring that all capsule tissue is removed too. I would then get off the Humira so you can heal and recover. Specifically, I don’t know much about removing silicone from the lips. Nicole

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  36. stacie

    I recently read an article stating the longer the implants have been in, the less likely you are to recover. I have had mine 16 years and am going to consultation next week to have then removed. Have you found this statement to be true? The percentage was something like only a 30% chance of recovery after that amount of years.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stacie,
      Of course the longer implants are left in the more damage they do however some ladies have silicone or saline implants for decades and have very few symptoms so it is not a given that indwelling time will affect healing. The article may be referring to ruptured/leaking silicone implants if left in the body for years may spread silicone and cause an autoimmune disease that will continue even after the ruptured implants are removed as the silicone is difficult to remove. For the most part most will improve/recover after explant and continue improving for months and even years. If silicone implants are suspected of leaking or rupture they should be removed as soon as possible. Most silicone implants are found to be leaking and or ruptured around the six to eight year mark after implant. Nicole

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      1. stacie

        I have the Mentor smooth saline implants. I know they have the silicone shell. I was just discouraged to read that. I’m having them removed and hoping to start healing. Thank you for your reply. That helped encourage me.

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  37. Christina

    I am 31 and because of a friend and suicide I do not use Facebook anymore. Is there another way I can join the support group? Are you able to email me directly? Thank you, I am suffering greatly and never ever thought it could be my implants. The system is so flawed it’s terrifying.

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    1. Paula Lawrence

      Hi Christina,

      I don’t do Facebook either but if you would like to call me or email me directly my numbers are: cell 715-205-4255, home 715-865-2925 or email chaslawg@gmail.com. I live in Central time. I had my explant surgery on 5/9/16 and am doing great!! It’s always nice to be able to talk to someone😇. Paula

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  38. Susan Redwine

    Does anyone know of an explant surgeon in Mexico that is also educated in replacing implant with fat and lift. Also using alternative treatments such as hyperbaric, stem cell and/or plasma? Thank you.

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  39. Jill Heshka

    Hi Nicole,
    I can tell you are a very busy lady keeping up with all these questions and comments! Speaking of comments, I posted one about a week ago asking about a private phone consultation. You mentioned you’d contact me by email. I was going to respond to the comment but now I don’t see it. Just wondering if we can still connect? Thanks so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jill,
      Sorry, it slipped my mind. I will email you privately later today. Thanks for your patience. Nicole

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  40. Glenda

    Grateful that I found your website. I got the implants several years ago and need to get them removed. I do not want to get any other implants. Was wondering if you know of plastic surgeons in Arizona. Thank you for your time.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Glenda,
      Yes there are several surgeon in AZ, please see the Explant Surgeon list on this website. Nicole

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  41. Stephanie Van Doren

    Hello my name is Stephanie,
    My mother in law has found all of this info as I have been very sick. I have saline implants for 9 years and in January I thought one started leaking. I went to the cosmetic surgeon who said he thought it might have a pin hole leak. It’s still in there. I have had all over pain, swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, swelling of my pituitary gland, spontaneous milk production of my breast, distorted vision, pain in the abdomen, spine pain, extreme tiredness, weight loss and migraines. I have had MRI’s of my brain, spine, neck, chest , CT- of my chest, abdomen, and pelvic area. All showed incidental findings nothing to make me this sick. MRI of breast was clear but was hard to breath due to engorgment. No one listed spontaneous milk production Endocronologist said prolactin level was normal. Anyone will milk production?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      Yes, lactating and other abnormal breast discharges are a symptom for some. Come to the facebook group and talk to other women who have had this same symptom. There are over 3000 of us in the group. Nicole

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    2. Gina Barkley

      Hi Stephanie,
      I am also having problems with milk production or so the ER Dr has said. He blamed my ovary (only have 1 left), that has 3 cysts on it, for “tricking” my body into thinking i was pregnant and therefore needing to produce milk but im 45 and more menopausal then pregnant. I have had tubual ligation with oopherectomy of my left ovary and dont think my body is telling my milk ducts that im needing milk and therefore a clogged milk duct because I can’t produce milk!! The infection isn’t coming from the nipple, it is coming out of the side of my boob and on the aereola. I was so swollen and red from all the toxins, that I’m assuming, may be stemming from the implant. The Dr instructed me to do hot compresses on my breast. Well that only made matters worse because the compresses actually made my “little white spots” of infection burst open and now they are a continual open sore but just ran across this information and now wondering myself if my implants are the cause of my ovarian cysts with cancer cells?? Not from clogged milk ducts…my breast implants have been in 10 yrs and do not want to have them removed but the constant draining of nasty yellowish blood stained smelly liquid oozing out of my breast is very painful and inconvenient as well as debilitating to the point of not being able to wear any clothing or bra. I have to miss work and stay in bed due to fatigue, lower abdomen pain, back pain and very tender breast to say the least..I haven’t been diagnosed as of yet but hope to get more information soon!! Please let me know if you find out anything concerning milk production.
      Best of luck,
      Gina Barkley

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  42. Svenja

    I have my explantation next week.
    My surgeon said he maybe can’t remove the whole capsule because my implants are submuscular and maybe the implants stuck in my ribs. I am so afraid that my symptoms will stay forever and I’m still sick when the implants are out.

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    1. Judy

      I had the exact same thing happen to me!!!!! PAIN, gosh! Awful. There was “gunk” attached to my ribs, lymph nodes, down my arm, everywhere .. My doc scraped and scraped to remove it all. I could feel the hard ball of saline and whatever the outside was made of. It reminded me of a contact that had closed together. Recovery was hell…. For days.

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  43. Robbie

    Please accept me on website. I am so very sick, I have silicone implants for 30 yrs. I have been extremely sick for seven years. Had MRI and it shows implant leaking on the left side unnder arm the implant scar pocket rupured, right leaking within scar pocket. I have been searching for a surgeon and not found a syrgeon who accepts Medicare. I am receiving social security disability due to illness. It continues to get worse and I’m not sure what to do. Please I need help!

    Sincerely,

    Robbie

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  44. Alison Kendall

    Hi , I live in the uk and am amazed that there are hardly any UK based websites like this one. It feels like the UK is not allowing this information to be traded by women in the UK. I hope my story helps someone. I had mentor saline breast implants in 1999. I was told that they are not lifelong devices but, at that time, I did not let that worry me and went ahead as I was told that saline were safe. I was young with a 32a bust and had no self confidence at all. I must say that I didn’t have any problems until about 12 years after implants when, out of the blue, I got a Seroma on one side, a huge one!! I went to a ps who immediately advised removal and replacement with just a 5 minute consult… No exam, no medical history, nothing. I was totally unhappy with this and immediately felt uncomfortable. He would not even say WHY this had happened. My insurance paid for a scan and the sonographer showed me the fluid collection and then said he could drain it. He did this and after that things went pretty much back to normal and I got on with my life. At the back of my mind I kept wondering why this happened but was constantly assured it was nothing to worry about. A year and a half later I felt a lump had developed at the front of my right implant and went to my dr who sent me for a scan at the local hospital. They insisted that it was just the port of the implant which must have moved round over time … I knew this was wrong as the implant was fixed by the capsule surrounding it!!! But no dr would believe that anything was wrong!! I kept going back as I was so worried and I was also feeling that my right arm was pulsating!! Finally it was noticed that my underarm lymph nodes were very swollen and eventually I had to have 2 removed which were the size of walnuts!!! I was told that it was just an infection which had nothing to do with my implants as they were ‘intact’. At this point I started to google all this stuff and of course came across ALCL (lymphoma). I took all this info to my doctor who completely dismissed it, as did every ps and dr I saw after that. I was told to just get on with my life as everything was fine. I continued to live with the doubt but, I’m sorry to say, even after all this, was too scared to even consider getting the implants removed… So, I stuck my head in the sand, and tried to forget all about it. Fast forward to March 2016. I had regularly still felt that pulsating in my right arm (even spoke to my dr about it a few times and was always dismissed). I woke up one morning and I could feel my right implant had become hard overnight! No other symptons at that stage. So I started to Look at ps’s for replacement. It was nigh on impossible to find someone who would exchange with saline. I was continually told that no one uses it anymore as silicone is the best and 100% safe!! I could not believe my ears. At this point I was still under the impression that saline was safe… A week or so later a great big painful red rash appeared under the right breast in the crease line. I went to my dr who did not even examine me and was referred to a private breast dr a week later. He took one look and said I had a nasty infection which could lead to scepticaemia and necrosis. I spent 4 weeks on very strong antibiotics… But it could not be shifted. He said the only way to treat it was by removing my implants… I was gutted but knew it would come to this. He said I could not replace them for 6 months and that if I do replace that I should have silicone !!!! So, three days ago he explanted me. They are both out including capsulectomy. When I woke from the surgery and put my hands on my chest I was devastated. BUT… after now reading everything I can find on the internet I actually feel relieved … My breasts are as flat as pancakes but I am relived to have them out… I really had no idea how toxic they were and I am so grateful that I have not had all the other complications and illnesses I have read about. I am traumatised that I obviously had mold and bacteria in my body (although I know that no dr will ever confirm this). This stuff must have been floating around in there since at least when I got the Seroma all those years ago and I feel ashamed that I have done this to my body. I have other friends with implants and I want to shout them from the rooftops about all this … But the problem is, when you have them and you don’t think you have any problems, you mistakenly believe you are all ok and it’s the others that are unlucky…. You kid yourself that you will never have any problems like the others had. I have realised that it is all a conspiracy, a cover up, a money making machine for ps’s. No one tells you the truth and you are supposed to be able to trust these people. It is a travesty and one day it will all come out… But in the meantime thousands of woman (and men?) will be affected and have their health ruined. My heart bleeds that this can be allowed to continue. Woman that have gone through the trauma of Brest cancer, reconstructed with these toxic devices, destined to go though more surgeries and more trauma… Seriously… What is wrong with these doctors, the companies who make these devices … The government!!!! When will it end… When will they be banned for ever!!???

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    1. Sue

      Thank God I found this site and the BII group in fcbk ..I had my silicone implants done in the Philippines 2007 And now I know why I’m so sick … I have a very low pain tolerance and so scared to undergo any kind of surgery but then I want to get well so I decided to go ahead and call Dr Chun as he’s highly recommended. No wonder I’ve been very sick trying to cope up w my everyday life…I just need to help myself to be strong and to have courage to do it …
      Again I’m so thankful I’ve found this site and hoping that I will be able to pass this stage of agony in my life …never thought there’s so many of us who are sick because of these implants …may God help us …

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  45. Laura

    Hello,
    I’m looking into getting my breast implants removed including the capsules, I am symptomatic, one implant feels deflated and feels like it has air bubbles, I laso have a small cyst in the chest are that my doctor feels is not related to the implants but I wonder about that. I recently had a mammogram and ultrasound that didn’t show abnormalities according to my doctor. My implants are around 25 yrs old I believe saline, behind the muscle. I’m in the Southern California area, I was looking into Dr Gyu S. Chin in Ontario CA, he is on your list. I’d like to know if anyone has a personal testimony they can share regarding Dr Chin or another doctor they recommend in the area.
    Thank you,
    Laura

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  46. Jennifer

    Like so many of you ladies here, I have been experiencing breast implant illness. In 2 wks. I will finally be explanted, en bloc, capsulectomy, and lift. I found a wonderful breast cancer surgeon who agreed to do the surgery…I believe she will be saving my life. In 2005, I was implanted w/ smooth saline (everyone said they were very safe). I had a rupture in 2012 and should have been explanted then (though at the time, believing the plastic surgeons, may have opted for replacement). They said there was plenty of time and a saline rupture was fine since it was “sterile.” I have since had growing symptoms, which I am finally realizing are all tied into these toxic implants. I have chronic chest pain, shortness of breath, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) as of 3 months ago, neck problems, nerve problems, etc. I finally realized I have had infections going on in my chest wall for years (though plastic surgeons have always told me infection is impossible since the skin is sealed…bullshit, the infections started the second they placed the implants in 2005). My body has been screaming at me for years that there is a big problem, and for 11 years I was placated by plastic surgeons who said to just replace them when I am ready. At last I have realized the truth, am listening to my body, and counting down the days until 6/14 when I will begin to recover my health and my life. Damn all breast implants (and saline are NOT SAFE)…women are beautiful as they are and I am going to be a part of sharing my story so hopefully other women don’t have to go down this road to hell. It has been a nightmare and I just want it to end. Plastic surgeons kept telling me they were safe and they said Dr. Kolb was a nutcase. Well, she was spot on and one of the few who are trying to save women’s lives (I would have traveled to her but found a local breast cancer surgeon who had the same approach). Dr. Kolb and all of us ladies who are wising up to the truth will hopefully put the breast implant industry out of business.

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    1. Judy

      You are the First Lady I have run across having some of the problems I have and are quickly dismissed by doctors as just part of having so many chronic illnesses. I had my shoulder “unfrozen” couple years ago. Said it was from blow drying my hair!!! Chest soreness never leaves me. Weird headaches. Etc. My memory scares me at this point. I will be 60 in December , but a young 60! Ha. I noticed u mentioned nerves….I have started this involuntary shaking from head down. Mimics Parkinson’s , even though I know it probably isn’t . Do u have that?

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  47. Pam Godfrey

    Scheduled for August!! Can’t wait!! I couldn’t wait to get them, not I can’t wait to GET RID of them. Good lad, will be such a relief!! Thank you so much of this site!!

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  48. SHARON CORNWALL

    Hi, I had breast implants 9 month ago and 5 weeks after the op got out of bed one morning and my lower legs were aching badly. I had been out dancing the night before and put it down to the exercise but they have never gotten better. They ache in the night and day, stiff, really hard to walk at times, stairs are a nightmare. If I sit on the ground I cannot get up without hanging on to something, even trying to sit, get off the toilet is very painful. The pain is always there I don’t get a rest from it.
    I take pain meds to function. I have always been very healthy until this happened.
    I have no other symptoms mentioned just the lower legs but am worried if I don’t have them removed it will spread to other parts of my body.
    This is making me very depressed and was wondering if anyone else may have a similar story.
    Sharon

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    1. Jennifer

      I would have them explanted a.s.a.p. Besides the symptoms, they are proven toxic infectors and will be ruining your immune system over time. You may feel it is a waste of money and worry about have a small chest (like I did), but women watch their health decline and their immune systems weaken…read their personal stories…some even die from their implants, though they may call it a lung infection or something else. In no way does the body benefit from implants, and in fact it suffers every day from the chemicals, infection (which do enter with the implantation), and a weakened immune system. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to make the right decision (my explant will be in 2 wks.).. I want my health and my life back and you should too. Women must love their natural bodies and appreciate their natural health…no breast implants are safe!

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    2. Tina Pellegrino

      Hi Sharon I am going through the exact same thing. If you can please call me as I don’t have a computer except for my phone and I don’t know how to use it very well. My phone number is 508-450-7181. Thank you Tina

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    3. Sue

      I have the same situation and been having a hard time coping up w it.., lower back pain hips and weak legs … Hard to get up when I lay down sit and even standing for a long time … Shooting pain too and tingling … although I’m scared to have these implants taken out I think I have to otherwise i know it’ll get worse …

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  49. Ruby

    Hi, I am a mother of 3. I accidentally found this site while searching for the causes to my recent being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Though its under the mild elevated level, but I do hv symptoms of fatigue, dizziness and more so I hv saline breast implant 8 years ago. Being a very health conscious, I do hv mammograms early of this year and result shows normal. After reading all yr experiences, I am scared and do concerns about what if My implant causes this symptom. First. Who should I consult with? I had flat chest before implant, if I opt explant, I don’t know how it would look like. So concerned now.

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      1. Ruby

        I tried to join the Facebook group but it came back as ” the page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.” Not sure why.

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  50. Kay ardilonge

    I have Celine implants and I really would like to have them removed can you give me any advice of any doctors that are located in the Lake Worth Florida location that would do this for me

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kay,
      Please see the Explant Surgeon’s list on this website for a list of surgeons in your area. Nicole

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  51. Carolina Darling

    After years of hell, especially last 3 years, I had the implants removed 5 days ago, had almost all of the symptoms, looking forward getting my life back.

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  52. Maria

    So what are you supposed to do when you need a masectomy? I am in that situation right now and was planning on going straight to implant.

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    1. kim

      If I had to do it all over again, I would not get implants. I am having mine removed. I will be flat chested, no breasts. But I won t be sick. It is worth it.

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    2. Robbi Nuss

      I would like to see the response to this question, however, I’m thinking the answer would be to opt out of having implants. I’m having a double masectomy and plan on reconstructive surgery. I have already had the consultation with my surgeon. I’m starting to wonder if that’s not a good plan. I’m praying about it and reading this group of ladies comments. With the number of women testifying it’s hard not to take note.

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      1. Leslie Tanner

        Hi Robbi,
        My name is Leslie and 2 years ago I was in your same shoes. I went for it all.. Bi lateral mascestomy, silicone expanders, Chemo and finally Silicone implants. After 25 months of MISERY 6 days ago I had my explant surgery. Within 24 hrs so many of my symptoms were gone. My advice to you is get all the facts from your plastic surgeon, then straight from the manufacturing of the best mplant the Dr will implant you with. Your mind will be crystal clear after reading the facts. Cancer and Chemo were a breeze compared to breast implant illness.
        Best of luck
        Leslie
        P..S. Your health looks way better than fake boobs..Flat is Fabulous

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    3. Jen

      Women who undergo mastectomy should especially avoid implants. My grandmother had a double radical mastectomy in the 60s and (being the smart woman she was) declined the offer of reconstruction (which were, at the time, silicone). Silicone and saline are all toxic and they both cause tons of symptoms, poor health, and even possible death. They mask any future growths. My grandmother had a mastectomy bra, silione gel inserts that went into pockets (she was a D, but really could choose whatever size she wished for comfort). My grandfather loved her and didn’t care one iota about her breasts….he loved HER. They were married 50 years (until his death) and she, my smart and amazing Nana, lived until 92. I don’t believe she would have lived nearly that long had she opted for reconstruction. Not worth it. Health is #1!!! Women are BEAUTIFUL and they are not their breasts! Nobody will ever know, either, if they have a bra w/ inserts. Nobody knew about Nana’s inserts except her family, and we were always so very proud of her (and loved her w/ all our hearts).

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    4. Vicki

      Marie,

      I had a Bi-lateral Subcutaneous Mastectomy in 1986 and had Breast Implants put in at the same time. I was told that my doctor did NOT use “Silicone” so I felt that I was “Safe” with saline. In 1987, my immune system started falling apart! It was not until my Left Breast Implant ruptured in 1994, that I found out that I had Silicone in my body! I almost died after my left Breast Implant ruptured due to Adrenal Exhaustion!

      If I known then what I know now about Breast Implant Illness, I would NOT get Breast Implants for medical or cosmetic reasons.! If you do not have your health, you have NOTHING!

      I have been doing Alternative Medicine for years which has saved my life to help remove the Silicone that has gone throughout my body!

      If you would like to communicate privately, you can e-mail me at azcelene@gmail.com

      I wish you the very best!

      Hugs!

      Vicki

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  53. Marianne Fazioli

    Hello Im a little worried Ive recently noticed a dent in my left breast, I have gummy bear implant for the past 8 years and really never had a problem with them before. Im uncertain if this problem is my natural breast or my implant. It doesnt hurt it feels more like a sensation like a tugging. im going to get a mammogram to rule out anything serious. My question here is does a mammogram detect if something is wrong with the implant at all? The last time I had my mammogram done which was a year ago they pulled the implant away from the natural breast so I’m not sure how they can tell if it’s the implant ruptured. Do I need to pay a visit to that plastic surgeon that did the operation.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marianne,
      Sounds like you have capsular contracture. Please get it checked out by your PS. We highly suggest removing breast implants and not replacing. Please ensure your explant is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Nicole

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    2. Jodi

      A mammogram is to detect breast cancer it is not to check for a ruptured implant, you actually have to sign a waiver because a mammogram can cause the implant to rupture. your doctor can probably tell by looking at and feeling your implant.

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  54. Joanne Tomlinson

    I was in a mva and my implants were ruptured.aug will be 2 yrs.since the accident.my lawyer has let me be like this until my case is settled.im getting so sick .i know if they dont help me im going to die.

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  55. April

    My sister-in-law had nearly every one of these symptoms. She was on so many pills we couldn’t keep track. She died at 50. Her implants were put in for reconstructive purposes after being burned. One ruptured was replaced then she had it removed because she was so sure it was the reason she was so sick.

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  56. Asma

    Hi Nicole ?

    I thinking about having breast implant . I have been told that the gummy bear implant is much safer and I can have rest of life !
    That’s confusing for me…..
    I found one co worker whom works with the surgeon in Turkey.
    She said stop researching on the net because then you will be confused.But I want to make the right discission for having a breast implant.
    The new generation implants are they safe ?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Asma,
      All breast implants cause profound illness and by far the worse kind are the gummy bears or cohesive gel implants. The chemicals used to make the silicone cohesive are very aggressive and toxic to our body and damage our endocrine, immune system and gut health. If you must augment get Fat Transfer instead. Nicole

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  57. Karla simpson

    I have experienced severe illness for the last twenty years after implantation of the “Meme” implant was inserted. It is fibrous and fuzzy feeling on the outside. The idea behind these is that the breast will adhere to the tissue in the area and prevent sagging over the years. I was young , flat as a board and stupid. I worked for a plastic surgeon who put them in for free. He was board certified.
    Dow Corning manufactured these meme implants and after five years on the market women began to get sick. They were yanked off the market quickly.
    I was not symptomatic at the time until five years later. Mildly symptomatic and scared I had saline implants placed instead. My surgeon at the time was president of the American Academy of Plastic Surgery. I though he’d be able to help me but he didn’t believe me.
    A lfamily friend who was an attorney involved with a class action suit against Dow Corning contacted me and urged me to opt in. I did. After five years of fighting we opted out to a personal case as my symptoms were progressing and the implants I had were in question. Dow Corning filed bankruptcy to get out of the suit and then opened back up shop under another division name. I ended up with $56,000.00. That was not near enough to treat a now lifelong progressing illness that would slowly take my life away. My attorney advised that we could not continue to fight such a large and powerful company and win. The costs would be too much. I settled out of court with my tiny little bit of money but things were about to get really bad.
    Back to the removal surgery. I had the best surgeon at least but removal was difficult because the implants had adhered to my breadt tissue and muscle underneath. I basically ended up getting a mastopexy which is basically scrapping the implants out of the tissue leaving deep pits and deformities. I looked terrible. People stared and thought I’d had breast cancer or an accident. I wore a prostesthis and spent a lot of money on special bras. I couldn’t even go to the pool with my three children. I was in pain too.
    I finally had the same surgeon remove the scarring the best he could and place saline implants because he assured me they were safe and if they leaked my body would absorb the “salt water”.
    I got very sick in the next year loosing my job. Visit after visit to doctors with no diagnosis. It mimicked rheumatoid so I got a rheumatologist. He sent me to the head rheumatologist at Mayo and UAB. And they just said it was fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome. I became bed ridden. Home bound. In and out of the bed. Rarely getting to do much at all. I won’t go any further than to say that I am not well today but after trying everything in the world f medicine. Nothing worked and still no real diagnosis. I don’t know how I was able to raise my children. I was denied for disability three times because there was no diagnosis.
    I am still in severe pain in all my joints and connective tissues. I heal slow, have autoimmune disease and many many other terrible issues. Depression set in too. No one believed me. I was on my own and still am. I will stop there. My whole story would take an hour to tell. I fear I will only get worse over time bum at a loss.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karla,
      I’d like to bring your attention to the possibility of having an intracellular bacterial infection, capsular bacterial infection or broad fungal infection which those textured and saline implants are known to especially create in our bodies. Read this article: http://www.immed.org/infectious%20disease%20reports/06.16.12%20pdf%20updates/CPAM-GLNetal.-00.1.21.pdf Those textures create spaces where bacteria, fungus and other microorganisms can really grow and take hold in our bodies. If I was you I would write to Dr Kolb at drkolb@mindspring.com and tell her all your symptoms and she can advise you how to treat. Nicole

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    2. leticia garza

      To whom it may concern,
      I have had my implants since 2000, right now I’m so sick I can’t ask for help and longer..I feel as if in the brink of dying..I have all symptoms ..including diagnosis..including am at the point that I only have a discounted rate at a University of San Antonio medical Hospitals. .I have to to quit work and,be placed on full disability..my implants ruptured in September of 2015. I am in a urgent turmoil with decrease of functions..I no longer have appetites,and have been asking for help from many people.. Again, I am in the brink of extreme pain constantly and have been placed only on pain medications.
      I need assistance and do not have any longer the strength to do so..I feel as if I am giving up and letting my body die off ..this has been extremely depressing and I feel no hope for me but a statistic..I have called the manufacturers and was told since its,passed 10 years and I have been symptomatic since 2005. I have no more strength to fight this..
      If anyone can assist me would be a brink of hope for me cause I just can’t anymore and feel at a complete loss.

