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 dysfunction/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, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, MEMORY LOSS)
MUSCLE PAIN AND WEAKNESS, JOINT PAIN
HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND HAIR
POOR SLEEP AND INSOMNIA
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, COUGH, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, CHOKING, REFLUX
VERTIGO
GASTROINTESTINAL AND DIGESTIVE 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, SINUS INFECTIONS
SKIN RASHES
EAR RINGING
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES
HEADACHES
SLOW MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER ACTIVITY
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, NECK, GROIN
BOUTS OF DEHYDRATION FOR NO REASON
FREQUENT URINATION
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 AND 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 CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF ALCL LYMPHOMA

WHAT TESTS SHOULD I HAVE FOR BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS?

While there is no one definitive test to determine if your implants are the root of your illnesses, the following tests have been used to investigate some of the problems caused by breast implants:

ANA – ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODY
CBC – COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT
CMP – COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL
PM CORTISOL – TO CHECK ADRENAL HYPOFUNCTION WHICH IS COMMON
FREE T3/T4 – TO CHECK THYROID PROBLEMS
HOMOCYSTEINE – TO CHECK VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY OR FOLIC ACID DEFICIENCY
VITAMIN D 25 OH – VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
CRP-C – TO DETECT INFLAMMATION
POSSIBLE CO-INFECTIONS OF FUNGUS, BACTERIA, LYME ETC.
EKG FOR HEART
MRI OR ULTRASOUND – TO DETECT IMPLANT LEAKS/RUPTURES – REMEMBER IMPLANTS DO NOT HAVE TO BE LEAKING OR RUPTURED, THEY BLEED/SWEAT THEIR CONTENTS FROM DAY ONE.

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.  Saline were deemed the safe implant however due to faulty valves they become colonized with bacteria and fungi producing biotoxins.  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 colonization and 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.

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744 thoughts on “BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

  1. Abbie Dunne

    Hello! What a wonderful website and I can’t thank you enough for sharing all your stories. I have had my implants in for way too long. 14 years! I am nearly 40 and in the last 6 months got diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis as my anti ccp count was 241! I found it odd that I had a few joint complaints, which one of the ‘flare up’ now turns out to be sciatica as I have seen a sports massage specialist. I knew in my heart once I was put on the RA drugs (methotrexate) that I just didn’t have it! I went down the Lyme disease route, but both my ANA (Elisa) tests came back negative. Then one weekend I woke up and my left breast was hard! I googled autoimmune and breast implants and couldn’t believe the information that was pouring out of the screen at me. My rheumatologist has dismissed my theory and has even said that if I come of the methotrexate that he will no longer be my consultant! I have now seen two explant consultants and I have two more to see before I choose the one! I know in my heart that this is all happening because my implants are making me sick. Roll on explant day.. can’t bloody wait to start healing my rather angry body.

    All my symptoms are as follows

    Joint Pain
    DIzzy spells (was diagnosed with labrynthtis for 8 years!!)
    brain fog
    Fatigue
    Weird really painful headaches that only lasted a minute or so
    Mood swings
    pains around the body
    panic attacks
    back and neck ache (seen a osteopath for 8 years plus!)
    Hair loss and also my hair doesn’t grow very fast and use to be thick, like rope – now thin!
    constant colds (although found quitting sugar a year ago has helped.)

    What I would love to know from anyone willing to share.. Has anyone else had a high Anti CCP count or been diagnosed with RA?

    Thanks a million and I wish you all a speedy recovery and a healthy happy life

    Axx

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  2. Madelein

    Scared Madelein from South Africa. Hi Nicole, Thank you for helping all. I have bee suffering with nearly all the symptoms on your list. I been going from one Docter to another including plastic surgeon telling me I need to get help I am mentally sick! I did but it got worse to the stage where my skin started showing signs of lupus and desided to end my life, but unfortunately for me the lord desided it was not my time yet. I came out of hospital after taking a overdose and all symptoms of skin problem was not visible not sure if it was all the intravenous fluid I was getting that helped, however a month later it all appeared again went to 6 different Dr again and was told I must remember we age! I started to google and diognosed myself. Went back to my GP and showed him all the reading I have done and he prescribed cortisone to help the skin that have Lupus symptoms very dry braking up like skin is dying off. I have made an appointment with the plastic surgeon to have it removed. But my question is will I ever get my healthy skin,health and beautiful hair back I am nearly going bold . I am 52 and do not feel like living any longer.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Madelein,
      Many of us experience a reversal of our autoimmune diagnoses and symptoms after we properly explant and detox for a few years. You should be no different. You are not too old and will heal!! Start researching your explant, that is the first step. Nicole

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  3. Shasbi

    I came across this site after I did a Google search on “Can breast implants make you sick?” Its as if I am reading about my life. I have so many of the symptoms including recently being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I will be making a call to the plastic surgeon to schedule my explant.

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  4. Phyllis

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience!! I need to make a decision in the very near future, to try to get my life back, and your sharing has helped me tremendously!!!

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  5. Jamie Blankenship

    I have had my implants since 2008 and in 2013 I had the saline implants swapped out for silicone. In 2015 I began to realize that all my symptoms began shortly after my first implantation in 2008. I am now awaiting March to have my yearly mammogram so I can have my explant done. I’ve gained 50 lbs since 2008 and can’t lose it no matter how much I exercise and my fatigue and muscle and joint pain and inflammation is getting worse. My question for you is this, have your symptoms improved or gone away and have you lost the extra weight since your explant? Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Jamie Blankenship

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jamie,
      Yes, in three years since my explant I have regained 95 per cent of my health with detoxification. I had three pages of very serious symptoms and autoimmune diagnoses. Almost all of that has cleared up now and I am just working on the last few things. I had gained a stubborn ten pounds which disappeared now too. Large weight gain can be from endocrine disruption from toxins from implants or from fungus biotoxins affecting the leptin receptors in the hypothalamus. Nicole

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  6. Frustrated!

    I had the gummy bear implants in 2013. From that time I’ve experienced pain, burning, and cold breast. In the last three months I started experiencing pain in my wrist, arms, shoulders, hips and feet. I have days when there is no pain but in the last two weeks I’ve become almost immobile. I saw my regular dr six days ago where he did blood work to test me for lupus and RA. I haven’t received my results yet. I go back in a week to get them. But the pain has become sometimes unbearable. I’m not taking anything for the pain, but I’m so frustrated. I can barely do simple household chores such as folding laundry or making beds. I can barely dress myself at times. Any input is appreciated! Also I’ve been in and out of the Er with gastro problems in which the Drs tell me there is nothing wrong with me. I feel like I’m going crazy! I’m tired of Drs telling me I’m completely fine.

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  7. Ginny Brooks

    After my mastectomy in 95, I had gotten silicone implants on both sides. after a couple of years & becoming so sick I couldn’t eat & was in the bathroom with diarrhea so severe, that they thought I had Crones. I soon began to have hives all over my trunk. They put me on prednisone. Nobody could find out what was wrong until they said I couldn’t take anymore of the prednisone. They sent me to a dermatologist, who asked me if I had implants. he said go get a mammogram done! I did & found out I had a rt rupture. I had them taken out & cleaned the gooey stuff out, & went with the “Gummy Bears”. I was fine for a while about 10 years, but then the symptoms came back. I had a MRI & it showed that I had 6 lymph nodes swollen. Come to find out, it was silicone. My plastic surgeon said it was from the rupture before & scheduled surgery once again. This time we went with a better implant, & not the gummy bears. He said it looked like someone had grabbed the rt implant & just tore it apart.That was 5 weeks ago. Today has been 3 weeks of flu symptoms. & now I’m wondering if my body is rejecting the silicone implants or is it because I need time to let the silicone settle that might not been detected by the surgeon, & I will get better again. My Plastic’s says it’s completely safe, & it can’t be the implants. Now I know I can’t make myself sick, I’m at odds. I love my plastic’s & don’t want to go against him…I’m at a loss thinking about it. All I know is, I’m sick & want to be well again. I’m just praying that it just needs to settle, & I will be fine soon.

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  8. Nina

    Another thought: We all need to tell every single doctor we see the facts: that symptoms started with implants, etc. AND that there are thousands of us sharing our stories. Even though I thought that my internist, the three PSs I saw, the neurologist (for carpal tunnel), and my orthopedist (broke my foot) wouldn’t believe that implants are toxic, I am spreading the word to every doctor I go to.

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  9. Sick of being sick

    I had implants done 19 years ago. I started getting sick 4 years ago. I’ve been diagnosed with every disease you listed along with Sjogren’s. I was bedridden for over a year and was told by many Drs that it was NOT the implants. I stayed at Hippocreates Health Institute for a month and felt great afterwards. A year later, I’m back to being deathly ill. Now I no longer have a job and am on Covered CA. They won’t cover the removal and I can’t afford to pay out of pocket. I’m sad and frustrated that I spent so much money at Hippocreates instead of having them removed. I could have paid cash back then. I just want to cry.

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  10. Cassandra

    Omg all of these symptoms describe me to a T. I first started experiencing symptoms about a year after i got my implants. It is now 2 years later ( Total of 3 years) and i am feeling incredibly ill. I am sick all the time constant sinus ear and bladder/kidney infections. I have bad headaches everyday
    Muscle and Joint pain. And the worst of it all is the fatigue. I feel like a zombie. I can barely get myself out of bed if at all these days. I’ve also been losing clumps of hair and a strange rash all over my body. Im started having shortness of breath/dizzyness. I am so scared i am only 25 years old and im afraid i might die if i carry on like this. The problem im facing is i do not have the money to pay for explant surgery. I recieved my implants as a gift and i thought id be out of school and working by now but i can’t get myself well enough to do much of any thing:( ive had several tests and blood tests which ive tested positive for ana and Rheaumatoid Factor as well as markers of inflammation. But the Drs keep saying theres nothing wrong with me. :( i know believe after hearing all your stories it is the implants and i desperately need to get them out but its impossible being a single mother of 2 and unemployed. Im so scared for my health and for my boys they need their mama.. :'(

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  11. Theresa

    How long would you say recovery time is from an explanation procedure? This has really gotten me thinking because I have had strep 5-6 times last year and a cold this year which does not seem to want to go away. I also have many of these symptoms and have been unable to find answers as to what is causing them, like tingling in my hands and feet and insomnia. Would you recommend contacting the surgeon who put them I to inquire about an explant surgery? Anyone know of one in the northern Virginia/DC area?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Theresa,
      Recovery from breast implants is different for everyone, some recovery within three months and some take well over three years. It sound like you have not had your implants too long. We can tell you that the earlier you have them removed, the faster your recovery will be. You can return to your implanting surgeon, at least to notify him of your illness/symptoms, he may not receive you with open arms though. Many implanting surgeons want nothing to do with their patients that want their implants removed and refuse to remove them properly. Your implants must be removed with a Total Capsulectomy. That means all capsule tissue must be removed from your body. The capsule tissue is tissue that grows around the implants and encases them to wall them off from your body to protect you from them. We know that good recoveries from breast implant illness correlate with removing all capsule tissue. Come to the facebook group and we can find you a surgeon in the Virginia/DC area. Nicole

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  12. Sarli

    I got cohesive gel implants placed under the muscle in Jan 2015. By March my hair started falling out and since September I have had severe sebhorreic dermatitis on my whole face and neck (not on breasts or body) which only clears when taking anti fungal medication. Apart from these issues I have no further symptoms which are common with breast implant illness so I’m not sure if it is related to the implants or not. Is there any test that can be done to prove this or has anyone else experienced skin rashes and hair loss? I am also not sure if the hair loss is related to the surgery as it has tapered off to an extent so I’m scared to get them removed incase it starts falling out in full force again! Very confused about what to do and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarli,
      You will continue to have symptoms due to cohesive gel breast implants. At this point rashes and hair loss is not so bad but they are indicative of an autoimmune response to the implants that will grow over time. The fungal rash is indicative of immune dysfunction and so further evidence that your precious immune system is being affected. Nicole

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  13. Unhappy

    I have had gummy bears for around 1.5 years now. I want them out already… He also placed them too high and they look silky but he tells me it’s due to my need for a breast lift too!! That’s another story!!
    I am feeling fuzzy lungs as though there are little bubbles in them, very hard to explain. I also have pain in my chest, sore shoulder joints, at times pain in hips too. Also pain radiating to my jaw etc. Very odd.
    I’ve had chronic ongoing mild pain ever since.
    My question is, can our bodies and immune systems ever heal after explant surgery? I want to feel better.
    How did you look afterwards?
    Will my surgeon charge to take them out?
    Many thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Unhappy,
      Yes our bodies do heal after a proper explant if they are supported to. You have only had your implants a short while and your healing should be fairly easy cause you likely won’t have co-infections and too much chemical toxicity. Your surgeon may charge to explant your implants. Please ensure that you receive a Total Capsulectomy – all capsule must be removed for your best chance at healing. Nicole

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  14. Jill

    Did you feel better after they were removed? I have been suffering with fibromyalgia and an auto immune disorder ever since I had my implants in 2010. The doctors can’t manage my pain very well and the only thing left is my implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jill,
      Yes, since the three years since explant, I have healed and recovered about 95 per cent of my health and am still healing presently. Get those toxic bags out!!

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  15. mary waters

    I have been diagnosed with Necrotizing Sarcoidosis. It is in my lungs and an auto immune disease. I have Saline implants since 1998. I have exhaustion, hypothryoidism, joint pains etc. I have been researching to see if there is a link between Sarcoidosis and Breast Implants and i believe there is.
    I too have decided to take them out. I want to see them as well. That is discusting to think they actually smelled.
    Yes so while mine are not leaking they are permeable and I believe pieces of the silicone after all this time is breaking away and adding to this disease. No doctor will admit to this. And frankly it is not their fault. I signed up for this. I was told when they were put in that they dont really know how long they last.
    My question to you is how are you feeling now?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary,
      I am about 95 per cent recovered in the three years since I explanted. I had a hard detoxification and healing was slow but sure and continues today. Get those toxic bags out!

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    2. Laura Freeman

      Hi Mary,

      If you would not mind explaining what Necrotizing Sarcoidosis is. And how you were diagnosed? how many years have you been living with symptoms?

      Thank you

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  16. Nina

    I’ve posted here before: I had my explant on 12/21/2015 (had smooth saline implants since 08/2006). One of my worst symptom is joint pain/connective tissue problems (along with brain for and constant muscle flu-like symptoms). My “fibromyalgia” symptoms are already better (I’ve been very strict with the detox/diet protocol, steam room 3 times a week and just started taking the glutathione…)! I know that osteoarthritis is not really reversible … I am assuming the silicone caused damage to my joints/connective tissue is also not reversible? Nicole, do you know ? I used to be so athletic and now feel crippled. However, I am so thankful that I could get them out and am alive…

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nina,
      I do believe that over time and detoxification that you will experience improvements in your joints/connective tissues. Really concentrate on healing the gut and eating AIP. The gut modulates autoimmune responses in the body and healing and detoxifying the body heals autoimmune conditions and diseases. Also check out Gerson Therapy. That is what I did to support my detoxification. Nicole

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      1. Nina

        Thank you Nicole, I will. I feel foolish, but I’ve actually been doing a lot of these protocols during the years I was sick – was trying to get better not knowing that it was the toxic bags in me the whole time! Again, thank you for the wonderful service you provide with this website! Wishing every one the best in healing. For those ladies who haven’t yet gotten them out because of financial reasons: perhaps one of the fund sourcing or crowd sourcing funds?

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  17. Yvonne

    I received my silicone implants in 2010. I read your article and have experienced many of those symptoms. I can say have had before and after implants, so not sure. Currently I am experiencing chest tightness on my pecs and periods when I get chilled, fatigue and chest hurts to take a deep breath. Curious if you experience that in relating to Brest implant. Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Yvonne,
      Yes the inability to take deep breaths and feeling oxygen starved is a common complaint as is the chest tightness. Nicole

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    2. Unhappy

      I definitely get this too! I feel like there’s “stuff” in my lungs, they feel spongy or something when I breathe and my chest muscles feel tight and sore too.

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  18. Lisa elesie

    Now 56, 19 yr old saline implants. Have hade all symptoms but now have eczema on face that no doctor can figure out. It is disfiguring me. Acts like scleroderma with thickening. surgery seems very invasive but will my symptoms go away??? How long? Very upsetting but it makes perfect sense. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Justine,
      If you notice that your implants are shrinking it means they are leaking and you need a proper explant. Nicole

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  19. Maritza

    Hi it’s been more than 7 years I took my implants out, but I still get my episodes when I get really sick with pain in my left shoulder blade my thought pain on my lower abd s like under my ribs should pain coughin is this ever gonna go away? Sometimes I feel I have cancer and every time I get like this I get lung ex rays and there clear what can I do please help

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Maritza,
      Were your capsules removed when you explanted? We find women may not recover if their capsule tissue is not removed when they explant. All explants should be Enbloc/Total Capsulectomy for your best chance at a full recovery. Nicole

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  20. Jacqueline Mcallister

    I have had breast implants since 2001. Saline. I want them removed as I feel they are making me sick. I am 65 on medicare. Will medicare pay for removal? I also have medicare supplemental f.

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  21. Sylvia Chwalek

    Implants we put in in 1998 and need them out. I have almost all of these symptoms. Brain fog, memory loss, hypo thyroidism, exhaustion all the time, inflamation, heart palp, breast pain, aches and pains. Insurance will not cover….can’t afford to have them removed. What can I do?

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    1. Debra rogers

      Help! My mother did the same thing the same year and insurance won’t pay to,get them out. She is so sick. I fear she won’t make it. She has had CTs, MRI, doctor after doctor not knowing what is wrong with her. She thought she wouldn’t worry about changing them after so many years due to her other health reasons, thought it was just about apperances. Didn’t know it was health reasons to remove,them for safety. We are so scared. She can’t hardly walk now. What surgeon will do this,and aid in her healing?

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  22. Eileen Watters

    I had implants put in in 2013 and have the last three months had phlegm and increase in asthma symptoms.I have been to the doctors and explained that my symptoms are not normal, I feel as though I have fluid on my lungs all the time and I have increased my medications,but still have the symptoms.could it have something to do with the implants,I have also gained weight .The doctor can’t explain,why the medication is not working ,as my lungs sound fine.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Eileen,
      Women don’t realize it but implants compress their diaphragm which disturbs normal breathing patterns and does not allow them to take full breaths. Chemicals from silicone are endocrine disruptors and toxic which cause inflammation in the chest area which can cause or exacerbate asthma. Implants can get colonized with micro-organisms which produce myco-toxins which are very toxic to us and can cause symptoms that you describe as well. Nicole

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    2. Lientjie

      I myself have batling with my lungs, about a month after getting my implants my breast started leeking fluids, I consulted the doctor when this occurred, he was rude and said in his office he either stitch me up or I loose the implant, what choice did I have, about 6 -8 months later my health took a turn, my lungs was infected and I battled with pneumonia, brongitus, I had a fungle infection, my sinuses is bad, I got astma now, there is no one in my family that got astma, I have bad allergies, I have never had like I have now, , after three years going back and forth with doctors after explaining the bad experience I had with my implants, they never looked at it being the cause possibly, today I am in hospital again with lung infections and sinus infections, I must have my implants removed but I am batling to come to terms with it, I wish the doctor could have answered me all my questions when I asked him of the risks, I did question cancer to, I googled everything and based on what I read I had concerns and he reassured me I had nothing to be worried about, now I am batling with my health and if the doctor answered me true fully when I raised my concerns based on research, I would have never gone through with it and paid for this expensive procedure, the doctor got his money and I am batling with my healtg daily

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kat,
      Yes, everyone that explants improves. My symptoms are 95 percent gone over the three years since I explanted. Nicole

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  23. kathy

    I have experienced a lot of the symptoms described however I thought they were symptoms of menopause because I’m 54. I had the implants at 48 and now I’m very committed to having them removed. Will insurance cover the surgery?

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  24. m.kroeger

    Hi there. I am truly ill, suspect my implant has ruptured, extreme !! hairloss, shoulder pain, all symptoms you have mentioned. So afraid, do not know where to go for advice, help.. Can you please advice. Thanking you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi M.
      Come to the facebook group for advice by clicking the F button at the end of any page of this website or by searching our group on Facebook called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. Nicole

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  25. Cathy

    I had/have many of these symptoms but have blamed them all on Tamoxifen.. Been on T for 12 months now.. Had implants 3 months before starting Tamoxifen .. Def had some issues but 100 fold after starting T. Oncologist gave me a two month break from Tamox and it was heaven! Now after being back on it for 12 months side effects better but still suck. Curious if continued side effects are from Tamox or implants? How can I ever know? I cannot go off Tamoxifen because of aggressive nature of my breast cancer.. But gosh I don’t want big holes /concaves in my chest … Uggg

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    1. Carmary

      Cathy!!!! I’m glad I saw your comment!! I’m feeling the exact same way and here I am just driving myself mad trying to figure out why I’m feeling this way.. And now its possible that its the implants? I’m so confused.. Tamoxifen? Anxiety? Implants? Just glad to know I’m not the only one feeling this way.. I also dont want to have a whole in my chest.. Maybe exchange the silicone for saline? But is it even the implant? Confused…

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      1. tazzy

        I’ve been asking myself the same questions. Was put on Anastrozole for Breast cancer 4 years ago. After a year had reconstruction implants and three days after that started getting pain in thigh. In around four weeks this had progressed to hip pain that made it difficult to walk. This arthritic sort of debilitating pain has spread to other joints three years on. Sometimes it’s excruciating to walk. It’s well known that anastrozole causes jojnt pains but it seems too much of a coincidence that I started getting these pains immediatelv after the reconstruction. I wonder if others have experienced anything similar.

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        1. Lisa castle

          Tazzy, I too had breast Cancer, was diagnosed October 2014, with the brca1 gene… I had a double bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, and multiple reconstruction surgeries since….my oncologist put me on Anastrozole because my cancer fed off hormones, I too am experiencing fatigue, joint pain and have been getting flu like symptoms, chest cold symptoms when I haven’t had a chest cold,etc…and the nurse at my oncologist office won’t listen to me,she tells me he’s not actively treating me so I need to see my family Dr,hello people you have me on a chemo pill for the next 5-10 yrs and I’m still your patient and your not actively treating me?!, so I’m wondering what to do cuz I’m still going through expansions on one side

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  26. Donna weeks

    I have gel implants for 7 1/2 years now. Ive been trying to figure out what is going on with me for the last year and a half. The problem is, I’ve trained for an Ultra triathlon and went through menopause at the same time. I stopped training last October but the symptoms have gotten worse and under normal circumstances I should have more energy and be back to training feel really good. I’m not.
    I have been very tired, I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism (am on medication and the levels went down and I am still tired), losing my hair, dry eyes, brain fog, night sweats and hot flashes, shortness of breath while jogging and extremely tired and my chest felt like it was burning. I never felt like that when I was at my tip top shape for the race. I’m waking up at night again. My breasts feel swollen. When I wake up sometimes my elbow is stiff. I have Reynauds disease and my finger tips and bottoms of my feet turn white on a cool day.
    I thought I was just getting old but I’m in shape, eat green, take supplements. I went to a functional Doctor last year to help me have more energy for the training load. He said my adrenals were shot, my cortisol was up. He gave me natural supplements to support my system which helped. I didn’t tell him I had silicone implants until last week. This is new for him as well. We couldn’t find a lab to do a silicon test.
    I feel like I’m crazy and what if I’m wrong? I only thought about the implants when my shortness of breath wasn’t normal at all and burning in my chest above my implants during my run. I’m easily fatigued. So a thought came to mind what if it’s the heaviness of my implants so I googled and searched about that and nothing came up but then I found this website regarding the illness of implants and the first 10 symptoms I have plus more. My jaw dropped and my eyes opened up.
    I’ve called a surgeon whose name was on your list and made an appointment for a consult.
    I could use some support as I feel alone, ashamed and scared.
    Thank you,
    Donna

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Donna,
      Come to the facebook group, about 1,500 ladies will support you lovingly through your process. Nothing to be ashamed about. It happened to all of us too. You can find us by clicking the F button on any page of this website or by searching the group Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. See you soon. Nicole

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  27. Maureen Kelly

    Wow what a relief to read about, what I have been experiencing for years now. I unfortunately wasn’t able to do anything about my ruptured implant, having no insurance , I could not even see a Doctor, I lived with pain everyday, but always had a reason why my body was sore . I told myself it was age, when I did complain my family thought I was nuts, my husband witnessed the pain, and helped me, but I know he to wondered. It wasn’t until this last bout of pain, I could no longer tolerate, I felt like someone was taking a knife a plunging into my left shoulder blade, turning it and the burn and my shoulder would get hot and numb, I thought heart attack . Later I noticed the breast had already ruptured, had moved way under my arm pit, and down around my side, I knew it was time to question the implant, what I found was mind blowing, black mold, ugh, did I wait to long. Not once was I told to seek help right away if rupture, and the things the Doctors don’t have to tell you, is disturbing, I finally was in touch with a woman ,who had black mold found in both implants, her story has pushed me to get answers. I am praying for a better outcome, but feel it has been 2 years since my rupture, and my body is fighting a loosing battle, I see the Doctor Monday, I too many will ask for my implants back, so perhaps I can help other women from waiting, seek help as soon as you notice a difference.

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  28. Cristin Petals

    Hey girls, I really appreciate this website and information being available to all the lovely ladies out there. It is a shame we have to specifically be looking for something wrong with implants to be informed though! I feel a website like this should be advertised on the breast cancer pink ribbon day to warn more women unaware that this can happen from implants! It is really scary! I was actually considering implants after 5yrs of breast feeding left me with rather deflated boobs and lost a cup size. However then I came across this website not because I was looking for me but to find out more about the complications as my Aunty has developed an aggressive cancer directly caused by her implants! Lymphoma and she is still fighting for her life :-( I am also a member of the Facebook group Breast implant Advice and am shocked at how many women get implants without much thought of possible consequences! Look just go to Bras and Things and get those new booster bras that add a cup they are fantastic! I choose my health anyday! <3

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  29. Melissa Marie

    I need to verbally speak with someone who has their implants removed and did not have them replaced. I’m about to have surgery and I have some concerns and would like to discuss with someone who has dealt with this situation.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Come to the facebook group by clicking the F button at the bottom of any page of this website. Over fifteen hundred women will talk to you about their experience with breast implants and explanting. Nicole

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  30. Lilian Córdova

    First of all, really thank you for putting all this information available. I’ve been suffering with a very agressive joint pain in my whole body since almost two years ago. I’ve been treated with quimo and steroids (methotrexy and prednisone). It was that, or being handicapped, according to my doctor, I was almost resignated. Nobody, not even remotely (doctors) mention could be the implants, I even asked. My reumathologist told me “you would never get cure”. I have saline solution implants since January 29th, 2009 and I got to this information almost by accident. I’m getting a new insurance through my new job and I just want to get them out ASAP. Do you know any similar case that recovery from joint pain after removal? Do you know any case in Miami that have being succesful with the insurance procedure>

    Thanks a lot!

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  31. Teesha

    I had the gel silicone implanted in October 2008. I just now today hears of being sick because of implants. I have felt like pure crap for a long time. Panic attacks, depression, fatigue, yeast and urinary infections. I feel nauseated all day every day. I can’t handle heat. If I get to warm, I feel like I’m going to puke. I can’t think straight and my life is going in the toilet from all this. I barely get out of bed. P.s. I have had problems with my imolants. I paid $11,000 to a “dr.90210” tv doctor and they look horrible. One is a goiter under my neck and the other hangs to my ankles.

