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 medical information from over 70,000 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 February 6, 2019, the FDA warned health care providers about the association of all kinds of breast implants and cancer.  Earlier, 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 announcement, 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 to your recovery from breast implant illness. Breast implants should be removed En Bloc (in 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 and regenerative capacity.  Trust in your body’s ability to heal.   Choose a surgeon that is skilled and experienced in En Bloc removal of breast implants and is dedicated to removing all capsule tissue.  Here is an international list of EXPLANT SURGEONS recommended by over 70,000 ladies in our facebook group who used these surgeons for proper explant.

Unfortunately, you will not get help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor or plastic surgeon.  There is no test for breast implant illness and it’s not acknowledged yet by most of 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 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/she 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 healing breast implant illness.  Due to so many women getting breast implant illness 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

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1,879 thoughts on “WELCOME TO HEALING BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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 !!

    Reply
    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?

      Reply
      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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  44. 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.

    Reply
    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.

      Reply
    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
  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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
  48. 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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  49. 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
  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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 [email protected]

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

    Thannks!

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  59. 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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  60. Sheila Bonachea

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

    Reply
    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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. 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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  64. 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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  65. 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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  66. 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
  67. 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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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. A

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

    Reply
    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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  71. [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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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  76. 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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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. 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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  80. 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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  81. 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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  82. 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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  83. 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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  84. 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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  85. 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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  86. 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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  87. 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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  88. 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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  89. 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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  90. 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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  91. 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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  92. 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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  93. 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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  94. 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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  95. 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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  96. 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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  97. 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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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. 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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  101. 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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  102. 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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  103. 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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  104. 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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  105. 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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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. 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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  109. 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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  110. 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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  111. 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?

    Reply
    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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  112. 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.

    Reply
    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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  113. 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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  114. 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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  115. 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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  116. 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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  117. 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.

    Reply
    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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  118. 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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  119. 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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  120. 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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  121. 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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  122. 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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  123. 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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  124. 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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  125. 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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  126. 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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  127. 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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  128. 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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  129. 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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  130. 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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  131. 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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  132. 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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  133. 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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  134. 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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  135. 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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  136. 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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  137. 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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  138. 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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  139. 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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  140. 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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  141. 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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  142. 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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  143. 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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  144. 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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  145. 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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  146. 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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  147. 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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  148. 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?

    Reply
    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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  149. 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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  150. 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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  151. 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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  152. 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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  153. 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?

    Reply
    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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  154. 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.

      Reply
    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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  155. 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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  156. 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?

    Reply
    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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  157. 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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  158. 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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  159. 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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  160. 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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  161. 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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  162. 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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  163. 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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  164. 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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  165. 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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  166. 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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  167. 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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  168. 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.

    Reply
    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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  169. 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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  170. 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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  171. 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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  172. 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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  173. 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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  174. 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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  175. 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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  176. 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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  177. 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 lalithaejac[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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  178. 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.

    Reply
    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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  179. 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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  180. 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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  181. 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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  182. 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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  183. 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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  184. 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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  185. 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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  186. Shay

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  187. Connie Quintanar

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

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  188. Janice Kuhler

    Hi Nicole

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

    I have just donated via PayPal.

    Take care
    Janice Kuhler
    Cape Town, South Africa

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. 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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  189. Susan Peters

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

    Any information you have to share with me is appreciated.

    Thank you
    Sue

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  190. Nancy Falbo

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

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  191. Sarah Bell

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

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  192. Jay

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

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  193. christine logston

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  194. Mary

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

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  195. Donna

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

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      1. Suzanne Gross

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

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        1. admin Post author

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

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    1. Tracy Ewins

      Hi Donna

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

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

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      1. Carrie

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

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

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

        Thanks so much,

        Carrie

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        1. admin Post author

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

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  196. Lisa Stevens

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

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  197. Janice Kuhler

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

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  198. Blanca

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

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  199. Jennifer Liberatore

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

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  200. Thuy Pham

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

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  201. Heidi

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

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  202. Bridget Burton

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

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  203. Michelle Smith

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

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  204. TR

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

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

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  205. Kate

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

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  206. Regina Clayton

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

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  207. Carmen Gordon

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

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    1. Tlc

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

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  208. Dee Hicks

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

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  209. Patrice

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

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  210. Pam

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

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  211. Karen de la Torre

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  212. Alice Duffney

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

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  213. DeAnn Dye

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

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  214. DeAnn

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

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  215. Laura McIlroy

    Hi there,

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

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  216. Zabelisa

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

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  217. Angie Lovato

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  218. Melissa Daniel

    So glad to have found this page! There is a plethora of excellent information, and I am so excited to start my explant research process. Thank you for bringing awareness!

