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, recurring infections and problems with thyroid and adrenals or other endocrine glands.  In my personal opinion, if you are experiencing fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections and thyroid adrenal problems, 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 FOR AUTOIMMUNE
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
VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY EYE TEST AT VCSTEST.COM FOR MOLD
DUE TO IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION POSSIBLE INFECTIONS OF FUNGUS, BACTERIA, HERPES, EBV, LYME, PARASITES 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.

Thousands and thousands of ladies have breast implant illness and as such we created a Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where you can chat with many other ladies who have been through the same symptoms, finding a surgeon, surgery, recovery, detoxification and healing.  Please go here to the SUPPORT GROUP.

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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946 thoughts on “BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

  1. Kathy C Emley

    Please enter me into the group. I have several symptoms and need help. My FB is under Kathy wills Emley and I live near Fort Wayne IN. My implants were done 13 years ago in Florida.

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  2. Jean

    Hello- I had silicone cohesive implants on March 20th 2015 and approx August 2015 my hair started falling out. It’s still continuing to fall out horribly now.. It’s extremely thin and fragile. I’ve had the work up and no one can find a reason as to why it’s coming out like it is. Do you think implants could be the cause as everyone’s telling me no. Also if you believe it is, what’s everyone’s hair look like if they get the implants removed? Does it come back?? I hate to remove them if it’s not the cause BC then I’ll be bald and flat chested! Please help

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  3. Jackie

    Hi I believe that my old implants made me sick. Since I haven’t shown improvement with the replaced ones I am going to have them out now too. If you have any ideas to help me please send them as I need all the help I can get.
    Thank you,
    Jackie

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  4. Brenna hill

    Please add me to the FB group. Dealing with health issues myself after having silicone implants almost 2 years ago. Getting explanted in a couple weeks with hopes to regain my life back!

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  5. Anna Brantham

    I have had my implants (saline) since 1995. I have been recently experiencing joint pain, hair loss, and fatigue that are strong enough symptoms that I have thought I am aging very quickly after the onset of menopause (I’m 46 yrs old) or I have a thyroid problem or something. The Dr did annual checkup bloodwork and found my thyroid function to be normal. I have also had swollen neck glands with neck pain and trouble swallowing that lasted the month before now (I thought it was a virus). Then, suddenly the other day, the neck pain and swollen glands disappeared and today I feel like the flu with breast pain.

    Then, today, I began feeling very sore under the left implant (can barely touch it or wear a bra) in addition to becoming feverish and hurting all over like the onset of the flu. I am not new to this with my left implant.

    In the late 1990’s, I experienced most of these symptoms about every 3-6 months with the bouts lasting about 2 weeks. During a typical bout, my breast near the edge of the implant becomes very tender and sore, then the tissues around the implant harden and squeeze the implant (it hurts) over several days. Then, the pain travels up into my armpit and covers the whole left chest area. During all this, I run a fever, have body aches, and feel like I have the flu. After about 2 weeks, the tissue around the breast relaxes and I begin to feel better. Over the years, these episodes became less frequent to about once a year, then 1 every 2 years, etc. I haven’t had a bout in maybe 5 years before this one now. But, during these past bouts, I had no hair loss or swollen glands with neck pain and trouble swallowing. I now believe this is all breast implant illness and will review your facebook and other information so I can do what is necessary (when I can afford it) to have these removed.

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  6. Cheryl bryant

    I had my implants ten years ago after breast feeding my 3 children , I was left with nothing but skin and chest muscle from doing breast stroke 100 lengths every day . My mother said they would come back . They didn’t . I made the choice, and did the homework . But landed up with a company named inspire who I found later to be complete fraudsters , not even putting in the implants I asked for ( different make , size and profile ) . The last ten years of my life have been hell . A medical lawyer tried to win the case but company changed name ( slightly) and declares bankruptcy and the surgion hid in South Africa. For ten years now I have barely been to the doctors , i wish when I had told the doctor when I was 38 how depressed I felt with my empty skin as boobs nhs had refered me . Now all I’m left with is poor health and virtually all the health symptoms I’ve read . I’ve not had one check other than being told I have pip . I’m desperate for help.

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    1. Nicky

      Cheryl can you please give us the name of the doctor hiding in South Africa? So worried. My sister has been diagnosed with cancer after breast implants

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  7. RA

    Hi,

    Thank you for the article. My mom died at age 57 died three months ago. She got her silicone implants in 1988. She started to get sick in 2000. The doctors never found any answers. She was in a lot of pain and for the last two years of her life she was in a wellchair. She was basically at the hospital for 4 months prior to her dead. At one point the doctors thought she was faking her symptoms and tried to get her hospitalized at a psyciatric hospital – that was 4 weeks before she died. She died from multiple organ failure and was in coma at intensive unit for the last two weeks. The only thing they found at the autopsy was silicone rupture. Nobody warned her – the told her that the implants was safe and would last a life time.

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  8. Katherine Banks

    Please add me to your group. I explanted enbloc 3 weeks ago & need help/advice detoxing with anti fungals. Any questions please contact me @ my e-mail address. I was referred to you/this site by my surgeon & other Explant survivors I have met & spoke with on Instagram.

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  9. Cindy p.

    These ailments are me to a “T”. I’ve had mine for…wow since 1997. I’m going threw E.K.G. Issues, this will be my 3rd test one each months for the last 3 months, I’ve been taking anxiety meds for years, arthritis, memory issues, healing slow, c.d.,muscle and joint pain,hair loss,poor sleep,decline incision,sore and aching joints of shoulder,bouts of dehydration,anxiety,depression and panic attacks,fatigue. So now there’s a name for it? Humm?!

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  10. Shannon wild

    I just got back from the er due to chest pain and tingling in my limbs. i have been ha in a ton of unexplained health issues the last 6 months . I have silicone gel implants 12 years old . I asked the xray tech if he could tell if my implant was ruptured but he wouldn’t say. I know now after reading so many testimonies here that I need to be explanted. It’s so scary to feel so unwell . Thank you for your info . I’d like to join your fb group .
    Thanks , Shannon w

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  11. Felecia

    I have had implants for about 8 years and have develped endometriosis, hypothyroidism, fibromyalsia, and microscopic colitis over the last 7 years. I find it interesting to read these articles and to see how many others have the same symptoms. I have often wondered why me? Thanks for this info

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  12. Emma Hickey

    Hello, My name is Emma Hickey, Please can you approve me on your group. I have confirmed implant illness SIIS – Silicone Implant Incompatibility Syndrome.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Emma

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  13. Debbie williams

    I have pain in the right breast after having silicone implants done the implant has shifted towards my underarm and he says he needs to do a tire lift to put it back in place and that is to be done on Monday two weeks ago I had pain under my arm and pulled my shirt up to see what it was I thought it was being bitten but my arm was all black and blue and a hard spot in either a vein or artery under my arm is this something I need to be worried about

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  14. frederique

    Hello,

    I’m Frédérique, I’m french and I can’t find a lot information about ruptured implant in the french web. Can you accept me in your facebook group please?
    I’ve received my implant 1 year ago but I have pain in my under arm, I now have joint pain that I never had before, I loosee my hair and I feel that my brain is very foggy. Thanks a lot

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  15. Rosie Thornton

    Hi,
    My name is Rosie Thornton please can you aprove me on your group on Facebook, as I am having lots of problems and illness with my silicone implants?
    Thank you

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  16. Jillian

    Wow I had silicone implant done in 2000 in 2009 I was in a severe car accident and it took two years to get home from the hospital.. in 2010 I had never healed brain damage, hip back surgery knee surgeries etc… I thought I was feeling so sick from all that. About a 3 years ago I started getting sicker I woke one day my hand were on fire, and the road has gotten worse since then I was diagnosed with RA, and fibromyalgia, I’ve been living off and on with prednisone, and meds, I tried to go holistic , thinking it was all the meds someone posted on Facebook today about fda Mri that you should have one every couple years . My doctors NEVER informed me of any of this. So I I’m sure you know when you been so sick for so long that you start reading about anything that fits with your illness. So I read a site about implant rupture. Capillary contraction. Which I have. And all of a sudden I read about Brest implant illness. And I’m now writing in shock that this could finally be a answer. To why.and how I’m sooo sick. My big queue is do you get any better if you get them out. And I had a bilateral mastectomy prior to my implants ,I’m only 38 how will I live without breasts….. please help

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jillian,
      Yes you do get better once your breast implants are removed, but it is not an overnight process and can take a couple years to heal entirely and it also requires some detoxing and lifestyle changes. Nicole

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  17. Lyn Isabella

    Thank you so much for this information. Fifteen years ago saline implants were implanted in me. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and have been in a health decline over the past few years. Although I am active…play golf and pickleball and garden…I am ALWAYS sore with muscle aches and joint pain. And there is no family history of this. I’ve experimented with diet and that does not seem to lessen the paint and discomfort of my joints and muscles. In addition, I have a terrible sleep disorder, short of breath at times and overall fatigue. Additionally, I experience many of the symptoms on the list above. I am going to research who would be a good medical professional to remove them.
    Again, thank you so much for compiling this information…it has been very very helpful.

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  18. Yvonne villagran

    I was wondering how u did after your implants were removed how long after did u start to feel better? I have some symptoms as well but don’t want to remove them if it isn’t the problem .i only had them for about 5 years or 4 but i do suffer from fatigue constant head pressure numbness and tingling in hands when I’m asleep worst vision then I use to have. Breast pain in left breast everyday. Nipple sensitivity . Anxiety feels like a lil brain fog but what bothers me is fatigue . Please I need advice thank u.

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  19. Melissa

    I had saline implants put in 13 yrs ago. Six months later I developed severe Graves’ disease. I was so sick my dr was afraid I was going to have heart damage at the age of 32 yrs old. I killed my thyroid not knowing what the culprit causing the problem was. About 10 yrs ago I started having migraines out of the blue. I was having multiple ones a month. I have since developed Systemic Lupus, undetermined connective tissue disease, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, I have horrible gastro issues (had to have my gallbladder removed it was dying) and now arthritis starting in my fingers. I’m only 44 yrs old and feel 144 most days.

    I want my implants removed but I will have to figure out a way the insurance will pay for it. Otherwise I can’t. Help! I’m not sure what to do now.

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  20. Rachel hasson

    Please approve me on the Facebook group!!

    My name is Rachel hasson and I have a story to share and some questions !!!

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  21. Elisa Fogliano

    Just finish reading and I have many of the symptoms you described.Way before my implants were it in I was diagnosed with lupus .I don’t know if my symptoms are lupus related . Should I make an appointment with my rheumatologist to have test done? I recently had a respiratory virus so the doctors are attributing my symptoms to that .I have had my implants in for 8 years due to breast cancer

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elisa,
      Many of us get diagnosed with autoimmune illnesses and most Rheums won’t agree that breast implants are causing your illness but they are. I would not waste too much precious time and money proving it and move to planning your proper explant instead. Nicole

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  22. Annalise Mishler

    I have been dealing with severe gastrointestinal issues for 6 months now. I got my silicone implants 8 months ago. Fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, headaches, too. But the worst is the intestinal issues–doctors are saying I don’t have Crohn’s or colitis, and it’s not IBS. I tried an antibiotic and it worked while I was on it, but since coming off I feel awful again. I never even thought to trace this back to my implants…do you think it’s a possibility? How would I get tested for this? I’ve already had all of the blood tests mentioned.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Annalise,
      Yes, breast implants wreck our gut health. Sounds like you have something pathogenic such as an overgrowth of yeast or Candida in your gut or even a parasite, perhaps try a comprehensive stool test to see if you can identify what and also urine mycotoxin test to see if it is fungus/mold in nature. Get thorough testing for parasites. Cut out all gluten and dairy and see if that helps. Nicole

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  23. Patty

    I got implants about ten years and one started leaking. I have heart issues and a pacemaker so no plastic surgeon wants to take out the implants. They took the saline out of the other one but I still have the empty sacs inside. I’m worried that they could be just as damaging as the full implant.
    Everyone I have talked to even with a note from my cardiologist doesn’t want to do it.
    How dangerous is leaving them in?