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  32. Jessica maruri

    I have been experiencing extreme fatigue shoulder pain and back and hands and feet. I am getting worse to point I feel unable to make it through one whole day .

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  33. ashley

    I have saline implants I have had them done in march of 2013 I noticed closer to Christmas of 2013 I started feeling sick and my body was always tired and even closer to the end of the day …. I got them inserted through the under arms they are always sore and so are my arms I get pains through my back my head always feels so weird headaches all the time I have a hard time breathing … I had to have my appendix removed a couple months ago I have some bald patches on my head I have abdominal pains I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t breath well … dizzy whirlwind spells … numbness stiff neck … and a lot of other symptoms I have had all kinds of tests and blood work and it has all came out good …. it all has happened since I got my implants I need some direction and more info of what I can do?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ashley,
      Your symptoms and illness is from your breast implants. You need an explant as outlined on the Explant page of this website. Please see Explant Surgeons for a surgeon close to you. Nicole

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  34. Amelda van Wyk

    I have had implants for 8 years. I am 45 years old. I was suddenly diagnosed with asthma 2 years ago. Now I have constant chest infections, bronchitis and asthma attacks and sometimes struggle to breath. I also feel tired all the time, frequently urinate, often have throat infections /sore throat , coughing,headaches, ear infections. I sat and thought what changed in the last couple of years with my lifestyle that made me sick. By a process of ilimination , I realized it could only be my breast implants! How do I go about checking now? I know any GP gets extremely angry when you say you checked your symptoms on the internet…..

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    1. Char

      I’ve had implants for 10 years, in the last5 years I’ve had chronic chest infections, asthma that’s uncontrollable without a nebuliser. Finally got scanned in July, one implant has ruptured in 7 places, the other in 4. I have been told it’s been ruptured for about 5 years. I’m having tons of other symptoms as well including hair loss, heat intolerance, Unknown allergies. I am having them removed next week but I feel so worried about how I will look after that I’m getting new implants 8 weeks later. I barely had any breast tissue which is why I had them done in the first place, now I’m just going to have empty saggy pockets and at 34 I don’t want to look like that. I feel having them re done is the only way I can feel happy about myself.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Char,
        Why not have a proper explant, detox and heal and then when you are well, if you still want to look into fat transfer. Nicole

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  35. Tanya

    Hello –

    My mother has been in horrible pain for years. She’s been told she has arthritis and fibromyalgia among other things. We’ve just found out one of her silicone implants has been leaking. I fully believe these toxins leaking into her body have to have played a part in her pain. But what I’m wondering is if she can expect the pain to subside once they are removed or have these toxins done irreparable damage?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tanya,
      Your Mother can expect a gradual recovery. It generally takes two years to recover from breast implants but that depends on each individual case. In every case properly removing the source of the toxicity is going to improve her health. Nicole

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  36. julia white

    Hi Ladies, I had PIP breast implants in 2005, in the Netherlands. When the scare for PIP was brought to knowledge I had a scan… Looked fine, no need for surgery. Everything has been fine until, 3 years ago. I have pain down my sides under my arms around my breast, and the top of my ribs. The amountof bras I have bought and changed thinking it was bra size is unimaginable. I have had a scan 2 years ago to check for leakages…everything was fine.. mamogramms fine, but pain is in my hips and back, but being 55 years old I put it down to the change and age. Surely not! They are too big and heavy now since they have dropped. Just had an MRI scan waiting for the results…I hear my gut telling me to have them removed, I probably will.

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  37. Zoe Crow

    I had PIP silicone implants put in 12 years ago by Transform Medical Group when I was 25 years old. I had been saving up for years and finally felt “normal” when I went from a AA cuo to a small B cup with 250cc implants. I loved them. Within a few years though, I gradually started developing some health problems (Asthma, various allergies & food intolerances, IBS and unexplained anxiety). 6 years ago I was diagnosed with Graves Disease (Overactive Thyroid autoimmune disease) and also possible arthritis (I suffer from regular joint & muscle pain and very severe carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist) . Recently I began having random inflammation in my chest & ribcage and my anxiety has got so bad that I am now taking Valium (as well as Ibuprofen, paracetamol, Ventolin & steroid inhalers for Asthma, Carbimazole for Thyroid and antihistamines for allergies). My 37 year old body is a wreck and I feel tired all the time. Over the years I never even suspected that my implants could be the underlying cause of all my problems – until the PIP scandal came on the news! Even then my GP and plastic surgeon laughed at my worries, Transform refused to remove them for free as recommend by the UK Health Minister (and still do to this day) and the NHS at that time would not treat those who had gone private. I was stuck and had no proof my implants made me sick, I don’t have the money to go private. Recently though iv started having a burning sensation in my breast, some nipple discharge, pains around the scar tissue, shooting pains in both breasts (randomly) and both have become more sensitive – my GP finally refered me for an NHS scan, which came back clean. Thankfully the NHS have offered to remove them regardless because of my anxiety, I’m on the waiting list. Even the consultant refused to admit that silicone implants cause illness and I was especially worried that she didn’t seem particularly concerned about my PIP implants likely leaching industrial grade silicon (meant for mattresses) into my body for the last 12 years….. I cannot wait to get them out and I am really hoping that some of my health problems will reduce in time. Being flat chested is better than being sick.

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  38. Pat Perman

    I have had silicone implants for 25 years.. I have been getting symptoms including coughing, overheating, asthma like symptoms, I am allergic to all grains and several other foods.. After an MRI I have found out both implants are ruptured and leaking into my muscles.. Going under anesthesia is a problem because my lungs are bad..if an implant is ruptured can they get all the silicone removed with surgery?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Pat,
      A good and thorough surgeon should be able to remove most of the silicone that escaped your capsule. Nicole

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  39. Arlene Sauerhoefer

    I am currently experiencing muscle & joint pain in almost all parts of my body…thinking but hoping its not an irreversible auto-immune disease. Implants have been in my body for 3 years now. How do i go about having them removed? Will this be covered by my medical insurance?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Arlene,
      Please see the Explant page of this website for information on proper removal. Depending on your medical insurance, it may be covered under your plan. Nicole

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  40. Sheila

    I hope to find an answer here. I have saline implants that are 14 years old. I have a lot of the symptoms listed. I’m trying to explant but before the plastic surgeon will explant, he wants to make sure I don’t have cancer. I have breast pain. I have chronic burning which I think is inflammation. But my left breast hurts to touch when pressed and has an area that if barley touched hurts so bad and sends shooting pain.Warren pressed, the pain feels like it goes deep. There are no lumps. The PS wants an MRI with contrast. But I’ve read conflicting statements about the contrast. One said that with implants, we have heavy metals and the stuff in the contrast dye will adhere and go into our brain. My question is does anyone know if this is dangerous. I want to find the source is my pain. It is almost unbearable at times. could this be related to the implants even though they are under the muscle? Mammogram showed abnormality, sonogram said dense tissue. Did your breast pain go away after explant? I don’t know if problem can be found without contrast. I’ve become disabled in the last year and half. I was also in moldy apt for two years which I heard adds to the problem of biotoxin illness with implants. MRI is scheduled on the 15th. Can you help me?
    P.s sorry for any typos. It’s hard to go back and correct from my phone. It jumps to top of page.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheila,
      We do not recommend gandolinium contrast used during MRI because it becomes an added toxicity to us. We suggest an MRI without contrast or skipping the MRI and proceeding directly to the proper explant. Not sure why the MRI is even necessary. Your pain is from the implants and many of us with toxic implants experience this deep pain in the chest from inflammation. If you would like to talk to other women experiencing the same symptoms come to the facebook group. We suggest a proper explant which means Enbloc/Total Capsulectomy and detoxing the fungus/mold. Nicole

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      1. Sheila

        Thanks Nicole. I just saw the answer to my question I posted. Thank you so much for your reply. I need a good doctor in San Antonio Texas. Got any suggestions. I can’t find one recommendation and I’ve done lots of searching. What is the face book group you have? My user name is ichooseChrist. I don’t have friends listed as I don’t use Facebook, except for the research. I’d like to join your group. Thank you so much. I look forward to reading on your Facebook page. P.s could you email me directly so I can be sure to get the info.
        I didn’t go through with MRI. I feel like God said no. I just wasn’t explanted ASAP. Thank you so much.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Sheila,
          The Facebook group is called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group, you can join by clicking the F button on any page or searching the group on Facebook. I will watch for you. Nicole

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    2. Pat Perman

      I had a non-contrast MRI and it showed the ruptured implant and leakage just fine.. Get the MRI without contrast..

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  41. Carla

    I have had implants in one breast since the age of 12/13yrs due to one breast not growing. Mu first one leaked which was silicone. My second one went hard so did my third. No idea if they leaked too. Had an expander put in then another implant which I have just been told is silicone. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and am wondering if this is down to silicone poisoning. My gp has basically fobbed me off and thinks I’m crazy . I just need to know where to go for help. Can I request blood tests to find out if it is in my system if so which blood tests and also who do I see to complain about it all. Every operation I had I asked not to be given silicone and also my mim requested I do not have silicone with the first implant which was ignored and put in regardless.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carla,
      There really are no standard blood tests to determine if your implants are causing your illness but they are. There is a silicone sensitivity test here: http://betterlabtestsnow.com/silicone-hypersensitivity-panel.aspx and there are tests to assess damage caused by implants here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/breast-implant-symptoms/. Perhaps a Functional Medicine Doctor or a Toxicologist could help you more than a GP because GPs seem to be very uneducated and behind on recognizing many modern day illnesses and toxicities. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  42. Lori Soller

    Hi Jennifer, I have had my implants for 35 years. They have been leaking for 10 years. I have been to several doctors and specialists. I have many of the symptoms listed. I have not had the money to have them out. However, I have tried everything to fight with my insurance companies to get them out. They are made by Dow Corning but I cannot prove it because the doctor died and I have no proof until they are out. I am so sick and so exhausted I stay home and work one day a week. My doctors are willing to now write letters for me to help fight my insurance. I’ve lost my will to live. I feel so hopeless. I am not sure what to do next. Any ideas? Thank you Lori Soller

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    1. JoJo

      Hi you can try http://www.oplc.org. Some women can get $5,000 grant toward their explant if they qualify. It’s worth a try! I applied last July and was approved had them removed 4 weeks ago and I already Feel so much better! Good luck to you! Common Benefit Trust..Jeff Condra great to work with!

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  43. Jennifer

    I got saline implants in May of 2011 with 3 surgeries since then, due to deflation, on both sides, and at different times. I had autoimmune disorders prior to the augmentation but never felt as bad internally as I have since having the surgery. For years I have felt like something is wrong with me or that I was crazy and being paranoid since I’ve had so many problems with my implants, hence the 4 surgeries. My regular doctor has tried to prescribe me medication for anxiety, which I have refused to take. I know I don’t have anxiety, there is something going on inside of me that isn’t normal and medication cant fix it! I have wanted them removed for quite some time now just knowing internally that all of these feelings I have didn’t start until after I got implants. My biggest fear in doing it was what I may look like after having them removed. I am so glad I found this website; I feel like a light has been switched on inside me. I knew all the signs led to the implants but needed confirmation. I just made an appointment with my surgeon for this coming Thursday. I am having them removed as soon as possible! Thank you for sharing this information.

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    1. Janit

      My worst fear is having to keep the toxic implants in, being this sick and continuing to get sicker with time. Think about it, wouldn’t you rather be able to regain your health. Ruptured silicone bags in my chest, or un-ruptured – a big no thank you. I was young at the time like most of us were and thought how great it would be to have the “perfect” shape, No what I want so much is my good health back. I hope it isn’t too late to regain what I gave away being so naive.

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  44. Erica Martinez

    Hi ,

    I am having my explant with enbloc procedure this Wednesday . I am not going to lie I am so scared to go under the knife since this last experience. I have four children and only 35. I wasn’t going to post anything but thought some motivation would be good and a reminder of why I am doing this. My symptoms hair loss , my hair is weak and scalp so dry, back aches and leg aches, tingling off and on in my back and right arm. Insomnia maybe due to the stress I have due to where I am at today. Only had my implants for 1 year , before implants healthy with no issues at all. I didn’t even know they cause any problems. My first issue was my hair , and then one night woke with a pain down to my arm and my white blood cell count keeps increasing and the doctor says I have an infection and doesn’t know where. My back rigt around bra strap hurts more and more each day. I am in Gods hands and I have faith I will be ok , I just get scared angry for doing this to myself.

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    1. Suzie

      I commend you for having your implants removed. May I ask, do you have saline or silicone? Did I understand your post correctly, you have had your implants 1 year? I’m 39, 4 children, saline implants for 15 1/2 years. No additional aurgeries but the past few years I’ve noticed several changes in appearance and internally. Some similar to yours. How did you find your Dr. That will do an explanation enbloc? I went about 1 1/2 years ago to consult with current concerns to fix or go the route of explant and the Dr. did not recommend removal. My gut tells me I need to do something but I’m not sure where to go from hee.

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  45. Faye

    I too am sick with most of the symptoms. Some started a few years after my last surgery . I had 4 because the surgeon made mistakes many times. But within the last year I’ve got very sick , not working and home bound 60% of the time. Going to dr. To dr. Tests and more test, all coming up with no reason why I was sick. Even though I disclosed that I had implants to all the specialists. Thank god for he Internet. I diagnosed myself and found a good man who is a plastic surgeon that too believes that it’s my implants. I’m awaiting the approval from the insurance to have my explant. My body is so inflamed . Causing damage to my body. Because the rheumatologist say that I don’t have r.a. I have all the symptoms .my family has lost there mom for a year and I pray I get myself back soon. I miss myself. I miss laughing !! I pray for all the woman who are going through what we have and no not one dr. Raising a flag wondering how a well woman is so sick in a short time. I have lost faith in dr.s truly . B well.!

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    1. Jackie

      I’ve been in denial , but believe that my implants can be the root of my autoimmune issues.. I’ve had 4 surgeries total first idiot dr put saline and well one leaked after a month then goes in to fix and makes bigger without my approval. Needless to say they became so hard were a grade 4. Found another dr very wonderful performed my removal which was a 6 hr procedure took out 4 big chunks of scar tissue and had to scrape of calcification from my ribs and thorax.. Felt much better and blamed my not “feeling well “because I worked nites. Then the testing came and low and behold lupus !! With acupuncture diet and herbs the past 5 yrs have helped, but still not normal.. Whatever that is forgot about feeling that way :( It’s been a rough road . I’m not so bothered by loosing breast size I think more concerned of the after look. Don’t want to look deformed and have a little something to fill out. I’m not large but I’m not a petite person either. I’m 43 and human:) Not vein, but want to feel comfortable. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired ! I’m going to take that step and make the call.. I wish all the ladies who read this article lots of luck and prayers.. Go with your gut it never lies…

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    2. Tara

      Faye.
      Hearing what you had to say gave me the chills. I have been going through the same thing and have felt completely alone. I’m sick all of the time and very very tired worried that I might have to quit my job. My rheumatologist and gp think I’m crazy I’ve had so many blood test and nothing shows up but I have symptoms of fibromyalgia rheumatoid arthritis and a long list of other things. I’m searching for a doctor that can help me so that I can get my silicone implants removed. I’m not sure where to start because I would like my insurance to pay for it.

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  46. Noel Obrien

    I have been very ill for over nine months. I have had every test cat scan heart catherzation etc. my symptoms are constant coughing , burning in now when I wake up , heaviness and pain in my chest, fatigue to the point some days I don’t shower or getvoutvof bed, frequent coughing so that now my bladder leaks, headaches, and I had the flu from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I have seen at least eight doctors and I have tried all kinds of pills. The blood tests all came back normal. I was tested for everything limes diseases thyroid diabetes u name it. The heart test was normal the echocardiogram cat scans upper and lower were normal. Now I am thinking it is my esophagus. My sister said she saw on tv someone say they got mold on their implants so I got this article to read about the systems. I am not sleeping well anymore when I used to have perfect sleep habits, My implants were put in December 7 four yrs ago. I had a breast uplift so the doctor placed them on the top. What should I do next to find out if these are causing my illness? Will I die from the mold toxin if they aren’t immediately removed? Is there something I can take to help me?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Noel,
      You didn’t mention what type of implants you have, saline or silicone? If they are cohesive gel silicone it could very well be the chemicals making you this sick. If they are saline, it could be mold or other micro-organisms in and on them causing biotoxin illness in you. You need to properly explant and detox in order to get well. See this website for Explant Surgeons and information on detoxification. Find a functional medicine doctor that will help you detox. Nicole

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  47. Linda

    Had leaking breast implants removed 5 years ago. Some tissue excised from one breast as well as nearly total mastectomy to remove mess from leaking implants. After 1 year surgeon put in tissue expander. Slowly filled expanders with saline for one year. Silicone implants put in. Within month or two observed rash that resembled bug bites on lower legs. Dermatologist said I had cellulitis. Backs of both hands became very red and thin skinned. Knuckles got large. Hands were swollen. I was 66 and figured it was an age thing. Lower back started aching. Asked doctor if I was getting rheumatism. He said no. Said I had arthritis. Told him I couldn’t walk without pain. Gave me Mobic prescription for pain. It only helps a little. Now have pain with every step I take. Am losing muscle in both legs and upper arms. Can now hear bones click in my back, hips, and knees. Can barely pick up my feet. Skin has purple color at times. Dr. called it purpura I think. Discovered your web site. Would have implants removed right away if I could be sure that they are my problem. Mother and Father and siblings and daughters as well as myself have always been very healthy. Please help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Linda,
      The breast implants are the cause of your symptoms and illness. Come to the facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group to learn more. The rash and skin discoloration are common symptoms as is the Fibro and joint pain. You can talk to other ladies going through the same symptoms as you. Nicole

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      1. Allison

        Nicole,
        I do not have Facebook however I am certain that I have toxicity from my saline implants and I have just started researching the subject. Can you please suggest a few references that I can access via email versus social media.
        Thanks and Happy New Years 2016
        Allison

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  48. S.Tanya

    Hi

    I had surgery 5 years ago… gift to myself following a bad breakup. doc did a great job .. as I had lost a lot of weight so it was lift and augmentation. I had silicone Mentor compressive implants.. so apparently they are more rigid and less likely to leak if punctured. anyhow … almost immediately I developed a sleep disorder which has plagued me for the past 5 years and gotten increasingly worse. I have reoccurring bouts of depression. Forever sick with bronchitis or stomach bacterial infections. I have food allergies. I have had several medical check ups for deficiencies… which all come back negative. I have a cortisol imbalance. I have very recently gone to see a neurologist to get off of the antidepressants (which I did not want to be on in the first place)… and have now been diagnosed with Restless leg Syndrome and was prescribed medicine to regulate my dopamine production. since Christmas day, after eating lots of “bad food” and drinking alcohol…I now have had numbness / pins-n-needles in my hands and feet, shoulder and my left hand cant help but close and stay clenched. My joints and lower back are ALWAYS sore.
    AND EVERYBODY THINKS I MUST BE NUTS… because I spend my life exercising, eat mostly organic, take supplements, cut out alcohol and cigarettes…

    I have been feeling so hopeless until I found this site. I have just had tests done last night for candidiasis… and Sunday will have ultrasound on breasts and a full medical check up. I will be devastated if the tests are negative! I need to find the source as opposed to all these docs prescribing meds and slapping a plaster on!

    I think I should have an explant and lift.. need to drop 5 kgs first!

    ANY ADVICE IS WELCOME!

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  49. April

    After having babies, I decided to get silicone implants. Two years later I started having this unexplained rash. The rash has been ongoing for one and a half years. I have been to a dermatologist, who did a biopsy, an allergist, who did food and skin patch testing and blood work, and my PCP who also did blood work and NO ONE can figure out what is is from. Now I have started having very noticeable twitching muscles, muscle pain and weakness. I am an extremely healthy person. I have taught Kindergarten for thirteen years and only called in sick once. However, this really started freaking me out and eventually ended up at a neurologist. Again. All my bloodwork has come back negative that he has done, the neurological test he did was ok. We are now in the process of doing an MRI, at my request, to check for MS because I am so concerned about my symptoms. Do you think this could be caused by my implants?

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  50. Dawn

    Hi,

    I’m writing on behalf of my 60 year old mother who had her silicone implants removed and replaced approximately four months ago because her original ones were leaking. Ever since her surgery her health has been rapidly declining. She’s in constant excruciating pain, has heart palpitation, extreme fatigue, depression, insomnia, weight loss…to name a few. Prior to her surgery she was in great health. Her surgeon keeps telling her that everything went according to plan and that she just needs time to heal from this very major surgery. However, her instincts and mine, tell us something is very wrong. Is it possible to become so sick so rapidly from her new implants? Could it be from the removal of her old ones? If so, what steps do we need to take to get her well again? My mother is a very strong woman and hasn’t complained about her health in the past, but she is convinced she is dying based on how terrible she feels. Thank you in advance and Merry Christmas.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dawn,
      It is not uncommon for women to become very ill immediately after replacing implants. The illness can be from the capsule of the old implants being disturbed and spreading silicone and microorganisms throughout the body. Was the old capsule tissue removed or left in your Mom’s body? If the old capsule tissue was carefully removed before the new implants placed then your Mom’s symptoms are from the new implants which contain substantially more aggressive chemicals than older style implants. In any event, and in order to get well, your Mom should properly explant her breast implants which means Enbloc removal, if possible, with a Total Capsulectomy (all capsule tissue must be removed including any capsule/scar tissue left from the first set of implants). Nicole

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      1. Jennifer

        Just wondering how you know that new implants have more aggressive chemicals. I thought it would be the other way around. I thought that with advancement of technology newer style implants would be safer that say Dow Corning originals. Im looking at having my implants of 27 years removed due to ill health & breast tenderness & armpit swelling & am looking at having the capsule removed. I thought that maybe by having the toxic capsule taken out it would be a safer option. Could you explain further please. Also wondering what a breast may look like after implant removal & no new implant. My breasts were virtually non existent before & Ive only gone to a C cup.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Jennifer,
          Dr. Blais who is the world’s foremost expert on breast implants as medical devices told me that the newer cohesive gel breast implants contain much more aggressive chemicals and this is obviously true because these implants make women ill much sooner, almost immediately. How breasts look after explant varies and is affected by many factors such as aging, weight gain, placement of implant, size of implants etc. For the most part, women are surprisingly pleased with the outcome of explant. Come to facebook group and talk to many others and see lots of pictures for yourself. Nicole

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  51. Jesslynn

    I had saline implants placed under the muscle 4 weeks ago and immediately started showing symptoms. Red dry eyes, vision changes, fatigue, dehydration. The scariest one being tingling in hands and feet. I was diagnosed with neuropathy last week. Blood work was fine so there’s no apparent cause other than the procedure. I’m convinced it’s related to the implants. I would li ke to get a removal asap. I am thinking removal under local would be best to avoid anesthesia incase that was a contributing factor. Do you ladies have any advice. I feel horrible for doing this to myself and family.

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  52. Robyn Revell

    I had silicone implant surgery in April 2004 and have recently found out that one is ruptured (after years of breast shape change, discomfort etc). I have been experiencing unexplained muscle soreness, headaches, severe nausea and dehydration. I’m heavily medicated due to major recurrent depression, symptoms of which dramatically worsened after the implants were put in. I’m in Australia so able to get the implants removed through the public hospital system but that means a wait of up to 2 years.
    MRI confirmed ruptured so can all this nausea be related to the rupture despite the doctor stating that the silicone remains “contained within the shell of the implant”?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Robyn,
      Yes a ruptured breast implant can make women very ill because silicone is full of toxic chemicals. Some of the symptoms of ruptured implants are: decreased breast size, hard knots, uneven appearance of the breasts, pain and tenderness, tingling, swelling, numbness, burning, or changes in sensation, swollen lymph, fevers, nausea, kidney and liver problems. Nicole

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  53. kim

    I would like to know how much and if you had a full recovery after removal.
    I was perfectly healthy – had silicone gel implants Oct 2011 –
    All of a sudden in 2013 – diagnosed hypothyroid, dermatomyositis, rash, hair loss, hives- etc

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      I am almost three years post explant and about 90 per cent recovered. I worked hard to recover and it did not happen overnight. I was able to get off thyroid medication about six months after my explant. Nicole

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  54. JL

    I had breast implants around 2003. Long story short I had them in for about a total of 9 years. 3 of those years I spent sick, very sick. I thought I was going to die and literally thought of committing suicide from the pain. Apparently one of my implants had ruptured and although not leaking (the leak was contained by my body, my body created a protective barrier around the leak- i dont know how to to medically explain this). My symptoms were a variety but what I recall as being the most painful were the hundreds of angiodema all over my body (lips, stomach, legs, etc) I got, it was an allergic reaction to the silicone in my body. The allergist was useless, dont waste your time. She knew nothing, had no suggestions, and was a huge dissapointment. THey said I had inflammation in my body, the rheumatoid arthritis doctor said i had lots of inflammation but no rheumatoid arthritis. I suffered from severe joint pain, and dehydration – even my skin hurt to the touch. The french implant scandal was all over the news. I demanded that my doctor give me a scan to see if my implant had ruptured, and I was right it was one of those french implants that had ruptured inside my body. The doctor was shocked that I new. He said most women dont put two and two together until its too late and they are either dead or extremely sick. I had my insurance pay for the removal of the implants. The surgeon that removed them tried to get me to replace my implants by making me fear what my breasts would look like after removal. I refused and insisted all silicone be removed from my body forever and that she try her best to leave them in good shape. She did a great job and I look great today. No issues at all. Dont ever replace them. They are poison! take care of yourselves. I have hypothyroid now and take 25 mg of synthroid, this manages most of the pain. I also take Vitamin D 1000 units and a multivitamin every day. Most importantly I drink atleast once a week a fruit and veggie juice with kale (i cant live without them now). My vision improved 33%, i have no joint pain any longer, and I am almost fully recovered. I will never be the same again but I am getting closer every day. God bless you and I hope you remove them from your body.

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    1. Amy

      I have had very similar illness and numerous surgeries. How did you get your insurance to pay to have them removed? Thanks for sharing your story!

