BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

WHAT ARE BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS AND SYMPTOMS OF SILICONE TOXICITY/POISONING

Breast implant illness is a period of sickness affecting the body caused by silicone or saline breast implants.  Symptoms of breast implant illness vary from body to body due to personal differences, the type of breast implants and the progression of the illness however it appears that a few symptoms show up a little earlier and more consistently such as fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), joint and muscle pain, hair loss and dryness throughout the body including organs and glands.  In my personal opinion, if you are experiencing fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, joint and muscle pain, hair loss and dryness throughout the body, it is your body indicating to you that the implants are causing illness and should be removed as soon as possible. Because breast implants affect most body systems, symptoms are widespread and can be related to toxicity, immune impairment/failure, auto-immune diseases, neurological symptoms, endocrine symptoms and metabolic symptoms.   Here is a longer list of some of the symptoms, but in no way complete, that have been associated with breast implants:

FATIGUE OR CHRONIC FATIGUE
COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION (BRAIN FOG, MEMORY LOSS)
MUSCLE PAIN, JOINT PAIN AND STIFFNESS
HAIR LOSS
POOR SLEEP
DRY EYES, DECLINE IN VISION, VISION DISTURBANCES
HYPO/HYPER THYROID SYMPTOMS
HYPO/HYPER ADRENAL SYMPTOMS
ESTROGEN/PROGESTERONE IMBALANCE OR DIMINISHING HORMONES
SLOW HEALING OF CUTS AND SCRAPES, EASY BRUISING
THROAT CLEARING, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, COUGH
VERTIGO
GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES
FEVERS, NIGHT SWEATS, INTOLERANT TO HEAT
NEW AND PERSISTENT BACTERIAL AND VIRAL INFECTIONS
SLOW CLEARING OF COMMON COLDS AND FLUES
FUNGAL INFECTIONS, YEAST INFECTIONS, CANDIDA
NEW SKIN RASHES
EAR RINGING
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES
HEADACHES
PAIN AND SLOW MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER ACTIVITY
WAVES OF MUSCLE WEAKNESS
HEART PALPITATIONS, CHANGES IN NORMAL HEART RATE OR HEART PAIN
SORE AND ACHING JOINTS OF SHOULDERS, HIPS, BACKBONE, HANDS AND FEET
SWOLLEN AND TENDER LYMPH NODES IN BREAST AREA, UNDERARM, THROAT AND NECK
BOUTS OF DEHYDRATION FOR NO REASON
NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATIONS IN UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS
COLD AND DISCOLORED LIMBS, HANDS AND FEET
GENERAL CHEST DISCOMFORT SHORTNESS OF BREATH
PAIN AND OR BURNING SENSATION AROUND IMPLANT AND OR UNDERARM
LIVER AND KIDNEY DYSFUNCTION
CRAMPING
TOXIC SHOCK SYMPTOMS
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION PARTIAL OR FULL PANIC ATTACKS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF LYME DISEASE
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SCLERODERMA, LUPUS, NONSPECIFIC AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF ALCL LYMPHOMA

WHY DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?

Breast implants cause illness because they are large foreign objects which overwhelm and impair our immune systems causing immune system dysfunction and auto-immune symptoms.  Immune system dysfunction allows opportunistic bacteria and fungi to grow out of control causing serious bacterial and fungal infections in our body which produce large amounts of bio-toxins which overload our organs.  In addition, implants are made of silicone which is a chemical soup of dangerous toxins and heavy metals that when implanted in the body begin breaking down due to body chemistry and releasing and circulating particulates of silicone and neuro-toxic, cyto-toxic, carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals contaminating tissues, organs, glands and body systems.  Simply put silicone is a biologically active and toxic substance that causes bio-toxins and systemically poisons and impairs many functions of the body.

WHEN DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?

It makes no difference whether your implants are cohesive gel, saline with a silicone shell or silicone with a silicone shell.  In fact, the cohesive gel implants seem to be the worst implants because they contain more aggressive chemicals used in making the silicone cohesive.  However, no matter the implant type, sooner than you realize, all breast implants impair our immune system and the silicone shell deteriorates releasing toxins and allowing the filling whether toxic cohesive gel, saline or regular toxic silicone to permeate the shell and contaminate our body.  According to several studies, most implants deteriorate and or rupture within six to ten years but sooner in many cases.

For instance, I was implanted with cohesive gel implants October 2005.  The plastic surgeon informed me breast implants should be replaced every ten years to be on the safe side and I was planning on having them removed in ten years.  Despite the ten year safety plan, I first noticed breast implant symptoms only three years after implantation in October 2008.  The first symptoms I noted were brain fog and what appeared to be hypothyroidism.   Not realizing my symptoms could be from breast implants, I attempted to manage with better nutrition, exercise and supplements with some success.  But as time progressed, more symptoms appeared such as ringing in my ears, easy bruising, slow healing of cuts and scrapes, hormonal imbalances, yeast infections, ear infections, hair loss and fatigue.  Shortly, the fatigue worsened to the point I felt something was very wrong.  Then in a six month period a storm of other symptoms quickly showed up such as food intolerance/allergies, headaches, sore/aching shoulder and hip joints, aching backbone, severe dehydration at times, muscle weakness, swollen and sore lymph in the upper body, sore kidneys and liver, fevers during day, night sweats, fast/irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, burning/pain around the implant and underarm, panic attacks all finally culminating in toxic shock due to the amount of toxic chemicals circulating in my body from the silicone.

According to the plastic surgeon who removed my implants seven years and three months after initial implantation, they were intact with no ruptures or leaks.  Before explantation surgery, I requested my implants back and they were brought to me a few hours after I woke from surgery.  They smelled strongly of chemicals similar to wet kitchen or bathroom silicone caulking.  I inspected them very carefully and the left breast implant has an air bubble in it less than one cm in width at the inside surface of the shell.  There should be no air bubbles in cohesive gel implants which tells me the silicone shell was permeable inside my body for some time even though not ruptured.  The history of my symptoms also tells me that the silicone shells of my breast implants were permeable and poisoning me me as early as the first few years after being implanted.

I look forward to your comments, feedback and personal stories about your symptoms due to breast implants.  Please see the comment form below.  Thank you.

275 thoughts on “BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

  1. Heather

    Hi I am in Utah. I have scleroderrma which i had before surgery but not dx’ed until after. THESE symptoms you explain are also consistent with scleroderma and I have heard that some people acquire scleroderma FROM implants. I had a bilateral mastectomy with gummy bear solid silicone reconstruction. The last few days have been different symptom wise. My left breast is super swollen and tender. It spreads to under my arm pit. IThis surgery was only a little over a year ago. I have a feeling these will have to be removed. I wont have any breasts afterward. im really freaking out!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Heather,
      Please see your doctor immediately about your swelling and tenderness around your left breast. After your explant, you can get an internal lift and I even know some that have had successful fat grafts. Nicole

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  2. Penny

    Wow! This is some very scarey and eye opening information.
    I had breast implants (saline) put in 2005 and in 2010 developed Ulcerative Colitis. I questioned why it took 5 years to get the UC, but after reading your site it makes perfect sense–the toxic shell degrading. My GI doc told me not to worry because when I was diagnosed I immediately asked if I should have the implants removed. Well, I listened to him and kept them in. At the time it would have been financially impossible to have the implants removed. Well. In about 2 weeks I will be having them removed for good. Having something so toxic in the body is not worth it! By the way, have been in a UC remission for a year due to daily enemas and oral meds. Hopefully after the removal won’t need as much meds. And hopefully my foot bone pain will be better. To anyone contemplating breast implants: don’t do it! Implants gave me ulcerative colitis! And when I was young I would have thought it ridiculous to stuff my bra with tissues…now as an adult I am mad at myself for stuffing my pectoralis muscle with water balloons.

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    1. Cheryl

      I had saline implants placed in 2007. Had them replaced with silicone implants in 2014. I thought I researched thoroughly before exchanging the implants. Never read any of this info. I knew of the “old” implant issues, but was assured the newer implants were safe. I am a VERY active person. I usually go to the gym 4/5 days a week, 3/4 hours at a time. Spin classes, kickboxing classes, etc. And on weekends mountain bike riding, 4 wheeler riding, mud runs, etc. About 8 weeks ago I just started feeling OFF. Very tired, heavy feeling. Slow feeling in my brain. Forgetting simple things. Getting frustrated easily because I am not feeling myself. Hurting in elbows and shoulders. Needing hubby to help pull shirts over my head sometimes because shoulders hurt so bad. My gym attendance drops off. I have no energy. Feel like crap. Bought new, darker blinds to block out more light and glare. Having frequent headaches. I am not going to gym at all right now. Just do not have the energy to go. I went to general practitioner doctor and explained what’s going on. Blood work was done and the results showed problems with my thyroid and white blood count. More blood work done for more extensive testing in progress. Waiting for the results. I started research on implants because my gut just told me that could be the problem. OMG! I have most the symptoms on that list. Could the implants be causing all this so soon? Been in 8 months. Sad to read all this but relief to know it’s not all “in my head” and I’m not “loosing it!”

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Cheryl,
        The new implants are causing illness in women very quickly due to the aggressiveness of the chemicals and heavy metals used in their silicone recipes. Silicone chemicals are known endocrine disruptors and damage our endocrine glands of thyroid and adrenals. You are not losing it! Please read the rest of the pages on this website which will give you all the information you need to explant and detox. Join our Facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group for ongoing support. Nicole

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        1. Cheryl

          Thank you for the reply. I have been reading as much info on this as I can find and I do feel explant is necessary. How do I get a hair metal test ? Would like to know the levels before explant for comparison. I read the testing website. Am I understanding correctly that it has to be ordered by a doctor? I will make an appointment with DR. Kolb. I don’t live in Atlanta but I do live in Georgia. I do have an appointment this Thursday, the 21st, with new doctor for new opinion. Scheduled that six weeks ago. Of course, doctor I am seeing now says, ” I don’t think your implants could possibly be causing you to have all these symptoms. But then, I don’t really know much about them.” (General Practitioner). Just know the way I feel is terrible. Taking steps to healing and feeling well again. Thank you so much for this website and the information here.

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          1. admin Post author

            Hi Cheryl,
            Dr. Kolb will do a hair test for you. I’m happy to hear that you will be explanting. Join our new facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group where other ladies can support you through your explant and detoxification. Nicole

  3. Jean

    Last year my daughter underwent breast augmentation surgery in Cincinnati. While I do not know the specific manufacturer of the implant, I am aware the implant is gel and one which does not have to be removed/replaced after 10 years. So it’s evidently a long term implant.

    This February she had 3 days where she ran a high fever with, what she described as, bone aches. Since that time she has had bruising behind her knees after sitting through a movie, joint pain to the point she was unable to walk up and down her stairs without extreme pain, make a fist or lift a child. She has been going to her family doctor who, at her request, ran a full blood work including STD panel. There were no results and he gave her a steroid shot for the pain which should have lasted 3 weeks. The excruciating pain came back after a week and a half. She went back to her family doctor who felt she has an autoimmune disease and referred her to a rheumatologist. He also put her on a light autoimmune drug to try to help her with the pain after she went to him again in intense pain.

    She is unable to see the specialist until July. She has had to go back weekly for steroid shots because the pain gets so bad she is unable to function.

    This weekend she went to the emergency room after experiencing shortness of breath, pain all over her body and numbness, tingling in her shoulders and arms. They took tests and found her blood was forming clots and her liver enzymes were elevated. The doctor told her he had no idea why she was having the symptoms, gave her another steroid shot and told her to see her family doctor.

    When she read her lab tests at home she found the levels her liver enzymes were of a person with psoriasis of the liver. They did not give her blood thinners for the clotting.

    My daughter is, or was, a vibrant 32 year old. There is no rheumatoid arthritis in my family or her fathers. I am afraid I’m going to loose her to a stroke. Her plastic surgeon has not returned her call. Is there some way to know the implants are causing her symptoms? Everything I read points this is the case. Would you suggest a hair follicle test? I’m afraid her symptoms seem to be progressing rapidly, she was crying while they were having her stand for her chest ex rays Saturday night. Is there a doctor in the Cincinnati area who is knowledgeable on this matter?

    Please help! I couldn’t bare to lose my daughter and her children need their mother.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jean,
      All implants, no matter the type or manufacturer, are recommended to be removed/replaced within ten years because several studies show that most implants are leaking/bleeding or ruptured by ten years and many well before ten years. Any plastic surgeon saying implants are “long-term” is lying to sell implants. Your daughter’s symptoms are common to breast implant illness and caused by her implants. Implants are full of toxic chemicals and heavy metals that poison our tissues, organs and glands causing high levels of inflammation in the body. Silicone is a known adjuvant causing autoimmune symptoms and diseases. Silicone is an known endocrine disruptor, disrupting our very important glandular system which controls our body processes. Your daughter needs to be explanted En-bloc with a Total Capsulectomy. Please read the Explant, Explant Surgeons, Detoxification and Resources pages on this site as it will give you all the information you need in order to take the next steps to get your daughter’s health back. Nicole

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    2. Allison

      Omg Jean I’ll be praying for your daughter as we are the same age! I had my implants removed in February. All of the symptoms I’ve suffered and still have some lingering – for the sake of what? Big boobs? So not worth it. Please tell your daughter to get a good surgeon that will remove them!! Symptoms won’t disappear overnight but she will get better!! Also, it doesn’t seem like her Family doctor is much help as mine was not. All he seems to be doing is pumping her with more chemicals! You may want to switch!

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  4. Amy

    I had the Natrelle Silicone implants inserted in October of 2013, one of them encapsulated and was redone in December of 2013. By April of 2014, I was experiencing many of symptoms identified on this website and I had them removed in May of 2014. Unfortunately, I am continuing to have the FATIGUE OR CHRONIC FATIGUE
    COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION (BRAIN FOG, MEMORY LOSS), MUSCLE PAIN, JOINT PAIN AND STIFFNESS, HAIR LOSS, EAR RINGING, SUDDEN ALLERGIES TO MEDICATIONS AND XRAY DYES, HEADACHES, WAVES OF MUSCLE WEAKNESS, HEART PALPITATIONS, CHANGES IN NORMAL HEART RATE OR HEART PAIN, SORE AND ACHING JOINTS OF SHOULDERS, HIPS, BACKBONE, HANDS AND FEET, SWOLLEN AND TENDER LYMPH NODES IN THROAT AND NECK, NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATIONS IN FACE, UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS, GENERAL CHEST DISCOMFORT SHORTNESS OF BREATH, PAIN AND OR BURNING SENSATION AROUND WHERE IMPLANT WERE AND UNDERARM, FIBROMYALGIA DIAGNOSIS, VITAMIND D ISSUES, AND HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR LYME DISEASE AND MS. I have had over 100 different medical appointments and testing, spent tons of money, and no one can figure what is going on with me. I have been told its in my head or that is fibromyalgia. I have also been told that the implants were not in long enough to cause these symptoms. HELP PLEASE!!!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amy,
      Did you have a Total Capsulectomy when you explanted? Those Natrelle implants really come up a lot as the implants that are making women sick immediately. Don’t worry, we will figure it out and get your detox going. Do you have skype? If not, set a skype account up so we can have a face to face chat. Nicole

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      1. Deborah Andrews

        Hello ther. Iv been having all the symptoms of toxic in by body and I have silicone implants what do I do please

        Kind regards debbie

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Deborah,
          I suggest reading all the pages on this site and that will give you all the information you need to to explant and regain your health. Nicole

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  5. Racheal

    Wow I am extremely scared. I had a lift and a cohesive gel implant 2 weeks ago. I am worried that eventually this may happen to me down the line. I am wondering if I should have them removed now or wait? I can’t afford to take them out as I just put them in. I am so stupid for doing the implant and now I don’t know what to do. I wish I saw this before doing the implant.

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  6. Adam

    Hi, my partner has had her implants for 2 years and has a host of symptoms, she’s had hundreds of tests and no one has found anything. She has the following symptoms:
    Terrible anxiety
    Depression
    Chronic fatigue
    Night sweats
    Twitching in sleep
    Insomnia
    Smells strongly of bread in the morning
    Itching
    Hair loss
    Dry lips
    Dry eyes
    Chronic muse tightness
    sensitivity to light and noises
    Brain fog
    Thickening of vaginal skin (lichens sclerosis) and very bad pain soreness inside
    I was wondering if it’s too soon to be the implants but with all these symptoms it doesn’t sound like it could be anything else. She’s seen 8 doctors all useless and now she’s finally seen a psychiatrist who’s prescribed her lyrica and its turned the anxiety into aggression seemingly overnight and she has now ended our relationship due to the journey of us trying to find what’s wrong and managing symptoms on a daily basis, blames our relationship for the stress not the resulting depression and anxiety. Is there a test I can get her in the uk do you know for silicon sensitivity? These implants, I suspect, have cost me my future with her now and I just don’t want to see her get any worse, I don’t recognise her as a person anymore. Interestingly the strict anti-candida diet almost completely normalised her for a period of 6 weeks but it was horrendously strict and unsustainable and she quickly deteriorated after giving in to sugar cravings once. Help please! :-(
    Thank you
    Adam

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Adam,
      Your girlfriend’s symptoms are common to breast implant illness as is her broad fungal infection. She needs a proper explant which means Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy (all capsule tissue needs to be removed). She will need antifungals to help her overcome the fungal infection. Please read the Explant, Explant Surgeons and the Detoxification page on this site which will assist her in healing. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  7. Sheila Greene

    My daughter has recently been diagnosed as having Sarcoidosis, but after reading these posts, we are wondering if it is linked to breast implants she had done about 8 years ago. Can anyone suggest a doctor in Southern Ontario, Canada that is knowledgeable about this. I am not optimistic that all plastic surgeons are especially knowledgable about this problem. Thanks for any help in advance. Sheila

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheila,
      Breast implants, which are essentially two bags of toxic chemicals in your chest, cause enormous amounts of inflammation in the body and can cause Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is characterized by the enlargement of lymph nodes in many parts of the body and the widespread appearance of granulomas/ nodules of inflammation. The aggressive chemicals in cohesive gel implants leak/seep through the envelope of the implant into tissue, organs and glands which is what causes the inflammation plus the bodies immune response to the foreign body, the implant. I would not worry too much about finding a plastic surgeon that knows about Sarcoidosis, rather find a plastic surgeon that does a proper Enbloc style explant with a Total Capsulectomy (removing all capsule tissue) to have her implants removed as soon as possible. After a proper explant, and with some detoxification and time for healing your daughter will recover and the swollen lymph and nodules of inflammation will gradually lessen. In Southern Ontario, you are close to Dr. Lu-Jean Feng in Cleveland Ohio who is an excellent explant surgeon who everyone raves about. In Canada close to you is Dr. Martin Jugenberg of Toronto on the Explant Surgeon list here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ however I don’t have any personal recommendations about him. His name was sourced from another explant site trying to make money by listing doctors who explant. If I was you, I would take her to Dr. Lu-Jean Feng. Hope this helps. Nicole

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      1. Sheila Greene

        Hi Nicole. I can not begin to thank you enough for getting back to me so quickly. We have an appointment to see the respirologist on Monday and at that time we are going to let him know that we are going to arrange a consultation with Dr. Feng to have the implants removed asap. This site in my opinion has been already a lifesaver for my daughter. I will keep you updated. Keep spreading the word ! Hugs Sheila

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ellen,
      Here is the Explant Surgeons list: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. There is no surgeon on the list from N.C. but that does not mean there is not a good explant surgeon in N.C. You are looking for a plastic surgeon or breast surgeon that does Enbloc style explants and does a Total Capsulectomy when he explants. Please review the Explant page on on my site so you understand what you are looking for in a surgeon. Nicole

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  8. DD

    I’m absolutely petrified I think I have silicone poisoning and I’ve had symptoms so long and done nothing about it, how could I have been so stupid? I found the realself website about a month ago and have been following explant journeys and have decided to go ahead with explant, because of capsular contracture and general all over breast pain, although not without reservation as I was very flat chested before implants. Psychologically I’m trying to prepare myself. Now I’ve stumbled across this site and it’s like everything suddenly makes sense. I have lots of symptoms. What scares me is that I’ve had implants for nearly 21 years. My left implant is the original one from 1994. My right implant was replaced in 2011 due to being ruptured. From what I’ve read this is way over the recommended life expectancy of implants. I had no idea there was a life expectancy with implants. I don’t even know what size I have, people talk about the cc I’ve no idea what this even means. I don’t even know if mine are under/over muscle or anything. I feel so stupid and naive to have had them in the first place although I felt I had to do it at the time. I was 21. I’m worried I’ve had silicone poisoning for years as I started with a rash in 2000 and still have it. It has progressively got bigger and worse over the years and I cover myself with eczema creams on a daily basis. I’ve seen dermatologists who say it’s just eczema. Does anyone know if the symptoms will reduce after explant or does the poisoning have a lasting effect? What about the impact on internal organs? Does anyone have any information about research that’s been carried out? My symptoms are…….. rash since 2000 (first on legs, then arms, now on abdomen too), dizziness since 2007, costochondritis since 2011, gastrointestinal pain since 2013 – told it was ‘reflux’ -prescribed omeprazole), other symptoms: IBS type symptoms, thinning hair, joint pains in elbow & knees, circulation problems – fingers go white even in summer, brain fog, poor concentration, deterioration in eye sight, smelly urine. A lot of these I’ve put down to aging – I’m nearly 42. I’ve never listed them all before, I feel like crying just reading it back. Has anyone else been told they have costochondritis, I wonder if this is a result of leaking silicone onto chest wall. Is it possible for all of the silicon to be removed from breast pocket if it has leaked out and would this involve scraping the chest wall? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi DD,
      Please stay calm. Your symptoms are definitely from your implants and common to breast implant illness. Where do yo live? You need a proper explant with a good surgeon which means an Enbloc style explant with a Total Capsulectomy. Once you tell me where you live, I can recommend a surgeon for you. If your implants are properly removed you will have a good chance at recovery, although there will be a period of detoxification and healing. The Costochondritis is likely your implant stuck to your rib in one spot and causing pain which is common. Nicole

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      1. DD

        Hi Nicole,
        Thanks for your reply. I’m in the UK.
        In your opinion would a breast surgeon carry out as good a job in explanting as a cosmetic/plastic surgeon? Thanks

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi DD,
          Yes, a breast surgeon would certainly know how to explant implants properly and know how to do a Total Capsulectomy. There is a breast surgeon in Canada and the ladies that explant with her, just rave about her. Nicole

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      2. Rebecca Zamora

        Can you recommend a good plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas? I had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction using Allergan Natrelle Silicone Gel implants in 2009. My symptoms began in 2012 and are identical to ALL the ones others have listed: rheumatological, neurological, and psychological. Like the others, I’ve seen a rheumatologist and 3 neurologists. Had MRI of brain, C-spine, and T-spine, Lumbar Puncture, EMG and NCV, EKG, Echocardiogram, Neuropsychological testing, complete STD panel, Lyme test, vitamin deficiency test, and everything resulted in “relatively normal” findings. Now having MRI of breasts as my primary care doctor suspects rupture of left implant. I had suspected the implants last Fall and reported my symptoms to FDA in October. They sent me a letter in November to acknowledge receipt of my submitted report. Then, in March of this year, Allergan began calling and writing letters informing me that they were opening investigations per my “alleged Incidents” to the FDA. I am 100% convinced that the implants are causing all of my problems. I also believe that Allergan knows their products are unsafe but they willingly continue to distribute them to generate billions of dollars in profit at the expense of women’s health and the destruction of lives due to severe, chronic, and debilitating illness from silicone.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Rebecca,
          There are four surgeons on the Explant Surgeon list here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ from Texas. Their names were collected from breast implant awareness sites and other explant sites. I don’t have a personal reference on any of the four as yet. Please do your due diligence in thoroughly checking any surgeon you are considering. One of them only places saline implants and has testified against silicone implants in front of the FDA. I hope this helps. Nicole