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    1. Vicky

      I have my implants its been 13 years and having big headaches,hard time breathing,back hurts and my ear hearts,what do i do,what insurance helps,cause i got my implants done in Alberta when i was living there and now I’m living in New Brunswick and don’t remember the name of the surgeon what do i do

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Vicky,
        Go to a doctor in NB and really express your pain in the breast, chest, neck, arms and back and ask for a referral for an En Bloc explant and Total Capsulectomy. If a doctor refers you, you should be able to have health care in NB pay for it, hopefully. Be sure to really let them know you are in a lot of pain, really express your pain. Nicole

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  24. Summer

    So I recieved my implants march 1, 2012. Not long after that i started having many symptoms such as the fatigue muscle and joint pain and stiffness not sleeping well body aches swollen joints decreased energy brain fog etc. They diagnosed me with fibromyalgia but i stongly believe that their diagnosis is wrong. I truly feel in my gut that my breast are the problem. The day after having them put in something felt wrong so i went back and the doctor only said they look great and i did them both the same. Heres the thing though. My right breast you dont even feel and implant my left brest not only do you feel it, it has a bump on the bottom that they said was the seam. Also, my left one when i get cold gets really hard to where its painful. I have had lumps in my left one to and they said they were just cysts and gave me hormones. They are now gone but i still frequently gets a dull ache in that left breast.
    I dont want to take them out if they are not the cause for my illness but at this point i truly feel like they are but cant find anyone to listen. I have put a request into the fb group. In hopes to finding a doctor in my region.
    Like i asked though what kind of doctor do i see? Also, doesn’t the doctor have to be trained in explantation because if not they just want to put new ones in and your breast don’t look right without new implants?
    Thanks a lot ladies in advance!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Summer,
      You are looking for a plastic surgeon that will remove breast implants (explant) properly which mans En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy – all capsule tissue must be removed for your best recovery. Breasts look not so bad after explant. You will be able to see many photos of explanted breasts in the facebook group. Nicole

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi April,
      Since my En Bloc explant in Jan 2013, I have recovered 90 per cent of my health over three years with a lot of detoxing and supports such as supplements, chelating heavy metals and medications. My autoimmune symptoms of Hashimoto’s and NonSpecific Connective Tissue Disease has disappeared too. What has not healed yet is my adrenal fatigue which is causing some endocrine problems such as low blood sugar and low hormones and some fatigue at the end of the day. I am hoping the last ten per cent will heal in time too. Nicole

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  25. Margarita Rivera

    Hello, I’m a weight loss surgery patient. I have been contemplating getting breast implants for a while now because my breast are so bad after all the weight I lost. I happened to come along this article. I also requested to join your support group. Thank you for this. I have changed my mind.

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  26. Shauna Burton

    I am thinking I want my implants out. Did you have a lift after, what am I going to be left with?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shauna,
      I did not have a lift, some women don’t need lifts. Explanted breasts look much the same as pre-implants if your implants are not too large and they were placed under the muscle except perhaps they are a bit fuller after explant. Nicole

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  27. Ann

    Hi..I’m a 10 year cancer survivor and I’ve had implants for almost 10 yrs….now I’m having a lot of pain in my breast on one side the one that had cancer..the ingredients are scaring me to death..I have a lot of the symptoms my main ones are burning feeling in my breast and under arm….fatigue. ..cant sleep…muscle aches…headaches. .I need to know what to do please help if there’s any ideas tyvm..Ann kent

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  28. Jen

    Thank you! I am getting implants out after 9 years. I’m at peace about it and looking forward to feeling better.

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    1. Ruby

      I have my saline implant 8 years ago, lately I am feeling fatigue and muscle ache all over my body. Two days ago, I had my blood test done and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I am a vegetarian and my doctor believes that my diet and family history could be the cause of it. I am quite confused since I found this site, could it due to my implant but I have no pain or leakage shown. I really need more support on how to deal with my situation. Should I wait a little longer or should I just explant it in order not to cause more damage to my body.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Ruby,
        You have the classic early symptoms of breast implant illness. I would start planning your explant before your health declines further. Nicole

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  29. Christina Nicklson

    Hello I had a saline implant rupture in 2015 so the surgeon replaced both implants with new saline implants..I was never told of any of this.i started having headaches three months ago, my muscles are always aching and my chest does have pain.. Do I contact the surgeon that did the surgery. I can’t believe this exists and the doctors never told me anything

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Christina,
      Yes, contact your surgeon and tell him you want your implants explanted and all capsule tissue removed including any capsule tissue left over from the original breast implants. All capsule tissue must be removed for your best recovery. Nicole

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  30. Teri Mantilla

    I have had saline implants since 1985 (original ones). For several years I have wanted them removed. I have in recent past suffered from extreme fatigue, brain fog and joint and muscle pain. I will be 59 yrs old. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Teri,
      Have your saline implants explanted En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Please ensure all capsule tissue is removed. You may need to treat yourself with antifungals as well. Nicole

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  31. Joanne Tomlinson

    I have all the symtoms you’ve listed.i had mine done at a in office setting.to make them larger they were filled with more saline at time of surgery .i dont have the means to have this taken care of .what do i do .how do i tell my 9 children

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  32. Beverly Hanson

    I have been battling with my Primary Care doctor since February to have extensive testing. I have almost every symptom and have been very ill for over 2 years. In February 2016, an MRI showed leakage in one silicone implant…I have been admitted concurrently almost every few weeks this year from breathing problems etc..they also found through C scan I have 3 lymph nodes swollen in chest wakl, one in breast. On April 6, my plastic surgeon took out implants which lpoked horrible but insisted my insurance company would not cover the explanation unless new implants put in…I asked him to explanation and if needed fix breasts if deformed. He said insurance company would not pay for reconstruction. So I have new implants, not wanting them, and still sick as ever. My plastic surgeon agrees that I’m sick from old implants but new ones NO…my primary care doctor has basically told me I’m crazy, I’ve explained over n over about my breathing probs etc. I have had high blood pressure for about 15 years n one pill a day kept it goid, this past 6 months my blood pressure spikes along with the breathing problems etc, going back to pulmonologist this week about swollen lymph nodes…I know I have toxicity and plastic surgeon said prob couple years…I’m ftustrated and yes lots of anxiety attacks because of being so sick.

    I’ve asked my primary doctor to run tests on adrenal, send me to adrenal specialist, endocrinologist, he tells me see psychiatrist and get Xanax for Anxiety and wants me on second BP medicine because n y BP spikes…it doesn’t stay high, it erratic…

    I am wondering n if anyone experienced BP spiking when sick…I’m thinking of calling insurance company and telling them I want these new ones out!!! Explanat…when I asked about help with detox by both doctors, I got we don’t know what to do to get toxins out of your body…I am getting new primary doctor…after today…my plastic surgeon asked my primary doctor to call him to find o Lan to detox me and g e said today he did not call him because their schedules are too different…I’m very upset and scared being sick!!! Please tell n e what kind of doctor can I go to get help with detoxing body? ?? Please give me advise!!! I’m scared!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Beverly,
      Yes, your symptoms are from your breast implants. Blood pressure spiking is a common symptoms. You have to explant your breast implants En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Please ensure all capsule tissue is removed for your best recovery. Come to the Facebook group listed on this website and we will coach you through detox. Nicole

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  33. Lori

    I had implants done about 7.5 years ago. They are big, too big, I’m a DD. Also, all the symptoms you list below is totally me!! I feel like I’m such a sickly person over these last few years and now to think it could be my implants is scary:( I’m so fatigued, eyes have doubled/tripled in prescription, feel like I don’t have quality breathing, etc. I’m currently 41 years old. I’m wondering tho, if I have them removed and have only a lift done with my breasts be too ‘soft’ flabby looking? I’m afraid of that too.

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  34. Malea Daughton

    Will insurance pay for removal of breast implants since I do have a lot of these symptoms and also had blood work with those symptoms. I really need to get this taken care of. I am hoping my insurance will pay for this. I hope to get and answer on this tks for your time.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Malea,
      Yes some insurance does pay for explant. Check your policy. Insurance usually covers explant in the case of rupture/leaking, pain, capsular contracture and infection/necrosis. Nicole.

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  35. Laurie H

    Hi Thanks for this website. I need some support as I am really sick from these silicone implants I had put in around 22 years ago. All within the last 10 years I got endometrioisis, infertility, cystitis, chronic fatigue, muscle pain, myofascial pain, flu like symptoms, days of flare ups, very depressed state and muscle spasms all over my body. I have been eating really clean and supplements. The thought of exercise is unbearable. I’m scheduled for an explant next Friday the 20th of May. I cannot wait. My health has gone down hill quickly since November of 2015. I feel like my body is dying and the surgeon I am going to is very skilled in removing implants Enbloc way. But she does not think they are making me sick since the FDA sucks! So I had to wait 3 months for this appointment. People need to be more aware that theses implants do some serious damage to the human body. I’m hoping I feel healthy and all these problems go away after I remove them.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laurie,
      Come to the Facebook group listed on this website and we will support you. Nicole

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  36. Michelle

    Does insurance cover explantation? I want mine removed. I was diagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis 3 months ago but have been dealing with symptoms for over 2 years. I’ve had my saline implants for 7 years now. I also feel as if milk wants to come out of my breasts. This has been going on for over a year on and off. My hormones were checked and were normal. I have severe daily headaches, memory loss, exhaustion, and jointand muscle pain. I truly feel something is up with these implants. I just don’t know if docs can even do a specific test to see if the implants are causing anything. I just want them out but sadly it costs more for explantation than it did to get them in.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Yes some insurance does cover explants for rupture, pain, capsular contracture, necrosis and infection. Check your policy to see if they cover explants. Nicole

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  37. mary williams

    my breast implants are ruptured , confirmed by sonogram, and I desperately need a highly recommended breast surgeon relatively close to Tyler Texas so I can get them removed.

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  38. Joleen Dechant-Wagner

    I now have something to go on. I now know what’s causing the exact symptoms listed! Thank You so much……

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  39. Pamela Yoho

    I thought I was going crazy because no one believed me when I complained about my chest hurting and not being able to breathe when I had all the tests and nothing showed up. Also I have pain and burning under my arms. So grateful for finding this site. Will be making an appointment to see my surgeon. This is hard to deal with when you only have yourself because no one else believes you. NOT no more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to be able to talk to someone who believes me.

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  40. Alisha

    Your site is the first one that I came to when trying to figure all of this out. In fact, this is the very page that convinced me that my Implants are causing my mdical issues. I am very thankful for your info. I am having my Explant May 6 with Dr. Kolb and I am so thankful to finally have a resolution. I started my own site to help create awareness of Breast Implant Illness. I would like to use some of your info and also direct people to your website. I will give you all of the credit. Is this okay with you? This is my site… http://www.salinebreastimplantnews.com

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alisha,
      Bravo!! Yes, please go ahead and use any of my info and site name on your website. Do whatever you can to spread the word to as many ladies as we can. Thank you and much love, Nicole

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  41. Anna

    Thanks for providing those information, Nicole. I am planning my explant at the moment. I have my silicone implants from McGhan for 14 years. Do you think they might be gummy bear implants or cohesive gel? What is meant by a chest wall clean out? Is it a good think if the surgeon uses saline solution for cleaning?
    Thanks again!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anna,
      Your implants are likely not cohesive gel. I know ladies with the McGhan implants. Are yours textured? I want to share with you the following from a preliminary report by Dr. Blais on McGhan textured implants:

      Your Implants arrived on March 29, 2016. I have a large backlog which must be dealt with before I can complete the study of your material. Nevertheless, following receipt of your email and noting the circumstances of your surgery, I did a preliminary examination of your pathological material. I offer the following information:

      -Your implants are textured saline inflatable mammary prostheses made by the McGhan Inamed Corporation.

      -Both implants were defectively fabricated from the outset with faulty parts and non closing valves which became tissue invaded over the dwell time.

      -Both implants contain microbiologically compromised filling fluid.

      -Both implants have a degraded and eroded shell surface which released immunologically reactive debris for many years before explantation.

      -There is evidence of severe intra and extra-capsular calcification bilaterally.

      -The implants are of a kind associated with lymphatic disorders, including ALCL.

      -The implants developed a double capsules bilaterally. The internal capsule is still bound to the surface of each implant.

      -The external capsule was not connected to the internal capsule on either side and a fluid layer would have occupied the space between the internal and external capsules (bilateral periprosthetic seromas).

      -On the basis of information provided in your email, the external capsules were not removed. It is most probable that these vacated capsule have now refilled with stagnant body fluids and continue to elicit inflammatory, infective and immunological reactions.

      – It is also probable that the fluid within the capsules is colonized by opportunistic micro-organisms that give the sites an chronic abscess-like character.

      – It is also probable that both vacated capsules contain denatured, necrotic and grossly calcified immunoreactive substances.

      -It is essential that these capsules be removed promptly to allow the sites to heal.

      -Postoperative intravenous anti-infective treatments may be required.

