Breast Implant Symptoms


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 immune impairment/failure, auto-immune diseases, neurological symptoms, endocrine symptoms and metabolic symptoms.   Here is a longer list of some of the symptoms, but in no way complete, that have been associated with breast implants:



Breast implants cause illness because they are foreign objects which impair our immune systems causing immune system failure, auto-immune symptoms and disease, in addition, implants are made up of silicone which is a chemical soup of dangerous toxins that when implanted in the body begin breaking down due to body chemistry and activity thereby releasing and circulating particulates of silicone and toxic, carcinogenic chemicals throughout contaminating tissues, organs and body systems.  Simply put silicone is a biologically active and toxic substance that poisons and impairs the functions of the body.


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

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

According to the plastic surgeon who removed my implants seven years and three months after initial implantation, they were intact with no ruptures.  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 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 obviously 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.

81 thoughts on “Breast Implant Symptoms

  1. Bec Balmforth

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

  2. Niccy

    Hello all,

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


    1. admin Post author

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

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

  3. Melissa

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

  4. Julie

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

  5. Norma

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

    1. admin Post author

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

      1. Norma

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

  6. Melissa

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

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

  7. Lori

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

    1. admin Post author

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

  8. Rosemarie

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

    1. admin Post author

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

  9. Debbra

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

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

    Thank you.

    1. admin Post author

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

  10. Danell

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

    1. admin Post author

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

  11. Linnea Barnes

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

    1. admin Post author

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

  12. Nicola

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

    1. admin Post author

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

      1. Sue

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

        1. admin Post author

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

        2. Linda

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

          1. Katrice beltz

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

    2. Jill

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

  13. debbie crenshaw

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

    1. admin Post author

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

  14. HELEN

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

  15. Linda

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

  16. gina


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

  17. Ashley

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

  18. allie traylor

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

  19. Trish

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

  20. Rebecca Boyd

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

  21. Jeanette Floyd

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

    1. admin Post author

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

  22. Karena poulos

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

  23. Tammy

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

  24. Melanie

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

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

    1. Bliss

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

      1. Melanie

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

  25. Jessica

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

    1. Tammy

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

  26. Kelly

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

  27. Sumer

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

  28. Melissa/IN

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

    1. admin Post author

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

      1. sick of being sick

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

    2. Linda

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

      1. Holly

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

        1. Gloria

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

  29. Cheri /MI

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

    1. Joe

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

  30. Juli Peterson

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

    1. Anita F

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

  31. Allison

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

  32. Dodo

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

    1. Andrea

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

  33. Lisa

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

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,

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

      1. Tammy

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

        1. Dana

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

        2. Cathy

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

        1. admin Post author

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

  34. Crystal Davenport

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

    Thank you!
    Crystal D.

    1. Dawn

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

      1. admin Post author

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

  35. camellia

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

  36. To Rhonda:

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

  37. Rhonda

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

  38. Terry

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


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