BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

WHAT ARE BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS AND SYMPTOMS OF SILICONE TOXICITY

The earlier and more consistent breast implant symptoms as reported by over 80,000 women in the facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole are fatigue/low energy, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes and glands, rashes, IBS, problems with thyroid and adrenals.   Because breast implants can affect most body systems, symptoms are widespread and can be related to chemical and heavy metal toxicity, biotoxicity, immune dysfunction, auto-immune symptoms, neurological symptoms, endocrine symptoms and metabolic symptoms.   Here is a longer list of breast implant symptoms consistently reported by women of the facebook group and which have been associated with breast implants:

FATIGUE
BRAIN FOG, MEMORY LOSS
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND HAIR
PREMATURE AGING
WEIGHT PROBLEMS
INFLAMMATION
POOR SLEEP AND INSOMNIA
DRY EYES, DECLINE IN VISION
HYPO/HYPER THYROID SYMPTOMS
HYPO/HYPER ADRENAL SYMPTOMS
PARATHYROID PROBLEMS
HORMONE IMBALANCE, DIMINISHING HORMONES, EARLY MENOPAUSE
HYSTERECTOMY
LOW LIBIDO
SLOW HEALING, EASY BRUISING
THROAT CLEARING, COUGH, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, CHOKING, REFLUX, METALLIC TASTES
VERTIGO
GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES SUCH AS ACID REFLUX, GERD, GASTRITIS
LEAKY GUT, IBS AND SIBO
PANCREATITIS
FEVERS, NIGHT SWEATS, INTOLERANT TO HEAT/COLD
PERSISTENT BACTERIAL, VIRAL, FUNGAL INFECTIONS
YEAST INFECTIONS, CANDIDA, SINUS AND UTI INFECTIONS
SKIN RASHES
EAR RINGING
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES
HEADACHES, MIGRANES AND OCULAR MIGRANES
SLOW MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER ACTIVITY
HEART PALPITATIONS, CHANGES IN NORMAL HEART RATE OR HEART PAIN
SORE AND ACHING JOINTS OF SHOULDERS, HIPS, BACKBONE, HANDS AND FEET
SWOLLEN AND TENDER LYMPH NODES IN BREAST AREA, UNDERARM, THROAT, NECK, GROIN
DEHYDRATION FOR NO REASON
FREQUENT URINATION
NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATION IN UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS
COLD AND DISCOLORED LIMBS, HANDS AND FEET
GENERAL CHEST DISCOMFORT SHORTNESS OF BREATH
PAIN AND OR BURNING SENSATION AROUND IMPLANT AND OR UNDERARM
LIVER AND KIDNEY DYSFUNCTION
GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS
TOXIC SHOCK SYMPTOMS
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS
FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DYING
SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA
SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE
SYMPTOMS OF EBV
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
SYMPTOMS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SCLERODERMA, LUPUS, SJOGREN’S SYNDROME, NONSPECIFIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF BIA-ALCL LYMPHOMA
DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER

WHAT TESTS SHOULD I HAVE DUE TO BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS?

Once you recognize yourself in the above breast implant symptoms, it is best to stop wasting precious time and money on testing and misdiagnoses and rather go straight to EXPLANT .  There are no definitive test(s) to link your breast implant symptoms to your breast implants but the following medical tests have been used to investigate common problems in us caused by breast implants however women can show just inside normal ranges in regard to testing and are still very ill and symptomatic:

Medical Lab Tests
1.   ANA ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODY (Checks autoimmune markers)
2.   CBC + LIPIDS (Checks red, white blood cells, platelets, anemia, infection)
3.   NK CELLS  (Checks Immunodeficiency)
4.   CMP COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL (Checks glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver)
5.   BONE DENSITY – (Checks for low bone density)
6.   THYROID – TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TPO Ab and TG Ab
7.   TEMPERATURE TEST FOR THYROID
8.  PARATHYROID – CALCIUM AND PTH TEST
9.   ADRENAL HORMONES (Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estrogen, Progesterone, Pregnenlone, Testosterone Free and Total, Sex Hormone Binding Globuline)
10.   B12 AND FOLATE DEFICIENCY – (Checks for low B12 and low folate)
11.  VITAMIN D, 25 HYDROXY (Checks for Vitamin D Deficiency)
12.  IRON AND FERRITIN TEST (Checks for iron derangement)
13.  MAGNESIUM AND POTASSIUM LEVELS
14.  IODINE LEVELS
15.  CRP-C AND ESR to check for inflammation but they may not show much and you may have to dig deeper with these tests TFN, TGF-beta 1, interleukins, IGE and gammaglobulin for inflammation
16.  APA ASSAY (Checks for abnormal immune system response with Fibromyalgia)
17.  VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY EYE TEST AT VCSTEST.COM – (Checks for mold biotoxin)
18.  LEAKY GUT, SIBO AND IBS TESTS
19.  INFECTIONS SUCH AS EBV, LYME, H-PYLORI, MYCOPLASMA, INTRACELLULAR, COCKSACKIE, CYTOMEGALOVIRUS, HERPES ETC
20.  FUNGAL TESTS INCLUDING CANDIDA , IgM and IgG
21.  PARASITES OF THE GUT
22.  EKG AND ECHOCARDIOGRAM FOR HEART CHANGES
23.  MRI WITHOUT GANDOLINIUM CONTRAST WHICH CAUSES TOXICITY IN US OR ULTRASOUND TO DETECT LEAKS/RUPTURES (Mammogram can rupture implants)

Other Tests
1.  The Silicone Hypersensitivity Panel through (betterlabtestsnow.com), has existed for years and is once again gaining popularity but it should not be used to rule out breast implant illness as results vary from woman to woman and ingredients vary from implant to implant.  It is a panel of 19 items, including materials commonly used in breast implants, and related possible irritants.  Please note this test does NOT test for silicone levels within your body, only sensitivity to it.  Testing for sensitivity to: Silicone, Silicates (silicon dioxide), Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Tin/stannous chloride, Titanium dioxide, Petroleum byproducts of Xylene, Toluene, Benzene, Latex, Phenol, Formaldehyde, Vinyl chloride, Green #5, Blue #2, Violet #2, Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, Aluminum.

2.  Genetic Testing through https://www.23andme.com/ for MTHFR genetic variants and methylation issues is highly suggested as about half or more of us with breast implant illness test positive for MTHFR which affects our ability to detox.  My MTHFR status accounted for some of my own particular health picture including my level of toxicity from breast implants and heavy metals and my very low B12 which causes many of our symptoms.  I have MTHFR genetic variants that affect my ability to methylate (break down) toxins and to detox metals. Many of us do have MTHFR genetic variants and without supporting our methylation pathways with specific nutrients very little detoxing and healing will happen.  After receiving the raw data from 23andme.com upload it to a few other websites such as Nutrahacker.com , Knowyourgenetics.com and Selfdecode.com  which explain your particular genetic variants and how to support with food and supplements.

3.  MicroNutrient testing such as Spectracell’s Micronutrient Testing which can identify nutritional deficiencies caused by health problems due to breast implants and also contributing to your symptoms and illness.  Bringing up our nutrient deficiencies will assist our healing and support our immune system.

4.  Fungitell Assay may be helpful to identify invasive fungal infections which are not uncommon in us due to breast implants and eliminating these fungal infections are necessary in order to heal.

WHY DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE SYMPTOMS?

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.

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

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2,305 thoughts on “BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

  1. Yvonne

    I need to have a explant ASAP but with anemia as part of my problem my doctor won’t release me till it’s under control. I need to get them out. I have a leak and am suffering so many of these symptoms. Is anemia one of the symptoms? I do t see it listed. Ugh….I just want to get better. My pain is so horrible. I just want to sit and do nothing but I can’t. I ha e to keep going. Help!

    Yvonne

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  2. Jamie

    My doctor led me to this website, I’m so grateful to have found this information. My health has been slowly declining, suffering from hoshimotos, doing one more test to confirm lupus. I especially grateful I found a doctor who listens now, as so many have made me feel like it’s all in my head. I currently have bradycardia with a leak in my aorta and pulmonary valve, while testing negative for Lyme’s I tested positive for two of the five strands. Now I just have to figure out how to pay to extract my implants.

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  3. Melissa

    Has anyone explanted after mastectomy? And if so, what’s kind of reconstruction was necessary? Did you go with prosthetics?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Many are explanting reconstruction, please come to the facebook group and you can speak with your other ladies explanting reconstruction.

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  4. Angela Barba

    Hi, my name is Angela and I am from guadalajara. I had my 310 texturized silicon implants in 2008. I have developped many synthoms through the years.
    Hair loss 2008
    Permeable intestine, colitis
    Sudden Alergies 2012
    Low libido 2014
    Extreme Fatigue 2016
    Hashimoto hypo thyroid since 2016
    Sudden Food intolerance to dairy and gluten 2016
    Adrenal hypo syntoms 2018
    Depression and anxiety 2019
    Frequent urination
    Dehydratation Dry lips
    I am afraid and I dont know what to think or what to do first. I have joinned the Facebook group alredy.

    Are there any recomended surgeons in guadalajara?

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  5. Marie-Chantale Major

    Hi I’m 57 years old and I have my breast saline implant since 1994 (25 years) I do mammogram every year but this Time my doctor subscribed an ultrasound.. I have to admit since the past 5 years only not before I have many symptoms that tells me it’s time to remove them … I’m a little scare and worry… I have to find a surgeon. Any suggestions?
    I live in Laval, Quebec Canada
    Thank you

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  6. Gayle Cruddace

    I had a PIP as part of a breast reconstruction after breast cancer and that was replaced by an Allergen implant 7 years ago and I’ve been trying for 5 years to convince surgeons of how sick it is making me and they all fob me off. I will not give up, currently going through a complaint with NHS England.

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  7. Natalia

    Hola, llevo 7 años con implantes y llevo notando desde hace por lo menos 4 años una sensación de vibración al respirar y al toser en la parte trasera de la espalda y también encima del pecho, siempre en la zona izquierda, también tengo otros síntomas como cansancio, Colón inrritado, sensación de hormigueo por la zona del cuello, pérdidas de memoria y mareos. En pocos días voy a hacerme unas pruebas de ecografía y mamografía para ver en qué estado están. Me gustaría saber si alguien más le ha pasado esa sensación de vibración como si fuera un espasmo por resfriado en la zona del pecho y la espalda. Gracias por toda la información.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Natalia,
      Those vibration feelings are described by women as a symptom. If you come to the facebook group you can look up many posts of women describing vibration feelings in their body like a cell phone which is ste to vibrate and is against your body.

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  8. Kimberly Foushee

    I have nearly every symptom on this list. Not one Dr. I have gone to to complain about these symptoms knows anything about this. It is medical malpractice in my opinion to not know about this. I have been sick for years with no explanation other than old age, or it’s all in my head.

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  9. alicia madrigal

    I have my implants sine 2011 and since then have accumulated about 85 percent of the symptoms listed above. I am only 31 but feel much older and uncomfortable most days. At first I thought it was just depression, but after feeling much more symptoms than just what depression causes, I started to wonder and I did some research. I know I have capsular contracture as well. Which is only one of the many horrible symptoms.I am continuing to do research and I am focused on getting these poison bags out of my body!

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  10. ravenn

    I feel that this information needs to be made avaliable to every woman before getting implants. Shortly after I got mine, not only was I experiencing many of the mentioned issues, I also developed MS.

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  11. Meghan Wilson

    I had my implants placed in 2010 8 months later I was diagnosed with SLE lupus and Sjrogans. Three years after that I was diagnosed with something called stiff person syndrome. That only 386 people in the us have been diagnosed with it. I keep wondering about having my implants taken out since all this has been going on and my health seems to be declining more. Which I’m married 33 and we have a 6 year old daughter. I never feel that I have the energy to do anything with her! My body is always in pain. The stiff person syndrome is the scariest because of what it does to my body and the amount of time I’m in and out of the hospital.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Meghan,
      You have the same symptoms as we do and we had breast implant illness, we explanted and are recovering our health and you can too. Don’t waste your precious time and health on these toxic bags of health wrecking chemicals. Roll on explant!

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  12. Maree Beeching

    Im 90% sure that dermal fillers in my face have caused illness like this also. Please don’t use them. Dont put anything in your body as we are not protected in this country. My life is now a mess. Women are making millions for plastic surgeons and cosmetic filling companies. Our gov’t is not protecting us. I have chronic fatigue syndrome that gives me flu symptoms daily and i cannot bear to be around people wearing perfumes. Same as breast implant leaks.

