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
PREMATURE AGING
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, SJOGREN’S SYNDROME, NONSPECIFIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF BIA-ALCL LYMPHOMA

WHAT TESTS SHOULD I HAVE FOR BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS?

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, MYCOPLASMA INFECTIONS, INTRACELLULAR INFECTIONS, EBV, LYME, GUT 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.
MTHFR GENETIC TESTING AND METHYLATION TESTING TO SUPPORT DETOX

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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1,230 thoughts on “BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

  1. Stacy Udria

    I had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery with breast implants three years ago. I am now experiencing so many problems. The main one is severe fatigue and not being able to remember things.

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  2. Sandra

    Hi Nicole:
    I had my implants since 1982. never thought a thing of it. I have since been reading and had explant surgery because my left implant burst open and burst through the encapsolation as well. the silicone moved super quickly through my left breast and has attached itself to my skin also. The surgeon that did the explant was not able to get 2 of the lumps out, and I may have to have another surgery. Over the years I have had hypothyroidism, headaches, anxiety attacks and several other symptoms.
    recently though since surgery, I have back calf pain, bruising that shows up for no reason, short term memory loss and chest pains. I cannot seem to get a doctor to listen to me about testing. I am in Cape Coral Florida. Any suggestions?

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  3. Jessica Dominguez

    Hi ladies,
    I have found so much comfort in this blog. I am 31 years old & have had saline implants for 13 years. Recently, about 1 month ago I started to get really bad headaches that are not alleviated with anything. Sitting here writing I currently have a headache. Along with that, I’ve different major anxiety and slight depression. My energy has decline by 50%, I can’t sleep at night, my stomach is very weak (very dark stool), I have chest pain & I’ve been noticing a lot more hair loss than normal. I’ve also noticed dry skin & overall muscle aches and pains. I’m bruising very easily also. I’ve been to almost every doctor possible to rule everything out and all my bloodwork is normal, EKG, neurologist, eye exam, cardiac-everything 100% normal. But I know how I feel and I know deep down inside something is wrong with me internally. I’ve tried to blame it on stress & anxiety but truth is I’ve had major stressors in my life before and my body has never reacted this way. I feel there’s a chemical imbalance going on within me. My period was super late this month and when it finally came it was so different than the norm. After reading this blog I am almost 100% convinced this is the root of my issues. Luckily I am on to it fairly quickly and maybe I can reverse this before things get worse. Are there any blood tests that can be done to prove toxicity? Should I go to my primary doctor or go see a homeopathic doctor? I am about to go into tax season in January and want to get this show on the road. Please advise my next step! If i do remove the implants i would not get new ones obviously – but I may consider a fat transfer of my own fat into my boobs. Is that a more natural option? I need advise please !

    THANKS
    JESS

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      There really are no tests that definitively prove your implants are causing your symptoms and illness but they are. The first real step is planning your explant. Please see the Explant Surgeon’s list on this website. Your primary care doc will likely not be aware of breast implant illness but you will need him for test plus a Functional Medicine doctor or a Naturopath to help you detox. We have seen great Fat Transfer results. Come to the facebook group and we will coach you through the rest. Nicole

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  4. diana.dallan

    Hello,

    My name is Diana, I am 22 years old. I live in New Caledonia, a little island. I am french.
    Two years ago, I had a breast augmentation surgery, with ALLERGAN silicone gel implants 300 CC, retro-pectoral, in France.

    One year ago, I started with symptoms of an auto immune disease et two months ago, after medical exams (biopsies, blood tests…) a doctor diagnosed a SCLERODERMA with articulation, skin disorders and a global bad health. I can’t open my fingers in a normal way because the tendons are retracted, or my right foot. I also have many bumps in my skin, on the right thigh and in my arms, mainly behing the two shoulders. My skin is very hard on the right knee, on the armpits, on my right shin and foot. I have many symptoms mentioned in the article : fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), joint and muscle pain, hair loss… Currently, I take cortisone strong dose for the scleroderma.

    After MRI, an intra-capsular rupture is detected on the right implant. Immediatly after the surgery, i had swelling at the top of the right breast and the unaesthetic appearance embarassed me very much but the surgeon refused to operate again. So I stayed like that…

    Nearly, an other surgeon in New Caledonia will extract gel silicone breast implants. Today, after reeding all the site, i called him to ask if he will do a capsulectomy en bloc, he said “of course, it is the usual procedure” so I am reassured. He will put physiological serum implants SEBBIN, because I wanted them, thinking that the problem was the silicone gel and no the enveloppe. In all cases, the decision is taken, the surgeon put physiological serum, i am just hoping that my illness comes from the intra-capsular rupture and I will be better without my silicone gel breast implants.

    I know that breast implants are guaranteed 10 years. Do you think a financial contribution can be taken by ALLERGAN FRANCE ? Knowing that I have an intra-capsular rupture only 2 years after the surgery…

    Thank you very much et excuse me for my English.
    Diana DALLAN

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  5. Suzy

    Nicole, How many girls, do you think, get better after explantation. In the first year, two, three… I understand there is a detox that needs to be done after to clean out the body of the toxins. Also I saw that you posted earlier that the hair loss stops after the explant. My hair got extremely dry and just breaks off now and wont grow long and my skin is extremely dry. Does this get better after the explant surgery? Hydration?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Suzy,
      All women improve after explant, but not everyone improves a 100 percent. In general it can take a couple years or more for the body to recover and heal all the damage done by silicone and saline implants. See the Detoxification page of this website for some general guidelines for detox. I lost hair before and after explant and through the roughest parts of detox but it did eventually stop falling out, start regrowing and returned to it’s orginal healthy fullness. Hydration issues are from adrenal fatigue, make sure you are supporting your adrenals, controlling your blood sugar and adding a pinch of quality salt to your water. Ensure that you are getting rid of fungus in the gut too. Nicole

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  6. Jean Mains Widman

    Hi: I have had my implants since 1978. One Saline, one silicone. Dr. made a mistake. I was supposed to get two saline. Anyway through the years allergies have increased. Perfume I had from a child but the food sensitivities came about the last 10years. I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue. a node on right thyroid, essential thrombocythemia, vertigo, ringing in the ears, some swallowing issues, still minor and my joints have hurt since the early 2000. Verging on high blood pressure, but in farness it does run in the family.

    The right, silicone implant has been ruputered for about a year or so. The surgeons I spoke with and looked up on line said medicare would not pay for it since it was elective when I had them done???? So now that I have some money to do them It is hard to find a surgeon that will work with me. I need them out, explant, and everything clean out. And then a lift for all the excess skin.
    I have been researching the use of our fat with stem cells added but finding a credible Dr. or even one willing to do it. Is tough in Kingman Arizona. Has anyone tried the stem cell fat replacement.

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  7. Meli

    Hello, I had my breast implants for 9yrs and after reading this site and comparing all my symtoms i was definitely suffering from breast Implant illness. I decided to remove my breast implants last week and I feel so much better. 90 percent of the symtoms are gone. I still have alittle back soreness but im pretty sure it will take some time. I was so miserable. Please ladies remove your implants if your are experiencing these symtoms. Feeling healthy is more important. Good Luck !

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    1. Jenna Luciani

      Meli, I’ve had my implants now for 10 years and am deciding what to do. Can I ask what your symptoms were? I’ve been suffering from anxiety for years, I also have issues with headaches, no sex drive, soreness in my chest/breast area most of the time, Dry skin, dry hair, and fatigue. I saw a recent video on FB of a woman choosing to remove hers and it got me thinking about mine and if it’s causing the issues. My thing is how do I really know if it is, and when you had yours removed did you go to your original plastic surgeon or no?

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      1. Meli

        Hi Jenna, my symptoms were: memory fog, tiredness, joint pain, left chest pain with soreness, headaches (everyday) fatigue and back pain . Sound like you are suffering from breast implants illness. I don’t regret removing them at all i wish i had removed them sooner knowing it would make me feel better. I moved from where I originally got my implants so i went to a different sugeon. ! I Wish you the best .

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  8. Lucy Grey

    Hi Nicole not sure if you can help me with this one at all because totally different situation. I recently had juvaderm done in my nasol folds and around lips, about 2 days later I started to experience some of the symptoms you mentioned. I am not well, do you think juvaderm may of caused an auto immune reaction. The cosmetic surgeon who preformed the procedure said it wouldn’t be that because it is hydarlonic acid and is naturally occurring in the body. Wondering if you have ever heard of this happening from others. I am not well.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lucy,
      Yes all these dermafillers also contain silicone and other crap that cause implant illness symptoms too. Once again plastic surgeons are lying to ladies and telling them these products are safe when they are not. Do not use botox, fillers, implants, nothing foreign in the body. All of it causes implant illness symptoms. Nicole

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  9. Lee Pierce

    My wife Linda had implants after a double mastectomy in 2005. She had an immediate reaction to them and had to use oxygen therapy to keep the skin from dying. She incurred severe scarring. Those implants were the solid style and they were removed within a year and a half due to a manufacturers recall of the product. They then implanted regular silicon implants. Within two years my wife was having essentially all of the issues you mentioned. She started having severe thyroid issues. Then issues with her pancreas. She became allergic to practically everything, even things she ate for years. Doctors all insisted there was no connection. In 2009 the plastic surgeon who implanted both sets, Dr. Blaine Shatkin of Weston, FL dropped her from his care and refused to remove the implants because he insisted they were fine and she would be unhappy without any breasts and after this much time she would have large cavities if they were removed. She tried other Doctors but they did not want to deal with another Doctor’s mess. She was devastated that she could not have them out and was severely depressed over this. In 2010, I started noticing she was getting forgetful and by 2011 she was hardly driving anymore because she was to shaky to drive. During this same time one of her many doctors found a spot in her pancreas head and monitored it until it suddenly got very large. By now she was using a very expensive product for digestion issues since her pancreas was only functioning at 10-15 percent. She had also started having issues with her back and was slouching a lot. By 2013 she was also having breathing problems relating to all the allergies she had developed and her slouching. In the summer of 2013 her pancreas doctor ordered a biopsy of the growth in her pancreas and we traveled to Moffett Cancer Center in Tampa. She had the procedure in the morning and then developed Pancreatitis by the afternoon. She spent a month in Moffett on a feeding tube while they worked to get the pancreatitis under control. She was released and within a day of release she developed severe back pain. We went to a back specialist and they determined she had 6 fractured vertebrae in her back. Basically her bones were disintegrating. They tried to do Vertebroplasty but it was unsuccessful. She was sent to a pill clinic and put on high doses of Tramadol and Oxycontin. For the next year her health continued to decline and by 2015 we had to move to a smaller one story house closer to my work as she was having frequent falls. Her skin was so thin from Prednisone that any fall resulted in her getting huge skin tears. In the summer of 2015 she had gone from 5’9 to 5’2 from the bone loss in her back and developed a severe hump. She had issues with breathing because of the hump and developed pneumonia several times. She had an incident were she went catatonic and was rushed to a hospital, but not one we normally went to… She developed aspiration pneumonia and slowly recovered but not to what she had been. The doctors at that hospital felt she had developed Lewy Body Dementia due to all the symptoms she was showing and she was sent to a Hospice. The doctor thought she might have about 3-4 months to live. She improved a little at the hospice after a few weeks and was sent home under hospice care. By now she could barely walk, had hallucinations, sometimes would confuse me with an imaginary brother she had invented in her mind and needed round the clock care. She had times of complete clarity and we would talk about the illness and what was coming and she understood. Three months after leaving hospice she died quietly in my arms in once quick second. She was 62. After four years of pain she was finally free of pain…. A lot of her doctors acknowledged that all this was auto immune related but none would say it on the record that it was from the breast implants. Her death was listed as long term pneumonia aspiration…no autopsy was ordered. In hind sight I wish I would have demanded one. I truly believe that all this and her death were the effects of the implants either leaking or leaching into her system. There is such secrecy between doctors that it becomes more important to them to protect each other’s reputation than to do what is best for the patient. It has been one year and two months since my wife’s death. I miss her all day long. I wish I understood how serious the implant issue was and fought to do more.

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    1. admin Post author

      Dear Lee,
      I am so sorry for your wife’s suffering due to toxic silicone breast implants, I am so sorry for your loss. We are aware of so many deaths now from silicone breast implants and the lies continue by implant manufacturers and by plastic surgeons that keep peddling these toxic products as safe so they can make money. Our time is coming Lee, we are gathering and we are fighting back against silicone and medical device mayhem. Nicole

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  10. Nicole

    I too am having many of these symptoms but have saline implants. Could these symptoms be caused from saline as well. Have had them for almost 11 years but haven’t felt my best the last few years and Drs can’t diagnose me

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicole,
      Yes, breast implant illness is caused by both saline and silicone implants. The shell of saline are silicone too. Saline implants regularly get colonized too. Saline implants stimulate all the autoimmune responses and immune deficits too. Nicole

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  11. Mary Anne Giroux

    I had beautiful silicone implants in 1978, then sometime in the mid to late 1980’s, mamo showed they were leaking. There was no leak found but the doctor put in too-large saline implants for my body size, which I had removed sometime in the 1990’s, at which time a lift was done.

    I am now 69 and don’t know if my symptoms, which match many of those described above, are attributed to implant disease or just my aging. I have always been a
    very energetic person, up to about 10 years ago, but I’m not doing very well now. Since I had the implants out somewhere around 20 years go, should I take the symptoms and suggested tests to my GP, who goes along with what I want. We just haven’t been able to find out what is wrong with me. A friend told me about your site, she still has 20+ year implants and is going to have them removed. I don’t want to grab at straws, but it sure would be nice if there was some hope.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary Anne,
      How was your health after you had the second set of implants removed. If you returned to good and perfect health after your final explant and enjoyed good health for a number of years it is likely that you do not have breast implant illness. If you did not return to good health and you did not have your capsules removed when you explanted chances are your symptoms and illness could be from that left over tissue which should not be there may be stimulating your autoimmune responses and also harboring biofilms of fungus and or bacteria. Nicole

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  12. Bronna McClendon

    Interesting. I had mine 26 years. Took them out and they were completely ruptured. Have many symptoms. Need to take the test to see how much is in my system. A lymphcratic enzyme test I believe. Do you kmow.

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  13. Lee

    I recently had the left side rupture for the second time since 1995 when they were originally implanted. I have saline. At this third implantation of the left, I decided to also replace the right. Since surgery, three months ago, I have had chest discomfort, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, muscle cramps, none of which are substantiated by diagnistic tests. Only recently have I considered the cause to be my new implants. I did not have any of these problems for the first 21 years of having implants. I am one unware of any options other than explantation. Are there any?

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  14. Aida

    I had a bilateral breast augmentation with saline implants in 2000 at the age of 37. Very happy with the results and had no problems after surgery.
    BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN FEELING WELL SINCE THEN !!! When I see my primary physician all regular blood tests come out normal. For years took antidepressants because doctors said I was suffering from depression. Stop taking antidepressants in 2013. Then allergy tests said I was allergic to some trees and grass and pollen, so now I take allergy shots. I am 53 years old, post menopausal, and I’m taking hormones for post menopausal symptoms, but I still feel sick.
    I feel many of the symptoms mentioned. I feel very tired, have no energy, have hair loss, have insomnia, and pain all over my body. Part of me wants to think all these symptoms are due to menopause and old age, but I truly think many of my symptoms are caused by the breast implants.
    What should I do first? Where do I start? I don’t want to feel this way anymore.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Aida,
      The first real step to recovery is removing your implants and capsules, start planning your explant. You have suffered enough. Big plastic toxic boobs is over now. Nicole

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  15. Jenna

    Thank you so much for taking the time to create this site. I’ve had my implants for a year and a half but if I could have removed them after 3 months I would. I spent 10 thousand dollars and finally have enough to remove the in 2 weeks. It has been an absolute nightmare for me. Capsular contracture harder than cement, rib and back pain leaving me completely exhausted. Not active whatsoever when I used to be very active. The list goes on! I feel it is a punishment living in this body and I cannot wait to remove them and put this all behind me. I know it will be a long road to full healing, but I hope to one day feel like my young and healthy self again.

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  16. Rebecca

    Hi Nicole, well thanks god for your site, thank you. I have been suffering in silence for many years now, terrified that I might have some dreadful disease, your site has given me hope it might be my implants. I have had them for 9 years, I don’t think I’ve ever felt well since I had them but a steady decline in health over the last 5 years. Please tell me what you think… My main symptom is fatigue, constant, it’s ruininng my life/relationship I have no energy to bother to get up and do anything (im 29). I have an 11 month old daughter and am pregnant again. Not helping the fatigue but I know it’s not all the pregnancy as I was constantly tired before. Nearly lost both babies due to low pogesterone/bleeding. Hair loss around front of hairline. About 3/4 years ago I started getting pains in my left breast. Couldn’t find and lumps but obviously petrified of breast cancer. The pains came and went, now they are they all of the time I even wake im the night due to them. The pins are sometimes under my left arm pit too. Sporadic weakness in my left arm/hand. I have pain in my back bone roughly where your bra strap goes. My daughter, although I eat a totally organic diet no fair etc was born with multiple food allergies that are unexplained (she’s not vaccinated with is sometimes a cause). I have heart palpitations for no reason. I’m petrified now as I want them out but I can’t have surgery because I’m pregnant. Is there anything I can do to help myself until I can have these removed? I feel like when I push my left implant I can feel a kind of grating against my ribs, could this be scar tissue? They are rippled now too, what does this mean? Sorry for the questions just no drs will help x

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rebecca,
      Your symptoms are definitely from your implants. All you can do is try and relax and be okay with where you are at with your implants in now but in the meantime plan your explant so you will be able to get them out when you are able. Please ensure that all the capsule tissue is removed when you explant. Nicole

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  17. JoAnne Barnes

    I am a 69 year old woman who has had implants for 48 years. Recently I have begun having symptoms and there has been no medical explanation. Bruising, arthritis, depression, dizzy spells, hot flashes, fatigue, unexplained sore muscles, slow healing of sores,. I am active and in otherwise good health.