      With all sincerity

      Sincerely,

      LETICIA GARZA
      Letgarza6990@gmail.com

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  58. Paula Lawrence

    Dr. Arthur Brawer, Rheumatologist from Long Branch, NJ contacted me regarding the damaging truth about silicone. He is tirelessly working as an advocate for us with implants. He is trying to get law firms on board to help us get justice. He is sending me more information regarding breast implants via the mail. He wants this information to go viral. PLEASE CONTACT DR. BRAWER SO WE CAN PUT A STOP TO PLASTIC SURGEONS NOT DISCLOSING THE TRUTH TO US ABOUT THE HISTORY OF AND WHAT BREAST IMPLANTS ARE MADE OF. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CONTACTING DR. ARTHUR BRAWER PLEASE CALL 732-513-2577 (cell) or his office at (732-870-3133). If you’d like to contact me: (715) 205-4255 (cell), (715) 865-2925 (home), chaslawg@gmail.com. Thank God, my explant surgery is 24 hours away!!

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  59. Karen

    Hello Nicole:
    My name is Karen, I don’t know if you remember me, I was in the Facebook group too. But I decided stop Facebook and all social media for now.
    I have a question I hope you can help me. I was taking Liposomal Gluthatione for 41 days, at first I felt so good but after a month I started to feel more allergies. I was sensitive to everything and my asthma got worse and depression. I stopped taking Liposomal Gluthatione for 7 weeks and I still have many symptoms but the worst is depression. I have appt tomorrow to treat depression because I can’t handle it.
    I feel so sad. My question is is it normal that Lipo gluthatione cause all this effects? Can Liposomal Gluthatione drag mercury from my amalgams and cause toxicity? I have 4 amalgams left just wondering!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karen,
      Yes, Liposomal Glutathione will detox mercury, other heavy metals, chemicals and biotoxins. It is probably the heavy metals detoxing which is causing you the increased symptoms especially the negative mentalism. I would continue the detox however at a pace that you can manage it symptom wise. Nicole

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  60. Danielle Farris

    Hi, I had silicone implants placed on May 6,2015. A few months later I started to develop a hard capsule on my right breast. Now that I’m almost a year out from my surgery, my doctor is recommending replacing my implant and putting in Alloderm to help not develop another hard capsule. During he past month, I have joint pain throughout my entire body and fatigue. It has been happening once to twice a week and lingers from 2-4 days. The last thing I want to do is remove my implants but I do not want to go on feeling this way. I’m wondering if replacing the implant will help with my symptoms. if I do a removal at such an early point in time, is an ENBLOC removal necessary?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Danielle,
      We do not recommend replacement of your implants because your problems will not go away but rather increase. Please ensure that your explant is at least Total Capsulectomy, En Bloc is the most ideal however Total Capsulectomy (removing all capsule tissue) will probably suffice as your implants are only one year old but will have a developed capsule by now. Nicole

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  61. Karen A. Henderson

    I have joined the face book site and am very grateful to be able to read and share with others who are suffering from and hopefully recovering from Breast Implant Illness. I have been sick for at least 5 years and had the exact same experience of one M.D. specialist after the other tell me that I was within normal limits in their testing. About a year ago I asked a rheumatologist, after he told me my immuno-globulin tests were below normal, could I be toxic from Silicone. All he ever said is yes you probably have it in other places. He never went any further in his explanation. I have asked several other Doctor’s
    the same question even after I was diagnosed with Hashimottos. I was always
    told how controversial it is and there was no concern. I was never led in the direction that the implant could be the offender. I went through many G.I. tests and CTs scans. Finally, I was contacted by a very distant acquaintance that had heard how ill I have been. I live in Florida and she Lives in Texas and I have only met her once. She shared with me her experience and told me
    about Dr. Susan Kolb and her book. Dr. Kolb did her explant over a year ago and she said she has almost totally recovered. Her implants were Saline and had been in for over 30 years. When they were explanted they were black with mold! Her testimony and Dr. Kolb’s book opened up an entire new world to me.. I had arrived to a point of illness that I have been disabled in any quality
    of life and had become fearful that I was dying. My husband was extremely
    concerned when my weight dropped to 95.5 lbs. The intestinal disorder has given me malabsorption and many food sensitivities. After reading Dr. Kolb’s book, The Naked Truth about Breast Implants, I became alarmed and felt urgent to get my implants out. I could not find a Dr. in my area that thought
    there was a problem. I did have a plastic surgeon order a MRI and both implants were leaking.so he agreed to take them out and asked if I wanted to
    replace them. I was desperate to be done with this poisoning and was not sure if he would do enbloc removal. I called Dr. Kolb’s center in Atlanta and was told they could see me not until June. That was too far away for me
    because at this time it was the first of March. So I scheduled with the local surgeon. But then a week later I was told Dr. Kolb had a cancellation and I was
    scheduled for March 24. I am now 4 weeks today post-explant. She took out 4 nodes under my arms also and they were negative for cancer. My implants were Silicone gel. and the cultures were negative. However, the fear I have
    now is due to having received my first implants in 1984 (after weaning my last baby. ) Unfortunately, I went years with the right breast encapsulated and finally found out it had ruptured. No Doctor, during my annual breast exam for cancer, ever alerted me to a problem. So, 21 years later I scheduled a replacement. The surgeon said he had a difficult time cleaning out the silicone
    but never expressed a concern about the possible effects. He warned me of none. He replaced them with Mentor silicone gel in 2005. Strangely, 6 years
    later I suddenly became ill on a family vacation with high fever and becoming barely responsive with severe vomititng. I was air lifted and was soon diagnosed with herpes encephalitis. My family was told I was critically ill and I
    might not make it. I was in a coma for 2 weeks. I also remained in the hospital for 42 days. A year later we thought I was on the road to recovery but I began to manifest other symptoms. We thought it could be related to the encephalitis right temperol lobe injury. But over time I began to become progressively more ill with other autoimmune symptoms. We now wonder if the encephalitis
    was the beginning signs of my compromised immune system? So since 2011 I have been slowly becoming sick with a “mysterious” illness. After my
    explant on March 24th, Dr. Kolb sent me home a week later on a massive amount of supplemnets for detox. I have been doing my best to follow her advice.. However, I am still not feeling very well. I still have the same digestive
    problems, ringing in my ears, body and joint aches, disturbed sleep and “brain fog’. I have heard so many testimomies of explant improvement and keep
    hoping things will begin to improve for me. I still have to have hair tests for metals and wonder if there is hope that these toxins and metals can begin to move from my brain. I was exposed to silicone for 32 years. Now I am
    concerned if the Mentor implants exposed me to Platinum or Tin. I would love to be guided through this very difficult time of detoxing. I am sure my age is a factor to slower healing. I will turn 69 this April 22. But I am hoping for the restoration of my health. I am thankful for your attention and will be grateful for help.

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    1. Nancy Coleman

      Dear Karen,
      Could you look for a Functional Medicine doctor in your area? This kind of doctor is educated in detox and many other forms of care.
      I see one in Boulder, CO. I also see a chiropractor in Longmont, CO.
      When I do my explant they both will help me with the detox.

      Nancy

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  62. justine havens

    I’ve had implants since 2008. I have a feeling inside that my health is getting worse . how can I get help now. People act like I’m crazy when I mention this.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Justine,
      Don’t waste time and energy trying to convince others such as family members or your doctor. Just start planning your explant and get your breast implants properly removed which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Please ensure all capsule tissue is removed. Nicole

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  63. Diana

    Linda, do you know if the surgeon who preformed your removal in Alvin is still practicing? I looked up surgeons in Alvin and the only one I thought may possibly be the one is Dale Messer. Is this possibly the right one?? I’ve been sick for 14 years with Lyme disease. I Got my implants 6 months before I got sick. 😕 Have often wondered if I would feel better if I had the implants removed. I’m almost convinced I would.
    I didn’t get implants to have bigger breasts, my breasts were literally deformed.
    Think I need to really consider getting them removed and will not do it without a referral to a dr that did a great job from someone who has actually had it done.
    Thank you, Diana

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  64. Amanda

    Hello, I have done my research and am scheduling soon to remove my 20 yr old saline implants after declining health. Im not sure if I have a slow leak and was wondering if anyone would recommend a MRI, 3 D mamo or ultrasound to investigate. I have never had any and I am 39yrs old. TIA

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      We don’t recommend mammograms because they can and do rupture implants. MRI’s are fine as long as you don’t have the gandolinium contrast with them which will become toxic to you. Ultrasound is best in our opinion. Nicole

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      1. Amanda

        Thank you. I will have my Dr order an ultrasound before I schedule surgery, if there is anything abnormal I am hoping to get insurance to help out. My Dr is writing a letter to recommend removal along with my history and symptoms. Any other suggestions to get support from Ins co??

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    2. Linda

      If you are in a support group, some should know of doctors who still believe breast implants are dangerous..why would dow pay the first ill lady $25 million, she moved away and no one was to contact her. I did, but did not know I was not supposed too, I got a call, a threat, not to ever call her again, a different b i lady. This is why dow and other b i manufactures had to get a class action lawsuit started, they could not pay all the ladies that much, for the women left, this is what they did.
      I had my silicone implants from 1977 to 1994, at the very start, I could tell things were not right, worst things, first, I hand NO energy. Then other things started to happen, was at a doctor’s office about every two weeks.
      AMANDA: There is a test where the tech will place your breast into breast like forms, there is no pressure, looks like a ultra sound machine. No mamo ! No pressure ! More than likely you do have leakage, the silicone envelope leaks small amounts of silicone every day, the saline will lose it’s strength, it will be bacteria and fungus in with the un-strengthen saline. All needs removed, you may have different kinds of illness when taken out, but I had two doctors from Houston, TX. tell me: “if you do not get them out, you will die”. My last delima, I could not walk, I went to my foot doc. he sent me to a foot specialist, they could not find a thing wrong. This was the last draw. I do walk now. I had several close b i friends to leave this cruel world when it came to breast implants. I had a GENERAL SURGEON remove my implants. He took out the implants where they were put in, under the breast. Back then we were told they were not dangerous, but they really are. Many b i ladies have been paid settlements for their illness, but our health is more important. Please get them removed and not by a plastic surgeon, I went to a plastic surgeon, he told me “i will be sunken in where the implants were, scars..for me to come back for saline implants, then I met a lady who went the the General Surgeon, I went to him also. I was very pleased with the out come of his surgery ways.
      This was in Alvin, Texas. God Bless us all who got into thinking we needed or wanted bigger breast, now I can be little or I can be big, Walmart has air bras, water bras, Victoria Secret, Fredricks, they will help you with the right fit. DO NOT BREAST FEED IF YOU HAVE BREAST IMPLANTS, more generations are ill now, people still having implants put in, young ladies, who will want to have children, have b i’s, there is NO MILK in the breast ~ I wish you all the best of health but the implants must be removed. Thanks for reading some of my years living with the dangerous implants.

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      1. Amanda

        Linda, thank you for your story and all the information. I had saline under the muscle 20 years ago and was fine for many years or so I thought. Did have trouble breast feeding my 2 kids and had to stop at 6 weeks for both. About 2 years ago weird things started to happen but I was under a lot of stress so I just dismissed it all until I was made to search for answers. I am not as bad as some women, I have been diagnosed with a mold infection, candida, adrenal fatigue, food sensitivities/leaky gut, allergies, estrogen dominance which caused severe eczema type rashes all over and low thyroid ect. All while going into menopause at 38 yrs old. Can not wait to go to the other side and get these darn things out! Thanks again for sharing.

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  65. claire

    Hi Nicole,
    I am trying to sign up for facebook, but have never done this before, can you please guide me on how to sign in to facebook for your support group, thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Claire,
      You need a facebook account. If you have a facebook account you can go directly to the group by clicking the link to the support group on the welcome page of this website or clicking the F button located at the bottom of any page of this website, both will take you directly to the group. Otherwise you can search the group by searching Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole. Nicole

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      1. Merita Haley

        Hi Admin: I found this page on a Google search for autoimmune and saline implants; I have both. Just put in a request on your Facebook page.

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  66. ccccccc

    I have brest implant for three years. I explanted today. Since I have got it, I made an peculliar asthma, I have anxiety since one year. I felt this is somethig wrong with my implants, because I was healty before.
    I hope symptoms will disseapear.

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  67. Andrea

    Hi Paula,
    I sent a phone text to the # listed inquiring when would be a good time to call you. Maybe your # is a land line? If you would still like to talk let me know. I am excited for your upcoming surgery to renewed health. 😊

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    1. Paula Lawrence

      Hi Andrea –
      Yes, that is my land line – I am on central time and I will be home on Friday, Saturday all day and Sunday afternoon if that works for you – I’m an early riser so call when it works for you 🙂 Otherwise, my cell number is 715-205-4255. Looking forward to talking to you! Thanks, Paula

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      1. Andrea

        Hi Paula,
        I left a text message on your land line #. Glad we figured it out. Let me know if you prefer I call your land line or cell and at what time. I will call this weekend. I look forward to talking with you. I am at the horribly chronic stages of this illness right now, but am pushing forward…barely. Knowing each day brings me closer to my Explant on June 1st is the only thing that is keeping me going! Talk to you soon. 😊

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        1. Paula Lawrence

          Hi Andrea – if you want to call me at home 715-865-2925 tomorrow at 10 that would be great – but try anytime that works for you. The waiting for our appt is agonizing – I so agree with what you said!!

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  68. Susan Tedrahn

    I have had my saline implants for about 8 yrs. They both ruptured about 3 yrs. ago. I have never had any acute symptoms. Anything that was happening to me I chaulked up to just getting older. I’ll be 69 this May Any Dr. I spoke to told me that as long as I wasn’t having any symptoms there was no rush to have them removed. That worked for me because I didn’t have any money to have them removed. Now that I know better I’m trying to rectify the situation

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  69. Emily Thode Valdez

    My name is Emily Thode Valdez and I’m a reporter with the ABC affiliate in San Diego. I am looking for someone locally who has suffered and become sick from her implants, ruptured or not.
    If anyone knows someone, please call me at 619-455-2791.

    Thank you!

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  70. Linda

    My name is Linda, I had silicone B Is’ put in the year of 1977. I slept two weeks sitting up, or trying, the worst pain, I was with a bandage for two weeks wrapped around me, the implants were put in under the muscle. Over the first month after the bandage was removed they started to get HARD, the one on the left would contract upward if I was in a stressful situation. I would not recommend Silicone (chemicals), Saline (saline in a hot body will lose it’s strength, therefore causing bacteria and fungus, check on bags of saline in hospitals, look for expiration date. (I would advise not breast feeding with any implant), saline with antibiotics: all the implants leak daily into the body, the antibiotic/saline; the antibiotics will become immune to your system therefore, if you ever need antibiotics for whatever reason, your system will be immune to the antibiotics ~ fat from your tummy section to place in breast: this fat rarely catches onto what is there for the fat to cling too, the fat more or less will just be a clob in your breast ~ any foreign object in the body will form encapsulation, such as implants, it is not know, as for me, why other implants like pacemakers do not cause diseases or encapsulation I do not know? I was told to squeeze the implants so they would not get hard, this was just one of the instructions which should not be given, the silicone is in a silicone envelope, the silicone also leaks from the envelope, this is one reason the implants get hard, if there are other reasons, I am not aware. I had my B Is’ taken out in 1994 this was after years of going to many, many doctors, for yeast infections, I was diagnosed with rare connective disorders such as: lupus, MS. I was NOT diagnoised with scleroderma (the worst of bi patients diseases, hardening of the skin and organs) MS. Fatigue, Chronic inflammation, colds, deep pain in arms and legs. etc. “ONE” doctor, a Rheumatologist in Houston, TX., he yelled at me saying “if you do not get the implants removed, you will die”. I did not then, I went for a annual physical at my workplace, the doc. there could not believe his eyes and told me I sure should have them removed. Before these two doctors, I did not realize my problems were from the implants, I waited a couple years more, still being ill, used all my vacation and sick days the last year of my employment, what got me to have them taken out, one day I got up from my desk and I could not walk. I had to drive myself to the foot doctor as it was my feet causing this, he could not explain, he sent me to a specialist., he could not explain ~ after test and x-rays. This was the final draw: In 1994, I met a lady at one of the rheumatolgist , who believed implants were/are a problem. She was with her spouse, I was with mine..We started talking ~ she told NOT GO TO a Plastic Surgeon for the removal of implants. She showed me her breast, and said they were the way they looked before she had hers put in, no scars showing and same size ~ both the lady and mine were taken OUT (mine in 1994, had them for 23 years and ruptured) where they were put in, under the breast, she advised me NOT to go to a plastic surgeon, they are only looking for you to come back for more reconstructive surgeries or talk you into a different implant. She gave me her surgeon’s name, was in Alvin, Texas, I called his office, mad an appointment with him, he removed the implants, I too look the same as I did before BIs’. Plastic surgeons are looking for patients for more money, general surgeons are for you to be well and have much to do without a patient coming back for more surgeries. In BusinessWeek magazine dated Oct.. 2. 1995, there is a article written by, I am sure by now a former employee of Dow Chemical located in Houston, Texas, The front page: TRAPPED. His wife was suffering from the results of breast implants and here John Swanson worked there. Instead of telling all the bad which comes from BIs’, his point was to get the Informed Consent form signed from the doctor, the plastic surgeon. He also wrote a book: Informed Consent, what this book is about the end line, is the doctors should inform the patients of the risk of BIs. They don’t, they do not tell ladies (some men have then also), they have to be replaced ever ‘5’ years, and problems which will come, if implanted.
    I thank the good Lord I have a wonderful husband and daughter who have put up with me when I am not up to par most days..as for detoxing, I found a doctor in T J, Mexico who treats with chelation IV, gluethyeon (spelling ?)IV and Live Stem Cell shots. Mineral foot baths are good for detoxing akso.. I live in California but people go to this doctor all over the world for treatments, not only Breast Implant patients, but cancer, many other illnesses. When the doctors give up on you in the US or other countries, they go to him.
    You will find when and if you have your implants taken out; doctors do not like to hear these two words: Breast Implants. In fear of a lawsuit. I still have my implants in my garage: they are in a plastic bucket like with skull and cross bones. I believe all lawsuits have been filed and paid the first payments, then in 2014 there was a partial, now there is another partial to come and if the early BI patients get worse, they can file for another disease, if worse. My disease is General Connective Disease. You might phone the manfacturer who made your implant and see if they will pay to have them removed. After a lady from Houston was paid $25million, the manfacturer figured they cannot pay all BI patients this much so there was a classs action lawsuit. There was about 5 catagories of diseases which one would have to meet the criteria, we needed medical records, the manufacturer who made your BIs, and a Rhumatologist and Neurologist will be needed for a catagory, or was needed. Please check with the manufacturer, if you do not have the money to pay for explant, ask them to pay. Keep all medical records.
    I don’t know what my life will become in the future, my main problem now is fatigure, deep pain in my legs and arms. I have a friend who went for a Mammagram recently, they told her she has silicone still globs in her breast, her implants have been removed, but they had ruptured.
    I feel for each of you! I lived in Houston, TX. most of painful years, there were many BI ladies there, many were/are my friends to this day. Some are o k, some are bedridden some of my very close friends did not make it through this tragic ordeal. One of my best friends was given a check to sign on her death bed. GOD Bless you all, just get them out, the longer they are in your body, the worse it will be for you. I could write more, but I feel I have written too much as it is. We did everything to stop ladies from getting implants, some did listen, maybe some never thought to ask? This was in 1994.
    NO PLASTIC SURGEON!
    One other thing, don’t always trust the people who have never had implants, they could be working for a plastic surgeon or an attorney. If I can be of help, please let me know. Linda

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    1. Linda

      Ruth, contact the manufacturer of your implants, hopefully they will pay for removal. I wish you well <3
      You will have to give them the I D number of your implants, which will be on your doctor's record who implanted you ~

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  71. Ruth LEONARD

    Hi, i kept having pre-cancerous tumors,
    coming faster, larger , & harder than the previous ones before. 3 different m. d. stated i should have a double mastectomy &. reconstruction surgery.
    That procedure were completed in the mid 1980.
    I had Saline Implants. Both have burst. the implants are still in my body. I am on disability/Medicare, & do not have the money to have the implants removed.
    I am suffering from GERD, IBS-D,
    Ankylosis Spondolitis –
    ( Rheumatoid Arthritis -HLA-B27 positive ), OsteoArthritis, COPD with Chronic Bronchitis , NASA Cage with Titainum Plate & Screws,
    2 Anyurism , 3 Strokes, Cataract Replacement Lens (Both Eyes) , Right needs TKR,
    Migraine Headaches,

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  72. Susan

    Also you listed all physicians at Baylor Houston – you just listed the entire department. What physicians would you recommend at Baylor? Many thanks

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  73. Susan

    Who would you recommend in Houston? Saw that dr. Fortes has no recommendation after his name. also can you please email me the Guidelines & Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy? Thanks for all this info.

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  74. Susan

    Hi! Wow finding this site blew my mind! Thanks so much for your information.
    I am 59 years old. I had my first silicone implants in 1984 and a larger set in 1993.
    So I have silicone on my chest for over 30 years, same set for 23 years.
    I have never had any capsule formation or problems with the implants that I could see or feel. So I just went on with life with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” attitude, even though as time went on they felt grossly overblown, clumsy, difficult to fit clothing, painful during exercise, and with 25 pound weight gain I totally felt like a fat whale. As I matured, I came to realize how dumb it was – what the heck is wrong with small breasts? ? Life is NOT about body shape – it is about ME, my love, family, intelligence, etc.
    The plastic surgeon never discussed pros or cons. What would happen to these foreign bodies in me over time. Nothing. I never heard of FDA warnings, no public statement of silicone leak hazards, no media news broadcasts to advise women to get checked asap if they have breast implants.
    I never even thought about the silicone that may be hurting my health!
    My symptoms increasingly over the past years of brain fog, severe cognitive impairment, frequent upper respiratory infections, fatigue, depression, low motivation, general malaise were attributed to old age, menopause, weight gain, etc. Many trips to doctors. No medical professional ever connected my implants to all my symptoms.
    Now that I know – I want them out RIGHT NOW!
    Ok thanks for listening – I need an ex plant surgeon Philadelphia area please. I looked at the lis and the closest is Hershey.
    I am positive my pcp, plastic surgeon and other hcp’s will think I’ve lost my mind
    Help!
    Susan

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    1. Marlene

      Hi my name is Marlene and I had silicone implants in my body for 29 years.
      July 2015 I had them replaced with new silicone implants my plastic surgeon told me that he removed all the silicone from my breast area. Three weeks after my surgery I had this burning sensation in the bottom of my right breast I had an ultrasound month prior to my surgery that show that I had a silicone leak in the right implant, last week I had a mammogram, ultrasound and MRI it shows that he left chunk silicone in the right breast. And my plastic surgeon has been on The doctors 2020 and Barbara Walters interviewed him Dr. Oz The view entertainment tonight the list go on. He’s wrote books on plastic surgery. He won’t except responsibility of leaving that silicone chunk all he says is when I go see him all the time they look so beautiful I did a good job. Now that I got that MRI done now I need to do something about it!

