WELCOME TO HEALING BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

This website orginally my story of breast implant illness and first published in February 2013, has become the culmination of breast implant illness stories and official medical information from over 90,000 women in the facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole.  Our personal experience of breast implant illness is the foundation of our wisdom and may it be of benefit to you.  If you have breast implants or are thinking of them, please read this website and then join the facebook group for support and access to important research.     

On May 2 2019 the FDA finally issued a statement acknowledging breast implant illness and some of the systemic symptoms caused by silicone.  Earlier, on February 6 2019 the FDA warned health care providers about the association of all kinds of breast implants and cancer.  In September 2018 one of the largest ever studies published shows breast implants ARE associated with rare diseases, autoimmune disorders and other serious health problems.  For more information regarding the FDA announcements, recent studies, medical case reports, silicone toxicity and silicone gel bleed please see BREAST IMPLANT SAFETY .

If you have breast implants now, stay calm and focus on identification of BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS and  when you recognize yourself in these symptoms, move to EXPLANTProper removal of your breast implants is the most important step in your recovery from breast implant illness. Breast implants should be removed En Bloc (a manner that prevents contamination to you) and with a Total Capsulectomy (remove all capsule tissue).  The body, when treated well has an amazing healing capacity.  Trust in your body’s ability to heal.   Choose a surgeon that is skilled and experienced at En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy removal of breast implants and is dedicated to removing all capsule tissue.  Here is an international list of EXPLANT SURGEONS recommended by over 90,000 ladies in our facebook group who used these surgeons for proper explant.

Unfortunately, you may not get help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor or plastic surgeon.  There is no test for breast implant illness and it’s just starting to be acknowledged by the medical community.  Many women suffering from breast implant illness are misdiagnosed and mistreated for diseases that have similar symptoms and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms.  Don’t waste time on misdiagnoses and mistreatment. Time is of the essence to your health.  Trust your inner wisdom.   Saline and silicone breast implants made with toxic chemicals and heavy metals do not belong in our healthy bodies.  Further, your plastic surgeon may attempt to talk you out of explant and instead suggest replacement or a different kind of implant, because he wants to make more money.  He may tell you that a Total Capsulectomy is not necessary.  Do not believe this, in fact we suggest not using your original plastic surgeon for explant unless he readily acknowledges breast implant illness and insists on a En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant and is experienced at removing breast implants En Bloc.  

After your proper explant, detoxification and healing will unfold over several months and here are some DETOXIFICATION guidelines to help you support yourself.  Step by step you can heal.  Under RESOURCES we have compiled other important information which will assist you and contribute to your healing.  Due to so many women being affected negatively by breast implants, litigation is picking up, please go here to BREAST IMPLANT LAWSUITS to learn of lawsuits which are being filed against implant manufacturers due to illness and diseases caused by silicone and saline breast implants.

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

Nicole Daruda

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761 thoughts on “WELCOME TO HEALING BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

  1. Sarah

    Hi guys. I’m 32, had implants since I was 19, this is my third surgery and it’s finally to remove + lift. I’ve breast fed 3 kids and I’m not proud of that:( and now I’m worried I’ll be left deformed with zero breast/muscle. I don’t have many symptoms, but I know it’s causing toxic problems slowly. I hope I am doing the right thing 🙏🙏

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  2. Cassi

    I don’t have Facebook and hate how it connects and finds your contacts, but I want to be a part of your group so I can learn more. My implants have been bothering me for just over 2 years. The first thing I did was run for a mammogram and it was clear thank God. I had them replaced a year ago because my doc thought maybe my implant slipped above my muscle and of course I had no clue about BII. I’m experiencing zings in both boobs and weird sensations off and on. I now have extreme anxiety and panic attacks among memory loss and brain fog and I was in the ER with stroke symptoms a year and a half ago they told me it was a panic attack? Anyone else experience zings and weird pains or burning nipples off and on?

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  3. Lonna Edwards

    I explanted my 13 year old saline implants in February, 100% from finding this website. So thankful!! Through my experience, I now have a relative who I have learned has 30+ year old silicone implants (possibly Dow) and knew of a leak from an MRI more than 3 years ago, the result of a car accident. No one at the time told her this was of any significance, but now through my own situation we know differently. Please, what should she do? Other than explant, of course..she has a consult the end of the month. Should she have another MRI, ultrasound? I have advised her to not have a mammogram. What are the steps she should take and how will she know whether or not silicone has migrated into other areas of her body and what should she do about that?

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  4. Clarice

    I am 72 years old and have had my implants since the early 1990’s. I was having health problems and wanted the implants removed. I went to a plastic surgeon in 2015 and was told that the implants had nothing to do with my problems. He did have me have a MRI but I never heard back from him so I figured that everything was fine. Recently I have been having more health issues and was able to get the results of the MRI that I had in 2015 which states that both right and left implants show ruptures with small amount of silicone leaking from the implants. I don’t understand why I was not told about this in 2015 either by my regular health care doctor or the surgeon that requested the MRI. I went back to the surgeon this week and gave him a copy of the MRI report. He has scheduled the explant surgery for Friday, October 25th. He said the implants needed to be removed. At my age I am really scared. I have developed high blood pressure and heart palpitations which I wonder if could also be from the implants. I am afraid that I have waited too long to have the implants removed.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Clarice,
      You have not waited too long to explant, we have several other ladies older than you that explanted properly and recovered their health over time.

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    2. From Oregon

      I had my implants removed 3/13/19. On my post opp apointment, their was a lady in her Seventies who had also had them removed. I also had high blood pressure and heart palpitations as well. I no longer wake up in the middle of the night with heart palpitations. You are doing the right thing having the implants and capsulation removed. You will have to give yourself time to heal after your surgery and follow all of your surgeon’s do’s and don’ts. My aunt also had her breast implants removed this last year and her health has drastically improved. I am so thankful, everyday that I found the wisdom to have mine removed. I am so thankful for this new beginning and my new smaller breasts.

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  5. Iryna

    I have been ill for 5.5 years. My doctor advised the implants of the German manufacturer on a lifetime warranty. I hope that no one will bear the torment that I went through and still have not got rid of them! I will perform the operation and remove them and I hope and believe that I will live a full life!

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  6. Linda Zuber

    I just had my implants removed on Monday. I was enjoying the lack of joint pain that I thought was due to the pain killers I am on. But I started reading and am horrified to learn that my severe pain and other symptoms over the years may have been attributed to my implants. However, I had liposuction and the fat was used to immediately recreate breasts. My doctor said he left some scar tissue in the upper section of my breasts to permit a fuller look. Have I now gone about this all wrong?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Linda,
      Get a copy of your explant operative report so you can read and understand exactly what was done with your capsules. When a woman explants breast implants all capsule tissue should be removed and we know that removing capsules completely correlates with healing symptoms of breast implant illness.

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    2. Tara Pinti

      YES! The scar tissue is the leftover capsule! The capsule is what contains the toxins leeching off of your implants. Please have a revision and seek a skilled surgeon.
      Good luck!

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  7. Aileen Hernandez

    Since my implants were put on 22 years ago my body has Never felt normal . Nothing major it just started immediately. Memory loss , feeling off . Sinus symptoms and my body does not feel the same . I could feel it change .

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  8. DiLeon Morrow

    both rupture silicone breast removal with the capsule. I ask the plastic surgeon to remove free-floating silicone he verbally reported he did…but that was a lie. Free silicone was so bad that mammograms at hospital request to stop as stated they said they could not see anything in chest wall. I am having serious issues with silicone granulomas over the years. Plus tons of questions with the various illness which are stated one being Fibro, another crippling arthritis, neuro issues that appear like MS but test negative. Been told over and over silicone is safe…or question I ask not even answered or get this I do not know. One doctor was helping but passed away suddenly. I have been very alone in finding research. I heard it takes a village….I just found your forum and want to connect with other women who are having perhaps the same issues…I gave up on the medical side for the last seven years….somewhere you loose faith that anyone out there will talk to you. Just found you ….hope to find woman sitting in my shoes major can help me make decisions for my future.

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  9. Estelita Lilian Hayman

    I have read all the disease posted associated with BII but I’ve never read anyone with Ocular Myasthenia gravis autoimmune. I was diagnosed also with Sjogrens. I’m 12 years bilateral mastectomy due to DCIS with smooth silicone implants.
    My neurologist has given up he said there is a lot if things going on with me and he could not do anything at this time. He is tapering me on Prednisone and referring me to another Neurologist for 2nd opinion. He is aware that i have my surgery schedule Feb.2020 and he keeps reminding that my surgery should be done in the Hosp.bec.of a lot of medication/anesthesia that could exacerbate (OMG)Ocular MyastheniaGravis.

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  10. Deborah Headley

    Thank you All for your help and hard work in bringing awareness to this undocumented disease. Because of you all, great strides are being accomplished in this area. Again, thank you for all your hard work. It is greatly appreciated.

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  11. Marilyn H Zimmerman

    I have ruptured silicon implants that were put in, in the late 70’s. I was told 8; 2007, after a mammogram the one was ruptured. I Was referred to a plastic surgeon who asked for a large amount to remove them. Even though I had many health issues at the time, I never
    Connected the health issues to my implants. This surgeon said there has never been any studies to show that silicon implants that are ruptured were a danger to my health. I brought up the Dow Corning lawsuit, he shot me down claiming it was all a hoax. So it’s been about 10 years or more and numerous X-rays have shown they are calcified. I have bloodwork that is abnormal, 2 stomach surgeries,
    Joint pain, face pain, jaw pain, bladder problems and most recently, shortness of breath. Heart issues have been ruled out.
    This week I saw my primary doctor to further discuss my shortness of breath. My ruptured implants came up because my breathing issues are near the center of my implants. She referred me to a plastic surgeon to have them removed and gave me a medical necessity
    Note. So my appointment is 10/28/19. Can you tell me if I going in the right direction

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Grace,
      After a proper En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant and chest wall clean out you will begin healing. The real question is will you heal fully. Some women with bad silicone spills inside their body do have lifelong symptoms but they are much less and ameliorate over time compared to leaving those toxic bombs inside you.

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          1. Grace R

            the silicone in the implant!
            I had trauma to much chest and i’m worried that there might be silicone spilling into my body!

  12. Janie Lovelady

    Nicole, i was hospitalized last year with a “unknown” illness. I couldn’t even tell the admin my social security number. I thought i was healthy prior to this onset. I had the “AHA” moment yesterday. SILICONE. Implants removed in 98; both had ruptured. I had replacements of saline and are still in. Symptoms include, hiroshima’s disease twenty eight years ago. I now am experience migrane; constant pain, inflammation of my hands, I rheumatoid arthritis, weakness, forgetfulness, the lab that they drew last year my white and red blood cells were fighting each other thyroid was out of control and my organs were shutting down. I also breastfed my son first born years prior to knowing this information obviously he’s a grown man he has a disease called HSP which is a severe allergic reaction to something autoimmune disorder as well I to have autoimmune I need to find perhaps a physician and a way to Wellness can I can you give me any ideas? Thank you and thank you for this website.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janie,
      I’m so glad you found us and now know what has been causing your illness for these past years. Come to our facebook group, there is 100,000 of us that all work together to support women through this epic health crisis.

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  13. Lyne Castonguay

    I would like to add Dr Jorge Schwarz (Montreal) on the List. I explanted Enbloc with him and Dr Chun confirmed the enbloc when I sent him picture. I got pictures, he gave me back the implants and the capsules were sent to pathology. Very human and very satisfied of the results.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lyne,
      I have him on my list, we usually look for three ladies to explant with good En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy photos before adding a surgeon to the list. We are watching for others in the group so we can add him.

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  14. Christie Spell

    I had saline breast implants done in 2002. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 09 and Fibromyalgia prior to that. What are some of the health issues and symtoms I should know about? I have no clue where my ID card is and my plastic surgeon retired years ago. I was not informed and worst of all, was never given my medical chart from them. I have no clue who to call or where to go to find any of this information. Please help!!

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  15. Nicole Parker

    Thank you, Nicole. I’m sorry I mentioned redundancy. I don’t have time to read all posts & thought I had read all the rules at the beginning? I’m definitely a beginner at this. I am curious about the % of textured, though, since they were recalled.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicole,
      We have no way of knowing how many textured implants were placed or are in the women of the group, if I had to guess I would say 5 percent have textured implants. Since silicone breast implants have come back onto the market in the mid 2000’s its been more smooth silicone being sold and placed but I notice that reconstruction seems to have more textured than smooth.

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  16. Debora Xavier

    I didn’t know insurence is paying the explant. I have selected health Medicare . I already got MRIs done. My primary doctor said everything is looking good. How can the insurence pay for my explant?15 years with implants and 5 years suffering.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debora,
      Your health insurance may pay for your explant, if they do cover it, they usually cover for rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection necrosis. Get a copy of your policy and read how you may be covered.

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  17. Morgan Baldridge

    How are the surgeons rated? Some say recommended and some say highly recommended. How is that determined? Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Morgan,
      The difference between recommended and highly recommended is the amount of women uisng the surgeon. Those recommended have been used several times and those highly recommended have been used by many more.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susana,
      Check with your insurance provider and see what they will recover either by contacting them or getting a full copy of your policy and reading about explanting breast implants. Generally they may cover explant for ruptures, capsular contracture, pain or infections but some policies have exclusions and some have inclusions.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Luann,
      Some MRIs do require contrast, I would request it without cotrast or pass on it. You really don’t need tests such as MRI in order to have your implants explanted. You can just simply state you no longer want your implants in your body, they do not have to be proven to be faulty.

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  18. admin Post author

    Hi Alexis,
    Read the website, all the information you need is there. If you need to hold something in your hand, print it off and hold and read the pages. Come to the facebook group too.

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  19. Pam

    I had my implants taken out in May. I was seeing several doctors for multiple symptoms and was getting ready to quit my job. Was having to go out to my vehicle and sleep during my lunch hour and had horrible brain fog. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease but my rheumatologist says I do not need to go back to her because there r no markers indicating which disease I have and I’ve tested negative for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis etc. insurance covered my explants and within days of my surgery I felt so much better. I haven’t been to a doctor except for my joint pain since the removal. I was taking multiple medications which i have completely stopped taking now. My surgeon says he sees one woman every three weeks on averages with my same symptoms and usually their symptoms go away once the implants including capsules are removed.

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  20. Pam

    I am not a Face Booker but have wanted to join this site since I realized my implants were causing me to be so sick. I keep meeting and hearing of Women like me and am interested in learning of other women’s stories and sharing mine.

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  21. Lisa Hill

    I am so happy to have come across this sight!! I have been sick for many years not knowing what was wrong with me. I am in the process of finding the best surgeons for explant. Thank you so much for your helpful list of qualified surgeons. I live in New Hampshire where there are none, but I am willing to travel to have it done properly. Thank you so much for all of this information 🙏

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  22. Liz eaton

    Hi Nicole,
    Ken Saulnier and I grew up together,he gave me your contact information.I had breast cancer five years ago,And got silicone implants at the time.All these years I thought they were saline,until I found out mine were leaking. For over a year I was complaining to my doctor they could not breathe in my bones hurt I was so tired I couldn’t even see straight she didn’t know what it was. Finally I had an MRI that proved my implants to be leaking

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  23. Maria Fernanda Diaz (Nanda)

    Hello,
    I learned about your page from a friend, she has been reviewing this topic for a few years and contacted me to catch up. I am a 40-year-old woman who has been suffering for 5 years (without explanation) a number of symptoms that you describe, my life changed 100% and everything has been terrible. The first time I placed the implants was in 2001 and then I made the replacement in 2009.
    It is the case that, I thank God for allowing me to have reached this page through my friend and know that I am not crazy and there is a hope of taking all this away; I would like to join your group on Facebook, but I have sent my application several times and it has been rejected.
    I look forward to acceptance and thanks for opening this window to the world!

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  24. Alice

    I am 15 days post explant surgery. I made it clear to my surgeon that I wanted all of the capsule out. All he said is that he would try his best. After my surgery, I was told he took every last piece out but even after 2 weeks of recovery, I still haven’t felt any improvement in my long list of symptoms. I am very concerned at this point and I’m questioning if the surgeon did his job as promised. Is it normal to not feel any improvement in my symptoms even after 2 weeks post explant?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alice,
      It is very normal to feel poorly for some weeks after explant surgery. You just had major surgery which taxes the body. Your body is also detoxing surgery medications and does not have time to heal breast implant illness. Your recovery will unfolds over many months and even a year or more for some. Read our Detoxification page which lists guidelines to help you through your detoxification and healing phase: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/.

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  25. Tina

    I’m wondering if there are any tests you shoulda have your doctor do/take before and/after the explant.
    I’ve just stumbled across BII and am so grateful because I feel like crap and have for many years. I’ve experienced many of the symptoms listed over the years and they’re getting more frequent and more debilitating.
    When I called to schedule an appointment I asked the doctor was aware of BII, not surprisingly he did not.
    Any suggestions as I venture down this path would be appreciated

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  26. L. A.

    I am about 3 months post explant. Since my surgery I have been experiencing all over body itching. Has anyone had this experience? If yes, how long did it last? Could it be a part of detoxing? I have allergies with itching, but limited to synthetic dyes. I am wondering if the surgery has expanded that, (with every surgery I’ve had in my life, I get a new food allergy.) It is driving me crazy. Please help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi L.A.
      The itching is common and it can be reactions to something and or detox symptoms. After explant, as we detox we can develop an increased chemicals sensitivity until we are detoxed and our immune system settles down.

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  27. Vicky Fitzgerald

    Am joining your group. I live near Sacramento area in California. Lost friends and family due to illness for lady 8 years. Now looking to explanations as the Good Lord could not speak any louder as my breast and lymph nodes under my arm are causing serious pain on top of other debilitating symptoms. Looking for physical and mental support. I have a car, but can’t drive as far as needed for surgery and no one to help me afterwards.

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  28. Katie

    My Dr said he is leaving in the entire capsule because of they are saline .He said the capsule wouldn’t have anything in it and it would be fine . I’m nervous about this because I’ve had these for 21 years this is my second set these are four years old the first set was the PIP implants and they ruptured after that rupture of those recalled implants do you think that they could’ve given me cancer or any other problems? I have at least 30 symptoms of BII

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  29. Nancy Thornhill

    Just learning about IIB.
    I have Mentor Implants that are 15 years old. Saline Smooth. I’m also a Cancer Patient Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer Dx in 2013. I’ve been in Remission for 3 1/2 years I still take Chemo in pill form daily. I have so many of the symptoms from IIB that women are having as well. I thought these symptoms were from 11 months of 3 different types of Chemotherapy drugs I had for 11 months. Now I know they are most likely from IIB. Being in Remission for 3 1/2 years I should be feeling better instead I’m almost completely bed ridden.
    I’m now starting my journey to get my breast implants removed. I’m 66 years old
    and pray my body can handle explant surgery.

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  30. Paige Coffey

    I am currently experiencing symptoms of the cancer associated with implants. After speaking with many in the lawsuit group, I was told that the rash I have is a classic symptom. Currently I have an MRI scheduled for this morning. One of the ladies warned me against contrast. I wanted to know if this is something I should specifically avoid?

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  31. Lisa

    Do most women need a breast lift after the removal of the implants? My insurance only pays for the removal, no lift or reconstruction at all.
    Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Many do not have a breast lift with explant, your surgeon will help you decide if you need one.

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  32. Beverly Jutry

    Thank you for reinstating me to the implant group that saved my life. I am very active in educating other women, with and without implants….I almost died or was ready to last May of 2018 but was very lucky that a good friend told me about this site. You all saved my life. I wanted to lead a group to DC but I was just to sick and did not know that one was already planned. I am very active in politics affecting women among other disenfranchised people in our country. I lost my job from auto immune seizures, I still have lupus, explanted TWICE with Hurst in Tucson (he did not do the CD-30 test) and left silicone in me so I ended up in Costa Rica. I have finally found an attorney I am going to risk all to settle this mess of what Dr. Christopher Maloney did to me (Look up Maloney Plastic Surgery and watch him run his Hummer over a silicone implant under videos!).

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  33. Lizette Rodriguez

    Hello first and foremost I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for years I’ve been complaining of so many different symptoms most of my hair is gone my breast Burns there numb shingles body aches lipomas itching severe dry skin lymph nodes a swollen glands are swollen shingles probably sleep 3 hours at most a day and the list can just go on I was going to get it explant September 4th with doctor Dev vibhakar but my primary said I should not because I have a chi groomer in my neck and I’ve had shingles for the past 2 months I’m glad I’m a strong person but sometimes I feel alone lost and confused like No One Believes Me My allergist says I have an auto immune but no one knows what’s really going on My oncologist said I should wait till I feel better even though I think that this is my cause but he doesn’t want me doing this because of the shingles he said it’s pretty risky my primary said what they always say you’re fine you’re worrying too much but the first thing I was diagnosed with was muscle spasm and that was my shingles I had it in my neck face chest collarbone arm shoulder back hair because it was not caught on time shoot me an email and give me a number to call whichever one works thank you so much ….. stay well!…..

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  34. April

    I saw on the Facebook page a repost about your ‘note from the admin’. I am having the hardest time finding the info on MTHFR or something of the sort. Would you please guide me where this info is, as I have no idea what it even stands for.

    Thank you in advance!

    April

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  35. Evelyne Fontenot

    I have saline implants . it’s been over 10 yrs. I am so sick all the time.lots of pain in the back around my bra hooks.

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  36. Billi Gartman

    Are there certain tests that should be done prior to explant and after explant to see what is going on and what to fix?

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  37. Luz Mayerly

    En dos ocasiones cambie mis protesis pero Presento cuadro constante de dolor de cabeza frecuente inexplicable.con desespero y depresión… Tengo exámenes e ingresos a urgencias y esto se me ha vuelto una locura al pensar en el suicidio para no sentir más este dolor.

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  38. Shelly Johnson

    Hello I have mentor implants that I got in 1996. I have had hair loss, weight gain, blotchy skin on neck in the last 5 years and arms , nightmares , I’m tired feeling a lot ,I was given your info thru my cousin Sherri champagne who has since removed hers . She found mold in hers !! I want these out !! I feel I am a candidate as well ! I need to know where to get this procedure and Byblos who ASAP ! I am scared . Unfortunately in NM we don’t have the best care !! I’m willing to travel anywhere to find a qualified doctor .. I believe I have all these symptoms of what my cousin was explaining to me .. I have strange bumps on my skin and I feel inflammation all time in my face ! Please help me

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  39. Cheryle McCann

    I have had Mentor implants since 2002. They are saline filled. Can they cause issues? I have suffered from unexplained fatigue for quite a while now and just wonder if it could be because of the implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cheryl,
      Breast implant illness is not really to do with the brand or type of implant that you have. Breast implant illness occurs in all brands and 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 immune 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, inflammatory, carcinogenic, cytotoxic and neurotoxic poison our fragile endocrine gland system (thyroid/adrenals and others) and poison our Thymus gland and our immune system, poison our gut health and create toxicity in our organs and body. With saline there is also the added element that many of the saline ports collect body fluid and can mold and these organisms can cross into the implant due to defective valves and colonize the implant. These microorganisms produce metabolites which are toxic to us known as biotoxins. The interior of all capsules is perfect place for infections to occur and grow and the inside of capsules necrotize over time. Textures add another layer of toxicity and also textures soak up body fluids and provide spaces for infections to thrive. Textures also aggravate the immune system as the flake off and travel through our lymphatics. 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. Due to poor gut health we cannot digest our foods and due to autoimmune processes our guts and bodies are full of inflammation. We could go on and on but as you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in many ways.

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  40. Gilla Nissan

    Hi,
    I have breast cancer and am about to place a breast implant- and I wondered if
    the implants you speak about are the ones that are not in use anymore of the ones in use today?
    Please let me know, I understood that the ones that caused problems are not in use. The had texture.
    Thank you
    🙏
    Gilla

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gilla,
      Breast implant illness is caused from both old and new saline and silicone breast implants. The new cohesive gel breast implants seem to be the most toxic implants yet on the market and cause breast implant illness quickly for many women.

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  41. Jolene Ackermann

    I started lactating 8 months ago. I stopped breast feeding 4 years ago. The lactation wont stop. I’m on Dostinex pills to help my pituitary gland to stop producing it. I’ve been on it for a month, twice a week. These pills make me so sick. And I’m gaining weight for no reason. I’m on a calorie counter and less than my daily allowance. In jan 2019 I had zero estrogen in my body. Now I have again. And it’s normal levels. Irregular period. Also if you do an MRI or go into the sun with these hectic Dostinex pills you get big freckles all over your body. I had my implants done when I was 21 and I’m 41 now. Nothing seems to be leaking. But also I have high anxiety levels and drink xanor for it. I don’t do anything to stimulate my breasts and I’m completely off sex. Please can you help me? I’m in South Africa

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jolene,
      It’s not uncommon for some us to start lactating as silicone chemicals are endocrine disruptors and disrupt our endocrine gland including our pituitary. Once you are properly explanted and detoxed your pituitary and other glands and your hormones will return to normal but it takes time such as a year or two to detox and heal. Start planning your explant!

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  42. admin Post author

    Hi Cody,
    What gender is your profile, if it is female and we have access to seeing your photos that proves who you are and you answer the questions completely you will be approved.

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  43. Elizabeth Dietel

    I am not sure to whom I should address my questions. I had a mastectomy in 1990 with immediate reconstruction with a silicone gel implant which I believe was made by McGann. I have not had any difficulties with this implant per se and do not have any symptoms listed on this website. However, five years later I was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma – splenic marginal zone lymphoma. I have asked all the doctors with whom I have interacted if there was any relationship with this gel implant, and I have been told over and over again that there is no connection. The method of treatment at that time was splenectomy, and I had my spleen removed, giving me a prolonged remission until 2017. I have since undergone successful treatment with Rituximab, and I am once again in remission. Having read this website, I am wondering if I should raise the issue of relationship to the implants with my physicians.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      There is definite connection between textures on implants and lymphomas. Further there is a definite connection between breast implants and lymphoma cancer and several other cancers. Certain chemicals in silicone are known carcinogens, neurotoxic, cytotoxic and inflammatory. Unfortunately many women have had to have glands and organs removed due to breast implants.

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      1. Elizabeth Dietel

        My physicians have consistently stated that there is no connection. What should I do to determine if the connection is real?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Elizabeth,
          Please show your physicians our Breast Implant Safety page which links to the recent acknowledgement of breast implant illness by the FDA and also the fact that they buried 350,000 adverse event reports regarding breast implants since 2009. There are also the largest and most recent studies to date which shows breast implants do cause the symptoms we state they do: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/breast-implant-safety/.

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  44. Carolina Lopez

    I don’t know where to begin? I feel overwhelmed and helpless… my original surgeon doesn’t acknowledge the illness and insist I have fibromyalgia (what I was diagnosed with)… but I just know it’s not that.
    What are the first step to take if I’d like my health insurance to cover some of the costs of the procedure?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carolina,
      Many women with symptoms from their breast implants are misdiagnosed with other diseases and mistreated too! Read our website, once you recognize yourself in the symptoms of breast implant illness move to explant properly. If you want to go through insurance get a copy of your policy and read if they cover for explant. Read the Resources page of our website which guides you in regard to insurance: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/resources/. Come to the facebook group too, we will guide you more.

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  45. Renee Laforet

    Wow. This is far more detailed than I imagined. I did not know about encapsulation. Something I will be discussing with my surgeon in the near future! I’m definitely making the change.

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  46. kim gould

    I am seeking explant gals who have had hematoma and or necrosis develop after explant of a leaked implant.

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  47. Cheryl Hemry

    I would like to do the Hair mineral test.
    How do I get that started? I explanted in January and have on Phase 1 diet for awhile now.

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  48. Amira

    I am considering having explant surgery with Dr. Ahmad Saad, he is currently practicing in Barcelona Spain but previously California. Have any other women in this community had an explant with him in California or recently in Spain? I would appreciate the information.

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  49. Song young eun

    Hello, on February 12, 2019, I had plastic surgery done with Mentor Extra, a new prosthetic for Mentor. But in my early 20s, I’ve been receiving treatment at the hospital for some unknown abnormalities such as arthritis and body inflammatory reactions for a few months, and now I have an inflammation in my chest. I just felt that my body was deteriorating rapidly in many ways, and while I was searching for prosthetics, I got to join the group. I was not good at English, so I had a hard time signing up and reading, but I really want to get some information. I’m still young, but I’m afraid of the changes that are happening to my body.