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    2. kt

      I believe I am suffering from saline implants I had done back in 1995. My health has deterioated in the past 6 months. I have high levels of antibodies that point toward Lupus but the Rheumatologist told me because I didn’t have the other typical symtems of Lupus he couldn’t help me. Since November of 2014 I have had muscle weakness,, pain ,stiffness tingling and numbness all over my body. Then I had the worst case of acid reflux and couldn’t swallow. I am anxious and my body trembles often. I am extremely fatiqued and but also suffer from insomnia. I was also just diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I have so many symtoms I didn’t even know what Dr to see first.I am now convinced that I am being poisoned by these foreign objects in my body. Just in the last few days I am experiencing bad back pain. I have an appt with a plastic surgeon on April 27th and it can not come soon enough. Not sure how long it will take for him to do the surgery and remove them but I hope it is soon because I feel like I’m dying. When I get them removed will I feel better soon? Please help!.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Kt,
        In the case of saline, if you are explanted properly which means an Enbloc style explant with a Total Capsulectomy and treated with antibiotics/antifungls if needed and as needed, recoveries generally take about a year or more. Also, after many years with saline you will have particles of silicone and silicone chemicals which will need to be detoxed from your body and after detoxed the autoimmune systems should decrease. Silicone chemicals are endocrine disruptors as well and damage the important endocrine glands, especially the thyroid and the adrenals which are causing some of your symptoms. These glands eventually heal over time with detoxification and support. Please read the Detoxification page on this site and the writings and information by Dr. Susan Kolb listed on the Resource page of this site. Nicole

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    3. Mom

      My daughter who is in her 30’s got breast implants a few years ago. She has been suffering horribly and the doctors can not get a clear diagnosis. She has been in the hospital numerous times with pneumonia. She did test positive for connective tissue disease and rheumatoid arthritis but there is so much more going on. They believe she may have Lupus but she is still testing negative. She was a very healthy girl her entire life, who always was in sports, she always had a extremely healthy life style her entire life. Then out of the blue she goes back to her plastic surgeon to repair a double bubble on her left breast and months after starts experiencing episodes of extreme difficulty breathing that had her laid up in bed for at first days then as time progressed weeks. She has been on steroids for over a year and has gained 50 lbs. The steroids are the only thing that helps her, along with anti inflammatory medication she takes every day. My daughter is a very strong girl and I think when she first started going to the doctor know one believed her because she looked so healthy. That’s the thing about extreme athletes they can endure a lot of pain and push through it. I am terrified I am going to lose my daughter, she suffers everyday and has two children of her own to raise. The girl that was a total athlete can not even go for a walk. Does anyone know how we can find out about silicon poisoning or silicon allergies? We are in Ventura County in Southern California.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Mom,
        Here is the Explant Surgeons list: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. There are surgeons in California on this list and my favorite is Dr. Jae Chun in Newport Beach who is highly recommended for explant. A silicone allergy test will not be very revealing as what your daughter is experiencing is most likely not technically an allergy to silicone but rather the effects on the body when two large foreign bags of toxic chemicals are inserted into her chest. Her body is in an inflammatory mode and she has immune dysfunction creating autoimmune symptoms and diseases. Silicone chemicals are a known adjuvants which cause auto-immune diseases. Your daughter needs a proper explant and to undertake a detox regime and lifestyle and she will eventually recover her health. Stay calm and guide her through this process. All the information you need is on the various pages on this site. Nicole

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      2. Teresa

        Dr. Lisa Cassileth, Beverly Hills, CA removed my under the muscle 18 year old saline implants enbloc . She is a very caring and compassionate doctor. Surgery went great! She never once said ” your implants are not making you sick”

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    4. Pam

      Hi DD, you have no idea how your story fits me to a T… Had my implants put in back in 1986 had no idea they needed to be removed. I’m so so sick and have been for some time and getting worse I feel there is no possable way I can recover at this point I have so much whole body inflammation I can barley walk I hurt so bad joints, muscles, my feet and so on to many problems to list. I’m so mad at myself for getting these things if I only knew this was going to happen. I went for consultation Dr Chung in Southern California unfortunately I am not able to get the explanation about $8000 to $10,000 I just started getting Obama care but I don’t believe they will pay. And I have no more energy to fight them to see if they will. So not sure what’s going to happen from here except I’m getting worse by the day. what was i thinking…. I am 53 and also was thinking its my age is why I’m having these problems along with everyone else telling me it’s my age and how they to developed problems at my age. I’m not one to complain so I keep how bad I really feel to myself besides nothing they can do so I just go along with them yea it’s all because of my age. I hope you are able to get yourself help and get to feeling better. To feel normal again and have your health back. oh how I wish. Good luck to you.

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    5. MN

      DD- Hi I am in same boat as you..25 years now I plan an en bloc removal later this summer. I was so stupid I didn’t even know about the class action lawsuit for gel implants going on since 1992. People with rheumatic and skin diseases can still collect several thousand $$ from the settlement but only if they registered by 2009. My skin developed psoriasis in 2010 and I didn’t get the myalgia muscle aches until last year so I was way too late to get any compensation. Mine will be 25 this summer, I was told they would last a lifetime so I adopted them fully as my own and never suspected they would give me trouble. Now I’m not only removing them at my expense but I will have to plan on several thousand to invest in “clean up” and healing costs including lost time at work. I feel like an idiot for doing the surgery but I was 19 and believed my Dr they would last a lifetime.

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  9. Carla Ford

    Hi
    After reading everything on this website, my suspicions have been confirmed, I’M NOT CRAZY!!!!!!!! I had saline implants put in about 10 yrs ago. I am 51 yrs old now but before the implants, I was a very vibrant person. I HAD A LIFE!!! I was very active and enjoyed my life. Not long after I had the implants put in I started feeling really bad. I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. No matter what I did I couldn’t shake the feeling of being sick. At first it started out with wide spread pain. Like I had the flu all the time. Then the fatigue set in. Went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong with me. Finally I got a diagnosis of Fibromylgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Now 10 yrs later, I am on disability and hardly ever leave home. I’m so fatigued that i can barely get out of bed. I have felt for some time now that it was due to my implants but like everyone else on here, my plastic surgeon denied that it could be from the implants. But I was a relatively healthy person before the implants and now I can barely get out of bed. I have every one of the symptoms listed on this page and more. The sad thing is that I don’t have the money to have them taken out. I have missed out on so much in my life. I have a grandson that I can’t even keep because I stay so sick. The depression became so bad that I even became suicidal because the illness was more than I could bear. It has taken its toll on me emotionally and physically. I am thankful to know that I am not alone but the sad thing is the price we have all paid in the name of beauty. I was trying to do something to boost my self esteem but it ended up costing me my life.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carla,
      Where do you live? If you are located in the U.S., I suggest contacting Dr. Susan Kolb and requesting an Angel Explant which is a support organization for women that cannot afford an explant of their breast implants. Also please contact Dr. Diana Zuckerman for help and direction on where you can turn to for financial aid or support for an explant. Hope this helps. Nicole

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      1. Tampa

        Hello-

        I’m also suffering from breast pain, fatigue, hair loss and memory loss. I was diagnosed as hypothyroid and I firmly believe that my breast implants are the problem. I’d like to have them removed, but would like to make sure that I find a good doctor for the surgery. Any advice on Tampa doctors?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Tampa,
          Here is the Explant Surgeon list: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. On the list are five surgeons from Florida that were recommended by other breast implant awareness and explant sites on the net. It’s a start for you but please do your due diligence to ensure they are providing a proper explant. Please see the Explant page on this site on what a proper explant entails. Nicole

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    2. Karen Simon

      I had breast implants in 1995 and still have them. I have never even thought about having them replaced due to they still look good and I thought I had never had any problems. Here lately my breast are so tender I can not stand for them to be touched. My grandaughter spent the night with me the other night, she slept with me and a couple times she dropped her head on my chest and I thought I might explode it hurt so bad. Now tht I am reading everyone elses comments I am thinking I have had problems. Frist I have had a bout with depression, my joints hurt all the time but it is something different and now the soreness of the breast. What do you all think, I am now getting scared?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Karen,
        You’ve had your implants twenty years which is ten years past the recommended life span of implants as per plastic surgeons. The pain you are experiencing could be capsular contracture but the chances of your implants being ruptured/leaking/bleeding gel or saline are high. The chances that you have an infection from fungal/bacterial organisms is high after 20 years with implants. The chances that the silicone shell and contents is breaking down and the toxic chemicals are causing inflammation is high. Now that you have the information, I would act to have them removed and restore your health back to normal.

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    3. Paulette Tyrrell

      I’ve had rough texture saline implants in for 12 years. I resigned from the best job I ever had, sent a 9 yo to live w his father and lost my home. The sicker I became, the further I was from affording explant. I was paralyzed and b12 injections daily kept me walking with a cane. I had morgollons disease and while on a forum found Dr. Kolb. By telephone she explained the toxic mold that was killing me, told me an off label medication to put morgollons in remission, and referred me to her detox protocol. She basically saved my life. Detox is not longer working and after months of gut problems I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. Has anyone had issues with pancreatitis I’m terrified that this won’t go away. I finally am having explant in July.

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  10. Channa Smith

    I am so glad to have found this site. I am 56 and on my second set of implants. My first set was done in 86 and redone in 2005. Never had problems the first time around which was a mixture of saline and silicone I was told and all I cared about was having breasts after being flat chested all my life. After I had them replaced with silicone I now have developed bubbles In one breast and it has started itching and is hard . I have also developed a hive like rash on my upper torso, arms and neck and have had this for 2 months. Dermatologist said it’s not hives and I have gotten steroid injections to no avail and he has sent off biopsy to see what if anything this could be. I was so glad to have found this site and found that I am not crazy. My symptoms include extreme dryness throughout my body and being tired all the time! I can’t wear anything but long sleeves because of this horrible rash of large itchy patches and I cough all the time with excessive throat clearing. I’ve mentioned the leakage to my Dr. But of course he dismisses it and says leakage is not cause. Any recommendations would be helpful and I do have appt. with PS who did implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Channa,
      Rashes often indicate bio-toxins from a fungal infections as does coughing, throat clearing and fatigue. Bio-toxins overload our liver. The chemicals in silicone are endocrine disruptors which damage our sensitive glandular system causing the glandular dryness and dryness throughout the body. I suggest explanting, Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy and treating with antifungals such as Diflucan and liquid Nystatin for the gut. You may need more than one round of antifungals to overcome the infection. Your thyroid and adrenals may need some support as well. Make sure your hormone levels are normal, progesterone is an important hormone to our detoxification. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  11. Deborah

    Hello, wow, I am so glad to have found this website! I am 45 yrs old, and had my saline implants put in 17 years ago…well 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with Rocky Mt. Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, and now, I have systemic yeast (body ravaged by yeast), but the doctors and specialists WILL NOT give me a diagnosis for the yeast. The only thing keeping me alive is convincing my pcp to give me a small amount of fluconazole..it’s only enough to sustain my life. I have had ALL of the symptoms listed at the beginning of the posts. My life has been DESTROYED!!! I lost my business, and I am pretty much bedridden from pain, depression..etc, and I am on disability.I worked out all of my life and ate healthfully. ..can’t hardly roll over in bed at times, due to extreme pain, and joint stiffness…my inner thigh muscles are starting to hurt so bad that it’s difficult to sit to pee…times of working out are over! Especially kickboxing, what I loved so much! My urine smells as well, and my pores give off a “weird” smell, as does my vagina…I always have a slight vaginal yeast infection,..along with many other fungal infections..I had my first mammogram done 2 years ago, and after that my symptoms got worse…I am thinking that it further ruptured one or both of my implants…I am now too frightened to have a mammogram! I feel “ripples” in my left implant….I saw two cases of women having these same symptoms and later finding that there was mold inside of there implants. I read where some of you have had mri’s and sonograms that you say have detected ruptures and leaks and mold spores…BUT, I called a Dr. at my local imaging facilities (one of the best in VA), the Dr. said that YOU CANNOT DETECT MOLD SPORES IN ANY TYPE OF IMAGING! NOT sonogram or MRI! You will have to have them removed to find out and I have made the decision to do just that!…I am sooooo tired! I can’t go on like this anymore~! Something else too…don’t know if anyone here has had the same experience, but my 20 year old son and husband has developed the same symptoms…strains of “yeast” were developed by scientists on Plum Island of the coast of New York…the strains of yeast were sent to Iraq to use as biological warfare agents…there could be a connection here…if anyone has had their family members develop the same symptoms, please contact me ..solarsea1969@gmail.com. I will have to have a breast lift to compensate for the removal of the implants…but I will be so happy once they are removed…I am lucky to be coming into just enough money to so so…God thank you! Good luck to you guys and God Bless!

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    1. Vennesa

      Wow is right. Looks like I found the right site. I’m a widowd mom of two boys. I had gotten my saline implants back in 2010. Thought it might make me feel better about myself. It didn’t. Starting late 2012, symptoms of vertigo, pressure in ears, neck and shoulderblade problems. Also burning in gallbladder area. All these tests, ct, mri’s, ultrasound, bloodwork. Showed nothing. I had my gallbladder removed thinking it would ease the shoulderblade pain. It didn’t. Neck issues continues. I now have a metal plate fusing my c4-6. Still no improvment on pain. I’m kinda rushing through everything. Right breast implant extremely painful, and within the last week, lost half my hearing due to high pitched sound (tinnitus?) I also noticed a few hard pea sized non movabel lumps deep in my right breast. Constant burning throughout upper back like laying on pins and needles. Pain mgmt has upped me to oxycontin and norco for pain. All my pain and issues are on my right side, which eliminates me from fibromyalgia, no signs of ms or lupus…just pain. I am so tired of feeling like I have the flu and this nonstop pain. Now the anxiety of possible breast cancer. sigh :(

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      1. Deborah

        Venessa-
        Hello there, just to let you know that ALL of my pain started on my right side as well, but over a period of a few months migrated to the left side as well…now, I have incredible pain literally from head to toe (bottom of feet). My PCP diagnosed me with fibro after I was diagnosed and treated for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and continued to have pain…..I tested negative for Lyme, then another test right after was “inconclusive”, then a year after, Lyme antibodies WERE found. Obviously everyone is different, and your pain may remain on just your right side, and I pray that it does…but again, that is how my pain started..(on my right, “dominant” side”). I have to live on only 15 mg. of oxycodone 4 times a day…I wake up several times a night in pain, AND it is excruciating just to reach for my pain meds when I wake in the mornings. Good luck to you and take care.

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      2. Christie

        Venessa, I would get those pea-sized lumps checked out ASAP. I got my implants back in 2000 and have just recently been explanted en bloc. I began getting fatiqued a lot right after and I put it down to aging (I was 35 at the time…. how ridiculous). It would be so bad that I would have to take a nap everyday if I had to do anything after 6 pm. I had brain fog and joint pain which would move around from one joint to another. In 2005, I found a hard corn kernel size non-movable lump in my left breast which turned out to be DCIS (Stage 0, breast cancer). After I had that removed, I detoxed myself and eliminated many other toxins and chemicals juicing, eating an organic diet, switching to green cleaning products etc. I began to feel much better… lots of energy. So I decided that it was the cancer that had made me fatiqued.

        Then I got complacent with my diet, but still better than I was pre DCIS and would get tired but not fatiqued, but other symptoms plaqued me. I had vertigo, rash on my torso, sudden sensitivities to food, cold skin on my limbs and my toes would always feel frozen even in the summer, deteriorating eyesight,unable to focus, anxiety, night and day sweats( I thought they were hot flashes from menopause), occasional brain fog…. the list goes on.

        So on March 13 this year I found a great surgeon and had my implants removed. It’s been just 6 weeks and I feel soooo much better. Lots of energy and a clear mind despite the pain of recovery. I did not just have an explant but I also had fat grafting to my breasts so I was in a lot of pain form the lipo sites. But with all this… I felt so good and NO Anxiety almost instantly. My anxiety was so bad for no reason before and I felt like that so frequently, that I just figured it was just me getting old and paranoid about everything. Other improvements: cold limbs and toes appear to be getting better, short term memory is much better, food sensitivity is better and my energy is back. For all my life I was never sensitive to MSG and in recent years, I would get bad headaches that would last two to three weeks if I had any. Yesterday, I had some Colombian food which is generally seasoned with GOYA and loaded with MSG…I started to feel just a slight headache and it went away…. it’s amazing how things can turn around so quickly once those toxic implants are out… they must’ve put such a burden on my immune system that any other chemicals would just put it on overload.

        Anyway, good luck and keep us posted!

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        1. vennesa

          I can’t believe all the pain I’m in and the doctors can’t find anything. I dread going to bed at night knowing the morning is going to be so horrible. Why doesn’t anything show up in bloodwork. I would figure if I had mold, bacteria or toxins in my system, something would show up. uggg!!. Right now my right breast feels like its ripped open into my armpit and the burning right shoulder blade. The burning also extends below my right breast into my ribcage. I’ve also developed pain in right side hip and burning in the back of my knee at the crease that runs down my calf into my foot!! It’s just so strange that it’s stayed on my right side. I also noticed I have some kind of foot infection only on my right foot. Smelly, sticks to my socks kinda funk. I had an ultrasound a few weeks ago and the dr. said it was just cysts. I don’t think he even saw what I was talking about. I made an appointment with a surgeon regarding the hard corn kernal size lumps, he said he feels them, and would biopsy them, but was afraid of rupturing my implant. REALLY? your more worried about THAT? Wth!! I have an appt w/my ps. I have a feeling its gonna be a waste of time because they all deny that implants cause problems. And that it hasta be something else. I’m sure I’m not the only one that stresses the point that “what if it isn’t my implants” and after having them explanted everything still continues :(

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  12. Elisa

    I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to have found this site! I got silicone implants 4 years ago and have had a few of these symptoms. My back, upper and lower, hurts everyday. I feel like I can’t breathe sometimes. I get shooting pains around my breast. Sometimes when I am breathing I get a shooting pain around my left implant when I breathe in.
    Any recommendations for a great doctor around my area would be greatly appreciated. Around Ventura CA! Thank you so much.

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  13. Charlie

    I’m so horrified but relieved to find and read this post and comments.
    I got saline implants in 97 and less than a year later I began having very strange problems and illnesses.
    It first started with corneal ulcers that lasted over 2 years and would not go away no matter what any of the specialists did. I was finally sent to a Rheumatologist who also wasn’t exactly sure what was wrong, but did a battery of blood tests. The blood test showed a positive ANA and several other abnormalities, so I was diagnosed with a lupus vasculitis. Since then I’ve also been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s, Raynaud’s ,fibromyalgia…you name it I seem to have it, but there’s a few symptoms that have been bothering me for the past 17 years….both my breast itch horribly and constantly and I have pain in the muscles and glands surrounding my breasts and armpits. I have repeatedly asked my Rheumatologist and Gynecologists if there’s any connection to the implants and I constantly get an answer of NO, however you know your own body and right after I got the breast implants is when everything changed. I went from being a relatively healthy person, who was very active, had lots of energy, to somebody who can barely get out of bed and do anything. I worked full time, went to school full time and still had the energy to cook, clean, laundry, yard work and go out dancing all night. Currently I’m on disability and can barely get through the day between the chronic pain and exhaustion. I’ve also developed hot flashes within a couple years of getting implants and stop getting my menses, which is not something that’s happened to anybody else in the family. I really thought I was crazy thinking that my breast implants had something to do with plethora of my sudden and bizarre symptoms, now I feel validated and I’m going to see a doctor immediately hopefully to have them removed!! I hope and pray it will change my life.
    Thank you all so much for sharing your stories

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  14. Jessica Bailey

    Hi there. I wrote back in late January of this year concerning what was happening in my body. From that time everything has gotten much worse and I finally have a “pre diagnosis” of an autoimmune disease after my ana titer came back a 1:160 with a speckled pattern. I have been referred to a rheumatologist my appointment is next week. After receiving that test result my primary care did order a rheumatoid factor test to be done before my appointment with the rheumatologist but I have not received that lab work yet. With all of this new information I know without a doubt that this is all because of these friggin awful silicone breast implants.

    To update. I received these cohesive silicone implants on September 27, 2014 following a bilateral mastectomy. I will be meeting again with my plastic surgeon soon (I have a call into her) I know she will be able to meet within the next week. I need to let her know that these do not belong in me and i want them out as soon as possible. I read on this site (which is just awesome by the way) that if you have only had your implants in for a few months that you don’t need an explant with a total capsulectomy. This is great news if you think it pertains to me as I really liked and trusted my PS. Ironically she wanted me to really consider the DIEP Flap where they use your own tissue but as a yoga instructor I could not imagine having my rectus abdomonis cut. Looking back I believe she took the time to know me enough to know that I would like these fake things inside of me and I don’t. Even without the host of other issues I still would be wanting an explant. They feel to foreign. I can’t move through my yoga practice the way I could before because of pain. They just plain suck.

    Thank you in advance for your advice. :) This site is so needed.