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  13. Ally

    Hi – has anybody else experienced brain zaps? For the past 8 months, I’ve been experiencing this weird sensation in my head, almost like the neurotransmitters/nerves (I’m not a doctor) are misfiring and causing these seizure like symptoms. I don’t lose control of my body or anything and it usually passes within a couple seconds. I’ve been experiencing it almost every day (notice it more when I drive) and I’m just wondering if this is a result of my implants. I used to get them before my implants but it would only be for a day mainly because I was tired, so I slept and they were gone the next day, but now it’s persistent.

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  14. Martha Moritz

    I was diagnosed with DCIS in December and had bilateral mastecomy with immediate reconstruction using new Ideal Saline implants. Beginning in January I have been having almost continual bilateral knee pain. Pain is different every day. Not same place. Tender to touch here and there but no signs of swelling etc.. Very strange. Now I am starting to have TMJ pain on my right side. Previoius to implants, I have what I believed to be fibromyalgia, thyroid, and vague joint pain symptoms for many years. The knee pain is constant and hurts at night. I am afraid something in my knee will become damaged, torn etc. and not heal. Would the implants cause these symptoms already. I asked prior to the surgery if there would be an autoimmune issue and was told no. I need to have a revision done at some point, but if it seems that the implants might be causing these constant pain symptoms, I am willing to have them removed. This whole experience has bee like a run away train! Out of control. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  15. Jennifer

    I’m an 11 year cancer survivor. I had a double mastectomy and implants put in about 10 years ago. I’m having systems a lot of symptoms listed on the sight. My daughter also had implants Lao. She is really having a lot of symptoms.

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  16. Linda Davis

    Ive had silicon implants for 36 years I had a ct done on my lungs, but as I was reading the report it said I had a tear in the inside implant and a tear on the out side of the implant. Needless to say not one person said a word to me about it. I really would like to get them out but it cost more to have them taken out than it did to have them put in.worried I have so many symptoms in that list.

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  17. Giselle Rose

    i’m a transgender woman, it’s been about 4 months since my implantation with mentor silicone gel filled implants & im already looking into explanation. my symptoms have been severe anxiety, muscle twitching all over my body, shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, nothing major so far but minor symptoms that have been worrying me. i don’t like the feeling of something that isn’t a part of me inside of me. is this usual with breast implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Giselle,
      Unfortunately your symptoms are not uncommon with silicone cohesive gel implants and your body is telling you that two large bags of toxic chemicals and heavy metals don’t belong in your body.

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      1. giselle rose

        thanks for your swift reply. i have a consultation coming up soon to get these toxic bags out of me & the scar tissue. hopefully it’s not too late

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  18. Cathy Preusser

    Very interesting. I am also experiencing similar health problems as those listed. Thank you for this Facebook group. I look forward to reading the material.

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  19. E. G.

    Hi, I have just found your site. I have silicon gel implants since 2005. I don’t notice any symptoms or at least not obvious. Will it develop in the future? Its scary to take the implants out- the reconstructive surgery must be performed after, correct? What doctors perform those surgeries, the same who do enhancement ? How do i find a good one in NYC area? Please advise.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi E.G.
      Not sure if you will develop symptoms in the future although it is likely because silicone is made with several toxic chemicals and heavy metals and all breast implants leak eventually. You do not need reconstructive surgery after explant, some women lift but a great many do not and many are happy with their breasts after explant and happy to be natural again. Here is our list of Explant Surgeons by country and state, scroll down until you find your state: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/.

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  20. Donna Marie

    Wow,so many people,after watching a programme last night, I’ve googled and come across this site. I’ve had my (1),implant in for 20 years now,it pops and I have a lump in my arm pit,one in my throat now also,my doctor just says that it’s scar tissue and a ganglion and refuses to take out or replace and I can’t afford to go private. I have thyroid problems,hair loss,fatigue,but always associated the other’s with my thyroid. …. however I thought that ran in families and I’m the only one?

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  21. Shaunna Bach

    I am so glad I found this website!
    I had implants put in in 1996. I was under a lot of stress at the time. I began having brain fog, joint and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, in 2013 I had low thyroid, and 2 auto immune diseases, then in 2016 my thyroid when hyper and my heart beat went crazy fast and anxiety kicked in. I have experienced all of the listed symptoms. I had no idea it could be my implants until my health practitioner suggested I do research on breast implant illness.
    I am scheduling an appointment ASAP with an MD who specializes in implant removal. I have felt bad for so long I will do what it takes to feel healthy, have energy, and be able to think clearly.
    Thank you for getting the word out, you have saved my life

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  22. Bridget McLain Brown

    Is there a Lawsuit pending. If there is can you tell me how to join. I have Breast implants and have been Diagnosed with MS.
    Than you
    Bridget Brown
    3343681366

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  23. Cindy

    In 2005 I got saline implants. Almost immediately I started having symptoms. My lymph nodes swelled up, I felt extremely anxious, I had pain in my legs that ran down to my feet, my fingers looked grayish, and I had a vein swell up and get extremely sore in my finger. My blood pressure was always normal but was now high. I had problems with my bowels that I normally didn’t have, I lost 15 lbs which was too thin for me. At the time, the medical community and FDA had rallied around Breast implants and even the suggestion that my issues were related were quickly dismissed. My joints all started swelling up and I had the worst brain fog. It took 6 months of running to doctors and arguing with my husband before I had them explanted. I wanted them out all along but there was that money factor. I had just paid $6k to put them in and my husband thought I was just being neurotic and it was going to cost another $6k to have them out. Finally I told him it’s either surgery or suicide and I booked my surgery. It took time to get better but I did see progress and now I’m back to my old self and have been for many years, but the anxiety stayed with me. Thank God I had an awesome online support group or I would’ve gone mad during the whole ordeal.

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  24. Molly Schaefer

    Nicole, what a life changing light bulb moment I had 48 hours ago. After googling Hashimoto’s for about the 10th time in my life, your website appeared! Never before did I even think about my implants! And I have a HUGE percentage of symptoms. I can’t thank you enough. I’ve had saline implants for 20 years!
    I am in the guilt, sad, weepy, scared stage right now. I start seeing surgeons next week and will be educated thanks to you and your Facebook page.
    I do have one question: Is it advisable to do the genetic testing before or after explanting?
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Molly,
      It does not really matter when you do the genetic testing but likely after explant is best.

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  25. nancy M cassick

    how do I go about getting a copy of this article? Have had silicone implants since 1977 and was/am still in Dow lawsuit. Was paid some money a few years back. Learned my both implants are reptured maybe 10 years ago and put in a claim about ti but was denied for some reason about this. Did go see t6his plastic surgon about having implants taken out and different ones put in but doctor would not do unless he was paid up front 100 %. Dow at the time would have paid $5,000 toward it but only AFTER operation. Of course doctors will not agree to that! This doctor got snippy and said “w3hat are you worried about? The ruptures are encapicluated” I got up and walked out!!!! I was NEVER told back in 1977 that this would happen. I just saw on line there is/was supposed to be $25,000 paid to women who have reputres. I di NOT know how to go about getting this money. The law firm I had for law suit is now closed. Please excuse my typing and spelling. I just need some help here. I have sooooo many of the illnesses listed here from this.

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  26. Niki

    Hello there-
    I have 18 year old saline BI. I’m having them removed in August. My doctor wants to drain them 3 weeks before surgery. I’m on the fence about this.
    Do you have any recommendations on this?

    Thank you so much!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Niki,
      We highly advise you not to drain your implants prior to your explant. The saline fluid can contain micro-organims such as mold and aother fungus and it contains chemicals of silicone etc. Women who have drained their saline prior to explant have experienced a decline in their health as the saline washes through their capsule and also can spread biofilms and necrotic cells into their chest from inside capsule tissue. Please explant properly.

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  27. NATALIE Ross

    Hello, I got implants in May of last year and started getting sick in November it then doctor said do not know why. They have ran multiple tests and tell me I’m fine except my iron was low.

    Sometimes I get shortness of breathfor no reason and I feel tingly And prickly all over and it come soon and goes. I feel weak and tired a lot of days and I was in bed for almost a month in December and they couldn’t tell em what is wrong. It looks like one of my breasts may be smaller than the other but I can’t rmember if they have been like that or not. I am usually active and vibrant and healthy. Could this be from my implants

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Natalie,
      Yes these are symptoms that breast implants cause. Please come to the facebook group!

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  28. Caroline

    Hi. This is my fourth set of saline implants. I have had Epstein Barr Virus twice in last two years. Shingles and herpes in my eye…. I have never had so many immune issues ever. I was very health up until this last set of implants. Is that because they are making the implants differently or my tolerance has reached its max? I’m concerned about that fact that I do have EVB. Do I wait and see if that resolves? I want to get the implants out ASAP now. Did the implants cause the EBV to resurface…. all very upsetting and it has taken all the joy out of my life. I hope to recover.
    Thank you for all the great information.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Caroline,
      Breast implants cause immune deficits and so yes all sorts of infections can surface or appear because your immune system is not healthy due to the implants.

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  29. Helena

    I explant in three days here in Ireland. These bags of s*it caused me to almost die from blood clots and kidney disease after a diagnosis of lupus after having them put in. I’m dizzy since 2014 no joke. Thanks for spreading the word out around the world so people like me could hear about it.

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  30. Stephanie

    It’s been 7 years almost to the day since I had my silicone breast implants. Last year, after going through a significant amount of stress, I was diagnosed with Grave’s disease. My eyes started bulging, I also began suffering from heart palpitations, had an abnormal EKG, lost weight, etc. I was healthy for 6 years after having the implants put in. Now, I’m 2 months pregnant. I’m considering having the implants removed after I give birth. Should I wait that long or consider having them removed before the baby is born?

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    1. M. Shelton

      I have terrible fatigue, ringing In my ears, sinus and yeast infections, pain in implant area, pain over entire body, exhausted, brain fog so terrible I cannot focus on my work, memory loss so much that I am feeling like an elderly person. Hair falling out, skin is so dry, hair, and nails, terrible taste in my mouth, vertigo and digestive issues, headaches daily, shoulders neck and back pain that has traveled down my entire back. I look tired some days like I am 80. I can’t sleep. Some sort of discoloration on my skin of my neck. I cannot tolerate alcohol. Very cold all of the time .. inflammation, arthritis, anxiety. I don’t feel like doing anything.. i dont go out anymore or socialize because i feel terrible.

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      1. Caroline Stepovich

        This is me EXACTLY. Sleep is the only thing that gives me some relief.. but not much. I booked my explantation surgery today. I have to wait a month. The thought of another month of this is crippling.
        I hope you get to take your implants out soon.
        Caroline S.

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  31. Mary

    I’ve had a left breast implant since Jan. 2011 during breast reconstruction (lat flap on right) and no problems. Swapped it out In Nov. 2017 for smaller size and in Feb. 2018 started having escalating blood pressure problems. Had been on minimal BP med until then for 12 years. Went out of town and ended up in hospital for dangerously low sodium. All kidney tests were normal. Heart and thyroid tests ok. In Fall 2018 blood pressure got to stroke level and left me with mini stroke damage and am on gabapentin and tramadol for constant nerve pain in head. Finally got BP stabilized (went from 1 pill to 4). Several months later started having problems with facial/neck flushing and heart racing and sometimes BP going up. This occurs with no warning. Done all routine thyroid tests and am now awaiting results of 5-HIAA test for neuroendocrine carcinoid. Histamine and chromogranin A levels are elevated. Has anyone encountered similar problems?

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    1. Linda W

      Hi Mary, yes very similar. High BP accompanied with need to have bowel movement with nausea and/or vomiting, sweating, heart racing. Symptoms come on suddenly, without warning or cause. Wore holter monitors, blood work, MRIs on gut and brain and nothing found to be cause. I Found a study on line that suggested 250 mg of magnesium a day and I started doing that. My episodes subsided but I still need BP meds. I wear an Apple Watch to monitor my heart rate for future reference if needed. I am, however, scheduling an appointment with an ex plant doctor due to many other symptoms I believe are related to my mastectomy reconstruction from 2007. I hope this info is helpful.