      -It essential that lymph nodes proximal to the capsule sites be submitted as fresh tissue for appropriate pathology and oncology investigations.

      These are only highlights as study is not complete. The present document is not a Letter-of-Findings or a Report. It is only a guide to be used in the context of your current health care needs.

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  42. Alexa Harz

    🌻Hi Everyone, I had my implants for almost 4 years and as of 5 days ago I had them taken out!! Why?? Well 6 months after getting them I started having seizures. Yes, seizures!!! They were in my sleep and would come throughout the month. I went to doctor after doctor and nothing worked. None of the seizures medications stopped the seizures either they just made me feel gross. I have been to over 4 doctors at Stanford and no answer. After years of trying everything, I started reading posts from this site. I got them removed and haven’t had a seizure since!!!!
    These are the facts:
    I am 5’6″, 120 lbs. I have always been very athletic and have a lot of muscle. I got 400cc silicon gel implants from Mentor when I was 35 years old.
    The MRI showed I had no ruptures but had large folds in the left implant. I have had lots of other symptoms than seizures happen too. I started having bad memory fog, night sweats, dry mouth, easily bruising, dry skin, hair loss, spider veins, dark circles under the eyes, uncomfortable in my own skin feelings and my hormones were really messed with. I also had my left lymph node under my armpit swell up the size of a pea. My fore arm muscle gets weak and unable to use too. Weird things just kept happening with no answers as to why???
    It has been 5 days since removal and my body is already showing signs of healing! No seizures is seriously amazing but the other things are too. My head is feeling more clearer, my eyes have started lightening up and the dark circles are gone! The lymph node under my arm, after 3 years is gone, yes gone!!! I have never been so excited to be on the right track as to healing!! Those implants ruined 3 years of my life without knowing. If it wasn’t for this site I would be getting more and more sick, never thinking it could have been my implants. I feel it is my duty to keep you posted on my recovery and hope you all are getting started on yours!! ❤️

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  43. donna

    my mother in-law had three sets of breast implants through out her short life . she died of alzhiemers at age 65 and we think that the breast implant ruptures caused the early onset of the alzhiemers .

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  44. Janice

    Over 30 years of suffering how in the world could anyone with any kindness in their heart at all but these toxins in people I think these people should be punished for putting toxins inside human body without giving that person a choice they need to tell them what the toxins are so they can make the decision whether they want the operation or not. I think one should have a choice in what they want for themselves but the toxic chemicals should be listed on the wall so you know what’s being placed inside a person’s body

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  45. Tracy Lamson

    I am a 54 year old womn and have had my silicone breast implants for over 20 years. 5 years ago I became very ill. I did not know if I would be able to pull myself through all of the medical issues I suffer. My doctor diagnosed me with sarcoidosis, sjogrens sydrome, RA, chronic pancreatitis plus 24 other medical issues. I am losing hope. I called a plastic surgeon reknowned for implant removal. After getting no response after 5 attempts for information, I gave up. I mentioned to my doctor that maybe we should consider the implants as a cause for some of my issues. She dismissed it very quickly. Thinks are getting worse, not better. I am scared. My quality of life is terrible. Can you offer any advice or suggestions?

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    1. admin Post author

      Tracy,
      You may want to print off all of the silicone articles from Dr. Kolb’s website here: http://www.plastikos.com/atlantaplasticsurgeryarticles.html#page=silicone. If your doctor won’t read and absorb those articles, don’t waste any more time trying to convince her, she will not acknowledge your illness is from your implants however it is. Start planning your explant. Please ensure that you get a proper explant which is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy for your best chance at recovery. The chemicals in silicone are very toxic and poison us as the silicone shell becomes permeable and leaks chemicals even if the silicone is cohesive. Nicole

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  46. Jess buchanan

    Hi my names jess buchanan and ive been really sick for the past 3 years. Ive been treated with IV antibioti s twice in the YSA due to the fact that ive been told i gave lyme and confections etc. This article is of great interest to me as this will be my tenth year with breast implants! And something ive never considered to be the cause of my illness. I have pretty much every symptom on your list!! Id really appreciate hearing more from you asap as i will have them removed urgently. Im sydney based so would really appreciate a suggested surgeon.
    Many many thanks for the information. Xx

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jess,
      Your symptoms and illness is from your breast implants. All the surgeons we are aware of in Australia are on the Explant Surgeon list on the website. Come to the facebook group where we can support you better, there are tons of ladies from Aus there. Nicole

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  47. Kelly

    I have had silicon implants for 6 years. I have been having real problems crop up since. I have tender ribs as well as a bubble like feeling that is tender in my right breast. I have no stress tolerance at all. Around my period the tension and anxiety is mind blowing. I can not function. I have tension in my upper body and neck. Have tension headaches a vision disturbances. My confusion is I went on xanax and stopped 2 and a half years ago cold turkey cause I was very sick. I have got a bit better from that but worried I have bii …

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  48. Tricia Kameika

    I am 65….very healthy and looked years younger…in 2005 breast implant saline and LOVED it much success ..natural and no problem and I had it for eleven years…….felt I needed to make a decision……….the new implant is the gummy bear with great reviews in February 29 I had a transfer…..I am a gym rat and love to work out…hardest part was not exercising…….I felt good for a month then slowly started my workout routine…..then noticed my lower back hurt me……which affected my bladder….starting regular physical therapy…..now mysterious digestion problem…….for a day so far……hope it is not the implants

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    1. lisaherbert

      it money is why they are killing us…it is just the beginning of your hell if you don’t get them out I have developed ra. I hope I live I haven’t been checked for lymphoma yet but I will be

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  49. Elaina

    I’m glad I found this page. Although I do not have many of these symptoms, I have had daily chronic migraines for the past 10 years. Not one day has gone by that I did not have a migraine. My implants were done 11 years ago. About a year after, I woke up with a horrible migraine that has never went away. Does anyone else suffer from migraines after implantation?

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  50. Sam

    HI Sam here
    I am Just thrilled to have found this site , my explant may 14 after many illiness,im plant june90 silicone,o6 got very sick on a short flight ,2wks was geting worse when we got back ,dr all sorts of illenses,from pregenent, to what they fancied, went to a consultan and he done a battrey of tests,streptomacalua,virius, shingeles, glandular fever, chest infection all at the same time ,2yr in and out of bed short of breath went to E R 6hrs later put on steroids puffer,and sent home, gp had not a clue, chills, cold low temp,pulse very faint iron showed up a 3 dr had to put her on injection for iron and had to watch while it was administered, allageries wer mad dust timber clothes, dufays stocings just to name a few ,went to a easteren and western dr that threats many ills put on acupuncture,and pills slowley improvement ,the ulsters that broke out on her face started to heal,on and of for3 yr good for 6 to 9mts bang sick again,now sensitv to lights sun moon comuptures E M F ,M C S, washing cloths dishes etc, smell of lorries busses people smoking ,stand near a floresent light pass out in 2 / 3 munites , inmarch got very weak doc said they need to come out now or 3mts you wont be here,had a breast scan both were leaking,
    After ex plant hands cold feet cold dr en block said he got all out was very happy , many nights awake cant sleep done a lote of de tox with the help of east west dr,2mts back felt a lump on left breast measuring 2″ x3 ” had a mamagram anecogram and a biopsy now dr says breasts wery badley deformed in side and a lot of silicone preasent ,Thank God it is not the big C ,now dr says if lump gets bigger breast will have to be removed, if it gets smaller then no worries , what hapens the silicone can you get rid of it, with out sugery or ??????
    what is your thoughts on this Thank You for this site ,

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  51. Shawn marie

    Does anyone know of any doctors that support this? I face every issue here but I need to talk to doctors to back up everything im reading about here. If itisnt from a doctor, then it unfortunately has no validity. I’m trying to be very particular about who removes my implants because there are side effects in getting them removed. If you have contacts please let me know. Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shawn,
      Several doctors acknowledge this disease. Dr. Susan Kolb who wrote a book called The Naked Truth About Implants. Dr. Lu Jean Feng who has conducted studies of breast implant illness. In Canada Dr. Pierre Blais. Dr. Brawer. On an on. Just google those names and breast implants.
      Nicole

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  52. Jessica

    Hi ladies! I actually came across this when I searched “silicone intolerances” because I have had a horrible reaction to CONTACT LENSES made of SILICONE. I do not have breast implants. But what really shocked me is not only have they destroyed my eyes (dry, painful, reject contacts) but I was surprised to read some of Nicole’s symptoms which I have also experienced! I have had TMJ problems for a few years now, fatigue (I’m only 22!) difficulty swallowing, often sick and take a long time to recover, poor sleep and anxiety. Even the small amounts of silicone and toxic chemicals in the “new technology” contact lenses have done this much damage! I wore them for about 6 years before I started noticing symptoms which I of course did not think was caused by my contacts which at the time did not even know they had silicone in them. If this can happen just from contacts PLEASE remove your breast implants if you feel unwell no matter how much of a pain in the ass it will be and PLEASE love yourselves no matter what. I believe now that silicone is TOXIC to the body and doctors will continue to blame the patient and we have to stick up for ourselves. If you are considering breast implants, I really hope you choose health over implants. Also, ladies if you wear contact lenses tell you eye doctors you will only wear NON-SILICONE lenses. They are becoming less accessible due to silicone contacts hedging them out of the market and we need to speak out against silicone being put into our bodies. It is NOT safe or inert, like doctors think. Proper studies have not been done. The last thing you need is to think you are recovering and then be taken down by contact lenses. Don’t trust silicone! Don’t use it and don’t put it in your bodies! I have had them out for 3 months now and I hope I am on the road to recovery as it leaves my system. Good luck to all in battling this and good luck to recovery. Remember to love yourselves and trust your instincts. Surround yourselves with people who will support you. Spread awareness. xoxoxox Jessica

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    1. Emma

      Yes, I am so happy to hear this has been experienced by another as well. I realized this about 6 months ago when I literally could not remove them from my eyes, and I had only had them in for 6 hours and they hurt so I went to take them out and completely freaked out to find them stuck, like they had been melted to my eyes, I put saline solution in my eyes and literally peeled them off slowly and oh my did it hurt. I tried to explain this to my eye doctor and she said my eyes were just dry… Well let’s just say that I never saw her again either, I was in shock to hear such assininity, I am rather surprised that my eyelids continue to blink being they must also be parched for some liquid with all that sporadic blinking rubbish they do, why don’t they get stuck too, ahhh could it be they are not foreign matter or even more descriptive…
      silicon… amazing…

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  53. Tina Damiano

    I have had saline implants for 15 years now and the past 7-8 years i have had MANY health problems all of the ones on this site except body rashes and toxic shock i have been to MANY doctors and had MANY tests to have them all be negative i have endured so much pain and fatigue that is really unbearable all my doctors said this was all in my head. I even went back to my plastic surgeon complaining of bad breast pain and he said they looked fine to him he said he was surprised that they had lasted this long when i got the surgery i was under the impression they would last forever and since they were just water there was no side effects because water never expires.
    So i have been literally suffering for the last 8 years and now i dont have the money to have them removed does anyone know if this could be done by any surgeon and be paid by insurance. Thanks to my daughter she found information on this.

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  54. Emma

    I have most of these symptoms and have been tested for everything, eyes are diminishing daily, I eat extremely healthy, exercise daily, do not drink etc.. am truly healthy.. or should be, I only got these because literally I had none, I mean 0 and wanted to have a little, and that was all I got, you could never tell, actually many have told me I should get them 🙂 but I say nothing,, but I am having trouble seeing and am at a point that I am pushing myself to wirte more here because I am desperate, no one believes these have anything wrong with me, but they cant find anything else, I have loss of memory that is extremely significant, cant remember anything, so hot all the time (and I am 39, no children and NO history of any reasons behind any of this) had heart failure two years ago and was brought back 1.8 minutes later, recently again shortness of breath, muscle pain, joint pain, any sprain, strain takes months to recover, any cut leaves a scar no matter how small, sinus, nose bleeds, feel like I am pushing my front teeth out, hyperpigmentation… severe for no reason (I am the queen of sunscreen and love the sun but in the past year can’t because even 2 minutes the patches are darker) burning, to tired all the time, feel like a depression but I wont let myself feel that, I keep myself very busy but have NO focus, have lost my job and now honestly, I dont know what else to do, no one will listen, but I know something serious is wrong. I have so much more to add but I cant now but I would love to talk to someone, or know how I can find help being that I awoke this morning and my left breast looks like it has evaporated. I went to hospital they told me not to worry, you will have to see a plastic surgeon but these were put in int CA 20 years ago and I felt the ruptures on the sides for many years and like the other lady below the Dr. said it was nothing, but it did not feel like nothing. And being that I have to work and cant go to the Dr. everyday to do another test, get another opinion etc… and cant afford to have them removed now I will have to or I will be lopsided. WHat a nightmare, I am only glad this was all I did, I have already heard from friends with noses, cheeks, chins and the likes that have infections, one had a piece of her nose come out literally from inside, lips that are seeping, chins trying to “get out” and these all from very reputable plastic surgeons in CA, that for all we know are increasing their profit and using the cheapest materials, it insures repeat clients and they can always justify the reason as to “why” this happened to you..please if there is anyone that can help me please write back. Thank you so very much, I dont know where else to go.