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  50. Nikki

    I’m currently looking for an explant doctor, I live in Myrtle Beach S.C.. My GP believes my my implant has shifted and I’m being referred to my original plastic surgeon, my appointment is today…
    It is my belief neither are on board with breast implant illness, even though I was diagnosed with high mycotoxins in my body 2012 and chronic Ebstien Barr syndrome 2017. I have had the implants since 2001 And I’m waiting for ultrasound appt 8/20/2019 to verify shift or rupture. I saw one doctor on the explant list from Charleston S.C. and I wondered if anyone could share any experience with this facility? Unfortunately, I do believe the implant has ruptured and I need to make an educated decision quickly.

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    1. Lindsey Wray

      Hi! I just wanted to let you know I explanted with Dr. Crantford (Sweetgrass plastic surgery) here in Charleston on July 29th. He’s amazing! His entire staff is very warm welcoming and caring. After I met him I knew he was my pick and actually ended up being the only PS I consulted with. He was able to preform a total en bloc for me. Your situation is a bit from mine but I highly recommend him as most of his procedures are explants. He was hand picked by a top explant surgeon to train under and it shows. Consultations are free and if you can’t come here he’ll happily talk to you on the phone. Hope this helps!!

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  51. jackie diamond

    I first had implants in 2012. A double mastectomy due to breast cancer. Within about 4 years, it was discovered that the the left breast had a intracapsular rupture. The bras that I had been using this time no longer fit me on the left side, the fabric would pleat because it appeared there wasn’t to fill out the entire cup. I have spoken to MANY doctors in the field, including my plastic surgeon and have been told it is impossible for silicone to leak out of the scar tissue sac. So why do I feel so infirm? My stomach is bloated from my breast down and has been diagnosed as SIBO. Next I was told I have JACKHAMMER ESOPHAGUS. i an not a happy camper. In 2018 I have replaced both implants. Now I think I want them both out. I need help….Need to know if others have similar experiences.

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  52. Julie anthony

    Thank you nicole I am not sure how to do it I have no insurance I went through a horrifying divorce last year and I have been struggling since do you have any idea we’re i can go for help this explains we’re my blood is going I Haverhill had 3 transfusions but no place to find were it was losing it from I appreciate you for the information I have never been so scared.

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  53. Doris Cortez

    Hi my name is Doris. I live in Naples, Florida . I am having a lot health issues. I have silicone mentor implants. I live near Dr. Hassen. I appreciate if you could email me about your experience dr.hassen. my email is : [email protected]
    Thanks

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  54. Mary-Janet Casserly

    I applied for membership in this group this evening. I inadvertently pressed the “done” button before finishing answering the questions. Sorry,

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  55. admin Post author

    Hi Jamielynn,
    Unfortunately facebook is looking for any reason to shut our group down and they are claiming that we have many violations in our group because women are not adequately covering the nipples, even citing violations when they are adequately covering their nipples. Sorry.

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  56. Tonya Pettus

    I am new to this and trying to find information. I have been dealing with chronic hives and several other issues for years. Looking for information.

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  57. C. McAfee

    Breast cancer and reconstruction, what a steep learning curve. Overwhelming and hard to know who to trust.

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  58. Nellie

    I visited Jerome Edelstein website and their is not a single mention of explants. Plenty of pictures of breast implants. They have a chat box where you can ask questions and I used it. The person that answered kept trying to get my name and number and refused to answer any questions or even say yes or no as to whether or not Edelstein did explants. I asked point blank, does this doctor perform explants? Does this doctor remove breast implants? Nothing but run around. Quite frankly I believe Jerome Edelstein is only on this website to promote new business and has no interest whatsoever in explants of breast implants. It sickened me to see all the heavy promotion for implants and cute sexy pictures on his website and then see him posting on this website and pretending to be concerned. I hope the admin or Nicole removes his post.

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  59. Teresa Lanahan

    Hi, my name is Teresa Lanahan. I am 56 years old. I got my first set of saline implants in 1999. 1 of them ruptured in 2004. I had both replaced with silicone implants. The last 8 years have been filled with pain and fatigue. But the last 5 years have been unbearable. I have been diagnosed with secondary Sjogrens. My rheumatologist is stumped as to what my primary AI disorder is. My Dr. Feels that my right implant is encapsulated & possibly leaking. It burns! I am exhausted every day. I haven’t been able to work for 5 years. My list of symptoms is very long. From swollen lymph nodes, toan extremely dry mouth, ( I had all of my upper teeth pulled). My hands and feet are always cold. I’ve lost 20 lbs. I feel like I am dying, and if I’m not, what kind of life is this?

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    1. Deborah

      I have Sjodrens and Lupus that I feel are caused by my 27 year old implants. I have tried to post on this website and it will not allow me in. I am trying to decide if I need Explant surgery and am trying to educate myself by getting info from other people with illnesses caused by Breast Implants. If you can offer any advice, it is greatly appreciated.

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  60. Samantha

    My name is Samantha I had a breast argumentation in 2014. From the day of my procedure I have felt uncomfortable with the way my procedure was performed but I never personally had a problem with my results. I never thought to to much about it especially at the time of my consultation , Because I knew people that had gone to him and loved him he’s a well-known doctor here in New Mexico. I live in Carlsbad New Mexico. The plastic surgeon I went to lives in Albuquerque New Mexico. I was young when I got the procedure done it was right after my first son. I went for the consul in Roswell New Mexico an hour away from me the doctor told me $1000 cheaper if I was to pay cash and go to his office in Albuquerque which is five hours for me I thought that sounded good I thousand dollars cheaper so I went. When I got there he told me to leave the cash on the counter then asked me what size I wanted I said I was unsure and he told me he thought this size would be nice I ended up with a DD and I do not recall having bloodwork labs or any testing prior to my procedure. Not only that but I never talk to anesthesiologist or anybody else he told me the nurses would make me feel comfortable and that’s the last thing I remember they gave me 2 to 3 little blue pills and I woke up with boobs in a hotel room that my mom took me to the dr or his team never took me to the hospital or anything. Everything has been ok.. other than the way the procedure was handled up until January of this year 2019 I started to have strange feelings in my left breast. The feelings are hard to explain. It is like a tingling, tickling, Pulling shocking feeling. There is pain that is off and on sometimes pain when I move my arms and the weird sensations come and go. Also I some have a sore feeling… which even when pregnant I never had much of at all so it weird for me.. I also sometimes feel itching I’m not sure if it associated with all that is going on. Since my boob job and birth Of my second son I have seen another plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck nothing with boobs… but then i knew that my first experience with the first plastic surgeon was terrible!! After the second dr was so great!!! Well …In April I had enough of it of all that was going on with the pain and I started to worry I knew I never wanted to go back to the plastic surgeon I went to in Albuquerque but I wanted to call to find out if there could be something wrong with the way the procedure was done or something with the implant. Before going to a primary doctor to get examined . Over the phone five years after the procedure without seeing me at all or hearing from me they ordered me an antibiotic and sent it to the pharmacy here in Carlsbad I did not take it! I have yet had a chance to make a dr appointment to get things check out but I definitely have been wanting to!! In June my dad was diagnosed with stage four brain lung liver throat and bone cancer! So I have not had a chance to go to the doctor I’ve been helping with him and of course taking care of my family and my two boys. Up until recently I believe it was like July 24 or so or the 26th of the recall on the implants that I really started to get worried again. I have still have the strange feelings and pain but I have so so much going on!!!!! I do have the textured implants I do not know if it’s the same brand but on my ID cards for the breast implants It says mentor…. what should I do where do I go from here?? I’m honestly scared to get checked and find anything out! But I know I feel I need to!! But seeing my dad sick scares me worse but I do have 2 young boys and a husband.. etc…

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  61. Lisa Zirpolo

    I’m not on Facebook. I have Instagram. lisazee321 is my instagram name. I had breast cancer at 37 with reconstruction 2001. Then in 2016 it returned to my left breast and another reconstruction. I have Allergan smooth implants. Tuesday I had to have a revision due to deformities of both implants. I told my plastic surgeon I want to explant. She said the ones I have are safe. Honestly if I have another issue I will demand an explant!

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  62. Tammy hughes

    I want to know if you are aware or have any comment regarding Allergan and the fact they did not include autoimmune illness in their post study to FDA. They left it out because the numbers were too high and post studies would not have been approved. How do we get the statistics on autoimmune from Allergan?

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  63. Caprice Krumsick

    I had silicone implants after birth of my two sons which were taken out after one implant leaked. A few years later 2008 I had breastcancer and a right side mastectomy. Rebuild the right side with flap surgery but still had very uneven breasts. So plastic surgeon Dr. Kent v. Hasen in Naples Florida put implants in . Silicon Allergan as I herad now on recall. I called Dr. Hasen’s office and have an appointment with them, but now I am thinking if that even makes sense?
    I probaly should rather go with somone recomended on your list or has anyone had good experiences in terms of explants with Dr. Hasen? He was recommended by my oncologist. I have developed joint pain and other mentioned symtoms. It seems that all docotos on you list have an immense long waiting time, which is really scary and hard to handle. Any suggestions would be truly helpful.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Caprice,
      I would definitely check in with your surgeon but also have a plan B, in case Dr. Kent does not explant properly or is not interested in explanting you. Many placing surgeons have very little interest and even have aversions to explanting their own patients as it may indicate liability so women have to find other surgeons to explant them.

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    2. Michelle

      Someone up at the top of comments ^^seemed to have a fantastic explant experience with all the proper protocols using Dr Hasen in Naples.

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  64. Gwyn Betts

    Hi there
    Just came across this website recently.
    I’d like to thank you for the information this site contains and I commend you for your bravery, persistence and dedication to this cause.
    May I suggest that we need to also appreciate that it’s not just breast implants robbing us of our health but also, potentially, other things that we have put inside us, for example: hip replacements, knee reconstructions, and so forth. The implications are enormous and mind boggling.
    Gwyn
    Double mastectomy in 2019, declined implants.

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    1. Michelle

      Yes it should be required viewing for all humans to watch The Bleeding Edge on Netflix. An indication & further indictment that the FDA JUST DOESN’T CARE ABOUT OUR HEALTH. Only $$$$. They like us fat, sick & nearly dead..& love giving us cancer. What a sad, sad world we’re living in.

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  65. Lisa Kirsop

    Wow, this is so surreal, I simply had no idea. I feel I’m one of the luckier ones, for sure. I am 57 yrs, and have McGhan smooth 450cc (alledgedly) implants put in May of 2002, and lipo in my stomach area. 2 days PO had PE,died, and came too twice, and was in ICU for a week. This had nothing to do with my implants , as I had blood clot in my leg prior to surgery, just didnt’ know it. After healing from that, I had no problems or symptoms at all, until about 2015, had a cyst removed from my ovary. Probably nothing. Then in 2016, my eye doctor commented on how dry my eyes were. Huh? Probably just dehydrated. But I began to notice. My skin and hair also started to become unusually dry. In 2018, my physical revealed borderline high cholesterol. I’m 5’5″, and weigh 125-130 lbs, work out regularly, eat a super healthy diet, and very little meat. In April 2019, my physical revealed (with no major symptoms) Hypothyroidism, High cholesterol, Vitamin D defiency, and a UTI. Last week, I had a pap for the first time in awhile and it revealed a yeast infection. I have low libido. I cannot regulate my temperature….I couldn’t figure out why I would be showing all of this. Then I thought MAYBE it’s my implants. So I began the research….I’ve since had more exams, I’m having all blood work done again, mammogram, endroconologist etc. to show my numbers now. I’ve seen PS Dr Fahkre of Tampa Fl, and will be explanting with him. After surgery I will run all tests again and hope and pray this takes care of my multiple symptoms. It’s crazy to me that insurance won’t cover it, when in the long run it would probably save them money by making the patient WELL again….anyway, thank you for the exhaustive research you have done, and to all of the women who are willing to put themselves out there. It’s not easy, and you can count me as one more woman who is SURE it’s BII, but is going to prove it with my labs and numbers. I hope it helps. : )

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  66. Jenn

    Can capsular contracture/broken implant cause skin breakdown?
    One implant is higher than the other and painful. But there is also a large skin ulceration that oozes a clear liquid at the bottom of my breast. Could a broken silicone gel implant cause something like that? Also should I get tested for cancer first? I’d rather just skip straight to the explant surgery and deal with any testing (if necessary) after healing from the explant due to financial and work constraints. As they would need to come out anyway in that case. I have an explant consult next month thanks to this webpage I found a surgeon near me, I hope he can help.

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  67. Kemberly Joseph

    Not sure if it’s my implants but my symptoms began shortly after my replacement surgery.
    Major brain fog, extreme fatigue, strange eye ticks along with breathing issues. Just to name a few strange things that has happened in the last 4-5yrs.

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  68. Liana Drouilhet

    Hi, this is Liana with Dr. Stephen Metzinger’s office in Louisiana. I just wanted to let you know that Dr. Metzinger’s fees for this surgery is $8100 not $8700.

    When your time permits, please update this on your website.

    Much appreciated!

    Liana

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  69. Julie

    Is there specific data that needs to be collected before explant and after explant for research purposes, etc.?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Not really, the first and real step to heal is to properly explant and you don’t need anyone’s permission to do that.

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  70. Vicki Luccio

    I think my implants are making me sick, just do not have the money to fix the problem if their is one..

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  71. Jill Scannella

    I have been sick for so many years. It was slow and I feel like my body has won the war. I have CFS Fibromyalgia brain fog I am weak as a kitten. I have now isolated myself from the world. My friend also has breast implants and told me about breast implant illness. I also have hashimotos. She also has an autoimmune disease so she just shared this information with me. I never heard of it.. the more I read the more I start to cry.

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    1. Tracey Alexson

      I too have Hashimotos since the age of 16, I’m now 48. Two years after getting my breast implants I have experienced constant muscle spasms that ripple up my back, down my arms and legs, I have burning extremities (legs, arms and wrists) and also feelings of pins and needles all over my body, crushing fatigue, severe joint pain that comes and goes and brain fog, memory issues. I too now hide myself from the world because I feel so bad physically. I have an appointment on August 16th to have my implants removed. I know with 100% certainty I have been suffering from breast implant illness. I have been to at least eight specialists and done every test under the sun and no one can find anything wrong with me.

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  72. wendy imbornoni

    Can you please direct me to current articles on the link between BII or implants and melanoma. I’ve had 2 serious surgeries since implants went in post breast cancer.

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  73. Cindy Wray Berumen

    Soooo glad Amanda Joy told me about this site. My sister’s doctors haven’t been able to diagnose her illnesses. I’m hoping to find answers and support for her.

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  74. Emily Keeble

    Hello

    Can someone please explain to me how it is decided if a surgeon is recommended or highly recommended? Thanks! Emily

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Emily,
      Highly remcommended surgeons have explanted many, many women from the group with good results and many women recommend them.

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  75. Carey nuon

    Anyone has had explant done by Dr. B. Allen Rodgers in Katy, TX? Please kindly share your experience. Am very scared but very excited to take on this long awaited journey. Thank you.

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    1. Barbara Ham

      Dr. Rodgers did my explant on July 19, 2019. I am very satisfied with my results They came out much better than I expected. He did the en bloc removal and a lift. I also had some liposuction under my jawline. My silicone implants were 31 years old. One was ruptured.

      I am doing well so far, except my stomach is very bloated due to anesthesia, antibiotics, and pain meds. Any advice on relieving bloat would be greatly appreciated.

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      1. Susie

        Thank you for providing the many women out there who are suffering with unexplained illness with the link and details to implants. My silicone implants are 30 years old. I have many of the symptoms you listed. Most recently, I have been diagnosed with IBS, have had severe (unexplainable)vertigo for 3 years and am plagued with fungal infection I’m taking naps in the middle of the day and need coffee to get going in the morning. I used to be an athlete and now am not as coordinated as I used to be.
        I need to find the most qualified doctor in Massachusetts that’s an explant ASAP. Do you have any suggestions?
        With much appreciation,

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  76. Hillary

    Hi! Is there a way we can recommend a surgeon for you to add to your recommended list? There are at least 3 of us that I know of who have used a surgeon that is really great at what he does and is understanding and empathetic of BII sufferers. He did everything I asked of him and was so warm and kind. His skills are exceptional too. I would love to find a way to get his name on your list for those women that live in Colorado.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Hillary,
      Yes, the first step to get a surgeon on the list is to come to the facebook group and post about your explant experience including photo of En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy, there I will pick up the photos or you can message me the photos and that will start the process to add the surgeon to the list.

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  77. Traci

    I live in Houston, TX area. Do you have a board certified plastic surgeon that does explants with enbloc you could refer me too? Thank you in advance

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  78. Diana Lotta

    Hi Ladies, Et toutes les francaises du groupe!
    One of my family members asked me to post on her behalf (not computer savvy) she lives in France. She had implants for 20 years and last implants put in 7 years ago. She was sick for 5 years with capsule contracture and many strange symptoms including a strange bone sickness on her skull, changing the shape of her skull! She is 72 and was really hesitating to take the risk of having an explant.
    Turns out she had a wonderful experience explanting with Dr Dumas in Nice. He did a great job with En-bloc capsulectomy. We also got the videos from him. There are not many options in France so it is great to see someone can do the job! It would be great to add him to the list of trusted surgeons (found him in the comments).
    She basically had her breasts drop very low after 5 pregnancies. In my opinion is one of these ladies who just needed a lift all these years ago and got sold implants just to make surgeons rich. Now, after lollipop lift, the volume is almost the same before the pregnancies and the first implants. Of course her breasts are still swollen because the operation was 10 days ago but the results are already so good!

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  79. Dawn Steelman

    I have no medical insurance my saline implants are about 20years old. I actually wanted them back out immediately after I healed. I am a tiny girl and they never looked great. I was more embarrassed and hid more than before. However I am now 50 years old. And I see I have similar symptoms and was told stress, depression or have had 2 doctors almost imply I was looking for drugs. With no medical. Ins and seeing news articles on implant illnesses I am wondering. I am a hairstylist and it seem s I’m losing my spark because I always don’t feel good and so tired. I generally was always a high strung , hard worker and somewhat confident in my looks. I don’t even care what I look like but I do care about my health. Could you give me some guidance.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Honey,
      We suggest using a Hair Test kit from a well known metals lab such as Doctors Data.

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  80. Norma Sobal

    Hi. So glad I found this site. I had my implants done 5/2016 and I am sure they are making me really sick. I keep going back and forth thinking it’s all in my mind sometimes, but I haven’t been myself since then. They are hard as a rock and I get shooting pains from them all the time. I had a wonderful doctor perform my implants ( Dr. Anh Vu) and I do not blame him at all for what’s happening to me. I believe it’s my body that is rejecting them now. I live in Florida and I’ve called him to have an explant of my silicone breasts, but I do not see him on the list. Should I still have him do my explant considering he is not on the list?

    Please any advise you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Norma

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Norma,
      After reading our website in its entirety, you should consult with him and interview him using our questions listed on the Explant Surgeons page. He should be experienced in En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explants and be committed to removing your capsule tissue which we know correlates with our healing from breast implant illness.

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  81. Renee

    Hi, I’m just now starting down this road and I’m scared. I’ve had silicone implants since 1995 and have replaced them three times. For the past several years I’ve ignored/tolerated a chronic burning pain to my left breast. My health is deteriorating. I finally have decided there’s something more going on. Reading the blogs below, I’ve expereinced similar symptoms – exteme vertigo, stuggling with flu like syptoms, bleeding sinus, low engery, my skin is so dry, and the list goes on. I use to be so active – played tennis, ran, biked – I’ve been really hard on myself for being “lazy”. I finally have realized there’s more to this than being lazy. I’m so grateful for this website. I’ve been looking for a plastic surgeon in the DFW area to extract these things. Reading their profiles and under procedures breast implant extraction isn’t listed. I finally have a surgeon to call. Thank you.

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  82. Shannon Cheney

    07/09/2019 Thank you so very much for this site. I do not personally have implants, but my mother has had two sets. Her first were silicone and her second are saline. She is a very sick lady and has been for a very long time with many, many issues. She found this site and as of today, this morning actually, is having her EXPLANT surgery done. She said about your community on Face Book that she is so thankful for all of the support and information she has received from women for all over that have had the same issues that she has. I ask that you pray, send positive thoughts, healing light, whatever you believe to be spiritual and helpful to you and send them out to her this morning as she undergoes her surgery and during the very difficult time she is going to have during recovery and DETOXIFICATION. She is fully committed to this process to become well again. I will not reveal her name, to respect her privacy, but she resides in San Diego County in CA and her initials are LMS. My heart is so happy that she found you , found help, and will be getting much better for having done so. Thank you so very much again. Peace and love and support to all of the ladies here now and in the future. Be kind and keep/make yourselves well for you are the only you we all have here with us and the people who love you want whatever is best for you so that you can remain here with us and live you life joyfully and to the fullest.

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  83. Vicki Larrabee

    I I am here in Colorado today for my preop to get total capsulectomy and enblock and I want to know if I should save some scar tissue and send it somewhere in particular for heavy-metal testing? They said Their pathologists don’t Test for heavy-metal. I don’t know if I’m getting the runaround. Should I bring a piece of the capsule home and send it somewhere? Maybe Canada? They’re trying to say that only for Forensic doctors would look for heavy metals.

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  84. Tina Bly

    Hi,
    I am in search of a physician in Vermont or the surrounding region who can help me pull all my health information together for my lawsuit deadline approaching.
    Of course I want the explantation, but I must meet this deadline and I cannot find any physician who understands.
    After the settlement then I will have at least some money toward regaining my health.

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  85. Amanda Bennett

    Sorry I just revised what i sent earlier:)

    I was wondering if many woman have had heart problems with implants? I have most of the BII symptoms and I just got a stress echocardiogram because of chest tightness and also as a precaution before I have surgery. Basically my test result said I have overall heart failure post exercise which means my heart is not pumping properly. I was fine when I had testing last year. I can’t find much on this topic and was wondering if anyone knows anything about whether implants can cause heart problems.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      Yes women are reporting all kind of heart symptoms including heart failure due to breast implants, please come to the facebook group and research.

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  86. sweetlife

    6/2007 I had Mentor Memory Gel (sub-muscular) implanted at insistence of PS for breast lift (post 4 kids) even though I was large breasted, but he said the top skin was too thin. I was 42yrs & never had any health issues. I started having health issues in 2009. Too many to list, but sinus problems, premature menopause, weight gain, tachycardia, extreme vertigo,
    hair loss, thyroid issues, swelling, night sweats, etc.
    My breasts have doubles the size since lift/implant in past year and now I have tingly, burning pain in both breast. Don’t have Primary dr due to recent move, but insurance says to get referral for MRI to see if they’re leaking before explanting.. because they cover it if there is medical cause.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sweetlife,
      Unfortunately MRI may not pick up if they are actually leaking which if you have symptoms they likely are leaking. Your symptoms are classic breast implant illness, we explanted and are getting our health back. You can too!

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  87. Gina

    I’d love to be a part of this Group… I live in Florida. Trying to find the right Doctor, and starting the Journey. Thank you!

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    1. Mary

      Consider Dr Rankin at Aqua PS. He did my explant total capsulectomy on May 20th 2019 and most of my symptoms immediately were gone. I have a flat chest and he made the cutest little boobs for me like when i was 18. I love the results. Highly recommend Dr David Rankin in Jupiter FL.

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      1. Sandra

        Anyone know an explanat doctor here in orange California that accept medical insurance. Doc Jae Chun only accept cash paument😔

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  88. Amy

    What is your opinion of Dr. Shaher Khan in Michigan? He only does explants and seems thorough during the consult, but I wanted to see if you felt he was qualified surgeon as I didn’t see him on your list.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amy,
      No ladies from our group have used him yet, we have yet to see his En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy work recommended to us by members.

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  89. Milly

    Please help me with more information support groups in Illinois and doctors my issues has cast me my job and may more and support groups in chicogo or number where I can talk to someone thank you

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    1. Allison

      There is a explant doctor list on the site and link to the FB group for support. I actually explant with Dr. Patel in Hoffman estates in June. He is on the explant list.

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  90. Megan Allen

    Where do I post about a doctor who did not do his due diligence? I got his name from a list of people who supposedly would do a capsulectomy, but when I came into the office he gave me the hard sell about why I didn’t need to do them. He assured me everything was fine. I had a gel fracture and a black spot on one and a total rupture on the other -only determined on the operating table under local.

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  91. smjs

    Hi, thank you for this incredibly helpful website you’ve helped me realise that I am suffering with breast implant illness. I’m so frightened as I’m a single mum and not in the same financial position I was when I had them put in 16 years ago. I’ve just contacted a surgeons secretary and was shocked to learn that it will cost more to explant than to have these things put in me. I didn’t have them for vanity purposes or just because I wanted larger breasts, I never developed correctly and had them put into correct my deformity. Can you tell me is there any financial support available for people in my position. Due to my deteriorating health I have not been able to work for years and am surviving on ESA, which is my only lifeline. I don’t feel strong enough to go to my GP after hearing so many other poor ladies horror stories of their experience of seeking help this way. I don’t think I would be taken seriously and don’t have the strength to fight, I don’t want to have to go through endless unnecessary and pointless tests. I feel like it would be easier to just end things but my children only have me. I feel broken, lost and helpless. Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you so much in advance.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Smjs,
      Presently there is no finanical help for explanting. Depending on your situation, some health insurances do cover explant for rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection necrosis. But otherwise ladies have to find the money elsewhere. Can you borrow from family or approach a charity? Please hang in there, your children need their Mom.

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  92. Nicole M

    Hey ladies!! I’m in need of some advise! I’ve had 500cc saline implants for 10 years and I’m having some serious BII issues/symptoms and I’ve seen 4 different surgeons and gone through rigorous tests but has anyone had positive outcomes with just an explanation and no lift? I have very little tissue ☹️. I don’t have any social media so I’m trying to find a way to connect thank you so much in advance!

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  93. Taryn Pipkin

    Hi, my mother in law is fighting for her life in ICU and the doctors aren’t sure why. She went in for other things including cancer and bone marrow. She’s had breast cancer in the past and removed both breast and hand implants done back on early 2000s. One popped or leaked and she never removed it as she was told saline is okay.

    My question is, does saline also cause all these symptoms. Her Stanford dr asked about breast implants but also said her leaking saline implant is fine. The team of drs have really racked their brains around what is wrong and can’t quite figure out why she’s has so many cancers throughout her life. I saw your viral group/post online and thought I’d come here to ask since the group is private.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Taryn,
      Yes saline implants cause all the same symptoms as silicone. Breast implant illness occurs in all brands and 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 immune 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, inflammatory, carcinogenic, cytotoxic and neurotoxic poison our fragile endocrine gland system (thyroid/adrenals and others) and poison our Thymus gland and our immune system, poison our gut health and create toxicity in our organs and body. With saline there is also the added element that many of the saline ports collect body fluid and can mold and these organisms can cross into the implant due to defective valves and colonize the implant. These microorganisms produce metabolites which are toxic to us known as biotoxins. The interior of all capsules is perfect place for infections to occur and grow and the inside of capsules necrotize over time. Textures add another layer of toxicity and also textures soak up body fluids and provide spaces for infections to thrive. Textures also aggravate the immune system as the flake off and travel through our lymphatics. 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. Due to poor gut health we cannot digest our foods and due to autoimmune processes our guts and bodies are full of inflammation. We could go on and on but as you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in many ways.

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      1. Mary

        We should all be reading this info BEFORE getting implants. I would not have gotten them if i had the above info beforehand.

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  94. Debra Field

    I am scheduled for my explant surgery on July 2nd with one of the surgeons on your list. I want to know if you recommend that everyone do a detox after explant and how soon after surgery would you recommend that begin? What kinds of detox do you recommend. Thank you
    Debbie

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  95. Sue McPherson

    Thank you for starting this group. I am considering explanting as I’ve been in pain from the start. It’s only been 8 month but I’ve already had 3 surgeries due to complications. I don’t like my body image as my plastic surgeon took the liberty of making me bigger than I was. Against my wishes. SO frustrating & wrong!!! I have consulted with a new female plastic surgeon who will honor my wishes. Very nervous about being concave. Luckily all my cancer is gone !! Just wondering how I’ll deal with it. I’m 61 but very active

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    1. Diana

      Hi Nicole

      Ive had saline implants for 25 years. The last 7 years I now know why I’ve been unwell as one of them ruptured 6 months ago and I started my research into trim planting them. I’m too afraid to haven replaced because of what I know now. I was too young before to have made this decision and if all the information one can get now was given to me 25 years ago, I would never have got them done. I’ve been told by one surgeon I’d be left hollow and should re do them. I’ve had another surgeon say I’d be flat chested. That I can deal with but not hollow. Ive made an appointment to see another surgeon (it’s all so costly and depressing) and praying they can help me, not be left hollow. Do you have a list of explant/microsurgeons in Australia?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Diana,
        Please do focus on your explant and ladies are not left hollow after explanting. You were not hollow before implanting and you won’t be hollow after explant unless the implants changed your bone/chest structure which is very unlikely. Many are pleasantly surprised by how good their breasts look after explant, some get lifts. There are Aussie surgeons on this list, please scroll all the way down until you get to Aus: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/.