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  75. Holly Dauphin

    Hello – I have been very sick for about 18 months. I was recently diagnosed with Shjogres and arthritis. I was hospitalized last summer and initially everyone thought it was lupus. I get rashes with, have heat sensitivity, pain on my right side under breast in rib area, muscle weakness, joint pain, mouth and nose ulcers, dry everything, brain fog, neuropathy in limbs, vertigo and the list goes on & on. I have been sent to a rheumatologist, dermatologist, Gastrointologist, Endocrinologist, Opthamologist, and now immunologist all in the past 10 months. I keep getting sicker & put on more meds but no one can come up with a root cause for all my symptoms. I am only 46 years old and wonder how all of this could happen to me in less then 2 years when I was always a healthy person. Oh I also now have high blood pressure, insomnia, food sensitivities & stomach issues. I learned of breast implant surgery from a member of my Sjögren’s syndrome support group. I have had my implants for about 8 years they are saline. I saw a dermatologist in November because I devolved a raw raised itchy rash on my left breast. She biopsies and it came back inconclusive some type of psoriasis with unknown cause. I went for my annual mammogram in January and the tech asked if I noticed that my right implant was smaller then the left, I hadn’t but told her I had pain under it near ribs, she took extra films and then shouted radiologist to see if ultrasound was needed. She said he said no, I didn’t question it at the time. I believe my illness is due to my implants and that all my mysterious symptoms are tied to this illness. My insurance company is BC/BS & Breast Implant removal is listed as Required for Pre-authorization. I need to find a doctor who can diagnose me with this illness and tell the insurance company removal is a medical necessity to prevent further illness. Can you help me locate a doctor in Connecticut. Please I am so sick and tired of being sick & tired…any assistance is appreciated.

    Holly Dauphin

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  76. Linda barbano

    Hello my name is Linda I would like to join the group please I had mcghan breast implants put in in 1993 and I’ve been suffering from one ruptured 10 years ago and I can’t get any help either. This is such a terrible occurrence it’s changed my life extremely I have health issues I feel awful and disfigured I certainly hope some time before I’m gone we can get help with this matter

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  77. Marie Davies

    Nicole,
    Thank you for this site and info!! I’m 53 years old & have had silicone implants over 25 years. I’ve had multiple sinus surgeries, including fungal infections, and I’m very sick now. I had to stop working to try to find out what’s wrong with me. I’m usually very energetic & now I have to stay in bed all day on some days. I have chronic post nasal drip and thought I might need another sinus surgery. The rhinologist & ENT say I don’t. Then I looked into mercury fillings; I don’t have any. I’ve been to SO many doctors and I still do not know what is wrong with me. When I read this, I thought this might be my answer. I recently started going to a naturopath & had thermography done & other testing. These are some of the results: severe sinus problem, severe lymph block, severe breast blocked spot, inflammation, my sinuses & entire right side of my neck lymp are severely blocked, severe global immune stress, adrenal stress, severe systemic virus, allergies, vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivities, etc. ; I’ve tried so many doctors,etc. such as acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, lymph drainage, essential oils, ENTs, etc.

    Does this sound like it could be the implants to you?

    I mentioned it to naturopath & she said:
    ” Silicone is “inert” and thus it is asserted that it is harmless, but anything can trigger the immune system. We are going to continue to improve your lymphatic circulation and reduce the stress on your immune system… getting you to a better level of health!”

    Will an MRI confirm if my implants are unhealthy for me? Are there other ways to confirm? If I have the implants removed & continue my alternative treatments, should that “fix” me?

    I would appreciate any advice!! I live in Plano, TX.

    Sincerely,

    Marie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marie,
      I recommend explanting properly asap which means an En Bloc style Total Capsulectomy – all capsule tissue should be removed for your best chance at healing. Your symptoms are very common to breast implant illness. With a proper explant and support of your detoxification you will recover your health in a few years. Nicole

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    2. Marlene

      I had an MRI and they will confirm what’s going on if they’re leaking and what’s going on with your breast tissue.

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  78. Andrea

    Hi Paula,
    Your generosity & kindness means the world to me. More than you will ever know…Thank you for your support. I will reach out to you. I am going this journey alone so I am beyond blessed & forever grateful to have found support & kindness from people like yourself & this group/site.
    Andrea

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    1. Paula Lawrence

      Hi Andrea,

      Yes, please call me so we can actually talk – there are very few people I can actually talk to as well. I am excited for you to have your surgery with Dr. Feng. Each day gets us closer to our explant date! (715) 865-2925. Paula

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  79. Christie

    I wish I could afford the explant. One implant recently burst and I’m fairly sure that my severe skin rashes, , itchy liquid filled bumps, hive looking bumps and perioral dermititis are linked to this somehow. I went to a plastic surgeon yesterday for a consultation and before I left I agreed to let him deflate the other. He jabbed a needle 5 times into my breast while making large circular motions to do so. I almost passed out from the experience.

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  80. Andrea

    I see the link where I need to join Nicole. 😊

    Nina-thank you so very much for your post. I have 360 cc as well. They have doubled in size since implanted over the muscle 18 yrs ago. First surgery was with mentor textured saline that my body started rejecting as I was coming out of anesthesia in the hospital! I just found out I have the MTHFR gene. The replacement allergen textured silicone implants have become swollen obviously due to scar tissue & probably leaking/possible rupture as I have a protrusion poking thru my skin on my top right breast. It looks like an arrow. I have been told by countless doctors & PS it is only cosmetic even tho I am bed ridden except for going to work and straight home!! Everyone would only exchange not Explant. My whole being kept saying NO!!! I am scheduling my Explant today with Dr Feng in Ohio. I am traveling a great distance by myself to see her. Very excited. Your post gives me great comfort. I can wait to walk for miles and workout like I used to. I can’t wait to live again and be free of these toxic deadly bags that are not only trying to take my life, but make me look like a 45 yr old “Barbie” wanna be. I am excited to see the world again!! I have been very symptomatic for the past 7 yrs and debilatingly ill for the past 3. I am excited to live again!! Thanks again for your post Nina.

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    1. Paula Lawrence

      Hi Andrea,

      I am having my explant done by Dr. Feng on 5/9 – we can stay in touch if you’d like – my number is 715-865-2925. I’ve had my implants for 11 years and, like you, can’t wait to get them out and just be me and get back all of my energy. Please call if you’d like to talk! Thanks, Paula

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    2. Linda Beug

      Hello Andrea- I live in the Cleveland area and have a consult app with Dr Feng on 4/26. I found this site 2 wks ago and made up my mind immediately to have my 26 yr old implants removed. I’ve been diagnosed with RA 12 yrs ago and fibro 3 yrs ago and know in my heart that the implants are mostly to blame. Anyway if you want someone to confer with or maybe meet you when you fly in to Cleveland I could possibly be available for you. My name is Linda and my email is lbeug70@yahoo.com

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      1. Andrea

        Hi Linda,
        I am excited for your consult. I’ll reach out to you via e-mail. I am counting down the days to June 1st. Never thought I would be so excited to go to Ohio! 😉 I will be there for extended stay from May 30th thru June 6th. I am doing ultrasound & mapping there as well. I will leave earlier if drains are removed, but doing my whole care there. I have no room for chances anymore & want Feng to remove the drains. Talk to you soon. Andrea

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  81. Andrea

    Hi Nicole, WOW!! I read through this website top to bottom over and over again all last weekend. This website is how I put 2 and 2 together about my horrible illness with my 18 yr old toxic implants. I would have never made the connection without all this information. What are the support groups I should join again?? This is you 😊 😊

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      The facebook group is called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. See you there. Nicole

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  82. ashley

    I just had my implants removed. I’m still feeling tired, moody and so on. I need help detoxing now. How do I start this process? I have three small children. I need to get myself back.

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  83. Sheri Prejean

    Thank you for sending me this. I do believe I suffer with some of the symptoms. Unfortunately I do not have my husbands support as he doesn’t think any of this is true. My PS nor Gyn don’t believe it exists either.
    I will continue to read up on all of this and act according to my belief for my body!

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    1. Nancy Coleman

      Dear Sheri,
      I’m sorry you don’t have your husband’s support. Move forward anyway. There are most likely more ‘things’ for you to learn through what you’re experiencing. Go inside of yourself, ask “what is there for me to learn about myself?”, and move forward. Stay with your convictions….and most importantly find your personal power and stay with it as best you can. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s an experiencing and learning process.
      Best to you and your health.
      Nancy

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  84. Rio Duro

    Hello
    its been less than a year since I started noticing problems, had mentor, saline implants with mya uk in 2013. First started noticing aches in my back, hip and pelvis which then felt like trapped shooting nerve pains in groin and hip area and lots of bloating. things started to improve for a month or so only to come back a whole lot worse. I then began to get pins and needles in my legs with awful nerve pain and pain around pelvis attaching muscles, plus awful back pain asthough it wernt sitting properly, also the dizziness and shakes appeared on and off. The chronic back and leg pain carried on only then to have neck problems, trapped nerve pain and muscle aches on and off. then I suddenly began to get nerve and muscle pain down arms and hands and have developed raynauds recently; however what’s proving most scary atm is ive developed a shudder whenever I move any bones especially in my back and neck! I feel so weak and my limbs feel floppy and shaky. Infact forgot to mention been getting numb hands/arms during the night for almost 2 years, plus anxiety/panic attacks, skin rashes. I have gone from working 11 hour days running my own business to not being able to the supermarket in the space of months. Seen doctor countless times, they have now referred me to neurology with a huge waiting list! Sure there are other symptoms I have missed too but can’t think of right now. I had no idea implant illness existed until a matter of days ago, I’m not sure what to think to be honest but im so worried and just wanted to put my story forward, thank you, Rio.

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    1. Sharon Ribando

      I was where you are one year ago! EVERYTHING ! This illness is life changing became completely bedridden before i found this site.

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  85. Anne Hultin

    I’ve had my implants for over 30years.lately I feel like I have Body aches, back aches, whenever I bend over when I come back up I get dizzy and feel like I can’t breathe. I want them out but can’t afford the surgery. Does insurance cover implant removal.?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anne,
      Some insurance does cover removal of implants. Pain and capsular contraction Bakers IV seems to get covered the most. Check out the link to insurance information on the Resources page of this website. Nicole

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  86. Penny

    Hi , I just found your group and can not thank you enough! I have had implants for over 20 years. Starting experiencing capsular contracture about a year ago. My health had been “delicate ” for many years but I am high functioning so always pushed ahead. But over the last year my health has been deteriorating. Finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Does anyone know of a surgeon in CT who performs explanation en bloc? I called Dr James Lyons office in Westport and spoke with his assistant. It does not appear that he believes in this illness since they said that usually they do not “need to take the capsule out with the implants”. Thank you. Penny

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Penny,
      Most plastic surgeons will not admit that breast implants cause illness because they derive so much income from placing breast implants. The most important is to choose a surgeon committed to removing all the capsule tissue which we knows correlates to a good recovery. Nicole

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  87. Allison B.

    I am having explant surgery next month and have questions with the detox process? When should you start the detox and is there an exact program to follow telling me what to eat?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Allison,
      You can check out Detoxification page of my website here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/, which pretty clearly outlines what I ate. Also Dr. Kolb has diet recommendations in the links under the Resource page of this website here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/resources/. If you are looking for the exact low mycotoxin/antifungal diet and protocol please come to the facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group where we list it in our files. You can come to the group directly by clicking the Facebook button on any page of this website or searching for the group name. Nicole

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  88. claire

    Hey Paula,
    Thank you for the blessings for my surgery, I am counting down the days. Wishing you the best on your surgery also, hope it is a blessing for both of us.
    Thanks again, Claire

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    1. Paula Lawrence

      Hi Claire,

      Only 6 days until your surgery! If you would like you can call me at 715-865-2925 so we can stay in touch. Thanks, Paula

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  89. Kristi

    I need a really good Doctor in Southern CA. Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego areas. I am having a myriad of symptoms. I want someone that is good at implant removal. Thank you.

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  90. Paula Lawrence

    Hi Nicole,
    Do you know if there are any plastic surgeons in Minnesota that you would recommend that do explants? I’m waiting to hear from my P.S. in Edina, MN – one of his nurses said he doesn’t do a lot of those…so I’m a little leary about going back to him for that – but I have a consult appt on 3/11 to discuss. In the meantime I looked at the explant surgeons you recommend on this site – but I thought I’d double check to see if you know of any in MN? Thanks, Paula

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    1. Paula Lawrence

      Claire, I am so happy that your explant surgery is on 2/24! I just got my explant date with Dr. Feng on May 9! It seems like an eternity to me. The worst symptom that I have is migraine headaches which before I realized my implants were the cause I’ve been trying to figure out the cause through diet for the past 9 years or so! Ugh – this is a nightmare – but I know it could be worse. Blessings to you for a wonderful surgery! Paula

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  91. Claire

    Hi Nicole, Thank you for our website and all the information you have provided for the many women like myself who are suffering from implant toxicity. I am scheduled for explantation on Feb 24 and looking forward to getting my health and my life back. Recently had MRI of breast which indicated implants are intact (silicone which were inserted in 2009 replacing saline originally inserted 1992 S/P bilaterally mastectomy), PS doing explant with capsulectomy. Due to my declining health, extensive body mass loss and wt loss, PS unable to do fat transplant or flap at this time, but at this moment I just want to be healthy again. Besides being dx with Hashimoto’s in Sept I have been experiencing increased neuropathy, headaches, fatigue, palpitations, blood pressure fluctuations, itching all over my body and intense itching under chest wall/implants. PS denied implants cause autoimmune disease but did state he has seen these similar symptoms in 4 women who he removed implants and had significant symptom relief, so I am hopeful. I have been on gluten free diet since dx of Hashimoto’s in Sept and PS has recommended vitamin therapy and protein shake supplements prior to surgery. Would appreciate any information/advice that will help me prior to surgery, I have read your detox protocol for after surgery. Do you know if the physicians ever start patients on antifungal therapy prior to surgery, the itching worries me that I may have fungal infection. My primary care MD, endocrinologist, cardiologist, allergist and neurologist have all ruled out underlying causes for my symptoms and admit they had no idea implants could be the cause and encouraged me to follow thru with PS.

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  92. Anne

    Hello-
    I underwent surgery in May 2015 for cohesive gel implants. All was well until the first part of December when I experienced a highly inflamed lymph node in my arm pit area. It has since settled down but is still somewhat enlarged two months later. Approximately one month after experiencing the inflamed lymph node I noticed a tightness from my arm pit to my elbow and every now and then it continued to my wrist. It felt like scar tissue that prevented me from full extending my arm. That has since subsided but I do have a sore spot on my lower – interior bicep muscle. It’s primarily one sore spot that gets my attention when I press on it. If I extend my arm out to the side and press backwards I can feel a soreness in my bicep muscle. Has anyone experienced similar symptoms? I’m wondering if the ‘scar tissue’ feeling was drainage from my lymph node? Thank you in advance for any information you may be able to provide.

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  93. Debra

    Hi Nicole,
    I had my forty five year old silicone implants removed six weeks go, and I have a question about the detox program. I have been tested for heavy metals and mold with nothing being out of order. My biggest concern is the difficulty I have in walking, weakness and wobbly sensation. I don’t know where to begin in the detox, I’m completely overwhelmed with all the suggestions online. Do you happen to know where I should begin considering this very disabling symptom, or what protocol is being used for this?

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    1. Dollie Bush

      Debra,
      I am where you were probably 2 or 3 months earlier!
      I’m just starting the process (consultation appt) on explant…mine are also 45 years old!
      Needless to say I’m trying to do research and feel scared. My age isn’t helping (76). My referral is to a General Surgeon not a Plastic Surgeon.

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      1. Janice phillips

        I am also 76 have had them since 82 .I have many of same illness as most women with implants.I feel as tho I need to have them out. I cannot bring my self to do this. Do I believe I would be better off without them. Age and expense is also a factor. Thanks for reading

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  94. Tara

    I got my implants in September 2014. I am suffering several of the symptoms (foggy mind, memory loss, extreme hair loss, heart pulpitations, mood swings, anxiety, lathargic and joint pain), however i had the copper IUD inserted  6 months ago and have been reading these are all symptoms of copped toxicity also so i don’t  know  if it’s  the IUD or the implants. I had bloods taken for my copper levels last week but all “normal” According to my GP. I have  been to a naturopath  and he said heavy metals hide in your tissue not blood, so blood test results wouldn’t show this accurately? He said I should have the copper IUD removed straight away.

    I get strange pains in my left implant (armpit)  and they feel as of they have shrunk dramatically  in the last 3-4 months  (i have also lost 6k while traveling so i know ive lost alot of natural breast tissue weight)
    Any advice is greatly appreciated
    Thanks in advance 
    Tara

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tara,
      Both your breast implants and the IUD need to come out. I would get the IUD removed asap and then come to the Facebook group and learn more about breast implants and copper toxicity. In the FB group we have a file on copper toxicity as some of us that that too due to high estrogen correlating with high copper. You can join the our facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by searching us on Facebook or clicking the F button at the bottom of any page of this website. Nicole

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  95. Steph

    Hello I had a breast implant put in my left Breast 6 years ago I was lucky enough to get full sensation back and everything seemed fine. 6 months ago I noticed I had lost all feeling in the breast. Iv been to the doctors who said I will receive a letter to go and see my surgeon. What could this be im worrying and can’t wait any longer for some answers.

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  96. Nina

    I am 4 weeks post explant. My “fibromyalgia” symptoms are better, and the best way of describing my overall feeling is that my body feels a lot less stressed. I’d compare it to having an allergen removed after years of reacting to it. I’ve been following the detox diet and supplements and have been trying to get to the steam room in my gym as often as I can. My worst symptoms have been the fibromyalgia, joint pain and foggy brain. I am hoping that staying with the detox diet (raw organic foods, unprocessed, grass fed, etc.,) I’ll be able to keep improving. I felt so sick pre explant that honestly I didn’t/don’t even care what I look like, but surprisingly it’s a great relief to be back to an A after being a small D with the implants. Pre implant I was a 34A, had 360cc implants which made me a 34D and now …. well, I’m a small A and LOVE it. If feels great not having those things stuck on my chest and feel that my clothes fit much better. I love the natural look! Wishing the best of luck to all of you suffering and for those who are thinking of getting implants – DON”T do it!!! Read about how many of us got sick from them.

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  97. Stephanie

    I am 6 days post explant, (January 11) capsule removal and lift. My implants were silicone under muscle and had been in for 25 years. I used my local plastic surgeon, the same one that placed them so long ago. I was in surgery 2.5 hours and have been on the mend since I got home. I have not had much pain, just a little soreness. I have been wearing a sports bra, and sleeping elevated on pillows. I am to do this for 10 days.

    My pre implant breast size was 34 B, post explant 34D,, and now I am not sure. I think I will be 34 B+.

    Before I had the explant I had many unexplained symptoms (brain fog, joint pain, back and neck pain, tired all the time, psoriasis, afib, just to mention a few) Since I awoke from surgery I have had absolutely no neck, back or joint pain. The psoriasis on my leg is better. Not sure about the afib. Don’t want to take a chance and get off meds just yet.

    Having my implants removed was the right decision for me. I had a lift and so my breasts started out looking like flat donuts, but each day gets better, and they are beginning to soften and drop a little. I am sure in a few months, they will look awesome.

    This is a short synopsis of my story. Hope someone out there finds it encouraging. I would love to hear from anyone who has had their implants removed with lift. How do your breasts look 1 month out, 3 months out and then 6. Also when were you able to resume sleeping on your side or stomach.. These are the questions that I need answers to most.

    Thank you

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  98. Claire

    Hi Nicole, can you or anyone recommend an experienced surgeon in the New Orleans, La are to perform explantation?

    Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Claire,
      There may be one there but I don’t know of him/her yet. Please read the Explant page of this website and see the Explant Surgeons page for a list of surgeons we know remove implants properly. Nicole

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  99. meredith edwards

    Dear Nicole,thank you first for your imformative text,it was the first imformation that allowed me to acknowledge that I did have breast implant illness.Yesterday I was explanted after having my textured coesive gel implants in for 18 years,the last 6 months have been a living hell,and I hope now I can start my healing,I won’t go into all my symptoms,as the list is too long.Today is the first day after explant,yes I’m sore normal,but I have an excruciating headache,maybe because of all the toxins racing through my body.I want to heal,should I be taking anti fungal treatment straight after my op,or any other medication,I shall eat organic and do what I can nutritionally,should I make an appointment to see a toxicogist,as I’m sure I have heavy metal poisoning as well.Thanks again for making me realise the gravity of my illness,and I wish you very well,and hope that you are fully recovered.I feel sadenned that there are many women who when they decide to implant,are blind to what will happen to them,and that one day in the future,all implants will be banned.best wishes,meredith edwards.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Meredith,
      Come to the Facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group where we can coach you through your detoxification. Nicole

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  100. Kimberly Simpson

    I have been sick for about 3 years and the recent year my symptoms have gotten worse. I was watching a TV show last night with Yolanda Foster in it and she just had her implants removed by the surgeon listed #1 on your list of explant surgeons. I asked my husband if he thought my implants could have anything to do with all my illnesses. He googled symptoms of implant illness and found your site. He then began to read to me all the symptoms of breast implant illness and my mouth dropped! I have pretty much every single symptom listed with exception of a few. Your site has been very helpful and I have to say I’m a little terrified of what my next few months entail. My one question to you is after the explant surgery, did you have a lift? I’m wondering if reconstruction will be needed or does the surgeon just remove and patch up? I’m not concerned about the size, a perky A cup will be fine with me as long as I get my health back. Thanks for all you have done in helping so many ill women.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kimberly,
      I did not need a lift and many don’t but some do. It depends on the size of your breasts, the size of implants, aging, weight loss and gain. Your surgeon will tell you if you need a lift for the best result. Many ladies get lifts too and they turn out well. Other than lifts for those that need them no reconstruction is needed after explant. Nicole

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  101. tammy

    HI, I have a few questions. I have had silicone breast implants for 8 yrs now. I am 40 yrs old. Since getting them, I have developed arthritic changes in my joints, fatigue, menopause, flu like symptoms once a month or two months,and depression. I have been tested for lupus, RA, both negative. Sed rate normal. I have bone spurs in my back, one taken off my shoulder. In the last month I have begun having burning, electrical tingling in both breast with intense itching. Not to mention, a skin rash on torso and arms with no explanation. Im looking for an explant doctor, hoping my symptoms will go away. All illnesses that I have started after my implants. Just curious if anyone else has experienced any of these things.

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  102. cheryl

    I am in the pain category now. Its Sunday. Last week i had xrays for possible broken ribs from coughing so much. replaced 22 year old implants march 2009, with silicone. Heathy as can be except for the past two months (and last year same chest pains with flu symptoms)

    pain is radiating from my left breast area rib cage everywhere. this morning i woke up with left-sided numbness and tingling in my head and arm going down from my breast to my stomach. my mind thinks its silicone just dripping down my ribs and chest wall/ body. i told the doctors last year when similar pain from coughing happened it was happening again. last year had MRI, CT Scan, Mamogram, Ultra Sound. all came back with no implant rupture. my doctor says i have costochondritis. they gave me second round of anti-biotics, norco for pain on monday. i have only taken 3 of the norco as i don’t like pills. self medicating with alcohol.

    Los Angeles area. called and emailed doctor today. waiting for MRI to be scheduled for tomorrow. almost every post i have read today is the same as i am going through. what are the odds if the silicone has leaked that it can all be removed? i read that if it goes into your lungs it can never be removed (how would it get in there) i am i writing this i have a sharp pain my left temple when i open my mouth. should i go to emergency room or wait for monday morning? UUGGHHH

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  103. Madelin

    So glad I found this site! I’ve had hives since August. I’ve been to over 5 dermatologists, a hematologist, allergist and last being treated by a university of miami dermatology research doctor. All tests performed come back negative. No food or environmental allergies, no liver issue, no auto immune disease which is all great but I still keep getting rashes and continuous itching. I’ve spent over $4,000 in a 5 month peruod on copays for doctors and medicines. Just last night I thought of researching if my implants could be the cause, since my rashes only occur in my torso area from my breasts to pelvic bone. I’m now convinced this must be the problem. I had my saline implants put in, in march 2001, however I was told my implants don’t ever need to be replaced after 10 yrs. I would love referrals for doctors in the Miami area that explant and are familiar, and honest, about implant illnesses. Still surprised a class action lawsuit is not in place at this point. Thanks Nicole for this site and to all who comment to help others out.

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    1. tammy

      I have developed a skin rash in the last month or so. It is on my torso and arms. My breasts itch as well as my body. My breast feel like they are on fire with tingling. What have you done for your rash?