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  55. Michele

    Hello. I became extremely ill about a year ago and my symptoms keep getting worse. After reading this article, I can mark off about 20 different symptoms I have based off this test. I’ve had most of the blood work on this list. Some not normal and some are. I’m starting to wonder if my implants are making me sick. After you had your implants removed, did you het new implants? And if so how long until you started feeling better?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michele,
      No after my explant, I did not get new implants and we do not recommend that. Your illness is caused from your implants and getting new implants is not going to heal you. I have been explanted for three years and am 90 per cent recovered now. I am working on the last ten per cent. In general it takes a couple years to recover from all the toxic affects of silicone and breast implants. Nicole

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  56. Pamela

    OMG…..
    I came across this article while I was trying to find some answers about my chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
    For years I have been saying to many doctors, I feel my implants are killing me!!!
    I want them out.
    But as you know, it’s cosmetic , and not covered by insurance.
    So I do nothing.
    So instead my doctor is now sending me to get a treadmill stress test, and has given me some nitroglycerin pills just incase I feel like I might be having a heart attack .
    I really don’t think it’s a bad heart. But I’m scared and need to get some answers.
    This article has confirmed to me that my implants are killing me.
    Help!!!

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  57. Robin

    Thank you for this site. More people need to hear these stories. If any of you are like me, you may have thought you were just a little bit crazy. I have been sick for over 15 years as a result of a bad decision in 1982, when I chose to get silicon breast implants after a lumpectomy left me uneven. Initially my intention was to just get one to fill up the space, but the surgeon convinced me to get both done. Since then it’s been downhill, I just didn’t connect the dots. Here is the progression of my symptoms:
    1982 – silicon implants; surgical repair as they “slid” down (the lower edge was below the incision)
    1983 – severe endometriosis resulted in a hysterectomy
    1984 – migraines and numbness in my feet
    1985 – suddenly tons of spider veins appeared on both legs (had sclerotherapy 3 times but the spiders came right back each time)
    1986 – moved to Canada; migraines worsened; TMJ started
    1988 – began to bruise easily; severe bouts of itching started
    1993 – ruptured silicon implant; surgery took hours – according to the surgeon “there was silicon everywhere.” He flushed the pockets with alcohol and, replaced the silicon implants with saline ones. I had earlier decided not to replace them, but the surgeon convinced us that we’d be unhappy with empty pockets.
    1994- thyroid cancer; thyroidectomy, followed by radioactive iodine
    1995 – dry eyes and high eye pressure of unknown origin
    1996 – brain fog ; memory lapses
    2000 – stated to notice phlegm in the morning
    2001 – phlegm had increased in volume and frequency and became lumpy; began to get it immediately after eating or drinking anything
    2006- by now the phlegm had become almost constant, affecting my ability to sleep – this was the starting point of chronic sleep deprivation because the phlegm was so severe, I was only able to sleep between 2-3 hours a night and never all at once. Elevating my head made no difference, I’d cough and have to get up, or choke
    2007- shoulder and hip pain began
    2010 – depression, panic attacks, sporadic burning in my breasts, difficulty working (self-employed consultant so no benefits)
    2012 – runny nose (most of the time); chest and throat hurt from coughing; more joint and back pain
    2014 – plugged sinuses, difficulty taking a deep breath

    Now in 2016 I have all of the above symptoms and more. Over the last 10 years I have not slept more than 3 hours a night. I am sensitive to anything I eat or drink – anything at all. Immediately after consumption I have 2-3 hours of coughing up lumpy phlegm – every single time. My ideal weight has is around 115 and my weight has ranged between 91 and 95 for over a year. I am conditioned to avoid food so have no appetite. I force myself to eat at least once in the early evening and always regret it afterwards because it brings on more phlegm, coughing, and choking. In this 10-year time frame, we have spent over $100,000 on alternative treatments and equipment (and are not wealthy). I’ve only been able to work sporadically, which adds financial pressure to an already difficult day-to-day. I’ve also seen multiple medical specialists and had a slew of tests, all of which have been repeated 3 times, at approximately 2-year intervals. I keep being told that there is nothing wrong with me. After seeing me for a year, the chief of Respirology at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto told me there was no point in coming back. While he agrees that my symptoms are real and acknowledges that my pulmonary function tests continue to decline – in fact, I am now diagnosed as being asthmatic – he said they can’t identify the cause so I have to learn to live with these symptoms. He suggested that I get counseling to learn to accept my situation. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the guilt I’d feel leaving my husband, I think I’d throw in the towel.

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    1. Emma

      I have ALL of those too, I feel so alone with this because not one Dr. thinks it could be the implants, there was a mold exposure in a building I was working in and they have all blamed it on that “maybe” but they dont really believe in mold either but mine is burning on the left side so badly where it looks like it has moved out of my body while I was asleep, I can feel something beneath but it burns and the hospital would not take it out, I dont feel good at all.

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      1. Robin

        Dear Emma,

        Just like I do you have to get an explant. It’s difficult for doctors to believe this because they trust the FDA and the Health Protection Branch here in Canada. However, both have covered up the truth for years. Where do you live? I understand how isolated you feel and would be happy to be an ear if you need one. I have NA wide long distance so could call you if you want. You can reach me by email at rk@motivated-minds.com

        There is hope and help out there

        Best
        Robin

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    2. ALisa

      Hello, I am thankful for this article. I am a breast cancer survivor and a mastectomy patient, I had my implants almost 3 years ago when I was 46 years old. About a 2 years ago I started having random heart skipped beats and couldn’t figure out why. I got it off and on a couple times. Its 2 years later and I am having skipped beats and the rhythm is not right on a continual basis. Daily I have to stretch and release the implants are tight. they have been that way since day one. I have scar tissue that is tight and always needs massaged. I feel energetic most of the time but the heart issue is becoming more and more prevalent and its disrupting my daily life, I have missed alot of work and I have had multiple trips to doctors offices trying to figure out what is wrong. I have for awhile now thought it might be from implants but then dismiss those thoughts. I have Mentor Silicone smooth round high profile gel 700cc. Are these symptoms you have hear of before? Im in the phase of trying to get to the bottom of these symptoms. Doctors are testing for everything from low vitamins, to hormones to thyroid issues. I hope its not implants because as a mastectomy patient I don’t have any other options and I am too young to walk around breast-less. Also before I had the implants in I was breast-less and not only are my not there but they are about 1/2 inch concave, so even the 700cc Im only a full B cup. Is there some way to determine if this is actually the issue. The other add thing is that when I am out in the heat my breasts sweat profusely and its so embarrassing that it forms 2 sweat marks that look like half moons underneath my breasts on my shirt, so I cannot wear anything except black or white shirts when its hot or I will have those sweat marks. I had a Cliiford lab test done years ago before I had the implants put in and that said I may have a possible silicone sensitivity. The lab person said just keep on eye on it and if you start having symptoms, let someone know, but what symptoms? He didn’t say? So my questions are 1. How can I determine if my symptoms are from the implants? 2. Have you heard of this symptom before? Is that a common one? 3. Is there a detox that I can do in order to avoid removal 3. Do you know of any other implant that is more safe, I could probably do fat grafting but 3 years ago that was not that common so I just don’t want to be without breasts, I did that for 6 months and it was awful. I know the bottom line is that our bodies were not designed to harbour foreign objects with chemicals the thought of having NO breasts just makes me sick at my stomache. The thought of going back to prosthetic boobs just makes me want to throw up, been there done that. Luckily for me my husband doesn’t care at all about it he is just happy Im cancer free! Thank you in advance for your input.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Alisa,
        There is no one test or group of tests that will definitively point to the implants as the cause of your symptoms however they are. I had Mentor cohesive gel breast implants too, and they are the worst kind of implant to have due to the aggressive chemicals used to make the gel cohesive. These toxic chemicals sweat microscopically through the envelope of the implant and the envelope breaks down over the years. I had my implant seven years, most ladies only last a few years with these highly toxic implants and explanting them is common. At the end of my seven years with these implants, I was almost poisoned to death and suffering from toxic shock from the chemicals. Your symptoms are very common to breast implant illness and I had many of the same. Your body will not start detoxing until the implants and capsule tissue is removed and you have recovered from surgery. There may be a more safe implant and I suggest you speak with Dr. Susan Kolb about which may be a more safe implant. Personally, I think all implants cause illness eventually. I understand your feelings and feel for the hard decisions and outcomes. Your health is the most important thing you have in life. Nicole

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  58. S. Marshall

    I had double masectomy and reconstructed with silicone in 1986. One breast had silicone incased in silicone and one was silicone in a sponge like material. I didnt find this info out until a chest MRI in 1991. As my health began its journey downhill I was told by several dr that removal wouldn’t help now here I am a ill 62 yr old woman to old and sickly and still no dr will commit to saying that removal would help and my insurance won’t pay.

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  59. Charlene

    I am a holistic nutritional therapist. I will be 49 in May and I’ve had the SAME saline implants since I was 26 yrs. old. (yes, same implants for 23 years!) I have had no problems with them whatsoever. 2 years ago in March I started hearing my heartbeat pulsing in my right ear (like the sound you hear on a doppler). They ruled out tumor but now want to do cerebral angiogram to check for Dural Arterial Venous Fistula. Over the past 2 years my health has started to mysteriously decline. I have many of the symptoms you list here, but the most troublesome is short term memory loss, heart palpitations, anxiety and fatigue. I have tried every supplement, every diet, every meditation and every detox trick in the book. (which is what led me to become a nutritional therapist!) I have 5 kids and am under A LOT of stress daily so I’ve just blamed all this on stress, bad genetics and getting older. This site has totally rocked my world. I love my boobs! My husband loves my boobs! My biggest fear is having the explant and not feeling any better. I read that silicon cannot be removed from the organs or the lymph. So then what? You get them out and still feel like crap and have no boobs?? I’ve been eating a Paleo/Primal type diet since 2007, but it seems like the cleaner I eat, the worse I feel. I can’t even have a glass of wine anymore without feeling like crap.I’m getting more sensitive to foods and chemicals. All the symptoms you list here could be caused by so many other things (ie. blood sugar dysregulation, methylation defects, gut dysbiosis, dehydration, mineral deficiencies, etc). How does one go about confirming that the implant is definitely the cause?? Ughh!!! This makes me want to throw up!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Charlene,
      There is no one test or group of tests that you can take to determine if your implants are the cause but they are the cause. There are some silicone tests that are helpful to some but not necessarily to all. On the Symptoms page of this website there are tests listed too that suss out damage in the body caused by implants and things that need support during your healing but they are not diagnosing tests. Sounds like your saline implants are colonized. Most saline valves fail in time allowing transfer of saline and body fluids. With a proper explant which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and detoxification, everybody improves. Nicole

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    2. Robin

      Thank you so much for making this site available and for all of you sharing such difficult and intimate stories. After reading every word on this site, I believe that I finally know what’s been wrong with me for over 15 years. I have many of the symptoms noted on this site but the main one that has taken over my life has not been described. I’d really appreciate it if anyone has experienced or heard of others with my symptoms could respond. Here is my story:
      In 1982 I had silicon implants and was told they would last a lifetime. Within 5 years, I started to have health problems that i never had before – migraine headaches, numbness in my feet, and thyroid problems that eventually led to thyroid cancer. I didn’t relate any of this to my implants. I later moved to Canada and at a physical with a new doctor in 1993, discovered that my implants were ruptured. I had them removed and replaced with saline implants, which the surgeon recommended. I was so freaked out that the silicon ones had ruptured that I didn’t want any implants. He said that I’d look horrible without them and that my husband would be disappointed. After the surgery the surgeon said that there was silicon everywhere, explaining why the surgery took much longer than anticipated, but also said that I didn’t need to worry because he flushed the capsules with alcohol and that there was no evidence that silicon could cause any problems. He did not remove the capsules, or even offer it as an option. Over the next few years other symptoms emerged but I didn’t make any connections to my implants until finding this site. I began to have periods of depression, intermingled with anxiety and panic attacks. My migraines became clusters, lasting for 3 days. I started getting incredibly itchy, bruise easily, and had the sudden appearance of spider veins all over my legs. It bothered me so I had sclerotherapy but the spiders returned within days; I attempted this 3 times before realizing I was fighting a losing battle. Then shoulder and hip pain, brain fog, dry eyes and unexplained high eye pressure. In 2000 I started to get a lot of phlegm that continued to increase and by 2005 I was unable to sleep more than 2-3 hours a night because it made me choke. Raising the head of my bed made no difference. Next came food sensitivities and my phlegm became filled with lumps that make me gag. Today my phlegm and post-nasal drip is constant. I can’t eat or drink anything – even water – without getting at least 2 hours of phlegm afterwards. Going outside, strong odors, changes in temperature, and stress all trigger the onset of hours of phlegm. While i still have all of the other symptoms, this one is ruining my life. I’ve been to dozens and dozens of medical doctors and alternative practitioners any everyone says that they can’t find anything wrong with me. I have tried every diet, supplement and treatment I could find. My pulmonary function tests have continued to decline and I have been now diagnosed with asthma. I have lost over 20 pounds and currently weigh 95. Medical doctors have told me they can’t help me and that I should get counselling to help me learn to live with these symptoms. Has anyone out there heard of or experienced constant post-nasal drip and severe food/environmental sensitivities caused by implants? Please help!