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  15. Chanda

    I’ve been having all the symptoms for the past for almost 5 years. Yesterday when I woke up I got this horrible pain in my left breast and now it is so tender to touch and I get these horrible pains . Do you know what it could be and what type of doctor I should go see?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chanda,
      You don’t say what kind of implants you have. The pains could be from an infection or your implant may be leaking. I suggest start with your plastic surgeon to to see what he says and request a proper explant which means Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. Nicole

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  16. Starr Andrews Strong

    I got my implants on 10/15/02 at the age of 22 years ! I’m 35 years ! 15 days after I got my implants I got hit by a drunk driver and the air bag slammed my chest ! I was hurt and in the hospital for a long time ! Knowone ever said anything about if my implants were okay ! They are 400CC of saline ! I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia first ! Then 2010 I got pregnant and suffered from Hyperemesis gravidarum and almost died ! Vomited more then 100 X a day to the point of blood ! Had a Picc line
    And IV fluids and Zofran . During my awful pregnancy I started with this skin flushing where I look sun burned but I not ! It’s hot to the touch and always reappears different ! Afterwards nine months of Hyperemesis gravidarum , I was still sick ! I gain a lot of weight when I tried to go back to eating and drinking normally ! The skin flushing has gotten worse along with joint / muscle pain worse then Fibromyalgia ! Then CVS( Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome) – cycles of vomiting trigger with this rash / flushing ! Heart racing breathing issues , memory FOG , chronic Fatigue arthritis, RA symptoms symptoms mimicking RA and lupus , TMJ , TN , hair falling out , hysterectomy , my teeth that were beautiful all have rotten very rapidly and a long list of more ! My question is how do you know if your impants are making you sick ? The doctors can’t figure out my symptoms , I have had them in 13 years ! Doctors brush me off but wondering if this could be it !
    I found the card that the lot number to my implants are ! Any help any advice or paperwork to show my doctors would appreciate it so much see my doctor this tues the 31 st ?
    Can anyone help ? My daughter going to be 4 April 6 th and needs me ! She has ADHD and a lot of issues I need to be well for her !
    I on pain meds for quality of life and my health and to function to care for my little one ?
    Hope someone can help me
    Thank you again
    Starr Andrews Strong

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Starr,
      All implants are recommended to be replaced every ten years because it is a well known fact that almost all are leaking/bleeding/ruptured by ten years and most in under six years. Your implants are 13 years old. MRI’s can reveal if implants are leaking but more successfully for silicone implants. Ultrasound can reveal if there is debris inside of your saline implants which would indicate a fungal/bacterial infection growing inside the implants and also throughout your body which is common in saline implants. Many saline implants are filled with brown/black fungus that produce large amounts of bio-toxins poisonous to our body. Symptoms of fungal/yeast problems digestively, vaginally and skin rashes would indicate fungal/bacterial infections. Inflammation markers coming back high would indicate inflammation from something exerting toxicity in the body. Infection markers would indicate if your body is fighting an infection. Problems with and tests for adrenal/thyroid indicate silicone toxicity as silicone is a known endocrine disruptor and these glands are part of our very important endocrine system. Liver and kidney function markers can indicate toxicity perhaps from bio-toxins produced by the bacteria/fungus and due to toxic chemicals in silicone. Auto-immune markers can indicate auto-immune dysfunction from implants. Silicone is a known adjuvant causing auto-immune symptoms. There is a silicone allergy test but it cannot be relied upon entirely as silicone is made of different chemicals from company to company and even from recipe to recipe. Many women go for test after test and nothing shows up or only on the low end of the “normal range” which is very broad and not really normal. Starr, you have to use your discernment, what else could it be? You were healthy before the implants and since implantation you have had illness after illness. Please explant and detox so you can be there for your daughter. Your daughter may have to be detoxed as well. Nicole

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      1. Starr Andrews Strong

        I never even thought it was my implants. I know it sounds stupid but I honestly my aunt that I havent talk to in many years told my dad and then she called me and stressed to research it and I found your website. Before my implants I suffered from Migraines and TMJ but wasn’t till after my surgery, but I was in a bad car accident 15 days later and was very hurt with fractured my back and couldnt walk was in a coma and a long term hospital . Everything was blamed on my car accident. Now if I sit here and typed I am trying to go back and time and think now. When I was 24 I started with severe vomiting issues and was in the hospital for months . Said I had pancreatitis then they said it was my gallbladder but if I recall my hida scan was ok but they took it out anyway. threw out the years Fibro became debilitating I was back in a wheelchair and couldnt even brush my hair. I needed help with everything. I had the CVS ( cycles of vomiting every so often like food poisioning and always ended up in the ER and a stay) I struggled for many years. I was bed ridden. I started working out in think end of 2008 the start of 2009 and slowly was getting stronger and was at my healthest by 2010 that I been since 21. I met my husband and my periods came back and I got pregnant. I was sick right away and was in the hospital for the first 3 months of pregnancy was told I had HG ( extreme nausea and vomiting as I told you above.) I was so sick while pregnant and wonder my daughters ADHD behavior issues, Ear tubes twice chronic ear infections , chronic fevers and had fever sezuries since 8 months old. I was told being chroniclly dehydrated and malnourish cause her issues never thought my implants ….
        I appreciate you replying so fast to me.
        All my teeth are rotted and I had a beautiful smile and now I dont. April 7 the day after my daughter turns 4 years old I getting all but 4 removed :-( dentures on top and a partial on bottom. was told it from vomiting but they been decaying at a alarming rate. Then the flushing attacks started during pregnancy. My breast got huge during this time does pregnancy change the implants. I been searching the last 5 years and test knowone can figure out. My CRP been HIGH inflammation as you said. I had a blood test come back abnormal I can recall the test off the top of my head but was done with a 24 hour urine of histime and dopamine and my Gi said the blood test is to test for some type of tumor but the urine didnt match. I had alot of test and just no answers but YOUR RIGHT!!! I keep getting sicker and sicker. I had an ultrasound a while back and they said my implants were fine. The time I brought up to my doctor when the flushing skin attacks causing Muscle and joint pain and heart and breathing and nausea and vomiting and ask if it was my Implants she said No I believed her. I have Kaiser and they suck.

        I am in southeren califorina . I am worried because if I get kaiser to take them out I read if not done right Ill still be sick ….
        Thank You for your reply I am just trying to figure out what making me so sick.
        Thank You,
        Starr Andrews Strong

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  17. Mikayla

    I got sick from saline breast implants within months: Insomnia, Severe head/eye/neck/back muscle pain and stiffness, foul smelling urine, blurry vision, and many other symptoms. Well, after many years and some online research I finally figured out it was the implants since so many women have the same symptoms after getting saline implants. In 2009, I got an explant, but only 1 of my symptoms went away: The foul smelling that had plagued me for 7 continuous years disappeared OVERNIIGHT after my explant. My urine never stunk again, but all my other symptoms got worse. So then I did some more research and found out that unless the whole capsule is removed sickness continues so I thank God I had some money from a personal settlement. I used it all to get a complete capsulectomy from Dr Feng in Ohio. I thought maybe that would cure me, but here I am almost 2 years later and my symptoms are still getting worse. I went to realself.com and asked Dr. Kolb about my symptoms. She told me that it was due to fungus and biotoxns which I agree, but she will not consult with me because she only treats those who have surgery with her. I am kinda bummed and wish I’d gone to her in the first place as she understands about the fungus/biotoxin side of the issue, not just the silicone. So basically I was wondering if you knew of any doctor or any biotoxni detox I could do. What did you do to recoverfrom fungus and biotoxins and did it work? Dr. Kolb did recommend Dr. Brad Gould but his phone consult is almost 300 and I am very poor now and hardly working cause I’m sick. Also, I’m not sure if Brad Gould knows how to treat biotoxnis. Dr. Kolb said he does chemical detox though, but didn’t say he did biotoxiin detox. But even if I spoke to Dr. Gould, I would have to have a doctor here in TEXAS to prescriibe me antifungals and nobody believes me here. The Dr.s will not believe I ineed antifungals because they do not believe in this iillness. Can you help me and advise me what I should do? Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mikayla,
      I am sending you a paper written by Dr. Kolb for other doctors describing illness caused by implants and how she treats it which describes the fungal/bacterial infections, biotoxins and how to treat them with prescription antifungals such as liquid Nystatin for the gut and Diflucan for the rest of the body. I’m hoping that you can take this paper to one of your doctors and he will read it and prescribe antifungals. Bio-toxins are the by products of fungus and once you kill the fungus the bio-toxins are no longer an issue. Important to note is that Molybdenum is a supplement which will help you feel better now because it helps the liver process bio-toxin easily and quickly. Fungal infections can be healed naturally and I did it this way. You have to be extremely diligent with your diet about cutting out anything that feeds fungus such as fruit, all sugars and simple carbs and eating fungus killers such as hot water and lemon juice first thing in the am, a lot of raw garlic on your food and other foods such as coconut oil which kill yeast. Really increase your probiotics (like ten times the normal dose) and especially soil based probiotics such as Primal Defense or from your own homemade cultured vegetables. Nicole

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      1. linda napier

        My daughter has been sick for some time and is having hers removed next week. She would like to go to Dr. Kolb but we just can’t afford it. Could you please send me a copy of the paper Dr. Kolb wrote?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Linda,
          I sent you the link and it is also on the Resource page of this site for your convenience. Nicole

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    2. Sheila Greene

      Hi . My daughter had cohesive implants 8 years ago and on looking back has started to have some of the symptoms described on this site a few years ago. She had to go on sick leave from her job last Oct of 2014 and just 1 mth ago was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. After finding this site we are wondering if it is her implants. We are in southern Ontariio and if need be we will go to the US to get her seen in consulatation if possible. Could you give me the contact # for Dr. Kolb , as I am not sure we have anyone around here who would even entertain the idea of this. Or perhaps Dr. Kolb knows of somebody in Canada that is knowledgeable about the removal and the following treatmentI. I feel so badly for you. I really wish you had access to the same health care that we have. Our problem is we are so far behind in the knowledge of these disorders. I would really appreciate any advice you can give us. Hugs & God Bless. Sheila

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Sheila,
        Dr. Kolb’s email is on the Resources page of this website if you want to contact her. The push back against breast implants due to the illness they cause is very well grounded in Canada, perhaps more than anywhere else. Dr. Pierre Blais who analyzes why breast implants cause illness is Canadian and has been working for decades to educate the medical system and ladies. I was given advice by The Breast Implant Awareness Society which is a Canadian non-profit trying to educate the public about the dangers of breast implants. I, myself am Canadian. I am sure there are very capable surgeons/doctors in eastern Canada and there are excellent surgeons/doctors in western Canada such as Dr. Thomas Sinclair of Canmore and Dr. Urve Kuusk of Vancouver. Nicole

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  18. Rebecca

    Please help, I’m 28 and have hadimplants put in twice, the first time one of them ruptured so badly it split in half, I had great pain. The scan showed that a small amount had moved into the lymph node under my arm, the surgeon said it was too risky too remove. I had them replaced two years ago now but am experiencing worker pain all around them in both sides, it really feels like they’ve ruptured. I’ve also experienced since this unexplained excessive hair loss, rapid heart beat, fatigue, poor sleep, and burning and shooting pain all over both breasts. I had a nightmare the first time round just trying to get a scan, so now I don’t even want to bother with finding out if they’ve ruptured, I just want to have them out as soon as possible. I live in Hertfordshire, UK a, close to Londom, can u recommend a good surgeon? I was so small originally and don’t want to lose any extra breast tissue if possible. Also, if I have tiny minute bits of silicone in my armpit, will my symptoms never get better even once I’ve had the explants? Please please help

    Rebecca

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rebecca,
      Here is the Explant Surgeon list which does list surgeons from the UK, just scroll down the list until you see them. I hope one is in your area. http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Your explant must be En-bloc with a Total Capsulectomy and any really contaminated lymph nodes should be removed and this will give your body the best chance at full recovery. Leftover silicone does eventually get gathered up by the body or if just small amounts it does get detoxed. Nicole

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  19. Kristian

    Hi, I am so thankful that I found this site. I have had saline implants since 2009, a little over six years now. About two years ago I started itching all over my body from head to toe and have itched almost everyday since then. I have had several of tests done and nothing has shown up. I had blood work done and allergy tests which always come back normal. I also noticed that I have been extremely fatigued which I always thought was just over exertion from working hard and becoming a mother. I had my first child nine months ago and since then started experiencing other symptoms of illness. I am always tired, my back hurts in my shoulders, my muscles ache sometimes, my joints, constipation, shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations, frequent infections and the worst is the brain fog and anxiety. I also forgot to mention that for a period of time my thyroid was reading irregular but has been normal since I had my son, but like i said I still don’t feel well and symptoms are worsening. People think I am a hypochondriac because of all of the complaining I have done over the past couple years. Honestly I just want this over with. I recently started seeing a therapist and finally feel like someone is taking my concern serious. She told me it sounded like I was experiencing autoimmune issues so I went back to the doctor to request more testing. It just came back that I had a border line positive for Lyme disease but nothing else. Please let me know if this all sounds like breast implant illness. I haven’t seen anything mentioned about extreme itching all over the body so I am just interested in hearing if anyone else has also experienced this. And one more thing I live in Maryland, is there any doctors you can recommend?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kristian,
      You are not a hypochondriac and your symptoms are from your implants including the itching. At times I had itching especially when I did things that increased my circulation like walking. Your implants need to be removed properly and I suggest Dr. Lu-Jean Feng from Ohio for you and she is listed on the Explant Surgeon page. I don’t know of a good plastic surgeon who does proper explants in Maryland but that does not mean there is not one there. Read my Explant page and then you will know what to look for in finding a surgeon in Maryland if you cannot travel to Ohio to see Dr. Feng. Nicole

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      1. Kristian

        I don’t experience any pain around them. Does that mean they may not be the cause? I just want to be aware of questions the doctor might ask and how to answer them correctly if that makes sense. I want to be taken serious. I am so tired of the “no that’s non-sense” behavior from doctors. I’m excited to be looking into having them removed. I was young when I got them and regret ever getting them.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Kristian,
          I understand. Pain around the implants usually indicates a leak/rupture/or gel bleed but implants don’t need to be leaking in order to harm you. Implants are large foreign objects that engage our immune system and eventually cause immune system dysfunction leading to auto-immune symptoms and diseases and leading to the body being unable to fight off normal bacteria, fungus and viruses which grow out of control and cause an overload of bio-toxins and mass inflammation, gut problems etc. Silicone and the highly toxic chemicals in silicone disrupt our fragile endocrine system by poisoning our thyroid/adrenals/pituitary/ovaries etc. Your symptoms indicate immune dysfunction and endocrine disorders. You may also be dealing with a widespread fungal infection which you may need anti-fungals to overcome. First step is a proper explant. Don’t expect any doctors to agree with you, they won’t. Just go straight to the explant and then start a detoxification regime. You are going to get better. Nicole

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        2. nicoleroper

          Hi kristian,

          I have many similar symptoms to you for over 2 years and having mine explanted 9th April. I too didn’t have any pain in either breast until very recently which is the only time I suspected my implants! I honestly wish to god I never had them put it, but we live and learn! Trust your instincts that you need these removed! I have a lot of health problems that I never had before, and recurrent fungal infections that I cannot get rid of! I hope you find a surgeon soon and get a date for your explant, I wish you all the best xxx

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      2. Heather S

        Omg!! I am SO happy I’m ecstatic that i found this site! THANK YOU! Wow I don’t even know where to start … About a month ago, I was doing my nightly regimen of crunches and Suddenly I felt my right breast muscle tare following the 2nd most intense pain I’ve ever felt in my lifetime. My boob dropped lower and so I pulled it back up which was so dumb of me bc all I’ve had is problem after problem, fevers on and off up to today even ..I’ve been to the ER 6 or 7 times already and they think I’m crazy and the more I go the more I feel like they treat it as a joke because since the very beginning i have been saying what originally happened but no one takes time to look at my right breast let alone listen to a word coming out of my mouth..Instead they focus on the current problem of that particular day n every single night that changes from constipation, shortness of breath, fatique, my muscles physically moving or dropping out of place, I had 6 heart attacks, anxiety & panic attacks I never had before , acne, far in places from my breast leaking like my back and my hips n waistline never been so wide Ughh I have hips now! I loved my body the way it was n the worst thing about it is I’m completely alone in this …my family & boyfriend think it’s physcosis, each hospital visit they say I’m perfectly healthy, my lungs even dropped down, uterus prolapsed, my throat moved , my jawline &face mmuscles changed i have residue coming out of my pores…I’m a mess…The boob now is about 2 cup sizes smaller and still my boyfriend just argues with me about it. I can physically feel the silicone leaking I can see it …WHAT DO I DO? HELP!! What kind of doctor do I see I already saw a surgeon and she just looked at them and said that I had amazing breast (my boobs didn’t leak as much as they are now.) So obviously I’ll make another appointment with a different surgeon. .my breast right now are gravitating toward my armpit.. it’s crazy I just want to be well again :(

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Heather,
          Yes, your symptoms are from your implants and you must be explanted Enbloc with a Total Capsulectomy. Where do you live? Perhaps I can recommend a good surgeon. Nicole

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    2. Debbie

      Hi Kristian,

      I also have had my saline implants now for 14 years and I am not well. I have had every test too on my head and neck because I am experiencing tingling and that itchiness down one side of my body. I’m thinking it is the implants because they are old. My underarm is sore and tingling and I too feel like I need help!!! I think I’m going crazy cause every test my doctor has done has come out negative! Next move to call the plastic surgeon!! I’d like the removed and much smaller ones put in I don’t like them anymore and do not want them, but because my skin is stretched to that size I want a smaller implant put in and the skin fixed!!! So you are not the only one experiencing the itching!!

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    3. Ellen Dunlap

      I have had the itching for days then stop…Comes back in small areas. Why did they do this to us? I was Cancer reconstruction. I am talking to A Dr. tomorrow about what to do, Who is the best in North Carolina for removing it all. I have been through enough. I know all have . So sorry. God bless.

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  20. Amie

    I had my implants put in seven years ago. However this past year has been horrible! I had my gull bladder removed, vertigo, an now shingles! My implants now I feel like I can feel pain in there. I know sounds crazy,! I have passed out a few times this year, horribly night sweats. Never energy, I feel always tired or sick. My doctor says I am just depressed? I don’t think so? I feel like I am going crazy with this. Anyone else with these symptoms?

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    1. karli

      I have had 10 years of hell
      Horrible bacteria infection on face,neck,back,scalp.
      Skin rashes all over that actually leave scratch marks that scab over
      Severe hip pain,shoulder pain, at age 22 at the time.
      Severe vertigo, dizziness,passing out(even driving!)
      Inflammation of liver that made me very sick for months.
      Kidney infections, severe bladder inflammation,
      Extreme weakness and pain in legs, chronic numbness and tingling pain in legs feet, hands.
      Hormonal off balance, absolutly no sex drive at all( I am 33,shouldn’t happen)
      I have a heart murmur and constant chest pain.
      Pluresy in lungs(inflammation, pain when breathing)
      Extreme fatigue so bad that I became depressed.
      Migraines
      Night sweats constantly
      I work out and have for years and my recover time is very long lasting, lots if pain in muscles for a very long time.

      I now have GI tract inflammation that is ruining my life.
      Food allergys to everything, I never had allergys before and the allergys have forced me to change everything I eat and do.
      ALSO I since my G I tract does not take in nutrients like it should..my teeth are bad, I just had the 5th one pulled out and I have had 10 root canals since the implants.
      My family is concerned for my health and I am soooooo eccited to get these gross not necessary implants out of me, I will embrace my youthful real small breast!

      Ect ect ect ect…..

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  21. Teresa Kilpatrick

    Hello there I’m so glad I came across this website!
    I had a medically induced hysterectomy in late 2009 after three years I was doing surprisingly fine… That was until my 40th birthday I decided to get breast implants. I have Nartrelle Saline -filled implants . 510cc … It wasn’t long until I started having all the similar symptoms like the ones on this website , weight gain with no explanation 30 lbs . I’m very active and healthy eating lifestyle. All my test coming back normal like I was in the perfect Health. But yet my mind was foggy muscles tense joints hurt. Misplacing things wrighting numbers backwards . Constipation, depression . No energy and tired all the time. But most of all my body is very swollen lately . I have ask several doctors including my OB/GYN my primary and. hormone specialist if it could be my breast they all said it’s very unlikely . I have done all the allergy test they all come back normal, what test should I ask my doctor to take ? And is there a really good plastic surgeon who takes implants out in South Florida? Ps I had A mammogram two months ago and there is a mark behind my right breast they want me to come back in six months for another scan to rule out breast cancer. I really need to find a way to get these out. Im a single mom of disabled son who has cerebral palsy , blind and can not walk. I can’t afford to be sick all the time. He needs Me . Boy was the worst scission I’ve ever made.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Teresa,
      Here is an Explant Surgeon list which lists several surgeons from Florida: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Of them, I would recommend Dr. Marguerite Barnett in Florida. Sounds like your thyroid is not working properly. The chemicals and heavy metals in silicone are endocrine disruptors and really mess up our endocrine glands such as the thyroid and adrenals. Once you are explanted and go through a detoxification period your body will eventually recover. Nicole

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  22. Cindy

    Hi and thank you for your post. I have had saline implants for approximately 15 years and have never had any issues with the implants themselves. I am now 53 and underwent a hysterectomy a few months ago but prior to all that I had been feeling tired and had joint pain and easy bruising etc. I have always been healthy and have exercised. I have had all kinds of tests and nothing is wrong so they say. The hysterectomy was a precaution due to microscopic cervical cancer. My question is did you notice a marked improvement in your symptoms after the implants were removed??

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cindy,
      Yes, I noticed an immediate improvement in some of my symptoms after explant, however some symptoms lingered for months and some new symptoms showed up a few months after explant as my body undertook the hard work of detoxing the bio-toxins, chemicals and heavy metal that had accumulated in my glands and organs from the breast implants. Healing and detoxification was an up and down process that lasted approximately a year but I did recover fully. I recommend explanting and detoxing as your symptoms will only get worse. Also I suggest have your hormones checked and supplemented with bio-identical if low, especially progesterone which stimulates our nightly detoxification cycle and decreases inflammation in our body which will help your healing. Nicole

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  23. Rebecca Pfeifer

    Hi!
    I had saline implants a for a number of years without issue.
    Nearly 2 years ago one of them ruptured. I had both implants removed and replaced with large (750cc) cohesive gel implants.
    I haven’t had any issues until recently. For the last few months my right breast has changed shape – slightly – it sits lower and feels much softer than the left, like squishy.
    I have minor pain in it off and on. The biggest issue is how cold it feels. That entire breast feels annoyingly cold, like cold on the Inside, not the outside! It’s unnnerving.
    The left one is fine.
    Can anyone relate to this issue, and what may be causing it? I’m seeing my PS on Monday to get looked at.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rebecca,
      Some chemicals in the silicone such as acetone cause Raynaud’s symptoms which may acccount for your breast feeling cold on the inside. Please let us know what your PS says. Nicole

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  24. Tammy

    Admin, I have been experiencing health issues for 18 months. Started with constipation, bloating and tired feeling a lot. Over the past six months I have had extreme fatigue, brain fog, high blood pressure, muscle pain and stiffness and extreme weight gain 40 pounds in a year. Most tests come back negative. I have gel implants in 2010 the kind that are solid. I do get a slight burning sensation around my breasts, ringing in my ears and trouble moving like rolling over in bed or lifting my leg to put on socks. Even my fingers feel stif. Is this from implants and can that cause a sudden weight gain also?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tammy,
      Yes, your symptoms are from your implants and, yes, implants cause weight gain. The toxic chemicals in implants are endocrine disruptors and mess up our thyroid and adrenal glands which cause symptoms such as you are experiencing. My suggestion to you is find a good explant surgeon as listed on this site, remove your implants and detox. It will take some time but you will eventually regain your health. Nicole

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      1. Tammy

        Thank you Nicole,

        What tests are available to determine the implants are indeed the issue? If I have lab work for adrenal or inflammation etc. would they show positive if the implants are causing this issue?

        Thanks, Tammy

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        1. admin Post author

          There is no definitive test to prove to yourself or your doctors that implants are causing your symptoms and illness. You have to use your common sense. In your previous comment you said that you feel burning around your implants, that’s a pretty big clue in addition to your other symptoms which are classic breast implant symptoms. I assure you breast implants are the cause of your health problems and your illness will increase over time unless they are removed properly. I know you will do the right thing for your body and your well being.

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  25. Anita

    I have my breast implants for 16 years. Recently the dicter informed me that in a mri scan one is reptured and need to remove them. Now i got health problems and have several specialists and everybody is saying that it is not the breast implants. However i have now auto immune disease, pain in my arms and the plastic surgery is saying that the complaints can not come from the implants. I am now scheduled for replacement of the breast implants in 4 weeks. I hope then becUse i never had any problems that the Auto immune disease will disappear and complaints like pain in arms? Please advice. Maybe salt water implants or own fat injections? Dont know if replacing the implants will help removing the complaints i have. No doctor in the netherlands or belgium is seeing the serious problem nor helping me on short term or helping me….