    It seems a bit late to me to undergo explantation? your thoughts would be appreciated.

    I now live in a rural area and I am in Medicare and have Geisenger Gold as a supplement plan. Is there hope that the procedure will be covered?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi JoAnne,
      Yes those are classic symptoms of breast implant illness. Some insurances do cover explant and you have to approach your doctor and get a letter recommending explanting on one of or a combination of these symptoms only: rupture, pain of the breast/chest/neck or back, capsular contracture of infection necrosis. Often pain is the best symptom to approach on. Insurance won’t cover for your symptoms above or autoimmune symptoms and so don’t go into them. Often insurance will deny you first time around and you have to keep going and insist. I will send you the codes needed by your doctor. Nicole

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  18. Jen

    Wow! This article is a God send. I am in tears right now! I have been suffering starting over two years ago and not getting any answers. This past year everything has gotten worse. My liver enzymes showed to be high back in May and the GI doctor thinks it’s due to an antidepressant I was on or Autoimmune Hepatitis so he has been checking my enzymes every month to two months. They have stayed high going up and down but always in the abnormal range. He said if they are still high after my last test (I called and they are) he wants to do a liver biopsy to check for AIH. I have always been fairly healthy up til this started. I got implants in Oct. 2012. My symptoms started just like yours, fatigue, pain in limbs mostly only upon waking, and thyroid type symptoms. I was only showing a little hypothyroid and the meds made me sicker. I’ve been retested several times and sometimes they are a little high other times normal. My left breast has a little contracture but I thought it was no big deal. It happened around the time I started showing symptoms. I have almost every symptom you have listed! Lymph nodes swollen in every place listed as well as pain and numbness and tingling in every place listed. I was praying about my illness this morning and the thought of my implants crossed my mind so decided to look it up and I found your article. I can’t thank you enough for getting the word out. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that my implants are the root of my problems. Can you please tell me. Is the damage permanent? If they are the problem will things get back to normal once they are removed?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jen,
      No the damage is not permanent, please explant properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and detox and your health will return to you. Nicole

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  19. Dayna Healey

    I had saline implants 400cc in 2002. I was a size a before. Basically flat. I was built like a line backer with a mans build & no chest. The 400 cc just looked too small for my build. In 2005 I went in again for 600cc of saline.
    I have body image issues and used to be anorexic then turned compulsive over eater. I was heavy, mostly in my legs. I was very very happy with my bigger implants.
    Thing is is that I soon after herniated my L4L5 disc, low back and had a fusion 2 layer on same level. The surgeries failed and I live in chronic pain. I discovered mild mid back scoliosis 9 years after the implants. I don’t know if this caused my pain & hurniation but 5 lbs on a back with curvature in the area of the breast can throw the whole back off, thus possibly leading to an imbalance in the lower back,causing wear & tear. This happened at age 30. 2005.

    I was bed ridden for 7-8 yrs and wanted to die. It’s hard to suffer unimaginable pain and not be able to do anything about it. Like a nightmare that never ends.

    Any how I now suffer neck, rib, traps, late , upper back pain now too. Its hard to sleep because my right breast is harder and moves less fluidly than my left breast. Left breast is more squishy & a bit smaller. I am constantly ill with almost all the symptoms mentioned. I have mo quality of life because I never feel well to do anything I enjoy, see friends, consider work part time or volunteer. I feel I have no purpose and at 42 I’ve watched my life pass by. Lost education, financial stability, im dependent & have to be in a relationship that Id rather not, I only own the clothes on my back, have no support, or money.
    I nerd to get well to put my life together and build on that foundation. Problem is that im on disability, lost everything because of it so I haven’t got the funds for removal and reconstruction. I have 7 specialist and spend all my time over years driving back and forth in pain and sickness, just to get no answers. I have Medicare.

    Do you know of any charitable organizations or Drs who might help or work with me? My surgeon wont help. I’m stuck.

    I found a lab that can test for myotoxins. Could this be a start? Would Drs even consider this test?

    If the test tells me I have mold in bloodstream is there a way to decifer if its my implants or the mold in my basement? My boyfriend won’t bother the landlord who is his friend but there’s been water damage over 11 years! No sub pump for many years, cracks in foundation, rain seeps through and the thick hard wooden walls down there are warped!

    Please advise on ANY testing you recommend to find out or anything else you would like to tell me

    Thanks 😊
    Dayna

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dayna,
      Everything else but explanting is a waste of time and money right now. You must gather the funds up to properly explant your implants, after that you will need to detox your body of infections including mold/fungus that occur due to immune deficits cause by breast implants. Nicole

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    2. Natalie Verchere

      Hi Dayna, I have longed suspected my silicone implants from 1989 have been leaking slowly and now I see my left one has deflated and have a hard lesion that never heals. I too am disabled on Medicare at 52. Medicare will pay for removal, just not rebuild. I’ve dealt with so many health issues, I can’t even begin. I’ll look for your response and if you would like to correspond, if the admin allows , I would be happy to give any help , as little as it may be. But I did find out Medicare covers as it is a danger to your health. God Bless. I wish at 25 I had not been so influenced by society that I was worthless with A cup natural breasts to deform myself to this extent.
      I completely understand your situation, as from my illness I have lost …..well as you have. Your surgeon won’t help. There are ones that will. I hope to see you respond and let you know you are not alone. The toxins will never completely be out of my body , too much damage done.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chantelle,
      Yes once they are removed and you detox and heal, the hairloss stops and your hair will return to normal. Nicole

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  20. Nicky

    Can these symptoms come and go? I’ve had a lot of these symptoms and doctors have ran tests and can’t figure out what is wrong and then after a while some of them go away (such as the heart palpitations). Depression and anxiety had always lingered since I got my silicone implants almost 3 years ago. Sometimes it’s not too bad and other times it seems unbearable. I haven’t experienced hair loss yet…

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicky,
      In the early stages symptoms come and go but as breast implant illness progresses the symptoms stay and other symptoms show up. Nicole

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  21. Candace Hatcher

    Hi there!
    I got saline implants 10 years ago, through the belly button. About 5 years after implant, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which we know is autoimmune. I was 25 at the time, and they suspected I had an infection somewhere in my body that attacked my pancreas. I’m wondering if this could be related to my implants. Have you ever heard of this? Since then, I’ve also been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, and now hashimotos. I’ve also been experiencing hair loss, fatigue, and many of the other symptoms mentioned above. Also, my left implant sits extremely low and has for sometime. It feels much like a natural breast while the right side sits very high and is very firm. Could this mean that the left side is ruptured? I experience burning in this area too. I apologize for the book, but I’m very thankful I came across this site and am beginning to take steps towards getting these things out!

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  22. Vivien Huggins

    Hello, Well I really didn’t realize (foolishly!) that silicone Implants could cause so many problems. Firstly, I have suffered from Migraines for about the same time as I had implants (2004) but it was only last Sunday that I put two and two together as I feel so poorly with tiredness etc. and many ailments that have been mentioned. I just thought they could maybe rupture and then I would know about it. Ignorance is not a good thing! I had the implants fitted in the UK and have lived in Spain for twelve years so think I had better see what I can do about having them removed. I feel scared actually, although am not that type of person really. I am 67 now so better hurry up.

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  23. Cindy Toth

    I had saline breast implants 20yrs ago. I have had 2 surgeries to fix them .One was higher and they both were hard as rock. Then one side started hurting really bad. Not having the money for another surgery the doc drained them. Now after I just had a mammogram, they can’t find the right side one, went to we and after many tests they can’t find it. Any advice, ,??

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  24. LINDA TAYLOR,

    yes I have autoimmune underactive thyroid and been suffering with fatigue really bad recently have felt there has been something wrong for a long time and was wondering if it was the breast implants

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  25. Amanda

    I feel like my mother may have breat implant illness but I do not know how to tell her without her denying it right out the gate. She has multiple symptoms that are on the list here and every time she gets tested for something doctors can never exactly pin point her illness. She’s had her implants in for longer than ten years and her symptoms of illness are getting worse.

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  26. Marjory Watson

    I replied the other day, way too long. I have a silicone gel implant that ruptured 4 years ago, but the surgeon said no rush, it was incapsulated by scar tissue. I just started thyroid hormones after having half my thyroid removed, and have been blaming a few months of dysfunction on not finding the right one or dose. Now I can’t think or even function. It’s like my brain’s going dead. My breast is swollen and hurts all the time. I actually feel toxic, have ear ringing, nausea, no interest in food, can do nothing functional, not even pay bills. I’m a 74 year old widow who lives alone in Texas. I need a spine stimulator taken out before they can remove the implant, and don’t have doctors for either yet, and the clock’s ticking really loud. I’m scared at my loss of brain function especially. Should I go to the ER or get someone to help me line up doctors? I have Aetna Medicare home health care. This can really be de-toxified? Really worried I’ll be permanently impaired.

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  27. Tessa Chestnut

    My name is Tessa, i am 45 years old. thanks for your post .I have been sick with most of the symptoms mentioned in your post.I am waiting on mold test results and other bloodwork.I had my saline implants put in 2002.and I starting getting illnesses pretty bad about 3 yrs ago. I have so many test and blood work from my primary care doctor all to tell me I had fibromyalgia. Which is clearly not true.I am seeing a specialist now which she is narrowing all my symptoms to my implants making me very ill. From vomiting blood and gastrointestinal problems to days I can not hardly get out of bed and aweful pain all over pain in breast .racing heartbeat, vertigo, migraines etc.i could go on and on. My dr said autoimmune symptoms from implants. I am planning on getting them out very soon. Your information has really helped me alot.
    Thanks again

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  28. Marjory Watson

    I was 1 of 134 women who were cancer/reconstruction patients who completed the 10-year FDA study for the McGhan 410 silicone breast implant, later bought out by Inamed, and finally by Allerghan. My first breast cancer was on the right in 2001. I had 2 surgeries, first a saline expander to enlarge the breast cavity to the implant’s size, the 2nd surgery to place the silicone gel implant. In 2009 I found a small cancerous lump in my left breast. Though the original Generation I implants had proven to have a 35% rupture rate and no additional encapsulation layer like later Generations of the implants, my surgeon implanted the same Generation I implant for the sake of symmetry without consulting me (I would have preferred a current Generation, choosing safety over appearance). Over 4 years ago after moving to Texas and joining the Kelsey-Seybold Kelsey Care Advantage HMO, I consulted a cosmetic surgeon for irregularities in the second (2009) silicone gel implant in my left breast. The surgeon told me the implant was ruptured but not to worry, it was encapsulated by surrounding scar tissue. As I was pursuing treatment for a collapsed lumbar disc, I mentally gave the implant replacement a lower priority. Kelsey was unable to treat my spine, now severely herniated, but did proceed with a full knee replacement while the breast implant went unaddressed. I am now with Aetna Medicare PPO, have been pursuing surgery for my spine, interrupted by a partial thyroidectomy and continuing search for a hormone replacement that works, with six surgeries postponed. First I must have a Medtronics neurostimulator removed from my spine; it was placed in my spinal cord in 2014 to block the pain from my herniated disc, but malfunctioned and is now dormant. It must be removed before I can have an MRI prior to having the ruptured implant extracted. Beginning 2 years ago I began having stabbing pains that shot across the exterior of the implant from left to right. Then bumps under the outer breast tissue would appear and disappear, which continues to occur at random places visible on the outside of the breast. I get large (4″ in diameter) areas that turn a light reddish purple; these, too, come and go. Now the breast just aches, and I have occasional severe pain (level 7 to 8) throughout the entire area. It is difficult to tell the exact source of the pain as it seems to penetrate the entire area and is always present at varying pain levels. I wear a supportive bra 24 hours a day except when showering. The shape has flattened at the bottom and sags against the outside of my rib cage much like a burrito (pardon the analogy, but it fits). I’ve read and been told of things like silicone poisoning and mold, and know something inside my left breast is very wrong and rapidly worsening. My ability to seek help for my condition is severely hampered by the pain of my worsening lumbar hernia, a knee replacement that has gone bad and needs a second surgery, and my partial thyroidectomy and search for a hormone and dosage that works. Due to that I am currently only 10 to 20% functional compared to normal, and have home health care on a weekly basis through my insurance,, I don’t drive any more, use a grocery shopping service, and get to doctor appointments via Uber, which is expensive given my fixed income. I am 74, and own a home I must sell because I can no longer afford it. My only income is a low very fixed Social Security and VA widow’s benefit as the wife of a 100% disabled Navy veteran who died of lung cancer due to heavy asbestos exposure during his service. I’m trying to proceed with my surgeries so I can then sell a home I can no longer afford and move elsewhere but near my daughter and 4-year old granddaughter. Right now I’m so sick physically and mentally from toxicity and thyroid issues that I’m basically nonfunctional, chemically very depressed with numerous debilitating symptoms. I’m doing the best I can to move forward as quickly as I can. but going slowly. I’m also trying to detox from 20 years of using Xanax for PTSD and anxiety, now at 2mg per day; that process is temporarily on hold. I also take Norco (hydrocodone) at 40mg per day for my level 8 lumbar pain. Things are getting desperate.

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    1. Natalie Verchere

      Hi , it looks like I found the right place. I feel I’m reading my story as I read through these comments.
      My heart breaks for you. I happy to have found this site. I was a Dow/Corning meme implant recipient. Never thought what I was putting in my body. I hope I can be of support. Prayers to everyone.

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  29. Cece

    I recently had major bruising that just appeared around my areole with no trauma involved, Dr sent me for a diagnostic mamogram I do have silacone breast implants and aparently I have a rupture to my left implant and have had it for a couple years now but have never been told until now. I was told that there is a rupture but there is no harm or danger to me and it has been that way on the last two mama grams….my first thought was, why am I just finding this out? The second thought is last year I also had a diagnostic mamogram done on the same breast for pain, but was told everything was okay. After the recent diagnostic mamogram from the bruising around the areole they told me that day that everything was ok,. Two weeks later a received a letter that says I need to have it redone in three months??? Is it okay or not? With the problems am I able to if needed to get removed under insurance, I need some help and answers please???

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cece,
      I would get those breast implants explanted asap, due to the fact that they are ruptured please ensure that your explant is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Nicole

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  30. Marine

    Hello!

    I read the information like twice but still have a question: does it mean that implant illness is something everyone will have? Even if I feel good and all the tests are fine? Could it be possible that nothing bad will happen?

    My recovery was fast and I had no problems after, Im having full tests done every year and this year added mammography, all seems good so far. (Im 23 and my implants are 2,5 yo)

    Thank you for you answer and I wish you health!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marine,
      Some women can go decades with breast implants and have no problems. Please note that many with the newer cohesive gel though are getting sick by 6 to 8 years due to the aggressive chemicals used in the manufacture of these implants. Just monitor your health and if symptoms start remove your implants ensuring that you also remove all capsule tissue too. Nicole

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  31. Kei

    I am 33 years old. I had cohesive gels implanted March 1st 2016. I had my last menstrual period February 2016. I honestly believe I am going through menopause at 33! I have lost lean muscle mass, my cholesterol is high for no reason, etc. I had regular periods prior to the implants and now they have totally stopped. Could this be a result of the implants?? Any thoughts are appreciated.

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  32. Jacquelyn

    My name is Jacquelyn. I have had silicone implants for 30 years, total of 3 sets, last one 12 years ago. The last one I had full C’s removed and nice B’s put in with a reduction. The doctor did an internal lift that left me with weird places that tuck my skin in, like he stitched it too tight… I have been sick for about 3 years, adrenal fatigue, Raynaud llike symptoms in hands and feet that includes muscle atrophy, shiny thin skin, neuropathy, overall joint pain, I could go on and on…Two weeks ago my new primary care doctor diagnosed me with Sharps Disease, a terrible combination of several autoimmune disorders including scleroderma- a connective tissue disease that eventually gets in your organs. This is supported by blood tests…The first thing I said to her was to ask if I shouldn’t get my implants out–she told me that she had them and I would only feel worse about myself and if a person is going to get an autoimmune disorder they are going to get it no matter what!! Really?? I am scared, so scared! What is crazy is that I am on an emotional rollercoaster-one minute I want to rip out the implants and the next I am so afraid of how I will look that I want to deny that it is the best thing I could possibly do (I will have sad, saggy empty balloons). Its so crazy when this is my life we are talking about!! I feel so anxious! I desperately need help! I need a plastic surgeon in Oklahoma that will remove capsules correctly and maybe do a lift and do a good job!! I just don’t know where to turn….please help if you know who I should go to!!

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    1. Jennifer

      Hi there I’m going through similar issues, I believe I may have connective tissue disorder as well. Can you share your story w/me. I’ve had multiple infections requiring a pick line 3 surgeries and now have that necrosis and my bilateral axillary and in her arms and I’m worried about lymphoma and that is caused from these implants

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    2. Jen

      Hi Jacquelyn, I’m seeing a PS in OK. He believes in BII, unlike a lot of them. Very compassionate as well. I explant en/bloc capsulectomy on Dec. 6 with a lift. His name is Dr. Benien in Okc. He can help you out 🙂 This is definitely an emotional roller-coaster. Good luck and God bless!

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  33. AVE GUEVARA

    I had no idea any of this existed! I’ve had two implant procedures, first saline, now I am coming on 10 years of the silicone. I have low level symptoms on this list and have just read your article and requested entry to your FB site, posting some new photos of myself & family to be on public settings just for you to see. I don’t like having anything public on FB, so I hope you accept me as I’m now fast tracking to get explanted. Dealing with facial carcinoma right now and was wondering why my zest for life has diminished despite my healthy diet (for 40 years) healthy lifestyle and a lovely life having survived and thrived from 28 years of single parenting.