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  96. Emma Cannings

    Hi Nicole

    I am so pleased to have found you. I am 2 weeks post explant and I am really struggling. The pain is horrific and I am so down. My symptoms are still very much still there. I would love to reach out to ladies who can tell me it’s going to be ok. I have requested you on Facebook. Is that private? I don’t really know how Facebook works as I don’t use it anymore.Thank you
    Emma x

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  97. Robin Greene

    had silicone implants years ago.got very sick w Epstein Barr virus from my leaking implants.i think it is why I got cancer

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  98. Finding Health

    Hello HBI Site, God bless for having this awareness community page up :-))
    I have a question, do you do email consultations? I would love to get intouch if possible? I dont have facebook at this stage, but do need some professional advise in this area/detoxing, etc…. Please let me know either way, thank you so very much :-))

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  99. CC

    Has any one complained of severe insomnia out of the blue 8 years after getting mplants? I am dealing with that and the effects of severe insomnia anxiety and depression. These are my only symptoms can it be implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi CC,
      Yes our endocrine system gets really messed up by silicone chemicals and causes many symptoms and severe insomnia is one.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi CC,
      You need a facebook account to join a facebook group. Please set one up and find me on facebook, Nicole Daruda, the flower logo!

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  100. MICHELE STEWART

    Hi,
    Two months post saline explant and still having issues with inflammation (one of them was leaking). My blood tests are all normal, but I have aches and pains, and swollen lymph nodes that come and go. I am on steroids and antibiotics, but wondering why I have not had the radical healing that most women report right after explant. Thanks for any advice. The steroids are really helping. I would be interested to know if anyone else had a similar experience.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michele,
      In general it takes a year or even two to heal after years with toxic breast implants damaging our body. Many women do experience a reduction or elimination of some symptoms right after explant but then they start their detox process which is an up and down process with flareups and symptoms and even new symptoms can appear until the body has detoxed and had a chance to heal and all of this unfolds over about a year or even a few years for some slow detoxers with genetic detox defects.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dalida,
      All implants are now recommended to be replaced at least every eight to ten years but I would recommend explanting and not replacing because breast implants and silicone damages our health very badly. Healthy bodies don’t need breast implants.

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  101. Debbie

    I’ve had what I thought were saline implants turned out to be silicone after I had to go to the dr to find out why I hurt, had lumps, swelling and the top of my breast had been hard for a few years. I was horrified when they told me. Now I wonder if some of my health issues were cause of the implants. I’ve had them for 36 years and these last few years I’ve had very bad memory problems, migraines, IBS etc. I’m waiting for a surgeon to call me and let me know when I can get these things out of me. Any words of advice ? Boy would I like to find and go after that Dr.

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  102. Kathy Huntley

    Can you please supply me with a list of compounds that are found in silicone breast implants please

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  103. Tracey Hauser

    I stumbled onto this site and I am so thankful I did. 7 years ago from the advice of my plastic surgeon in south orange county, I had gummy type silicone implants put in. I kept rupturing my saline implants on my left side and he said these were more durable and safe. Well 2 year into having them, I started getting very sick, had a fever, was turning grey, and no energy. I thought I was dying. All labs were normal and no one could figure out what was wrong. Every day I got worse, until a lump in my underarm appeared. My biopsy showed it to be silicone, which I was stunned because I didn’t know it was an issue with the implants. I called my plastic surgeon and basically was called a liar and they would not do that. After a lympectomy I was still sick so my surgery for removal was scheduled. When my general surgeon removed my implants they had big gashes in the implants and yes, the poison was leaking into my body. I ended up having a double partial mastectomy. I was in the hospital for 5 days, on strong antibiotics and pain meds. I spent the next year in and out of surgeries and doctors offices. I was disfigured so had not only the physical aspect of it but the emotional issues that come with it. I had my final surgery for reconstructive surgery 1.5 years after my removal and yes I’m small and yes they dont look perky and full, but I feel so much better. I look back and nothing is worth what I went through. I put my faith and trust Into a well known plastic surgeon, but In the end he was wrong and caused a lot of time in my life that I missed. For anyone wanting implants, I hope they know the chance they are taking. I was told only 10% of people this happens to and guess what, I was that 10%. More than it rupturing, it changes you and your health. The issues women complain about are real because I’ve had so many of the same symptoms. Reading what others have gone through, has helped me to heal. Years later, it still has influenced my life every time I look in the mirror, but now Instead of feeling helpless, I’m empowered.

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  104. Cathy solomon

    I’m new.. where can I find a doctor in the CDA Idaho or Spokane Washington area to take my implants out.. I have a lot of the symptoms similar to other ladies.. getting worse..

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  105. Natalie

    What if a surgeon does not do the enbloc total capsulary removal? I have been sick since December and I have a scheduled surgery but I did not know to ask for this. If he doesn’t do this should I find another surgeon? What if it prolongs the wait for my surgery? I feel sick.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Natalie,
      We know for sure that our recovery and healing from breast implants correlates with removing the capsules. Choose a surgeon dedicated to removing your implants in a manner that protects you from contamination (En Bloc as far as possible) and also removes all capsule tissue (Total Capsulectomy).

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  106. Tammy Robinson

    Hello. Just watched the interview with Tara Hopko on Youtube! Think i am suffering from BII. Would love someone to talk to. I have had implants now for ten years. This is my second set. Thanks for your support.

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  107. Allison White

    Atten: Texas (primarily Dallas area)
    First of all, thank you for this site & all of the information. And each of you that have shared your story & your journey, thank you. One of the hardest parts of this journey is the isolation & the shame that comes from being treated like you’re crazy, whether that is by doctors or co-workers or friends or even family. Thank you for helping me not feel so desperately alone, especially right now – when I literally feel like I am dying.

    Secondly, I want to know if anyone out there has any names or possibly connections with Dr.’s in the Dallas, TX area (or anywhere close – Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston)? I am so very sick right now. I had saline implants put in August 2013, began having what I thought were unrelated health issues by Fall 2014. Spring 2015, more health issues & diagnoses. Last summer (2018), I hit a wall. I couldn’t push myself anymore. I have been pretty much bed bound since the beginning of this year (January 2019). I have my explant surgery scheduled with one of the recommended doctor at the absolute earliest date he has available, but that is not until September 12, 2019.

    I legitimately don’t know if i’ll be alive by then. And if I am, I’m worried they may not operate on me because I am so weak. The level of burning pain in my body is almost unbearable. And my fatigue – it is off the charts. I can’t even stand up to brush my teeth. I’m too weak & tired. I have to sit down on my bathroom floor to get my teeth brushed. And Just getting the brain power together to post this – is a rare feat.

    Does anyone know a doctor in the Dallas, TX area – that might be able to take these implants out soon? I would go anywhere – except that traveling seems next to impossible because I am so weak, tired, & mostly without a function going brain. I also don’t have an endless supply of money, but I will do whatever I need to do to figure out the $$$. I truly feel like I am hanging on with every ounce of strength I’ve got left…. and I honestly don’t know if I am going to make it.

    Sorry for the Debbie Downer of a post. But I would be forever grateful for any help. 🙏

    Keep fighting, ladies. You’re worth it. Your life & quality of life MATTERS!!!

    Much love to you all

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  108. Alphabetty Baby

    I had breast augmentation in 2001. My left breast was reduced and lifted, my right breast received a mentor (I think, I went through my Google search history and found Mentor in a search I did in 2015). My doctor entrusted me with the registration and product number and whatever else as I was being discharged. I lost everything before I had a chance to register my implant. So my health took a nose dive in 2009 (herpes simplex type 2 woke up any dormant problem I didn’t realize I had). I can check a lot of the symptom boxes. Could it really have taken 9years for the sh*t to hit the fan?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alphabetty,
      Yes some women can go that long before their health declines due to leaky breast implants.

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  109. Antoinette Alpart

    My implants are over 15 years old. They are painful and uncomfortable. I’m tired of several doctors telling me because I elected to have them implanted, it’s elective surgery and I have to pay out-of-pocket to have them removed. I recently underwent a lumpectomy. It was very painful and they still refused to remove the implants during the operation, it had to be a separate surgery as well as a separate cost. Looking for help and resolution to these uncomfortable and painful implants.

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  110. Dominique Vickery

    I really want to be on facebook group but me & my husband got rid of our facebook when we married . So I just made one the other day to be on group to talk to the ladies but after i did i read they wont acept me if its a new account… I have had silicon implants since oct 2007 and in sept 2017 , i went all kinds of coo coo like panic attacks , depression , anzity and ringing in ears exstream tierd and so on with symtoms hormone imbalanced and thyroid problems hair falling out dry eyes. and more
    I have no one to talk to about it and wish there was a way to speak to other girls. in 2017 i found out both implants had ruptured and had them replaced with saline and still feel like crap. been to so many drs & blood test its been a nightmare. I just came up on your site 3 weeks ago and have made a appt with lady dr in houston on 24th to get these out asap. I really hope I get better soon after removeal and really wish I could talk to someone to help me feel better. this is scary & I need support

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dominique,
      Please find me on facebook, Nicole Daruda, with the flower logo and I will approve you for the group.

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  111. Carol

    Hello,
    After reading numerous life stories… I’m 62 and have a question regarding my pain(s) with Mentor Saline 20 year old implants. I have on and off, both breasts, BURNING nipples and on and off, left breast, major ITCHING! Does anyone know what this can be???! Could it be ruptured, mold infection or toxins? I’ve only seen a couple of ladies mention burning nipples/itching breast and haven’t seen an answer as to why.

    Please advise and Thank You ❤️

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carol,
      Yes your implants can be ruptured, leaking or infected with mold after 20 years, please get checked out!

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  112. JE Piro Conner

    I haven’t heard from admin about acceptance to group. I believe I have breast implant illness. Currently in hospital and praying for answers. Hoping this group information will help. How long before acceptance is reviewed?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Roxanne,
      Both saline and silicone cause breast implant illness, the shells of saline are silicone and both are large foreign objects in your body. Saline also have the added risk of becoming moldy or colonized with microorganisms too.

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  113. Nicola

    Capsuletomy or not? I’ve visited 2 surgeons in London & one advised the capsuletomy & the other said that it would cause more issues. Any advice you can give me on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicola,
      Removing capsules correlates with our healing, leaving them in means a continuation of our symptoms.

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  114. Dr. Dirk Lazarus, MD, FCS (Plast & Recon Surg)

    Hi,

    I am a plastic surgeon in Cape Town, South Africa, who does en block implant and capsule removals and recognises that BIS is real for some women.

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  115. Dawna Hole

    How do I go about getting my radiated implant studied upon explant? May 2018 I underwent double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction only to find out a few days later that I did need radiation. Radiation started 30 days after implant. The implant packaging insert says they do not have enough information and consider radiation “cautionary”. If I can help determine how much if any damage occurred due to radiation I am willing to participate. I am currently in the FDA BII study, and if there is some way to participate in a study regarding radiation I want to do what ever it takes. My explant date is undetermined but hopefully soon.

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    1. Maria S.

      How can I become part of the study for BII? If the FDA is actually doing a legitimate study of time, symptoms, and recovery after explanation, I need to be a part of it. Please help me with information. Thank you Dawna!

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  116. Lisa

    Hi
    I had explant surgery March 28th 2019 and it’s been almost 10 weeks now June 3rd 2019 and I’m starting to feel worse again…tingling in legs , arms and head .. also itchy..red eyes and some anxiety . I had a total Capsulectomy but still worried he did not get it all as I’m still not feeling well. He said they were very thin the capsules ? Is that normal ? Is there a way to check if there is any capsule tissue left ? I have photos of them and they were removed by en bloc in tact when removed. I had no mold and my saline implants that I have at home are clear. Am I ever going to feel good again. Please HELP IM SO WORRIED.
    Thank you lisa

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Your starting to detox and your detox will unfold over several months. Our healing from years with breast implants take a year or two so please be patient.

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      1. Lisa

        I’m trying and I’m following all your instructions I just feel worse again.
        I did look back at my surgery report and photos .. enbloc total capsulectomy. Both implants with the tissue on them and tissue removed. I’m just having these symptoms of nerve zings still and this eye pain. I just keep worrying that I’ll never get better. I’m trying to stay positive. Thank you for all your help! your truly helping me and so many others . Lisa

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  117. Holly Sebestyen

    I have implants since 1996 ,l have had 3 sets. Started getting sick shortly after, chalked it up to other things. They say I have a autoimmune disease. I hope you can help.

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  118. Carla crown friedman

    I have an implant that has to be removed. I now have occular lymphoma. I wondered if any other people have had this happen.

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    1. TF

      I’ve been recently diagnosed with diffuse large Bcell Lymphoma. I have saline implants that feel odd and possibly encapsulated. I’ve had one side repaired twice in which last time surgeon stated there was a lot of scar tissue. This is the same side that showed two enlarged axillary lymph nodes. There was speculation on the biopsy and was inconclusive but sent out to Mayo who still questioned it but finally concluded the diagnosis I mentioned at the beginning. Oncologist is a little puzzled because all bloodwork is normal and lymph node size didn’t change over 6 months. Dlbcl is an aggressive form which would normally show increase in lymph node size quickly. Cats can was clear as well as mammogram. Before I start chemo I think I should investigate this further. Has anyone had this happen or something closely related?

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  119. Samer Cabbabe MD FACS

    I am an explant surgeon who always perform capsulectomy when removing implants. I treat large volumes of breast cancer patients and also cosmetic patients. I have performed over 1,000 cases in less than 10 years and specialize in revision surgery. I am the guy that “fixes” every patient in St. Louis. There are no surgeons listed in Saint Louis and I’ve had patients go out of state for this simple procedure. Currently, insurance companies are stating they will not cover removal for breast cancer patients. I am fighting at the local and state level and met with Allergan yesterday about this.

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  120. David Meagher

    Hi. I am praying that you can help. My best friend Jeni is suffering and putting her kids first and her health last. She needs help. I’d say more but this glitching.

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  121. Eileen Cardini

    I am a breast cancer survivor twice I now have saline implants can you give me more information.

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  122. Emily

    Hi, can you tell me if the Facebook group is a secret group? Will my membership or posts get seen by my friends?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Emily,
      The facebook group is a Closed group which means only the members of the group can see what you post in the group.

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  123. Sharon Jensen

    I’m 68 years old and have my saline implants for 21 years. I was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2006. I had my first colonoscopy and carcinoid was found on my ileum and was surgically removed. 6 months later my tail of my pancreas and my spleen were removed. I have carcinoid on the base of my main artery. Inoperable. I also have carcinoid on my liver. I have been to several plastic surgeons; neither will submit to my United Health Care. Symptoms include horrible ringing in my ears, trouble breathing and recently diagnosed with 30 different allergies, and the list goes on. HELP!

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  124. Kristin Carpenter

    I am having some concerns with my implants and want some others opinions of what they are noticing as well.

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  125. Denise DiVirgilio

    How do we go about getting insurance to cover any part of my surgery? They denied all of it. My explant was on a May 24, 2019

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Denise,
      Some insurance policies cover explant for medically approved reasons which generally are rupture, capsular contracture, pain and infection/necrosis. Some insurance policies have exclusions for breast implants placed for cosmetic reasons. Get a full copy of your policy and read how you may be covered.

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  126. Katherine Domingo

    Hi Nicole

    Not sure if i am sending this message in the correct forum but I’m pretty cluelessness to the process of having implants removed. I haven’t had much help from my primary care doctor when i come to him in trying to figure out what’s going on. I feel like my implants bursted, it doesnt Can feel like i have any and in some areas i feel weird small lumps and/or ridges: very hard to explain. I guess my main question is where should i look to have these removed and how much will they cost? Will my insurance cover the removal? That’s what I’m afraid of the most is not being Abenaki to afford them, bad credit and i just got laid off from work in Feb. and only have a couple months left on my insurances before I’m fully kicked off. Any suggestions or direction you can give me would Ben much appreciated.

    Thank you so much
    Kat

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  127. Liz ranaudo

    Doesn’t his happen after a certain period of time? I have had my implants 18 years. In the past few years I feel more tired than usual and literally had every last thing checked in my blood and I’m supposedly 100 percent so I saw this and wondered.

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  128. Lynette Hubble

    Hi I have had Dow Corning implants for 45 years am due to have them removed on the 13th June. I have been complaining for years about fatigue joint pain, arthritis also developed lupus in this time, visited many doctors who told me to leave well enough alone. finally found someone who realizes I have a problem been in pain for some time I have capsular contraction. I could go on with complaints. will be so happy to have these things removed from my body

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  129. Jin

    Some surgeons show muscle repair and pathology in their profile. Can you tell me what muscle repair entails and what kind of pathology labs they run? Have there been stories on how BII affects the immune system and perhaps susceptibility to develop cervical cancer ( or adenocarcinoma in situ) ? Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jin,
      When implants are placed they are usually placed partially under the chest muscles which means that your chest muscles are pried off the chest wall in order to stuff the implant underneath. When implants are removed some surgeons retack the muscles to the chest wall to encourage them to heal as normally as possible. Breast implants definitely cause immune deficits (reduce our immune cells) which can lead to infections and other diseases such as cancer.

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  130. Grace

    I have silicone over the muscle implants. These are after ruining my life. My first symptom was blood clots in the lungs behind each implant then lupus adrenal insufficiency years of steroids and kidney damage. Then hair loss under eye bags and severe fatigue and dizziness. I have only pieced together it’s my implants in the last few months. Explant is free in my country. I am blessed. Just waiting on a date for explant now. Loads of love to all suffering this. It ruined my life for years. My biggest regret.

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    1. Susann

      One of mine leaked out a month ago & I’ve been waiting for removal next week. Had both for 17 yrs & cant wait to get them out. Since one leaked I’ve had daily nausea & diarrhea for past month!

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  131. Julie McCarthy

    I am very excited to come across this group!

    I am a cancer survivor and I truly think my implants are toxic. Of course I was told there’s no way, by my doctors.

    I will neb making an appointment with a doc in my town that dose removal of implants.

    I’m just so mad ive been sick or not sick, Pitt on tons of antibiotics with some to nothing results. I’m feel cheated and confused.

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  132. Linda Paterson

    I have silicone breast implants. I have joint problems and capsular contraction. I talked to a doctors office that said they wont take care of me, that I have to go the surgeon that put my implants in. I dont want to go back to him. I have no medical insurance and just had to take a low paying job, so dont have the money for explant surgery. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

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    1. Susann

      Maybe try Local Social Services to see if they have any suggestions for financial help. Get note from some Dr that removal is NEEDED for your health & well being… There Must be some help available.

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  133. Tina McDaniel

    Nicole, I have had my textured implant since 2009. In the past 4 years since having back surgery I developed cellulitis. The first time was about 3 days after a steroid injection in my back. Then again after surgery. Then after oral steroids last summer. However that time they called it inflammation. Only in my breast. After that episode. I developed and itching in my left breast, that never goes away. No one had the answer. My original surgeon has agreed to remove them, June 14th. I just wondered has anyone else had these kinds of symptoms?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tina,
      Yes many mention itching of the breasts which can be inflammation but it can also be autoimmune responses and or infections.

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  134. Lynne Culla

    I got breast implants when I was 27. I had them for 11 years until I got a letter from Dow Corning. It said something to the effect of we will send a check of $1200 to the doctor who will remove your implants & some money for me, that it wasn’t safe to keep the implants in. Since the day I received the implants in my body, I never felt the same as before the implants. Every time I went to a doctor, I always had a low grade fever, like I was coming down with something, like the flu or a cold, & my joints ached. I went to the same plastic surgeon who put them in to get explanted in his out patient office in Ventura. The doctor had put the implants in under the muscle- to take them out, he slit me under each breast to remove them.. The operating report said that to remove the implants, it was like a taffie pull, that the implants were ruptured. I have since had necrosis of the left hip, which had been replaced by the metallic hip that caused me to have chromium showing up in a blood test, so that had to be replaced again & replacement of my right hip for arthritis. I am 64 yrs old & I have chronic pain daily. I wished I had never had the implants & I wonder if they contributed to my infertility- I could get pregnant but would always miscarry..

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  135. Jeffrey Williams

    I am a board certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who has been performing En Bloc removals for 8 years.
    How can I get listed as an Explant Surgeon?
    I have many patients that say they have visited your website.

    Thank you,
    Jeffrey Williams, DO, FACOS, PC
    Peak Rejuvenation
    575 Rivergate Lane, #205
    Durango, CO 81301
    970-259-5990

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  136. Cathi Caparella

    Hi, I just found out that both of my silicone implants have ruptured! There is silicone granuloma in my lymph nodes. I found out because I keep trying to figure out what is wrong with me! I requested a mammogram. It all started there! Then, Radiologists req I get an MRI, then a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. This is when diagnos was made about silicone granuloma in axillary lymph nodes. This was last week. I have been doing so much research and reading!
    I’m feeling a little bit lost… I would really like to connect with others who are and have gone thru this. I know this sounds crazy, bit I’m so relieved to know what’s wrong with me!!!!

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    1. Vicki

      I’ve had my Implants since 1983. One encapsulated early on but I couldn’t afford surgery. So I’ve had one hard boob for 36 years! I had the chance to have them out after the first big lawsuit.. but didn’t. Now they hurt! They ruptured and the last mammogram (actually I had ultrasound) showed some silicone was irritating a lymph node. I just found this group and I realized I’ve been sick since a few years after I got implants.
      I hate to lose them as mine are small but I’m 63 now and would rather feel better if possible after all these years.

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  137. Corie

    Hi,
    I have not been accepted as a friend on Facebook yet. I have answered all 3 questions. Just had a explant & in need of support from other women going through this whole process.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Corie,
      Please find me on facebook and friend me so I can join you if you are having trouble entering the group. My name is Nicole Daruda with the flower logo.

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  138. Kathy

    Thank you for this group…I feel sure that my health has been compromised due to my silicone (over muscle) implants which were surgically placed 31 years ago. Aside from the fact that my body immediately rejected them (becoming rapidly incapsulated, I have since suffered chronic neuropathic pain for which I am being treated without any relief. I am now suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and my feet and hands are becoming numb and discolored. Please include me in your private group. Thank you

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  139. Sunny Barnard

    I have not been accepted on facebook yet as a friend could you please check on this?
    I will be having my implants removed because of so many of the symptoms documented in this article.
    It was extremely helpful to me in understanding my illness.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sunny,
      Did you answer the three questions that we posed in order to get in the facebook group?

      Reply
  140. Theresa

    Hi all.
    I had my breast implants at the age of 32, around the time I got pregnant with my first child. I developed Coeliac disease within 6 months after giving birth which I was told was the ‘trigger’. My hair has been constantly falling out, especially around the hair line since the same time, but again told it was due to pregnancy and breast feeding hormones, and now normal hair loss due to my age (39).
    I found a breast lump last October which turned out to be nodules reacting to a horrendous double rupture after only 7 years. I had no other outward signs of rupture but it was found the silicone had migrated on my right side into my chest cavity/muscle and under my armpit which now blocks approximately 14 of my lymph nodes. The surgeon said it would be easier to remove the ruptured implants, clean out and replace, as I would have a better aesthetic appearance as I have no breast tissue left. I was a 32A and went to a 32DD and have had x2 children since!
    So last November I had them replaced with a different brand. I’ve since suffered panic/anxiety attacks worrying about the silicone leakage and future problems it may cause (I’ve read all about silicone migration now?!) and wish I’d stuck to my guns and just had them removed.
    Having found this site, I’m wondering if it’s worth me putting myself through surgery yet again and so soon, as I’ll still have the leaked silicone inside me that I unfortunately can’t do anything about?! And be left with a completely flat torso.
    Any support/advice would be greatly received 😊

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    1. Susann

      Feeling well is worth a flat chest.
      They make wonderful bras that you can fill to any size you want to be!

      Reply
  141. Patricia Rollins

    Hi, I have a pending approval to join the FB group. I have answered the questions 3 times, but it keeps saying that I have “requested to join without answering the questions” . Help?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Patricia,
      Please reach out to me on facebook, Nicole Daruda with the flower logo and I will join you to the group. Facebook is messing with our group.

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      1. Coreen

        Good evening Nicole. My name is Coreen Kooy from Zimbabwe, Africa. Please may you add me too.
        Thank you

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  142. debbie frost

    Hello. I hope you can help! I live in Cape Town, South Africa and I am 8 months post explant, but ‘some’ capsule was left behind as my surgeon couldn’t get to it. I have now had appointments with 5 plastic surgeons – 3 are on your list and 2 are not, but all are very well known and respected Plastic Surgeons here. All 5 are absolutely open about the fact that they do not believe in BII. All 4 have stated that there is NO conclusive evidence. They all say the remaining capsule is definitely not the cause of my ongoing problems. I get the feeling they think I am a hysterical menopausal woman. It seems there is a very closed group of ‘boys club’ surgeons here who are going to back each other no matter what. They all know each other. I am trying to find a surgeon, preferably a micro surgeon anywhere in South Africa that can help me. I definitely need a surgeon who is totally on board and 100% believes in BII. I would be grateful for any information.
    With thanks and gratitude for everything I have already learnt on this site.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      So sorry you are going through this and yes, at first they will try and fight acknowledging breast implant illness and the wave of explanting heading their way and yes, left over capsule can hinder your recovery. Here is the list of Explant Surgeons, please scroll down until you get to South Africa and other countries nearby: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/.

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  143. Jennifer Mohr

    Hi Nicole I stain have not been accepted to the FB group I answered the questions etc.

    If you could look out for my request that would be great.

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  144. El La Gwyn

    HI , I am looking for a registered nurse to help me post surgery in the Richmond Virginia area. From May 21 two the 25th. I would like someone there 24 hours a day so they couldn’t rotate if that works. I will be in the suite with plenty room. I am not from the area and do not have someone to help me afterwards. If you know of any nurses that worked this way please give them my information.Please email me at [email protected] — thanks! I need an RN if anyone has information to some that

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  145. Alexandria

    This group is not only saving my sanity but also my life. I am Explanting June 25th 2019 and I cannot thank you enough. Because of the information on this site I finally verified that I do have BII. For years I have very ill. I’ve had MRIs, EMGs, countless amounts of blood work, and much much more. Thousands of dollars spent on doctors bills mostly to have them all say they can’t help me. It really helps me knowing so many women are standing together to help heal one another. I can’t wait to start my recovery and share it with all of you!

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  146. el LA

    I love this site! I am getting ready for explants next week. I need an RN to stay with me a few days in Richmond VA- I’m going to Dr Stanwix. Does anyone have a recommendation for that? The office doesn’t have any names and directed me to Bright Star but I don’t prefer to use that service.Thanks!

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  147. Maria Jenkins

    Do you have any names of Doctors in the Atlanta area that you could recommend for explant?

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    1. Brandi Ferlaino

      Dr.Vincent Zubowicz ,
      I had explant surgery in 2013 after having implants for over 20 years. He is meticulous and my results are amazing.

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  148. Melody Swonger

    This information was extremely interesting, helpful, and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  149. Tonya M McKimmy

    Scheduled with Dr Amy derosa in September for consult to extract. Also wait for Dr fengs office for return call to schedule, as I would prefer to see her. However, I would definitely consider other options/surgeons if they are reputable and I could do the surgery sooner. So far, looks like both of the above mentioned are booking into December/January if not
    further. Any recommendations? Much appreciated!

