WHAT ARE BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS AND SYMPTOMS OF SILICONE TOXICITY
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/low energy, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes and swollen glands, rashes, IBS, problems with thyroid and adrenals. In my personal opinion, if you are experiencing the above symptoms, 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, biotoxicity, immune dysfunction/failure, auto-immune diseases, neurological symptoms, endocrine symptoms and metabolic symptoms. Here is a longer list of 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, METALLIC TASTES
GASTROINTESTINAL AND DIGESTIVE ISSUES SUCH AS IBS, ACID REFLUX, GERD, GASTRITIS
FEVERS, NIGHT SWEATS, INTOLERANT TO HEAT/COLD
NEW AND PERSISTENT BACTERIAL AND VIRAL INFECTIONS
SLOW CLEARING OF COMMON COLDS AND FLUES
FUNGAL INFECTIONS, YEAST INFECTIONS, CANDIDA, SINUS AND UTI INFECTIONS
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES
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
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
TOXIC SHOCK SYMPTOMS
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS
FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DYING
LEAKY GUT, IBS AND SIBO
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF LYME DISEASE
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF EBV
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SCLERODERMA, LUPUS, SJOGREN’S SYNDROME, NONSPECIFIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF BIA-ALCL LYMPHOMA
WHAT TESTS SHOULD I HAVE FOR BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS?
Once you recognize yourself in the above symptoms and realize your breast implants are the cause of your symptoms and illness, it is best to stop wasting precious time and money on testing and misdiagnoses and rather go straight to EXPLANT . There are no definitive test(s) to prove that your breast implants are the cause of your symptoms and illness but the following medical tests have been used to investigate common problems in us caused by breast implants, silicone, silicone chemicals, heavy metals and biotoxin from fungus and other infections however many women show just inside normal ranges in regard to testing and are still very ill and symptomatic:
Medical Lab Tests
1. ANA ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODY (Checks autoimmune markers)
2. CBC + LIPIDS (Checks red, white blood cells, platelets, anemia, infection)
3. NK CELLS (Checks Immunodeficiency)
4. CMP COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL (Checks glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver)
5. BONE DENSITY – (Checks for low bone density)
6. THYROID – TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TPO Ab and TG Ab
7. TEMPERATURE TEST FOR THYROID
8. ADRENAL HORMONES (Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estrogen, Progesterone, Pregnenlone, Testosterone Free and Total, Sex Hormone Binding Globuline)
9. B12 AND FOLATE DEFICIENCY – (Checks for low B12 and low folate)
10. VITAMIN D, 25 HYDROXY (Checks for Vitamin D Deficiency)
11. IRON AND FERRITIN TEST (Checks for iron derangement)
12. MAGNESIUM AND POTASSIUM LEVELS
12. IODINE LEVELS
13. CRP-C AND ESR – (Checks for inflammation)
14. APA ASSAY (Checks for abnormal immune system response with Fibromyalgia)
15. VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY EYE TEST AT VCSTEST.COM – (Checks for mold biotoxin)
16. LEAKY GUT, SIBO AND IBS TESTS
17. INFECTIONS SUCH AS EBV, LYME, H-PYLORI, MYCOPLASMA, INTRACELLULAR, COCKSACKIE, CYTOMEGALOVIRUS, HERPES ETC
18. FUNGAL TESTS INCLUDING CANDIDA , IgM and IgG
19. PARASITES OF THE GUT
20. EKG AND ECHOCARDIOGRAM FOR HEART CHANGES
21. MRI WITHOUT GANDOLINIUM CONTRAST WHICH CAUSES TOXICITY IN US OR ULTRASOUND TO DETECT LEAKS/RUPTURES (We advise against Mammograms due to their ability to rupture breast implants)
1. The Silicone Hypersensitivity Panel (betterlabtestsnow.com, done through elisaact.com. has existed for years and is once again gaining popularity but it should not be used to rule out breast implant illness as results vary from woman to woman and ingredients vary from implant to implant. It is a panel of 19 items, including materials commonly used in breast implants, and related possible irritants. Please note this test does NOT test for silicone levels within your body, only sensitivity to it. Testing for sensitivity to: Silicone, Silicates (silicon dioxide), Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Tin/stannous chloride, Titanium dioxide, Petroleum byproducts of Xylene, Toluene, Benzene, Latex, Phenol, Formaldehyde, Vinyl chloride, Green #5, Blue #2, Violet #2, Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, Aluminum.
2. Genetic Testing through https://www.23andme.com/ for MTHFR genetic variants and methylation issues is highly suggested as about half or more of us with breast implant illness test positive for MTHFR which affects our ability to detox. My MTHFR status accounted for some of my own particular health picture including my level of toxicity from breast implants and heavy metals and my very low B12 which causes many of our symptoms. I have MTHFR genetic variants that affect my ability to methylate (break down) toxins and to detox metals. Many of us do have MTHFR genetic variants and without supporting our methylation pathways with specific nutrients very little detoxing and healing will happen. After receiving the raw data from 23andme.com upload it to a few other websites such as Geneticgenie.org, Nutrahacker.com and Knowyourgenetics.com which explain your particular genetic variants and how to support with food and supplements.