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  34. Sandra

    My implants were removed in 1992 and I am still suffering from health issues . Mine were both ruptured. Does anyone know how to overcome some of these health issues? Thank you

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  35. Luanne

    Can you recommend a good doctor for explant in southern CT area? I wanted to explant and my ps convinced me I would be unhappy so had them revised
    Hated my very poor decision. Need them out. This set are two years old no leakage
    Do I need enbloc?
    I am scared and ashamed that I ever decided this was a good idea!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Luanne,
      Yes you do need En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy when you remove your most recent set of implants and you may need to remove any capsule(s) from the first set of implants. There may be two sets of capsules in you now or your surgeon may have removed the original capsule when he exchanged your implants out. Please see the rest of the website for list of surgeons. Nicole

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  36. Jennifer Milano

    Hi. I am a breast cancer survivor and had a saliene implant put in October 2005. I have breast pain…so painful I cannot have the seatbelt across my chest. ringing in my ears. Night sweats. Joint pain, headaches, food sensitivities, heart burn, Memory problems. Brain Fog. Heart palpatations and heart pain. I am wondering if I my implant has become toxic? My question is ….have it removed and then what? Just leave the right side of my body flat? Is that what most people who experience toxicity do?
    Thank you. Jen Milano

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, more and more women who implanted under breast reconstruction are explanting now due to illness from breast implants. Nicole

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  37. Tracy Lamson

    I have an appointment to sign my consent form and schedule for explant surgery on October 24. I have been suffering with BI symptoms since 2011. I am struggling with each passing day. I have experienced my health declination and the illnesses have progressed to a degree to which I am scared that I won’t be able to survive the surgery. Things are happening fast. New symptoms everyday. I am petrified.

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  38. tania

    Hi I have found some confidence in reading your article. I have to ruptured implants that are being removed in two wks, they were to be removed two weeks earlier but had chest infection, which I put down to ruptured implants.
    Iam experiencing the worst symptoms, internal vibrations, numbness and fatigue, chronic headaches, hives, neck pain, all over body pain, hard to walk for Long periods of time, sores not healing well, anxiety, some depression also bouts of panic, palpitations, nauseous, coughing, dry skin, irritated alot, the list is endless and its starting to get on top of me, Il be so happy to have them removed and I wont be putting new ones in as this experience has been harrowing 😞.

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  39. DEBS

    i have had 2 boobs jobs over the years, one when i was 36 and another when i 46, i am now 51. The last one, i had trouble with the left boob, hadn’t been sewn in properly, so had to get that sorted out. I have recently been having pain in the wall of the left boob, and tingly feeling in my fingers. I recently went for a ultrasound and they said that my implants where intact, but that i had silicone in both lymph nodes. When i went back into the consultants room, she just said, so when are we taking them out.
    I said i needed to go away and digest this info.
    I am fuming that this has happened, and i feel upset and very anxious, they do not know if it is these one or the first lot have caused this.
    I need to make another apt, but i think a better look with a MRI is needed.

    Don’t know which way to go, would still like to keep my implants,

    i feel i need to ring a compensation company to claim for negilence, especially if they are not intact, . I had my first bood job after 2001 when the alert was on for PIP , but how do i know that, that was the reason i had them taken out , and the last lot in 2012

    Feeling scared, i no my family and friends will say just get them taken out.

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  40. Jo

    Hi
    Two weeks ago I had vertigo for the first time and another attack yesterday. It was very scary. I get anxious thinking about the next attack. I haven’t read anything about tissue expanders bringing on implant symptoms. Is it possible that it can trigger implant illness symptoms? Is vertigo an auto immune disease? told me I had Meniers. Do I need a total capsulectoy and en bloc procedure, if I don’t want implants? Everyone including my ND is encouraging me to put in the implants and tells me I’ll feel better.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jo,
      Yes expanders can cause all the same symptoms as breast implants, they are essentially breast implants. Yes, expanders do need a proper explant too which means that any capsule tissue that has accumulated must be removed. Vertigo is common symptom of implant illness and it can be related to autoimmune but not necessarily. We highly suggest you do not get implants they are toxic to your body and will profoundly damage your health. Nicole

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  41. sharon craig

    What was the noticable benefits of removing your implants? Did your symptoms go away?

    I am having loss of strength in leg joint and cant get around without limping from joint pain

    I have disciplined natural food no chem diet and dont eat.foods that are toxic

    Think implants of 1992 are leaking
    Into me and poisoning me slowly

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  42. Sara Baker

    Hello. I asked to join the Facebook group. I’m considering having my implants removed and found your blog. Thank you for all the information.

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  43. Valentina cortini

    I am 4 days post surgery. Doc explanted both silicone implants together with their capsules: i have pictures to prove it…they look like gross hamburgers!
    Question: since the operation my tummy has grown exponentially …is it normal? the awful water retention that i have been suffering from, since the implant were put in, is not easing at all..it is getting worse and i am tired of swallowing diuretics as they don’t work much anymore anyway. seems like overall i have gained weight in my entire body since the explant, and i have added good 15 kg since the breast were put in in the first place. any suggestions on how i can speed up recovery? i m following protocol and went vegan beginning of september to prepare for this. thanks for feedback .Val

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Valentina,
      It is not uncommon to experience bloating after surgery due to anesthetic, pain killers and antibiotics making gut fungus flare. Inflammation is also a major part of breast implant illness due to toxicity, autoimmune conditions and infections. In the days following surgery drink lots of water and lemon water in the am, eat very cleanly and lightly such as moderate protein and lots of vegetable matter for fibre. Cut out anything that feeds gut fungus as most of us suffer from fungal overgrowth in the gut and even past the gut, this would include fruit, all sugars in any form, simple carbs, dairy and gluten. Take antioxidants to lower inflammation. Take antifungals to clear up the fungus. Please watch for nutritional deficiencies common to vegan which will hamper your ability to detox. Nicole

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  44. Kimbelry

    Thank you for sharing this information. I suffer many of these symptoms and had no idea they could be related.

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  45. Susan

    I went through the same hell as a lot of these ladies, and removed my implants after 11 years of suffering! Even after explantation I still have a lot of health problems! If I can be of any help, please let me know. Thank you, and God Bless!

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  46. Angie Blake

    Hi, thank you for sharing. I desperately want to discuss my BI related health problems and have a number of questions I need answered in order to move forward with explantation. My functional medicine doctor wants me to explant before the end of the year, but I need to ensure I choose the right surgeon and type of explant procedure. I’ve requested to be added to your FB group, but haven’t been accepted yet. Please accept me? Thank you!!!

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  47. ronda Thompson

    This is Ronda Thompson I have silicone poising…I’m very sick please will u accept me..can I please be apart of your support group..I don’t know where else to go!

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  48. Zia

    Hi. I have my saline implants about two years ago. Just recently in the beginning of this year, I started having some symptoms described above. I’m not sure if the symptoms are coming from my pre-workout supplements or from the saline implants. I stopped using my supplements about 4 months ago. I went to see my doctor, explained my symptoms, and he said that it shouldn’t effect me. My left side sits perfect, but my right side is sitting up high and it is moving inward and a bit uncomfortable. When I sleep, I feel my chest heavy or feel like someone is suffocating me. I’m scared cause I don’t know what is wrong with me. I went to the ER twice, and the test came back negative. I’m frustrated. Can someone please help me!!!

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  49. Toni Miller

    Hi, I have been having almost all of these problems for quite a while. I recently noticed a drastic change in the size of my implant on the right side. I am going in on Monday October 3rd to have both implants removed. Been waiting for 4 weeks to get them out. How do I detox my body after removal? Will I get better? Really worried because of the chest pains, swelling, weight gain, allergies, stomach problems, vision problems, exhaustion sweats, scrapes and cuts not healing bruises that take months to go away. I have saline implants that are 11 years old. Can I get my implants tested for problems? If there is problem with the one that ruptured/leaked what recourse if any do I have with manufacturer? Please help scared.

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    1. rblackwell

      Hi, I am having all the same symptoms plus! My one major worry is recurrence of breast cancer maybe at work and Dr. not taking either serious! I am currently on pain meds and they are barely making it somewhat liveable. I would also like to know how to get them to listen and do something! I was told insurance won’t help and when the cancer returns we will deal with it! Frustrated.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi rblackwell,
        Tell your reconstruction surgeon that you don’t feel well and want your implants removed immediately. Nicole

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  50. Peroni Lucy

    How can you get your doctor to order these tests? They can’t don’t just order them do they? Over the past 2 years I have been diagnosed with low vitaminD, hypothyroidism, high prolactin. I experience severe brain fog, depression, freezing hands which almost burn, thinning hair on my scalp. The list goes on. My silicone implants are 8 years old.

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  51. Becky sublette

    Hi I’ve had my Saline under the muscle breast implants since 1989 and I had absolutely no symptoms or problems with them. I went from an apA to a C
    I thoroughly thoroughly enjoy them but recently I had a friend who had a mastectomy and it is a terrorizing disfiguring operation . also I was called in for a mammogram routine because I had not one for the last 10 years— but they want me to return for an ultrasound and another look— I was told My tissue is Dense so maybe they just couldn’t see clearly.?
    I don’t know why they want me to come back for sure ….

    Also another friend had explant here in Dallas and had fat transfer from the LIPo section in her abdomen …and is very happy with the results two months later.
    she had had troubles with her plants over 25 years –have them replaced twice, had one rupture after four yrs, and was sick with joint pain and all kinds of problems thru the years –but didn’t know why.

    she’s feeling much better without the implants —and so with all his information I’m wondering if I will have a better quality mammogram or ultrasound reading if I have the implants OUT, and as a preventative it would do me well to take the implant out . I am asymptomatic right now, but I could have problems later .

    also I am 65 years old and my perky beautiful breasts are not going to match The rest of my body as I age—- so I’ve also been wondering last several years (before any of this knowledge) what to do about that .

    I think I have a good doctor here in Dallas who could do this I want to find out if Medicare and united health can cover it and how much it will cost. going smaller as a preventative will make me sad, but for my future health I think I should do it

    what are your thoughts ?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Becky,
      I think you have a good run with implants and that the best time to remove them is when you realize you don’t need them and you still feel good. Please ensure that your surgeon removes all your capsule tissue when you are explanted. Nicole

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  52. Bridget Ball

    Please add me to your FB page…I requested it. I am really nervous. I have silicone implants that were done January of 2002 under a study. My plastic surgeon never did follow ups like he supposed to. They’re still in. I’m not well. Chronic fatigue, bad memory, joint pain, bowel issues the list goes on and on. I watched an episode of monsters inside me and it was about a lady that got black mold in her saline bags. This is how I found your article. My husband thinks I’m over reacting. I’m almost 45 now…. he’s a boob man too. Help!!

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  53. Donna waggoner

    Please let me know if this could be related to Pandas in my child. I am past due on my yearly check but I could have a leak,
    I have had mine in for 17 or so years. The Dr wasn’t even a Plastic Surgeon. I start getting scared when I start thinking about it but
    They are not given me any problems at all. My daughter has autoimmune and neurological from a bacteria
    From strep and she sometimes get walking pneumonia.
    Thank you for you time.
    Donn Waggoner

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  54. Robyn

    I had my implants removed in 1987, one had ruptured but I had free silicone in both breasts. After the removal of all breast tissue in both breasts and removal of implants, I now have silicone in both breasts, I can’t wear a bra, its in my lymph nodes, neck, under arms, in chest cavities etc and keeps migrating. It keeps my body in a state of inflammation and pain. I don’t sleep, cant use my hands and arms now and there is so much more it has done to me. I am so tired after 35 years of this its easier just to stop living as I am not living now. I have no fight left. Dr Alan Mears from Sydney Australia was who convinced me to get implants at the age of 22 was working for Dow and got paid by them, he might as well have cut my throat and left me to die, it would have been a lot quicker and more compassionate than this. I hope he rots in hell. Today is a very bad day for me. No sleep, much pain, nothing to look forward to. I cant even hug my grandkids.

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    1. charlotte

      Dear Robyn, I really feel for you and what you are going through. Your symptoms are very similar to mine and I can no longer use my right hand and arm for anything other than very basic tasks and had to give up my work. I too have reached rock bottom over the years but am determined to try and get some of my health back and hopefully enjoy some of the life I have left. This probably sounds crazy but my cats keep me going! I believe that people get their comeuppance for knowingly hurting others – this stops me getting mad – real mad! I hope you will find the strength to keep going and not let these selfish psychopaths bring you down. Be strong, love yourself and get support from wherever you can. much love x

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  55. Anne Taylor

    What are the options for non-toxic replacement implants? I had a double mastectomy and don’t relish the idea of nothing there.

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      1. Diamond83

        Have you used him? I actually live in Costa Rica and am actually scheduled for an augmentation on Nov 29, which I am going to be canceling. So glad I continued to do more research. Am interested in the fat transfer but the doctor I had chosen does not do them.

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      2. Moni

        Do you recommend I am removing the breast implants thos week for being very very sick and the doctor recommended me the fat transfer what do you think and do you know someone that has done this transfer? Thank you

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Moni,
          Fat transfer can work if the surgeon is very skilled and your fat takes. It is still in the early stages but there are ladies in the Faceboook group that have had good results with it. Nicole

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  56. Amanda

    I have cohesive gel implants done in 2010, Started having symptoms 2 years ago, I now have most of the symptoms listed. I have been diagnosed with Hoshimotos Thyroiditis and my hair falls out and I cannot lose the weight. I just wanted to ask anyone if they were diagnosed with Thyroid problems if this completely goes away after you explant the implants? Or even if I have them taken out, will I always have Thyroid problems now? Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      Some thyroid symptoms and diagnoses do go away after explant. Don’t do anything crazy like radiate your thyroid before taking out your implants properly and detoxing. Nicole

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    2. Janet

      Samething for me had my thyroid kille d because it was iver active. But found iut that implants can cause this. I have had thyroid issues for years before but now I realize the implants caused the over active . Si now going ti get them out. And have fat transfer done

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    3. Alison

      Hello, i had textured saline breastnimplants for 22yrs. i had them removed four years ago by Dr. Lu Jean Feng who does the enbloc technique which removes the capsule. She is in Cleveland Ohio and has done alot of research. she no longer offers breast implants in her office due to her research but she does do the fat transfer and maybe was one of the first to institute this procedure. i did not opt for that. Anyways you asked if anyone experienced thyroid improvement afterwards and I have. i am in remission for Graves disease and also had Hashimotos antibodies. I had three positive anti bodies and now two of them are negative and one is in normal range. But it was hard work and it’s not just getting them out and you’ll be done with it. I have been working with a brilliant doctor who knows a lot about epigenetics. That is where that MTHFR comes in to play. So I have followed a strict diet, do oral chelation, infra-red saunas, ozone rectal insufflation, supplements, etc. i have greatly improved so it can be done with patience and perseverance. I give glory to my savior, Jesus for helping me through this and would be happy to talk to anyone if they want to contact me. here is my email address. aa.bauer@hotmail.com.

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    4. Deborah

      No, and here is a thought for you. You can get tested for Iodine Deficiency at Hakala labs, Colorado, without a prescription, by calling them, unless you are a Ca. resident. You can do that part right away. They specialize in the iodine urine upload testing, and have for years. (However In NY you are not able to). Many women who have breast issues and/or thyroid issues are deficient in iodine. To detect it you must take a urine upload test, not blood test, and every tinkle must go into a test jug kit sent out by the lab with instructions. You can do this test (I have done it twice…) during a 24 hr. period when you can be close to a bathroom with your cup and jug handy. You take a 50 mg iodoral pill (all part of what they send you in the home testing kit) before starting, and take a previal sample (small tube w stopper)) and a post vial sample (same size tube), after collecting urine for 24 hours without missing any tinkles. Read Iodine book by Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., 3rd edition. There are definitely nuggets in there for you. I had thyroid problems and was on medication. After taking the test and supplementing with iodine, when I was younger Fibrocystic Breast Disease (lumpy breasts) disappeared. The thyroid problems went away once I corrected the iodine deficiency. I also read on my breast cancer support group, that some people use iodine for a safe estrogen blocker, versus pharmaceuticals, if they have issues with breast cancer PR+ ER+ tumors. I was retested after several years on Armor Thyroid hormone, and I don’t need any of that anymore because the iodine (now normal) healed that. Thyroid is now normal. The tiredness is gone. Iodine is also anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and helps in healing infections, a plus after procedures. Hope this helps you. You can be and feel whole again. Iodine deficiency can precede Hoshimotos. The book has peer reviewed journal articles you will most likely find helpful.

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  57. Sarah

    I’m 33 and I’ve had silicone textured implants for 6 years. Over the past 3 years I’ve developed the most extreme dry eyes. My eyes burn are red and uncomfortable to the point I can’t function. I’ve seen many eyes specialists who have just diagnosed “dry eye” I’ve tried every eye drop on the market including autologous serum from my own blood. I’ve had punctal plugs to help improve eyes, nothing has worked. If anything I’ve just become sensitised to the eye drops. My hair has also thinned terribly in the past year. A few years ago I had an eye injury to my cornea and was given a silicone protective contact lens. I experienced extreme pain and discomfort, my eye felt like it wanted to dissolve. (ophthalmologist didn’t believe me, when i said i felt I had an allergic reaction) I am now wondering if all this is linked and if I could have a sensitivity to my silicone implants which is causing my extreme eye dryness and hair loss. My diet is ridiculously healthy and I exercise regularly.

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  58. Carol bailey

    My daughter had implants put in 3 yrs ago, now she’s got Chrohns, lupus, ear sensitive to noise, all kinds of symptoms and she doesnt think its her breast implants and her teeth are cracking, nose sores, very week with diarrhea.

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  59. Tammy

    Questions, questions, questions….left breast feels more firm and has pain with tingling. I had saline implants with crescent lift done 4 1/2 years ago. I have been diagnosed with hashi’s, +ANA, fibro and all the other illnesses as described by everyone else. But my main question is how the breast actually feels to the touch at maybe stage 1???

