WELCOME TO HEALING BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

 

This site was created because it is the information I wished was concisely available to me while identifying and recovering from my own long term breast implant illness.  Experience is the foundation of wisdom and may the words of this site benefit you.  Please be advised I am not a medical or legal professional and this website is in no way medical or legal advice (please see LEGAL for complete website disclaimer information).  It does not take a medical degree to understand that two large bags of toxic chemicals implanted in the chest leaking over crucial organs and glands will cause profound illness in our bodies.   Please be advised that this website is protected under copyright law.  It cannot be copied, distributed or exhibited in whole or part without permission.

The focus of this website is not about proving how unsafe breast implants are but rest assured all the information and more than you want to know including the science is here in BREAST IMPLANT SAFETY .  Unfortunately, no matter how much information comes to light about the negative health consequences of breast implants, manufacturers and plastic surgeons are still peddling breasts implants as safe.  There will be many cases of breast implant illness in the future.

The focus of this website is on the timely identification of breast implant illness and then guiding you toward steps whereby you can hopefully recover your health.  The body, when treated well, has an amazing healing and regenerative capacity.  Trust in your body’s ability to heal. 

It is not a matter of if you will get sick, it is a matter of when you will get sick, as breast implants cause endocrine disruption and immune system dysfunction and steadily deteriorate in your body from the first day of implantation and silicone particles, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals in the silicone damage your body glands, organs and good health processes.  All types of breast implants cause illness, none are safe and especially not the cohesive gel implants which contain very aggressive chemicals and heavy metals.  How do breast implants cause illness?  What is silicone toxicity?  What are the symptoms of breast implant illness?  Please see BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS .  I  had many of these symptoms and women who have breast implant illness have these types of symptoms and perhaps others depending on the progression of the illness and the type of implants they have.

Unfortunately, you will not get help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor and especially not from your plastic surgeon.  This illness is not acknowledged by the medical community yet.  In fact, the medical community clings to the false belief that silicone and breast implants are safe.  Your plastic surgeon may even deny breast implants cause illness or refute your symptoms in order to avoid liability.  Mine did. Plastic surgery is big business built on silicone and breast implants are their greatest source of revenue.  Plastic surgeons will refuse to admit that breast implants are unsafe and will actively refute the truth in order to protect their cash cow.

Many women suffering from breast implant illness are misdiagnosed with other diseases that have similar symptoms and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms.  Some women will go on to develop serious diseases and may even die because their breast implants are not removed in time.  Don’t waste your precious time on misdiagnoses. Time is of the essence to your health.   You know what is right for you. Your body is telling you that the implants and the toxic chemicals in silicone are poisoning you.  Trust your inner wisdom. 

After identification of symptoms of breast implant illness, the next and most important step is timely and proper Explantation (removal).  Check out EXPLANT which goes into details you need to know about what a proper explant means.  Proper removal of your breast implants as quickly as possible is the most important step to your recovery.  Breast implants should be removed En Bloc (in a manner that prevents contamination to you) and with a Total Capsulectomy (remove all capsule tissue).   You may hear differently from your plastic surgeon.  He may attempt to talk you out of removal and instead suggest replacement or a different kind of implant because he wants to make more money.  He may delay or refuse booking a removal.  Mine delayed and refused to remove my implants.  He may tell you that a Total Capsulectomy is not necessary.  My plastic surgeon said this.  Do not believe this, in fact, we suggest not going to your original plastic surgeon for removal unless he readily acknowledges breast implant illness, silicone toxicity and insists on a En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant and is experienced at removing breast implants En Bloc. Here is a list of world wide plastic surgeons which are known to explant breast implants properly EXPLANT SURGEONS.

After proper explantation of breast implants, the next step is a clean, nourishing diet that supports detoxification of chemicals and heavy metals and elimination of bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites in your body.  Because breast implants significantly impair the endocrine and immune system certain opportunistic organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites can take hold and without elimination of the overgrowth of these organisms many women will continue to have symptoms after explantation.  Please see DETOXIFICATION for steps and suggestions to assist your detoxification process.

Thousands of ladies have breast implant illness and as such we created a Facebook support group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where you can chat with 50,000 other ladies who have been through the same symptoms, finding a surgeon, surgery, recovery, detoxification and healing.  Or you can click the Facebook button at the end of any page of this website which will also take you directly to the support group.

Under RESOURCES we have compiled other supports and information which will assist and contribute to healing breast implant illness.  Step by step you can heal.  

Due to so many women getting sick, once again, from silicone and saline breast implants litigation is picking up, please go here to BREAST IMPLANT LAWSUITS to join lawsuits which are being filed against implant manufacturers such as Mentor Worldwide LLC due to illness caused by silicone and saline breast implants.

In March 2017, the FDA finally issued a warning confirming that breast implants cause BIA-ALCL cancer which is not breast cancer but rather a cancer of the immune system.  For important information on BIA-ALCL symptoms and detection please go here to BIA-ALCL BREAST IMPLANT ASSOCIATED LYMPHOMA.

Contrary to the current misconceptions about ease and safety of breast feeding with breast implants please go here to BREAST FEEDING WITH IMPLANTS which shows implants are impractical and destructive for mother and child in regard to breast feeding.

We welcome your comments and questions via the contact form below or directly to our email at info@healingbreastimplantillness.com.  Recent comments, after approved, appear first.  Most questions  will receive a reply.  Best wishes in your recovery,

Nicole

 

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1,479 thoughts on “WELCOME TO HEALING BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

  1. Sarah

    Hi. I was on the Facebook page for a while but got off of Facebook. I had silicone implants for 30 years and had them removed.
    I was diagnosed with asthma in 2012 and COPD ( no real asthma in my family)
    Then in 2016 and 2017, lung scans revealed tiny modules on my lungs with no change in size . I feel certain they are silicone droplets but my pulmonologist at Oschner Medical Center will not biopsy one. I have a case against One of the makers of the implants and was told that it would go better if it was proven that silicone caused my lung issues
    Also, I had a stroke last year before implants( ruptured implants) were removed . My research has shown that silicone can cross the brain barrier and cause this. Nobody in my family ever had a stroke. Again, the neurologist at Oschner refuses to look into this.
    Can you recommend doctors anywhere that can help me? Thank you

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  2. Joleen

    Hi there! I would like to check out the facebook group everyone keeps talking about. When I use the link on this page, it says that the “content isn’t available right now.” Can you tell me the name of the group and I can search for it? Thank you!

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  3. Fryda

    Hi, I wanted to post a question without having to join Facebook. Have y’all heard of anyone experiencing BII after mastectomy –> reconstruction with a dermal matrix? I’m aware women get BII with a free floating implant a la augmentation, but I was wondering if women who have a dermal matrix also feel the effects of BII, thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Fryda,
      For dermal matrix I guess it depends on if there is any silicone type chemicals, metals in it. Can you get a full ingredient list for it? I know ladies that are very sick from mesh etc.

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  4. Kimberly Armstrong

    I explanted one month ago. On average, how long does it take for symptoms to subside? I am still feeling tired and exhausted. Thank you for your excellent web page.

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  5. Trudy Schmitt

    Hi Nicole,
    I I explanted with Dr Fredric Barr in west Palm Beach Fl. He did a great job. How do I add his name for explant.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Trudy,
      In order to add a surgeon to the explant surgeon list we need to see photos of his En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explants to ensure that he has the skills to explant En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy. Can you forward photos to me?

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  6. Mahmood Kara

    Hi, I am a plastic surgeon. I recently returned from a meeting in Montreal where there was a landmark study presented on breast implant failure and illness. I would like to tell you more. Thanks.

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  7. Shay

    Hi, I had my saline implants removed about 3 years ago. I was under local anesthesia so I saw the implants when they came out and there was no capsule. Does this mean it’s still inside my body? I do have a strange sensation in my chest and my muscles never fully reattached to my chest wall. I’m not sure what to do at this point. How do I know if they’re still in there without going in for surgery?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shay,
      It sounds like your implants were just pulled out in a quick procedure in your plastic surgeon’s office which means your capsules are definitely still inside you. Can you request a copy of your operative report which will likely confirm that the capsules are still in you.

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  8. Connie Quintanar

    Hi dear friends, my name is Connie Quintanar. I was giving this valuable website through a highly positively relieved lady named Tammy Loomis. Tammy is one of the lucky ladies that is part of your support group. She came to me for a breast massage. I will explain, my mother had breast cancer and I had what I called, “my raisin” on my left breast. Needless to say horrified for a couple of years until I met Sally the owner of in my opinion a safe heaven in Las Vegas for us women called “Therapie”. That is where I discovered breast massage for 1) healthy breast, 2) post augmentation and 3) post mastectomy/lumpectomy. Wow what an eye opener, needless to say my mother and I are immensely grateful for this place. Talk about giving us back a healthier chance in life, I mean my mother’s swelling, congestion pain and discomfort started to decrease, her range of motion and able to hug her grandchildren was restored and my breast started to detoxify…. So now years later and a lot of research, learning and teaching, I work for Sally. I now actually work for Therapie, : ) : ) Now I help and educate women with breast problems. I try to educate women on how to take care of themselves and more. I love my job, I helped my mom who is now 68 years and healthy, helped myself 45 years and going and other wonderful women. I now have the privilege of being part of a women’s healing process. Anywho, I am not trying to sell anything, I would gladly share my knowledge for free…. Especially for us women trying to restore our breast to health. Now things like range of motion, scar tissue adhesions sluggish lymphatic systems etc. are NOW soooo important right?

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  9. Janice Kuhler

    Hi Nicole

    Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put in to getting word out about BII. I’m from South Africa and explanted on 6 September: I wanted to let you know that your impact is being felt even thousands of km away. I believe this is your life’s work and it is a great gift to all of us who have been searching for answers to your health problems for years.

    I have just donated via PayPal.

    Take care
    Janice Kuhler
    Cape Town, South Africa

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janice,
      Thank you for those kind words and your support of our platform. I never meant for all of this to become a mission but I don’t feel that I can let go of it because this is a health crisis for women of epidemic proportions and we have to turn it around and so support is greatly needed and bless you for stepping up.

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  10. Susan Peters

    Thank you…..my question is my one implant ruptured years ago…maybe 5 years. Would there be any reason to remove at this late date? I am assuming the damage has been done and the silicone is thru my system at this time.

    Any information you have to share with me is appreciated.

    Thank you
    Sue

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  11. Nancy Falbo

    Is there any data about long term granulomas in organs of the body turning to cancer. My liver surgeon’s nurse told me this can happen. But I wasn’t aware of this.

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  12. Sarah Bell

    Thank goodness for this website and Facebook group Nicole Daruda
    I was struggling terribly with my health, I had allergen textured implants for 10 years and for the last 5/6 I have been ill and deteriorated massively each year until I explanted 2 month ago!
    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, degenerative joint disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, raynauds, and many many more symptoms. I felt like I was dying most days! My bones and muscles hurt constantly.
    However 2 month now since I had an en bloc full capsulectomy and mastopexy and I am feeling about 80% better the majority of the time! Its a bit of a rollercoaster recovery! But my word! It WAS my implants allll along!

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  13. Jay

    I need help one of my breasts burns and is swollen not tender or any other symptoms besides always feeling tired and not being able to sleep I need help more info about this

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  14. christine logston

    I saw dr. Julie holding about removing my saline implants after being convinced they are the root of my health issues. When I saw her name as a recommended explant surgeon on a couple of these sights talking about implant illness I was sure I’d found the right doctor who would acknowledge my concern as a valid one. I was severely disappointed when she did not share the same concern. Have yet to find a doctor that has acknowledged this as a valid concern & I’ve consulted with 3 different surgeons.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Christine,
      Where are you located? I can probably suggest a surgeon that would acknowledge breast implant illness and explant properly.

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  15. Mary

    I am scheduled for a hysterectomy this fall, due to uterine prolapse.that has gradually increased since having 3 children in the 80’s . The prolase symptoms have really increased in the last year. It is a six hour surgery. I have two thirds of the symptom list for implant illness, having had implants in 1990. I am wondering if I should do the ex plant procedure before the hysterectomy. Thank you. Mm.

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  16. Donna

    Hi, I have saline implants and been very sick my plastic surgeon will remove them she gave me three choices #1 Go in her office and drain the Saline and leave the bags in. come back at a later date to have them removed. #2 Remove them #3 remove the saline bags put smaller Silicone implant in with a lift.. This is my 3rd pair of Saline implants. I’ve been sick with 4 Autoimmune diseases at one point I was on 14 different meds I’ve had five neck surgeries three back surgeries this week I am having a pain pump put in . By breast hurt everyday well my hole body hurts I’m now on Disability. My Implant size is 770cc my question is if I just go in and remove the implants what happens to all the extra skin? My doctor told me I won’t be happy with the outcome. I just want them out and to look somewhat normal. Would you recommend draining the bags and letting my skin heal first?

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      1. Suzanne Gross

        I’m 70. I’ve had silicone implants since 1984. The same ones. They are hardening now. I’d like to get them removed but I have Kaiser insurance and Medicare. I can’t afford to. I’m at a loss. I’ve had blood cancer, a bone marrow transplant, hyperthyroidism, to just list a few things. Not sure how to proceed.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Suzanne,
          You likely have capsular contracture and leaking or ruptured implants due to their age and your health care should cover explanting. Health insurance should cover for ruptures and capsular contracture. Please contact this organization which may help you deal with your insurance: http://breastimplantinfo.org/insurance/.

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    1. Tracy Ewins

      Hi Donna

      I have been suffering from breast implant illness. I had my first implants in 1990 as was a big girl when I had my children and wanted to fill the saggy breasts when I lost weight. I went back in 2005 for new ‘Gummy Bear’ 680ml implants and they found one of the old implants had ruptured.

      After having invisalign braces last year with a terrible reaction matching all the breast implant illness symptoms to the extreme and where I was certain I was dying, with no help from doctors I then realised the cause and stopped using them. My health improved but still with the same symptoms at a lower level. Still skin rashes, brain fog (this was the worst and scariest as I thought I had early onset dimentia) then I realised the implants have many of the same ingredients as the invisalign braces and had most likely caused me to become sensitive to my implants so made the decision to have En Bloc Explant. I’m 59 years old now and had a lot of floppy boob with the 680ml implants being behind the muscle.
      I now have a size C with what is left and a bit of fat transfer and I have never been so happy with my boobs and my clothes look great, I look slimmer and my husband prefers my neat boobs!! He says my eyes look clearer and I know that the brain fog is lifting and It is such a relief it is unbelievable! GET THOSE IMPLANTS OUT!
      Tracy

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      1. Carrie

        Hi,
        First I would like thank you for this informational website 🙂 Great stuff!

        Secondly this is a question backing up to the comment from Tracy above as I have the same implants.
        I had 600cc “Gummi Bear Silicone implants” done in 5/17. I have not had any issues with pain or anything pertaining to the Implant but, I have been diagnosed with severe gastroparesis recently in 2/18. I was unable to eat for about 3 months and could only tolerate fluids.. I have lost about 30 lbs over the course of about 7 months. I am going to see a specialist at Temple Bethel in 12/18 regarding treatment going forward. My question is: could this be r/t my implants?

        I do not have any of the other symptoms just this diagnosis. They have ruled out diabetes, which is one of top causes and have ruled any autoimmune disease currently. They are sending me to Temple Bethel for further testing. Your thoughts are greatly welcomed.

        Thanks so much,

        Carrie

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Carrie,
          Yes, gastroparesis can be from silicone implants. In the facebook group you will meet many other women who got the same from breast implants.

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  17. Lisa Stevens

    I have had my silicone implants since 2000. I began having several of the symptoms mentioned 3 years later. I had a hysterectomy in 2005 and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism the same year. Since then the symptoms have only worsened despite all the medications and measures to feel better such as diet, exercise & countless daily routines! After reading this article, I feel like I finally know what is wrong with me and hope I can be myself again one day soon!! Thank you! I’ll help spread the word!

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  18. Janice Kuhler

    I have been searching for answers to my list of health symptoms for over three years. Before that I thought my symptoms were due to the stress of divorce, emigration and approaching menopause. I’ve been to an endocrinologist and had a battery of tests only to be told that my hormones are ‘in the normal range’. I’ve been to an enlightened integrative GP who practises homeopathy, biofeedback, Chinese medicine etc who has helped me a lot but who can’t find the root cause of my systemic inflammation. I was diagnosed with auto immune thyroid condition/Hashimoto’s. The information your website presents makes complete sense to me and finally gives me hope. I’ve seen one surgeon re explanting but wasn’t comfortable with him. I have appointments set up with two others and will post feedback. Thank you for spreading the word and helping so many to find answers.

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  19. Blanca

    Hola Nicole.Soy Blanca.Me puse implantes en 1993, me los retiro definitivamente el proximo mes.En el Instituto de Cirugia Reconstructiva Dr.Guerrero Santos en Guadalajara, Jal.Mex..Me detectaron hipotiroidismo subclinico hace 5 años, deje de fumar y empezo mi menopausia.Pase por 14 medicos para que me detectaran hipotiroidismo.Los sintomas son muchos de los que escribes aqui.Espero escribirte despues del retiro de implantes para mejorar mi salud.Saludos cordiales.

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  20. Jennifer Liberatore

    Post operation. Enbloc Capsulectomy with mastopexy on the 9th of August. I’m still feeling a little under the weather this far out. I’m detoxing my body with organic and healthy foods. Can’t start with a exercise program for another week.

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  21. Thuy Pham

    You saved me Nicole!! And thousands and thousands of others. And I have educated and helped many others as well. This is a movement!!! I have my health back. BII is real but the heal is more real!!’

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  22. Heidi

    Absolutely ecstatic to have found this website and now know what is causing my illnesses! Thank you, thank you! Can’t wait to explant and begin to heal 🙏🏽❤️

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  23. Bridget Burton

    i am so grateful for this website and the wisdom of all those that make it possible. It’s the human stories of real anguish, pain, suffering, dibilitating medical conditions, loss of family, loss of work, doctors who have maimed in the name of “we’ve never had any problems” and so much more that brought me to the realization that I needed my implants out. 15+ Years of body/mind changes that I thought were normal – were not! My story is not unlike many others but I am here and alive with renewed health and vigor. Praise God for the ladies who have shared much worse health issues than my own. We ONE BODY in gratitude to healingbreastillness.com.

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  24. Michelle Smith

    I’m for ever gràteful that I have had this information to educate myself when no one else could give me an educated reason for these mysterious symptoms!!!

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  25. TR

    Thank you so much for making this information available, publicly. I have been sick for so long and never understood why. My Rheumatologist suggested it could be because of my breast implants. When I started my research your site was eye opening and gave me not only the information I needed to learn about breast implant illness, but a plan to wellness.

    Please keep doing what you’re doing. You’re saving lives.

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  26. Kate

    I have been sick for almost two years now and had no idea why. I love a very healthy lifestyle and all my blood work came back fine. Then I found this website and my symptoms match many of the ones on the list. This makes so much sense and after taking to thousands of other women on the Facebook page I am ready to get these silicone poison bags out of my body and start healing. Thank you so much for sharing this information. You are spreading awareness and saving lives. I can’t believe so many doctors don’t know about this or refuse to admit the truth. Implants are toxic!

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  27. Regina Clayton

    I am so thankful that I found this group & explanted in 2017. It saved my life! Thank you Nicole for caring for so many lives.♡♡

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  28. Carmen Gordon

    If it was not for finding this information, I am not sure where I would’ve today with my health. Since explanting I have had symptoms disappear or lesson. I am so grateful that the truth is getting out there.

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    1. Tlc

      So happy for you. It was also this website that I learned about breast implant illness. I have been to several doctors over the past 5 years that could not find any problems that supported my many symptoms and declining health. I explanted in May. I’m hoping that I get better soon…I have 5 years of living to catch up on😀

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  29. Dee Hicks

    So happy for this life saving website and for you Nicole. ♥️ Love you and thanks for saving my life ❌⭕️❌⭕️

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  30. Patrice

    The heal is real.. I am 12 weeks post explant and my whole life has changed for the better… I no longer am in so much pain , I simply wanted it all to ebd

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  31. Pam

    Just found this site. Used to be really healthy. But have been having declared me in health. Hashimoto’s, fibromyalgia , low libido, aches and pains all over. The list goes on. Doc can’t really find anything. I eat AIP and it helps but not resolving all my symptoms I have 2 questions:
    1. Looking at highly recommended surgeons from your list and both have some pretty negative reviews. Any suggestions on how to proceed? I know not every surgery is going to go perfect but I’m really concerned about what I’ll be left with. I am considering dr. Marguerite Barnett and Dr. Lu-Jean Feng. Barnett can’t get me in until feb and Feng can get me in nov.
    2. I have a far infrared sauna. Read somewhere I shouldn’t be using if I have implants. Do you have any thoughts on this? It has so many positive benefits but I’m willing to wait until after explant, if using it poses a risk.

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  32. Karen de la Torre

    I have had breast implants for almost ten years now. One of them ruptured in a car accident about 5 years ago but the doctors insist it’s safw to keep it there so nothing has been done. I have silicone implants. After reading all this, I am very scared for my health. I’ve been in and out of the doctors almost every week for one thing or the other for about the past two years and I’m only 30years old and workout a lot. Things like, weak tendons, blocked heart arteries, blurred vision, anxiety, depression, fatigue, weight gain, hormonal imbalance. Now I’m wondering if after so long any of this is reversable? Also, is it any better to switch off to saline implants instead for now? Eventually I’d remove them completely. Just wondering if saline is any better at all. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Breast implant illness occurs in both saline and silicone implants and is a very multifaceted illness. For both saline and silicone breast implants a strong and immediate response to the silicone shell directly after implantation may be predicated by your genes specifically HLA B27, HLA DR52 and HLA DR53 which are genes associated with being ill in the first year after implantation and a higher sensitivity to silicone. Even if you don’t have these specific genes your body will still respond to the fact that breast implants are huge foreign objects implanted in your chest near vital organs and glands and you will experience the usual foreign body response as your body mounts an all out war which causes immune deficits, immune dysfunction and eventually autoimmune symptoms and diseases. Our overwhelmed immune system eventually switches over to attacking itself instead of attacking invaders. This is known as switching from TH1 dominance to TH2 dominance and it is when the immune system developes antibodies against itself instead of killer T-Cells to kill what it perceives to be abnormal cells. Eventually, both saline and silicone breast implants cause immune system failure by overwhelming the immune system and allowing various infections in the body to gain a foothold and cause many of our symptoms. These infections can be bacterial, viral, fungal or parastical. Next the approximate 40 toxic chemicals and array of heavy metals in silicone which are known endocrine disruptors poison our fragile endocrine system (thyroid/adrenals and the other glands) and poison our immune system, poison our Thymus and gut health and create toxicity in our organs and body. With saline there is also the added element of the fact that many of the saline ports collect body fluid/tissue and allow colonization of microorganisms and these organisms can even cross into the implant due to defective valves. These microorganisms produce metabolites which are toxic to us known as biotoxins. Microorganisms like fungus/mold are common in us but these microorganism can be bacterial too. Many of us also have pathogens and parasites in our gut due to bad gut health and even past our gut as they inhabit our body because there is little immune opposition to them due to immune deficits. As you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in many ways.

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  33. Alice Duffney

    I have gummy bears for 5 years regular silicone for a year before that, I am so sick my bones my muscles my hair falling out so tired and it’s just getting worse my implant has lumps on it just got a MRI talking with doctor tomorrow want to have them removed ugh

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  34. DeAnn Dye

    Been having some health issues for quite some time now. Lately I thought my heart was causing it but the Dr found nothing to indicate so. Chronic cough, chest heaviness, fatigue, depression, itchiness, pins and needle pain on my shoulders and headaches. Just to name a few. This is my first day on this groups site. My daughter sent me a article about breast implant illness. I’m not sure that’s this is what’s wrong with me but I got many of the symptoms. Ready to learn what to do next. I’m 64 years old and got implants in the late 80’s. Hoping for some guidance from others. Thanks

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  35. DeAnn

    I can’t even remember how far back it was when I got my implants. I’m guessing it was in the late 1980s.
    Last year, I began to notice a burning in my chest. Then around December I was having a feeling of heaviness in this same area. In the last month, I’ve been in the hospital for EKG, Stress test, angiogram and another MRI stress test. Conclusion was that there was nothing wrong with my heart. My daughter asked one day if my health problems could be the result of my breast implants. I didn’t think about it until she sent me the article on breast implant illness. I was astonished that the symptoms listed were the same as mine. So I just beginning this journey of gaining knowledge on what to do next. I was never told that my implants weren’t safe. I live in Idaho.
    I’m ready to feel good again!

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  36. Laura McIlroy

    Hi there,

    Thank you for all this info. I’ve been thinking about explanting for a while now for no reason other than I just don’t want them anymore but thought I would wait until I have my second (and final baby), although after reading, that is now in question as I do have some of the symptoms described.

    I would like to say though that I successfully breastfed my little boy until he was 7 months old and I hadn’t recently undergone the procedure. In fact, it was 12 years prior to giving birth. I appreciate this is another peice of anecdotal evidence but the section on breastfeeding seems to provide such a finite message. It is a difficult one because breastfeeding rates in the UK and US are so low so there is now a lot of pressure for mothers to BF given the many benefits that come with it. It has to be a personal choice but your section on this subject, in my opinion, doesn’t empower women to make an informed decision, it suggests it is simply not possible, and therefore shouldn’t be attempted. I wonder if some of the wording could be reconsidered. More than happy to discuss further.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for your thoughtful comments about the Breast Feeding page on this website. The lasts thing we want to do is dis-empower women so I will reread the page again considering your comments and suggestion. Actually, the words are not my words but rather those of Dr. Pierre Blais of Ottawa, Canada who is the world’s foremost authority on breast implants as medical devices and how they fail and the affects on our body when they do fail.

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  37. Zabelisa

    I had breast implants put in 30 year ago. I got pregnant right after and breast fed my daughter for approximately 9 months. I wonder if that is the reason why she now has hormonal issues (PCOS) at 29 years old. I am now 55 and still have my period although it is somewhat getting irregular. Just to say that I don’t think I have hormonal issues. I have some of the symptoms but nothing very acute. I try to eat as healthy as possible and avoid toxic elements – but this is nearly impossible in the world we live in. I think that Anytime a young women shows symptoms of PCOS, the first question should be: Did your mom had breast implants when she breastfeed you. This would definitely make a case for it. My question is, what kinds of tests should I get to see if I have a high level of toxicity and are those tests reliable?

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  38. Angie Lovato

    I didn’t know about this website and didn’t know about enbloc. My breast implants were removed and breast tissue/capsule was removed in chunks. Am I at higher risk of not healing? Since removal I’ve had very bad episodes (pain and other crazy symptoms and pain) is this my body detoxing or am I permanently sick? Please help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Angie,
      If the capsule tissue was removed you should heal. En Bloc is ideal but what matters most is that all the capsule tissue is removed.

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  39. Kb

    Thank you for sharing this info – I explanted about a week ago and already have MASSIVE improvements in both my chronic body pain and fatigue. I firmly believe it saved my life.

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  40. Linda Waring

    I am so happy to have found this website. It was referred to me by one of your members. We worked together some years ago. I am looking for surgeon in Central Coast, CA (San Luis Obispo area) or in Southern CA. I have left a message for the one in Thousand Oaks (Rubinstein). I currently have a horrific rash and sleepless nights for last month+. Seeing Dermatologist and primary care – but haven’t gotten far.
    Looking forward to being accepted as one of your members.
    Linda Hoyt-Waring (on Facebook) lindawaring@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Brooke Coleman

    This website and the FB page that is associated saved my life and I am so very grateful for the informative information and women who gave a voice to an illness I suffered with for many years. I now have my life back!

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  42. Denette Dulong

    I had implants due to reconstruction in 2013. I started googling random symptoms a year after my implants were placed never thinking it could be my implants and stumbled upon “The Naked Truth”. I ordered the book but did not want to believe my implants could possibly be causing me sickness… I wanted to believe the few cases mentioned were coincidences or just isolated cases. But as more symptoms emerged, I started looking for more information and a year and half ago I came across your site and joined your FB page. WOW! What an eye opener with so much info… and full of all real women coming together sharing their stories and their struggles. There were NO magic potions to sell with false promises for a cure to make a buck… just an amazing support group with priceless information and advise. Not just a few… not just a couple hundred… but thousands of women!! I followed and watched the number of members increase right before my eyes. And I watched women explant and get better. I also learned from the site that ALCL is not so rare with textured implants and posed an additional threat for me. After six months or so of being part of this community, I worked up the courage to call to my PS and 9 months ago I explanted and I’m feeling so much better. Thank you Nicole for all you’ve done and continue to do. You are a God-send. Wishing you continued wellness always. XO

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  43. Olga

    I can’t express enough how much information I got from this website and from the facebook group. I was so lucky to find the cause of my health problems. I’m 4 months post op now, and I totally have my life back. The transformation is amazing!

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    1. Betty

      Im reading alot of women explanting, are they having them replaced also and if not what will it look like if they are not replaced. My implants are old but i dont seem to be sick from any of the things in these articles, mine are hard and i have been thinking about having them explanted but dont want to have new ones put in, will it look terrible?

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  44. Susan

    Question: Do you know whether Silastic chin implants (made of just Silastic no fluids, they are just solid) causes similar problems that silicone or saline implants do?

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  45. Nancy

    You and this site and the women on it all helped save my life. I can’t thank you all enough. 💗💗💗 I am on the lighter side on my way through recovery now. I am so happy to feel better and have my life back. Love you all !!!!

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  46. Bonnie Bennett

    This website saved my life and my mind. Breast implant Illness is real. It’s time the medical community take it serious. Let’s keep fighting for awareness!!

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  47. Brenda

    I have had breast cancer twice and had a macetomy the second time. I had implants put in and after five years I had them replaced because they were heavy and had no movement in them. After about three to four years, I got sick for nine months before they found out I have Addison Disease. My friend, to this day, tells me it is because of the breast implants. I saw my surgeon and he said that they were fine. Where do I go from here?

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  48. Shaun Long

    This site is so important for those of us women that have been struggling and suffering with what these toxic implants have, and continue to have on our bodies. This group is a fountain of knowledge and support. It has made such a huge difference in understanding and what this does to us, physically, and mentally, and often to our families as a result. Please keep up the good work..we need this!

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  49. SB

    U saved my life and i cant say enough time thank U for it!!! ❤

    Soon half a year passed by since my lymphomafactor was too high and i was so sick in 6 month from my implants(no rupture, no bacteria, good quality poliurethane implants) that i was unable to even walk alone.

    I had hairloss, earringing, blurry double-vision, i digested “backwards”, i fainted nearly every day casue my head was so heavy and i was dizzy all the time, i developed allergyies, my heart was in my trhoat and made constant palputations… not to mention other sythomps and that this illness pushed ip my tumorfactors!

    After explant i got worse in the 1-2. month beacuse the detox sythomps took me to hell and i was full of suicidal thoughts like many of the women who dont know that its part of the healing! I kept fighting because here i always got kind words and encouragement to wait a bit more.

    I changed my lifestyle like many of us and i feel heathier than ever, i was literally reborn!
    No 18hour-workdays, no smoking, no alcohol, no energydrinks, only natural suppliments, water, heathy food, sports.
    I finally love my body even with scars, hairloss and i take care of it appreciating that im not sick.
    I spend every day like its the last one and Im grateful for every minute i have.
    I found the love of my life, cause during my illness it cleared up who loves me honesly and which people i should close out from my life forever.

    I would be dead from BII thats 100% if this group and these brave posts wouldnt exist!
    I wish everyone strength, quick recovery, heath and all the best in life! ❤

    God bless U all, Angels ❤

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  50. Linda Goss

    I thought I was losing my mind before I found this website. BIL. In 1994 I had breast augmentation using salines implants, Within 2 years, the right implant ruptured, those were then replaced with silicone/saline implants. In 1999 I had developed severe pain in my joints and had surgery on my right shoulder. Through the years I became depressed and my energy level plummeted. I have had the same implants now for 21 years. In March of this year, I noticed both implants began to dislodge, and I had extreme pain from muscle cramps. I developed a chronic cough and congestion and after taking several rounds of antibiotics, I went to a pulmonologist and a cardiologist for test. My primary physician sent me to a plastic surgeon. He determined my implants were dislodge and leaking and advised surgery. On August 1st, 2018, my implants were explanted and within 3days, I could smell and taste food again. The chronic cough and congestion were gone. The headaches have stopped. The truth being, implants rob us of time, life, and joy, because we are constantly fighting a ghost of illness. I found Nicole’s site in May and it helped be understand the truth about BIL, it does exist. Finding many women who were fighting the same illnesses was astounding. I have followed and read hundreds of stories on Nicoles’ page who had implants and suffered for many years. Nicole reached out with the truth and I am so thankful to have found it. Doctors are recognizing that BIL does exist, and for those who deny it, are putting women’s lives at risk. Thank you Nicole, my heart is full as I begin a new journey of good health. I pray for other women as they suffer, and once again feel the joy of regained health. Thank you Nicole for saving the lives of many women!

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  51. Tracey Nurss - Contreras

    I support this page.
    I am a victim of breast implant illness.
    Mentor Smoothe Saline/ tried to kill me-
    Explanted one year ago, and it saved my life.