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    2. Taylor Taylor

      I’ve had my implants in for 8 years and for the past four or five years I have had random panic attacks. I kept thinking I was having a heart attack. Bad anxiety, insomnia, my throat sometimes feels like it’s closing. It’s always the left side of my chest that hurts though. I’ve been to the hospital a number of times and they can’t find anything wrong with me besides “anxiety” so I got put on medication and take my meds everytime I feel an attack coming but after reading all of these comments, I’m thinking my implants may be the reason.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Taylor,
        Gosh your symptoms are definitely the same symptoms I was having from cohesive gel implants. My left implants was bleeding gel which was toxing me badly and causing all my symptoms. I explanted at 7 years 3 months with them and the last six months with them my whole health was ruined.

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  32. Joyce

    My silicon implants have been leaking for years the dr . Says it won’t hurt me but I have huge hard lumps in left breast

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  33. Pat Rosenberger

    I have had my implants since 1996. I started having drop foot in 2000. And since then I have progressively gotten worse. I have ms symptoms but I don’t have it.
    I would be very interested in knowing, if I had my implants removed would I get better? Or is the damage done!

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    1. Alana Delany

      I’ve had textured silicone implants under the muscle since 1989. Thats 30 years and they have never been replaces. I have blood work that initially implies I likely have lupus. Then the follow up tests show inconclusive and rule out lupus. Clearly, there is an autoimmune issue in my body. In 2018 I had a 10 hour spine surgery, forcing me to be face down the entire procedure while pedicle screws were forcefully screwed into my spine. Since then, I have had tremendous fatigue and itching under my right breast…which appears to be sagging in x-rays below my natural tissue. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia 15 years ago. I have all the symptoms but find it hard to trust any diagnosis arrived through the exclusion of other diseases with specific tests. Has anyone experienced itching after an implant has ruptured? And how often should implants be replaced? I’m a patient at Mayo Clinic, and no one has shown concern with 30 year old implants. Thanks ladies!

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Alana,
        Breast implants are recommended to be replaced every ten years by manufacturers and plastic surgeons, you are 20 years over due to explant. Please get checked out!

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  34. Robin

    Hi, i just found out both my implants have collasped and appear to be rippling. Dr says he doesn’t know why it happened as they are not suppose to do that. They are the high cohesive gel kind. For months Ive been having joint problems, back, shoulder and neck pain. Burning and pain in my chest and all over my ribs. Dr said its my bones but xrays didnt show anything. Im starting to believe it is the implants and that they’ve ruptured.

    Should i explant asap or is it safe to leave in for another couple months? I have a big trip abroad coming up in a couple weeks and I’d hate to have to cancel everything 🙁

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  35. Barbara Rothman

    I have a least 75 of these symptoms including but not limited to:
    Fatigue, thyroid problems that come and go, cancer, weakness, Ibs, new low bone density, encapsulation of the er breast, pain and discomfort right breast, brain dog, unexplained weight gain insomnia

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  36. Jenn

    For those of you who developed food allergies/sensitivities from your implants and have explanted, did your food allergies eventually go away, and if so how long did it take for this to happen after explantation?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jenn,
      My food intolerances did disappear over a few years and with the healing of my gut. My allergy to dairy is still present but the symptoms are much much less almost not noticeable now.

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  37. Julie

    I had silicone implants placed under muscle in August 2016. A month later I started having hair loss, that has been off and on now for almost three years. I also found cysts in my breasts 4 months later. In going to the doctor, and pursuing an answer for the hair loss, I found out I have adrenal fatigue, low iron, low B12, low vitamin D, thyroid issues and low hormones. I’m currently 46, but we have no history of hair loss in my family, so it’s frustrating. I’m trying to decide if it’s just natural aging, stress or if this is the start of breast implant illness. Thoughts?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Its not natural aging, it’s the implants. Two large bags of toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals do not belong in your body and of course are causing problems!

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  38. Frances Elizabeth

    Hi my name it’s Frankie I’m 27 year old woman, that got breast implants back when I was 20 years old. Since the beginning I always felt so much pain, but thought to myself it’s normal time has progressed and also the pain. Gone to doctors and gotten a mammogram and ultrasound thank god wasn’t breast cancer, but they haven’t found why I’m still in pain tired and lost of energy.
    All they could do for me it’s to take pain killers and to wait 6 months to see I’m still in pain. I can’t work or do lift anything heavy because my arm and breast will give out and feel this huge pain.
    Don’t have money don’t work and don’t know what to do? My insurance will not cover my breast implant surgery. I want to go back and work but can’t with this pain that’s it’s taking my life away.
    I regret so much getting implants, told close friends to not even think about it.

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  39. Deborah A Stanley

    I have been experiencing some very extreme hotflashes, which my oncologist says should no longer be menopause and should be lighter due to the tamoxifen. Also extreme weight gain which is more like swelling/inflammation, Especially around my upper torso. Found this information very helpful

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  40. Jadna

    Hi there, I have my surgeryfor explant on the 1st of July. I have my implants for 17 years (did change 7 years ago, for the ‘best’ textured version) I am struggling with chest pain , left side, arms and jaws for the last 5 months, all cardiac tests are normal. My toxicity test came up high on mercury, could this be the cause of my horrible, heart attack like pain?
    Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jadna,
      Do you have mercury amalgams (silver colored fillings) in your mouth, have you eatean a lot of tuna?

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      1. Jadna

        No, I do not have any fillings and not that keen on tuna… so I guess is not really other source for the high mercury 🙁

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  41. Francine

    I have had implants for 10 years and am so tired ALL the time no matter how much sleep I get and the worst part is I am extremely forgetful. There are days i just don’t want to leave the house because I cant even explain why. The doctor says its bc i have a 2 year old and I am always focused on him, but it has been happening for years before I had my son. My hair sheds like a dog. I have a weird little rash that comes and goes on my hand. have been getting yeast infections all of a sudden, and have only had 1 prior in my life. My hormones are out of whack. I see a natural nutritionist and cant seem to fix myself. My eyes go pinkish randomly (not pink eye). I am always cold. I have so much brain fog to the point I’m convinced something is wrong with me..I cant even remember the other symptoms. It is a shame the government will not pay to have these toxic bags removed. I am trying to save but it is just so hard.

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  42. Rachel

    I had textured, gummy bear mentor implants from 2012-2016. I had an explant done because I hated them and they always felt wrong and foreign to me. THEY did not remove the capsules and the implants were intact (I still have them). In 2014 I developed a rash that began in my armpits. It then appeared at my groin and neck. It was a severe rash. I was treated with prednisone for 5 months and it finally disappeared. My skin was discoloured for a year afterwards. That was my only symptom. Now, in 2019 the rash is back. Is this something that warrants exploring a second surgery to remove the capsules? I don’t see many posts about a rash like this. I’m just at a loss.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rachel,
      Breast implants cause all sorts of rashes, immune based rashes and candida rashes.

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  43. Gina Morrison

    wow this is very interesting…I had Saline implants when I was 60 I am now 73 (young) , for the past 5 years I have had almost all these symptoms, the worst one is fatigue
    so tired I have to go to bed, my body feels like I have no blood, just drained. I have been to doctors and they always put it to stress, it is true I am dealing with stress maybe above normal but this is more than just tired, it takes over my whole body. I do have joint aches, leaky gut, IBS etc. etc. A friend of mine’s daughter had implants, and had same symptoms, she had implants removed. I just want to be sure that they are the cause of my issues, what would you suggest at this point.

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  44. Rebecca powell

    Just had breast screening. Lump under armpit and one in right breast. Mamogram showed nothing. Ultra sound scan showed gel leakage into breast and lymph node . I have felt tired. Weak.headaches. suffered numerous urinary tract infections.have been subscribed eye drops for extremely dry eyes. Very as joint pain in hips. Awaiting surgeon referral for removal. Not having replacement

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  45. Mini

    I’ve just retired from a 4-year job where I stood on my feet for 9 hours a day. My legs began to hurt about a year ago when I retired. I was diagnosed with thrombophlebitis & the vein specialist wanted to laser the large vein that goes down the leg, but I haven’t done this yet. . My naturopathic doctor put me on B12 & other things to improve my circulation & I started wearing compression socks. The pain went away for the most part. I tested by my naturopathic doctor that I didn’t need to stay on that particular protocol anymore, so went off the B vitamins for awhile. Then things started happening. My blood sugar started going up, my feet started burning on the top & bottom and tingling & burning at night. My blood sugar levels are good now, but my feet still burn. I feel like I have a full body fever sometimes. Sometimes I feel like I have a warm chest. I’ve had muscle pain in my legs but it will go away, but returns at times. When I do squats, my leg muscles hurt for days and it’s not from soreness. It’s a different muscle pain. I can’t exercise as hard like I used to because it seems my muscle are weaker. I’ve had saline implants for 15 years and wonder if they are causing the warm feeling I get sometimes and the muscle weakness. Or is it my circulation causing this along with my neuropathy in my toes & burning of my feet. I am 63 years old & would love any input.

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    1. Kelli

      Hi there, I have hadn’t saline implants for 20 years now and I have neuropathy now. I have had weird symptoms for 10 years, drs have tested me for EVERYTHING and cant find anything. I never connected the two! I have a consult for an explant but not until DECEMEBER! Its crazy how booked up these Drs are:( I’m just scared I’m going to get Moreno nerve damage waiting to get them out! I hope you’re feeling better! Are you getting an explant?

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  46. Megan Simpson

    I have symptoms of hair loss, endometriosis, intestinal problems where I underwent surgery and they didn’t find anything, failed pregnancy, recently cardiac issues, psoriasis on my chest and my head, Scout bleeding, and now cardiac issues that have a heart race over 160, blood pressure over 160.

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    1. Megan Simpson

      It is supposed to say my scalp just starts bleeding and it actually becomes soft. I might be repeating myself because I’ve not had them removed yet and I’m having cognitive issues. I will let you know my symptoms and how they change after six months of a removal in Los Angeles. Also my cardiac issues are an onset of when hormone in balance is happening and then all the sudden I have swelling in my breast and then my heart race is out of control, followed with a brain fog. I’ve had fatigue, low energy levels, and I’m 34 years old and had my implants placed 2 1/2 years ago. I had textured implants and had so many issues and it included breast pain and then multiple health issues I’ve never had. Never get implants if you want a long and healthy life. My mom had hers for years and it seem like she turned under a different person, also facing anxiety like I was but she’s never been the same and it causes weight gain and she just aged terribly. I wish I would’ve known the issues of her life was from and plants, but nobody ever put it together. Remind unfortunately was so bad because of the genetics in my family on my dad side, my body was rejecting it faster.

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      1. TABITHA MERRILL

        Hi, I’ve had my silicone implants for 14 years and never had so much as I tiny itch!
        But 3 weeks ago I had bruise like pain and thought I had pulled a muscle. But now for the past 5 days I’ve had constant pain in my left breast, then I felt a large painful lump on my left upper rib area,then a lump under the implant by ribs.NOW ITS SO BAD I HAVE SWELLING WITH SQUISHY LIKE SPOTS ALL THRU MY HOLE LEFT SIDE OF MY BODY,and upper back it’s very sore and makes me have blur vision when it starts hurting and can’t breath!!!! I had no insurance and also hate doct I know I need to go before my 4 baby’s loose me😢

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  47. Christine

    I have had ongoing headaches since November . I have had my blood taken and everything came back great – CT scan & everything was fine. I have been given every kind of drug but nothing works. Could my on-going headaches be due to my breast implants? I had them done in 2012.

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  48. Cecelia Aldrich

    Thank you so much for all this information. I have been complaining to my primary care doctor for years about many of the symptoms listed here. I have been convinced I have Fibromyalgia, Thyroid issues, etc., which I may have. But, the big red flag now is my implants. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and had a double masectomy. First silicone implants then changed to saline around a year later.
    I am 68 years old and dread the thought of another surgery. Also, still do not want a concave chest either, but surely want to get these implants out now.

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    1. Gina

      Hi Cecelia,
      I have had my implants in for about 3 years silicone smooth gel not textured due to DCIS in my breast and I had a double masectomy. I have alot of the symptoms that are listed on this website, the one that really gets me is IBS, I never had any type of issues with my belly until I did this surgery. I get muscle aches, fatigue, rash, I had thyroid surgery and I broke out in a really bad rash all over my neck, the docs claim it was an allergic reaction to steri strips. Who knows!!! But I can’t go on like this anymore!! I try to ignore the symptoms but there are days I have severe brain fog, I feel like I am going to pass out and never wake up! I spoke with my plastic surgeon and he wants me to see another surgeon who does the DIEP flap but I may not be a candidate because I am thin. But really who wants to go thru a surgery like that too intense for me!! So I may explant by the end of the year but I feel like you I don’t want to have a concave chest, I am 53 years old and I am so nervous to see what I would look like and to wear prostehtics – we go thru all this surgery to look and feel like a woman and then to have to take them out. But my health is more important to me then plastic being inside me!!! This is crazy!!! Your input would be greatly appreciate!!