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  60. Cj

    I had two tumors (cancer) in my right breast…and also found out I carry the mutation gene (BRCA1).I have reconstruction surgery on my right breast at the same time as mastectomy..then had left breast done in less than a year! Doctors were very persistent on my having the implants done immediately! I was not informed or educated on all the risks of getting the implants. The docs kept telling me it would be best not to see my chest in flat (concave chest)..and better to have reconstruction at time of mastectomy surgery. I said, NO to the implants…but they kept pushing…and told me it was best…and they could not do it later on..if I wanted it done at later date. I was overwhelmed and just wanted them to get all the cancer out of me…and said, Yes! I’m less than 2 years with implants. I have had problems..with chest pains. Just bending over hurts. I could no longer run ( I was a runner). My right implant would grind on the wall of my chest..and hurt. I could not swim with them…again painful. I could no longer sleep on my stomach. Sleeping on my side was difficult as well. Sleeping was terrible! I became stressed and had anxiety! The thing that really disturbed me..was going for my heart ultrasound and the tech saying..your doctor may call you for addititional test, because I can’t get clear images due to your implants! I just about lost it! I was horrified! I made appts with my plastic surgeons…and they both tried to talk me into keeping my implants. I said NO! Told them everything that was going on and how I was feeling! BUT…Now reading all of this..and seeing all the toxic effects, I’m realizing…that my fatigue…brain fog..joint pain..weight gain…blurred vision..sinus issues..ETC..could all be due to these implants. Doctors say..I will have to wait for surgery…and that I am not priority..that cancer patients are! Yes..they are priority…I agree! So….here I wait..and it may be three months till I get surgery. I am anxious about them (implants) being in me. I have no problem dealing with the flatness….and told them right from the start I didn’t want implants….but here we are less then 2 years later…and I feel the same way. But they pushed and pushed…and I said, Yes! ARGH! I just wish they would have given more information…and pros and cons…and risk factors…etc. But they didn’t! So now..here I share with you my experience and want the world to know about this! Sorry for the rant…needed to get it of my chest! Hugs to all that has gone through this horrible experience! Cj

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  61. Colleen

    Hi, I have been disabled for 14 years. The doctors confirm all the illnesses such a fibromyalgia . Ankylosing spondylitis , chronic fatigue, chronic pain , brain fog, vision problems and so on. However they know nothing about silicone poisioning. I need to find someone in NJ that does testing for all the chemicals, toxin and mold due to my implants that were done 36 years ago. I always knew that I was being poisoned. It’s getting worse every day. I’m in so much pain and I’m mentally shot. Do you know of anyone who can help me… Please. Sincerely, Colleen 201/400/7174

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    1. Jenneson Grey

      Hi Colleen,
      I have a great dr in NJ. His name is Dr Neil Rosen in Tinton Falls NJ. He treats all patients, what ever their condition, with vitamin infusions and chelation of the blood. He checks your blood for EVERYTHING. He does blood tests regular medical Drs would not even think of. He is saving lives and healing Lymes Disease naturally. Hope you check him out.

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  62. Ally

    Hi Nicole,
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience and this website. I believe this is happening to me – I suffer from adrenal fatigue, constant swollen glands in my neck to the point where my throat is sore every day of my life, constant fatigue – some weeks its so bad I sleep in all my spare time (I’ve even taken time off work to sleep), liver issues, gall stones, night sweats and insomnia, brain fog which is worsening by the day and to some degree memory loss, muscle weakness & weight loss, constant gut issues, a feeling of mucous/rattling in my chest for 12 months or more and a few other symptoms.
    Its hard to deal with as I realize that the only explanation is my implants, I feel like doctors/my friends/family think I’m crazy and that I couldn’t be suffering from all this at once! I’ve had my implants nearly 5 years, in the last 3 years I’ve started experiencing these symptoms. The last 12 months have been some of the hardest of my life and I feel like I’ve wasted half of my 20s in a cloud of fatigue. My appointment to see a surgeon is in 2 days, I honestly cant wait to get them out. Its comforting to know that we are’nt insane and this is a serious issue!!

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    1. mirna centeno

      Hi,
      I have the same issues with my neck and throat. My throat always feels dry and it’s hard to swallow. I went to an ENT and she’s didn’t find anything. Went to a rheumatologist and same thing. Have you had any luck?

      Thank you

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  63. Cheryl Duet

    I have saline breast implants since 1996. In 2006 I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. As the years go by I have been diagnosed with every symptom listed. I’m on so much medication its scary. What type of Doctor should I see about having my implants removed ASAP. Once I have them removed will all my symptoms eventually get better and is there meds I will need to take to reverse all my symptoms. Thanks for being here to help answer my questions.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cheryl,
      A plastic surgeon will remove your implants, the procedure you are looking for is Total Capsulectomy – all capsule tissue should be removed for your best recovery. Ladies that explant properly and detox do have a dropping away of their autoimmune symptoms. My autoimmune symptoms went away. Nicole

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      1. Terry Carter

        Hi Im looking for a surgeon that can take test of nodules in my breast possib remove all Totally breast etc in Sarasota Tampa Florida area. 1996 sinus operation 2007 breast implant after a year from a total hysterectomy than 6 years later 2014 had small town dentist lots of route canal and caps at least five each of them the teeth were became infected he denied infections he pulled a couple than continued to talk me into more dental work . I have two more left in my head those periodically hurt with flare up symptoms i have 11 teeth on top and 10 teeth on bottom and all of them hurt of and on lots of facial pain they other teeth he denied of my infection were taken out in Atlanta by orall surgeon i had tremors and some seizures in hospital and home. Moved back to Fl felt like I was recovering with a med at my side just in case of tremors stayed at hotel until house settlement moved into a home in 2014 Feb 14 th and on March 16th a month later woke up with a new face Bells Palsy couldnt see, hear or speak felt like a like a stroke right side limp husband asap took me to Hospital spinal tap and meds asap Im allergic to my neighborhood ponds pesticides grass and always detoxing after seeing eye specialist the doctors state I suffer From Bells Palsy which doctors cant tell why . I can see, have hearing damage rt ear and both ears tic chronic sinus infection and sinus disease 2015 fibromyalgia and Continue chronic Ramsey Hunt Syndrome attacks and sunusitis infection my attacks last for weeks in bed and continue food food eliminations allergy nasal Vitiamins and autoimmune protein inflammation shakes . My Breast seem as the contiue to get bigger They are hurting under the arm pits my right side tender to touch. for those of you who dont know Ramsey Hunt syndrome I had the shingles with the bells Palsy inside of my head face throat ear eye inward not outward pain inside and out and still have these flare up attacks I have tumors in my nose sinus areas too I have new nodules on breast that need tested I was told even to pull a tooth could set me back 6 months of flares more bed time especially with Ramsey Hunt It is Acute Herpe Zoster Shingle and it comes and goes alot each time is worse than the last. It is Genital Herpes I dont suffers this yet and Ramsey Hunt also includes Herpe Simplex Blister which I have not had on the outside of my body, only during the Bells Palsy in my nose. So basically The Bells Palsy comes and goes never ends lock jaw throat musle close cant breath facial pain ear pain eye than it turns into the flu…. Basically I wanted to point out that people carry germs and depends on the staff who is doing your operations I believe you can scrub your hands shower everyday and night/ Use universal precaution and there is always that one time of a dirty procedure etc …. When Im strick and stay on the wagon with detox veg drinks and dtox protein inflammation shakes with vitamins enzymes and nutrients / vitamin c intervenously 1 or twice a week / and continue to take my Patanase eye drops and nasal. moisture for eyes no preservatives and no preservatives in food . Vit B-12 1000mg Vit Biotin 1000mg Vit b-6 100MCG Vit Zinc 50 mg vit E 400 Vit Beta carotene 25000 Vit D-3 1000 and all of orally with last vit Ester C I actually get to ride and stand up on the Band Wagon for a little bit I guess this is a mess isnt it! God Help Me!

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  64. Courtney

    This is brilliant. Thank you for sharing. I’m 21, I’ve had implants for 14 months and after 5 months started noticing weird symptoms. Hot flushes, severe panic attacks, depression, fluid retention (up to 12kg in 2 days), weight gain (23kg in 8 months and no matter what I do I can’t shift it), my period disappeared and they had no explanation as to why or how to get it to come back without intense medical intervention, recently – hypersensitivity to everything from foods to make up. I’ve seen every specialist you can think of and no abnormalities show up. It all started after my implants and I dont care about them enough to keep them even if they aren’t the issue but given what I’ve read here and the healthy, active lifestyle I live – I think I’ve found the problem. Any extra info/ knowledge would be great. Xx

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  65. Staci

    Found this referenced on a blog & what a relief! I thought it was me just “going crazy”. I’ve been putting off a consultation to have them removed for fear of what I’ll look like but after reading this, who cares! I can’t believe I might’ve been the cause of my own ailments for so long :/ Thx for putting this out there!

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  66. Cassie

    Hi, what a brilliant website, thank you so much for sharing! I have a question. My implants are 10 years old, around 4 years ago my body crashed through what I believed to be CFS / adrenal fatigue. I experience many different symptoms but mainly fatigue / restless legs / anxiety… After reading this article I am considering that my implants could be a possible cause. I would have them out in a heart beat if I thought this would cure me, but how do I know? If they are not the cause then I wouldn’t want to remove them as I am insecure about myself enough as it is! I love my breasts and the prospect of losing them terrifies me, my marriage is already strained because of my illness.. How can I know?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cassie,
      Come to the facebook group and we will coach you more from there. There are seven thousand women in the facebook group now and hundreds coming everyday. Women are realizing that their implants are profoundly impacting their health and well being. Nicole

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    2. Yuva

      I never knew that the implantation could cause such horrific problems. I don’t understand how and why is it allowed in the first place and how can those surgeons be given permission to practice. It should be illegal. Cassie and all the women here, please you are all beautiful and you owe to yourself rather than pleasing someone else. It’s better to be off from the spouse/partner for whom only boobs matter. He is not the real man and he doesn’t deserve you. One should live her own life and for that health is the most important thing. I pray for everyone to get better soon. Love to all. Be safe.

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  67. Susan Henson

    I’ve had my implants (same ones) for almost 30 years. In the past 5 years, my health has declined and I have been into see doctors for 75-80% of these symptoms, never relating my implants to the illnesses. I am also in need of help to resolve this issue. I am so distraught over this. Your story is mine, except I’ve never had them replaced. Have seen several cosmetic surgeons in the past 3 weeks as I’ve started having hardening and pain and now a bubble (rupture) in my left breast. I’m scared and looking for advice, healing info and detox, as well as, removal. Yet, what will I look like after removal if I don’t have them replaced?
    Please advise. The illnesses are debilitating and have drastically changed my quality of life. Any advice on legal help would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Susan Henson

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  68. Debbie

    I had saline implants done in June 1996 at the age of 41.. I had 5 children and breastfed 3 of those children until they were 3 years old. I have had some false positives with a few mammograms through the years . Mammograms have been painful..Occasionally I feel some minor pain from time to time in the left implant.. I was never told that I would have to have them replaced as gravity has again taken its toll. I am thinking I would like them removed but the cost and the end appearance of deflated breasts have me concerned. I do have osteoarthritis which seems to come after menopause. I am not certain if this is connected. to the implants. I would like to hear from others who have had their implants removed in their 60’s.

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  69. emily

    I too had my implants removed due to all the same symptoms. It was awful going through that.

    I have been wondering if botox or fillers is safe for women who had negative reactions to implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Emily,
      Please pass on botox and fillers, they are made from the same chemicals as sillicone and cause the same problems. Botox is short for botoxin. Learn to be okay with your natural beauty. Nicole

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  70. Kristi Holmes

    I found this site through hearing a story from a friend and also a story on a FB site. I have implants probably 8 years ago and am an avid exerciser and eat so clean its probably abnormal. I however have many of these symptoms. I dont know where to start. I have gone to so many doctors searching for help. The chronic fatigue is the worst. I have been told my adrenal glands are burnt out. I drink one cup of coffee per day thats it. I did use preworkouts but havent in months. I dont know where to start.

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    1. Jaye

      Yes!
      Same for me as well!!!
      I’m loosing my mind with the medical field – they all say everything is “normal” but I feel so horrible every single day the past ten years.
      Miserable and so scary!

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  71. Laura A

    I just had my breast implants removed on 2 Sep 2016. My decision was driven by the fact that within 17-years, I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, hypothyroid and as of six-months ago, rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I had wanted to have the implants removed for several years, primarily due to the fact that I was practicing and living a holistic, natural approach with my diet and health. After reading this website (post-surgery) I can’t help but wonder if I could have dodged the bullet with at least the RA. The joint pain I have endured is beyond explanation. My biggest concern now is, my breast surgeon did in fact do a capsulectomy; however, I do not know for certain he did a total capsulectomy. If I had to go through this process again for a total capsulectomy, I don’t believe financially I could afford to do so. Does the fact that I may not have had a total capsulectomy put me at risk with many of the aforementioned symptoms listed on this page?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laura,
      In your situation, the thing to do is to determine for sure if the capsules were removed. I would speak with your surgeon again. Ask him for a copy of your explant operative report in which it should describe clearly in detail what he did. Also if you had pathology done on your capsules, the pathology report may describe how much capsule tissue was there. Were the any pictures taken of your removed implants and capsules. In general, if a woman is symptomatic, all capsule tissue should be removed for the highest possible recovery. It does take a couple years to recover from breast implant illness and all the damage it does to our body, if after that time you are not healed then I would rule out left over capsule tissue. Nicole

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  72. Michelle Clare

    I have pretty much every symptom . The nearest is it not on my collarbone one on each side we have had them x-rayed and it shows to be inflammation .

    This comment goes with the one below. Any and all suggestions or advice…. anything is welcome .

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  73. Michelle Clare

    I have had my saline implants for 13 years. The last three years have been pure Hell. I’ve been diagnosed with Bullous Phemphigoid and Bullous Vulgaris. From what Doctors thought to be shingles. After seeing many doctors my dermatologist finally took a skin sample. It came back positive for bullous pemphigoid which is basically a blistering disease inside the mucous membranes as well as the skin. Since we live in Alaska the nearest specialist was Seattle. My husband and I went to Seattle and a rheumatologist confirmed that finding . Last year my insurance company Cigna Paid for almost $50,000 and doctors bills. Nobody could tell me anything as far as how it started except for maybe over medicated. I was told in Seattle that I would have this disease for lige due to a low auto immune disease and they sent me home with leprosy medicine Dapsone, a high blood pressure medicine, anxiety medicine, pain medicine, topical steroids and special mouth rinses. The inside of my mouth is constantly blistered sometimes different foods seem to show more blisters . I finally went to periodontist and he told me that this could be due to my breast implants since then I have been doing research and I believe that this has been my problem all along. Last year I lost my mother and my best friend . There has been a lot of stress . Financially I cannot afford to get them out but I’m going to .

    My hope is to get them out as soon as possible I would like to be off of all of this medicine and finally feel like myself again . I’m 48 years old and I have many years left and I would certainly rather be healthy and have pretty boobs!!

    I’m also a business owner and a mother of two kids, three dogs and fish . My husband is away two weeks a month to pay for all of our doctor bills . I’ve been thinking about shutting down my business because I’m simply too tired to go to work .

    This website may have saved my life . If one more person tells me I’m crazy I’m going to scream !!

    My breasts are painful and warm almost always saw her and one of them is hard .

    I’m going to my family doctor next week to talk about this as well as calling my husband’s insurance to see if they will help at all . I am afraid and excited at the same time . I can finally see the light and I see myself healthy again .

    There are no Explant doctors in Alaska the nearest his Bellevue Washington .

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    1. Christy

      Your story sounds horrific. I am so sorry for you pain. I do not know how I ended up on the facebook group and then to this website but I have had many of these symptoms for years. I have found that adding adaptogens and cleansing had helped with many of them and I am so thankful to be living again instead of only existing. Prayers for you.

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  74. Cathy potts

    I have been unwell for 15 years with no real explanation. I have silicone breast implants and am starting to wonder if all my symptoms which are unexplained could be due to my implants.

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  75. Kathryn

    I had saline implants done in May. Everything seemed fine and then one month later I woke up and my face and tongue were numb and tingling. Now my vision is fuzzy, I have numbness and tingling in my legs and face and I feel cloudy with my thinking. I am so frustrated because my family doctor wants me to see a neurologist and they can’t see me for two months and my plastic surgeon said they have never heard of this in all of their years of practice (which I find very hard to believe). All of my symptoms point to MS, but it seems awfully cooincidental with the timing of my symptoms. I am begging for some advice, I am a mom and wife and don’t have the time or energy to feel this way. I feel like nobody in the medical profession will listen to me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kathryn,
      MS is common misdiagnoses for breast implant illness. It is one of the autoimmune diseases we are misdiagnosed with. Nicole

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  76. Brenda

    How do you find a surgeon for this? What kind of Dr. do I need see for ? I’ve been to several platic sugeons, which all gave me ifferant opions without even touching me. My insurance will not pay for removal. do I get around this for my health? I’m having us complications.. Any info appreciated ore this me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Brenda,
      You have to find a plastic surgeon or breast surgeon that is knowledgeable about removing breast implants En Bloc with a Total Capsulectomy. The important part is that all capsule tissue which grows around the implants must be removed too. On this website under the page headed Explant Surgeon is a list of plastic surgeons known to remove implants properly. Nicole

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  77. Sondra Washington

    I got my silicone implants in 1980 no one told me they should be replaced after a certain time period I have a terrible itchy rash spreading everywhere sore joints headaches bruise everywhere memory lost sore and painful right breast had breast cancer in 2012 radiation therapy and now my breast is hard as a rock back pain hip pain no energy and very painful under my arm painful blood vessel in my right arm

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  78. Rob

    Thanks for sharing,my wife had implants in the 80s and not replaced them,she has been chronic sick and many joints replaced,kidney liver disease,severe fatigue,depressed hair falling out and refused to believe old implants can be the cause. Blame illness on bad luck. I know it’s the old implants

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Brenda,
      I would go straight to planning your explant. Your placing surgeon will likely avoid explanting your implants, many of them do as explanting is an admission that there is a problem and leaves them open to liability. Many of us have to go to a new plastic surgeon/surgeon to get our implants explanted. Please ensure that you choose a surgeon that is committed to removing the capsule tissue as well as the implants. Nicole

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  79. admin Post author

    Hi Cindy,
    It’s your breast implants, listen to your gut, find a plastic surgeon from the list on this website that will explant you properly, you have suffered enough!!