    I’d like to help save others lives too.
    If we can ban straws in Hawaii, surely we can ban breast implants also since they slowly kill people.

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  52. Sally Sue Snyder

    Breast implants almost killed me. Finding this BII Support Group SAVED MY LIFE! I’ll be eternally grateful to those that chose to explant before me and figure out the groundwork/recovery to share with others. PRAISE JESUS!

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  53. Karen Wiegand

    February 2007 I had saline allergen implants put in under the muscle. Within months I started experiencing different things, hands would go numb (later it would be my entire arms) difficulty in losing weight, many odd things. Started chasing it down only to find out that my body had stopped producing testerone. Over the years things started getting worse. Weight gain, joint pain , muscle weakness, hormone imbalance, and the worst over the last two years of having implants I would run errands and feel completely confused, blurry vision, just a scary bizarre feeling. I had no idea this was all due to my implants. As soon as I found out about BII I knew this was the answer, that everything I had been experiencing began AFTER I got my implants. I EXPLANTED 10/23/17 and almost all my symptoms went away. 3 weeks after surgery I was out running errands for 3 hours and felt completely normal and have felt that way every since. Implants are toxic, a huge hormone disruptor and woman should know the risks before choosing to get implants. It took almost 11 years of my life, thousands of dollars chasing it down and only to find out that it was implants. So happy to free of them!

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  54. Trish

    Thank you so much for all of the information and resources you’ve provided. It has given me the tools to get my health and life back. The heal is so real! ❤️❤️❤️

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  55. Christine Wagner

    I am a victim of Breast Implant Illness. I explanted 12/5/17 and all of my 25+ symptoms of my declining health are officially GONE. Breast implants are not safe at all. They are destroying the health of women across the world and this scam must end.

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  56. Debbie Calabro

    I was feeling sick and my health deteriorating couple years after my cohesive gel implants. Someone told me about Brest implant illness. I started looking into it and realized so many woman have the same symptoms as me. I’ve already booked surgery for removal. Hoping to feel better once they are removed. Some of my symptoms are brain fog, full stuffy ears pitch keeps changing. Headaches, neck and shoulder pain, hip pain, digestive issues, heart palpitations, anxiety, air hunger, feel as if I’m not getting enough air in my lungs. Breast pain, chronic fatigue, under arm tenderness, dry eyes, always feel like I’m getting a cold or flu but it never comes and when I do get sick I’m bed ridden.

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  57. Gayle

    I totally had breast implant illness and got mine removed and feel alive and healthy again. This site helped me get my life back

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  58. Rebecca Jones

    I had silicone implants for 34 years. I’ve had a hysterectomy from unknown infections, lung infection from unknown infection ( hospitalization for 45 days) my right lounging had pluesly with 2 liters of pus, gross right. I nearly died. No one could ever figure out where the infection came from. I had skin infection everywhere, each having to be drained. I’ve been giving more antibiotics, I should be admuine from anything,but no I am not. I’ve been to lots of and lots of drs , said nothing of implants problem s . After having a routine mammogram, which with implants you should never have. I felt serious pain for days. My dr checked me, as usual said I was fine. After searching the internet, I found this wonderful site, with a list of surgeons. I called Dr Bruce Rodgers, he called me in 3 days, I had surgery in 7 days. My surgery took 5 hours of scraping and cleaning for Dr Rodgers to get it all. Both implants were ruptured. There was no way of identifying the maker. Now 9 months later I feel so much better. I have energy and I have lost that odd color to my face and eyes. I’m loosing weight,feeling great to be alive! I owe it all to the women on these groups! Thank you all! I’m glad someone believes us.

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  59. Vickie Eason

    I am living proof that breast implants are extremely harmful to the body. I survived breast implant illness because I didn’t give up trying to get well again after I had implants disrupt my entire life. I’m so grateful for this website.
    Breast implants are extremely dangerous and the FDA KNOWS IT!

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  60. Joyce Herman

    Hello and thank you! I was sick for such a long time and I am now 6 weeks post-explant. My symptoms prior to explant include chronic fatigue, brain fog, body aches, joint pain, inability to take in a deep breath, IBS, SIBO, lymphedema, cystic acne, hair falling out, etc. During my search for health I saw homeopaths, naturopaths, acupuncturists, functional medicine doctors, and a slew of MD’s. All of my tests yielded normal results.

    I still have some of these symptoms, but my brain fog is definitely lifting, my energy level is better, and I can breathe! So how else do I know that the explant surgery did something for me? I’m detoxing! Five days after the surgery my skin peeled off my body as if I had had a bad sunburn. My digestion is also improving daily. In addition to that I have severe acne and my body odor has changed. It smells sour and like chemicals. I am having to shower two to three times per day. I am looking forward to healing and being my best. So a big thank you to you!

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  61. Laura G

    I am proof that Breast Implant Illness is very real! I had Mentor Smooth Saline Implants for 13 1/2 years and had more than 40+ symptoms amongst those years. Living with a daily chronic headache, neck pain, joint pain, tmj etc for the last 15 months of my implants was debilitating. It effected my absolute ability to do everything . I decided to get those toxic bags out of me on June 20th of this year after discovering this website and the undeniable connection.
    Thank you Nicole ! Your website saved my life !
    We are true warriors and we won’t be silenced!!!
    I am now 6 weeks post op and all my symptoms have either gone away or improved tremendously. I haven’t had a headache and any neck pain since explant and I CAN BREATHE AGAIN!!!

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    1. Beverly Pfab

      Hi Laura…I also have the Mentor Smooth but the Gel. I had breast cancer 7 years ago and had them put in both breasts. Could you share with me what Dr you went to? I am in Pittsburgh area! How did you get started with getting them out? Did you just go to your regular PC or a plastic surgeon? This really has me worried and not sure where to start finding help. I appreciate any advice from you or anyone that reads this! Thank you! Beverly

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  62. Jerri DeCarolis

    Thanks for all the great information here!!
    It has helped me prepare for explant surgery…and I cannot wait!!! Be well!

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  63. Jo-ann

    Hello my name is JO-Ann age 24. New to website! Went to a new doctor about a month ago due to having my feet constantly turn purple and have shortness of breath and lower back pain and irregular periods. Also for the past 5 months have been ok accutain struggling with acne. (Off for almost a month today and still have hormonal breakouts.) with all that my doctor told me all my test came back normal and recommend me to see my plastic surgeon who put in my silicone implants almost 2 years ago. Before my silicone implants I have saline implants for 5 years. Got them replaced due to them sitting on a nerve and causing constant pain. Dr. Suggested saline due to haveing more give to not having to much pressure. Now two years in with my saline I’m haveing more and more alarming problems with my body that doesn’t quite make sense. Have an appointment to go get some testing done but have to be honest and ask has anyone ever had their silicone implants infected, got them taken out, then got saline put back in? As crazy as it is I can not imagine going back to the extremely flat chest I had before due to so much insecurity it brought me! Of course if my doctor said to bad to dangerous to put back in and risk I wouldn’t want to! I hated to even ask the question due to what could possibly be the reasoning for all my problems but figured this could be a safe place to ask!

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  64. Cynthia Gremore Meeks

    BII is real! I don’t care what the manufacturer or the Dr.’s say. I’ve lived it and so has thousands like me. These manufacturers, The FDA and Doctors should be ashamed of what they are doing! Putting money before our health!!!

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  65. Mrs G Ryan

    I have also had McGhan saline implants since august 1993 after one of my silicon implants which I had done 1 year earlier had ruptured so have had the last lot for 25 years and have had pain from a capsular contracture in the left breast and various other auto-immune diseases since they were removed this year 2018 february 12th and am so grateful as within the first week of removal could lay on my right side for the first time for 4 years. I was too embarrassed to tell anyone so have suffered until I did consult a lady doctor who referred me to the cancer specialist who removed them. I have had constant urinary tract infections, a hysterectomy because of fibroids and beneign tumours swarming my uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes at 45 years old, then thyroid disease at 50 years old, then at 60 years old polymyalgia rheumatica on top of my osteoarthritis, so have suffered badly with bone and muscle pain and do blame the implants. Since removal my polymyalgia has gone but have been left with severe muscle weakness and have been able to stop prednisone on the 7th of July 2018 after 4 months since removal and after taking it for 4 years as I could not walk at one stage. If that is not a conincidence I don’t know what would be and that is what I have been told by the specialist. Only one doctor has said foreign body but have not heard a word more from her or the specialist. With the operation the implants were intact but had scar capsule around which was causing a great deal of pain. I wish they would take these things off the market as the effects of implants can be devastating. In the first lot of people that did sue the company I did not worry and thought nothing of it so missed out but after all these years and the autoimmune diseases I have had I wished I had of sued the company. I have had no admissions of wrong from any medical person even though my recovery is unremarkable with each day going up and up to healthy which started immediately after removal . I have read all these other peoples complaints to feel warranted to put my say up.

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    1. Darla McAllister

      Mrs G Ryan,
      I’ve been diagnosed with Polymyalgia rheumatica and have been on prednisone for over two years. Only recently has my Dr told me that with PMR that I wouldn’t have pain in my chest muscle and sternum. I’m so glad I found this site as it seems hundreds of women are suffering the same pain as me. I’m trying to ween off steroids now. I’ve had implants for over 30 years and did not take part of the lawsuit as I had no problems at the time.
      Did your insurance cover the cost of complete removal?

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  66. Brenda Lyon

    So glad a friend told me about this sight. 15 years Saline implants under muscle. Nothing but problems since the day I got them.

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  67. Heather

    I am so thankful that God brought me to this group. I had 17 year old Mentor saline implants under the muscle. I have had chronic illnesses for almost the entire 17 years. I have spent my entire adult life getting blood work, scans, seeing specialists and feeling lousy. Thanks to this group of women, I explanted on June 13th. My daily headaches are gone, my energy levels are slowly improving, and my joint pain isn’t as severe. My implants appeared clear but the fluid was actually filled with gray-white feather like foreign bodies. I haven’t been able to find someone to test them but a chemist I spoke to told me that that is a type of bacteria. I am so thankful that my “safe” saline implants didn’t pop in my body. My breast surgeon also remarked on how much capsule I had and said, “Your body clearly didn’t like those things”. Thank you Nicole for helping me see the importance of getting that junk out of my body.

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  68. Sara

    I had my Mentor cohesive gel implants for 6.5 years.
    Explanted On May 22, 2018.
    The two years previous to explant were filled with dibilating fatigue, joint pain and brain fog. Fibromyalgia episodes, memory loss, muscle twitching and massive muscle weakness.

    10 weeks post explant…. and I haven’t felt this good I. Years.
    Breast Inplant Illness is real, the heal from it is real.

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  69. Anyssa Schnellenberger

    Thank you Nicole for this group! I’m so happy to have found a resource with other women having the same symptoms I am experiencing.

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  70. Janet rivera

    Thank you Nicole and to this awesome group of women. You saved my life. I had saline implants for 10 years and have been very sick all those 10 years. I explanted 1/2018. I am now totally healed. All my pain is gone. I would’ve never of known what was going on with me if it wasn’t for this group. Thank you.

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  71. Stephenie Matejcik

    After a long battle with over 120 symptoms baffling to many doctors, my mother came across this site and it has saved my life!! I explanted 3 weeks ago and am already healing with 20 symptoms GONE! Thank you for this information. Without it, I would have died!!

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  72. Judith Lay

    I’m from Australia mine have been in over 40 years & possibly amongst the earliest Group to have implants, the plastic surgeon I had told me they are for life.
    I have sick for years Fibromyalgia, allergies, Costrochronditis. Asthma so many trips to hospital with weird illnesses, Pulmonary Embolism, Pulmonary Hypertension the list is endless. Now as it’s affected my working ability I’m at the mercy of being on a Public Hospital waiting list. However after having breasts checked both are ruptured, my doctor firmly believes that my illness is caused by the implants. So many plastic surgeons only interested in making money with & manufacturers getting away with not being held accountable for their lies & lck of morals.

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  73. ️Kym anne

    10 years of living hell with Breast implants that nearly killed me Doctors need to start taking accountability it’s. Murder

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  74. Malene El Rafaey

    I was sick for 6 years with terrible fatigue, brain fog, severe rashes and edema on my face, yeast infections and the list goes on. Once I explanted I instantly felt a difference and haven’t had a single episode since. Yeast is GONE. Brain fog is GONE. Fatigue is GONE. Without Nicole I’m not sure where I would be today but I’m sure she saved my life in every way.

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  75. Cathy C Kelley

    I’ve had saline implants for 13 years
    I have been ill for the last 7 years. But didn’t tie it to implants. Finding this site most likely has saved my life. I have most of the symptoms. Right now they come and go. I explant in October and hopefully I’ve caught it in time. Thank God for Nicole and this site.

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  76. Julie Eames aka Jules

    Explanting mentor salines saved my life. It’s been 3 years ago I took the leap of faith only by the information here on this website. Doctors never asked about my implants as I felt I was dying and constantly in the different offices suffering immensely. I knew instinctively implants were the only thing that had changed in my 7 year illness. Thank God and this information!! I’m not sick anymore. Breast implants can not only cause serious physical sickness but mental as well. I had thought maybe I had early onset dementia. Interesting the implants are out and my brain is sharp again!! What a crime this happens to women and thank you Nicole, my dearest friend I’ve never met. You saved my life!!

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  77. Alesha Gunter

    Thank you for the valuable information that this website provides. The truth about the problems that these implants can cause will come to light!

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  78. Patricia L. Slade

    I have been sick for many years. I didn’t realize what was making me sick until I found this website. I do wish I had never got these things. I now know what has destroyed my life. Over 20 years ago, I got saline filled silicone shells implanted in my body. Within weeks I was having heart palpitations, extreme back and neck pain and fatigue. Two years ago my right implant slowly leaked out. I was so sick, I thought I was going to die. I am still sick, and trying to get through every day, not feeling like I can do this too much longer. At the time I had the implants put in I had a thriving business and was making really good money. That’s not the case anymore. I can barely run my business, and I struggle to make ends meet. Something needs to be done. And I know I am not the only one now. Thank you Nicole!

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  79. Martha F

    You are a Saint on earth, Nicole Daruda… thank you for saving my life. I prayed for a miracle and it came in the form of you.

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  80. Joyce

    This website is an amazing source of information about the damage that silicone and saline breast implants cause in women’s bodies. I have referred hundreds of women to this website who have in turn requested to join the companion Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole. If you have implants and are experiencing unexplained illnesses or are thinking about getting implants PLEASE read through this entire site and if you want to learn more from other women who are experiencing what you are and from women who have had their implants removed and regained their health, request to join the closed group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Healingbreastimplantillness/

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  81. Michele

    Thanks to this website I have been able to connect with other women who are or have experienced so many of the same symptoms as me. This site has been a lifesaver! Thank you Nicole!

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  82. Jeri Lamar

    I had Mcghan saline implants for 25 years . After having them for 10 years, i stated asking questions about the lingevity and replacing. I was told if its not broke dont fix it , thier a medical device that would last a lifetime. Don’t change them if your not having any problems. About 5 years ago i statred with chronic inflammation, chronic headache Intercystical Cystitis ,irritated bowel syndrome, sever allergy to glutin. At 60 i felt like a 100 year old dying woman in constant pain. Through this support group i learned so much and welcomed the support and recomindations. I explanted 11 weeks ago and i feel like i have a new chance of living life to the fullest. Many of my symtoms are gone. I’m still following the detox protocols and i feel awsome. I can’t thank this group enough for the support and love.

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  83. Jessica

    Your site has changed my life! I was sick for 12 years, spent thousands of dollars on doctors visits and testing and hundreds of hours doing health research trying to find my root cause. I found your site in December and explanted 6/28. I am already seeing the health benefits. Prior to explant I was working from home 3 hours a day and was borderline disability. My heart rate would exceed 140 BPM everytime i stood up. I was diagnosed with PoTS and was heavily reliant on medication to stabilize my heart rate. Since explanting I have not needed the medication once and I am back at work full time! Thank you so much for saving my life!!

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  84. Monique

    This page has saved my life or at least given me peace!! Now I can say with confidence that the laundry list of health issues isn’t my body just falling apart for no reason but is because of the toxic bags that my body is fighting to come out

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  85. Anjanette Dennis

    I have read all the files on this website and Facebook group. I have printed most documents and shown them to my PCP, pain management specialist, and Neurologist. My doctors are in the process of ordering all the tests recommended in the files. My doctors supported my symptoms, the literature in the files, and are willing to pursue BII as a possible cause for my ailments. That’s what a thorough caring doctor does. Thank heavens for this website making this process a little easier for me and my doctors. All my doctors have been impressed by the information here and willing to go down this path with me. It’s not hurting me and hopefully it’s the answer for me.

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  86. Ashley Nolan

    I 100% believe in BII, and I am SO thankful that I found this site, which ultimately lead me to finding my explant surgeon, Dr. Jae Chun. I got implants 7 years ago, when I was 25. Growing up, one of breasts was always larger than the other, so I decided that silicon implants were the way to go. Little did I know that years later I would develop severe capsular contracture, making my breasts totally deformed, and causing me pain and burning in my breast. I also suffer from several other of the BII symptoms. Explanting this October with Dr. Chun and I cannot wait until these toxic bags are out of my body. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for helping us ladies figure out where to turn when we just KNOW these implants are not safe or healthy.

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  87. Lisa Geiger

    Dear Nicole,
    I am so grateful to have found my way to this website. It has saved my life! After more than 25 years with textured saline implants, I have safely explanted them 6 weeks ago and I feel better than I have in years! No more bloodshot dry eyes, rosacea, extra pounds from inflammation and most importantly I can breathe again! You see, my surgeon actually had to peel the capsules off of my ribs! BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS IS REAL. But with your help, I am healing! Thank you!

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  88. Esther

    Thank you Nicole for raising the alarm about rhe dangers of breast implants and for creating this forum for others to learn. The information has been lifesaving to so many!

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  89. Lisa Bramstedt

    BII is NO joke. It is definitely real and had I not found this site and related Facebook closed group, I’m sure I would be dead by now. My “safe” saline implants were not ruptured, yet I had over 50 symptoms for a decade that resulted in total disability despite countless specialists, drugs that almost killed me and other unhelpful interventions. However, a year after explanting, I continue to improve and am no longer on all those dangerous, addictive medications that nearly cost me my life. To say there is no proof that BII is real, is to totally invalidate my and tens of thousands of other women’s thruth. On the other hand, there is virtually zero proof showing implants are safe. How can anyone say BII doesn’t exist? Only if they are profiting from them or haven’t yet lost their health from having them. Do not believe the lies you’re being told or the ones in your own head that are nothing more than denial. Denying the existence of a thing does not make it any less true!

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  90. Laura Misgav

    Thank you Nicole for bringing awareness to breast implant illness! Without you sharing your quest for healing and health, thousands of woman would still be in pain, sick and basically alone. We can now be part of the Proof of BII. You have brought woman together to be sisters, support,love, and believe in our intuitions, to accept ourselves as we are – from big boobs to no boobs. Health is everything we need.

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  91. Sandy McHugh

    I removed my silicone gel implants in January 2017. The right one was ruptured 65 mm. Since removing them I definitely see an improvement in my health. I lost 10 pounds, my feet and hands are no longer swollen, my eyebrows are growing back and my hair is thicker. My worst symptom was terrible headaches, 3-4 times per week. I was having trouble functioning! Now getting a headache is rare!

    Thank you to Nicole and the other administrators. The information from this site led me to explant, which has improved my health so much. Breast Implant Illness is real.

    Sandy

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  92. Mon

    I’ve had 275 allergen smooth silicone for 4yrs and I haven’t been so sick like many of you ladies but it definitely make some changes in my body. I’ve had heart palpitations, constant hair loose, blurry vision, brain fog, joint pain, swollen ankles and foot, fatigue, itchy skin, scalp, dry skin. I’m very blessed I found out about fb group. I explanted August 1.

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  93. Rebecca Vincent

    After years of not understanding what was wrong with me, this website has helped bring me back to life! Explant 10 days ago has immediately helped many of my symptoms and I’m excited to continue healing from the toxicity of implants I had 20 years. Thank you Nicole <3

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  94. Caroline W.

    I discovered this website early Feb 2018 and explanted on just a few weeks later. It was the missing piece in all my years of suffering, Thousands spent in medical bills, lost my job because I was so ill I couldn’t work anymore.
    It’s been a hard recovery at times but it’s a process. Implants are toxic hormone, endocrine and immune disruptors so it takes time for the body to heal.
    I have my life back and for the first time in years was able to recently be an active participant in a family vacation instead of sitting on the sidelines. I so wish I had never gotten the implants but so thankful I got them out! I have my life back and love my small chest now- makes me wonder why I ever wanted them in the first place!

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  95. Raquel

    Finding this FB group saved my life! I had textured saline implants for 18 year’s and I was sick for 14 of those year’s. I was told about Breast Implant Illness in February 2017 and explanted in April 2017. I developed Dysphagia, Graves Disease, Early Menopause (38 year’s old), Autonomic Nerve Disorder, Gastroparesis, IBS, Sinus infection, Mold toxicity, MCAS, Chemical sensitivity, Food sensitivity, Heat intolerance, Brain Fog, Pain all over body and the list goes on and on. Thank you for all the information and for letting us know that we are not alone in this fight. So many doctors deny Breast Implant Illness but it is definitely real and so many beautiful women are suffering. Blessings to Nicole for not giving up the fight!! 💜

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  96. Annette Stevens

    Breast Implants nearly took my life. So pleased I found out that we were lied to about the safety of so called ‘safe & last forever’ breast implants. So thankful to Nicole and all the other women as sick as me for helping me be brave and explant the toxic timebombs ro try to regain my health. What a journey and just criminal that there is so much sickness & suffering caused by toxic implants sadly icovered up big time. I will never stop telling my story to warn others.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2859536/mum-whose-breast-implants-leaked-and-began-to-rot-inside-her-dodges-death-paying-6k-to-have-silicone-removed/

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  97. Kelly Christie

    Can someone please call me, I’m desperate
    716-353-1980
    I’m in Florida & there is a waitlist until February 2019
    To get explants. I need something sooner.
    Kelly

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    1. Jaimie Amaya

      Dr karen singer. In house <$3k. St Pete fl. 727-547-9244. She got me in quickly, and i had my apt with in a month. Today is my day at 1pm. I wish you luck getting your removed. Jaimie

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  98. Stefanie Schlund

    Thank God for leading me to this site and thank you Nicole for making this site. It saved my life. The heal is as real as it gets. There is no denying facts. Thank you.

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  99. Julie Green Geeo

    Thank you so much for this website … it has saved so many lives and continues to do so on a daily bases. Breast Implant Illness is real .. thank you Nicole and all of the other ladies that keep this website going …. and thank you to all of the strong ladies … we are warriors 💜💜💜

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  100. Kelly Whitfield

    My saline implants both ruptured. One was totally deflated and folded up under my armpit. I was bedridden and slowly dying. This group saved my life when no other doctor could. I was ignored and lied to by Western Medicine over and over again. My children lost their mother for years! Thank God for Google because I had to take it in my own hands to Google symptoms of a leaky implant and there was Nicole group listing off everyone of my symptom that paralyzed me to the couch and maybe the bed if I could get upstairs. If it weren’t for this group, the information provided and the womans testimonies, I would not be here to write this today. #BIIISREAL

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  101. Laura G

    I am so incredibly thankful for Nicole and this very informative website. I was suffering from Breast implant illness for 13years + and didn’t know it was the cause until I found this website. I had 40+ symptoms until explant with full capsulectomy on June 20th. I suffered with daily headaches and severe neck pain, TMJ every single day for more than 15 months. My pain was debilitating and my family and my day to day life, my job suffered.
    What’s truly a gift and absolute proof that I suffered from Breast Implant Illness was upon waking up from Explant surgery I could breathe again, my headache , My Neck pain was gone !
    I am now 6 weeks Post-op and almost all of my symptoms are gone or improved. I say again, My neck pain is gone!
    My head is clear !
    Thank you Nicole and all the wonderful warriers who are living thru this and overcoming ! We won’t be silenced! 💞😘🙏🏻

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  102. Scottie Scott

    Recently find out my Silicone implants had both ruptured, which was quite a surprise. When I researched information on removal this site was the first to come up. I was amazed to find so so many implant recipients felt like I did/do. Headaches, sharp crazy random pain in their shins, hip pain, weak vision, exhausted ALL the time, no drive, no ambition, extensive hair loss, and the list continues. This site and it’s wealth of knowledge has helped me in so many ways. I explant with a plastic surgeon, found on the list provided, August 31st. I’m so ready for a good nights sleep.

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  103. Jennifer

    I am so glad I came across this website. Thank you for the valuable information and awareness on this subject. As a result, I will explant this month.

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  104. Barbara

    As a breast cancer survivor – double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery – I am most annoyed that the medical profession replace the one evil with another. Very sad indeed. Then again, explant and implant corrective procedures increase their wealth. Shocking to say the least!!!

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  105. Meridith E Giere

    I am 3 weeks post op today!!! Because of a good friend enlightening me on this site I had hope for life again… I didn’t even realize I lost myself it was so slow and unrecognizable until life is spent in bed mostly. I can say today my mind is clearer….my husband told me last night I speak different, more detailed. My energy is returning and I can accomplish so much in a day when before most task would send me into an anxiety attack. Anxiety…..gone!! I have so much more love for myself after all this. I woke the day after surgery with my blue eyes back…they had been dark grey for years. Bags under my eyes went away and face immediately thinner due to inflammation from those toxic bags. Thank you Nicole for being so bold.

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  106. Susan Lebo

    Thank you for this website!! I’m suffering from breast implant illness. All women need to be made aware prior to getting implants especially after a cancer diagnosis. It is horrible that FDA and doctors do not give you the Information needed to make a proper decision. This website is going to give me my life back.

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  107. Cathy Scott

    Breast Implant Illness is real and devastating. Even if a person does not associate health issues like auto immune illnesses, implant failures i.e. ruptures, contactures are bad enough. I know firsthand from two sets of implants both silicone and saline.

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  108. Tara

    I would be LOST without this website. Because of Nicole and the information she has shared here I had my 3 year old implants taken out and got my life and my health back. BEST. DECISION. EVER. 🙌🏼
    Blessings to Nicole and all the women in our support group… I’m so grateful for all of you!

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  109. Ruth Fire

    I definitely know that BII is a reality? I had over 40 symptoms that doctors could not find reasons for. As a result after explanation I have recovered in many ways and yet in others it seems to be a slow recovery. No one seems to get what is happening to many women…almost if you don’t experience it then it doesn’t exist. Isn’t it a scientific fact that when women get implants removed they recover from many illnesses such as autoimmune illnesses? So why is the FDA and others not dealing with this? Has to be money at the expense of women’s lives. I am going to donate my body to science to document silicone migration in it! It’s beendone before in autopsy but no one seems to be concerned. Seems like women once again are being viewed expendable and lowest on the list of humanity. Please some one out there address this!

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  110. Janice

    I am so grateful for this website , it has given me the information through all at your posts to make the decision to take my health back, thank you so much 💛

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  111. Adriana Hallman

    Explanted Sept. 6, 2017. Breast Implant Illness is real. So thankful for this page. It saved my life.

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  112. susan e kapnick

    I must say I am elated to have found this website and facebook support page. I have been very ill for years now with no help insight. Doctor after doctor could not determine what was causing my chronic fatigue, autoimmune issues, infections, chronic pain and inflammation, bruising, and general overall anxiety and depression. I explanted 2 days ago and already feel a wave of relief and improvement. I am so happy to have these toxic bags out. Now onto detox and living a much happier, healthier life like I once did.

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  113. Jana

    I’m so thankful that I found this amazing site! Even before I quite knew that the implants have to be removed, because they cause all these bad symptoms to me as chronical fatigue, bad constant headaches, fibrosis symptoms, being exhausted and irritated most of the time and much more (at least 20 more symptoms). At the end of August I’ll meet a doctor from the list in Germany and looking forward to my explant. I don’t even know how to manage our family trip for two weeks starting tomorrow as I feel badly sick for so many years. To all these ladies who aren’t sure if BII exists- it does and please get rid of these bags that poison your body and form you to a person you would’ve never wanted to become! And to all who think about getting implants: don’t do it, as I woul never want you to feel the same way as me and all the other suffering women out there!

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  114. Kelsie Cohen

    Thank you so much for this site Nicole. It has saved my life and I can’t wait to start healing ♥️

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  115. Hayden Lee

    So very thankful for this page and all of the women on it, it literally saved my life! I am 6 weeks post explant and finally able to enjoy life again!

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  116. Mary Hoskyns

    My eyes have been opened wide. I cannot wait for the day I have enough money to schedule an explant! The realization of why I’ve been experiencing worsening health all these years has lifted my dread of facing each day. I have hope thanks to Nicole Daria’s bringing us all together!

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  117. Gail Stewart

    So thankful I found this website! This educated me and I was able to connect the dots! A year and a half ago I explanted 21 year old saline implants. The heal is real!! I feel so much better and have my health back!

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  118. Jeanne Edelen

    I’m so grateful to have found this site. A friend of mine shared it in her blog where I learned about BII. I had no idea what my symptoms were from before discovering this site. I was so grateful to have answers. She see that 40k+ women were going thorough the same thing. Women of varying ages and backgrounds yet we all had one thing in common. Although there may not enough scientific evidence now to back It up, ladies, listen to your body and listen to the women who have had their implants removed and have healed.

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  119. Laura Ferguson

    I’m 12 months post-explant and have my life back. My thyroid antibodies dropped by 40% 3 months after explant and I’m now working thru chelation therapy to dump the toxic lead levels discovered with a heavy metals test. This site literally saved my life. Thank you for all you do!

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  120. Laura Ferguson

    Thank you Nicole! I’m 12 months post-explant and have my life back. My thyroid antibodies dropped by 40% 3 months after explant and I’m now working thru chelation therapy to dump the toxic lead levels discovered with a heavy metals test. This site literally saved my life. Thank you for all you do!

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  121. Judy Aldrich

    I felt like I was dying before I had my 12 year old, 400cc, saline implants removed 2 years ago. Feel terrific now. This website saved my life.

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  122. Karen Allen

    Had my explant surgery 7/5/18 thanks to this site, It saved my life. Already feeling so much better. Many symptoms gone and on my way to being the healthy person I once was before breast implants.

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  123. Laura Taylor Praat

    Thank you BII (breast implant illness by Nicole page)!! If I hadn’t found you in time I would have died. This page, you sisters, my husband, and the doctor that took out these toxic implants saved my life. I will be forever grateful for each of you. I went from nearly dead to totally alive right after the surgery. For those who doubt us, get implanted with the toxic things yourself and live in a world that you can only view through a toxic lens and watch your world, as you knew it, disappear into sickness. My plastic surgeon couldn’t believe how healed and alive I was after 5 weeks. He’s convinced now and so are all my other doctors. It’s just a matter of time for this industry to be shut down. If you’re a plastic surgeon and are still implanting women–karma is a real haunter…and it never misses its mark. To my Breastie Sisters–we are the lucky ones to be alive today–thank you all and may you live your best life ever!

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  124. Marcy Bliss

    I absolutely believe I was/am a sufferer of Breast Implant Illness. When I discovered this site, I had multiple symptoms and systemmic inflammation and pain. From skin problems to pain in my neck, back, hips, knees, feet, to asthma, to brain fog, I was sick and despite eating healthy and seeing many doctors, nobody had any answers. I took out my 14-year old saline breast implants and the scar tissue capsules on June 28, 2018. The doctor noted that I had edima (inflammation and fluid) in both chest cavities. I started to feel better THE NEXT DAY. Not 100%, but noticeably less inflammation, and my skin issues cleared up immediately. Now 5 weeks out, I feel significantly better. If you read the product inserts on breast implants, which I did not because I was so set on getting them in a moment of insecurity in my life, you will see the side effects women are complaining of are DOCUMENTED side effects. But who reads the product insert? I so appreciate the women and (few) men who have done the work to share this with as many people as possible, so that more women can assess their health and make informed decisions.

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  125. Lisette

    Thank you for sharing this information. This will help so many women. You are a blessing and I am thankful that God led me to this information.

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  126. Barbara Dambroise

    Very grateful to have found this website and FB group. Sad and unfortunate as it is, the medical device companies and Plastic surgeons all want to deny the fact that these implants are slowly poisoning us. If you have come across this website, please join the FB group for more info. You will connect with so many amazing women who have or are currently experiencing Breast Implant Illness. The healing stories of women who have removed their implants (explant) will bring you so much hope when you thought all was lost. If you are on the WWW, searching for answers to your unexplained illnesses, know that you have been guided here for a reason.

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  127. Casey Franklin

    This website quite literally saved my life. I am 6 weeks post explant and feel like I have my life back. I spent the past nearly 9 years in and out of hospitals and multiple specialist doctors and no one could tell me what was going on. I was in the hospital once again when a google search of my neurological issues and reflux problems I was dealing with led me to a post about Breast Implant Illness. I will never forget that moment. I just cried reading through the symptoms list. Everything I had been dealing with over the years was there. Serious, debilitating issues that I was dealing with daily yet because told I was “okay” because most of my labs were in “normal” ranges. I was not okay. If I was okay why did I need all these unexplained surgeries or prescriptions? Nearly my entire 20’s were spent ill. I woke up from my explant surgery taking my first full breath in over 8 1/2 years. My chronic inflammation is gone because my body is no longer constantly trying to fight a foreign object on my chest, on top of vital organs. Explanting was the best decision that I have ever made.