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  150. Amy Uboldi

    I am so nervous. I had my implants removed yesterday. I told him that I have been having joint inflammation to the point where I couldn’t walk for days at a time. He didn’t want to believe that it was from the implants. I paid for capsulectomy to ensure that everything was removed for healing. I was told this surgery was much more painful and would need drains and would take longer. I woke up and the surgery lasted only 1 hour, no drains and now I am 18 hours out and haven’t even taken Tylenol. I began to worry that he didn’t do it correctly. I asked the nurse after if they took any pictures and she said maybe and if they did she would send them. Since then I have been reading so much about the importance of enbloc. I am so frustrated that I am just reading this now. I am going to call the dr this morning and ask exactly what went on. I paid 3000 more for capsulectomy over regular explant. Can I still heal completely if it was not enbloc?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amy,
      Request a copy of your explant surgery operative report and there he will state exactly what was done and then you will know. Capsulectomy means to remove capsules and so if you contracted for a capsulectomy and paid for one that means you should have gotten one. We know removing capsules correlates with healing but yes, someone can heal with a bit of capsule left in.

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  151. Kim Gould

    New and had explants in January 2019. Many complications including hemotoma and eventually necrosis leading to breast loss on one side. Implant was 35 years old. Am waiting on reconstruction by fat grafting. Any words of help and support would be helpful. Age 64.

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  152. Yasmin

    I feel lucky and really happy to have come a cross of all these information.. at last I have found the answer to all my suffering and pains during the past 12 years!

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  153. Annette Hobson

    I’m so happy that I’ve come across this information, I felt like I was losing my mind, and even worse, I’m sure my doctor thinks I’m a hypochondriac!
    I’ve had my implants in for 30 years, yikes! Now I’m just looking for answers as to why I always feel so horrible.
    I’m also wondering, do my silicone implants have to actually be leaking to have BII?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Annette,
      Silicone implants bleed their gel long before they are technically leaking and long before they rupture, its a recognized problem called gel bleed and so your implants are poisoning you with toxic chemicals of silicone.

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  154. Manon Fournier

    Bonjour moi j’ Des implants texturé et j’aiMerais avoir le lien pour les recours collectif merci.

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  155. RJ

    I had 2008 mentor silicone implants removed Aug 2018 after more than a year with health problems, the left one had ruptured and was in shreds. I couldn’t afford the $8000 to have the capsule and implants removed, paid $1800 to have just the implants removed under local. The left breast has been filled with fluid since explant, p.s. has used a needle to remove fluid from August- September. He then stated he wouldn’t be removing fluid anymore, just to let my body absorb it. Went back in March 2019 because fluid was still there after 6 mos and had a small hard knot develop in left breast. He ignored the hard knot situation, and aspirated the left breast at the top of the breast where it was very painful and fluid appeared to be mostly blood ( before had always looked yellow), breast never appeared to have any fluid removed and told.me to come back in 6 mos. The entire top of my left breast is hard as a rock and 2x the size of the right. What is this hardness? I’m not going back to this p.s. and Mentor cannot tell me how these indestructible implants ended up in shreds in the first place and have completely ignored me and any questions I have. Wish I had never gotten implants, just not worth it

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  156. Jamie Steffen

    Hello , my name is Jamie and I had breast implants done in August of 2018 ! I have been following the website posting in regards to breast implants illness ! I have textured implants and the manufacture of mine is mentor ( i think that’s the spelling ) but i haven’t experienced any issues as of yet but I am concerned! I had a breast reduction in 1983 and then after my gastric bypass surgery in May 2017 I lost all my breast tissue , that was my reason for choosing implants ! Can you please advise me the proper direction! I spoke to my plastic surgeon in regards to this but he says I think you will be fine but if I have any pain or burning to come see him right a way ! I’m not sure what to do ! Thank you for your time , Jamie

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  157. Danielle

    Have seen Dr Feng’s before and after and all the testimonies, however when I called a month ago they said booking out until November. They also said I would be receiving a call from someone to schedule my appointment and take my deposit, my sister the same thing. My question is, do we need to keep calling or just be patient?
    Many Thanks

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  158. Bonnie Fitzerald

    Thank you for having this site with the extremely useful helpful information. I just found out about Breast Implant Illness in Jan. 2019. Have been researching ever since. Need to find a plastic surgeon that hopefully Humana Medicare PPO will assist in covering costs. I am a single senior (75) with McGahn implants since 1984 looking for an experienced En-Bloc explant plastic surgeon near the mid-coast area of Texas, as am located in Rockport, which is between Corpus Christi TX and Victoria TX. I have suffered diminishing health since implant (have all listed BII symptoms, except about 2 ), I now believe is due to the breast implants, which are hard, encapsulated, painful and distorted. Am eager and need to get the toxic chemicals removed from my body as soon as possible, to regain my health. Does anyone know of plastic surgeons who accept older patients for explant? Had a well known and well liked plastic surrgeon’s office manager this week, May 1, 2019, tell me they do not accept anyone on medicare. I offered to pay cash and was still refused! Am so very disappointed and angry; frustrated, depressed, fearful and tearful. Thank you.

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  159. Grace

    Hi. I had mentor cohesive silicone gel implants (the textured ones) in 2013, felt absolutely fine for a year and enjoyed them but then everything went downhill fast. I put on so much weight quite literally overnight, depression, anxiety, random food intolerances, sensitive to sunlight/unable to tan, stomach problems, terrible and long menstrual cycles, pms, hormonal problems etc. No doctor could find anything wrong with me despite me begging them for answers. They thought I was crazy. It’s like a switch flicked and I went from being a happy, healthy normal person to a reclusive zombie. My skin looks grey with no tone. I tried everything to make myself feel better – meditation, vegan diets etc. I have been able to control some symptoms by cutting out dairy and exercise but nowhere near how I was before. It’s only in the last 6 months I discovered BII, it never occurred to me the implants were the problem before but now it makes so much sense. I am explanting in the UK in just under 3 weeks and I am counting down the minutes. I can’t wait for this to be over these last 6 years have been a living hell. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I’m just so thankful for this information. It makes me sad there are other people out there suffering too but there is light at the end of the tunnel now. I wish everyone happy healing 🙂 thank you for letting me share my story x

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  160. Kendra

    I’m struggling with whether or not to go through with my scheduled explant surgery on May 10, 2019. A little background– I had the Mirena IUD for about 3 years. In March of 2018 I began noticing night sweats, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, rapid heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks, spikes in blood pressure and so much more.

    After some research, I assumed it was the Mirena and had it removed December 20, 2018. Some symptoms improved but didn’t disappear and I’ve also been experiencing new symptoms and changes in existing symptoms. I began wondering if there was something else going on and thought about the other foreign objects in my body– breast implants. Once I saw the list of symptoms associated with BII, I thought it was best to just have all foreign bodies removed. So, I found a surgeon (thanks to this website) and I’m scheduled about a week away.

    The only problem is now I’m worried that maybe all of this was the Mirena IUD and that maybe 4 months isn’t enough time to know. Maybe the root problem is the saline breast implants I’ve had nearly 13 years and the hormones of the IUD just made some of the symptoms more intense. It’s possible that hormones weren’t a factor at all and my body just hates all foreign objects. Several possibilities and no way to know for sure. I won’t get into my long list of symptoms but they have been debilitating the last 7 months; I can’t walk up the stairs in my house without being out of breath, I can’t make trips to the grocery store or run around with my 4-year-old.

    There are so many similarities with both the Mirena and BII. I can’t believe I’m even asking this (especially so close to my surgery date) and you ladies probably think I’m crazy but… What should I do? Give my body more time to see if I improve or go through with the surgery next week? This is huge and I’m scared. I worry that I’ll go through this and nothing will change. Thank you, in advance, for your advice.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kendra,
      Its not either or, it’s both, you will continue to have symptoms from both and by far the breast implants which are much larger and more toxic will be the biggest contributors to your symptoms and illness.

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    2. Stacey

      This is my identically!! I don’t know what to do either. Even my hubs and thinks I’m being dramatic in suggesting it would be my implants along with IUD. My heart goes out to you as its a tough decision. I’m still nursing my youngest (9mnths) so going to give it until she weens to make the decision.

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  161. April

    My scars are still bubbled and red. I called my surgeon’s office, and a lady in there called it something that started with the letter C and said my surgeon would have to give me a steroid shot. Anyone know what this could be and if the steroid shot helps then scarring to disappear for the most part as it was supposed to do?

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  162. Colbi

    Hi Kay. I just recently discovered breast implant illness and am in disbelief that some of the women on here are talking about idiopathic gastroparesis. I too, was diagnosed and treated at the Mayo Clinic in scottsdale. They also injected 100 units of botox into my pylorus and put me on heavy drugs for 3 years. Fortunately, I was able to slowly (and very painfully) wean myself off those drugs and find natural alternatives which eventually led to my healing. My diagnosis came 1.5 years after I was implants with silicone gummy bears – which my plastic surgeon told me were the safest implant on the market. Turns out he was full of lies, because the FDA just recalled the textured version of those exact implants last month.

    I hope you are doing better after the explant and healing from GP. Its a terrible condition.

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  163. CL

    Hello
    Im ten years s/p silicone implants behind muscle and want removed but dont have the money and feel sick all the time. I live on long island ny, any suggestions please help me!! Im only 35

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  164. Martina

    Hi

    I have been sick for thr the past 2 years, immune system is shot, flu like symtoms, coughing, sore troath, ulcers on same, out of breath, tiredness, chocking feeling making me sick, sweating at nigh and mucus. I have been in hospital twice once for 10 days and once for 8 days all tests good. Mri on body, ultra sound etc. Then they checked my breasts and found my silicone implants have ruptured and gone to lymp nodes in arm pits etc.
    Help me what should I do. I am due to see breast doctor next week to go through options. I know I will have to remove implants but will my lymp nodes also need to be removed ? How do I get my life back – I was avery active fit person up to two years ago (implants in 12 years – I am 48 years old).

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  165. Debbie

    Hello Nicole
    I am 8 months post implant and still battling with my recovery. I had a full capsulectomy of both 22 year old silicone implant which were ruptured. My surgeon told me that he had had to leave a small piece of capsule behind as he couldn’t safely get to it. I emailed him last week to discuss removal of the capsule and this was his reply:
    Thank you for your letter.
    We will book an appointment for you and put you on the cancellation list as well.
    Please be reassured the capsules are normal saline and should not be the cause of your symptoms.
    Best wishes

    My question, after all I have read and learnt – how on EARTH can the capsules be made of saline!?? I have an appointment with a different surgeon today. Is it ALWAYS the remaining capsule that can prevent healing?
    Regards
    Debbie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      Some of us require a couple years to recover and proper diet, gut healing proctocols and killing fungal and other infections is very important for our healing but having said all that, if you have left over capsule that can cause you to continue to have symptoms such as flu like feelings that come and go, fatigue, brain fog, body pain etc.

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  166. Heidi

    I am looking to get help so i can explant very soon i am in so much pain every day and getting so sick they need to come out but i cant pay to get them out and i have no medical insurance to hep me pay for them to come out if you have info for me to get help i would love to see what you have. I live in Amboy IN
    Thank you so much

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  167. Kim Mahovsky

    I am 50 years old and believe that my rapidly deteriorating health is from my textured saline implants that have a silicone shell. I had a bad mammo, a bad ultrasound, and now go monday for an MRI with contrast. I am MISERABLE. I have over 45 symptoms. I am afraid. My doctor feels that I have breast implant illness and is being very supportive in getting me approval for this medically necessary explant. I have had my implants for 19 years and was told that they are completely safe because they do not have silicone. Through recent research, I have found that the shell of the implant is made with toxic chemicals that my body obviously has absorbed. I am fearful that I have let my symptoms go on too long, as I have uneven breasts that are swollen, displaced, inverted and dimpled nipple, deep nipple itching, orange peelish looking skin lately, a large lump under my right armpit, I cannot lift my left arm above my head, chest pains, shortness of breath, premature aging, weight issues, I have to wear two bras 24-7 to support my growing breasts and provide some relief from pain and discomfort, my joints are sore all of the time, I have continual on and off yeast infections both on my nipples and my vaginal area and feet, I have tremendous allergies that are popping up all of the time, ……….. I called the manufacturer last week, McGhan and asked them if there were recalls on my BIOCELL Textured & Smooth RTV Saline filled Brest implants and she immediately told me that there are no issues or recalls with any implant they have manufactured. She wouldn’t even take my serial numbers down. I have contacted a National Litigation Attorney that specializes in breast implant illness and I intend to sue. Statistically, women wait till 20 years to have their implants removed due to problems arising. The manufacture of my implants offered a CONFIDENCE PLUS Breast Implant Replacement within the first ten years. The manufacturers are smart, . . . only 20 percent of ladies get their implants replaced within ten years. I feel like I was lied to and uniformed that these implants have silicone linings that probably did adhere to my lungs and heart wall. I cried when I found your webpage. Thank you for helping all of us ladies who made a poor choice to astethically change our bodies for all of the wrong reasons. I just wanted to tell you my story as it is in the works of me getting explanted and hopefully healthy. God Bless you and all of the ladies who are afraid. Thank you for listening. Warmest Regards, KIM P.S. I live in Pennsylvania

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  168. Kate

    Hello, first and most importantly thank you! I’ve had smooth saline implants for 17 years, enbloc booked for July 3. Can anyone share is persistent lower back pain, pelvic pain and bladder issues are symptoms of BII? Also looking for a list of surgeons in Calgary AB Canada. Most resist this procedure. Booked with one, not certain about him. Thanks, Kate

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    1. Sara

      Hi yes, i have gummy bear 2012 implant. Since October 2018 i have had severe low back pain, pelvic, and bladder pain. Mri T and L spine shows herniated disc, mild degenerative disease however PT cant understand why im not getting better even w strength and stretching exercises. Its to the point i cant walk and need a back brace at 34 years old with steroid injections that dont help. Extremely deep glute pain and right hip hurts. I pee about 20 times a day and had a pelvic floor eval which was good. I have mri of hip in june. I had mammo last june and think they ruptured my right implant(which all my pain is on right side)Im in san Diego but surgeons around keep pushing implant replacement. Im fortunate to be able to afford explant, i know many cant however its finding someone i trust who will do proper explant.

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  169. Faye Rose

    I have a right side breast implant that is ruptured and leaking silicone in my lymph node. I would like to get the implant removed but only have Medicare and Medicaid insurance. Is there a doctor in the Richmond, Va. Area that can do this procedure using my insurance?

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  170. Suszanne Bernat Droney

    Hello, my name is Suszanne Bernat Droney and I had breast implants on July 28, 2005.

    I am on FaceBook and would like to join the support group of more than 70,000 women as I am suffering from many of the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness. I will turn 78 in June and am very concerned about my health. I am seriously considering removal, but would like more information first.

    Thank you kindly…Suszanne Bernat Droney

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  171. Amanda

    I just explanted 4/12/2019. I have been sick for many years with “mysterious symptoms” that not one of these “brilliant” doctors could explain. Never once did any doctor even question my breast implants or even bother to inquire about them. About 3 weeks ago my brother in law was reading an article on women getting sick from implants . After I read the article I was led to this group in disbelief. All the strange symptoms I have experienced for years finally had a name and a solution. I explanted shortly after reading about Breast Implant Illness. Although a large majority of my symptoms have disappeared I still am very lethargic . I worry what long term permanent damage I have done to myself after having these implants for 11 years. I am so very grateful to have finally found an answer after many many years . It wasn’t all in my head , as I was told numerous times, nor do I feel so alone. I was living a silent nightmare that was unexplainable to anyone. This illness has robbed me of YEARS of my life , my career as a nurse, and has financially devastated us . My husband and I had been to so many doctors , hundreds of tests and tried anything that was suggested in order to get me better . I just want to thank Nicole for providing this platform to us women who have truly suffered in every sense of the word. I know that I am FINALLY on the road back to my healthy self I once was. Now I have a forum to lean and give and get the support we so desperately need.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      Our detoxing and healing after explant unfolds over several months and even up to a year or two for some, so don’t worry. Follow our detox guidelines to help support yourself through your healing.

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  172. Georgia G

    Hello!
    I am a high school student researching Breast Implant Illness for an essay on the topic of women’s health. I personally really admire this organisation – a vital community built to support women in their experiences and symptoms, in contrast to what seems to be a sort of medical and scientific lethargy to adequately recognise and address BII. I was wondering if it would be possible for me to use short excerpts from this website (e.g. comments/replies) in an anecdotal way for my essay?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Georgia,
      Yes please go ahead and use short excerpts from this website in your high school project.

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  173. Yetty luiz

    I have had mine for 2 years and surgeon that did it does not believe in bii I’m trying to find a surgeon in Johannesburg that believes in it and also expieriened in explanting iam I’ll all the time can’t wait to remove them. Can any one help

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  174. Roanna Farley

    This website and group of ladies may have just saved my life! I’ve been very sick and disabled for 14 years and inquired every doctor, specialist, and naturopath if my problems could be from my implants – NOT ONE thought it was even remotely possible! However, I am now reading my own story through the lives of other women on the Facebook Breast Implant Illness by Nicole page and I KNOW I have found the source of my health issues, which are too numerous to list. Thank you for this website, the Facebook page, and your willingness to be open, honest, and vulnerable with the truth about BII.

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  175. sherry A fuller

    How can I get my medical records from my plastic surgeon. Will they release them to me and how do I get the complete set of office notes and removal records and notes. I had my implants replaced in 2015 and told my doc from the beginning my left breast was not right. It wasn’t healing and was extremely painful. He told me for a year I was crazy. I finally went to another hospital ER and was admitted, but they sent me by ambulance to the original plastic surgeon to remove the implant. By that point my veins were black and my left breast was twice the size of my right one. I still don’t know what was wrong and he would not remove the right one because there was nothing wrong with it!!! So 3yrs later I have one implant am sick all the time and he still won’t tell me anything . So how can I be sure to get all of my records? I don’t even know what kind of implants I had. All I know is they are “high profile”

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    1. Kim Cascio

      I called the plastic surgeon that put in my implants 25 YEARS ago, feeling doubtful they’d still have my records! They did and they scanned/sent copies right over to me!!

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  176. sherry A fuller

    I had breast implants in 1989 and had a baby in 1991. I was told by my doc that breast feeding was perfectly safe. I breast fed for 1 year. Of course now I am racked with guilt. Can anyone tell me what I should look for as far as symptoms in my child. What tests may need to be done. What illnesses he may be at risk for. I did not have or start showing symptoms until about 2004. I can’t stand the thought of having caused my child to be sick.

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  177. Nicole

    I am looking for an explanation surgeon in singapore. Can you recommend any please? There are none on the international list.

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  178. Alicia Bradford

    Is there a list of symptoms some where so I can see if my illnesses are due to my saline implants?

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  179. Candy

    I’m having testing for metastatic breast cancer. My pet scan is positive for 5 lung nodules (small) and bright spot on sternum. I’ve had 3 biopsies so far, and all have failed to show cancer. I’m having a second lung biopsy today, as they’re still pretty certain it’s cancer. I had bilateral reconstruction with silicone gel implants after mastectomy in 2012.

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  180. Isabelle Gignac

    Sincerly, be sure that I don’t contribute in any way to sell or promote any products, services or persons. I only need that someone will help me. I sense that I’m not be supported by my doctors, and my two internal medecine specialists. I’m a woman. I’ve had two breast implants surgeries; saline implants and breast reconstruction (2016), silicone implants and correction first surgery (2017). I’m believing to suffer from breast implants illness.

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  181. Agnieszka

    Hi Nicole,
    I am very thankful for your advices. You are really big-hearted person. Thank you very very much for your great help. The doctors do not know, what to do with my case and with all these women. All these women need you. If you did not create this page, I would not know till now, that my implants causing my health problems. All these women need you. Great job. What a good feeling knownig that you save lifes.
    GOOD BLESS YOU Nicole.

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  182. Sherry Fuller

    I know I have silicone in my lymph node. I have yet to find any doc that will help me find where else it is in my body or help treat me to detox.
    I have a question. In December 2018 I was hospitalized for internal bleeding In my upper GI. My blood count was at 6.2 and they transfused 3 pints of blood. They performed an EGD and cauterized 2 bleeders. I have seen you refer to leaky gut as a symptom. Could what happened to me be a result of BII?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sherry,
      Silicone is very caustic and inflammatory to our body including our gut and it affects various conditions in the body including clotting ability. Some women with silicone toxicity have bruising and bleeding problems. If I was you I would try and have the lymph node localized and checked for silicone and removed if it is contaminated beyond detoxing much like a silicone granuloma is removed.

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  183. Dr. Arko Demianczuk

    Thanks for the informative web page. I have seen many patients with symptoms related to silicone toxicity. I have extensive experience in en bloc capsulectomy and implant removal. If you would like, you can add my name to surgeons familiar with this procedure practicing in the Vancouver British Columbia area.
    Dr. Arko Demianczuk
    Plastic Surgeon, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
    514-1200 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC
    604-806-6360
    [email protected]

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  184. Lorraine Stevens

    I have had textured silicone implants since 1989 . I already had Lupus then was just not well then Diagnosed with a rare autoimmune / neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis , multiple allergies had most of my colon removed and a colostomy 4 years ago . Then chronic lung infections and do with CVID last Dec .
    I’m very concerned it is the implants ! My father , brother and 2 cousins had large cell lymphoma and breast cancer in both sides of the family .
    I died after my Colostomy surgery and had to be revived very after 17 mins . I don’t think I’m strong enough for removal surgery . Scared in Fl

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  185. Agnieszka

    Hi Nicole.
    thank you very much for your answer. I asked my surgeon about the surgery but he did not give me an unequivocal answer.He let meto do the mri to see if there ist left something. I do not know what to do. Can all the pains on the left side come from the left overs of the capsule? For the surgery I had pains on the feft and right side, but now onlyon the left. I forgot to mention taht when I shower and rub my skin there is rolling something like silicone on the fugue in the bathrom. Since the surgery on the both sides, nowonly on the left. Shuld I undergo the second surgery? Is the capsule or is the left side more contaminated. Both implants were intact. Please help.
    GOOD BLESS YOU.

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  186. Tamara Johnson

    I would like to remove my breast implant after surgery I have breathing problems l don’t know it that what cause it but I want to be on the save side and remove them so my mind can be at rest

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Angelic,
      Its a Closed group which according to facebook means that your fb friends will not know you are in the group. The posts will show up in your newsfeed but not the your friends.

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      1. Kelly

        I discovered your life-saving site while searching for answers to my many illnesses. I had smooth silicone implants 13 years ago. One year later, I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis. A few years later I developed Raynaud’s. I have been on Methotrexate for 12 years. Only 6 months ago, I developed a serious indentation in my forehead, I am so scared it’s linear scleroderma–I go see my specialist next week.

        Do you know if anyone else has developed linear scleroderma from BII?

        I am looking at the list of surgeons to schedule the removal of my implants. I’m so scared that they’ve destroyed my health and life. Is there hope for me and the remission of my symptoms once they are removed?

        Thank you for this site! Bless you, Nicole and everyone who’s posted and shared.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laney,
      Your health insurance may pay for your explant, get a full copy of your insurance policy and read if you may be covered. In general they may cover for what they consider to be medically necessary reasons for explant such as rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection/necrosis and you have to approach on those symptoms.

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  187. Donna Cotten

    I just signed up to join your site and a few more to get some helpful info and this may seem lame but will the sites come up on my fb page
    Most people who know me ( yes it’s true)don’t know have had breast implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Donna,
      The posts from the group will show up in your newsfeed on facebook but your facebook friends will not see them. Make sure you are inside the group when posting, some accidentally post on their own walls which will show up to your friends.

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  188. Agnieszka

    Hi Nicole,
    thank you for the very informative web site. I hav my silitex gel breast implants removed in may last year. Since the surgery i have pain in my left breast. The right one is ok. From time to time I experience shooting pains but they are really rarely. The left breast looks like aliitle different from the right one. I feel in one place of the left breast gelly like structure. Since the surgery i had about 5 ultra sounds. They shows notking patological. My plastic surgeon suggested to do the mri, but the doctors, who made the ultra sounds say the mri shows 99% nothing. I read that the mri is not recommended by the heavy metal toxicity. When I asked my surgeon if he removed all the breast implant capsules, he sais he removed all, what he could see.
    When I started taking inositol in september last year I developed bad pain in the left breast, liver area and in the left arm. I stoped taking them. Since 5 days Im taking lipoic acid. The pains are one day lighter but the other day stronger. I have pains in the left breast, arm shoulder and from time to time in the liver area. Is there any posibillity that there are left overs from the capsule in the left breast or is this detoxification. Is the left side more contamminated???
    Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.
    GOOD BLESS YOU:

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Agnieszka,
      You are correct MRI, ultrasound likely will not tell you if you have left over capsule tissue in your chest. It sounds like your surgeon did not do a Total Capsulectomy. You could question him more directly by asking him exactly what he removed and exactly what he left in your chest, after he knows. I would also request a copy of your explant operative report in which he should describe exactly what he did during your surgery at the time of surgery. After reviewing all that you may want to consider if you need a second surgery to remove left over capsule.

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  189. Barbara Box

    Thanks for helping me manage my situation and for accepting me into the group. Besides my health issues, I also have physical issues as the implants have slipped out of the “pocket” and are kind of high in my chest. When I have my bra off, it looks like I have 4 breasts! I hate it!

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  190. FA

    I got silicon breast implants 11 years ago, I have had lupus and sjogrens for the last 8 years. I now have a completely debilitating brachial neuritis that has me in such excruciating pain, I cannot leave the house. I am so sick, that I am not a great candidate for surgery at this time, so I would only consider excision if it will help me get well. Do you know if implant removal helps reverse illness always? Is it ever too late to reverse the damage that’s been done?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi FA,
      We know for sure that proper explant will reverse many of the symptoms caused by silicone and breast implants but it does take for the body to heal the damage done, even a couple years. By proper explant I mean that the implants and the capsule tissue that grows around the implant must be removed hopefully En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy. You cannot just remove the implants and leave the capsule tissue as you likely will not heal. Capsules contain fragments of silicone particulate, silicone gel and silicone chemicals/heavy metals and leaving them behind continues the illness processes in the body. Our immue system continues to be stimulated by the capsules and so will not heal either. The capsules do not disappear by themself and become infected and a breeding ground for microorganisms.

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  191. Theresa

    I have had 3 MRIs , tested for lupus , Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and MS. My body is in severe pain even though I am perfect weight, vegetarian, yogi, non smoker, and good to myself. Right breast is in severe pain. I cannot open a jar of anything. I wake up in pain and feel crippled almost. I don’t like to leave my home very much because I have anxiety. I have broken out in rashes. I am scared. I want to join the forum but do not want to have Facebook.

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  192. deborah threlkel

    I am so thankful for this group! I had my implants removed by Dr. Mohebali of Corte Madera, enbloc with a lift 10/2018. My implants were 33 years old and ruptured with the left much worse than the right. The results from my enbloc and lift were better than I could have hoped for. He went above and beyond the requirements that highly recommended surgeons will do for their patients who require an enbloc surgery, which is why my total experience from consultation to recovery went so well. I know I was in the best hands possible with him as my surgeon.

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  193. Erin

    Hi! I am a breast cancer survivor. I got implants in after my double mastectomy in 2011. Since then I have been diagnosed with immune deficiency, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, TONS of food allergies, SVT heart arrhythmia and tachycardia, Barrett’s esophagus, tons of UTIs leading to an Intercistasis diagnosis, and even a c-diff infection. I have an explant surgery scheduled for May 9th. Do these symptoms seem like they may be from breast implant toxicity? I am nervous about having yet another surgery, but I am more nervous that my quality of life might remain the same and not get any better. Any advice or thoughts?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Erin,
      Your story is our story, we explanted (80,000 of us) these toxic bags of chemicals and heavy metals and we are gaining our health back and you can too!

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  194. Misty Wood

    I got mine back in 2002. I have NO feeling below mid thigh, I receive plasma infusions at least once monthly, I have an extremely rare autoimmune disease called CIDP, and arthritis and fibromyalgia. All of this possibly from my implants. The list of symptoms provided by the FDA is a carbon copy of my medical chart. If I had known that my “boobs” would cause all of this I would have NEVER have gotten them!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Misty,
      If we had been told the truth about the real health consequences of getting implants none of us would have bought them.

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  195. Shelley

    I had gel implants put in on August 30, 2018, my right breast at the bottom is so sore can barely touch it and feels like it is bruised badly, the left on his fine. I also have sharp pains in my right one! I have called my Dr and the receptionist said that this was all normal and I was still in the healing process. Also I feel like my immune system is down, I catch everything and my right eye constantly waters, this may have nothing to do with the implants, but I would like someone’s opinion.
    Thanks

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  196. Jenny Kell-Verdooren

    I’m so incredibly thankful for this group. I’ve identified my many symptoms and decline in health as BII and will be explanting on 5/31/19. I’m looking forward to a new beginning!