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    2. Lilian

      Hi! I had no idea about all of This. I had breast implants since 2008, and at the end of 2013 I started having joint inflammation all over my body. As you share, also my doctor is treating me with medication for arthritis and quimo to supress the inmune system. But the Rehumatoid factor doesn’t show up on any test. How can I know If my implants are causing me this? Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Kathy Yeung

    My friend told me about the these symptoms might be from my breast implants she told me to check into it. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 had implants put in and have felt sick since. I have been diagnosed with so many things it’s ridiculous. Could this be my issue and if so how do you get the doctors to believe you? Please help I’m tired of suffering!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kathy,
      Yes, it is your implants and you have to be very firm with your doctors about reiterating to them that all your illnesses did not start until you got implants and showing them the information now available about how implants cause illness. Nicole

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  56. Tammy

    I have had saline implants for 16 years and in the last two years I have been getting sharp pains in my breast, it’s not all the time. I do get very short of breath and have to repeatedly take a deep breath. My head gets very cloudy and I can’t remember things like before and my vision is getting a lot worse. I am 47 years old and I know these things happen with getting older but I don’t believe to this degree. I had a mammogram in October and it said my breast were? I’m not sure what to do. I think I really want them out. I have complained to my primary doctor for the last two years or more about the fatigue and she just keeps telling me I need to slow down.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tammy,
      Pain is the main symptom they are looking for. Really stress your pain, pain in your breast, chest, neck and back. Tell your doctor you cannot stand the pain and you want them removed. Nicole

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  57. Wendy mcfayden

    I’m 6weeks post op of lifetime in plants .my left in plant still hurts .I feel like I’ve got no energy a week ago slept nearly all day as well as all night .feel sick at times .have pain around ribcage area aswell as back lower and shoulder blade are …don’t feel well in myself at all ….keep gettin headaches …I already have other ailments eg ibs and arthritis in my shoulder and thumbs which feels significantly worse ….I generally feel ill my arms and legs feel real ache n heavy at times …..I’ve recently started bleeding in between periods n generally feel lathargic could I too be suffering from breast illness ….please reply I feel something is up …..thanx ….wendy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Wendy,
      Some women can experience symptoms of breast implant illness immediately after getting implants. Nicole

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  58. Robin Netto

    I have silicon breast implants that have broken and I can see the leak and scarring under my skin. I can feel the folds in the Right side. I had them put in in 2001.
    I started to get ill in 2002 and was diagnosed with lupus or auto immune disorder. My tests do not consistently show Lupus but I MUST take Benedryl every day as I have severe allergies and I am red and blotchy in my neck and skin in the morning if I do not take Benedryl. I KNOW I am having reactive allergic reactions to the silicone.I am a surgical technician and I have assisted in removing the goo and glop from many women. I am not financially in a place to pay for the removal and tissue repair. So I am sick 24 hours a day. I am in pain and there is no answer. I need help.

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  59. Robin

    Hi, I’ve had silicon implants for 5 years. The last 6 months my lymph nodes under my arms swell a lot and cause my breast to swell and hurt. I have been to many doctors the are treating me for lupus now. I also have another autoimmune disease called interstitial cystitis. All of my problems started after the birth of my daughter. Is it possible my breast got so big during pregnancy and breast feeding that they might be leaking and causing all these problems? Can they detect leakage on an ultrasound? Thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Robin,
      The envelope of silicone and saline implants is permeable and silicone implants bleed their chemicals into our body much sooner than we think and as time passes this process increases more and more. These chemicals are highly toxic and cause inflammation in our body especially near to the implants. An ultrasound will be a waste of time for cohesive gel silicone implants but may show something for liquid silicone implants but also may not and I would not waste time and money on these tests. Your autoimmune symptoms and IC is a common symptom to ladies with breast implant illness and a direct result of the toxicity of the chemicals in the implants. Nicole

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  60. Ruth Trexler

    My youngest daughter, age 44, had silicone implants about 4 years ago and soon after started complaining of all the symptoms you described above. I called the doctor who put them in (quite renown in our area) and of course he denied any problem with them. He said it was her adrenal glands probably not working right. She went to every kind of doctor and “ologist” while I kept telling her it was the implants. She did not want to lose them and didn’t believe me. After three years of going to doctors and hospitals (who said there was NO test for silicone allergy), she agreed to have them out. She got fat transferred from her stomach for the operation. She immediately started feeling better. The doctor said it was all in her head, as many others did also. She continues to improve and I have since found so many others who have had problems and got them out. I just wanted to tell someone. Thanks for listening, Ruth

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    1. Ruth Trexler

      I forgot to mention that we asked for the implants back after the explantation and were given a long dissertation on how they would have to be cleaned first, etc. etc. come back for them (35 mi. one way), etc. so we did not get to see them after they were removed, which I really regret now that I did not push for seeing them.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi OBI,
      Please get the sharp pain checked out by a doctor. I am uncomfortable with those breast enlargement creams in regard to breast cancer. Nicole

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  61. Michelle

    I could have written all the above, I have just received a reply from transform in Manchester wiping their hands and insisting of no link even though mine apparently were recalled years ago, pip, I am now paying private having begging and borrowing the money from my elderly parents, I am beyond disgusted, I wish I could post the letter, unbelievable!!!!! Every symptom above and more! Feel like if I was told it was cancer it would make sense, now waiting for explant and examination of implants and results as to what exactly was in them as mattress filler and rat poison I’m told were used, that’s why the manufacturer landed up in prison, while we all have been serving a sentence too!

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  62. Crystal

    Hi there. I wrote a comment on the home page but for some reason seems as though it was deleted. I also had a few more things I would like to add. I got explanation surgery over a year ago. I went to my original surgeon which I now see was a mistake. He told me that I didn’t need the full capsule removed because mine was “thin”. He did say that he removed the bottom part on one side. I am no experiencing many symptoms that you have described. What brought me to look further into it was my breasts being extremely itchy pretty much all the time. And I now have scabs as a result. Theougout the year since explanation I have experience extreme hair loss, hormonal imbalance, what feels like cysts on my ovary, cramping, irregular me natural cycle, and rashes. I am very concerned and now am not sure what to do next. I really don’t want to go through another surgery to get the capsule removed, and am questioning my body’s ability to reasorb the capsule and do an extreme detox. Do you have any opinions or comments on the matter? It would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you for creating this website! Blessed be.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Crystal,
      Your comment is there. Look again and if you don’t see it, refresh your page or hit F5 on your keyboard. Our browsers are lazy and don’t always reload a webpage each time we go to a website if we go there often. I am glad to hear of your improvements however itchy breasts does indicate something leftover. I would like to see you try some Low Level Light Therapy on your breast and chest area to stimulate breakdown, detoxification and healing of the area. You may need several treatments. Failing this you may have to consider a second surgery to remove left over capsule tissue. Nicole

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  63. Eddie

    Will the symptoms ever go away? My wife had saline implants for 10 years with a silicone shell. Her health declined over the years to the point of disability. We’re 2 years removed from removal surgery and while some symptoms are better she’s still nowhere near the same. Any advice or recommendations for post-surgery protocols to help in getting better?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Eddie,
      I’m going to send you a private email so we can discuss your wife’s symptoms. She most likely has a co-infection that needs to be treated such as systemic fungal, many of us have that. You’ll hear from me directly. Nicole

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  64. Estrella

    Hi, I’m 62 yrs. old and I had my implants as a gift to myself when I was 48. I’ve had them now for 14 yrs. but the last 5 yrs. I have been getting very sick. I have always been very healthy but no more. I feel like I’m dying a slow death because I have been to every doctor and they say they find nothing wrong with me I even had one tell me that it was all on my head . I have hashimotos my ears hurt but they just want to give me oil I’m so tired all the time my throat hurts my chest hurts and I have had 4 ct scans in the last 3 yrs. they found a spot in my chest that is growing but they said it’s not growing fast enough to go in. I’m getting real bad pains in my left arm like stabbing pains.
    Please help me to find out on ready to take these ugly things out.

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  65. Toni Slusar

    Not only do I have neck pain and headache, but I was also diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder. Do you know if LS is also a associated with the breast implants

    Thanks

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    1. JoJo

      Toni..I also had lichen sclerosis, it showed up after the psoriasis I went nearly 20 years without any symptoms from my implants then bam on the 20th year strange things were happening starting with crazy itching like bugs were crawling on me, then inability to sleep, claustrophobia set in. Then 3 years later the REALLY BAD stuff. I literally woke up one morning unable to lift either leg or arms they were so Heavy and Painful not to mention I felt dis-connected like my muscles weren’t even on the bone anymore!. Suddenly getting dressed, combing my hair, and getting in a car were extremely painful. All the tests for Lyme, West Nile etc were negative. The Rheumy treated me with 18 mos of methotrexate and prednisone… got me thru the pain so I could go to work and get dressed. I got breast MRI 7 mos ago (2015) and showed the implants to be “perfectly intact”. I was convinced they were bleeding gel to my lymph, I literally felt plugged up under my skin. I finally got my 25 year old gel implants out Dec 22nd 2015…the supposed “intact” gel implants had lost their complete outer layer, I had enbloc done, Dr. Linda (Denver) said the 1st layer of shell was adhered right to my scar tissue. Unbelievable. She told me it was “absolutely time for them to be removed”. Sutures are still there, haven’t had to take anything for my arthritis, joint pain, and everyday feels better and better. I have no sign of psoriasis and the lichen appears to be going away too (still itches but the white is gone). I am going to follow Dr. Susan Kolb’s protocol, I have purchased a very good massage chair from Amazon (to roll my lymph lines twice a day), and I also purchased and infared sauna (to sweat out the toxins). I plan to use all 3 methods of detox until I am back to as much of my old healthy self I can be! Oh by the way, Dr. Linda filled in the gap with my own fat transfer so there is almost no visual change to my appearance. Wish I would have gotten them out sooner!

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  66. Tammy Levi

    Hello, I came across your story and I have a similar case. I got implants after my fourth child. This was in 2008. I was in my early 30’s and picture perfect of health! Within a few years I became ill. Bruising easy, fatigue, kidney disease, shortness of breath, changes in blood pressure, the list goes on. I’ve spent the past two years very ill with doctors telling me they don’t know. I am now totally disabled and out of energy to research and get clear answers. My heart goes out to you! Your story makes me question if my implants which are saline are making me sick!
    Did your health improve when you had them removed? My husband has enjoyed my beast increase and it has made me feel more attractive, but it isn’t worth being sick! I did a lot of research before having them put in. I just thought it won’t happen to me!
    I’d love to hear your opinion on this. I also battle with low potassium, magnesium, other minerals.

    Thanks for your time!

    Tammy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tammy,
      Yes, I have recovered 90 per cent of my health in the last three years since removing my implants. I am still working on recovery from the final few symptoms. I am so happy those toxic bags are out of me. Nicole

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  67. Jesslynn

    I naively got saline breast implants only 3 weeks ago. I’ve noticed dry, red eyes starting days after surgery. I came across this website while goggling my symptoms. Wow I’m shocked and beyond anxious. I can’t believe I’m putting myself at risk for health problems just to have cleavage! I decided to have them removed. I have a consult with my original PS on Monday to discuss my options. Since the implants haven’t been in that long I assume the capsule is very thin. Would you still recommend en bloc with complete capsule removal?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jesslynn,
      No with implants in only a few weeks, Enbloc and Total Capsulectomy is not necessary. Just have them removed under a local. Best wishes to you. Nicole

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      1. Jesslynn

        Thanks! My original PS doesn’t want to address the removal until the end of Jan. I have an apt with another PS on Monday. I hope it goes well. My neuropathy symptoms are progressing fast and my PCP has referred me to neurology. How can this be happening? I was completely healthy up to the day I had surgery. Now only 5 weeks later my body is foreign to me. I feel so alone, angry, scared, and regretful.

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  68. Cindy Sword

    I got my silicone saline implants in 1980 I have had every symptoms that were noted on this site. My implants are under the muscle . I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but now I wandering if it’s not the implants. I have been loosing my hair even more lately. Thank you,
    Cindy Sword

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    1. Cindy Sword

      I have been sick for 34 years please let me know if there is any financial aid for removal of implants? ? Just wondering I don’t know if insurance will cover this. Thanks,
      Cindy Sword

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      1. JoJo

        Yes possibly!! Common benefit trust..Jeff Condra

        I received a $5,000 Grant to help pay for my explant.
        You can’t have been in the Dow Corning settlement to get this grant. Also, your insurance must not cover in order to get it. Funds are limited so its first come first served. I applied in July and had surgery in Dec 2015 with all but $3000 covered thanks to the grant.
        I think if you google it you will get to the right place. Good luck!

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  69. Janet Robins

    I have had my breast implants in since Christmas 1982 and reading your symptoms and I have quite a lot of them. I will be taking this to my Gp and if they don’t want to do anything I will be consulting another, thank you for your article . Janet

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  70. Jennnifer

    This site is so informative. The last 3 years I have got sicker & sicker. I had implants 25 years ago & they were the Down Corning ones with the polyurethane covering. When the lawsuit emerged in 1993 l contacted my surgeon who said I had nothing to worry about. He also told me when I had them put in they would last a lifetime I was diagnosed in 2003 as having fibromyalgia. This in March was diagnosed as having hashimotos thyroid itis. Ive had multiple food intolerances & allergie in the last few years & my allergy doctor fears I have a chemical inbalance. My doctor after having an antibodies test feels I now have Lupus. Ive developed skin allergies & dermantitis. No one will connect the dots to my immune system though Ive been now put on Plaqinel. Have just seen a plastic surgeon who feels that you dont get all these issues from breast implants. Im in South Australua & there isnt any surgeons who do the proper removal it seems. Any ideas??

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  71. Teresa Birch

    I’m a 54 year old woman with saline Implants . I was 31 when I found out I had Breast Cancer and silicone Implants were used . I had from start to finish 11 surgery . Plus Chemotherapy . MY Final Implants a pond competition ruptured with In a year . I was concerned about the silicone leaking out into my body but was told That It Was all In cased in the scared tissuse . I then chose to have the saline Implants for fear Of This happened again . About 5 to 6 years later I Had to have them done again and saline Implants were replaced . I have been diagnosis with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome , depression , bipolar muscle pain bone pain fatigue headaches blurred vision diabetes and I just feel like crap all the time . I have sharp burning stabbing sensation in my breast on the right side . I fell at the Outback a several years ago on my right side and the Implant is miss shaped . Though my doctor said it was nothing to worry about . I have been hurting in my right ovary my right kidney for over 2 years I don’t know what’s wrong . I have nail fungus on my toes I have rashes on my body I bruise very easily and I heal very slowly . I’m so tired of feeling so bad all of the time and no one seems to understand . My main problem now is I have no insurance and no way to get any help . I just want them out completely nothing in just everything out . Can you give me any advice on how to talk to a doctor if I’ll be able to find someone ? I have been fortunate enough to go to the best chance network through Columbia South Carolina and here in Spartanburg South Carolina to get mammogram , ultrasounds and Pat smears but I need someone to look at the whole picture and fix me If anyone can give me any advice on how to go about getting some help I would greatly appreciate it . I live in Spartanburg South Carolina . MY Phone number is 864-310-3155 . Thank you. Teresa Birch

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  72. Rebecca Brown

    This has been so very helpful for me thanks be to God for you for sure . I’ve had implants now for about 10 years and I’ve went through almost exactly what you have been through . Over the years I’ve really just dealt with it not knowing for sure what was wrong . I am very active and have all ways been & still am I do very often half to just take the day off to just lay around because I just don’t feel well this past Friday I was telling my husband I don’t feel well & he asked me if I was getting sick and I said I do not think so I just felt really physicaly weak this happens to me and has for I’m not sure how long now ! I have to went to many doctors and left no answers as to what I’ve experienced and I’ve exaustedly researched all of my symptoms . After getting my implants I suffered really bad pains in my ear after a few months of that on & off I suffered my first vertigo that was really scary . My doctors sent me for many of different scans because I told the doctor at the time that I was getting this shooting pain in my ear that would come & go the hole process was nerve racking and stressful I thought they were going to tell me I had a tumor or something may of test later and years of different unexplained sickness I just felt ok I’m not sure what’s wrong no one has answers for me and I’m just left dealing with this I go through the very same issues pains in my Breast hips joints and the crazy part of it all I don’t think I realized at first but a few years back I really wanted to get an explant because my thought was I felt like if I did I would feel better I know that sounds crazy but I think I subconsciously knew it had to do with these implants I just don’t think I put everything together at once . I’ve since gotten worse and I’ve had times where I don’t remember my address ?? I’ve never shared that with anyone because I think I was just to embarrassed to yikes !!! I really can sympathize with these woman & I’m Greatful to have come across this site I feel encouraged that I will eventually feel better . I’ve add you to my Facebook so that I can see & talk to other woman because I want to be able to choose a doctor that can explant properly and I’m pretty mad & that doctor who put in my implants to begin with I never wanted implants to begin with I just wanted a lift after having three kids I thought it would make me feel better about my boobs because they sagged a bit much the doctor said oh no really I do a lot of these and I know for sure your not going to like it because you will not have any after a lift now I wish I did not have any ! I was also concerned about the scare with a lift so I went ahead against my better judgement . Well thank you again for taking the time to share I do plan on sharing the hole process with other woman as well being old now I see how things in our world work and people are money driven no matter the cost but I am no longer as trusting as I used to be I follow my own heart now because it’s my body & I know best of what’s going on with it than anyone else . 😊

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  73. Lisa canon

    I have so many of your same symptoms.
    My silicone implants broke down in 1996. They were 10 yrs. Old. I had them removed (what a gooey mess) and stupidly had saline implants put in
    I started having symptoms of fibromyalgia about a year later.
    Then 2 years ago I got kicked in the chest by a horse. Right implant was ruptured due to car accident earlier that year. Left one was compromised, what ever that means, and right one was made worse.
    Now I want them OUT but can’t afford the $10,000 the surgeon wants up front.
    Yesterday I was filling out some papers and forgot my own address!! Sometimes I can’t remember the word I want and forget lots of things, like where I put something.
    Always in pain and very weak. Not like me. I am very active raising, training, and showing horses.
    After the last show I was down for 3 days before I could function again.
    Do you or anyone else know how I can get these killers out for less than $10,000?
    I think they are killing me.
    Thank you for any help you can give me.
    Lisa Canon
    Pugsnpasos@gmail.com

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  74. Mel

    I have had my saline implants in for 15 years and the past five years or so I’ve had significant memory loss, hair loss and most recently a burning sensation every once in a while in the left one. I’ve always been able to feel bubbles in the implant. If I switch them out for new ones will the memory fog I’ve been suffering from come back as soon as I change out my implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mel,
      We don’t recommend that you replace your implants. Many women that do, notice a further and dramatic decline in their health. We recommend you explant and detox. Brain fog could be due to the fungal infections that seem to thrive in our bodies when we have implants. Nicole

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  75. Shannon

    I got my silicon gel implants in 2010 and I’ve had a film/ plastic smell between my breasts. I’ve also had a lot of the symptoms you listed. Any recommendations on which test to do first?

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  76. Tammy Ash

    Hi I have had my breast implants for 25 years and have most of the symptom you have listed. I have tryed talking to my Doctor about the fact that I think I may have a leak but she just keeps telling me that they are safe. I am so sick of this crap I believe I know my own body better than she does. A doctors pride should never get in the way of there patients heath. I just want my heath and my life back. Thank you Tammy

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  77. Patricia

    My sister is suffering from all of the symptoms mentioned. She has gummy bear implants. Do you know if these type of implants would have the same issues? My sister needs 24 hour care. I’m taking a leave of absence to fly out to take care of her. She is convinced she is dying. She has been to the Mayo Clinic and they diagnosed her with Celiac then sent her home. She is getting worse every day. It seems like she’s had every test possible. Do the implants have to be taken out to know for sure they are leaking or have mold? I’m looking for specific tests. I’m looking for any help. My sister just turned 50. She is too young to leave this world.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Patricia,
      Yes, the gummy bear implants are another name for the cohesive gel implants. These implants are highly toxic and causing your sister’s illness and health problems. The implants do not need to be ruptured or leaking, the chemicals in these implants permeate the shell and contaminate our body very early. Read all the pages of this website. On the Symptoms page is a list of tests for things that implants affect. Your sister needs to find a good PS who will explant her implants properly which means Enbloc with a Total Capsulectomy. The she will need to undertake detoxification. Please see the Detoxification page of the website as well. Nicole

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    2. Louise

      Hi, are your sisters implants PIP? If so, they have been taken off the market because they have been made with industrial silicone. If they are and you live in the UK she can get them removed on the NHS. Join the PIP action campaign on fb if this is the case.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Katrina,
      You cannot really determine if your saline implants are colonized until after they are removed and tested by Dr. Pierre Blais listed on the resource page of this website. Nicole

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  78. Toni Slusar

    I had saline implants in 1992 that had to be replaced due to leakage and capsulated. They were replaced in 2007 over the muscle by same surgeon with Mentor Memeory Gel. I went back within a month because the right implant could be felt through my skin. Surgeon said he could not do anything about that becasue due to the capsule scar tissue he had to remove it made my skin very thin. Needless to say I have lived with it all these yrs. Uncomfortable but I manage. My complaint is that I started having neck pain with headaches around that time. Never thinking it might be the implants. I have seen every doctor in every field and no one can come up with a reason. MRI’s of head and neck are negative, labs are negative, acupunture, chiropractors, endochronologist, nuerologist, hormone therapy, Vax D therapy, change in diet to r/o food allergy, and even had C5-6 disecectomy. Still have headache and neck pain. Any suggestions? Anyone you can refer me to in the Ft Myers Fl area for a consult. Thanks

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  79. rena

    Can anyone tell me if they developed severe tremors? I developed among other symptoms, rapid onset high speed tremor in my legs and right arm. The neurologist claims it’s called Orthostatic Tremor, a very rare disease, and I am set to have brain surgery soon as I can barely walk. My saline implants are going on 10 years now. Unfortunately, I have some other medical problems that could easily be responsible for a multitude of the other symptoms.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rena,
      Check your mercury levels. Breast implants and mercury toxicity from dental are just lethal to our health. Tremors are common whenever mercury is present. Nicole

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  80. Brenda

    I had reconstruction surgery in 2001. I had saline implants. I do have biotoxin illness mold was found in home. I do very badly with surgery medication and antibiotics. My implant doctor is afraid to to do removal. Also if removed should I replace?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Brenda,
      You will never overcome your mold biotoxin illness with breast implants in your body. Saline breast implants become colonized with mold and other organisms due to leaky valves allowing body fluids in and being perfect petri dishes for growth of fungus (mold) and bacteria. I use a different surgeon for explant. We highly recommend not to replace your breast implants. Nicole

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  81. Lisa. Church

    Please help. I got my implants in 83 and had one rupture a year after only to be replaced with another bad Dow Corning. That’s since 1983 I still have those silicon ones me. I had to stop working years ago and on SSI. Going from 45000 a year to 720 a month ha, and I’m sick as can be. I pray you can please be Gods hand and feet for me! I feel frozen

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  82. Debbie

    Are there any known surgeons in Salt Lake City Utah area that are recommended for explant? Two years of multiple doctors and so many tests with diagnosis just like what is listed. Saline implants 15 years. Would like to find a reputable doctor/surgeon to start the process with.
    Thank you

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  83. Denise

    Iam suffering from silicone issues . My implant broke and I got very sick and my surgeon says I was fine. I had the replacement it was disinigrated inside me. Replaced in May 2015 and symptoms have returned. I started legal action but they say class action would help, do you have any advice. I just want them out.

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  84. Kimberly

    Implants since 93. Saline and sub muscular. So sick for decades. Diagnosed with Bipolar, Fibromyalgia, Celiac, hormone imbalance, migraines and food sensitivities over the past 5 years. Changed everything in my life. Switched to all organic, removed/and changed all personal and household products. Yet I’m still suffering. My left breast is itching so bad it is now bruised from my scratching. I was told 5 years ago after a mammogram that the implants were colasping. I haven’t had one since because I couldn’t afford to have them removed. Had I known, it would have been much cheaper to have them removed versus the enormous pain, suffering and money I’ve spent on all these other illnesses. Wow, so glad I googled my symptoms.
    I do have a few questions. Best way to find a qualified surgeon for removal? Also, how to test for mold?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kimberly,
      Here is the Explant Surgeons list: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ which will help you find a an explant surgeon. Mold tests from a traditional medical labs are usually cultures or samples of body fluids including blood, saliva, mucous, vaginal fluids and stools. Naturopath Doctors use comprehensive stool tests and mycotoxin (the very toxic poisons fungus/mold produce) tests to measure mold in the body. Research Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker’s body of knowledge on biotoxin illness from mold. He has developed a body of testing including the VCT visual test which is free on the internet. Best wishes, Nicole

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  85. Cynthia

    My implant journey was every woman’s worst nightmare. 6 surgeries…2 major silicone ruptures…every kind of illness imaginable for over 30 years..destroyed back and neck..disabled 100%…I had the Mentor implants out within a year. They replaced the horrible green ruptured ones. I wanted everything OUT!!! Then I discovered the doctor lied to me and put in a foreign one on the right side without informing me. I went through 100% necrosis..lost both aereolas and nipples. It was the worst thing I ever went through. Now I feel like I am dying and do not know what the heck is in me. It has to come out. Do not know if I can handle any more surgeries and survive. Am severely inflammed and deathly sick. I live in Texas. If anyone knows a doctor in San Antonio who is not a butcher like Dr. Robert Young that could remove the one he put in to cover up his botched surgery and help me get my natural breast to at least match the other side..please let me know. I am dying. DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT GETTING ANY FORM OF BREAST IMPLANTS. Silicone is everywhere in my body now and can’t get out..but I must have this one out asap as it is leaking more poison into my body. I WANT to be flat now. I am way past vanity after getting butchered and left with yet another surgery. STOP RIGHT NOW IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GETTING ANY KIND AT ALL. LOVE YOURSELF AS YOU ARE. THEY WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE!!!!!

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    1. Rachel Everett

      Hello I’d like to tell you that breast implants are not the cause of all these symptoms, but I would be lying.
      I got my first set when I was 24 and picked the doctor out of the yellow pages. There was not a big internet presence back then. After my child was born, I went in to have them fixed because my boobs had gotten so big from breast feeding. The doctor told me he needed to go under the muscle, and take the CC’s larger to avoid a lift. I did not want scars, so I opted for bigger implants, even though I did not want them bigger. Eve since that surgery in 2005, I knew something was wrong. I never knew it had Anyhting to do with my implants till recently.
      A friend posted an implant article on Facebook, and after reading it I wanted to cry. Why did I do this to myself? If I knew back then what I know now, I would never ever get these things.
      I met a friend through this and she had gotten here totally removed . She said the moment she woke up, she felt better! But, there is a certain way of getting these removed and covered by insurance for the extractions. She walked me through the steps to get it covered. Then I had to choose my surgeon.
      I have to go in for the lift, and I have to say he made me feel so comfortable knowing he will do a incredible job. He went through my options and did not try to talk me out of the extractions with no replacements .. He has his own surgery center and spent over an hour with me to discuss the procedure and what to expect.
      At this point I do not care if I have scars, I just want my life back and to be happy again and pain and symptom free. I found this site and if you are having these issues then I suggest you get them removed immediately .. http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/breast-implant-symptoms/
      If you want help with picking a surgeon and helping you with the insurance process pleas let me know. I’m happy to help.

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      1. Jackie

        Thank you so much for your post. I would like to share with you that I have 425 cc silicone implants. I had the procedure done in 2008. For the last 3 years I have been feeling like crap. Lots of pain in my left shoulder, Latis dorsi and shoulder blade. I had shoulder surgery last year to remove a cyst and to see what else was wrong. They did find arthritis on part of the shoulder. My hands go numb and lots of tingle sensation in the fingers. Since the implants the left breast has not been right. Its higher and sometimes feels tight. I am beginning to believe that maybe the breast implants are the cause of all my discomfort and pain. Thinking about explant. Can you please help with the insurance process? Thank you in advance for your support regarding my concerns.