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  128. Crystal

    This website is amazing. It has helped me to see the light and where my illness is really coming from. I have blamed it on so many other things. never realized or thought for a second it could be my breast implants. They tell you it’s safe, right?! A foreign object made up of chemical! SMH! This website has also helped me find an exceptional Doctor, Dr. Summer Black. Thank you for creating this site and all the resources you share. It has made a difference in my life.

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  129. Ashley

    In the 8 years that I have had implants I have had so many unexplained health issues. Severe sinus issues and post nasal drip that my doctor cannot explain. I blackout in one eye from time to time that the ophthalmologist cannot explain. Tingling in my scalp, arms, hands and legs, severe joint pain that cannot be explained, hair loss, fatigue, brain fog. Brain fog is so bad it’s difficult to even hold a conversation. My dental health has drastically declined despite regular 6 month cleanings, brushing and flossing. I have gum recession and tooth sensitivity that is unexplained by the dentist. I have anxiety that I never had before. Heart racing for no reason. I have had blood tests done which come back normal. As far as doctors say I’m healthy. Doesn’t make sense. The one thing that has changed since I have slowly started to deteriorate is my implants. I’m 29, I eat healthy, I exercise, do not smoke, drink, or do drugs. There is no reason for me to feel this way. Breast implant illness is real.

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  130. Claire Delpierre

    Thank you for all of this amazing info and helping thousands of women like me that needed answers. Truly life changing.

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  131. Kassie

    I am so thankful I found this website. It has literally saved my life. I have explanted and am feeling wonderful again! No more migraines, bladder issues, brain fog, arthritis, acne, rashes, indigestion, bloating, and many many more symptoms. I feel happy again.

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  132. Shannon Hitchcock

    I am so very thankful for this site and the powerful testimonies from women with similar BII symptoms. All the same symptons, and the ONE Common Denominator….Breast Implants. It’s REAL!

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  133. Carmen Gordon

    For 15 years I had symptoms. The exact amount of time I had implants. No Doctor could tell me what was wrong. Felt helpless and frustrated. Finally with much research I found a connection with auto immune and breast implants which then lead me to this FB Page. I wasn’t crazy! Thank u Nicole for making this group and confirming what I thought was going on with my body. The proof is in explant. Symptoms disappearing! How can u argue that?!

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  134. Sarah Jackson

    Its been over a year since my explant with Dr. Mancoll in Virginia Beach. I am so thankful that the implants are out and I am healthy once again. Thank you for this website that has helped so many women in so many ways.

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  135. Hope Organo

    Thank you so much for the site because of you i has my implants removed and couple of months later I I found out I no longer have Sjogrens or any detectable antibodies I am so happy to have found this site and will be forever greatful….so many women deserve to know the truth and deserve there health back!!!!

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  136. Kristi smith

    So glad I’ve found out the information from this website.

    Women around the world are uniting for their health to get answers !!!

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  137. Cynthia

    Explanted July 31 2018
    BII is real ! Many symptoms are gone, even arthritis symptoms are gone!The heal is real !
    Cynthia Gilliland
    AUG 3 2018

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  138. Derya

    A wealth of accurate information for BII you NOT find in any medical practice or hospital, THANKYOU for all your hard work ❤

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  139. Christi Knowles

    This website and group of amazing women has changed my life! I’ve experienced so much healing since my explant, which was 3 months ago. Thank you for helping so many with awareness and support!!!

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  140. Kristina ALEXANDER

    I am ever so grateful I came across this page!! It saved my life! I was suffering from a plethora of crazy symptoms from brain fog to enlarged lymph nodes in my chest and stomach. Which all started gradually a few months after getting implants and were worsening to point I could no longer work nor barley get outta bed due to being so week n dizzy. 2 weeks after finding this page and linking my symptoms to everyone elses I had the implants removed and my health has improved 110%

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  141. Katherine Jurecki

    I am so utterly grateful for this website!! I have been so unwell for so long and now I finally know why!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😘❤️🙏🦋

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  142. Maria Zuech

    Thank you so much for this website. I felt alone with so many unexplained symptoms. I feel now that I have so much more clarity on breast implant illness and the steps I need to take to heal. I am very grateful for this site. Thank you.

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  143. Sandy Barker

    Thank you for putting together this site and supporting all of the women on it. I’ve learned so much from everyone who had contributed, and I’m scheduled to have my explant done in November.

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  144. Chanelle Beardsley

    Just hit 1 year post explant on July 24 2018. I cant even explain in words how much better I feel. No more weird rashes, hives, heat rashes on my chest, brain fog, back pain, chemicals smelling sweat. So glad I found out why I felt so horrible

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  145. Amber

    Thank you for your time and effort to support so many of us who have been injured by implants. BII is devestating and real. Thank you for the hope and information!!!

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  146. Lauri

    Women need to be informed of all the truths about breast implants before. So many of us didn’t have a clue until years later.

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  147. Roberta

    I am so grateful for the information I’ve learned through this site and the BII community. . I’ve lived with a multitude of chronic symptoms for a long time. There wasn’t any way that my doctor could help me and I was afraid I’d be chronically ill for the rest of my life. I showed her what I learned and she agrees that my implants may be the cause.

    My plastic surgeon agrees and my explant is scheduled for later this year. If my implants aren’t the cause, at least my contracture will be corrected when my 27 year old implants are removed.

    I have hope now that I will get better. Thank you again.

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  148. Aimee

    Very real illness. Hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease (POTS), hair loss, multiple skin rashes, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunction. These are all my diagnoses. Saline implants 9 years.

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  149. Tracie Moldenhauer

    I am 4 months out since explant and I have glimpses of healing! Thank you for educating us on why we are so sick.

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  150. Carol odonnell

    Wkd for me transplanted on fri 7/27. Diag w fibromalgia
    Severe jointmuscle pain , disappeared immed after surgery was not on pain med so that was not reason, 1 wk tomorrow still pain free!

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  151. Breney Kurylo

    I am so thankful for this website and FB group! I’ve learned so much. What validation! Glad to have learned what a proper explant is. I hope that many will visit the website and FB Group and become educated so they won’t make the same mistake as so many of us did. Thank you Nicole! ❤️

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  152. Meredith Priestley

    Thank you for this site! I have all these disparate symptoms that no Doctor could explain what was happening to me. I now can piece it together!
    Bless you!

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  153. Christi

    Thank God I came across your website. You helped save my life. I’m 5 months post explant and feel like I am getting my life back. 80% of symptoms gone once I remove the toxic implants.

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  154. Nancy

    Everything made more sense after I came across this page. I was able to confirm my doubt about my implants affecting my health. I was able to get information from another memeber here regarding a surgeon with Kaiser near me that did the explant for her and I thank god for this group support. I got my refferal from my pcp and looking forward his approval.

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  155. Em

    This site and the Facebook group HAS SAVED MY LIFE! Saline implants capsulated immediately while I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid Disease, Endometriosis & Alopecia with a compromised immune system. Had my implants removed and replaced with silicone 8 years ago and I’ve been diagnosed with Lupus, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, RAYNAUDS, & Hashimoto’s. Also, the worst debilitating pain. I am hoping to get these out ASAP. Thank you for spreading awareness on this issue. I have watched so many women heal and become healthy after explant, THE HEAL IS REAL, and I cant wait for that!

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  156. Ashley

    Nicole, your website has helped me get my life back. Thank you so much for the informative information!! I cannot thank you enough!

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  157. Wendy

    I underwent a right breast mastectomy and, unfortunately, have an autoimmune response following implant of an Allergan smooth silicone implant. After finding your website, I went to a Rheumatologist and learned that I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia! I also suffer from a litany of other crazy symptoms. Armed with knowledge learned from your site and other Bii victims, I found a plastic surgeon near me who recommended enbloc total capsulectomy with fat transfer, which I will undergo later this month. Thank you for being there for myself and so many suffering women.

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  158. Michele

    Great information. We need to support each other and help spread the word. Way too many woman have suffered and it’s time to take our health back.

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  159. Brandy bennett

    17 years ago I made the misinformed decision to have breast augmentation. Within one year I gained 40+ pounds, started having cystic acne and feeling anxious or depressed most of the time. Since the initial symptoms I began to have sever joint and muscle pain that allowed me to do no more than fulfill my duties at work and come home exhausted and hurting. I also have syncope. I could go on and on. No doctor has ever been able to diagnose me or treat me for any of the above symptoms. All my medical tests are normal. Now I just wait to see if I will be able to come up with the money to get this toxicity out of my body. I. Wish. I. Would. Have. Never. Gotten. Breast. Implant. If I hadn’t made this mistake, I can only imagine the good health I would be experiencing.

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  160. Bonnie

    I didn’t realize that breast implant Illness even a thing until I had my totally ruptured implant removed where silicone had spread everywhere and while I was recovering found this website. It literally explained why I had been so sick. My symptoms started about 3 months after I got my implants and continued to get worse with no explanation from my doctors. Every test was normal my blood work was always normal but I felt awful. So glad I found this site!!

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  161. Maggie Smith

    This is real. I appreciate all the wonderful information that this site has given me to regain my health.

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  162. KIMBERLY

    Silicone poisoning symptoms….hmmm…yep have a lot of them. Thankful for this site and the 40,000 plus woman that are suffering with me. My PS is doing 2 explants a week!!! I can’t wait for my turn in two weeks!!!

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  163. Lisa Campanella

    My symptoms were never clearly diagnosed by any specialists I had seen over the course of many years. They all were trying to associate them with auto immune disease, put me on meds & have me go on my way. But no tests proved any of it. Once BII was a possibility, all my symptoms made sense! After removal, my life has drastically improved ! My primary care & rheumatologist agreed & even supported it to my insurance company for full approval!

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  164. Shirli

    Thank you so much for this site and for the wealth of information and support. Information and education is everything and it’s great that someone is taking this seriously. This is such important work you are doing and so many of us are beyond grateful.

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  165. Jessica

    Thank you for all the life-saving information you post here and on Facebook. Finding your website and fb page stopped me from making quite possibly one of the worst decisions of my life. I am forever grateful!

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  166. Julie J

    Thank God for your sound research! I was having symptoms and got my implants removed. One was ruptured in several places. Implants are not safe or healthy. Surgeons who say they are only want your money.

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  167. Susan Harris

    1995-DX invasive Lobular and Tubular BC-Bi Lateral mastectomies and tissue expanders-5 years of saline implants b/c silicone implants outlawed at this time. 2005 FDA approves silicone for reconstruction only. Fifteen years later and SO many health issues-MRI rupture on R breast 2015 both implants removed and replaced with more silicone implants Capsular contracture with both breasts.. “Longstanding-free silicone and contracture.”Per PS in med records.

    I am a BASI Certified Pilates Instructor.

    Explant September 2018 -w/ DIEP

    Silicone will take away your quality of life!!

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  168. Karen Ryan

    So happy that I finally realized it is my saline implants of 5 years causing my crazy illnesses. Rhabdomylosis, Costochonditis, and arthritis just to name a few! No doctors can tell me why I was a healthy 40 year old that exercised everyday, but getting these odd illnesses that would land me in the hospital for a week. Weird right? Well, this is reality when you put silacone bags of saline into your body. Dumb move on my part but we need to let woman know this BII is real. Every woman deserves to know the side effects of Breast Implants!

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  169. Louisa

    So very grateful to Nicole for creating this site. After getting increasingly sicker over the course of the last year, I was able to find information that helped me determine what the root cause of all my symptoms could be. Ex planting in 1week. Looking forward to healing. Hopefully we can spread the word about the dangers of implants, and protect countless others from the debilitating illnesses they cause.

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  170. Elisa Seeley

    Months after my explant I was introduced to this site and I finally had answers. I explanted my 2nd set, received after a double mastectomy, because I knew something wasn’t right. I had my first set in for 23 years. I got so sick, within 36 hours of the implant. I no longer suffer from RA, fibromyalgia, neck and joint pain, and I’ve lost 30#.

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  171. Daryl Nelson

    My poor kids have suffered years without a healthy Mother due to my saline breast implants being contaminated. Getting them was the worst decision I ever made & I would give anything to go back and change that awful day.
    This is affected not only us but our parents, kids, husbands & friends. I’m praying that something changes for the next generation.🙏🏼

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  172. Michele Perry

    I was referred here by a friend who is incredibly sick with BII. It was amazing to finally have an answer for why I’d been sick for so long and with illnesses not found in my family. I’m more thankful every day for the women and information shared here.

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  173. Elizabeth

    I thank you so much for what you do! BII IS REAL! I cannot wait to get these crappy bags out of my body. 6 days and counting!

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  174. Am Delarosa

    Thank you for sharing this very true information! Blessed to have the reasons for feeling the way I do.

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  175. Amy May

    For the doctor that doesn’t believe!!!
    This group saved my life and gave me to courage to follow my initiation that all my symptoms were infact because of my breast implants.

    35 plus symptoms- including endocrine, autoimmune, gastric issues, allergies, intolerance to food and medication, histamine response, chronic fatigue, night sweats hot flashes, swollen lymph nodes, muscle weakness, burning eyes, shortness of breath, stabbing chest pains, heart palpitations, memory issues, brain fog, loss of vocabulary, hair falling out, inflammatory response, cystic neck ance and the worst of all for me, premature ovarian failure at 36 years old. Among others.

    I explanted 1/27/18 and I’m so grateful to say
    “the heal is real”.

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  176. Gail Stewart

    I am so greatful that over a year and a half ago I found this website! Stumbled on it searching for answers…I explanted 21 year old saline implants within a month of figuring out what was making me sick. Thank you Nicole and all the ladies that took the time to share their experiences and symptoms!!! I am so much better!!!!

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  177. Nichole Zimmerman

    So thankful for this website! I felt so alone in my fight against BII til I found this group. We all have different stories, but one thing is for sure “The Heal Is Real”! 10 year mentor saline under muscle. Within 6 months of getting the implants I was deathly ill. It took almost 9 1/2 years for us to piece together the cause of the 80 plus symptoms I was experiencing. After multiple surgeries, several auto immune diseases, food allergies , chemical sensitivities etc… I explanted in May 2018 with lift. 10 symptoms went away the day of explant. I have no REGRETS! More symptoms are improving every day. I do experience flare days, but I have the MTHFR mutation and COMT. I know my body is going to need extra time and help detoxing. So I will say it again and again! So so so very thankful for this site and my itty bitty’s!!!

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  178. Kim

    Never realized BII was a thing until I met a lady on another website discussing it, I joined this group and it’s the best thing I ever did. On my way to getting my old life back prior to breast implants. Suffering with adrenal fatigue and hormone issues. It’s been hell. But explant scheduled for 10/3, can’t wait!!

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  179. Sherri Cliburn

    The FDA needs to put a stop to Drs puttingbomplants in woman. They are making woman severely sick, including myself for 15 years now.

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  180. Lizzy

    I just explanted 2 weeks ago thanks to Nicole and this information!! I had my saline implants for 8 years. During that time I had many health issues that were solved! I had tons of appointments and never any answers! Until I found this sote and was able to finally connect the dots!! The medical industry is a complete joke to me!! They are not interested in the well being of patients! They just book appointments, send you onto someone else or just give you a pill to mask the problem! I am so happy I can now begin to heal and get my life back!!!!

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  181. Margaret Jimenez

    I am grateful to have found the healingbreastimplantillness Facebook group, the missing piece to a bizarre health puzzle that kept a team of specialists guessing. On my journey of healing, I surround myself with both conventional and functional physicians who support me in every way. I would strongly question the motives of the physician who denies the tens of thousands of women coming forward with BII or the staggering data (not to mention reasonable logic) which explains it so clearly. When history judges my generation, let me be on the side that promotes health over image and truth over profit. Thank you Nicole for sharing our truth!

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  182. Lisa R

    Because of the education of this page, I found all the puzzle pieces of my endless illness were linked to my breast implants. I just explanted last week and I already have feeling in my toes again and the ringing in my ears has gone away! I’m looking forward to checking off other things that once were wrong with me and every day feeling like myself again. It took 16 years to be that sick so I don’t expect it all to happen overnight, but I’m happy it’s already happening! I wish I would have been told how dangerous the “safe saline” breast implants really were. I feel cheated out of 16 years of my life. Thank God for putting this web page and all the education in my life!

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  183. Tiffany

    So thankful for this page! I can’t wait to get rid of these toxic bags and have my life back the way it was.

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  184. Linda

    Thank you so much for all the information! It has helped me tremendously. I’ve had my explant and my health is continually improving. It’s wonderful to feel like my self again!!

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  185. Kelly Whitfield

    Eight years after getting implants, symptoms and illnesses where hard to ignore. I had over 50 symptoms and no one could explain why. I googled symptoms of leaky implant and came across this group. It saved my life. Nicole and this ladies in the group were supportive with so much information information. I was able to explant properly with their guidance. 6 mths post. I went from death to live! I’m living proof that those implants tried to kill. I am also living proof that the heal is real after explant. Thank you to Nicole and all the ladies of the administration and group. My sons WOULD NOT have their mother today if it weren’t for them.
    Breast implants stole YEARS of my life from me and from my children. I can’t get those years back, but thanks to getting my implants out, I can live quality life now.

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  186. Molly

    I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2000 and went through reconstruction six months later. All went well until 2010 when I fell hard and broke my arm. I started having throbbing all over me body and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. Long story short I had an MRI and both of the silicone implants were ruptured. He did the explant in October of 2011 he told me the stuff was all over the place. I have been dealing with migraines and chronic pain for seven years. It is hard for me to believe they are still putting them in woman, telling them they are completely safe. If I only knew back then what I know now.

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  187. Susan

    This site and FB group saved my life. For so many years I felt so fatigued and a feeling like I was ‘slowly dieing’… going from one functional/integrative doc to another following the most powerful healthy protcols and to still feel sick. I explanted 9 months ago and my world has changed. I got my life back. BII is so real and the healing that takes place after is priceless.

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  188. Jacquelyn Meyer

    BII is a real and debilitating disease. Why do I have Benzene in my system (Cyrex Laboratories/Chemical Immune Reactivity Screen) if I eat clean, don’t use chemical cleaning products, don’t use any pesticides or glue? Oh….Benzene happens to be in my breast implants that I have had since 1990. I use to think all of the symptoms I suffered from were genetic and the sign of aging. However, SO many women that I have come in contact with the have the same illnesses I am struggling with are half my age! The proof of BII is when women state that the HEAL IS REAL because the toxic implants have been removed and their symptoms subside. For anyone doubting and naysaying that breast implants don’t have an adverse effect on the health of those that are living the nightmare… walk in their shoes for a year and let me know how YOU feel. I am incredibly grateful I found this group and soak in the love and support offered.

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  189. Terrell

    So glad I found this group! I haven’t figured out how to explant yet, but the timeline I created was so revealing: most diagnoses were post implant.

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  190. Tanya Crabtree

    Breast Implant Illness is real! I am very thankful for this website and all the courages ladies that went before me and shared their stories. Without them I would never have figured out what was wrong.

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  191. Donna Rovito

    BII exists. I searched google to figure out why I felt so bad. I had pain and symptoms. When searching I found this article. It explained so much to me. I explanted in March using a surgeon from this article. Im feeling so much better. No regrets.

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  192. Kandace ORiley

    It all makes sense! Ive never had allergies in my life. Im now experiencing 54 of the 60 plus illnesses associated with breast implant illness and ive only had mine in 5 years. Getting sicker by the day, i cant wait to get these auto immune problem starting toxic bags out of my body and be healthy again. Thank you for all of the studies and information shared and posted that i pry would not have heard about elsewhere as big money is not talking about this. Even the ingredients!! No one tells you whats really in them- silicone and saline at the consultation. I wish i knew then what i know now thanks to your team Nicole!

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  193. Donna Garbarz

    This group saved my life. I am so thankful for the knowledge and support from all of the women on this page. I had my implants removed June 11 and I have ZERO regrets.

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  194. Michele Lieb

    I had saline under the muscle for 16 years. I was fine until year 5 when I started having neurological symptoms, vision abnormalities, chronic sinusitis, vertigo, hair loss, skin disorders, abnormal weight gain (in my 20’s!), diagnosed anxiety, inflammation, Hashimotos, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, mononucleosis x3, low energy/libido, severe memory fog, thinning eyebrow and eyelashes, claustrophobia, candida, adrenal problems, vitamin deficiency to name a few. Hours after my surgery and many symptoms disappeared. 4 months post op and my blood work shows 💯 % improvement. I feel amazing! Toxic toys should be banned

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  195. Julie Coover

    BII is real. This group gave me a new outlook on life, and my health is getting better and better each day.

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  196. Melissa Farrell

    This group saved my life and helped me figure out what was wrong with me. I went from dying to having my life back with my two kids and husband after explanting. It’s time for people to wake up and see that this illness is real and exists!!! I was a healthy runner/obstacle course racer to a mother that could barely function due to chronic pain/fatigue and much more. Thank you for shedding light and helping thousands of women!!

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  197. Meg Brewster

    Nicole thank you for starting this FB group and opening my eyes to BII. Drs didn’t have any explanations for all of my unexplained symptoms and illnesses. It wasn’t until my 7 yr old “safe gummy implants “ showed I had a ruptured implant after I had an MRI. It has been 5 months now that I had an explant with en bloc. Now my symptoms are slowly going away. My metal toxicity was off the charts has now come down significantly, no more joint pain or swelling, no more sinus infections, no more depression , my ANA levels are now normal. I could go on and on because these are just some of my symptoms that have cleared up. Drs kept telling me it was in my head and explanting my implants isn’t the answer and I wouldn’t be happy without implants. Shame on them. Its all greed. I couldn’t be happier. I hate the fact that I ever did this to my body. The fake implants looked ridiculous. Natural looks so much better. I can’t thank you enough. Let’s keep spreading the word that our health isn’t worth these toxic bags that Drs keep implanting. This needs to stop.

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  198. Tammy Button

    This site has helped so many women realize what is causing their problems and saved many from making the mistake of getting implants.❤️

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  199. Sharmin

    I explanted almost a month ago only 7 weeks after finding this website and learning about BII. God led me here and I am soooo thankful for Nicole and this website along with the FB group because they literally saved my life! I’m on the road to recovering fully now that the war on the inside of me is over!!!!

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  200. Virginia

    I am so glad I found this website. I went to the hospital for shortness of breath, pain on the chest, numb hands many times and they found nothing wrong with me. Doctors were puzzled with my symptoms and the tests. All the tests were ok and they couldn’t find what I had. One side of my body was weak, I didn’t have balance. I looked sick, I was sick but what was the cause? My headaches were killing me, the intense fatigue was overwhelming. Years of sickness dealing with the unknown. I prayed, I googled and found this website with people with many of the same symptoms I had. The cause my saline implants. I had explanted them 6 weeks ago and the fatigue is gone. I have more energy, my chest pains are gone, no headaches thank God! I just have to say before the implants, I was a normal person with just regular medical check ups. Hospitals? Almost none …
    The sickness is real, my story is real, there is sickness. Our immune system gets affected with these foreign objects in our body. To say the contrary is to hide the truth.

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  201. Laura Shelton

    Thank you for saving my life Nicole. Sick for 33 years and no doctor could properly diagnose me. Explsnted 15 months ago and ALL my pain is GONE❤️❣️❤️ Thank you for everything you do to inform us all about these toxic bags.

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  202. Elizabeth vogt

    I HAVE HAD IMPLANTS IN FOR 20 YEARS. I HAVE BEEN SICK FOR YEARS. FIBROMYALGIA, CHRONIC FATIGUE, BRAIN FOG, AND MAJOR ORTHOPAEDIC ISSUES. BILATERAL CARPEL TUNNEL, CUPITAL TUNNEL., BILATERAL EPICONDILIES. NECK HERNATION, PAIN UNDER BREAST. VERY VERY PSINFUL MAMMOGRAM. I SWORE THE LAST ONE I HAD IN JULY OF 2017, WOULD BE THE LAST ONE. PAIN IN MY LYMPH GLANDS UNDER MY ARM PITS. SCIOLIOSES IN MY LOW BACK. SI joint pain. Hernation in s-1 and L-1. I have 7 days from today. These toxic bags are coming out.

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    1. Susan Carroll

      I am so grateful for this website. In 2005, was diagnosed with cancer and underwent bilateral mastectomy, then reconstruction. Cancer was early stage, completely removed. But from the day I was implanted with toxic silicone gummy bear”safe”implants I was sick. They nearly killed me. I’ve explanted and felt better immediately. Still have some health issues but 75% better!! Thank you, Nicole

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  203. Karla

    Breast implant illness is real! I had 12 year old silicone implants removed and a lot of symptoms have gone along with 12 pounds. Implants slowly poison us.

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  204. Jennifer Walch-Gross

    Glad, I found this site and had them removed while I still have lots of medical issues from them I feel better

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  205. Jamie Glynn

    This group saved my life. I explanted 8 weeks ago and it was the best decision of my life! Breast implant illness IS REAL. Thank you for all the great information

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  206. Kirstin Wilkerson

    Breast Implant Illness is real!!! Can’t wait to explant and feel better! Thank you for this site and for spreading the word about how deadly implants are…

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  207. Maria McManus

    Thank you for helping save me. I have almost 50 symptoms. I explant this Oct. I can’t wait to experience the healing I’ve seen so many other women achieve once getting the toxic implants out of their bodies.

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  208. Barbara Yager

    I would like to Thank You so much Nicole for sharing all of your Ups and Downs about BII and your Journey with all of us. If not for this site many of us may not be here today. I know I was on my last days as far as I’m concerned. Once I found your page and read day in and out for a few days. I couldn’t get a appointment soon enough. Now I’m (5) months post Explant and am %90 healthier and that is UNBELIEVABLE still!!!!

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  209. Ann Madeiros

    I’m having my implants removed this month. Now I know why my health has deteriorated since having them put in in 2009

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  210. jessica goodhue

    I had my first set of 500 cc’s Mentor gummy bear silicone textured implants for 9 years, during that time I was already seeing signs of auto immune issues and my hair texture changed. I could barely brush through it then it started falling out. I unfortunately did not know about BII and wrote my symptoms off as getting older, going through my first husband’s death by suicide, stress, etc. So at the 9 year mark I made the huge mistake of thinking I would be “proactive” and do an exchange. I went down to 400 cc’s Mentor gummy bear silicone textured implants and from the moment of exchange my health declined rapidly. I believe the surgeon popped my other ones out without removing the capsule and replaced with the new smaller ones. He said surgery went well but I did have some reconstruction done at the same time as the larger implants were too big for my pockets and I had no cleavage and a uni boob. He had to stitch my new smaller implants in place and from that point on things went downhill fast. Major fatigue, depression, brain fog, blurry vision, hashimotos diagnosis, systemica candida from stool samples, saliva test showed major adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance. I had about two periods a year, lost almost 85 percent of my hair, skin aged quickly, swollen face, left sciatica pain, left sinus congestion non stop. Hair tests showed major heavy metals and vitamin/minerals completely deranged. Barely made it to explant 10 months ago. Waited 3 months for a consult when I finally figured out it was implants killing me and the surgeon pulled me into surgery the very next morning saying he did not think I would live much longer 🙁 It has been about 9 months since explant and I am healing, slowly but I am healing. I found out a couple months ago I also have two types of mold in my body so tackling that plus a ct scan showed fluid around my heart. Makes me so upset that I have lost so many precious years to this illness but I am fighting like heck. Praying to God there comes a day when NO implants will go into someone’s body. There is nothing worth feeling this sick for. God Bless every BII warrior..you are NOT alone!

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  211. Rhonda Wood

    I came across this site while considering removing these toxic balloons. While I don’t have all of the symptoms, this page has cleared up a lot of my questions since I first got implants. Unexplained itching of my breast, pain for no reason, hormone imbalance…just to name a few. I can’t wait for the day that I get them removed. And I hope and pray that none of my family or friends ever decide to follow in my foot steps and have implants.

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  212. TERRI D

    Thank God for this website and for the ladies spreading awareness. I would be dead by now if I hadn’t found this information. I had almost all symptoms and was bedridden. 1 yr and 7 months after removing my toxic, deadly implants I am hiking, exercising and living again.

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  213. Kacey

    Information shared woman to woman on this issue is so important; no one knows their own symptoms better. The similar stories and sheer numbers speak for themselves.

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  214. Toni Fuhrmann

    This site and the ladies that are part of it have helped me immensely. I can’t put into words the comaraderie among the women in this group. From the founder, Nicole and leaders ,to the newest members , we are all here to help each other. No matter your reason for having implants, from cosmetic to breast reconstruction, there is no judgment, only support. I have had so many questions that were answered , so thank you Nicole, thank you ladies , you made this road easier for me.❤️

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  215. Jessica Dye

    The information here opened my eyes to the truth. Large breasts were not worth my health! After suffering for 5 years I removed the source of my health problems. Silicone had bled into my pectoral muscles and breast tissue, all affected tissues were removed. Within a week my health problems resolved, BII is real. Makes me laugh that people pay more attention to what lines their water bottle than what lies on top of their heart and lungs!!

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  216. Valerie

    I am in the 10th year of implantation and a few months ago I felt changes (like hernias) in my left breast/implant. Began doing research on rupture of the implant and came across this site and many others. When I got my implants I was perfectly healthy 51-year-old woman working 10 hours a day at a country club. Now I am a 60-year-old disabled woman unable to work due to so many ailments I won’t bore you with the details, but my disability was for pain in my joints and muscles. It began about five years after implantation.
    My research and the answers to my predicament are on going, but I am constantly coming back to this site for answers and just to know that I am not alone. I had no idea, no idea at all that this thing is rampant in the US and the world for that matter.
    I realize it was my choice to do this implant, but now it’s my choice to get these things off me. I’m anxious, because I have to know if I can still feel better or is it too late.
    Thanks for being here

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  217. Cheryl Graham

    32 yrs of implants that were supposed to be safe saline. They were supposed to last a lifetime (which only woukd be true if I died last year). They were poison that slowly were taking me down. Over 40 symptoms that no amount of doctors, tests, procedures, surgeries, medications, or could help. No alternative avenues no excersize could relieve the pain,the helplessness of not knowing what is happening in my body. Until I was trying yet again to help myself, a sweet woman referred me to this site where for the first time I got answers. I had the surgery to remove the implants that turned out to be silicone. What an assault on my person to have lived with this lie inside me all these years! I’m am so much better since the surgery dealing with less than 7 symptoms. A few will unfortunately be permanent due to silicone leaking. Compounded by a rupture from mammogram 6 yrs ago.
    Please if you are reading this with implants of any type, at any age,for however long…get them removed! No health problem can be resolved with toxic chemicals sitting on top of the most important organs in your body.

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  218. Maria

    Thank God for this website. I was bedridden and all my tests said I was healthy. After learning about BII I explanted my toxic bags and now have 2 jobs and am living and enjoying my life. I had 40 symptoms I now have none and am 95% better. This site saved my life.

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  219. Jennifer

    This website saved my life. Getting my silicone implants out saved me from continuing to be sick. So many symptoms have stopped. Keep fighting the good fight!

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  220. Lynn Etris

    So Thankful I found this website. I have been sick for 14 years now and never knew why; just constantly going to different doctors and tests, tests and more tests. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2012 and just recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome in June of 2018. I just started developing Benign Lipomas around my right breast area. Had 3 removed 2 weeks ago and I already have 2 more that I found within a week after surgery. Like I said before; they are benign but PAINFUL! I am currently waiting on my body to heal from surgery before moving forward. I am spending this time researching a plastic surgeon to get these removed. Thank you for confirming what I have suspected for years now!

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  221. Courtney Stewart

    I had Mentor brand saline implants behind the muscle and experienced major problems within a few years. I now have numerous auto immune illnesses since receiving implants. I explanted this year and I’m immediately starting the healing process. I didn’t realize the toxic weight I was carrying was the reason I started having chest problems affecting my heart and my breathing. Since getting implants removed I can finally take a deep breath and feel like I’m getting a full breath of air. It’s an amazing feeling! I still have healing and recovery that I’m going through since explant…but I’m already feeling life again. At 41years old…I thought life was done. I’m so grateful for researching and finding the TRUTH about breast implants causing so many immune system illnesses. Nobody deserves the pain of breast implants……I sure hope these are pulled off the market. Women deserve the truth of all the sicknesses breast implants and every other foreign medical device cause to the body. Please…protect your body….do NOT get breast implants!

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  222. terri Goulette

    This site Saved My Life !! Thank you Nicole for all your hard work. And Thank you to the special doctors that BELIEVE in BII !! We will make our mark in the horrible disease !!

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  223. Martha F

    Breast Implant Survivor 04/03/2018 – forever grateful to Nicole & Company for sharing their stories, thank you💝

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  224. Martha F

    Breast Implant Survivor 04/03/2018. This website saved my life, I’m forever thankful. Thank you Nicole & Co.💖

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  225. Bethany

    I’m 5 months post explant, and I just wanted to say I’m beyond grateful for this group. It literally saved my life!!! Thank you for all you do.