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Robin,
        The phlegm is not uncommon in breast implant illness. All your symptoms are common to breast implant illness. You need to have an En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant. All capsule tissue must be removed for your highest and best recovery. You most likely have some infections too, many of us do. That phlegm can be caused from a fungal which is common in us. Please come to the Facebook group and we can coach you throughout your explant, recovery and healing process. Nicole

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    3. Shar

      Hi Charlene,
      that’s the same question I have. How does one go about determining if the symptoms are indeed from implants? I’ve had mine for 15 years, they are saline. I was told if they ever leaked the saline wouldn’t harm my body. They don’t appear to have leaked, they seem to appear the same size and shape, although dropped quite a bit due to the years gone bye, which is to be expected. If in fact mold is developing, are there any tests that can be performed to see if the body shows traces of mold? Other than obvious symptoms which as you state, as well as my neorologists determined, in my case, could be hormone related etc…
      I’ve had Vertigo for 15 years, which started a year or so after my implants were put in. I stopped having my mensus within a year of having implants put in. It makes me wonder if the implants triggered my body to go into premature menopause?
      I have seen three neorologists, who all misdiagnosed me as having Labrinthitis, Vertigo induced Migranes, and lastly, hormone related induced Vertigo steming from Menopause. I love a healthy life style, eat healthy, don’t drink often, some days are better than others, I’ve never taken HRT, always dealt with my Vertigo by letting it run its course. Usually lasting about 10 minutes, then it stops. As I mention, I’ve been dealing with Vertigo for 15 years, shortly after my implants were put in. Maybe the Implants triggered everything early, I was 40 when I stopped having my mensus. My Doc told me that was normal. Note: I never told my Doc’s I had implants because I never thought it was relavent, until now, 15 years later. I feel so tired all the time, Foghead, dizziness usually happens once or twice a month, sometimes it doesn’t happen for a month, no rhythm or reason. I take a few select supplements that do help with energy but, it’s not 100%. I just attribute it to my age being 53 and the fact I don’t exercise much.
      I’m glad I found this thread and will be following it, not ignoring my symptoms and try to not be in denial if I have to remove my girls, which I adored and feel is an extension of me. If my girls are making me sick, they need to be removed. :-/ scary..

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    4. Shar

      I need to mention also, my eye site has declined, again, I have contributed this to aging, I had an eye exam and all I need are cheaters, but I definitely notice a decline in my eye site. Again, is it just due to aging?
      My breasts feel 100% normal otherwise, no pain anywhere in my chest or back region.
      So to note again my symptoms;
      Vertigo, hot flashes< although they are less now than they were some years ago, bugtime Foghead, which I was told can be from lack of progesterone? tiredness. All could be hormone related, I haven't been tested in awhile, thought about trying bioidenticlas but haven't. As this thread has me concerned, all these symptoms could be (triggered by the implants) (inducing early onset menopause), which I've now had for 15 years, within a year of having my Impants put in. Makes me wonder? :-/
      Bless..

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  60. Nance

    I need help. No one is listening to my niece
    She has all above symptoms
    She got her implants took out last Thursday but the plastic surgeon said he didn’t see mold but he left the capsule in. No drs r taking this serious my niece can barely see, we don’t know what or where to go for help she is losing weight n her throat is swelled with ear pain numbness on left side of her body. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nance,
      Come to the Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where we will help you with your niece. You can come directly to the group by clicking the link on the welcome/home page oF this website or the F button at the bottom of any page of this website. Nicole

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  61. Cathy

    My implants are making me sick.I just went to e.r.with chest pain ,arm pain,my whole right side hurts. Now,I have shortness of breath,constant pain in my arm,numbness and cant talk right,tired all the time.And Im scared they are killing me. I have never had issues like this. I went to a cardio doctor. They want me to do an echo stress test. U have a refferal to see a plastic surgeon,I think maybe after reading this I should skip cardio test and go to plastic surgeon first.

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  62. LuvRealBoobs

    I explanted 12 year old saline implants 3 years ago. I did it because of developing late capsular contracture, and not wanting to replace them. Over the 12 years I had implants, about 1/2 the symptoms you listed above crept into my life. I had no idea it was implant related, and that wasn’t even on my mind when I explanted. After 3 years of living implant free, all the insidious, creeping health problems I developed with my implants in have greatly reduced. Joint pain, food allergies, leaky gut, low progesterone, night sweats, brain fog, difficulty swallowing, eczema, neuralgia in my hands and feet are all gone. I still feel my energy levels are lower than they should be, but better than it was. It has only been through the explant and healing process that I realized the implants were actually poisoning me. I want to let women know there is hope, and if you have mystery illnesses that developed after implants, consider that there might be a connection. It is possible to heal by removing implants and giving yourself time to be natural and for your system to rebalance.

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  63. Dúna

    Hello and thank you for sharing your story.
    I got silicon implants for 6 years ago, and a few months after that I was diagnosed with fibromilygia/ CHRONIC FATIGUE, and it got so much worse and worse.
    My symptoms are similar like yours. And ever since i got this implants i have had this burning pain throw my chest and my brest, and last 2 weeks i have this pain going down my left hand… I was googlen this only 3 days ago, and i found out about this silicon implants liness :/ I had NO idea that this could be the reason for my fibro and fatigue!! I live in Iceland and here in Iceland the doctors say that silicon is 100% save for your body!!!! that is so wrong! and its okey if the silicon will go around your body :/ it would do no harm!! uffff. So I called my doctor do day and he is sending me to scan to morrow to she if the implants are okey or what… But I will take them soon as possible out of my brest!!!! I hope they are not leaking:/

    Thank you so much for sharing this, now I now what is causing my symptoms.

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  64. Lynn Kuennen

    I have had silicone gel implants for 20 years. I had a ruptured implant. I had them removed a couple weeks ago. I have had all the symptoms of immune deficiency fibromyalgia, fatigue, memory loss, joint and muscle pain, headaches, insomnia, thyroid low, hormone imbalance, chest discomfort, digestive issues, intolerant to heat. I’m just wondering what I can do to help improve my health now that they are removed?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lynn,
      Please see the Symptoms page of this website for a list of tests which suss out damage by implants and things that need support and please see the Detoxification page of this website to support your healing and recovery. Come to the Facebook group too. Nicole

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  65. Joanne Tomlinson

    I’ve been having 80%of your symptoms for many yrs Aug will be 2yrs since my mva accident and I’m told I have to wait till my case is closed.I feel I’m going to die like this.

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  66. KAREN PAJAK

    LADIES,
    I am surprised to see that so many of you ladies are experiencing mega problems because of the implants. I too am. Of all the symptoms listed, I have all but 2 and many more as well. I have gone to many specialists because of the concerns i have which keep getting worse and have been told time and time again, there is nothing wrong with you, and like some of you, doctors have put me on anti-depressants because they say it is all in my head. These just make me feel worse so I will not take them. One cannot tell me it is in my head when I cannot catch my breath and then go down the list and find out, that all of these things are my symptoms, quite severe symptoms as well and more. I have had test after test and xray after xray. I have asked my doctor for to get me tested for lymphocyte chemical sensitivity and silicone levels in the blood and she has given me a rec for this because she said..oh my god, I think you have hit on something but, I can find no place in canada and now searching and calling places in the USA as well and cannot find any lab that is equipped to do these tests. I find it hard to believe that with all of us suffering like this, there is no place to get the tests done.
    IF ANYONE, ANYWHERE HAS ANY IDEA WHERE TO GET THIS TESTING DONE, PLEASE CALL, OR EMAIL ME 403-347-3844 karpak01@shaw.ca. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and once I get my implants removed, I am going to do all I can to try help other ladies going through this as well. I had silicone implants in 1980 which ruptured and the saline ones replaced them and they leaked and were replaced 3 times. The surgeon kept telling me they were totally safe. Now he has retired and I have to find a new surgeon and around here, unfortunately the wait can be as long as a year to get in to see the plastic surgeon, then you wait for OR space. In the mean time, feeling more and more unwell and my chest and armpits hurt daily.. I feel like I have lost the last 15 years or so of my like because I had to quit my job and have just been feeling crappy. Some days not having energy to do much more than get out of bed. I used to own a huge company and go 20 hours a day at full tilt and was the single mother of 4 kids. Now??? any way, glad I found this site and if anyone has any idea where to get this testing done or who I could talk to I would greatly appreiciate the information. Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karen,
      You can get a silicone sensitivity test here: http://www.betterlabtestsnow.com/silicone-hypersensitivity-panel.aspx unless they ceased doing the test. Please be advised that implants cause illness many different ways and even if you test negative for silicone sensitivity the breast implants are still causing your symptoms and illness because they ruin our endocrine and immune system and silicone is made of toxic chemicals which contaminate us and our body systems. Saline also allow colonization by microorganisms such as mold. Nicole

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    2. Brandikrz

      In the mean time do whatever you can to detox. I’ve had implants for almost 18 years and I’ve found that coffee enemas do wonders!! As well as Epsom salt baths, saunas, and intense excersise. Also taking colloidal silver….its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-something else (can’t remember lol darn brain fog 😉). You can use it in a nebulizer which gets it into the blood stream so your body can benefit the most by it.
      Hope you find relief. Health problems really suck!

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    3. LuvRealBoobs

      Quest Diagnostics (very large lab chain in the U.S. With locations in multiple states) apparently does a silicone testing. They have silicone testing for urine, serum/plasma, and silicone lymphocyte antibodies listed on their website. However, there is no info on how to order the tests (seems your Dr has to do it).

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  67. Amber

    I’ve had mine for 5 years.. Been back and forth to the drs of all the same symptoms listed above.. I was diagnosed with fibromyslgia and prescribed anti depressants which did nothing!!! I can’t wait to get these toxic bags out my body, my appointment is booked for next Wednesday and thereafter I hope to get my life back. I was always a very thin person.. I could eat cakes, chocolate donuts etc and wouldn’t gain a lb. now I literally starve myself and can’t lose an Lb !!! My husband thinks I’m lazy and the drs think I’m depressed. It’s been such a battle that I am disabled with pain and feel like I’ve lost all my brain cells. I majored in math and worked all my life, I barely ever took sick days, since the implantation of these toxic bags I had to quit work and survive of my life savings. I am so angry with the medical field that they have not given a thought to this and still reject that the cause could be implants. Can all us ladies get together and sue the manufacturers of these life debilitating sacs? I feel very concerned about all the young ladies that are going to go through putting implsnts in the future and have no idea how they will take over their lives, health, work, IQ. There must be something we can do to stop this non sense. My surgeon was trying to convince me to replace mine with saline as he believes the implsnts are not the cause of my symptoms!!!!

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  68. Effie Hall

    I am seeing Dr Susan Kolb from Atlanta, Ga., who is a specialist on auto immune issues caused by implants. After having a capsulectomy and re-implant I was put on a heavy detox program to support getting the toxins out of my system and supporting my immune system. I am 3.5 months out and feel very confident I am well on my way to better health because of the detox program Dr Kolb uses. We also did an ultra sound to check the lymph nodes for silicone and I had several removed to avoid possible lymphoma in the future. The lymph nodes MUST be addressed.
    Dr Kilb addresses some very sick individuals but she is so very preventative that anyone with implants could feel very lucky to have her remove their implants and set you up on the proper detox program. Without it you could be in very big trouble. Detoxing is essential for improved health. I highly recommend Dr Susan Kolb with Plastikos in Atlanta GA.