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    2. Tracy

      Madelyn,
      I too have been experiencing major allergies to everything. I’ve done all the allergy testing (and cat scans and MRI) and blood work and it comes back with nothing. About 2 weeks ago I broke out in a rash that started on my chest and has spread to my whole body but my face. It is not itchy. This rash is only one of the issues that I’ve been having for the last 6 months. (Extreme headaches, dizziness, anxiety, depression, not “myself”, and allergies to everything.) I’m starting to believe that it’s my silicone implants (2 years old) that are causing all of these problems. I believe that I live in your area and would love to know if you find a doctor that specializes in removing implants.
      Thank you!
      Tracy

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  104. Sheila

    How do we get sick if capsule forms around the implant? We have mold, biotoxins and lots of chemicals, heavy metals, etc. But, if the capsule is enclosed,, how does this cause our health problems like autoimmune disease, burning from inflammation, brain fog, disabled, etc.
    My plastic surgeon said it’s impossible to get sick from them because of the capsule. I KNOW they cause illness. I’m convinced. But, don’t understand how. Thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheila,
      The capsule tissue is not impenetrable rather it is permeable and silicone particles, toxic chemicals and micro-organisms pass through the capsule tissue all the time and even aided by our own immune cells called macrophages which attempt to carry these particles away. Plastic surgeons are ludicrous. On one hand they tell women you don’t need to remove capsule tissue because it is thin and will disintegrate and on the other hand they portray capsules as impenetrable and holding all the toxicity of breast implants inside the capsule which in reality is untrue. Plastic surgeon will say anything to keep their cash cow rolling at the expense of women’s health and lives. Nicole

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  105. Luba

    HI, I had a breast implant surgery done on 12/31/15, following mastectomy and lymph nodes removal on 12/11/15 with tissue expander inserted. It lead to excruciating pain and infection, therefore tissue expander removed and implant placed. However, a capsular contracture developed and I was recommended massage therapy , but not sooner than at least two weeks from 12/31/15. Will the massage therapy help? or the implant should be removed right away? Or should another implant placed above the muscle (usually not recommended after mastectomy)? Also, I was told that the healing process can take up to four month (for all the swelling to go away)?!! Hope, not too many questions at once… Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Luba,
      If it were me, I would remove the breast implant as soon as possible and not look back. Nicole

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  106. krista

    Hi I’m new to the site. Serious problems going on need some help if any. I am 49 years old. In 1991 I had silicone implants put in and still have them. I never ever knew I should of had them removed. I now am so ill and wondering if that could be due to my implants. I have developed a very serious skin disease that is the most painful thing ever. Huge sores deep, bleeding and looks like my blood is crystallized and blackish reddish clumps come out in my blood. My upper back pain is so severe along with the left side of my chest. I sweat constantly, my weight loss is ridiculous. Nausea. Always feel feverish it’s just crazy.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nikmak,
      Yes we can highly recommend Dr. Lu Jean Feng in Ohio for explant. Her information is on the Explant Surgeon page of this website. Nicole

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  107. Timeca Seretti

    I am so glad to have found this website.!!!

    I got saline implants in 1998, I don’t recall if I had any problem with them. But when I came upon the 10 year mark I decided to have them replaced. I wanted to replace them with saline, but the surgeon talked me into the smooth Mpp silicone gel implants. I didn’t really want them, but he said that they were better and smoother than saline. Right after surgery I had that burning, searing pain and painful scar tissue build up. And then shortly after that I started having symptoms like back pain, which I told the doctor about and I said I felt it was from the implants, but they dismissed me.
    I had to have a full hysterectomy about 3 years ago (endometriosis and tons of fibroids) and since then my symptoms have just gone through the roof.
    I thought most of my symptoms were from the hysterectomy, and being forced into early menopause.
    But since I have found this page and read everyone’s story, I’m pretty sure what I’m dealing with.
    I have a practitioner who heals hormone imbalance (which is what I thought I was dealing with) adrenals, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and auto immune disorders. We did an extensive blood panel and saliva panel. We found that my WBC is low and has dropped since the last test. And I have low vitamin D, Low hormones and my cortisol is low and my adrenals are shot. Though I have tested negative for all of the autoimmune disorders, my sedimentation rate is double what it should be and my CRP is high. Which means I have all of the inflammation markers.
    Not to mention most of the symptoms….

    vision loss
    easy bruising
    constant yeast infections
    rashes ( had hives for 8 months and no one could explain it)
    muscle weakness, stiffness
    allergies
    sore aching muscles
    aching backbone
    vertigo
    dizziness
    night sweats
    fog brain
    memory loss
    carpal tunnel
    insomnia
    cording
    and pain around my ribs, under my breast.

    Looks like after 7 years of having these implants I will be having them removed.

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    1. Tracy

      I’ve had all of these symptoms with no explainstion, plus severe upper back pain every morning. It’s horrendous.

      I’ve had saline implants since 1998. Never connected the two – neither have any of the many doctors I’ve seen.

      I was exposed to mold, including stachybotyrs due to a hidden water leak behind drywall near ductwork that spread it throughout my home.

      Where do I start finding out if my implants are infected?

      Kindly,
      Tracy
      MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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  108. Nina

    Had my 9 1/2 year saline implants removed 12/21/2015! En bloc removal by the PS who did the implant. He doesn’t believe the implants are the cause of my health problems (joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia-type symptoms are the worst, carpal tunnel, brain fog….) but was very respectful of my belief that they are and I think he is actually concerned about the possibility that they are the cause. I am so relieved that they are out and at the possibility that I will get my health back. THANK YOU Nicole and all participants on this site for giving me all of the information on these life-endangering implants. I will post updates with, hopefully, my successful detox.

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  109. Lisa

    Wow talking about this and see your Facebook page now I’m starting to have more clarity and what’s going on with my body. I’ve been suffering so much with my breast I can’t even breathe. I’ve been suffering in silence been way too long I can’t sleep I can’t work it just drives me totally mental. I always believe there was something wrong with everything else going to my body and the last two years my fingers and toes have gone totally numb numb. I have been to the doctors and they say that I have a pinched nerve I don’t believe that at all. I went to one of the most prominent plastic surgeons in Texas and they always say that I just need a lift. That’s not what I need I need to take him out no one should have to live this way. 😒

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  110. Oneisha

    Hi there please help me help me help me i have been really ill to the point of cant go on my doctors tries to help but i think they are clueless i have all these symptoms and more my hands and feet or numb and dead especially at nights hair loss severe fatigue crazy headaches back pain chest pain breast pain heart pain shooting underarm pain ,fever or hut flush for no reason;dry eyes, urinating often my worry is i dont have the money for explant and since these doctors clueless and refuse to think implants are causing sickness will the doctors in england give an enbloc style will they prescribe anti fungus anti bacteria since in their eyes im just a crazy girl my kids are tired to see me cry please help

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Oneisha,
      Please come to the facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. There are many women from England in the group that can help coach you on how to get an explant. Nicole

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  111. Marielle

    Is there any medical tests that we can do to see if we have all this toxins in our body? Can we always relate chronic pain to silicone implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marielle,
      Inflammation markers are probably the quickest and easist tests of toxins in the body as toxins cause inflammation which causes the pain. There are also biotoxin illness tests and mycotoxin tests (mycotoxins are produced by micro-organism co-infections of bacteria and fungus etc). In breast implant illness our body pain is from various sources, our own autoimmune system attacking us such as RA, toxic chemicals causing inflammation and co-infections producing biotoxins. Our pain can be RA associated, toxic associated from chemicals and fibro associated from biotoxins. Nicole.

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  112. Crystal

    Hi there. About 1 year ago I got my silicone implants removed. I went back to the same doctor who implanted them. Like you said he said my capsule was very thin and not necessary to remove it. Now a year later both my breasts mainly my nipples and areolas are always itchy and have little scabs on them as a result. I am very concerned now after reading this article that I didn’t get the capsule removed. Do you have any feedback or suggestions. I feel very worried & would truly appreciate a response. Thank you kindly. Best wishes to you.

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  113. Jennifer

    I want to know if there is a class action lawsuit on the saline breast implants, I had the surgery in 1992 and within a month was sick and I have only spiraled down ever sense, never knew that this caused such health issues. I live in Eagan Mn. Please help with any advice that you can give me Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      There is no class action lawsuit yet (other than the Dow class action lawsuit many years old now) but there may be soon in the future. Keep an eye on the lawsuit page of this website for further information. Nicole

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  114. Barb G

    Hi…I have had my saline implants for approx 11 years. I believe within 1-2 years I started having medical issues (a handful are on the list!!!) and I have been saying all along that it has something to do with the implants. In the past 24 hours I have found articles about breast implant illness.

    A few years ago I did go to a surgeon to see the cost of removal because of the pain I have with the one. The pain when my daughter lays on the one breast feels like a knife and then I have the pain that goes into my armpit & sometimes shoots down. Also that same one has shifted and rippled (that happened w/in 1 year). It is also tender to touch. When I go for mammograms and they do that breast, the pain is unbelievable. I was informed it would not be covered by insurance even though I am having issues and it was so much money.

    My gynecologist was aware of the issues I have been having and made it a point to always document it in his progress notes just in case for me.

    I have wanted them removed for many years and now I am hoping that 1) I can figure a way to get the insurance company to pay and 2) a qualified surgeon to do this. Unfortunately the list provided above didn’t list any in Philadelphia.

    Maybe ones I am approved for the FB I can see what the key words are to say for the insurance company & a surgeon in my area.

    JUST WANT THEM OUT & TO BE HEALTHY AGAIN!!!

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  115. Rhonda Jones

    I Had MY IMPLANTS DONE March 2010. I began having problems with health but just thought it was natural since I had turned 40. I now have an endocrinologist, a Rheumatologist, an orthopedic specialist and just referred to a Neurologist. I was diagnosed with Graves disease Dec. 2011, had to have a hysterectomy in 2011, my thyroid was destroyed with radioactive iodine Oct. 2013. I still have autoimmune disorders, my PCP has tested me for Lyme disease, Lupus, Rocky Mountain Fever, all test for adrenal gland disorders. The list goes on. I have chronic joint pain, can hardly stand up or walk at time, left shoulder hurts so bad that I wish it would just fall off.

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    1. Rhonda Jones

      I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Inappropriate sinus tachycardia, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety disorders and depression. I haven’t work since July 2013 I stumbled on an article this week And contacted my PCP and she agreed that implants causes autoimmune disorders. She was was willing to find me a surgeon. I have an appointment next week to get info. Regarding removing saline implants.

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  116. Wendy Weintraub

    I am wondering how your health has changed since explant. I have recently been dx with breast cancer. I can go with a lumpectomy and removal of lymph nodes but wonder if now is the time to have them removed since the insurance company will pay for reconstruction. I could choose the type where they remove tissue from your abdomen and us it to reconstruct breasts.

    Thank you for your feedback. Especially wondering how you feel now.

    ~Wendy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Wendy,
      I am almost fully recovered from my breast implant illness, I would say about 90 per cent but I still have to adhere to a good diet, no sugar or alcohol. My recovery from the chemical and biotoxicity of implants has taken almost three years and a lot of work with directed detoxification measures such as intense nutrition, oral chelation for heavy metals, supplements, infared sauna and other therapies. Nicole

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  117. Lynna

    Nicole, I have a friend who has suffered dearly from this disease. My Mother also had implants (double radical mastectomies). She’s passed away, now, but so many of the symptoms sound like her many complaints.

    My questions are, especially since it is becoming commonplace, what percentage of people with implants are exhibiting problems? Also, has anyone been using essential oils to help?

    Thank you for your expertise!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lynna,
      We don’t have accurate statistics on how many women as a percent of implanted women are affected. We do know that many tens of thousands of women are experiencing symptoms and explanting. The trend seems to be toward explanting now. Yes, women do use essential oils to heal themself and it gets talked about in facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. Nicole

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  118. backtoself

    I just made an appointment to have explant surgery on Dec. 4th!! Got the implants in August of 2006, and started getting symptoms/illnesses within several months. I was also going through a divorce, peri-menapausal and chalked it up to that. Most immediately and progressing since then: connective tissue problems; joint pains especially in my feet, ankles and knees; sensitivity to gluten and many other foods; brain fog to the point that I worried that I was getting early alzheimers/dementia; carpal tunnel and other symptoms. Physicians thought i had lyme/fybromyalgia, etc. I am SO GRATEFUL for this website!!! It all made sense after I spent hours reading different comments/histories and post-explant recoveries. Read Dr. Susan Kolb’s website and others. Since then, I have seen three plastic surgeons, a breast surgeon (a slight blip on my mammo, which turned out to be nothing), rheumotologist and my internist telling them of my symptoms and that thousands of women cannot be wrong. They all have the same reaction: “there is nothing in the literature/studies to support such claims”. Ladies, DO NOT BELIEVE THEM – all of our symptoms cannot be coincidental. I got my insurance company to pay for the explant. At first I was told that because I had them put in for cosmetic reasons that I would not be covered even if I had “problems” now. My response, in writing, was that they cover lung cancer, diabetes, etc. caused by known dangerous lifestyle choices (smoking, excess sugar consumption/obesity) – why wouldn’t they cover something I chose to do which is supposedly harmless?
    LADIES, you may have to bend the truth a bit to get coverage (pain even if you don’t have visible capsular contracture, but you should be covered to begin with…
    We must continue telling every doctor we go to about these symptoms and how (if they did) they started after the implants. At this point, I cannot wait to get them out. Another thing I have told every physician, is that the implants were a great success cosmetically – 360 cc round (I am 5’6″ 125 with “good” shoulders) and look very natural/tear shape – they look great, so why would I choose to get them out if nothing was wrong. I am convinced that I have been sick for the past nine years because of them. I am also looking forward to having my body back to normal – small breasts, that actually flatten out when I lie down. I will post updates post surgery. Wishing everyone the strength and the opportunity to get the implants out and get your health back! Those who are considering getting implants – DON’T.

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    1. Daryl nelson

      Please, please come to the Facebook page and help some of the ladies that desperately need advice about health Ins. covering implant removal.
      I do not even know if you will see this message-..
      Thank you for posting on this site-
      We are all so blessed that Nicole is helping us find each other on her website.
      Bless you!
      Daryl,
      Las Vegas

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      1. Rhonda Jones

        I would like to know how to get health insurance to cover explant of my saline implants. I haven’t been able to work force years and cannot afford to pay for the surgery.

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      2. backtoself

        Thanks Rhonda, but I will not join the fb pages because my postings can still come up on my personal, work or other pages I belong to. I am not embarrassed about the situation, but I have teenage daughters who would be. I wish all of the dialogue/comments could be addressed on this site. I so appreciate Nicole for having this site and all of her time/effort to it, but I really think that the non-private nature of fb is keeping women from getting the info/support they need.
        ALSO after first approving the survery “informally” – even the PS booked it and scheduled pre-op testing, my medical insurance company pulled the coverage for the explant!!! I felt devastated, but am not appealing it – can’t spend the time as I am getting sicker by the week. I went ahead and booked with a PS not in network, who will do en bloc procedure – I am paying for it myself as I have no choice but to try to regain my health. It is scheduled for Jan 6th – will give updates. I am so desperate to feel better….

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        1. nancy hayes

          back to self: i know what your going through.. it is a mirror of me… and i had my explant surgery on jan 18th…! I am told not to start using detoxing agents until your surgery is a month behind you…
          I have terrible sinus ??? headaches.. and told mold is major… inside your body.. so when it is damp or rains… i have a sensitivity and maybe everyone else. ?
          I plan on doing green drinks… and no junk foods.. to give my body a chance to fight .
          please give us updates.. as we out here.. are watching you heal… and you may be our example. God Bless ,

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  119. Bronwen Falko

    Hello,

    I left a message about a month ago. Since then i have every test in the book and every thing came back normal. I even was diagnosed with lyme disease, which im pretty sure I don’t have. I was bitten by bed bugs at a hotel about a month before being sick. What I mean by sick is 24-7 drunk feeling. Especially worse with sunlight, florescent lights and cell phone and computer. My G.P is not ruling implant illness out, but I’ve been through every test and she often just sits in the doctors office with me and stares at me, saying ” I don’t know what this could be?” Im wasting so much money on Natural Doctors and Craniosacral therapy sessions, herbs, antibiotics for lyme. Im not able to live this was anymore. I wouldn’t care if this was on and off but its 24-7. I was completely healthy before this.
    I booked an appointment with my surgeon and they told me its impossible that my implants are causing these symptoms. And cohesive gels dint rupture unless your in an accident. I don’t know what to do. I’ve been on the Facebook group. Got two surgeons numbers. Dr. Rice isn’t covered under OHIP. I live in Ontario so its supposed to be covered. Ive called Dr. PETRA schiller everyday since my last post and the officr has never returned my calls. Sometimes i call over 20 time’s a day. I know that excessive but if anybody else was going through this, they would too. Every other office I called that was named on this website said its onky covered under ohip is if you have a rupture and my surgeon won’t even look for a rupture unless I was in an accident. Someone please offer me any advice. Ive only had these in for 8 months and ive beem sick for the past 2 month’s. Im pretty sure my lyme test will come back negative and if it does, I know for sure I want these out. But I feel stuck. I will oay for it but I know en-bloc style will be too pricey for me. Someone from ontario on here that can give me advice please?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bronwen,
      Cohesive gel are the type of implants I had and they contain very aggressive chemicals!! I understand that OHIP may pay for your explant under some circumstances, however if you can’t get it covered by OHIP, you may have to pay a plastic surgeon to remove them Enbloc, if possible, with a Total Capsulectomy. What does your original PS say? Is he willing to explant you properly (removing all capsule tissue)? It is not uncommon for some women to decide they don’t like their implants and have them removed by their plastic surgeon. Just ensure that it is a proper explant so you can recover your health. If he disagrees or says you don’t need a Total Capsulectomy, you have to look elsewhere. Nicole

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  120. Marissa Richardson

    Hi Nicole! Just requested the Facebook page. Scheduled my explant surgery for this month. Been chronically ill for 15 months now and can’t wait to get healthy! Thank you for this site!

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  121. Jillian

    Hi, Nicole! I just asked to join your Facebook group. Since I’ve been sick, I don’t have much of a profile. Just my kids. And no picture. Rest assured, I’m not a troll. Just very sick with saline implants with valves. I’ve had them for 15 years and have been very sick for 13.5 years. And , now I know why.

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  122. Michelle

    Hi Nicole, I have gone to the FB page and requested to join 3 times and I am not being accepted for some reason. My FB name is Michelle Lee. Am I doing something wrong?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Sometimes we filter out profiles if they appear suspicious (brand new, no friends, no pics etc) because there are a lot of weirdos and false profiles trying to join. I am sorry that your acceptance has been delayed. Please apply again and I will pop you in immediately. Nicole

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      1. Michelle

        Hi Nicole,
        I sent another request on the fb page. I am business owner so my personal profile is on lock down.
        I look forward to joining the group!

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  123. Pattie Lastovica

    Your info was sent to me this morning as I have been having these symptoms for 3 years and the last 8 months my illness has became very debilitating.. Do you have a list of drs that recognize Breast implant illness and that can diagnose it
    Looking for answers Thanks Pattie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Pattie,
      Not many doctors recognize breast implant illness yet, let a lone diagnose it. Perhaps the most educated doctor is Dr. Susan Kolb from Atlanta Georgia who is also listed on the Resource page of this website. She has the most experience diagnosing and healing ladies of breast implant illness. Nicole

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  124. Judy

    Teena – I am the same way. I had tumors in my breasts when I was young and had to have them removed. I was young and thought I had to have boobs, therefore I had the implants to put me back normal. I have been sick ever since. If not one thing. Then another. I hurt all the time in my feet and legs. I have some kind of knots that are under the skin all over my body and they hurt. I had open heart surgery in Dec of 2012, and I have been diagnosed with hypo throidism and fibromyalgia, arthritis and several other things. I sweat from my head every day. It’s so bad i have to dry my hair 3 or 4 times a day. It is nothing to do with hormone. I went thru all that. I feel sure after reading this article that it is my implants since I’ve had lots and lots of problems ever since I got them. I’m scared but I really want them taken out immediately! I’m 67 years old and I have 3children and 15 grandchildren and 4 greats that I am not ready to leave. I know that if I don’t get this done I won’t be here a whole lot longer. That’s what scares me!
    I wonder if anyone knows if these explanat doctors will take Medicare and my supplement, which is AARP. ?? I am in South Central Louisiana if anyone has suggestions of a good nearby explanat surgeon I would greatly appreciate the info!

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  125. Tonys

    Your website was my last stop in my search to find out just what the heck is wrong with me. This past almost 1 year has absolutely been the worst of my life and I have now contributed it all to these dang implants that I got 7 years ago. I have been sick with so many things and my symptoms always lead to no definitive cause for any of them. I consulted with a plastic surgeon a year ago and then got pregnant a month later. Well, fast forward thru about 20 ECG’s, 6 trips to emergency room, losing the baby at 5 months, lots of radiology for various hunches on what could be wrong, a FNA for thyroid with nothing conclusive, several Holter monitors, a cardiac ablation, a couple echo cardios & stress tests, countless office visits, too many lab tests…..I can FINALLY say that I’ve been implant free for 18 days. I truly hope this was the right step towards my healing. I felt so relieved to find this site and to know that I’m not alone and not crazy about thinking these implants could be causing a lot more problems than people know. I found your site on 15 August and had surgery 6 October. I just could not wait any longer. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I was so tired of people thinking I was crazy!

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  126. Teena

    I had silicone implants nearly 30 years ago and recently had an ultrasound and told they have both ruptured, I have to wait for public health system which could take a long time and where I live I’m sure there is no good surgeons to remove them. I was diagnosed with CFS and fibromyalgia after the implants were put in, I also have chronic migraines, 2 frozen shoulders which I now believe has been from the rupture of the implants, I have so many health problems and getting worse. I am also terrified of getting them removed as they are behind the muscle and I worry there will be complications if not done right. I wish I never got them, I was never told about the dangers or having them replaced because they wont last..I just want them out cos I believe they are the reason why I’ve been so sick all the time

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  127. Allison Riley

    I am so happy to have found this information. It’s like I am finially found out what is wrong with me and now need to find a way to get these things out of my body. I have had my implants in for 15 years being told once they are “fine” I have had so many of those symptoms and it never occurred to me it could be my implants. I currently live outside of the US and need to find a proper doctor who can remove them in Singapore.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ivy,
      Please do not breast feed with implants. Please do not allow your children to be second generation victims of silicone toxicity. Nicole

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  128. Dawn

    Thank you so much for your website full of information. I got my silicone gel implants 3 years ago and for the last year and a half my health has steadily declined. I have always been healthy with no medical problems but began to have extreme fatigue, vision changes, really dry skin,this weird brain fog, frequent urination, hair falling out, and very labile emotions. My Gyn (male) doctor suggested it was just perimenopausal symptoms as I was 43 but ordered labs at my insistence. He diagnosed me with hypothyroid and from there I found a family doctor to treat my new disease. I asked what causes this randomly and was told it just happens. On thyroid meds with increasing dosage over the last year some of the symptoms have improved but I am just not what I was. I quit working out and have no desire to do anything. I had at one time thought could it be these implants and dismissed the idea as they are supposed to be safe as long as they aren’t leaking right? So it is now the three year mark for me and new MRI is recommended at this stage but put off contacting my surgeon until a couple of weeks ago we were in a car accident and that pushed me to go. He said everything looks good on exam and to come back in a year. I had decided to let it go until I had a patient Friday tell me of her explant and many illnesses over the years and something clicked. I came home and did a google search and found your website. I have researched all weekend and got in today for another visit with my plastic surgeon. I am happy to say that I have my Explantation scheduled for Nov 2.
    Although he denies that my illness is at all related to my implants I am convinced. He is very supportive and agrees that explant is the right way to go for me.
    For anyone reading this prior to Breast Aug w/implants please ….. I cannot stress enough. You are perfect just as you are and no breast is going to change your life. I was always dissatisfied with my AA size but healthy. Now I couldn’t care less what my chest looks like I just want to be healthy again. Praying for a full recovery. I really appreciate everyone who has shared and thank you for putting this info out there for those of us who think we are alone and going crazy!