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  226. Nicole C

    Just say NO to implants! My Story: I initially got them after my first body building competition when I was extremely lean 13 years ago. My surgeon told me to get Silicone, he stated from all of the testing done they were “now safe and in fact, I didn’t even have to replace them in 10 years”‘, so I treated myself in 2005 to better my body shape since I was so extremely lean. Fast forward 11 years later, I went to a natural path Doctor and was diagnosed w/hashimotos and severe adrenal fatigue. I made an appt to see my original surgeon to get implants removed – explained to him about my autoimmune disease – he said it had nothing to do with my implants – and gave me a bid on new implant replacement, just to “down size and have better implants to fit my new body shape”. I waited 2 more years contemplating what decision to make – My gut told me that my implants had caused my health issues – even though I was being told differently from the medical field. Thru some research on google I came across this AMAZING group and after spending hours and hours reading about thousands of woman that were identical to me, I realized that I needed to get the TOXIC BAGS out of my body, if I ever wanted a chance to heal. I had poisoned my body for 13 years and wanted to heal my symptoms of hashimotos and Brain fog, hair loss, rashes, inflammation. Thankfully because of the amazing knowledge and support that I received from Nicole Darude and the thousands of women in this group – I gained the knowledge and strength to explant after just 60 days from joining this group. My symptoms drastically improved immediately.

    I wish I was informed of the dangers 13 years ago and hope to save other woman from making the mistake I made. Doctors LIE – NO IMPLANTS ARE SAFE – THEY ARE TOXIC CHEMICALS placed on top of VITAL ORGANS BOTH SILICONE AND SALINE – There is NO beauty in implants – YOU have to be your own advocate and protect your health. Hard lesson learned for many of us that have sacrificed our health for beauty. I am FOREVER GRATEFUL to my Breastie friends and Nicole Darude for giving us the strength and knowledge about explant AND for giving us a voice to help others BE INFORMED of the TRUE DANGERS.

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  227. Jody Johnson

    Thank you for this website. It is such a relief and comfort to find others who have struggled with many of the same symptoms and know that we are not alone!

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  228. Pauline Bladen

    I was fit, well and healthy before I had implants.. Like so many others I now have many unexplained illnesses… Cannot wait to explant..

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  229. Leslie

    Nicole and her website saved my life. I got silicone breast implants compliments of breast cancer. I was sick the minute I awoke from reconstructive surgery. For 1 year I believed my Dr.’s that convinced me all my mystery illnesses were side effects of chemotherphy. I explanted after only 16 months with implants. My health is back to normal thanks to Nicole and her valuable information!

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  230. Kelsey

    Had my mentor saline implants for 9.5 years a d was extremely ill for the last year having them. Had strange symptoms throughout the 9.5 years but didn’t put 2 & 2 together until I came across the website. Explanted with Dr. B in Doylestown PA in April and feel SIGNIFICANTLY better since! Couldn’t be happier with my decision and I will continue to spread awareness at every opportunity I have! Thank you for all your support!

    The heal is real!!!

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  231. Sheena

    I am so grateful for everyone on this site! I finally had answers to all of my issues!! I explanted July 19th and already feel a ton better! A lot of my symptoms have completely left me!!

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  232. Bennny Raygoza

    I had the gummy bear implants for 6 yrs, I felt sick next day of implanting . 2 months after it got worst . I managed to live with breast pain for 2 yrs in a row . Than others symptoms appeared , my health went down , in March of this year (2018) I found this page and I knew right away that all my sickness where related to the implants . I am so grateful to Nicole for making this page and doing all the proper research to educate us .. I explanted 8 days ago, am starting to feel good , so don’t listen to the doctors when they say BREAST IMPLANTS ARE SAFE ! That’s a LIE 😡 .

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  233. Natalie

    Thank you for all this info. Getting my implants out has made a huge difference for me. Much better. I feel like it saved my life!!

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  234. Patrice Terjak

    This site has saved my life! I am 11 weeks post explant and my own gp cannot believe all the symptoms we have been dealing with ar3 literally gone!

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  235. Brittney

    Breast implants ruined my life! They are chemical toxic bags that no one should ever have to put in their bodies. Much better after getting them removed, I only had mine in for 20 months. I would never recommend them to anyone, and it breaks my heart when I see people walking around with them talking about other ailments that they never had before them. Thank you for this website and for finding my health again!

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  236. Tricia

    I explanted after many years with baker IiiiIII capsular contracture and bilateral ruptured silicon implants. So many symptoms have disappeared since explant. Too numerous to detail here. I am in the process of detoxing but feel the best i have felt in many, many years. I believe I was some how led to this site and am eternally grateful to all the women who went before me-there experiences gave me the path that doctors could not explain. Their experiences gave me the courage to resign my position and go into debt to explant- best decision I’ve ever made. Please continue to provide insight, experience and hope to all women with implants who are or have suffered with no answers from the medical profession.

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  237. Kim

    This site saved my life after another BII angel sent me here. I had lost a kidney due to adrenal overload and my other kidney was at risk. Thank you Nicole Daruda for telling the ugly truth about breast implants. I have since led other women here who have explanted and regained their health and life!!

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  238. Lori Tarver

    I am so blessed to have found this group of amazing brave women! Thanks so much for your love and support!

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  239. Keri Searl

    I can’t wait to get these TOXIC BAGS out of me and get my life back! Looking forward to explant in the winter. Itty Bitty Titty committee wannabe!

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  240. Sherie Galante

    I explanted 34 year old ruptured silicone implants three months ago. I wish there had been a group like this many years ago! I could have started recovery so long ago and maybe prevented my daughter from going through what she has. She explanted 6 months ago. Thank you so much❤️ There is no doubt in my mind that we have been deceived and deserted by the FDA and the medical profession in general! The heal is real

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  241. Deborah Stamp

    I have been ill on and off since 2014. Fast forward to 2017, started with severe headaches, joint pain, vision deficits, muscle pain. My PCP is a doctor I worked with in the hospital for many years. He knows my tolerance to illness, since he witnessed me many times working ill and not complaining. He diagnosed me with PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) and ? Giant Cell Arteritis and placed me on Prednisone immediately. He referred me to various specialists. After Cat Scans, MRI, X-rays, bilateral temporary artery biopsies, 24 hour urines and lab tests; the only positives were: elevated Sed Rate = 75, CRP = 21 and elevated Complement. After 6 months, my sed rate and CRP remained elevated, some symptoms were relieved, obviously, due to the Prednisone. My PCP consulted with my Endocrinologist and Gastroenterologist and they all believed my immune system was functioning “overtime” and they ALL agreed it must be the bilateral saline, textured, under-the-muscle breast implants I had implanted in 2005 due to bilateral breast cancer. After 3 more months of eye testing, etc, my optomologists are stating that they can see the deficit, but etiology is unknown. I mentioned BII and he agreed that was the only explanation. Fortunately, I found the BII website by Nicole and I have a consult with Plastic Surgeon on August 9th. The website was validation of all the symptoms I had; it was hope to continue to advocate for myself; it was inspiring to observe the positive outcomes others experienced after explant. The message needs to be heard by all women who have implants. They need to be informed so they can make intelligent decisions.

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  242. Aneisa Young

    It is disheartening to hear doctors disregard the existence of BII by saying there’s no evidence to support such. 1) Every new diagnosis is proceded by individuals who first reported that combination of symptoms followed by the research which then supported such diagnosis. 2) The massive number of women who are experiencing a plethora of similar symptoms combined with the numerous women who testify an improvement/elimination of those same symptoms with explant gives BII enough validity for any good/ethical doctor to have an open mind and be willing to listen to the women who live with this every single day.

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  243. Stacey Andreano

    This group has saved my life and countless others!! Iam forever thankful to have found it and forever grateful to Nicole for sharing her knowledgs about BII. Only you know your own body and what it is telling you, listen to it and don’t let doctors dismiss you or medicate you. If you have implants be aware that they are a ticking time bomb for your health, slowly killing you, that is guaranteed!

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  244. Kasandra

    I had breast implants 7 years. When I first got them, i started getting sick (wasn’t bad at first), but by a year I was seeing my doctor on a regular basis for multiple symptoms. It started off with daily headaches, weakness in arms and legs (was hard to walk and use my left arm). By year 7 the list was long and I was bedridden with fibromyalgia, arthritis, ringing ears, migraines, joint pain, memory loss, confusion, anxiety, weight gain, suicidal…the list could go on to 46 symptoms I had. I explanted December 2017 and I am so happy to say I’m no longer on my death bed. Nicole’s group is so amazing, supportive and there is lots of information. So thankful for my connection with these ladies and what we have been through. Never gamble with your health. We are beautiful and don’t need implants to have a beautiful heart.

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  245. Angela Johnson

    I explanted 10 months ago and feel so much better! I’m not on any medications at this point and I’m just so grateful to be getting my life back. I was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome 6 months after implant. I was completely healthy before. It’s been a rough road, but I’m off all meds and doing great!

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  246. Maggie

    Thank you for your group and this information. I am one year post explant and have my life back after suffering from BII for 15 years! Get them out they are toxic!!!

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  247. Michelle

    Thank you for all you do for this awareness. I was just diagnosed 7 months ago with Breast Implant Assiciated Anaplaatic Large Cell Lynphoma and wish I knew the risks associated with them! This page is impoartant for guiding women. It guided me

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  248. Michelle

    Thank you for all you do for this awareness. I was just diagnosed 7 months ago with Breast Implant Assiciated Anaplaatic Large Cell Lynphoma and wish I knew the risks associated with them! This page is impoartant for guiding women. It guided me

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  249. Alexandra

    Thank you so much for creating this fb page and sharing the information on BII. This is helping save lives and giving us the support and knowledge we need. I’m on a waiting list to have my implants removed. They have wrecked my life!

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  250. Sarah

    Some docs say there is no such thing as Breast Implant Illness (BII). Maybe the symptoms haven’t been grouped and officially named BII, but it absolutely is real. Docs will say that silicone is naturally occurring in the body. Maybe, but not the artificial stuff made with carcinogens and neurotoxins which is what is in the breast implant silicone (shells for saline implants or silicone implants). I thought I was going crazy. I have so many autoimmune symptoms but all tests come back as normal. My hair is thinning, I have debilitating headaches, terrible inflammation head to toe, a red puffy face with bloodshot eyes. Hip surgery, shoulder surgery. Elevated liver enzymes for no acknowledged medical reason, extreme fatigue, memory loss, … the list goes on and on. I thank God for this website, this group, and those who were brave enough to openly say how dangerous breast implants are.

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  251. jennifer pitman

    I explanted 18 months ago and I am 90% better. Once I had them removed, I couldn’t believe how sick I was and didn’t even realize it!! I assumed it was my age, my inactivity, or just normal stuff. You can’t make this up! Thousands and thousands of women are SICK from IMPLANTS!!

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  252. Shelley Sheppard

    I will forever be grateful to Nicole, the rest of the admins who devote so much of their time to helping women regain their health, and to the over 47,000 members who offer their love and support to each other! I know without a doubt I would not be here today without all of you! 2 year survivor💕

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  253. Diane Forsyth

    I’m so happy I found this site! My appointment for explant is 10/3 and I KNOW (have known for 10 of the 14 years I’ve had these toxic bags sitting on my chest, heart and lungs that they made me sick)! Counting the days and so appreciate all the support you’ve given me!

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  254. Brenda Rosa

    I am so blessed to have found the community.. it has truly helped me to understand what I thought and felt for a few years. Thank you for providing us with great information

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  255. Lianne Bazinet

    I had a consult with a PS to talk about going smaller and the more we talked about my history of health he told me about Breast Implant Illness and that maybe I should look into that first before I make any decisions. I went home and started to google and found this page. I finally have the answers to the last 14 years of my life. I have adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, headaches, depression, too many food intolerances, extreme fatigue, rashes, unexplained sore/tight muscles, weakness, unbalanced hormones, no libido, and on and on and on…. I am have my consult next week and I cannot wait to have an explant. I am so thankful for this website and all the ladies here that are helping so many of us 🙂

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  256. Christie Coleman

    Breast implant illness is real! It’s too bad that Physicians that haven’t experienced it, don’t recognize it.
    The Bleeding Edge on Netflix just proves us all right. It Is important that everyone knows about this prior to getting any type of implant. I wish I knew prior to getting them. This page is saving thousands of lives! More and more women are becoming educated. Wish I would have been educated sooner myself.

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  257. Sandi Karrick

    I am so thankful for this page and this group. Without it I would still be a lost soul wondering why at the age of 49 I felt 89. I explanted July 2 and feel amazing. Thank you to all the warriors that went before me and all of those who come after me. If all women would come together to support each other everyday like this group does for its members, we would never feel the need to alter our bodies to make them “better” Forever grateful!!

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  258. Kelley

    This page was brought to me in the middle of the night (long story), and it literally saved my life after I wasted 15 years of it. Thank you Nicole. THE HEAL IS REAL! I can enjoy my life, my kids, myself again… I honestly had NO idea how sick I was until they were removed…. I had so many excuses for all the symptoms “it’s because I’m getting older, it’s because I was pregnant, it’s because I gave birth, I’m imagining it, this is normal….” all lies because 95% of all of it is gone.

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  259. Heather Howard

    I had 360cc Mentor saline implants under the muscle for 15years. I had contracture and a hematoma as soon as I got them. I was told I could get them redone. I never went back as I wasn’t going through that brutal surgery again. I never new explant was an option. 15 years later, I cannot thank you enough Nicole!!! I explanted last month and haven’t felt this good in 15 years!!!! Even with this major surgery!! God bless you endlessly ❤️

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  260. Chloe

    I feel so strong with all of the support and knowledge I have received from this website along with the Facebook page and other pages! I am able to better advocate for myself when consulting doctors and get the care I need. I’ve been sick since 1 year after my BA and the last year my health has drastically declined. It was such a relief to find others sharing my story. Having my explant and cd30 test ASAP as I have the Allergan textured gel implants by natrelle. THANK YOU!!!

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  261. Cindi Sorrentino

    I was extremely ill for 4 years and I removed my toxic breast implants 15 months ago and I have improved tremendously. This illness is no joke it can destroy your life!

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  262. natalie baird

    Thank God for this website and the fb group.. BII is very real. You can pay top dollar for your implants and have the newest, best of the best implants, and still get sick. I was an average person health wise before implants. In 2016 I was working alot and had decided on a whim that I wanted to have a consult for implants. I signed up for the “summer special” and paid $6500 for gummy bear implants beneath the muscle. I had always longed for bigger boobs. I did it for ME. I felt fine afterward. I loved my boobs. I was raving about them to my friends. Just this last year, around October of 2017, I started gaining alot of weight. 16 pounds to be exact. My digestive system was shutting down. I was constipated AMD bloated, I looked to be about 6 months pregnant. I felt like I was dying. I was having horrible abdominal pain. Prior to all of this, I did take some antibiotics for my acne. I assumed I had gotten IBS from wiping out my gut. I was tired ALL the time. My face started breaking out. I started getting moles and skin tags, also those weird red moles called cherries I believe. My eyes were bloodshot, vision was blurry, giant bags under my eyes. Terrible back pain, join pain, foot pain. Brain fog, hair loss, hair breakage. Breast pain, burning, rippling, dents. Horrible smelling body odor, yeast infections. I started searching for what was wrong with me. $15 THOUSAND dollars later into medical debt, I had multiple ER visits and dr visits, urgent care visits.. blood work, ultrasounds, ct scan, food allergy tests, sibo test, candida test, even a colonoscopy. Every day I felt like I was going to die. Someone in the IBS page mentioned bii… at first I totally blew it off. I figured she was desperate and trying to connect dots that didnt exist. I felt so terrible that I had to remain open minded. I googled BII and this wonderful page with all of this information came up. i couldnt find much about BII anywhere other than this website, and their fb group. I joined the group and sat back and read all the stories and symptoms. Over 40 thousand women echoing the same story as mine. 😱 I would have never suspected my implants if it wasnt for this website and I’m so thankful for the support from the group. Yesterday I scheduled my implant removal and I’m so excited to be on the road to healing soon. Big pharma will try to keep BII swept under the rug because breast augmentation is such a cash cow! If you are considering implants, dont do it. I wish I could go back and not have the surgery. I was lied to. I was told they are safe. THEY ARE NOT. your body will continue to fight itself to protect you from the foreign objects.

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  263. Tamara

    I can’t imagine where I’d be had I not came across the support from this page as well as the Facebook page. There is no denying the similarities in symptoms and also the recovery of those symptoms post explant. Thank you to the admin who made the decision to create this page!! Changing lives!!

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  264. Valarie A

    I thank God I found this website when I searched “are my implants making me sick” otherwise I would still be deathly ill. Ending my life started to feel like the only way out until I found out I wasn’t alone and thousands of us were made ill because of our implants. Explanted 2 weeks ago and I’m already feeling so much better.

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  265. Heather Blake

    Thank you so much for this very valuable website. The information here is saving lives! I had explant surgery one week ago and I feel so much better. Joint and muscle pain was my worst symptom among many other things. I haven’t had any pain since surgery. Not one symptom of anything since surgery. I feel better than I have for years! Thank you Nicole!

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  266. Pam Chapman Birch

    The Heal Is REAL! I’m 8 weeks post explant. Thankful for this website and the many thousands of women who shares their stories and clinical symptoms. Educate and Believe. 🙌🏻💪🏻🙏. We are Women … Hear our Roar… There’s no Denial.

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  267. Monika

    I just explanted 7/18/18 and I’m so glad. My 22 yr old saline implants were severely adhered to my ribs and causing so many issues. I finally have relief thanks to this website.

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  268. Kellie

    So happy I was added to the group on Facebook two years ago and explanted a year ago! Have a long road ahead of me still, but I am on my way! 💜 Thanknuou Nicole! 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

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  269. Diane

    I explanted my saline implants after 6 years of having them. It was literally LIFE CHANGING. I am a 28 year old and I felt as though I was falling apart for YEARS. 2 years ago a friend shared a post on Facebook about a very famous woman having hers removed. It was like a light switch. I had all but two BII symptoms. I am 2 month’s post op and I feel like I’ve been given a new and improved self! Thank you for spreading awareness. I hope it continues to spread like wildfire.

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  270. Melissa Patterson

    Breast Implant Illness is real. I explanted my 10 year old silicone implants and quickly recovered from inflammation symptoms and am recovering from other symptoms. Thank you for this educational website!

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  271. Trish

    This is all just so unfair to all of us that are suffering, I’m so tired and sick and somedays don’t even know why I get out of bed, I have multiple sclerosis and you can’t tell me this isn’t from my 32 year old Dow Corning under the muscle silicone implants. I have been sick for a very long time. Sad thing is I didn’t want these things to begin with. PS talked me into it, he said they wouldn’t look right after the burn he needed to put them in to bring the nipple back in its place, I feel really bad for all of us that do not have the money to get them OUT. And for the women that had to struggle to scrape up enough money and not counting the stress we are all going through,

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  272. Pam Stratton

    I am so thankful for this page!!! I explanted yesterday and I feel like a new person!!! I have had extreme joint pain, inflammation, severe pain in my feet to name a few symptoms and they are gone!!! The heal is real!!

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  273. Medina Valencia

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and providing the public with countless resources regarding BII. This website has helped me take control of my health.

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  274. Kim

    If I had not found this group I know I would be dead. What implants have done to my emotional and physical health is something no one should ever have to handle!?

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  275. Debbie West

    Even Netflix is recognizing implant devices are causing destruction! All sorts of them! It only makes sense…. There is a new education and awareness on the horizon. As far as BII, women claim to want to come so far but they continue to let men and society berate them into thinking they must have Big Boobs to be completely desirable. When a woman realizes she doesn’t have to stuff fake pods in her chest to be Beautiful, she will have then reached her true self worth!

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  276. Melissa B

    This website is so full of informative knowledge on the dangers of breast implants. Breast Implant Illness is real. Thankful for the honest women who have been open to the effects of it. Keep sharing! Keep posting! We will overcome

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  277. Amanda Davenport

    I am blessed to have found a group of woman who are all going through the same thing as me. To have this support group is so helpful. I thought I was dying and no answer or diagnosis for years and now I know the truth and what is killing my body and spirit but not for much longer!!! Explanting is my goal and getting my health back!

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  278. Carol

    I have been sick since I got my implants in 2014
    I have been to so many Drs
    Now I have headaches ,Muscle Spasms so bad all through out my body
    My bones burn
    My vision is not the same
    I’m dizzy if I turn over to my left side
    My ANA is super high
    I tested Positive for Lyme disease
    Autommiun Problems
    Stomach problems
    I can go on and on
    Pain in my right breast
    I don’t have any energy
    No sex l drive
    Tested Positive for O A.
    Tingling in my arms and legs
    This website has saved my life
    I’m Explanting as soon as Insurance approves
    I can’t wait to get this toxic bags out
    I have smooth 2000 mentor saline

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  279. Heidi

    BII is real! The Bleeding Edge on Netflix just proves us all right. It Is important that everyone knows about this prior to getting implants. I wish I knew prior to getting them.

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  280. Megan Dean

    This page is saving thousands of lives! More and more women are becoming educated. Wish I would have been educated sooner myself.

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  281. Noelle McBride

    I spent a decade going to the ER, seeing specialists and having every test they copied think of. I’ve seen a Gastroenterologist, a Cardiologist have had MRI’s, Colonoscopy, Nuclear Scans, Ultra Sounds, have tested for RA, Alopecia, numerous thyroid tests, hormones, vitamins, etc. I had high anxiety and 45 BII symptoms. I had one implant rupture after a car accident 8 years ago and was told that A it wasn’t rupture And nothing would affect me since it was Saline. That month it lost all its fluid I started getting sick. I quit my job due to the Anxiety, brain fog, memory loss 3 years after the rupture. The second one ruptured earlier this year after my annual mammogram. All my symptoms came back full force including major hair loss again. We aren’t making this up, I didn’t know any of these women before I joined yet they all have my same story.

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  282. Melissa S

    Thank the Lord this site is available as an incredible resource for all of us. Share share share! Knowledge is power.

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  283. Marilyn kelly

    I have had my implants for 43 years and I have been sick for 42. I went into menopause at 32 years old. I have had most of my joints replaced. I have had about 50 of 55 symptoms. Mentally and physical condition is deteriorating. I hope to have them removed this winter.

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  284. Christy Martin

    Thank you to this sight for saving my life and giving me courage to explant the toxic bags that were literally killing me. So much helpful information and support here. We are brave warriors and we will NOT be silenced

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  285. PJ

    Thank you SO much for putting BII out there to warn other unsuspecting women that this may be what is causing her health problems. So hopefully she won’t have to suffer for 28 years before she learns the real cause.

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  286. Shannon Lowry

    I am a breast cancer survivor & had breast implants placed for my reconstruction in 2012. Over the last 4 years my health has continued to decline & my blood tests have come back positive for auto immune issues. A year ago my right arm started going numb & I developed carpal tunnel. I had on/off pain with my right implant. Was finally able to convince my oncologist to order an mri but results said intact.
    On July 25, 2018 I finally had my explant surgery. My right mentor silicone high profile implant was severely ruptured. Looked like a bowl of soup. Due to my previous cancer diagnosis my surgeon sent everything to pathology. The capsules came back “severely inflammation”.
    Don’t need any further proof my implants were causing my body to shut down. Praying I can start to heal now that they are out. I thank God everyday I was lead to this website & the Facebook group!!

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  287. Karen Gravatt

    I admit I was a skeptic but since having my explant 6 days ago I can attest that the heal is real. Every woman has the right to know how dangerous implants can be to their health.

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  288. Alyce Rawls

    Thankful for this site and the Facebook group!!! So Between the two, there is so much help for questions and support from others experiencing the same issues with BII.

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  289. Michelle

    Thank you for helping me and thousands of other women who ARE very sick and some dying due to breast implants!
    This page and information probably has saved my life and for sure has helped me be healthier without implants.

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  290. Amy Armstrong

    Any doctor who refuses to acknowledge the brave and desperate women (myself included) who are victims of Breast Implant Illness, needs to lose their medical license.
    You have already broken your bow to “Do NO Harm!”
    You have NO FUTURE in medicine. There are too many of us being harmed or destroyed and too much scientific research to discredit your nonsense. Your days are numbered. We women DESERVE BETTER THAN YOU!!

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  291. Laurie Fisher

    I Was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago and had a lumpectomy . I had saline implants put in and since then I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease and have never felt 100%. I really do not think much about it until recently. They found a mass in my left breast which was benign. Thank goodness! I was tired of being afraid eveytime I went for a scan that the cancer would return. I chose to have my implants explanted . Within 3 days I felt amazing and healthier than I had felt in 15 years . My acne cleared up , I slept better , less anxious and on and on . I had a double Mastectomy 4 weeks ago and my Plastic Surgeon talked me into expanders In a way. My decision ultimately but I should have said no. Anyway , expanders are in now and I feel off again. Acne is back along with others. I have decided to remove the expanders and have a DIEP Flap surgery instead so that I do not have anything foreign in my body. I 💯 % believe that my implants were slowly hurting me and that BII is real ! Thanks to this group that has helped me along the way . 💗

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  292. Heather Taylor

    So sick of being sick! Breast implant illness is real. I live it everyday. I pray someday they will pay for what has happened to so many woman.

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  293. Lynn Harris

    I suffer from many of these symptoms and have become disabled and cannot work. My illnesses came on shortly after getting implants. I’ve had them over 20 years and cannot afford to get them out. I’ve had 17 surgeries and lost my colon. I sleep 14-15 hours a day and have terrible joint pain. I could go on and on with my symptoms.

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  294. Heather Taylor

    So sick of being sick! Breast implant illness is real. I live it everyday. I pray someday they will pay for what has happened to so many woman.

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  295. Carrie Charles

    I’m so happy I found this site and your FB page. , I ex-planted back in March and I haven’t felt this good in a very long time!!
    Thank you Nicole, and all the wonder ladies that have help me with this journey.

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  296. Shelly Logan

    Thank you so much for this site! I have been trying to figure out what is wrong with my body for the past 2 years. I have been to so many doctor appointments and had so many blood tests to get no results! This website has really changed my life. Can’t wait to get these toxic bags out in 2 weeks!

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  297. Elizabeth mosher

    This website saved my life ! I was bedridden for over 3 years because my breast implants were killing me . my pcp went to the fda website and looked up symtoms of having breast implants .he believed my implants caused me to be so ill and totally believes bii is real! My ps also believes in bii. So glad i was able to get the information to get my life back.

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  298. Carol aden

    The textured, saline tear-drop implants that I had implanted in 2005 have totally wreaked havoc on my body. Occipital neuropathy, vision issues, weight loss, food intolerances, anxiety, SIBO, mineral imbalances just to name a few problems I’ve had over the last two years. Breast implants are not safe.

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  299. Susan

    Watch out….the waves of change are coming. Women need true and accurate information and manufacturers will be held accountable. Continue to share the message.

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  300. Dede

    Nicole-
    Thank you for this amazing website ! It is a wealth of information ! I reference it quite often !
    Thank you for all you do to help so many women across the globe, and there are thousands and thousands !
    -❤ Dede

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  301. Marta Forgacova

    I’m blessed to find all these informations. This site is saving me from more serious complications that could occur in my future. Getting a step further to my healthy living.

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  302. K Law

    Inform yourself! Take charge of your health. This is a wonderful community of amazing women. Whether you’re thinking of getting implants or have implants join our Facebook group. ♥️

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  303. Vicky Wright

    I thought getting breast implants after breastfeeding 2 children would be the best thing I ever did for myself. It turns out, getting implants was the WORST decision I ever made for myself!!! I lost 5.5 years of my life because of my implants. Removing them was the best decision I ever made for myself!!! My implants made me so sick but I am so grateful that explant allowed me to regain my health. My family has the wife and mother back that they all deserve. I am forever grateful to Nicole for saving my life!!!!

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  304. Sandy

    Explanted July 25, 2018. Already feeling a difference! Left implant had been leaking into the outer sac for about 5 years. There is no telling how much silicone had seeped through the outer sac in that time. I’ve suffered chronic neck and shoulder pain, IBS, excessive arthritis for my age and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia – just to name a few of the more severe issues. Don’t get breast implants!

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  305. Kerrie cheetham

    I only had my breast implants for just over one year. I was so sick and thank goodness for this website and the Facebook page. I explanted within two months of finding and all my symptoms disappeared. I was one of the lucky ones to find out so quickly. Thankyou so much for your time and support from all the way in the U.K.

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  306. Doreen Csokasy

    Thank you BII Nicole for opening this increasing, 46,000 individuals, forum to share BII illnesses, healings after explanting, listing reliable and respectable explant surgeons, BII research, guidelines and much more.

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  307. JC

    I am so grateful for this website! I love you all and appreciate each and everyone of you. I explant tomorrow!!

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  308. Tracy Harris

    Thank you for saving my life. My immune system was so compromised. 3 months post explant and half of my symptoms are 2/3 better!

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  309. Keren Ben-David

    This site is a must for anyone that is considering breast implants.. covering real issues regarding implants that the rest of the aesthetic industry brush under the carpet. As well as being a source of information and network for women whom have experienced common ailments and deterioration in health since having had breast implants. A site that single handedly debunks the claims made by the pharma companies with real life stories and experiences.

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  310. Jennifer Price

    Wonderful, important, and thorough life saving information! Thank you for all of the lives you have saved! I lost my beloved little sister to BII…if only we had figured it out sooner. You are a godsend to so many fortunate ladies in helping them to figure this all out.

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  311. Sandra

    After years of multiple symptoms and doctors unable to find anything I am sure my implants are the cause. Have only started my journey this week, but already have a consultation appointment and then hopefully explant will come next. I can’t wait to get them out and feel myself again. Thank you Nicole for bringing awareness. There are still many doctors that don’t believe it 😢 but the pain and symptoms are real!

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  312. Natalie Werner

    This site has changed my life! I explanted in March of this year and I am feeling better and better. As a nurse myself, I believed that implants were “safe”. Now that I no longer have them and have seen a marked improvement in my health, I can definitely say that Breast Implant Illness is real. There are too many of us with very similar stories.

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  313. Erica

    I had Mentor Saline for 10 years. The toxic bags just about killed me! I’m 14 months post-op from explant & feel better than I have in years. I’m off of all medications & my diagnoses/illnesses have reversed themselves after removing the root cause = implants.

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  314. Jeanine

    Thank you for this website!! Breast Implant Ilness is reall!! I can’t wait to get these toxic bags out!!

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  315. Hannah Day

    This website saved my LIFE!! I had so many health issues that doctors and specialists couldn’t figure out. After 8 years and feeling like I was dying, google lead me to this website. I knew implants had to be causing all my health issues as I was perfectly healthy before getting them. After finding a plastic surgeon on the recommended list I got an enbloc explant. Within 2 weeks all of my symptoms and health issues went away! It took me about 1 year to be 100%. I’m so thankful for Nicole and her website. There is so much good information here about breast implant illness!

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  316. Marina Alfresco

    Thanks to you I was able to put an end to my 9 years misery with my health!! Explant on July 17 2018 and recovering wonderfully 🙂
    Marina

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  317. Janna Metzger

    Thank you for all your research and information gathering on BII! You are lives!! I’m 2 months post op and having incredible healing. I’m getting my life back!!

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  318. Toni Fuhrmann

    This site and the ladies that are a part of it have helped me immensely. I can’t put into words the comaraderie among the women in this group. From the founder and leaders to the newest of members, we are all here for each other. No matter your reasons for having implants, cosmetic to breast reconstruction, there’s no judgement, just help because we are all suffering in one way or another.

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  319. Faith Trainer

    It would have taken me a lot longer to realize my implants were causing my health issues. Thank you Nicole Daruda for all you do!!

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  320. Jennifer Janssen

    I had implants for 3 years and was constantly feeling body aches and flu like symptoms. I removed my implants January of this year and I am 100% back to normal. I feel amazing. I have energy to take care of my children and to be a good wife.
    Removing my breast implants was the best thing I ever did for myself and I thank the support of the 20-30 thousand women on the Facebook group who helped me through the process. If it wasn’t for me stumbling apon that group and this page I would still be suffering.

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  321. Sylvia Lara

    I thank God every day he led me to this group and I’m going to explant these toxic bags next week. So sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!

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  322. Christina

    I wish more physicians were aware of this. Over 8 years of my life has been wasted trying to figure out what’s wrong with me. All the while Drs are more than happy to throw SSRIs at me.
    I can’t wait to explant!!

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  323. Kim

    Explanting is the best decision I have ever made! I was in so much pain and had so many issues. I am a new person with a new outlook on life. It will take years, if ever, to completely heal but I remain hopeful. BII is real and I am thankful to be on the path to normalcy again.

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  324. Jeanil Webster

    Thank you for the obvious hours and dedication. Finally, someone understands what I’m going through. I have textured Allergan implants that were used for reconstruction following a prophylactic bi-lateral mastectomy. These thing have left me so drained of energy and feeling muscle weakness and pain. Now the FDA finally admits these things can cause BIA ALCL lymphoma. I’m so angry I didn’t go through all this to trade one cancer risk for another.

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  325. Heather

    Thank you so much for spreading awareness. I have always been an active and healthy woman but for the past year as my health declined and no answers I was slowly becoming depressed wondering what could be wrong with me and if I would ever get better. I then heard about Breast Implanr Illness and everything started to make sense. I explanted 8 weeks ago and am in shock of all of the symptoms I have already been relieved of. Breast Implant Illness is real and is affecting more women than we realize. So grateful I learned about it before I got worse.