      Gina

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  49. Monica

    Okay, so we’ve all had the implants and now we’ve had them removed. Mine had ruptured and from the video (20 years ago), lots of silicone was left in my body. I can’t do anything about that, so my question is: What is the best route for a healthy rest of my life?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Monica,
      If you had a significant silicone spill in your body from ruptured breast implants you may want to research Low Dose Naltrexone and try and see if it helps with symptoms. I would also work on detox regimes that lower inflammation in your body. If your body is responding to the silicone throughout you will have high inflammation and anything you can do to lower that will help you feel better.

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      1. Liz

        When you are talking about inflammation what part of the body is the inflammation that you are talking about?

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  50. Denise Rogalske

    Omg I have so many of these symptoms and haven’t felt well for years. I was also diagnosed with lymphocyte colitis, IBS and on and on. I love my implants and don’t have pain in chest but they are 15 yrsold

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  51. Jodi Loetscher

    I am not on Facebook anymore, sadly. After I found out about your group – I seriously thought about starting up again because I am in the thick of this. The thing is, I can’t really say that my symptoms correlate directly to the first set of implants I had in 2003 (after bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer). However, my symptoms became very obvious and severe about 2 years before I had those replaced in 2016. The surgeon found that one of the implants had been leaking for quite a while (2 years?). Very bad joint pain in my extremities (fingers, wrists, toes, ankles). So much so that it is hard to exercise or even take long walks. The muscles in my upper torso constantly ache as if I have been exercising intensely, just from standing long periods of time.
    I am old fashioned in some ways, and can’t stand the thought of walking around without breasts. I am considering DIEP surgery to permanently replace the implants with my own tissue, but the extensive surgery is scaring me off. I am wondering if there are any survivors out there who have had DIEP to replace their implants that would share their experience with me. Thank you for this website. It is a gift to those of us who have been suffering.

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    1. Gina

      Following – please I am in the same boat as you, but I am afraid of the DIEP procedure – can anyone input who has had this done!!

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  52. Sonja Winebarger

    I have had saline implants twice, once in 2004, once in 2007! As I read this article I myself am experience a lot of these symptoms! Just read about the extract of breast implants and seriously thinking of having it done.
    Is there any lawsuits linked to these implants, I believe mine were from Mentor company I believe! But I do suffer from a lot of these symptoms.

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  53. Bella Stori

    I’ve been ill since 2007 and have had first set of implants in then. They were removed and replaced in 2017 however I verbally requested the surgeon didn’t place implants in at all and only do a lift and reduction… I’ve been so ill and suffering with EMF HYPERSENSITIVITY so everything shocks me in the head and seems to be amplified through my chest and breast implants and a whole list of other symptoms from migraines to fibromyalgia to brain fog to chronic fatigue to constant uti’s, weight gain, over heating. Cold chills, memory loss etc etc etc etc… I’m in Australia and there is no way to have EXPLANT unless money is paid upfront so I’m bed or couch most day and can’t manage a short walk now without resting half way… it’s destroyed my life….

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bella,
      You do have to find the money to explant, however you can. Please explant properly which means an En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant, see the Explant Surgeon’s list on this website for a list of surgeon in Australia that are known to explant properly. Also if you have mercury fillings in your mouth those have to carefully removed too.

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  54. Sarah Juschka

    I’m having explant on Monday, May 13. I would like to know, what tests I should have done on the capsule and implant itself?
    Thank you, Sarah

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      The implants themself are not really tested by a pathologist, however your surgeon may send them along with your capsules tissue or pieces of your capsule to the pathologist to have the implants remarked on such as if they are ruptured or bleeding silicone gel. Pieces of the capsules can be cultured for infections of various kinds which are known to be in capsules and causing symptoms for us. Usually you discuss tests with your surgeon at the time of consult or right before surgery and I would at minimum have your capsules cultured.

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  55. Amy Goodman

    Thank you for all your important information. I have had my implants for 16 years and was thinking of having them removed. I just need to find the right dr. I don’t really have any of the symptoms but really don’t feel the need to have the implants. Is there a good dr you recommend in Southern California?

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  56. roselia wrage

    I have all these symptoms listed, from fatigue/lack of energy and pains, flu like symptoms and so much pains that I could not function half of the time. I am living on pain killers that it does not even help me anymore. I had a mastectomy august 2014. I have not feel any better since. I’ve been to so many surgeons complaining of the all the problems for which were all dismissed to nerve damage.
    My surgeon called me in for a “recall” on my implant, if I want it removed or keep it. I didn’t even know that this BII exists until my niece sent me the link. She knows what I have been going through. I am thankful for her and for every one here that I now have tools to use when I sit down talk with my surgeon. Can some one give me any idea on what direction I should take? I am 61 years old and psychologically I know I can not handle looking at myself with one breast only though I understand the consequences health wise.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Roselia,
      Please explant properly and get on with your health and life. At a later point perhaps you can consider fat transfer but most come to see that what they think is unthinkable is in fact very doable. Your health and life is so much more important.

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  57. Lori Smith

    Im am so in shock with what Ive read. I have 90% of all these symptoms and just had a bunch of blood tests to rule out possibilities. Im at my wittsend anymore and so tired of feeling literally like crap “every day”. Please help 😭. I just messaged my Intern explaining what I just read, and I truly feel these implants are absolutely making me sick

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  58. Kristal

    Hello I’m pretty not years old I had my implants for 15 years, And I recently turn Plant base for 2 years. And I will say for the last year I have this experience I numbness and a tingling a back of my head a little bit of sensitivity sensation in my arms, fatigue, And Candida. I’ve had tons of blood work done everything comes out normal, my doctor said I’m very healthy, but I don’t feel healthy from the symptoms and I’m experiencing. I wake up with this at night experiencing this numbing in the back bof head , and Ringing in my ears, and this sensation scares me. I don’t know what to do and now that I am reading your comments and looking at all the symptoms I’m going to look deeper into this about my implant. I’m look for the best board certified cosmetic surgeon for exoplanet and fat transfer. I’m so tired of feeling like this.

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  59. Jen Romano

    Hi everyone, I’m 40 years old and I’ve had saline implants for about 10 years. My symptoms just hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve got a lot of them. Fever every day, headache, bones hurt so bad I can barely walk, I cannot eat, nothing sounds/tastes good when I do I get nauseous. Cold all the time and my head is so cloudy I can barely think. Blood tests are showing low white blood cells. I haven’t seen much success in doctor approving explants on here, I’m going to give it a try. My sister just went through this too. She was in very bad shape and got them removed and feels a thousand times better, all tests normal. <3 I’m so sorry we are all going through this, it’s not right

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marcia,
      If your implants are properly removed, which means an En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant and you support your detox and healing, your symptoms of breast implant illness will likely go away, many women are healing from breast implant illness.

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  60. Nancy

    Hi. I received breast implants in 1975 at the age of 17. They were the kind w/ adhesive patches and they were glued to my breast bone. These were only made for one year because Dow Corning found they ruptured as soon as the breast skin stretched, about a year. Unfortunately for me they did not inform the people who received these disastrous implants. I became ill over the next 10 years w/ Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, and more. All my doctors denied that the implants could be causing my health issues. I felt they were wrong and had them explanted in 1995 but symptoms did not improve. I’ve read that if the capsule is not also removed the symptoms will persist. I believe the capsules in my case were biopsied but not removed. Do you think there would be any health benefits to surgically removing the capsules now? Are they even still there or deposited around my body? My health is failing on a number of levels.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nancy,
      I do feel that it would be to the benefit of our health to remove any left over capsule tissue. Studies show it does not disappear on its own and it continues to stimualate autoimmune processes and can harbour infections etc. Also if you had a bad silicone spill low dose Naltrexone may be helpful to you to modulate the immune response to silicone in your body.

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    2. Kimberly

      Hi I am having such a hard time with this. I got my saline implants in 2008. With little symptoms that I can remember. Now I have random skin issues, a lot of acne and allergic to dairy and whey, but heard those foods cause acne in most that are allergic. Also, I don’t see anywhere that tics are a symptom, however I have had eye and nose tics that I’ve never had before until recently also. Plus I have recent anxiety / depression. I’m having such a hard time with this as I don’t know if these symptoms are due to another unrelated health issue that is unknown to me or BII. But these symptoms all happened after implants. Please help! Thanks so much.

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  61. Barbie Bolt

    I have started to feel rundown, tiredness, fatigue, headaches, but the worst thing is my lower back, hips, legs and knees feel like lead and hurt all the time. Standing up and walking is painful and tiring. I thought I had fibromyalgia but am am unsure now. I am 49 and have had implants for 20 years, no problems in all that time. What do u think ?

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    1. Andrea

      I’m having the same thing that you described and more. Im going to look for my doctor from the list and get started. Good luck but I have had mine since 1996 and swapped like clockwork my third pair are the ones I have now👀 never thought I would get such random shit at my young 46 years

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    2. Worried

      I have all the same symptoms but I have only had my inplants for 4 years could my systems be my health or do you believe they are from my saline implants? I read about woman having there implants for 20 + years and they are just getting there symptoms could mines be just regular health conditions since I am 51 now since I got my implants at 48 I seem so fatigued and have alot of the BII systems but Im at an age of menopause as well dont know what to think.

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  62. Don Coulson

    My 46 yo wife just died from a rare bladder cancer after years of unexplained uti’s, thyroid and other problems. She had implants in 2006. This is all new to me and I am sure this has to be the answer. She had zero other risk factors. I’m furious.

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    1. Sharmin Holtzclaw

      My heart goes out to you….I am so very sorry about the loss of your wife!! Prayers for you and your family.

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  63. cricket

    Can implants truly be related to food intolerance? My sensitivity has become severe in later years…I have had my implants in since ’97. I have a very sensitive stomach, and have heard that this could be related to the implants. I wonder how….

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cricket,
      Yes sudden food allergies and intolerances are an immune response due to dysfunctional immune systems and due to leaky and inflammed guts caused by breast implants and toxic chemicals of silicone.

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  64. Sen Garrison

    I need help! I’ve had mine 18 yrs w/ 3 reconstructions and both ruptured, discovered during surgery-told no worries. I have been so sick for years with no detectable, concrete why I live in pain and my quality of life is minimal. I have search for the answer and I will have them removed. These people need to suffer the consequences of lying to trust patients.

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  65. Megan

    Hello,
    My name is Megan. I had mentor silicone smooth put in Feb 2011. In 2012/2013 I started having thyroid issues and inability to lose any kind of weight despite being active. In the last 3yrs I’ve had two babies and my health has been declining. I suffer from migraines frequently, tingling in my hands/fingers and face, vision disturbances, brain fog, cognitive disturbances, body aches (so bad it hurt to brush my hair the other day), fatigue is unreal some days, recovery from workouts can be long sometimes. The list goes on. I recently found out I have hashimotos, which I just thought it was a sluggish thyroid. Since December my symptoms keep getting worse, some days better then others. I stumbled upon a breast implant illness article, and wow, this is me, everything makes so much More sense!!!
    My right breast has been feeling “different” the last month ish. Time rob get these sucker OUT.
    Waiting for my consult and hoping the wait Forbes surgery is to long.
    Are there any specific symptoms for rupture?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Megan,
      Some ruptures can be silent and have no symptoms at all but usually there are symptoms such as changes in breast shape/size, increased pain, firmness, swelling, capsular contracture, stinging and burning sensation, marked flu like feelings and feelings of toxicity, swollen lymph nodes, burning sensation on the chest wall and underarm.

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      1. Meg

        I had a silent rupture, maybe for years. I went to the doctor and after inspecting my breasts he said they were definitely not ruptured – in great shape. I decided to get the implants out instead of getting the implants AND capsules out because they were “not ruptured” and it’s way cheaper. Bad decision on my part. And the doc was dead wrong.