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  80. Amanda

    Hello, Thinking of how to start this conversation, I have thousands of questions running through my head. So please bare with me and sorry in advance. Ok I will start from the beging, I have a severe nickel allergy and wanted breast implants. I asked my surgeon to find out if implants contain nickel or any other metals.. As if that were the case I would have to querey other avenues to improve what I had. My surgeon guaranteed me that implants dont contain any metals. Which I loved. 🙂 So In December 2015 I had Gel 300cc implants put in. WHICH were meant to make me more body confident and happy. But lets just say the surgery ended so far from happy its a actual joke.
    Within the week I had infections and a rash on my body. I tried teling my surgeon who told me he wouldn’t even see my symptoms and told me to go seek advice from my GP I ended up having constant bad headaches ,ear aches , stomache problem, extreme fatigue, hand and feet numbness, poor blood flow, low blood pressure, bad anxiety, bad bruising, slow healing wounds, infections I lost my eye brow hair my immune system is attacking my body.
    I went to specalists after specialists my surgeon finally started listening to me when I went in crying with no eyebrow hair, rash over my body I was in a bad way my family doctor was concerned and he referred me to have them removed asap.
    My surgeon still didnt believe me but said he wanted me to have in writting by a doctor that I was actual allergic to Nickel. So cut long story short Done all the tests… Than chased down the surgeon to show results was treated like a burden by the whole practice. Fast forward 7 months of crap…
    I had the plant’s removed on the 13th July 2016 a few of my symptoms got better. But I have lost all of my hair and still no eyebrows. If I come into contact with any nickel my reaction is ridiculous this included foods containg nickel. SO getting to my question when does it stop? Is this similar to anyones story? Doctors dont believe that my symptoms have any connection to breat implants reasons being they dont believe implants contain any metals and that a allergy to metal can result in immune system disfunction. Hopefully someone can tell me Im not crazy..

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      Breast implants do contain heavy metals of all kinds, especially the cohesive gel breast implants. When your implants were removed, was all the capsule tissue removed? If not, you may need a second surgery to clean out capsule tissue. Also follow a detoxification plan for chemicals and heavy metals. Chlorella and Lipoic Acid are good at removing both chemicals and metals. Your thyroid and adrenals may need supporting, have them checked thoroughly. Also support your immune system too. Nicole

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  81. Ida Gallarello

    In 1999 I was diagnosed with Breast CANCER in my right breast. Obviously in a bad place and dealing with the shock of what to do I was very happy when I was asked if I would like to have a Reconstruction done at the same time as the Mastectomy. My surgeon and all the team involved in the surgery were all amazing, I was so happy with the attentiveness of them all and care given throughout my surgery, recovery and chemotherapy that I had to deal with for the six months after the surgery. I was told that in 10 years I would have to have my implant replaced and that was all the information I was given regarding what I would have to expect. Well the implant lasted for nearly 15 years without any problems.
    In November 2014 I fell and ruptured the Implant and from that moment I have had nothing but problems. I have also had three more operations for them to replace the implants that were inserted and constantly ruptured within a month or so of the operation. During all this process there has never been any doctor that has owned up to the fact that Silicon and Saline implants are toxic to my health. I have spend a fortune in health appointments with Doctors and Naturopaths and still battling to be back to my health I had before this all happened.
    I have all the symptoms of MS disease, I have been tested for Lymes Disease had bloods sent to Germany for analyzing. I tremble constantly and in pain all day. Fatigue is a major problem and therefore its hard to make any appointments with anyone because it’s a struggle to get there when fatigue hits. Driving is a problem as my eyesight and the fatigue. I have been in hospital on many occasions the last time was just two weeks ago. I was diagnosed with Cellulitis which needs to be controlled with Antibiotics intravenously. The rashes on my hands and are so painful I cant even do my dishes or cutting up my food is a struggle.
    The list of problems goes on and on yet Doctors cannot give me answers. I haven’t been able to work since this first happened which is a major problem as I own my own Cafe which I used to be able to work in every day without feeling tired. Twelve hour days from 6am to 6pm were normal for me to do because it was something I loved because it was mine. Now I have the staff working it and as you would know when you can’t work your own business the costs of employment escalates. I have had to put the business on the market and sell it because my health is not getting better it just gets worse.

    I don’t know what to do to make this problem go away and get my life back but hopefully one day it will all be a memory of the past and I have a future to look forward to. I am 64 years old this year and time is obviously ticking bye way to fast. I always hoped to be able to go on a trip to Europe but the thought of having to walk around to see the sites frightens me. My husband is 10 years younger than I am and I have always been fit enough to be able to keep up with him but now all I feel is old age creeping up way to fast and my time with him is not as it used to be because all I want to do is as little as possible.
    I have tried to advise those who want to put breast implants in to think about it again and do the research about the possible outcomes if they rupture or your body rejecting them but it is hard when the Doctors do not tell these people the TRUTH.

    DONT DO IT it isn’t worth the pain. It was far easier for me fighting the Cancer than it is trying to fight this.

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    1. Cj

      We have similar stories…but I have not had the implants as long as you! I feel your pain! It validates everything I’ve been feeling . Thank you for sharing your story! I am waiting to have surgery to remove my implants.

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  82. Kirsi Chavez

    I’m having lots of problems. I just put them in in April but will most likely take them out Tuesday. I feel sad cause I don’t have any breast at all. Now when reading this story I guess I got scared and will take them out

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  83. Bonnie

    I had breast removal and have implants now & I have burning and radiating chest pain, I’ve had implants for 3 years and I’m always sick and I’m very tired , Anyone else have this problem ? HELP, doctors say I’m fine… not sure about that…

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  84. Lisa

    I have had my Saline Breast implants for almost 10 years. During this time I have been married and now have two beautiful children. I noticed odd symptoms about 2.5 years ago, however I have been suffering from anxiety for many years now. I too thought that I was being a hypochondriac, I lost my mom rather young so I’m always worried about this. It wasn’t until I heard on the news about a new link between breast implants and cancer that I decided to investigate further, which is when I came across this site. Thank you so much for sharing all of your stories, it is so great to shed some light on how I’m feeling. I have a Dr’s apt scheduled in two weeks to discuss explanting but my question is will, I recover from these symptoms after they are explanted? I have had them for almost 10 years that I worry the damage has been done and that scares me so much. I regret everyday that I got them and all I want is to be healthy for my children. I wish so much that I would have been properly educated on risks associated with implants. Also, do you know if explanting is covered under OHIP in Ontario if the reason for removing is because if illness and pain? Any feedback you can provide is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Lisa

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Yes you will recover your health after you have a proper explant which means Total Capsulectomy, please choose a surgeon committed to removing all capsule tissue. Your recovery won’t be overnight but it will occur over months and even up to two years. Provincial medical plans may cover removal. If they do it will be for reasons of rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection/necrosis. First find out if OHIP does cover and for what reasons and then approach your doctor on that basis. Pain is often the best way to approach. Pain of the breast, underarm, chest, neck and back, really stress your pain. Nicole

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  85. Michelle

    I have had my implants for 12 years. For the last 10 years my health has declined. Fatigue, hair loss, swelling, night sweats, brain fog… I keep having the same blood tests and thyroid checks with no answers. I didn’t know that my implants may be the cause! I have an appointment with an endocrinologist soon. I am going to ask her about this and see if she thinks the implants may be the problem. Thank you for the info. I’m so desperate for answers! I’m an athletic woman and the last few years I can barely get out of bed. I can feel something is very wrong, but tired of having no answers!

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  86. Laura B

    I had cohesive gel implants put in 7 weeks ago. I have since experienced symptoms I have never experienced before such as rashes (come and go), bloating, weight gain of 7 pounds since surgery although I eat very little and fast once a week (always had), sometimes I feel short of breath although I have no problems lifting weights at the gym and I am constantly retaining water. My breasts are tender to touch and have a burning sensation although I understand it’s been early since the implantation. Could these symptoms be caused by the silicone implants? If I get them removed at this point, would the capsule need to be removed as well even if the implants are intact? I know some plastic surgeons can perform explantation under local anesthesia as long as the capsule removal is not needed. Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laura,
      If you have only had your implants two months or less I would say it is likely that there may not be so much capsule tissue and that you could have them removed without a Total Capsulectomy. But if you had them more than a couple months and there is capsule tissue present it should be removed too. Nicole

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  87. Molly

    Help! I have this both ruptured! Going in they have been ruptured for a while I had no idea they are the gel ones and lymph nodes are being tested Monday and fatigue I have auto immune disorder never had it before night sweats skin rashes extremely sensitive skin, eyes got worse and weight loss, gastreo bad too I was healthy last two years my body fell apart then found out they are a bio toxin and I have both ruptured!& for a while too!!!!!!!!possibly two years. Developed capillary from the ruptured they will be taken out asap Can someone call I need advice bad and possibly a lawyer I have all medical records to back my ass up on this one 509-730-0076 if I do not answer text or voicemail either way please get ahold of me!

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  88. Sherrill

    Hello Everyone,

    Thank you Nicole for posting all this helpful, truthful and vital information on your website! I wish I had known the toxic effects of silicone implants before I got them in 1989, then I would NOT have gotten them! They have robbed me of the health and life I was meant to have. I have 23 of the symptoms on the list posted here, I have suffered for 23 years…I had no idea the silicone was behind my infections, fatigue, breast pain, yellow leaks on my bra, brain fog, immune system problems, digestive system dysfunction, low MSH (MSH hormone is needed for energy!), biotin illness, adrenal and kidney problems, vagal nerve dysfunction, back pain, etc. And I have little breast tissue now….just skin over 2 rockhard silicone toxic bags in my chest! These implants have drained the life out of me, and I am angry about that!!! I want all women to know the truth, and please do NOT get breast implants because they do HARM your body and health! I haven’t been able to work since 1997, and have no romanic relationship. It is sad what these 2 toxin filled shells have done to me, they have ruined my life and health! I am getting the explant en block surgery in November, and I can’t wait! I know it will be traumatic, but it will save my life! I am 57 and want to regain my health so I can have and enjoy a better life for the rest of my life! It will be a longer detoxification time for me, I understand, because I have had the silicone implants chemicals wreaking havoc in my poor body for 27 years. But I am glad that my nightmare will be over soon. Thanks to Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay’s ex-wife Stephanie telling about her implant infection ordeal publicly, and musician David Foster’s ex-wife “Housewives of Beverly Hills” Yolanda Hadid spoke on the Dr. Oz TV show 2 weeks ago about her fatigue and other health problems related to her implants, and I just read about Hugh Hefner’s wife Crystal Hefner having her implants removed because of fatigue etc. too – I thank them for sharing this important problem publicly!!! It has given me to courage to finally face the trauma of necessary explant surgery, scar capsule removal, and breast lift. May women now please just be happy and content with your natural breasts, and not put foreign, toxic junk in your bodies and suffer like I have.! I wish someone had warned me and prevented me from making this life altering, huge mistake! Fake breasts did not make my life better, nor improve my low self esteem, rather the opposite. It’s been tragic. Please ladies, learn from my mistake, it is my biggest regret in life!

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  89. Celia De La O

    I have pretty much all the symtpoms… the pain in my rt breast is so excruciating I cant work out. I have hashimotos, and my auto immune labs were very high. ive been told I have fibromyalgia ??? I have always been healthy but the last 4 yrs I have become very sick, tired paplitaitons, dizziness more migraines joint pain, etc. u name I have it especially hair loss.:( now I take medication for hypothyroid too.

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  90. Desperate to remove these toxic things!

    Hi everyone, after a saline implant deflation in 2010, my doctor told me that if I wanted to remove my implants and not replace them, it would cost me more than double what it would cost to insert new cohesive silicone gel implants. I reluctantly went ahead and replaced them with smaller silicone at that point. Fast forward 5 years, I start having all kinds of health problems: optic neuritis, tested positive for 2 lupus tests, severe gastritis, pneumonia x 2 months, fungal nail infections, hair thinning, depression, anxiety, food and environmental allergies (I never had before), severe intolerance to cold, daily body aches, joint stiffness, inability to sleep, heart palpitations and abnormal EKG, stabbing pains around both implants…. Since I was always a very healthy person, and never even got sick, I’m absolutely convinced that these silicone implants have got to be the cause. At this point, I’m desperately searching for a doctor who can remove these and replace with fat grafting. I’m devastated that this is going to cost $20K, too. Also wondering if any of you have had skin problems like melasma? I have never been on hormones or been pregnant, but I developed terrible melasma all over my face out of nowhere. Wondering if this is yet one more side effect of these awful implants? Would love to get some thoughts/opinions from you all? Thanks so much!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Desperate,
      You can obtain a proper explant which means Total Capsulectomy for about $5,000 in many areas. It should not cost $20K to remove your implants properly. Your symptoms and illness are pretty common to breast implant illness. Nicole

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  91. Valerie

    I am scheduled to have my implants out in 3 weeks. I am looking forward to this with more enthusiasm than i thought i would have. I am so proud that i am not worried about being tiny again or even saggy!! It took me a while to figure out (thanks to this site) that I have been experiencing similar symptoms to so many women with implants. It really is surprising but its nice to know that I’m not crazy. I was implanted with Mentor Memory Gel 330cc in 2007. Unfortunately, I never felt comfortable with them. It is of no consequence at this point to say that I wish I had gone smaller, 250cc or less. I only regret that I learned to live with them for 9 years now. Finding this site will quite possibly have saved my health from getting to the point of no return. I eat only organic food, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken, wild caught fish, etc. so I “should” be healthy. Exercise is part of my life as well as activity, in general. I’m not a couch potato.
    Here’s my particular symptoms: Hair falling out, Cogntive Decline (brain fog, can’t finish a sentence at times), Shortness of Breath, Tingly Breasts, Hip Pain/Lower Back pain – but not all the time, Fatigue (just want to go back to sleep), Dizziness – when seated, feels like I just had a drink, Vision worsening, Fungal toenail infection – started 1 year after the implants. Can’t get rid of it no matter what I have tried .
    My surgeon is not sure that he can remove the capsule since he thinks its very thin – it would be “like peeling the laminate off of a piece of laminated paper”. Anyone have any thoughts/comments about that?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Valarie,
      Choose a surgeon that is committed to getting all the capsule out. You may not recover if all the capsule tissue is not removed. Please find a surgeon that is capable to do En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Nicole

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  92. Michelle

    Hello, It’s been 4 weeks since I’ve had my breast implant surgery. Just starting 3 days ago I started feeling a different pain in my right breast almost like a pulled muscle pain. Since then I’ve had the runs when going to the bathroom. It’s been 3 days since this pain and today I started feeling tingles in my back and right arm with numbness. Also today I got a heat flash with sweats and felt very nauseous. Can you feel these toxic symptoms this early after surgery?

    Thank you,
    Michelle

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  93. Teresa Hall

    I’ve had my silicone implants for 25 years. On my annual mammogram this year I have been told I have silicone in my axillary lymph nodes. This was confirmed on ultrasound and j am now waiting to get an MRI

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  94. Susan Cox

    I had double mastectomy in 1985 with immediate reconstruction with silicone implants. I had been back to my plastic surgeon about 12 years after that because of misshapen look of breasts. He assured me nothing was wrong. I began having joint aches to the point I thought I had rheumatoid arthritis. Several years of asking doctors and my gynecologist finally sent me in for MRI. Not just one implant was ruptured, but both. The right one was leaking into my shoulder which now explains that deep chronic pain I. Shoulder. I had to go to new plastic surgeon In Dallas because my original dr. Refused to treat me. New dr. Removed the mess and I remained implant free for 3 hrs. All Ill symptoms went away in about 4 months. It was amazing how much better I felt! Then I went to another p.astic surgeon who assured me the gel implants would not leak and cause me harm. I don’t feel I have any bad symptoms and it’s been about 8 yrs. However, I have just been diagnosed with severe arthritis in right shoulder. The orthopedic Dr. Said it looked like the arthritis of an 80 ish year old patient. I am 66 and very active. My question, could that original implant that leaked into my shoulder, have caused this bad arthritis? This is right shoulder, never an injury there, and I am left handed.
    Wondering if I should have gels removed.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      Yes, silicone can cause tissue degeneration and breakdown and especially connective tissues. Nicole

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  95. BETTY F. LEET

    I would never have done the reconstruction surgery after a bilateral masectomy had I been told the hell I would go through. The left one went completely flat and had to be replaced, the right one got a hole the size of a dime had to have surgery on it. Now the left one is all red and irritated. This is just another thing I can add to my lawsuit, and I will end up having to have the implants removed. I have been so exausted and I guess it was because of the reoccuring problem with these implants. I did not feel the plastic surgeon knew what she was doing. This has been such an ordeal after going through cancer. I pray other people don’t have the experience I have endured with implants

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  96. Adriana

    Hello everyone, I was doing some research about breast implants when I came across this website. I am 17 years old and I’ve always wanted breast implants, I have a natural B cup but I’ve always desired more than that, I recently talked about it to my parents and they agreed to let me do it but not until my 18th birthday. After reading about it on this website I am starting to have second thoughts and questioning whether or not I should undergo this procedure. I’ve previously been diagnosed with colitis back in 2011 and I sure enough do not want any additional health issues after having implants. Is saline safer, or should I just steer clear of getting breast implants? Also, my mom has had implants since 2001, she has recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I’m starting to suspect the cause are her implants, she also has frequent chest pain. I’m very worried any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely, Adriana

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Adriana,
      I am so happy that you came across this information before you got breast implants. I wish I would have. All breast implants are unsafe and cause profound illness in us. Saline are no better because the shell is also made of silicone and saline attract microbes because the valves are very often faulty and allow body fluids into the valve area and then microbes such as fungus grow inside the valve area and inside implants. We have tons of pictures of saline implants that are full of fungus/mold which is highly toxic to us. Your mom’s RA is likely from her implants Hashimoto’s and RA are very common symptom of implants. Pains in the chest too are common. She should start researching and planning her explant. Every young woman that does get implants makes all my efforts on line and on facebook and social media very worth while. Thank you Adriana.