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      2. Heather

        I would love to know how I could get my insurance to cover an explant. I’ve been sick for years with no answers from several doctors saying I’m fine and they all sum it up to depression and stress and after finding all this info I’m sure all my symptoms are from my implants I got back in 2008.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Heather,
          Check your health insurance and find out under what circumstances an explant would be covered. Usually policies cover removal for reasons of pain and infection, failure (leaking and ruptured) and Bakers IV capsular contracture. Nicole

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      3. Judy

        Hi Rachel.
        I have had saline implants since 1983 and almost immediately I started getting sick. I never related it to my implants. I just did not think they would cause me any harm! Boy, was I ever wrong! I have since been diagnosed with hypo-thyroid, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, I sweat severely from my head and cannot tolerate heat. I hurt so bad all the time and my left breast burns and hurts. I have almost all of the symptoms on this list. I feel that I am slowly dying and it is really scaring me. I have always been active and I cannot stand feeling ill all the time. I am 68 years old and on Social Security, therefore I have Medicare and AARP supplement. I cannot pay cash to have these terrible things removed. Can you please tell me what the procedure is for having your insurance pay for removal?! I am more than ready to get this done and try to get my life back !!
        Thank you in advance for your help, Rachel!! I am in Louisiana.

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    2. Amber

      Please contact me! I have all the symptoms for sarcoidosis and Severe MS. I went to Dr Young, have Saline Mentor implants. After much thought and countless research I’ve concluded these symptoms started after getting implants. I’m in Austin.
      Amberdovala@gmail.com

      Thank you!

      Ps: I am so very sorry you’re going through this. My prayers.

      Thank you!!!

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  86. Tina ewest

    If been through the same thing but I’m happy it’s me not my kids no plastic surgery for the future generations in my family I had and still do enlarged lymph nodes only on one side swelling of wrisks and hands and one point I woke up with hulk hands that’s how swollen they were elbow electric pain heart palpitations hip pain bad the list go on it all started 6 month after I had then put in it was a replacement after my other implant was 10 years old it took me 3 years to feel 80 Procent better I’m so sorry that my husband and children suffered watching me like this not from a disease but what I did to my self that’s the pain that I have to live with this for the rest of my life

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  87. Shelley

    I had breast reconstruction using breast implants, I never knew that implants could cause all my health issues I am going to talk to my plastic surgeon about other options I have burning around the implant, joint pain, nail fungi, anxiety, and chrones disease Thank you for your post Now if only I can get a PS to take me seriously

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    1. Rachel Everett

      Where do you live? My PS is incredible and I interviewed 5! He was referred to me. Amazing man and would do a great job working with your insurance company as well

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  88. Theresa Hunter

    I think I might have some of the problems you mentioned with the breast implants. If I have them removed can I have them replaced? I was very small chested before and I kinda like the 32 c that I am. What are my options? Thank you so much Theresa

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Theresa,
      We don’t recommend replacing your implants. If you cannot accept your natural breasts, fat grafting may be an option for you. However, I caution you to choose the grafting doctor carefully. Choose a doctor who has a lot of experience with fat grafting techniques and proven results. Fat grafting is the future of breast augmentation and plastic surgeons are looking for candidates to practice on. This technique takes a lot of skill and knowledge to be successful and aesthetic. I have seen some botched fat grafting jobs and the fat turns into cysts and the breasts look lumpy and deformed. We don’t yet know how fat grafting ages either. I have heard mixed opinions on how fat grafted breasts look down the road in some years. Nicole

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    2. Rachel Everett

      Do not get them put back in.. You will be fighting a battle of chronic illness when you keep replacing them . There are some natural suplements that enhance tissue growth for bigger Breast .. The new in is runway model perky .. Better bras and bathing suits!

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  89. Amy

    I have only had my gummy bear breast implants for six months and I’m experiencing major fatigue do I wait it out or should I take them out I just spent 5000 on them and I like them I hope I don’t have to take them out

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amy,
      Knowing what I know now about implants, I would remove them as quick as possible before you experience more illness. I had my implants seven years and it has taken me just about three years to heal from the poisonous affects of them. The aggressive chemicals in cohesive gel implants are very toxic and damage our glands and organs. Nicole

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  90. Wendy Lara

    I had implants after breast cancer in 2011. It was uncomfortable for me from almost the beginning. I now am suffering from extreme back pain and am having trouble breathing. I went to one surgeon for a consult. He gave me pills to deal with pain but they are not working and I don’t want to be taking pills for the rest of my life! I want to just get them removed. I appreciate your article & it’s given me the boost I neededto keep looking for a surgeon who will comply with my request to have them removed because I really think they’re killing me. I’d rather be dead then go on like this!

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    1. Rachel Everett

      If u have good insurance I can walk you through the process and refer you to a great surgeon .. I do not work for him, I just want to help since I had the same issues and met a great friend that helped me

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      1. Betsy

        How do you get insurance to cover the removal? I have had mine for 30 years and recently have had all kinds of issues. However, the mammogram and ultra sound said all was fine.

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  91. Danielle

    Has anyone else here been diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome? Chronic muscle pain started for me within a year after getting implants. I have no other listed symptoms.

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  92. michelle

    I am thankful I found you. I know this is my case. Saline implants in 98. Graves disease, thyroid removed, anxiety, headaches, hip pain, and the list goes on and on and testing just came back as I may have mold. Out they go!!

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    1. Bridget

      What test did you have that showed mold? I have had saline implants since 1997 and have recently started having some health issues.

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  93. Jane Shearin

    I have implants from 1980. I have had a few of the symptoms over past 10 years but they disappeared on their own. My best girlfriend got implants the same year and she now is getting them removed due to numerous ills and symptoms.
    I do not plan to get “new” implants any time unless I notice symptoms again.

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  94. Gabriela A.

    I have had silicone implants for almost 12 years now. I believe I have stage 4 capsular contracture. I am experiencing some of the symptoms you mention here. I live in Manitoba and I am a single mum. I can’t travel outside the province and I would like to know if you can recommend an explant surgeon here. I had them put in because after 4 children my breasts were so wrinkled I thought it would be the best thing. Can they reconstruct without putting new ones in? I am 53 years old. I will start my own research calling all surgeons here but I wold very much appreciate your help.
    Thank you very much!
    Gabriela

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gabriela,
      I’m sorry we do not yet know about a good explant PS in MB yet. You are looking for a plastic surgeon that removes implants properly which is Enbloc with a Total Capsulectomy – all capsule tissue should be removed for your highest well being. I tried to respond to your message on fb however it kept saying “this person is not accepting messages from you at this time” for some reason. Nicole

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  96. Lindy

    I have your exact symptoms. I had no idea this could be what’s causing me to feel so sick. I have MRI Monday because radiologist said after mammogram that my silicone implants had ruptured. I am very nervous to find out the end results but am so sick & tired of feeling like this. I really appreciate you posting what you have been through. I thought I was crazy. I am also a breast cancer survivor. I would really like to stay in touch with you. Thanks so much!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lindy,
      I am here for you anytime and better yet, come to the facebook group and meet a thousand other women just like us!! Nicole

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  97. Jeannie

    I have 80% of s/s mentioned for breast implant illness, & got worsened more after the flu shot I got end of September. I started having severe migrain hip bone, neck, leg, Rt arm& shouler, ringing ear,(new symptoms) & breast burning pain , SOB, dry skin & eyes, sudden food allergies, mental fog, N/T to all extremities & back pain (existing condition before flu shot): MRI report indicates DDD &bulging disk & MRI also indicates Rt breast decrease in size compared to Lt ( saline leak) Got consultation with plastic surgeon this tuesday about implant removal & neurosurgeon consult monday. Could flu shot make symptoms even worse? Any good implant removal surgeon near by Fresno Ca?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jeannie,
      We don’t recommend flu shots and yes, they can be a catalyst to a downfall in your health and will exacerbate breast implant illness as flu shorts are filled with toxins too, that stimulate autoimmune responses and diseases. Please see the Explant Surgeon page of this website for California based plastic surgeons that do proper explants. Nicole

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Rachel,
          Click on the Facebook link on any page and it will take you right to the facebook group or search the group on facebook, it is called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. See you there! Nicole

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  98. myra marsh

    Thank you for reporting this as i am like wise very sick implants put in 1994 do not have the money to remove same symptoms described i have i pray that some one will come to their senses in the government and stop any further implants for saving other young womens health sincerely myra

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  99. Amy

    This was the first thing to pop up after I finally typed every single one of my symptoms into google and pressed “search”. I am freaking out. I only have implants because my breasts were crushed in a car accident- the implants filled the cavity that was left after the necrotic tissue was removed. I never imagined having implants but I cannot imagine life with different breasts. Not to mention, how can you afford to remove the implants and repair the breast tissue? This is such a nightmare. So many tests, so many doctors giving me the same exasperated and disappointed look that says they have no idea what is wrong with me. So much pain, it’s often hard to find reasons to continue living. I just don’t know if I can accept that my life has become this- that all of this is due to trying to take back some control of my body after something so horrific. That I almost died and now I might have to have my body cut apart and left worse than it was in order to get better. This is so depressing. I did so much research, I thought I knew all the risks, how could this happen?

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    1. Suzanne

      Amy, that sounds like a devastating experience. I am on this site researching for a friend of mine who just had her implants removed. Are you in a state where you can work with a Naturopathic doctor? Maybe there is something they can do to help you so you can manage your symptoms. It sounds like having them removed would be very difficult for you as well, so maybe there are alternatives. I hope you have love and support around you, that is a lot to deal with. I am sending you healing thoughts and energy…

      In health,

      Suzanne

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  100. KColeman

    I have read this website so many times. I have my consultation in February. I’m so excited to get my breast implants out. So many health issues!!! Could you tell me if your health has improved since you have had your removed? Any information you could give me, I would certainly appreciate it! Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi KColeman,
      Yes I have recovered about 90 per cent of my health in about three years since my explant. I am still working on the last ten percent. Nicole.

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  101. daniel bornschein

    My wife is very sick n getting worst day after day . My wife has hypothyroidism with Hasi motto antibodies but her thyroid is functioning according to her blood work she has some many symptoms of breast implant disease yet she doesn’t want to get tested or looked at . Can a thyroid be normal but you have thyroid disease? So lost n she is getting so sick .

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    1. admin Post author

      Daniel,
      Has she read the website? I suggest she come to the Facebook group and talk with some other women just like her. Most women with breast implants get Hashi’s. It’s one of the first things that comes up. The thyroid T3/T4 conversion is usually damaged which is why her thyroid numbers may look normal but she is ill. Hope that helps. Nicole

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  102. Terri Adi

    I am so sick now, been through every test possible. I started 7 yrs. Ago on my journey to find out why. It was a very long proccess. First Fibro, & pain managment. Primary thought I was crazy. My brain has gotten so foggy sometimes I wonder if I have dementia. Every part of my body hurts, but I know it’s not Fibro. I have about 80% of the symptoms on your list. I know I am to young to feel like I am dying. My immune system is gone (diagnosed as CVID) I Have IVIG once a month for the rest of my life now. Scarry I know, that it didn’t hit me until now. I am now convinced. Tomorrow I see a Nero surgeon for the 3 bulging disks in my back, then I will be seeing the plastic surgeon in NewPort Beach from your list. Thank you, Thank you!

    Terri

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      1. Terri Adi

        I am so sick now, been through every test possible. I started 7 yrs. Ago on my journey to find out why. It was a very long proccess. First Fibro, & pain managment. Primary thought I was crazy. My brain has gotten so foggy sometimes I wonder if I have dementia. Every part of my body hurts, but I know it’s not Fibro. I have about 80% of the symptoms on your list. I know I am to young to feel like I am dying. My immune system is gone (diagnosed as CVID) I Have IVIG once a month for the rest of my life now. Scarry I know, that it didn’t hit me until now. I am now convinced. Tomorrow I see a Nero surgeon for the 3 bulging disks in my back, then I will be seeing the plastic surgeon in NewPort Beach from your list. Thank you, Thank you!

        Well, the Neurosurgeon said the bulging disks weren’t really anything, I saw the MRIS and he isn’t kidding. I can see that there really isn’t anything there for surgery. I have an appointment with the PS in Newport that comes highly recommended from your site on nov. 30th. And an looking forward to getting explanation directly after.

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  103. Lisa devlin

    I have breast implants. Planted 15yrs ago.
    For the last 4 months one of them is really sore. I am awaiting an appointment at the hospital.
    I have had severe foggy Brain for years.
    Suffer extensively with aching back hips legs feet and neck.
    I have tingling arms and legs, heart palpitations.
    I also suffer from Raynaud’s disease.
    How can I make sure I see the right people, to get the best advice? I’m extremely nervous of living without implants and would like to know if all the options.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Your symptoms are common to breast implant illness. You may not be able to get a doctor to diagnose you because they are not aware of the toxicity of breast implants and silicone in the body. You need to find a plastic surgeon or breast surgeon who will remove your breast implants Enbloc, if possible, with a Total Capsulectomy and undergo detoxification. If you don’t like your breasts without implants, you can always consider fat grafting. Nicole

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      1. Lisa

        I’m freakin out now! I’m sure my insurance won’t cover anything to help me and I can live much longer like this. Not to mention how I’m going to look if I one have them removed. Mine are from 1983 and shortly after getting them one ruptured and I didn’t know it until a cyst was removed back in 83. Oh meee, God help us all

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  104. Paige

    First, I want to thank everyone who has written about their experiences and for the creator of this website. I’ve had saline breast implants for 8 1/2 years and thinking back I started to notice a change in how I felt about 3 years after I had them implanted. It has only gotten worse as the yrs have gone by. I started having joints that would swell up and then it would disappear, muscle pains, depression etc. I wrote off the joint and muscle pain because I worked out almost everyday. But I just kept feeling worse and worse. I went gluten free 3 years ago thinking that was what was causing my stomach issues, but I recently got tested and I don’t have Celiac disease. About 3 months ago my hair became severely dry and has started breaking off like crazy. A few weeks later my skin also became severely dry to the point NOTHING hydrates my skin and it hurts to shower and I’m always uncomfortable. I’ve been severely depressed and have moments of high anxiety. My moods can change In an instant and it’s starting to bother me. My parents think I’m nuts and my friends I talk to can’t fathom that my implants could be causing this. So I put the implant cause aside and I got blood work done for diabetes and I’m normal. After talking with a friend who is a retired Dr. He suggested to get my thyroid checked out. But I just couldn’t understand why I was having all these symptoms especially because I’ve always been a very active and healthy person. I got my boobs when I was 23 and I remembered how healthy I felt back then. No stomach issues, no major skin issues besides a little dryness, etc. so I was thinking maybe it’s just part of being in your early thirties. But then I was like wait, I got my boobs at 23, I started to really think about my symptoms and I realized… Shit, I have had plastic-hybrid-God-knows-what-things permanently resting in my body for over 8 1/2 years. Now I’ve always been the type to not use plastic containers for hot foods or drinking plastic water bottles when they’ve sat in the heat. That made me question why no one (doctors) would think having plastic in the form of implants that will eventually expire and degrade over time would be “safe” in a human body that ranges in temps from 96-100F? I feel like I’ve been lied to and pissed because my surgeon and many others I’ve talked said I’d never need another surgery and that the implants would last in my life time. I also now feel so guilty encouraging a few friends to get them. I think I made one of my friends upset because a few weeks after she got her implants I started researching the health issues with implants and I told her about them, especially the saline and mold, and I told her I want mine taken out. She completely changed… Won’t hang out with me, doesn’t even talk to me anymore unless I contact her first and she always ends our conversation very fast. Now, her sister also has implants and I know her and her mother also encouraged her to get them and BIG too. I can understand her being upset… She finally got the “boobs” that she never had… Like most of us have felt. So I can imagine the shock of finding out your new ” confidence” is extremely toxic to you. My friend already had a thyroid disorder before she got them and now I’m worried that she’ll have to deal with more issues. Anyhow, I’m now looking for a breast implant removal specialist and I’m nervous about the cost 😖more than not having my boobs anymore. I can’t wait until I can finally feel good again and not have to worry about my implants. My advice to women who want implants… Please don’t get them. Yeah, they may look great and make you feel great but that doesn’t last. It’s NOT worth it. In the end you’ll be spending a lot more money than you planned because you have to replace them every 10 yrs or get them removed which is more of a reconstructive surgery so it can cost more. Anyhow, good luck to all the women who are planning on getting them removed and I hope you all recover to the fullest!!💗

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    1. Terri Adi

      No Paige, it isn’t worth it, I had mine put in almost 30 years ago for all the wrong reasons (vanity), in the middle of a divorce. I wouldn’t wish this illness on my worst enemy, as they say. I now have high blood pressure (weight 105 lbs.) Throid disease, just too much to mention. Hope you are feeling better. I wonder if it’s not too late for me.

      Terri

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  105. Karen Tolbert

    I had implants put in 10 years after having breast cancer. Started having problems with rashes on skin probably 2 years or so after implants. For several years I have had issues and I really need to check this out. Have gone to several doctors, blood test galore with no results. Have been told it was not implants by most doctors. Found your information very interesting. I have no insurance at the moment. Ours was cancelled due to Obama care and we don’t even qualify for that, which thru us on to medical. Will have to see if I can find a doctor who will remove my implants who accepts medical. Thank you for your site.

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  106. Jillian

    Hi, I’ve had textured saline, under the muscle implants for 15 years. I’ve experienced about 75% of the symptoms on your list. The more serious symptoms include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, hypopituitarism, adrenal fatigue, eczema, twitching muscles and muscle cramps/spasms, memory problems, hormone deficiencies, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, chemical sensitivities, dry, peeling, cracking, bleeding skin on hands and feet with thick, hardened areas. I’ve been disabled for 13 years. Just in the last few years, I began to suspect my implants. I also had back surgery for scoliosis as a child and have a stainless steel rod. I have had a few tests for metals and they were negative. I’m sure that I have breast implant illness. I just found your website within the last week. A few days before that, I had a mammogram. I have had them before with no issues. This time I had a really rough technician. I think she ruptured the right implant. It looks like that one is getting smaller. I have an appointment at my PCP tomorrow. What do I ask for to diagnose a rupture or other issue with the implants? Breast ultrasound? I’m confused. Both sides have been sensitive for a month or two (I am menopausal.) That’s why I got the mammogram. It was normal. I would appreciate any answers. I do want to have my implants explanted, but I have Medicaid and don’t think they will pay for anything. It’s difficult to be sick and poor. I just want to get better and have a life again.

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  107. Jill

    Wow. I have been really sick the last few months with various auto-immune disorders (lichen sclerosis, lichen planus, IBSD, and large lipomas). I haven’t felt well for a while but it has gotten significantly worse. I had a double mastectomy 4 years ago and reconstruction 3 years ago. I thought perhaps the chemo had done something to my immune system, but I am beginning to think it is the silicone gel implants. I will have to look into this possibility because I had a revision surgery where one of the implants was nicked. Thank you for this important information.

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  108. Jana

    Hello! I’m already 3 years tired and needs iron infusione have and have concentration problems repeatedly . I did 06.30.15 breast enlargement ( Mentor implants ) ! 4 days after surgery , I have little pulmonary embolism Xarelto gehabt.ich ‘ve got ( blutverdüner ) , I was very bad ( heart palpitations , extreme fatigue , in bein weird feeling , breathing heavy , muscle twitching , dizziness … ) I had to take tablete to late October , but already early October has dropped doctor because I thought nebenwirkunge.mir are but continues so bad I have no strength more , in the morning tired and getting shortness of breath, ! headache , rapid heartbeat, restlessness, muscle twitching , sometimes pain in the chest , dizziness … I just can not more doctors also do not know what is with me , I ‘m still waiting for result of hematologie.meine question is : it comes from and implants ? can you give me a doctor in Switzerland recommended to take out implants ?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jana,
      Yes some of your symptoms are common to breast implant illness. Look for a plastic surgeon that removes implants, Enbloc style, with a Total Capsulectomy. Please ensure that all capsule tissue, if present is removed too. Nicole

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  109. Suzanne Hubbard

    I ended up with silicone toxicity and just had breast implants removed after three years. Can you tell me in your experience how long it can take to feel normal or close to normal again? My energy seems to be returning, and the sores on my body have now gone. I still have some residual fibromyalgia.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Suzanne,
      In general it can take two years to recover from from breast implants if all aspects of healing are treated and supported. If you are still experiencing fibromyalgia have you checked if you have a fungal infection? Following the low mycotoxin/antifungal diet and taking prescription antifungals is necessary for many of us. Nicole

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  110. Toni

    Hi, I have so many of the symptoms reported in this write up! I definitely need help in finding out how I can get these things properly removed and taken OUT!! I have had my implants since 1987 …… 28 years! I do have the Dow Corning Silicone and all kinds of things are going on with me, from heart palpitations to thyroid disease to brain fog and now I’m getting these discolorations near my temples and around my eyes! I constantly have cramps in my legs, and can’t sing like I used to! I’m devastated as someone talked me into this and I thought it was a good idea at the time! :(. I really need help!! I’m joining the group! Any advice would be helpful!

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  111. Kristin Plummer

    I had my first implants placed in 1997 due to cosmetic issues after nursing both of my children. Since then I have had a partial Thyroidectomy (2000), Hysterectomy (2008), Breast Cancer (1/2012), and Double Mastectomy (2/2012), Breast Reconstruction (4/2012), Breast Reconstruction Correction (2/2013). I have been struggling with health issues since the year 2000. I have been tested for thyroid function 50+ times, Lymes Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and what ever else each specialist I went to could think of. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Stress, PMDD, Adenomyosis, vertigo, sinus infections, Fibromyalgia, and (the big one until now) Breast Cancer. Finally, after 15 years it all comes together, I have Breast Implant Illness.
    This diagnosis comes after dealing with many many Dr.’s and their misassumptions, misdiagnoses, and accusations.
    After learning of BII from my friend at church who has it, I was able to gain knowledge and get in to see a well known, extremely knowledgeable Dr. and was diagnosed with a leaking implant and a mold and fugal infection throughout my body. Due to financial reasons she cannot be my surgeon. So, God provided Dr. …(my ENT) to help me because my primary Dr. has not believed me (even humiliating me by drug testing me), my Oncologist said, “I was latching onto a hypothesis” and got angry with me when I asked him to educate himself to see what he thought. But, Dr. (ENT) believed me saying “I want to better educate myself to help my patients”, and has gone above and beyond his specialty to help me. He sent me for a MRI after the ultrasound did not show a visible rupture and as diagnosed by Dr. (BII Specialist) I have an Intra Capsular Rupture of my implant which has most certainly caused the latest symptoms. Which means now my insurance will pay for the explanation.
    I was convinced to replace my saline implants with the Silicon “Gummy Bear” type to reconstruct after my Mastectomy. I was assured the materials were no longer an issue by my surgeon, the implants were not causing my health issues, and they were more natural feeling than saline. They lie! Why? Because Breast Augmentations are a cash cow for the industry and they prefer money over responsibility. They are quickly going to realize we are not as dumb and vain as they think!
    Please, please share your stories to help all the women who like myself were lied to and are walking around with killer implants in their bodies.
    The industry is continuing to count on the subject of breast implants and the negative connotation to keep this information suppressed. Please do not judge or worry about being judged, share the information about Breast Implant Illness where ever you can. Let us all be tenacious about this, this is a life and death matter.
    I am scheduled to see the head of plastic surgery 11/16 to set up explanation hopefully in Dec. I will be asking all the right questions (thanks to all who have gone before me) and I will not be as naive and trusting as I have been in the past.

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  112. Lauria Bell-Hughes

    First, I would like to thank you for starting this site to help others with breast implant issues. I suffer with Chronic Lyme disease and since reading your story, I have seen a plastic surgeon to have my implants removed this month. I am wondering if you had relief shortly after having your explants or did it take a while. I suffer with aching breast and ribs, horrible back, shoulder, arm and neck pain. Also joint pain and muscle pain. Along with many other symptoms. I never know if it’s the Lyme or the brest implants. If you had relief after havig the explants, what symptoms did you notice first diminishing? Thank you for your help.
    Blessings, Lauria

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lauria,
      Yes, I did have have relief of some of my symptoms after explant but my healing continued to occur over a two and half year period. Recovering from breast implants is process that takes place over years. The most stressful symptoms like Tachycardia, anxiety attacks, adrenal episodes and intense body pain disappeared immediately after explant. Nicole

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  113. sheila

    Question, I have been sick for about 2 years with many of the symptoms in the list. I am now disabled. Leg and arm weakness, sometimes legs won’t even work.
    I have a question, in the last three weeks or so, my left top beast, the part where near begin has been hurting very bad, going under my arm. Now the right side is also hurting in same place. I had an EKG, that was normal. I had a mammogram and they said that in that area is extra tissue, very dense tissue. (But couldn’t explain the pain) They said I was a category 3. A normal mammogram is a category 1. I’m wondering if the impacts cause that extra tissue to grow up that high. I have read that tissue grows around the implant. Mine are under the muscle. I’ve had implants in (saline) for 14 yrs And sag pretty bad. I got a DD size. I have also recently been feeling like a board hit my cheeks and I have numbness in face, lips, etc. I’ve also had chronic Burning all over my body for about a yr. But the hit in face feeling has been about the same time the pain in breast started. I’m concerned about the pain, but doctors aren’t because the tests aren’t showing a thing. I asked for hair analysis, mold test, etc but because my other blood work came back good, insurance won’t pay for it. Is the dense tissue at the top caused by implants? Also, sometimes the pain goes to the front of the beast. Is saline implant pain only where the implants are located(down below the bottom of breast)
    I’m in San Antonio Texas and I’ve talked to several plastic surgeons. They sweat the implants are not making me sick and ate FDAaapproved and safe. Even the neuro surgeon for the buldging disk said he doesn’t think implants are the reason I’m disabled and in extreme pain. Btw, can bulging disk happen from implants? I heard of it causing neck pain. I thought I got it from lifting a heavy box while I was very weak, but I also had neck weakness prior to that as it would get sore if I turned my neck. But it got worse after lifting the box. i
    Thanks for your help. One more, what’s the name of the face book support group?
    If it helps anyone, I thought my problem was chronic dehydration. I drink a lot but don’t absorb the water. I pee it right out. My skin looks like a parched land. I read from dr. Kolb that the implants cause a deficiency in the ADH which stops water absorption. That could be why my muscles don’t want to work at times. They are like a dried sponge. You can’t bend a dried sponge at all. If you have that problem, this is a possible cause for you. I truly believe God has given me the answer.
    Nicole, thanks for all your help to all of us. If you knew about my questions, I’d be very grateful for your reply. I really want the impacts out. But I can’t find a trusted surgeon who believes in taking them out. Also, did anyone get that light headed feeling even if you’re very still, sitting or lying down? I get it a lot, but they can’t find reason. And earlier I felt like I ess on a carnival ride but I was perfectly still. Does anyone else get that? Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheila,
      Yes capsule/scar tissue can grow and spread through the entire chest area in some. Yes, there are other breast implant illness ladies with bulging discs. The dizziness, feeling of motion when still and feeling like you are not in your own body is common and related to adrenals as is the ADH defect and dehydration. The numbness, chronic buring are biotoxin symptoms and it sounds like your implants are colonized with bacteria/fungus, they have to be removed properly asap so you can recover. Please come to the facebook group and we will help you find a surgeon for your explant. The name of the group is Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group.

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  114. Nikki Montgomery

    Hello! My name is Nikki. I honestly thought I had fibromyalgia until I read this. I had breastbimplants in 2008. Since 2012 I have been experiencing heart palpitations, depression, anxiety, panick attacks, and in the last year muscle spasms, joint pains and I could go on and on. Don’t know who to talk to about this. I want these implants out.