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  326. Debby Elder

    I appreciate your information that your getting out there to women, I pray it makes a difference so other women don’t have to suffer like the rest of us that can’t afford proper explant

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  327. Jamee Cook

    Nicole, your group and site has been a pivotal part in the movement for awareness on Breast Implant Illness. It’s amazing to see the growth over the past few years. Keep up the good work.

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  328. Mariette Gable

    Saved my life Nicole Daruda. I was dead woman walking with breast implants. I adore you for helping so many of us

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  329. Sandra

    Thank you for such a great source of information for those currently with implants and those considering them. You’re doing a great job and service to our community!

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  330. Karen Kolb

    I currently suffer from several of the BII symptoms. Have Mentor gel implants from July of 2013. Going for a consult with PS in Atlanta, GA this month to schedule explant surgery.

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  331. Sheri Anderson

    Thank you Nicole for creating this page. I would have never put together my symptoms with the illnesses I was dealing with, had I not found your page. It took me all of about 1 minute of reading to put the pieces together that I needed to get my 23 year old textured under the muscle implants out. 6 weeks after finding your page, I had mine removed. I am feeling better every single day. Thank you for your efforts, hard work and determination to educate. You have saved many lives, including my own.

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  332. Erin

    Thank you so much for sharing this info, it is because of you I finally found out what was wrong with me, had I not come across this I would still be suffering with so many random symptoms. I Explanted and 90% of my symptoms are gone. We must all share how horrible breast implants are.

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  333. angie monasterio

    Had silicone cohesive gel implants for 15 years. At 10 yrs I got a new set. Same type and brand. I had been having a lot of health issues i didnt have before implanting and i nor any doctor ever thpught it was implant related. A year and a half ago I started having almot every single symptom on your list of symptoms for BII. I have been vegan for years, yogini, healthy conscious lifestyle. I wast possible. All of my labs would come back normal but I wasnt ok. I explanted a week ago and every symtpom is gone. I was chair ridden for the past year and a half. IT IS REAL. Breast implants are not safe. FOR ANY OF US

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  334. Nikki

    28 years old, 4’11. was on seasonale birth control for 12 years. I had not seen a doctor for about a decade, other than to get more birth control. I received breast implants in 2012. Mentor silicone cohesive gel 535CC under the muscle.

    dec/17 everything changed. I got a family doctor, after searching for 8 years for someone available who I felt comfortable with. He ran a blood test which revealed my liver enzyme was extremely high.

    Fast forward after an ultrasound confirmed amass in my liver. MRI confirmed 7.6 cm mass. MRI redone with contrast. Radiologist suggested FNH, not to worry, and to check the mass in 6 months.

    The next 6 months were spent in the ER crippled over screaming in pain. I refused pain medication as I have an “alternative” appearance, and I can sense the overwhelming stigma and judgement as soon as I enter the ER. (Heavily tattooed)

    Since the radiologist has “suggested” it was “probably” a harmless FNH, EVERY ER Doctor was working with the assumption that it was a painless, benign lesion, even though it’s much larger than normal FNH lesions. I got treated like I was seeking opiates.

    Once in the middle of all this, I went to my general practitioner complaining of chest pain, as well as the constant upper right quadrant pain, which I had given up even mentioning because nobody cared about the “FNH”. He checked my heart rate, and pulse, which was 155BPM, and 177/99 BP. He said I shouldn’t even be able to stand right now and had no idea how I wasn’t rolling around the floor screaming. He rushed me to the ER with a note, describing my exact pain in more sophisticated medical terms, as well as my rapidly declining vital signs. He whole heartedly believed me and thought I was having a pulmonary embolism, or was in so much pain for so long my body just couldn’t take it anymore.

    I saw my specialist for the 3rd time after nothing resulted from any of those ER visits, since my symptoms were insane, and made NO sense. I was urinating the color of cherry kool aid. I was lethargic, weak, sleeping 18 hours/day, black diahrea 10x+ a day. CT was done, showing mass, but “no” reason for pain.

    My specialist did a gastroendoscopy, did a stomach biopsy and found chronic helicobactor pylori infection causing peptic ulcer disease/gastritis…. SO that MUST have been the cause of my pain. They must have been correct with the FNH assumption.

    Fast forward after 14 days of quadruple therapy antibiotics(no penicillin/allergy) to clear the bacteria, after almost dying after fainting and smashing my face on the kitchen sink after vomiting and continuous black tarry cigarette ashy diahrea for so long.

    The pain is worse than ever. The specialist is starting to be very concerned, which was a relief. Sends me for a nuclear science HIDA scan. The practitioner let’s me know the test will be 2 hours, and they will take 2D images, and MAYBE 3D images, of the radiologist decides to at the end. So I’m so excited, I thank her profusely. After the 2D images are taken, she tells me “the doctor doesn’t need to take 3D images, so you can go now” 🙃

    So I go see my doctor(GP), who was told for about the 9th+ time that the tumor “acted like an FNH during the scan, but was not conclusive” I burst out in tears because I really thought that scan would’ve shown something different, and I was so furious that the radiologist didn’t want to bother with the 3D image after I had waited 3 months to get this appointment, after being in and out of the ER and every test on earth which never showed anything other than the mass, elevated liver enzyme, and infection from the peptic ulcers.

    My GP looks through my entire chart, totally baffled by all my never ending symptoms which don’t match FNH at all. the helicobactor has been treated. So he realized, at the very beginning, the specialist said he thinks it was an adenoma because of the length of time I was on birth control pills (seasonale) so he made me STOP BIRTH CONTROL BACK IN JANUARY.

    My doctor realizes my liver enzyme was SIGNIFICANTLY lower, I can’t remember the exact number, but it was around 590 at the first blood test, and after being off birth control for 6 months, the mass had not shrunk, but my liver enzyme was IMPROVING, around 220. He actually smacked his forehead, realizing if ANY one of the 20+ ER doctors had checked my blood work, they would’ve realized ONLY the adenoma causes symptoms, and would show signs of improvement, like my lower liver enzyme levels after being off birth control for so long.

    Then I watched The bleeding Edge. I realized I have these johnson&johnson deathplants inside of me. I immediately brought the ingredients used in the implants to my doctor and he tested me for every known metal/lead/carcinogen/neurotoxinknown to man. My heart palpitations continue. I see my plastic surgeon today to hear if he thinks I’m insane or need life saving explant. I’ve been off work almost a month, and can not afford his services. I’m still waiting for the blood work. This documentary will have saved my life. If I can get the physicians to listen. Believe.

    ****UPDATE***** the plastic surgeon just phoned me and cancelled my surgery for next week.

    I cannot have my liver resection surgery to remove my 7.6cm tumor before removing my toxic implants.

    I’m waiting to die now.

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  335. Casey

    I’ve had two sets of toxin bags over 20yrs… I knew in my heart they were causing my plethora of health issues- finding this group gave me hope and confirmed what I knew to be my truth. I explanted a little over a year ago and I am improving daily, as well as going from a massive amount of opiates and benzos to none. My children have a mom again and my husband has a wife for the first time. Many of us are left scarred and mutilated- imagine how bad a woman must feel physically to choose this over pretty, perky boobs??

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  336. Erica

    Never have I been sicker than now
    My very own ps has removed her implants
    Having every symptom and no relief s having major health issues resolve is proof that this is a real issue

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  337. Margaret Tumelty

    This website and Nicole helped save my life ans improve the quality of my lord a hundred percent! I absolutely believe I am doing so much better since my implants were removed a month ago.

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  338. Mel

    I’ve had 11 surgeries., mine leaked into my lymph glands and everywhere I thought the doctor cleaned it out he didn’t he just whacked other ones on top so when one went hard I got new ones from overseas bc of money restraints and they ignored the silicone then they went bad came back to Australia told my surgeon that my ones previously had leaked gave him the MRI then he ignored the silicone put new ones in then BAM one blew up like a soccer ball and they said your going to die rushed me back into surgery and removed one then a few months later removed the other . A year and a half later I couldn’t look good in any clothes so I put them back in. I know crazy .. then the surgeon demands I choose a certain type I say no I can tell by feelingb these I would be allergic and he demands I have them and now I get an email they can kill you in six weeks with a rare lymphoma cancer .. I’ve just got out of hospital again from constant chest complications pls god help me

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    1. Debra bullion

      After 25 years with silicone implants, I started to become ill. It started with neuropathy in my feet. I had thought I was healthy and had never had foot pain. I’m a nurse and spent 10 days and more on my feet recovering patients. But that was the start of a slow decline. After a year of burning and numb foot pain, I got a multitude of symptoms. Chronic sore throat, hoarse voice, crushing fatigue, hopelessness, acne, rashes, ringing in the ears, increased sense of smell , shooting pains down my arms, intolerance to heat, hairloss, antisocial behavior and many more I can’t bear to think of. Mostly neurological. Being a nurse it unnerving. I had no idea what was happening and almost all my tests came back normal. I had an elevated MCV and MCH and elevated ANA. Everything came back as “normal”. Vit b 12 200 range was called normal!
      I had to retire from work and leave my home in HI to come to CA for more medical options and help from family. It was a very dark time. I was treated for clinical Lyme, but never got well. Then a friend of a friend told me about BII. Reading the stories on this cite for a couple months and I know I must explant ASAP. I’m 6 mo post op now after 29 years with the implants. I’m very slowly seeing improvements and learning a lot along the way. I’m so grateful for Nicole and this FB page encouraging me and cheering me on. This is a very scary and lonely journey. I’m so thankful to have all my sisters to lean on and I hope I’m able to help many as well. Thanks again ❤️

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  339. Jana Cahill

    Just had a breast cancer DCIS and a bilateral mascetomy with 4 lymph nodes removed. I’m having more problems since I have the implants than my first surgery. I am looking forward to getting information and support from others so I heal them properly.

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  340. Brenda Hunnicutt

    I have had my implants since 5-1980 I have hated them right from the beginning. I am 71 years old and I hate them even more now. I have hurt all over my body all these years(.cant afford to have them removed)Both of them are ruptured and I have liquid that looks like black blood.I don’t know what to do.

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  341. Charlotte Berglund

    Hi!
    I had an explant, only taking out my implants on 17th of January 2018, the same way I had them insert 16yrs ago, axillary. So, no En bloc removal or even capselectomy.
    I was too sick and thought just having them removed would make me way better. And it did…until now. My coughing is back, my rash, pneumonia…and my aching body.
    I also have a neuroendocrine tumor in my lung, it got discovered 2015 and it’s growing slowly so the they will operate when it’s over 1.5cm. I know I got all this from my saline implants, submuscular. I’m terrified. Afraid that this is going to kill me. I’ve been watching Dr Feng on YouTube, hearing her explaining Why it is so important to have “En Bloc Removal”. But, I can’t afford that. So my question is: can I be fully recovered without having the Capselectomy?!? I’m thankful for all the support you can give me even if this means I’ve got to go under surgery again.
    Thanks/ Charlotte

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Charlotte,
      Total Capsulectomy is correlated with healing. We always advise a Total Capsulectomy (remove all capsule tissue) when a woman explants for many reasons including elimination of symptoms.

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  342. Kelin Hiltbold

    I am having a lot of issues with my implants and I would love for someone to approve my Facebook request so I can ask my questions 🙁

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  343. Unnila

    Hi. My daughter 21 y.o. has got an idea to implants. I am trying to convince her not to do it, sending your link. She refuses all this information, I am desperately struggeling. what will be your best advise on how to explain her, that implants are not her healt worth?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Unnila,
      Once your daughter understands what breast implants really are and the fact that they are as far from beauty as possible, she will never consider them again. Breast implants are really two large bags of toxic chemicals (similar to pesticides) and an array of toxic heavy metals implanted in your chest over fragile organs and glands which leak their contents much earlier than you expect. Having breast implants in your body is not going to end well for anyone because everyone is affected by these aggressive poisons and heavy metals. No one escapes the toxic affects of approx 40 carcinogenic, cytotoxic, neurotoxic, endocrine disrupting chemicals and heavy metals. Breast implants add nothing and they steal everything from women. Breast implants steal your health, your beauty/energy/glow, they steal your life and your wealth. You want to age fast just get breast implants and prepare to look decades older! You want to gain weight and look matronly just get breast implants! Breast implants are the opposite of youth and beauty. True beauty is freshness, nature, natural, it is us women with nature coming through powerfully and has nothing to do with two bags of toxic chemicals implanted in our chest. Beauty is not how we look but what comes through us, our creativity and how we engage with the world. Ladies are recognizing that societies false concepts of beauty and over sexualization is not in our best interest but rather very ugly concepts created to make money for breast implant manufacturers, plastic surgeons and the ugly beauty industry. Stop the self mutilation and self rejection that plastic surgery and the beauty industry is. Love yourself as is.

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  344. Sarah

    Hi Nicole, as you have said all medical practitioners deny Breast implant illness. I have gastritis, reactive hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue, joint pain, tennis elbow and recurrent uti’s. I had saline implants fitted 8 years ago and from day 1 the right breast started to harden (capsulate). I went back to my plastic surgeon twice within a month, who assured me this and the tenderness would settle. It got worse. I was at college and later university studying to gain my degree in nursing. Once qualified I became a nurse, got a job at my local hospital and that’s when the illness really kicked in. I had to have time offor, reduced my hours twice, was having tests for this and tests for that. Every medical professional I came into contact with denied knowing or even hearing of the illness. I now have a lovely plastic surgeon in a different private hospital, Managed to get the money together (£7,000) for my explant, capsulectomy and uplift surgery which is booked for mid November. I am dreading it, not just the fact that I will probably be left with a flat chest, come home with drains but being a nurse in a theatre dept I am aware of what is going to happen whilst under general anaesthetic. I am on the Facebook site and will keep updating my progress. I feel like I should shout from the roof tops how dangerous vanity can be. I went from a 34A to 34C/D. I have a grade 4 capsulation on my right and grade 2 to my left. Plastic surgeons should be telling people about the dangers of having foreign bodies implanted, they should carry a health warning like cigarettes.
    Thank you for this very informative page and its links. And also the Facebook site. A beauty therapist told me about this shocking illness so I feel I owe my life to you both.
    Sarah x x

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  345. Florence Bradley

    Hi, this is Florence Bradley again. I neglected to mention that I have a low tolerance to histamine which has resulted in severe rashes that last as long as a year and now I have constant itching and have to live on excessive amounts of antihistamines in order to be comfortable. I have tried eliminating certain things from my diet to see what could be causing the problem. Nothing has changed. Its so uncomfortable and dermatologists don’t really know why either. Antihistimes (by the dozen) do help temporarily.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Florence,
      Women have used Low Dose Naltrexone to deal with the immune responses to silicone in the body, also there is a new supplement that calms the histamine response in the body called DAO so some research on it.

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  346. Florence Bradley

    I had silicon implants and then after 18 years I had them removed. They were ruptured. I had saline implants put inplace of them – big mistake. After about 10 years I had them removed. My problem is probably not fixable. I am a young, vivacious 75 year old woman. I still have silicon in my body. My plastic surgeon removed some of them but one spot was under my arm near my lymph nodes and he advises against taking it out for fear of unrepairable damage. I guess he’s right, I don’t know, however, I still suffer from symptoms from the residual silicon in my body. A mass on my upper chest has been tested so much I don’t want to have it tested any more. I’m sick of it. It may be silicon. I have suffered for years with joint pain and who knows what other damage I may have. I assume the silicon he says he can’t remove is still a chemical in my body causing problems. Do you know of anything that would help me at this point?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Our detoxification process is based mostly on common sense and also the experience of a multitude of women explanting since breast implants were created.

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  347. Claudia

    Hi! I had my ruptured Allergan implants removed in January 2018 after 7.5 years. It was not en-bloc but with capsulectomy “as far as possible” as the surgeon told. My symptomes (scleroderma) did not really improve, at least they did not get worse. I wonder if there ist still capsule tissue with silicone and other toxines left in my body. Is there a diagnostic possibility to find this out, and if, is it possible toll remove the rests surgically (implants were subpectoral)?
    Kind regards
    Claudia

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Claudia,
      First get a copy of your operative report for your explant, photos and your complete file to help you assess exactly how much capsule tissue if any is left and also have a frank discussion with your surgeon about how much capsule may be left. If there is more than say ten percent then it may be continuing your symptoms however it can take some time to heal to. My own healing took a few years. If you do have significant capsule left over you can go to an expert explanter and have it removed whether under or over the muscle.

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  348. Jessica

    Hi! I’m looking to have my BI explant surgery early fall – yay!! Im also wanting to get pregnant asap, with our 3rd…Would you recommend waiting a certain amount of time post surgery?

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  349. Debbie

    Hello,My name is Debbie Scott.Im so happy I ran across this group about implants. I don’t know where to start. I’m very ill these implant are killing me.

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  350. Holly

    Hi Nicole, I was wondering if you could tell me how the chemicals in implants affect mental health and brain function overall? I’ve been struggling so bad with my brain, I’m at the point where I feel like it will never stop and I’m ready to die.
    I’ve been on medication to help me but no medication has had any effect. This is even after months of taking religiously and higher than average doses.
    I know something is wrong with me and I am sure it’s the implants but are they what’s messing up my head? Am I crazy thinking that or is there a link? Please help me. I can’t keep doing this

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Holly,
      You are not crazy thinking it is your implants causing your brain fog and cognitive problems. Cognition problems also known as brain fog is one of the main symptoms of breast implants and caused by toxicity from silicone chemicals, heavy metals and usually also biotoxins from fungal overgrowth which is common in us. There are about 35 toxic chemicals and several heavy metals in silicone and if you look up these chemicals you will find they are cytotoxic (cause cell death), neurotoxic (cause nerve cell death) and carcinogenic and they affect brain function because our brain cells are not working well due to toxicity. Explanting properly is the first step to healing.

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  351. Kirstyn Wagner

    Hello,

    I currently have Mentor CPG 321 gel breast Implants this is due to have a bilateral mastectomy due to carrying the BRCA2. I chose to go preventative.
    I am now a bit worried as I have a lot of the symptoms that I have just read and would like to know if my implants are the cause.
    I’m not too keen on having them removed as this would put me into a deeper state of depression than I already suffer from.
    Look forward to your response.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kirstyn,
      Unfortunately, breast implants do cause these symptoms in us due to their toxicity and foreign body response in our body.

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  352. Natalie Wild

    Dear Nicole, I can’t thank you enough for establishing this website, every time I read a page I learn something new. I underwent augmentation in 2000 choosing silicone, under the muscle, I did notice a few changes in my body but nothing that alarmed me. However, in the last seven years I developed a variety of health complications (unidentified masses detected in my pelvis, AutoImmune/Mast Cell disorder symptoms, chemical sensitivities, cortisol deficiency, food intolerances, medication intolerances, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and muscular fatigue) and in that time I went in for five surgeries, my hormones are imbalanced, my digestive system is not functioning, I am over producing histamine, my hair is falling out and my skin is aging rapidly. I am now unable to work and I rarely socialize. I am a shell of the person that I used to be. In April this year, I suffered a rupture in my left implant during a Mammogram screen. That incident led me to your Facebook group and website. In some ways, the rupture was a blessing in disguise because it helped me find out what was happening to me. Post rupture I completed a Full Metals Test which shows my Lead levels are three times higher than expected and I am carrying high levels of Arsenic, Mercury, Aluminum, Barium, Cesium, Cadmium, Nickel, Thallium and Tin. My Doctor suspected my levels were a direct result of my work in engineering but when I showed him the Metals & Implant Information sheets form your website he did a 360, now he’s convinced my implants are creating metal toxicity in my body and the silicone leaking is slowly poisoning me. I can’t afford to explant. My Doctor believes I will qualify for ACC NZ Government assistance and should not pay for explant and he’s lodged a claim on my behalf. I’m starting a high dose supplement treatment this week (Magnesium, Nascent Iodine, GABA, Meta-Balance, Zinc Picolinate, Vitamin E, Selenium and Serrapeptase) I have been taking Soluble Vitamin C every day for years. My question is this. Is it safe for me to carry out Chelation before explant? My Doctor and I have no idea. There is plenty of information available about removing amalgam fillings prior to Chelating Mercury but nothing online about removing other implants prior to chelation and I may have to wait 12 months for explant. I’m desperate to remove these metals/toxins from my system . I’m considering a low dose of DMSA & Alpha Lipoic Acid on a 3-4 hourly basis. In your opinion would chelation benefit me or harm me prior to explant? Kind regards, Natalie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Natalie,
      This is a very good question. I suggest not to chelate prior to explant because DMSA causes low neutrophils in us and DMSA/Alpha Lipoic Acid will capture your healthy minerals and remove them too along with metals and you are likely already very low on healthy minerals due to mineral derangement. Another reason is because chelating with DMSA and Lipoic Acid is not easy, I did it myself for two years and you feel crappy getting on the round, during the round and getting off the round as the metals are circulating. Alpha Lipoic Acid will also drag metals into your brain too as it crosses the blood brain barrier and so you want the root or cause of the toxicity out of your body first before you start taking ALA. The best approach is explanting properly asap. You need to really bug them about moving your date up, you have a ruptured implant you should be an emergency case! Once the implants and capsules are removed give yourself about six months and re-test your hair. What we have found is that for the most part most of the metals eventually come out on their own if we are nourished and mineralized properly. I like your supplements which have a lot of good things for you. You could also support your glutathione levels and glutathione systems. Glutathione is your bodies natural detox molecule and that will help you detox chemicals, metals etc. After managing approx 50,000 ladies through this process, it’s my feeling that very few need to chelate metals via chelators. If you have the worst versions of MTHFR which hamper your detox ability like I do and you have a very heavy load of metals from various sources then you may need to chelate but most do not need to chelate from breast implants your body will detox metal naturally after the implants are removed and inflammation comes down in your body. Rather concentrate on remineralizing, lower inflammation and support your natural glutathione systems and get explanted asap.

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      1. Natalie Wild

        Thank you so much this is wonderful advice! I’ve discussed the matter with a Pharmacist at PCNZ she’s very concerned about the lack of information about chelating with implants, especially as Metals/Toxins results are high for women with them in. She loves this website and takes Breast Implant Illness seriously. I’ll discuss your advice with my Doctor I suspect it’s going to make perfect sense to him. Wishing you and the team a wonderful, healthy day xx

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  353. Meredith Priestley

    Nicole, I want to thank you SO MUCH for all the information here. I had my first consult yesterday and I went armed with your questions. The surgeon said “Wow, you are really well informed, these are great questions!” I feel so much better equipped to discern the right path and peace about being able to manage/care for my health with this information. God bless you!

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  354. Sophie Valli

    Hi Nicole

    I am a 50 year old woman who has been going through menopause in the last three years! I. Have Breast implants in for about 12 years and I get severe got flushes, very tired, anxiety and brain fog but cannot take HRT as I have history of cancer in the family!
    My friends are going through menopause but seem to not be as bad as me so my question is , could it be because of my Breast implants that I am having a torrid time?
    Kind regards
    Sophie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sophie,
      Absolutely your breast implants will exacerbate hormonal problems and menopause as silicone chemicals are endocrine disruptors and disrupt our endocrine glands including thyroid, adrenals and ovaries which produce our healthy levels of hormones. In general the toxic chemicals cause our glands to dry up and stop producing healthy hormones. I am producing better levels of hormones now at 53 and post menopause than I did with implants at 48. Hope this helps.

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    2. Nicholah Holdsworth

      Sophie;
      Thank you so much for sharing! Im 51 yrs old & got my implants 6 months after my son was born (that was almost 15 yrs ago) I went into menopause at age 40! 3 different antidepressants, thyroid meds (mine stopped producing) and now adrenal fatigue.
      Im starting to believe my implants definitely played a huge roll!
      Thank you!

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  355. Tambra North

    I have saline implants and have been very Ill with many affects, neurologic problems, gut problems, food intolerance problems, joint problems.. I suggest hair sample for fungus related infections. Identallergy.com is a good resource to learn . I read some where that Mentor company knew there was a problem and they had to explant people …good luck

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  356. M

    I haven’t read all of the comments on this page (there’s so many!!) but I seem to have a situation that’s a little different. I got saline implants after high school in 2001. I have had many things happen, which after reading this page I’m assuming are side effects, that most doctors attribute to some kind of depression. My implants though, were because I was drastically uneven (C+ and AA). They have given me some kind of normalcy despite being diagnosed with depression in 2003. Does anyone know of a safe alternative to implants for those of us that don’t seem to have another option?

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  357. Leah

    I would like to speak with any people in this forum who had mold in their saline implants. I had mine removed about a month ago and when the surgeon removed he was shocked and had never heard of this. Of course I was shocked too and am now being seen by an infectious disease doctor. Please if this has happened to you will you contact me. I’d like to know if you were treated with drugs for the mold. My molds are growing in a lab along with susceptibility tests being done on the molds to see what drugs will be most effective.
    Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Leah,
      Yes, many have taken antifungals both prescription and natural antifungals to deal with mold in them from their implants. Also antifungal diets and cleaning the intestines of mold which is a fungus is very important in overcoming an ongoing fungal infection.

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  358. Nicole

    I have implants and didn’t think of the future…1) the Repercussions and 2) the $….I can’t afford to get Redone or Removed…What should I do!?

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  359. Nicky

    Hello,

    I want to give hope you everyone who have breast implants now that I had my implants removed.
    I had silicone implanted in 2008 and started to have gradually problems which were getting worse after about 5 years I had the breast augmentation.
    interstitial cystitis, muscle weakness, right arm numb, left arm so painful and weak couldn’t lift it without using my right arm as support, stiff neck, nose constantly running, pain in legs and difficulty to walk fearing that I would be ending in a wheelchair, hardly able to climb stairs, IBS, moles appearing in my body, extreme fatigue etc.
    I had a full en-boc capsulectomy by a very skilled surgeon in London (UK) without breast lift. I saw two surgeons: one who thought that removing capsule wasn’t not necessary and said that us (women) were too influenced by internet… and the second one (who did my explant) who explained that he was doing en-bloc capsulectomy, taking picture, then surgery pathology report. He is very aware of this huge problem so often dismissed by most surgeons. He is doing about 3 explants a week now, and also he started a study with his patients to collect data and have some medical supporting evidence, which is brilliant.

    The morning of the surgery, before I went to the theatre, he told me that he had some patients who had some symptoms disappear few days after the surgery. I thought that would be too optimist from me to expect such a rapid result. But kept an open mind.

    My surgery went very well and of course the usual swelling, bruising, pain etc. I was back home a couple a days after. Already the weakness and pain in my legs had gone. My issues with both arms, still neck and running nose disappeared. From one week post op, my IBS improve 50 % as well as IC (all bladder issues) and still improving. Also, funny thing: week 2 and week 3 post op I have 4 moles that fell off!

    The surgeon I had is not on the list so I won’t name him. But there are very good surgeons out there and I wish all of you the very best. We can get our life back.

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      1. Nicky

        Hi Noelle,

        The surgeons I had consultations with are Paul Banwell and David Floyd. Both in London, UK.
        I had my surgery with David Floyd.
        I hope this help and I wish you all the best.

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    1. Brooke

      Thank you for your story… I am curious if the moles you are talking about are red? I suddenly started getting them too and have never had them before…

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    2. Natalie Wild

      Hello Nicky, thank you for sharing your story, I relate to your symptoms so well. I suffered a rupture in April this year. The Radiologist who performed an ultrasound immediately after the rupture explained to me that I had nothing to worry about, that any negative information about breast implants online amounted to media hype, and I could carry on with my happy life if I did nothing at all because my implant surgery (in his opinion) was expensive and only the cheap surgeries created issues for women. The problem was I wasn’t healthy or happy at all. I hadn’t been for seven years. Within 24 hours of that appointment I was very unwell, suffered heavy congestion for a good 4 weeks, unable to left on one side or sleep on one side. I still can’t wear a bra. You are fantastic for persevering! I’m so pleased you found the right surgeon and he’s willing to investigate. I will be keeping an open mind post explant. I would love to think my symptoms will dissolve post surgery but I’ve been living with them for so long that it is difficult to remain optimistic! Thanks again for sharing I wish you years and years of happiness and good health.

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  360. Kimber

    So grateful I found this site but also terrified that my poor, weak body will not make it through explant surgery 🙁 I have soooooo many symptoms, but my gut took the biggest beating by far. And then everything goes wayyyy downhill once your digestion is compromised. Does anyone know of a good Naturopath in the Dallas area?

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  361. Christy

    Hello all! I’m SO happy I came across your site! I’ve been battling extreme fatigue and brain fog that’s worsened over the years. I was actually afraid to look into whether or not it could be my silicone implants. Because that would make me uneducated in a huge life decision. I’ve seen so many doctors and no one could find anything wrong until I went to a holistic practice. They could tell me I wasn’t crazy and that my body is fighting pretty hard to TRY to stay healthy. They found bacteria, toxins and parasites. At this point, I’m so Ill that I’m afraid to have surgery but I WILL be scheduling soon. I WANT so badly to get healthy and get my life back on track. I’ve tried so many “remedies”, Supplements, meds, diets, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and nothing has helped. The good news is that I’m very well educated on how to live a healthy lifestyle and eat HEALTHY, truly clean and healthy, that I’m praying my detox before and after surgery will get me back to “ME” again!
    Thank you so much
    Christy
    Is there an updated list of surgeons?

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  362. Dawn D Allen

    I am 8 days post explant, I had my drain tubes out 2 days ago and I feel like things are getting worse, sweats, chills, emotions all over the place.
    I was the one that wanted them out, I knew what my body was telling me and followed through. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    1. Abby

      Hi, I see that this post was a while ago and I am just wondering how you are doing? Did the sweats and chills and symptoms get any better? My first thought was an infection and fever, I hope they already had you on meds to take care of that. Good luck,

      Abby

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  363. Elmarie Winter

    When the dr removed my leaking implants he discovered all my breast tissue was destroyed .I now have no breast and suffer from severe health issues

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  364. Kristine Mackiewicz

    Oh my gosh!!! Help. I’ve been real sick for about a year with no reason why. My right saline breast ruptured 5 yrs ago. I had no clue this is why I may be getting sick. I had the augmentation surgery done in 1993. The 2 doctors I have seen, are clueless. Never even seen fake boobs. Please help!!!! Thank you. Btw, I’m 51 yrs old

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  365. Soraya carroll

    Hi. Have you come across any one with Transverse Myelitis. I woke up numb one day from waist down and now have permanent nerve damage to spine and leg..its an auto immune disease/neurological disease plus I have chronic fatigue. It’s only been recently since trying to identify possible cause as docs can’t treat me and don’t know the cause that it could be linked to my 20 year old implants. I have decided to explant in August hopefully.

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    1. Andrea

      Hi Soraya. I had saline implants placed in Sept 2010. A little over 3 years later in Feb 2014 I began to experience sudden dizziness/problems with balance/right leg weakness. I had been passed around from doctor to doctor and was finally diagnosed with TM in April 2014. For the past year and a half I have been struggling with other health issues (knee pain, brain fog, headaches,lightheadedness 24/7, feeling faint, possible POTS syndrome). I am 11 days post explant and still having issues. However I know this will take time and I do not regret getting my implants out. I was never sick before implants other than the occasional flu or cold.

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  366. Heather Danyeil Moss

    I’ve been suffering for over 2yrs now and am ABSOLUTELY DESPERATE to get help! There’s way to much to type but I would love to actually be able to talk to someone about this and get advice and suggestions as how to get my life back before I become crippled by this. My name is Heather Moss and I’m a 33yr old single mother to two amazing kids but this has taken everything from me including my quality of life. My email is mossheather83@gmail.com
    Praying for some help and someone to reach out to help me

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  367. Janice Oswald

    Nicole…Thank you for posting this! I need to get mine removed and asap!! I have so many symptoms and have wondered if it was possibly from my implants. I have a feeling I’m more toxic than I realized. Headacges that turn into into Migraines often, UTI’s often, sores that they diagnosed as possible a fungal infection inside that had to work it’s way out (4 years of theses) fatigue etc. I could go on, but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I also had to have them changed right after I first got them due to capsulation. I believe the left one getting that way again. Plus they are moving upward and not the same. A doctor at the Mayo Clinic said they needed to be taken out and changed. After reading your site, i dont want them anymore! I am scared to death! For the last 4 plus years I have been so stressed over this that I had no idea where to turn. My life has been long sleeve shirts and jeans at all times, whether it’s 85 degrees outside. People would ask me “Aren’t you hot?” And I always answered “No, I’m good!” While actually I wanted to cry! So, Nicole…my question is: where is the best place to go to have them taken out and when do I start a detox program? I’m sure I’m pretty sick inside . God Blessings sent your way, Janice

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  368. Petra

    Hi! I know this might be a off the topic a bit, but could Essure add to the bad toxic symptoms? I had explant 9 months ago, but came across a website with all these metals that are in Essure! Please advise. Thanks so much.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Petra,
      Yes, Essure and Mirena ladies are having the same symptoms from silicone and heavy metals in these products.

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  369. Sylvia

    I have had saline implants for 36 years. I am 63 years old. I have struggled with fatigue and a myriad of other “symptoms” for most of the 36 years. I acquired Graves’ disease 10 years ago. I never even thought that all my struggles could be these toxic bags I have on my chest. I have consulted with an explant surgeon. He said I need to get my thyroid numbers under control before he would operate on me. I am taking antithyroid drugs, something I didn’t want to do, in order to get to the point that I can get these things out of my chest. I am a “natural” thinking person. I don’t know how I ever thought having silicone bags installed in me would be a good thing.