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anita,
      Your symptoms are from your implants and replacing them will NOT improve your health, it will make it deteriorate further. I suggest you remove your current implants Enbloc style (a French plastic surgery technique for ruptured silicone implants) which will remove the implant and the capsule tissue together, intact, in one unit, at the same time, so as not to contaminate you further with silicone and give you the best chance at recovering your health, detoxing the silicone chemicals and ending your auto-immune and other symptoms. Please do not replace your implants with another set. All types of implants are unhealthy and cause illness in the body. I know of one surgeon in France that removes implants properly, Jean-Marie Faivre, Clinique Saint Genevieve, 29, rue Sarrette, 75014 Paris. I hope this helps. Nicole

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  26. jean beth

    THANK YOU … though the symptoms could be unrelated to implants, certainly extremely helpful to be informed and read of other women’s stories – could be hard but also incredibly encouraging to know implants vs actual thyroid or autoimmune is the issue – and highlights the need to replace as soon as issues appear to arise, vs 10 years, as dr says ….

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  27. Wendy Hawkins

    On March 12, 2104 I had a preventitive double mastecomy and had my “gummy bear” implants put in on Sept 12, 2104. They were not in more then 2 months when they started taking on a weird shape. It looks like a banana is sticking out the side of my implant. My PS said he has never seen anything like it. I have started experiencing numbness and tingling in my legs so bad that I thought I has MS. I had an ultra sound of my kidneys due to kidney paid and a horrible throbbing in my left upper thigh. I seriously was so upset thinkig that I had MS. Im wondering if its my implant because we believe it has ruptured. My PS didnt seem in a hurry to remove them although I am scheduled for a removal and to place other implants in on Feb 24. Im scared because I cant take them out and have no breasts :(. What can I do? What are my options? I think this ruptured implant is causing my leg and arm issues.
    Wendy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Wendy,
      I am so sorry to have to tell you this but it is your implants causing your symptoms. Cohesive gel implants are very toxic due to the aggressive chemicals used in making the silicone gel cohesive. You have to get your ruptured implant(s) removed asap and not replaced. I cannot recommend a different kind of implant because there are problems with all implants and all implants cause illness in our bodies. Nicole

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  28. Michelle

    I find all this fascinating. I feel like I would take these things out today if money were no issue. Our insurance won’t cover anything resulting from cosmetic surgery, but I’m trying to see if I can use my HSA account for some of the costs. That might help me convince the hubs. I’m concerned I’ll need a lift….so a lot of money.

    Since my BA in 2007 I’ve developed food intolerances, thyroid issues, back/neck pain/tension, and just fatigue. I have dealt with enough docs treating me like I’m crazy for my inability to lose weight, that I don’t know if I can take that from a surgeon. I just FEEL like these things are a problem, let alone the discomfort and embarrassment about having them. I never intended to make my body the center of attention, but it is. I’ll take small boobs over this paranoia anyday.

    Any suggestions near the Kansas City MO area? Tons of surgeons but not much on explanting. My original surgery wasn’t around here. Also, did anyone have surgeon balk at giving the implants back to you? How did you keep them?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Yes, your implants are causing your illness. Unfortunately, I don’t have a surgeon suggestion for you in Kansas City yet. However here is a list of Explant Surgeons that I have gathered so far: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Basically you are looking for a plastic surgeon that removes implants due to illness and will remove them carefully so not to further contaminate you, hopefully doing it Enbloc style but not necessary in all cases but always with a Total Capsulectomy (removing all capsule tissue too). Aways get your implants back after explant. You may need to have them privately analyzed for chemical content or bacteria/fungus and or you may need to keep them for upcoming class action lawsuits. Don’t allow a surgeon to tell you that they cannot be returned to you for some reason. You paid for your implants and they belong to you an no one else. Doctors are lying to women saying that their implants cannot be returned to them due to hospital waste protocols or because the implants need testing and instead the doctors are keeping the implants and returning them to the manufacturers for monetary rewards. This is how the implant manufacturers are attempting to avoid lawsuits and the general public finding out the terrible toxic chemicals in implants. Implants can be kept at room temperature in a container or in the open air. You will notice that they smell like strong chemicals like wet silicone caulking but as they are in the air for a few days the chemical smell dissipates. Nicole

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      1. Michelle

        Thank you so much for the time you take on these replies.

        I’m curious – would a PS typically have to verify/admit that my medical issues could be from the implants, to deem it “medically necessary”? Just curious from the standpoint of paying with an HSA. Maybe they’d accept some things as issues (back/neck pain and migraines) but not others (thyroid/food intolerances/hormones)? I’d so love for them to recognize and help me have justification there. Regardless, I am really thinking I want them out. Nervous to talk to the hubs more about it, as his first response when I brought it up before was “well as long as you’re not wanting to spend lots of money to take them out now.” That immediately deflated me from talking more about it. If I could pay with HSA funds, that would help a lot. I’m tempted to go talk with a PS to see the likelihood, without telling him at first…

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Michelle,
          I am not sure what a PS has to state to insurance companies to have an explant covered but I know that Dr. Susan Kolb from Atlanta, Georgia will know as she is the most experienced doctor in the U.S explanting and healing women from implants and she goes through insurance when available. Her email is drsusankolb@gmail.com. Contact her and ask your question, she is usually very kind and quick to respond to my questions. Please let me know what she says. Explants usually start at about $4K. Michelle, I would not pay too much attention to what your husband says. This is about your health and well being, many partners don’t understand the health consequences of implants, you alone have to make the decision which is in your best interest and that means getting them removed asap. Nicole

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  29. carrie

    I was happy to come across this. I had my saline implants put in July 2007. I have been feeling sick with fatigue for over a year. Recently I became very sick. Extremely sore muscles in my arms, joint pain in my shoulders, neck pain, severe vertigo and very foggy. After several trips to the ER and asking if it could be my implants it was looked passed even though I had smelly discharge in both breast. I was told it’s just skin cells oozing out. After visiting my Doctor and a test was done they found a bacterial infection. I had a very hard time convincing anyone to look at my breast or even consider it could be implant issues. I called sever surgeons all who said,no way those symptoms are your implants. I finally picked one and found out I had capsuler contracture. Although she still would associate any of my symptoms with the implants. I new it was them and had been for years, I just didn’t or couldn’t put two and two together. I had them removed 2/10/15 one week after they found the infection. She removed everything including scare tissue. I’m only 3 days home and already I can say my muscle aches are gone and neck no longer hurts. I’m hoping all other symptoms go away as well with time. I feel like I’m not so crazy after reading this. Time to heal and then try the detoxification.

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  30. t

    Who is the best for removal and detoxifying in colorado. 14 years off and on symptoms and now full blown off the charts RA

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      1. Texas MIMI

        Wondering what doctors in Texas do explant. Would y’all happen to know. I have dealt whith chest pain and numbness in my left side, signs of heart prob. Been to er off and in for year,. They thought I had MS about 5yrs ago. Has all the symptoms and no diagnoses due to no lesions on brain. I feel everyone thinks I am crazy cause I have all this pain but no one can find anything. This April 21 marks 9 years I received implants

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi MIMI,
          Your symptoms and illness are from your implants. I have communicated with other women diagnosed with MS (including the brain lesions) that disappeared after having their implants removed and detoxing over a period of time. In Texas, for explanting, I can highly recommend Dr. Edward P. Melmed located at 7777 Forest Ln, Suite A210, Dallas, Texas, US 75230. In addition, there are a couple other explant surgeons in Texas listed here on the Explant Surgeon list but I don’t know much about them: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Best wishes in your recovery, Nicole

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          1. TexasMiMi

            Thank you so much for the response. I can’t believe it’s more expensive to have them removed than I paid to have theM.

          1. Chanda

            Hi Grace and Mimi I’m from TX also. I’ve been heard great things about dr. Melmed. Mimi I have all the chest pain aswell been to the hospital many times thinking I’m having a heart attack and docs find nothing wrong with heart. I know all my symptoms heart plus many many more are due to these awful implants. Wish I could afford to get them out!!!!

  31. linda

    My daughter had saline at first then they put in Mentor gel silicone probably about 5 years ago. She has been sick off and on pretty much since she got them. For the last year she sleeps most of the time and hurts all over has the brain fog and dizzy spells. We never put two and two together until the other night when I happened to google it. We are located in northern Arkansas. Do you know of any good ones in southern Missouri or Arkansas. Her doctor is Dr. Vanderpool in Fayetteville, AR. He seems to be regarded as very good.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Linda,
      Your daughter needs to explant with a Total Capsulectomy and with some detoxification and time she will eventually regain her health. Please read the Explanation page, the World Wide Explant Surgeon page and the Detoxification page on the site which will give you a lot of information you need including surgeons in your area. Her doctor may be the right one to explant if he acknowledges breast implants cause illness and if he explants enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy which will ensure her best recovery. If he disputes breast implants cause illness or tells you the capsules don’t need to be removed he is not a good choice and you must find another better surgeon. Nicole

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  32. Yvonne

    I need my saline implants out! I need to know where in new york I can get them out the right way. I am getting so sick. Please help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Yvonne,
      I recommend Dr. Christina Y Ahn of 630 3rd Avenue, Suite 601, New York, New York. She comes highly recommended for explant. If she is not an option here is a list of explant surgeons http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ from my site with another surgeon or two from New York on the list and several all over the U.S. and other countries. I hope this helps. Nicole

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    2. Michelle

      I am having en-block capsulectomy in 3 weeks. Dr. Christina Ahn . Did lots of research. She is extremely compassion and has amazing credentials. Spoke with some of her past patients. If you haven’t found anyone PS who will admit you can become severely ill from implants, she would be the one to speak with

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      1. admin Post author

        Thanks for the recommendation on Dr. Christina Ahn. I will make sure she is hilighted on the Explant Surgeon list. Nicole

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  33. Tina

    I have all these Symptoms all my blood work just came back my liver and kidneys are no doing well right now my implanted I got 15 years ago don’t havd the money to have them out but all my problems started about 7 years ago now I’m so sick I feel like I’m dying I live in Vermont I get Medicaid because I’m sick I’m 42 years old his do I take care of this

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tina,
      Medicaid should pay for removal of implants if a doctor recommends it due to illness. I would start by seeing your original surgeon and explain your illness and ask him to remove the implants with a Total Capsulectomy for low cost through Medicaid as you are now on disability and see what he says. If that is not a possibility go to your regular doctor and ask him to recommend a surgeon to remove your implants due to your illness. Perhaps if your doctor recommends a surgeon, the removal may be paid for my Medicaid. I know Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia goes through insurance and Dr. Feng in Ohio who believes in implant illness and also may go through insurance. I also want you to contact Dr. Diana Zuckerman at info@centre4research.org who advocates for implant removal to be paid for by insurance. Perhaps she has some leads for you too. Now matter what, the implants have to come out and may God support you to achieve that. Nicole

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      1. DD

        I can’t believe how many of these symptoms I have! I’ve always been suspicious that my implants were the problem but everyone kept telling me that it was impossible because I have saline. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, severe dry eye (Sjogrens disease), I have seizures, back pain, dry skin and hair, weight gain, I’m constantly clearing my throat, severe leg pain, a weird sensation of feeling like I’m getting electrically shocked behind my knees…honestly I could go on and on. I was a perfectly healthy 34 year old and now I’m a very ill 44 year old. Anyone who’s contemplating getting implants, PLEASE reconsider.
        Thank you so much for creating this page. I’m going to start working on how I can afford to get these things out as soon as possible.

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    2. Twila

      Hello,

      My heart goes out to each and everyone of you! I’m encouraged to know that explanation of breast implants can assist me with my recovery process back to a life I once knew.

      For the past 3-1/2 years now I have suffered with multiple food and environmental allergies. I went from weighing approximately 150 pounds down to 114. I can only tolerate eating a handful of green vegetables, avocados, walnuts, along with chicken, turkey, or fish since i suffer from Candida. I was diagnosed with severe asthma at the same time that I became allergic to food and chemicals. I am no longer able to sleep in motels while traveling, and am forced to sleep in my car due to the inability to tolerate fumes from cleaning products. Multiple chemical sensitivity caused by a compromised immune system prevents me from leading the life I once knew. Prior to my body’s defense mechanisms being compromised, I was so healthy that I wasn’t even established with a primary physician since I had no illnesses, and was on no medications.

      I’ve had silicone breast implants in for nearly 26 years now, and never knew that it was recommended to get them removed after 10 years. I’ve been to several doctors, and have been on and off antifungal meds. for three years now, and am convinced that I need to get these silicone implants removed as soon as possible. One naturopath doctor has recommended that I get them explanted along with the removal of any mercury-amalgam fillings and/or all metal out if my mouth. The naturopath doc even went as far as advising me to get any teeth with prior root canals extracted which I chose to have exrracted about three weeks ago, along with the removal of three mercury filled teeth, and by the grace of God, I’m not near as allergic as I was prior to all the recent dental work being done!

      I’m looking forward to my appointment with a plastic surgeon in two weeks, and am keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be healthy enough to withstand undergoing explanation surgery. I do not intend to get my implants replaced, only removed! Having had implants for the past 26 years has not been worth what I’m going through now, and if I would have known what I do now, I would never have put myself and my family through a debilitated life such as what I experience today.

      Thank you for sharing, and I hope each and everyone of you can experience wellness and a healthy life.

      Twila

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  34. Melanie

    Hello ladies I’ve somehow stumbled across this page and what an interesting page to find because I am booked in for a consultation next week regarding an explant and uplift, I have had my silicone implants since 2005 and in 2009 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after so many years of many symptoms spreading through my body i finally was diagnosed with something and I had no idea that this could be a reaction from my implants and when I started to think back when I first noticed I was deteriorating as the years past it hit me that it was a few years after I was implanted and then I started to hear of other woman with fibromyalgia ( I’ve never heard of until my diagnosis ) and so I started to research this illness and to my surprise a lot of woman with fibro also had Implants and now I finaly having them removed and reading through your comments I know I am making the right decision but I am also wondering if my health with Improve I am so hoping it will I am 40 now and I am hoping to be able to enjoy the rest of my life after my explant as for the past 5 or so years my life’s been a chronically debilitating from one symptom to another I do hope my decision to explant will make a difference…God bless you all x

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  35. Rhonda

    I’m scheduled for a BA with silicone gel on feb 18 this is all so scary! What are the odds of this happening to me? I have 4 kids and I have bf all 4. This is really something I wanted to do and now I’m thinking of backing out:( how come these things only happen with breast implants and not hip/knee etc implants or replacements?

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    1. Gina Stanley

      Hi Know you think you want them, but all these stories are true. I know this from my own experience. This sight literally helped save my life. My implants were slowly killing me. I don’t want to see anyone else go through the torment of all the illnesses that implants cause. I just had explant on January 14, 2015. Two weeks ago and I already feel relief from most symptoms. They are not worth. It. I will say a prayer for you. I hope you make the right decision. God bless you.

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      1. Linda

        I am blown away to read all this information just like so many others. I have had quite a journey myself with implants. I had silicone implants way back in 1976 before there was any way to do research. Shortly after surgery the encapsulation began and my plastic surgeon’s answer for this was to “crush” my implants as I laid on a table and he used his own hands like a chiropractor would with hands crossing one another and forcefully literally crushing them. I thought I would die from the pain. The result was hemorrhaging in one implant and I had to have emergency surgery to stop the bleeding. I should have just had them removed at that point but I was so vain and loved having the “look of a real woman” so I went forward.

        A few years later the rumors started about how dangerous silicone was and they were now making saline implants so I went through yet another surgery and had them replaced, thinking it was a wise decision. It didn’t take long for the encapsulation process to begin again and now all these years later at the age of 65, I still have these “rocks” on my chest. They have made my life so miserable in every way but I truly had no idea that I was being poisoned, even though my health started going downhill 20 years ago with so many things that I won’t even begin making a list. But a lot of my health issues include what others are saying.

        A year ago I started seeing an internist who put me through a multitude of tests, with so many bad results that he hasn’t covered them all because I’m so sick that I can’t progress through just a few things I need to do to regain my health. I was told that I was highly toxic but my system is so sensitive and fragile that I’m unable to detox using the method he wanted me to use. He suggested I have my implants removed and referred me to a doctor of Chinese Medicine to see if he could help me to detox in a more gentle way. I really wanted my implants removed but was so sick that I couldn’t stand the thought of having to go through surgery. I have continued seeing my acupuncturist and now he has also recommended removal of my implants. He thinks the reason I’m not improving more quickly is the implants. So now I have a consult set up with a plastic surgeon next month and I’m so thankful for a friend who referred me to this article so I know specifically what to ask for during the consult. Unfortunately, according to the list of explant surgeons, there are none that are HIGHLY recommended in the Denver area but noticed one woman who had good things to say about a Dr Linda Huang, who is not the doctor my consult is scheduled with. I’m not sure whether to cancel my consult and schedule one with her. I wish I knew more about the surgeon I am scheduled with, which is the one my internist recommended. His name is Dr. Winfield Hartley in Boulder, Colorado. If anyone has any information on him, please let me know.

        So, for anyone who is thinking they want to “look more womanly” by having implants, please know that your health and your inner beauty is much more important to anyone who really loves you. It’s not worth risking your good health. Our society is sick in more than one way…..making women and girls feel unworthy if they don’t have perfect bodies. God made us all just the way he wants us. I wish I would have realized that when I was young and hope there is still time to regain some of my health.

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        1. Sharon

          I had McGhan saline implants placed in 1992, and noted encapsulation within the first 5 years. I went to a plastic surgeon when I went back home to Texas, and he wanted to crush my implants but I could not allow him to do this, as it just did not seem to be a safe thing to do. Somewhere around 2006-2007 I developed many of the symptoms that have been described here, and have a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Thrombocytosis (elevated platelet counts), and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The same implants have been in now for about 23 years, and I have been suffering physically for most of the past decade. My husband has mentioned on numerous occasions that he suspects the implants might be causing problems, as well as a certain IUD that I had in place after the birth of our two children, which I did have removed after two years. I am concerned of the cost of removing the implants, but on finding this website, more concerned about having these in my body. The possibility of regaining my health would be a miracle for me.

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    2. Allison

      Rhonda – I breastfed all my beautiful 4 kids as well. I told my husband before my BA in 2011 “Babe, I deserve these!” And had to convince him. He said that I was fine the way I was – a deflated A cup. I wish I had listened to him. I’m just so happy that you came upon this site BEFORE your BA took place. If I had done more research, which I thought I did, and found this site I would never have gotten implants. To compromise your body function, immune system, with poison – I would never have thought?? At the time I only looked at before/after pictures and researched a reputable surgeon. Didn’t bother to look up illness. After all, my friends have them and had them for quite some time. They’re doing great and look great! Right? Sad to say but time truly will only tell. Nicole, our admin of this website, told me to thank my body for telling me these implants need to get out. Better now when I’m still fairly young then 30 years from now when my body wouldn’t be able to recover as quickly. My en bloc is scheduled for this Tuesday and it couldn’t come any sooner. I’m ready to say good bye to these stupid implants and all the stupid symptoms they came with. Rhonda – your health is irreplaceable.

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    3. Deb

      Those of us that have had implants can share story after story of high hopes, great results, only to fast forward 10-15 years later facing horrible experiences with health issues. I found a lump and during a biopsy, my implant was punctured. I am now forced to have them removed. Like others, I have had a decline in how I feel daily for almost the last 4-5 years, not knowing saline implants could be harmful. Because of the deflation and need to now remove them, I know this is an answer to the other health issues. The “lump” was nothing — but, having this happen may be a real blessing. BEFORE committing to breast implant augmentation, I suggest watching the two videos on the Dr. Susan Kolb website. She offers more truth than the average plastic surgeon will freely explain. Ultimately, it is a very personal decision, but the advances made using more natural means of improving breast appearance may offer a much healthier alternative (fat grafting, lift, etc.) If I had been told the truth about the limited life span of implants (10yrs) I would never had had them — told they would last a lifetime unless some car accident or other trauma caused an issue. Just be well-informed before you do it, and take the stories on here as actual events — we are real people who know what we have encountered that would have made a huge difference in our original decisions to get them — typical hindsight!

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  36. kimberr

    I began experiencing symptoms only 2 months after my silicone breast aug in 2012 and I am now 24 years old. My type of implants are “gummy bears” and sub muscular, I’m about 5’3 and 115lbs. The texture of my hair changed (became very dry), I noticed I did not perspire as much, and I then developed alopecia. My hair began shedding and my cuts healed abnormally slow and not in the same normal manner. I got every test from every type of doctor and all results showed I was healthy. I noticed that foods containing vitamin c, as well as taking the supplement, triggered even more hair loss. This shows me that I developed an autoimmune disease. I’ve recently began doing research and have seen the correlation between breast augs and autoimmune disease. I asked my doctor to test me for silicone. Not one doctor suggested that, except I had one doctor who said that she believed the breast aug (due to research she was doing) to be the reason but I blew her off because I was very happy with my look. This was 2 years ago. Nothing has changed and this is not in my family history.

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  37. Jessica Bailey

    The other night I sat in a warm epsom bath with essential oils thinking about how much I have been through in the last 9 months and how it is all over yet I feel worse than I did during the height of it. A light bulb turned on that my severe issues really all began after the final piece of my reconstruction following my bilateral mastectomy. On September 30, 2014 I had silicone implants put in. In November I began having issues in the area of my lower back (these issues were not like lower back issues of my past when I would have consistent pain, tightness, etc) these issues scared me. When I would sneeze I would get an extremely sharp shooting pain almost crippling that would run through mid to lower back. Shortly after that began another issues arose when I was going up and down the stairs it would feel as though something in my back would give out and when my foot landed I may not be able to hold myself up, a sharp shooting pain accompanied this. By December 23rd it had gotten to the point that it was happening so often that my body was just completely ill feeling it is hard to explain because it didn’t feel like typical lower back issues. Back in November when this all began I thought that it may be some nerve issues as a result of my mastectomy and as time passed they would subside, which is why I did not consult a Dr. sooner. My Dr. referred me to a Wellness Chiropractic Dr. who I have been seeing since December 30th 3 x a week. The first examination she did came the news that I had pretty severe degenerative disc disease in my L4 and L5. She said this didn’t happen over night and she was dumbfounded at how I had never had any issues over the last 9 years (9 years was my last issue with my lower back and it was a slipped disc) she thought that with the severity of it I would have had some signs along the way. As the last month of seeing Dr. Knopp I have had forward progress only to then have all that forward progress fail for seemingly no reason. It has left Dr. Knopp completely perplexed and has stated that we need to start exploring other “aging” issues. I am only 41, I eat healthy, I exercise and I have always felt GREAT! There is no reason for me to feel like this now.

    I should also say I practice Yoga and teach Yoga (RYT) daily so I feel like I am pretty in tune with my body. My practice has suffered since I had the implants put in because so many poses in my practice are modified because of these hard things on the front of my body. My body feels toxic and after finding this site (following that light bulb going off) I now know that my thoughts could be true. I am very thankful to have found this feed and to have spent time over the last few days reading through all the posts and replies. Thank you for opening up this dialogue so we know we are not alone.

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    1. sharon ribando

      Your not alone! After suffering for 5 yrs now and ruling out every possible cause i have recently discovered it’s my breast implants. This has taken so much from me and the time away from my children. I can definitely relate to the back pain when this all first started i felt the most weird back pain associated with fever and sick feeling. I don’t think anyone in my circle understands just how sick i am. This site has done so much for me i thank God for it!