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    1. Pam Smith

      Thank you! I have been looking for someone in the Atlanta area that can help me with my implants! I look forward to contacting her and getting this resolved!

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  69. Fran Taylor

    Has there been anyone to report specifically nerve damage? I have severe nerve pain. It’s primarily my pudendal nerve which with meds I maintain a pain level of a 6 on a 1-10 and I can’t sit for more that 20 mins. I have shoulder and back pain too. This all began a year ago. 3 years ago a 6 month battle with mono. And two years of regulating my thyroid.(which had been regulated on the same dose of synthroid for 35 years. My cohesive gel implants were put in at the of my double mastectomy . I had chemo and radiation and I’ve been blaming it all on chemo. But this week I got cellulitis in the left breast. The right breast which was radiated prior to the implant became encapsulated within a year after the implant due the the radiated scar tissue. It’s smaller and higher than the left. So the left one is still infected and still painful. I have 10 more days of Kefkex or I go in for IV antibiotics. My whole entire life has been ruined by this nerve pain. I’m missing my sons’ lives, I was a runner -3 miles a day, yoga 3x a week, I had gardens, tremendous gardens, and I ran a very successful business which allowed me to fly several weeks a month. I can’t work, drive, go to my kids games, provide the income I had been, function off meds, think straight or even see friends and family. I have to sleep alone because of the pain and now because of the cellulitis I can’t have a surgical procedure to help with the pain (which is a spinal implant which is yet anoth foreign body implanted) for a good amount of time. Also after 6 episodes a SVT in 2014 I need a heart ablation only to find out at 55 I had cardiomyopathy with an ejection Fraction of 35%. Reminder I was a runner. Now I still am at a healthy weight but if I do more than 10 minutes of physical therapy I’m in pain. When I wake in the morning I need ten minutes to get out of Jed because while I sleep something happens to my back and abs and legs. Sometimes I can’t even feel my legs. My back just hurts like a disc is budged but my abs feel like I’m having a contraction. Then I move around and take pain meds and I’m ok in 30 minutes.
    I am quite vain. I’ve always focused a lot on my looks. I’m told I look like I’m in my 40’s. I’m not proud I can’t pass by a mirror without looking! My sister had the double mastectomy without the implants so I can easily see what I will look like. I am not crazy enough to get implants but I am mad at 12 years of cancer chemo radiation mono thyroid nerve pain depression my heart and now I’m going to look funny. I live in a very hot climate, I don’t even like wearing a bra it’s too hot. I will have them removed and not relaxed though. Please tell me if neuralgia or neuropathy is part of this illness?

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  70. pam

    I thank you for this site and information. I have checked into the symptoms before and nowhere did I find such info. Other sites would only list a few symptoms. I am living this right now and thanks to your site, I am making my appointment to be seen and to get them removed. Mine were first put in in 2000. Problems from the start with the doctor making mistakes. My first surgery I was also injured while I was under and now have neck problems (very bad ones). My doctor told me that the nurse had dropped my head while she was assisting him. Horrible neck pain now. I had another surgery due to contracture (he said) and then both re-done again. He actually told me that the contracture occurred before he ever put them in. I always wondered why did you go ahead and put them in? Anyway my last surgery was 2003. I still have them in and they have never been right and I am very deformed as well. He told me that he “slipped” and the scras on my right breast are very bad. I have the silicone implants. I have been getting very sick lately. First a cold that lasted 5 weeks, and then a flu bug that has lasted nearly as long. Symptoms from my implants have been going on for a long, long time. My doctor went on a medical leave right after he did my last surgery and I kept waiting for him to come back. Since then I think I just drove it from my mind. From the list of symptoms, I have every one of them. I couldn’t believe it. Every one. Thank you for this site and I will update you when I find out more. I am pretty sure that I am in a late stage of what it does to you. I am very weak and all the symptoms. Now my kidneys are acting up again and it makes me wonder. Bless you for all the info you have shared.

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  71. ADELE Ketter

    I have had Mimm Silicone implants since ’89 symptoms over the years have been everything from fatigue hair loss and now the last three years I have been battling dry cracking bleeding feet, I have tried EVERYTHING including steroids! The pain not to mention the embarrassment is awful! I have had more blood work and scans than I can count. Dermatologist, podiatrist and numerous Dr’s saying it’s due to having eczema.. I ‘ve always been very active but over the last few years have no energy. The fog as I’ve read many of you experience has gotten worse…. I want to know if anyone has experienced this horrible dry cracked feet in addition to all the other symptoms we all seem to have..thanks for any guidance! I am planning on having them removed and hope some of the symptoms will diminish..
    ADELE

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  72. sher

    Any Canadian women on this site? I have had saline implants for 27 (ish) years. I am having hardening, rippling and pain in the left breast. I was wondering if any Canadians had had their provincial health plan pay for explant surgery. I am having a hard time getting answers from Manitoba Health.

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    1. Maureen

      I just had my silicone implants removed and OHIP paid for it. My doctor said that OHIP will pay if they are ruptured. That’s Ontario- not sure about Manitoba….good luck!

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    2. Pat

      I am in Alberta, having an explant May 19th. I just had my consult April 15th and was advised that Alberta Healthcare pays for explanting old implants. Mine are 23, but one was replaced in 2003 due to hardening.

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    3. Sam

      Hi, I will be having my 12 yo saline implants removed as health issue covered by provincial plan. I am having indications for it: severe encapsulation, skin infection, risk of extrusion.

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  73. Sher

    I had silicone implant over 27 years ago, i had issues right of the bat with capsular contraction in the left breast. The surgeons solution was to squeeze the contracture till it broke. ?? really. This happened over 3 times till it was discovered that i had a rupture. New surgeon, removed the silicone implant and any residue left, then replaced the implants with saline, this was 25 years ago. The left breast is now feeling very “tight” slight hardening and rippling. I also have the deepest itch, deep in the tissue of my breast. Rash under each breast, dry eyes, fatigue, malaise, and many more symptoms. I want these implants taken out!! I live 3 hours away from our closest major city where I will have to travel for first a consult, then a surgery. I am scared, but I know I will feel better once they are out of my body. I am terrified to have a mammogram, as I feel they will break during the exam, and there is no surgeon in my city that would be able to remove the implants if they rupture. I am on this site for support, for advice and information. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. Vivian Lynnn

    Hi,

    Don’t get breast implants. I had saline implants in 2000 after having a lumpectomy that would have left my breasts uneven. I was told it was completely safe. I started to become more and more ill. I was a senior executive at a fortune 100 company for 25 years and I had to go out on disability – the disability was labeled “depression.’

    It was so bad, I was advised I needed ECT (electric shock therapy). I did it 9 times, but it didn’t help. Doctors never once mentioned that I may have a problem with my implants. Many still try to claim this as a myth. It’s not. I went through hell, in addition to unnecessary ECT treatments. I was diagnosed with vestibular migraines, syncope, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression – secondary Addison’s disease (at the Mayo Clinic!).

    I kept having yeast infections and thrush, incurable sinusitis, and extreme and debilitation fatigue. Felt like my body was filled with sand. Also stabbing pain in my back to my front. Felt like a heart attack, it would wake me up at night. I always woke up in the mornings feeling like someone hit me across my middle back with a baseball bat. So many doctors, never a diagnosis.

    Recently had my saline implants removed. They filled with black mold, I started shaking and threw up when I saw them. They were so disgusting and they almost killed me. Get them out, don’t replace them. You’ll slowly get your life back, I forgot what healthy felt like. Still not 100%, but I started at 5%, I felt almost dead most of the time.

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    1. Summer

      Thank you to all the women posting their stories!! I’ve since cancelled my surgery date!!! We’re all beautiful in so many ways!

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  75. Tammy

    Thank you so much for this article!! I too am convinced I have silicone toxicity from what I now know is a ruptured PIP silicone implant after 8years
    Initially I had cloudy confusion which escalated to the point I couldn’t work as I couldn’t safely do my job I was hospitalised with POTs syndrome. Postural orthostatic tachycardia. My symptoms started as what looked like a hormonal response just fluid retention to the max and exhaustion to the point I couldn’t get off the couch until 2pm. (This is so unlike me). Well I am now 4 days post op of explant however I did have implants put back in as I’m only youngish and didn’t think j would cope with empty sacks.

    I understand my immune system is under the pump and now has another foreign body to contend with. My only question was how quickly did your auto immune symptoms go away?

    Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tammy,
      My autoimmune symptoms and diagnoses disappeared about two years post explant. I am now three years post explant and just about 100 per cent recovered. Nicole

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    2. LISA HERBERT

      some may never go away its so sad that the fda and doctors have done this to us .somewhere right now another woman has made the decision to get them because of a lie from her doctor that they are ok or that its just a certain kind of implant not true they all do it. WHAT CAN I DO IS WHAT WE HAVE ALL ASKED AND THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO BUT GET THEM OUT ANY WAY WE CAN AND THEN BEGAN TO FIGHT THOSE SCUM LIARS MURDERERS WITHEVERYTHING WE GOT I BELIVE WE ALLL NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND FORM A GROUP TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND PICKET, FORM RALLYS AND MEETINGS TO SAVE EACH OTHERS LIVES IF I SURVIVE THIS THATS WHAT IM GOING TO DO WITH MY LAST BREATH

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  76. Alexa

    Hello and thank you so much for your site. I got implanted 4 years ago with silicon gell implants at the age of 33. I had my own business which was a successful workout center. I was the mother of 3 small children. I was 5’6′ and always very tiny. I was always a very successful athlete as well being one of the top pole vaulters for our country. My life was amazing! A few months after surgery I got capsular construction in the left breast and it was replaced. Soon after replacement I started having seizures. They came every single month at the same time. I was put on every seizure medication but nothing worked my hormones were so out of balance. Nothing ever stopped the seizure. Everyone told me it was stress, I knew it wasn’t. I ended up having a seizure while driving and lost my license. My life got more and more out of whack. I have been to Stanford Medical group and seen the best doctor around. Ive had so many brains scans only to be told I was ok. I know now I need to get my implants removed. The left one has always hurt and been hard. I just started having the seizures and didn’t put the two together. I had memory loss, was bruising easily, started to develope everything. Please let others know it’s more than just the symptoms you have listed. And please add seizures from your hormones getting so bad. I truly was poisoning myself from the inside. Because of you, I WILL get my life back!!! You are a true angel for helping all of us!!!!

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  77. Millie porter

    I was wondering if anyone could help me. My mum last night through lots of encouraging told me that she thinks she has silicone poisoning from her Breast implants. She is showing lots of the signs of poisoning. I am really worried about her and she says it has been happening for about a year. Can someone give me advise for how I can get her to get them removed. She also worries that she will no longer be a female after they are gone because she has had her womb removed a few years ago. How can I help her please. She also made me promise not to tell anyone Thankyou.

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  78. Kay

    Thank you for your post! I also have implants due to cancer. First one side 8 years ago, and now recently the other side where the old side was replaced too, all about 5 months ago. I have been having similar symptoms like brain fog, joint pain+inflammation, fatigue. But since I was on medication for a long time I always attributed the symptoms to side effects. At the moment I’m not taking meds though and the symptoms have become worse. This week I’m starting chemotherapy with its whole other package of side effects. Now after reading your post I’m contemplating if I should get a silicone test before that if possible, so that I know what’s what. It’s all so confusing! Who can you trust and who will really listen? I feel doctors just brush off concerns I have, and push their treatment of what they know best in their specialty on me, but not considering the whole body! Hope you all get better soon!!

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  79. Carrie

    Have you heard of anyone arsenic levels coming back high? Its so scary. I don’t eat meat, very little rice. Didn’t think implants had arsenic, not saline anyway. How does someone detox this? No wonder my liver and kidneys are screaming so loudly

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carrie,
      I have seen high arsenic in others. After we explant and focus on re-mineralizing, the toxic heavy metals do detox from our bodies. It takes time and a supportive diet supplying good minerals. Nicole

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  80. Charlotte Gedney-Pezzelle

    Thank you,
    I have been told for over 5 years that I was the problem to go see a shrink. I was convinced in 2008 when I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy for DCIS that it was a good option. I have been ill since day one. I returned to the original plastic surgeon and she defensively told me after an entire year of capsular contracture and lymphedema that felt like my breast and the surrounding area was on fire. I could barely stand for 5 minutes without pain. I have been short of breath for so long that I forgot what it felt to breathe normally due to sinusitis. I suffered from dehydration and was brought to the hospital and several times shipped to mental hospitals with punitive substandard treatment and no medical attention for high blood pressure or physical ailments. I called a local Plastic surgeon yesterday to inquire if I could get a consultation and the receptionist assured me that the problems with implants had been resolved although he had done revisions and removals and there were before band after on his web page.