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  370. Lisa

    I have had saline implants since 2000. Have noticed several symptoms over the past 5 years. Most recent is severe back pain around bra band area. Is this a symptom of implant illness? Also, what is the recovery time after implant removal?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Yes, backpain is a symptom of breast implant illness. We suggest to plan on at least two weeks off work after explant surgery.

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  371. Petra

    Hi! I am 9 months post explant & feel 90% better. I am a total believer in BII, but I still get few of the symptoms to come back, especially a week before period and if I am in the sun for 5+ hours. Over the last weekend I was at the soccer game & then went hiking, but the next day I had some the symptoms to come back. Did the toxins got disturbed by the sun?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Petra,
      The sun will support detox and so you may be detoxing a bit more. Detox will unfold over months and be an up and down process. Hang in there!

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  372. Kathleen

    I have had breast implants for 10 years mine were put in by a plastic surgeon in 2008 but silicone had not been approved yet to go back into the body so mine are saline. I have had no problems with them it’s now going on 10 years . I have a back problem because I’ve had two bad accidents and a compression fracture disc that are now disintegrated sitting on nerves I also had seven shoulder surgeries due to my accident I fell down my stairs which crushed my foot not broke it it was . Do you to max it out I have also started developing arthritis and calcium deposits from my accidents. Is there a certain manufacture of the actual implant that may be causing the problem that’s what I need to know???

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kathleen,
      It’s all implants that cause problems in the body, all foreign bodies cause foreign body reaction and symptoms such as you describe.

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  373. Fran

    Are Saline implants unsafe? had mine since 2004…and for the last 6 years I been dealing with sore breasts. Especially my right one, it always hurts.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Fran,
      Yes, saline implants are also unsafe, all implants are unsafe. Saline implants are made with a silicone shell and have valves the accumulate human tissues and fluids which leads to mold or other microorganisms and their toxic byproducts. Saline implants are large foreign bodies that cause the foreign body response in our body causing immune dysfunction and autoimmune processes. There is really no difference in breast implant illness between saline and silicone other than with saline you are not likely dealing with such great chemical and heavy metal toxicity as you are with bleeding and leaking silicone implants.

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  374. Irene (rene) Rosa

    My sister died of breast implants in 1988 leaving behind two little boys who have grown up to be catastrophes. She had had the implants for four years and for four years she suffered intensely.
    There were no compensation lawsuits in 1988. Her sons never received the opportunity to sue for her death. Papers are lost. Only one or two of her friends who knew about the implants might be alive to tell her tale in a court of law. Because only a couple of her friends knew she had the implants, because the public was not aware of the illnesses from implants it was several years before we all were able to piece the reasons for her death together.
    If you made the mistake of getting implants DEMAND THAT THEY BE CAREFULLY REMOVED AND MAKE YOUR STORY KNOWN.

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  375. Kimberly Cleveland

    I see the Dr. who did my implants on the list recommended for proper removal. I’ve told him how badly I feel. I’ve told him how bad my breast hurt. He has not recommended removing my implants. I’ve basically been told I was crazy. Constant fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain, anxiety, and wt gain due to my activity level declining because of my pain. I truly believe this could be my problem. I’m glad I found this page, but concerned that his name is on the recommended list.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kimberly,
      Many placing surgeons avoid removing implants they placed as it is an acknowledgement that they cause illness. They would rather you go to another surgeon for removal. But I would press him more on it and tell him you know he explants other women and he needs to explant your implants properly too.

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  376. Melissa Garcia

    Hi, I’ve had my implants since June 2004 and Ihave pretty much all the symptoms. I have gone to my doctor with a lot of symptoms and complaints and nothing can be done due to not working unable to find a doctor to remove my implants. My plastic surgeon all he wants to do is remove and put new ones and I’m already going to be 49 this year and I’ve experienced a lot of them symptoms I work out eat right and I work out daily but I still experience a lot of the symptoms body aches muscle aches headaches sinus depression can’t think I forget . My question is is there any plastic surgery surgeons that are willing to remove my implants at a very low cost due to unable to have a full-time job and no insurance and I’m in dying need of getting these implants removed and I don’t know what to do anymore. So confused I should have never gotten these and implants and I don’t know what to do anymore. Please help I’m in Stockton California if you know any doctors that are willing to do at a really reasonable price I’d like to know thank you.

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    1. Maria

      Hi Melissa. I don’t see any reply to your comment. I am in San Francisco and need help as well. I would greatly appreciate if you could please share any information regarding a good doctor in the Bay Area that can help us. Thanks a lot again,

      Maria Sánchez.

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    2. Jillian

      You should check into Care Credit. A lot of the surgeons take it and you can finance, sometimes with 0% interest, your surgery and pay monthly.

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  377. Beth crichton

    I would like to know your thoughts regarding need to remove and/or replace implants after ten years for those not experiencing any symptoms.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Beth,
      I think it depends on what kind of implants you have. If I had saline and no symptoms and they looked good I might have continued with them. If I had silicone I would not chance them leaking or rupturing because silicone causes endocrine disruption and is toxic.

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  378. Tushanna Sumrall

    I had mine drained after one was busted in an automobile accident an I am very very sick.. I thought I was dying An I have sores all over my arms An I burn Bad around my nippel An sometimes my whole breast, I don’t have the energy to take care of myself I am only 48 An was starting to wander if I was gonna end up in a nursing home, the pain I feel is horrendous.. I was referred to this group by a friend that just had hers taken out, an I have never even been told about the capsule or dangers of illnesses or I would have never gotten them, I was a happy healthy Athlete before now I am a 200 lb human waiting to die, I am so depressed… I need help An a support group!!
    Thank You
    An God Bless for this Closed Group

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tushanna,
      We do not recommend draining implants because women who drain their implants before explanting notice a dramatic decline in their health. You do not want all the saline inside the implants washing through the capsule and inside your body. Rather your implants should have been left intact and you should have had an En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant which would not have contaminated you.

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  379. Stefanie Jo Schlund

    This is a real disease. My augmentation was in 2007. I have felt sick and extremely fatigued with widespread pain ever since. I have been to doctor after doctor with every symptom and more. I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia and couldnt accept it. I eat extemely healthy, exercise, live a healthy life.They couldnt find any other explanation. For the past 3 years my beasts have been painful abd Ive now had 2 mamograms, ultrasound, and MRI on my breasts. My lymph nodes swell on and off and I get sick regularly with no explanation. My ultrasound came back with possible rupture however the MRI came back normal. Thats when I read about BII and knew I finally have my own diagnosis. This is no doubt 100% the root of all my health problems. I thank you with all my heart and my appointment to schedule explant surgery is today!

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  380. Summer Whitestar

    I’m another victim of this horrible cover-up. My former plastic surgeon and his nurse lied to me when I knew that due to a bad fall my silicone implant was ruptured.
    Finally, last night, I found out the truth, after months of reading lies!!!
    My health has been going downhill for 3.5 years since my fall. After finding out the truth last night, I’ve scheduled with a surgeon who will, thanks to your site, be properly removing them next month. I’ve got to wait almost 3 weeks to get my consultation, then schedule for surgery.
    Thank you so much for sharing the truth!!!! I’m so sick, and nobody could find anything wrong. I’m a poster child for PII.

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  381. Sheila Yanez

    I need help finding someone to remove my aunts implants. Her surgeon who did them told her they were leaking bit he refused to remove them. This was 20 years ago. Her health has been declining as the years went by. She is now bedbound and sufferers from many many many issues all with are what I’m finding in regards to BIE. Can you please help us. She is going to die if she doesn’t get help. My aunt doesn’t have much money and is on media cal.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheila,
      Explanting should be covered if her implants are ruptured/leaking. In general insurance should cover for explant for rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection necrosis. Please contact this organization for help with your insurance covering you for explant: http://breastimplantinfo.org/insurance/.

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  382. RONDA SPEICHER

    Hello I’m very very sick with almost all the symptoms of breast implants however I had them for 18 years now after 1 year I am very ill and they said the are very safe and all of course good things about them now it’s horrifying I called to make an appoint to get them out from a diffetent plastic Surgeon and they asked why I replied because my whole body is infected cancer stage 3b esaphagal, dead thyroid, memory loss, burning in hands and feel leakage in areola both, and much more they said the doc wouldn’t agree to this I’m not sueing I just want them out I’m so confused and need help thank you Ronda

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      1. Maria

        Thank you very much for this info and for al of your support. I can’t explain with words how much this website is giving me. I’m so glad I found it.

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  383. Lelo Cude

    In 1981 I had breast augmentation with silicone implants. I have been sick ever since. More than 25 years ago i was diagnosed with lupus and sjogrens syndrome. I have had so many drugs, exams, needles and so much more that I am sick of being sick. Now I see this, I want to tear them out right now to see if that is what has been making me so sick

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  384. Nichol

    Hello! I was wondering if someone can help answer a few questions I have. So I know there is a list of approved ex plant doctors. what determines what makes them a chosen doctor for ex plant on the list approved list? And two the doctor I used for my implants also does explant surgery but is not on the approved list his name is Dr Dwight Baker in Dothan,al but he has another doctor who is in the same practice as him now Dr Martin and he is on the approved list of ex plant doctors, so my question is why is doctor Martin on the list but doctor baker is not?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nichol,
      The list of of Explant Surgeons comes from recommendations from the 40,000 ladies in the facebook group who were explanted with these surgeons and are recovered or recovering so they know they got a proper explant. Your implanting surgeon may not be on the list because no one has used him for explant and recommended him to be on the list. Not every plastic surgeon has the skills or dedication to explant women properly, actually few due and you want to ensure that you go to a surgeon that does explant properly so you recover. Please read the Explant page of this website so you understand what a proper explant means.

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  385. Anna

    I recently had a breast augmentation a year ago this past December; so, my implants have been in around a year and 4 months. I have not experienced a lot of the side effects you all are experiencing, but my hair loss has not stopped. It continues to fall out in chunks every day, and my family has no history of hair loss. My hair also started to thin about 3 months after my surgery. I’m thinking about having my implants taken out, but I’m not sure if I have enough symptoms or if I have given my body enough time after surgery?? Any advice??

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anna,
      Hair loss is a known risk and symptom of implants and detailed in patient brochures written by implant manufacturers. The sooner that your breast implants are explanted properly, the quicker you will heal and the less damage your body will experience.

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  386. Linda Byram

    So…what is our option here? If you had full mastectomies like a lot of us here, and just augmentations, what are our options? I am a YOUNG, healthy, active in all ways 60 year old who does not want to be ‘breast-less” or shapeless….any suggestions?

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    1. Irene (rene) Rosa

      Be extremely grateful to be alive – who gives a damn if the boobs are nice or nonexistent. Life is what matters. Stay alive. Be flat chested – you would probably look really really cool!! …and be breathing.

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  387. Anne

    I live in Washington and looking for an explant surgeon that is board certified and has all the credentials listed on your website. There are many surgeons but they don’t follow the strict protocol as listed on your website nor qualify based on there procedures and knowledge as specified regarding Does En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy, microsurgery, muscle repair, photos, pathology and knowledgeable about BIA-ALCL testing, etc. and all that is required when doing all necessary for healing.
    Can you recommend any specific surgeons that strictly follow your protocol for explant removal?

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  388. Amy Harrington

    I had textured implants placed in 2002. In 2004 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My breasts hurt everyday & I see a chiropractor for pain, have extreme thorasic, shoulder, joint & muscle pain. I am disabled from migraines and can’t afford to have them out @ reconstructed. I am a single mom on social security with an autistic son. I can barely function & am very depressed from no quality of life. I had a thermography done 6 months ago and was told I have lymphatic congestion & a small spot that could be cancer trying to form. I’m a 50 year old woman and need to live to care for my 9 year old son. Very scared

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  389. Elise

    Oh my gaud. So helpful. Our immune systems struggle as we age. Who needs 20lbs weight gain and cancer. Ill take temporary pain of fat transfer any day !..
    Thank you!

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  390. Genice

    Where do I start. I got my implants in 1998 and could never find a surgeon to remove them until on of them reputed. I called mentor was told since I had saline I couldn’t have a small leak but I sure did. When I finally after 6 years in constant pain and I have been really sick the Doctor I found to remove them during surgery told me I had mold, calsafictation and the actual breast implants where silicone with saline filled. When I went back to the Doctor that had originally put them in he kicked me out of his office and said he had no record of ever seeing me. I had referred my family to him and there was record of him placing them in. Still today I have so much calcium build up and have been deathly sick. It has cost me two jobs. The run around I received and no doctor would touch me cause they said I would be deformed and where worried about a lawsuit. I am just wondering why I’m so sick. I have recently been told that the calcium has moved into my lymph nodes.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Genice,
      Was the capsule tissue (scar tissue around the breast implant your body builds to encapsulate the implant to protect you) removed when you removed your implants? All capsule tissue should be removed when breast implants are removed for your highest and best healing. Leaving capsules behind can cause pain, inflammation, calcification and harbour bacteria and fungal micro-organisms which will keep you sick.

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  391. Kara

    Does anyone know of any financing options for implant removal? I don’t have insurance. I would have mine removed today if money were no issue.

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    1. Christine Turin PhD

      It’s called The Care Card. It’s a credit card that is only for medical cost. They give you a reasonable amount of time to pay off without interest.

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  392. Angelia Russell

    Nicole, I’m working on a short book about my Bii experience/ pain/ sickness/ Explant etc… I know your website it copyrighted, but wanted to see if I could use the 1st 16.5 pages ( the informational section for all women ) printed just like you have it no changes…. If yes, thanks I will give you contact number so that we can talk…. If no, thanks as well no worries….. Please advise…… I am also seeking to get about 20 statements / stories from some women to place in book along with my story..

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  393. Judy

    I am scheduled for an implant on the right side after my breast was removed due to breast cancer. I cannot stand to look at myself without a breast on that side but now I am skeptical after reading this article.

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    1. Amy Harrington

      Implants have made me so sick. I had mine placed in 2002. I was a nearly A saggy boobs with stretch marks from breast feeding. I totally understand the feeling. It’s not worth the long term health problems.
      I was told they are safe and I have deteriorated slowly. Prayers for your decision

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    2. Tracey

      Hi Judy
      I have had the same done , been in a year in August but I have had no problems so far.
      I am sure under our circumstances we would be informed of not safe from the breast clinic.

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  394. Laura

    Hi,

    I actually stumbled onto your site despite not having breast implants. I had a silicone nose implant in 2013, at the age of 27, and my health has gone downhill since. Last year I was finally diagnosed with Lupus. I’ve lost my hair, have painful joints 80% of the time, memory loss, extreme fatigue, and am ANA positive. NO ONE in my family has ever had these symptoms (other than arthritis). I don’t know how applicable breast implant illness is, but at this point, I just suspect the body does not like foreign objects (let alone silicone). No doctor will believe me here in the U.S., so I am leaving the country to get my silicone removed.

    I am hoping that the symptoms disappear after removal. Thank you for your helpful information!

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    1. Janette

      Laura, the drs., surgeons have nothing to gain by believing you… hate to say it but probably also a risky surgery so not worth the money for them to surgical remove. Of course they know there could be serious problems. Funny, not funny, I had just emailed my friend to say I have so many symptoms of lupus. So similar to what you wrote, in my case the brain fog, pain, and also blurred vision are so out of control. I would think a silicone nose implant is a medical device, if so, you can see if others have filed a report on the FDA maude database, not that it will do any good, but at least it will be reported. I hope you can find a surgeon in Europe who can help. Unfortunately there are some medical devices that can’t be removed without causing even more severe problems, which to you at this point probably seems impossible, but true…. Sure you have thought of this, and don’t want to suggest a tv reality surgeon, but that Dr. Paul (whatever) sure looks like he knows about all there is known about this type of removal and reconstruction.

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  395. Kanisha M. Macleod

    Hi!I am 50 years old.I had Saline implants put in about 93-96, I believe. I live in Phoenix,Az. My health started going down at the age of 39. I believe it was Dec.2006. A little over a month from my 39th birthday. I had drove down the street to get gas in my car. As I pulled out,a truck pulled out in front of me and I tried to react by braking quickly,but even though my mind thought to break, my leg and foot did not follow through. I hit the trailer the truck was hauling. Luckily, no one was hurt and only my front bumper suffered. The men in the truck put it back on and we went our separate ways. Once home I started feeling like I was in another world and dizzy. I called my boyfriend and asked him to please come take me to the hospital emergency. Once there I was ok,but still felt odd. The nurse called for us and from what I was told,I started having seizures. I had to be told what happened from that point and through 2 weeks following.. I had missed Christmas and celebrating the New Year. I was told by my mom that I had suffered a stroke. The doctors had told my mom that I may not survive and to prepare for the worst. I have no memory of the 2 weeks I spent in the hospital and having seizures. But I came out of it, Thank god. About a month after that I passed out at Bashas . Luckily, there happened to be firemen shopping as well. They checked me, then I was taken to the emergency room once again. Ct scan was fine, but my EKG was not. My heart had paused several times causing me to again pass out. I had a pacemaker implanted the next morning. Before all of this, I had bouts of severe depression and in the hospital for it twice after being suicidal. I had no clue what was happening to me.. I am disabled and have been for years now. I have Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue,IBS,anxiety,major depression,Antiphospholipid-Antibody Syndrome. A rare blood disorder. That is what caused the clot in the right side of my brain and then a stroke. I have poor eye sight,poor short term memory problems. Etc…. I’m sure everyone can figure out the rest. I used to be very active! For the last 5 years or so ,I have been losing hair and I only have 2 molars in my mouth. All of these things have made me feel older than I am. 😔

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  396. Nan Chot

    Hi, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 2011 and choose to have bi lateral mastectomy. I had expanded put in and followed with reconstruction and I chose to have “ gummy bears “ type of silicone put in. The set ruptured after a year and half and I feel the second set is not doing great because I can feel the edge of the bag. I am tried and always in pain to my legs, back, shoulders and all over. I live in Seattle, Washington and I don’t know what to. Should I go back to the doctor that put the last set in?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nan,
      Yes, I would start with the surgeon that implanted you but unless they are willing to explant you properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy I would not explant with them but the orginal surgeon should be made aware of your symptoms and illness from implants.

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  397. Celene

    I am here for my sister and countless other women who have had to endure breast implant illness and related disease.

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  398. Nell L

    Hi I’m 38 years old and have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Two years ago I got silicone implants. Why? After breast feeding 4 years mastitis my breasts where uneven and my left one hurt dus to no tissue and just skin. Which sagged and hurt. So I done lots of research and I was very scared of the implant procegure and predicted that this venture would turn into hell and the worst nightmare cancer.
    Well the implants messed my cycle my throat feels funny and can’t even stand up straight. I feel down and drained I feel a wreck a total and utter wreck.
    I have a 9 year old and a very very active 4 year old it’s hell.
    I was scared getting the stupid implants and when I told the surgeon to get them out he looked at me like I was mad and showed me my before picture and said ” you want to go back to that”. And even suggested I need councilling. Until I persisted explant showed him the lump and sent me off to get it checked and it ended up cancerous. The cancer has not spread it’s just in my right breast. They say I’m treatable and cureable so I live in hope.
    I went from a 32 a to a 32 c and it was just too much.
    I am living prof that implants can kill.
    Nell

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  399. Gaine

    Hi there, I have been trying to join your Facebook support group. I am not a Facebook user, but I opened an account with them for the sole purpose of joining your group for information and support for explant. I have read your policies that state new profiles or not enough personal info on a profile will not be accepted. I’m not comfortable sharing all my personal info on a public Facebook profile for everyone to see, but I am happy to share with the group. I have requested to join 3 times and been declined, which has been very discouraging and I do not think I can get help here due to my profile being new. Being declined from the group also triggers something with security so I have to take all these crazy steps to get logged back into the account each time. If you’re able to help with this, please let me know. I think being a part of your support group would be very helpful to me. I cannot figure out how to PM you on Facebook or here, so I will leave a comment.

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  400. Donna Scoville

    I have had my saline implants since 1995. The last 15 years I have suffered with scleroderma ( no one in my family has ever had it or heard of it), I am sure now it is related to my implants. I have lost a portion of a finger and a knuckle in my toe. I always have ulcers on my hands and feet. I was told about this group today and am convinced I need to extract my breasts. They are robbing me of my life as an athlete and I believe they are killing me slowly. I have worked in the fitness industry for 30 years and many of my friends have implants, they also have auto immune illnesses. I want them out as soon as possible but would love the knowledge and support of your group.

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  401. Karena Sheets

    My Name is Karena received Mentor implants in 2013 because i had breast cancer. The last few years have been terrible i see a slew of specialists due to migraines, chronic fatigue, tachycardia, blood clots, insomnia, slow healing, major allergies i have never had, weight gain, Sleep apnea, signs auto immune problems, anxiety, chest pressure, lumps, and the list continues… with no answers to why!! I am very concerned as i continue to get worse back pain is terrible! Please help i live close to Kansas City Mo. my husband and I are lost finding out about BII, it sounds just like my symptoms

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  402. Nancy Nowak Utech

    I recently saw my nurse practitioner and reviewed my complaints with her. As she read my history, I said btw I had implants as part of my reconstruction for breast cancer. She stopped, looked up at me and said, that’s the problem. Get them out. She explained she has eight other women who have gone through this, removed them, and within 3-4 months.

    So in an effort to explore this more fully, we traveled back to Denver to see my plastic surgeon, one of the most highly regarded in this country. He has national and international clients, including many Hollywood types.

    He explained that if there were truly an issue with the implants, doctors would not use them. Then he explained all my symptoms, which are most of those on your list, are all in my head. Yep. Never saw that one comin! He said he knows an aspirin will cure his occasional headache so that upon taking it, his headache is gone even before it hits his stomach. His nurse even affirmed that she occasionally has some of those symptoms. I felt like I had been slapped. How dehumanizing to be told it’s all in my head. I thought we were long past that. Apparently not.

    As a retired attorney, consider the consequences of doctors agreeing with this. Implants/augmentation is the largest part of a plastic surgeons work. If they admit they are doing harm, there are certainly lawsuits that will begin as well as suits against the manufacturers. The suits against the manufacturers would put them out of business. Suits against doctors would cost them their licenses.

    Yesterday I saw Dr. Deborah Trojanowski (480.481.0133) in Scottsdale. She listened to me. She joked with me. She made me feel very comfortable. She explained the majority of implant issues are hardness or leaking. But she said my symptoms are generally the result of textured implants. I have no idea what mine are. But we have scheduled surgery and she will do a lift to minimize that Bassett hound ear look.

    She was absolutely honest. Removal may fix some, all or none of my issues. No guarantees as there are no tests but she supports my decision as an attempt to resolve these issues. And not all women suffer from ill effects. So it’s basically a self-diagnosis, like so many women’s issues that are in our heads.

    Looking for a Phx local surgeon? Interview Dr Trojanowski. Graduated top of her class, along w two ther women, also Polish ancestry.

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  403. Kelleen Windsor

    I was already scared before i read this..ive gone through hell with breast implants..ruptured….messed up surgery. ..lumps more surgery and currently getting round with another ruptured breast implant thats so very sore…i am struggling with mental illness and dont know how to deal with this..i have no support at all…i know im going to get really sick but have no one to take care of me….thanku for yr information xxx

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  404. vicki tout

    I had a removal of implants for a “safer” version. All at once i’ve had severe aging, arthriitis, extreme dry skin leading to sores, extreme tiredness & yes im 73 but ive always looked 10-15 yrs younger but NOT NOW. Plus the drs hav declared, oh its probably some auto-immunity reaction? but nothing further… shoulder tendons deteriorating led to two shoulder surgeries. Tonight I’ve discovered under BOTH my breasts this horrebdous looking skin situation thet looks like my skin is wanting to wear away…who do i go to, where do i get help? I’m willing to follow your help! I live in Reedley, Ca (20 miles from Fresnoor Visalia)!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Vicki,
      Check your medical insurance policy and see if you may be covered for explant. Some medical insurance does cover for explant for reasons such as rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection/necrosis. Go to your family doctor and tell him about your pain and skin infections.

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  405. Robyn Gooch

    Hi my name is Robyn Gooch, my daughter india has been informing me of the BII support group n that I have all the symptoms that have been displayed.I would like to join n also acknowledge that I too have symptoms which come from breast implants. I’m 54 years young but in the last few years my body has been slowly going down hill. I have had my gallbladder removed as it stopped working but this didn’t stop the excruciating pain I was experiencing. My pancreas isn’t working so I’m on MED’s to help, n I’m not a drinker but my liver is enlarged with cyst’s n a growth in it. My memory is so bad I forget simple things in life even my children’s name’s. I have emphysema, osteoarthritis in most of my joints, nerve damage in my spine. I’m so lethargic which is strange for me as I’ve played sport n coached children n I can’t do that any more. I have 4 children n breast fed them all but the last 2 have had health problems as I had the implants in. I’m currently on a waiting list to have them removed but I don’t know how long it will take. My daughter india has thought about getting a loan so I can get them out sooner as they have calcified n I’m sure they have leaked. If anyone can give me more information I would be greatfull. Thanks for listening n thanks for this group,peace,love, Robyn Gooch xo

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  406. Mandi Graves

    Please let me join the fb group, I’ve had recent issues with my implants and my friends Tina Barclay who is in the group said this group is amazing for answering questions

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  407. glenda

    Hello all! I am having my 2007 silicone implants (450’s) removed on Valentines Day…yep, 4 days from today !!
    Most expensive V gift ever huh!
    My questions to you is…recovery. Did you have to sit at a 45 degree angle for weeks? We are trying to purchase a pillow to add to my bed so I can do so however unsure what you all did that was comfortable.
    Any advise you can give me would also be great. This will be the best V day ever…see ya 450’s!

    Blessings to you all that are fighting the fight like I am . It is so real and we are SUPERHEROES!!
    XO

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Glenda,
      I did not sleep upright at all after my explant. Some surgeons request and others do not request it and all seem to heal well.

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    2. Linda Byram

      Hi Glenda…I was reading the comments and came to yours. Just wanted to see how you are doing after surgery. I had a double mastectomy in 2005. I have the textured silicon ones. I don’t THINK I have any symptoms, but am VERY nervous about what could happen in the future, because these have been in 13 years already. My surgeon (very old school) has told me they are ‘good for life’. Riiiight. But any advice or update you could give after your surgery would be of benefit to me and most likely others who are considering removal.

      Thanks in advance,
      Linda

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  408. Bev

    In March 2006 I had Mentor silicone implants placed under muscle and never really had any issues until late summer 2017 when I noticed a large painful knot under my right armpit. Right before finding the knot, I had just successfully lost 35 lbs on weight watchers, eliminated all caffeine from my diet, yet continued to feel tired all the time. I went to family dr who did a complete blood work up (which all came back fine), recommended a mammogram, followed up by a ultra sound. Nothing was detected on the mamo, but following the ultra sound, and I was told to wait for the results. The doctor came into my room and stated that she felt that the knot in my arm pit was a lymph node that had ‘invaded’ with silicone from my implants! I then followed up with the plastic surgeon who put them in and he found it hard to believe that was indeed the case, so he recommended an MRI – MRI confirmed that there indeed was a rupture in the right breast and the capsule which caused it to leak in the lymph node. I had surgery December 19, 2017 and had the implants and the capsule removed. Dr was to remove lymph node at same time, but did not – he said he could not find it during surgery, yet, he never bothered to mark me up prior to surgery either. Follow up apt after surgery, I easily found lump again and so he has now referred me to his wife who is a breast surgeon to have the lump removed next week. They are calling it a right axillary node removal. It is important to mention that insurance did not cover ANY cost with the explant surgery, so I had to take out a personal loan to have the procedure done. I asked the dr to contact the manufacture to see if they would absorb any cost and the only thing that Mentor would offer is free replacement implants – thanks but no thanks. Needless to say, I am still feeling very tired most of the time and hope that once I get the lymph node containing silicone removed, I will start feeling better. Thank you for allowing me to share my story.

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  409. Alyssa

    Hello-I’m 38 yrs old, and have had implants for about 18 years. I’ve had chronic sinusitis for 3+ years, joint pain, rashes, fatigue, etc. for many years now as well. Thank you for this forum. I’m so ready to get these things out of me.

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  410. Tatiana Linscott

    Thank you Nicole for this website! I’ve explanted with Dr.Busby in Oregon last week and very happy with the doctor. He removes capsules (I’ve seen pictures of my capsules and biopsy report). I found him through your website.

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  411. anonymous

    My friend has recently passed away very suddenly and she believed that here implants were poisoning her body.

    Her breast implants leaked (from memory, in 2014) and she had them replaced but since here original implants leaked her health was never the same.

    She suffered from fatigue, severe raynauds, abdominal pain and back pain. Sadly, she passed away very suddenly. Her illness started with flu symptoms and then progressed to either a sever bacterial infection or sepsis, her skin became blotchy and her legs were completely purple.

    I am convinced, as my friend was, that this illness, leading to her untimely death, was down to the silicone from here implants embedding itself in her breast tissue and lymph glands.

    If anybody thinking of having breast plants reads this comment my strong recommendation would be not to do it and learn to love your body the way it is. Your health is far more important than your vanity. My friend leaves a 10 year old daughter and a 2 year old daughter without a mummy.

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  412. Marvina

    Hello! I’m so glad I found this site. I had my saline breast implants removed 2 February 2018. My doc removed the capsules too (I had them done since 2009 from the same Doc). But I’m afraid as I just read that breast feeding is a problem. I have a son 14 months old and I was breastfeeding him until 5 months (I still had my breast implants under muscles placement 8years old) . Have any of you any info if it was dangerous or not. I did not know before that breast implants were a problem for breast feeding. I decided 4 months to remove because I have 4 years that I feel ill every month, getting sick a lot and my immune system is not like before. Please if any of you have any information history about breast implant breast feeding please let me know.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marvina,
      Please do not worry, everything will be fine. Your child and your breasts will be fine. You had saline and you stopped breastfeeding months prior to your explant. All will be good.

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  413. Lesley

    I’m one year post explant this week! Implants caused a severe autoimmune reaction that caused kidney failure and I’m now maintaing my life on dialysis. They silently ruptured over a few years and migrated to my vital organs☠️If you are reading this and on the fence please jump over that fence as soon as you can ALL implants are toxic and the human body will reject them ( as it’s designed to do) it’s not if but when 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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    1. Lesley

      And please please please find a skilled surgeon that will remove en bloc or the FULL capsule to ensure full healing x

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  414. Alejandra Dominguez

    Hi, I got mentor silicone implants June 30, 2017. The surgery went great, 2 months after surgery I started to feel a feeling of floatiness in body like I was unbalanced but I never lost my balance, I have all these weird ear symptoms, like ringing in the ears. I have been to several doctors and they thought it was an inner ear disorder, I have had blood tests to check for autoimmune disorders mri of the head and ears, ear tests,everything comes back normal. I saw an otonuerologist, who told me to keep in mind it could be my implants, i have had thyroid cancer in the past, but i was doing great and never expirenced these symptoms before my implants. I am thinking of removing my Implants, I have had them for only 7 months, but I am just so tired of these weird symptoms that’s I don’t understand why?

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    1. glenda

      I am so sorry to hear of this. Breaks my heart for you.
      I know it is depressing and expensive, but you need to get them out.
      Have you seen your surgeon?
      I have had mine in since 2007 and am explanting in 4 days.
      I am ready!

      Sending prayers!

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      1. Tracy L

        Im not a breast implant patient, but a cochlear implant one. Most CI implants are covered with silicone. I believe that I had been sick 15 years increasingly getting worse from the silicone. I am 4 days explant so far and I have never felt so good in 15 years!

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        1. Joan

          Hi Tracy…what brand of CIs did you have? My daughter is a bilateral recipient and what you have said worries me. I myself have Mentor silicone implants and I have just started looking into getting these things out of me.

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  415. Trixie Gardner

    I want to join your group on Facebook but it’s not working. I’ve had saline implants for 15 yrs. I know that I’ve had BII this whole time and did not know. I want to educate myself more.

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  416. Dominga Cantu

    I not sure if my illness is cause by my implants but I have been to my doctor so many times and been given medicine after medicine and I still can’t get rid of my sinus infection cause that’s what he says I have. I need to know if any of you had this symptoms mine are post nasal drip , coughing lots of mucus.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dominga,
      Yes, post nasal drip, mucous and sinus infections are common symptoms with breast implants and likely from fungal and not bacterial. Most persistent sinus infections are from fungus.