    In health,
    Jenny

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  197. Sarah

    Hi, is anyone able to elaborate further on why leaving the capsule in wouldn’t help with my symptoms (if the implant isn’t ruptured)? Surgery for explanation with capsule removal is around 7,000 dollars more than the other simpler surgery. I can’t afford 7,000 but my symptoms aren’t going away no matter how healthy I eat. Please help me out with some more information if you have it please

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      The capsule is made by the body in response to a foreign object, it is the immune’s response to the breast implant and it is full of silicone gel, silicone particulate, toxic chemicals and toxic heavy metals of silicone and leaving it in the body continues to stimulate the bodies immune responses and autoimmune processes. Further the left over capsules can contain infectious organisms who live in the capsule and feed and breed further stimulating the immune system so you feel fluish all the time. Women don’t recover from breast implant illness with the capsules left over and capsule tissue does not go away on its own as per scientific studies.

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  198. Katie

    Nicole, thank you so much for everything you have done to help us and share this story. My explanation is scheduled for MAY 20TH in Atlanta. I am just wondering if there are any resources for those of us who are having a hard time affording it? I have maxed out my credit card which I’m sure a lot of people have as well. We just lost everything in a hurricane and now my health is deteriorating,. when will mentor and the other implant makers be held responsible, if ever?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Katie,
      Right now their are no financial resources to help pay for explants, you have do whatever you need to do to scrape the money together for a proper explant.

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    2. Deborah Hyatt

      I live in Roswell, GA -North Fulton County- Are you any where near here ? Organiztion sometiemes helps
      with situations like yours.

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  199. Shannon

    As someone who has been on the fence for years about getting, not getting breast implants, now seeing this new information and stories coming out, even more so. I guess I’m trying to find correlation with the current research and how come some women aren’t affected by them, it seems, at all? Women who have had them for years and years, no issues? Yet some women get them and immediately start having health issues. I get every body is different, but if it was poison tithe body, every single implant would be affecting every single recipient, no? Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case…?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shannon,
      The newer cohesive gel silicone implants seem to be making everyone sick because they are made with more aggressive chemicals and more heavy metals which makes the silicone gel cohesive in the open air but which is not cohesive in the body necessarily. But you are correct some become sicker sooner and and more seriously and this can be due to genetics and genetic detox defects such as MTHFR which is in about 40 percent of the population.

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  200. Amanda Ruth

    So glad I found this website. I have many of the breast implant illness symptoms and the possibility of cancer scares me to death. I want to get my implants out ASAP. I have had saline implants about 10 years. I’m so anxious because I am currently 18 weeks pregnant and I feel so scared and stuck because I can’t do anything till after the baby is born. Do y’all have any advice?

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  201. sherry A fuller

    I had implants in 1988. I was told they both ruptured and had them replaced in 2015. I immediately knew something was wrong with my left implant a d within one month was reporting to the surgeon something was wrong. He dismissed me complerely. By the second month I was begging him to look into it he said I was drug seeking nothing was wrong! For one year I continually begged him to take me seriously I was in do much pain. Finally my breast was so swollen and my veins were black I went to another hospital and was admitted with a serious infection. But no one would touch it. They transported me to where the surgeon that did the surgery was and he removed the implant and drained the infection. He told me the implant was in tact. That was 3 years ago since that time I have steadily gotten sicker and sicker. I have been hospitalized several times. Diagnosed with chronic fatigue, chronic bronchitis, chronic cough, chronic dry eye, ground glass opacity in my lungs with a nodule in my lungs where as one year earlier my lungs were clear, I have never smoked. My eye sight has suddenly greatly diminished, ibs, fibromyalgia, severe joint and muscle pain, d deficient, chronic tachycardia, I was hiking at least 2 times a week with my dogs 18 months ago I cannot walk around the block now. I just had a mammogram done and was told I had a 6.3cm spiculated mass associated with a prominent axillary lymph node so they did a. Ultrasound and instead of cancer in the lymph node they found silicone. My general practitioner said “what do you want me to do about it? So what? Uou have silicone in your lymph node how do you want me to get it out? It has nothing to do with anything that is wrong with you” I replied I think it does and I would like to find out where else it is in my body. He said “It doesn’t matter if it is anywhere else.” I was so frustrated. I know how drastically I’ll I have gotten in the last little over a year and I know in my soul it is from silicone I need to know where yo turn for help. PLEASE HELP ME. I WANT DOME PART OF MY LIFE BACK

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sherry,
      If I was you I would start planning my proper explant including any lymph node that is overly contamiated with silicone and start healing.

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  202. Ruth

    Hola soy una mujer de España, afectada por las protesis de mama q me ha provocado un linfoma anaplasico y me han hablado de su pagina y q llevan mucho tiempo luchando por esta situación q para nada es aislada como aqui los medicos España dicen.Yo desconocía de todo esto hasta q me ha ocurrido ami y por medio de otras mujeres aqui en España me he enterado .Me gustaria poder entrar en el grupo para poder adquir mas información de todo esto,muchas gracias y un saludo

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  203. Janet

    I’m having explant surgery in a few days. Nicole or anyone else who has went through the surgery: how bad is the pain afterwards? I plan on having an OTC pain medication on hand, and I don’t plan on getting the opioid prescription filled that the surgeon will give me, because I absolutely will not take an opioid. I hear that the side effects are terrible.

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    1. Ronnie

      My explanation was March 15,2019. My surgery was about 4 hrs long…ruptured silicone implants with massive scar tissue. They was initially placed 18 yrs ago. I didn’t find the pain too bad. I took the pain medication for 2 days then easily switched to Tylenol extra strength. The pain meds cause horrible constipation. Happy to know another sister is going to heal her body. God bless you.

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  204. Debbie Catron

    I just called 23 & Me to inquire about getting the MTHFR testing, and I was told they do not do that, and they don’t know who does. Any thoughts?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      Yes, the genes are included in the raw file of data that 23andme.com gives you and then you upload to gene reading sites such as Nutrahacker.

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    2. Anne

      Your doctor can order through most major lab testing services (quest, lab corp). For example, the order code for Sonora Quest is 901893
      Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR), DNA Mutation

      Whether or not your insurance will cover is another story.

      It’s $177. through the cash-pay lab Ulta lab tests.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Jessy,
        There are no safe implants, all cause illness, all are made with silicone and are foreign objects in our body causing immune/autoimmune processes and toxicity to our glands and organs and good health processes.

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  205. Alene

    I have had double mastectomy with reconstruction
    Occurring in1982. I first had saline which ruptured
    Then “gummy bear” like implants in 2000. I have horrific pain in upper left shoulder, underwear collar bone
    And down back to below should blade. From the end of of my ear,down shoulder bone to just above my elbow,
    the pain is so intense at night I get no sleep. Doc diagnosed
    as a “form of arthritis that only hurts at night “ and to use ice packs. I go through two ice packs per night to get and sleep
    By numbing the areas described. Could this be
    Bll ? The neck and shoulder pain is there in the day time but is worse at night. Thanks

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      1. Emelia

        Alene, I have the exact same unbearable daily pain. Shoulder painful and frozen, pain from ear lobe down to collar bone and shoulder. It’s in bearable at times.
        I’m trying to stay positive and walk but not foot pain has started.
        Doc has diagnosed me two years ago with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I’m unsure but hate to get the implants removed but can’t love like this.
        Love to hear more about your story.

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  206. Jacqueline Lussier

    Has anyone been diagnosed With MCS – multiple chemical sensitivities, or have related such symptoms including EXTREME “allergies” to fragrances, mold and chemical smells?

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  207. Robin Eckwerth

    Nicole,
    I had breast implants in 2007 the gummy bear with texture. I felt bad all the time which I thought was due to my chemo and radiation and cancer treatment. I had my explant done on July 18, 2017. He would not remove the capsule, he said it would dissolve. I have since had so much inflammation and pain in my joints and body. My right arm started hurting in March of 2018 and I thought it was from playing ball with my dog with a tennis racket. I felt swelling on the front of my chest and fullness in my right arm. I made an appointment with a oncologist and did ct scan and ultra sound to see if lymph node was enlarged. It was not and she told me there was no sign of malignant lumps or bumps. She referred me to a lymphodema therapist. I have been getting treatments for lymphodema for 2 months but still aching in my right arm. I had no lymph nodes taken out of this arm during my treatment. My cancer was in my left breast but I chose to have both removed and reconstruct. I have fluid buildup under my arm and onto my chest wall. Should I have any fluid tested or could this all be caused from leaving the capsule in my body? Thank you for any information you may share with me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Robin,
      The capsule has to be removed in order for you to heal and be symptom free. I’m so sorry but I’m suggesting a second surgery to remove the left over capsule tissue as it contains textures, silicone particulate and even possibly biofilms of microorganisms. Left over capsules stimulate the immune system into immune/autoimmune processes and textures are linked to BIA-ALCL lymphoma.

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  208. Maryann

    Hi… I need help finding a surgeon in Mandeville,la
    To remove these toxins implants, ASAP!I have seen three doctors
    Not happy with neither one of them, they look at you like you are nuts. When you tell them all of you symptoms.
    I have the cohesive high profile gummy bear implants,
    I have been out of work, I was told I have RA , I have Medicaid insurance . Please help me get my life back.
    Please call me at 985-507-2283 Thank You 🙏

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    1. Ginger

      Dr. Cynthia Mizgala in Metairie removed mine and several of my friends. Her price was 1/2 of what I am seeing listed on this website.

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  209. L Moyer

    I’ve read a lot of the articles and it seems that I have many of the symptoms. I’m looking into getting mine explanted,I do have a question for Nicole are you a DR and how did this all come about?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi L,
      I am not a doctor, I am just a woman who has been severly affected by breast implants and discovered that silicone is made with an array of toxic chemicals and heavy metals which leak into our body much earlier than we expect and I was poisoned by my Mentor cohesive gel implants. I wrote a website in 2013 and all of this has unfolded.

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  210. Monica Delello

    I have had my implants for 6 years this April. I kept brushing off the numberous symptoms until I had a client who told me she just had her implants removed and told me what she Had been through. I still brushed it off that day and decided to look it Breast implant illness. I’ve been now crying daily out of fear of what I’ve done to myself. My numerous trips to the doctors over the years and the multiple procedure and test with no answers. I can’t beli I just kept adjusting to each new symptom. My husband woul say “ your always sick” “ it’s all in your head” because I never got any answers. I thinking I was just getting older but also fearful at times when I’d loose all the strength in my right leg and the numbness is now daily something I live with in my arms. This morning I got and had numbness down my right leg and also the right side of my body including me face.. I hope to find help for myself right now I am very scared and hope to help others when I feel better.

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  211. Katie decker

    In 2012 I receiveed mentor silicon gel implants. My health has slowly been declining since. I had to quit my job of 17yrs , I applied for disability. I have undifferentiated convective tissue disease, rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy, Raynauds, gastrointestinal issues. Dry eyes dry mouth and still undergoing testing. I want implants removed but I also want it done correctly.

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    1. Jacqueline L

      I had mentor silicone implants in 2010. One year later I started having extreme difficulty with my breathing. I also developed an extreme intolerance for perfumes, fragrances, formaldehyde smells in new cars etc. I would get severe migraines when exposed to these smells and my lungs would burn. My general health has decreased as well. I am having my implants removed next Tuesday and will keep you updated on my recovery and symptoms relief. 😊💖🙏

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  212. Julie AlderseBaes

    Nicole,
    Thank you to yourself and the many other women. I had absolutely no idea about BII. I’ve had my imants 10 years now. The last couple of years is when I’ve been experiencing some of these systems.
    Just not sure what they may be now. Will be digging further.
    Thank you again

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  213. Erin Estipona

    So so happy to have found this website. Thank you so much. Quick question, what is the difference/qualifications between expert, highly recommended and recommended? I live in Arizona and would like to have my implants removed due to many, many of the symptoms mentioned.

    Thank you,
    Erin

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Erin,
      Expert surgeons have either been explanting for decades and or have devoted their practice to explanting and their skill level is superb. Highly Recommended means the surgeon has explant many, many women and is doing a great job and these women are very happy. Recommended means women have used the surgeon for explant and are very happy and recommend him/her to others.

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  214. Sandra Medrano

    Please email me any info. I just came across this. I had DCIS and did DM because mom had one breast removed cancer went to other breast and she died.My email is [email protected]

    Thank You,
    Sandra Medrano

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  215. Sally irvin

    Hello, I got breast implants 5 years ago and I cannot tell anyone enough how bad I’m feeling. This breast implant illness is real!! I quit work 3 years ago and I have fond down hill fast from there. I worked out in the oilfield for 15 years and consider myself as a strong person. Now I’m so tired I cannot see straight. My head is so foggy and almost dizzy. I have to wrap the joints in my fingers and wrist because they hurt so bad and pop. My muscles ache like I’ve had the flu for years and I’m so weak I can hardly lift anything or workout without my muscles shaking from fatigue. I also have serious issues with my stomach and indigestion. My hair has been falling out so bad. The gland on the right side of my throat puffs up all the time and hurts. Mind you I have been to the doctors so many times!! They said it’s allergies, arthritis, one doctor tested me for leukemia and nothing. I’m on hormones and thyroid meds now. This is real and we need to get the word out. I’m so tired of doctors looking at me like I’m crazy!! We know our bodies!! I’ve set up an appointment consult on April 10th 2019 to have my breast implants removed. I have the Allergen gummy bear tear drop. I’m so over being sick. Good luck to all !!

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    1. Tammy D Green

      I have capsular contracture. Grade 4. I possibly have lupus. I don’t have insurance and don’t have the means to have them removed. Is there any kind of help?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Tammy,
        Your insurance may cover your explant based on capsular contracture, get a fully copy of your policy and read how you may be covered.

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  216. gail

    Trying to connect with persons who have had saline implants for many years to see how they are doing and if they recommend who would be best to remove this type of implant.

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    1. Jaci Crain

      I’ve had mine since 1995, I’ve been so sick for about 16 years now. One ruptured and couldn’t afford to have them removed so I drained the other with syringes to make them at least even. I too am so sick of being sick. I went into such a deep depression that with no explanation of why I was so sick that they finally gave me ect’s. It wiped my short term memory and still left me so sick. I just want them out and to feel good again.

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    2. Tami Casey

      I had McGhan 68mp Saline smooth implants for 14 years. I had Dr Jae Chun remove my implants with a lift, almost three weeks ago. All my body aches are gone.
      Dr Jae Chun in Newport, CA is worth waiting for. My breast’s look better at 45 after explant than they did before implants. I am so thankful for this website and my amazing surgeon. Tami from Oregon

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    3. Tammy

      I have saline implants since 2005 have sone of the symptims i was wondering the same most of the info on here is about silicone.

      Reply
  217. Christopher Lopez

    My name is Chris Lopez and I am the Practice Manager for Dr. Ankit Desai. I noticed that you have him listed under your recommended and while we appreciate his inclusion on this list his name is spelled incorrectly and the price for our procedure is incorrect as well. Can someone please contact me to correct this information.

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  218. Chris

    Hi, I had large submuscular cohesive gel silicone implants, one ruptured. They were explanted 1 month ago. The dr attempted en bloc but was unable to achieve. He pulled out ruptured implant and silicone and performed a total capsulectomy and cauterized any capsule fragments left behind. Then antibiotic irrigated everything to flush out anything left behind. I am worried thoughthat there may be trace silicone in there, left behind and that i will now be always and permanently exposed to health risks. Is this true? I do feel and look much better since the explant, but i just cant help but worry and wonder will i always be contaminated with silicone and have to worry about my health. Or am I way off base and over worrying?? The dr seemed confident that he got it all out, but i know how sticky that gel is and im sure its hard to remove. Please help! Thank you!!

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  219. Divya

    Hello,

    1) Would explant and detoxification process help restore the functionality, structure and health of breasts to healthy levels? How long does it take?

    2) Would it be possible to safely breast-feed afterwards? Will be baby be affected due to toxicity caused by the implants even after removal? Will detoxification help reduce the risks? How long does this take?

    I am concerned about having babies due to the toxicity the implants may have caused, which can then be transferred the next generation. Your input is highly appreciated.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Divya,
      If you explant properly and wait about six months you should be okay to have babies and breast feed.

      Reply
  220. Lori Koehnen

    I had implants done in 2013 after a double mastectomy. I have had health problems since 2015 that no one can diagnose but the symptoms are many of the same listed here. How do I know if it’s implant illness if there is no way to test it?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lori,
      Most women recognize themself in the symptoms and then move to explant realizing that silicone is made with several toxic chemicals and heavy metals which is what is causing their symptoms and illness. There is no test to prove this but we get better when we explant and detox.

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      1. kashunder dennis

        My name is K from Memphis Tn. Ive had implants since 1999. My left one is encapsulated/leaking. I have short term memory loss and brain fog. Desperately, in need of explant!! Already had 2 consultations, but didnt feel comfortable with either. Please help. Thank you.

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  221. Lisa Jeffery

    I am watching the news this week as you brave women testify to the FDA that breast implant illness is real. I just want to thank you for providing a voice for all of us who have been suffering alone. Thank you.

    Reply
  222. Jenn Wolfe

    Hi Nicole,
    How do I participate in the class action. I almost died of graves disease and started not sleeping about 2 years after my first augmentation, countless other. I have had to have a complete thyroidectomy. Mending from that. I been following you guys for about # years and was the one who said some one send a implant to lab and fin out whats really in there. Maybe just a coinsciendence that about a month or two after I asked you guys listed all the ingredients.

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  223. Amanda Taylor

    I’m scheduled to have explanation in April due to a ruptured implant (2nd time actually). I’ve just recently learned about this illness and believe I have it. Since I got my original implants in 2007 I’ve had multiple illnesses including a diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Hyperthyroidism, and Graves Disease…to name a few. I’m really looking for answers/advice on doing a detox after my surgery.

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  224. Monica Iovanesc

    Hi, I am Monica. I live in Canada, ON, had my implant since 2004, and I need help. I am considering removal and reconstruction with fat. Since I have them done I got diagnosed with Crohns, I have been really sick. Please help

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  225. Simone

    Hi everyone, when I was 18, I got saline implants. Immediately, I experienced pains in my tendons down my arm and in my wrist. My surgeon told me these were probably “settling pains”. The pain remained and being young and naive I thought the surgeon must be right that studies did not show any links to autoimmune diseases when I heard this could be a risk after the fact. The pain spread through my body over the next year and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have joint pain as well. I had them removed about a year after I got them at age 19, when I realized they had to be the cause of my pain. I asked the surgeon to remove the capsules and the scar tissue during my explant because I saw on a chat forum online at the time that other women recommended that. He removed the capsules but said he could not remove all of the scar tissue attached to my ribs. Over the next year, I started feeling better but still experience some fibromyalgia symptoms and pain in my joints, especially when the weather changes. I’m now 34 and recently have started to question if the scar tissue could be contaminated with silicone. Do you have any doctors to reference and/or personal accounts to share information about if they believe that residual scar tissue can be contaminated with silicone? I am considering having a surgeon remove the residual scar tissue on my ribs if this could possibly be the reason I never fully recovered from my breast implant illness after explant. Thank you in advance.

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  226. Julie Reid

    Dear Nicole and all of the courageous women who are suffering with, or have overcome BII,

    I can’t thank you enough for sharing your stories and the wealth of information regarding BII on this website. It is an answer to prayer, as I’ve been so confused, frustrated and felt incredibly alone in my health struggles for many years. I have Mentor Siltex saline-filled implants from augmentation surgery in 1993. I was 27 at the time of implant and am now a 53-year-old wife and mother of two precious daughters, ages 14 and 9. My youngest was born with Down Syndrome and has multiple medical and developmental challenges. I am also an advocate for my 92-year-old mother who has endured 16 years of major medical illness. I believe it is a God-given gift and a large part of my purpose in life to be able to love, nurture and care for my family members, but I’m unable to do so at the optimal level I desire because of my present health crisis. I long to be healthy for myself and all those around me and to live at my fullest and best potential.

    I have been in chronic neuromuscular pain for over two years (starting with spasms and numbness shooting down the left side of my head, neck, upper back, arm, hand and fingers) that has spread throughout most of my body and to the point where I cannot raise my left arm over my head. I’ve been “diagnosed” with a pinched nerve, then thoracic outlet syndrome and subsequently, myofascial muscle pain. In two years, I’ve had over 100 appointments ranging from a PCP, ER doc, spine doctors, neck MRI, Xrays of neck and shoulder, AIRROSTI, bone density analysis, several rounds of PT, nerve testing, vascular testing, cervical spinal injection, physical medicine, dry needling, trigger point injections, cortisone shot, rheumatic blood tests (high ANA) and have taken numerous prescriptions for pain, muscle spasm, muscle relaxation, anti-seizer meds for nerves, ALL TO NO AVAIL, and most with awful side effects, such as increased neuralgia in my extremities.

    At times I’ve felt as if I were dying as I lie in bed, and have cried out in pain just to walk across the floor, stand from sitting, or climb a flight of steps. I’ve burnt myself while cooking because of numbness in my fingers. My youngest child with special needs still requires daily diapering, some lifting into car seats, help with bathing, dressing, etc., that can be physically excruciating for me at times. Even more heartbreaking and discouraging, has been the emotional pain of not being able to freely play with her on the floor due to hip and knee pain, along with leg and foot spasms, or being unable to play volleyball or walk outside with my elder daughter. I’m forever grateful for my husband who is an excellent father and helps in countless ways, but I struggle with many feelings of failure as a wife and mother due to physical limitations.

    In addition to the neuromuscular spasms and pain, I’ve suffered with incapacitating chronic fatigue, BRAIN FOG and confusion (yes, even while driving), loss of vision and hearing, vertigo, mysterious skin rashes, hair loss, migraines, heart palpitations, sensitivity to light and sound, bowel issues, metallic taste, and other autoimmune-like symptoms for over 15 years and received no true help or AI testing after many PCP visits. I developed a severe PPD allergy to hair dye (I now embrace my “silver lining”) and had painful, weeping urticaria on my face after attempting laser hair removal on my upper lip and chin. I developed sensitivity to any form of synthetic hormones to help with endometriosis pain or peri menopause symptoms. I also have EBV in my system from illness apparently decades ago.

    After my husband forwarded an article on BII to me several weeks ago, I truly believe these old Mentor textured implants are the root cause of my illness. I plan to have explant en bloc surgery, even if an upcoming MRI of my head and shoulder next week reveals a neurological disorder/disease. I have a consult for the explant on April 16 with a local plastic surgeon and another on June 25 with an explant specialist listed on this website. I’ll need to decide if I can wait longer for the specialist, as I’m anxious to get these toxic bags out of my body and start the journey toward detox and healing ASAP.

    Thank you so much for ALL the information on this website and for the very apparent love and dedication to helping women in their healing journey with BII. I hope I can be part of this community. Thank you for “listening” and allowing me a place to share my story.
    Sincerely,
    Julie Reid

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  227. Julie Reid

    Dear Nicole and all of the courageous women who are suffering with, or have overcome BII,

    I can’t thank you enough for sharing your stories and the wealth of information regarding BII on this website. It is an answer to prayer, as I’ve been so confused, frustrated and felt incredibly alone in my health struggles for many years. I have Mentor Siltex saline-filled implants from augmentation surgery in 1993. I was 27 at the time of implant and am now a 53-year-old wife and mother of two precious daughters, ages 14 and 9. My youngest was born with Down Syndrome and has multiple medical and developmental challenges. I am also an advocate for my 92-year-old mother who has endured 16 years of major medical illness. I believe it is a God-given gift and a large part of my purpose in life to be able to love, nurture and care for my family members, but I’m unable to do so at the optimal level I desire because of my present health crisis. I long to be healthy for myself and all those around me and to live at my fullest and best potential.

    I have been in chronic neuromuscular pain for over two years (starting with spasms and numbness shooting down the left side of my head, neck, upper back, arm, hand and fingers) that has spread throughout most of my body and to the point where I cannot raise my left arm over my head. I’ve been “diagnosed” with a pinched nerve, then thoracic outlet syndrome and subsequently, myofascial muscle pain. In two years, I’ve had over 100 appointments ranging from a PCP, ER doc, spine doctors, neck MRI, Xrays of neck and shoulder, AIRROSTI, done density analysis, several rounds of PT, nerve testing, vascular testing, cervical spinal injection, physical medicine, dry needling, trigger point injections, cortisone shot, rheumatic blood tests (high ANA) and have taken numerous prescriptions for pain, muscle spasm, muscle relaxation, anti-seizer meds for nerves, ALL TO NO AVAIL, and most with awful side effects, such as increased neuralgia in my extremities.

    At times I’ve felt as if I were dying as I lie in bed, and have cried out in pain just to walk across the floor, stand from sitting, or climb a flight of steps. I’ve burnt myself while cooking because of numbness in my fingers. My youngest child with special needs still requires daily diapering, some lifting into car seats, help with bathing, dressing, etc., that can be physically excruciating for me at times. Even more heartbreaking and discouraging, has been the emotional pain of not being able to freely play with her on the floor due to hip and knee pain, along with leg and foot spasms, or being unable to play volleyball or walk outside with my elder daughter. I’m forever grateful for my husband who is an excellent father and helps in countless ways, but I struggle with many feelings of failure as a wife and mother due to physical limitations.

    In addition to the neuromuscular spasms and pain, I’ve suffered with incapacitating chronic fatigue, BRAIN FOG and confusion (yes, even while driving), loss of vision and hearing, vertigo, mysterious skin rashes, hair loss, migraines, heart palpitations, sensitivity to light and sound, bowel issues, metallic taste, and other autoimmune-like symptoms for over 15 years and received no true help or AI testing after many PCP visits. I developed a severe PPD allergy to hair dye (I now embrace my “silver lining”) and had painful, weeping urticaria on my face after attempting laser hair removal on my upper lip and chin. I developed sensitivity to any form of synthetic hormones to help with endometriosis pain or peri menopause symptoms. I also have EBV in my system from illness apparently decades ago.

    After my husband forwarded an article on BII to me several weeks ago, I truly believe these old Mentor textured implants are the root cause of my illness. I plan to have explant en bloc surgery, even if an upcoming MRI of my head and shoulder next week reveals a neurological disorder/disease. I have a consult for the explant on April 16 with a local plastic surgeon and another on June 25 with an explant specialist listed on this website. I’ll need to decide if I can wait longer for the specialist, as I’m anxious to get these toxic bags out of my body and start the journey toward detox and healing ASAP.

    Thank you so much for ALL the information on this website and for the very apparent love and dedication to helping women in their healing journey with BII. I hope I can be part of this community. Thank you for “listening” and allowing me a place to share my story.
    Sincerely,
    Julie Reid

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  228. Karlie speirs

    I am currently scheduled for my implant replacement, and have already paid cash for this procedure. I have had them for 15 years and used to race quads and am a carpenter. I assumed I damaged my left breast while riding about 7 years ago and have just lived with the pain thinking its saline so I should be fine. Since then i have had 2 kids and was ready to have them replaced, and lifted. Now i have learned all this about illness and think its connected to my auto immune disorder i was diagnosed with 6 months ago. I want help finding the best surgeon and to see of anyone has had a replacement with fat. Please help me

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  229. Anahi gastelum

    good afternoon I wanted to ask you a question, I have implants and I have been reading and I have several of the symptoms that exam is what I have to ask the doctor

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  230. Sarah Puckett

    Hi there! I’m a member of the media looking for victims of breast implant illness. If you would like to share your story on camera, please shoot me an email at sarah.puc[email protected]

    I will only be accepting emails until 4/1/19

    Thannks!

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  231. Carrie Fiedor

    Hello
    I have silicone implants and am interviewing surgeons in the LA area. I have been very sick over the last ten years with hormonal imbalances, infertility, GI issues, liver, and skin problems. Can Someone share with me their experience with an explant and recovery time etc? Also, any recommendations for surgeons in LA area would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

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  232. Sheila Bonachea

    Hi there 🥰 Anyone in this group who’s main symptoms are vertigo, brain fog and more neurological symptoms?

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    1. Jade

      Yeah they were my mains it was so debilitating. As well as chronic anxiety. I also had memory loss. I hasn’t my explant today via way of ENOC and full Capsulotomy, I am on top of the world! All the above symptoms are no longer running rampant in my body. Remove the toxin bags ASAP they are the culprit. My implants were 9yo.