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  38. Roxanne Ioane

    Hello ladies. I first had saline implants 16 years ago and a year later when they leaked my ps replaced them with silicone filled. I’m not sure if I was a really excited 25 year old at the time but I’m positive they never ran through these risks with me. A couple of years later i developed inflammation/swelling in my right knee which i kept being told by all doctors, specialists and professors was a sporting injury. I laughed and paid hundreds of dollars along my journey as i was the un sportiest person ever and knew this was not the cause. The swelling and inflammation then appeared through both knees. Whilst continuing to find a doctor that could give me an answer i ended up unable to walk, became skeleton thin. Could not sleep due to sweating all night and was constantly fatigued. I tried another local doctor as i had to drag myself there. This doctor sent me to the emergency department right away. Whilst in emergency a rheumatologist examined me and said i had rheumatoid. After many tests they came to the conclusion i had rheumatoid. There were never any positive markers in my blood and i always questioned how they could come to this diagnosis. Now 5 years down the track i am still not showing positive markers and have on every possible mix of drugs to treat the illness i don’t have.doctors have been baffled why i don’t respond to medication. I finally stopped the insanity last year when after being admitted to hospital with a collapsed lung, pneumonia and enlarged heart and fluid in the heart. I had just turned forty and was way worse then the elderly patients in the ward. Ive been off rheumatoid medication since then and to no surprise I don’t feel any worse as they never did. I took a new path with a nutritionist, healer and naturopath last year. One of the first things they did for me was a hair analysis. It showed incredibly high toxicity. Which got me at a place of asking my intuition for guidance, picking up a bible which I hadn’t done for 20 years and praying alot for release and healing of whatever the hell is going on. My beautiful kitten stepped on my boob last Saturday and i screamed in pain. The rest is history. I fell on to this page as a result of all my cries for help and for the first time in my life i have understood what is going on. I am booked in with a ps surgeon in 2 days and fingers crossed i will have my explant the week after. Looking forward to good health finally.

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  39. Jenny

    Hello everyone!
    I have health issues as well after my breast augmentation. My implants are 3 year old and about 1.5 years i began experiencing weird symptoms as fatigue, burning pain in the left breast, enlarged lymph nodes under arm, burning sensation on my face, gastrointestinal problems (GERD), duodetus, bladder burning. Currently, i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I started having dry eyes, confusion. Yes, i am planning to remove these implants in March 2015. I wasn’t sure if anybody has had issues with their bladder?
    i am 30 year old and no kids yet, so i wish i can get better within a year and have healthy kids. I hope you’re all feel better soon and for those who are in process of deciding on doing breast implants, please don’t do it because you will spend more money trying figure out what health issues you have after the surgery. It is worse!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jenny,
      I have heard of bladder burning from other woman and it is from the aggressive chemicals in the implants irritating your bladder and urethra. I am happy to hear you are scheduled for your explant and you will recover your health with some detoxification and with time for healing. We are here for you anytime. Nicole

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    2. Michelle

      Hi there,
      I got cohesive gel under the muscle,they are 4 years old. I have a list of weird symtoms and lately to top it off the bladder problem also,,,and just this week some GI tract problems.
      I am getting them removed next week.
      I have pretty much every symptom they have listed. Foggy brain, vertigo a few times a year, ice pick head aches very weird.,
      Tingly toes that feel frozen sometimes,,,all most a vibratory feeling in some muscles,, no energy,,,hormones are so off,,no sex drive what so ever. No one shared with me the possible out come and risks! It should be law in Canada and the states. Perfectly safe is what I was told. They are ruining my life.
      Get them out and don,t look back,,,I plan on eating very well and finding a good health practioner to help me detox.
      Before I started researching I thought I must be crazy,,,but oddly enough there are soooo many women who have all my symptoms,,,I think I am toxic.

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  40. Michelle

    I am so thankful to find this site. I had breast cancer and a double mastectomy back in 2006. ( Back then they had us so scared we had them cut without question. Knowing what I know now, I would do it differently. ) I had reactions to a medication they gave me and had to have a full hysterectomy as well. I have never ever felt right since. I have had no energy for soo long… Thyroid problems muscle and joint pain, racing heart, weird bruising, rashes, hot flashes, burning sensation all around the area, swollen lymph nodes. The drag is some of these are also side effects from Chemo, so it was hard to sort out for sometime. ( I was on a maintenance chemo until just 2 years ago. ) I complained a year after I got the implants and was told that illness from breast implants was impossible. I showed my doctor websites where I had found information of poisonings and was told they had changed the gummy solution so it was impossible. (Since then most of the websites deleted the info or the sites are gone) It became clear to me that no medical person would help, the internet was clearing data and I would just have to live with this, or die with it. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see this website. I have insurance, but likely will have much trouble finding a plastic surgeon. I am going to try the clay, and will read more on detoxing… My heart has slowly began hurting more and more, particularly this last year. it feels big or something. Aspirin helps. I have not wanted to go to the drs because I do not want to start a whole other really expensive, extremely painful, drawn out adventure… thing that may make me better or may make me worse.

    Armed with this knew knowledge I believe I will…
    again thanks.

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    1. Roxanne Ioane

      Knowledge is empowerment. This site gave me the answers I was looking for. My post will be up soon its being reviewed at the moment. They keep telling us to ignore what we feel and direct it elsewhere.

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  41. Anne Pacur

    A question for the Site Author/ Administrator…….
    After you had the implants removed (En Bloc) —– what degree of your symptoms were alleviated? Would you say your body has essentially returned back to “normal”? And if so…. how long after removal did you sense improvement? (I’m asking because I seem to have every symptom you’ve listed…. Mine are saline though)

    Thank You–
    AP

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anne,
      It has been almost two years since my explant and I have 95 per cent of my excellent health back but am still in a process of chelating mercury from a dental event (brace bracket placed on a mercury filling while wearing braces in my 40’s). Right after explant, my scariest symptoms such as toxic shock symptoms, adrenal crisis, erratic heartbeat/blood pressure disappeared immediately WHEW! Following that noticeable improvement, was a process of healing over weeks and months with symptoms slowly diminishing and then ending one by one. I have noted a general pattern of recovery in myself and in many other women communicating with me during their recovery. This general pattern of recovery is: there is notable improvement right after explant and for about three months but then there is a return of symptoms again for about three to six months as the glands and organs start to detox and heal and release their accumulated toxins into your blood stream which cause symptoms before being eliminated out your kidney, liver and lungs. All in all the process takes about a year or more depending on personal factors. My process took longer due to being so sick from the complications of mercury poisoning. It makes no difference if your implants are silicone or saline, the silicone chemicals are used in both and fungal or bacterial infections causing bio-toxins can be present in both types of implants. All implants impair the immune system and can cause auto-immune symptoms as the body is overwhelmed and starts attacking itself. I hope this helps you make the right choice for your well being. Nicole

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  42. Seager

    Hi Nicole,
    On the symptoms I see that you list “symptoms of or diagnosis of”…I haven’t officially been diagnosed with RA (although my factors were high about 8 months ago) and after explant the symptoms are slowly changing (lessening). Now my asthma is very inflamed. Should we expect that these symptoms will continue to lessen and switch around until they disappear? Or should we view these things as life long? I’m just confused at the term breast implant “illness”. Since it’s not “disease” should we all assume that these symptoms can really be cleared up totally? Just a question I had. Thanks for your input.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Seager,
      Very good question, the answer is yes, all symptoms usually clear up and disappear for good once the implants and capsule tissue are properly removed and once you are detoxed and healed (approximately a year but can be longer or shorter depending on individual circumstances). I have communicated with many women who were misdiagnosed with auto-immune diseases but are now completely free of all symptoms and markers of the those diseases since removing their implants, detoxing and healing. I chose the word illness on purpose because it mean sickness for a period of time. Over the course of detoxification and healing symptoms can increase, return, new symptoms can appear but all eventually diminish and then disappear if the body is supported to detox and heal. Of course, there are a number of women who kept their implants too long, or whose toxicity is too great from ruptured implants or bio-toxin complications and who never fully recover. Sadly there are women who die prematurely from implants. The sooner ladies recognize that implants cause illness and have them properly removed, the more likely they are to regain their health. The lungs are an organ of detoxification and as those toxins from your chest are being detoxed through the lungs, it is causing inflammation in your airways which is increasing your asthma. Nicole

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  43. m lipscomb

    Here is an excerpt from an email I sent a friend almost a year ago:
    Pain started the first week of August 2013 and I thought I pulled something at the gym..came on fast and furious……then thought maybe mattress was too hard…then thought maybe too much aspertame…then thought maybe I needed extra pottassium, calcium, magnesium…you name it I tried it but the pain has only gotten worse. It’s all in muscles. Behind my knees it’s so bad that I almost cry trying to put on pants…my lats hurt like I lifted waaaayyyy too much at a gym. If I sit on the couch or on a chair and then stand I have to give myself a minute to let my body adjust. No fatigue, no bruising, …just terrible pain in hips and back of legs, muscles in arms. Occasional stomach upsets…. At night it’s really bad-just trying to lift my legs to roll over is excrutiating-like someone is trying to pull my legs off. THought at first it might be joints but it’s some kind of myalgia. I alternate sitting in an office chair and sitting on my yoga ball…chair hurts hips when I stand but yoga ball makes inner thighs feel like someone hit them with a baseball bat(use the inner thigh muscles and core to stabilize sitting on the ball)….sorry you asked? I’ve gone and had all sorts of blood work done but a regular md has no clue. With a rheumy you can’t do a “self referral”-what a ridiculous piece of work that is-I have to be referred by my doctor then “approved” for a visit. I haven’t been to massage school since the first week of January-put it on hold til I’m get this thing figured out. I’m feeling like a crippled old lady. I call the rheumy’s office daily now and leave long voice mails detailing all my woes-very tongue in cheek-but really, I’ve been waiting on them for a friggin month. …”

    Currently-my situation has been going on for 18 months now. Found a doctor that believes I have rheumatoid arthritis and we are following an antibiotic protocol that helps…somewhat. Symptoms change…legs don’t hurt currently but my wrists and ankle joints stay swollen and hurt. If I exercise I pay for it with myalgia but do it anyway. For some reason today was the first day I ever thought about a link with my implants. Now I’m thinking I probably had issues since I had them replaced. I initially had implants, saline in 1996. In 2006 I had a rupture and had both replaced…..tinnitus (white noise that sounds like crickets) started around 2008. Chest pain at the gym occasionally -clavicle area-when working out…but the main symptoms, the kind I could not ignore or find an excuse for, started 18 months ago. I am amazed at this site and the info available. In all the research I’ve done on my symptoms no link to breast augmentation has ever surfaced. I had myself convinced that because they are saline that they were perfectly healthy……duh! I sent an email this morning to Dr Kolb..she actually did my last surgery…another DR from her office did my first implants. Can’t wait to see what she says

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  44. Naty

    Have you ever heard of symptoms appearing immediately? It’s been 9 months since my gummy implant and breast lift. My life has been turned upside down ever since. I’ve seen so many doctors and functional doctors! So far all that is definitive on paper is small fiber neuropathy in my feet/ankles via biopsy, I found out I have MTHFR, my thyroid is swollen, low cortisol and DHEA (Adrenal Fatigue), 3 types of yeast and 1 bacteria in my stool test, high arsenic, carpal tunnel syndrome and neuropathy in my right elbow. Unconfirmed but suspected by my doctors are multiple food sensitivities, estrogen dominance, leaky gut, and other heavy metals toxicity. Since the surgery I suffer from anxiety, insomnia, occasional depression, unexplained tingles throughout my body, dizziness/vertigo, blood sugar imbalances. Prior to the surgery the worse thing I suffered from was bad PMS and I slept like a baby! I said I would wait a year to see how this would play out and then revisit explanting if I had to. At the end of March it will be a year! Things are definitely not getting better. I’m so afraid of general anesthesia! Many of the doctors I have spoken to have suspected that the anesthesia is the culprit. It’s just strange that I felt most of these things just days after the surgery!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Naty,
      Your symptoms are definitely from your breast implants and many ladies get sick right after getting implants and especially with the gummy cohesive gel implants which contain very aggressively toxic chemicals that poison our organs and especially our glandular system with adrenals and thyroid being very damaged which is indicative of your symptoms. I highly suggest getting explanted as soon as possible and please ensure that all capsule tissue is removed during your explanation for your best and easiest recovery. Since you have MTHFR which slows down detoxification by 30 to 70 per cent, please watch this video by Dr. Benjamin Lynch who is the MTHFR guru: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRHif2aVPvw. Essentially your gene mutation hampers your detoxification process but with some care to avoid toxins and a few supplements you can assist your liver to methylate properly (detox) and you can recover in time. I hope this helps you make the right decision for your body and your health. Nicole

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      1. katy kuithe

        Hi there! I literally suffer from the exact same symptoms as Naty. I too am MTHRFR and was diagnosed 2 years after my gummy bear implants and breast lift due to my declining health. I live in Orange County and would appreciate if you could please email me or respond with some information about why the Newport Beach surgeon is so highly recommended. Also, is it possible to recover costs if my endocrinologist makes the recommendation for explantation due to illness? Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you SO MUCH for this site and all of your help with all of us women suffering.
        Sincerely, Katy

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  45. Debbie

    Hi, I am so glad I found this site. I felt so alone on this topic until know. I have had saline implants since 1999, and had them replaced in 2002. I started getting most of these symptoms in 2005. I especially had thyroid issues, and it got so bad, I had to have a total throidectomy in 2010. I feel bad 99.999% of the time. I have back pain, neck pain, achy everywhere. Always feel like I’m coming down with the flu. I’m tired all the time, and have no energy at all. I’m 52, and I have had enough. I made an appt with a surgeon to have them removed. I’m scheduled to have these toxic bags taken out Jan 20th, and I can’t wait. I know I won’t feel better immediately, but I’ll be on the road. Just knowing they are out, will be an emotional relief. Thank you ladies, and if anyone has any ideas or suggestions about how to detox, please let me know, I would really appreciate it… Everyone is in my prayers, good luck.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      Please ensure that your are getting a proper explant which means that all the capsule tissue is removed with the implants. Please review my Explantation page here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ and please read my Detoxification page which will give you a good start on the basics for detoxification from breast implants: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/. I add to the site from time to time and will be adding more soon. I am here for any questions you may have. Nicole

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    2. Melissa

      Hi Debbie, I completely agree with Nicole. Because I had become so ill from my implants I was barely working and had exhausted my savings so I was not able to go to any of the doctor’s listed on this site. I did find a wonderful surgeon who was willing to listen to me and my horrifying situation. He was a good plastic surgeon but didn’t have experience with this whole issue. Originally he kept assurring me all the tissue did not have to come out. I printed research and took him all the info I could find and he agreed. I have to say I was a little nervous because he had not dealt with doing an explantation because someone was ill. After seeing the condition of my chest and seeing how much I have improved in only 4 months, he has told me several times that he was so glad he listened to me and read the research I brought him. Stick to your guns and make sure they are properly explanted. You can get your life back! Thank God for Nicole and this site. Read all the information she has on here and Dr Kholbs book, “The Naked Truth about Breast Implants”. Good Luck & God Bless!! Melissa

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      1. Anne Pacur

        Melissa—
        Can I ask where you found the research that you presented to the Plastic Surgeon? Is there a link you could forward to me?

        Thank you–
        AP

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    3. Tricia Rakes

      I was wondering if a blood test can be taken to see if you are allergic? I’m worried I am. I heard there was one??

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Tricia,
        Sorry there is no definitive test to confirm if your implants are causing illness. There is a silicone allergy test offered by some labs however I don’t feel that is accurate because silicone is made up of several very toxic chemicals and silicone chemicals are different from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from batch to batch. If you have symptoms similar to the ones listed and you have implants, it is likely that your implants causing your illness. All implants are unsafe and the longer they are in your body the greater the chance of toxicity and illness. Nicole

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    4. Shani Thompson

      I am having the same symptoms, and I don’t know what to do. Can you tell me how you feel after surgery? Good luck!

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Shani,
        I had pages and pages of symptoms and almost lost my life from toxic cohesive gel implants. Now two years later after a proper explant and lots of detoxing and healing, I have 90 per cent of my health back and thank the universe my experience can help other women understand their illness and make the decision to explant and recover too. What type of implants do you have and for how long? What are your symptoms? Nicole

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  46. Evelyn B

    Hi!
    I have had Cohesive Gel implants from Mc Ghan since 1999. They look great but I have suffered from constant colds lasting for 3-4 weeks. The colds come and go continously. It is clear that my immune defense has gotten weaker after my breast surgery. Moreover, I have suffered from severe sleeping problems the latest 8 or 9 years. Like severe problems. I will remove mine and am considering to replace with own body fat. I don’t think I will recommend anyone to do a breast augmentation!

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  47. Melissa

    First I want to say God Bless all of you on the site. Unless you have experienced this first hand, you cannot imagine the hell and devastation that this does to a person. Many of you have probably read my story on here, it mirrors many of the others. I had my explantation done Sept. 5, 2014. I had a 11/2 pages of crazy symptoms from rashes to neurological problems. I honestly felt like I was dying and really was a slow toxic death and if I wasn’t I wanted to. Right before my explantation getting out of bed was a struggle. My joints hurt so bad I could hardly stand to have a blanket lay on me or be touched. I had hand tremors so bad, I constantly dropped things. I looked like a walking corpse. In just 4 months since my explantation my symptoms have gone down to maybe a handful and getting better all the time. I am doing the detox and taking some extra supplements. I am so encouraged and I want to offer hope to those of you who are feeling hopeless right now. Just in 4 months my skin color is better. The rash all over my chest and hands are gone. My dermatologist almost cried when he looked at my hands because they looked so bad before and they are getting close to being back to normal. My hair is growing back. If you have any doubts about this, DONT! Many of us on here are living proof that breast implant toxicity does exist and you can get better. Last year I told my family I didn’t even think I would be here for this Christmas and here I am getting better all the time. It’s scary and you may feel alone, but this site helped me so much to know I wasn’t crazy because most of the doctor’s I saw and even some of my family thought I was. If you are sick at all please get them out. My tissue was so adhered to my implants that I had to have parts of my tissue burned and cauterized. I do have a couple questions for those of you that have had your explantations. I still have shortness of breath and a heaviness in my chest. For the first time in 2yrs my chest CT’s & X-rays are clear. My oxygen is always 96-100% at rest but many times when I just walk around the doctor’s office it drops into the 80’s. The nurse kind of freaks and says this isn’t normal. My GP acts like its no big deal, but then again he treated me like a hypocondriac until he saw how much better I have started to look after my explantation. Anyone have any ideas? They even admited me overnight and I saw a pulmonologist. He said he thought I just had so much inflammation and that was the cause. That was a couple months ago and it’s not getting better. Just looking for some imput. I still get really tired and run out of gas easily, but I also realize it’s only been 4 months. Just wanted some input. I am still very excited to be getting my life back. I have had several people say “oh my gosh, I didn’t want to say anything but I thought you were dying” “now you don’t even look like the same person”. One other question. The found a piece of paper about the size of a dime left on my right implant. I have spoken to a few attorneys but don’t feel I’m getting anywhere. All they keep telling me is that Indiana is one of the worst malpractice states. Anyone have any legal advice or live in Indiana and know a good malpractice attorney? To those of you feeling hopeless, trust me I was there and there is hope and getting them out will be the best thing you ever do for yourself. I have absolutly no breast now, but this whole experience had made me learn to love myself for who I am and appreciate life so much more. I hope many of you can do the same. I am praying for you all..

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Thank you so much for your sincere, uplifting comment. It is important for other women to hear your recovery story so they understand that despite being incredibly ill, they can recover after a proper explant with detoxification and time. When you described your symptoms, it brought tears to my eyes and made me remember how sick I was and what a long way I have come in my own recovery. I have a couple suggestions for you. Please investigate low level light therapy for your chest, breast tissue and lungs to see if that helps the healing and inflammation. I read on another site that this made a significant difference for a woman with symptoms similar to yours. Low level light therapy is a harmless laser used by chiropractors and physical therapists which penetrates tissue and kills bacteria and fungus, brings down inflammation and and speeds up healing. I think it will make a big difference in your case too. I also suggest a few rounds of an antifungal like Diflucan. I have heard from other ladies that fungal infections from their breast implants caused asthma and breathing difficulties because the fungus even spread to the lungs. Antifungals are hard on the liver and so take Milk Thistle with them. Dr. Kolb says that many ladies need antibiotics and or antifungals in order to get well. Antifungals will make you feel poorly the first while because as they kill the fungus, it releases it’s bio-toxins into your system and your body has to detox the bio-toxins and so symptoms will return and even increase but stick to taking it and you should notice improvement. I also suggest green juicing along with your food as that will supply intense nourishment and enyzmes needed by your body. Make sure that your are getting all your B vitamins, lots of good quality Vitamin C in the ascorbate forms and magnesium as your body will be low on these. Thank you again for your wonderful comment. Nicole

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      1. Melissa

        Nicole, thanks for the advice. I will definitely check into it. Have you heard of Chelation theraphy? I’m scheduling an appointment with a doctor next week to find out more about it. It’s performed by a physcian that practices integrated medicine. My understanding is by IV you are injected with sometype of protein that binds to all the toxic chemicals that are in your body and rids your body of them. If your familiar with it let me know your thoughts. I will pass along the info this doctor gives me and any other suggestions he has. Also another good supplement that I have been taking is called Moringa Olifera. It has 46 different antioxidents, 46 anti-inflammatory properties, 7 x’s more potassium than a banana and a large number of amino acids. I buy mine in a product called Zija. They sell cheaper forms, but I would either get the zija or there’s a good organic site called healingforlife.com that sells it. A lot of these supplements can get expensive, but it’s worth it. The cheaper products are usually just full of fillers. I just look at it this way, I was willing to pay a lot of money to buy myself breast implants, so now I’m going to spend money getting well if I need to.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Melissa,
          Yes, I do know about chelation therapy for heavy metals and have been taking the oral chelator DMSA three days a week for over a year to chelate high mercury and lead from my body which showed up on a hair test. I have made a lot of progress with DMSA which is removing the mercury and lead. I have also tried Vitamin C with other vitamins and minerals in IV’s which help with healing and detoxification. After the third one, my legs swelled up (it may have overloaded my kidney) and so I stopped them. Personally, I was a little afraid of the intravenous chelation for mercury and lead and instead opted for Andy Cutler’s oral DMSA and Lipoic Acid protocol. What substance is the doctor using for chelating? I know that chelation can be very expensive and you may need some replenishing mineral and vitamin IV’s too because a chelator isn’t specific, it removes everything from the blood stream and so can be very depleting. I am interested to try the Moringa. Please let us know what you think of the investigation of chelation therapy. Nicole

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  48. Katy Kuithe

    I had silicone gel implants 6/2011 and my health has been on the decline ever since. Last year I was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism at the cellular level. I have adrenal fatigue, extremely elevated liver enzymes, and I have gained 35 pounds in the past 3 years while maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. My hormone levels are 1000% below a normal range and my days now consist of 23 vitamins, supplements, and thyroid medication. I have been battling for a year to no avail. I am getting worse with every passing day. I had quite the epiphany late one night and found this site as a result and I’m glad I did. I think I maybe always knew my implants could be causing harm, but didn’t want to believe it. I live in Orange County and noticed that you recommend a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach (my backyard). Can you tell me why exactly this doctor is highly recommended? Also, could you please email with information about recovering any costs? I have great insurance, but I am not sure they would cover explant surgery. Any information you have I would be forever grateful to receive. This process is daunting and confusing and seems more difficult to navigate than the actual implant surgery did. Thank you so much for your dedication to this site and this cause.
    Gratefully Optimistic,
    Katy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Katy,
      Yes, your breast implants are causing your illness and symptoms. Silicone is a brew of toxic chemicals that, among other things, poison our tissues and organs and especially our sensitive glandular system with the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and pancreas glands being especially damaged by the toxicity. Your implants don’t have to be ruptured or leaking in order to poison you as the envelope of the newer series of implants contains very toxic chemicals that poison ladies quickly and the silicone gel leaks through the envelope of the implant by a process called Lipolysis. Once you are properly explanted and detox you will likely regain your health back within approximately one year with some work on your part. A proper explant means that the capsule tissue that your body builds around the implant and the implant are removed, together, as an intact unit so as not to contaminate you further. A good surgeon will be able to do this without leaving your breast tissue damaged. Leaving capsule tissue in your body means greater toxicity for you because it is filled with chemicals from your implants and will cause inflammation at the site and other complications down the road. I can highly recommend Dr. Jae Chun of Newport Beach for explant as I read several reviews from other women who were pleased. He believes in implant illness and will go through your insurance. He schedules explants quickly when required. Your insurance will cover implant removal if recommended by a doctor or surgeon. I am here for you anytime. Continue to be grateful and optimistic. Nicole

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      1. katy kuithe

        Thank you so much! I just saw this after leaving another comment for you on Naty’s original comment. I truly appreciate your help and advice and will make my appointment with Dr. Chun ASAP! I will do my best to let you know how the recovery goes as I am sure other women could benefit from the real life experience. You are a lifesaver in your own way. Thank you!