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    2. Jenn Charlebois

      Hi Dominga,
      I can’t beleive I’m reading this. I’ve also had nasal drip for the last 5 yrs. just assumed it was allergies so I just deal and keep going. It’s miserable. I’ve had Mentor breast implants since 2009. I’m so ready to get them out. I had a feeling that maybe they were causing problems in my body but had no idea there was an actual illness until just now. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  417. Yasmin

    Hi, I had Mentor silicone implants for 3 years before I started getting severe rashes all over my body. The rashes were oozing pus, severely itchy like horrible eczema. I had the implants removed and my symptoms dissappeared. But the surgeon did not remove the capsules. It’s been two years since my explant. I still have the rashes but only on my breasts. I need a skilled surgeon to remove the capsules and reconstruct/lift the breasts. Can you please recommend someone. I don’t know which dr to choose from the list .. I’m so scared the symptoms get worse if I don’t use cortisone to control it. Please help. I’m willing to go anywhere to fix this. I’m a single mom and I don’t want to die from this

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  418. Susan Tedrahn

    My saline implants leaked 4 yrs ago. Due to “life” I was unable to do anything about it. Now that I’m on Medicare I now can, but insurance is wanting proof, so I’m scheduled for an MRI on Wed. In the mean time ,I’m taking three high blood pressure meds, my hair is thinning, I have trouble sleeping, and right now, I’m having trouble lifting or moving my arms. I’m also dizzy and light headed, and it’s becoming increasingly worse. I just spent all week fighting a bladder and kidney infection only to be told that the culture showed no presence or growth of bacteria. Doctors and insurance are moving too slowly. I do not know if Imgoing to live through this!!!

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    1. Lesley

      Oh goodness I don’t want to scare you but v similar to me please do what you can to explant ASAP I didn’t in time and my kidneys failed I’m now on dialysis only 36 years old with a young family .. good news though even although I now need a transplant ALL of my other symptoms are totally GONE ie fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue swollen joints red eyes hair thinning all Gone since explant 1 year ago this week ❤️❤️❤️

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  419. Nancy Aldrete

    Hello, can you please add me to your fb. I was wondering if you know if Kaiser will cover for the explant. Thank you.

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    1. Delfina G.

      Yes , Kaiser will explant but NOT by Enbloc method ,they will cover the removal of the implants ONLY . Best to check with Kaiser’s plastic surgery Dept. & speak with a Surgeon directly, it may also depend on what state you live in .

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  420. Sandy Joscelyn

    Implanted with Allergan Silicone implants in 2009 duty to prophylactic double mastectomy. Started having strange symptoms within 2 months. Doctors had no idea what it was. Hypothyroid turned into Hashimotos disease. Thyroid antibody 500+. Brain fog so bad that when I was speaking I didn’t make sense. Couldn’t breath, out of breath all the time.
    Explanted 10/20/17.
    Some of my symptoms subsided after a few months. I can now ride a stationary bike for 15 min and haven’t been able to get past 6 min. Looking forward to getting up to 30 min.
    My brain fog has gotten so much better.

    I am looking forward to all the symptoms going away. I went on a natural probiotic to help with the Candida and bloating. So far feeling better.

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  421. AW

    Nicole,

    Thank you so very much for this information, I had a mastectomy in 2010 and had implants put in. I have been to various doctors with every one of them telling me they see nothing wrong. Each time I have a doctors appointment I am hoping they find something wrong so there can be a fix so to speak, but nothing. I have since given up, tired of making copays or meeting deductibles and have just decided to live with “just not feeling well” . The plastic surgeon who did my implants has been very nonchalant about whatever complaints I have, tellling me the breasts seem fine and that he cannot see any sign of leakage.
    Two days ago my son suggested that I get a second opinion, I told him I would, however, I kept thinking, well, my plastic surgeon is a reputable surgeon…. however, in reading your article I will get a second opinion.
    Again thank you, I now have hope that I can feel better again and know that I am not crazy🙂

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi AW,
      No, you don’t need a referral from your doctor to go to the surgeons on the Explant Surgeon’s list.

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  422. Brenda

    Thank you…helps me on my way to do this. So many questions. Been on the fence but know i must explant…i got 3 1/2 years before retire and doing this while i have a good ps and remove no cost…not wanting the lift. One is ruptured side scar tissue…i have some if symptoms too. Scared too.

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  423. Mary

    Hi – I’m so glad I found this site. I had 375 cc over the muscle implants in April of 2016. I’m 52. I was always very healthy, Until I got my implants. About a month after I got them I started to get dizzy, had tingling in my arm, slurred speech, brain fog, and a racing heart. This went on for over a month. Shortly after that I started having a sensation like the left implant just felt like a very heavy weight. I tried so many different bras but the only relief I got was when I actually held my left breast up and the pain would go away. I was miserable and I decided to explant. I am one week out from the explant surgery. I am so glad I did it but now my issue is the same as before. I’m very very uncomfortable and the only relief I get is when I actually hold my left breast up and the pain goes away. Could this be some kind of nerve damage? I’m wondering if anyone else has had this and what you did to help yourself. I’m really disappointed because I thought I was going to have relief from this. Please help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary,
      When you explanted, were your capsules removed too? If so you got a proper explant and that means it will just take time to heal. The breasts and adjacent tissues heal over a year. By the end of the second year it feels like you never had implants, the breasts feel normal again. If you did not have your capsule tissue removed you may have to have a second surgery to remove them so you can heal entirely.

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  424. Clarity

    I need help. Right after intimacy I have the following symptoms: Breast soreness, nausea, nerve twitching and frequent sharp pains in one of my breasts. I feel as though I am pregnant (I am not) and I believe these symptoms are linked to my saline breast implants. Can someone help me. I can’t get out of bed today.

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    1. M Silver

      I have the same exact symptoms. I have had the implants for 10 years. I also feel the nausea i have is tied to the saline implants.

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  425. Monica

    Are there any natural alternatives for implants? Hormone therapy seems to be dangerous but I’m extremely underdeveloped and it has effected my life and self esteem on so many levels, and it ESPECIALLY effects my love life when I finally get one. Sometimes I feel like I should just stay single to avoid disappointment and being hurt. And I hate looking at myself in the mirror. I look like a 1 year old girl.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Monica,
      Yes, you can look into fat transfer. Join the facebook group called Fat Transfer to the Breast and learn about that.

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    2. Lisa

      Monica, I felt so sad when I read your post because I can relate 100%. I used to constantly compare myself to other women and I hated looking in the mirror. I don’t know how many times I cried over my breasts. We live in a world where breast size seems to mean everything and, if you’re not born with naturally big breasts, you just go buy them. It seems so easy. I had wanted breast implants for about 18 years and it became something that I couldn’t stop thinking about. I even consulted with a few different doctors but deep down I knew something didn’t seem right. They all told me that there are very few side effects (capsular contracture etc). Then I found this website and began to read. The stories on here opened my eyes and literally changed my mind about getting implants. Since then, I went to work at a new job and one of my new coworkers confidentially shared with me her story. She got extremely ill after having implants ( skin and bones- she literally looked like she was dying of cancer when I met her). She ended up having to have them explanted. More confirmation that I made the right decision. I know several women with breast implants and so many of them have the symptoms listed on here and don’t even recognize that they are from their breast implants. It has given me opportunity to share with them. Anyway, I am so glad that my husband never wanted me to do this or I would’ve already had them. My husband loves me exactly how I am and, trust me, if somebody is disappointed by your body, they are not worth being with! The right man will fall in love with YOU and love every single detail about your body because he’s in love with YOU! Trust me, I know how hard it is. I literally went through about 3 years of counseling battling this exact issue but I have learned that my God designed body is absolutely beautiful just the way it is. I really hope that you can learn to love yourself exactly the way you are. It took me a while but I got there because I stopped letting the media and shallow people tell me what I’m supposed to look like and I started appreciating the beauty that I have and appreciating the health I get to wake up to every single day. It is a gift! You are beautiful EXACTLY the way you are. I hope you can learn to accept that. You will be so much happier!

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  426. Donna Rovito

    I seriously feel I have this problem. Making a appointment today. My question is after the skin is stretched since 2009 what am I to expect after surgery? What should I expect over all?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Donna,
      Skin retracts after explant. Unless your implants are large your skin will most likely retract after your implants are removed. In some cases some women choose to do a lift too and that removes any excess skin and lifts your breasts. Breasts also fluff up after implants are removed as the implants depress the breast tissue but after removal and with time for healing breasts may fluff up. Over all many women are surprised and pleased by how well their breasts look and heal after explant.

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      1. Mary

        Hi Donna – I had my explant surgery one week ago. My implants were 375 and 400 cc over the muscle. I was worried about how I would look but I am very pleased. I only had them for 20 months but I was in pain most of that time. Best of luck to you.

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  427. Adrian

    I’ve been wanting support and more info about removing my implants but have been denied access to your Facebook page twice. Nice support group.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Adrian,
      If you are selling something via your facebook profile you may not be approved. There are so many coming to the group attempting to sell things and make money from vulnerable ladies that we no longer approve profiles that sell the myriad of MLM products being flogged on facebook. Otherwise, the only other reasons you may not get approved is that your profile gender is not female, or your profile is too new or sparse for us to tell who you are.

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  428. Sarah Woessner

    Hello! I have question and I feel like I have nowhere to go for information. I do not have breast implants, however I had a neurostimulator implant that consisted of wires started across my forehead and at the base of my skull and go down along my spine to a large battery that was in my hip. I rejected the implant big time but it took me years to decide to explant. I finally did but they basically just pull it out of your body, do not remove any tissue.

    Now I have so many co-infections it’s shocking and detoxing has been pretty extreme. What type of doctors could I talk to about my explant procedure? I know my scar tissue is toxic. Could I eventually detox the tissue without surgery?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      Interesting. Serrapeptase is an enzyme that breaks up scar tissue and also biofilms of co-infections, I know lots of ladies that have good success with it.

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  429. julie a

    I am new so sorry if this is a dumb question but I am confused on the “lift & fat” that I keep reading about – where can I learn more about that? I have not had explant yet. I was an AA before the implants, so I don’t believe there would not be anything to lift. Since I am so small, it seems like the fat would help fill me out a little bit after explant. I assume it is best to do “lift & fat” at the same time as the explant, yes? So is the lift just for people who already had more breast tissue to begin with? And is doing the fat harmful or negative in some way? If the fat is a safe option, why didn’t we all do that instead of these terrible implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Your question is not dumb at all. Lifts are best done on ladies that have something to lift. Lift and fat transfer can be done at the time as explant but some surgeons prefer not to and like to do lift and or fat transfer at a later date after healing from explant is finished. Fat Transfer is the future of breast augmentation and a much healthier option than toxic silicone breast implants or moldly saline implants however Fat Transfer can have it’s risks too and not be successful. Your best bet is to do a lot of research on it and pick the very best surgeon you can afford that is known to produce excellent results. Dr Urzola in Costa Rica is one such surgeon however there are others too and even a facebook group called Fat Transfer to the Breast.

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      1. Connie Jones, MD

        Hi all,
        I would caution any woman considering fat transfer as an alternative to conventional breast augmentation. Basically, fat from other parts of your body is injected into the breast to increase the size/volume of the breast. To accomplishe this multiple injections with a fine needle are required. The initial cosmetic results may be impressive however the long term complications are the usual not the exception. Because of the “trauma” of the injections many women develop hard masses in the breast called oil cyts or fat necrosis. This can significantly interfere with your self Breast exam or your doctor’s clinical breast exam for the detection of breast cancer. Additionally, as a breast radiologist in practice for over 20 years I have never seen a patient who received this type of augmentation that did not at least a moderate decrease in the ability to read the mammogram because of the extent of fat necrosis. The reason that this is an issue is that breast cancers can be obscured (covered up) by the fat necrosis, as well as make it more difficult for the radiologist to differentiate benign from malignant findings. This could result in a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer that would have been more easily detected had the woman not had the procedure. The purpose of augmentation is cosmetic which an acceptable reason to have augmentation, however I do not want women to overlook the significant downside of potentially delaying or missing a breast cancer diagnosis (which can obviously significantly impact your life).

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Dr. Jones,
          Thank you for this important comment! I also posted your comment and book in the facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole which now has 30,000 women in it and grows by about 200 women per day. Come to the group if you are not already in it.

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  430. Jennifer mccarthy

    I think I am suffering from breast implant illness. My implants were placed in May 2014. Where do I go to first to get any tests or MRI’s. My primary care or an endocrinologist. Not sure where to go to get help.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      If you have the symptoms of breast implant illness which came on after getting implants you are likely best to move straight to planning your proper explant. On the Symptoms page of this website lists tests that suss out damage implants cause in our body. The Explant page describes what a proper explant is and the Surgeons page lists surgeons in your area that you can consult with that may do a proper explant.

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  431. Jennifer Moran

    I just found this site. and wow! I’m so sick of being so sick. Having them removed the 14th. I remember due to the double mastectomy they said they had to use …? mesh lining to stabilize the area for the implants… would that be able to be removed after 9 years?? not gonna lie, I’m scared. I feel this is worse than when I first found out I had breast cancer in 08.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes the mesh has to be removed too and it is made from the same crap and causes the same symptoms.

      Reply
  432. MARCIA ALMEIDA

    Also, I wanted to add that I think this information is important to get onto other sites for the sake of women who are not on Facebook, like me. I find the article through a Google Search and it was the only one of its kind. I am on Twitter and this information could be spread worldwide quickly one a site such as that or Instagram. Just a thought.

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  433. MARCIA ALMEIDA

    So good to see this site. I had a right mastectomy in 2008 and silicone implants at about the same time. I started noticing a difference with the mastectomy side implant probably a year ago. I want to note that I’ve been extremely healthy my entire life. My breast cancer was caught very quickly so there was not too much suffering afterwards. In 2010, I developed a blood disease ITP. I wasn’t on any medication but Tamoxifen, which the doctors said “Nobody is allergic to this.” My next thought was the implant, so I had an MRI, which detected nothing. I discontinued Tamoxifen and within two weeks was completely healthy until this year. I can probably check off 95% of the symptoms you list right now. I’ve been mentioning my breast size and feeling around it for almost a year, to be brushed off as something else. I recently developed hip and groin pain following the arm weakness and chest pain I’d been feeling. I’ve done every test but the MRI, because insurance does not ever approve MRI before an unnecessary Ultra Sound. A month ago I was given a CT Scan with dye, which caused immediate pain behind my implant and now I have bloating in my belly. I had an ultrasound today, which showed nothing. My surgeon who performed the surgery says that my symptoms are not the regular symptoms for breast implant leaking and that he will see me when he gets back into his office in over a week. My family practitioner is sending me to a different surgeon, so I’m hoping to have luck with him to have these things removed. Praying for insurance to approve the MRI soon as I get sicker by the day.

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  434. Elizabeth

    Hello, I had textures mentor silicone implants placed 6 months ago. I’m experiencing throat clearing, pain in one shoulder, ringing in one ear, and anxiety which I’ve never experienced before. I believe these symptoms could be due To toxcicity from the implants but I don’t believe I’m ruptured. I go for explant next month as I haven’t felt well since I got the implants. A few questions.

    How important is en blok for me? My surgeon is willing to do a complete capsualectomy with the exception of having to leave some of Capsual due to it being suck to ribs. She said she can “vigorously” scrape any capsule left to try and break it down. Is that a good idea or should I just have her leave that tissue alone and let my body absorb it? Do my symptoms seem to be more related to toxcicity rather than silicone since I shouldn’t be ruptured?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy is very important for you because you have textured implants and absolutely all capsule tissue should be removed. Please choose a surgeon skilled and dedicated to removing all capsule tissue as we know this correlates with healing.

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  435. Jennifer

    I live in California. I am being told that you legally can’t get the encapsulated scar tissue back, only the implant. Is this true? The Dr. said the medical system won’t let them give it to me. They can only
    give me the implant. They did say they would take pictures of it.
    -Jennifer

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Your capsules should be sent to pathology after explant for testing and from there you should be able to have them returned to you.

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  436. NinaDuong

    Fortunately, I found this site. I applied to join the group on facebook with the desire to learn and plan to remove it. And I want to bring useful information to the people around me who are intending to lift the chest. May you accept me into the group. Thanks

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  437. Vicki

    I had a Bi-lateral Subcutaneous Mastectomy in 1986. I was told that my doctor did not use silicone, so I felt that my implants were “safe”. One year after my implants were inserted into my body, my whole immune system broke down, and I did not know why. Going from doctor to doctor, finally a doctor told me that I had systemic candida from all the antibiotics that I had been taking for years and years for my respiratory issues., I bought the diagnosis and tried to move on.

    In 1994, I noticed a large bulge right by my left arm pit and became very concerned. I called my plastic surgeon and then he met him at the hospital. My plastic surgeon did an Ultrasound and said that my left breast implant had ruptured! I then found out that I had the Double Lumen Implant (second worst implant on the market at the time!) which had silicone and saline bags in each breast! YIKES! I had both breast implants removed in 1994 and did not get another set!

    I have been going to alternative doctors since 1987 and doing detox. Ever since the end of May 2017, I have been going through the most intense detox I have ever been through in my life with the silicone and saline pouring out of my body! I will be getting more lab tests done in a couple of weeks along with silicone testing to see where my numbers are NOW!

    I would like to hear from women who are going through detox to support each other through the detox to recovery. My e-mail address is :
    azcelene@gmail.com

    Thanks!

    Vicki

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  438. Ashley Gostkowski

    Hi! I’ve had my implants for 12 years and have been thinking to remove them since I had my baby last Sept. And I’m still breastfeeding him. Does anyone know if this could be affecting my baby too? I had an mri done a month ago and they said no leakage

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  439. Teresa

    Has anyone been to Dr. James Butterworth in Kansas City for explant? He’s listed here but I can’t find any reviews for him anywhere, and he’s not even listed on Real Self, at all. Thank you!

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  440. Linda white

    This site is amazing. I been Have most of this issues stated but non of my doctors have even subjected it could be my implants. They are twenty years old and the problems started about twelve years ago.
    I have asked to join the Facebook group and I am calling my doctor in the morning.
    Thanks so much

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  441. Jess

    Hi Nicole, I am so glad I found this website, so thank you. Having had Textured Silicone implants for 16 yrs, I now realise the symptoms I have are most defiantly related. I have requested to join the Facebook group as I need to understand as much as possible what I might be facing. I set up a specific Facebook Account to join your group, but I fear as there is no history on it that you may decline my request. I can email you details such as my original Implant Operation notes, my Instagram account etc. Please can you email me when you get a chance. I am in Ireland, so I am really looking to connect with other people close to me. I fear my choices of en bloc surgeons will be limited due to my location. Previously had MRI to check for MS (Came back clear), Nerve Conduction Test (came back clear), Chest X-ray, courses of Antibiotics, swollen Lymph nodes groin and chest for a long time and still, fatigue, tinnitus, chest infections, pain in ribs (front and back), strange sensation in upper back every day, Psorisis, cold sores, sore throat……currently waiting on more blood work results for Celiac, Thyroid etc.

    Many Thanks
    Jess

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  442. Aj

    Hi. I had my BA a year 1/2 ago. I originally wanted saline, but my surgeon pushed me to get the gummy bear implants due to low scar tissue from breast feeding 3 kids. Ever since my surgery iv been experiancing major health concerns. I started getting calcified stones in the back of my throat around my tonsils (never had b4 in my life) i can taste metal in my mouth when i know theyre there. I now clean them out once a week. Severe night sweats, fungal inflections on my face, inflammed lymph nodes all along my throat, rashes on chest/back/arms, Nasty body oder, fatigue, no sex drive, head n neck pain, discolored circles are appearing on my left boob, pain on certain parts of my boib i cant touch, hair loss and worst suicidal thoughts! Im not me!!!!! I gad just went to my ob and ge even said something was going on just be looking at my skin! Hes been my ob for 17yrs and i trust him with my life!! I was referred to another surgeon which i see nov 20th. I know my body and my health and i know these toxic death traps are causing all my issues. Im just hoping this other sugeon will hopefully find something or know that these too are causing my ailments. My ob thinks it maybe an allergic reaction?? But when your doctor look at you and with the face of concer asks “why you went with silicone/gummy because most surgeons dont go near those kind in our area due to the issues they cause” makes me even more scared/ and concerned for what i potentially done to my body!! I was never warned or told when i was in consultaion, just asked if i googled them!! And was told they were 100% safe. I went back to my surgeon 10 months after w/ server pain and was told its part of the healing process. He sent me for a mammogram, i was told that was fine. My
    incision area is still not healed, bright red/pink to this day!! F***er just wanted get my money so he could open is “wellness” center!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Aj,
      Read every page of this website and it will give you all the information you need to explant those toxic bags properly and heal. It is early and you are catching this quickly and will heal quickly once the implants and the capsule tissue are removed. We live and learn <3

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  443. Claire Newby Comnick

    I’ve had my implants for a little over 2 years with complications with the left one. The left has been replaced 3 times. At the start of this journey not one person warned me about the toxic materials in implants. I’ve not been healthy for such a long time. I’m getting my explant December 15th. In just the past 48 hours I’ve learned so much. Soon I will be 100% me.

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  444. Wendy Carter

    I’ve had Kaiser for 25 yrs and they have never checked me for any of these diseases. How can I find out if I have hashimoto, fibromyalgia and these other issues? So far I have been diagnosed with chronic depression, gerd, ibs, unexplained weight gain, hair loss, joint pain, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, bulging discs, arthritis, anxiety disorder, night sweats(now fully post menopausal) and deep chronic depression. My endocrinologist cannot find out what is causing my symptoms. She says I need more estrogen and sends me on my way. It’s not helping. I have an appt with her Dec 3rd. I am going to ask her point blank if it could be my implants and I will be recording this conversation. Anyone have suggestions on questions I should ask her?

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    1. Missy

      Wendy, I have many similar symptoms! I have 11 year old saline implants. Do you also have blurry or farsighted vision? I have nausea and reflux even though I’ve been on a prescription grade antacid for over a year! I’m currently on 2 antidepressants to combat the crippling anxiety and terrible depression. I am a fitness trainer so I workout regularly and eat a healthy diet. I’m only 39 but I feel like I’m 79! Joint pain and full on tendinitis in both elbows.

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  445. Karen Johnson

    Hi,
    I had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery two years ago. I opted for the “gummy bear” implants.
    Ever since I got these implants I have been sick. I have chronic fatigue, migraines/headaches, joint swelling and pain, insomnia, food sensitivities and more.
    Kaiser told me that it could not be because of the implants. My doctor felt that it was a psychological issue and put me on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication,
    pain medication and sleeping pills.
    I decided to go to an integrative doctor outside of Kaiser. He helped me get off all the medication. He diagnosed me with candida, Epstein Barr, Adrenal fatigue and Thyroid issues. I was able to get some relief, but, I am still ill and often unable to get out of bed.
    I used to be a very active person. Even through chemo I was able to ride my horses and workout. That has not been the case since my implant surgery.
    I’m not sure what to do now. I don’t think Kaiser will cover having my implants removed.
    I would appreciate any suggestions you have.
    Thank You

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karen,
      Your integrative doctor was very good as those issues he treated you for are common issues to ladies with breast implant illness. Go back to your integrative doctor and bring the website and ask him to recommend that your implants be removed. Gummy bear implants are very toxic to us as the chemicals and heavy metals they use to make the silicone gel cohesive are very aggressive and toxic to us. Also your insurance is required to pay to remove your implants. The medically approved reasons to remove implants are capsular contracture, rupture, pain and infection necrosis. I would approach on pain and infection (the candida infection). The reason that silicone implants cause systemic yeast and Candida are because the silicone chemicals damage our Thymus gland (located right between the implants) and so we have immune deficits in T-cells which control yeast int the body.

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  446. ashley

    I am desperate for some answers as to what is going on with my health. It’s causing me to become depressed and not who I normally am because I have been to so many doctors and specialists with them being concerned with everything from MS to the most recent “diagnosis” of diabetes (only based on having high glucose levels) and fibromyalgia. No doctor will even acknowledge breast implant illness and in fact I’ve been told that im just having anxiety attacks which at 31 years old would be an odd time to start having anxiety. I have had my silicone gel “gummy bear” implants for 10 years now and for the past 2 months I have been extremely sick. My symptoms include extreme joint pain, dizziness at times, anxiety (now bc I’m in pain) muscle spasms all over my body all day long, my hair is falling out more than the normal few strands on a brush, I’m weak and I do notice a difference in my implants. One feels very rippled not noticeable when you look but I’m told that gel doesn’t always migrate outside of the implant even if their is a leak. I feel like every dr tells me either it’s in my head or I have an auto immune disease but they just can’t seem to pin point which one. My mri and cat scans of my head were normal so no MS. Does this sound at all like BII??

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ashley,
      Please start planning your proper explant instead of wasting time on diagnoses and watching your health decline further.

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  447. Vanessa Park

    Hi i have saline and live in the uk.no on is linking my cfs and all the other symptoms to my inplants but me. Iv been trying to have them removed for a year now but through an ultra sound they tell me they are not leaking they are rippled thats why they swell and give me pain. And if saline leaks in ur body its safe. Are there others out ther with saline and health isues?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Vanessa,
      Saline breast implants cause all the same symptoms as silicone. I suggest you use pain as a symptom, pain of the breast, chest, neck, shoulders and back. Be relentless with expressing your pain to them so they put you on the list to explant. They have a mandate to get rid of pain in the all medical systems and they will respond to pain on the same level as a rupture.

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  448. Annette

    Very interesting article! Thank you…..I am having my 20 year old implants removed in 8 weeks. I was NEVER happy with them. They are saline implants. Is there
    a toxic problem with saline implants as well?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Annette,
      The shells of saline implants are silicone too and so yes are also toxic. In addition to the chemicals and heavy metals of silicone, saline have a port for the fill valve and this port can collect human fluids and tissue and colonize mold in the port which produces nasty biotoxins which are toxic to you and can cause a cascase of inflammatory symptoms.

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  449. Selena Bina

    I have Saline Implants, and I am ill. Last Friday, I had a doctor run most of these tests and today, they came back normal. I am still ill, and my eyes are swollen with blue marks under them. My lymph nodes are sore, and I have constant headaches. I am frustrated and don’t know what to do at this point as I haven’t enough money to get the implants removed. I am greatful to have found this website and also to know that I am not crazy or stressed.

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  450. Joanne Pilling

    Iam so glad I have come across this site i have been troubled with most of the symptoms i have read on here depression fatigue thyroid throat cramps muscle pain its been so bad for so long i think people think it’s in my head I have no energy what so ever and been on so many different pain killers its untrue all these hundreds of trips to the doctor wouldnt you think someone would realize something is wrong! Well back to the doctors i go with this list

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  451. Susan Garner

    I’m new to this group and so far am only seeing mention of silicone – mine is saline. Where can I find the most updated information on saline implants?
    Thank you so much. Susan.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      The information of the website and the group is for both saline and silicone implants, the shell of saline is silicone and both types of implants cause these symptoms.

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  452. Cristin

    Hi Nicole,
    I just sent a friend request to you. I am brand new to facebook, and I hope I can join the support group because I need and want to have my implants removed. I would very much like these other ladies’ opinions and experiences with their surgeons.
    Cristin

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  453. Ann Narry

    I had a rupture in my silicone implants in 2014 . I had them removed removered and was told that they were silicone. I have health problems , no one seems
    to want to talk to me in regards to the implants. I have been to several doctors.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ann,
      When you explanted your silicone breast implant in 2014, were the capsules (scar tissue that grows around the implants) removed too. From our experiences we know that in order to heal completely all the capsule tissue should be removed too because it is full of biofilms of bacteria/fungus, silicone particulate, silicone chemicals and heavy metals and it’s prescence continues to stimulate the immune/autoimmune response in the body and symptoms will continue if your capsule is left inside you. All explant should include removing all capsule tissue. Consult with your explant surgeon to ensure that your capsules were removed and even request a copy of your explant operative report to find out exactly what was done during your explant. Also ask about how much silicone contaminated your chest cavity and how it was cleaned out? Ladies that have been contaminated with silicone find Low Dose Naltrexone helpful in dealing with symptoms from silicone. Also supplements such as Glutathione, Alpha Lipoic Acid and NAC can be used to assist detox of silicone. Dr. Shanklin did studies that showed high levels of Inositol caused silicate to be excreted in urine and so Inositol can be used to detox silicone as well.

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  454. Susan Bazzell MD

    Hello Nicole, and thank you so much for including us (The Raad Taki Plastic Surgery Center) as a referenced explant center on your informative and well-composed website. Dr. Taki has developed a fact sheet which includes answers to your recommended questions for explant surgeons, and I have included a portion with answers to the anesthesia questions, if you are at all interested in including it on your site as a PDF next to Dr. Taki’s contact information. We are also collecting data from our explant patients related to chronic localized or systemic fungal infections that were present and treated while implants were in place.

    If at all possible, would you be willing to update your stated cost of explant at our center? It is listed as $2600 but that is incorrect. The actual price is $4000.

    Thank you so much,
    Dr. Susan Bazzell
    Anesthesiologist
    Raad Taki Plastic Surgery Center P.C.
    bazzell@takiplasticsurgery.com
    Tucson, AZ

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  455. Heather

    Please help.. Anyone in the New Jersey area have any recommendations on plastic surgeons? Looking to get explant and worried they won’t take all the skin around the implants out correctly. I’ll even go to PA I just want this done right.

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    1. Heather

      Also I am trying to call around and see who does the en bloc and so far they are saying they are not allowed to return e implant… I am so confused. I know that you suggest dr Brian Buinewicz and he returns the implants but he doesn’t have good reviews and i am nervous about that obviously..

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  456. nico

    hi,Nicole i am hoping to learn from other women about the dangers of implants.
    i had a bilateral implants put in in 2008 after breast cancer

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  457. Halina

    Hi Nicole. I have 19 yo ruptured breast implants. This is the second lot of implants that have ruptured. Has anyone in this same situation had success in having an enbloc/total capsulectomy? I am anxious that silicone will spread & further leak to my organs. I have had two consults with PS’s & am seeing another on Wednesday. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you for your support and knowledge which has helped thousands of women. ❤

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Halina,
      Those implants have to be removed asap. Lots of implants that ruptured are removed En Bloc. Please choose a surgeon that is skilled at En Bloc explants.

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  458. Chris

    Hello Nichole,
    Is there any way to connect with the Facebook community without having this information be public? I do not have a Facebook account but my sister does. She is very worried about the privacy issue if we use her account. I would be willing to open one but then my account would be too new and not have enough history. Both of us are going to have explant surgery soon and would like to know these other ladies’ opinions.
    Thank you so much,
    Chris

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  459. Kim murphy

    Hi
    I did not know about getting the capsules out when i had my implants removed a week ago. Just found this site today. I had them in for 20 years and have RA and hashimotos which im sure was caused by implants. Now im wondering if there is anything i could do now.

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  460. Arthur E. Brawer, M.D.

    The latest peer-reviewed manuscript concerning silicone gel-filled breast implants was published on September 5, 2017. To access it, google the journal “International Annals of Medicine” – this is an open access journal, and the PDF article can be downloaded without cost. The title of the article is “Mechanisms of Breast Implant Toxicity: Will the Real Ringmaster Please Stand Up.”

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  461. Wendy

    Nicole, please, how can i tolerate anesthesia and pain meds? Desperately need explant surgery, asap., I litterally can not tolerate any meds, supplements, etc ?

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  462. Michael O'Sullivan

    Hi Nicole, I wanted to say thank you for making this information available. I am writing for my wife who is Chinese; to ask if you are aware of any means (other than Google translator or other translating apps) to get the information available in languages other than English.

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  463. LILLIAN Kramer

    Yes I too need to find a Dr. Surgeon, Here in San Diego, Ca. not afraid of losing his license, to extract my implant, that is causing severe MS Type symptoms, now having to use a walker for mobility. Restless leg syndrome nightly with constant leg muscle pain, keeps me awake. Taking Tylenol 3 with Codeine, for pain, for years. ..ORIGINAL DOW IMPLANT “TRUST” ADDRESS…LEADS NOWHERE FOR PAST 15 yrs. for patients, might be a connected scam” address for Dow Chemical.? Thank You for this Web Site* and its comments.. Maybe now we LADIES will get action from a sincere trusted Legal Professional Organization that is not scamming $ off the top, while patients have died waiting for their proceeds and settlement $$ to come threw. Lillian. 8/31/17

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  464. Veronica M. Earnest

    OMG! I Have this! Iv have had two sets and the first were Mentor, Ruptured, and replaced. I’ve been sick ever since. I have a appt. tomorrow but ‘am very nervous as this office is the same office that put them in. Different doctor but, same office. I’m going to ask for a second opinion. I am so Overwhelmed! 12 years Iv been struggling, And there is no legal recourse for me. Good Lord. This is so Sad. My Life and body disfigured for ever. Wow….

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  465. Michelle

    Update on breast explant on July 28 – 2016. I received my pathology report back recently which states – benign fibrous wall capsule with focal multinucleated foreign body giant cell reaction . Was wondering if u could explain this diagnosis to me. My plastic surgeon doesn’t believe in breast implant illness – he just read the diagnosis matter a fact ly but didn’t explain any further . My husband looked up the diagnosis and said that it meant inflammation which is where I had many health issues of pain – on the right side of my body. I was hoping to find some answers on the net but didn’t really find much . Thanks so much

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      I would contact your surgeon and phone the pathology lab that did the report and ask them to explain it to you. From my research it does mean inflammation which is common from breast implants.

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  466. Teresa

    Thank you so much for all great information! I am explanting with Dr. Barnett January 24, 2017 and am really looking forward to it!

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  467. Rhonda Haynes

    Just now reading about this. I have had a lot of these symptoms. I’m not sure what I can do at this time but I’m definitely checking into getting my implants removed.