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  219. Kb

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

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  220. Linda Waring

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

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  221. Brooke Coleman

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

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  222. Denette Dulong

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

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  223. Olga

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

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    1. Betty

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

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  224. Susan

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

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  225. Nancy

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

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  226. Bonnie Bennett

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

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  227. Brenda

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

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  228. Shaun Long

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

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  229. SB

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

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

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

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

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

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

    God bless U all, Angels ❤

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  230. Linda Goss

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

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  231. Tracey Nurss - Contreras

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

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

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  232. Sally Sue Snyder

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

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  233. Karen Wiegand

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

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  234. Trish

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

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  235. Christine Wagner

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

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  236. Debbie Calabro

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

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  237. Gayle

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

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  238. Rebecca Jones

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

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  239. Vickie Eason

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

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  240. Joyce Herman

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

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

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  241. Laura G

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

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    1. Beverly Pfab

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

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  242. Linda Campbell

    After my explant in June 2017 my A1C , my blood pressure and all my lab work has been great!! My health continues to improve!

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  243. Jerri DeCarolis

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

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  244. Jo-ann

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

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  245. Cynthia Gremore Meeks

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

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  246. Mrs G Ryan

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

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    1. Darla McAllister

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

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  247. Brenda Lyon

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

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  248. Heather

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

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  249. Sara

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

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

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  250. Anyssa Schnellenberger

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

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  251. Janet rivera

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

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  252. Stephenie Matejcik

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

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  253. Judith Lay

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

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  254. ️Kym anne

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

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  255. Malene El Rafaey

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

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  256. Cathy C Kelley

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

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  257. Julie Eames aka Jules

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

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  258. Alesha Gunter

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

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  259. Patricia L. Slade

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

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  260. Martha F

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

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  261. Joyce

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

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  262. Michele

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

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  263. Jeri Lamar

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

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  264. Jessica

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

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  265. Monique

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

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  266. Anjanette Dennis

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

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  267. Ashley Nolan

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

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  268. Lisa Geiger

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

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  269. Esther

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

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  270. Lisa Bramstedt

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

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  271. Laura Misgav

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

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  272. Sandy McHugh

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

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

    Sandy

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  273. Mon

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

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  274. Rebecca Vincent

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

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  275. Caroline W.

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

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  276. Raquel

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

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  277. Annette Stevens

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

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

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  278. Kelly Christie

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

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    1. Jaimie Amaya

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

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  279. Stefanie Schlund

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

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  280. Julie Green Geeo

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

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  281. Kelly Whitfield

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

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  282. Laura G

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

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  283. Scottie Scott

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

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  284. Jennifer

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

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  285. Barbara

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

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  286. Meridith E Giere

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

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  287. Susan Lebo

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

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  288. Cathy Scott

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

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  289. Tara

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

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  290. Ruth Fire

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

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  291. Janice

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

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  292. Adriana Hallman

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

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  293. susan e kapnick

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

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  294. Jana

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

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  295. Kelsie Cohen

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

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  296. Hayden Lee

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

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  297. Mary Hoskyns

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

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  298. Gail Stewart

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

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  299. Jeanne Edelen

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

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  300. Laura Ferguson

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

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  301. Laura Ferguson

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

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  302. Judy Aldrich

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

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  303. Karen Allen

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

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  304. Laura Taylor Praat

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

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  305. Marcy Bliss

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

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  306. Lisette

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

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  307. Barbara Dambroise

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

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  308. Casey Franklin

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

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  309. Crystal

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

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  310. Ashley

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

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  311. Claire Delpierre

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

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  312. Kassie

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

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  313. Shannon Hitchcock

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

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  314. Carmen Gordon

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

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  315. Sarah Jackson

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

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  316. Hope Organo

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

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  317. Kristi smith

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

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

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  318. Cynthia

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

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  319. Derya

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

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  320. Christi Knowles

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

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  321. Kristina ALEXANDER

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

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  322. Katherine Jurecki

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

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  323. Maria Zuech

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

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  324. Sandy Barker

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

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  325. Chanelle Beardsley

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

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  326. Amber

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

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  327. Lauri

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

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  328. Roberta

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

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

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

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  329. Aimee

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

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  330. Tracie Moldenhauer

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

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  331. Carol odonnell

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

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  332. Breney Kurylo

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

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  333. Meredith Priestley

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

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  334. Christi

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

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  335. ELIZA VIAGGIO

    I have seen your website several times. Now I understand what some of my health issues are. Thank you! Now to find an explant doctor!