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  49. KYLA

    First off, thank you to all of the women who have opened up and posted here, as I have had no answers to any of my problems. I had cohesive gel implants done in March 2014, and for a few months felt great, but now have been to the emergency room twice in 6 months in fear of dying with massive heart palpitations. I have now been diagnosed with PSVT (possibly AVNRT), both being heart conditions that consist of an abnormally fast heart rate that comes on for absolutely no reason, which can last from a few minutes to a few hours, and literally feels like your heart is going to beat out of your chest (or quite possibly explode). Secondary symptoms include chest pain, light-headedness (I feel like I’m going to black out on a regular basis), fatigue, irritability, inability to breathe, ‘fluttering’ heart, and serious anxiety symptoms… I feel like its important to add I’ve NEVER had any anxiety symptoms EVER in my life before this, even though I probably should have since it’s been a rough road! My blood tests are normal, ECGs are normal, stress tests normal, they can’t find anything wrong with me… I’m only 28!!!!! WTF?!?!?!?! Maybe I am vain in the fact that I can’t imagine having my implants removed… I have wanted them my WHOLE life! But I can’t find any other explanation for my problems….. If I have to do it, I have to do it…. I just want to be healthy again, as I have always been….Why can’t doctors just be honest?!?!?!?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kyla,
      Yes, your erratic heart and other symptoms are from your breast implants. Implants are placed under the chest muscle, on top of the ribs directly over the heart and the the toxic chemicals from the implants poison your heart and also your nearby adrenal glands. Your adrenal gland controls your body’s response to stress, heart rate and force of beat, body temperature and blood sugar, all very important life saving functions. Your symptoms are your body’s way of telling you the implants are toxic and must be removed as soon as possible. The new series of implants seem to be poisoning women quickly due to the aggressive chemicals used in the manufacture but please know that every breast implant that has ever been manufactured in history was touted as safe in the beginning but eventually removed from the market for causing harm to women. Plastic surgeons will not admit or acknowledge that implants cause profound illness and even death because breast implants are their cash cow and make up most of their revenue. We live in a time where chemicals companies and doctors are knowingly and readily poisoning women for money. Please start planning your explant. Nicole

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  50. Gina Stanley

    Hi, My name Gina. I had saline implants for ten years, and did fine with them. So six months ago I had them exchanged for silicone implants. The very next day I had vomiting, neck pain , two days later started with dizziness , weakness. Just thought I was still tired, but six weeks after I was in emergency room with heart attack symptoms and shaking so bad I couldn’ hardly walk. Since then I have been in emergency room with high blood pressure, and shock like symptoms. I have been having high blood sugar , and I am not diabetic. Each time I go for blood work they say everything is normal. I am still having a number of illnesses. For one whole month I woke up at 4 a.m dry heaving, now I am sleeping a little longer but when I get up I feel nausea. I have also lost close to 20 pounds unintentionally. I just don’t know what to do. I have also had really bad headaches . So many unexplained illnesses. Glad I found this site. Please feel free to comment and give your suggestions. Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gina,
      I hear from many, many women who just got silicone implants and are incredibly sick. The envelope of the new series of implants contain very toxic, harsh chemicals which are poisoning women quickly and causing a myriad of symptoms and illness. In order to recover, you have to have a proper explant, en-bloc style, and which includes removal of all capsule tissue. After explant, you will move through a period of detoxification of about a year, with your assistance and eventually you should recover your health. Where do you live, perhaps I can recommend a surgeon for explant. Nicole

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      1. michele

        I got my saline implants in 1995 .I’ve never had any problems until January 3 of 2015 and came down with a staff infection. I’m in terrible pain and I’m going for a ultrasound tomorrow to make sure I don’t have a small leak.If I do I will have to have to have them removed. Im devastated my insurance will pay for the removal, but I can’t imagine not having them.I’ve been crying non stop thinking how I’ll look at myself in the mirror. I’m so depressed and scared. Michele from Rockford Illinois

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        1. Deb

          You are not alone!!!!! I have cried every day this week knowing I will look awful once they are removed. It may help to dig deep and find something that you’ve experienced that is way worse to bolster some hope. I consider the death of my child and compare that to losing these boobs helps me a bit. Nonetheless, the aloneness, fear, and disappointment of what we thought we had done to balance ourselves physically at one point in time is common amongst us all. I just found my old before/after pictures from 13 years ago and had a total meltdown. The improvement was incredible. I didn’t go large — just enough to improve my skinny sausages! I never imagined facing removal, but such is a common reality out there. Explant is inevitable for all of us at some point. Ugly as I may end up without them, there is NO WAY I would consider replacing them. I am shocked at how many doctors recommend replacements. Yes, it is easier to do at the time of extraction, but seriously? Do you want to do it all over again when the new ones cause issues? I certainly do not. One surgery is enough for me — get them out– find a way to accept the loss — then live on in a much healthier life down the road.

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      2. Gina Stanley

        Hi Nicole
        Words cannot express how grateful I am that God led me to your site. I just had explant surgery today . Dr. Feng is amazing. So thankful she did my surgery.The silicone implants that I replaced the saline 5 months ago had a small rupture. You have been such a blessing to me. Thank you! I will keep in touch. God bless you.

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        1. admin Post author

          God bless you Gina and all the ladies that make my experience with implants worthwhile. I almost lost my life and helping other ladies has been the most uplifting experience I could ever have. Love and light to you Gina.

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  51. Karen greenwood

    I had saline implants(Natrelle by Allergan) almost three years ago. Just a few days ago, on Christmas Eve, I noticed my left implant had deflated almost completely. Panicked, I called my original surgeons office and was told that the surgeon said it is a non emergency and to call his office on Monday morning. About two months following implant placement, I developed horrible allergies and need to have allergy shots every two weeks. Then, food intolerances, followed by leaky gut syndrome, asthma, fatigue, brain fog, extreme muscle aches, hormone replacement therapy, vision problems, histamine intolerance, weight gain, puffy and inflamed over my entire body despite eating very healthy and organic…the list goes on. I want them out but do not have the money to do it. I am scared of what my original surgeon will say and after being on this site, I really want to have them removed by one of the recommended surgeons. I do have health insurance and was wondering if it will cover both breasts being explanted, since only one is leaking. I’m terrified and just want to get better. I am on a low histamine, organic diet and doing everything that I can to stop these health problems that have all hit since my implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karen,
      If a doctor authorizes removal due to sickness, insurance will pay for removing both implants. Your symptoms are definately from your implants and common to breast implant illness. Where are you located, perhaps I can recommend a surgeon for your explant that will assist you with your insurance claim? Nicole

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      1. Beverly D Ashley

        I was wondering does it cause massive weight loss, I have lost 50 lbs since August, with no change to my diet or lifestyle?

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        1. Gina Stanley

          Hi, Beverly
          My name is Gina. Yes it will cause drastic weight loss. I know this from my own experience. I have lost over 20 pounds in just a few months due to my implant illnesses. I just had explant surgery 4 days ago. I had saline implants for ten years, so I had them exchanged back in June 2014 for silicone. I immediately became ill, with numerous symptoms. I was I emergency room several times, doctor after doctor, CT scans, Ex rays, blood work and every time everything came back normal. I just thank God for leading me to this site.My surgery went well and I am on the road to recovery. Nicole and her site has truly been a blessing. May God bless you! I will keep you in my prayers.Hope you get well soon.

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      2. Rebecca Boyd

        I have been extremely ill since implants after bi lateral mastectomy June 2007 but not get implants till June 3, 2014. In hospital 9 days after surgery due to low blood pressure which had been on bp meds since radiation in 2005 after 1st diagnosis. So I’ll & getting much worse every day w/almost all symptoms listed. I Live In Kansas City, MO & desperately need an explant surgeon! Been to ER 7 times since June & feel like I am slowly going crazy & dying! Please help me find an explant surgeon as Can’t go on Any longer!!!!

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Rebecca,
          We will get through this together. First, I suggest seeing your implant surgeon asap and inform him of all your symptoms, write them down, since implantation and tell him that the implants must be removed immediately with a Total Capsulectomy as they are making you terribly ill. Take other family members with you, like your husband. Don’t get into an argument about your symptoms and the cause, don’t allow him to steer you elsewhere, misdiagnose you, or suggest other causes, just insist they be removed immediately including all capsule tissue. He deserves to know that implants are causing illness. If he hesitates in anyway or you don’t trust him to do a Total Capsulectomy, then I suggest you contact either Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta (first choice) or Dr. Lu-Jean Feng in Ohio (second choice because although she is an amazing surgeon she has turned away complicated cases before) because of your medical history and complications. Both their contact information and a list of other surgeons in the U.S. are on the Explant Surgeon list here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. I am here for you anytime. Nicole

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  52. Helen

    OMG I believe I am suffering from an unknown illness possibly due to my implants for the last two years. I got my implants put in 4 years ago the first year or two I had no symptoms however very slowly and progressively I have become more and more ill I have had bloods taken every three months and every time they come back clear perfectly fine however i feel so ill at times I feel I can’t even get out of bed. It started with unknown bruising on backs of legs bleeding gums and nose bleeds feelings of nausea so much so I couldn’t get to sleep with the feeling of sickness. At times I would lie on a night and think I wouldn’t wake up the next morning and I’m only 38. I’ve always been extremely fit used to go to gym 4 times a week slim fit body now I can’t even be bothered to do light housework as it makes me feel so tired and sick. I have night sweats and suffer from insomnia. I have a dry mouth and lately have felt dehydrated with unexplained migrains. Then from sept last year I noticed some lymph nodes on my neck would become swollen and go down every few weeks. Then recently since a couple months ago the lymph nodes surrounding my right breast have started swelling and becoming sore this has repeated now three times with pain behind my implant. I can’t wear a bra otherwise I get pain and breathlessness so I tend to never wear one unless I have to. I have been referred back to my consultant which I will be seeing in January U will be asking him to remove my implants. I would rather have no breasts and saggy breasts anyday over feeling this ill. I should’ve really tried to love me for the way I am rather than focusing on beauty being the way you look which just isn’t so. Can’t wait for them to be taken out I really hope my symptoms will go after and I will feel the way I did 4 years ago

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  53. Shelley

    I am so glad I found this page! I have had saline implants for over 7 years. I have wanted them out for over a year. Mainly because I have gained over 20 pounds and it seemed to go to my boobs and stomach. But recently I have been having some strange symptoms. I have the shortness of breath, heart palpitations, but for the last couple of days I have pain in my neck. the pain feels like its in my veins! I can feel it go up both sides and make a ‘halo’ of pain around my head. Do you know of any Dr.’s in Billings Montana?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shelley,
      Here is a surgeon’s list we have compiled so far that covers most states in the U.S. http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ however no surgeon right in Montana is on the list as yet. That does not mean there is not a good explant surgeon in Montana though. Please review our Explantation page here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ so you will know what a proper explant is. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  54. Marie

    I realized my implants were making me sick recently, after 2 years of no answers, and have to wait 6 weeks to get them removed. I immediately started bentonite clay, just a small bit, before every meal and within 3-4 days I am getting relief. The clay absorbs poisons in your body and its all eliminated naturally. I would highly recommend giving it a try, its totally safe and the directions are on the bottle….any little bit of help is good.

    http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/bentonite-clay.htm

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  55. rosemarie

    Dear Admin,
    I have been to 2 plastic surgeons. The placing surgeon– forget it. didn’t even call me with the results of my MRI. The second was better even though he says he doesn’t really believe in breast implant illness. He was more sympathetic and took the surgery seriously unlike the first guy who said it would only take an hour. The second even said I might have to stay in the hospital overnight depending on how much he had to do. My symptoms are mostly neurologic and fatigue. Since I have had mastectomies (0n the right side they even took all the muscle and fat as the lesion was up so high, almost into the chest wall.) I got the implants in 2005 and have only had trouble for the past year which is when I believe they ruptured. I will really be disfigured without the implants. I want to know what you think my chances for recovery would be if I had new implants inserted at the time of explanation? The surgeon said he would do a capsulectomy only if the capsules were damaged. Should I insist they come out anyway? If the capsules are removed would I have to heal before new silicone implants could go in? He would be willing to do the procedure where my own abdominal tissue would be used as the new breast, but I would have to lose quite a bit of weight first. He said that would be a 6 to 8 hour operation. I am going to be 69 in January. I don’t know if I can recuperate from such an extensive procedure.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rosemarie,
      I’m afraid that you won’t recover your health if you replace your implants. The capsule tissue must be removed completely for your best recovery and, yes, you need to insist that all capsule tissue is completely removed. I understand your concerns with the appearance of your breasts after mastectomies and now removing your implants but isn’t your health the most important thing. I would not suggest using your abdominal tissue to shape a new breast as that sounds very invasive. Nicole

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    2. Marielynn

      I am having explant surgery after having my mentor silicone implants in for 3 years… I had a BMX in 2010. They are making me so sick. I was reading the list of symptoms out loud to my husband and he said “you have all the symptoms… All of them”. Before the surgery I was perfectly fine. Work out, athlete, very active and a hair stylist. Little by little, one symptom at a time, I am now a walking disaster. Literally… I find it hard to get up to walk to the bathroom without pain or to even get up and get ready to go to work.. I work only 2 days and the day I have off I’m recovering from intense pain. I feel like I was in a car accident like my entire body is a huge bruise. I am 33! This should not be happening. I was happy healthy before these toxic bags. Not normal any way you spin it. Whatever the Drs want to say ” it’s in your head” or best one yet ” I think you should go speak to someone to help you”… WHAT??? Help me what? Tell me I’m imaging my symptoms. Are you kidding? I know my body. ummmmm….. thanks….. But…… No….. Thanks……

      Thank goodness I found the Dr Ahn. She is a huge advocate for explant and is one of the few Drs in the area that does it with a smile. Never once did she try to talk me out of it… I told her my concerns, health issues etc… She said we need to explant. You are a victim to implant poisoning. Here are the options and this is the plan. Very compassionate woman… Took her time explaining EVERYTHING! Staff is amazing at getting involved in the insurance coverage whether or not you are in network. I have nothing but good things to say about her and her team…

      I am having explant with fat grafting only. I will be using this system called BRAVA. I wanted to put this out there for others and you to know there are other options after mastectomy besides implants. Although I have not have it yet I am 100% confident that I am in good hands. Not sure where you are located but she’s worth checking out if you can.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Marielynn,
        Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for your surgeon comment. Your contribution and any comments you have will help other women. Please let us know how your explant goes and if we should place Dr. Ahn in the highly recommend category. Best wishes. Nicole

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  56. Bec Balmforth

    Wow I have been going through all of these symptoms since my gel implants also. I thought I was going crazy and slowly dying. I am from Australia. Do you know of any surgeons in Australia?

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  57. Niccy

    Hello all,

    I have had my saline implants since 12/2003 (almost 11 years). I have had the following symptoms a year after implantation: fatigue, dry eyes, dry mouth, sore throat, muscle pain all over whole body, muscle weakness and twitching, hands paralyzing for about 30 minutes one day, joint pain, memory loss, depression, gastric issues, severe allergies, food intolerance, rashes, hair loss, dehydration, darks spots popping up on the bottom of hands and feet (has anyone else had this symptom?), weight loss, dizziness, blurry vision, increase heart rate, itching, bacterial infections, UTIs, swollen feet and hands, dry skin, skin tone darkening, dark circles under eyes, teeth pain, low white blood cell count (did anyone else have this?). I was first diagnosed with sjogrens, then mixed connective tissue disease, then lupus. Recently, neurologist ruled out any neurological disorders. I am scheduled for explantation in 12/8/14, but don’t know if I will be able to have the surgery because my white blood cell count has dropped to dangerously low levels. My primary doc put me on prednisone to increase my white blood cell count. I have been fighting docs for years refusing to take the prednisone. But I decided to take it this time, because I am desperate to do whatever it takes to get these implants out of my body. My explantation doc disagrees with Dr. Kolb who says anti fungal and anti bacterial meds will have to be taken after explantation. He also says there is no need to remove lymph nodes and thinks doing so is very dangerous. I really wish women who have successfully recovered after explantation would let us know. I am so afraid that my damage is permanent; it would give me a more positive outlook to read success stories. Thanks everyone and I really appreciate this site.

    Niccy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Niccy,
      Through this site I talk to hundreds of ladies with all types of implants and all types of symptoms and once they are explanted most do eventually recover but it’s not overnight. It is an up and down process with symptoms sometimes getting worse but eventually gradually disappearing as the body detoxes and heals. A proper explant with complete removal of all capsule tissue is by far the biggest factor in helping you recover. It seems the only ones that don’t recover are ladies that despite being very sick kept their implants in for decades before removing or ladies that had old style liquid silicone implants that ruptured causing silicone to leak and spread throughout their bodies but even some of those ladies recover after several years and yes some very sick ladies never completely recover. Your implants are saline and once they are removed, you will begin to recover but it will be a process that goes over a year or perhaps even longer and symptoms will diminish slowly. Thank you for listing the specificity of your symptoms and they are definitely auto-immune related which is your body’s way of telling you the implants are unhealthy and must be removed. Many ladies with auto-immune symptoms from breast implants find the Auto-Immune Paleo Protocol diet very helpful in their recovery and to minimize and modulate their autoimmune symptoms. One of the best sites on the Auto-Immune Paleo Protocol is here and I am sure you will find it helpful in your recovery:

      http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol

      I had swollen lymph nodes before my explant of cohesive gel implants which were not removed and they have since healed and so I do agree with your doctor about not removing lymph nodes in the case of saline or cohesive gel implants. If a lymph node is visibly full of silicone from rupture of the liquid silicone style implants then I would agree with removing the worst ones because it is difficult (but not impossible) for the body to remove the silicone. In regard to anti-fungals, I trust Dr. Kolb in this regard because I hear from a lot of women who had saline implants (and even silicone implants but to a lesser degree) that have fungal or bacterial infections from their implants which continue well after their implants are removed and the fungal infections seems to be the greater part of their illness. I think that you and your doctor should make a judgement about whether to take antifungals after visually inspecting your implants and breast tissues and testing the implants for bacterial and or fungal infections. Make sure your implants are returned to you. Often the mold or bacteria can be seen in the implant because it causes cloudiness and particles in the saline solution or discolors the implants to brown, gray or even black. Dr. Kolb’s experience is that some ladies don’t get better without the antibiotics and/or antifungals so don’t rule it out and standard lab cultures often do not pick up the offending bacteria or fungus but Dr. Kolb has had success culturing the bugs that make women sick from implants. If you don’t get better after many months you need to consider that bacteria or fungus may be a reason. Research symptoms related to mold and fungal infections and watch for those. Also we know that mold in homes can cause a person to become very ill, stimulate chemical sensitivities syndrome and auto-immune conditions so it goes that if that mold or fungus is in your body it would do the same. I am here for you every step of the way. Nicole

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  58. Melissa

    Thank God for this site… Had my explantation September 5. Because of how ill I had become I was unable to go to one of the more experienced surgeons mentioned to have my explantation. I am a single mom and had become so sick that I was barely able to work forcing me to apply for disability and temporarily get government state assisted insurance. I am not proud of that but that is how ill I had become. This has not only affected my health but my life as a whole, financially, psychologically, etc.. I found a surgeon who was very compassionate and willing to listen to my story. He said I was the 2nd woman to come to him this year that had implants and was ill. He said he was actually the one that put hers in and when she started becoming sick he immediatley suggested they come out. He looked through some of my medical records and said I looked very ill and he agreed mine should definitly come out. I felt like I really had no choice but to go with him. Traveling was just not an option and I knew they had to come out. There were no other surgeons in Indiana that would even listen or recognize that this was causing me to be so ill. I showed him information about explantation and he agreed to take the implants out and do a lift. After my surgery he said after removing all the damaged tissue there was nothing even left to do a lift. My implants were attached to all the tissue in my chest and he said he had a very hard time detaching them. Tissue from my implants had grown up into my armpit and was compressing the main artery and vein in my left arm. He had to burn that tissue out because he was afraid of cutting the artery and vein. He also found a piece of paper about the size of a dime attached to the right one. He said it looked like part of the label they didn’t remove. It has been almost 2 months and I am still in pain and can’t wear a regular bra. some of my symptoms are completely gone but not all of them. I am amazed at how much better my skin looks already. My hair is starting to grow back, no more hand tremors or black circles under my eyes. I am still having problems with insomnia, some joint pain and fatigue. I have not started a detox yet.. I have read several different detox suggestions, including Dr. Kholb’s. I want to do th detox that’s best for my situation. Many of you probably read my list of symptoms. Even though this Dr. is trying his best to help me I am a little concerned that he is just not knowledgable enough about this issue. I would love it if someone would be willing to contact me directly and tell me exactly what they feel I should do at this point so I can start detoxing. This surgeon has me taking Silver Collidal water everyday and Moringa Olifera because of it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. My email is mdwallace1969@gmail.com.. I would so appreciate any direct advice or input on what to do from this point on.. Thank-you and God bless everyone on here..

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  59. Julie

    Can you recommend any explant surgeons in the Chicago area. I am looking to have my saline implants removed. I’ve had them in for less than 2 years and have experienced many symptoms in the last 6 months.

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      1. Lisa Marach

        Julie, I’m from Chicago. Did you get your breast implants removed yet? I am in the Chicagoland area and need my breast implants removed as well. I am very sick and have only had my implants in for a year. I want them removed the right way. Please let me know

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      2. Arima Arner

        Hi can you recomend a plastic surgeon in rochester new york, I started having many of the above symptoms since I received a lift with breast implants saline, been4 years i would like to remove them,please help my email is marima2008@hotmail.com, blessings.