        I could hear him say, “where is it?” under his breath and feel him wiping under the incision. Then I heard him say,” This has never happened before.” It was completely ruptured and the outer sac was off in the corner. The other one had a gel fracture and was leaking. They had encouraged me to eat so I wouldn’t be cranky during surgery and so there was no way remove the capsule at that time. (removing the capsule can’t be done while you are awake and if you eat, you can’t be put under) So now I have to go have a second surgery to get the capsules removed after this one heals up. When I went back to this doc, he said that it was fine and I did not need anything else. He said the FDA says ruptures with capsules left inside are no problem but that my breasts would not be amazing, but they were “all you.” He said nothing about health problems from ruptures. Although I know this is not true and that I will need to take my health into my own hands. I think this is just how the FDA used to say that smoking was not related to cancer and doctors used to smoke in cancer wards. There just needs to be one really good smack down of a law suit…

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  66. Jen

    I’m wondering if there is a connection between estrogen production and silicone breast implants. My OB and endocrinologist have not been able to figure out why I stopped producing estrogen in my mid 30s. I have silicone implants, but can’t find information about whether implants can disrupt estrogen production. I have also developed severe Rosacea and loss of pigment on parts of my face. I have only had my implants for 6 years, so I’m not sure if it it worth it to get them out already. Thank you for your support!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jen,
      The chemical of silicone are endocrine disruptors and disrupt our endocrine glands which produce our hormones and yes, many women with silicone implants experience a diminshing of their healthy hormones causing premature aging etc. Get them out!

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  67. Debbie Garriga

    Thank you! Finally, I feel hope — not hopeless. Everything is making sense. I’d gotten my implants in 1997. My life has gone downhill ever since. Depression, anxiety, hysterectomy, etc. Now, I don’t leave my house. I can barely get out of bed. Every morning is difficult — rib pain, back pain, unable to breathe. I’m GRATEFUL to have found this facebook group! Looking forward to becoming a member, getting en cap surgery, healing AND supporting other women!

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  68. Patty Callele

    Hola my name is Patty, I joined the facebook. I live in Edmonton, Canada but I’m originally from Colombia. I want to do the explant in Colombia due to cost and because my mom is there so she can help me after the surgery. I went to the explant surgeons list and I found just one doctor in Bogota, Colombia. I already contacted her and I’m planning to have a video/call consultation. I wonder if anyone had done an explant in Bogota and how was the experienced, please let me know. I really want to find the right surgeon for me, thanks

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  69. Don Coulson

    Wow. My 47 yo wife with zero risk factors just passed from bladder cancer. 15 year implants. Many health issues the last 10 years. Why did no one know amongst the dozens of specialists to think hey, maybe the implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Don,
      The medical community is just starting to realize the truth about silicone from breast implants in our bodies. The manufacturers of silicone and breast implants did a good job of burying truth about silicone’s toxicity with junk science but due to social media truth is spreading now. So sorry for the loss of your wife. So many women have had their health ruined and their life cut short by silicone/breast implants, its mind boggling to even think about how many have been affected by this multigenerational manmade health crisis.

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    2. Sabrina

      Im so sorry for your loss… They know but Drs refuse to to admit it, if women stop getting implants , there go their bank accounts. Also if physician’s and the FDA would acknowledge BII, insurances would pay for removal, more bottom dollar loss..instead they let us suffer and die. I have told my Dr for something was wrong when symptom after symptom would appear and they could find nothing wrong… hoping to explant soon, so many women cant even afford to do it. Its a vicious cycle.

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  70. Shanon Doskocil

    I have had saline implants for 26 years. I just found out about this page from friends last week. She messaged me because she always sees that I’m sick or in the hospital so I told her I would look into it. Well here I am and I am in utter shock .. I have gone through everything every kind of doctor for about maybe 20 years now at one point I thought I was just crazy and it was all in my head. I’ve had several surgeries I got to where I couldn’t walk my hips my knees everything hurts so bad. I’ve had part of my colon cut out . My rectum I know that sounds terrible on here but I take medicine for fibromyalgia for arthritis I take shots in my stomach I take depression medicine I don’t sleep I could go on and on……… I never once thought that my implants had anything to do with all of my illness it never even crossed my mind. I’m very outgoing or are used to be now I stay so tired I feel like I’m a part of my couch I don’t get in the shower I don’t wash my hair this is embarrassing to even say these things …. and I’m using voice command I hope everything comes out right! This is all been overwhelming reading all of the stories and seeing all this but very i’m grateful that everyone has been so open and honest and not ashamed. I have had every kind of illness things that people don’t get in till they’re like 60 and I started getting them oh my goodness 15 years ago no longer than that. I have so much more to say , But I’m going to stop here for now I’m not sure where all of this is even going to go.

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  71. Sandra Mendoza

    I had a breast augmentation in Nov. 2011 with Mentor saline smooth implants. I was 48 at the time. Despite the fact that I eat a nutritious diet and exercise and get plenty of rest I have been dealing with chronic fatigue, frequent respiratory illness, cough, cold symptoms, hair loss, ringing in my ears, dry eye, dry skin, just overall not feeling 100%. About a year and a half ago, maybe longer I noticed a metallic taste in my mouth. I have inflamation and achy joints. I’ve had blood work done and my tests always come back in the “normal” range. Just yesterday, I learned of this BII and believe this is the cause. Thank you for sharing this information.

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  72. Ana Murray

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is Ana, and I am very sick. I got silicone implants 25 years ago. My liver is now compromised, Doctors have no cure! I’m at my wits end. I need advice please!

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  73. Donna Steptoe

    Plz I need information on the surgeon in Dallas. I have had my implants for 30 years, seen several surgeons & want them out ASAP. Just don’t know where to go from here. Thank you & God bless

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  74. chris

    I have had implants since 1981 and I am now 60 yrs old. I have Hashimotos, allergys , chronic fatigue, and chest lains. I want to know that if I have them removed at my age will I gain back all that ive lost.. will my body start functioning normal again??

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chris,
      You are not too old to heal after a proper explant and a good, clean, nutritious diet will support that.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Chris,
          We suggest allowing yourself a month or two to heal from explant surgery before undertaking detox.

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  75. Tammie

    I have the smooth memory gel implants 10/2008.. They still look and feel fine but I have pain up under them and under my armpits mammogram shows no cancer or anything like that.. The pain comes and goes..

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  76. Tracey Philipson

    I’m 50 years old and had my implants put in 16 years ago after a partial mastectomy due to a rare from of breast cancer. The last few years have been horrible for me. I can’t believe how many symptoms I experience that are on the list. My Drs can’t figure it out but it is becoming clear to me that my implants are most likely to blame. I would love to learn more and chat with other women suffering the same.
    Tracey

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  77. Tracy

    Hi,
    I just had my breast augmentation 6 weeks ago (silicon) I’m 28 with 3 kids. To be honest I wasn’t feeling good straight after the surgery, I had few symptoms went to see my doc he said I had Anämie No Iron in my blood so I’m taking these tables everyday for 3 months, but I’ve notice some symptoms like earring,bad headaches sometimes rashes on my arm and leg ,and my skin colour has changed my hands looks very blue green purple , and my stomach always feels sore after eating or drinking something,is it to early to say I have breast implants illness?should I get them remove now? Or should I wait? Pls kindly reply because I’m already going to docs all of them are saying Anämie, im very worried don’t want to die because of implants.
    Thanks alot
    Tracy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tracy,
      Some women do react immediately to breast implants, some in a couple years and some 6 to 8 years. In my opinion the sooner they are removed and the body heals the better and less chance of long term damage.

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    2. Andrea

      Dear Tracey, I am not a Doctor but I do have breast implants. You obviously have had a severe reaction to your implants and I would suggest you get rid of them the sooner the better. I have had my implants for a very long time (35 years) but I have had a lot of symptoms which have become increasingly worse over the past few years which makes me suspect I have a slow leak. I have also experienced anemia with nil iron in my blood on the first occasion and 7% the second time. I ended up in hospital needing blood and iron infusions but despite thorough investigation no blood leaks were found. Which makes me suspect my implant. I am in the process of hopefully getting my implants removed. Your health is more important than your physical appearance. I think one day breast implants will be banned because they are so toxic and a foreign object in the body. I wish you luck my dear and if I were you I would not hesitate.

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  78. Theresa

    I’m 55 years old and have had silicone breast implants for 30 years .I had them removed 4 years ago when one ruptured and I still have silicone in that breast . Now I’m diagnosed with an autoimmune and feeling so sick thought I was going to die

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  79. Meghan

    Hello! I am getting my explant in the summer but I am wondering if anyone has experienced and increased RESTING heart rate?? For the past few weeks I have noticed that my heart rate is 120 -130 when sitting. I am constantly short of breath too. I am actually scared to do anything strenuous Is this a common symptom for BII?

    Thank you SO much!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Meghan,
      Yes, it is common for women with implants to have decreased ability to breathe and changes to heart rate, blood pressure etc.

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    2. Janet

      Hi, I too had increased heart rate of what you’re describing. What you can do until explant is eat a low histamine and restricted calorie diet. There’s a lot of information on the internet about histamine intolerance. One of the symptoms of BII is food intolerances. Even though it’s a bandaid for now, it had helped me tremendously. I have explanted over a week ago, and there are already some good results. Hang in there. The diet is very restricted, and not a long term solution, but will help you feel better until you can explant.

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  80. Bethany Becht

    I’ve had my implants since 2012, and was diagnosed with MS in 2015.

    I’m wondering if BII could actually be CAUSING Multiple Sclerosis, not just mimic the symptoms. I realize they don’t know what causes MS, but the link to immune dysfunction is beginning to alarm me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bethany,
      Yes breast implants do cause autoimmune symptoms, processes and perhaps even autoimmune diseases if left in the body too long. Many women experience MS like symptoms from breast implants including the lesions in the brain. After explant, detox and time to for healing many women have experienced MS and other symptoms disappearing.

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  81. Lesley clay

    Ive has saline implants since 2002. I am experiencing debilitating symptoms. I having my breast implants removed. I need information on how to find a doctor that performs en bloc capsulectomy. I live outside Chicago but will go any where.

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  82. Char Gempeler

    Thank you so much for this website and the invaluable resources. I have been suffering for years with almost every symptom listed above. This last year I have had such severe bouts of vertigo, I was convinced I was dying; I was so depressed thinking I would have to live the rest of my life in a constant spinning state. It wasn’t until I began recounting my 15 year battle with anxiety, depression, allergies, headaches, IBS, rashes, infections, weird lab test results, night sweats…etc, that I made connections to when I had first had my breast augmentation in 2005. I was an otherwise healthy person until I paid someone to insert these saline implants into my body.

    I am a full time teacher with Kaiser insurance. The last year my primary physician has referred me to a neurologist, an oncologist, a general surgeon (who performed a biopsy on a lymph node in my groin, but commented that he’s never seen or felt such swollen lymph nodes in a person’s arm pits as mine were), a physical therapist, an allergist, and a gynecologist to try to nail down what is wrong with me. None of these doctors seemed to really communicate with each other other than the reports they put into a computer system. I don’t even really feel like a “person.” When I alerted my primary physician to the possibility of BII, he referred me to an in-house plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon never spoke with me or asked to see me; he had a nurse leave me a message saying a plastic surgeon could talk to me over the phone free of charge, but that there are no known widespread systemic disease or health risks with saline leakage and implants and that Kaiser would not be covering any costs associated with removal and any other explant related treatments since this was elective surgery I had so many years ago.

    I just want to feel better.

    So–I am going to try to appeal. Thank you, again, for the resources and the moral support. I will be taking it all into my fight to at least get Kaiser to listen to my reasoning and perhaps do some recommended testing with BII in mind.

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  83. Wendy E Lowery

    OHH MYYY! I have the same pair of PEAR shaped anatomical implants since 1997. Over the muscle and honestly they still look great but do not feel so great!! I have every symptom above, and have also been diagnosed with a terrifying connective tissue disorder to a high ANA titer TEST. Have 6 pounds of metal in body because joints collapse or my bones break easily. I have NO money to have mine removed or checked as I have been so sick for the last two years, so much so that I have not been able to work!! My implants were made by McGhan Medical.

    Where do I go from here?? Is there a study I can enroll in?