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  115. Edith White

    So I’m not sure if this is caused by my implants but by reading the last comment I truly believe my symptoms of a rapid heartbeat when laying down is due to my gel implants!!! That is scary, what do I do? I do feel shortness of breath, fatigue and recently went to my doctor because I can’t sleep at night because of this! What can I do, I don’t have the money to remove my implants, will my insurance cover this? My labs came back and all my blood work is great , so now there going to put me on a holster monitor for 24 hours to check my heart ….

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Edith,
      Yes tachycardia is a common symptom. We suggest explanting those toxic bags as soon as you can.

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  116. Nicole

    So glad I found this site!! I got my implants and life done in 2004, saline implants. I was told I would need to replace them in 10yrs, well it’s been 11yrs now. My complaint is my right breast itches alot. I have always had a weak immune system, so catching colds, foggy brain, fatigue (needing to take a nap during the day and I’m a 33 yr old stay home wife), bruising easily, one that caught my attention was joint pain. I can’t hold my phone in a sitting position to text or anything without pain in my shoulders. If I sleep on my shoulder I’m in pain. I’m thinking I’m too young and healthy to be dealing with this. I get knee pain if I do lunges etc. As I type my shoulders are aching, all of this is making me wonder if it is my breast. I’ve seen plastic surgeons they say if it’s not broke don’t fix it, this was due to me wanting to revise because it had been 10yrs. I’ve been dealing with these symptoms for maybe 5 yrs now. By the way I never had any complications, just wondering about these symptoms and the persistent itching in the right breast.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicole,
      Yes itching and the rest of your symptoms are common to breast implant illness. Start researching your explant. Nicole

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    2. Hayley

      Nicole, I have the exact same story.. Got my saline implants, under the muscle in 2004, 12 years later – i have never had one single issue. Loved them. I have breast fed both my kids, just weaned off 3 weeks ago. For the first time in 12 years I am suffering from itching, somewhat tender breast. I am unsure if its part of the weaning breast feeding or if there is something going on with the implant. I actually just booked for a consult to do a revision. or Upgrade. Figured they are old, and things are looking different. After reading all these comments, makes me have second thoughts. I am going to ask to see them once they are removed for sure.. I personally feel the saline would be safer then the cohesive gel or silicone filled. I wish there was a way of knowing what’s going on, or the condition of the implant without surgery. Ultrasounds or something ??

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      1. Nicole

        Hayley,

        Life has been busy here. My breast have had alot of tenderness lately and I’m getting sick more and more. I had test ran I’m completely healthy, also a mammogram in April everything is normal. I’m still worried though, it’s the intuition that something just isn’t right. I’m going on 14 yrs in Feb 2016. I’m still being told their not leaking leave them alone, my husband thinks I just want them done again. 😳 We’re you able to find anything out?

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  117. Michelle Hamby

    I have had my implants for around 7 yrs and for the last 2 yrs I have been having severe fatigue and more other symptoms! I have been dealing with depression and sleeping so much that it interferes with my daily life!! I just watched on TV about another woman having all these symptoms and it was her implants that was causing these problems!! I really love my boobs but if this is what is causing all my symptoms then I want to have them to remove! Just want to know if this could be the cause of my problems before I have them removed! Should I go and have some blood work first before going and having them removed? I really enjoyed reading your article!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Don’t waste too much time on tests or diagnoses from doctors as they are not properly informed of the real dangers of implants and no test(s) will confirm it. Start researching your explant. Come to the Facebook group for validation of your symptom and illness. Nicole

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  118. Angela Freitas

    Hi im from Perth Western Australia. I was diagnosed with stage 4 hodgkin lymphoma August 2014. The doctors said I would be dead by February 2014. Doctors didn’t know the cause. I, at the time of my scan was told I had a ruptured implant. I did 6 rounds of intense chemo. I am now in remission & trying to organise my implants to be removed. I have the same signs that the cancer is back. I asked my surgeon (2007) if the implants caused cancer or if they were dangerous, he said they weren’t. I just dont want another person to put this poison in there body, unless they are told it causes cancer!

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  119. Kelly P

    Wow. So interesting I stumbled upon this. I had breast reduction surgery in 1998 when I was 25. Too much tissue removed and for the next 15 years I agonized over how much ibhated my breasts. For my 40th birthday, I “treated” myself to silicone implants in December 2012. By February, I hated them. I had them exchanged to saline in April 2013. Due to my surgery in 1998, I had mesh slings put in in March 2014 to support the implants. I had so much pain in my right side under my armpit, like sharp shooting pains. In August 2014 I returned to my doctor and had her drain the implants. I was so uncomfortable. In March 2015 I finally had the implants completely removed. I look back over this 2.5 year process and my symptoms and Hashimotos have been off the chain. I have gained 25 pounds and done absolutely nothing different in my food exercise routine. The only variance was repeated breast surgeries. I have felt like no one understood me but I kept saying….it all started after my implants. I feel these were my exact issues (still are)…and happy to see there is a community and I’m not crazy!!!!

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  120. Angela

    My symptoms started within just a few months (2-3). I have put on over 40lbs, when my entire life leading up to this, I couldn’t gain weight to save my life. How common is this illness? If you don’t mind me asking, how much did you have to pay for removal? A few years after I got them, I got capsular contracture on one side and that side is constantly uncomfortable. I often joke saying I should have waited a few months for the surgery, since I got fat I could have just grown my own. Lol.
    Thank you for sharing this!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Angela,
      This illness is becoming common. Most ladies will eventually become sick from their implants. For pricing information please refer to the Explant Surgeon’s list. We started to put pricing on it from ladies who explanted to give you an idea of the range of pricing that exists which is typically $3,500 to over $10,000 not including lifts. Nicole

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  121. Nikki

    I’d love to talk to you about your recovery after having the implants removed. I got mine a year ago and have experienced similar symptoms.

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  122. LAURA

    FOR 35 YEARS, I LIVED WITH THE DOW CORNING DOUBLE-LUMEN SILICONE GEL IMPLANTS, THE SAME IMPLANTS THAT WERE BANNED BY THE FDA. MY PLASTIC SURGEON DIED 10 YEARS AFTER IMPLANTATION SO I WAS UNAWARE THAT I WAS LIVING WITH WITH A SILENT TIME BOMB. MY BREASTS DEVELOPED A SEVERE DEFORMED APPEARANCE FROM ENCAPSULATION. IN ADDITION, I DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, & RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION, BACK PAIN, CRAMPING, CHRONIC FATIGUE, DEPRESSION, PANIC ATTACKS,SPASMS. AFTER AGE 40, I HAD ANNUAL MAMMOGRAMS + ULTRASOUNDS BUT MY BREASTS WERE DEEMED NORMAL. IT WASN’T UNTIL I FELL DOWN A FEW STAIRS IN MY HOME THAT I NOTICED A CHANGE IN MY BREASTS: I FELT EXTRUSION OF THE IMPLANT IN MY RIGHT BREAST, THE SAME SIDE I HAD LANDED ON. MRI WITH & WITHOUT CONTRAST SHOWED INTERNAL & EXTERNAL LEAKING OF THE IMPLANT. AFTER BREAST EXPLANTATION, MY IMPLANTS + CAPSULE + OTHER TISSUE REMOVED WERE EXAMINED BY INNOVAL, A CANADIAN FAILURE DEVICE COMPANY. THEY NOT ONLY FOUND THAT MY IMPLANTS ET AL WERE A COMPLETE TOXIC MESS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE IMPLANTS HAD TURNED HEALTHY TISSUE INTO NECROTIC WASTE TO THE EXTENT THAT MY ORIGINAL 290 CC IMPLANTS HAD TO BE REPLACED BY 350 CC IMPLANTS JUST TO ACHIEVE A NORMAL APPEARANCE; WITHOUT THE NEW IMPLANTS, THE SHAPE OF MY CHEST WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN FLAT, BUT CONCAVE–A SIGNIFICANTLY NOTICEABLE DEFORMITY. I WAS ALSO WARNED THAT THE SILICONE THAT WAS STILL IN MY SYSTEM WOULD CAUSE REJECTION OF MOST PROSTHESES, PARTICULARLY METAL. 12 MONTHS AFTER BREAST SURGERY, MRI OF THE PELVIC REGION SHOWED THAT BOTH MY FEMUR HEADS WERE NECROTIC AND I NEEDED BILATERAL TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY. PROBLEM WAS THAT I HAD CONSTANT HIP DISLOCATION–IT TOOK 7 SURGERIES TO GET THE FEMUR PROSTHESIS TO REMAIN IN PLACE. DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER BREAST IMPLANT SURVIVOR WHO HAS EXPERIENCED REJECTION OF METAL IMPLANTS?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laura,
      Very interesting. I don’t know of anyone else specifically that has rejected metal femur prosthesis due to breast implants but I know many, many ladies including myself that cannot tolerate metals now of any kind ie dental metals etc. Heavy metals toxicity is common in us due to breast implants causing metals toxicity or impairing our ability to detox metals. Also autoimmune symptoms and conditions are known to pick up with any implanted device and so there is a correlation there as well. It has to do with the immune system switching from TH1 dominance to TH2 dominance and fighting things based on producing autoimmune responses. In order to heal the immune system we have to support it to switch back to TH1 dominance by removing anything inflammatory and other processes. Come to the Facebook group, we have some good files on the subject. Nicole

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  123. AliceinW

    After a mastectomy 4 yrs. ago I had saline implants inserted. Right now I am undergoing chemotherapy for large B cell lymphoma. After reading this article I’m wondering if the implants could be the cause of my lymphoma which showed up in the neck lymph nodes. Oncologist said the implants didn’t cause the cancer but … Here are my questions – can the chemo drugs be affecting the implant shell (I would think there’s a possibility) and would insurance cover removal since this could be the cause of my cancer. I have been agonizing over how I got lymphoma but my intuition did alert me to the implants. I’d love some guidance on this.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alice,
      Breast implants have been implicated in ALCL Lymphoma. I am not sure about chemo drugs affect on implants. I think follow your intuition and have your implants properly removed. Several cases of the lymphoma caused by breast implants receded after the implants were properly removed. Nicole

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  124. Loreal Irvine

    Oh my gosh! I’ve been fighting these symptoms pretty much every since my implants were implanted. I’m on thyroid medication, and having BioTe pellets implanted for hormone therapy now. I’ve been tested for everything and still no answers. I was starting to think I was absolutely crazy! Now I am 100% convinced that these implants are making me sick.

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    1. Regina Roberts

      Omg i have have all of these problems ive been to dr after dr and they cant figure it out
      But now that ive seen this mine are coming out this is crazy my dr will have a ear full come Monday. . ive had drs tell me i was crazy its all in my head … Talk about make ya want the go crazy. Its not worth all this i got mine after i had my last son in 2003 and ive never felt pain in my chest but the constant pain every day in my muscles my hair falling out cant sleep not hungry weight loss mood oh lord the mood swings depression its the pain evil twin cause i cant live and be active with out the pain please help i got mine in mobile Alabama

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    2. Bobbi

      Loreal,
      I have been doing the same thing. I am going to be 46 years old next Monday….I have had no energy and achy for the last 6 years. I had silicone implants 9 years ago after my saline implants ruptured. I have been getting BIOidentical testosterone implants hoping that would solve my issue as I am a runnner and my T was borderline low, however, after 16 weeks I’m not feeling any better! I never feel rested. I will push to exercise but I am exhausted for the day. I feel like I’m going to be 86 and it is all within the last 6 years, which is why I blamed it on hormones. I have never had an MRI on my implants and now wonder if they are toxic as I joke often times about feeling like I am getting Alzheimers, which really scares me but i play it off! My memory is terrible, I am fatigued all the time, ache all the time, and have so little energy! I think before I spend thousands more on hormone replacement I should have a frank conversation with my surgeon.! Does anyone know if you replace silicon with saine if the symptoms subside. I never had issues with my saline implants and will be deformed if I simply remove the implants with no replacements. Thanks

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Bobbi,
        We don’t recommend replacing your implants especially when you have the common symptoms of breast implant illness. We recommend explanting properly and then detoxing so you can recover your health. You can always consider fat grafting which is evolving very quickly. Nicole

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  125. Bronwen

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear what you went through. This sounds so similar to my case, expect I still have my implants in.

    I just got cohesive gel implants 9 months ago. I started having fatigue about two months ago. Just summed it up to getting old. I’m only 29, so it didn’t sound like a good excuse. But for the past two weeks straight I’ve been feeling hazy, off balance, slow, confused in crowded spaces, depression, slow coordination. I basically feel like I’m drunk 24-7. Extream sensitivity to light and computer and cell phones. Really hard to even type this. I’ve had many tests to rule out other problems. All kinds of bloodwork, ECG, VCG, C.T scan, been to and E and T specialist. All tests show nothing is wrong with me. I know you are not a doctor, but I wondering if my surgeon could do any testing to rule this a possibility? I’ve only had my implants 9 months and the surgery was so hard on me already. Is it the same recovery process when you have them removed?
    I’m so upset because I saved for so long for these and went throught he’ll recovering. I would get them out because I feel like my life is over. Can’t even take care of my son.
    Is everything okay with you and do you have any advice?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bronwen,
      I understand your reluctance to remove your breast implants especially after you saved for so long to get them and fear to undergo another surgery. There is no test to determine if your implants are causing your symptoms but they are. Cohesive gel implants are highly toxic, the envelope of the implant and the cohesive gel inside are made from aggressive chemicals and these chemicals are poisoning your endocrine system and your organs. Have your implants properly removed, Enbloc, if possible with a Total Capsulectomy and don’t look back. I am almost recovered but it has been a hard, long road to become recovered and I am three years post explant. My recovery from the explant surgery was markedly easier than implant surgery. I was so relieved to have those toxic bags removed. Nicole

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  126. Jasmine

    I’ve been sick for so long, constantly. I’m laying here now with ringing ears. I’ve been to detox retreats, watch what I eat (most of the time). Don’t eat meat and hardly any processed food and I still get sick. I have pins and needles in my face. I have it now, I have numbness in my hand while holding the phone. I try to excercise 3 hours a day to work the toxins out of my body. Not vrazy excercise but walking, yoga and cycling. I thought my house was making me sick but I moved three times. I never even thought it could be my boobs making me sick till yesterday when I seen a post on FB. Now I’m very worried. I’ve been really sick for 5 years or more now. I’ll have to get them checked out and see whats going on. I’ve had them since 2005.

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  127. Delilah Stewart

    What kind of dr do i go to in order to get the proper testing. My breast itch from the inside which can’t be scratched. I told my primary, Gyn. & mammagram dr. They have no clue and said to take benadryl but i would like to know if i have black mold.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Delilah,
      There really is no proper testing to determine if your implants are colonized with fungus or bacteria while they are in your body. If you have symptoms they most likely are colonized and causing the itching. Nicole

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  128. Pam

    My husband sent my to your site. I can check off about 80% of the symptoms on the list of breast implant illness. I have had my implants for about 12 years now and in the last 5-7 years my symptoms have increased. I thought a lot of it was just hormonal and aging but some of them I KNOW are from my implants, such as pain in my armpits, joints and immune issues. I have wanted my implants out for the last 5 years but I cannot afford it. Is there any way to prove this so that insutnace covers some or all of the removal?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Pam,
      Many ladies do get their insurance to cover a portion or the entire removal of their implants. Most insurance covers removal if you have a Bakers IV capsular contracture, if the implants are leaking or ruptured or if they are causing you pain or illness due to infection etc. Nicole

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      1. Sky

        Do you request re-imbursement after the explant surgery, after you know if your implants were diseased and or had the Bakers IV contracture? I’m sure it’s pretty hard to get pre approval for the explant, as the whole picture of what has happened to your implants, and your health, isn’t known until the removal.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Sky,
          Check with your insurance company about their specific pre-approval or approval process for removal of breast implants.

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  129. Alisha

    This is a great article! I have been having unexplained symptoms since I got my implants in 2004. My worst symptom is muscle weakness in my legs and feet. I am currently to the point of using a wheelchair. I have been to every doctor imaginable and have had every test. I discovered Breast Implant Illness by going to a Functional Medicine Specialist who suggested this as my problem. I have a Consultation with Dr. Melmed at the end of November for En Bloc Explantation. I have hope for getting better finally!

    If anyone reading this is considering getting implants…. please DON’T DO IT! God mad you beautiful just the way you are. I regret getting mine because the last 10 years of my life have been changed. I now can only look to a more promising future!

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  130. Natalie

    Hi, I had my silicone implants put in just over 10 years ago. I’ve never had any problems with them until about 3 weeks ago when I they suddenly-and I’m talking within the space of 1 or 2 hours one evening, just sitting at home doing nothing strenuous-started to hurt like hell. First the left, then 2 days later the right. I went for an ultra sound and was told everything looked normal and to the nurse they still felt soft. To me they felt a little hard but nothing too noticeable. It’s now 2 weeks later and the pain hasn’t gone, but also hasn’t increased. I do however now have a bunch of other symptoms; excruciating pain in my upper back (ONLY at night time when I’m lying down); night sweats, extreme fatigue, but again, only in the evenings. I’ve also lost my appetite but think that might be because I’m so worried about what’s wrong with me. My right breast is also now very hard and is sitting much higher, and looks bigger than before…. Just reading what I’m typing makes me come to the conclusion myself I think, but do you think I need to get them removed? I live in Canberra and there’s no one on your list of expert removal surgeons here. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks so much in advance. I’m sorry for the really long message!!

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  131. Gemma

    I am so glad i came across this website. I have a terrible pain around my left breast which is swollen. I have had this three times within last 18 months and was diagnosed with mastitis yet my daughter is four years old and I am 35. My implants are 12 years old and for the past two years I have been generally unwell. Always tired and I get 8 hours sleep im always getting ill and have been on anti depressants because of it last 18 months. I eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. I was convinced I had adrenal fatigue my family think I am crazy and a hypochondriac. My doctor Is referring me to the breast clinic so hopefully the scan will pick up a leaky implant and I can get these removed. This information has convinced me it’s my implant that is problem and I need them out! Regard Gemma from Manchester UK

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  132. Julie

    Oh my goodness! I thought I was going mad! Every surgeon has told me my red rash and arm and hand tingling accompanied by severe pain are NOT connected to the implants and they can’t figure out why, after a 9 or 10 months of having implants (300 mentor under the muscle) I have a 1.5cl of fluid around each implant, with possible rupture on one side??!!! Now I have an under active thyroid, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cold white tingling fingers, night and day sweats and sleepless nights and more!! Mya Cosmetic Surgery (UK) who carried out my surgery, have been APALLING! For the last 4 moths I have been trying to get something done and they won’t pay for anything, just send me to the NHS for ultrasound scan and a dermatologist, now the surgeon insists I have an MRI scan to determine the problem and have the fluid tested that surrounds implant, I have heard nothing from MYA for a week, even though they said they would get A MRI scan appointment! I’m a self employed childminder and I’m losing the use of my left hand due to severe pain in my thumb and finger that starts in my shoulder and under arm! I’m getting desperate but thankfully go back to the NHS breast clinic on the 20th October 2015 and I’m going armed with this info!!! Thank you for your help!!!

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  133. Sarah

    And I should mention that the weight gain happened when I started feeling bad, about two years after the implant surgery. I’ve had hypo thyroid symptoms, weight gain, hair loss, digestive dysfunction, loss of energy, very poor immunity, loss of strength and muscle tone, loss of sex drive, a prolapsed uterus (for no good reason, just out of the blue), chest pain, dry skin and eczema, and varicose/spider veins. I’m only in my 30s and was very healthy before the implants with none of these problems. Not to mention the joint pain, irritability, heart palpitations and mood swings.

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes all of those symptoms can be related to breast implants. Weight gain can be from hypothyroid or from biotioxin illness from fungal overgrowth due to immune dysfunction caused by breast implants and or contact with a moldy building or environment.

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  134. Sarah

    Can I ask your opinion on this? I’ve had implants for 4.5 years and my plastic surgeon is going to do fat grafting to reshape the breasts at the same time she removes the implants. This is because the reason I got the implants in the first place was due to some disfigurement I incurred during military service. I look normal with the implants but will not when they are out. My question is, I am 40 lbs overweight and my surgeon says I should be at my “stable lowest body weight” before she does the fat graft because if I lose the weight after surgery, I will most likely lose the fat grafts due to fat burning. With all my symptoms and problems though I just don’t seem to be able to lose the weight. I’m feeling worse and worse all the time and am wondering if I should give up on having everything done at once… Maybe I should just get the implants out now, work on getting healthy, then worry about the fat grafting after I’m feeling better and have lost the weight. I would like your insight on this. Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      I agree with you and feel that you should explant first, detox and recover and then undertake the fat grafting. Is the price less if you combine the procedures? Nicole

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  135. Chere

    I am getting my saline implants removed tomorrow. I have had them 27 years. I have experienced fatigue, muscle, and joint pain. Sweats constantly. My memory has been terrible. I have swelling in my feet and hands. My health has deteriorated over the last several years. My joints pop and wrists hurt causing severe pain when writing. All these sympoms has caused me to feel depressed. Family and friends have commented on how my bubble personality isn’t there anymore. Hoping to feel alive again! I feel very old, and I’m only 54!

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    1. Patt

      Hi There,
      How are you feeling? I’m explanting 24 yr old saline next month. My symptomolgies are similar to yours! Did you enbloc?!
      Thx you for sharing your important story!
      Patti

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Vicky,
      If you are asking me, YES, I am well now. It took over two years but I feel normal now. I did for the most part use mostly natural methods to heal however 2.5 years after explant, I still had some symptoms hanging on and decided to take prescription antifungals to see if that cleared the balance of my symptoms. Since taking the prescription antifungals, the rest of my symptoms have cleared up and so far remain cleared up.

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  136. Kay

    I have silicone implants (mentor 2002). I have had so many of the symptoms listed. I also have Lyme disease. I have a surgery date coming up at the end of this month and praying every day that getting these implants out will help me and my road to a possible recovery. So many of these symptoms over lap with Lyme disease. Prayers to all :)

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      1. Kay

        Do you find many of your Lyme symptoms overlapping? I just had my implants out two days ago and hoping to get rid of a few symptoms :). My doctor said the implants appeared to be fully intact. They were starting to feel like they were burning inside me. I hope to find out more information tomorrow at my post op appt. Good luck to you and getting rid of your Lyme as well. Both my daughters also have Lyme, yikes!

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    1. Vicki

      Kay – I have Lyme and probably wont be able to get my implants out till first of the year, doctors are booked till then – I’ll find out next week? Will you please update how your doing after explant? My prayers are with you – God bless!!

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      1. Kay

        Yes, will keep you posted. I had them out Monday (two days ago). Of course they are sore. Hoping to get rid of some symptoms. Hard to know which symptoms are Lyme and which could be from implants. I am ready to narrow the list.

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  137. Carla

    Hi- I had silicone implant surgery in 2010. Didn’t have any symptoms (that I recognized anyway) until July 2014. Since then I have had a TON of “autoimmune” symptoms. A lot which are listed above. It started out of nowhere. I was fine one minute, then I wasnt. I had major disequallibrium. My symptoms to date are: fatigue, dizziness, tinnitus, tingling, muscle weaknesses/ cramping, anxiety, etc. I have wondered about my implants for a few months now. Kind of a nagging feeling. This is all so scary for me!

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  138. Jessica

    Hi, i have not gotten any implants yet.. and my surgery date is October 28, 2015. Coming across this site, im having second thoughts. Like seriously im a nervous reck, will i experience this no matter what?? I am 21, weigh 104 , and i am 5’4 . I am really small! and i am flat chested to the ribs! I am getting 250cc round smooth saline under the muscle . The surgeon suggested under the muscle because i apparently do not have enough breast tissue. And I am asking for small implants to begin with! I am a little skinny weakling , i do get sick alot anyways. And all those tests that the surgeon required to be medically cleared for surgery , i’ve learned alot from! I reviewed my results myself, i have a weak inmmune system =( , i am low on iron.. I have somthing called “ketones” in my urine. Also! I have white blood cells and mucus in my urine which makes me at high risk of infection … Which i do get urinary tract infections frequently since i was 11 years old. Doctors tested for any causes of my urinary tract infections because my surgeon is concerned and he didnt want to schedual the surgery day until i see a urologist for my urinary tract infections. Reults came back, im fine! If i were to have a urinary tract infection, it was my fault! I’ve been taking good care of myself , i havent had one for a while. Aside from all this , Before i implant thousands of dollars in my chest, DO ALL WOMEN WHO GET IMPLANTS SUFFER “toxicity and immune dysfunction” ?? LIKE ALL WOMEN? NO MATTER WHAT? because i am freaking out! I dont know what i signed up for now. The sergeon said im good to go . What do you guys think?

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    1. admin Post author

      Jessica,
      Please do not get breast implants. They will ruin your health and life. Everyone IS getting sick from breast implants. The aggressive chemicals used in making implants is toxic to everyone. Silicone is not a safe inert substance, that is a big lie. Please come to the Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group and you will meet hundreds of ladies that have suffered and explanted. There are tons of other facebook groups as well, we are numbering in the 100,000’s. The trend is toward explant now. Women are over these toxic bags and big breasts. Natural is best. Nicole

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    2. Chere

      Jessica, I pray you don’t go through with it! I’m getting them out tomorrow. It’s made me change from being active, to an old lady physically. I can’t wait to have them out, and I’m excited to have the body God gave me😊 just an added heads up, stars in Hollywood are changing the trend, and going back to the nature look. If you goggle stars that had them removed, there are many! Plus smaller breast keep you looking younger. And thinner! Most of the women in Hollywood with small chests are beautiful!!!! Stay beautiful Jessica 👍

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    3. Tina

      Don’t do it! I’ve lost the last 25 years of my life because of illness after implants. My life is horrible!! Miserable and can’t afford to get them out.

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  139. Tammy reneau

    Does insurance pay for them to be removed if they are making you sick ..what kind of Dr do u go to find out how bad they are inflamed. I know mine has been for years .Had them since I was 19 and I’m 47 now ..i think now it’s making me really sick .I have most things the symptoms on the list. Plus more …what can I do …I went to a herb Dr and they told me exactly how bad it was inflamed and where .by looking in my eyes ..I thought this could have been some of problem .but I had no ideal they could cause this much trouble ..I only have the saline implants.
    What can I do…and where do I go

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tammy,
      Start looking for an Explant Surgeon in your area. Check with your insurance to see if your explant will be covered, they are all different. Read all the pages of this website and you will have the information you need to act. Nicole

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        1. admin Post author

          The odd original plastic surgeon does remove breast implants properly (Enbloc, Total Capsulectomy) for their patient however most avoid explanting unless their patient is getting another set of implants. Many ladies have to find another plastic surgeon experienced with explanting properly instead of their original surgeon. Nicole

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          1. Ronna

            Can you give me the name of a good explant surgeon in my area please? I’m in Ft Pierce Fla. Do we schedule for consultations first, and how much does this appt typically cost?

  140. Shawna Dubreuil

    I had Mentor cohesive gel implants done in 2008. I have now been suffering from so many of the symptoms listed here that I cried when I read this. I live in a small northern town in Canada where the health system is poorly run and have been fighting for answers to my pain and other unexplained symptoms for 2 years. I went from being a 38 year old 40 hour a week mechanic in the mine that went to the gym 4-5 days a week, to hardly being able to move after an 8 hour day. I suck up the pain because I’m the only female mechanic this mine has ever had and it’s kind of expected of me, but it’s wearing me down in every mental and physical aspect of life. The mine I am in is a heavy metal mine so my first instinct was to get tested for heavy metals. Being a gym junkie, I know my body, or more so, my muscles from every angle. The Drs kept trying to find arthritis but I know it’s all connective tissue and muscle. I have had every test known so far (even naturopathic) aside from the MRI I am scheduled for in November. They’re looking for MS since my symptoms are all so weird. I was just poking around online out of curiosity today wondering what the odds are that my implants are the issue. Turns out, the odds could be in my favour greatly.