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  60. Norma

    OMG!!! I’ve been wondering what was wrong with me. Over the last year I’ve been suffering from a number of symptoms such as headache, dizziness when I get up, a very loud noise going thru my ears (it feels like a very loud gust of air going thru my ear), joint pain, stomach pain, yeast infections, tiredness, feet pain, swollen ankles, low iron, low blood pressure, chest palpitations and a few other symptoms. I have been going to the doctor for about 2 years now and there’s nothing wrong with me, some times I feel that maybe it’s just in my head and I’m making myself ill. I was told this by one of my doctors so I started believing it. I also thought all these symptoms are due to a gastric bypass that I had done in 2007. I had my implants done in 2009 but its been about 2 years since I stated feeling sick.. I am so confused right now, wondering what to do, I have a doctors appointment tomorrow for the pain and swelling in my feet and see what the doctor tells me. I’m scared that all my symptoms are related to my saline implants.. Not sure if I’m ready to remove my implants because I’m afraid of what I’m going to look like once they are removed. Please any advice will be very helpful..

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Norma,
      Yes, your saline implants are causing your illness, it is not in your head. Your symptoms are common to breast implant illness. Saline implants, due to their construction often cause widespread bacterial and/or fungal infections which produce harmful bio-toxins which toxify and poison you. Saline implants can also cause auto-immune symptoms and all breast implants cause toxicity and immune dysfunction because they are large foreign bodies made of toxic chemicals. Once you get a proper explant and detox you will recover your health over a period of about a year. I am a little concerned about your gastric bypass and I’m not sure how that will affect your ability to detox. I can also tell your adrenals are suffering and need support. Implants really affect adrenals and thyroid negatively due to silicone being an endocrine distruptor and poisoning our glandular system. Where do you live? Perhaps I can recommend a surgeon in your area. Nicole

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      1. Norma

        Thank you so much for answer Nicole. I live in Canoga Park, Ca. I was meditating about all this yesterday and started thinking back to when all this started. It has been about 4 years since I started getting sick. I started getting lower back pain, then it got so bad that the pain spread all thru my legs and hips. I have been complaining of hip pain to my doctors that they even did exrays and MRI to see what was wrong with my hips. Nothing came up, but the pain was so bad that I couldn’t sleep or walk. I just turned 40 this year but at times it feels that I’m 80 or older. Things vary all the time from shooting pains thru the sides of my legs, the joints in my elbows, fingers and knees hurt really bad and sometimes when I’m asleep or don’t move my arms for a little bit they start tingling and fall asleep. I have also gained a lot of weight even after my gastric bypass. I could not figure out why I was gaining my weight back if I can’t eat very much. I also realized that my implants feel itchy inside, I often have to move them around to feel comfort, not sure if that’s also a symptom. I am so scared to move forward due to not being able to pay for any surgeries if needed. I have HMO thru my work but not sure if they will cover any surgeries because its due to breast implants. my researches showed that it costs around 8,000 dollars to have them explanted and that is money that I don’t have. so now I’m worried that I won’t be able to do anything about it. Thank you so much for responding so quickly.

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  61. Melissa

    I had saline breast implants done , I guess its been right at 10 yrs ago now. Within a few months of having them done, I began to have rashes, started out small around my hair line , forehead etc. Over the yrs , I began to experience this rash more and more often, spreading across my scalp and chest – back etc. Extreme fatigue , hot and cold flashes, stiff joints that take hrs to feel better even if then. Many of the same symptoms as mentioned above to include a decent amt of bone density loss at the age of 48. Went to the dr. several times , general and dermatologist, all treating me for eczema for last several yrs. My hands and feet draw up into knots , and will sometime carry on all day, I wake up with my muscles aching. It seems to happen in spells , some times worse than others. Well today I was diagnosed with Lupus. And I know my rashes began after that surgery, and I plan to follow this up. They are sending me to a rheumatoid arthritis specialist this coming week, but I plan to follow up to the very end to prove this surgery these materials have now left me in this medical position.

    I guess if you are someone reading this and making a decision on having this procedure – to please think it over carefully. Vanity is wonderful, but is it worth the risk? Right now I”m wishing I had loved myself as I was.

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  62. Lori

    Hi,
    I am looking for a Doctor in Denver like Dr. Kolb. I am so sick. I switched out my saline implants in January of 2011 to Natrelle gel/silicone. About 10 months later I had some breathing issues. I had other medical issues I went through and fixed during that time. Then started the heart and breathing issues. For 18 months we have looked at and have done everything. I just had a new lung MRI, CT Heart scan for cardic, auto-immune blood test and nothing. What ever this is affecting my heart. In the last 4 weeks I am now reduced to sitting all day. I can not walk far, it takes all I have to shower and my life has been taken away from me at this point. I almost pass out several times a day. They see nothing but I can feel my body and my heart is giving out on me. Regardless what they say. I am suffering in pain. Denver Colorado has some of the best doctors in the US. Does anyone know of doctor here that can do what Dr Kolb can do! I am going to be a first time Grandma. I have to be able to hold my love muffin.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lori,
      Yes, implants can cause heart problems. Breast implants are placed directly over the heart and the aggressive and toxic chemicals in breast implants can poison the heart. The new series of implants are very toxic and poisoning women very quickly, much quicker than the old versions. Here is a surgeon list which lists doctors in Denver, CO and other states: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Nicole

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  63. Rosemarie

    Hi Nicole,
    Thank you for all the info and support. I am 68 and had silicone implants since 2004 due to double mastectomy. Started experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue 10 months ago. Now progressed to numbness in my hands and feet, tingling in my arms legs and face, muscle spasms, twitches and tremors. I have been diagnosed with significant small fiber neuropathy. I am told the cause is unknown and there is no cure. I have gained weight. My eyes are dry. I am losing the fine motor coordination in my hands. I could deal with everything, but the fatigue. I also have the brain fog and poor balance. My brain MRI and EEG and EMG are all normal. I am supposed to have another EMG. Reading all this, I am not sure how to proceed. Is there a surgeon you could recommend in the Philadelphia PA area?
    Thank you for all your efforts and recommendations.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rosemarie,
      I know you have been through a lot but, yes, your symptoms are from your breast implants and common to breast implant illness. What does your placing surgeon say about removing the implants? I have attached a list of explant surgeons here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. There is one surgeon from the list in Pennsylvania, Dr. Barret Noone located at 888 Glenbrook Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, US, 19101. Please do your due diligence with him because I don’t have any personal recommendations on him but his name was on another explant internet site. Nicole

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      1. rosemarie

        Dear Admin,
        I had to forget the placing surgeon. He didn’t even want to do an MRI, only ultrasound. I had to twist his arm to order an MRI. Then he never called me with the results. I went to another plastic surgeon where I had my cancer treatment. He was better, but not perfect. I feel comfortable with him, but will still have to clear up some points before the surgery. I truly believe these plastic surgeons know women are getting sick from the implants, but won’t admit it for liability and financial issues. They are not stupid. They have to know the research is flawed. The 2nd surgeon is at a cancer center which does a lot of research. The second research hospital he has been in. They know the score or are in complete denial!!!

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  64. Debbra

    Hello! I live in Riverside, CA, and I was wondering if you knew of any explant surgeons in my area? I have researched Dr. Melmed and I am thinking of travelling to Dallas since my kids live near there and having a consultation with him. Any information you can give me would be most appreciated.

    I had my implants put in in 1980!! They ARE leaking and the right one is probably ruptured but the scar tissue is holding it in place and perhaps helping to keep the silicone from leaking faster. :-/ I have symptoms of burning sensations in the chest and under arms areas and it seems to be spreading in a wider area now. I know these have to be out and I certainly do not want any replacements. I just want to go back to being my normal self (I never wanted them in the first place – another story) and I know that other health issues I have will clear up as well.

    Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbra,
      In California, I can recommend Dr. Jae Chun from Newport. He comes highly recommended for complicated explants which yours may be due to the age and type of implant. Dr. Melmed is good too. Here is an explant surgeon list which lists other surgeons in CA and other states near you: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ Best wishes in your healing and recovery, Nicole

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  65. Danell

    I am so relieved to find stories so similar to my own. I am 44 years old and have had my implants since 1990. They are textured silicone gel (the first to be banned during the moratorium.) So around 1995 I revisited the surgery center to discuss ex-plantation. I then found that my placing doctor had died in a boat crash and his partner informed me that I had no need for removal. The FDA suggests removing implants without medical cause is riskier than removing them for cause.
    So I go about my life with implants intact. Fast forward to Dec. 2008 and the birth of my son. I began having what has turned into an avalanche of medical issues.
    Of course no test EVER comes back positive, nothing conclusive is EVER found. Meanwhile, my life, the life I chose to live is crumbling down around me. I am no longer the active mother I always have been, the most dependable employee at work. I can’t run circles around my younger husband, who is so fed up with the situation I fear he might just “give up ” on me. So after this last round of specialists who have diagnosed my with SLE lupus, fibromyalgia, sjogrens syndrome on top of the existing PTSD diagnosis from my primary. I have decided to take matters into my own hands. I came across Dr. Kolb in GA. Not sure how this will play out but at least it’s a start.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Danell,
      Thank you for your comment on healingbreastimplantillness.com. Dr. Kolb is a wonderful choice for explant and she will help you through your detoxification and healing process. In time you will recover your health. Detoxification is not necessarily a straight line of improvement. Often after explant there is good improvement for a few months and then the body recovers enough to begin the heavy work of detoxing the stored chemicals in the organs and glands and symptoms crop up again for about three to six months and then eventually one by one symptoms disappear. Many women comment that they recover most of their health in a one year period more or less. Let us know how your recovery goes. It is important for others to hear recovery stories. Best wishes, Nicole

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  66. Linnea Barnes

    I have been reading so many blogs lately and just found this one. Like many other women I too am experiencing the exact same illnesses I’ve been reading about because of implants. What strikes me most is the loss of words, brain fog and pain in joints. I am finally due for an explant on October 27 and it’s not soon enough. I unfortunately had the cohesive gel implants put in a year ago to replace my 20 year old implants. I have been reading that they are worse. I am going to the same doctor because I trust her but I doubt she embraces all our symptoms. I just hope the joint pain and brain fog lifts…. How long do you think that will take? I understand I should not do any sort of detox for a month.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Linnea,
      So happy to hear that you are being explanted Oct 27 and that you had cohesive gel implants for only a short time. You will recover your health. In general most women are more or less healed within a one year period and women who had implants for a shorter time heal more quickly. Many women notice substantial improvements after explant and I have a feeling you will be one of those however the body detoxes at its own pace. Be sure to eat an organic, nonGMO, wholefoods diet to assist your detoxification process. Please let me know how you are doing after your explant. Nicole

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  67. Nicola

    I am so glad I found this site, I had Cohesive Gel implants in 2007 due to losing volume in both my breasts from breast feeding and they never returned. Got told implants would last up to 15 yr maybe more, for 7 years I have had fatigue which has never gone away.
    I also have memory problems, brain fog, trouble thinking, trouble finding the right words, muscle pains all over, arm pain, stiffness in fingers, pain in my feet, itching all over, neck pain, GI problems, phlegm in my throat every day for past year, feeling of something in my chest, cracking sternum, metallic taste, headaches, nausea, swollen lymph nodes underarm since march this year which have been tested and showed as reactive lymph nodes so reacting to inflammation within my body.
    I have been told I have low iron, now resolved, then they said I have depression, I have been to Dr numerous times back and forth, been referred to ENT, rheumatology , next step is neurologist also have paid private and my consultant thinks could be fibromyalgia or CFS I just had a nerve conduction test and a muscle test and a MRI brain scan , awaiting results which is driving me mad.
    Also 2 years ago I had a lump in my right breast which they did an ultra sound on and they said it was upper breast thickening and nothing to worry about , I saw a surgeon who said my implants looked as to be expected for age, but I never went on to get them tested.
    I am getting worse by the day and have tried a health kick, supplements, multi vitamins, exersize, cutting out certain foods, caffeine, sugar, and I still end up feeling the same.
    Please post back ladies after you have had them removed to say if your health has improved?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicola,
      Yes, your symptoms are from your cohesive gel breast implants which are the worst kind due to the toxic chemicals that makes the gel cohesive. After a proper explant and detoxification you will recover. I had my implants removed January 2013. It took me a year of intensive detoxing to recover the better part of my health and I speak with hundreds of ladies that have recovered. Where do you live? Perhaps I can recommend an explant doctor. Nicole

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      1. Sue

        Hi, I live in Delaware. Is there a surgeon near this area. I would like to get my implants removed. I have been sick for 2 years. I had my implants in 1999. Thanks for your help.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Susan,
          Here is a list of explant surgeons that I have collected so far: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. I don’t know of one in Delaware but that does not mean there is not one. Basically you are looking for a plastic surgeon that understands the necessity to carefully remove implants and the entire capsule tissue together, intact so as not to contaminate you further. As you are close to Ohio, I would recommend Lu-Jean Feng from Ohio. She comes very highly recommended. Whoever you choose, take your time and do your due diligence to ensure you are getting a proper explant. What kind of implants do you have? Nicole

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        2. Linda

          Hi Sue,
          I had my cohesive gel implants removed by Dr Lu-Jen Feng in Cleveland, Ohio 2 weeks ago. I travelled all the way from New Zealand to go to Dr Feng as I was desperate to get my health back and only wanted to go to a PS with extensive experience in explantation…and she was the only explant surgeon I could find that didn’t do implant surgery, so I know she takes implant illness seriously. It’s only been 16 days since I had my implants removed and all of my symptoms have disappeared over the last 2 weeks so I’m thrilled and know that I made the right decision. I had my implants for 5 years and my symptoms came on suddenly and acutely only 3 months ago. My symptoms were mostly neurological (numbness and tingling in hands and feet and muscle twitching all over my body) but I also experienced muscle aches/fatigue, extremely dry eyes and mouth, dizzy spells and feeling spaced out, involuntary movements of pinky fingers and little toes, blurred vision, blocked ears etc etc. I had developed severe capsular contracture in the left breast over the past 6 months and during the explant Dr Feng discovered I also had a sever hematoma on the left side. Dr Feng is an excellent highly skilled surgeon and she is also an amazing, caring person who spends a lot of time discussing your concerns and symptoms during your consultation (she spent 2 hrs with me during my pre-op appointment). Her staff are also amazing and took great care of me which meant a lot as I had travelled from so far away and was in the U.S. alone for my surgery. Best of luck and let me know how you go on your journey back to good health. Linda :-)

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          1. Katrice beltz

            I had a breast aug 4 months ago they will not heal I went back and had surgery a month after the org surgery he stiches me back up again they have split again they hurt all the time they were around 2 inches wide my doctor me that being I smoked it would take longer to heal I take 2 showers a day and dress them with silvadine cream I don’t know what to do he said bare with him he would get me through this but this is going on 17 th week

    2. Jill

      I have had cohesive gel implants for 9 yrs. Last year, I had my first experience with loss of words/speech. My brain was processing but my words came out so jumbled I was completely embarrassed. Got all the neurological tests done and I checked out fine. I even got a brain scan. Every so often, during conversation, I find trouble finding words. I’m wondering if this could be linked to my implants. I have never experienced anything like this in y 32 yrs!

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  68. debbie crenshaw

    I have just found out my implants have ruptured and actually have dry rotted. I am not financially capable of removing them. I have been researching and found out about the class action suit against Dow Corning. They will actually pay for the removal. I would really like to know more if anyone has had a similar case please reply.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      How long have you had your implants and what kind are they? May I suggest contacting the placing surgeon and request a proper explant which includes removal of the capsule tissue. If your implants ruptured and dry rotted the cost of removal should be covered by the manufacturer through the placing surgeon. Nicole

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  69. HELEN

    Hi everyone,
    I would never in a million years have thought that the state of my health was due to my implants. It’s a good thing I came across this site.
    It has been about 3 years now that I have had some of the symptoms that are so often mentioned (fluctuating antibody thyroid count, shooting muscle pain, isomnia, fatigue, stomach problems….. the list seems to go on. I went from doctor to doctor and the only thing that they found was that my iron count was extremely low. I have been taking supplements and must admit that the fatigue is not as it used to be. The shooting pain however is still there. My husband insists that everything is in my mind. A few months ago I went to get a mammogram (had skipped 2 years – now I wish I had gone sooner) and discovered that my right implant of 12 years has completely ruptured. I went to see the doctor who originally did the operation but the way he presented the whole procedure did not satisfy me. He said he would take it out, clean any leakage and place a new one the same day. Two weeks later I got a second opinion. He suggested I take out both implants (since one ruptued it was a matter of time for the other one – also, it had become really soft and wabbly ) and allow my breasts to heal before getting new ones placed. That’s when I decided to snoop around and discovered the symptoms of silicone implants. What I’m wondering now is if there has been leakage throughtout the body. Too bad I hadn’t come across this information before my appointment. I’m calling the doctor’s office on Monday to schedule an appointment to get them removed. I am going to mention to him the symptoms I have been suffering from and see what he says. I must admit though that it is a relief to know that this was not all in my mind. I can’t wait to get them removed in hope that I will stop feeling the way I do.

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  70. Linda

    In 2009 I had a bilateral Mastectomy with reconstruction at the same time. Ever since I had the surgery I have been experiencing all the symptoms most of you ladies have. My Primary Doctor referred me to an Rheumatologist for the pain & I was diagnosed with Hoshimotos Disease & Fibromyalgia. I also was tested for Gluten allergy & I am now gluten intolerant. I am on 5 different medications & still experience a lot of pain…. Some days tolerable & some days intolerable…. It never goes away! I really believe it is my Implants making me sick because I started having symptoms right after I got the implants.
    The question I have is what is an alternative to the implants? Because of my mastectomy I am not sure what can be done. Any Help / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  71. gina

    Hi,

    I had my first set put in in 1993, they were saline and they looked terrible from the beginning and I always had so much pain. I eventually got used to them, but then they started to separate from my chest muscle, so I had what is called the “double bubble” which is when it looks like two boobs on each side. I finally saved up to have them taken out but was convinced by my doctor not to, stating he could make them gorgeous with a much bigger implant, otherwise without implants in I would have two concave holes in my chest where the implants used to be. I had the reconstructive surgery in 2003 and was part of a trial before the new wave of silicon came out. I actually did love the look of them, but starting getting sick about four years ago with all if the symptoms above. The doctors had no idea what was wrong with me at first, said I was depressed, etc. Finally saw a natural path and he urged me to take them out. My surgeon was livid with me, he refused to take them out and accused me of self diagnosis via the internet. He said they were completely safe and said I’d look terrible without them, maybe I should just put smaller ones in. I had them removed by a great surgeon here in Seattle, she didn’t come out and say silicon was dangerous, but she did say “the body fights anything foreign object that comes in…say u have a small sliver, your body fights it and pushes it out…why would an implant be any different. Your body fights for so long until it just can’t anymore and becomes diseased/worn out” . I had them out 3 years ago. I still felt like crap. I started seeing a rheumatologist, and was placed on steriods, chemo pills, etc. I still felt like shit and said that’s it, I’m going natural and cleansing my body out so it can finally heal the right way. I have been following the Gerson protocol, juicing, enemas, etc. Three months later I’m starting to get my life back. It’s been a tough battle and some days I just didn’t want to live anymore with the pain, exhaustion, my mind was shot, and I’m only 41. I spent 3 weeks in Sedona at a gerson clinic and an odd thing happened…they switched their iv needles two weeks into my trip, and started using ones that were coated with silicon. I had a terrible reaction, the vein would always infiltrate and never allow the needle in, and would swell up tremdously, so I don’t know if my body developed an allergy or what. I was told to get an allergy test when I got back home, still have to do that.

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  72. Ashley

    I could of wrote this word for word on everythiNG I am feeling the same. I’m on the verge of killing myself because it is impossible for me to get money to get them removed. It’s unfair and I’m so tired of feeling like this. These implants have ruined my life.

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  73. allie traylor

    I need to share my story so it may others. I got my saline implants in 1998. I thought thatthey never gave me any problems but looking back they havr since 2004. That when I started having chronic fatigue syndrome. My bloodwork was fine so I just attributed it to being a busy mom. I didn’t have pain though. I had a physical in 2013 and told my doctor that I was tired and somedays just had to go to bed. So she ran extensive blood work and found that I had high levels of the Epstein B
    arr virus and my adrenals were fatigued. My symptoms of CFS got worse and in 2014 I developed severe joint pain. My friend suggested I read about breasted implant illness. Docters will tell you that there is no connection. But I have three friends with saline implants that are 10 years or older and they share my symptoms. One woman has fibromyalgia and lupus the other has rheumatoid arthritis. And my coworker has fibromyalgia and CFS. My symptoms got worse this year and I knew I just had to have removed. So yesterday I had a breast explanation. I will post again after a month to report on my joint pain and fatigue.

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  74. Trish

    I’ve been reading all of your comments and now know I’m not imagining that these sysmptoms are being caused by my silicone implants somehow.
    I had bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in 2011. I’ve always thought that all of the aches and pains, numbness and tingling were side effects of the dose dense Chemo. Brain fog has been with me since 2005 when my cancer was first diagnosed and treated. It’s embarrassing at times and causes problems in my marriage as I am adamant that I wasn’t told something only to find out my short term memory is shot and that I WAS told after reliving the senario when I was told.
    Lately, my vision has been really doing strange things especially late in the day when blurring,burning and excessive watering happens. I’m also very light sensitive to the point that I wear my sunglasses even in the house.
    After reading all of your stories I think a visit to my doctor is in order. I’m only 62 and I don’t want to wait until my age plays a factor in the ability to have something done about this.
    Thanks for all of the input.

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  75. Rebecca Boyd

    OMG, I am SO thankful I came across this! Had bi lateral mastectomy & Finally got silicone implants June 3 & been I’ll every since. In hospital 2 1/2 days just 9 days after surgery for low blood pressures, dizzy, lite headed, etc & goin downhill fast last 3 months. Extreme left breast pain (cancer breast x2), right breast implant bunched up, very dizzy, dry skin & hair, jittery, eyesight change, extreme fatigue, non healing small sores on neck, hairline & face, muscle loss & So many more symptoms & Now am sure r my implants. Have had 2 bad surgeons in KC, MO & will see a 3rd ASAP 2 remove implants as Very depressed & ill. I Will be suing both surgeons & hospital for All I’ve been thru as negligent on all aspects. We Must be informed of all risks & i Never was. Told I needed silicone as I’m thin skinned & would look more natural & they are Perfectly safe. Bullshit! Been SO I’ll since surgery! Thnx for info here as Now know what is wrong! Any Good surgeons in KC, MO to assist me?? Please any recommendations much appreciated. I’ve been considering All morning on going to ER again as can’t hardly walk correctly.