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    2. Jessica Caldarera

      I have been having my implants for 6 years now and am looking into having them removed. I just recently got diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. No one in my family has it which is very unusual since it is normally genetic. I have a ton of other health issues going on too. As much as I love my implants, my health is much more important. I would suggest not getting them. It would be horrible for your colitis to get worse.

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  97. Audra guest

    Now I know what has happened to my health over the years.About three years after silicon implants one of them hardened. Had it removed and replaced with a saline one. Several years later the other hardened implant had saline implant replacement. Woke up to replaced breast much larger than the other one. I wasn’t informed that the incision was around the nipple. Therefore the breast hung down and the nipple pointed down. I was shocked he said sorry but your skin stretched out due to the capsulation so I had to put a larger implant to fill up the area. So now I have a very big droopy breast and once again the other one is in the beginning stages of hardening. I regret the day I underwent it the first time. Thanks for hearing me out.
    Audra

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  98. Brunhilda Villegas

    My daughter is very sick because this breast implants thank u for all this information , she spend so much money looking for a answer what was wrong with her, we all suffer with her, I do anything to let woman’s know this is real , and to prevent woman’s to do this procedures, thank u for this information now she knows what wrong with her, praying t God this nightmare is over soon, she in a wating list for surgery,please don’t stay quite speak out , this is so wrong not to b advise about this poisoned in those breast implants, thank u for all this information , !!!!!!!! Hope this comments help other people with illnesses😞

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  99. Maria

    Hi, my name is Maria,I had my breast implants in1990(26years ago)! I was never informed how toxic the silicon implants were and how they would affect my health.
    I used to be very healthy but recently my health declined noticeably .Because I had no medical insurance for many years,and haven’t felt seriously ill I failed to make any tests . My last breast exam (ultrasound) was 8yrs.ago,not showing anything serious to remove the implants! There was not even suggestion to do this in the future! During those years I had miner symptoms but never connected with the breast implants.Few months ago my condition worsen dramatically:I can hardly
    walk my ankles are swollen and painful,I feel fatigue ,my leg cramps during night,,I am intolerant to heat,developed some allergies.very frequent urination,mild but chest discomfort and more! I am almost 65yrs. old and was hoping for some Medicare+help but found out that an explant might not be covered and would take so long .After reading your page I decided to remove them as soon as possible. I live in Orange County California and I picked Dr.Chun from your recommended surgeons’ list. May I contact with someone who had an experience with him? Is the price you showed for the surgery includes anesthesia?
    Thanks,Maria

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  100. Elisa

    Hi Nicole,
    I had my explant and En Bloc total capsule removal exactly one week ago. I’ve had a terrible migraine for the past 2 days. Could this be a detox headache from the implant removal? I have also had such horrible food intolerances for the past several years. Prior to learning about BII, no doctor could figure out why. I’ve also been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2014. Before surgery I could eat only 3 foods. Is this likely to improve now that I’ve had the removal? Thank you. I can’t wait to start feeling better.

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  101. Naomi

    I have just come across this website today after doing search after search with my list of unexplainable symptoms, I think I have almost all of symptoms listed & I’ve had silicon gel implants in now for 10yrs. I’m not well at all, financially struggling to make ends meet but desperately need these toxic things out of my body. I have 3 children 17, 14 & 2yrs and I’m only 40 but feel like I’ve the body of an 80yr old as I’m in constant pain. Please anybody in Victoria Australia if you can recommend a reputable explantation surgeon email me I would greatly appreciate it. naomilee1004@gmail.com

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  102. Christy

    I found this website about 9 months ago while trying to figure out, via the internet, what the hell was wrong with me!
    My symptoms seemed completely unrelated.
    I was developing food allergies, I’d get rashes from the sun, insomnia, my legs would get a strange tingly type feeling when I was sleeping,… but the thing driving me the craziest was fatigue. I just felt tired ALL THE TIME.
    Finally a lightbulb went on, and I googled ‘silicone breast implants fatigue’ and found this site. I read almost every story from every woman on here over the following days. I was both relieved and horrified to figure out that it was my implants making me sick!

    I didn’t want them out, I was afraid of what I’d look like, and I couldn’t really afford the surgery!? … but I drew strength from these women!!!!!!! and I grew more and more determined to remove the toxic implants from my body before things got even worse!
    When I waivered or started to second guess I’d return and read the new stories! Again it would renew my determination!

    I had the implants removed 4 weeks ago. I was approved for CareCredit (which most plastic surgeons accept!) and I’ll just pay it off over time.
    I shopped around and I can tell you that the price varies wildly. My original doctor wanted $11,000 for the removal and a ‘lift’.
    The doctor I chose this time has over 20 years of experience / great before and after’s and charged me just $6500.

    I had a lift done and he removed the silicone implants + surrounding scar tissue.
    While it hasn’t been that long, I can tell you that I already feel WAY better!!!!
    No insomnia or tingly legs since, and I don’t have that super tired feeling all the time anymore! I honestly feel like a new person ALREADY.
    PLUS my boobs are somewhat small, but they’re cute and perky now! I actually really like them!!!!

    Just thought I should share my experience because I was SO helped by other women sharing theirs!!!!!!!!!

    side note: they were in for almost 9 years. They were ‘Mentor Memory Gel implants’ and they were not ruptured. They were completely intact.
    Also, I didn’t tell the doctor that he was essentially ruining womens lives by doing implants. I told him that I felt that I was maybe somewhat “allergic” to them. That I had become far more sensitive to things since putting them in, and that I was just sick of them and wanted them OUT.
    I had read stories on here about doctors reacting badly to the TRUTH, so I walked a very fine line with him.

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  103. Taleca Hall

    I’m a concerned mother, whose daughter had implants back in 2001 and has been very sickly ever since. She’s only 34 years old and already going through early menopause and has joint problems bad. She is always hurting. I’ve suspected the implants poisoning her body for awhile now and sent her testimonies of ladies ending up in wheelchairs from their joints and bones deterating and had to go through therapy to walk again. What can I do to reach her? I’m very concerned for her health and well being. Thank you for your web page, I’ve shared for others to see.

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  104. Kathryn

    Hi Nicole,
    I had silicone breast implants after having two children and breast feeding at a young age (20/21). My body rejected the implants within a few months and I soon had severe capsular contractures. After my plastic surgeon tried to manually mash/pop the contractures, one of the most painful things ever, he didn’t stop when I asked him to several times! He was unable to manually break the capsules so he told me that I needed “fuzzy” or textured implants so that my body would be less likely to scar around them. Of course I had to pay the full fee for a second round of surgery and anesthesia. Within months the same thing happened. When my children pressed against me for loving hugs, I was worried about them thinking that Mommy didn’t feel soft. No comment in the man department. The first pair went in in 1989 and the second pair didn’t come out until 1993. I have at least half of the breast implant symptoms mentioned including MTHFR. I have many medical and mental health issues that I feel may be, in part, associated with having had silicone breast implants. One of my mammogram results, a few years ago, mentioned a small area of silicone in my right breast. Plastic Surgeons should be banned from performing this procedure. “First, do no harm.” This is the oath they take upon becoming an MD. I feel strongly about going on a campaign to make this medically unethical procedure illegal. I am a RN, worked in surgery for most of my career as a nurse and worked for plastic surgeons for much of it. When I had my implants placed, I was in nursing school. I didn’t want to be large breasted on my small frame; I just didn’t want “cow utters” at such a young age and for the rest of my life. I was not advised that I could have had a mastopexy (uplift) without the need for breast implants. So, Connie Chung was right after all.
    Thanks for letting me share my story and I hope this helps as many ladies as possible.
    Kathryn

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  105. Julie Darden

    I hv had my saline implants for 16yrs. Hv stage 4 capsular contracture. Diagnosed wirh fibromyalgia, checking for rheumatoid, hashimoto’s. I am 45 and feel 80! My joints in fingers, hands, feet, toes, ankles, elbiws, shoulders, neck, . I hurt 24/7!!! Brain fog, frequent urination, chronic fatigue, insomnia, hair loss, vision, depression. I just can’t believe or handle whst I’m going through. Looking for surgeon to remove implants asap.

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  106. Tara

    I have breast implants and am currently breastfeeding. I plan to remove them after I’m done breastfeeding. Does anyone know how implants effect my milk? Am I passing toxins to my baby in my breastmilk?

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  107. Jane gibbs

    Hi ive been suffering for nearly 2 years now with 90% of the symptoms you’ve stated all drs visits as yet have resulted in no explanation .my left implants has ruptured and the silicone has leaked into my lymph nodes underarm and left breast .waiting for them to be removed via the NHS . the symptoms I experience vary week by week from mild to serve is this how they can occur ?

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      1. Jane Gibbs

        Hi Nicole ,

        thanks for replying I also have times when I’m absolutely fine no symptoms at all , full of life and feel normal I’ve gone months sometimes , but then when they hit oh dear it can be intense , having an episode at the moment it started with insomnia for a few weeks then aching thighs very heavy legs I felt as if I was drunk even slurring my words at one point , then the fatigue hit me brain fog throughout plus other symptoms sweats anxiety palpitation’s etc etc etc , do you know if anyone has had irregular periods re the symptoms ? I have at least 2 a month with spotting in between and they vary heavy to light . also my discharge can smell off its not very pleasant at all , I had a swab done and I was told it was thrush , however in my opinion not your typical thrush , I’ve had thrush a few times pre implants and it never smelt like rotten fish 🙁

        I had more blood tests on Thursday results due back Monday checking my Thyroid Iron levels and for diabetes
        My brother sent me your link about breast implant illness and I’m so happy he did , i believe i am suffering from it , i have euro silicone implants been in for nearly 9 years now if id known all this prior i wouldn’t have had them, i would have just had an uplift .

        i hope that One day sooner rather than later all this will come to light and be recognized medically , but i fear it will only be when woman are dying and a link regarding their deaths is discovered , however maybe it already has and being swept under the carpet !? we would never know .

        Jane x

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  108. Kelly Salerno

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. Can you direct me to a list of doctors in my area?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kelly,
      Please see the Explant Surgeon list page of this website for a list of doctors. Nicole

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  109. Marcella Turner

    I’ve been having 75% of the symptoms that I’ve read on here and other sites my fatigue is getting so bad I fell asleep driving my Cadillac and rolled it twice I just thought it was low blood sugar I’ve thought about it and I’ve had symptoms over 8 yrs now but when I got my implants in 2000 my doctor said the saline ones didn’t need replaced now I know differently I haven’t been to the doctor yet but 3 yrs ago I went to er with really bad leg weakness couldn’t eat for 10 days I had lost 18 lbs and I went in crying and said please figure out what’s wrong with me he came back in room and asked if I had been taking a friend’s prescription laxative I said no I do just the opposite I take something to keep from going and he kept at me about the laxative like I was lying and that I had an eating disorder n was doing this to myself I did have a uti infection so he gave me antibiotics and it was enuf to clear it up for awhile but not keep symptoms away my legs get so weak m hurt after just 10 steps now, I travel alot for work last week I found myself getting off an exit m pulling in this gas station then 6 mins later woke up n said why did I get off hgwy n pull in here? I drove around memphis one night for 35 min couldn’t tell ya where I went tho it was like I drove around asleep now that I’ve seen this information I’m going to try to get to doctor asap I don’t have any insurance so this is gonna be interesting hopefully I can get them out before they do anymore damage after 16 yrs I can feel my body completely wearing out like I don’t want to have to get up n walk anywhere but thank you so much for the stories my daughter found your page n thank God she probably saved my life literally

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  110. Melanie

    Hi, I was just wondering how long after you had them removed did you start feeling better? Have all the symptoms stopped now?

    Thanks
    Melanie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melanie,
      Immediately after explant some of my crisis type symptoms stopped immediately such as anxiety/panic attacks, heart palpitations, trouble swallowing, etc. Then over a two year period my body detoxed which is an up and down process including symptoms and healed the rest of the way. I had to deal with fungus in the gut and systemically and most of us do have to deal with battling fungus such as a yeast/Candida overgrowth in the body. In general ladies heal over a couple years. It does not happen overnight but it does happen with a proper explant, a detox lifestyle and identifying and treating any infections we have due to immune dysfunction. Nicole

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  111. Joan

    I’m having breast reconstruction surgery Dr said that it will be a 3 month recovery. . I would like.to know how many women experienced chest tightness and limited mobility and for how long.

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    1. Ann bugeja

      I am currently 3 month out. Really bad leak and capsulation Dow corning. 2.5 month after I could sleep on side with soft pillow no pain 3.5 month no pain or tenderness. I am sure everyone is different.It was very painful post op for awhile .But we’ll worth being alive.Currently dealing skin proble.s an adrenal. But feel so much better right after surgery. Weakness legs stopped. Sick feeling inside went away next day.Best luck and love to everyone going through this silent scary illnesses. Ann

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  112. Heidi Strong

    I have almost every symptom you have listed. I have been complainin almost from day one they didn’t feel right and in a 10 month time span I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis (a lung disease ) rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud’s Disease, Thyroid disease, and drug induced Lupus. Have had pneumonia 6 or more times since my first in plants. Why do doctors get away with lying about risk. I’ve been struggling for 8 years getting weaker and weaker. I have told my doctors I heard popping sounds and a gush of air on both but mostly left side. They did dome kind of test and said they were fine. This was 8 years ago. Last year I was told I had all these things going on. I need them out ASAP. I’M IN Mass, close to Hartford Ct.

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  113. Johnna

    I wish I wasn’t too tired to share my entire story tonight, but it’s a doozy. I have silicone implants that are now 26 years old. I am 55. Over the last several years I have had a series of unexplained tumors removed, my gallbladder removed, my uterus et al removed, yet I never regain my health. I am in the ER at least once a year with spiked blood pressures of 200/100 with projectile vomiting. If removing these things doesn’t help me….there is no help. I am a recluse, only leave the house for Dr. appts and spend a lot of time in bed ordering everything online….mostly pajamas and robes and blankets to snuggle in. This is simply crazy if I’ve poisoned myself. Contacted Dr. Feng’s clinic and a local highly regarded plastic surgeon. This is my last chance to survive as life is simply not worth living this way. I’m in constant pain. I will keep positive so I can push myself through this ordeal and wish all of you in the same position that you may find a resolution and heal.

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    1. Charlotte

      I had the high blood pressure and projectile vomiting last week and never attributed it to the implants. I have been treated for dehydration. I cannot sleep even though I am fatigued but in chronic pain. I was healthy too and never went to see doctors but I had pain in my left shoulder. I was diagnosed with DCIS (stage 0 cancer left breast) and opted for a mastectomy and reconstruction with Saline implant 2009. I felt awful immediately and I have been going downhill ever since. Of course, all my problems have been blamed on my “lifestyle” choices and bipolar diagnosis. I have most of the symptoms to a certain degree and seemed like a hypochondriac because tests for lyme, thyroid, and all auto immune come back normal. My vitamin D is very low and Blood pressure very high. I am overweight and bloated and may look healthy but my teeth are deteriorating, my ears are always popping. I have my own stash of antibiotics for infections from India. I have capsular contracture and the left breast is rippled and scar tissue at the incision. I was told that I need to get my blood pressure under control, stop drinking and see a psychiatrist as well as pre op (of course) before the Plastic Surgeon would explant. I doubt if he even knew how to perform the surgery to explant and take out the capsule and make a flap because I had a mastectomy. He mentioned that I would be disfigured which gives me ammunition to go back to the original female plastic surgeon who denied that the implant could be defective and sue her for malpractice. She charged me 370.00 because she would not accept my great insurance 5 years later. I refused to pay. A lawyer called me and I explained the problems and he said I would never hear from him again. There is a tattoo artist that paints nipples which I did not opt for, who advocates for women whose breast implants are done improperly or faulty. I stated that “I would love to go to court and show the judge her handiwork with experts from the medical field”. There seems to be a connection between the implant and “leaky gut”. The symptoms come and go but without explant there is no recovery and still many experts do not agree that we will get better. I believe there is a link since all of us were healthy and not hypochondriacs before silicone/saline. Now most of us have the same symptoms after 5 or more years and some as soon as they are implanted. I know I felt worse immediately. Since then doctors have blamed me and refused to treat me. Thank you ladies for your stories and allowing me to tell mine (before I die). If I do not get it explanted in the near future. I feel your pain.

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  114. Diana James

    I have been so tired the past 6 months. It is getting worse. I feel a burning itching feeling in my chest. My right implant looks smaller than my left one also. I am so worried. Insurance doesn’t cover removing them! What is a person supposed to do? Diana

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  115. Joshua

    Thanks for the response Nicole. I scheduled to have my chin implant removed on august 10th. I will update the board on how it goes. Do you have any recommendations for removing implant toxins from the brain?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Joshua,
      Yes, Lipoic Acid and Glutathione should aid in removing toxins from the brain, both cross the blood brain barrier. Check out this list of supplements here for silicone treatment protocol and detoxification: http://www.plastikos.com/doc/articles/silicone/6.pdf. By analyzing your own symptoms and perusing the list you can treat yourself somewhat. Please let me know how things unfold Joshua. Nicole

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      1. morgan austin

        Would you please tell me for 62 year old woman 30 year old saline implants, already with severe symptoms, including MS and legions in the brain. Is it too late too remove implants and expect improvement? Should I still have them removed? Would I be able to reverse symptoms? thank you so much for your work and all this information.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Morgan,
          Yes explanting properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy is going to improve your symptoms and your health. We have witnessed other cases of ladies bing misdiagnosed with MS including the brain lesions, whose MS symptoms receded/reversed after explanting. MS is a common misdiagnoses in us as are the other autoimmune diseases. Nicole

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  116. Ann Chapman

    Hi,

    I live in Dallas TX…..have not been feeling well for over three years…I have menter silicone implants ..due to breast cancer..I’ve had them for about eight years….one is rippling but had a ultasound done about six months ago said no leakage …have had two MRi done before ultrasound…normal….is there a silicone anti body test or another lab test for molds that can be done….also need a plastic surgeon in Dallas Area that you could recommend for removing implants and tissue

    Thank you

    Ann

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ann,
      Please see the Explant Surgeon list on the website for the list of surgeons. There is one in Dallas. Nicole

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  117. Joshua

    Hi,

    I have had a solid silicone implant for 14 years and recently have been considering getting it removed. Do you know if these pose the same toxicity risks as the breast ones?