    I’m looking for info on how I can start the process of testing and subsequent removal, all while having it properly documented so it can be used to help others on their decision about getting these implants done. I had them done because I had lost 150lbs and at the age of 35 I had breasts that were over 15″ long and it was a serious hit to my self esteem. I now have zero self esteem and am suffering from such a sadness due to my lack of quality of life that I’m having a tough time keeping my chin up. I need some ideas how I can do this correctly.

    Thanks!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shawna,
      Don’t waste too much time on trying to prove that implants are causing your illness through medical testing and through doctors, there is really no group of tests that will prove it and only a few doctors are beginning to acknowledge that something is up with so many ladies being sick from breast implants. We have all been there and done that and it is a waste of our precious time and energy. You know it is your implants and so do we and so do large numbers of other women explanting or already explanted and recovering in online communities supporting awareness. Mentor cohesive gel implants are made with highly aggressive chemicals and heavy metals that poison us and our precious endocrine glands and organs. Breast implants in general cause immune dysfunction and silicone is a known adjuvant (substance that stimulates autoimmune symptoms and diseases). Breast implants overwhelm our immune system and cause all sorts of other co-infections to thrive like mold, fungus, Candida, bacteria, viruses and Lyme. Breast implants and these co-infecctions cause inflammation which really hampers detoxificiation, your body won’t detox if inflammation is high. I suggest instead, go right to explant. Your explant must be Enbloc, if possible, and always Total Capsulectomy. All capsule tissue must be removed for your best recovery. Leaving capsule tissue will hamper or prevent your recovery. You may have to travel for your explant. Which part of Canada are you from, I can suggest an Explant Surgeon for you? After your explant, assess your symptoms to see if antifungals are required as most need antifungals. Some of us have mold in the chest and most of us have Candida in the gut and fungus systemically due to leaky gut. Next get a hair test to get a handle on your body minerals and toxic heavy metals. Depending on your heavy metals you may have to do some chelation and will have to supplement low minerals. Oral chelation is the safest and cheapest route to go and you can order chelators on line if you need them. I will read your hair test when you get it because they are not straight forward. I can direct you where to get a hair test on line as well. After that it is a matter of detoxing the chemicals and any silicone over time using good diet and supplements to support the process. Read all the pages of this website and come to the Facebook group and we will guide you more from there. See you soon. Nicole

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      1. Shawna Dubreuil

        I’m in Northern Manitoba. We have to travel for everything here. I just really think this answers all my questions in the weird things happening. They’re thinking MS and the symptoms are so close.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Shawna,
          Yes it is your implants causing your illness and not MS. We have had several other ladies misdiagnosed with MS whose symptoms cleared up after explant and detoxification including the brain lesions. My surgeon was in Canmore, Alberta, Dr. Thomas Sinclair, and he did a proper Enbloc, explant removing all capsule tissue cost $3,750.00 in 2013 and I highly recommend him. I know of surgeons in Saskatchewan and Ontario as well and those provinces cover the cost of explants, not sure about Manitoba. If you come to the Facebook group you can speak with the ladies who explanted with those surgeons. The Facebook group is called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. Nicole

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      2. Ronna Perry

        Hello
        I am in shock right now. I am presently experiencing complete body aches, burning under my left breast, constant fatigue, headaches, etc. and I have also focused on my nutrition along with exercise. And I’ve not had any relief. Never would I have connected this to my breast implants. I was watching tv last night and stumbled upon a program called there’s monsters in my body. There was a case where a woman had severe symptoms and it went on for a long time until a doctor determined it was probably from her implants.
        What did you do after your implants were removed? Ive had my saline implants for approx. 15 years. I cant imagine what Id look like and what people would think if all of a sudden I had little breast. The show said implants should be replaced every 10 years especially if any symptoms were occurring.
        Thank you for any input.
        Ronna

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Ronna,
          For your highest well being and recovery, we don’t recommend re-implanting another set of implants. I did nothing after my explant. My breasts are fine with me in their natural state however some get fat transfer which is really evolving now and will eventually be preferable to breast implants. Nicole

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    2. Susan

      Hi,

      Thank you for your story! I had silicon implants put in 6 weeks ago. Last week I had them removed! I instantly had a feeling that something was wrong and that they were toxic in my body. I had aches in my legs, headaches, sleepless nights, anxiety and panic attacks. I am nearly 1 week post op from having the implants removed, I just wanted to know what is the detox you are talking about?

      Thanks!

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  141. Bronagh Harte

    Hello, please can you help. I’ve suffered from eczema my whole life I’m 31 but when I got my implants in 4mths ago my eczema has flared up hugely and is now more angrier and spreading to areas it wa never before. Do you think the implants have triggered this and what do you think I should do? Apart from my eczema I’m fit and heathy.

    Sincerely Bronagh Harte.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bronagh,
      Eczema is an autoimmune symptom. Breast implants stimulate autoimmune symptoms and diseases. Silicone is a known adjuvant (a substance that stimulates the immune system). Yes, your breast implants are making your eczema worse. The world is getting over big breasts, they are not worth it, get an explant and recover. Also, Bronagh, do you have mercury amalgams?

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  142. Kelly

    Hi all. I’ve had my saline breast implants in for 17 years. I have been sick with many of these symptoms for the past 4 years. My doctors can’t find any reason for my muscle weakness, fatigue, ear ringing, vertigo, weight grain, brain fog, heart palpitations, etc. I am going to contract a plastic surgeon to discuss their removal. I will check back as I progress through this process.

    Thanks for the help! This just might be the solution,

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    1. Ronna

      This is my story also. Until I saw a story on tv last night I would have never considered it might be my implants. I’m nervous about all this.
      Ronna

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rhonda,
      Yes, a bloated stomach is an indication of a fungal infection in the gut and possibly systemically and is a common symptom. Biotoxins produced by mold and fungus mess with our leptin receptors in our hypothalamus and cause weight gain as well. Nicole

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  143. julie

    Hello to all my fellow sufferers from breast implants. This website I believe saved me! I had mentor smooth saline for 8 yrs. I’m now 43. After finding this site and reading all of the stories I was convinced that my symptoms were from my implants. I never considered this before. It was like a light went on. I had all the autoimmune stuff- hypothyroid. Insomnia, hair loss, ringing ears, scary mental fog, joint pain, weakness, depression, panic attacks, sensitivity to light sounds and medicines heart palps dry body and mouth. All the stuff! I was explanted Aug. 31st by Dr. George Chatson in Massachusetts. Because of the info on here I did en bloc and had the capsules removed. Surgery went so great and I was scared as I felt on deaths door going in to it. I think you don’t see a ton of success stories because a lot of us move on to detox and recovery support groups. I am feeling so much better. The best description is that I don’t feel that Google every symptom I’m dying feeling. I still am managing symptoms but I feel alive again. Explain that breast implant makers!! I just wanted to give a word of encouragement to any suffering women out there. There are a lot of women getting better but I think a lot of us are so glad we just move on to catching up on all the life we missed. I may have a set back but I am living proof it WAS my implants. Good luck ladies.

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    1. Bobbi

      Julie
      Where in MA did you go? I am in MA and have been struggling for the last 6 years. I had silicone implants 9 years ago as my saline ones ruptured after 12 years. I never had issues with Saline and now know I will be deformed with no implants(after seeing my ruptured breast) Did you have recontruction of some kind? Do you mind me asking how much it cost? I love my new surgeon( my old one retired) but I know not all do the explants, so I am looking for local contacts. Thanks!!

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  144. Amy

    Since getting my saline implants last Sept 2014. My ateola stitches split? So they said after summer to go back to fix it. Super super itchy!!! I want to rip my right breast off sometimes (like right now )… Been on 3 rounds antibiotics and a cream too. I gained 30lbs, very tired, foggy brain,heart papataions, lots of hair loss, cuts that takes weeks to heal, body soreness, headaches, can’t drink certain things, can’t sleep ect. My primary doctor agrees all this not normal but can’t figure anything out. All my labs have come back normal. My new cardio doctor is the one trying to figures this out. I just came across this article and am shocked by all this. I would of never thought my implants could be the issue. My PS is 6 hours away so will have to figure out a plan to visit soon somehow.

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  145. Tania

    Oh my! I have many of those symptoms and had the suspicion of being related with breast implant. However, no plastic surgeon ever tells you that! Did your health problems get away after implant removal?
    Thanks for sharing this info, by the way!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tania,
      Yes, after 2.5 years since explant, 90 per cent of my symptoms are now gone. I no longer have autoimmune diseases. I am living a normal life compared to being practically bedridden and not functioning prior to explant. Nicole

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  146. Micheleen Shaffer

    I had no idea implants could cause so many problems. Over the past 6 years since getting my implants I have been getting progressively sicker but NEVER gave thought to it might be my implants. I found out roughly 2 months ago both my implants are ruptured and they believe have been for some time. The right, intracapsular & the left, extra capsular. I got the implants June 2009, by August 2009 I was hospitalized for 1 week due to a severe migraine, after that for the next 4 years I was bedridden most of spring and fall due to migraines , I would sleep for days. In 2011 I found lumps under my left armpit, I started having body drenching night sweats, stomach issues, constant reoccurring sinus and ear infections. I was making weekly visits to the chiropractor for neck & shoulder pain. 2012 I had sinus surgery after this my sinus issues have gotten worse, now I lymph nodes in my groin, spring 2015 the terrible fatigue set in, and muscle and joint pain in my legs and arms… Winter 2015 can’t be outside in the cold because my fingers start burning. I’m extremely cold all the time. I love to workout and I refuse to give up. I do what I can, I actually cry getting through my workouts. I was a runner but had to give that up because of my legs. And the mental fog. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I’m in my own body😞. My implants are mentor smooth silicone gel round….

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  147. Andrea

    Hi, I have almost all of the above symptoms and was even hospitalized. I can’t afford at this time to get my implants removed, can I die from this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      We suggest to not put off removal as time is of the essence in regard to your health and you will continue to decline over time. The earlier your implants are properly explanted the better and faster you will recover if all aspects of your detoxification are addressed. Can you borrow the money from relatives? Nicole

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    2. Traci

      Hi Andrea, there are several companies out there that offer financing for plastic surgery. CareCredit is one of the popular ones. They frequently have specials such as 24 months interest free which makes it more affordable to do this. I am going for a consult on Oct. 22 to get mine removed. I can’t wait. I haven’t felt well since having them placed 8 years ago. I have saline under the muscle and have experienced many of the symptoms listed in this article.

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  148. Nina Davis

    Thank you for this information.
    I have issues since I got my implants in. Started with shooting pains in left breast, which I still get after 8months of getting them in. I have been getting joint pains, muscle pains, fatigue, headaches, Started getting all these systems after my implants. Went to specialust trying to figure this out. I even let my surgen know about these sysmptoms that i just have not been feeling well ever since my implants hsve been in. I am a workout freak and since thses problems have occured i barely make once a week if im feeling well to workout. Thank you! I’m thinking of getting them out only after 8 months of having them.
    Nina Davis

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  149. Karen

    Hi,
    I found this site looking up inflammation of the breast. I have Mentor smooth saline implants sub muscular since 2005. And about 4 months ago I notice that my left breast looked funny and bigger than my right, felt around no lumps. Then 2 months ago I spotted a red patch of skin (looks like a sunburn) about 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (it has gotten a little bigger) some days it is an angry red and others a pink/red color with swelling of my left breast coming and going. Soon after I notice the red rash my underarm started to ache and burn, my breast pain has progressive has gotten worse all the lymph nodes in the outer part of my breast to my armpit hurt I can barely touch the outside and top of my left breast anymore. I had an mammo and ultrasound and both came back b9. I just an MRI yesterday and I’m still awaiting for the results. I have taken antibiotice with no help.
    Could this be caused by my implants?
    Thank you so much for you time!
    Karen J.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karen,
      Sounds like you may have a fungal or bacterial infection in your left breast. Breast implants impair our immune system and cause immune system dysfunction allowing opportunistic organisms such as mold/fungus and bacteria to grow unchecked. Almost 100 per cent of the saline ladies have mold in the chest wall as do many silicone. Time to explant, take antifungals and treat any other co-infections and detox. Nicole

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      1. Sheryl

        My husband saw a show about a lady who was sick from her implants and said it sounded just like me. So I googled it and came to your article I have everyone of these symptoms and have for years. I had saline mentor implants put in ten years ago and started getting sick right away I NEVER thought of it being my implants. Three months ago my left one ruptured I had them replaced 10 days ago with silicone and feel even worse than before. For several months now I have enlarged lymph odes along my collar bone and all the other symptoms fibromyalgia so bad my muscles in my legs Jump like crazy I can barely drive now since the surgery I have ab headache so bad it’s deep and unbearable. I had to Borrow money to get them replaced I will never get the money up now to get them out. I just sent a request to join your fb group I am going to make an appointment with my primary what should I tell her? That I think I have mold or fungus infection? What tests should I ask for? I’m terrified now that I’ve connected the dots

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        1. Sheryl

          Also my hair falls out so bad handfuls I’m so weak and can’t focus sweating all the time deep pain in bones and joints you name it I got it I used to be so active and I’m ALWAYS nauseous I have to take phenergan every day or I throw up

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  150. Jayne

    Hi.
    For many years I have suffered with so many symptoms listed. The worst one being nearly total hair loss. I had Mentor cohesive gel implants sub muscular 11 years ago. After so many visits over the years to my GP , I suggested so many times if it could be my implants. I think the time has come to have them removed. I live in Manchester, England and would really appreciate your guidance as I don’t trust anyone in the medical field anymore. Kind regards, Jayne

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  151. Miller

    I just wanted to thank you for this site. It’s a scandal that surgeons don’t put this much detail of the repercussions of the surgerys they perform. As for myself I have MANY of those symptoms and hopefully will be getting them out within the next yr. Thank you thank you thank you for this site. I wish I could hug you!

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    1. Wendy

      Hi Miller I to have a lot of the symptoms I will be researching a good surgeon to carry out the procedure I am feeling very fatigued at the moment not myself at all , I have been diagnosed with under active thyroid . I wish you luck on your journey. Wendy.

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      1. Julie

        Me too Wendy and I’ve never had a problem with my thyroid gland before getting sick with these
        disgusting not to mention expensive implants! Julie

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    2. Mary

      With all due respect this is cosmetic and they make you sign a waiver. Additionally, they are in it to make money. I have the cohesive gel ones myself and am considering getting mine out and replacing with fat transfer.

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      1. Julie

        Mary, then they should give us the true facts and not hide behind lies, all of us women aren’t suddenly sick for no reason, we are being poisoned to make others rich! Is this ethical and moreover why is it even legal???

        Julie

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  152. Ann

    Hi all!!

    I am sooo glad I found this site!! I was thinking about implants for the longest time and decided after I finished breast feeding my youngest I was going to do something for myself. Well I did not even get half way through this page before I changed my mind! I am shocked, and sorry to those who have such issues. I was unaware of some of things you ladies described. SO my point is I just want to thank you guys for sharing your stories and helping me make a final decision about implants and loving my moobs (mom boobs) just the way they are!! I hope everyone has a fast and healthy recovery:)

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  153. Aimee

    Hi everyone

    Thank you for your awareness I hope you can help me:

    I have mentor breastimplants inserted thru the nipple and i think 300cc . Currentely i am suffering g from autoimmune problems, huge allergies, infections , hearing loss. But the absolute worst is TINNITUS. I am schedelbeen for stapedctomie surgery to fix my ear but i always wonderen if the cause is otoscleroses or Some infection. i also had a very bad eye infection.

    My Questions:
    1. How do i find a good surgeon to remove them? I don t want to got to me old one.
    2. Is removal a complicated procedure or costly

    Tyvm Aimee

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  154. Fernanda Scalera

    I had mentor breast silicone gel implants placed in May 2006. About two weeks ago after a series of tests, the last being a contrast MRI I found that both my implants have extracapsular raptures. I am VERY overwhelmed right now, as I am symptomatic. I live in the Sarasota FL area, a mother of 4, 45yrs old, an avid runner and running coach. I train rigorously for two marathons a year and race various other distances. I consulted Dr Barnett here in the area, she will be doing my explantation hopefully in two weeks or so. I so very much like her and it makes me feel in great hands that your website recommends her.
    I started feeling localized breast symptoms 4 months ago with a swollen axillary lymph node, although she believes this has been going on for at least a year. It has now developed into silicone mastitis, low grade fever and cold like aches. According to my MD I have Silicone uptake in both my axillary lymph nodes as well granulomas. I suspect through the years I’ve had many skin related issues, on and off unexplained blurred vision, an a harsh bout of iron deficiency anemia, that in my recollection started after I had the augmentation.
    The general surgeon I initially saw, thought that all the running might have contributed to the extreme disintegration of my implants. I’m very small and light weight, I have 350ccs in place. I never thought I would find my self in this position. 9 years to me does not seem like a very long time for the severity of my issue, I guess the extracapsular raptures could not be any worse. I do not want fear to take the best of me, thinking about the long term side affects of the silicone in my lymphatic system and breast tissues, I know she will do her best to clean out. I pretty much eat and live a healthy life style as you have described in your detox, will definitely follow it more closely once I get the implants out. The added financial stress does not help matters. I would like to reconstruct without implants, however the cost is very high. Not sure if people seek to get compensation for medical expenses right from the manufacturer? I had my augmentation surgery in Colombia where I am from. If any one has any advice or comments I welcome them. Thank you for all your helpful info, it is lots for me to absorb right now. In the future I would like to be a part the studies etc as I would like to know if other endurance athletes have experienced such extreme ruptures.

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  155. Amber

    I have the gummy bear implants which is the happening thing and I’ve noticed the outer part of my breast burning really bad and I’m having some hair loss. I’ll have them a year October 2nd. I’m going to make an appointment to get them checked out.

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  156. Margo Milianta

    I have been suffering the past three years with what the doctors call a rare case of dermatitis…recently I have developed something like athletes foot on my hands…my skin is so dry it is almost unbearable…foggy brain, muscle pain, etc. I have many symptoms you listed. My breast implant is scheduled for October 2…I was thinking I would cancel until I read your article, thank you for sharing what I suspected. I am taking a horrible drug called Cyclosporine to keep the itch down but I have several side affects caused by the durg. Fear of never getting better is often my mantra.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Margo,
      You’ll get better. It’s not an overnight process though. Take it step by step. Proper explant first, then treat the mold/fungus/Candida and other co-infections if they exist. Nicole

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      1. Sumiye Plaszewski

        Wow! I am happy to have come across this valuable information. Explant consultation has been booked after reading this. I have more than 1/2 of these symptoms. Had no idea why I was experiencing all of the discomfort, inflammation, and pain. I detoxed and could not believe how much better I felt however, I never felt 100% healthy. Now I know why. After my explantation I most definitely will continue my plant based diet and include another detox.
        Once again, so thankful to have found this site. You’re a blessing!

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  157. chere

    I have been experiencing Fatigue, muscle/joint pain, inflammation, muscle weakness, for a while. My Dr. did blood work, and all came back normal. I had saline implants since 1988.I am now 54. I feel even though blood work is fine, these issues are related to implants. What is your opinion?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chere,
      Yes, your symptoms are from your implants. Saline implants cause broad mold/fungus infections (and other co-infections) in our body due to immune dysfunction and these infections are causing your fatigue, muscle/joint pain, inflammation and muscle weakness. Have a proper explant which means Enbloc, if possible, and with a Total Capsulectomy. Take prescription antifungals and treat any other co-infections. Nicole

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  158. Kani

    I too have silicone implants that were put in October 2011…starting July of 2012 I began to have pain in both knees. Then in August of 2013 I presented with pain in my right femur that within a couple of weeks I could hardly walk. Doctors at first thought I had a tumor …but it turned out to be edema in the bone which was a suspected stress fracture, for no reason. Two months later both my feet began to hurt so bad I could hardly put them on the floor. I went to many doctors with my feet and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong, Since that time, I also had shingles twice within a years time..and about 5 ear infections. I had a horrible virus in July of 2014 and the flu In December of 2014. I also had a rash come up on my left breast that also got infected with pseudomonas infection which hospitalized me for five days with introvenious antibiotics and steroids to get me well. The rash had been and is still on my breast that showed up in December of 2013. My right foot has progressively gotten worse and MRI shows edema in that foot bone as well. In January of 2014 my left rib started hurting and a scan showed edema in a bone of my T7, but the nerve connected to that bone is connected to the rib area. In October of 2014 my right elbow began to get inflamed for no reason ..I had a steroid shot and it got better. Now as of April 2015 my elbow has started to get inflamed again and it is worse than ever. I have disturbed sleep now that has started in the past few months. My ears ring from time to time. I have had blood work and nothing shows up. I feel as though I have soft tissue issues for whaever reason. I now am scheduled to get the implants removed at the end of September and I hope and pray I get better. This is been a horrible couple of years…any advice on anything I need to do? The doctor is going to put drains in…also…is there any recourse with any law suits?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kani,
      I’m happy to hear you are scheduled for an explant. Please ensure that your explant is Enbloc, if possible, and with a Total Capsulectomy (all capsule tissue must be removed to ensure your best recovery). After reading the Detoxification page of this website, please come to our facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by clicking the facebook button on any page for more information on detoxification and support during your recovery. We also have a legal group on Facebook called Breast Implant Class Action Lawsuit where we keep ladies informed of developments in regard to lawsuits. Nicole

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  159. Daniele albanese

    I have silicone implants. I have a lot of the symptoms you describe. I did not know breast implants can cause all these things. I was googling breast implant pain and came across your article. I will pass this along to other survivors. I thought my symptoms were just from the chemo.

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  160. Ingrid

    Hi and thank you for your valuable information. I do not have breast implants, but have had a silicon ring inserted to hold my uterus in place. This was last December. I have since experienced many of the symptoms you mentioned. I am certain that I am also suffering from silicon toxicity. Will make an appointment with my naturopath a sap and if you are interested I will keep you posted. Also I value any input you may wish to share. Many thanks, Ingrid

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ingrid,
      Yes, those silicone rings, IUD’s, mesh slings etc are also causing toxicity and symptoms in many woman. There are lawsuits pending on many silicone medical devices now. Please do keep us informed Ingrid. Nicole

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  161. Joy

    Hi Nicole,
    I have had breast implants in now for eleven years, i have chronic mouth ulcers which appeared when i packed up smoking eighteen months ago (up to sixteen at any one time) the doctors can’t work out whats wrong so i took up smoking again which i didn’t want to do but it is the only way to relieve my symptoms.
    I now have inbetween one and three, i have an itchy scalp and forehead, big acne type boils on my bottom. Have you heard of these symptoms relating to implants? my specialist cannot work out whats going on, but does think they are linked. I have only just thought of my implants.
    I would appreciate your thoughts.
    Thank you Joy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Joy,
      Those mouth ulcers are a symptom. Other ladies have found some herbal mouthwashes that help ease the symptoms. Sounds like you have a mold/fungal infection too which is common in saline and can cause some symptoms you describe. Breast implants impair our immune system and endocrine system so infections of all kinds grow: bacterial, fungal, viral. Best to get your implants removed properly, treat the mold/fungus and detox in order to recover your health. Nicole

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    2. Joy

      Hi Nicole, I appreciate your response. My implants are silicone not saline, sorry i didn’t make that clear. My mouth specialist is really supportive in trying to find the cause of the mouth ulcers and says it’s definitely not packing up smoking as i still have them when i smoke just not as many. My mouth is super sore and sensitive all the time…ulcers cuts and slits in my mouth. Itchy scalp.
      I have spoken to a lady at the Nuffield hospital and she thinks i need to see a plastic surgeon that specialise’s solely in the breast and reconstruction, but she says he will want an ultrasound to see if there is a rupture. Just don’t really have a clue where to start.

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      1. Joy

        Ooh sorry forgot to mention dead tingly arms on waking. I wanted your opinion as i don’t think one lady on here has mentioned mouth ulcers/sores i have not been free of the nasty blighters for 18 months.
        Has anyone reported if the ulcers went after explant?

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  162. Emma

    Im Reading this and crying… I have had my mentor silicon implants for 1,5 years and have been sick for a year now. This last month I have been so sick that I cant get out of bed. I have most of the symptoms described above and have had all tests possible (MS,Lyme etc) but no doctor can find whats wrong with me. I contacted my PS to ask him if it could be the implants but he told me that they never had a problem with that brand of implants, I get now thats not the case. I live in Sweden and cant find a single site of people who have been tru this or has any experience with a good explant doctor. I dont know what to do right now

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Emma,
      Your implants must be removed, Enbloc, if possible with a Total Capsulectomy and you may have to use a different surgeon in order to have them removed. All capsule tissue must be removed as it is contaminated with the silicone chemicals which are causing your symptoms. Read all the pages of this website which will give you all the information you need. Nicole

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      1. Emma

        My ps will not remove the capsule tissue, only the implants. I cant find a plastic surgent in Sweden that will do that unless the implants are ruptured, and they arent. I cant get any help with this. Will I make any progress with just removing the implants? That is my only choice right now. I feel totaly helpless..

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Emma,
          I highly suggest that you seek out a plastic surgeon that will remove your implants properly which means Enbloc, if possible, and with a Total Capsulectomy which means all capsule tissue is removed. In this community we know that women recover better and quicker if all the capsule tissue is removed. You may have to go to another surgeon in Sweden or even travel to find the a plastic surgeon that removes implants properly. Research the approved PIP surgeons, they know how to take out implants properly and understand the necessity of doing so. Nicole

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  163. Renee Bradley

    Can anyone please explain what dryness throughout the body is? I had silicone implants put in this April after having Saline implants for 10 years, and two months after I had them put in I started having really dry skin that turned into wrinkles on my arms followed by muscle pain and weakness and loss of elasticity. I feel a pain sensation in my skin and now it’s also on my neck and chest and legs too. Is this related to breast implants do you think? Please I need some advice… If it is I’m going to immediately have them removed. Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Renee,
      Dryness in the glands means that they are no longer producing the hormones that they usually produce. When adrenals and thyroid (and our the other five glands) dry up many of our body processes start to go haywire. Silicone chemicals are know endocrine disruptors and disrupt our glands so they no longer work well. Yes, it is your implants causing your symptoms. These new silicone implants have very aggressive chemicals in them which poison us quickly. In addition, was a total capsulectomy down when you removed your saline implants? Left over capsule tissue and saline implants are a breeding ground for mold/fungus and a fungus co-infection may also be present in the chest wall and throughout the body. Nicole

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      1. Renee

        No I don’t believe a total capsulectomy was performed. I wasn’t aware of this. My body is so dry and my skin has changed dramatically in 2 months for the worse. I’m loosing elasticity and my skin is very uncomfortable. Do you think if I have my implants removed my skin will improve? I’ve been really depressed over this and the surgeon that performed my surgery also over manipulated the pocket on right side. I’m hoping to have implants removed and have a lift as well and hopefully a surgeon can get them both looking similar. I just want to be healthy and back to my normal self. Thank you!