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      1. Gail

        I hope everything turns out wonderful for you after your surgery. I got my saline implants in 1979 in the last two years I’ve started to have problems that range from anxiety panic attacks to Hypothyroidism. Now my bones are dying from lack of blood supply. I’m trying to figure out how to get the money to have them removed I’m on social security. I’m seventy years old and no Doctors want to hear about it at this age I’m in the throw away zone!

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  233. Kristine Fletcher

    I have heard a lot of good comments about Dr Desai in Jacksonville FL. What are the criteria for being added to the explant surgeon list. I really want to make sure I get a good surgeon and am afraid to use even a much recommended local surgeon if he is not on the list.

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  234. Michelle Stacey

    Hello to the community! I am writing an article for a women’s magazine about the latest news from the FDA and various studies about breast implant illness and how it’s finally getting more attention and concern. I’m looking for women to interview who have gone through this in their own lives, generally between 25-45 years old. I can use real names OR pseudonyms if you want to maintain your privacy. Please let me know if you’re interested in speaking! Thanks so much,
    Michelle

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  235. Doree Lewak

    How are you? Saw your group mentioned in NY Times about bad implants. I ‘m a reporter for the New York Post and hoping to speak with a woman directly impacted by bad implants — either removed them out of fear or dealing with health complications from implants. Can you or any woman you know weigh in?
    Thank you so much!
    All my best to you,

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  236. Barbara

    I had a double mastectomy in April and reconstruction in October. I have constant fatigue and my arthritis has worsened. After reading today’s NYTimes story I’m concerned if the smooth gel implants are the cause.

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  237. Marian Weber

    I have mentor silicon implants and have had issues with them and now have been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, Sjögren’s syndrome, myasthenia Gravis. I have been back and forth to my surgeon and had my implants replaced numerous times because of capsular contracture. I also have terrible itching and sometimes excruciating sharp pain in my breast. No one can seem to tell me why all this is happening. My breast surgeon has put me on singular because he says it is an immune response ! I am interested in what can be done about this. I am tired of thinking that I am crazy!!!

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  238. Gail Pattay

    Please ad me to the group. I explanted a few years ago with Dr Feng and really love reading all the updates on bii

    Reply
  239. Jenny Steffenson

    Double mastectomy in 2015. Reconstruction process with expanders then permanent 1000 ml saline implants in early 2016. After that was 9 procedures, a hysterectomy and now MANY health problems. Explanting on the 20th (day after tomorrow). My original PS wouldn’t even hear about BII and sent me away from his office bawling. New PS is 100% on board and I am his first case of BII. We will look at doing reconstruction via DIEP FLAP in a year. I am just trying to prepare myself for the physical shock of what I will look like. Any ideas, love and support would be appreciated.

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    1. Frances C Heeren

      I have experienced all of the disorders after having the discs then the implants inserted after breast cancer in 2007. I searched and searched for answers to Doctors about my my illnesses with no solutions. From the start, I was unable to breathe and then severe fatigue, adrenal failure, digestive issues, Clinical depression , unable to work, then I developed such breathing problems and sickness with pneumonia. Finally my I tee all medicine Dr demanded a bronchodone as I was put into hospital for a week of Levaqui. IV. I just , prior to this, had scheduled an appt at Mayo to have the silicone implants removed but couldn’t get it done until Mid March of 2011.In the meanwhile my bronch culture revealed a severe atypical mycobacterium Avian Complex infection which took many culture and sensitivity tests and I started on four antibiotics plus sixty days of IV per PICC and also a finding of severe immune deficiency diagnosed. I took antibiotics for eighteen months. I continue now ; eight years later, to get IVGG monthly. How I had wished that I never ever had implants inserted. I would never recommend them to anyone. I will have Chronic Bronchiectisis all of my life and many destructive nodules andscar tissue developed in my lungs. I am also now hypothyroid as well.

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  240. Melanie Marshall

    Chronic shingles and sickness for 2 years since having Allergen Natualle high profile textured silicone implants put it. Never had a problem with saline implants. Anyone sued the company to pay for removal

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  241. Lisa

    I got my implants in 2009 everything went well they are silicone implants. In 2014 I had to have my thyroid removed because of a mass unknown cause Since then I have felt lousy muscle aches tired lethargic totally opposite of what I felt before and I’ve had a lot of health issues. I now believe it’s caused by my breast implants I have scheduled an appointment to tell them I want them removed. I hop it’s not to late to feel better, honestly I am really scared. I am 55 and have so much more I want to do

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  242. A

    Can you please advise what medical tests need to be done before explanting, during explanting and after explanting?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi A,
      If you recognize yourself in breast implant illness symptoms than we suggest skipping anymore medical tests and going straight to planning your proper explant but on this page of our website, we list tests where the damage in our body from breast implants may show up: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/breast-implant-symptoms/. After explant, I would wait at least six months or longer to test any before and after explant test results. The body detoxes after we remove our implants and heals over several months.

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  243. [email protected]

    I had 2 lumpectomies 2010
    2012 Had bilateral mastecotomy with 9 lymph nodes cancerous and cancer under nipple, expanders at same time.
    2014 implants where exchanged with expanders.
    Lots of complications during and since then.
    Encapsulation of expanders, infection with implants IDC had to do a pick line for medicines cause pill form antibiotics many types didn’t work. Now pain, burning, lung issues, muscle spasms, rib pain, cording, etc.
    Breathing issues, seeing a lung doctor.
    So I called for explant surgeon in Atlanta GA.
    Dr. Bahair Ghazi, and was told by his staff since I had cancer before I had to have my oncologist remove the implants . I don’t think they even do that, probably not even my cancer breast doctor does this or is skilled at this. So plastic surgeon won’t do it for a bilateral mastecotomy patient? Anyone have
    Info. On this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Randi,
      When ladies are explanting implants placed due to reconstruction from mastectomy, they often do consult with their reconstruction surgeons for explant and those surgeons may explant or they may not, if not, then those ladies have to seek explant from a plastic surgeon or another breast surgeons.

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    2. Divine Collins

      Try Dr. Marisa Lawrence. I too had bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction , recurrence in lymph nodes & explanted a week ago tmrw! Rhw office will tell you what’s necessary if they can do it. Note that IF you are a breast cancer implantee your insurance HAS to cover the explant surgery!! Praying for you!!

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  244. C. HUNTER

    I have SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS that is getting worse, BRAIN FOG, acute HEAD ACHES, RINGING IIN THE EARS, and FATIGUE. I am having them removed because of scaring and hardening. I was planning on having new ones. I have these since 1989. These things have come on one by one. They r now getting worse. MD sees nothing. I am now thinking of NOT replacing them.

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  245. Shannon baggott

    Please can someone help me. I have had my implants in for 3 years and i have been suffering with so many symptoms all the doctors do is send me for blood tests which come back fine. I’m a healthy 23 year old who goes to the gym everyday i’ve always been an active person ever since i have had my implants mmy health is going down. I live in the UK please can someone recommend a sugeorn to go to who is good at doing explant surgery?

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  246. Darla Arcidiacono

    Hi Nicole, I am a mother of a very sick 41 year old daughter who has mentor saline implants since 2005. She 97 pounds can not gain any weight and has at least 10 or more symptoms!!! I feel like I m watching her die!! I can’t convince her that all her health issues are the cause from implants!
    Infact there was recall for the style and model she has. I have done a lot of research and your group and website has helped me with that! I am desperate for help with getting her to listen and see in your group and how real this is!!! I would appreciate any reply or comments.
    Thank you Darla A.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Darla,
      Yes, it’s her implants and she needs to explant or else she will continue to decline. Will she come to the facebook group where she can speak with other ladies that have had saline and explanted and are very happy?

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    2. Yari Stroderd

      Don’t give up on her!! I am 40, and had my 19 year old Mentor saline implants removed three months ago. I feel like a new woman!! Most of my symptoms are gone. I was struggling to function, and didn’t even recognize myself anymore. I wasn’t sure if removing them was the answer but I was desperate. I look so much younger, and I feel incredible. I wish I would have removed them years ago. She might be in denial but I hope she comes around. I feel like I have a second chance at life.

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      1. Darla Arcidiacono

        Thanks so much for replying. I’m trying to get her to see the face book group, but it’s such a touching issue with all her health problems she continues to ignore me and the discussion, she won’t even get her yearly mammogram because it’s not a priority to her and it won’t show anything?
        It’s very frustrating for me. She has two Dr. appointments this month, I will just have to wait for them to find nothing and persuade her to look at Facebook BII. I will Keep you informed. Thanks again DarlaA

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      2. Darla Arcidiacono

        Thanks so for that information, can I email you directly this helps with trying to convince her especially due to facts about your age and health issues incomine?
        DarlaA

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  247. Sarah Boles

    I’ve had mine now since August 2014. I’ve been really sick since. Slowly but surely, I’m so sick I can’t function. There are days I wish I were dead. It’s gotten worse since December of 2018, I’m practically bed ridden. Doctors can’t seem to pin point what’s wrong. Keep giving me tests and medicine/drugs in hopes it will fix all of my symptoms. Nothing is working. I’m up to 20 + pills a day. I don’t know what to do anymore. I’m so sick of being sick. How much does it cost? Will my insurance help? I’m only 45 and I’ve been sick with everything imaginable since 2015. I’m now a 2x cancer survivor, 2015 & 2018. Going on Wednesday to see if I have Liver cancer now… I have multiple autoimmune diseases and allergies to everything, plus so much more… Help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      Please start planning your explant. Toxic breast implants are the last thing a body needs and they cause so many symptoms and health problems.

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  248. Lynn E Fleck

    I had stage two breast cancer in 2007 at which point I had a double mastectomy and followed that with saline implants.
    How can you tell if you have a leak? I definitely feel like the shape has changed.
    What should I be aware of? I certainly don’t want to take a risk on cancer again.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lynn,
      There are really no foolproof ways to find out if your implants are leaking, MRI, ultrasound and mammograms all regularly miss leaking implants. If your implants are six to eight years or older they are likely leaking. Most implants are bleeding by then, known as gel bleed which is toxing women with chemicals and heavy metals that are neurotoxic, cytotoxic, carncinogenic, endocrine disruptors and inflammatory.

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    2. Danielle Washington

      There is definitely a way to find out if you have a gel bleed and this would be after you explant. If you have your post-op surgery from when you had them put in they should have the weight of the implants on there then when I explanted I noticed that my implants weighed considerably less coming out than they did going in. Feel free to get in touch with me at any point I am one of the ladies diagnosed with Bia alcl

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  249. Lindey Mercer

    I’ve have my implants for about 16 months and I am experiencing so many symptoms of breast implant illness. Constant vertigo, blurry vision, headaches, brain fog, extreme fatigue, facial nerve pain, muscle aches, nausea, night sweats and insomnia. My main question is how do I know for certain that my implants are causing the problem? I’ve been to doctors and have had so many tests and MRIs but they are telling me nothing is wrong with me. I had a couple of the same symptoms before I got implants so I’m second guessing myself. I am desperate for answers. Every month its getting harder and harder to function. Any advice is welcome. Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lindey,
      Most women recognize themself in the symptoms list and also through the fact that they were relatively healthy before they got the implants and all their symptoms and illness came on after getting the implants. It’s really just common sense, silicone breast implants are two large toxic bags of chemicals, foreign bodies, implanted in your body and there is going to be consequences.

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  250. Krista Gassib

    I can’t thank you enough for starting this website. I’m a 49 year old woman with salien implants. I’ve had them almost 20 years. I have dealt with digestive issues, chest discomfort, night sweats, fatigue and burning pain in my back and neck. I never thought it could be my implants. After having years of normal mammograms I needed more testing. I had xrays, an ultrasound and finally an mri and I’m still not well despite them not finding anything. Yesterday I say a surgeon about getting out my implants. He said since it’s been 20 years and they are textured they should come out. He described the procedure and I about fainted. Now that I have decided these toxic bags gotta go the date can’t cone fast enough. I only wish I didn’t have to wait a few more months. I have lost years of my life already and for what??? To look good for a man I’m not even with anymore, stupid girl I was, smart woman I now am. I want to start a support group in Oregon so women know what they are getting themselves into. For me I think I’ve confused menopause with the awful feelings these implants are giving me. I’m so glad I finally woke up. No one should get implants ever.

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  251. Amanda Crisafi

    I had received breast implant surgery May 2017 five months after surgery things started to go all down hill. I started experiencing things that just weren’t adding up. I was experiencing very bad depression, chronic fatigue , digestive issues and food intolerances, ZERO libido, cold intolerances, anxiety , hormonal issues , adrenal fatigue , muscle aches, weight gain like crazy in just three months, inflammation, vertigo, memory loss and always so confused which was never met. I was always such a bright smart person that had incredibly memory. I was so lost seeing doctor after doctors and no answers. It wasn’t until I started reaching thinking it could Ben my boobs since it makes so much sense about a foreign object and you’re bdy rejecting it and it’s makes so much sense because I started realizing now I wasn’t crazy all these woman seen going through same symptoms as I was. Yet all these doctors “don’t believe in it “ well most well it makes absolute sense if you think about it what does tournaments body do when you have a virus in your system well your immune system jumps in to protect itself and that’s how all these responses happen! I hope to save as many woman lives as posisble !

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  252. Danielle

    I had saline implants from 1995-2011, and did not feel like I had any issues. I replaced with Silicone in 2011. I was having pain in right side and got first Breast MRI in 2018 which showed I had extracapsular rupture and silicone in one of my lymph nodes in my armpit area. I explanted with total capsulectomy and replaced with saline late 2018. I have had many of the BII symptoms for awhile now after the silicone implants. Since I know there is silicone in my lymph node, is there any chance I would even get better with an en bloc explant of my current saline implants. Any advice/ thoughts are appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Danielle,
      Yes you will get better with an En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant of your saline implants despite having silicone in you lymph node.

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    2. Anita

      Hi Giselle,
      I wanted to know which surgeon did you explant as I’m from Australia and hinking about getting an explant too.
      Best regards,
      Anita

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  253. Carmen

    Hi, have had implants for 20 years.
    Terrible food allergies, fatigue that began at implant and never really resolved. Always had trouble with left one, PS denied it even when it became firmer, like a double thick capsule. Have aching and pain, just tired of the implants, what was I thinking kind of thing.
    I might be in denial but I wonder if they were “safer” 20 years ago, or with the TUBA method, also, wonder if the surgeon had any control over the saline content, or if it has changed over time.
    I’m scheduled for a consult in about 3 weeks. Hoping I can get my ins to cover.
    I am sadly aware the shell is basically a form of RTV which is used in industrial manufacturing.
    My reason for wanting “emergency” removal is my lungs. Have not been able to figure out why my lungs are so bad. Not long ago, I read somewhere that silicone particles can migrate to the lungs, in an unrelated article. Something in my head went bingo.
    I already know that my lungs will probably kill me. Never smoked.
    I haven’t gone to Doctors for anything since my PS said there was no problem. So am undocumented. Except years of chiropractic for pain. And an excellent natureopath who shocked my with my poor blood condition in spite of having an extremely preferred ins rating. Totally different systems.
    I know it’s time and wish I could just cut them out. Cancelling appnt with Dr who only does simple deflation and removal.
    What was I thinking? I guess I really trusted the safety info and my PS. At the time.
    Seeing the medical system devolve in the last 20 years, and the discrepancy between NP and MD, and what my medically trusting friends go through. I just don’t anymore…I don’t go for “ten minutes and a prescription”, would rather die of natural causes.
    Thanks for listening.
    I’m a pragmatic person and don’t want to panic, but this situation is unnerving. I am counting time until I can get this done. I don’t blame my issues on them, but know things would have been better without them, even in life energy alone.

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  254. Jill Conner

    I have had my implants for about 19 years. I have leaking around the upper edges and almost all of the symptoms posted, to a lesser or greater degree. I just don’t feel well. My plastic surgeon is retired and I went to another one to discuss. Of course, he wanted to do reconstruction and it doubled the cost. I don’t know who to talk to or if it’s worth that. I was shocked and so glad to see the post on Girl Tribe. I hope this site can help me decide if my fatigue, brain fog, sweating and joint pain are related. This gives me strength to get them removed.

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  255. Marlene

    I have been sick for years with my implants and each time I try to talk to a dr about my symptoms they don’t want to hear it. My implants have been in since 1994 and that are saline. If someone can help me find a dr for ecplant in Las Vegas no. Please let me know.

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  256. Sarah

    Hi Nicola,
    Do you have any statistics which show what percentage of women see an improvement in their health after explant?
    Many thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      Almost all improve after a proper explant, detoxing and time for healing, the ones that do not improve have other issues that were also exacerbated by implants such as Lyme, infected root canals, mold etc.

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  257. marc

    Good evening Nicole. I am a double board certified plastic surgeon in Florida who recently had the pleasure of helping several of your Facebook followers by performing en bloc explant surgery via the Florida extension of your website. After speaking to them in depth and hearing of their individual histories, symptoms etc,, I am intrigued and further motivated to be a part of this issue. As a personal aside, one of the main reasons for me to become a plastic surgeon is that my mom is a breast cancer survivor and she had reconstruction with implants while I was in medical school. Fortunately, she has not experienced breast implant illness as of yet and I hope she never does. That said, my point is simply that I commend you for establishing this forum and providing ladies who have similar symptoms an option for potential relief with en bloc explant and it is clearly making a difference in their lives. I admittedly am not tech savvy but I would be happy to participate in answering questions, providing surgical details of this procedure, pictures, videos, etc. should you and/or your members find this useful. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 352-556-5248.

    Thank you,
    Dr Marc Polecritti

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  258. Denise Martinez

    Hi, I’ve had my implants since Dec 2017. I feel like since I’ve had them I have experienced fatigue, rashes and a wheezing that I can’t get rid of. I would love to get the name of a doctor that other women have had them perform the explant and have been successful. Any names from Utah would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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  259. Juliette

    Help, I have saline implants and a few weeks ago had a mammogram that was brought to my attention one has leaked. They are 10 years and now, I am conflicted on what to do.
    Any advice, help would be very much appreciated..
    I am not on FB so could not read about some of the issues.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Juliette,
      If a saline implant is leaking that means that the shell or valve is permeable and can also absorb fluids from the body which you do not want because then they become colonized with microorganisms that can cause great toxicity for you. Most plastic surgeons say implants should replaced every ten years. If I was you I would be planning my explant!

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      1. Autumn

        All I’ve seen are women with symptoms who have silicone. I have saline. They are 16 years old. But I have 26 of the symptoms listed on this website. I dont want to remove them. I love them! But if this is really what’s making me sick I would do it in a heartbeat. I would like to hear from ladies who had saline implants. And has anyone ever explanted and NOT gotten well?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Autumn,
          Breast implant illness is not really to do with the brand or type of implant that you have. Breast implant illness occurs in all brands and 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 immune 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, inflammatory, carcinogenic, cytotoxic and neurotoxic poison our fragile endocrine gland system (thyroid/adrenals and others) and poison our Thymus gland and our immune system, poison our gut health and create toxicity in our organs and body. With saline there is also the added element that many of the saline ports collect body fluid and can mold and these organisms can cross into the implant due to defective valves and colonize the implant. These microorganisms produce metabolites which are toxic to us known as biotoxins. The interior of all capsules is perfect place for infections to occur and grow and the inside of capsules necrotize over time. Textures add another layer of toxicity and also textures soak up body fluids and provide spaces for infections to thrive. Textures also aggravate the immune system as the flake off and travel through our lymphatics. 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. Due to poor gut health we cannot digest our foods and due to autoimmune processes our guts and bodies are full of inflammation. We could go on and on but as you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in many ways.

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        2. Tami

          I have 14 year old saline smooth implants and have a lot of symptoms. Yes I love my boobs too, but my health is more important than my breast size now. Blurry vision with perfect MRI and vision testing. I’m scheduled for explant with Dr Jae Chung March 13,2019. Please do you really research, saline is not safer. Tami

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  260. Elisa

    Hi Nicole
    If I could get your opinions regarding
    Explant and fat transfer
    Many mixed opinions about future false lumps

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elisa,
      I cannot really give you an opinion from experience. Personally I would not do it. But please join the facebook group called Fat Transfer to Breast and speak to ladies that have had it done.

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  261. Pam Allen

    I have had breast implants since the early 1980s. I have had swollen lymph nodes under my arm for many years but recently the swelling has gotten worse and I am very frightened. I would like to find a doctor in the Boston, MA area who is familiar with breast implant ruptures and swollen lymph nodes. I am frightened I have cancer. Would anyone be able to point me in the direction of a doctor.

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  262. Jill M

    Hello, I would like to be added to the Facebook group as I seek help finding a surgeon (full fb name is my email address). I have currently reached out to Dr. Feng, but it has been 6 weeks today and I am still unable to speak with Linda. I have called 3 times in follow-up, but no one is able to tell me ‘about’ when I might receive a call. I feel very stuck since she is the surgeon I would like to have do my surgery. I have also reached out to Dr. Chun, but am told he is booking into next year, even-so, I have scheduled a phone consult with him. I would like to have my surgery this year and the sooner rather than later as I am suffering. Any tips to accessing these offices are much appreciated.

    I have had implants for 16 years. Four bi-lateral surgeries and 5 surgeries on my right breast. My first set were saline placed transumblically under the muscle. I had horrible contracture and went to a new surgeon for revision. A year later I had another revision to silicone implants; a year later more contracture and another revision. In between surgeries, I had close capsulotomies done in my surgeons office to ‘release’ the tightened capsule (very painful procedure done manually by squeezing the breast in between the palms of my surgeon until the capsule pops, ‘releases.’ After the 5th surgery on my right breast, I gave up and resigned myself to having hard painful breasts.

    I never connected all of the other health issues I was experiencing to my breast implants until 11/2018 when I heard about BII and knew immediately it was affecting me. After my revision to silicone, I began having panic attacks, anxiety, depression, brain fog, poor verbal recall, fatigue, food allergies, Inflammatory bowel disease, SIBO, intestinal bleeds, blurred vision, skin rashes on my trunk, and frequent illness.

    Thank you Nicole for putting this group together <3, I look forward to connecting with you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jill,
      I don’t see you in the group yet. Please find me on facebook, Nicole Daruda with the flower logo. Where do you live so I can recommenda good surgeon for you.

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      1. Jill M

        I live in Syracuse, NY, but am willing to travel within the US for surgery. I sent you a message on Fb to add me to group.

        Thank you Nicole!

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  263. Charlie foster

    I’ve had shortness of breath dry mouth and lately I’ve had the weirdest thing happen it’s my smelling and tasting like when I eat I can’t smell my food and when I eat it there’s no taste am I panicking or is there something wrong I’ve had no other issues and I am unable to get them out even if I had to

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  264. Kathi Walters

    Update on my story. 34 year old silicone implants. MRI showed right one with “intracapsular” rupture. Had surgery with Dr Marisa Lawrence in 2/13/19. Left implant was explanted using En blok. Right implant not so much. Not only was the implant not an intracapsular rupture but it was a mess. The scar capsule was shredded and adhering to various tissue and had to be removed in pieces but the silicone was everywhere including in the axillary area. I feel like I am so lucky……I had an amazing and caring surgeon. Insurance covered the surgery and yes, my breast on post op day 3 are still trying to settle and a little uneven due to the horrible mess the right breast was in, but I love my new breast because they are healthy and all me. If I would have watched the “intracapsular” leak how sick would I continue to get?? The MRI was wrong. Good luck and I hope you find the healthy you. BTW my other 34 year old implant looked perfect. 🙂

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  265. Sandra Woodin

    Hello, early this morning I saw a post by Nicole that showed several different sites with pics/info (ie- implants scar tissue, child illnesses from BII, MTHFR, etc) but now I’m unable to find them. Can you please send me a link to the original posting. Thank you.

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  266. Sandy

    Question: Has your website been shared on FB and other such platforms? Am I allowed to share it? Just wondering because so many people (myself included) initially come into the group posting “ I never knew this group existed”, “I’m so glad I found it”. Something this big that is affecting so many women needs to be ez to find and located everywhere. Just wondering. Thanks

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    1. Sandy

      Sorry, I just realized that the group does indeed have a FB account. Smh 🤦‍♀️. Please disregard my question. But I do plan to tell EVERYONE I know about this group and about Breast Implant Illness.

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  267. Michelle Robinson

    Hi my name is Michelle, I’ve been trying to reach out in your Facebook group but unfortunately I couldn’t get in. I have a breast implants for almost 9 years now. They are silicone and placed under the muscle. Since last year I have been experiencing vertigo in a regular basis. Anxious, a short breath, hair loss, skin rash that never goes away even using prescription ointment, loss interest in working, fatigue no matter how much sleep I get, stiffness in my back, neck and shoulders, always bloated, numbness hands, brain fog and so much more. I just wanted to get a support from your group who is experiencing the same thing like me. I also gotten a lot of blood work and testing for any autoimmune diseases, thyroid, rheumatoid, scleroderma and Virginians deficiency. I appreciate it so much if you accept my Facebook request. Thank you and God bless!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Please find me on facebook, Nicole Daruda, with the flower logo and I will join your profile to the group.

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  268. Sandy

    Where can I get a copy of the safety precautions pamphlet that is NOT being given to implant patients which lists the possible health conditions ?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sandy,
      Try getting that pamphlet first from your plastic surgeon and if that is not successful then secondly from the manufacturer of your implants.

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  269. Pamela Carroll

    Hello, My implants are about 13 years old & as a 68 year old woman, I’m starting to have symptoms, which up until now have just chalked up to aging… Unfortunately I don’t the Doctors name who performed the implants & am pretty sure he’s now retired, I also don’t know which kind of implants they are. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could get that information, and or do I really need to have it?
    Thanks so much

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Pamela,
      You don’t really need to know what type of implants you have as long as you get them removed properly, assume that they are silicone and they are ruptured and make sure your surgeon is skilled at proper explant which means En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant.

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  270. Kristen

    Does anyone have any surgeons they can recommend in Peru? I travel there for dental work and it would be so much cheaper to have it down by a reputable doctor in South America.

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  271. Terrie

    I had my implants removed 30 years ago and my health is still not good. Thank you for a place to have support with this!

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  272. Sandy

    Hello, I’m definitely Explanting as soon as I’m able to save enough money. Which I hope is very soon. Meanwhile I’m gathering as much information and answers to my questions, as possible. So I’m sure I will be asking more questions as I go along. But for now, I would like to address an issue about a recommended doctor on the Explant list. I’m in Delaware and the closest (and least expensive) explant doctor is in Pennsylvania. This particular doctor is the same doctor that did my implants. I’m thinking he is now doing explanting. (???) My question is, “is it in my best interest or not to go with him?” I’ve seen on this site where it’s recommended NOT to go to your original doctor, but I’m assuming its because they’re usually not trained in explanting.
    I regret not asking more questions about health concerns when implanting, so with the Explanting, I wanna do what’s best for me and get it right this time. I value the opinions on this site and would appreciate any and all feed back/suggestions/recommendations, etc. Thank you all in advance for your time and attention.

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  273. Sandy

    Hello, I’m definitely Explanting as soon as I’m able to save enough money. Which I hope is very soon. Meanwhile I’m gathering as much information and answers to my questions, as possible. So I’m sure I will be asking more questions as I go along. But for now, I would like to address an issue about a recommended doctor on the Explant list. I’m in Delaware and the closest (and least expensive) explant doctor is in Pennsylvania. This particular doctor is the same doctor that did my implants. I’m thinking he is now doing explanting. (???) My question is, “is it in my best interest or not to go with him?” I’ve seen on this site where it’s recommended NOT to go to your original doctor, but I’m assuming its because they’re usually not trained in explanting. I regret not asking more questions about health concerns when implanting, so with the Explanting, I wanna do what’s best for me and get it right this time. I value the opinions on this site and would appreciate any and all feed back/suggestions/recommendations, etc. Thank you all in advance for your time and attention.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sandy,
      If your implanting surgeon is on the list for Explant Surgeons you can feel confident that he will explant you properly but do your due diligence with him and consult for explant by asking the questions we list on our website and by reviewing his photos of En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explants.

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      1. Sandy

        Thank you for responding to my question. I can’t seem to find your list of questions to ask the doctor. Can you please send me a direct link or tell me where to find it on your website. Thanks again

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  274. Judy Prince

    I want to follow and research as my daughter tries to get funds someway somehow to have an explant. She is so sick and because of her symptons, has been unable to work. Therefore, no job, no insurance and no money! It is exciting to think that she could have her life back if only she can have this done. Her family needs her back! Thanks for letting me share!