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  129. Sydney McKinstry

    I can’t afford to have my silicone implants removed right now. Is there anything I can do to help my body until explant? I’m having migraines, extreme brain fog, metallic taste in mouth, fatigue, rashes, slurring of words, and the constant need to pee. Any help is appreciated.

    Sydney

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sydney,
      A clean, organic, nonGMO, whole foods diet including some protein will, perhaps, be the best way to manage your illness until you can explant. Concentrate on improving gut health so your gut and digestion is as well working as possible because our healthy gut controls the pace at which we detox. Some of your symptoms may be from fungal/Candida infections which is common in us. Antifungals and a low mycotoxin/antifungal diet will also help you feel better. Don’t put off your explant though, healing will not begin until those toxic bags are removed properly. Read all the pages of this website for information that you need. Come to the Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. Nicole

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      1. Tracy Bennett

        Not trying to sound vain, but I was a AA before implants and now a small C. What do they look like after explant?? Can you make them look decent again or are they just flabby pieces of hanging skin??

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Tracy,
          More women that you expect are happy with the way their breasts look after explant. The implants often expand our breast size somewhat. If you are not happy with the way your breasts look you can always consider fat transfer which is evolving quickly now. Nicole

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  130. Renee

    This last ctscan of abdomen has shown a “soft mass” probably a cluster of lymph nodes… (thats what the report says) so Im doing an endoscopy but not until December 14th.

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  131. Kay

    Thanks so much for your helpful research. I have Lyme disease(diagnosed in 2012) and silicone gel implants (since 2002). Many of the symptoms of silicone toxicity overlap with Lyme disease. I have brain fog, brain seizures, memory issues, heart issues, tingling in hands and feet, vision impairment, headaches, muscle and some joint pain. My implants can definitely be something that is not letting my Lyme get better. Getting mine taken out soon and hoping to feel better soon. Now if someone can figure out Lyme disease, it would be miraculous!!

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  132. Alexandra

    I have two Appts. One with Dr Kolb in Atlanta, Dec. unless a cancel comes up, and another the same time Atlanta, wijth Dr. Snodgrass. I would like to see pictures of before and after Explant. I’m not sure I could go to anyone that couldn’t show a few shots of what I might expect. You don’t see the head , so who could care if they shared pictures? Anyone that is a Breast Cancer Survivor could not possible care if they took pictures, they took enough going through treatment. 🙊🙈👀.

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  133. kate

    Hi Nicole,

    I had my saline implants put in about 11 years ago. I slowly started having symptoms over the years but had a major health crash about 6 months ago. My daughter was gravely ill before that so we were already searching for answers. We discovered that we had toxic mold in our home. We lived there for 12 years. We have since left, but my health has continued to decline. I recently was put on Cholestyramine(CSM) to begin detoxing from the mold and it has caused my symptoms to increase intensely. What was interesting and disturbing was that as soon as I started taking the CSM, my implants started hurting. It felt like it was pulling out toxins from my breasts and it has set me off on a major health crash. I am feeling like my first step should be to have my implants removed but I am worried that surgery could set off some other unforeseen issues since my body is so full of toxins. The implants are not the only source of toxins for me. Do you know of anyone else who has gone through this plus toxic mold exposure? I am planning to travel to Dr. Kolb asap. Waiting to hear back from their office. Thank you for your site

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kate,
      Due to immune dysfunction caused by breast implants, opportunistic organisms such as mold and fungus take hold in our bodies. Most ladies with breast implants have mold in the chest wall especially with saline implants but also with silicone too. Mold and fungus are ubiquitous in our environment and so who knows if it originated in/on the implants or entered our body and took hold because our immune system could not fight it off. Many ladies with breast implants also do take a severe decline in health after encountering mold in a building which causes biotoxin illness in us and even others without breast implants. You will not overcome bio-toxin illness from mold/fungus without removing your breast implants which cause the immune dysfunction which allows the organisms to take hold causing the bio-toxin illness. The first step is removing the implants properly, then treating the mold/fungus/yeast with prescription antifungal and other methods, and addressing other co-infections if they exist, then detoxing chemicals, heavy metals and silicone. In this process you must also support your immune and endocrine system (especially thyroid and adrenals) system and heal your gut because the gut is the basis of our health and where most of our immune system dwells. The CSM increased your symptoms due to dieoff. I do not doubt that CSM was interacting with the mold/fungus in/on your breast implants. Good luck with your explant. Nicole

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  134. Tuesday Algeo

    I had the new silicone gel implants removed and replaced with saline. Both shells were intact. However, my surgeon said they were bleeding through the shell so bad he could barely pull them out. I was very sick before removal. I couldn’t shut my hands they were so numb, the muscle twitching woke me up constantly, I have Raynaud’s disease and so many other health issues that would take to long to write. I was curious if it was bad to chelate with DMSA while having saline implants in. I’ve done two cycles so far and have had an excruciating headache from it. So bad I’m starting to think it may have caused brain damage. I know you aren’t supposed to chelate with the amalgam silver fillings in your mouth and am starting to think that may be the case with the implants to since I can’t seem to find an answer as to what’s causing this god awful migraine. Can you please help me?

    P.S.
    It was your site that helped me make the decision to remove the toxic silicone implants. I probably shouldn’t have exchanged them for saline and am preparing myself to eventually remove these as well. It’s sad that our society gets poisoned on a daily basis and the government pretty much allows it. They poison us through toxic implants, toxic food, toxic medicines, toxic dental fillings, toxic vaccines and toxic water. It’s so much that I’m starting to think they make us sick on purpose as a form of population control. They want us sick and they don’t want us to know the truth!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tuesday,
      I suggest not chelating until you know you have a heavy metals toxicity that needs to be chelated. A good investigative test for heavy metals toxicity is a hair test of hair elements and toxic metals and then follow that up with a provoked test to be sure of specific heavy metals. I suggest your symptoms are more likely mold/fungus related. Almost 100 percent of the saline ladies have mold in the chest wall and most of us have yeast/Candida in the gut and systemically. Prescription antifungals are needed to overcome the mold/fungus overgrowth which occurs due to our immune depletion. Best to get those implants explanted, Enbloc if possible, with a Total Capsulectomy. All capsule tissue must be removed for your best recovery. Several rounds of antifungals may be necessary and even a rotation to different antifungals. Of course, you will have to follow a low mycotoxin/antifungal diet and cut out all sugars and carbs which feed the fungus as well as optimize your gut probiotic. Nicole

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      1. crochbano

        I’ve had silicone removed and replaced 18 yrs ago with saline. I have suffered with many of all the symptoms in these posts. I have Hashimotos for 18 years , macular amyloidosis skin condition, joint and muscle aches. Can you recommend a plan of action to get explanted? I live in Baton Rouge, La and need suggestion on surgeons for this. Should I do a hair sample before ?
        Also, need information on who recommends chelation process!
        Thanks,
        Stephanie

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Crochbano,
          Please see the Explant Surgeons list on this website for a list of all plastic surgeons that are known to remove implants properly. The plan of action is to properly explant see the Explant page of this website, then treat co-infections such as fungus if present, heal the gut and detox chemicals, shore up your minerals and nutrition which are needed for healing, please see the Detoxification page of this website. Your recovery will take place over a two year period (more or less). We suggest a hair sample after explant and co-infections are brought under control. Nicole

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  135. Nichole Bridges Jones

    Could you please send me a copy of the Guidelines and indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy, Thank-you so much!

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  136. Tess

    I can’t thank you enough for writing this. I got my saline breast implants 13 years ago when I was 20. About 6 years after the surgery I started to feel ill. I had ALL of the symptoms you listed here. I have been to SO MANY doctors. Gastroenterologists, Rheumatologists, Oncologists, you name it. I found this article and I immediately knew. THIS. This is what is making me sick. I am about to schedule the surgery to have them removed. My question for you now is, how do you feel? Like a million bucks?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tess,
      I am about ninety per cent recovered 2.5 years after my explant and still improving. I had substantial heavy metals toxicity from various sources which I am slowly chelating out. It takes about two years to recover from breast implants. As you had saline implants, after your proper explant, you will need to treat yourself with several rounds of antifungals in order to overcome the mold/fungus in the chest and the systemic Candida that most of us have. Nicole

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  137. Shelley

    Hello Nicole,

    Breast Implant Truth FB sent me here, thought I was going to die last night with heart racing so fast/thyroiditis etc, etc a year after explant and thought I’d be all better by now. I’m going to check out your protocols as they suggested.

    I have a very good long distance plan so I can call you sometime? let me know when are good times for you, give me a day or so to get familiar with your site and see what questions I might have.

    I’m in BC, Canada – anybody else from BC out there, pls send a friend request on FB.

    Thanks for being there! and for sharing.

    Shelley

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shelley,
      I will write to you privately. You most likely have some co-infections that need to be treated as well. Fungus biotoxin illness is very common in ladies with breast implants due to immune dysfunction and this can cause heart palps and your other symptoms. I will friend you on Facebook and please come to our Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group or by clicking the facebook button on any page of this site. Nicole

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  138. Anelia Paspaleva

    Hello to everyone. My name is Anelia, and I’m from Bulgaria. I don’t have a story to tell, as I had fortune to find your web while serching for breast implants information. Many years I wanted to have breast implants due to a smaller breast size, but this was a dream for me, because I can’t afford it. Now I have the money but I found this web, and I’m reading and scared, from all bad things you all had due to the implants. It this possible? So much wen has this implants…….. This is nightmare.! My sister had breast implants in 2009, Nagor, gell. I’m so scared for her, as she had some of this simptoms. I know something for shure, I’m not going to have them, and will stay with small breast, but in goid health. You helped me see the real truth and danger. Thank you! God bless you!

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  139. Sharon Turner

    I am 2 weeks post explant, from Mentor smooth saline implants that I had for 14 years. Thank God for women like you! It was this very site, that helped me to determine what was making me ill. You gave me the information and encouragement to get these terrible things out of me, as soon as possible. You also directed me to Dr. Kolb, who is amazing!!! I thank God for her. She did an outstanding job, and I am so blessed that she is right here in Atlanta.

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    1. Patt

      I am explanting with Dr. Kolb next month. Any chance you can contact me directly with a few questions I have?!
      Thx!
      Patti

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  140. Caroline White

    I had augmentation in 1983. Silicone gel implants (Dow) I realize that 10 years should be the max time for implants of any kind to be in and better yet explant. In 1991 I gave birth, had my breast milk tested, was told it was ok and I breast fed for 3 months. I had breast exams a couple of times (at age 40 and 50) No problems. Most doctors couldn’t even tell I had implants…UNTIL for sure the past 8 years but probably long before that. In Dec. 2014 I was hospitalized (I have pulmonary hypertension) I had many tests (because of my illness) MRI showed rupture and just a couple weeks ago I fainted and ER visit ran x-ray, showed calsification of implants. I have had numerous chest x-ray in the past 9 years, this is a first that showed anything. I was diagnosed with idiopathic primary pulmonary hypertension Mar. 2006. I didn’t think there could be a correlation between implants and disease. But in the past 5 years I have so much trouble breathing. I actually hold up my breasts to get a little relief. I want them out and have mentioned it to several doctors. The problem I’m hearing is, because of having PH it might not be a good idea to explant because of anesthesiology issues. I have not been put out since my dx. I have had 3 heart caths. and a few colonoscopy’s with just sedation. I did fine. I also have GI problems….diverticulosis, off and on bleeding. I lived in So. Cal. on this site I see a listing for a Dr. in Newport Beach for explantation. I have medical (because of the extreme cost of meds I take, private insurance wouldn’t touch me as pre-exisisting condition) None the less I have LA Care health insurance. I have no way to afford any other way to pay for explant, if my insurance won’t pay. Any info. regarding my specific insurer coverage and the Dr. listed here? I will research further to see if I might be lucky enough to get explant and start feeling better. Thank you C. White

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  141. Connie Ailshie

    I would like to join in support of my Best friend Gina Davis, it has 1 1/2 weeks since she was explanted, and it is going to be baby steps and a process— but she will heal and be much stronger.
    I saw first hand how it crimped her and the fear and pain she still has ……but with each day there is a Smile and a Laugh and Thanking God…..she is one baby step at a time claiming her life back. And I Love and will support her….this web site and all the woman on it are so Beautiful and the Support they have for each other. You are all Amazing and Wonderful and so Strong to go through what you have been though and the help you each give one an other. Blessing and Hugs to all of you.

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  142. jodi villanueva

    Hi Nicole. I’m having all of the same symptoms. I’m going to start looking for a Dr. to remove my saline Implants of 10 yrs.
    My biggest concern is that I nursed my 2 year old up until he was 15 months and I’m also currently nursing my 9 month old. Should I stop right away?
    Also, do you happen to know if Insurance covers, or helps cover some of the cost of the explanation surgery?
    Thanks for taking time out of your life to help all of us ladies. You’re an angel and are greatly appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jodi,
      If I was you, I would wean your nine month old from breast feeding. Some insurance companies do cover explant or portions of it. If the implants failed, you have a Baker’s IV capsule or if the implants are causing you illness and a doctor is willing to put that in writing and fill out necessary paperwork for the insurance company you may be able to have your explant covered by insurance. Nicole

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  143. cally bowden

    I had implants put in 1 year ago.. They were in for 3 days before I got a life threatening infection and had to have them removed.. this was a year ago.. My breasts are still so sore I have to wear support bras 24/7 even at night time.. If I go bra less even for 20mins I’m in sooo much pain.. Also my breasts have sagged its like the muscle isn’t attached to my rib cage anymore.. (The implants I had were under the muscle) what do u think could be going on? Also my nipples are numb and terribly sore too.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cally,
      I suggest seeing your surgeon and asking him what is going on and to correct it. You should not be experiencing these symptoms. Perhaps there is still an underlying infection or you had damage done to your chest tissues during the implantation/explantation surgery. Whatever is going on needs to be rectified. Nicole

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  144. Ali

    I had my implants removed 11 years ago ….they were in for 9 years and I have many residual symptoms. I was deathly ill prior to getting them out with at least fifty symptoms including local infections near the implants. I have been on a raw vegan diet for 8 years and I have some signs of health —great energy mental clarity, glowing skin, hair growing fast and thick. At the same time, I have severe muscle pain mostly in my back and neck, balance problems, constant swollen glands, pain when swallowing, constant sores in throat, arthritis, raynauds, etc. It is very disheartening to know that I am the “picture of health” but suffering simultaneously. Are those 2 things mutually exclusive ? In other words, is there irreparable damage that has been done? The body totally regenerates every 7 years, so I may be missing an important healing modality that goes beyond detox. (If I have any control over my healing at this point) I have been reading that these should resolve within a year or two of explant if you are detoxing and I know that I am doing many of the right things because of my other signs of health. What are the specific things that I should do (protocols; therapy) that would benefit someone 11 years post explant? I am looking for optimal health or something very very close. Am I delusional?

    Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ali,
      Vegans are impaired when it comes to detoxification in regard to breast implant illness and heavy metals as the vegan diet is missing vital nutrients such as amino acids, protein and certain B vitamins required by the liver and the endocrine glands in order to heal. If you are not eating protein from animals, saturated fats from animals such as butter and eggs your thyroid and adrenals won’t heal. Also, another key to healing is eating enough calories each day. You should be getting at least 2,500 calories or more a day in order to heal the serious illness that you experienced. Intense nourishment is required to heal the body. Nicole

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  145. Monese Christensen

    I just got my implants removed on March 18th after having them in for 7 years. Two and a half years ago I started getting very sick with all of the symptoms listed on your site here. I have been to specialist after specialist with no help. I managed to find a plastic surgeon and had them removed but I am still sick and I am trying to recover. The surgical aspect went very well however I am getting no medical assistance from my primary care, or any of the specialists that I have seen. I believe I need a toxicologist at this point and probably a neurologist, however the one neurologisst I did see completely dismissed me and wanted to give me another psychotic medication. I have BC/BS insurance, I can’t afford to pay out of pocket. Like these other women I have lost so much, work, time, money, etc. I desperately need to see someone who can help me. I have had doors slammed shut on me at every turn. Do you have any resources for someone like me, here in Maryland to assist me in getting better before I end up loosing my house and job and anything little thing I have left. Monese

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Monese,
      If you have a facebook account, please come to the facebook group by clicking the facebook button at the end of each page of the site or going to Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group where we will help you through your detoxification and recovery. Nicole

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  146. Tammy

    Thank you for this blog, I’ve been reading for a year after I cried out to God for help. He showed me this great blog and I found Dr Barnett in Sarasota. I’m pleased to say, my implants are out 2 days now!! What a relief and wonderful Doctor. She advocated for me beautifully!! Helped me get my insurance to pay some. The capsule on right from so much scar tissue was pulling on a nerve on my right arm for a long time. Both arms, back and neck were in bad shape. I feel lighter and more flexible already. I had them 8 years and was a big mistake. I thank Nicole and God’s Grace for my continued healing.

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  147. Sarah

    Omg! I just had silicone implants surgery on Monday of this week and now reading all of this so frightening. I reallyhope i dont get sick.

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  148. Lisa Treece

    Hi,
    I’m so glad I found this site. I had saline implants placed 20 yrs ago. About 2 yrs later I began having symptoms that are listed in you breast illness symptoms list. Over the past 20 years I have 95% of those listed…. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 3 yrs after having the implants placed and told I would just have to learn to deal with it. I’ve had endometriosis and underwent a hysterectomy. Diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and 3 months ago underwent knee replacement at the age of 51 and need the other knee replaced as well. Since undergoing this last surgery my symptoms of severe fatigue and all over muscle / body pain has doubled. My hair has been thinning but is now falling out by the handfuls. I am miserable and feel I can’t possibly continue to live like this. I am a registered nurse and work full time. Thank God my job is mostly a desk job now or I wouldn’t be able to physically do it. But I’m having great difficulty forcing myself to push forward everyday. I’ve had sleep problems, bad brain fog, and like I said 95% of the symptoms you listed. I’m ordering Dr Kolb’s book. I talked to my husband about this tonight and he agreed this description of breast illness was me!! I live about 3 hrs from Atlanta, so I’m seriously thinking about contacting Dr Kolb. I’m just worried about the cost because I’m sure my insurance will not cover this explant surgery. Do you have any idea of the cost?? And do you have any advice for me – I’m am desperate at this point, I have pushed myself to point now that I feel I am crashing. This has stolen the last 17-18 yrs of my life. And I’m so tired.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      I do suggest to see Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia, you are so close to her and she is the most experienced doctor explanting and healing ladies from breast implant illness. Your saline implants need to removed Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. You likely need antifungals as fungal overgrowth is very common with saline implants and causes real toxicity in our bodies. If you explant properly and treat the fungus and adopt a detox lifestyle you will get your health back in a year or so. The cost varies depending on whether you need a lift or not but I believe it is in the range of $8,000 and up which includes her ongoing guidance during your detoxification and healing period. You won’t regret choosing her. Please let me know what unfolds for you. Nicole

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  149. NinaL

    Oh yes, can you please send me a copy of the Guidelines and indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy, Thank you. I’m also thinking that search engine optimization for this wonderful site may help save some women from going through the hell most of us on here have gone through. “target” words which would bring this site up for women searching for having implants might include “best implants”, etc. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes, I will send you the Guidelines, I used to get a lot higher ranking on google on all my key word searches and pages but google has now ranked the government sites higher than the truth telling sites in order to hide the truth about how dangerous silicone, breast implants and chemicals made by chemical companies are. Soon we will need a search engine separate from google in order to get the truth out to the public.

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  150. NinaL

    THANK YOU so much for all of the information, advice and help you give to those of us who so need a source of information, guidance and support! It is amazing that so many PS do not have a clue about the dangers of implants! I am scheduling my explant surgery ASAP after 8 years of autoimmune (joint/muscular PAIN) problems which no regular MD could diagnose. After reading your site I know that the implants are the cause. The PS doing the surgery (doesn’t believe that the implants are the problem) knows what a complete En Bloc capsulectomy is and agreed to do so advised that I will need drains (my implants are submuscular 360cc). What will my recovery time be like? I am self-employed and need to plan accordingly. Thank you to all!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nina,
      Plastic surgeons do know that implants cause illness but they refuse to admit it because implants are their biggest source of revenue and silicone is the basis for plastic surgery (that is why they call it plastic). Plastic surgeons use the junk scientific studies created by the chemical companies to promote the dubious idea that silicone is an inert substance in the body while completely overlooking that it is made up of over 35 highly toxic chemicals and heavy metals that are known endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic and cytotoxic to cells while promoting bacterial and fungal overgrowth. Please ensure that you are getting a enbloc style explant with a Total Capsulectomy which will ensure your best recovery. Many women have to treat with antifungals as well in order to recover due to immune dysfunction caused by breast implants. Depending on what type of work you do, I would plan to take at least two weeks off work for a desk style job. If your job is physical and includes bending and lifting you will need more time to heal. Please join the Facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group so we can support you through your detox. Nicole

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  151. JANICE

    Please send me an email copy of the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy published in September 1998 by the Washington University School of Medicine which details the numerous reasons why a Total Capsulectomy is highly recommended.

    Very Sincerely and Very Grateful,
    Janice

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  152. Yasmin

    Thank you so much for this site. I have been looking for answers for quite some time. I have had silicone implants for three years. Been very sick for almost a year. I must remove them ASAP I know. But my skin all over is so inflamed with horrible painful oozing eczema. The dr. said he can’t operate like this and prescribed cortisone and immunosuppressive drugs to calm down my skin. In fear of side effects I have not taken the drugs. But I cant control the symptoms and inflammation with detox alone. It’s getting worse everyday. Is there any supplement that I can take or special detox I could use?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Yasmin,
      Anything that lowers inflammation will help your eczema rash. Inflammation is caused from the oxidant process in your body due to toxicity and our immune system attacking our own body due to the breast implants. Antioxidants interrupt the oxidant process and lower inflammation in the body which will bring your rash down. Antioxidants are Vitamins A, B, C, E, selenium, CoQ10, Turmeric and Ginger. You can make a tea from Turmeric and Ginger. I added a tsp of Turmeric to my soup everyday and it did wonders for inflammation in the gut. If I was you I would also use hydrocortisone cream just to get the rash under control so you can get the breast implants removed. Hope this helps. Nicole

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      1. Melissa

        Anyone get their rash biopsied and the results came back
        Positive that you have lupus ? My sister is so sick with lupus and has implants. Medicine is not helping . She can’t even get out of bed. I wonder if it is her implants they have to be over 10
        Years old . She seeing a lupus specialist in ny now because the Drs in nj can’t help her. Just doesn’t make sense !

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Melissa,
          Lupus is an autoimmune disease and silicone is a known adjuvant causing autoimmune symptoms and diseases such as Lupus, RA and even MS that improve or disappear after they are explanted, detoxed and heal. Your sister needs a proper explant which means Enbloc with a Total Capsulectomy. Implants are not recommended to last more than ten years. Most implants are deteriorated, leaking, bleeding gel or ruptured well before ten years according to accurate breast implant studies. Contrary to what doctors are telling patients, implants cause great toxicity and illness in the body several different ways. Please read all the pages on this site which will give you all the information you need to act and help your sister. Nicole

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  153. Barbara

    Hi Ladies and Nicole,

    Thank you SO much for this site. I wanted to ask if anyone could help with my symptoms. I had saline under muscle implants for 10 years and was just explanted 2+ weeks ago (april 1) by dr. Feng in Cleveland. My main symptoms over 3 years were tingling, arthritis in some joints, and low white blood cells and platelets and low natural killer cells and of course chronic fatigue. I also have bad pms, spotting, night sweats and a low/normal free t3. I wanted to know if anyone had similar symptoms that resolved and what they did specifically in terms of testing and detox. I plant to follow the protocols on this website but am so anxious to be healthy again and want to do this right! It difficult enough having NO chest whatsoever and large scars now, I want to gt over this illness.