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  164. Deborah

    This is real and can be very serious. I recently had my implants removed en bloc capsulectomy. The toll my implants took on my health is unbelievable. I actually was not nearly as bad as a few people I spoke with who had similar issues. I will have immune problems the rest of my life and need to be on a ton of immune builders, vitamins, etc . Trust me, they were not worth it,!!#

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    1. Alyssa

      Are you feeling better? So curious because I see people getting their implants removed but no follow up stories. I have been struggling and don’t know if it is my cohesive gel implants or adrenal glands or what. Any help you can give me would be so greatly appreciated. Or if I could give you my email/phone number I would so love to talk with you. Thank you! Alyssa

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Alyssa,
        Come to our Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by clicking on the Facebook button on any page of this website and you can meet and talk to over 300 women in various stages of explant and recovery. Nicole

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  165. Amy L

    In addition to everything on that list, with exception to Lyme disease in lymphoma, which I was tested for both though, I have a few other issues that I wonder about… Like vitilago in my groin area. Darkening of my vagina. Unusual acne & backne that doesn’t heal.
    I’m 36 now. I haven’t felt right since getting my implants 10 yrs ago. I already had an autoimmune disease (Graves disease), so I never should have had foreign objects put into my body. I just assumed I was developing more autoimmune diseases because I already had one & have always been under a lot of stress.
    I have progressively become sicker, especially the past couple of years. Lately I feel like I’m slowly dying. I typed in my symptoms & this popped up.
    I know with every fiber of my being that it’s my implants & I cannot wait to get them out of my body.
    Reading through all this, I could cry. Thank you for posting this! I have no idea why my Dr’s, with all my specialists & everything I have been through, why wasn’t this brought up. I had one Dr order a scan a few yrs ago to make sure they were in tact, but that was it.
    I have saline, btw.. under the muscle, placed through my belly button.
    I read that it’s extremely important that the surgeon not break the implant inside of your body to remove, but that fully cut around the scar tissue, remove entire implant & scar tissue.

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  166. Amy C

    I got my cohesive gel implants removed 4 years ago, but I am still problems. I have a silicone allergy now. I used those scar therapy strips, which are silicone, and I got a huge itchy rash. Does anyone know how to detoxify once the implants are removed?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amy,
      Yes, silicone, silicone dioxide and even silica allergies are not uncommon after your immune system has dealt with breast implants. With cohesive gel implants, chemical toxicity is one of the main culprits of our illness however there can be bacterial and fungal co-infections present as well which must be treated. Please read the Detoxification page here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/ for some guidelines for detoxification and come to the facebook group (by clicking on the facebook button below) so you can connect with ladies that are recovering. Nicole

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  167. Lesley

    I have been in severe pain for five months. Short of breath right now. Told I have liver and kidney problems.scheduled surgery next week and told a new silicone implant that will not leak is available. Confused and depressed. I may be just vain. I do not want to be totally flat especially because I have had some sort of implant since 17. …now 45. Suggestions?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lesley,
      All implants leak, none are safe. All implants degrade over time and cause toxicity and immune dysfunction among other illnesses. What is more important your health or how you look? Nicole

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  168. Lunaxo

    Is it possible to have some of this symptoms after only 1,5 month post op, like ear ringing, memory problems and low energy. (Sorry on my english). I have polyurethane Silimed.
    Thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lunaxo,
      Yes, it is possible to have symptoms right after implantation and it is happening often with these new generation of implants which contain very aggressive chemicals. Nicole

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  169. Maria Tersigni

    I have been having almost ALL of the symptoms the last 5 years. Crazy that I’m now just realizing it is my implants… and they are 30 years old. Scheduled for explant surgery with Dr. Chun in Newport Beach on the 17th of Sept.’15. My husband and I are praying that us what it is. 🙏

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    1. Amy L

      Wow, same here! I have been diagnosed with almost everything on the list too. All but MS, which I was tested for twice.
      Not sure if I can afford to have mine removed right now or if insurance will cover.
      I have had exactly 10 yrs to the month. They’re saline.
      Sometimes I literally wonder if I’m dying, it’s ridiculous. The thought of feeling the way I used to would be incredible. I have been sick for years! It’s become debilitating. I would do anything to fell better.
      Please keep us posted if you wouldn’t mind…
      Good luck!

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  170. Emma B

    Thank you to everyone for sharing their stories.

    I have had cohesive gel implants in 2003 as a young woman. I have developed a number of aliments over the years and have seen countless specialist who all could not give me any answers. All my aliments only get worse with time. After much research and coming across articles like thus, it all makes sense. I have chronic vertigo, heart palpitation, anxiety, panic attacks, hair loss, fatigue just to name a few. I have also developed many allergies to foods and the worst of it all is allergies medications. I have scheduled appointments to discuss my options for explanation but due to my compromised immune system I am terrified of how my body will react to the anesthetics and medication/antibiotics that follow the surgery. I hope that this will be the first step to recovery and living a better life.

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  171. Patti

    I had had to have my silicone from 1982 redone only to start having seizures 3 years later. We had tested everything under the sun when these lumps started to appear. Just now working with neurologist and surgeon to help me through this change in my life.

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  172. Alan

    I had a prothesis testicle put in about 3 months ago and too are starting to get some of these symptons. I have been to the doctor had blood tests and nothing really seems to be very wrong yet I feel so ill most of the time. The prothesis has gone rock hard and feels sore. Do not have any silicon implant they are really bad for your overall health. I have just come back from seeing my urologist who is going to take it out in a few weeks.

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  173. Katt

    Omg!!! I just got my implants in nov 2014 and starting in jan 2015 i got what i thought was chickenpox! Now im covered in sores on hips and buttocks and i just had ent dr do scope cuz i cant swallow ! Im also getting sores on scalp and chest im sensitive to light yet no eye problems per eye dr!! No one can get these sores gone or find out what they are. So tired i have to lay down during day and i am not a napper. I have a constant cough . Hair sheds like crazy i think i may lhave just found out my problem are these implants but just seems so soon!?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Katt,
      No, it is not too soon to be experiencing symptoms. Many, many women are having immediate symptoms from toxic breast implants. Nicole

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  174. Susan Rubesh

    I too saw the Yolanda Foster story. It really has me upset as I have been diagnosed with lupus, Hashimoto’s thryroid fibromyalgia, asthma and various sinus infections. That’s all I can remember I’m sure there are more as I looked at the list of syptoms. This is my second pair of silicone implants they have been in for 17 years. The first pair one was encapsulted and the other leaked. I am going on my 3rd week on bronchitis with sinus infection and I am so tired of it all.
    I am ready to call the doctor who put them in and ask to extract them. I saw a few positive results on utube. I really feel as if I have ben poisoned, my health just keep going downhill.

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  175. Sue Walker

    i have 99% of the ailments listed on the symptoms chart. :( to include stage 3 kidney failure. Most recently, diarrhea, and sleeplessness no matter how strong sleeping pills I take. Exhaustion, probably due to lack of sleep, chronic dry mouth and a few others…
    Do you think my original plastic surgeon would consider doing my extraction surgery? Is it appropriate that I ask him?
    Thx

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  176. Kerry Anne

    I got my silicone breast implants in May of 2011. Right around that time I started having hypothyroid symptoms: weight gain, extreme fatigue, emotional lability, etc. I was eventually diagnosed with hypothyroidism in January of 2012 after my TSH went from 2.5 in August to 4.9 in January. I’ve been on meds ever since but still suffer from nagging symptoms of brain fog, fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, and other issues. I’m currently pregnant with my second child but will be looking to have my implants removed when I’m done breast feeding. I am looking forward to having my small breast back and hopefully finding remission of symptoms.

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  177. holly

    Hi – I got my saline implants through the armpit from a top ps 21 years ago. I have always gotten mri,mammo, and ultrasound and everything has looked fine. I was pretty sickly as a child and had a horrific time delivering my only natural child in 1991. They almost had to break my pelvis and he had heart abnormalities that have since gone away. That next year, I got implants because I was a playboy/Venus swimwear model and the pregnancy left me with two old banana peel boobs.
    Everything went fine and my dr says that he has many women who have their saline implants post 20 years and not to worry.
    I had a hysterectomy due to heavy periods, which I had since age 15 in 2010. I also had vaginal cancer surgery. I was also dxed with lupus and sjogrens syndrome that same year. I have had symptoms like the face rash and raynauds long before I got my implants. I was also a lifetime fainter. My mom had me tested a few times for lupus as a child. But about 15 years after my implants, I started getting joint pain, fatigue, weak neck, extreme dry eye and mouth and flu like symptoms. I also have had tinnitus nonstop for 4 years. I just finished 2 years on benlysta infusions (monthly) because they were OK but I was getting extreme stomach bloating, which I now found out is common with benlysta. My body gets so painful, I can’t walk. I take a small dose of prednisone and feel better, but it makes me beyond deoressed. I don’t get infections or even the flu for that matter. I was dxed by a positive ANA, which remains positive, and other positive blood tests. I just read this morning about Yolanda Foster finding out she has a ruptured silicone implant and that could have been why she had so many neuro lymes symptoms. I don’t have the money to get them taken out ($3,000) and I certainly don’t have the money to make them not look like deflated balloons. Due to my positive lupus bloodwork, no doctor would sign off for insurance for removal. I have asked my rheumatologist, neurologist, etc if it could be my implants and they all say no. They have never even given me a pain or a problem. But now my life is torn apart and I don’t know what to think. Is my lupus all fake? The rashes joint pain hot face, typical lupus symptoms all due to unruptured saline inplants?
    And I would get them taken out, just to see, because I no longer care how I look, I gave up on that a while ago. I look like the walking dead. Has anyone on here had positive bloodwork for their lupus? And had it go away with removal? And how do I possibly afford it? Insurance won’t OK a surgery like that if I am having no issues. Please help. Holly

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Holly,
      Come to the facebook group and meet other women who had autoimmune symptoms from implants which are reversing after explant. Nicole

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      1. AD

        Breast cancer, silicone implants, have had them replaced several times, last surgery for replacing implants was Nov. 2014, having a lot of symptoms that are posted, memory loss, a cold burning pain around implants, hard to breath, always with a cold, bladder infection and so on.
        I live in Ms. Any help on a surgeon? Also what is the Facebook page listed as?

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  178. Cayce

    Thank you for sharing your story. I, too, received the cohesive gel implants in 2008, and from 2010 on I’ve slowly developed each and every symptom you listed. And my specialists are puzzled b/c I don’t fit into one perfect little disease box, so they keep referring me to other specialists…only to have the dance begin again. This has been going on for the past 3 years at least. But over the past 2 years, I have become completely DEBILITATED by my autoimmune symptoms, to the point that my Rhematologist wants me to go to Mayo. But something just “clicked” in my brain tonight and I began researching “breast implants and autoimmune disease” and I came across this website.
    Can you please tell me more about your removal surgery, if your symptoms have abated at all, and how did you piece it all together? Also, did you happen to test positive at all on an ANA test? I’ve been positive with a very high titer for the past 4 years, but my Rheum is puzzled yet very concerned, as he put it. He knows its indicative of “some form of mixed connective tissue disease” but isn’t sure which one. What if it isn’t a “one” but rather….TWO! My implants?! Should I ask an Immunologist about this, or continue on with Rheum? Which route did you go ? And are you gaining your quality of life back? Sorry for so many questions, but I’m hell-bent on figuring this out soon, before it actually is too late. My organs are taking a huge hit and I’m in chronic, widespread, daily, debilitating pain. Not to mention the fatigue that keeps me bedridden. It’s all just come to a head and I have to get to the bottom of this. Thank you again, in advance for all of your info and help!

    Sincerely,
    Cayce B.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cayce,
      I was explanted in Jan 2013 and slowly regain my health over about two years. I would say that I am recovered from implants. I was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease, too but I ignored the autoimmune tests, diagnoses, treatments and doctors advice because deep down I knew it was the implants. Instead, I arranged my explant. Please read all the pages of this site so you have all the information you need to arrange a proper explant for yourself and don’t waste anymore time pursuing autoimmune conditions. Please come to the Facebook group and meet many women like yourself. Nicole

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    2. julie

      There is a wonderful YouTube video of a women diagnosed with arthritis with all positive blood work. She removes her implants problem solved! only a few of her joints that were severely damaged in her fingers are still problematic because the damage was done. She went back to the doctor and her diagnosis was reversed. Its on youtube under breast implant removal. she is blonde

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  179. Monica Scott

    I’m experiencing horrible neck pain and horrible headaches. Have been for some time but getting out of control. Live every day in pain. Have had my implants for 7 years now

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  180. Lauren

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing your story. I had silicone implants implanted a year ago. About 6 months ago I started having periods of dizziness, shortness of breath and heart palpations. I was diagnosed with panic attacks but know my body and know what is going on is not panic. I have been sick with these symptoms more
    Often lately. Where would I go
    To speak to a surgeon who can help me?

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        1. Alyssa

          Hey Betsy & Nicole,

          I too live in Scottsdale and trying to figure out my recent ailments. I had cohesive gel implants put in, in 2012. Have been feeling nauseous, light headed, tingly in hands and feet, over all weak feeling. All of a sudden I am allergic to a few foods I used to eat. Get dizzy if I try to work out. My doctors are sending me to every specialist you can think of and they don’t seem to think it could be the implants. My plastic surgeon said 5 woman have had their implants extracted by him, and only one saw her symptoms get better. I don’t know what to do because I love my boobs, I can’t imagine what they will look like after the surgery. As well as what if my symptoms don’t go away? To go through the whole surgery and then be left still feeing sick? Curious if we could connect. Thanks so much and hope you are feeling better!

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          1. admin Post author

            Hi Alyssa,
            It is your boobs causing your symptoms. Come to our Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group and meet hundreds of women just like yourself. Just click on the Facebook button on each page of this site to come to the group directly. Nicole

  181. Cecilia

    Aloha,

    i happen to run across your article… i had my left breast implanted back in mid 2010. after reading the long list of possible health issues..things are now making sense.

    my concern is cost of removing… due to health insurance possibly won’t cover it.. & proving many items on list has been affecting me.

    thank you for sharing.

    Mahalo from Hawaii

    Ceci

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes, but it is not an overnight process. Healing takes place over months and years depending on the progression and support you receive or give yourself. Some things may never be entirely healed. Nicole

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  182. julie

    Hello
    I am so grateful to receive this information. I had saline implants in 2007. Some time soon after maybe a year or 2 at the latest I started having my hair thin at an alarming rate. I would say I’ve lost 1/3 of it. And I had great hair!!! I was 37 at the time, mother to 6 kids. Extreme insomnia kicked in. I would sometimes survive on as little as 3 hrs sleep in 2 days. This made me completely run down. I started the ongoing process of visits to Doctors and felt relief when my thyroid was diagnosed as slightly sluggish. It was borderline but I opted for meds as I was desperate. I started sleeping meds and anti anxiety meds as well. Crippling depression and confusion set in. Brain fog is way too mild a term. I would feel utterly confused at times. I had run several half marathons and been a gymnast as a young women. Now walking up my stairs at home I was like an 80 yr old women. During yoga I couldn’t do certain arm stretches as my joints were so stiff. I had radiating hip pain. I had to wear sunglasses outside my eyes were so sensitive. I have adrenaline rushes out of nowhere. At night they wake me gasping for air & I have seen a cardiologist for severe heart palps. I found some relief discontinuing the thyroid meds which they had upped my dose way up. I just stopped them and felt a lot better which shouldn’t be the case. At one point after asking for a Lyme test I actually was bummed when like everything else it was negative because at least I would understand why I’ve felt like I am dying. When I put the implants and the sickness together in my mind I felt an instant “that’s it!!!!” I have been in an 8 year abyss. I am on vacation in Utah where I had the surgery performed. Crazy enough my esteemed surgeon killed his wife and then himself several years ago. Upon returning to my home state I am going to get in to see the Massachusetts surgeon on this site asap. If I had no breasts and feel relief it would be beyond worth it. Why did I not know this before I made the decision???? I pray my body that has served my so well for 42 years will heal from this nightmare. Thank you so much for getting this information out to people. I too have heard that saline implants can’t hurt you they are just salt water!!!! I can’t get these poison balloons out of me fast enough. When all is said and done the amount of $$ this has cost me I could have put a couple of my kids through college!!!!!!

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  183. kim

    I have Natrelle silicone implants and have had less than a year after a mastectomy. CT scan looked as if silicone was leaking outside of capsule. Symptoms are severe sweating, wrinking of implant, disfigurement of implant, swollen glands, esp. behind ears which causes hearing issues. Have been otherwise completely healthy!!! Having MRI next week but I think issues are due to silicone toxicity. My plastic surgeon says no but I am not buying.

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    1. Kathy

      My implants were put in after mastectomy also in 2012. I had two additional surgeries because of a bubble sticking out. First one worked for a while but second one I was in and out in one hour and I can swear he only opened me up and resewed. Bubble is in the implant and is still there. He says it’s not a problem and they are beautiful. II was 52 then and chalked a lot of symptoms I was having to menopause. I have had new symptoms, mostly pain in muscles and joints, since. All of a sudden, I’m wearing glasses all the time too and didn’t even wear them in 2012. And I always had a very low blood pressure, all of a sudden it’s out of control high for no reason at all. All regular testing has been normal, just not the headaches and readings. Seems there is no obvious reason for the pains, random swelling and vital going wacko. The relationship with the implants just came to mind for me and I have an appointment with my primary next week. I won’t go back to my plastic surgeon as you only hear that everything is good and unrelated. I trust my primary, she is such a great physician, I trust her to do any testing that might help.

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  184. Arima Arner

    Hi I just posted a message prior to this, my surgeon is dr langstein howard in rochester new york, can you please tell me what you thing he is considered one of the best surgeons, I had many syptoms from my knee feel like cement breat pain stabing pain in my breasr chest discomfort,can please tell me if he is a good surgeons I am already nervous blessing.

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  185. Arima Arner

    Hi I am looking forward in removing my saline implants next week jully 28th god will, my surgeon will remove the scar tissue and the implant, I found your article very helpful,my surgery is only 2hours is that a good sign? Is that the lengh for removal of the scar tissue and the implant, I emailed a physician waiting for her respond if she would like me to send her the implants and the scar tissue for testing, I take as supplement vitamin c, d, b, magnesium, e, is that ok the nursr practioner I went to see today before my surgery told me was fine, if you have any other suggestion hope to hear from you, thank you for sharing this information and helping others to make the right choice to live better.
    Blessings and peace

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  186. Diane

    Hello, I received my saline breast implants in July 1996. At the time, I was very active and healthy and had 6 children. I rarely was ill, never got flu shots, and rarely tired. In Sept. 1999 I had one more child, but bounced right back to my pre-pregnancy body. I have always been slim and never had to worry about my weight, could eat anything and as much as I wanted. When I try to think back to when I first had problems, it’s hard to really pin-point it, because there were all different symptoms occurring slowly. I want to say about 2005, I began to be more fatigued. My back was also hurting because my implants were a whole cup size bigger than I had asked for and it was putting strain on my back. I eventually had to have a hysterectomy. And then about a year or so later I had to have back surgery. Meanwhile, I had other symptoms that were working on me gradually and I had no clue what was going on. Fatigue, weight gain, headaches and change in vision were the first ones noticed Then I went to the ER in a lot of pain for what turned out to be a urinary tract infection. But while I was there, I mentioned to the ER doctor that just the other day I had started lactating…and I certainly wasn’t pregnant. They did an MRI which revealed a pituitary tumor. At that time it wasn’t that big, and the doctor said to get check -ups about every 8-9 mo. Shortly after that, I started to feel like my breasts were growing even bigger and they began to be painful. I started to get diabetic-like symptoms with my feet and ankles swelling so large I could not put shoes on, along with a burning sensation. I never knew when it was going to happen….it just came and went. I started with hot flashes and sweating profusely. I figured pre-menopausal… after that it was my left leg – from my calf down and the top of my left foot that was numb….so much that when I shave my legs, I can’t feel it. Muscle aches and pains set in along with joint pain. I ended up with “frozen shoulder” and had to have surgery to correct that. Then just my right breast started leaking a black color, instead of the milky color it had been. It comes from only one duct. I have no sex drive whatsoever and don’t want to be touched at all – mainly because my breasts are always sore. I have to wear a bra 24/7. I have dry mouth, dry eyes, dry skin. Sometimes I feel like I have a fever, and then get the chills, just randomly. I can’t sleep, and when I do, it’s not restful My hands and feet are sometimes bluish in color. I bruise very easily, have constipation, depression and emotional problems. I rarely want to go anywhere. My eyesight sees to be getting worse, as well as my gums bleeding, grinding my teeth, and getting random bloody nose’s. Over the last year bladder problems and abdominal swelling have popped up. I quit going to doctors, because it was just like on thing after another….that had really no explanation. I have spotted a couple moles that I had never seen before, and brain fog has set in now, I have a loss of strength when trying to open jars – which I used to do with ease, and I get winded just walking the dog around the block, I have gone from being a really healthy active person, to someone who almost needs assisted living at age 51. Within the last 8 mo. I have noticed that I have gotten sick repeatedly with the same flu-like, sinus infection , bronchitis crap….that usually keeps me in bed for a good 3 days. This is a person who used to NEVER get sick. My mother is in her 80’s and she seems healthier than me. I recently looked into the mirror and said to myself “what the heck happened to you?” And “why the heck did I ever get these stupid implants….I’ve never been happy with them since day one.” I decided as I sat at my computer…..to see if there was anyway to get the implants removed and have the everything or at least the majority covered by insurance. That’s when I stumbled upon all this information about ALCL and breast implants and came across your site. This would finally make some sense…..that all these things were happening to me and the implants were the cause. I still have the big problem of getting these things out and getting them out the correct way. I spoke with someone from The Center For Health & Research…..I told just a few of my symptoms not everything that I have disclosed here. The woman said she would get back to me, she said that they would like to see if they could help me find someone to do the explant. Do I contact her back – now that I know I’m not loosing my mind having all these different ailments and symptoms, and let her know all the symptoms? Now I’m extremely nervous to find out what’s going on inside my body, and each day with these implants in are getting me more anxious. Do you think that possibly, all these symptoms will go away if I get the implants out? Has anyone had this many things happen to them over time like me? I had just about given up hope on ever leading a “normal” life again. Any suggestions, comments, or people to contact that maybe of help, would be greatly appreciated!
    ~ Thank you,
    Diane

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Diane,
      Yes, all of your symptoms are from your breast implants which must now be removed Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. A Total Capsulectomy means removing all of the capsule tissue that grows around the breast implant because it is contaminated with silicone chemicals and fungus/bacteria. Please read the Explant page and the Explant Surgeon page on this website for details on proper explant and possibilities to find a good surgeon in your area. After your breast implant removal you will undergo a detoxification lifestyle and slowly heal over a period of a couple years. Please read the Detoxification page on this website. I can tell by your symptoms that you have a systemic fungal infection that needs to be eradicated through a low mycotoxin diet and through antifungals either prescription or natural. Broad fungal infections are very common in breast implant illness due to immune dysfunction/failure caused by the breast implants and silicone toxicity. Your autoimmune symptoms will slowly disappear over months and years after you get the implants removed and your body recovers. Come to our facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by clicking the facebook button below and we can guide you through your process. See you there. Nicole

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    2. Carrie

      First thing I’m doing tonight is placing you first in my prayers. Then thanking God for leading me to you. I have every single symptom you wrote here except black leaking. I wouldn’t be shocked if they did leak black now beings I posted a few days ago asking of anyone here feels like they are letting milk down like when we breast fed. My brain is so foggy I couldn’t think of lactate. Are you feeling some relief? More than anything I just want even half my health back so I can be a good mom again, a good daughter again and live life again. Are you feeling better now Dianne? I didn’t catch what date your post was. Bless your heart

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      1. Diane Mensen

        Dear Carrie,
        I posted on here on July 19th, 2015. I found a great surgeon and had my implants out on Monday Aug. 10th, 2015. I can feel a difference already. I know it will take time to heal, but even just feeling a little better – especially right after surgery – was a great boost. Did you join the group on Facebook? You should….it has really helped me….all the ladies are great! I hope you can get your surgery done soon and start on the road to feeling good again.
        Best Wishes for You!
        ~ Diane

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  187. Leanne

    I had silicone breast implants removed in 2008. The left side rupture around 2000. The doctors told me it was fine. After explanation I became very sick for a year with multiple systems listed above. I am currently seeing a surgeon who will pair with a cancer surgeon to remove residual silicone left inside me that has hardened and attached to several ribs, lymph nodes and muscle tissue. It has
    Taken this long to find a surgeon with knowledge and experience of my situation. There is finally hope, but I know the road is still long to better health. Looking for support group in Seattle.
    Blessings and strength
    Leanne

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Leanne,
      Best wishes in your healing!! Do you mind sharing the name of the surgeons who are doing your chest wall cleanup so I can add them to my surgeon list? Come to our support group on facebook called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group and/or by clicking on the facebook button on the bottom of any page on this website. See you there. Nicole

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  188. Kathy

    I had breast augmentation in 2007. My implants are the gummy bear, silicone, under the muscle. I really hadn’t been paying attention to any certain symptom until in early May 2014, I was exercising and noticed a severe pain in my right calf muscle. I thought I had torn my calf but after a week it went away. As I continued to exercise I notice extreme fatigue in my muscles and realized that I could not lift my right foot. Searching the internet I realized I had foot drop. At the same time I had started noticing my muscles twitching. I am an internet researcher and what I was finding was incredibly scary. In addition, my right breast had an episode of swelling and pain. I scheduled an appointment for the breast. They did ultrasound, mammo, and then MRI. Finding fuid under the implant they scheduled a biopsy AND mentioned ALCL. During the appointment for the biospy the doc could not find enough fluid to biopsy and because the pain was gone he aborted the procedure. Fast forward to August 2014, I saw a GP for the muscle cramps and foot drop, she referred me to a neurologist. I asked ALL doctors if my implants could be related at all – – All said “no, but I’m no expert.” Neurologist #1 did a couple tests of my blood (for copper) and an EMG. Said I definitely had weakness and unexplained foot drop so I “probably have ALS”…and so my world has come crashing down. We got a second opinion from a neurologists that specializes in ALS. Upon first meeting he said it could be so many things. Ordered another EMG. That doc said the test results did not seem consistent with ALS but because there is no test for ALS it would be a wait and see situation. $3500 in blood tests later for any ALS markers or anything else, no conclusion. Another EMG was done at the “specialist’s office” and one tech said some parts of me tested better than last time and then some areas looked the same or “maybe slightly worse.” At this point I had stopped focusing anything on my breast but the right side still doesn’t feel right. It is slightly more rigid, I can feel ripples in the implant, my neck appears slightly swolen on the right. Searching back the last 8 years I started realizing that my muscle weaknesses probably began 3-4 years ago, the cramps at least 3-4 years. I’ve struggled with mild facial break outs, smelling urine, more extreme symptoms during certain days of the month, tongue swelling, anxiety, fatigue, etc.
    Not willing to sit around and do nothing I am seeing a naturopath. He says my Lyme’s test came back with a 50/50 chance of me having Lyme. My B12 is low, my testosterone levels are barely existent, and one other micronutrient was low. I’ve shared all this with my neurologist and he says that none of this means anything. I am getting slightly weaker. I walk with a limp due to the foot drop, joint pain and back pain come and go. Foot drop and muscle twitches remain. My gut says its the implants and I know there is no test to do for a definitive answer. I am sacred to death. What if I get the implants out and I don’t improve? How do I choose the right doctor to look at the whole picture?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kathy,
      Your symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches/pains/twitching, low to no hormones, drop foot, anxiety, smelly urine are common to breast implant illness. You most likely have a leak/gel bleed on the one side that has symptoms around the breast. The cohesive gel implants do bleed their toxic chemicals through the envelope into our bodies which causes us great toxicity, inflammation, lymph symptoms and endocrine distruption as those chemicals affect our very important glands of thyroid and adrenals and organs. Doctors do not recognize illness from breast implants because silicone is a medically approved substance because of junk science by the silicone makers. However the truth is, silicone is made of approximately 40 highly toxic chemicals and implants do degrade in our body over time due to our body chemistry and due our immune system. You know inside it is the implants and so do not waste time trying to convince yourself and others while your health continues to decline. Come to the facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by hitting the facebook button below and meet several ladies like yourself with the same symptoms and in the same process. Dr. Susan Kolb from Atlanta Georgia is the best doctor in the U.S. healing ladies from breast implant illness. She will run a number of tests, explant and help you detox. If you cannot travel to see Dr. Kolb we can help you find an explant surgeon in your area and guide you through your recovery and detoxification. Nicole

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  189. Laura

    I got my breast implants in 2007. At first I would get intense pain under my left breast that would last 2 years. Throughout the years, I have had horrible acid reflux and last year I was hospitalized for 3 weeks with a rare auto immune disease called TRansverse Myelitis. It paralyzed my left side and I am slowly regaining my strength. Now I am experiencing horrible joint pains and extreme fatigue and brain fog to the point I can barely work or function. I am wondering if it is my breast.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laura,
      Acid reflux, autoimmune symptoms and diseases, joint pain, fatigue and brain fog are all symptoms of breast implant illness. I suggest looking for a surgeon to do an Enbloc style Total Capsulectomy explant. Nicole

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  190. carol

    There isn’t a day I don’t feel uncomfortable from my implant. I waited 5 years to get one for reconcontruction . I am 10 yrs now free and I wonder if the implant just doesn’t like me. I had to have it done twice as the first time the fella didn’t do it right and it was too big and when the second surgeon went it it was actually stuck in the pocket they made first and it never dropped. Of course the first dr for a year and a half said “its fine”. Well I finally went to another dr and he did such a good job but the uncomfortableness is so bad I just sometimes want to go and get it removed. At times I thought I might have lymphedema in the breast area but at times I just say I don’t know what it is. I drive for a living as a bus driver and after working for a while it feels like it gets swollen in the area and then there is so much uncomfortableness it drives me crazy. The outer area of the implant feels hard or swollen and it then digs into my area surrounding it. I live on aleve and lay on my stomach nestled between two pillows and it starts all over again next day . Any use of the side of the implant causes this. Can anyone help me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carol,
      It sounds like you have inflammation which is a common symptom due to the toxicity from the highly aggressive chemicals in the silicone implants. Is your implant textured? If it is, I suggest you have it removed as those textured implants are causing ladies problems with toxicity, lymphoma and the fact that the small textured fibers flake off and cause inflammation, auto-immune responses and neurology. Nicole

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  191. Victoria Crossman

    I also had saline breast implants in 2005 & in 2011 my left implant ruptured & can’t seem to find a surgeon to remove it that doesn’t want to charge me a small fortune to do the surgery & I don’t have the money. About a year ago I started getting sick with various symptoms of fatigue & nausea & no energy at all which is not like me. I don’t know what to do. They sure don’t care that these implants could be killing women out there and without them even knowing.