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  275. Richard D Prince

    I have a friend who is dealing with a lot of different symptoms I believe are being caused by her implants. I’m trying to gather as much information as I can to help her out. I heard about your site on Facebook and think it’s great that you are providing this information to help out all the women that are dealing with this. My heart goes out to all.

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  276. Alexa Perry

    I need help finding explant assistance and a lawyer to take on my case. I’ve had serious side effects including chronic fatigue, hair loss, mouth and lip cracking peeling, constant metal taste, sinus infections, anxiety, brain fog… all after getting implants.

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  277. Tina

    Hi, I’ve had gel implants for ten years now. I noticed lumps on my left side and went to get it checked out. My OB said it’s the implant might be leaking to get it checked out by my plastic surgeon. I been calling him for two days and he told me to get an MRI but he still hasn’t written the prescription. He will not let me book an appointment until I get an MRI done. I can’t sleep all night I wake up with a burning feeling. Has anyone experienced this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tina,
      At ten year with implants its likely that they are bleeding gel, leaking or even ruptured. Your original plastic surgeon will likely avoid dealing with you as they do avoid dealing with symptoms and problems with their own patients to avoid liability. They refuse to acknowledge symptoms and the need to remove implants for health reasons. You may have to skip dealing with him and go right to finding a good explant surgeon here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/.

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  278. Kelly Dunn

    I recently came across this group on Instagram one day while I was reading one woman’s journey of having breast cancer and doing the reconstruction with implants only to find out now that the implants were making her sick and having them removed and not having put back in. I had inflammatory breast cancer stage 3B in 2007 at age 38. After a few years of surgeries tests chemo radiation etc here I am today age 50. However the price I’m paying to be alive today is getting to be too much for me. Since starting my breast cancer journey, I have gained approx 80 pounds from medicines and my thyroid not working due to radiation treatments and no metabolism and I had to have an immediate hysterectomy during all this because my tumor was estrogen and Her 2 positive. So I was forced into menopause and now I have extreme hot flashes all day every day and cannot take any medication for it. So yes I’m still alive but the quality of my life physically, mentally , financially and emotionally are so bad now it makes me question my fight. I’m overweight (or as my drs like to label me as morbidly obese, have uncontrollable nauseating hot flashes so bad I can’t even wear make up hardly, my family is dealing with more debt than ever in our lives together, for years I do not sleep well I may get 4 straight hours if I’m
    Lucky, for the past few years I have had so many strangers approach me or ask me when my baby is due etc. Because of the weight gain, my knees back everything hurts all the time. The few times I look at myself in a mirror I’m a shell of who I used to be. My breasts after having reconstruction years back do not resemble woman’s breast at all. Dr had to use skin from my back to help with the need for skin on the left one (this was the one with the cancer) so I have one with scars around it and the other one has a scar directly they the middle of it looking like a winking 😉 face. Tattooed nipples do not look natural a tattoo artist could have done a way better job. So many other issues I deal with daily but the worst one right now is dealing with my severe depression that in my 50 years of life never experienced until these past few years. And I had an abusive childhood . I now see a psychiatrist so I’m hoping she will help me. My depression is mainly due to all of these health issues but it’s also in combination with some pretty ugly terrible family issues also. I used to work part time but after all this especially with my memory issue foggy chemo brain I do not process or retain info to be good at a job so I submitted a application for disability. I have worked my whole life since I was 17, you would think I would get credit for that. During my cancer journey I never once inquired for help from any cancer organizations nothing. I submitted the application with all medical records, doctors letters in February 2018 it was denied 3 times now my last appeal was sent in September 2018 because the next step is an informal hearing with a judge. It makes me feel like they are hoping my cancer returns so they don’t have to dish out any money to me and my family. I was told that since I’m not in active treatment or in hospice they think you should be able to work. Disgusting knowing that people with less severe issues are approved within weeks and are now getting some income to help live each month. It’s really a messed the way they pick and choose who’s deserving of financial assistance in America . So if anyone can give me suggestions or advice with all of this . I would greatly appreciate it. Lastly honestly I’m not one of those women who can comfortably go the rest of her life with no visual breast of some sort , I’m not that confident or comfortable not having anything in that area of the body I cannot look at myself with a curved in chest area and long lined scars across my chest. Do you have any recommendations for me with all of this? Thanks so much for your time

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  279. Trish lopes

    I have a variety of symptoms to many to list. The most important symptom I have is two solid masses in my right breast that is often missed by ultrasound and Mri but they have found them on one ultrasound image with proper measurements.
    Just wondering if this is normal for breast illness or if it’s possible it might be an anaplastic lymphoma from my textured implants…
    Has anyone else experienced these masses?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Trish,
      You need to get it checked. BIA-ALCL BREAST IMPLANT ASSOCIATED LYMPHOMA is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the cells of the immune system (not breast cancer) that can be caused by breast implants. The main symptoms of BIA-ALCL are persistent swelling or pain in the vicinity of the breast implant, seroma, breast mass, capsular contracture, swollen lymph nodes and usually are associated with textured implants but not in every case. These symptoms may appear after the implant surgical incision has healed and often can appear years after implant placement. If you have swelling, pain, seroma, breast mass, capsular contracture or swollen lymph nodes and especially if you have textured implants please push hard for BIA-ALCL testing. Surgeons should consider the possibility of ALCL when they have a patient with late onset, persistent fluid around the implant (peri-implant seroma) before and or during explant or exhibit the symptoms after explant. When testing for ALCL at the time of explant, surgeons should collect fresh seroma fluid and representative portions of the capsule and send for pathology tests. The test is called CD-30 Immunochemistry and few plastic surgeons are knowledgeable about BIA-ALCL at this point so it will be up to you to educate your plastic surgeon and persist in getting the test if you have any symptoms and/or textured implants. Please read more on our BIA-ALCL page here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/bia-alcl-breast-implant-associated-lymphoma/.

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  280. Mamdie davis

    I have implants which have been in for 18yrs now. I have been diagnosed with ME and FND which is a neuro disorder. I have often wondered if my implants are anything to do with my symptoms. Im 50yrs old now and am so ill i can barely function. I have the Gel type that i was told by the surgeon cannot rupture or cause any leakage due to it being like raw jelly.
    I had them done at a very high end private hospital by a surgeon that treated a lit of the piper alpha victims with plastic surgery so ive always trusted his words.

    Please advise

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mamadie,
      Your silicone gel implants could very likely be causing your symptoms and illness as they are causing many these symptoms and illness. Also at 18 years they are well overdue for explanting and even though cohesive are likely bleeding silicone gel, silicone chemicals etc which are toxic. The cohesive gel implants are the most toxic implants yet as the chemicals and heavy metals they use to make the silicone gel cohesive are very aggressive and inflammatory, cytotoxic, neurotoxic and endocrine disruptors. Come to the facebook group where we can guide through explant, detox and healing.

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  281. Karine Gingras

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to bother you, but I want to have my implants removed and I made an appointment with a surgeon who was on your list last week and maintaining, he is no longer there. his name is Mirko Gilardino in Montreal. Do you always recommend it and if not why? Do you have someone else to refer to because Dr. Nicolaidis does not seem well recommended on another site. thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karine,
      I would still contact Dr Gilardino and see if he will explant you, I have seen his explants and he is skilled at En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant but his office staff told us to take him off the list because she does not want to deal with all the calls they were getting when he was on the list. I do believe that Dr Nicolaidis does explant fairly well and would be worth a consult for you.

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  282. Julie Andrews

    I had my first silicone implants in 1983 under muscle, which became incapselated. I had them removed. Surgeon said they were desolved and he had to pull the silicone out like it was spaghetti. He was unable to get it all out so left some in. I then had sailine implants put in. I then experienced a rupture 2 years later…again had them replaced with sailine implants (2000). My implants are now 18 years old. They are still soft but because of age (63) and weight increase my real breast sag over the implants. When wearing a bra I still look great. Sounds like I have been lucky they have lasted so long.

    I never considered that my implants were causing illness. I came across your website and am horrified to see that I have 24 symptoms on the list. I don’t know the exact timeline but I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Throiditis with many goiter throughout the years. As time went by I acquired several other autoimmune diseases to my list…oral Lichenplanus, Lichen planopolaris (scalp) and IC (bladder). I have always attributed my symptoms to my thyroid. After reading what is on this site I believe it all started with my implants.

    I am considering explanation but I am concerned that I have not seen any comments or testimonials of women saying that removing their implants was the best thing they ever did or any that said they feel great. I am afraid of making thing worse. I am not concerned that much about cosmetics and I can financially afford to have them removed. I just want to be convinced that going through major surgery and recovery will give me a high chance of getting well.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Please come to our facebook group and you can read all the testimonial of 60,000 women explanting and healing. We can coach you through this.

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  283. Britney

    I had implants for 4 years before explanting them. They were not explanted en bloc, just the implants were removed. What kind of advice would you
    Give someone who has already had the surgery, but not had the capsules removed?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Britney,
      It depends on if you have symptoms. If you explanted your breast implants but not your capsules and you have no symptoms you are likely going to be fine. But if explanted your breast implants and left your capsules in and your symptoms continue for years then you may have to consider that the capsules may still be stimulating certain immune and autoimmune processes. Left over capsules can also harbor toxins, microorganisms, cause inflammation and calcification.

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  284. Melanie Christner

    My dr didnt find anything wrong with me even though I have these symptons for years and told me that there is no way to prove this is wrong with me. So I continue to get untreated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melanie,
      You don’t need your doctors permission to explant. You need to start planning your explant. If you have insurance, get a copy of your policy and read how you might be covered for explant. The general medical reasons for explant is rupture, capsular contracture, infections/necrosis or pain. Pain is a good symptoms to approach on, really express your pain.

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  285. Dianne Foster

    I thank you this is a lifesaver for thousands if not millions of women. I will explanation soon and going to study how to detox my body. I have had implants for 3o years and never heard of BII until a week ago and I fit perfectly into a severe form of illness, I have had stage 1 cancer for cervix, colon resection with high cancer count in blood work and a year later found uncounscious and 911 called I came to after IV fluids and a 20,000 white blood count. I was a mysterious illness. I have severe breAst pain and shoulder have itches real bad at breast due to swelling and old scar drainage with blisters past few months. I finally get explanted due to grade 4 encapsulated. I have lost years of my life lost all my teeth hysterectomy, lost part of my colon and yet I struggle to work to survive. This has been a slow death to me. I am forever grateful for all you volunteers for making this possible to get educated And educate medical dr too

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  286. Sharlene

    Hi at first I found it to far fetch but as I’m doing more research it’s quite scary I have had my implants for 7 years which 4 of those years I have been very sick. I have been diagnosed with 2 conditions but if I go threw the list of symptoms I have almost all of them. I will be making an appointment this week with a surgeon as I see there are two listed for South Africa just keen to find out if any of the ladies on the group went to them and what was the dr’s thoughts on the whole BII? Many thanks

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  287. Rosa

    I am stunned, I was planning to do an augmentation and now I have many doubts, in Spain there isn’t any información at all about this…

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  288. Debbie Frost

    Hi Nicole– EMS is Electro Muscle Stimulation. I have read that if you have implants you shouldn’t have the electrodes on your chest and you shouldn’t sauna. I have had my implants removed and would like to continue with EMS but am worried that if there is still silicone in my body it will disturb it. Perhaps this would be a good thing to help get rid of it? I am feeling SO much better after the explant 3 months ago and don’t want to take any steps backwards!!
    Regards
    Debbie

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  289. Rebekah Cupit

    Hello,
    My name is Rebekah and I have had silicone implants since 2001. I have been experiencing a wide range of symptoms that has lead to me to believe that something is seriously wrong, possibly mold poisoning. Your website was forwarded to me from a friend that was doing some research on breast implant toxicity. She is familiar with what I have been experiencing so thought I should investigate the possibility of it being my implants. I am desperate to find the root cause of why my health appears to be failing even after several attempts to detox and lifestyle changes. I have been fight for my life for the last 3 years.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rebekah,
      Its your silicone breast implants. Your story is our story and our health was completely wrecked by silicone implants too. We explanted and detoxed and our health returned. Yours will too. Come to the facebook group where we can coach you.

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  290. Aida

    Hi I was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago.. anyone had there implants removed and has lupus? And if so did some of their symptoms eased up? Or anyone can answer this question? Planning on removing my implants in March 2019 I’m desperate and in deep depression.. thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alex,
      Breast implants are recommended to be replaced every ten years however many breast implants bleed and leak their contents much, much earlier and cohesive gel is not cohesive in the body and does bleed through the shell microscopically at first but then more and more overtime. Mammogram, ultrasound and even MRI can sometimes detect rupture but they do not detect bleeding and leaking. Best thing is not to risk your health.

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  291. Mariana

    Hi, is there any group from Brazil or South America on facebook? I am from Brazil and I am looking for more information about this.

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  292. Ivette Morales

    I want to get information about where to go to get my implants remove. I’m affraid of choosing the wrong doctor

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  293. Kelly

    I got my saline transumbilical implants under the muscle 8/2006. My dr died a few years after that. About the past 6 months after my last baby, I’ve been developing symptoms similar to autoimmune. Tremors, rapid heart rate, muscle joint pain, anxiety, just feeling ill. They can’t find anything to explain it other than mild anemia. Oh and GERD. MS was ruled out by MRI and lumbar puncture. I’m truly hoping that if I remove my implants my Illnesses will resolve. I live in Bakersfield ca but am willing to drive to Newport to see an experienced surgeon. Any advice would be greatly appreciated .

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  294. Sarah Ramirez

    Hi my name is Sarah Ramirez my sister is a double mastectomy and it looks like Dr butchered her right breast and she is in a state of depression and I need to try to help her. She does have florida blue insurance. Please if you think it’s a case you’d take on my number is 941-276-4308

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  295. debbie frost

    Hello . Please could you advise? Is it safe for someone with silicone breast implants to do EMS training?
    Regards
    Debbie

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      1. Debbie Frost

        Hi – EMS is Electro Muscle Stimulation. I have ready that if you have implants you shouldn’t have the electrodes on your chest and you shouldn’t sauna. I have had my implants removed and would like to continue with EMS but am worried that if there is still silicone in my body it will disturb it. Perhaps this would be a good thing to help get rid of it? I am feeling SO much better after the explant 3 months ago and don’t want to take any steps backwards!!
        Regards
        Debbie

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  296. Mary Elizabeth Johnson

    My saline impants are about 16 years old now. They have been shrinking slowly down over most of this time. I have been very healthy all of my life, until recently.. I have been quite ill for months with many debilitating symptoms that drs and many tests have no explanation for. I have a new burning sensation over my breasts daily. This is the very reason I looked into this subject.. They are about a quarter if their original size now, with much of the shrinkage in just the past few months! .. Are my breasts trying to tell me something? If so, what is the next step for me to take, to address the issue?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary,
      Your breast implants are way over due for removal and you should start planning your explant. After a proper explant which means all capsule tissue is removed, you will heal over time.

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      1. Angie

        I have ones from 2008 im so tired all the time sore back , blood tests normal. Will I have to pay out of pocket for removal?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Angie,
          Your warranty from the manufacturer may have run out however perhaps look into your health insurance for explant.

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  297. Kelly

    So glad I came across this community, it saved me from getting implants. I am still contemplating doing a fat transplant to enlarge my breast, and was wondering if anyone has input into the procedure.
    I dont know if it’s just me trying to justify getting it done, but if I’m using my own fat the risk of rejection and illness would be a lot lower, right?

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  298. Juanita

    The Dr. that did my implants has already passed. I had my implants removed on the 4th of January , I’m praying that I heal 🙏

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  299. Jeffry

    Hi there,
    I am a producer of a morning radio show and we recently had one of our host go under and explant and would love to have someone from this organization come on air with us to talk about your research.
    I tried finding an email but decided to comment on here.

    Please let contact me when possible.

    Warm Regards.

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    1. Hailey

      Hello Jeffrey,
      I am not sure if you received a reply to your request for someone to share on your radio show. I had breast implant illness from saline implants and have not fully recovered. I have experience in public speaking and am happy to share my story.
      Kind regards,
      Hailey

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  300. Hissa

    Hi
    I want to know if any one had breast implant removal
    With Dr Med Bianca Baican from germany what are their feedback and to know about her experience in implant removal i live far away from US and in this area no doctor experinced in implant removal and the nearest place to me germany i found the dr name on the list of sergons on this website but when i search about her there is no reviews or feedback about her im really sick and i want to remove the implants i dont want to make mistakes again so please if you can connect me with people did the surgery with her i tried to join the face book group to ask the members but they didn’t accept my account because its new account please help me to know if i chosed the right doctor thanks

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  301. Giselle Simmons

    Hi i need advice on what to do to get well from my BII. I live in Australia and I wish i joined the group before explant. My silicone breast implants of 20yrs were removed by a plastic surgeon late November 2018. I had capsules form on both breasts from about 2010. I got sick with BII symptoms from 2005 with lots of infections required intravenous and oral antibiotics. My environmental and drug allergies got worse, onset of arthritis, skin rashes, autoimmune symptoms, started growing low grade cancers, weight loss, anxiety and depression, early menopause, intolerances to foods, ibs,
    Ibso, gastritis, candida and fungus in sputums and other resistant bacteria. In 2013 my immune disease was diagnosed, took to 2015 to have the sle and srojens diagnosed and 2018 for my hormone deficiencies and severe osteoporosis to be treated.

    Unfortunately all my specialists do not believe in BII and repeatedly told me they are not toxic and causing my symptoms which i have about 70% on your list. I am not recovering and remain very unwell.

    I got a L breast infection post op, treated with 7 days of IV Vancomycin, also had bleeds into both breasts with drainage of a seroma collection. The L breast was full of silicone pre op from the rupture, the R breast was a intracapsular rupture and is now ok. My chest Ct shows bleeding into the L breast and a silicone haematoma adjacent which also keeps swelling with signs of inflammation in L breast and bruising.The lupus keeps flaring and is not controlled with methotrexate and prednisone 10mg.

    I read my operation report it says excision of capsules and removal of implants. Looks like the surgeon didn’t remove the capsules. He also does not believe in BII and has no concerns about my Ct.

    My gut was better for a while after the vancomycin, but is now awful again. Over the last 6 months i am now intolerant to everything except organic chicken bone broth. I am allergic to salicylate drugs and now if i try and eat even low level salicylate fruit and vegies my allergy sinusitis is worse. Also upsets my gut with gastritis and ibs. I had been following a lupus and anti mould diet for months before developing severe intolerances in December. Do you have any suggestions?

    I am seeing dr Sandra Cabot a holistic Dr who has me on glutathione, vit C and B group infusions every 2 weeks they help for about a week. She also put me on organic chicken bone broth , hrt, kelp, digestive enzymes, gut healing powder and selenium. Im already on mg, Ca, Vit D, Vit E and parathyroid hormone injections daily and weekly immunoglobulin gut infusions, plaquenil, prednisone and methotrexate. Despite her therapies i remain unwell with many symptoms.

    I am growing candida in my mouth, throat and sputum, also growing in my sputum is numerous fungi and bacteria. My immunolgist wants me to take fluconazole but it causes my liver enzymes to rise and i get nausea and vomiting and feel awful on it. Plus it only works for a few months then the candida returns. I can’t take oregano or cloves its very high in salicylates. Can you recommend another natural product please we may have in Australia.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Giselle Simmons

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Giselle,
      An antifungal/ low mycotoxin diet is paramount in overcoming fungus and other infections and rotating antifungals and antimicrobials whether prescription or natural will work eventually. The antifungal diet is key to overcoming fungus, you cannot eat anything that feeds fungus (yeast overgrowth or Candida) or other infections in your body. I would cut all sugars and sweets including sweet fruit, cut out all gluten grains and cut out dairy except unsweetened yogurt and butter. I would centre my diet around veggies, protein and healthy fats and a bit of carb from root veggies. If I was you I would take the prescription antifungals for 30 days and then rotate to another prescription antifungal for another 30 days. I would also take Nystatin at the same time which cleans fungus from your gut and digestive tract which are not always reached by the other oral medications. Then I would rotate to natural antifungals and rotate them often. Research natural antifungals, there are many. I would take lots of probiotics to replenish good gut flora which keeps fungus in check in the long run.

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    2. Meredith

      Hello Giselle, I would highly recommend you add milk kefir to your diet. 2Tbsp/ day. It is natural and an amazing probiotic! I have BII with severe gut issues amongst auto- immune disorders, chest pain… the list goes on and on but milk kefir can def help you out in multiple ways.

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    3. Anita

      Hi Giselle,
      I wanted to know which surgeon did you explant as I’m from Australia and hinking about getting an explant too.
      Best regards,
      Anita

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    4. Anita

      Hi all,
      Any suggestion of a good explant surgeon In Australia? I tried to join the Australian and New Zealand BII Facebook and did not get accepted.

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  302. Lorna Stachowicz

    I’ve had implants since 1986 and was told that I had an connective tissue disease in 1997. Now it’s Fibromyalgia and possibly Lupus??

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  303. Amber

    I had implants and a liposuction procedure to my thighs in Feb 2016 (I swear I’m not that vain, I was just very “unbalanced”). I’m 5’7″, 139#, and was somewhat active in cross-fit, etc. I never used to get sick (I still don’t get flus or colds). Prior to surgery I had experienced first severe dizziness about 1-2X/year beginning in 2007 and was diagnosed by an ENT with Meniere’s (an inner ear issue that is somewhat common) but this did not impact my ability to stay active, and later around 2013 I began getting headaches at waking, this somewhat affected my activity level. These two things can make a person unclear so I have a hard time determining if my post surgery symptoms can be attributed to whatever pre-existed.

    At first after my surgery I was fine until that fall/winter when my dizziness flared up and I began having joint pain in my left hand and foot, waking to increasingly severe migraines, hair loss, limb numbness at night, dry eyes, and dry mouth/throat while sleeping. I had/have no bowel issues. The symptoms seem to come in spells or as they call them in autoimmune world, “flare ups.” I saw 2 ENT’s and one naturopath. The first ENT thought I might have Lupus (auto immune disease) based on a blood test (not the anti-nuclear antibody test, I can’t recall what it was) so he referred me to a rheumatologist who said I didn’t based on her questionnaire. I saw a different ENT who said that, first, he didn’t believe I have Meneire’s and wanted to check for MS (auto immune disease), which led to an MRI that showed a part of my brain as swollen and my nerves being enhanced throughout (that’s about what it felt like, too), but the neurologist he referred me to didn’t know what it meant. I probably had the best luck with the naturopath who said my endocrine system was messed up. She put me on a no wheat, sugar, rice, corn, high-water diet which did help. When I follow this, I have less flare ups. I’ve also found that tomatoes cause the above symptoms. I’ve decided I must have some sort of autoimmune thing, and I learned that there is an inner ear autoimmune disease that can look like Meneire’s, which only further confirms this.

    I make my own yogurt, avoid wheat, and don’t eat overly processed foods and for the most part, this helps, but I still feel something…there, like I’m always on the brink of a migraine, and these migraines feel almost toxic, last time they made my hands go numb and curl up. A family member is an infectious disease Dr and he said that you’re either born someone who gets headaches, or you’re not, if you begin getting them later it’s a sign that something is wrong. I’m still tired, too. But, I always feel better in the summer (interestingly). So, if anyone can help, here are my questions:
    1. Does anyone know if having an existing autoimmune disease increases the chances of implant illness illness occurring?
    2. Does it happen as often in saline as in silicone? Is it the silicone casing in either that are suspect? Or is it having a foreign object in your body? But I don’t think that’s the case because then prosthetic implants would be an issue (maybe they are).
    3. Are there ANY doctors out there who believe in this or who are educated in it? My experience is that most doctors are clueless with anything auto immune related.

    Surgery is dangerous, my former breasts are a sad sight, there’s no guarantee that removing them will take away symptoms whether the implants are causing them or not, so I’m not raring to have these removed, but I need to be able to separate things and if I think these are causing issues to my health, I’ll have them removed in a heartbeat (much to my husband’s dismay) because the more time I have with my children and husband, the better. If anyone can lend any insight or see similarities between their symptoms and recovery, please let me know.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amber,
      Breast implants increase the chance of getting autoimmune diseases and will also aggravate existing autoimmune diseases. Two large recent studies show that breast implants are linked to autoimmune diseases, please see the Safety page of the website here which lists these studies: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/breast-implant-safety/. There is no difference between saline and silicone breasts implants in regard to breast implant illness and there is no safer breast implant. We are making progress in educating the medical community and more and more and doctors are realizing the breast implants and silicone does not belong in health bodies.

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    2. Angela

      Hi, reading what you posted about your MRI results of your brain, it sounds like Trigeminal Neuralgia….. I have it, it sucks,

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      1. Amber

        Angela, I’ve read about that! How do you manage it? Do you have implants and do they seem to make it worse? Can we maybe connect? Thanks, Amber

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  304. Shereen

    Hi dear I want to remove my implant. Can u send me doctors list name. Because I live in bahrain. And USA Is so far I need doctors near me. And have experience in removal

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  305. Gilda

    I read the symptoms and unfortunately for me, miy symptoms are attributed to aggressive breast cancer when I was in my 30’s, as well as a hysterectomy due to my type of breast cancer. Before breast cancer and my implants from it, I had already been diagnosed with arthritis, IBS and anxiety. How do I know if my symptoms today are due to my breast implants? I really would like to remove mine, as I’m tired of unexplained hives, rashes in between my breasts and unexplained sweating. Also, any time I twist to my left, my muscles hurt really bad. It almost feels like a deep tissue Charlie horse. I really appreciate your input!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gilda,
      Breast implants are certainly not helping you and further they will very much aggravate and contribute to immune problems, autoimmune, anxiety and toxicity in your body which is the last thing you need.

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  306. Gloria Olson

    I have had saline implants since 1976. I have had many of the sicknesses described in your site. I have been concerned ever since I saw the Marketplace episode on the breast implant industry. I appreciate your group and hope to find a Dr. who will be willing to remove my implants.

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  307. Jenna

    I had implants put in March of 2018. As someone who was never sick and generally felt great, exercised every day, didn’t need a lot of sleep, and had a lot of energy, I have felt progressively awful since. I have a constant burning pain on one side and under that armpit. I have been sick constantly with colds or worse that land me in bed for days. I have anxiety more, a hard time sleeping, but feel constantly tired and overall bad. My hair is falling out at a high rate, and I struggle to keep weight on, build muscle, get through workouts(more than I ever have). I went to my surgeon and he said some of this is normal? I am struggling with it being in my “head” as I started to do research on what was going on. I am 38, but thought maybe it’s due to my life stress or burning out, getting older, etc. What can I do to ensure I have BLL? I have saline implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jenna,
      Your story is our story, we all had good health before breast implants and this is not in your head. Your symptoms are classic breast implant illness. Come to the facebook group and you will see how women are healing after explant. Hope to see you there.

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    2. Maria

      Hi Jenna
      I got my implants July 23 2018.
      I started having joint pain right away and also noticed a lot of hair loss. Been in the ER multiple times already. I’m at the point I can barely walk . I have chronic pain all over my body . I’ve already been to a rheumatologist and did multiple test on me and even an MRI. To see why I have so much joint pain. Everything came out normal. My plastic surgeon said it’s all in my head . And that I’m going through early menopause. I’m 37 . He told me my implants are safe . And does not believe my implants are getting me sick. He was very rude btw.
      Never been sick before implants. I always worked out . It’s been 5 months I haven’t been able to work out because of my joint pain . I now have fibromyalgia.
      This week I have a new symptom. My hands and feet are getting numb all the time.
      It’s worse by the day. I’ve already booked a explant surgery for next month . February 13 .
      Ironically it’s Breast implant illness awareness day .
      Don’t waste your money and time trying finding out if it’s your breast implants that’s causing you to get I’ll . It’s very obvious these toxic bags are poisoning us. Not a lot of drs know about this .
      All the drs I went to said it’s all in my head . The only dr that believed me was the explant surgeon. M

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  308. Patricia Nan

    Dear Nicole,

    Compliments for your site!
    I checked your list of surgeons that are good in explantation operations.
    My question to you is: how did you get these names? Is the list based on good experiences from other women or is it based on an other form of quality measuring /expertism ?The reason that I ask this is that they are all working in the west of the Netherlands and my friend who wants to get the operation done lives in the south. Is it not so that all plastic surgeons should be able to perform this operation in a proper way?

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  309. Lillian Arocho

    Ten years later and I have been suffering with these implants unable to eat many, many healthy foods or fruits. I have toxity from the saline under muscular mentor implants but now I found and will visit Dr. Michael Diaz, Melbourne FL. Keep me in your prayers please! Biggest fear surgery and anesthesia / post-surgery.