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  81. Debi Nottingham

    Unbelievable help! I am making an appointment now with surgeon and primary care for tests. Is this what has been wrong for years and I have just managed the symptoms? I have over half of the symptoms you listed with a saline implant that is 18 years old after breast cancer. I had a 10 year old implant of silicone removed and KNOW it was poisoning me, even though the surgeons denied anything was wrong. It was ruptured and leaking and I wanted to die when I got my second cancer. Thank you for posting your story.

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    1. LISA HERBERT

      YES THATS WHAT THEY DID TO ME IM SO SORRY …WE WILL ONLY BE HEARD IN NUMBERS WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO SAVE OUR LIVES AND IF THE FDA WANTS TO KEEP LYING AND KILLING US WE HAVE TO FIGHT THEM WE HAVE TO

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  82. Lisa

    Hi. I am writing bc I am very scared and concerned for my sister. She has had saline implants for 3 years. Recently she has been fatigued, developed rashes, having trouble walking , her legs literally giving out on her sometimes and other times too tired to walk. She’s throwing up several times a week, gained weight , shortness of breaty, coughing.. the list goes on. She refuses to believe her implants are the cause. My concern is her health has deteriorated quite a bit over the last 4 months. She lost her son in 2009 at the age of 16 to a drunk driver. My family can’t lose her too. Please help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      It is her implants causing your symptoms and illness. She must get a proper explant. Have her read the website page by page and she understand how and why implants cause profound illness. Nicole

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  83. Britt bee

    Hi, I’ve had my implants for about 3 years. I I am in so much paim. Constant fatigue. Braim fog. In have to say one of my worst symptom in my skin and hair loss
    idk what to do

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  84. Salome

    Hi I have had in plants now for 3 and a half years and it was about a 1 and a half year after I had my implants I had a attack of vertigo extreme weakness and brain fog , night sweats hairless, I have done all test’s Dr can’t find anything. I am permanantly going for b12 injections to get me by. Lately my left breast has been soar so my mind has been thinking perhaps all this is because of the breast implants. I am going to my GP Tom . Since I never thought it could be my breast I never said anything.

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  85. Carla Moidy

    I’ve had implants for 5 years. Aug. 2014 I was sitting at my desk and became so dizzy, I thought I had an aneurysm. Since then I have been on an emotional Rollercoaster. Specialists cannot figure out what is wrong with me. Neurologists, oto-nuerologist, rheumatologist, ent, etc. My main symptom is dizziness, but I have a slew of other neurological symptoms. Dizziness is just the worst and most bothersome. I have been concerned about my implants since I read a story about a lady have black mold in hers. I have cohesive gel implantso which is apparently worse!!! I want them out so bad, but I’m concerned. Will I have to have a lift or will they be wrinkly?? I had a small, small A to start with and went to a full B/ small C. I’m only 28 and cannot believe I’m going through this! A more in depth list of my symptoms are as follows: Dizziness, headache, tingling, nausea, decreased eye sight, neck pain, migraines…. the list goes on. I have had every test known to man. The only thing that comes up is a low platelet count. I’ve even had a spinal tap and everything is normal!!! It’s so frustrating!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carla,
      Yes those cohesive gel implants are the worst due to the aggressive chemicals in the silicone which are messing up your endocrine system and causing you symptoms. I was a A/B and went to a 34D submuscular. My breasts were fine when my implants were removed, actually slightly bigger now than before implants and not wrinkly. Nicole

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      1. Paula Lawrence

        Hi Nicole,
        Dr. Feng is removing my implants on May 9 and she is recommending a breast lift as well. She has seen my before, after and now pictures. I am 54 and have had my implants for 11 years. She said she thinks I will be very saggy and doesn’t think I will be happy if I don’t do a lift. Of course, I want the best result from this nightmare. What is your opinion? Thanks for all your help! Paula

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    2. Michele

      Hi Carla,
      I came across your post and have a lot of the same symptoms as you. I also have the same concerns of what things would be like if I removed my implants. Did you remove yours?

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  86. Debbie Barker

    I’m 51 yrs old and had silicone breast implants-Surgitek brand (sub muscular) approx 26 yrs ago. I have never had any problems with my implants but recently I’ve noticed a few of the symptoms listed and have become concerned. I’ve noticed change in vision, fatigue, extremely dry skin, and frequent headaches. I just chalked it up to aging. I would like to have the implants removed and replaced and have really good medical insurance. Are there any insurance benefits for removal/replacement when implants are causing other medical issues? Medical necessity maybe? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      I don’t recommend replacement of implants, many women decline rapidly on replacement. However, insurance may pay to remove breast implants in cases of Capsular Contracture Bakers IV, pain of breast/chest/neck/back, infection/necrosis and rupture. Every insurance plan is different and so you have to read your to see what is covered. Nicole

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  87. Kristin

    Hello, I have Lyme disease and also have saline implants it hasn’t been two years! I’ve been having chest tightness and trouble breathing with wheezing can that be Lyme it my saline implants? My implants are fairly new so I just was wondering?

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  88. paula

    I had implants in 2007 . It was around 2010 that I found what I thought was a hard painful lump in the left breast. I had a mammogram and ultra sound scan that revealed a cyst which was drained. After the mammogram my left breast began to feel uncomfortable and a few months later I found another hard lump, This turned out to be a ripple in the implant. The implant is now starting to capsulate and it feels like a constant toothache. As I had the implants put in privately the NHS wont help.
    I’ve been saving money for months so I can to have them removed.
    Over the last five years I have been to see my GP on numerous occasions with many of the symptoms you have listed. I’ve no energy, its like wading through water , I fell heavy and lifeless constantly and its like having the flu with out the cold .I’m 56 but I feel much older. I have lower backache through the hips and pain in the area of my badder similar to a period pain when I stand. I’ve nerve problems in my right leg which I take Amitriptyline. I’m vaguely confused and muddle headed most of the time which I hate. If I walk up stairs my heart is pounding like I’ve run round the block, and I’m puffing and panting like a 90 year old if I walk up a hill. All these symptoms started gradually and have slowly becomes worse with time. The Doctor couldn’t make a diagnosis and he told me I was a hypochondriac! I haven’t been back to see a Doctor since.

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    1. Cathren

      Hi Paula, I had silicone implants since 1981 – and my health went into decline soon after. We do not make the connection right away because no doctor ever makes the connection and when they can find answers from their pharma arsenal (drug pushers) they blame your and infer you are a hypochondriac! Good news is that you can have explant surgery on NHS if implant is ruptured or there are complications. I will see surgeon in two weeks and surgery will follow soon after. See your GP again. Good luck.

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  89. Lynette Kollie

    I had my implants in 1990. Silicone, as back then was all they used. 4 days ago, my insurance company finally agreed to removal. My doctor informed me that I had severe calcification and had to have surrounding breast tissue removed. I have very little natural breast tissue. . Honestly the doctor should’ve performed a mastectomy. I am in shock. I have several symptoms of implant illness, most doctors have said my symptoms are in my head.

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  90. KittyKat

    Hi All,

    Thank you for this site. I was implanted with cohesive silicone implants (gummy bears) a little over 3 years ago after being successfully treated for early stage breast cancer. I’ve noticed symptoms in the last year that have progressively gotten worse. I was in the best shape of my life less than a year ago and now I get winded going up one flight of stairs. My symptoms are as follows: clusters of small enlarged lymph nodes in my both sides of my neck, shortness of breath, coughing, extreme allergies to mold and dust mites (which I never had before), general chest discomfort, muscle aches and fatigue, short term memory issues and more recently general fatigue, problems swallowing liquids, searing pain in and around my right breast, changes in the shape, size and feeling of the right breast.

    I too was told that the gummy bears were the way to go (less surgeries, looked/felt more real Etc). And that they would last for a minimum of 10 years but if that’s the case and they are supposedly so safe why is the medical protocol established by Allergen to have a breast MRI every two years? I have to get on a plane to get one where I live and I’ve had to beg and plead with my insurance for approval. Anyone checked into the class action lawsuit against the gummies? I feel duped. I can’t believe our health as women wasn’t important enough to protect us from these toxic materials. Especially, after already going through breast cancer. Anyway, all my best to you. Stay strong. Stay healthy.

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  91. Private

    It’s very interesting to read all of this because I have had my silicone implants for eight years now and replaced once due to leakage. Since they were replaced due to leakage I have come down with many of the symptoms that you listed and it has ruined my life because I am sick all of the time and I want to get my implants out. The doctors don’t think anything is wrong with me so I don’t know what to do next.

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  92. Christy

    I have very minor symptoms in comparison. Mostly just a lot of fatigue!
    I have the silicone gel implants for about 8 years.

    just recently (within the last week) I’ve noticed my pee has a chemical smell, almost like perm solution.
    I’ve read on other sites women complaining of a “foul pee smell”.
    I’m wondering if this is the same smell, and if anyone here has experienced this???? THANK YOU in advance, Christy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Christy,
      Yes, my urine smelled like nail polish remover (acetone) and I found out that acetone is an ingredient in silicone breast implants. We are being poisoned by the chemical shitbombs!! Nicole

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      1. Christy

        SO disturbing!!?!

        … Thank you so much for the response, and for creating this site,… and THANK YOU to all of the women for sharing your experiences!!!

        (I’m now 100% convinced that I want these OUT of my body as soon as possible!!!!!)

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  93. privacy

    I’m so scared. My implants are 30yrs. old. I woke up one morning an I looked in the mirror with light brown lines on both breast. What’s weird is the lines run the same way. meaning both breast have the one line each in the exact same place?

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    1. Tara

      Hi there,
      My implant is 22 years old and I believe it is causing me alot of issues now. Excessive dryness, dehydration, tingling in fingertips, numbess in my calves, dizziness, and most recently, my hair has come out in 2 big patches on top of my head. Crazy itching, sores in scalp, etc…I’m want this out!!

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  94. Lisa Tanz

    I have had severe weakness since my surgery and no one can figure this out. It’s been 8 months and I’m so weak I keep missing work. Is there anything specific I should ask? I’m getting an ultrasound Friday because I’m experiencing heat and irritation on the breast. I’ve been to neurologists, endocrinologist, rheumatologist, oncologist, gp, etc. I’m stressed so everyone excuses it as that since my blood work isn’t way off. I was found to have high b12. I don’t take it. I’m desperate!

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    1. Lisa Tanz

      To add…I’m now using a cane to walk. My heart beat is irregular too. It goes from the 80s and 90s to 115 when I walk across the room. And thank you for having this location. I’ve been trying to get better and haven’t ever posted to one of these before. I’m just unsure what to do. I really want to be myself again. I’m a happy energetic person and I don’t do much anymore because I’m so weak. All my energy is spent making it to work every day.

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      1. Private

        You should get the implants removed as soon as you can. Regardless of what the doctors say, silicone implants are poisoning us. I can’t believe that doctors are still using silicone implants when they know deep down inside they are causing peoples lives to be ruined. It’s so sad to see so many women going through this. My silicone implants have ruined my life and I will be getting them out soon !

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    2. Jennifer

      Get tested for MTHFR… Your symptoms sound similar to what I have. It has to do with how we methylate… B12, magnesium, etc. Its worth looking into.

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  95. Louise Halgryn

    I had a breast augmentation in 2010. The last 2 years I can say my body feels like I am 90 years old. I am 47 years old. My upper back hurt so much. My ribs feel like they are being crushed when I sleep. My back is worse when I sleep. I toss & turn the whole night. My tailbone is also very painfull. I do get ringing in my ears from time to time. No pain medication helps. And no doctor can give me an answer. I am very desperate for help.

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  96. Elizabeth Lee

    Can anyone tell me if there is a test or any tests available that can offer the diagnosis? Or is it simply taking the implants out to see if you feel better? I have been diagnosed with Fibromyaligia and RA and have many other symptoms discussed on here. Weird thing, my sister and I were diagnosed months apart, have similar symptoms and both have implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      There is no one test or group of tests to determine if breast implants are causing these illnesses. There is an silicone sensitivity test and a whole bundle of other tests to show damage from implants. Please see the Symptoms page of this website which speaks about tests. Nicole

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    2. Abbie

      Hi Elizabeth. I have also been diagnosed with RA and have many other symptoms too. I am having my implants removed in May and then getting re tested for RA again after that.