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  336. Nancy

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

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  337. Em

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

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  338. Ashley

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

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  339. Wendy

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

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  340. Michele

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

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  341. Brandy bennett

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

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  342. Amanda Tymensky

    This group has all my answers to questions on my health
    For years! It all makes sense. Without this group and knowledge I would of never figured it out!!

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  343. Bonnie

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

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  344. Maggie Smith

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

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  345. KIMBERLY

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

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  346. Lisa Campanella

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

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  347. Shirli

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

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  348. Jessica

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

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  349. Julie J

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

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  350. Susan Harris

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

    I am a BASI Certified Pilates Instructor.

    Explant September 2018 -w/ DIEP

    Silicone will take away your quality of life!!

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  351. Karen Ryan

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

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  352. Louisa

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

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  353. Elisa Seeley

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

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  354. Michele Perry

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

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  355. Elizabeth

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

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  356. Am Delarosa

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

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  357. Amy May

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

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

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

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  358. Gail Stewart

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

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  359. Nichole Zimmerman

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

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  360. Kim

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

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  361. Sherri Cliburn

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

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  362. Lizzy

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

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  363. Margaret Jimenez

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

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  364. Lisa R

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

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  365. Tiffany

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

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  366. Linda

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

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  367. Kelly Whitfield

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

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  368. Molly

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

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  369. Susan

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

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  370. Jacquelyn Meyer

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

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  371. Terrell

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

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  372. Tanya Crabtree

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

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  373. Donna Rovito

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

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  374. Kandace ORiley

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

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  375. Donna Garbarz

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

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  376. Michele Lieb

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

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  377. Julie Coover

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

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  378. Melissa Farrell

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

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  379. Meg Brewster

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

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  380. Tammy Button

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

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  381. Sharmin

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

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  382. Virginia

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

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  383. Laura Shelton

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

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  384. Elizabeth vogt

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

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    1. Susan Carroll

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

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  385. Karla

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

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  386. Jennifer Walch-Gross

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

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  387. Jamie Glynn

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

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  388. Kirstin Wilkerson

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

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  389. Maria McManus

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

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  390. Barbara Yager

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

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  391. Ann Madeiros

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

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  392. jessica goodhue

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

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  393. Rhonda Wood

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

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  394. TERRI D

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

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  395. Kacey

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

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  396. Toni Fuhrmann

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

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  397. Jessica Dye

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

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  398. Valerie

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

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  399. Cheryl Graham

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

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  400. Maria

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

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  401. Jennifer

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

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  402. Lynn Etris

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

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  403. Courtney Stewart

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

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  404. terri Goulette

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

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  405. Martha F

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

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  406. Martha F

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

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  407. Bethany

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

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  408. Nicole C

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

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

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  409. Jody Johnson

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

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  410. Pauline Bladen

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

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  411. Leslie

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

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  412. Kelsey

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

    The heal is real!!!