    Wendy E Lowery
    423-505-4178

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  84. Maridom

    Me acabo de poner implantes hace tres meses, no he presentado ningún tipo de síntomas, pero me he estado informando sobre está enfermedad. Y la verdad tengo miedo. Mi pregunta es apartir de que tiempo se presentan los primeros síntomas de la enfermedad. Y si me podría hacer la extracción, debido al poco tiempo que me los puse. Y en qué tiempo ya está formada la cápsula cicatricial del implante. Por favor urge. Gracias

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Maridom,
      Please relax. You just put your implants in three months ago so please relax and enjoy them. Symptoms can appear in the first few years or by 6 to 8 years or even later for some. Once symptoms do appear organize your proper explant. The capsule starts to develop immediately and there will be capsule there by 3 to 6 months. In the meantime save up for your explant.

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  85. Amy Triplett

    I am scared……I know that I am not myself. I have had my Implants for 17 years and I have been sick for a long time. I don’t know if mine are textured but they are style 168 McGhan Medical under the muscle. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and my ANA is positive with titer being 1:640 Speckled Pattern.

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  86. Jennifer M.

    Hi thank you for putting all of this information out there. I would love to speak with someone if that is at all possible. I am a 46 year old woman have undergone a preventative double mastectomy 2 years ago and I am finding similar symptoms listed on this site. My next choice would be to explant I would just love to have someone I can talk to who has gone through this. Please let me know if that’s possible. Thanks so much.

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  87. Jamie Steffen

    I just had textured implants done in August 2018. I just started hearing on the news about the issues with her breast implants and now I’m scared and I’m not sure what to do .I had gastric bypass surgery in 2017
    So I’m a little bit confused whether it could be from my implants or from my gastric bypass surgery . I also had cataract surgery in October 2018 . So I’m not sure if my vision issue is from implants or cataracts I’m not sure the feelings that I’m having is from implants or gastric bypass.I do have a few of the symptoms listed above and so I’m not sure where to start. If anybody can help or advice would greatly be appreciated thank you

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  88. Ginger Wright

    I’ve had implants for 22 years now and have never had any problems. Never had any of the symptoms listed. So it’s safe to say that there are successfull cases out there. I’m thankful mine is one of them!

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    1. Pauline

      Hi I am so glad I saw your comment. I too have had my silicone implants for 21 years without any problems, touch wood! I was concerned that articles I have read state that implants should be replaced every 10 years.

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  89. Denise Ford

    I had implants in 1996 and in 2003 was diagnosed with Lychin Sclerosus and have battled that disease ever since. I had them replaced 4 years ago and have since then continued the Sclerosus and a new and just as terrible symptom of incredibly dry skin especially on my hands and feet with burning and itching. Nothing helps! After all this info I may be talking to my doctor about removing them!

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  90. Louise

    I have had breast implants for 30 years with one collapsed about 10 years ago and one with very hard scar tissue. I have many of the symptoms listed and in the past two years have wondered if it may be related. In the past five years I have wanted to remove them as symptoms have increased thinking it could be related but hard to afford yet another surgery. One thing that wasn’t mentioned that I have is persistent halitosis along with the metallic taste in my mouth. I can relate to all the fibromyalgia symptoms, IBS, adrenal and kidney, panic attack, overall feeling of foggy brain, tissue around chest and ribs being sore and others.
    Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the public.

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  91. Marie combs

    Before going for explantation,make it clear that you believe the implants are making you sick,ask for the implants, pictures and a throughout pathology report for you peace of mind.i did not,and I wish I had!

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  92. Shannon

    Iv had a second brest surgery about a week ago and I’m getting more exhausted as each day passes, my shoulders and upper back throb after even a short trip to get groceries. Is this me still recovering from surgery?? Or am I stuck like this? I’m feeling worse every day not better

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  93. Rene'

    I too have many of these symptoms but am 50 now so I figured it comes with age. Here’s what I’m truly worried about: I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis many many years ago. My T-scores (bone density) have been falling for many years as well. I’ve seen several doctors, Osteo specialists, and endocrinologists who have all decided it’s a genetic flaw ! They were not too worried until now when I’ve seem to have hit menopause and the scores are worse than ever ! If you look at a chart or graph there is a base line of let’s say +1 and so on…. I got my implants when I was 26 in 1994. I had a leak so they replaced them both in 2007. By my mid 30’s my bone density scores were already -2 hip and -3 spine. They ruled out everything from celiac to cancer and they seemed to only get sightly worse over the next 20 years. This year my spine is at – 4 and my Dr’s are very worried so they put me on Boniva. I am at such a high risk for fracture now I tip toe around worrying about a fall at 50 yrs old. It’s crazy ! I cracked some ribs fro coughing in my 30’s. Can osteoporosis be a sign of what has been occurring in my body all these years? I have the Inamed which was bought by Allergan in approx. 2005 saline pear shaped 68MP model 68-360. I’ve tried to find more information by calling Allergan but sat on hold for over an hour so I left a message. I’m thinking of calling my Dr. soon. Or can I get some advice on if this is even a possibility ? Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rene,
      Yes, calcium and other mineral derangements are common in us. This can be from processes around parathyroids (endocrine disruption) from silicone chemicals which are known endocrine disruptors.

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  94. Jackie Warrington

    I had bilateral mastectomy in Nov 2014 and saline implants put in.
    5 yrs later out of the blue I was in extreme pain from head to toe. Eventually diagnosed with Polymyalgia
    Rheumatica. On Prednisone.
    I have always been allergic to things in our environment: Tobacco, fragrances, paint, new car smells etc etc etc.
    Can it take 4+ years before symptoms appear?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jackie,
      Yes symptoms come on at varying times for women. My symptoms came on in the first couple years with implants. Some women get symptoms immediately, some the first couple years, some by five years, some others by 6 to 8 years, others can go a decade or even two. Silicone implants seem to cause symptoms much earlier than saline but the saline ladies can also react immediately too.

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  95. Victoria Coyne

    Hello, I have a few questions in regards to different biomarkers that are elevated and do you know if it could be the leaking implants or related to ALCL. I would also like to know if you have knowledge of anyone else with these elevated lab results. The following is a list of the markers that are showing up when specialized blood work was done.
    Free Light Chains- ********High
    Beta Globulins ********High
    Chromogranin A*******Extremely High and continued to go up
    5HIAA *******High
    Anion Gap*****High
    Neutrophils****High
    Serum Serotonin **** IS SO LOW THAT IT IS ALMOST NON-EXISTANT … Value
    I also have had the Lumbar Puncture done because they thought I had MS well all my levels of Protein in the CSF is so elevated the MS doctor said he has no Idea what it could be. The doctors thought that based on my labs that I possibly had Neuroendocrine Cancer so they did multiple scans looking for a tumor which would we have not located, there was diffuse patterns in my stomach, liver All this was done prior to finding your page and prior to finding out by MRI that Both are ruptured. Obviously, they have to come out and I am trying to get my insurance to cover and also trying to find a way to pay if it gets denied again. I have already filed 2 appeals. I fear that this is ALCL, Left breast is swollen, Blk/blue and painful, the other is misshapen. I am asking all this specifically so if you know that there is a link between these labs and ALCL, because I can then bring this to the attention of the doctors and insurance company It is so upsetting when you go to dozens of doctors, have all these lab results and they tell you they have NO IDEA what it could be Obviously there is a Reason(s) that these results are like this, I also have almost every single symptom on the list. Oh how I wish I would have looked into this so much sooner, but when I did bring it up to the doctors they all said oh no can’t be. That was before all this came out. I really appreciate any info on this if you have any knowledge of anyone else having these results I have felt for some time that its a lot more serious than we know but yet get to the bottom of it.

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  96. Connie Coppola

    I had a bilateral mastectomy in September of 2017, at which time I had breast expanders put in place to begin the reconstruction process. The exchange to implants was never done because I developed a rash below my left breast in December of the same year. The rash continued to spread gradually over my belly, then to my right breast. No treatment remedied it. In June of 2018 I developed a cough that was so bad I could not carry on a conversation. I also developed digestive issues. No treatment helped remedy my symptoms. After exhausting every treatment possible, I decided to remove the expanders. My husband had seen a news report about implants causing health problems. A blister developed under my left breast. I scheduled removal of the expanders despite most of my doctors assuring me that this would not improve my symptoms. The expanders came out 2/15/19. One month later I am symptom free.

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  97. Melissa Ellzey

    I have had saline implants for 18 years and I was diagnosed with connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia roughly 7 years ago. My question, you keep mentioning the capsule tissue has to be removed. What if my implants are behind muscle and not breast tissue? I guess I’m not sure what capsule tissue removal involves. I plan on having my removed asap. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      No matter the placement of your implants either above muscle or partially below the chest muscle when you explant all capsule tissue should be removed for your highest well being.

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  98. Vickie

    I have been going to Dr’s for years,I have been in pain for so long! I’m overwhelmed in this moment,I have had silicone implants for 10 years.

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    1. Kelli cope

      I have also been going to doctors trying to figure out what is wrong. Blaming it on my age, menopause and depression. But then I see other women my age who are full of life and have energy and I just want to stay home. I have had my implants for 10 years and now that I look back I haven’t felt right since.

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    2. Eva Hawker

      I hear you! I am just learning all of this too after years of struggling with a multitude of health issues despite my extremely healthy lifestyle. I have had my silicone implants since 2006. I found a doctor through this website and backed by recommendations in the Facebook group. I am trying to book a consultation asap, but I already know I must have these things removed asap. Hang in there!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      More or less it is the same symptoms for saline implants. The shells of saline implants are silicone too.

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  99. Wendy

    I have had saline implants since 1997 and was rarely sick. I would have some oddities but other felt healthy. My left implant ruptured twice and I had both removed and replaced in 2005. Was in the best health from 2005 through 2017. It wasn’t until 2017 approximately 1 1/2 years after starting work at a cancer center that I got almost all of the symptoms you listed above. My primary care Physician ran every test (in Western medicine) but everything came up that I was the epitome of health. Multiple heart tests were run and at 48 I had perfect heart – like a 30 year old. My lungs were clear, blood work (many of the blood tests above) were great. Everyone began to think I was hypochondriac until I went to a Functional Medicine/Naturopathic Doctor. She was my last straw as I thought I was going crazy. She did a “Dutch” test for Hormones and SIBO. I came back with very low hormones in every area including cortisol but sky high Oxidative Stress and one of the worst cases of SIBO she had ever seen. She put me on the FOMAP/SCD diet and herbal and essential oil type of holistic antibiotics for SIBO and several Herbs for the Hormones, Magnesium and high grade fish oil. Within in months I was feeling amazing and stayed that was for almost a year. I had a few bouts of constipation but otherwise fine until my stepson was killed in a motorcycle crash. I started eating like garbage (well not really but things I am not supposed to eat) drinking too much wine and my health went back down the tube. My insomnia, brain fog, gut issues, join pain, asthma type symptoms, fatigue, irritability, inability to focus etc. all came back. I put myself back on the diet – day two. I have lost a couple of pounds, bloating reducing and I slept a solid 5 hours. I am going to go back on my herbal pills. I heard of the implant illness but not sure if I should removed implants to see if symptoms go away. Big expense and recovery. I am 50 and don’t feel a strong connection to my breasts anymore but I am physically proportionate . My implants were not big but now that I have lost most of my fat (never had a lot) but I have zero breast tissue. I would have to get a lift as I would not want geriatric breast at 50 – I am still very active (most think I am late thirties early forties). Just curious if there is more research out there or if everyone with implants and symptoms should remove them.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes breast implants and their toxic chemicals can and do damage our organs and glands that control our blood sugar.

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  100. Jana

    I’m in shock right now! I just found this & I have 28 of the symptoms & the major one I’m dealing with is non alcoholic liver disease. My doctor has been racking her brain on why I have it as I’m fairly healthy. This page very well may have saved my life & I’m beyond grateful!

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    1. Eva Hawker

      I feel the same! Suddenly everything is making sense. Now I just need an appropriate surgeon ASAP. Blessings to you on this journey!