      Do you mind me asking what tests you had for RA?

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  97. lisa

    I had reconstructive surgery from breast cancer I opted to get saline hoping it was safer..it has been almost two years since the implants..they are not staying in place so i have to decide what to do replace or have straightend. I have thought aboutvthe new gummies but don’t know what to do. I have alot of pain in my left side underarm throgh out ribs wtaps around my back..not for sure what is causing it, have thought msybe implants. .do not know what to do ???

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      I suggest passing on the cohesive silicone gel implants, they are making ladies sick very quickly due to the aggressive chemicals used to make the gel cohesive. Saline implants are no safer lending themself to colonization of microorganisms which are difficult to erradicate when colonized in the body. Nicole.

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      1. Lisa Tanz

        I also had a double mastectomy. I had them replaced in June of 2015 with the gummy silicone. I have always done exceptionally well with surgeries. I woke up with a mild fever and was put on an antibiotic. 2 days later I woke up with intense back pain that lasted 5 days. I had my kidneys checked and they were fine too. As fast as it came, it went. When I woke up on the 5 th day it was gone. That is when the weakness in my legs started. I thought it was just lack of stamina since I had been sedentary those days. I then and still have poor sleep, diarrhea, brain fog, tingling in my hands and numbness in my legs and cramps in my feet as well as spasms at night. The list goes on. I’m so frustrated!

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  98. Bonnie

    I was just watching a new show, Monsters. inside me and was in shock.
    Over years ago I had 5+year old implants. I woke one morning to a quarter size opening on my breast. I could see the implant and it was black.
    I had the implants put in Upstate New York , now living in Florida.
    I went to my Primary, just the look on his face said it all.
    He told me to go to the ER . Once I arrived he was already there telling me there was not a doctor who would touch me.
    I went off to several more , hearing the same. Then a Plastic Surgeon walked in and literally pulled it out the whole. It was excruciating. He repaved it in 6 months , stated the other was to firm. He proceeded to grab with such force it ruptured. He ignored my concern.
    With little finances and poor insurance there I was.
    A year or so later with the legal system aboard I had them both removrd.
    That was 15 years ago.i have seen every kind of Doctor you can think of. I had to give up my home, career, Ministry as I was in to much pain to keep up.
    I have moved back to New York with family and collecting disability. Less money a month then I was making a week.
    It seems when I tell the Doctors about the implants , they completely disregard me.
    Now seeing this show about another woman having an implant turn black , filled with fungus leaking into her body I am horrified.
    Have you heard of this? If so could you please offer any information .
    Thank you for being so brave.
    Bonnie H

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    1. Lauren

      Hi I have saline breast implants 10 years ago – my ps just told me my right breast has dome scar tissue.
      I’ve have severe inflammation in my stomach for 8 months and my right breast is uncomfortable.

      When I went to see my family doctor she said I have ibs!!

      I don’t feel it’s ibs

      I have no other pain in my body besides a little in my right breast. And my stomach is inflamed but no pains in stomach,

      Please help me – I’m from Canada, how can I get tested for implant illness? Who can I see?
      Thanks

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    2. admin Post author

      Hi Bonnie,
      Yes saline implants regularly get colonized due to faulty fill valves allowing body fluids and microorganisms such as mold to enter the implant which is a perfect environment for them to grow and colonize. Mold metabolites or byproducts known as biotoxins are very toxic to us and cause biotoxin illness which is responsible for many symptoms. Nicole

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  99. Jenni

    Hi,
    I never got a response the last time, so here goes.

    I had my implant done 26 years ago. Was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2004 & then started the dreadful migraines. The last 3 years l have become very ill, had mulitple test, was diagnoesed with hashimotos thyroiditis, multiple food intolerances, chemical sensitivities & positive ANA test, have had a burning feeling in my left breast, swelling in my armpit & my breast always feels uncomfortable. Never connected this to be from my implants. I live in Australia & trying to find a suitable doctor in my state to explant my implants correctly. Well went to my 2nd doctor yesterday & he felt a painful lump in my armpit & said it is a granuloma & lm booked for an MRI to see whats going on. So researched this which said lymph nodes take up the silicone that has leaked from the implants.

    So my question, has anyone had an explant as well as lymp nodes removed? Did they turn cancerous? Did you have a biopsy on the granuloma before the explant? Freaking out a bit & am very worried that silicone has migrated to other area’s of my body. How can they check for this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jenni,
      Come to the Facebook group and speak with other ladies that have been through this process and can help answer your questions. The facebook group is called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group or by clicking the Facebook button at the bottom of any page of this website. See you there. Nicole

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    2. LM

      I’m sorry for all your physical and emotional pain. I’ve wanted breast implants for years due to large size decrease and stretch marks from nursing. After reading all the posts, I know for sure that I don’t want them. I, too, looked into fat transfer with two different doctors and was told I was too thin. I’m 5’3″ and 116 pounds. Very frustrating as I’m looking for a healthy option. 2 months ago I bought an AMP MD skin tightening system by Rodan and Fields. It’s supposed to also help with stretch marks/scarring. It’s made for the face and neck but I’m using it to see if it helps. Ive noticed some improvements so I’m going to continue. The best results are seen after 4 months from what I’ve read. If a man truly falls in love with who you are, and he’s a good quality guy, the breast issue shouldn’t be a big deal. My husband has never supported my interest in implants and has always said he’s more than happy with my body. I’m glad now that I didn’t proceed with them- especially after reading all these stories.

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  100. Lauren Freeman

    I have silicone implants and am experiencing some similar issues which are just getting worse!!I would love to have a discussion regarding this. My email is below.
    Thank you!
    Lauren

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  101. kim

    I have had silicone implants for 14 years now, I started having symptoms in the first two or three years mostly fatigue, memory loss, burning eyes and vision loss in the first three years progressively getting worse to the point of not wanting to even function anymore so hard to do anything or want to do anything I dont go out anymore just way to tired just to make it to work is such a chore i’m really thinking it has to be the implants but dont have the money to do anything. Im ready to just pull them out myself.

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  102. Connie Oakley

    I have the extender in and have finished my fill process. Waiting a couple of months, because of scheduled trip to have gel implanted. I just noticed that the entire bottom of my left breast is soft and squishy feeling. Had been real hard from saline. After reading what you have written I am concerned about that. I am 70 years old and had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. What are your thoughts about this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Connie,
      Please get your breast checked. I would avoid implanting silicone implants, they are poisoning ladies very quickly. Nicole

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  103. Phyllis

    Hi and what interesting reading from so many ladies with what seems the same problems. I am a little older than all of you but have a question. I recently saw a surgeon to have my implants removed because they became very hard and uncomfortable, but after reading everything here I am wondering if the problems I am having now has anything to do with the implants. Such as, I recently was told I have a small mass in my pelvic area which I will be seeing the doctor soon on that, but I have had a constant horrible pain in my hip for months. I have had MRI’s and my back seems to be ok but of course because of age have some arthritis, etc. Is it possible that the implants may have caused me to feel the way I have. Its been at least 2 years that I seem to be going downhill with pain in the hip and the leg. Complete farigue, loss of appetite and so many other things. I looked over the list of symptoms you posted and I have quite a few. I will be asking the doctor I see for the pelvic issue when I see her but wondered if i should mention the implant problem to her..I have had my implants for 6 years. Any advice would be helpful and thank you.

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  104. Valerie

    I’m concerned that my implants are making me sick but I’m not sure they are the cause. I’m scared to get them taken out then them end up not being the reason. I was on long term antibiotics. I initially thought this was the cause of my symptoms. I still believe it’s a large part, but I’m not sure if it’s 100% the reason.
    I had eczema as a child.
    However, several years ago I developed mild acne which I was given long term antibiotics for. Eventually I started having GI issues. Terrible gas and constipation. My acne turned to severe cystic acne. I began having severe dandruff. My eczema flared and I had psoriasis plaques. I developed folliculities. I began the candida diet (which I still follow to this day) and was put on 3 types of prescription antifungals. It took over a year but I thought things were under control. I still can’t eat normally. If I eat any type of sugar, even fruit, I’ll start having the fungal dandruff and all my other skin conditions. Everything seemed to be under control for the past 6 months but my skin conditions have returned this week.
    I don’t have joint pain.
    I do have night sweats. My doc thought I might have Lyme disease. I bruised easy when I first got sick but not so much Now.
    How do I know it’s my implants causing this and not actual Lyme or fungal overgrowth?

    Is there no way to switch my silicone for saline and be ok?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Valerie,
      Breast implants cause immune dysfunction and failure. You will not be able to overcome the fungal infections with implants in your body. The root of your illness is breast implants and antibiotics. The fungal infections and Lyme are just co-infections that are able to take hold because of the breast implants. There are no safe implants, they all cause immune dysfunction. Nicole

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  105. Abbie

    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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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. 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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  109. 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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  110. 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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    1. Jessica Lee

      Dear Frustrated!

      WOW!!!! FOR a second , I almost thought I was reading my own post-However , I don’t have gummy bear implants and have had saline implants since 2001! Would love to connect with you ! I have my consult to remove my breast implants on March 9th! Hoping to schedule the surgery the following week and couldn’t be happier to get rid of these things.

      I used to be a lean, tiny, skinny, energizer bunny full of life an ambition. NOW, i feel like a hypochondriac that gets no sympathy or support and some days I am not sure how I can go on living this way!

      You should start doing your research to remove them!

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  111. 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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  112. 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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  113. 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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  114. 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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  115. 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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  116. 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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  117. 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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  118. 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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  119. 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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      1. Any

        Hola soy de Argentina. Me explante hace mas de seis meses. Tuve protesis de gel cohesivo texturadas mas de tres años y ocho meses. Por favor me gustaria que me ayudes a hacer la desintoxicacion. Me diagnosticaron fibromialgia. Comence con los sintomas al año de tener protesis. Las protesis estaban en perfecto estado. Solo note que tenian dos lineas q le faltaba un poco la textura. Me retiraron las capsulas que estaban pegadas al pectoral. Por favor aqui en Argentina no se realiza la desintoxicacion. Podria guiarme para hacerla desde mi pais. Muchas gracias.

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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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  120. 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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  121. 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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  122. 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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  123. 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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  124. 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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  125. 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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  126. 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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  127. 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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  128. 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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  129. 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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  130. 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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  131. 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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  132. 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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  133. 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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  134. 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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  135. 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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  136. 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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  137. 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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  138. 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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  139. 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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  140. 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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  141. 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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  142. 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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  143. 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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  144. 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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  145. 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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  146. 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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  147. 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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  148. 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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  149. 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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  150. 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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  151. 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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  152. 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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  153. 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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  154. 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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  155. 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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  156. 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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  157. 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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  158. 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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  159. 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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  160. 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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  161. 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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  162. 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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  163. 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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  164. 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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  165. 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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  166. 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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  167. 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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  168. 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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  169. 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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  170. 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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  171. 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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  172. 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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  173. 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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  174. 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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  175. 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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  176. 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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  177. 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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  178. 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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  179. 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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  180. 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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  181. 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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  182. 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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  183. 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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  184. 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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  185. 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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  186. 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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  187. 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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  188. 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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  189. 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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  190. 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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  191. 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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  192. 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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  193. 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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  194. 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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  195. 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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  196. 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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  197. 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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  198. 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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  200. 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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  201. 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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  202. 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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  203. 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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  204. 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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  205. 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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  206. 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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  207. 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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  208. 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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  209. 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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  210. 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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  211. 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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  212. 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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  213. 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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  214. 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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  215. 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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  216. 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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  217. 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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  218. 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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  219. 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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  220. 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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  221. 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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  222. 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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  223. 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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  224. 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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  225. 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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  226. 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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  227. 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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  228. 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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  229. 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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  230. 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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  231. 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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  232. 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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  233. 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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  234. 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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  235. 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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  236. 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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  237. 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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  238. 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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  239. 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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  240. 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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  241. 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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  242. 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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  243. 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?

  244. 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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  245. 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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  246. 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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  247. 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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  248. 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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  249. 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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  250. 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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  251. 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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  252. 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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  253. 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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  254. 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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  255. 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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  256. 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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  257. 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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  258. 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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  259. 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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  260. 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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  261. 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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  262. 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?

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    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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  263. 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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  264. 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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  265. 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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  266. 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

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    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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  267. 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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  268. 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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  269. 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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  270. 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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  271. 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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