    Thanks,

    Joshua

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Joshua,
      Yes, all silicone is made with toxic ingredients and the cohesive kind usually have even more toxic ingredients. Nicole

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  118. Courtney Messerly

    I have been sick for years, I had sub glandular saline implants 20 years ago, at 12 years one leaked and deflated, I had another set put in and went with silicone. I have many food allergies, fatigue, ulcerative colitis, hypothyroid, early menopause, and on and on, the pain in my body is so bad that after 28 years of teaching group fitness classes, I had to quit. I am still a personal trainer but I don’t have the energy to continue. Thank you for this site, I called my natrualpath, and she apologized for over looking this and then I made an appointment for today with one of your recommended surgeons. The receptionist asked me why are so many women getting their implants removed, I told her the why and she said that the patients are posting that they feel amazing. This Dr. did not even realize he was on this site, and that he has helped so many people. Thank you

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  119. Stephanie Blake

    Oh and yes I’ve had severe brain fog, forgetfulness, memory loss, decreased eye sight no vitamins or prescriptions help with pain or headaches either, have even had shots in my neck, done physical therapy. I just want to be somewhat back to my old self again and enjoy my grandkids!

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  120. Stephanie Blake

    I had a dbl mastectomy with total reconstruction in 2009. Since my surgery I’ve had VERY minimal movement in my back as well as my bones literally hurting and being numb. I had a surgery to remove scar tissue after only a year and they said it was as if it had been several years. I ended up with blood clots in my leg and lung because they did lipo to fill in around the implants to try to keep scar tissue from building up so fast again. Now I deal with damaged nerves and poor circulation in my legs and take water pills to try to keep the swelling down (not working). I now deal with a severely stiff and painful neck and shoulder on the side the cancer was on. I have arthritis in my neck, shoulder, wrist and hip all the side the cancer was on. I’ve had a headache since Nov 30, 2015. I have cysts throughout my chest they said I will have to deal with now. Now the left side is CONSIDERABLY larger then the right and they were the same. They hurt sometimes burn around both implants going under my arms. I have trouble sleeping not only because of pain but not being able to get comfortable. In less then a month I’ve gained 14lbs and I’m not a big eater and try to watch what I do eat. I have trouble working out because it HURTS! I’ve gone from 127lbs to 164.8 since Nov 4th 2009. I also have less then 45% kidney function in the only kidney I have and now they say it’s decreased even more. So I’m sure soon I’ll be on dialysis or told it’s time for my transplant. I’m only 51 I shouldn’t be like this! I am ashamed, embarrassed and self concious. I don’t date, went out with a guy and he told me he knew they weren’t real and fake because they looked to perfect. Needless told him to leave and never returned his calls. I need help or advise my reconstruction doctor is one of the top in the world but isn’t very understanding or sympathetic. I just started my job so don’t have insurance yet either so I can’t even find out just how bad my kidney is now either. I also deal with depression (severe thoughts of suicide). Any advise is very welcome!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      You must find a way to explant and get those toxic bags out of you. I am so sorry for all you have been through but you must find the strength to plan and complete your explant. Come to the facebook group and we will guide you. Nicole

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  121. Sierra

    I am 29 and I have saline implants that were done in 2009. since then I have slowly felt my body go down hill and was even diagnosed in 2012 with hoshimotos disease. In the last year I have suffered with severe neck pain and enlarged lymph nodes on left side of neck that doctors have no diagnosis for. They have done MRI, & ultrasound and say everything is fine…. But I’m still in pain, tired, brain fog, lack of appetite, constant headaches and so much more… I now feel after finding this page it is do to my implants! For those of you who have had removal done does your body start to heal and do the symptoms and side effect from the implants go away ever?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sierra,
      Yes after a proper explant which means Total Capsulectomy, treatment for infections if present and diet and supplement supports the body heals entirely and autoimmune symptoms and diseases even reverse and disappear gradually. Nicole

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  122. Laura

    I am having a lot of these symptoms however due to financances can not afford to have them out. I wish I never would have done this.

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  123. Sylvia

    I have several of the symptoms listed: mental fogginess, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, ear ringing, occasional shakes and most recently sharp pain under breast implants. I would like to join your Facebook group, but worry that I will broadcast my implants to coworkers that see my Facebook friends. Is there a way to block the appearance of the group?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sylvia,
      The facebook group is closed and so is private. You will see the posts on your feed but your fb friends will not. When you post, make sure you are inside the group and not on your personal wall. Nicole

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  124. Jill Dunlap

    Please add me to your support group.! I had saline breast implants put in 6yrs ago. I have some of the symptoms here. I also have alot of moles come up under my breast that itch constantly. I don’t know if the implants are the cause but would like to know if anyone else has had this problem?

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  125. Kim Adams

    I have saline implants. (9yrs) I am now having issues with my throat feeling that it needs to be cleared all the time. (mucus) And also digestive issues, I really don’t know how to explain all the issues. I know something isn’t correct with my health. I don’t know what to check. Have tested positive for parasites and took medicine for that. But my issues are not better if anything getting worse. I found this site and was wondering if possible that my health issues could be from my implants.

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  126. Judith

    I am wondering if anyone has experienced heavy acne/sores on their face,arms and chest. I have been experiencing sores on my body for almost a year now. Two different dermatologist have been unsuccessful in figuring this out. I will break out for a month or so and clear up only to have it happen again. I am starting to believe that my implants are doing this. I have many other symptoms as well but have not heard anyone else say they have problems with their skin similar to mine. Please help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Judith,
      Sores and rashes of all kinds are caused by breast implants. It could be the body expelling silicone, could be fungal and or parasitical in nature too. Check out Morgellan’s which is not an uncommon diagnoses in ladies with implants. Due to our immune dysfunction, parasites can take hold in our body. Nicole

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  127. Pamela Wyatt

    Can you please recommend doctors in Chicago?? I need someone ASAP as I am in excruciating pain! Please help!!!

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  128. jenette

    my implants are driving me nuts! they are too big and heavy..they are splayed, making them extremely uncomfortable..they are itchy..i can’t sleep..i hate them..i’m going crazy for real about them..

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  129. Julia Widman

    I’ve has saline implants for over 10yrs. My health been slowly going down hill over the past few years but I have been seriously ill the last 8 months. I have experienced almost all of the symptoms listed here. Is there anyone out here that had their implants removed but did not experience improved health?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julia,
      I have not encountered one woman that did not improve somewhat. For the most part, most women will recover most of their health with a few years. If the implants were silicone, severely ruptured, left in for many years after rupture, these ladies may not recover most of their health and may deal with issues some issues for a life time but most women do recover their health after explant with proper treatment and a few years for detox and healing. Nicole

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  130. Ellisa Martin

    Help!!! Ive been sick 4 25 years and been unable to get implants out and past year no doctors will treat me for any of my symptoms stating many different reasons the most is that I’m too sick for them to treat me or any if my symtoms.

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  131. Ronda Boutwell

    I had silicone implants in 1984, the left one changed immediatly but I never had it checked then 4 years ago I found out the left one is ruptured, I have every symptom that is listed..I am on SSI disability…and medicare..medicaid…I am very ill and don’t know what to do…this is sick & horrid….I regrtet this every second of my life…I believe the left one ruptured a month after I got them…now here it is 32 yrs later and I am so ill…:(::::::::::::::::::

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  132. JanBee

    did anyone else get sicker after explant? At first I felt so good, meaning the hellish confusion, beyond brain fog was so much better, a few months after I am a mess again. both physically and the worse is – Mentally.

    Than again I am a two time Loser, meaning I had breast implants, no problem so I believed, than 8 years ago I had what I thought was a simple “free” cosmetic consult, got talked into “safe cosmetic Injections” that last longer than Juviderm, would just make me look well rested. . I would find soon after the bcps experimented on me. I was told the would just look well rested, (as in my grave) winds up these safe cosmetic injection were Also Implants. Suture material that hasn’t degraded under the thin skin of my eyes, lips and around it. No reputable surgeon on the planet will attempt to get these sutures out of the thin skin of my face. So I am a two time loser, so sick, in my entire life I had two procedures, breast implants and “safe” cosmetic injections , winds up they are Implants, the worst is the facial implants that I was never informed were implants, can’t be excised. At least with the breast implants we can get the explanted with a good surgeon and hopefully get our health back with time. I get sicker with beyond brain fog and more and more withdrawn from family (that ended a long time now) now even hard to be in contact w/ best friends., my husband married someone else, that was once me. The plastic surgeon who experimented on me without me knowing it, now is paid $425,000 by the drug co., as I sit in my bed for years now and 1/2 dead both from breast implants and some cosmetic injections that I was told were Safe, at least the breast implants can be removed, these horrid facial safe injections Can’t. I die more and more with every day.

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  133. Frances

    I am currently in year 7 of silicone gel implants. I have been diagnosed with Lupus, Mixed connective tissue disease, RA, Sjogrens, Reynauds…the list goes on. Where do you start? (Plastic surgeon, Rheumatologist?) I never even knew this was a real thing!

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    1. Melissa

      Frances I have been diagnosed with Lupus Rhymatoid artritis and fibramylgia too. I have had saline implants since 1994 and started to get seizures shortly after getting implants. My medical history is suitcases filled. I believe after reading online the last 5 days about Breast implant illiness that this is my health reason for being so sick. I told my rhymatologist yesterday and she did a mold testing on me. I read that saline implants it’s very common to get mold and bacteria in them after 10 years or more and it seeps out through the shell of the implant into your body and makes you sick with mold poisoning. The test is called Alpha MSH test. I have been calling plastic surgeons to see about removing the implants. I don’t want this to steal more of my life away than it has already done.

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  134. Melissa B

    So what was the final outcome of your recovery process? Did you eventually begin to feel better and the symptoms went away? What further proactive steps did you take toward your recovery? Please help those of us in this similar situation to be more educated in the recovery process. I’m having explantation next week after 20 years of having the same implants (saline). Been Doctor chafing for three months to figure all this out. Thanks to these forums I got more insight. My biggest problem is shortness of breath, allergies all of a sudden and now problems with my urine/kidneys? Not sure yet as my renal sonogram is tomorrow and my chest MRI is tomorrow. Please tell me if you started to feel a reversal in your overall health once you had those awful things removed. Thank you so much for all your information and opening up to strangers. You are an angel for sharing with us!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa B,
      Yes, I felt immediately relief upon explant. Many of my crisis symptoms like anxiety, panic attacks, heart palps, blood pressure increases and drops for no reason and trouble swallowing went away. Then, after, that it was a long period of up and down with symptoms coming and going as my body detoxed over the next couple years. I am 100 per cent recovered but it did not happen overnight and took me a couple years. I had three pages of symptoms and two autoimmune diagnoses. I no longer have any symptoms or signs of autoimmune diseases. In general it takes a couple years to recover your health from breast implants. Nicole

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  135. Kelly McDermott

    I have been discussing this for a while!! And today its the fourth time along with yr article!! I have my silicone implants for ten years.. My first ones were saline for 15 years.. I have all the symptoms and chase them all the time… I so appreciate your knowledge in this.. I am a nurse and no dr. Agrees with me about just taking them out… thank you so much… big hugs, kelly

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  136. Amy

    I got breast implants in 2011. In 2012 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’m taking medicine for it but have not felt 100%. Thank you for an eye-opening article. I will consider having them removed.

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    1. Lopez

      I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 4 yrs before i got my BI (saline) on 4-14-14, i have all those symptoms from before,but i never thought that implants of saline would make me sick, eye opening, i will be watching out now … Does anyone know if it affects every woman with implants?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Lopez,
        There is a profound link between breast implants and thyroid problems both hypo and Hashi’s. Nicole

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  137. Beverly Sayeed

    I have had so many of the same symptoms! I have been to every kind of doctor and everyone just keeps trying to cover up the pain with pills, but I was not like this before! I am so frustrated!!

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  138. Rachel

    I’ve had my implants since 2004. How likely is it that I would be able to regain my health after removal since my body has been dealing with this toxicity for so long? I’m 58 now. I do have many of the symptoms listed. I did have gastrointestinal issues prior to the implants but NO systemic symptoms like I’ve had since shortly after the implants. I have ruled out all other illnesses, at least according to typical medical testing and even more alternative tests.

    Thank you, Rachel

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rachel,
      Your body will begin to heal instantly. In most cases, ladies feel an immediate improvement in their health right after explant. In a few months as the body really starts healing it begins a detox process and symptoms can return and even new symptoms can occur for a time. This process goes on for months and symptoms one by one drop away and disappear as the body heals over months and even a couple years. Nicole

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  139. Tammy

    I’m worried my breast implants might be the reason I’m so sick. I had saline implants put in 8 years ago. Over the past 5 years I’ve been very sick. I’ve seen several specialists and nobody knows what to do with me. It’s clear to them I have an auto-immune disease (my blood work shows massive amounts of inflammation). I’m in constant pain, I’m exhausted, and it seems I’m always waiting for the other shoe to fall. I’ve had paralysis of the face due to inflammation (bells palsy). I’ve had biopsies done for masses that have grown in my calf muscles. I’ve had MRI’s, CT scans, xrays, bloodwork – you name it, I’ve had it done. Nobody has answers for me. Doctors just keep throwing harsh medications like Methotrexate and Prednisone at me. Things keep getting worst. I’ve asked doctors if they think it could be my implants, all said it’s unlikely. But now I’m starting to wonder. Am I REALLY this sick, or are my implants MAKING ME this sick?… Obviously I’m really scared to have them removed because I know I’ll be left with drooping pancake breasts – but I’m also scared that my body won’t be able to heal after surgery. I’m quick to catch infections and slow to heal these days 🙁

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    1. Cara

      Tammy, have they tested you for Lyme with Ignx? I have Lyme and you described it to a tee! It took 5 doctors and 10 years to figure out Lyme. Find a Lyme literate doctor at ILADS.org. I also have implants and I’m wondering if it triggered all my Lyme.

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  140. Sari-Jo

    Thank you for your story and care for others.

    Would you see similarities in potential danger for those who’ve had e.g. cosmetic fillers ( face , bottom etc ) ?

    The industry is about money and beauty, not so much about wellbeing and health.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sari-Jo,
      Yes women with other silicone similar cosmetic devices are suffering symptoms and problems too. For instance, cheek/chin implants, butt implants, silicone fillers for wrinkles face can cause dramatic symptoms. Surgery mesh made of silicone and even birth control devices such as Essure are all problematic and there are facebook groups supporting victims of those. Nicole

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  141. Kiana roberts

    Of those above mentioned tests. Did any
    Of yours come back with bad results? Like were you able to tell from the bloodwork or the MRI that things weren’t right?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kiana,
      Many ladies endless testing shows nothing or just within the broad testing ranges. Even the MRI and Mammograms do not always pick up problems and ruptures of implants. Do not rely on negative tests to discount your breast implants as the cause of your illness and symptoms. Nicole

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  142. Christine

    I have had my saline implants for 12 years, in the last year I was diagnosed with cronic low WBC. Today I am going to an ENT because my voice has been horse (sp) for the last 3 months. I would love to have my implants removed and would like insurance to pay for some/most of the cost. Does anyone know how that would work?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Christine,
      Some insurance policies cover removal of implants for rupture, capsular contracture, pain and necrosis/infection. Check your policy and see what they cover. Nicole

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  143. Julie

    Hi Ladies, I am having a CT scan done tomorrow b/c I’ve had liver and Gallbladder problems so their guessing. I started getting very sick from everything you can imagine since 2014. I moved from CA to Texas ( 2014 ) my health problems started about 6 mo. after we were there…we only lived there 9 mos. then 4-2015 we moved to Arizona. The moment I stepped foot in Arizona that April my health problems got really bad. About 99% of the symptoms described above. I was diagnosed with Fibro. as well as Asthma, chronic Bronchitis, I have constant chest pain now dull aching, shortness of breath, Hypo Thyroid, I started gaining weight for no reason, my legs hurt all the time and I have water retention in my legs, I feel Hyper all the time and I quit drinking coffee. I have bad anxiety attacks for no reason. I dont handle stress well, my vision is changing now it scares me…I’m thinking what the heck is going on with me this is crazy. I’ve been threw test after test and blood tests as well they can’t find anything except the Illnesses I mentioned and no major reason why I have constant liver/gallbladder pain and my kidneys hurt all the time and I am thirsty a lot I can drink water all day and still have dry mouth and end up becoming dehydrated. I have bad indigestion and left arm pain and now I will be going to a cardio b/c its scaring me. My drs pump me full of meds. That makes me feel worse. I found this site b/c I was googling ” can I take a CT scan with Breast Implants” and this came up and I read this first and I’m like its all coming together now! I’ve had my Mentor saline Implants for 22 yrs! I have no leaks they are full but, my left one a couple of yrs ago started dropping some. I’m 56 now and never imagined 22 yrs ago when my BF wanted me to have bigger breasts that I would be going threw this now, and not him but me to please him When your young and get implants you never think of these things. Having your implants removed would cost more today than when I had them put in. I dont have 7,000 for surgery to remove them. Most of us dont. Our bodies are being poisoned and these were claimed very safe. Guess our bodies will only put up with foreign objects for so long. I’m right with all you ladies I’m in the same boat here. Now, I know why I’ve been sick for 2 yrs now. I thought it was desert life in AZ ( well that to ) I’m so glad I found this site I think I was meant to find this. I’m very nervous and scared of what these implants are doing to me. Thank you for reading my implant story. I’m happy to have found this site and all of you sharing your stories. I have no finances to explant surgery I want these removed asap they are making me sick to the point where I feel there is no hope for me. Please someone help me or guide me to a Angel place to help the ones in financial need. Is there any place in Tucson, AZ a good Surgeon I can trust and count on to go to and have a consult. I dont know what to do. I dont trust drs anymore . I have no luck with honest drs. please help. Much appreciated. God Bless to you all. After all this and I can get help with explant financially Im going to make it my mission to help other women that is my promise. I want this lying stopped on these drs saying its safe… its not look at all of all. Its all about the mighty dollar. Its pathetic…we didn’t know but,, we do now, Thank God. God bless you a thousand times over.