    Some things I am considering that I’d appreciate comment on are:
    removing rest of my amalgam fillings
    Computerized Electro Dermal analysis or EAV
    UV light blood therapy
    IV glutathione and or vit C
    Infared Sauna
    Lymphatic Drainage with Lymph Star Pro
    Colonics/Coffee enemas

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you! Barbara

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Barbara,
      After ten years with saline implants you will likely need antifungals in order to fully recover. Most patients with saline implants have a broad fungal infection which needs to be addressed. You won’t be able to overcome fungal infections entirely if you don’t have your mercury fillings removed. As soon as you feel strong enough to remove your mercury fillings undertake it carefully, following proper mercury removing protocols with a mercury free dentist. EAV and UV light therapy is a waste of time and money. IV gluathione and vitamin C may help but I would wait until you have removed the mercury fillings first. I had three Vitamin C IV’s which included instilling 10 to 20 grams of vitamin C and other nutrients directly into the blood stream. Temporarily, I felt amazing because vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and lowers inflammation however the effects wore off quickly within a day or two. The third Vitamin C IV harmed my kidney and made my legs swell up because vitamin C is very acidic and hard on the kidney. Infared sauna is useful for detox and killing bacteria and fungus. I felt better the day after a sauna which told me they are helpful. Please note, constant saunas can aggravate adrenals if they are weak already. Lymphatic drainage is a waste of time and money, better to get exercise such as walking or rebounding for lymph drainage. Coffee enemas can work well. Research them fully before you do one. Coffee enemas increase glutathione in the liver which helps the liver to grab toxins from the blood stream. Those toxins get emptied into the liver bile which goes into your colon and out of your body with a bowel movement that the enema stimulates. Try one and see how you feel. If they are for you I would not do more than one per day, even one per week is good. I was doing Gerson juicing and coffee enemas the first months after my explant but eventually got inflammation in my bowel and had to stop. My digestion and bowels worked better without them. Colonics do work to clean out a backed up colon however they also wash away beneficial colon flora too. If you follow the steps on the Detoxification page, you are following and assisting the bodies natural detoxification systems which is the safest and highest way. The body will detox at the rate it is supposed to if it is supported to do so. Nicole

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  154. Sharon Cameo Franz

    My implants are salaine with silicone implant inside: done in 1985. I have breast pain daily, often very “biting or stinging” nipple pain. Was told the right one has a slow leak but both are distorted and hard with scar tissue. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Insomnia, arthritis, and various other issues relating to Chronic Depression. I am 65. HERE IS MY QUESTION: My insurance said “breast implant removal is cosmetic procedure NOT covered by insurance”………how can removing implants and living without breast be considered “cosmetic”? Can you please help me to argue intelligent with my insurance company to cover this procedure? At my age I don’t care about new implants: this is actually like having a double masdatomy. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all the advice. Sharon C. Franz

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sharon,
      I had a conversation with another lady last week from Oregon. To her surprise, she discovered that her insurance which does not pay for “cosmetic surgery” will pay for the removal of her implants if she has a Bakers Capsular Contracture Grade IV see definition here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsular_contracture which you most likely have after all these years. Insurance should pay for implant removal if they failed in some way meaning they are leaking, ruptured, bleeding gel or saline. If you have an MRI and it shows that they are leaking, they have failed and should be removed and paid for by your insurance company. If your doctor recommends they be removed due to your illness, insurance should pay. Would you like to connect with the lady from Oregon? Perhaps she can advise you how better to deal with your insurance. Nicole

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  155. Jason Hall

    Nicole we need your help please,

    My girlfriend Anette has been very ill since February
    25th. We found this site and have read it religiously. Reading the posts from all the women in the site has inspired my girlfriend to get her implants removed. She got her implants removed yesterday, a capsulectomy. We have some questions for you.
    During the recovery process, do you recommend her to take the pain medication that was prescribed by her surgeon?
    Or
    Do you recommend to take the supplements for pain relief on Dr. Susan Kolb’s website http://www.plastikos.com?
    We read that she should wait to start the detox after one month post operation in order to let the body heal.
    Do you have advice on what her process should be now that the surgery is behind us?
    Please, your urgency on this matter is much appreciative.
    Thank you so much,
    Jason and Anette

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jason,
      If Anette can do without the pain killers I suggest not taking them. Pain killers are often hard on the digestive tract and cause constipation and the less medications you take the better for your liver. If antifungals were prescribed do take those. Start the whole foods diet described on the Detoxification page. I recently added what I ate during my detoxification as an example for others. Take lots and lots of soil based probiotics now too. Rest and sleep as much as you can as healing and detoxification takes place during rest and sleep. You can start taking the basic supplements at this time too to support the body. Wait one month until you speed up detoxification. Nicole

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  156. vennesa

    I sit here with tears running down my cheeks, not only from intense pain, but from frustration as well. I had posted earlier, but found myself needing someone to talk to. I’m 45 and I’ve been a widowed mom of two boys since 2009. I got my saline implants under muscle back in the beginning of 2012. I thought it might make me feel “attractive” again. I know, sounds stupid lol. From day one, my right breast didn’t feel right. Like a hard lump between my ribcage and implant. So bad I couldn’t wear a bra. By end of 2012, started experiencing severe vertigo and pressure in my ears. That’s when everything started going downhill…fast. Had a partial hystorectomy. Then the burning knife of pain lodged in my right shoulderblade and neck, constant feeling like I have the full blown flu. Dr.s said possible gallbladder referred pain, so had it removed..Nope, that wasn’t it.. Also the BURNING!! It’s hard to explain to anyone. I have read the posts on here and it sounds just like me! The raging feeling of acid through my body and the flaming ball of molten lava I call a right breast. My right breast burning went into overdrive right before last xmas. All my symptoms are on my right side from neck to foot. When I lay flat in bed it feels like I’m laying on a bed of nails. Still constant worsening pain. Mri showed bone spurs in cervical spine. I now, as of Sept. 2014 have a titanium plate and six screws fusing my c4-6 together in my neck spine. Guess what. Didn’t help. I have had 6 ct scans, 7 mri’s , dozens of ultrasounds, neurologist, ent, neuro surgeon, etc. None of my scans or blood work show anything!! Not one abnormality!! As of almost 3 weeks ago, I’ve lost almost half my hearing due to extreme electrical high pitched ringing. It seems to get louder with the waves of burning in my body which is constant. My poor primary dr. is at a loss. He’s scheduling me for another brain mri and sending me to a breast surgeon. Today I had a dozen triggerpoint injections into my shoulderblade muscles and a refill of oxycontin & hydrocodone. No one seems to know what’s wrong. I’ve lost so much weight,I now weight a whopping 103lbs, and my hair’s falling out. I can’t stand anyone to touch me my nerves are so raw. So I sit here, with my ringing head and an icepack stuffed against my breast. I’m not feeling very “attractive” anymore 🙁

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    1. vennesa

      I forgot to mention the chronic fatigue, eyesight failing, painful burning down right side abdomon, and a strange night sweat only on my upper right quadrant. It smells bad and is really sticky? Not like normal sweat at all. I would wake up in the morning completely soaking wet only on one side, and I’d hafta peel my tshirt off my body. My right breast doesn’t feel very hard like capsular contracture. But it feels diseased/toxic. My poor kids keep asking when we can start doing things again like we used to…

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Vennesa,
        Please don’t waste anymore of your precious time. Time is of the essence. Your illnesses and symptoms are from your breast implants, no need to keep suffering and going through test after test. You need an Enbloc style explant with a Total Capsulectomy. You most likely need antifungals. You will need to go through a period of detoxification suppporting your body to detox, heal and recover. Please start looking for a good explant surgeon in your area. Please see the Explant Surgeon page on this site. Nicole

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  157. AnitaStark

    Hi Nicole,
    I had my silicone implants removed and lymph nodes is my left and right removed on Thursday here in Portland Oregon. I have severe bruising in my right breast due to scar tissue removal but it is improving. I see infectious disease on Tuesday April 7th to deal with the fungus I hope. I have ringing in my ears and my heart palpitates and normally a resting heart rate of 58 is now 70. It “thumps” very loud at night while sleeping. For 2 months prior to surgery, I have only been taking a probiotic and a bioavailable buffered vitamin C which has C, Niacin, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, l-lysine HCI, citrus bioflavinoid complex, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, L-cysteine, L-Glutathione, xylitol in that order. I have a very healthy whole foods diet but am lacking any energy and feel ok. We discussed you helping me get back on my feet. Any comments are welcome.

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  158. Starr Andrews Strong

    I made a comment before but can’t find it on my phone ! Do you have an office in Southern California? Or Can you recommend a doctor who does the breast implant removal from the sickness ? I’m in Southern California and I am so Ill ! My skin is flushing red hot to the touch and my body on fire like someone put lighter fluid on me and letter match my whole body is on fire
    Then my skin get bright red hot to the touch ! Last week my whole body went numb on on my face and my body ! I did my EpiPen but I had to write it out at home because I had no one to take me to the ER it was the worst two days of my life! All my teeth are rotted . I have to get them all out on the 7 th hey denture on the top and a partial on the bottom now I can say for teeth on the bottom I’m only 35 years old and the progression of my decaying of my teeth is been rapid since I’ve had this skin flushing attacks were my skin is burning on fire like somebody poured lighter fluid on me the symptoms I get with that is , shortness of breath, racing heart, trouble breathing joint pain, muscle pain ,nausea vomiting ,hot sweaty hot flashes the chills
    Feeling as if I going to die malice! I am sick daily and just getting worse and I can’t seem to find a qualified doctor that does this type of surgery my biggest fear is to get them out and I’m still sick! Everybody wants to put new implants and then I don’t want them I just want my health back he’s past five years my health as to teary aided to the point I can barely walk and take care of my daughter! I’m in debilitating pain on high doses of pain medication to be able to function to have quality of life but my skin flushing with the symptoms that come with it it’s debilitating and I need help and I feel like I have Kaiser permanent day as my health insurance and they won’t help me can you recommend anybody that can help me out here where I live?
    I’m sorry to post again I’m just feel helpless and I need help each day I’m getting sicker and sicker her and don’t know what to do or where to go
    Thank you
    Can’t wait for a reply
    Starr

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    1. Gabrielle

      Hi starr,
      Trust me girl I am in the same situation. I have such horrible symptoms I feel so poisoned I am not even functioning. I have talked to a few people on here. Get your implants removed. I get mine out tomorrow thank god and am hoping things will get better,i am not even functioning I cant stand to even be in my own skin. I also get the face flushing that flushes from my chest on upwards. I have every symptom of every disease, but the Dr cannot find anything wrong with me! Stay strong girl. Ever since I got my implants I started with extreme fatique and depression and then one day BAM I started having very scary symptoms. I can literally taste chemicals and have to be carried around to do simple things its very terrifying. If I am still alive after what I have been through im sure you will be too 🙂 Find a Dr to remove them ASAP. Nicole is a very helpful lady and has put my mind at ease because of course no one wants to think that it is your implants. How many ladies get them and are perfectly fine…a lot but unfortunately we are not! If you would like to chat more feel free to email me

      Gabrielle_j@live.ca

      Good Luck

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      1. STARR

        Gabrielle,
        Thank you and I hoping your surgery went well ! I found a surgeon listed on the website here that’s in the list of surgeons in Newport Beach I have a consultation May 5 so I’m looking forward to it !!
        please let me know how your recovery goes and how you’re feeling I’m the same every symptom of every disease and I’m sure they think I’m a hypochondriac but I’m not I’m sick I’m so unwell like you ! And knowing your sick like me with the skin flushing gives me hope I will email you
        Thank you
        Praying for your surgery go good in the speedy recovery I’ll send you an email thank you so much for your reply

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    2. Gabrielle

      also my teeth have rotted as well and I am only 24…they have turnt to mush, literally. I have to get top dentures until i am healed to get implants which will cost me well over $20 000. so your not alone on that one!

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      1. STARR

        Is he located in Newport Beach I believe he’s the surgeon I have a consultation with on May 5,2015! I’m so thankful I found your website and thank you for all your comments and explaining everything I just have a question when you get them out what exactly is the best way to detox your body? I saw a list of a million vitamins you have to take but is there a simpler protocol to detox your body and if I was to detox my daughter what what I do ? Since I was pregnant with her four years ago and I was very ill while pregnant with HG I’m concerned if she needs to be detoxed as well as she has ADHD and behave real and sleep issues and chronic fevers

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Starr,
          Please read my Detoxification page on the website which gives a general detoxification guideline. From there, we can work together to overcome your specific illnesses and symptoms. Yes, your daughter does need to be detoxed, too, and I will direct you where to go for that. I suggest setting up skype on your computer so we can talk face to face. Nicole

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      2. STARR

        I have an appointment with him May 5 th I looking forward to it and will keep you posted Nicole,
        Thank You I pray this is my answer. your website been my saving grace

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    3. vennesa

      Hi Starr, It looks like we’re all in the same boat. How can we possibly be sooo sick, and no test results show anything. I keep telling all my doctors “Your missing something”! No elevated white cells, good platelets, cancer markers clean, brain mri shows no MS, fibromyalgia doesn’t pick sides..I just don’t get it! What kind of test can they do to check the implant/capsule? My breast feels like I have a burning stake all the way through by back. Why is it only one? What if I get it/both removed and I still have pain. I’ve been going through the process of elimination…after last weeks 3 hr mri of entire spine, I’ve just about run out of things to check lol

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  159. Tracy

    Had saline implants put in same time as mastectomy. One in 2009 and the other in 2011. Both have been deflated for 2 years. did not bother to have them removed because I didn’t want to be cut open again. Reconstruction surgery is much different than augmentation. Scraping all the breast tissues out etc. Implants were put just under the skin and held in by a product called dura something. Did this procedure because I wanted to feel somewhat normal. Now I am scared after coming across this site.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tracey,
      You don’t mention if you are having symptoms, even if you are not I suggest explanting the deflated implants and all other foreign materials for your best health. Nicole

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  160. Gabrielle

    Also is it possible to just have a few symptoms and then bam hits you like a brick. Because I started with fatigue and stomachs problems and aching to feeling like I have every disease. I know it’s my implanys because they burn. Not a natural burn from healing like I have bleach running in my veins or something. Also I get this feeling like there is a syrup like substance flushing in my face and chest. Odd I know but true. I feel so stupid going to my Dr and explaining to them all my symptoms because they look at me like im crazy but I know I’m not. I had so many Dr tell me to go to a psychologist and I did and even the psychologist thought something else was wrong. I got a mri on my breasts and my plastic surgeon said the implants looked fine but I don’t belive that. At all. I keep telling the Dr I feel poisoned like I can’t even live like this. I went to the ER 12 times in the past 4 months because I fainted my heart would stop beating for a second and I counldnt breathe then I wiuld feel like I was having a stroke. I would wake up and my whole right side would be numb. Like dentist numb. Then everything in my body gets really dry and achy even all my organs. I get super dehydrated to the point where I have to drink 6 bottles of water and still no relief. And Dr can’t find anything. IM super scared right now and don’t know what to do:( I’m getting them removed

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes, you are a perfect example of what is happening to many, many women. The new implants contain very toxic and highly aggressive chemicals which are poisoning women immediately. The dehydration is because your kidney and adrenals are being damaged by the chemicals among other things. Let’s talk on the phone today. Nicole

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    2. nicoleroper

      Hi Gabrielle,

      You are not alone in this and you are not going crazy. I too have a lot of horrible symptoms and getting mine explanted on 9th April. If you want to talk via email we could help each other along the process. I really scared too, struggling with anxiety and worry badly! You will recover, I hope you find a surgeon and get explanted soon xxx

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  161. Gabrielle

    Hey I just wanted to post my story because it is so terrible. I am only 24 years old had cohesive gel first put in 1 year ago and then another set 5 months ago. Imeediatly after I got them my life went to shit got severly depressed. Never had this before. Any way I noticed my left arm was always hurting me as well as under my left breast( always thought it was the muscle) and where my heart is would always ache. I just thought it was from the streching. One day I ended up in the hospital because I started getting super dizzy after my left arm was aching for sure thought I was having a heart attack. Nope got all heart test done nothing since that day I not only feel every symptom you have named but I also feel like I’m high on acid or something 24/7 I know that sounds crazy I don’t do drugs I am very scared. I’ve been to so many specialist and Dr and all I get is everything’s normal. How is everything normal when I’m constantly dizzy can barely read would get stroke like symptoms everyday I feel differently. My sweat smells like chemicals. I can’t be around anything or I react to it. I didn’t think it was comming from my breasts until they started burning severly and the burning would radiate down my back. This is so scary to happen to you at such a young age DONT GET IMPLANTS LADYS. I can’t even walk or remember what I did 5 min ago. I was so Healthy before this never even had an allergy. I love the way they look and sad they have to go but I could care less. I’m literally dying. Everyday feels like I’m having a heart attack. I can’t exercise or barely walk a few steps without wanting to pass out on the floor and having severe tachyrardia. Also ever since I got these I started having heart palpitations. I did see my surgeon Dr toy in Edmonton Alberta and he was really good about it and said he’s never heard of it but anything is possible! I doubt that. When I went for my consult he told me nobody gets saline and silicone is the only thing he does and then offered to put saline ones in to replace. I get them out on wendsday and he is not charging me thank god. Considering he had to redo my lipo I got both times with my breasts and now I’m literally dying from these things. I’m so mad at myself. I have not been able to do anything but lay in bed and scream and Cry for the past 4 months and only be able to drag myself to the dr feeling as if I’m gunna pass out. Also my only smell is of chemicals. Everything smells like chemicals. I can’t digest food. I too had a Dr tell me that I prob have ms/ ALS IBS gerd lymphoma thyroid disease ulcers heart disease but all test prove negative. And everyone thinks I’m crazy lol. I’m so happy I found this site. I don’t even know if I will make it until wendsday 😐 its that bad. So for anyone wanting implants don’t do it. I read an article online saying that silicone got brought back on the market because there was a study shown that women with silicone implants are 4x likely to use our health care system.

    My question is. Am I going to feel like this forever and do I need a en bloc since I’ve only had them a year on my surgery date? And has anyone felt as if they were drunk or high all the time? I know that sounds weird but yea. Thanks wish you all an amazing recovery.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gabrielle,
      I’m concerned that your implants won’t be removed properly. We can’t be sure how much capsule tissue you have but because you have had your implants for a year, there will be some capsule tissue and it must be removed entirely for your best and easiest recovery. I’ll write you another email with my telephone number and let’s talk on the phone. Nicole

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  162. admin Post author

    Hi All,
    Interestingly, I read the recent article by Angelina Jolie in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/opinion/angelina-jolie-pitt-diary-of-a-surgery.html
    who has now also just removed her ovaries, in addition to her breasts which were removed and replaced with implants in 2013 due to fear of the potential for breast cancer. What instigated the latest ovary removal was recent tests that showed she has a number of elevated inflammatory markers which may contribute to future cancer. It did not occur to her doctors or her that the inflammation could be coming from the breast implants. Breast implants cause high levels of inflammation in the body. You cannot put two large bags of toxic chemicals in your body and not expect an inflammatory response. Most get sick from implants, even Angelina Jolie. I hope one day that manufacturers and doctors will admit that breast implants cause serious illness in the body. Nicole

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    1. Deborah

      Angelina is a very smart woman, BUT she is sending “mixed” messages regarding the removal of her breasts and the implantation of breast implants. I am sure that many decisions she makes involves her career, as she has been regarded as a “sex symbol” and I don’t know if she’s ready to “let that go” not quite yet anyway. You are very right about the elevated inflammatory markers, as I have them as well. That is all great and wonderful that Angelina has the money to do what she believes is ” best for her and her health”. But I would guess that due to her career and her own personal image of herself that she made a very poor decision in choosing to get those implants. Hopefully she will not go through the same “hell” as we all here have!

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  163. AnitaStark

    Thank you for the website. I have silicone implants and now have silicone in my axillary nodes. I am working to schedule the explant as soon as possible (next week). I don’t know if I should have the nodes removed which are 6 or more under each arm or can I detox the silicone from my nodes? I have severe symptoms and time is of the essence. I have contacted toxicology at OHSU in Oregon to determine if I can remove the silicone from the nodes after my explant or should the general surgeon remove the nodes with the risk of developing lymphodema. Please share your thoughts. I hope to remove my implants next week as I have severe burning. I have been detoxing with turmeric, garlic apple cider vinegar and taking astragulus. I have also tested one positive strain for A. niger (fungus). I have to be careful how much I boost my immune system as my symptoms (rash burning RA like flare which I am negative for) worsen. I know until I have the implants removed I am just being poisoned. I am a Bakers IV encapsulation in both and possible ruptures in both. Please share your insight. Remove the implants and nodes or just the implants and try to detox out of my nodes? Thank you all, Anita Stark

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anita,
      Dr. Susan Kolb says that contaminated nodes should be removed and she removes them however not all surgeons do. It is common sense that removal of lymph nodes should be balanced with the fact that these lymph nodes are there for a reason and should only be removed if absolutely medically necessary. I had cohesive gel implants with gel bleed/leak on my left side and several of my lymph nodes around my left breast were swollen and sore due to contamination from the toxic chemicals of the silicone. In fact, the lymph nodes in my neck and throat were also sore and swollen but my surgeon did not remove any lymph nodes and would not consider it. Over the course of many months after explant, my lymph nodes did eventually detox themselves and now they feel normal. A factor to consider is what type of implants you have? With cohesive gel implants, the toxifying factor of the implants is the aggressiveness of the chemicals used to make the gel cohesive and not so much the actual silicone particles. With textured implants, I think it may be important to remove seriously contaminated lymph nodes as those fibres flake off. With the more liquid silicone implants, again, I would remove seriously contaminated lymph nodes. I hope this helps you. Your surgeon will probably make the determination at the time of surgery which lymph nodes should be removed. Who is your surgeon? Nicole

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      1. AnitaStark

        Hi Nicole,
        Thank you! The implants that I had from 1991-2008 were MEME’s. They had disintegrated and encapsulated ~ I wanted no replacement but the surgeon (now retired) talked me out of it. He put in silicone Allergans in 2008. He did not tell me that they had leaked but the surgery was extensive when he removed the encapsulation and ensured my that he removed the silicone. I do not know if the silicone in my nodes is from the current allergen implants or from the old MEME implants. I had a mammogram that had a bad report on it in 2011 that stated they may be leaking and was sent to another surgeon who said not to worry your body will encapsulate and shore up the silicone. And any silicone leakage in the body would be absorbed and would not be harmful. I ask about removal and he stated I would not like the results. I should have gathered a second opinion. I have had odd skin rashes and general RA symptoms for many years. Now everything has become acute. I need to have them out immediately and I just don’t know what to do about all the affected nodes. If I take out the implants and then try to make a clearer decision on which and how many affected nodes to remove. They are all heavily inflamed at this point. My doctor is Dr. Richard Busby for the explant and Dr. Kim Swartz for the general surgeon who is experienced in removing nodes. However, I don’t believe either know anything about detoxing the body from silicone. I have a contact into the OHSU toxicology clinic to possible see if they can assist me with detoxing the nodes or my naturopath. I want to removed the implants next week as my symptoms are becoming extreme allergy reaction and I am controlling it with natural anti-inflammation ~ garlic, turmeric, apple cider vinegar. I have tested positive for one strand of a.niger. Would Susan Kolb consult via phone/skype?
        Thank you ~ I am advocating for myself at this point.
        Anita Stark

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  164. mariellen

    I just had my saline implants of ten years removed by Dr. Feng. I was told I had auto inflation. Has anyone else experienced this?
    Mariellen

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mariellen,
      You are the first that has mentioned auto-inflation of implants and it is quite rare. Here is a medical paper on auto-inflation:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19554139. Did you notice the inflation yourself and is that what caused the surgery or do you have symptoms of illness as well? Nicole

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Nicole, I did notice that my breast seem to be growing. Last May I woke up with severe nipple pain in the right one and when I looked it was deflated. I made an appt to see my PS that afternoon and by then it was back too normal. I actually thought I was crazy, then when I spoke with Dr Blais he said it did happen. My right one was actually 80+cc more and the left was110+cc more when she Explants. I have a mile long list of symptoms. I heard auto inflation was rare although I thought there was only nine known cases before me. Dr. Feng is now starting her own research on auto inflation. Thank you for your response I greatly appreciate it.
        God Bless
        Mariellen

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  165. Mikayla

    Saline breast implants ruined my health at the young age of 21. Within months I developed HORRIBLE insomnia, foul smelling urine, depression, brainfog, muscle stiffness and severe 24/7 pain in my head, neck, and back. Anyway, I want to SUE Mentor for saying their implants were safe and did not cause autoimmune when they had the studies proving that they did!!! I’ve noticed that the Fda admits that saline implants are linked to lymphoma cancer but I have been looking and have not seen any lawyer wanting to take on a case of saline implants *which are really SILICONE implants filled with saline which cause sickness just like silicone* This is NOT FAIR because just as many women get sick from SALINE as silicone and I don’t see anyone suing for saline implants ruining our health. Anyone know of any lawyers who could take my case on?