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  468. Yvonne villagran

    Hi I just want to let you know my symptoms and could it be my implants.? Had them in about 5 years or 6 I have head pressure vision disturbance numbness tingling in hands when asleep my legs seems like tiny patches of white coloring severe fatigue my nose is always stuffy chest sounds raspy like there is congestion in there sometimes a feeling of burning anxiety has gone high always had it but became worst I feel doomed My left breast always in pain goes down to my arm and armpit sometimes but my left breast always hurts I scare myself and think it’s cancer what could be causing all this my implants? What are this symptoms? I live in Los Angeles anything near me if I want to remove them where do I start? Thank you so much🙏🏻

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  469. Heather Storer

    Can you recommend an explant surgeon in Cape Town South Africa?
    Thank your website and Facebook page!

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  470. abigail

    Hi Nicole, I was wondering if you could email me the list of surgeons in the UK that are recommended for ex plant surgery I don’t have a Facebook account so unable to get it from that group.
    Many Thanks
    Abigail

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  471. Bridgett

    Need help or support wth having ruptured implant removed and also removing one that isnt ruptured cause ive been having alot of lupus symptoms and being really really sick…need advice please

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  472. Sheryl Culwell Gilreath

    I would love to have all information on symptoms that are or could be related to silicone breast plants.

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  473. Yolanda Patiniotis

    Forgot to mention…your FB is so informative and encouraging!! Thank you… I spend all my free time reading comments about how these damn things made us sick. Even though I’m quite shy… if I have them removed and feel better… I will proudly post it all on the page.. to warn women against BA. Specially young women …my own daughter wanted it done until she read your webpage and scrolled though the comments.

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  474. Yolanda Patiniotis

    Hi. I have joined your FB page…thank you for accepting me and sit here astonished at the amount of women that explant. I didn’t know of its existence until a few weeks ago. I had silicone implants put in over 22 years ago. Since then, I have been constantly sick, and diagnosed with possible MS.. and definitely Fibromayalgia, rhaynards and the latest addition other than migraines, sever asthma. I am from South Africa, and went to see one of the two doctors you recommended on your list. I was expecting her to say I will feel better and yes I do have BII…but she was very vague but did insist that they must be removed. Further to that she didn’t suggest another set of implants or a lift ( however my best friend who also wants to explant that went with me, was told that she will replace the silicone with saline) This confused both of us and left us quite confused. I’m so uncertain as to what to do. I want to be healthy that I do know. But if the implants don’t leak, or have a don’t have tear.. do they still toxify us.. the words enbloc and capsulectomy wasn’t mentioned and I don’t understand the importance of it. She did mention the capsule but would only remove if it is damaged.? I am..as I’m typing this, sick with bronchitis for the 3rd time in two months …an ongoing situation in my life, I had to quit excercise because of the asthma and is in constant permanent pain. If there is a remote remote chance that I will be better if I have these implants removed I will do it immediately…I’m desperate.. I have quite a high profile job, and the ever exhaustion is affecting my work more and more over the years. Any advice would help please. I didn’t want to post this on the FB page for privacy reasons only. Have you had any ladies contact you from South Africa? Seems mostly from the USA.?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Yolanda,
          Implants don’t need to be leaking or ruptured to tox us. Silicone implants microscopically leak from very early on through a process called Lipolysis. Many implants are well leaking by 6 to 8 years. Not sure why she (surgeon) recommended to replace with saline to your friend, perhaps she felt that your friend did not have symptoms or illness from implants like you and did not want to do without implants and so recommended replacing with saline. Both silicone and saline implants cause symptoms and illness. Replacing silicone with saline won’t make your symptoms go away. Your explant must be En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy so choose a surgeon that is knowledgeable and skilled at removing implants this way and is committed to removing all the capsule tissue from your chest. Removing capsules correlates with recovery. You will regain your health with a proper explant, detoxing and time to heal.

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    1. Postal canary

      So sorry u r struggling.
      I have never understood changing the filling of the implant. If it’s silicone or saline. Either way, the implant itself is made of SILICONE!! It’s still in our body’s. It seems just the implant material itself is problematic. But I never see that mentioned.
      U might want to check ur home for mold. If u can afford one, a good airpurifer that u can roll from room to room would be very helpful as far as ur lungs go. Even help with feeling SPACY.
      Lots of people that have this breast implant issues also develop chemical sensitivity to everyday chemicals. Cleaning products perfume body gels and lotions laundry soaps make up. It’s not the smell it the chemicals that can make u feel really sick.
      One minute u might be ok. Then ur not. Ur kind of dizzy, ur eyes and face maybe burn.
      Ur muscles can start cramping. U may even feel instantly HUNGRY or just sick.
      Look around. See what changed in the last 20 mins. . Did someone walk into the room? Did u hug someone? Is a delivery truck idling outside? Look for patterns.
      R u more stuffed up in one room than another? Watch ur dairy intake. Dairy creates mucus.
      I now have Chem sensitivity, if I just sit in a chair that had someone sitting in it yesterday, that wore lotion or perfumes or used scented dryer sheets I get so sick.
      It transfers from their clothes to the chair to me. It’s miserable.
      Makes just going to the drs office miserable.

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  475. Rose Rees

    Nicole, thank you for your reply. I can look back now and understand why I was foaming at the mouth. For weeks, I had trouble speaking. Choking and foam kept coming out of my mouth. I would put a Kleenex to my mouth and see the foam in tact. I also would spit out foam into a glass. It was horrible. Now I know the implants caused this. I had no idea. My nipples both leaked out white clear fluid and my dr dismissed it as no big deal. I trusted my dr and he kept me on meds, more appts, more specialists, more tests……all the time implants were to blame. He knew…..now I know better. I am petrified of what Dr. MArtin Giuffre, plastic surgeon will tell me tomorrow. Sure hope he will set implant removal date. He has my implant info from April 29, 1982. Dr David Campbell was my original surgeon who is now retired – they worked together. It’s hard to find an explant surgeon. Educating myself has left me fearful of medical people. BII is new to me. Found your site 6 months ago. I was told implants were good for life, so I never thought twice about it. The 2 motor vehicle accidents in the last year have left me at a disadvantage. They collided into my vehicle both times. It was then, that I paid attention to my breast area, I felt that my left side had ruptured and my right implant was hard. Physio and chiro made me aware of the pain, my chest area is a 10 for pain…….. I am on overload. The mva took vision away from right eye and I am waiting for surgery – I would attempt to see Dr. FEng or Dr. Chun if I did not have to deal with that. I am blessed to have found you. Nicole thank you for all you do and for being there. You are an angel sent to me. I hope I get through explant safely and am able to tell you all about it. At age 65, I wonder how much more this body can take. Sending love and hugs. ❤️

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  476. Elinor Mcauley

    Hi, I just came across your site as was searching for implant allergies, I have mine some 5 years ago and seemed to be fine, however after 4 years of going to the doctor with chest infections, breathing difficulties, sharp stabbing pain in my breasts and in my head, tight chest-which they put down to anxiety, dysphagia, dizzy spells, IBS, pins and needles, my face sometimes feels numb on one side, diabetes type II or “supposedly” as the doctors say, I get large hives all over and most days I am literally exhausted and cannot think straight, much of the time i slur my words and even forget them. I have had so many tests over the last 4 years and again they put it down to anxiety because they cannot find anything wrong with me, blood is fine, a recent sputum test indicated that I was coughing up something nasty but they do now know what it is as my chest x ray looks clear. I am at wits end because there is nothing else it can be and it all started certainly within one year of having the implants. I am currently depressed and yes I do have anxiety but imho it is because i just feel so unwell all the time, I may have one day where I am not too bad. Can all this be because of my implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elinor,
      Yes all your symptoms can be from your implants and are very common symptoms from implants. Please seek a proper En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant and start your recovery and healing.

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  477. Margret "Marte" Simpson

    Hi this is in reference to the CA group I lived in CA, had my surgery in Santa Barbara, CA & am considering having consultation with Dr Chun. My after care is being considered as have family & friends in CA who may be better at this than our 2 adult sons here in NV, husband working in NY & would not be available & i’d be home alone.

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  478. Bonnie

    I have lupus, arthrtis symptoms, hair loss, fybromyalgia numbness in my face, pins & needles in my feet & hands chronic fatigue & raging headaches all brought on by now i knpw my implants 😠

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  479. Bonnie

    Thankyou for the info i have had implants for 11yrs now & been ill for the most of that but never put it down to them untill now now i just want them out! I have an appointment at a local private hospital next thursday the 10th august 2017 & i have found what you have said about having the capsules out informative i didnt know that bit do now thankyou

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  480. Yvette Clary

    Dear Nicole…
    Please help me…I’m not sure what happened. I submitted a request to join your BI healing FB group and was accepted. Posted for recommendations in my local area and also joined Dr. Chun’s explant group to help me understand this journey better. But now I am unable to access your FB page and I don’t know why…😥

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Yvette,
      Your profile is sparse and has no personal pics with comments on and so you were removed. Can you add a photo so we can see who you are. We have an approval process and we must be able to ensure you are who you say you are.

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      1. Yvette Clary

        Hi Nicole…Thank you so much for responding to my post. I’m so sorry you weren’t able to learn more about me from my recent FB posts. Sometimes I get so busy as a nurse and life’s challenges overwhelm me that I tend to just stick to more inspiring posts rather than personal ones. But today, in response to your request, I added some memorable moments of my life to my timeline so that you might consider reauthorizing my access to what has been one of the most resourceful and helpful FB sites to me at this time in my life. I’ve truly missed all the encouragement I have found on your site and the very insightful posts from those who are walking this journey before me. I have so much to learn and honestly can’t do it without you and our FB community. Thank you for being here for me…May God richly bless you for all you are and all you do.

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  481. Paige Delcambre

    HELP!!! I’ve been to 2 plastic surgeons that refuse to acknowledge that any of my symptoms are related to my implants, my pregnancy 2012 triggered a chain of events in my body, started with vasculitis rash on left breast & now random spots on body , no cancer (thank goodness) my list of physicians, primary, rheumatologist dermatologist, internal medicine, oncologist.

    Mentor saline year 2006

    I don’t want more implants…. I want to feel human again!! Not have “autoimmune” symptoms with no test confirming, except I’m ANA (+) very low titer

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Paige,
      Don’t waste more time or money on doctors that won’t acknowledge breast implant illness. Go straight to finding an Explant Surgeon near you from the list on this website and start planning your explant.

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  482. Britni

    Hi,
    I just got BA in March of this year. I have always had back pain and anxiety. In the last couple months my whole body aches, severe hip pain…even hurts to touch or put pressure. I have had dizzy spells where it feels like I drank a whole bottle of alcohol. I went and got blood work done and my white blood cells and and lymph test are both off which is a new thing as last year it was fine. I was wondering if I could in fact feel these symptoms so soon? I love my implants and do not want to get rid of them. I fear I will get rid of them and no changes will occur and I will end up finding another cause of these symptoms and regret removing them.
    Any help is appreciated!!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Britni,
      I had the same symptoms that you had from my implants and those are very common symptoms from breast implants. Consider this question, were you healthy before implants and did all your symptoms come on after getting breast implants? Nicole

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  483. Debbie Goad

    I am an older implant survivor. (61) had implants put in in 86 and out in 94 after being on explant list for two years due to waiting list. Was very fortunate to have Dr Marguerette Barnett do my surgery. Love her to this day!! So now I am wondering what all the older ladies dealing with? Besides chronic pain and fatigue……all my once healthy teeth are breaking at the gum line….

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  484. monica stinnett

    Hi, I was a member of your Breast Implant illness Group and for some reason im unable to access the group. Can you help me ? When I click on it from this page it says error. Today I added a lady that had messaged me from a post I had shared about the dangers of implants. She too had implants and was very interested in more info. I’m not sure if when adding her I somehow removed myself or what happened. I appreciate all that you are doing. I’ve def learned a ton and can’t wait to explant this summer! Have a blessed day..

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  485. Louise

    This is an update to my recent post of July 17…I forgot to mention that I was involved in a breast implant class action lawsuit against Dow Chemical, in about 1993, and it took 12 years to get a settlement. I was promised, in writing from the judge, that I would receive a settlement for damages of $500,000., but DowChemical, at the time called Dow Corning, filed for bankruptcy to protect themselves from the huge number of claimants, and I only received about $10,000. after many years of attorneys and endless paperwork. So hardly worth it. I was also on disability at the time for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other symptoms that my doctor felt were caused by the breast implants. Needless to say, if I had never had breast implants, I may have led a healthy, productive life and would never have had to experience such a decline in my health and finances.

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  486. Louise

    I had silicone breast implants when they first came on the market in the 1960’s. I won’t go into my long medical history, but just want to say ..do not get breast implants, even if they are the saline. You body will react to a foreign object, no matter what, and you have no way of knowing what that reaction will be. I had my implants replaced several times, due to encapsulation, rupture, infection, and finally beast cancer. I had breast cancer twice, and a left breast mastectomy, which is the side I had the first infection and rupture in. I also suffered from chronic pain and discomfort, and my entire body was painful and sensitive to the touch, and I was tired and irritable all time. I have been cancer-free for 10 years. Your life is too important to worry about what size your breasts are. Just be grateful if you are in good health, and be happy with what God gave you.

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  487. janbee

    Can someone woman please tell me there average time for draining after Explant? My right breast (old dow corning textured of course, was still draining for two months, and think it could have continued. I just couldn’t take having this drain which. I was aware of constantly. At one point the surgeon and I thought maybe I should go back in the hospital, neither one of us was really up for that one after the two months. My IQ is very low due to severe brain fog, and the other site, is hard for me to keep up with.
    I would be grateful for responses. (I had two cosmetic procedure) one breast implants, the other just come “safe cosmetic injections per the surgeon, that almost killed me” Warning.

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    1. Stacy

      I explanted 7 weeks ago and still have to go in every week to be drained! It is on the side thst i had the 1992 Allergan textured capsule left in too!

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  488. Krys

    Hi,

    I requested to join your facebook page twice but keep getting denied. I even explained in my 2nd request that I am a very private person and created a throwaway facebook account specifically for that reason and to join this group. I provided my personal e-mail in that request as well as offering to include my mentor memory gel serial #. Can you please accept me so that I can seek additional resources and support??

    Thank you.

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  489. Char

    I’m so happy for this website. It has brought awareness to me in so many ways. I have silicone gel implants and have had them for 7 years. I went to my explanting physician and he told me that I do not need to get a capsulectomy. He said he could tell mine was very thin and no need to complicate things. He said he would do it but it was unnecessary. That I was making a simple procedure complicated and it would be more pain for me that’s not needed. Is he right? Can I get full recovery without getting the capsules out? I am having the surgery in 2 weeks so please help me make the best decision so that I can finally rid myself of these horrible symptoms. Thanks in advance.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Char,
      You absolutely need the capsules removed. Plastic surgeons have no way of knowing how thick or thin your capsules are and most every woman has significant capsule/scar tissue and this tissue is full of silicone chemicals and silicone particulate and biofilms of microorganisms. Studies show capsules do not dissolve on their own and if left in you they continue to stimulate an immune response in your body and you will continue with autoimmune symptoms and diseases and capsules hold infections. Left over capsules can even calcify and cause great inflammation and pain in the chest and body. Left over capsules interfer with radiology too. Removing capsules correlates with recovery and leaving correlates with continued symptoms. Your silicone implants need to be removed En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy which means a special procedure and obviously your surgeon is not skilled or experienced with proper explant and I suggest you choose a surgeon that is so you can recover fully.

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  490. Kristy

    Some of these symptoms really hit home. I had my first set done in 95 and have had 4 replacements since die to capsular contraction twice, scare revision and when my pocket wasn’t made large enough for the implant to drop down into. I’ve since had to deal with vertigo and had a neurologist tell me I will suffer with it forever. Makes me think it could be from these nasty implants. I deal with pusitate tinitis in one ear as well. Have to take meds for it as needed depending on how bad it gets. Is there help with the cost of the explant? Can someone tell me what the cost is for this procedure? I would be very interested in getting this done and getting back to my normal self.

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  491. Rebecca

    Please help…I wasn’t GOOD enough for my ex…so at 20 I had great implants…silicon gel….I have had them over 40 years…..insurance won’t cover anything…and if it did….they don’t accept it!!…it has to be cash…..I am feeling my life ebb away…the pain is impossible….I’m scared…mammogram…broke them…twice….but sure they were broken before….they have moved up….one near under my arm…..,I cannot be in the sun….I was just givin antibiotics as a precaution for round rash on my neck…a circle….I’m in pain…..I have every symptom…but I’m in NJ….I wish SOMEONE WOULD CARE……I barely exist….tears every day…I’m trying one last time for hope….thank you for listening….Rebecca

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    1. Kim Roelke

      Do you have Medicare? They will pay for it. I had to give my doctor the correct codes to bill, but, it worked. You HAVE to emphasize the pain, NOT anything to do with BII. I have an email address of a lady in WashingtonD.C that helps make sure Medicare pays. Email me if you want it.

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      1. Debbie Fontenot

        Kim thank you for posting! I just got a referral from my Internist sent over to the surgeon I’ll be meeting with next Tuesday. I know in her report, she included pain but she also said she felt they needed to be removed due to being 39 years old and unable to do mammogram for risk of rupture and that she suspected Breast Implant Illness. Hope she didn’t mess things up for me! Please share the codes. Are these codes to be given to the surgeon???
        Thank you so much!
        Debbie

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      2. Judy Rodriguez

        Hi lady I’m interested in removing my implants bcz I got many of those symptoms, do you said Medicaid pay for that ?

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    2. Kristina

      Google explant financial assistance. There is help out there. My insurance covered the full explant/en bloc after having silicone gel implants for 25 years. The PS wrote it up as they were causing pain in breasts and leaking and submitted it to the insurance company and they approved the procedures. I am now 4 days out of surgery. The drains are terribly uncomfortable but overall I’m having a good post surgical experience. There is hope! Don’t give up.

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    3. Bonnie

      I my god you poor thing shame you are not in the uk they would have taken them out for you for free i can sympathise with you i have been ill for years & only jut realised it was my implants doing it all is there no charity based organization that can help with costs?

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  492. Charlie

    Hi Nicole, firstly I thank you so much for taking the time to put this information together and to communicate and support women who are sick, blessings to you! After being sick with almost all of the symptoms listed and no doctor being able to tell me why I made the decision to explant and had the surgery done just over a week ago. I think it is important to note that I had all the relevant tests done and was assured my implants were fine but at the time of surgery one was ruptured. I shiver at the thought of how long it may have been ruptured and I didn’t know. As yet I don’t have any obvious improvements but I am certainly looking forward to health. One of my strangest symptoms has been irregular heartbeats and palpitations, i have had extensive cardiac investigations and my heart is physically fine but it is all over the place and I am booked in for an ablation as a last resort, I am wondering how long it has taken for other women who have had irregular heartbeats as a symptom for it to correct, should it be instant or has it taken time for it to return to normal. I am concerned about getting an ablation if there is a possibility it could heal itself now that I have explanted. I appreciate any feedback as I don’t have the option of choosing Facebook to see others stories.

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    1. Veronica

      Have you had your thyroid and adrenals checked? Dysfunction in those areas can cause those heart symptoms. I have those issues occasionally with autoimmune thyroid problems (Hashimoto’s) and my doctor prescribed a beta blocker to use only during those episodes. Stress really seems to affect me, I haven’t had to take the meds yet…

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      1. Charlie

        Hi Veronica, yes have had extensive tests done on heart and adrenals, thyroid etc etc. have tried multiple meds and nothing was working which is why I thought it could be the implants.

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      2. Postal canary

        Chemical sensitivity makes my hearts race or skip beats. Hate it.
        Perfume and lotions on other people do it to me. Sitting in heavy traffic too from all the exhaust fumes.
        Weird but true. Lol

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  493. Jennifer

    If I have saline implants can that cause these symptoms? I have to figure out whats wrong with me. I cant live like this anymore.. Very frustrated.
    I have to find out whats causing me to feel so horrible. I cant gwt enough sleep if I do sleep I never feel rested.. I feel so weak and tired like a tired I have never felt before .I honestly feel like my body is dying. Please someone help!!!
    It kills me to think about losing my beautiful perfect breasts. I have modelled and have been very hard on myself over my looks but something has to give its been 5 years since I got my implants and I cant hardly take this anymore.. My hair is so thin and stringy. I cant stand to be in the sun I break out in a itchy red rash 2 to 3 days after I have had sun exposure. I just feel like im losing my mind. I have had trouble swallowing. I get panic attacks. It just has to ro stop. i cant live this way, if anyone can help or has info to help me I would greatly appreciate it.
    Jenn…@ inkedjaebae@gmail. ty

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes saline breast implants cause the same types of symptoms as silicone, after all the shell of saline is made from silicone too.

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    2. Tammy

      Hi Jennifer
      I just wanted to share with you my daughters experience. She too modeled. One of her worries was loosing her beautiful perfect breast that she had in for 9 years. She became sick shortly after her implant were put in. She was very sick for a long time to the point she could no longer work. model or care for herself. We came across this site three years ago and realized she may be sick from the implants. She had her saline implants taken out by Dr. Kolb in Georgia three years ago. Many of her symptoms are gone but she still has some lingering issues that may never go away due to having them in her body for so long. But shes able to work again and she is still beautiful and looks great. She is very happy that the implants were removed. The longer you have them in your body your symptoms will get worse and possibly other illness will come.

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  494. Jen

    Requesting to join the FB group. My friend added me as I have had health issues she thinks could be attributed to my implants. She added me to the page

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  495. Mary B.

    Hello Nicole,
    Thank You so much for your help and resources to help women identify their illness and ways to heal. I recently had explant surgery in Michigan from Dr. DeRosa whose name I received from your list. Dr. DeRosa explained the whole process of before and after. Dr. DeRosa`s staff is really incredible as well. Dan and Tim are always there to guide, help and support. I am now two weeks post op and definitely feeling releif. I know it`s a process to heal so I am now working on the detoxification diet.

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    1. Cynthia S.

      Hi Mary B., How are you doing now? Could I learn of your experience with Dr. DeRosa? I am looking for someone in Michigan to explant….I look forward to hearing back. Thank you, Cynthia

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    2. Cynthia S.

      Hi Nicole, I went off of FACEBOOK in 2014….If I set up a new account, will you accept me even though it will look scarce? I am on Instagram and following Breast Implant Illness and others….Unwell for 10 years which is when I got my implants, many days bed-ridden. My Plastic Surgeon who implanted me said he would be happy to explant for $5K plus but would only remove tissue that he deemed necessary and not En bloc because you risk puncturing a lung and there can be a lot of bleeding involved. He also said for those he has explanted, that the patients have seen no marked improvement in health and that there are no studies to prove BII exists. I can see why no improvement in health when the toxic capsule is left behind. He also asked if I wanted to be considered for a segment on The Doctors or Dr. Oz because I have an interesting story and it is relevant to this time. They would give me a free ticket to LA or NYC and would have me tell my story, show me in OR and document my journey…I said I would like to share my story but would need to think this over. I knew a little about En bloc but then came upon your website and understood the critical need to perform explant with En bloc, I have silicone gel implants. I will not be accepting the offer to tell my story in that forum or utilizing this well known plastic surgeon. It’s like my healing and journey would be set up to fail and would be a feather in the cap for Plastic Surgeons and implant manufacturers because in fact my health would not significantly improve because the garbage containing all the toxins would be left behind… Please let me know and thank you for all you do. I look forward to hearing back… Cynthia

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  496. Ambrosia wilder

    Hi, I think I have breast implant illness and feel like I’m going to die. I’ve detox and detox and had got a lot better then my tongue started swelling and I started getting nerve twitches everywhere… now I have internal trembling. I started a facebook which I didn’t have so I could join your group but think the acct is to new for you to approve me.

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  497. Chuchie

    Just had my explant on 5/22/17 best decision I ever made I had all the symptoms I had saline implants done 2006 5 yrs later I started experiencing trouble swallowing then came the migraines, hair loss, joint pain in my knees, shoulders, feet back , neck. Brain fog, blurred vision, dry skin, inflammation on my hand feet, bloating stomach looked like I was 9 months pregnant, acid reflux, my eyes were so puffy in the morning and believe me I was constantly at the doctors office, I didnt have arthritis, he could find absolutely nothing wrong with me from all my symptoms. I came across this website and I decided to have the explant and let me tell you I feel great I did start detoxing I can now sleep which I had not been able to in about a year. All my symptoms are gone. My breast are a lil droopy since my implants were behind the muscle, but I don’t care I have my life back. I was a prisoner in my own body with those implants. I feel great and healthy, I honestly felt like I was going to die didn’t know what was wrong with me.

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    1. Bonnie Webb

      So great reading that your symptoms have gone ive got all the symptoms seen every consultant at my local hospital & just been pumped with lots of drugs that make me worse! Iam due to have these bads boys out in nov 2017 & hopefilly i will soon feel my old self again.

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  498. Valerie Fuller

    I am suspecting I may have breast implant related illness. In my research I have read where women have had the implants removed due to illness and they say they feel better but no definitive insights or research stating that it truly healed them over the long haul. Can I ask about your experience? Did you recover and get your life back? Thank you. I appreciate your website.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Valarie,
      Yes, I recovered the better of my health and most women who are explanted properly (En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant) do recover the better part of their health with detoxification and time for healing. Nicole

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  499. Michelle Aldredge

    Please May I join your support group . I have had many problems and sickness from saline implants . I have had them removed some of my illnesses have become less or better but I am still having many issues that have changed my life . One of my implants had a pin hole leak over a long period of time , I went to many many doctors finally my husband found a Website this discribed all of my systems , I went to visit a doctor and with in two days that took my implants out ….. most of my really horrible sickness of toxicity stoped and the rash that covered most of my eventually went away .
    Please if you read this I pray I can express the need to have regular exams by a caring doctor and you never face these health issues ~
    M ~

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  500. Jackie Hill

    I have had silicone implants for over 20 yrs. Both have leaked and are very hard. I even think there is a large lump of silicone to the right of my breast where the side breast would be (is that possible?) I am72 years old and figured I was too old to do anything about it, but when I got on the website and read all the symptoms I realize I have a lot of the same problems. Is explant a very painful surgery, especially for a 72 yr,old?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jackie,
      We know several ladies in their seventies who explanted and are healing well. Nicole

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    2. Terri Hinojosa

      I am 44 years old, diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens and connective tissue disease. I had my saline implants removed (they were 15 years old and I had a grade 4 capsular contracture). Within three weeks of explanation and capsulectomy, I was symptom free! I have my life back and so thankful for all the information you gave! Bless you! Terri

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      1. Beth

        I have similar symptoms like rheumatoid arthritis but nothing ever comes back in the blood tests. Did your pain and swelling go away?

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  501. Robin wallace

    My breast are saline filled I had them done in 1989 I have had mammograms done no problems until this last year I had a swollen lymph node now I have swollen breast and feet and hands and thyroid disease. But I have a appointment with a plastic surgeon tomorrow to have them remove because I know they to can have issues.

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  502. Beverly

    I’m all emotional scared but most of all I’ve been sick for so long ,I got my breast in plants 1986. Thx you I’m ready to find out more

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    1. Beverly

      Doctors have put the label of Lupus on me I so stressed just got another molar pulled out becuz I’m alway have ear ache left side of my neck hurting head fog mist days HELP

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  503. Donna Henn

    I had bilumen implants removed after 7 years with the development of fibromyalgia and CFIDS. That was 23 years ago. I have flare ups of fibromyalgia and CFIDS since that time. For the last month I experience severe intermittent breast, underarm (left) and left shoulder blade pain and am wondering if this could also be related to the implant leakage. But this is new. Have ruled out cardiac and GERD issues. Has this been reported before after so many years? I welcome any feedback.

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  504. Joleen Johnson

    Need to find a more qualified primary physician that is board certified and knows about long term effects. Precancerous tissue removed in 1982, implanted silicone implants Nov. 9 , 1982. Explanted with the same implants in nov, 2005. My chest with gutted with clearing, the silicone. Still have a small about of silicone by my heart. To dangerous to remove. Still very sick . need a utah doctor to help me. Mine isn’t board certified anymore. Please help.

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    1. Christine Critchfield

      I went to Dr. John Hijjawi and had explant surgery at the Intermountain Surgical Center at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, UT. Dr. Hijjawi took extra time removing my explants, because the previous Doctor, who exchanged my silicone implants with saline implants, left behind some of the silicone implant. Dr. Hijjawi removed everything, and then flushed out the area. He did understand that my health issues could be caused by my implants. It took me long enough to figure that out, but hopefully, I’m on the road to recovery!

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  505. janbee

    Grass Roots thanks to Nicole and other women who didn’t back down. I got so sick from two type of implants, I was bed ridden for years, Apparently some men who have MD next to their name, didn’t know MD stood for Medical Device. No clue what I was walking into. This is more of a personal note of thank you for the woman who were able to carry the message, for me I got so sick I lost the last nine years of my life, mostly bedridden, going to a doctor to give them my $ for answers they didn’t care to think about.
    Reminded me of the code of Blue but in our case “blue scrubs”. Today at yet another doctors office, a good guy but couldn’t really help, I was “chasing” my health back, while waiting I saw a tv commerical, going the other way now ‘advertising’ to compensate breast cancer victims due to breast implants. This never would have been the case without this grass-roots effort. I have beyond brain fog, confusion, due to a special type of implants. Yes I know this isn’t the “right” place to write but inflammation and confusion gets so severe. While these surgeons profited, I lost close to everything I worked so hard for, sure all women understand that.

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  506. Marilyn Dillard

    I have had implants since 1998..second set..no problems.. I now have itching under my arm on rite side..also had cancer prior to implants..over that..cancer of lymph nodes an part breast..all on right side..now I’m having feaver in that same side an sticky mouth an metal taste..tests an several Dr later..no diagnosis..thought it was sugruens..nope..my implants are old but haven t bothered me till lately..had knee surgery an haven’t been the same since. Eyes nose mouth super dry..no energy constipated an use to be a 6mile a day walker..no energy an colon problems…food ex@erbates the metal taste…could this have anything to do with my implants?? My financed are exhausted…I’m 75 an been hi energy great health. .gone now.. Help please…want my good life back. Thanks…my breast surgeon is gone now…soo need info for Dr.here..I have Medicare..Thats it..

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  507. Rebecca

    Hi, first I would like to thank you for this site! Words can’t describe the gratitude I have. I have been suffering for the past 8 years. For the first 4 years my doctor told me I was just getting older, I was 33, and that was why I was losing hair by the handful, gaining weight that I’ve never been able to gain even pregnant, and losing all muscle strength. Then my hands began to swell and turn purple. He then ran blood work and I was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease. Since then I have undergone all types of medication, including methotrexate. I still got worse. Headaches, muscle aches, joint pain, shoulder pain, and about 95% of the other symptoms you list. I have been to several specialist who all chalk it up to the auto immune disease, fibromyalgia and raynauds. In my mind I knew it was something else. I even have an upcoming appointment with a functional medicine Dr. 2 days ago I had another flare up, which is severe pain throughout my body. I started looking up mold as I had exposure as a child. I found an article about mold in saline implants. I’m now certain this is the issue. I had my implants put in in 2002, 8 years ago would have put them at 7 years. It all makes sense now. I could never understand how I could only have a few symptoms from each of these diseases. I have been telling my husband for over a year I though it was some sort of fungal infection as I also have yeast infections more than not. After reading your website it’s been a rough 2 days. Lots of crying, anger and even depression. Yes, I’m slightly vain, that was why I got them to began with. I was 100 lbs and looked like a boy. My boobs made me feel like a woman and gave me the confidence to conquer my life goals. I went to college 3 times. I didn’t want attention so I got the smallest size, I just wanted to feel like a girl. I am now 40 years old and have 6 children who I can’t play with due to this. I have already scheduled an MRI and consultation to get them removed. I know my health is more important and this is the only option. I’m not getting new ones. But I have to admit I’m sad. But I think it’s ok to be sad, as long as I’m on the road to a solution nothing else matters. My questions for you are do you think it went too long? What are my chances to recover once my blood says I have this terrible disease? Can i do anything in the meantime to slow the progression? Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the info. My family thanks You! My kids are so happy to have hope for once. And I am beyond words for describing my gratitude. For the first time in 8 years I have hope. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rebecca,
      I had my cohesive gel for seven years from 2005 to 2013, I explanted in 2013 and followed my detox regime on the Detoxification page of this website. I also found out that I am MTHFR positive which hampers my ability to detox by as much as 80 per cent. But I still detoxed and recovered, it just took me a lot longer than most and you will too. You will recover and heal but it won’t happen overnight, it will unfold over a few years. What is crucial to your recovery is that you have an En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant and then follow my detoxification advice on the Detoxification page. You will need mold treatment too, follow Dr. Richie Shoemaker’s protocol for mold removal and diminishing chronic inflammatory symptoms. I suggest also testing for MTHFR and supporting yourself with the proper methylated B vitamins and Hydroxy B12 shots which most of us will benefit from as toxicty depletes our B12 and low B12 really messes us up. Don’t worry, it is not too late.

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      1. Rebecca

        I just want to clarify, when I asked if I could recover I was referring to the autoimmune disease. My blood has shown positive for mixed connective tissue disease for 4 years. I still need to do tests for mold, scheduled with 2 Dr’s in 6 days. Have you seen anyone with this degree of infection heal? I know I might not, but is it possible or do you think the implants caused this incurable disease and I cant reverse It?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Rebecca,
          I was diagnosed with Unspecified Connective Tissue Disease too and it went away as I healed. So did my Hashi’s and my RA,