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    1. Malibu Gilkerson

      Good luck with your breast implant removal! I don’t have breast implants, but I do have Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic fatigue, along with depression and anxiety, so I can relate to your pain, and I would do anything to be “normal” again.
      My wish for all of you with the constant pain, hair loss, chronic fatigue, and all of your other symptoms just go away!!! Good luck and may the Lord be with you in your journey.
      God Bless,
      Malibu Gilkerson
      😢😢🌺🌺🌺🌺❤️❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰💞💞💞💞💞💞

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  310. Diana

    I’m worried I have one implant that was put in as part of my reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy, I’ve had it for over 25 years. My implant is a Mentor and filled with saline. I’m trying to educate myself as I recognize some of the symptoms that I have and chalked it up to growing older, I’m 60. One of my questions is that my implant is under my chest wall so I’m wondering if I have a capsule. I’m not sure if the capsule is something that is put in at the time of implant or something that grows/attaches itself to the implant after it is put in.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Diana,
      The capsule is built by your own body, it is tissue that your body builds to wall off the implants from you and yes capsule form even when implants are placed submuscularly and these capsules must also be completely removed from the body in order to recover your health and get rid of symptoms.

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  311. Virginia Pera

    I haveITP which occurred after explantation of my breast implants. As I get older, the operative word is destruction. My platelets are not keeping a safe place in my body. Is there any research developed to deal with cleansing the blood from silicone chemicals found in the implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Virginia,
      There really is no good research on cleansing the body of silicone however, I have watched many women heal over a matter of a few years. After explant there is a detoxification process and even an autoimmune process that goes on in our body and our detoxification and healing unfolds over a few years. If I was you I would research Gerson Therapy and perhaps use some aspects of Gerson to detox and to support your healing. I did Gerson for six months after my explant and it really is powerful detox and powerfully healing.

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  312. Kit gordon

    Hi,
    I am interested In talking to women who have (or have had) breast implants and have experienced medical issues like lymphoma, cancer or other medical problems. Please email me at [email protected]. Thank you x

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Diane,
      Silicone cheek and chin implants are also becoming problems and there are surgeons that are now starting to specialize in removal of them as they cause the same symptoms as breast implants. I suggest googling removal of cheek implants and starting your research that way.

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  313. Kathi

    I am 58 and have had the same McGann silicone implants for 34 years. My left breast and axillary area burn and ache. Has gotten worse over the last 6 months. Today I had a diagnostic Mammogram and Ultra sound and it showed nothing except the implant on the right had a weird protruding area at the top like it was herniated. Radiologist felt everything was normal but glad I am scheduled for an MRI on the the 10th. I would like to just have these removed. I am nervous about what I will look like afterwards. I have very small implants under the muscle. I don’t want the lift. Anyone in this situation? Plus why didn’t they see a leak?? They have to be leaking.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kathi,
      Your implants are very obviously ruptured and leaking, the protruding area is the rupture and the leaking silicone but your body has capsulized it and we have seen this many times before. You should be able to have your implants removed via health insurance as they are ruptured and the mammogram definitely shows that.

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  314. Gina Allen

    I suffer from BII now and now desperately want/need my 20 year Mentor smooth saline under my muscle out!!! I’m disabled now from my neuropathy since 2009. And draw very little income monthly, can not afford my explant that will allow me to get my health back so i can live again for all my 14 precious grandchildren that deserve to grow old with their Ne-Ne …! Will my Medicare/Medicaid pay for my ExPlant due to my health conditions? I want these TOXIC DD’s OUT so i can be the HEALTHY Gina again that God once made…thank you.
    Ft.Worth, Tx area

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gina,
      Medical insurance may pay for an explant and the generally recognized medical reasons that they consider are rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection/necrosis and you have to approach on those symptom(s).

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  315. HUSBAND

    Salt Lake City, UTAH

    My wife got silicone implants in 2008 (five years before we met and married). We have had one child in 2016. We are planning to have another. According to most websites and manufacture recommendations, implants should be replaced every 10 years. However, I support her health and am encouraging explant. Please comment below for any recommendations on

    1. SALT LAKE CITY area surgeons who specialize in En Bloc
    2. SALT LAKE CITY area attorneys who specialize in Implant/Explant litigation (fingers crossed we won’t need their services)

    Any further advice is appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Husband

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  316. Mimi petitt

    Im awaiting approval since my FB doesn’t have a lot of info on it . In the meantime …. I’m from hawaii – i don’t see anyone on the list . Is there anyone over in hawaii ??? I have been doing some research but would love to hear real life experiences .

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  317. Sandra House

    I have saline textured implants and have had them 24 years. I have had health issues for years.
    Heart palpitations, aches pains, headaches, swelling.
    And I think what people have descript as brain fog.
    I’m meeting with as some plastic surgeons soon to get them removed. I feel scared and alone on the subject.

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  318. Angela D

    I have 12 year old saline implants . I’ve recently been feeling very terrible . I thought I was having a heart attack a few weeks ago. Doctors did tests, xrays, etc and found nothing . Pretty much was told it’s my high blood pressure and probably chronic heart burn. I refuse to believe that. Well it comes and goes. I keep getting this weird sensation like cold fluid running in my heart and down my arms. . Fatigue, brain fog , high blood pressure (even with meds) etc. where do I even start to determine whether it could be implants ?

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  319. Amy

    Hi All,

    I am getting ready for explant surgery in another two weeks. I am wondering what anyone in Ontario who had their surgery covered by OHIP was able to ask for in terms of follow-up pathology? Did you keep your implants? If so, what do you do with them?
    Also, does anyone have a good recommendation for a lawyer in Ontario who helped oversee your case (just in case that is needed down the road)?

    Thanks so much. This webpage and forum is so helpful.

    Amy

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  320. Karin

    I have been contemplating explanation for awhile after suffering from IBS, brain fog, and being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I recently learned I have SIBO, and thought maybe all the above symptoms were from the small bacteria overgrowth. Now after having SIBO return for the 2nd time, I’m wondering if it all stems from my saline implants. Has anyone has experience with SIBO and implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karin,
      IBS and SIBO is common in women with breast implants. Come to the facebook group and talk with many who have/had it and what they did about it.

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  321. Denise Saltzman

    Hi, I’ve requested to be added to your fb page several times and I’m really nervous about my upcoming explant surgery, so I’d love to be added!

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  322. Karen

    I got my implants almost 4 years ago and since have gained 40 lbs, am extremely fatigued and depressed, have constant bloody phlegm and the list goes on. I am so happy I found this forum but scared about next steps. I’d love to hear what steps women have taken to determine if an explantvpricedure is right for you and how you paid for it.

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  323. Sharon

    Hi there, I had reconstruction surgery, not enhancement, but I presume the risks are similar. I haven’t had symptoms, as such, and hopefully never will. Interesting article.

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  324. Dee Bilderback

    I am in awe at the amount of women with BII. We have all suffered so long and have been looked at by everyone like we’re making this up or crazy! I’m so glad that I found all of you beautiful people that have suffered in silence. Now we have others to talk to that are going through these horrible diseases!! Nobody deserves this hell!! I’m 49, was implanted at 20 with Surgitek saline and they rippled(probably because the dr. Overfilled them🙄 he gave me new ones..Dow Corning textured silicone(to help with the rippling) and said they were safe and I should be able to keep them in for at least 20 years!! I actually kept them in for 20 years, like an idiot and OMG…they had ruptured! The surgeon said this was the worst case he had ever had. Silicone went all over the operating table, me and the floor! It was a slippery, disgusting mess. He was able to get the capsules and all the silicone that he could see. I had Mentor smooth saline put in and I felt wonderful, for 3 years. Then I went downhill, very fast. First let me say, before I had the silicone implants removed, I had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and horrible migraines. Three years after having the Mentor implants in, I started having thyroid issues, heart issues, gastroparesis, Ebstein Barr, Sjögren’s syndrome, extreme fatigue, cold intolerance and high antinuclear antibodies. I we did a repeat MRI recently and the MS I has drastically increased. ’m sure I’m leaving a few diseases out, but there’s definitely a correlation between these implants and my health!! I’ve got to get these things out of me!! I’ve gone for a consultation already. It’s insane that they want over $6,000 just to remove them!! I’m going to have that awful saggy skin lifted too! And of course the Dr., can’t do that at the same time🤔 more surgery center $ and Dr.$ for that! They really have us screwed!! I saw that they were giving assistance for explants back in January, but the funds ran out . That’s telling us something!! These implants are killing all of us!! The manufacturers need to be held accountable for what they have done to us and are continuously doing to women!! It should be illegal!! If anything, thank you for listening, I am a shell of a person I used to be. I want myself back. I see all these success stories of you guys that have had your explants and I am SO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!! I’m glad that you took control and got your life back!! I wish you happiness and joy💕

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  325. Bette Davis

    What has to happen to have a surgeon added to the recommended list? What do you need? Are there any forms to fill out?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Betty,
      The surgeons are recommended by ladies of the facebook group that got a proper En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant with them and provided photos to show their En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy skills.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nathalie,
      Please try Dr. Nicolaidis and Dr. Papanastasiou. Of the plastic surgeons we know in QB, they seem to be doing the best job at explanting properly.

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  326. Carol

    I have had my implants for 20 years, I have saline ones are they as dangerous as the silicone ones, there is supposed to be a new kind out that is safer do you anything about that. How can I talk to a live person about this matter ?

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    1. Linda

      Altough saline implants are “ safer” than silicones still the shell is made from silicone. Twenty years is very long period.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alexa,
      If and when you recognize breast implant illness in yourself, they you should consider explanting your breast implants.

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  327. Agnieszka

    Hi Nicole,

    my silicone breast implants were removed 7 months ago. There were 8,5 years old and intact. I had a lot from the symptoms from the list. During the 4 months after removal surgery I felt fine asaide from the pain and hot feeling in the left breast and rib. In the fifth month I developed left shoulder pain, than right shoulder pain, spinal burning pain and rib pain. I feel something ist left under my skin of the left breast. Could it be the left overs of the breast implants capsule? Does the pain, that I feel come from the part of capsule? The pain get worse and worse. I never felt so bad. Thank you for your answer.

    GOD bless you.

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  328. Tara

    I have had my implants for 13 years now. I started having issues about 3 years ago. Would replacing them with new ones help or would I have to completely remove them altogether for the symptoms to go away?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tara,
      Ladies that have symptoms and replace instead of explant can notice a drastic decline in their health.

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  329. Claire

    Within the last 2 years I have developed lymphedema in my right arm after having my axial lymph nodes under my right arm removed due to having
    a modified radical mastectomy on my right side in 1983 due to reconstruction. I don’t know what kind of a silicone implant was used whether it might have been rough or smooth. I suspect my silicone implant is leaking because my breast has become flat and misshapen. I have had several blood tests (CBC??) to check. Last year the doctor did order an MRI because I had a swollen lymph node and suspected lymphoma but that came to nothing. I’m feeling okay at this time but I have developed COPD due to having radiation. With this new evidence, I’m wondering whether I should be reexamined again. I’m a 35 year survivor and know how lucky I am but at this point, I’m feeling I want to meet this head on rather than be surprised. I’m feeling that when it concerns Cancer, nothing good comes from waiting.

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  330. Joyce moss

    i can’t get on your site because I’m not on FB – however, as i learn stuff i will inform — thanks to info on your site we tested for heavy metals and my mercury level is ‘significantly high”, may be cause of numbness around moth and feet, waiting for results of silica test — Also have had chest X-rays over the last few years because of surgeries and there has been a significant haze over this side of my lung — wonderful doc is anxious to do another X-ray to see if removal has effected haze — if yes could be another way to check for leakage think easier to obtain from insurance than MRI

    also trying to taper prednisone because high WBC, low cortisone and low TSH gone on strict anti-inflammation diet, saunas and salt baths

    any suggestions appreciated

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  331. Mary

    Hi,
    First, sorry if my english is not perfect, it’s not my first langage.
    I had smooth Mentor silicone implants at the end of 2006. I had them during a little more than 7 years (I have them removed in Spring 2014).

    I never had something that looks like symptoms of “Breast implant illness”, and I hope that it will never be the case. (I am really sad for people who suffering of that.)

    Before the surgery to remove the implants, I had an Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and they didn’t see any breakage.
    When I have them removed, I asked the surgeon to bring back the implants to see if there was a damage and I see nothing. The only thing I saw, after a few weeks maybe, it’s something that looked like oil, (but very light) on the sheet where I left the implants. I did some researchs and I read that it’s seems that small particules of silicone could pass through the covering (enveloppe) of the implant, so I’m worried that some silicone particules have pass in my body through the years.
    (I don’t have the implants in my pocession anymore.)

    I was not too worried about my healh, since recently, because we begin to think to have a baby.

    Now, here is my question…
    I would like to know if you think that the baby could have a problem because of the silicone implants that I had in the past. (I don’t think that I would breastfeeding because I fear that it could affect the baby, even if I don’t have the implants for 4 1/2 years know, and we think to have a baby in 1 or 2 year)

    So, I would like to know if you think that the baby will be ok, in healh (if I don’t breastfeeding him), with the history of me having silicone breast implant in the past.
    (…And the same question, but in a situation where I would decided to breastfeeding him)

    Thank you so much, and thank you for this site.

    Mary

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary,
      As you say you were not too symptomatic from your leaking breast implants which you removed approximately 4.5 years ago and you plan to have a baby in another year or two, personally I would breastfeed without hesitation if I was you.

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      1. Mary

        Hi Nicole,
        First thanks a lot for your answer.
        I forgot to mention that the surgeon (the same from my original breast implant) removed the implants but not the capsule tissus.

        Do your answer still the same, even if I din’t have the explantation “En bloc”?

        (Sorry for the second question, you can see that those implants cause me anxiety about a baby)

        Thanks again.

        Mary

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    2. Julie

      I breast fed my baby when I had had my implants for 8 years. There was no problem with that as far as I know. Now the implants are 29 years old. I need to have them removed as I have a lot of the symptoms of breast implant illness.

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  332. Debbie Frost

    Hi Janice
    I am also in Cape Town – explant 5 weeks ago. Couldn’t be happier or more excited to regain my health!

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  333. Tiffany Samuelson

    I can not tell you what a god send this is. I’ve been anxiety ridden for months about this illness and completely lost on where to start for answers, surgeons and all of the if’s that come with this illness. I’m in tears even now with relief.

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  334. Maria Magana

    Hi Nicole,
    I got my Implants done in July 23 2018.
    By the end of September 2018 ,I started having a lot of joint pain. It’s really hard for me to stand up for more than 30 min. I work at a hospital. I’m always super busy . I’ve always been super active ( before breast implants)
    I would always work out . Now I can’t even go on afternoon walks with my daughter . I noticed a lot of hair loss , I’ve been having a lot of chronic pain all over my body . I’ve already had a bunch of lab test done. And everything shows up normal. I’ve never had so much pain in my life. I feel like I’m dying inside . I’ve been on pain medication 2 months after I got my breast implants . I’ve been having joint pain all over my body.
    I also taste metal in my mouth. I feel so depressed.
    I called my plastic surgeon. I told him about my symptoms. And of course he said it has nothing to do with my implants . That it’s me probably going through early menopause. I’m 37 btw .
    Im having an appointment this week with a Dr that treats BII. I found him on your website.
    I just want to say thank you for this website. I’m glad I caught this problem on time . It hasn’t even been 6 months after having my implants . And I feel like my body is deteriorating. My bones and muscles hurt so much . I want these toxic bags out . I just hope I recover soon. And feel back to normal.
    Thank you so much for helping a lot of woman going through this.

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  335. Susan

    Hello Ladies-
    I am 18 mos implant free, and am noticing so many changes in my overall health. It’s a slow process, but I know my health is headed in the right direction. But I have a question: my implants went in through the nipple, and all sensation afterwards was fine, and they still responded to cold and stimulation. But since the explant (under the breast), I feel like they are almost inverted. If it’s cold outside they don’t respond, if I rub ice over them, they only kind of respond. If I coax them, I can get them to pop out a bit, but it seems they’ve lost all sensation. They used to be so perky my ex would joke that I could hang hangers off of them. This is disappointing because I don’t like the way they look, but also because I fear I’ve lost the sensation in them. Do you have any tips or suggestions on how to fix either of my problems? Thank you so much! (PS- I’m not on FB, so I’m unable to join the group and ask over there).

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  336. Patricia

    Hi Nicole,

    This is a terrifying website for someone considering implants! But I like to be safe before I’m sorry so am doing research and I greatly admire the work you are doing. Have you collected any data on which implants are making people ill? Such as asking the women in the facebook group what brand, smooth or textured, etc that they had implanted? I would love to find a database with this information and see if there is any correlation or if it is every single brand and style of implant that are making people sick at the same rates. Please let me know if you have a database with this information or if you know of a database. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      H Patricia,
      Breast implant illness is not really to do with the brand or type of implant that you have. Breast implant illness occurs in all brands and 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 immune 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 poison our gut health and create toxicity in our organs and body. With saline there is also the added element that many of the saline ports collect body fluid/tissue, mold and allow colonization of microorganisms and these organisms can even cross into the implant due to defective valves and colonize the implant. These microorganisms produce metabolites which are toxic to us known as biotoxins. The interior of all capsules is perfect place for infections to occur and grow and the inside of capsules necrotize in time. 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. Due to poor gut health we cannot digest our foods and our due to autoimmune processes our guts and bodies are full of inflammation. We could go on and on but as you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in many ways.

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  337. Joyce

    I have unsuccessfully tried to join the group. i had a 27 year-old silicone implant removed on 10/30/18 because of systematic joint inflammation. i am managing pain with 10mg prednisone and 2,500 tylenol – they found “profound” chest wall inflammation, 20ml of a thick liquid like chocolate milk shake with sand in it and silicone bleed

    they are testing for heavy metals and silicon serum/plasma test — taking epson salt baths and sauna every other day

    Any suggestions re detoxing or how to accelerate recovery

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Joyce,
      In order to be approved for the facebook group we need to be able to see your fb profile to ensure you are female. Apply again and ensure that we have access to your profile to ensure you are female.

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      1. Joyce Moss

        i don’t have a Facebook page — i am 75 years old, had colloid carcinoma, in 1991 and a wonderful internist who over the objections of rheumatoligist suggested removing the implant – i started a Facebook page several years ago and my husband asked me not to because of privacy concerns — is there any other way to join?

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  338. Lara Hamlet

    Hi, looking for the best surgeon in Johannesburg to do full en bloc and explant. Is there anyone that sticks out and is known for this? Most say they wont do full en bloc unless they have ruptured etc…
    PLEASE HELP

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    1. debbie frost

      Hi Lara – I did check in JHB but didn’t find anyone. I had mine removed in Cape Town by Dr Shane Barker in Constantia. 5 weeks post explant and already feeling a big difference in some of the symptoms. No pain killers or cortisone since the surgery.
      Regards
      Debbie

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  339. Lisa

    I have silicone implants 20 yrs.
    Ive had a mass 2 yrs.after my implants a lumpectomy was done with a result of Atypical.
    To now almost 17yrs later another mass went threw surgery an they were unable to remove all for its attached to implant or capsule..ive now made a decsion to have implants removed ..but i have no knowledge on this ..im trying to gain some before the removal..(i have many health issues i now feel could be due to implants..how can i find out if my surgeon is informed an knowledgeable about this.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sandy,
      We have not found a good explant surgeon there yet as recommended by the over 50,000 ladies in the facebook group.

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    1. Julie Cooper

      I had all my mercury removed by Wendell Robertson in Spanish Fork, Utah. He knows that safe way to remove all that. He’s very good. There are only a handful of dentists that practice the safe way to remove the mercury toxins from your mouth.

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  340. Lise Kinerson

    Hi, I had smooth saline imp!ants put in almost 20 years ago..I have been sick for a good 6-7 years, first Sjogrens syndrome, then Celiac (with RD antibodies but don’t have RA “yet”), and now being tested for interstitial lung disease in spectrum of autoimmune..I am scared *@&#less and want my implants OUT. I Have other symptoms and problems as well. So I have a consultation e a surgeon at Dartmouth here in N.H, he was not listed as recommended, actually couldn’t find one in NH at all on list, but I know to ask about en bloc total capsulectomy. I do not want a lift. How do I know he has experience with that method? Very nervous but determined to find a surgeon and soon. Do you think I can start to heal after explanting? Don’t want to die young from all this, I’m 51 this week.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lise,
      Can I recommend you go to Dr. George Chatson in North Andover Massachusetts for explant, he understands breast implant illness, is a very good En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy, reasonably priced and has a wonderful manner.

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      1. Lise Kinerson

        Thank you, I did call them. Cannot get in for consult until January 31 then surgery 10 weeks out. I will still consider calling back to book. I did call Dr Loreen Ali in Chelmsford Mass. who is listed on this site and was advised to get with my primary to get a referral, my insurance “might” cover! Fingers crossed! I am so thankful for your website and everyone who has contributed in getting the word out, it is SO important! Appt in 2 weeks then hopefully on to get these fixings out of my body! Hoping to be sche d for surgery in January!

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  341. Janet

    Hi. I’m trying to choose a surgeon to do the explant surgery. There are two within a 2-3 hour drive that do en bloc/total capsulectomy. Since the drive to either one is 2-3 hours, I would like to choose the one for the consultation that I’m most likely to schedule the surgery with. How is the best way to choose between the two before actually meeting them? One talks about explant surgery on her website, the other does not but has 5 star reviews.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janet,
      Do the surgeons do consults over skype, many do? Or will they communicate via email first to answer questions and which may help you decide?

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      1. Janet

        One surgeon is out. I did some digging this morning and one of the hospitals where this surgeon did her training has very bad reviews. That doesn’t mean that this surgeon wasn’t trained properly, but now questionable. This surgeon performs the surgery in a hospital, and it may be this same badly reviewed hospital. I would rather not have the surgery in a hospital, especially that one, because of possible air-borne viruses.

        The other does her surgery in the plastic surgery center, which I feel more comfortable with.

        Dr. Feng is another option, farther away though.

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        1. CAROLYN

          I used Dr Feng 20yrs ago for explant. She is the pioneer of en bloc and uses drains to remove any remaining fluids. She is excellent. Was recommended to me by Dr Pierre Blias a leading researcher on breast implant illness

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  342. jess holland

    hello, i got my implants done in feb 1018. i have a consultation booked in, i was told he would do a en bloc/total capsule.

    is there anything else i should ask him? like do i have to have them sent to pathology because i do not think he offered this…

    im worried that because by the time they are ex-planted it may be around 1 year. i got brain fog, ibs, digestive issues, lethargic, no energy, anixety, depression.

    all out of the blue! because have not had them in too long will my recovery be abit easier? im scared ill be stuck with these digestive issues and brain fog.

    xxxx

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jess,
      Here are all the aspects of explanting that you should know: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ and here are the questions we suggest to ask plastic surgeons to ensure you are getting a proper explant: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/2017/04/27/questions-ask-surgeons-explant-consults/. You will heal and your symptoms will slowly disappear over several months. Healing does not happen overnight but over several months it does occur.

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  343. Emma

    Hello Nicole,

    I had Mentor silicone implants for three years and had them removed a year ago. They performed the total capsulectomy and removed my implants from underneath the muscle. Before the removal i experienced breast implant symptoms. After the explant i started to feel better and my overall health has improved. Today I went for a year check in and my surgeon told me that he left some amount of capsule in my body because it was stuck on my ribs.

    I know you have a small percentage of capsule left on your rib as well. Would you recommend to remove it or just leave it there? My goal was to remove all of capsule from my body and I just found out today that I have some remaining. I’m concerned and I want to avoid any complications in the future. I was wondering to go for MRI and find out how much is exactly left in my ribs. Do you have any suggestions how i should proceed?

    Thank you so much for your help,

    Emma

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Emma,
      For me personally, it would depend on how much capsule was left and more importantly if I was still having symptoms due to left over capsule. If I was not having symptoms, I would not worry about a little left over capsule. Anticipate that you will heal fully.

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  344. Elizabeth

    Thank you for all this great information! I believe I have BII, I’m not sure where to start, does one need to have certain test ran or go directly to a suggested explanation surgeon. I also just read in the comments below something about mesh, I don’t have mesh in my breast (just implants) but I do have mesh for a bladder repair (that didn’t help) is this mesh also considered a foreign item in the body that might also cause the body to fight it.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      A proper explant by a recommended surgeon is the first real step to healing breast implant illness. Find a good surgeon on our website here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/. Yes, mesh from bladder repairs can cause these kinds of symptoms too especially if it is made from silicone or similar type chemicals, heavy metals and it may need to come out too.

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  345. Cindy Buell

    I have often wondered why they cannot transplant adipose tissue for breast implants? It may be a blood flow issue, but I know a lot of people – myself included – who has plenty of extra adipose to move around. Have you heard of any such thing, or barriers to any such thing? Such a program would completely eliminate the health and rejection issues. Thanks for your article.

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  346. Agnieszka

    Hi Nicole,

    I have had my 8,5 yeras Mentor silicone implants removed. The right side is ok but Im still having pain in my left breast since explant. Its 5 months since explant. I also have back pain and knee pain on the left side. What could be the reason? After taking Inositol the pain get worse. Could you help me please with any advice?

    Thanks for this website.

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  347. Patricia Posey

    Hello, I have saline implants and I’m it sure exactly what type. I would like to know of a good Doctor in D Dallas/ft worth,Tx that’s does Explants to get more information. I am having a lot of issues with allergies/ food allergies and stomach bloatness inflammation when I eat. Dealing with dermitis for the past year so a lot is piling up with anxiety.

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  348. marilyn smith

    I originally had silicone implants put in Feb. 2016 after double mastectomy. The implants were huge (500cc) and I was in severe pain from the very beginning. In August of 2017 I had them removed and smaller implants put in over the muscle. At first they seemed better, but now I am in severe pain again, and along with that I have had extreme fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, tingling feeling in my head and face, and no one seems to know what is wrong. I have thought that it is related to my implants but all my doctors say no. Then my acupuncturist said do you think your body might be rejecting your implants. How do I get access to your web site and get more information.

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  349. Cherry

    Is there a lawsuit yet? Where do I sign up? Also, does anyone have a name for a plastic surgeon that is the best at explant in the Minneapolis,Minnesota area? I’ve experienced all sorts of trouble ever since I had my bilateral mastectomy due to breast cancer.

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  350. Lalitha Jacob

    Do you know any plastic surgeons in St. Petersburg , Clearwater , Florida area with expertise in removal of breast implants, if so please let me know, my email address is [email protected] , one of my patients recommended Dr. Karen
    Singer, so I am seriously considering her , my procedure was done by Dr. John O’Brien , but I just do not feel comfortable going back to him, He initially put in the Saline implants in 2005 and when I went back to him one and a half years later indicating that I was not really happy with the outcome , he suggested putting the silicone implant which obviously made the situation a lot more worse

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  351. Natasha Terry

    This is my second bout with MRSA since getting implants. I’m a constant handwasher and constantly cleaning. Why does MRSA keep coming back. They took one implant out but left the other in since it wasn’t infected now it’s infected too. I’m soo scared.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Natasha,
      Breast implants cause immune deficits which means there is shortage of immune system cells to fight infections and so we get all sorts of infections when we have implants. So sorry you are going through this but perhaps explanting is the best option in order for the body to heal and be rid of infections.

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  352. julie pearl

    I work for a TV station in Philadelphia – and looking to a do a story on women who’ve had their implants removed after feeling very ill for a long time – and not knowing what was the cause – and realize their implants were to blame. some people ive’ heard described they were “rotting from the inside out”. I am looking to interview 6 women in a possible roundtable discussion.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      I will pass on and post your email/comment to the women in the facebook group and you should get some replies. Thank you for taking interest and doing a story!

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  353. 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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  354. 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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  355. 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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  356. 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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  357. 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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  358. 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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    2. Colbi

      I am sick to my stomach reading these posts. I had Silicone Gummy Bear implants done in 2011 at the age of 26. One year later I was diagnosed with severe idiopathic gastroparesis. I dropped to 92 lbs, lost my job and had to move back home with my parents. It ruined my life. I was lucky enough to slowly recover from the GP over a course of 3 years but I continue to have many symptoms related to BII. I just discovered this a couple weeks ago when I learned that the FDA had recalled the textured version of my implants (I have smooth). I am very interested to hear from any more women who have been diagnosed with gastroparesis after implants.

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  359. 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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  360. 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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