Breast Implant Symptoms

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

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

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

WHY DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?

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

WHEN DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?

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

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

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

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

18 thoughts on “Breast Implant Symptoms

  1. Terry

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

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  2. Rhonda

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

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  3. To Rhonda:

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

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  4. camellia

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

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  5. Crystal Davenport

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

    Thank you!
    Crystal D.

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  6. Lisa

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

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,

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

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      1. Tammy

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

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        1. Dana

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

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        2. Cathy

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

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  7. Dodo

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

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    1. Andrea

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

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  8. Allison

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

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  9. Juli Peterson

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

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  10. Cheri /MI

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

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  11. Melissa/IN

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

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