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  101. Sue

    I had my breasts removed in 2015 as a breast cancer preventative as breast cancer is so high in our family on my mums side. For the last year I have become so sick, I have seen a Rhemutoid specialist who has tested for diseases like lupus arthritis etc but all tests come back negative. I am currently waiting to see a Neurologist as I’ve been told maybe it’s Neuropathy or fibromyalgia, I feel I’m getting no where with doctors. Then I came across this page, maybe it is my breasts causing my sickness? I’m so bad I’m living in constant pain throughout my body from the waist up. I have aching muscles,shooting burning pains in top of chest, arms, hands, shoulders. Mouth ulcers, aching neck, headaches, itchy skin, blister pimples, no energy at all. I have been this way for almost a year now & still no answers, doctor said to try a pain management centre who might help with meditation (what a joke) I’m at my wits end! No Doctors have mentioned my breasts & if this could be the cause. I’m wondering if I am suffering from breast implant Illness but what if it’s not? What if I get them removed & problems are still there, I’m really confused who to see & what I should do? I’m at a stage where I don’t want to live anymore if I don’t get answers & help from someone I can’t continue living this unhappy life in pain everyday

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    1. Lotty

      Hi, I’m in the same predicament. Being diagnosed with auto immune diseases. I’m also that hb27 positive also. I’ve come to the conclusion that I want them out now. Even if all this isn’t not down to the implants they will at some point cause problems. I’ll be left with saggy breasts but my health and future health is more important. Hope they helps you make a decision.

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  102. Finding Health

    I would love some confirmation if BII can also cause an abnormal amount of spider viens to appear on your body/Legs? I have broken veins that seem to be multiplying all over my legs, and they cant even be treated, Has anyone encountered abnormal vein issues? Im not sure if this is related to BII? BTW, I have roughly over 20+ symptoms too, I certainly need to get these out asap…. Thank you in advance if anyone would be so gracious to answer this unusual question, much love xo

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Finding,
      Silicone chemicals are estrogenic in nature and also enndocrine disruptors which disrupt our thyroid and adrenals and other glands and so that does mean they can contribute to spider veins and changes to veins.

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    2. Lanie

      oh my goodness. my legs are covered! and over the last couple of years that my symptoms have increased in severity and number.
      thank goodness you asked!!

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  103. Amy

    Eight years ago, I was a perfectly healthy 40 year old when I decided to get implants. I have been anemic since 6 months post surgery. I have been to 3 cancer centers to find the cause and none of them relate it to the surgery. As far as I know, there is no rupture nor leaking but I am concerned that inflammation from the implants can cause elevated hepcidin levels that may be destroying iron in my body. I have had 6 blood transfusions and 4 iron infusions. I can no longer get iron infusions nor tolerate oral iron. I see a lot of listed symptoms of anemia but not diagnosis.
    Has anyone experienced this? The surgeon on the list in my area said they seldom perform total capsulectomy as it is a new “internet buzzword” and is usually not necessary. I called a surgeon in Nashville twice and they will not return my calls. I am at the point of needing blood transfusions twice a year as my iron and iron storage is depleted. Any ideas?

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  104. Lauren

    Wondering if there are any updates on Doctors in missouri? I have one who told me he’d replace mine and keep the scar tissue inside.

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  105. Monique brun

    I have implants and my whole body is messed up, what do I do to get checked or just what do I do????

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  106. Jennifer A. Robertello

    Very interesting . I developed a infection Had expanders put in for implants. On antibiotics. Any suggestions how to clear it up. I do not want to go without breast.

    Thank You,
    Ms. J. Robertello

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  107. Ellen Corso

    My silicone implants leaked from day one….from 1982 thru 1994 when I finally had them removed. I did not have any other implants put in. It is now 25 years later and I am suffering most of what is in the “symptom list”. My question is: even though the implants were removed…and yes I understand the leakage can never be removed from my body, should I expect to experience multiple symptoms for the rest of my life? Is nothing I can do to improve my health??

    Many thanks for your kind advise.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ellen,
      When you explanted was your capsule tissue removed. If you had a bad silicone leak/spill in your body and you have ongoing symptoms you may want to investigate LDN – Low Dose Naltrexone to help with the autoimmune and other inflammatory processes that occur due to silicone throughout the body. You will likely also benefit from the AutoImmune Protocol Diet which will help reduce body inflammation too. Review our detox guidelines and keep working on supporting your body to detox: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/

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  108. J. Nicole

    Hello, I have had my Saline implants in since 2004. At 37 I was never one to get sick I’m a active stay home mom/wife to3 kiddos. As of 2009 I would get colds once a month then multiple times a month, I’m fatigued to no end. I’m sensitive to the cold and always wear sweaters and sweatpants. My breast have been aching for the past 4yrs I’ve had consultations thinking I needed a revision. Until I researched could my implants be making me sick and came across your page. What a life saver and scary information to deal with all at once because I have at least 15 symptoms on there. The most heartbreaking thing is my husband thinks since I eat healthy and exercise when I’m not fatigued the information doesn’t apply to me. Wow so let’s continue to put my life endanger and save money….rather than removing these foreign objects my body. Is there a better approach on helping him to see how urgent this is?

    Thank you!

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  109. Chika

    I got my breasts done in 2016 and eventually came down with a thyroid problem in 2018. It’s linked? If so, where should I go from here? Get them removed? And I haven’t been able to lose weight since getting them. Just gaining.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chika,
      Yes, breast implants and their endocrine disrupting chemicals damage our endocrine glands such as thyroid and adrenals.

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  110. Patti J Krieger

    I found out last year that my Silicone Breast implants are leaking. I have had them since 1984 and they never were discovered leaking until last year. I have had several consultations for the surgery. I know I should have had it right away but it is expensive! Now, the last six months I have been short of breath especially at night when I’m sleeping and I wake up and it takes a long time to catch my breath. Can this be a symptom? Should I take care of this right away?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Patti,
      If you know you 1984 silicone implants are leaking, you need to arrange for their En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy removal as soon as possible. Silicone is made with terrible chemicals that are neurotoxic, cytotoxic, carcinogenic, inflammatory and known endocrine disruptors and you don’t want it in your body.

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  111. Virginia

    Please I need help, I don’t know why this is happening to me. I just have 6 weeks after my silicone BA and my eyes are always dry and so much acne in my back itching my whole body desperately acne in my face and neck like a teenager I’m 39 years old and I was healthy right before the implants I was the most healthy person in the world I don’t know what’s going on I feel sick.

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    1. Mary

      I am being tested for Cutaneous alcl related to the implants. There are 3 reported cases so far on the FDAs website. If your skin is affected and it is not healing with any means that you were using for any long period of time you need to see your doctor and ask questions! I’m waiting for the insurance to approve my pet scan and bloodwork is already coming back off. My skin issues started one year ago and I have been bouncing around doctor after doctor ever since until I finally X planted in February and complained because my issues are still not resolving. I was referred to oncology for now.

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        1. Coconuts!

          Hi there! I’m interested to know what the symptoms are for Cutaneous? Does anyone have any photos? I’m 37 now, I had Allergan textured silicone cohesive gel put in about 13 years ago, the last 4 years I’ve been having a lot of symptoms I’ve never had before :

          Itchy flaky scalp
          (worse when I’m hot & sweating – I’ve tried every dandruff & medicated dermatitis shampoo out there, nothing is working!)

          Extremely itchy legs after shower, my legs sting after I shave them then itch like crazy afterwards!(creams for chicken pox / measles etc not working!) My Dr told me it’s probably bacterial and to wash them with Triclosan, I do, doesn’t help!

          The skin on my breast area has larger pores than I used to!
          (Always looks like little black heads, and can be squeezed out! Other times I get big sore swollen cystic lumps, sometimes crap can be squeezed out, sometimes it’s just oily)

          After squeezing some lumps, it seems to leave a skin lump, like scar tissue maybe? Those bits of skin don’t flatten & soften again!?

          The last few months I’ve been getting a bit of redness rash in the cleavage area along the crease line if I wear a supportive crop top that might be bringing my boobies in too close together, but I want the support to keep them from sagging!

          I have major asymmetry the last 6 months, it’s so embarrassing!
          I have trouble finding tops to wear that can disguise it!
          I’m not sure if 1 could be ruptured or capsulated or if the bigger one has fluid buildup?

          I desperately want to get this all fixed ASAP!
          What are people doing if they have no money to get them fixed?
          Are there any options out there?
          Or are we just supposed to die from them?

          It makes me so mad that people / companies always find something to make, and don’t bother testing for the negatives that can affect / kill people!

          It seems to be that way for so many products in the world!

          They just say ‘we created this, this …(substance, materials etc) can be used to make …xxx), BUY it now!’
          They rave on about all these apparent ‘positives’ …. but they don’t seem to care what damage it does to people!
          As long as they make a ton of money, that’s all they care about!

          It’s exactly the same for things like Talcum Powder etc…….
          We shouldn’t be judged for choosing to get breast implants, it’s just another product created that seems like a great idea at the time!

          Every product should be tested for the negatives before they are allowed to sell them and profit from things that will just kill people!

          I’m from Brisbane, Australia.

          Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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  112. Kimberly

    Hi, I was wondering if I could have a private conversation with Nicole? I explanted 12/6/2018 and have some questions.

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  113. Sarah

    I’ve had implants for 7 years and was absolutely fine until 3 and a half years ago when I got ill and was finally diagnosis with Fibromyalgia. Could this be linked to my implants or would I of been sick sooner

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      Absolutely your body pain can be linked to your implants and is a very common symptoms due to breast implants. Fibro is a common misdiagnoses in ladies with breast implants.

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  114. Lulu

    I have literally every symptom here where do I go how do I start what should I do.
    Help please migraines hysterectomy joint pain vertigo gastritis gastroenteritis problems had bacterial was not sure from where severe memory loss constantly burning my kitchen an loosing keys and leaving family members behind knumbness speech and hearing problems and my eyes went from 20/ 20 to 3.00 omg alot more symptoms and I have told my doctors they say I’m ok. But I know me. Severe weight gain severe hair loss parasites please help arthritis I dont sleep more than 3 hours I have major allergies and more dont know how to stop that’s how bad I’ve been help me please I’m 8n Florida I will go anywhere I need the best doctor in the us please I have my parents I take care of an my children I cant die.

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  115. Lauren

    I had a consult with Dr. Kortesis, one of the recommended doctors in NC. He said that he’s performed over 300 En Blocs/Total Capsulectomies, and says my explant should take 1 to 1.5 hours. Is that too short of a time for this kind of procedure?

    Also, called Dr. Ferrari’s office, the other recommended doctor in NC, and was told that he removes the capsule in pieces to minimize the size of the scar. Is this a red flag?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lauren,
      If you have leaking or ruptured silicone you should strive for En Bloc explant as much as possible which should average around two hours and in all cases of explant all capsule tissue needs to be removed. The scar under the breast is not really a factor in your decision for your health and the difference in the scar for En Bloc is really very minimal and so I would say that the surgeon’s excuse is kind of red flag.

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  116. Mary

    I took my breast implants a year ago.6months after my surgery began to suffer from eye eczema blefaritis epeficitis .medicines don’t do nothing for my problem I suffer my eyes ‘re always red .sorry for my English I am from greece.i can notremove them I don’t have money for expand.i live an nightmare I destroy my life with two implants.

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  117. Nicole

    I stumbled across your website bc a friend posted an article on Facebook. After having 2 children, I felt like my boobs were down to my belly button 😂. I told my husband I wanted a breast lift. He supported me and I went to a surgeon my friend recommended. I only wanted a lift bc I have always been very large cheated anyway, but the surgeon talked me into a small implant as well, saying it will make my top half look fuller. I agreed to do it based on her recommendation. I already had an autoimmune disorder, but was not educated at all on the matter. I have psoriasis and test positive for the HLA B-27 antigen. Before my surgery, I was healthy & active. I had my surgery back in 2012. Since then I suffer from brain fog, inflammation, I get sick easily, I have gained 30 pounds, I have trouble working out bc from a simple workout I will suffer from a deep aching pain for a week, I have a constant cough & drippy nose, I suffer from IBS, pain in my hip and knee that cant be explained by doctors, hair thinning, tired feeling and the list goes on and on. I thought my flare had been activated by the surgery itself, but seriously giving a lot of thought to the foreign implant itself. Thank you so much for this informative website!