3. The ION Profile is a nutritional analysis through Genova that measures over 125 key nutrient biomarkers and ratios that can help identify nutritional shortfalls that may be contributing to complex chronic conditions. The ION Profile evaluates organic acids, fat-soluble vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, homocysteine, oxidative stress markers, nutrient and toxic elements, fatty acids, and amino acids. Breast implants deplete many of our important nutrients and minerals which drive our enzyme systems and thus our health processes.
4. DNA Connections Full View test through DNA Connections which identifies bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites in removed teeth, blood, tissue, implants, bone grafts or other biological samples. It tests for 88 different pathogens, including tetanus, botulism, diphtheria, HPV 16 and HPV 18, Candida albicans and more. Using PCR, one of the most advanced tools in molecular biology today, specificity of this test is one in a trillion or greater and the sensitivity of the test is the ability to detect the DNA of between 1 and 10 microbes. DNA Connexions provides Full View test kits for collecting blood, tissue, teeth, root canals, cavitations, implants, bone grafts, paper points, swabs, floss, and saline. Samples do not have to be orally based or obtained by a healthcare professional.
5. The Fungitell® assay test is FDA cleared, highly sensitive, rapid diagnostic test that detects (1→3)-β-D-glucan in serum in as little as one hour. (1→3)-β-D-glucan is a cell wall constituent of most medically important fungi including Candida and Aspergillus.
WHY DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?
Breast implant illness occurs in both saline and silicone implants and is a very multifaceted illness. For both saline and silicone breast implants a strong and immediate response to the silicone shell directly after implantation may be predicated by your genes specifically HLA B27, HLA DR52 and HLA DR53 which are genes associated with being ill in the first year after implantation and a higher sensitivity to silicone. Even if you don’t have these specific genes your body will still respond to the fact that breast implants are huge foreign objects implanted in your chest near vital organs and glands and you will experience the usual foreign body response as your body mounts an all out war which causes immune deficits, immune dysfunction and eventually autoimmune symptoms and diseases. Our overwhelmed immune system eventually switches over to attacking itself instead of attacking invaders. This is known as switching from TH1 dominance to TH2 dominance and it is when the immune system developes antibodies against itself instead of killer T-Cells to kill what it perceives to be abnormal cells. Eventually, both saline and silicone breast implants cause immune system failure by overwhelming the immune system and allowing various infections in the body to gain a foothold and cause many of our symptoms. These infections can be bacterial, viral, fungal or parastical. Capsules which are the scar tissue built by our own body to encase and protect us from the implant are often necrotic and full of biofilms of microorganisms feeding on the necrotic capsule itself. Next the approximate 40 toxic chemicals and array of heavy metals in silicone which are known endocrine disruptors, cytotoxic and neurotoxic poison our fragile endocrine system (thyroid/adrenals and the other glands) and poison our immune system (thymus and gut health) and create toxicity in our organs and body. With saline there is also the added element and fact that many of the saline ports collect body fluid/tissue and allow colonization of microorganisms and these organisms can even cross into the implant due to defective valves. These microorganisms produce metabolites known as biotoxins which are toxic to us. Textures on implants create a whole new level of infection as the textures soak up body fluids and provide spaces for microorganisms to dwell and feed. Microorganisms like fungus/mold are common in us due to breast implants but these microorganism can be bacterial and viral too. Many of us also have pathogens and parasites in our gut due to bad gut health and even past our gut as they inhabit our body because there is little immune opposition to them due to immune deficits. As you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in many ways.
Simply put silicone does not belong in our body and is a biologically active and toxic substance that causes immune problems, endocrine problems and systemically poisons and impairs our glands and organs.
WHEN DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?
It makes no difference whether your implants are cohesive gel, saline with a silicone shell or silicone. 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 valve ports and faulty valves they become colonized with mold 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 cohesive gel, saline or gel silicone permeates the shell contaminating our body. According to several studies, most implants deteriorate and or rupture within six to eight 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 noticed breast implant symptoms such as fatigue, brainfog, slow recovery, muscle pain and hypothyroid in the first couple years after implantation. Not realizing my symptoms could be from breast implants, I attempted to manage with better nutrition, exercise and supplements. 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, headaches and greater fatigue. Shortly, the fatigue worsened to the point I felt something was very wrong. Then in a short period a storm of other symptoms quickly showed up such as food intolerance/allergies, daily headaches, excruciatingly 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 like symptoms due to the amount of toxic chemicals circulating in my body from 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, my surgeon asked me if I wanted 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 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 technically 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.
Thousands of ladies have breast implant illness and as such we created a Facebook support group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where you can chat with 40,000 other ladies who have been through the same symptoms, finding a surgeon, surgery, recovery, detoxification and healing. Or you can click the Facebook button at the end of any page of this website which will also take you directly to the support group.
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