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  166. Shelley Young

    Hi I have had my silicone implants since 2003..i was in the mcghan study and have had them in 12 years. Just recently i was diagnosed with hashimotos, hypothyroid,nodule on thyroid,fibroids,hormonal imbalance(high testosterone and estrogen dominance. I also have burning itching pain under implant and in armpit. I live in michigan and I would like a recommended surgeon. I believe i have a leak. I could go to chicago but my insurance is health plus of michigan. I need to get these removed asap could you please help me find a doctor. I have an appointment with 3 but don’t want to waste time. Thank you

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  167. Tati

    Hi Nicole,
    First of all I want to thank you for creating this website filled with valuable information and telling us your personal ordeal with your implants. I want to share my experience with you and other women that are going through the same situation. I had my implants done in 2006 (texturized, gel silicone) back in my hometown in Colombia, did my research on them and my doctor, did not find much negative information on them. The surgery went great and I was very happy with the results. In 2009 had my regular breast exam with my OB/Gyn and he told me that I had a lump in my right axilla, so he send me for breast ultrasound and a mammogram, and I had my right implant ruptured. I went back to my PS and had them replaced by another set of texturized, gel silicone implants. She did mentioned that the previous implants were from a company in France and they were defective, so yes I had this implants from a company in France called PIP, where they used industrial silicone, the one they use to fill up mattresses with, to make breast implants. The scandal surface in late 2009 after I had mine exchanged, so I didn’t dig in too much. My PS told me not to worry that I had the ruptured implant removed, and everything should be ok. I didn’t experience any symptoms till then.
    In 2011 I became really sick, with non-stop fever I mean 24/7, excruciating pain in my joints, bones and muscles, my skin felt like it was burning, couldn’t bear to be touch, profuse sweating at night, my right arm lymph nodes started to swell to the size of a gulf ball, went from hospital to hospital, I was told 10,000 different things but no one would give me a diagnosed. At the time I didn’t have insurance, so my torture went on for almost 3 months. Till a saw this doctor that sent me for an MRI with contrast, and he couldn’t rule out cancer, so he referred me to an oncologist-surgeon one of the best in FL Dr Robert Donoway MD, I remember that I saw him on a Monday and he scheduled me for surgery the next day. I had partial removal of a few on my lymph nodes and a sample was sent for biopsy it was negative thank God for cancer but it had necrosis, I couldn’t had an infection in my blood or my lymphatic system. As the time went by my health started improving but at the same time had other symptoms hair loss, still have pain in my joints, lost weight, but I got better.
    A few weeks ago the nightmare came back, I got sick again, I had so much pain throughout my body I cried like baby, fever, chills, so I went to the ER and there I got admitted, my white blood count was very low, I got neutropenia, got isolated it, my red bloods and my plaquettes were abnormal too, they drew so much blood out of me it’s not even funny, got lymph node biopsy, again, got tested for leukemia and lymphoma, I had 3 doctors in my care, internist, infectologist and an hematologist-oncologist, they game a treatment, IV of 2 different antibiotics, pain killers, and also something to bring my white blood cells up. I got discharged from the hospital a week later, since my pain and fever improved and my white blood cell went up. Follow up with my primary and he said that my liver enzymes were high, liver ultrasound was normal, he sent me for anti SS a and anti SS b and that was positive with a value of 35. He referred to a rheumatologist, I’m currently wait on appointment for him. Last test he ordered was for Lupus. Followed up with my hematologist-oncologist my white blood count dropped again, follow up in 3 weeks. All this back and forth is driven me crazy. I have mentioned to ALL the DOCTORS of my implant ruptured and no one has even pay attention to this. So I started again to do my research and guess what?? I found more and new information about implant related illnesses, and believe me it is IMPOSSIBLE that women that are experiencing the same symptoms have breast implants, that is NOT a coincidence.
    At this point, I’m so angry, frustrated, depressed, and many more feelings. I take full responsibility of my decision to get breast implants, but there are other people involved in this situation that are responsible and liable for what’s happening to us. Why this is not prohibit by the FDA???? And worldwide??? Why the authorities are not doing anything about it??? How many women have to die, or live such a low quality of life and health??? Is it because we are women??? When the medical society are going to admit and diagnose that these implants are making US SICK!!!! I don’t want portrait myself as a victim, like I said before but I am sure that if I knew at the time I DECIDED to have this surgery what were going to be the consequences I’ll never, NEVER would have it done. It has been such painful, difficult conclusion and decision to make. I have to admit I love my implants, my PS did a great job when it comes to the surgery, they are my perfect size, look very natural, I just wanted to be the way I was before I had my children. I did this for me, not to please anybody, or because society image about women should be. I have decided it like many other brave women to have them removed completely, I want them out, the implants that I love are killing me little by little, I’m 37 years old, I have a 6 year old son. I still need to be around for a while and in good health. So I have began my journey, I have an upcoming appointment in March 26 with Dr Marguerite Barnett, I hear she is one if not the best doing explantation in Florida, I live in Ft Lauderdale about 4 hours away, but I am taking the trip. She doesn’t take my current insurance Humana Medicaid, I read from my other website that Medicaid and medicare would paid if you can prove that you need have them removed for medical reasons. Otherwise we need to pay out of our pockets, currently I’m unemployed and can’t afford the surgery. To all the other women that are going through the same thing may God be with each of you throughout this difficult journey. Hold your heads up and your spirit even higher, after all we are far way more that a pair of tits. XOXO. Will keep you guys updated it

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tati,
      Thanks for your sincere comment. I am looking forward to hearing about your explant and recovery. Nicole

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    2. Nicole Roper

      Hello Tati,

      I share a very similar story, I too have silicone implants and suffer many of the symptoms you do. The one that stands out to me is the episodes of neutropenia! I have this also, they go up and down, checked every 2 weeks, seen every specialist going and they cant find anything “wrong”. This has been going on for 2 years and I have only just discovered its my implants causing the problems. I am getting them out ASAP! My only delay is getting someone to do them en bloc. As they are under the muscle and the last surgeon I was said this is more risky as they are often stuck to the rib cage. I am still trying to find the right surgeon but I feel so poorly every day I feel time is of the essence and I am just desperate to get them out!

      I really wish you the very best of luck and really hope you find the finances and surgeon soon xxxx

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  168. Heather

    Hi
    I have Mentor Saline implants and I think they are what’s causing me to be sick. I got my implants a year ago this month. I am 27 years old and have always been a very healthy happy person. I would say my first symptom started probably a few months after my surgery. I noticed I would wake up at night with a deep pain in my chest. I thought it was maybe because my implants were putting a lot of pressure on my chest and didn’t think much of it. Six months after my surgery I began having throat problems. My throat would get very dry feeling and would make it difficult to swallow. I also noticed a fowl taste in my throat. Again I just ignored it thinking the air was just very dry because it’s winter. The throat symptoms seemed to get worse and worse. Almost four month ago I began feeling sick like I was getting the flue and with this I began severe all over body pain. After my body pain I began a list of symptoms one after another such as head pressure, facial and neck flushing, rash on my chest, ringing in my ears, night sweats, brain fog, fatigue, chest pain and pain with deep inhale. My newest symptoms are swollen tongue, numb roof of mouth, and my last period only lasted for two days and had very painful cramps. I just feel awful! I’ve been to so many doctors and had so many tests, ct scan, x-ray done and everything is coming back normal. I have scheduled an explant in about a week and a half. I hope and prey that this is what is wrong with me! I just want to get them out and begin healing my body! I want my life back! I have been trying to eat healthy foods from whole foods. I actually had started a 10 days body cleanse before I found this sight and saw I shouldn’t detox before the implants are out so I stopped. I’m pretty scared at this point! if anyone could give me some advise it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for this website!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Heather,
      Yes, it is your breast implants causing your symptoms and illness. Please ensure that you have an Enbloc style explant with a Total Capsulectomy as outlined here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ which will ensure your best and easiest recovery. Then after explant, I suggest you follow a detoxification lifestyle as outlined here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/ to help your body detox the chemicals and bio-toxins from the implants. Many women are fully recovered in about a year after explant. Nicole

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    2. Sabrina

      I had mentor saline implants put in around 10 years ago. I began getting sick just over two years ago. I had a hystorectomy and hoped that would take care of my aches and pains and heavyness in legs and back pain. Not long after surgery i began having a horrible tight muscle feeling behind my right breast.this breast has a lot of fibroids so it is sore a lot.i had a lymph node swell on that side that was very painful. I had it removed and was relieved that it wasn’ t cancer! The muscle pain continued and I hAd massage therapy and they said for an unknown reason this knot in my upper right back continues to spasm and won’t relax. A year ago i developed Reynauds that has recently become very severe. I also now have neoropathy and wake up every morning with numb feet and am now waking up all night unable to feel my arms. I am unable to sleep for more than two to three hours a night and that is with ambien! I just had spine mri and nerve and muscle testing all normal. I have come upon lots of articles on my own about saline implant illness ans believe this may be what i’m dealing with! I also have been doing whole 30 eating hoping that would make me feel better but hasn’t! I am desperate to get these out of me so thT i can start living again! I am very concerned about the cost though because of insurance not covering it!

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    3. Nicole Roper

      Hi Heather,

      How have you got on with your explant? I too struggle with the chest pain and tightness, shortness of breath etc, along with many other symptoms. I really hope your explant was succesfull, would love to hear how your doing now xxx

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  169. Lynda Totte

    I forgot a couple of questions. How do you know if your implants are ruptured, or or have any toxins in them. I have saline implants. Thank you so much- Lynda

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    1. admin Post author

      With saline implants a rupture will cause deflation which should be noticeable to you however implants don’t need to be ruptured to create toxicity. Implants create bio-toxicity due to immune dysfunction as I described and the shell of the implant is made of chemicals which do create toxicity, poison tissues and interfere with healthy body processes.

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  170. Lynda Totte

    Your article hit home with me for sure. The problem I have is, I had a double mastectomy because I had breast cancer. I’ve been sick also like a lot of these woman, I have had candida 2x, thrush when I had chemo. I had silicone 2x, didn’t come out right, a lot of rippling, now I have saline since 2013. My problem is I just can’t take them out, I have no tissue or muscle, any suggestions for me, I’m 53 yrs. old. I would appreciate any help I can get. Thank you so much- Lynda Totte This is making me so depressed

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lynda,
      It sounds as though you are toxic from chemo and have a fungal infection due to immune dysfunction from your breast implants which are large foreign bodies that overwhelm your immune system allowing other opportunistic bacteria and fungi to grow out of control causing bio-toxins in your body. I suggest having your implants removed and not replacing them and taking antifungals/antibiotics to deal with the infections and then starting a slow and steady program of detoxification under a Naturopath Dr’s guidance or a Toxicologist. Nicole

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  171. Carrie

    February 10 I had my saline implants removed, capsule and scare tissue. I was so sick and still feel extremely ill. I had bacterial infections in both breast witch took almost a month of ER and Doctors visit to figure out. I have extreme muscle aches in my arms, shoulders and joints. Extreme vertigo and brain fog, hair loss and fatigue. I also was having weird heart palpitations that my doctors tried to put me on anxiety medication for. I felt like I was dying and no one would listen when I would mention my implants. I still feel very sick. I was on antibiotics for the bacterial infection for 10 days but do not think it’s gone. My doctors I seen made me feel like a hypochondriac. Once my family physician put anxiety in my records that’s how all the doctors treated me, like it was all in my head. I felt so helpless and scared. I’m sure in the long run I did have some anxiety. Not knowing why I was so sick for so long, I think that would take a toll on most people. I’m am relieved to see these post, but angry no one would listen to me.

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  172. mary sue

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I am so grateful for having my suspicions validated! I had BA with saline implants summer of 2012, I became symptomatic spring of 2013!!! I have been to ENT’s (I have never had a sinus/ear infection previously, and i swim!), endocrinologists (the most recent one literally put on the visit report that I needed to see a psychiatrist), special boutique docs for hormone treatment (I am at “that” age), and lastly an orthopedic surgeon, he thinks I have bilateral labral tares!! I have never had bad breath, I am a nut about oral hygiene, I have chronic halitosis and thrush like symptoms.

    I am scared and angry. Is there any avenue for legal recourse? How do you preserve “evidence” if you are explanted?

    I just found an article about “silicone synovitis”, which was defined as a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by breakdown of silicone artificial implants used for joint/place holder replacement in carpal bones. Apparently, the use of silicon has been dc’d for that application! How is this craziness allowed to continue? ……. maybe I do need to see that psychiatrist!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary Sue,
      Don’t be scared, you are on the right track. In regard to preserving evidence, request your implants and capsule tissue to be returned to you directly after surgery. Some of the capsule tissue may be kept by your doctor and sent for medical testing for cancer and bacteria or fungal infections (sounds like you have a fungal infection which is common for saline). If you chose, you can send your implants and capsule tissue to Dr. Pierre Blais in Canada who analyzes breast implants for why they fail and cause illness. His reports costs approximately $500 and his contact info is on the Resources page of this site. I can’t refer you to any specific legal avenue other than to say there are several lawyers representing ladies with health issues from breasts implants which you can find on the net. Nicole

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      1. mary sue

        Thank you for the info on the physicians who perform post explant analysis, Nicole! I am sure that I will use one of them to preserve as much data as possible.

        My first task is finding a surgeon that I trust to perform the en bloc explant. I don’t trust any MD who performs silicone breast augmentation to do an explant. It is an obvious violation of the Hippocratic oath. Are there any surgeons who perform explants who do not perform breast augmentation?

        I will dial in on the forums and see if I can find some assistance for legal recourse. So far, I have found nothing. The lawyers that I have contacted say that these cases are not cost effective. Expert doctor witnesses have to be brought in from out of state because no doctor in the state of CO will testify against another. Has to do with that fact that they are all insured by the same mal-practice insurance carrier. The lawyers also say that juries tend not to be sympathetic to sufferers of cosmetic procedures. Colorado is the worst for consumer protection laws. The statute is two years, and I only just found out about this, I won’t give up!

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Mary Sue,
          Yes, Dr. Lu-Jean Feng in Ohio does not place implants because they cause illness or so I heard. She is an amazing surgeon also having studied vascular surgery. Everyone that has gone to her raves about her expertise and care during explants. She is on the surgeons list on my website here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Dr. Feng is expensive, though, so if that is a factor there are other good surgeons on the list as well. Nicole

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          1. Denisa

            How expensive is dr. Fend? It will be so devastating if I can’t afford her. I don’t need a lift just the en bloc capsulectomy.

          2. admin Post author

            Hi Denisa,
            I suggest speaking with Dr. Feng’s office about costs. In general proper explants start at $4,000 and go up to $12,000 depending on who is performing the explant and if you need extra services like a lift etc. Some of the surgeons like Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta and Dr. Lu-Jean Feng in Ohio who are very good and well known for proper explants do charge a lot for their skills, too much I think, which worries me because many women needing explants due to their declining health are not able to afford that large of an expense. Nicole

  173. Tami Davenport

    I’m so glad I found this group! I’ve thought I was going crazy, I had silicone gel implants put in 2006, and my health has gotten worse and worse, I lost partial vision in one eye, have had a terrble pain in my back by my bra line, been diagnosed with GRAVES and been losing my hair, I’ve been to chiropracter, neurosurgeon, back doctors, autoimmune doctors, none of them can tell me why I feel so horrible and am in so much pain, always tired, and emotional! I am going in for a consultation on the 9th of March about having them removed, good to know I’m not crazy.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tami,
      I am so happy to hear that you are headed toward your explant. You are not crazy and your illness and symptoms is from your breast implants. With a proper explant and some detoxification and time to heal, you will recover your health. We are here anytime for you. Nicole

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      1. Tami

        Thank you for the reply, went to the back doctor today he said my pain couldn’t possibly be from the implants, I told him I feel horrible! I never had all these problems before I got implant, none of the doctors seem to believe that these are the problem. Can they still make me sick even if they have not ruptured?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Tami,
          Yes implants can make you ill without being ruptured. The chemicals used in the shell of the implant and the filling of the implant are highly toxic and break down, leaking through the shell of the implant even if there are no ruptures by a process called Lipolysis and circulate through your body. These chemicals and heavy metals are neuro-toxic, cyto-toxic and carcinogenic and poison your cells, glandular systems and overload the organs of detoxification such as liver, kidney and lungs. In addition, implants are large foreign bodies that over engage your immune system on an ongoing basis allowing other opportunistic organisms such as bacteria and or fungus to take hold and grow out of control in your body causing bio-toxins or causing auto-immune diseases because your immune system is so overwhelmed. Your symptoms are from your implants. You need to explant and detox and you will eventually recover. Nicole

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        2. mariellen

          I agree with you, my BS surgeon assured me that saline implants were 100% safe. Had I known the effects of implants I would have NEVER got them.
          Mariellen

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          1. Jeanie

            I was diagnosed with pageants disease, which is cancer of the nipple. In 2008 I had a double mastectomy with tissue expanders then breast implants 5 Mos later. My implants I was told were totally safe. They are Mentor silicone and I was told they would not leak. Special type silicone. We’ll I have had always had burning and sharp pain in my arm puts and breast, especially my right breast, but always told it was part of my healing. Guess healing takes 5 years. I’m glad I found this site. Considering getting mine removed.

    2. Carrie

      I also thought I was going crazy. I had my saline implants removed February 10. I had a bacterial infection in both breast. I still feel so ill.

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  174. Tracy Moreland

    Morning,
    My Name is Tracy I had saline implants May of 2004, love them. In oct 8th 2008 I developed a headache to this day is still with me. I have been diagnosed w Daily persistent headache duh, it is daily and persistent. Since then I had Candida, many, many food allergies, too many to list. Recently diagnosed with generalized auto immune, adrenal fatigue, and my t-4 showed hypothyroidism. Other symptoms fatigue, ear ringing, brain fog. I have been to see many Doctors and a Naturopath. Fixed my Candida, leaky gut still have a daily headache, worked on my spine and misaligned neck, its straight, still have daily headache. I live in Washington and did look up the surgeon you recommended. I would love feed back if you have had any experience with the persistent daily headache.

    Thank you and thank you for this website.
    Tracy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tracy,
      Your implants are over ten years old. Most competent doctors recommend replacing breast implants, all types, every ten years because it is well known that implants deteriorate and rupture well before ten years, many before six years. Your symptoms are definitely from your implants and common to breast implant illness including your daily persistent headache. Headaches are the number one symptom for toxicity and inflammation, like when you experience a hangover you get a headache. Your daily headache can be from toxicity from a broad fungal infection which is common with saline implants due to their construction (valves and saline which promotes fungus and bacteria growth). Fungus produce bio-toxins as waste products and so if fungus is flourishing in your body you have a large load of bio-toxins to deal with on a constant basis which causes many symptoms you list. Also, all breast implants damage our thyroid and adrenals which can also cause daily headaches and make life hell. Time to explant, detox and heal, you’ve suffered long enough. Here for you anytime. Nicole

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  175. Lisa

    I have saline implants since 2006. I developed various ailments around 2010. Doctors said they were peri-menopausal symptoms. In 2012 I ceased menstruation. Three months later, I felt very ill with many of the implant toxicity symptoms. After four months, I slowly felt better yet was plagued by many symptoms. I was told my hormones were out of whack. A few months ago, I started bio-identical hormones. I now feel better than I have in years though I still have ups and downs with symptoms. I am now unsure if I actually have implant toxicity. I am also afraid to have them removed since they have changedy life for the better. After getting implants, other women treated me like a normal woman and not an outcast. My personality is the same. So the implants have been a godsend. Is there any “natural” type of implant? I hate to remove them only to find out my problems are indeed due to hormones. Any surgeons recommended in northeast NC?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Your saline implants are approaching ten years old. It is recommended to remove implants every ten years because many implants deteriorate and rupture well before ten years. It is hard to tell if your symptoms are menopausal or implant related because you don’t list them but please know that eventually all implants cause illness. Saline implants are known for causing bio-toxicity illness from bacterial or fungal infections due to their construction (valves and filled with saline allowing for bacteria and fungus growth) as well as immune related illnesses due to the fact they are large foreign bodies which eventually overwhelm your immune system which allow opportunistic organisms such as bacteria and mold to grow out of control. With the approach of menopause and lowered progesterone the body’s ability to detox is hampered and so the bio-identical hormones and supplementing progesterone are making a difference in how you feel because your body is detoxing somewhat which is good but does not solve the implant toxicity long term. My suggestion is get your implants removed and clean up while you are not in too ill. There are no natural implants and all implants cause illness. Here is a list of explant surgeons I have gathered so far: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/. I hope this helps you make the right decision for your highest wellbeing. I am here for you anytime. Nicole

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  176. Natasha

    I had my implants almost a year ago (saline under the muscle). Around 6 months post surgery I started to have tingling in my hands and feet, the tingling subsided after a few days and was replaced by pain ; not strong, shooting pain, more like a dull ache. Since the initial symptoms I’ve had a variety of odd things happen…strange sensations in my elbows and knees, tingling in the back of my head, muscle twitching. Not all at the same time and there have been days without any symptoms at all. The symptoms alone are manageable, the worrying about them is getting the better of me. I’ve had an MRI and blood work (all clear). Do you think this could be related to my implants? Do you know if all the Canadian doctors you’ve listed for explants remove the capsules when they operate? Thanks for your time.

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  177. ConnieM

    Another question, when you have trouble swallowing, does your voice change? I sound like an 80 year old woman and slur my words.

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  178. Julie

    Hi, how important is it to find a surgeon who does en-bloc if your implants haven’t ruptured? Can I just find someone who will do a full capsulectomy?

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  179. ConnieM

    Have any of you had trouble gaining your weight back? Also, have any of you lost feeling in one of your feet? I’m limping around and people are telling me I have MS, not breast implant illness.