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  192. Tina

    I’m still shocked to read all that stuff.

    First let me apologize I am not a native English speaker so excuse mistakes …

    I got my implants about 13,5 years ago. My health problems begun about 12,5 years ago. During this time I developed these health problems:

    – Sudden Food Intolerances (f.e. fructose)
    – Burst of Hayfever
    – Terrible stomach and colon problems (yellow stool 2–4 times a day), cramps, indigested Food, constant rumbling and gurgling no matter what I eat, bloating, long lasting stomach pain like a sting,
    – Bouts of terrible Nausea (even wake up at night)
    – Bouts of Heart Palpitations and Racing Heartbeat for no reason
    – Bouts of dehydration for no reason (I have sometimes a very very dry mouth no matter how much I drink)
    – I faint easily
    – I feel oftentimes dizzy when I stand up
    – Anxiety and Panik attacks (even when doing Yoga while mediating!)
    – Roseacca on my cheeks
    – Tooth and Gum decay (even though I clean my teeth very thorough)
    – Since Years a almost white coated tongue (sometimes with white framed patches)
    – Swollen Tongue with teeth imprints on the side
    – I feel oftentimes dizzy when I lie
    – Bouts of tingling in my right arm (and fingers are feeling then numb) and in my feet
    – Stinging in my bottom of my feet (sometimes right feet, sometimes left one) at night (wake up then)
    – Acceleration of Age (Skin wrinkled)
    – Progesteron Deficiency and Estrogen Excess
    – Too much Cortisol
    – High level of fungus (testet in Urine)
    – High level of Xylene !!! (testet in Urine) ( and I couldn’t relate that with anything!)
    – sometimes very high Bilirubin (Liver)
    – Can’t tolerate drugs well
    – Bouts of terrible headache together with neck pain (always together) – before I haven’t had any headaches in my life!
    – Malnutrition and Malabsorption
    – I feel oftentimes very exhausted
    – I have sometimes thoughts of committing suicide when I am feeling bad because of all the health problems
    – I have terrible problems with my short term memory, I forget so much, even things I put me at hand to remember me on other things I forget for what matter I put the things …
    – I have difficulties to concentrate (short attention span)
    – Difficulties to sleep and to awake rested
    – Curled conjunctiva in both eyes
    – Adrenal Exhaustion suspect
    – Difficulties to cope with normal things and problems in everyday life
    (I think I have something forgotten … certainly …)

    2 Weeks ago a was in a devastated state since of a bout of nausea and I have figured for myself: What could be happen at the onset of my health problems? My thoughts have been: “Oh, I got my boobs” but the second thought was “No, my boobs can’t relate to that … why should they?” but I tried to look in internet and was more than shocked.

    To top it all I got the news that I got the very poisoning P.I.P. Implants.
    Interestingly I have never had any pain or anything like that in my breasts. The Gyn always stated I have soft breast tissue and everything would be fine.
    Upon request by my GP he said the silicone can bleed even when it isn’t ruptured and he has already heard from silicon immune disease!

    I have looked for a plastic surgeon familiar with that and I got my implants removed on July, 22nd en bloc.
    I am counting the days until then, work through the detox protocol and remain wordless.

    I will update my health progress

    Thank you for your website and for all comments on this site.

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    1. Tina

      I just want to update. I had my implants removed July, 22nd. The PS was not able to remove full capsule since it was too dangerous he said it was to near to other organs and the rib cage.

      After that I was sent home again. In the evening I detected my left breast was swollen. After sending PS pictures I was sent to the nearest hospital since there was bleeding inside. This is a risk to any surgery – a hematoma. the doctor said. I got a second surgery this very evening to stop the bleeding and got a drain.

      After 2 days the drain have been removed and I could go home last Friday. Until yesterday I was lying in bed, feeling very exhausted, very weak. I got a nasty headache right after the first surgery until today. My urine smelled after the surgery (the first one, in which I got the implants removed) extremely bad, like rotten eggs (I hadn’t had this ever before and not after the second surgery).

      I have noticed my dry mouth is gone – right now after the first surgery. Since 10 years (I had my implants 13 years) I had an edema under my left eye – that is also gone since surgery. I cannot tell if this is just a coincidence – but I will update.

      God bless you and your website!

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  193. Kelly

    I have 10 yr old saline implants. In last 2 years I have been very sick with serious gastro problems causing me to lose 30 pounds most of it in last few months and continuing. I have most of your symptoms. Is this possible with saline? I don’t think I have saline shell. My left breast was intentionally made a little larger but it seems it’s getting larger. I can’t afford to see surgeon. What else can I do?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kelly,
      Yes, saline breast implants cause the same illness and symptoms in your body becasue the shell/envelope of the saline implant is made of silicone too. In addition, saline implants really promote the growth of fungus in the body causing bio-toxin illness. Your implants are now ten years old and all implants are recommended to removed every ten years because they deteriorate in the body. Breast implants can increase in size due to some complications. I suggest you see your doctor and start planning your explant which should be Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. Nicole

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  194. christina

    Wow!!! I’m blown away by what I’m reading. I had a lift and implants more than 15 yrs ago, had them checked at 1p yrs and the dr. said they were perfect, no need to do anything.
    Rewind 12 years. I have been in and out of dr.’s offices with terrible stomach problems, been put on meds to heal the damage in my tummy, my thyroid shut down and have been on thyroid meds for years, adrenal crash and had to restimulate my adrenals, I’ve been diagnosed with fibro by 3 different dr.’s but won’t take anything, I have terrible fatigue and joint pain all over… it goes on and on, I never thought it had anything to do with my implants :(
    I’ll be making an appt. today to talk about my options. Thank you so much for all the amazing info!!!

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  195. Tammy Desmarais

    Hi… I had silicone implants done without a lift in 2007. I was a natural smallish C, so this decision brought me up to a DD. Around 2010, I started to go crazy with hypothyroid-like symptoms (hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, depression…etc), but all of my blood tests came back within the “normal range”. I was able to get treatment for my thyroid based on my symptoms alone from my general doctor who took mercy on me. My hair started to grow back and that took care of most of those particular symptoms. However, I have since developed allergies and break out in hives and have been diagnosed with rosacea. Now I’m on a daily allergy medication on top of my daily thyroid medication. I also have had problems sleeping for years and do get Raynauds syndrome where my fingertips turn completely white. However, I have NEVER put any of these symptoms together with my implants until recently… In the past 1 1/2 years, I’ve consulted with 3 different plastic surgeons about getting by breast reduced because I hate how gigantic they are. Only one of the surgeons said “I think you may want them removed altogether” and not reduced (with a smaller silicone bag). After thinking over this for about 8 months now, I finally made the decision to get them removed and now am debating on whether to get a lift. I called the doctor that suggested the complete removal and made an appointment for next week. He had mentioned doing a total capsulectomy either way because I have capsular contraction on both breasts, but he never mentioned “en bloc” style… so I wrote that down to ask him about it at my consultation. My vanity is really scared to have this done… But everything inside of me has FINALLY told me it’s the right thing to do.

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  196. Shelly Pearson

    Hi there
    I had a prophylactic mastectomy in June 2014, over the last 3 month I’ve had symptoms such like those listed, memory loss, aching muscles, cramps & excessive diarrhea on more than one occasion, I feel very tired, wiped out a lot and find it very hard to sleep. I’m now thinking the implants are to blame!!!

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  197. Carmel Andrews

    Hi all, I am so glad to have found this board. Like many mentioned here, its really good to see that Im not the only one having this experience. I started having severe breast pain and a large nodule in my left breast about a month ago. I have 12 year old silicone gel implants. I went to the ER for the pain, and they referred me to get a mammo and ultrasound. They couldn’t really see anything wrong, however the doctor did say that my left capsule looked “funny” and the tissue was strange around the area I was feeling pain. I also had two “suspicious” areas in each breast that they did a biopsy on, but all benign. No one was really interested in addressing the implants or the nodule that I can feel growing but they couldn’t identify on ultrasound. We are three weeks later, and the pain is awful, I have numbness and loss of strength in my left arm, debilitating fatigue, dizziness, nausea, the pain has increased several fold, muscle spasm is happening and brain fog/anxiety. I have an appointment with a Plastic Surgeon tomorrow to see about ex-plantation….but frankly each day is worse than the previous. Ive seen two other doctors that couldn’t perform the procedure until September. They may be able to get me on the table as soon as next week though. I cant work or do anything for an extended period without feeling ill or dizzy or exhausted. If I get worse Ill head to the ER again. Thanks for listening!

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  198. Mary DuRivage

    Hello, I just wanted to share my story after reading the information about implants on this site. I received silicone (gummy bear style) implants on Feb 19th of 2015. Prior to the surgery I was very active working full-time, running three teenagers around, working out and ate very healthy. Three weeks after the surgery, I experienced an illness unlike anything experienced in my life It was like the flu only symptoms were much worse and lasted longer. I had a night sweat which soaked myself and the entire bed. I could barely move around the house and my husband had to take over the cooking and cleaning for a couple of weeks. I took a strong antibiotic and began going back to my regular routine, however, my legs continued to feel weak like I had run a marathon. I told the PS at a follow up visit and he basically said you are just not used to being up and active again.

    It is now late June and my symptoms are worse. It has been such a scary journey thus far because I tested negative for autoimmune disorders but have muscle twitching throughout my body (mainly in m calves) along with spasticity in my calves, hips, back and buttocks. I don’t have as much energy and I seem to be forgetful. My mind just seems foggy. I have been to a couple of doctors, some who have said usually symptoms don’t appear that quickly after implants. It should be noted that while I was a very healthy woman, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (albeit a mild case with little or no symptoms) several years ago.

    My neurologist tested me for muscle and nerve damage with the results showing negative (which is great) However, he seems to think I have something called Asia syndrome which is a catch-all term for persons getting sick from adjuvants –which in my case is the silicone. Has anyone else gotten sick within a few months of implants? My biggest question is how do I know for sure if it’s the silicone causing the problem and not just my Hashimoto’s acting up as a result of the trauma from surgery?

    I really am not sure where to turn. I’m also not sure if I do go through the whole invasive process of getting them out and who I should go to for the procedure. I live in Michigan and have not seen any recommendations on any breast augmentation support groups that lists a good Michigan plastic surgeon specializing in en bloc style removal. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just want to return to my happy and healthy old self prior to this surgery.
    Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary,
      Yes, so many women get sick immediately from these new generation of implants because the chemicals used to make these implants are highly aggressive and toxic chemicals which essentially poison our tissues, glands and organs. In order to return to health, you will need to explant removing any capsule tissue that has been built by your body and you will need to support your body through detoxification by a clean and intensely nourishing diet that will assist you to heal and recover. You may have to travel from MI to find a good explant surgeon. Dr. Lu-Jean Feng in Ohio is a highly skilled explant surgeon. Nicole

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  199. Rebecca Monger

    Dear God,

    I thought I was just losing my mind. My doctors are beginning to think I am losing my mind. My husband is beginning to think im losing my mind. I feel horrible all the time, but my doctors can never seem to point to a problem.

    Such a lift in my week, to know im not alone. Thanks

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  200. Gina Davis

    I’m interested in knowing if your symptoms have cleared now that you’ve been explanted? This is my second set of silicone. The first set was removed in the 90’s and nothing was put in place for 10 years. I then decided to go with the “safer” new, improved implants and here we are 7 years later. I have Hashimotos after 4 years of implantation which anyone even without implants can get but in the last month I have been experiencing joint pain and tingling and feel as though I’m getting RA. I am going for blood tests today. Also, what about the survey I take every year? How can the reality of this survey be revealed? Is there a way to test for silicone or implant related chemicals in the body? Thank you. I’m a very healthy 47 year old and really freaked out by my joint symptoms that plague me now.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gina,
      Many woman have completely recovered from the illness caused by breast implants. Recovery does not happen overnight and has to be supported with different approaches and therapies. I believe getting the implants out early and supporting your healing with intense nutrition is key. I suggest joining our facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group and you can talk with other ladies that are healing or healed. Personally I am very close to being completely healed, still chelating mercury though. Nicole

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      1. Gina

        Thanks for answering my email. Did I mention to you that I have been through this crap in the 90’s? I just pulled all my medical records from the rheumatologist in the 90’s and I had pre arthritic symptoms. I think my husband thinks I’m crazy but I have had a lot of people praying for me and yesterday I popped out of bed and found your website. Maybe gods way of telling me to look in to the implants. I feel very strongly that this is my problem. 2 years after implantation I got hashimotos. Now they suspect RA. Is there no testing for poisoning in the body? BTW I did a search yesterday for woman who HAVE NOT had breast implant problems and the only thing that came up was woman who do have problems! I guess suing these idiots is no longer an option. I’m having a lot of anxiety about my body and feel it slipping away.

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      2. Tara Hill

        Hi Nicole,

        I have had breast implants for 4 years now and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have spent thousands of dollars in MRI’s and blood work and I am currently seeing a naturopath. I’m concerned that it may be my implants causing all of my issues yet every doctor I have seen has said that is not the case. My rheumatologist said it was most likely trauma from the surgery that sparked my fibromyalgia and that I would see no changes if I removed them. Do you know of any tests that would determine whether or not its your implants to blame or do you just have to go with a gut feeling and have them removed? Also, I tried searching for the support group on Facebook that you mentioned but couldn’t find it. Thnks

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Tara,
          The name of the facebook group is called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group or you can just click on the facebook button at the bottom of any one of the pages of this website to find it. Yes, your symptoms are common to and from your breast implants. There is no one test or group of tests to prove definitively that your implants are causing your problems but they are. Breast implants cause inflammation and toxicity from the aggressive chemicals and heavy metals contained in silicone, they cause immune dysfunction and immune failure because they are two large foreign bodies that eventually overwhelm your immune system and allow other opportunistic organisms such as fungus normally kept in check by a healthy immune system to overgrow in your body which results in additional toxicity (fungus creates bio-toxins in our body_ and immune problems. Breast implants and silicone is a known adjuvant causing auto-immune symptoms and diseases of all kinds. Certain silicone chemicals are known endocrine disruptors that damage our thyroid, adrenals and our other important endocrine glands which affect all our body processes. There are several test you can get, MRI, ultrasound, inflammation marker tests, toxicity tests for liver/kidney, thyroid/adrenal tests, silicone and antibody tests (however you don’t need to be allergic to silicone in order for it to be causing illness in your body), on and on. Nicole

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  201. Mimi

    Hello, I am 71 & had saline implants in 1989. Through the years I have had nearly every symptom listed for Implant Illness, have seen numerous doctors & no one ever mentioned that it could be from the implants!!!!! I wasn’t told that they needed to be replaced at 10 years!! In January this year, I developed Cellulitis in my right breast & spent 4 days in the hospital. I was referred to a plastic surgeon who does Explants. First she did an ultrasound on both breasts, & found a large mass at the base of the right implant. Then she did a needle biopsy of the mass. It came back inconclusive but she suspected ALCL. On March 17 this year she removed both implants & they were both biopsied. Thank the Lord, I did not have ALCL!!!!! Because I had them for so many years, she had a hard time getting the implants out along with a lot of scar tissue & the mass was very hard. Now it is 3 months since surgery & I am still experiencing soreness in both breasts particularly the top part of each breast. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks & blessings to all!!!!!

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  202. Jody Monroe

    I have silicone gel implants since April 2008. I have many of the symtoms of implant illness. I have two consultations with two different plastic surgeons. I hoped to have them removed within the next couple of months. My questions is if the implants are not ruptured do I need the capsule removed? I’ve been told that I don’t need the capsule removed because it’s a more serious unnecessary procedure and that the body will eventually absorb the capsule.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jody,
      You absolutely do need the capsules removed entirely for your best recovery. Your breast implants must be removed Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. Leaving capsule tissue in you will exacerbate your symptoms and your detoxification. Nicole

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  203. Millie

    Hello. Do you happen to know of a dr in NJ that you can recommend? I have been tested for everything under the sun and they can’t find anything. I stumbled across your site tonight.

    Thank you

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  204. Amanda Dakers

    I just about have all of these symptons . I have had my implants since 1998 and they are now ruptured and leaking and I can not afford to have them removed , can you let me know please what I can do .

    Yours Sincerely Amanda Dakers

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      You must find the money someway to remove your ruptured and leaking implants Enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy. Where do you live? Nicole

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  205. Morgan Sullivan

    HELP!
    Has anyone here had ALCL from implants? I had a sore that looked like a bug bite. Punch biopsy shows large/giant cells and high inflammation. Awaiting more tests. Terrified.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Morgan,
      The chance of ALCL is, thankfully, low. There are a few cases of ALCL implicated from breast implants and some of these ladies have completely reversed their diagnoses after they explanted. I suggest explanting your implants as soon as possible. Where do you live? Nicole

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  206. Marimar

    Hi, I have saline implants for over 10 years and about 2 1/2 years ago I starting to get sick… every week i have new symptoms.
    can someone tell me if this symptoms sounds familiar to anyone? Im desperated and cant live like this anymore. please help. thank you so much
    Symptons:
    – Strong heart palpitations / skipping a beat, fluttering, beating too hard
    – Internal vibrations (whole body) strong in torso (internal)
    – Extreme Join pain (hands and toes) mainly
    – Pins and needles sensations in extremities
    – Dizziness – light headed – Brain Zaps
    – Low grade fever (sometimes for weeks/months)
    – Burning eyes
    – Ice cold knees and cold feet
    – Globus sensation – Acid reflux – Low stomach acid
    – Scalloped tongue (due to larger tongue)?
    – Hair loss
    – Skin lesions on face/nose (eczema?)
    – Food in stools (low stomach acid?)
    – Sweating
    – Heat (like hot flashes)
    – Voice hoarseness
    – Fatigue
    – Bloating
    – Pale stools (not right now), it change by week/month
    – Muscle weakness
    – Memory problems
    – Depression/anxiety (I think due to all my symptoms)
    – Chronic unwell feeling (2 ½ years)

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marimar,
      Yes, your symptoms are common to ladies with breast implant illness and your implants need to be explanted enbloc style with a Total Capsulectomy which means removing all capsule tissue. Where do you live? It sounds like you need antifungals as well. Often times with saline implants there is an overgrowth of fungus/candida due to immune dysfunction caused by the implants. After explant and antifungals you will have to undertake a detox lifestyle for a year or so over which you will regain your health. Please read all the pages of the website which will give you much of the information you need to take the next steps and join our facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group so we can support you through this process. Nicole

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      1. Marimar

        Thank you so much for the respond. I live in south georgia and today I will call doctor Kobls… do you know how long is going to take for me to get an appointment?… , I cant hardly get up in the mornings and Im suffering so much:(… my heart pounds like crazy almost all the time and is very scary. please help. thank you, Marimar

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  207. Yanet

    Hello
    Im a 28 yr old i had my Natrelle implants done in California October 2013, shortly after surgery i developed severe bruising on left breast, fallowed by a Baker 2 (capsular contracture) my surgeon assured me that i was fine a few month after on my consult. He said the CC was gone my implant moved around fine and that i was good to go. I now live in Miami FL, on March 2015 recently i had a breast ultrasound that showed a growth in my left breast which was the breast that took longest to heal. I am normally very active and in great spirits, suddenly i started having SEVERE JOINT PAIN ON KNEES AND ANKLES, PROFUSE NIGHT SWEATS, ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACKS WHILE DRIVING, HEADACHES AND many more symptoms in the list. For a moment i thought i was going crazy and not knowing whats going on in my body. After reading this posts and comments i am only more freaked out and very emotional and depress, i am afraid i might be suffering from this, i do not know what to do as i cant afford explant or any surgeries at all at the moment. I am a mother of a 6 year old boy and pretty much its just me and him we have no one else. Im in fear for my health and life and for what will happen to my lil boy if something happens to me. I f regret getting this surgery now, i was so self conscious and felt so bad about myself, and now i feel trapped and dont even know where to start or what to do.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Yanet,
      Please join our Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group so we can support you this process. You can click on the Facebook button on any page on this site to go there directly. See you there. Nicole

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      1. Rebecca Boyd

        I HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY I’LL FOR YEAR SINCE IMPLANTS JUNE 3, 2014. PLEASE ADVISE ALL LADIES TO FILL OUT ONLINE FORM W/FDA TO REPORT IMPLANTS AS POISON. THIS IS ONLY WAY TO GET THESE REMOVED FROM MARKET & FOR LAWSUITS AS ATTORNEYS CHECK COMPLAINTS MADE TO DETERMINE LAWSUITS AGAINST MANUFACTURER.
        Rebecca

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  208. Tarsha Cicerone

    Hi,
    I had saline implants put in in 2009. In feb 2014, I began with terrible neck, back of the head neck pressure, light sensitivity, pain under arms and at elbows, symptoms have manifested and I am in terrible shape. I am weak, my joints are stiff, I went from running races to now only able to go for walks. I have had every test under the sun done. The only dx I got was lyme and as you know that is a murky dx. I have tried antibiotics for months and even a PICC line for 2 months. I am afraid this is degenerative since I feel weaker and weaker every day. My question is, is there a way/test that a Dr can do to tell you if the implants are toxic or have spread toxins in your body? Is there a test that can show a correlation between the implant and the symptoms?
    Thank you!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tarsha,
      There is no one test that can definitively prove that breast implants are causing you toxicity and symptoms however there are several tests to check various markers in the body which will indicate toxicity. For instance inflammation markers and liver function tests will indicate something amiss. Antibody tests will indicate if the body is fighting something. Systemic fungal tests will indicate bio-toxin illness which is common with breast implants. Thyroid and adrenal tests will indicate if these endocrine glands are under under functioning due to toxicity. Auto-immune tests and symptoms point to breast implants as silicone is a known adjuvant. In your case specifically, due to the PICC lines for two months, I would suggest that that amount of antibiotics has caused a broad based fungal infection. Fungus causes bio-toxin illness and is common in ladies with saline implants and causes the symptoms you describe. Whether you have Lyme or not, you will not overcome it if you have breast implants causing you constant immune dysfunction. Nicole

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  209. 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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  210. 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

  211. 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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  212. 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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  213. 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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  214. 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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  215. 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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  216. 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. jodi

          Can you post the letter they sent you or give us the contact information for who replied ? I want to submit my case and symptoms as well, same allergen silicone implants, they almost killed me. If enough of us report this maybe we can save some women from suffering our fate. Thank you!!

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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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    6. lauren

      I had many of the same symptoms that you have. I found out that my left silicone implant had ruptured and was leaking. I went for a routine mamogram and sonogram and they saw a shadow and sent me right over for a MRI. The MRI confirmed that it was ruptured and infant leaking. I had blood work the same day and cleared for surgery the following week to remove them. I had them for 9 years and never tied all the symptoms together until this past year. I knew something was not right and couldn’t put my finger on it. Severe dry eye and vision problems, Raynauds ,skin rashes ,eczema, tired all the time,head aches, achy bones, thinning hair, hoarse voice, sensitive to light and sound ,teeth issues and so many more. I am otherwise really healthy and very in tune to my body. I am sick to my stomach that I didn’t put this all together until just recently. I was very fortunate to have a great surgeon who removed both implants and both capsules en bloc. He also sent them out for a pathology . My right implant was in tact but the left one was gooey and a shade of green. I am 3 weeks post removal and praying I see a change in my symptoms. Listen to your body and keep a list of symptoms if you are unsure . The best advice I can give to anybody with Silicone implants is to have yearly MRIs .This is the only way to monitor the status of your implants.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Lauren,
        Please come to our facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group so we can support you through your detoxification and recovery. You can click on the facebook button on any page of this site to go directly to the group. Nicole

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  217. 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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  218. 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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  219. 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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  220. 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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  221. 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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  222. 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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  223. 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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  224. 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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  225. 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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  226. 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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  227. 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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  228. 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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  229. 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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  230. 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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  231. 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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  232. 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 weigh