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  413. Sheena

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

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  414. Bennny Raygoza

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

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  415. Natalie

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

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  416. Patrice Terjak

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

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  417. Brittney

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

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  418. Tricia

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

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  419. Kim

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

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  420. Lori Tarver

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

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  421. Keri Searl

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

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  422. Sherie Galante

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

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  423. Deborah Stamp

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

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  424. Aneisa Young

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

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  425. Stacey Andreano

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

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  426. Kasandra

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

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  427. Angela Johnson

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

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  428. Maggie

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

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  429. Michelle

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

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  430. Michelle

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

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  431. Alexandra

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

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  432. Sarah

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

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  433. jennifer pitman

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

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  434. Shelley Sheppard

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

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  435. Diane Forsyth

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

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  436. Brenda Rosa

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

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  437. Lianne Bazinet

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

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  438. Christie Coleman

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

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  439. Sandi Karrick

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

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  440. Kelley

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

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  441. Heather Howard

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

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  442. Chloe

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

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  443. Cindi Sorrentino

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

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  444. natalie baird

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

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  445. Tamara

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

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  446. Valarie A

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

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  447. Heather Blake

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

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  448. Pam Chapman Birch

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

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  449. Monika

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

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  450. Kellie

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

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  451. Diane

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

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  452. Melissa Patterson

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

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  453. Trish

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

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  454. Pam Stratton

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

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  455. Medina Valencia

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

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  456. Kim

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

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  457. Debbie West

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

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  458. Melissa B

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

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  459. Amanda Davenport

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

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  460. Carol

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

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  461. Heidi

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

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  462. Megan Dean

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

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  463. Noelle McBride

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

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  464. Melissa S

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

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  465. Marilyn kelly

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

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  466. Christy Martin

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

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  467. PJ

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

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  468. Shannon Lowry

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

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  469. Karen Gravatt

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

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  470. Alyce Rawls

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

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  471. Michelle

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

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  472. Amy Armstrong

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

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  473. Laurie Fisher

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

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  474. Heather Taylor

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

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  475. Lynn Harris

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

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  476. Heather Taylor

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

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  477. Carrie Charles

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

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  478. Shelly Logan

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

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  479. Elizabeth mosher

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

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  480. Carol aden

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

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  481. Susan

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

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  482. Dede

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

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  483. Marta Forgacova

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

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  484. K Law

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

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  485. Vicky Wright

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

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  486. Sandy

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

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  487. Kerrie cheetham

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

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  488. Doreen Csokasy

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

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  489. JC

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

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  490. Tracy Harris

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

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  491. Keren Ben-David

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

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  492. Jennifer Price

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

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  493. Sandra

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

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  494. Natalie Werner

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

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  495. Erica

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

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  496. Jeanine

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

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  497. Hannah Day

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

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  498. Marina Alfresco

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

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  499. Janna Metzger

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

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  500. Toni Fuhrmann

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

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  501. Faith Trainer

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

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  502. Jennifer Janssen

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

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  503. Sylvia Lara

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

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  504. Christina

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

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  505. Kim

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

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  506. Jeanil Webster

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

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  507. Heather

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

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  508. Debby Elder

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

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  509. Jamee Cook

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

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  510. Mariette Gable

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

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  511. Sandra

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

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  512. Karen Kolb

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

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  513. Sheri Anderson

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

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  514. Erin

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

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  515. angie monasterio

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

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  516. Nikki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I’m waiting to die now.

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  517. Casey

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

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  518. Erica

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

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  519. Margaret Tumelty

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

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  520. Mel

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

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    1. Debra bullion

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

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  521. Jana Cahill

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

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  522. Brenda Hunnicutt

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

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  523. Charlotte Berglund

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  524. Kelin Hiltbold

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

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  525. Unnila

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  526. Sarah

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

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  527. Florence Bradley

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  528. Florence Bradley

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  529. Claudia

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  530. Jessica

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

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  531. Debbie

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

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  532. Holly

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  533. Kirstyn Wagner

    Hello,

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  534. Natalie Wild

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Natalie Wild

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

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  535. Meredith Priestley

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

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  536. Sophie Valli

    Hi Nicole

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Nicholah Holdsworth

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

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  537. Tambra North

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

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  538. M

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

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  539. Leah

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  540. Nicole

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

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  541. Nicky

    Hello,

    I want to give hope you everyone who have breast implants now that I had my implants removed.
    I had silicone implanted in 2008 and started to have gradually problems which were getting worse after about 5 years I had the breast augmentation.
    interstitial cystitis, muscle weakness, right arm numb, left arm so painful and weak couldn’t lift it without using my right arm as support, stiff neck, nose constantly running, pain in legs and difficulty to walk fearing that I would be ending in a wheelchair, hardly able to climb stairs, IBS, moles appearing in my body, extreme fatigue etc.
    I had a full en-boc capsulectomy by a very skilled surgeon in London (UK) without breast lift. I saw two surgeons: one who thought that removing capsule wasn’t not necessary and said that us (women) were too influenced by internet… and the second one (who did my explant) who expl