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    1. admin Post author

      I am 5’7″ and weighed 135 before explant and detox. After explant and during detox, I lost approximately 20 pounds mostly due to poorly functioning adrenals and the detoxification diet. Tt took me about a year and a half after explant before I gained the lost weight back. I am now 135 pounds again. Nicole

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    2. cheryl galloway

      I lost feeling in both feet and they diagnosed me with MS after 13 years of silicone implants back then never knew what was wrong doctors always told me they are safe and last forever. finally after 30 years got implants out when a doctor in environmental and allergy DO doctor told me the truth

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi GFS,
          If you don’t hear from Cheryl within a few days come to our Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group as she is a member and you can chat with her there. Nicole

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  180. Kris Dewell

    I’m looking for a surgeon in the Indianapolis area. I have had my saline implants since May 2005 and I absolutely hate them. I’ve started feeling many of the illness symptoms and know I have capsular contracture. I have met with one surgeon I like and am meeting another next week. Any experience with Indianapolis surgeons? Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kris,
      Sorry, not familiar with any surgeons right in Indianapolis however that does not mean there is not a good one there. There is a surgeon from Minnesota on the Explant list here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Please ensure that all your capsule tissue is removed with your implants. Please let us know who you chose and if we should recommend them. Best wishes, Nicole

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  181. Seager

    Explanted yesterday. Feel a huge weight lifted off my chest (figuratively and actually) 🙂 this procedure really is not as excruciating as putting the implants in. Dr.Melmed could get about 90% of the capsule out. He said the rest will be absorbed by the body. I trust his judgment but has anyone else been told this? Thanks all for the stories and support.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Seager,
      Congratulations on your explant! I know your feeling of relief once your implants are removed! About five per cent of my capsule tissue was left behind too as it was stuck to a rib and my surgeon did not want to damage my rib by scraping it off. The body will eventually detox the small pieces of capsule tissue left behind and know that these areas will be sore and inflamed during your detox process but will eventually heal entirely. Nicole

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  182. Seager

    Hello ladies,
    After explant have any of you had any luck with growing your hair back? I’ve had silicone for 3 years. My hair was so amazing. It’s now a ghost of what it was. I’m really hoping it has a chance to regrow after explant.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Seager,
      I lost a lot of hair before explant and during detoxification however it is back to normal after about a year and half. Hair loss is a common symptom of breast implant illness and may be an indication that your thyroid is struggling under toxicity of silicone chemicals which are known endocrine disruptors especially to the thyroid and adrenals. Nicole

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  183. Mariellen Ketterer

    I too have saline implants since 2005 and have been sick every since. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good surgeon for explant in the Pittsburgh area?
    Thank you

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  184. Jennifer Isaak

    I have had saline breast implants for more than 16 years. I have joint pain, stuffy sinuses, difficulty swallowing, gi issues to mention a few. My question to all the ladies whom have had their implants removed is what are you left with after? Holes in your chest? Or does everything return to the way it was pre implants? I know my health is more important than my looks but I would like to know what to prepare myself fo after surgery…

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your question, other women will respond to you and let you know of their experiences too. From communicating with women through this site and my own personal experience, in general breasts after explant look similar to the way they looked before implant if factors are ideal such as a skilled explant surgeon, no complications and considering other factors such as the natural aging of the breast and weight loss or gain. Personally, I feel my breasts are a little fuller after explant than they were before implant but I have a few more pounds on me now too which may account for that. Many women are pleasantly surprised by how good their breasts look. Some women need lifts at the time of explant. There are several before and after explant pictures on the net on sites such as Real Self. Just google: before and after explant pics. Your symptoms are definitely breast implant related and it sounds as though you will need some antifungals which is common for saline implants. Saline implant illness usually includes bacterial/fungal infections throughout the body. Work to get your gut working well by killing the fungus and replenishing the beneficial gut flora with all kinds of different probiotics from organic, raw unpasteurized yogurts, kefirs and soil based probiotics from raw unpasteurized cultured vegetables bought from health food stores. Also take good quality store bought probiotics and change up the brands to obtain different strains of flora. Cut out inflammatory foods (gluten and dairy are a problem for many but there may be other foods which may cause inflammation in the gut and gut issues) and eat only a organic nonGMO wholefoods diet which includes some fruit, lots of vegetables, some proteins and lots of healthy oils such as krill, flax, avocado, coconut and olive. Gut health is paramount to detoxification and to modulate the immune system. I hope this helps. Nicole

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    2. Conniem

      Jennifer, I was explanted 2 months ago and my breasts are low on my chest. But I have lost 25 pounds, so I believe that once I gain my weight back, my breasts will perk up. I was an A before implants, and I’m an A now. I actually like being back to the way I was. I can sleep on my stomach now!!! You will get used to being back to your normal self. It is kind of freeing!!!

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  185. Patty

    I had reconstruction surgery the 25 of September. Lastweek I started becoming extremely fatigued and can hardly sleep at night. I feel like I am going to throw up all day lomg and have also had stomach aches and numbing hands. Could these be signs so early on?

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  186. Lisa

    I have cohesive gel implants, under muscle placement back in 2008. At the beginning of the year I had sore shoulders that have been getting gradually worse. I bought a bellicon rebounder (mini trampoline) at Easter. They are good to get the lymph moving.
    Well I think that’s exactly what has happened, gradually I have been getting worse, most of my joints are affected, at the moment the back of my head is extremely sore. I’ve been referred to a rheumatologist as my bloods ANA came back extremely elevated. Which means I’m making a whole lot of antigens that are trying to fight something, mostly me. I’m convinced that my implants are to blame. Of course the doctor doesn’t think so. Time for an explant . I’ve seen one surgeon who said he might not be able to get all the capsule, not an option for me. I see a second surgeon next week. Please god I hope she says she can do a complete capsulectomy. I want these things out and I’m hopeful I can get them out before Christmas. I’m doing my best to manage what I can and I’m trying not to stress about the things I have no control over. I am eating an AIP diet and will go through the detox program once explanted, but I need to look into that some more…at the moment it’s all about explant and starting my journey. I wish everyone a healthy speedy recovery if you are also going through this hell.

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  187. Tammy

    I can’t believe what I am reading. Prior to my Mentor gel implants I questioned my PS over and over about the safety of implants and any short or long term side effects, and he assured me they were safe. When I asked him about why silicone implants had been removed off the market for a while, he said well when people get sick, they tend to find an excuse to blame it on, so if they implants that’s their excuse, but none were 100% proven to be the reason. I trusted all he said, and went through with it.
    I had my implants in June 2008 and within a year began to have anxiety attacks, tingling in my hands, pain in my feet, and joint pain in my shoulders, hands and hips. NEVER did I think about the implants being my issue. I’ve gone to my doctor and never even asked if this could be a factor, because after all “they are safe” according to my PS. I have continued to feel bad, joint pain worsened, weight gain, night sweats, fatigue, itchy skin, dizziness, depression, insomnia, shortness of breath, chest pain (was hospitalized in March w/what Dr. felt was a mild heart attack, but proven not to be), constant congestion issues and the sickness continues. After trying to figure all this out, I began thinking could this be what it is, and my doctor is looking into Silicone toxicity.
    I stumbled upon this site, and I am so thankful I did, because I don’t feel so alone now and I surely don’t feel like I’m going crazy. Something truly is wrong and this is my problem. I would like more info on the detox, and am wondering if anyone knows of a Dr. In San Antonio that does the proper removal as Dr. Kolb does? If not I will travel to have the removal done correctly. I’m hoping insurance will cover the cost, since my health will only continue to decline if I don’t get them out. Please respond to a recommendation for a GOOD Dr. In my area and please send detox info. THANK YOU THANK YOU for this website. You are truly a God send!

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    1. Carrie B

      Don’t know if you’ve found more information but there is a great doctor in Dallas… Dr. Ed Melmed you can Google him. I have an appointment Oct 30 to get my saline implants removed. I am in Oklahoma. I have all of the same symptoms you mention and many more. I’ve had mine in 13 years. Worst decision I’ve ever made. Can’t wait to have my life back. I wish you the best. Feel free to contact me. -Carrie

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    2. Chanda

      Hi Tammy. I have mentor gel implants also. I was told the same things by my ps here in Houston. I have all the same symptoms and then some that you are having. I had mine implants done in 2010. I haven’t had any luck with a doctor listening to me about me thinking that these implants are making me sick.

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  188. Celkil

    I had my gummi bear silicone implants out en bloc by dr Susan kolb. She somehow got my insurance to pay for the procedure due to how ill I was. I like you could feel them slowly sucking the life out of me and no one believed me besides my dad. Get them out as soon as you can no matter what. I have heavy metal toxicity and all kinds of other problems I am trying to heal from. I am 31 now and on disability from my job. I had my implants in for 4 years. Kolb is one of the only surgeons who takes axillary nodes as well. I recommend that, gets you ahead on your detox. Don’t give up. It’s a long road but you can do it.

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  189. needtoheal

    I’ve been getting sicker and sicker over the past 2 yrs with no one being able to figure out what is wrong with me. Finally being treated by a rheumatologist for auto-immune diseases–mixed connective tissue disease, and have ended up on high dose steroids which have caused all their own problems, the newest being a partial tear of my achilles tendon.
    I’ve racked my brain as to what could have caused this–I’ve gone from being energetic, vibrant, healthy to being too debilitated to even work.
    I had silicone breast implants and a silicone chin implant way back in the ’90’s and they’ve been so problem free (I thought) that I’d completely forgotten about them.
    After yelling at God–“do you see me down here?! I’m sick, seriously sick! What the heck is going on??!!” I got a rash on my chin and it made me think, could this be it? And the breast too? I Googled breast implants and health problems…….
    So I’m looking for the right surgeon to get these toxic things out–I KNOW they are the problem.
    May God bless all of you and all who are to come. I pray for all of our healing.

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  190. Bliss

    Oh my goodness – I am so thankful to have found this website. I got saline implants in 2005 – and for the last few years – my health has just been progressively deteriorating. I have felt like my body is at war with itself – and for the last years – it has been getting MUCH worse. Dr’s are not able to give me any concrete answers. They have me trying these meds for nerve pain, etc, and things just keep getting worse – and more and more areas of my body are affected. I decided I really needed to research things – and, my implants have just been coming to mind – how all of these auto-immune symptoms I have had – all of which are just getting lots worse – and then I read the list of breast implant symptoms – and I have several. I have been truly feeling like I am slowly dying. I am so wanting to make an appt. to see about getting these out – ASAP – I just don’t know where to start. I live in Lincoln, Nebraska – and I am not sure the Dr. that put the implants in is the best one to go to for explantation? And, then there is the idea of “detoxification” – I don’t know where to begin – but, want to get started right away. Any help/advice/communication will be so much appreciated. Thank you so much. God Bless you.

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  191. Brianne

    Hello!

    My case is like so many others here that you’ve heard a million times! But I could really use some advice and help! I decided to get implants (Mentor silicone memory gel) in 2008. I started having strange symptoms (chest pain, joint pain, numbness and pain up and down my arm, stomach problems, back pain, lethargy, depression, etc). I’ve had a vestibular disorder and migraines since 2004, so its really hard to tell how much illness is due to my disorder or the implants… or perhaps the implants aggravate my disorder and vertigo?

    What I did know is that how I’d been feeling had definitely gotten worse, and I was having new strange symptoms. so after a couple trips to the emergency room in confusion, and then finally my actual breast began to hurt (so badly that I couldn’t move, was having flu like symptoms and a low grade fever), that I met with a couple different doctors and scheduled my explantation (I never really liked the things anyway). I was confident in the doctor I chose, had done a bunch of research, asked for en bloc, etc. I was aware (as he confirmed) that en bloc might not be possible because my implants were under the muscle. and because of the horrible pain I was in on one side and down my arm he was concerned that I had nerves exposed and the implant was rubbing on them.

    So here we are… fast forwarding to the present. I had my explantation 11 days ago, and i’m sitting here “healing”. But I’m incredibly disappointed and concerned! after the procedure it was explained to me by my plastic surgeon that he was only able to take out 50% of my capsule!!!! He said that since I had nerves exposed on both sides of my chest he had to leave some of the scar tissue in place in order to cover those nerves. And while I appreciate him taking care of my nerves i’m horrified that I still have 50% of that toxic scar tissue in my body! He said that it was incredibly thin like wet tissue paper. There was also a hole in the back of one of my implants, although he said none of the silicone had leaked out. Also to my horror I had textured implants in me when I had paid for smooth. So the original surgeon lied and put the incorrect implant in. Reconstruction also had to be done on one breast because the original surgeon placed the implant incorrectly so that my breast tissue had to be fixed.

    Since my explantation I have felt worse. Dizzy, random joint pains, literally a bad headache or migraine EVERY day, etc etc. PLEASE tell me that there is still a way for me to recover and feel good again even though 50% of my capsule was left in… is it even possible? I’m so scared! Please help!!!

    -B

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Brianne, yes you can fully recover even though capsule tissue is left behind. Ideally, we want an Enbloc style explant with 100 per cent of the capsule tissue removed for our best recovery however many situations are not ideal and women do recover it just takes longer and is more severe.

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    2. Heather

      Hi Brianne
      My name is Heather. I am just curious as to how you are feeling. It looks like you had your explant about a year ago. I just had my explant this morning and my doctor also told me he was only able to get 50%. I’m a little worried at this point I’m curious how long it took you to start feeling well again. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you Thank you!

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  192. Melanie

    Explant scheduled for May 22. I would LOVE detox protocol. My silicone gel have been in 11 months and already have symptoms that point to toxicity. Thanks so much

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  193. Mother

    My daughter had implants (Saline) put in 2005. She has been very ill for 8 years. She is bedridden most days and has been for years. She was diagnose with Lyme disease 2006. It was brought to my attention recently by a doctor that that the implants may be the cause of her illness not the Lyme. She is getting the implants out within the next month or two. I have been reading about the importance of Detox . Can you send me the protocol.

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  194. mmh

    did you have your’s explanted at the 3 year mark?? Mine only been in for 2.5 and odd symptoms started at 10 months post implant. Now have Raynaud’s (only symptom yet) and being tested for other auto immune. hoping getting them out sooner will give me a small advantage on recovery… so many women have them in for so long before getting sick…looking at this as a sign from above that they need to come out now! looking to explant in the next month or 2. who did your explant??

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    1. Jennifer Foxcroft

      Just curious Nicole- if Dr. Sinclair removes any affected lymph nodes? Does he do the procedure en-bloc? TIA 🙂
      Jen

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Jennifer,
        Yes, Dr. Sinclair is very skilled at En-bloc style removal but he did not remove my lymph nodes. I asked him if he would during the consultation in 2013 and he said he does not remove them. The lymph nodes around my left breast and underarm were swollen but have returned to normal in the months after explant and detoxification. Lymph nodes can be swollen because they are filled with toxic chemicals or silicone. In my case, they were filled with toxic chemicals and once I detoxed they returned to normal.

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  195. Daryl Nelson

    Why isn’t everyone talking about this? Aren’t women who are in the media or politics getting sick, also? Why are there only a few expensive Drs that remove these implants properly & know about detox? This could be a huge business for Drs considering how many of us are sick! (you know how many Drs seem to care about $ they could make a little money and be our hero)

    I am always searching, searching on the internet for help & I found these brave women on YouTube. One of them had such an amazing point. She said “if I would have been warned that implants could make me sick, I probably would have still had them put in. But, I would not have spent 3 years trying to find out what was wrong with me when I felt like I was dying!”
    I thought that was such a smart comment because if a Dr would admit that some women do have health issues with implants & charged a reasonable fee to have them removed properly, they still would have a good business & they could sleep well at night.
    I would love to put up big billboards in all the major cities, saying
    “I Loved My Breast Implants Until They Tried To Kill Me”
    and have some sort of photo to go with it.

    With all the thousands of dollars I have spent in the past 7 yrs since I was explanted, I might have been able to do that. I still do not feel like the same healthy, energetic girl I was before I had saline implants 19 yrs. ago. I went to a Dr here in Las Vegas where I live & told him that I was ill and explained how I needed them removed. I am now wondering if he got it all, because I still have such aches, fatigue, & brain fog. I am better than before though, & at least I know that I am not alone!
    We should all make YouTube videos- you do not have to show your face if you do not want- you could wear a hat & sunglasses.
    How can we get the word out there to all these women that do not know why they are so sick?
    Thanks for letting me vent.
    Stay Strong- Daryl jean

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  196. Liesl

    Wow, I am so happy that I found this website. This journey has been long, difficult and painful. After losing pretty much all of my breast tissue after breast feeding my two kids, back to back, 2 years each, I started researching implants in 2002. I finally decided to go ahead with the surgery because I was so depressed about how I looked naked, like my Gram. 🙁 I was convinced that saline implants were safe and was happy with the surgery. Now, almost 12 years later I am in pain on a daily basis. In 2003 I went off of dairy because I was having the same pain from it that my Mom was. Then she was diagnosed with Celiac. By 2005 I also self diagnosed myself with Celiac after eliminating gluten and getting relief from my symptoms. Although now looking back at it all, my overall health has declined ever since my implants. My white blood cell counts have decreased to very low levels and I’ve had numerous tests done to see if I had an infection, but everything comes back “normal.” I finally had the genetic Celiac test done a few years ago and that was genetically confirmed. If I had known in 2002 that I already had an autoimmune disease, I never would’ve had the surgery. In the past month or so I have had a red rash around the outside of my eyes. I’ve eliminated everything I can think of in my diet that would cause it, but it keeps coming back. I truly believe that these implants are toxic and my body is fighting against them. I have an appointment with a plastic surgeon May 19 and it can’t come fast enough. I’m nervous that she won’t know or admit to these problems that you and other women have written about on this website and others. Any suggestions other than making sure that she has done the En-bloc procedure and has experience taking them out like Dr. Kolb suggests? Thank you so much for this website. I wish that I had known before, but I must do something now.

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    1. Tamara Windsor

      Hi thanks for your comments I agree 100% I have been ill to point of feeling like death after having what I thought were saline implants..after reading and research to why my health was breaking down finally after 7 years I came across breast implant illness andon removal of my implants a few months ago turns out they are silicon and ruptured! They came out a Brown yellow colour when they should be clear!! I want to get the word out too! I am from London England and cant find much support in th UK! All the best Tamara

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  197. Dee Morris

    I am currently consulting with doctors for explantation and want to know what questions I should ask to ensure peace of mind post explant. I have been suffering with fatigue, muscle and joint pain, memory loss, in a fog, dry eyes; throat; skin, etc. which began 3-4 years ago. Others much longer. I had saline implants since June 2006. Please send detox plan to me to implement since I plan to have explant as soon as I can get it scheduled. Thank you. I have read about anti fungals. Is this necessary? I cannot afford what Dr. Kolb provides but at a minimum, what is the cost especially for the Enbloc/Total Capsulectomy breast implant removal. I live in the Tampa Bay Area. Any information is welcomed.

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  198. Cynthia

    Could I please get detox instructions will be explanting in three weeks. I have been sick for two and a half years with everything from MS symptoms to Hashimotos and Chronic fatigue. Thanks

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  199. Christy

    I was implanted in 2007 with mentor smooth high profile saline. My health has been deteriorating since 2008. I have many of the same symptoms as so many others. I was recently told by two different doctors that it sounds like I have ms. I am scheduled to see a neurologist next week. I don’t think I have ms. I think these implants are killing me slowly. I’m sure my GP is not going to agree. Where do I start? I saw a post of $14,000 to have dr kolb remove them. That’s twice what I paid to get them in! I don’t have $14,000. Does insurance cover this, I am in the US. How/Where do I start??? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    Christy

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  200. Beth

    If you could please send me detox instructions I would appreciate it. I have been sick for a year and am scheduled for an explant in a month. Thanks so much! Beth

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    1. Deborah

      I had silicon implants for years, and they had ruptured. I had them removed in 2008, and just this past year have finally had some relief from the symptoms.
      I would love to get the detox instructions, could you please email them to me?
      Thank you!!!
      Deborah

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    2. Shyla

      Good afternoon, I had a mommy makeover done on Feb 24 2014 2 months ago with silicone implants placed. Since then I have been ill with muscle tremors, fatigue, muscle weakness, tingling in arms legs and scalo, burning sensations throughout body. Everyone says it’s anxiety, but in starting to believe it’s my implants. I have a constant burning in my chest with these weird tingling sensations too. Can you send me detox info I am planning on explanting. Thanks

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  201. admin Post author

    Yes, you will most likely fully recover your health depending on factors such as proper explant and detoxing for about a year sometimes longer. I have worked with ladies that have fully recovered from serious diseases such as MS and you will recover too. I will send you information on detoxing.

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    1. Danna Bradford

      Hi there Admin,

      Could you please send me some helpful information on detox? I was explanted November 22 of 2013 and I’m on the road to recovery but any insight I gain would be hugely appreciated. Some symptoms are gone but some are a little more stubborn and definately painful. Any input you give me I would love to hear.

      Thanks, DB

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    2. Seager

      Hi,
      This is so amazing to hear. I have always known it was my implants that were creating the pain, the hair loss, the fatigue and somewhere deep inside I wanted to ignore it. I guess it’s the guilt and embarrassment of knowing this was “self inflicted”. There’s already so much relief in knowing these toxic implants are coming out in 2 weeks. I had a question about hair loss. Will my beautiful hair ever come back? I lost about 50% of it and I hate that I traded my god given gift of health and hair for these terrible implants.

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  202. Debbie King

    Thank you for this knowledge. I have been sick for several months and diagnosed with lupus. I have a severe rash covering my body and my skin is changing it is rougher. I have been delayed doing anything about this because of my ignorance and misguideance from my doctors. I cannot even get an appointment with the right doctor until Jan 29. I suspected I had a rupture Feb of last year when I was in a car accident. I am having discomfort and all the classic symptoms of autoimmune disease. I am worried that my skin will be permanently damaged. after the explantation and detoxing Do you think my skin will return back the way it was before?

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  203. Judith

    I’m certain that my saline implants are making me gravely I’ll. I’ve been sick since 2008. Tested for everything from lupus to MS to vitamin deficiency. I want them out and I’m considering going to Dr. Susan Kolb in Georgia. I am in California though and I’m wondering if anyone knows of a good doctor that will do an en bloc procedure? I truly cannot live with this pain any longer.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Judith,

      Yes, the implants are making you ill. They should be removed properly as soon as possible. I did receive a recommendation from one lady about a doctor in California. Dr. Gilbert W Lee, 11515 W. El Camino Real, Suite 150, San Diego, CA. 92130, Tel 858-720-1440, Hope this helps. Otherwise, I would phone plastic surgeons in your area and enquire who does Enbloc/Total Capsulectomy breast implant removal and interview a few and choose the one you feel the most comfortable with. If you feel you need support through your detox period and to recover your health, I would see Dr. Kolb. The body will detox naturally after the implants are removed if your diet and lifestyle is supportive. I can help you with that as well. Please keep in touch.

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      1. Judith

        Thank you for the info Nicole. I’m definitely going to go to the doctor and get a mammogram or hopefully an MRI. I’m ashamed to say this, but I haven’t had a mammogram in over thirteen years. I scheduled one a year after I got my implants but after reading all the paperwork they gave me that described what could happen to my implants during the test I backed out and just haven’t gotten one in all these years. My 34 year old daughter just discovered a lump in her breast so I promised her that I would go. Now that I know how sick implants can make you, everything I’ve gone through for the last thirteen years makes sense. Symptoms started with slight numbness in my left leg in 2003. Then I started to get headaches, facial pain, numbness around my throat on the left side. My breasts have been hurting lately and the left one aches through to my back. Now it’s all progressed to the point that I have neuropathy and the feeling of pins and needles all over the left side of my body and it’s starting in my right toe. I do a mild workout and static stretching every day to try to keep my muscles flexible because I feel like I’m literally turning to stone and I’m fighting for what’s left of my life. My GP just gives me pain meds which is just a dead end to me. I’m pretty much at the point of not being able to function, I have not worked in over a year. I appreciate this website and others like it because now I don’t feel so alone and I know I’m not crazy. Thank you again for the info, I will inquire about the enbloc procedure.

        Best regards,

        Judith

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  204. Georgia

    I’m going Monday morning to have these Toxic Bags removed … I got saline when I was 24….. not satisfied with the look and feel they were rippling.. this was in 94 … had saline in 97 got very ill in 2010 breast pain …. MRI showed both implants were ruptured … replaced in sept 2010 April 2011 had surgery for CC had implant replaced left …. now oct 2013 severe brrast pain right breast… Monday I’m have explanation with mastopexy …no implant replacement….. I want them OUT!!!!! I am 600 cc in each breast. prior to implants… I was a b….

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  205. Amanda Kelly

    Thanks admin 🙂 I’m just so sick at the moment, my GP won’t give me the letter for my P/S to state im in good health for my OP. My original P/S is going yo explant ad I haven’t 5000euro to go to anyone else! I no the capsule and scare tissue has all to be removed, so I will be letting hI’m no I want it all done properly! So scared but I mo these balls of poison are making me sick 🙁 just want it all over and done with!

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  206. Amanda Kelly

    Ohhhh were to start! im 26 had implants since 21 gel silicone! I started having numbness tingling aches pains, panic attacks! Heart palpitations! Weaknesses etc ! I was diagnosed with MS but is it really MS, I think it’s from my Silicone implants! Am I too late to put this right all doctors and my PS say no way it’s not your implants! I know it Is! A feel I’m going mad
    Please help

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,

      Trust your inner wisdom and the symptoms of your body which are telling you the implants are unhealthy. Start looking for a plastic surgeon to remove your implants and capsules via Enbloc technique. Amanda, you are young and will recover well and fully. You will go through a period of detoxification and you will learn so much about treating your body well for your future!

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  207. Joy Urbanski

    Thank you for the info! 13 yrs with saline filled silicone and autoimmune symptoms are getting worse these last 3 yrs after having X-rays. Blood test results show high centromere b. While researching that on line I saw vinyl chloride as a possible cause. I found your site by putting in are breast implants made of vinyl chloride. Now I know hope it’s not too late!

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    1. oneisha burrowes

      I’ve had my implants in 7yrs plus ive all the symptoms listed I was a healthy girl but now I’m bed ridden after find this site I know what’s wrong with me the things is I live in UK and the doctors, don’t believe in implants illnesses but I know it’s true there is no way so many young woman to be having the same symptoms simultaneously I’m having them remove but please if u can email me I’m worried as hell thanks

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