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    1. Nadine Forney

      My insurance will pay for the removal due to health issues. Have any results submitted with a letter from your doctor to your insurance. My right one definitely has a problem of leakage. Ive had mine since I was 26 and I am 57. I have 90% of the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness. I have put off having them removed. This has made me rethink the issue.

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    2. LuAnn

      Hi Julie, your story is similar to so many of the ladies in our support group. Have you joined our group on Facebook, there’s a link you can click on just above your story. There are more than 3500 of us and growing. You are not alone.

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    3. Sonya

      I’m in the same predicament as you! I was born with a birth defect that didn’t show itself until I hit puberty and only one breast grew. When I was 19 I got my implant. I’m 41 now. As I read down through the symptoms I was putting a mental check by each one. At the end of the list only 2 weren’t checked. I’ve never had a re check as the doctor who did my surgery died 9 months after. I kept putting it off and here I am 22 1/2 years later with never having it checked. Sometimes I do get very sharp pains on that side but the size has never gone down. I always chalked it up to getting old. I recently read an article where an actress got her implants removed because they made her sick and that’s what led me here. It all makes sense now. I was always pretty active as a teen and once I hit my early 20’s I just went down hill. I live in Canada so I don’t if we have to pay to get them removed or not because I was referred as a medical issue in the first place.

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  144. Dana

    I have had my implants for alittle over a year now and I’m having some of the issues listed above I’m terrified I’ve done this to myself!!!!

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  145. Tracy McDaniel

    Please add me on your Facebook page. Thanks!
    Having many of these issues. Implants are only 2 years old but having many of these issues. My doctors can’t find anything wrong with me and my family thinks I’m crazy because my symptoms are daily and have not gotten better in over a year! Have done MRI, Cat Scans, blood work, mammograms…no answers!

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  146. Sherri Ecrement

    I have implants and it’s only been a little over a year so this group and information is something I would like to be a part of. Thank you

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  147. Andrea Reeder

    2 years post bilateral mastectomy on July1. Had bilateral silicone Mentor implants placed. Now having autoimmune symptoms. Pain in other areas of my body. Very frustrated. Plan to have exam by cosmetic surgeon soon.

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  148. Sheri

    Nicole,

    The fear I have about removing my implants is my skin will be extremely saggy and I will look very ugly. What can be done if you’re not getting new implants to fill that extra space?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheri,
      If your implants are not too large and are placed under the muscle your skin should be similar to what you looked like prior to implants but perhaps your breast will have a little more volume but be softer than prior to implants. If your implants were large or over the muscle they may have stretched out your breast skins somewhat. For the most part the skin does shrink back to somewhat normal and the breast fluff up somewhat over the months. Come to the facebook group and see pics of women before and after. Also several women in the group got lifts and or fat transfer as well. Nicole

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  149. Cher Elle reavez-berrard

    I have both 26 year old implants leaking into both lymph under arms and had many illness but very very fatigue, I have covered California blue shield PPO trying to find plastic surgeon contracted to help has been a challenge . Found a couple that want to do explanation but not reconstruction on insurance but I am size D and with the size of capsulation and breastfeeding tissue needed to be taken out it would leave me a deflated balloons deformed. So I am trying to find sugeon to code procedures correctly. En bloc needs large incision so the lolly pop lift incision can be used and they can put new implants or fat transfer to fill the skin. I My fight with insurance is you reconstruct cancer patients on insurance well this is “medical necessity ” the problem I am finding is plastic surgeon’s are afraid of not getting paid so don’t want to code the reconstruction portion trying to get cash which I am on covered California at this time in my life unfortunately and do not have cash or can get credit. I am sure there are many like myself and getting more and more symptoms and illness. If you know any case or anything that can help, I would appreciate any info. Thank you

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  150. Hannah

    I feel so fortunate to have found this site and see similar experiences, I would also like to share my story in hopes of helping others. I have had many ailments over the years and never would I have associated them to my implants. I have had saline implants for 16 years now and this past Friday I noticed a drastic change. Initial reaction was that they were ruptured or leaking but after watching closely the implants still appear to be full but have significantly lowered, possible “bottoming out”? In 2008 I was diagnosed with Pulminory Embolism with no conclusive explanation for the cause, I was 28 years old (around 7 yr post implant) which is a highly uncommon age for a PE. I was mandatorily put on blood thinners for one year after diagnosis. During my projected year of blood thinners I began to have what I assumed to be an allergic reaction to the medication, reluctantly my specialist took me off of the medication at 9 months, Years later I am still experiencing the effects of which I assumed were caused by blood thinners. I was unaware of implant illness until my current situation prompted me to research, blessing in disguise! I always assumed that my life was never the same after blood clots, it’s becoming clear now that my changed after breast implants. Thank you ladies for sharing your stories!

    Elisa good luck tomorrow with your CAT scan!

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  151. Shirley

    I have had two silicone implants to rupture. I now have saline. I had breast cancer in 1987 and began reconstruction in 1989 and I have almost all of the long list of symptoms. Would love to join your group.

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  152. elisa

    I am scheduled to have a Cat scan done Monday afternoon to rule out a PE.I am a double mastectomy patient. First time was in 1991at age 36 and the second was in 2011. I had breast reconstruction surgery both times but this last time has been one disaster after another . I honestly do not believe that I have a PE. The horrific back and chest pain and all the other symptoms really seem to match up with the breast implant. However, I do have a blood clot in my left arm from an infiltrated IV when I was in in the hospital last week and running, labs, lyme, ana, cbc. Reconstruction is so not worth the pain and agony

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  153. Tammy Sloan

    Would love to be added to the Facebook page. I am 49 years old I have had my saline implants for 23 years. I have been consistently sick off and on, joint pain, fatigue, probably over 85% of the symptoms that was listed….. I’ve had X-rays, cat-scans, all kinds of tests done and everyone keeps telling me there’s nothing they can do for me and they don’t know why I feel or hurt the way I do, there’s no explanation, they act like I’m making it all up. I had a hysterectomy in 2002 and I know some symptoms can be caused from that, but I find this very interesting and I am definitely going to have mine removed. Once they are removed I’m not sure where I go from there. If they are moldy do I need to be treated somehow? I am so glad I heard about this…. thank you so much everyone!

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  154. Karen Dillinger

    Please add me, thanks! I have quite the journey to share. Looking forward to joining this group.

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  155. Gail Keller

    Please add me to your Facebook page. I have had Silicone implants since April 1983. (33 yrs) I’ve had a lot of health problems for the past 15 yrs plus and after reading other problems these ladies have had with their implants, I really want to get mine removed. I believe I will have a much better and normal life once they are removed. I can’t afford to have them removed because I live on limited income and live by myself. My insurance will not pay for it to be done. I don’t know where to go for help in this matter but I sure want them out. Sharing these stories will help so many ladies that’s had medical problems with having implants. Thanks!

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  156. Yvette Cavazos

    Please add me to the Facebook page. I got Mentor saline implants in March 2015 and I’ve been sick this entire year.

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  157. Theresa Ruiz

    Hi please add me to F.B page. Ive had my implants for 6yrs been having alot of extreme fatigue. Pain ect.. Im 47 ive been blaming on gaining 25lbs since ive stopped weight lifting due to injuries.. And pre monopause. I also have titanium rod in leg from ankle to knee from broken tibia fibula.. Which causes a slew of other pains and issues.. Found this post and it makes alot of sense..

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  158. Ann Webster

    I received implants approx 15 yrs ago. But mine are saline. So how would I know for sure if there is anything wrong. I have just about everything as far as the symptoms. But I was told that it was all due to fibromyalgia. So is there a test that I can have done to find out? Thank you. P.S. I sent a request to goin the face book group.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ann,
      Fibro is caused from the breast implants, its a common diagnoses in us. There is no one test or group of tests that will definitely prove to your health care providers that your implants are causing your symptoms but they are. Once you spend some time in the facebook group connecting with thousands of other ladies who had all your symptoms and removed their implants and are healing, you will feel more confident in moving forward with your proper explant.

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      1. Jennifer Sanchez

        Hi please add me to your fb page, I’m currently having similar symptoms and think this could be the reason.

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    2. Ali

      Hi Ann, I’m sorry hear you’re not feeling well. You’re not alone. I have struggled with symptoms that resulted in jobs lost and loss of quality of life; along with so many others as I’ve recently learned. I was full of life and athletic. Now I don’t even feel like I’m that same person.
      In 1999 I received my saline implants. Only 2 weeks ago have I realized that my years of health problems are from my implants.
      I went to numerous Dr’s, many ER visits and 3 hospital stays to be told they can’t find anything. I thought I was dying but no one would listen.
      In May 2016 I happen to hear of Yolanda Hadid and her health struggles mirrored my symptoms. I found a Lyme Literate doctor that was also familiar with detox from mold exposure. I wasn’t sure if this was the answer I was looking for but I had to try. I don’t know if these tests are normally done but it was part of the journey that got me from A-Z so I’ll share in case you or others may find it helpful.
      I did a vision test online called VCS, cost was $15. I failed the test which indicated that I possibly had a neurotoxin in my system. Had a brain MRI (not covered by insurance $400) showing inflammation of the brain indicating more definitively that I have an issue with neurotoxins. I did research online to investigate biotoxins and neurotoxins and discovered that the silicone shell or the valve where they filled my implants after insertion became damaged allowing mold to grow and can be causing these types of toxins in my body.
      I had asked many times over the years if my implants could be making me sick. Every Dr told me no. Then I found in my research how breast implants are causing health issues in many women. I researched explant Dr’s and found Dr Kolb has an informative book the Naked Truth About Breast Implants that is helpful. Dr Feng has various information online and on her website that was helpful as well.
      For me, I know my implants are the cause of my illness. I plan to have them removed by Dr Feng in October 2016. Sooner if I can make it work with expenses and scheduling.
      May you find answers soon and restored health for you and those that love you.
      Blessings,
      Ali

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  159. Sue

    Hi, I found your sight on a post for SLE. I, had breast implants done in 2003, the pain started within a week of having surgery. I have all the symptoms listed here and like so many other women, I can’t afford to have them removed. I’m glad I found your page, after all these years of suffering & blaming myself for being so vain and just wanting bigger breast, I find information that my doctor never warned me about. I knew that there was a lot that could go wrong during surgery and the possibility of bad side effects post-opt. including blood clots. But, nothing I was told or read indicated that all of theses other things could or would happen at a later date. I have, saline implants, with 400cc’s in each side “mine are made by, Mentor”. Now I’m almost 58 yrs. old and realizing that I have suffered for the past 13 yrs. with health problems that might have been prevented with the true information on how dangerous breast implants really are.
    Thank you for sharing your story with all of us, who had no real clue that so many of our medical problems could be (and most likely are) caused from breast implants.
    Sincerely, Sue

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    1. Rachel

      Hi Sue, my situation is similar to yours. I received my implants in 2004 and I’m 58 now. I’ve had terrible symptoms starting not too long after the implants but I really didn’t think they were related to that. I’ve had many different tests run and no one ever finds anything they can diagnose. I just finally tonight read something in the news that made me think the implants really are likely the cause of a lot of my symptoms. I am planning on calling the Dr who put them in tomorrow and get a consultation about having them removed. After reading all the info about removal and detox I feel pretty worried. It’s been so long that I’ve been suffering with the symptoms, it makes me wonder if it’s too late to regain my health. I hope we both can recover and feel healthy again.

      Sincerely, Rachel

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  160. wanda bates

    Hello I’m needing for soneone to contact me soon. I would love to join this support group . I’m having many of these problems. Thanks

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  161. Vivian

    Im horrified to be reading SO MANY women having these same issues!
    I wish I would’ve seen this in 2008 when I had my implants done.

    I have most of these symptoms as well. I lost a great job due to being in and out of the ER for almost a month and no one could tell me what was wrong with me.

    A couple of months ago I had a fall and now the swelling and pain of my breast neck and shoulder is unbearable. (Worse at night) I live with pain medication and Ice packs on my breast. Need these things out of my body ASAP but I can’t afford it.

    I was trying to explain all of these symptoms away, thinking- oh I’m just getting older (and I was a smoker) but now it all makes perfect sense and it’s great to know I’m NOT crazy!

    I also had problems with my left breast from day one. I went back to PS and he kept telling me it was fine and that I shouldn’t mess with them because they looked great.
    I wonder if anyone has won any law suits because of these issues caused by implants?
    Also wondering if the removal is still considered “elective surgery” since theyre basically killing us??

    Thanks for any feedback. Good luck to everyone.

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  162. Maya Spielman

    Please add me to the group. I have experienced nearly every symptom on your long long list, with my 13 year old 450cc. I was just in the ER this morning running every test imaginable, truly thinking I may have had a heart attack last night, but regular doctors won’t even discuss the breast implant. Finally I was able to see a plastic surgeon this afternoon, Believe it or not for the first time in all of these 13 years, and according to him, My diagnoses is of Mondors Disease and Cotochonritis …. I will see 3 more surgeons this week, and thanks to you I will go over the specific guidelines you recommended when discussing the explant. I am so grateful to you for publishing this information, to be honest I may go ahead and write a book about my experience to try to help bring this to the light. This is something Every woman should know, and not any woman in the world should ever get implants. My life has basically been hell for the last five years with everyone thinking I’m crazy, insane, not believing my symptoms, me assuming I have lymes disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and every other disease imaginable. Now I have to shell out something like $17,000 to get these taken out and a lift, but I can’t wait for the moment I go into surgery, and I look forward to having beautiful small breasts that are all mine….even if they are scarred. Thank you again for this information:) this is a lifesaver. You are a life saver, for giving me hope and a sense of calm in this vicious storm…. Soon to be free and sailing into happier seas!!!!!

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  163. Jill Weintraut

    Making an appt with Rheumatologist. Having severe
    Joint pain along with other symptoms. Please add
    Me to your fb page.

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  164. 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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  165. 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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  166. 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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  167. 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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  168. 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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  169. 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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  170. 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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  171. 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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    1. Ann Sparrow

      Im researching surgeons right now to get the en bloc method of explant surgery. Can I contact you?

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  172. 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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  173. 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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  174. 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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  175. 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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  176. 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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  177. 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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  178. 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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  179. 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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    2. Maya Spielman

      My heart breaks for you. The last line is just tragic. I cannot imagine how you feel. I am about to go from 34dd to an a cup when I have them removed in several weeks after 13 years of torture. I am taking each day to prepare and my fiancé is looking at my chest with such sadness… He always has a joke, whenever I would ask him why he loves me, because I’m always sick and he’s always taking care of me… That he loved me for 2 reasons and two reasons only and would then look at my breasts. He was always joking and he is truly the love of my life, but I feel so sad taking them away from him. In a way that’s the hardest part, even though he only wants for me to be healthy and will love me through this. So I can relate, in a different way, but it’s something that we just have to live with, and find other ways of loving our bodies. Again I’m so sorry for what you have gone through. Clearly you’re a fighter and will succeed in this as you succeeded in healing from your accident. Best wishes, maya

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  180. 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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  181. 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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  182. 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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  183. 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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  184. 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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  185. 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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  186. 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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  187. 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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  188. 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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  189. 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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  190. 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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  191. 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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  192. 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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  193. 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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  194. 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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  195. 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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  196. 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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  197. 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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  198. 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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  199. 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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  200. 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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  201. 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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  202. 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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  203. 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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  204. 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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  205. 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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  206. 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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  207. 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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  208. 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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  209. 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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  210. 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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  211. 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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  212. 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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  213. 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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  214. 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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  215. 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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  216. 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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  217. 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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  218. 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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  219. 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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  220. 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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  221. 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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  222. 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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  223. 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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  224. 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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  225. 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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  226. 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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  227. 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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  228. 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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  229. 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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  230. 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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  231. 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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  232. 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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  233. 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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  234. 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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  235. 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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  236. 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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  237. 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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  238. 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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  239. 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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  240. 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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  241. 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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  242. 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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  243. 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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  244. 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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  245. 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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  246. 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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  247. 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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  248. 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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  249. 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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  250. 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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  251. 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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  252. 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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  253. 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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  254. 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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  255. 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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  256. 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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  257. 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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  258. 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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  259. 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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  260. 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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  261. 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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  262. 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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  263. 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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  264. 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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  265. 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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  266. 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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  267. 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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  268. 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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  269. 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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  270. 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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  271. 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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  272. 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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  273. 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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  274. 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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  275. 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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  276. 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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  277. 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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  278. 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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  279. 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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  280. 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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  281. 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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  282. 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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  283. 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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  284. 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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  285. 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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  286. 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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  287. 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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  288. 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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  289. 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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  290. 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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  291. 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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  292. 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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  293. 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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  294. 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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  295. 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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  296. 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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  297. 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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  298. 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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  299. 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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  300. 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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  301. 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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  302. 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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  303. 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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  304. 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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  305. 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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  306. 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