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  76. Jeanette Floyd

    I had Saline implants put in and 1995. June this year I had them removed, had a breast lift and silicone implants put in. I’m in middle of August I started experiencing a feeling of being off balance, walking issues and feeling confusion and anxiety in crowded places. I have balance and vision issues so bad that I can no longer drive. Of course I have had many test done, MRI, numerous blood panels and nothing is showing up. I have been seeing a neurologist. Prior to surgery in June I was a healthy 48-year-old female. Could
    The symptoms be related to the implants so soon after surgery?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jeanette,
      Yes, it is the implants causing your symptoms. You would not believe how many ladies I hear from who just got implants and are very, very ill. There are very toxic chemicals in these new series of implants that are poisoning ladies immediately. You have to have the implants and capsules removed as soon as possible and then go through detox. Your placing surgeon may not be the best person to remove them as most will not readily admit that implants cause illness and will try to steer you elsewhere and waste your time with misdiagnoses. Please read the Explant page so you know how to determine what a proper explant is. Where do you live? I will start looking for an explant surgeon in your area in the meantime. After explant and with some support and detox you will recover your health. Chin up Jeanette, you are headed in the right direction. Nicole

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  77. Karena poulos

    I had saline implants from 2001 and was explanted and had a capsule removed by Dr Kolb, the instant I woke up after surgery I felt the difference and am getting better but still have to go thru detoxification, it’s been a living hell, and I had autoimmune issue candida and fungal infections mold inside implants they are being analyzed but they already found staph and E. coli, I believe I was close to death several times and was in renal failure in 2013- I breast fed my daughter and she also has traces of silicone in her body. This is a cover up and pure evil what they are doing to us. God bless all, I will be fighting for this cause as soon as I am well…it’s a miracle that I finally figured it out and but the grace Of God!

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  78. Tammy

    My daughter had her implants removed July 24 2014. Dr. Kolb was wonderful. I recommend her highly. My daughters condition is improving. She told me today she feels like she has been reborn into a new body. She is still very fatigue but she has not experienced any joint /muscle pain, brain fog, numbness or flue like symptoms since her implant have been removed. First time in 9 years she has been able to get out of bed without pain. Removing the implants was the best decision she could have ever made. I will post again with her progress in 6-7 months.

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  79. Melanie

    First, I want to thank all the women who have posted their concerns and experiences on this forum regarding breast implants. I have had saline implants for seven years. I did not have any issues the first three years. During year four, I started having shoulder and back pain. I attributed these problems to my known scoliosis and the size of my implants, which I thought were too large for my frame from the beginning (I went from a 32A/B to a 32 D/DD). Year five, I started gaining weight, had memory issues, problems concentrating, hormonal imbalance, arthritis, and chronic fatigue. (I visited my implanting physician twice during this time and was not offered a solution.). I thought if I exercised and ate better I would get better – that did not happen. For the next two years, symptoms continued and I felt like I was aging rapidly (I’m 51), often wondering how I’d feel at 70 when I felt so bad now. Last September (2013), I had an abnormal mammogram. This was the critical point for me in deciding the implants needed to go. All of this while running an audiology practice (3 offices) and taking care of six children. Can I say stressful?!?!

    Yesterday, I underwent bilateral breast implant removal, and am looking forward to regaining my health. Yes, I was afraid, but not knowing how rapidly I would continue to decline was even more frightening to me. Today, I feel very sore, (muscular) apparently from the anesthesia. But I can already tell my head is clearer. If you are considering this procedure, I recommend you listen to your body and intuition, and not let others tell you your symptoms are not related to your implants.

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    1. Bliss

      Hi Melanie – I am so thankful you are POST surgery – and recovering- AND, already noticing improvement in your symptoms!! I, too, have had saline implants – mine for 10 years – and have been having health issues for 3 1/2 – 4 years – REALLY bad health for the last year – and, I finally came across this wonderful site a couple of months ago – AND, I am scheduled to have my implants OUT at the end of Sept. – I can’t wait!! :) Praying for your continued/complete recovery – and for good health for ALL of the wonderful women who visit this site – and for all women struggling with this illness. God Bless You All!
      I am SO THANKFUL FOR THIS SITE! :)

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      1. Melanie

        Thank you for your encouragement! I continue to feel better each day. One thing I have noticed as I am healing is that the moderate to severe arthritis pain in my left knee and left thumb have almost completely subsided. I will be praying for your upcoming surgery!

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  80. Jessica

    I got my saline implants in May of 2013. I almost feel like I haven’t been the same since. I immediately noticed depression and anxiety symptoms afterward, then the memory loss began. I began a new job earlier this year and have had extreme memory problems to the point it has effected my performance. I’ve also had food intolerances, and get akathisia (inner and muscle restlessness) now when I eat certain proteins. I basically can’t eat any meat or nuts now unless I want to suffer the consequences. My blood pressure is lowering (last was 100/56). I’ve had upper arm and neck rashes, as well as yeast infections. It is now about 1 yr. 5 mo. after implantation and I have an appointment to see a plastic surgeon next week. I saw a plastic surgeon about 3 weeks ago and he told me there’s no scientific evidence, and advised me to see a rheumatologist. He charged a $150 consultation fee too!! Ridiculous! I’m definitely going to go through with explantation with this next surgeon. I cannot wait to get these out!

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    1. Tammy

      Jessica,
      The upper arm and neck rash is mold/ toxin coming from the implants. My daughter suffered from this rash too. It was verified by Dr. Kolb that it was from mold.

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  81. Kelly

    Hi, i never normally type anything on the internet but just feel i need to get it all off my chest! Forgive the pun! But seriously… I had pip implants inserted in 2004 and ever since many incidences have happened and it cant be just coincidence! In the first yr i used to get heart pulpatations and one day when i was at an event and my adrenilin was pumping i started to feel my chest tightening, my head felt hot and flushed, i couldnt breath. I think it was a panic attack? Still not sure then soon after i had a few series of hives? Didnt know why? Always felt tired but manage to always push my self to the limit to complete daily tasks! So exhausted every day but cant get to sleep! Im only 32 and feel 72! I have had a 10yr cold and am told that my childhood asthma has returned! But im nof sure i think i couldnt breath since the implants. I also remember having a nap one afternoon and waking up gasping for breath…i actually thought i was going to die! Then 2 – 3 yrs ago i started getting funny de ja vu experiences where i could smell and taste things that wasnt there and feel a strange presence of the past! Really weird! I didnt know what they were and when i asked people do u get de ja vu alot? They would say ‘ yeah sure ‘ so i thought it ws normal untill they got worse and worse. I googled my symptoms recetly to find out that they were partial seizures. I decided that it was finally time to see the doctor( j hadnt been before with any symptoms because i was scared they would take them away and i be left with nothing- im still scared of this. I only had this done because i was more flat chested then my brother!) now i feel a fool because recently i had 2 fits ( tonic clonic seizures in my sleep and was rushed to hospital) i am told i now have epilepsy – due for an eeg in sept! Only recently i have started wondering if it has anything to do with implants? Surely epilepsy dont come from no where? Im so scared and depressed and dont know what to do? Even my own partner dont know all of this as im scared he will say remove and no replace but i really dont think i can love my self with sagging pockets that look any worse then i did before! I hate myself already for paying someone to fit me up with dodgy pips! I think i need to tell the doctor my findings on the internet and hope she can link the both together…. Also had fatigue and foggy brain since but always put it down to being a tired mum! Sorry to moan on but finally to write all my problems in one place has made things a little clearer. X

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  82. Sumer

    I had implants done 3 months ago & every day since I’ve had to deal with extremely sore feet. If I sit for a few minutes standing is very painful. I’m sure I’ll be told it has nothing to do with my implants. I wonder tho.

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  83. Melissa/IN

    I had first set of saline implants in 2006. They did not look right so had 2nd set and repair in 2009 and they are still not right. Was supposed to have a 3rd surgery for repair once again but for the last 2yrs have been suffering from severe fatigue, horrific muscle & joint pain, muscle spasms & body jerks. Hair is falling out by the handfulls. Hand tremors, rash on my chest that comes and goes. Chest & breast pain, shortness of breath. Bruise and skin bleeds easily. Horrible insomnia, have gone 2 days at a time with no sleep. Intolerance to medications and smells.. I could go on and on.. Have been to at least 10 different doc’s this year alone and had every test ran under the sun.. Nothing ever shows up but consistantly a slightly elevated white count. Have been told I have dermatomyositis then they changed it to mixed connective tissue disease and now they are saying no because of my blood work. Just had scope put down my throat and left vocal chord is paralyzed but they can find no explanation as to why.. I can barely work, let alone get out of bed.. Just saw a plastic surgeon to have them removed and he almost laughed me out of his office, telling me there was absolutely no way I was sick from my saline implants. He said there was no scientific proof and a group of very educated doctors got together a few years ago and determined all implants are safe.. I think he’s full of it.. I have been doing extensive research and am convinced this is what’s wrong with me.. I too would like to know if the people are getting better after removal and the general length of time it takes to get better.. I realize everyone is different.. Also does anyone know any plastic surgeons in Indiana that are knowledeable about this. I want them out ASAP but I want someone who is familiar with explantation.. I will also follow the detox…

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa, Absolutely it is your implants causing your sickness. Your plastic surgeon is lying to you. There are numerous studies which show the devastating health consequences from implants, both saline and silicone. The first and most important step is a proper explant. Due to your symptoms, if I was you I would go to Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia for your explant. She is perhaps the most skilled doctor and surgeon in the U.S. helping sick women recover from implants. Contact her right away. I have healed from implants and coach women worldwide who have healed or are in the process of healing. It takes about a year with proper support to gain your health back, give or take. Please let me know how things unfold. I am here for you every step of the way. Nicole

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      1. sick of being sick

        DrHi I am 54 years old. Had breast cancer 5 years ago. Had both breasted removed. Silicone implants. About 3 years ago my health has started down hill. I have severe joint pain, all over body pain, severe breast pain, memory loss, hair loss, muscle pain, fatique, insomnia. My list goes on and on. I have seen multiply drs that find nothing but a slightly eleveted white blood count. I m seeing my cancer Dr.,an ooorthapedic dr my gp. No one will help with this pain Bc they cant find anything wrong with me. I have tried multiple anti depressants for the anxiety that I now have. I have also become gluten and dairy intolerant. Can all of this be coming from my implants? Please help with some advise. I am 54 years old and I feel 90. I been thinking lately that I don’t know how much more I can stand of this pain. Oh yeah these artificial boobs hurt all the time. Too sore to touch and cant stand to wear a bra. Too painful. Thanks for any advice

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    2. Linda

      Hi Melissa,
      I can really relate to your story. I had my implants removed 2 weeks ago. I only had them for 5 years (cohesive gel) but suddenly became unwell 3 months ago but doctor’s couldn’t find anything wrong with me. Even ended up in hospital for a couple of days but, again, all tests were normal. Most of my symptoms were neurological i.e. numbness, tingling, muscle spasms and jerky movements – particularly in my hands and feet. When the numbness and twitching moved to my face I completely freaked out and thought I had a neurological illness such as MS. My other symptoms were blurred vision, extremely dry mouth, bouts of brain fog with dizziness, muscle aching and fatigue. I did endless research, got tested for anything and everything I could think of before it dawned on me that my implants could be causing the problem. I contacted Dr Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia and Dr Lu-Jen Feng in Cleveland, Ohio as they both have extensive experience in doing explants and understand and acknowledge that implants DO cause illness. If you haven’t already had them removed, I urge you to do so ASAP! I only had mine removed 2 weeks ago and 95% of my symptoms have now gone – the scariest for me was the muscles spasms/twitching and this stopped within 2 days of my explantation. The only remaining symptom I have now is slight waves of numbness in my hands and feet once or twice a day (numbness was pretty much permanently there before). I’m doing a detox and expect that the slight remaining dumbness will subside in time. It is really important you get your implants removed properly (en-bloc), which means that the capsule also needs to be removed. I live in New Zealand and travelled all the way to the U.S. to have my surgery performed by Dr Feng as I wasn’t prepared to risk going to anyone who didn’t understand implant illness. It was worth the 29 hour journey, and the cost, to have it done right and to have my health back. Let me know how you go. All the best :-)

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      1. Holly

        I too researched both Dr. Feng and Dr. Kolb and have a date set for my explant. I am hoping my implants are my underlying issue as I too have been thu all types of dr. and tests with no relief. It motivates me to read similar stories on here and the real self one also as I dont feel so alone in this horrible nightmare. I will try and keep posted as I progress thu my journey as my explant date is 11/19/14 with Dr. Feng. Thank you to all you amazing women on this site willing to share such personal stories!

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        1. Gloria

          I too am getting implants removed asap! I’m 53 and have had these for 27 years. The lower back, severe hip pain and joint pain, hair loss, headaches and fatigue have been increasing throughout the years… I Received an MRI last Friday and they are definitely leaking!
          Thank you ladies for sharing and this site for being available.
          Blessings :0)

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  84. Cheri /MI

    Found out I had breast cancer in July 2012, double mastectomy in Oct. 2012 with immediate breast reconstruction with expander placed. Did chemotherapy (with a few problems) between Nov 2011 & May 2012. In July 2013 had a full hysterectomy. Complete breast implants in Nov. 2013. Since then I have had joint pain, fatigue, trouble with going #2 (bowel movements) and extreme memory loss, insomnia. After 6 months seeing family doctors and trying different things, seeing specialist, My oncologists said to check with surgeon who did breast implants because they could be causing problems.
    So my appointment today was with breast surgeon and of course he doesn’t believe for a minute that they are the result of the implants.
    I do believe I am going to look for a surgeon in Michigan who will do what Dr. Melmed does.

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    1. Joe

      To Cheri, Our daughter is 23 and has many of the symptoms of the other women. We live in Michigan and need to know if you have found a surgeon who can help you. We might need some help also. Thanks, Joe

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  85. Juli Peterson

    I am experiencing fatigue, muscle fatigue, joint pain almost everywhere, brain fog, etc……… I just figured out that it might be my silicone implants. They are starting to feel foreign in my body and I can feel the “sickness” coming from them almost. I really think I need to get them taken out. Juli

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    1. Anita F

      Cheri, very sorry to hear you are having problems also. I had Dow silicone implants (1985) . If you are willing to travel, I highly recommend Dr. Lu Jean Feng. I live in CT and after all the research I had done, she was one to go to. She has been dealing with women since the early 1990’s when all the problems started. She removed (ruptured) implants and what leaked outside of the capsule and did an uplift. Over 4 hours of surgery and I went back to hotel made phone calls, jumped on computer. I felt great! She uses nerve block and Propofol , more doctors should operate this ways. No vomiting, no pain, the only thing I took was extra strength Tylenol because my back hurt from sleeping. She is located in Pepper Pike, Ohio . Dr. Feng was the best decision i made, I have no regrets. Best of luck.

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  86. Allison

    I’ve had my cohesive gel implants since 2011. I’ve begun to have severe insomnia beginning this past January and it is getting worse and worse. I’ve never had any health or sleeping problems until now. I have fatigue, headaches, some hair loss. But my main problem is the insomnia. It came out of no where. Could this be caused by my implants?? Is there a link?

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  87. Dodo

    My 76 mother had silicone implants over 30 years ago. Now, she can hardly breath, chronic fatigue and plotters of other symptoms and the doctors can’t find anything “wrong” The doctors (at kaiser) took MRI and say it hadn’t ruptured; therefore it’s ok . My family is fed up. I’ve read Dr. Mehmed works and would like to contact him. I’ve put a call in. Can anyone recommend a specialist like Dr Mehmed in the Bay Area that can help us? Had anyone else had airway/ breathing difficulty with their silicone implants?

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    1. Andrea

      I just started noticing a couple of weeks ago that I was having trouble breathing and that my heart rate went up immediately with any exercise. I went to my primary care doctor and the first group of blood tests showed several liver enzymes being elevated.
      I had a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in September of 2012 and in January of 2014 I had surgery to replace the saline expanders with the permanent silicone implants. I have felt a little “off” since the January surgery. Until recently I didn’t feel bad, just different. I figured that I just needed to get used to these implants. I will get the results of the new bloodwork this week. I don’t know if my problems are from my implants, but I just wanted to start doing some research to figure out why I am having trouble breathing, feel tired and have elevated liver enzymes.

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  88. Lisa

    I don’t know if this is due to my implants. Last April 2013 I had a breast lift with silicone implants in September. I started to gain weight rapidly and found out I have hypothyroid. I have since gone on medication and my thyroid is under control but have not been able to loose the 25 pound I gained. I’m not sure if this is directly related to my implants since I don’t have any other symptoms besides the hypo thyroid and weight gain Looking forward to your reply.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,

      Silicone implants do cause weight gain and this is a common symptom. Silicone is an endocrine disrupter that really messes with our glandular system such as thyroid. Silicone mimics estrogen and binds with the estrogen receptors in our body causing hormonal imbalances. Too much estrogen or estrogenic like substances cause weight gain and also slow down our thyroid. Implants also cause an inflammatory condition in the body due to being a foreign body made of toxic substances and inflammatory conditions also signal the body to gain weight. I suggest having the implants properly removed and then working your way off the thyroid medication.

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      1. Tammy

        I am reading many stories on breast implant illness and the symptoms. My daughter has been sick for 9 years, her implants get removed in 6 weeks. In all the research I’ve been doing I’m not finding anyone that is sharing with us if their symptoms are gone since removal. I would love to hear from those that have been ex planted to see how they are doing.

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        1. Dana

          Too early for me to say, but I do not have the arm pain I was having. I am only two weeks out, but it will get better. Of that I am sure! Eat clean, follow detox instructions, exercise when you feel better. I believe we can heal if they are removed properly…I know I will get better…I am on a mission to help other women realize God made us beautiful just the way we are!

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        2. Cathy

          I had my implants removed several weeks ago. I had my first set of implants put in 20 yrs ago, my second set 10 yrs ago. After almost 20 yrs of depression/ anxiety/ panic attacks , crippling insomnia, joint pain and unexplained skin rashes on my breasts and rib cage, and other health problems, I can happily tell you that I feel like a new woman! I sleep like a baby now, my skin has cleared up, and my joint pain has gotten much better. I fell stronger and more confident every day; I feel like I have my life back. I’m glad your daughter has chosen to take control of her health and will get her implants removed, and I hope she feels as good as I do. She’s lucky to have such a caring mom! Good luck to you both.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Jennifer,
          Yes, implants can cause gut symptoms which include the small intestine and the pancreas. Common symptoms associated with the gut are lack of digestive enzymes, sudden food intolerences and allergies that you never had before, leaky gut syndrome, symptoms of IBS, colitis or SIBO. The pancreas is a gland which is part of our endocrine system which gets messed up from implants. Symptoms associated with pancreas are diabetes symptoms and blood sugar problems. Blood sugar problems can also come from adrenals which is another gland very vulnerable to implant chemicals and heavy metals. Does that answer your question? What are your symptoms? Nicole

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      2. Lauren

        I’m 25 & I had my breast augmentation a little over a year ago. My implants are “Mentor Memory Gel” (Silicone Gel-filled implants), 300CC, submuscular implant placement. I was a small A Cup, 5’7, and my weight naturally stayed around 115-120 lbs. After my surgery I gained weight about 8 lbs. which I had assumed was due to the recovering process, temporary restrictions on activity & the pain medications. My recovery process was quick and I did not have any complications; this allowed me to stop taking the pain medications and return to regular daily activity.
        I have gained 25-30 lbs. in 1 year without any lifestyle or medication changes to contribute to this. Weight has never been an issue for me, with my 5’7 height I’ve always been thin. I feel like i’m trapped in living in a body that’s not me!
        After months of unsuccessful internet research for any possible connection to my breast augmentation, I FINALLY found some insight when I came across this post. I feel a sense of hope for a light at the end of this confusing tunnel! With this information I know that blood tests can provide answers and possibly an easy solution (such as medications for any imbalance).

        I’m so grateful and appreciative for the information on this website!
        “Silicone implants do cause weight gain and this is a common symptom. Silicone is an endocrine disrupter that really messes with our glandular system such as thyroid. Silicone mimics estrogen and binds with the estrogen receptors in our body causing hormonal imbalances. “

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  89. Crystal Davenport

    Hi, I am considering breast implant explantation. I’ve had saline implants for 11 years and they are sagging and look so fake. I’m sick of them, plus I have all the side effects listed here!! I have terrible insomnia, hair loss, etc. but I am 52 years old so thought it was hormone related, aka menopausal. Does anyone know of a good reputable removal surgeon in Tampa Bay Area? I live in Pinellas County, Florida, and need to find an excellent surgeon who knows his/her stuff about explantation. Mine are over the muscle.

    Thank you!
    Crystal D.

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    1. Dawn

      Chrystal……If you find one that’s reputable in Tampa please let me know. I have silicone implants from 1985…. 29 years ago. My last mammogram showed leakage and I have been sick for at least 25 years but always figured it was something else. I live in pasco county. Thank you

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Dawn,
        Here is a list of explant surgeons to assist you in finding a good surgeon: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/
        There are a couple surgeons on the list from Florida however in your case I would recommend you see Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia due to your long standing time with silicone implants and your ongoing years of illness. Of anyone on the list, Dr. Susan Kolb has the most experience helping ladies heal and recover from implants. Nicole

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  90. camellia

    August 2013 had major rupture on left breast and was told the right breast was leaking also. Had mammograms and sonogram. The surgeon I chose did not even put me to sleep, he strapped my arms down, draped my face, used numbing cream and started taking out the right implant. I felt it come out like a balloon and then he used his hands squeezing and pulling my breast down to get silicone out. It hurt very bad and I was saying OH, OH! Then he goes over to my left breast and does the same thing but the left breast had trauma and ruptured and the implant was leaking bad. He takes out the implant, starts squeezing and pulling to clean out the silicone, then he starts cutting and clipping on the inside of my breast. I was wrestling on the table, the pain was so bad I started praying to GOD to help me. The surgery was a nightmare. Silicone was left in my breast . I have been to another surgeon and mammograms showed left over silicone, it burns and hurts at times . Please listen to my story and please RESEARCH your surgeon. Don’t make the same mistakes I made. Research your surgeon before having surgery. Just be happy with what God gave you. Please pray for me as I don’t know what is in store for me.

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  91. To Rhonda:

    Rhonda this is Tanya, you say you had a pregnancy while very ill? Please tell me, how is your baby doing and did you breast feed? I’m very ill too, but thankfully got my implants removed just before I got pregnant, still deathly ill. It’s been a crazy one, but I’d just like some feedback as to how your baby did and is doing now, thanks!

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  92. Rhonda

    I just read all of your symptoms, and mine are exactly the same. I have been fighting serious illness since 2008, almost lost my daughter due to major complications during pregnancy, since then I have been in and out of the hospital too many times to mention with no clear answers. In 2010 I was diagnosed with systemic lupus, and in 2013 spent almost 6 months in the hospital due to several tia’s and pulmonary embolisms. The neurological symptoms are still here and, after testing show that I have what looks to be permanent damage….several small spots on MRI of brain have shown up (back in 2008) when they first thought that I have MS. My blood pressure goes down to next to nothing, I have no energy, and after spending 9 years towards my professional degree, I am unable to work. I had my implants in 1997′ and they are still in, I never even knew that they needed to be replaced and after all my health issues, no one led me to be believe that they could be the reason for all of my health problems. I almost died twice last year and am now on prednisone just to have the energy to get through each day as a mom and wife. I would do anything just to have the energy and health to do well at these two important jobs. Are there any good doctors in Houston/Clear Lake area that can help me? I am having a mamogram tom. and ultrasound for a strange lump that showed up on my left breast. I am not even afraid anymore, I am just so tired and this body seems to be giving out on me. If I get them out, do you think there is any possible way that I can have energy and health again?

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  93. Terry

    I had old silicone implants for 1988 until 2012; no problems. Had them replaced in 2012 with Cohesive Gel implants. Already having problems 8 months later.

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