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  118. Dawn beaven

    Hi my name is Dawn Beaven and I have been running silicone survivors for 20 yrs to help women with illnessses from silicone breast implants have just found your site I always seem to be learning even after all this time!! I wondered if anyone has found any link to narrowing heart arteries?? Although I smoked I can’t gelp but wonder if my burst implants contributed to my narrowing arteries have just had a stent put in as I type this am in harefield hospital .! Would be Interested to know if anyone has found a definite link . Only thing is implants ruptured in 1998 and now in 2019 have just had the arteries narrowed be k interested in any comments in hospital now lots of pain do look at my site http://www.siliconesurvivors

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  119. ABowles

    Any advice for health continuing to deteriorate
    post-explant enbloc?
    Dr. DeRosa Bloomfield Hills, MI was my plastic surgeon- 7.5 months ago (6-20-18)
    Auto-immune, fibro pain significantly increase, thyroid worse, cortisol high, nausea/vomiting, mesenteric ischemia, weak, dizzy, hot sweating at times, AM. almost debilitating pain getting moving for 1-3 hours. constant pain, muscles feel beaten,
    weight loss, SEVERE ribs pain and right side visibly swollen ribs/axillary region.
    My ribs are constantly out of place-
    (OMT-Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, adjusted)
    every WEEK. Thoracic spine, pelvis also out and must be adjusted OMT every week, latissimis dorsi strain, can not lift my arms above head.
    I’ve had 2 mammograms and 2 breast ultrasounds, (August 2018 & January 2019)
    both concluded- dense breast tissue and right axillary nodes enlarged with limited findings.
    Depression is increasing as result of health progressively deteriorating & going through a divorce with a 11 yr. old & a 5 yr. old.
    I have not worked- was put on Short Term Disability 2010 through employer and I didn’t apply for
    Long Term Disability bc I had MyHusband financial support Married & I believed I would be well enough to work again. I feel like my body can not go much longer- I have no strength. Court divorce pre-trial is in 2 weeks & no income & health insurance coverage will stop after divorce.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi A,
      Did all your capsule tissue get removed?. What are you doing for detoxification and diet? Please see our guidelines here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/. My own healing unfolded over four years and the one year post explant was very hard at times even harder than before explant because many toxins and heavy metals were trying to detox post explant and I have genetic detox defects known as MTHFR and needed to be supporting those too. I would be happy to speak with you directly and try and help by my sharing what I did that helped. Also do you have mercury fillings?

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  120. Vicki Laney

    I am not on Facebook however my daughter is and has asked me to reach out considering my health problems. I have had my silicone implants since 1998 and I have almost all of the possible symptoms on your list and continuing health problems.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gina,
      No, that is a different lady and we know of her, she lives in the state of Carolina and she is not feeling well (not a surprise to us). We invited her to the group but she declined. I did not get my implants until late 2005 and I was explanted in Jan 2013.

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  121. Denise Stein

    I have had a double masectomy then implant it’s been since 2013 and I have a lot of these symptoms.. what do I do next ?? Go to doctor and tell them I want them out ? I need help

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Denise,
      Yes, you can go to your family doctor or the surgeon that did your reconstruction but ensure that your explant is proper which means En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy (remove implants and all capsule tissue in a manner that protects you from contamination of the contents inside the capsule).

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  122. Tanna

    I am starting to wonder about my implants after hearing of this. my implants are 10 years old but lately I’ve had unexplained dizziness, lightheadedness, feeling like I need to catch my breath/breath deep for no reason, my potassium is elevated, by alk phos is elevated, my liver tests (MCV, MCH and MCHC are all at very top limit of “normal range” and my eosinophils are elevated. My doctor is doing more tests to try to tease out what is going on but I am starting to suspect needing them out. Until then I’m drinking lots of water and on reduced potassium diet.

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    1. Missy

      Tanna, definitely sounds like breast implant I’ll ess to me. Go to Nicole’s FB Page “Breast implant illness and healing with Nicole” and you will get more answers! God speed!

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  123. Autumn

    I am very thankful for this website, first time I found it was in the middle of October of 2018. I had my saline implants done in 2007, with no complications and healed perfectly fine, never experiencing an issue with the implants themselves.
    In April of 2013, I got married for the second time. I already had 3 children from my previous marriage and NEVER had any issues with UTI’s. I had 12 UTI’s my first year of marriage. I went to a urologist who told me that we could do a procedure, but he would like me to first try something else due to me getting remarried that year and not being sexually active for a long time in between marriages. It worked!!! I need to go to the bathroom right before intercourse and right after, sitting on the toilet for at least 10 minutes afterwards, pushing now and then. If I don’t do this, I will get a UTI. He was hoping I would need to do this for a year. I still need to do this routine to this day, almost 6 years later!!!
    In March of 2018, at 39 years old, I had my first case of shingles. While getting the blood work done to confirm if it was in fact shingles ( because the sores were on the roof of my mouth and I had horrible pain in my left eye and head); I asked the doctor to run a panel on some common food items. At the time I thought I may have developed an intolerance to gluten, wheat, and milk. The blood work came back and revealed that I have MANY food intolerance’s, which made me have to switch to a strict paleo diet with the addition of a few other food items that am restricted from. I love doing research and learning on my own about many different topics, so natuarally, I would read up on food intolances , causes of them, and effects on the body. In October of 2018, an article referenced “medical devices” and was highlighted to click on it for a list of them. I was devastated to read breast implants as one example. I frantically started researching this topic and found this website, along with the doctor list of who explants correctly. I was so upset to ready the long list of medical issues they can cause and made the decision within 2 days to explant. It is an expensive surgery but well worth your health and peace of mind for the future. I made a consultation that week for November 20, 2018 and scheduled my surgery for January 30, 2019.
    I have experienced some of the symptoms listed above: food intolerances, brain fog, memory loss, many UTI’s since 2013, shingles, I need to sleep for at least 20 minutes every afternoon when I get home from work or I could pass out by 8pm, a low libido, very sore and aching joints.
    I know that many others have and are experiencing problems that are much worse and have impacted their lives tremendously. I just know for myself that what I have learned recently about breast implants has scared me so badly that I want these horrible things out ASAP!!!
    If anyone is reading these comments and is contemplating having your implants removed– PLEASE DO. Your health, your future, your worth as a woman is worth so much more then having fake boobs!!! You have no idea what they could be doing to you, what they have contributed to, and what they could do to your body in the future.
    I am very regretful of ever getting implants, and now having the realization that I could have helped these health problems exist in my life; very upsetting!
    I have 3 children (19, 15, 14 years old), I breast fed all 3 children, I am only a full B cup with my implants so I will be very, very small when they are out; I am 40 years old now so gravity will not be my friend in this circumstance (ha ha ha)—- BUT my breasts/ my body WILL BE HEALTHIER!!! That is all that matters at the end of the day. There are so many things that are out of our control on a daily basis; but this is one thing that you never need to put in your body; or now having this information, you can take care of appropriately.
    I wish all of you better health who are reading this website. God bless you on this journey and your recovery time if you choose to explant.

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    1. Cristina Olivares

      Wow so much sounds familiar and we are the same age. The last 2-3 years I feel I have aged 10. I breastfed my son 2012-2014 and my right breast is now capsulated. I have very sore knees and now elbows. Please let me know how everything goes!

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  124. Corinne lenoir

    I’ve had my Saline under the muscle for almost 25 years, the last years and a half I’ve had a cough, brocnchitis, never a fever , usually a round of a z pac helps, but the cough is always there. Shoulder, hip and mid back. I attributed to my work or age (59) i have a consult appt next month for removal, the drs kept saying you have asthma, or allergy, no ever mentioned implants, this makes me feel even worse. The last 5 days the cough is so bad I pee myself, the antibiotics didn’t work this time, wondering if I need a anti fungus drug. I’m missing work, I’m exhausted

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  125. Lyette

    Bonjour,

    Je n’ai pas de compte facebook et je n’en désire pas. Par contre, votre site est très bien fait et toutes les informations importantes s’y trouvent. Bravo pour la construction de ce site qui regorge de précieux conseils. Et quel beau geste humain de votre part. Merci à vous.

    Pour ma part, j’ai des implants depuis 2004 et j’ai reçu un diagnostic de polyarthrite rhumatoide… Alors, j’ai besoin de trouver un chirurgien qui maîtrise la technique pour procéder à un explant en bloc. SVP, auriez-vous de bonnes références pour un chirurgien au Québec?

    Merci encore de ce que vous faites pour toutes les femmes.
    Lyette

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  126. Wendy Soltys

    I am a 67 year old woman that had bilateral mastectomy surgery in 2014. About 2 years later I was depressed and have anxiety, trembling all the time for no reason. Anti-depressant make me suicidal so I can’t take them and I have tried many different ones. I also have memory loss, joint pain, poor sleep, throat clearing, cough, a metallic taste in my mouth occationally, a lot of bowel movements all day, and I just got eczema on my face. I am not on Facebook and live in Redmond Oregon. I hope you can give me a list of doctors because I don’t care if I have breasts, I want them out. I have silicone tectured gel implants because they hold up better when you don’t have any breast tissue. Please help. I can’t even spell anymore.

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  127. Gabriele West

    Where do I start to explant. I am hoping my medical insurance should cover a significant part due to declining health concerns. I am getting sicker each day. I don’t have one day any longer where I am pain free. My best days may be a 1-2 ON MY BEST DAYS and may not include the whole day. My worst, given a truthful number, puts my pain level at a 6-8 on a 1-10 pain scale. I’m scared. It’s like a slow death:(
    Any related advice would be a start and helpful. I am a NICU RN and this requires extensive energy to do my job and perform my tasks, which I seem to losing. I want back to my baseline of who I am.
    Gabriele West

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gabriele,
      Planning your explant is the first real step to getting well. Make sure your explant is En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy which means remove all capsule tissue in a manner that protects you from contamination of a possibly ruptured or leaking implants. Insurance may cover and some policies do cover explant for medically approved reasons such as rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infections. Get a full copy of your health insurance and read how you may be covered for explant. Choose a surgeon dedicated to removing all capsule tissue. Your healing will unfold over several months and even a few years after explant.

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  128. Stephene

    I feel so blessed to have found this site and all of you. I knew something was wrong with me but none of the tests ever showed anything significant. I finally found an endocrinologist that would see me without a referral. By our conversation’s I knew he believed me and truly wanted to help so, he ordered a large panel and found a few things, low D3, low iron stores, some thyroid dysfunction, but all were either just inside the normal range or just slightly outside. Mu symptoms did not equal the test results. I have spent thousands of dollars and visited many doctors with no answers. I was beginning to think maybe it was all in my head. I have been suffering from many of these different illnesses for about 10 years. I had my breast augmentation in 1997, saline implants. About 10 years ago I started having insomnia combined with anxiety at night. I also had trouble controlling my weight. All diets failed even though I lead a healthy lifestyle. Then extreme fatigue started to occur. I was always very energetic and could barely make it past one or two in the afternoon; so tired but couldn’t sleep. Memory loss was so significant that as the symptoms started to occur I noticed immediately. I have been someone that could remember things I read/learned easily, maybe even the page number a particular graph or chart was located on. I now struggle with coming up with simple words at times. I noticed food sensitivities would come and go to a variety of different foods. Sensitivity to temperature in my hands and feet. Low or no libido. Aging very quickly over a short period of time; very noticeable in pictures. Large changes in the texture and appearance of my skin. Extreme dryness in my hair skin and nails. Hair thinning. Slow growing hair. Dehydration while I consumed plenty of water daily. Huge menstrual cycle changes. Appearing to have menopause or perimenopause. Chronic back pain that was so significant it prevented activities and I almost stepped away from my career because of it. Feelings of isolation and wanting to be isolated. Body odor changes. I now know that my breast implants have been the cause of all of my pain and suffering these past 10 years and must be removed. I have no hesitation in this decision. I want to just be me again. My only concern is how to choose a plastic surgeon to complete the surgery. Are there any recommendations? How will I know if any of the surgeons in my local area are competent to Explant? Please Help, I want these removed as soon as possible.

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    1. Deanna Black

      I just cried ready your story. It is a mirror image of mine. I have an appt for a consult on the 30th of this month. I am praying this will change my life back to the way it was.

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  129. Kim

    I have had implants for approx 25 years and have experienced many of the symptoms including symptoms of Bia alcl. I was diagnosed last year with Sjogrens and am currently seeing a Rhuematologist who wants to rest for other autoimmune issues. I am in the process of searching for a good explant surgeon.

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    1. Donna

      I have symptoms of Sjogrens, having onset of Rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue disease.. NO HEALTH INSURANCE and have had SO MANY “conventional modern medicine” tests (mri, colonoscopies, ct’s..over and over) ..My liver is always swollen THOUGH I do now so many herbal cleanse for liver and kidney PLUS take Juniper berry (which really helps my kidbeys) that THEY have ADDED to my HEALTH troubles TRMENDOUSLY with ZERO ANSWERS! .. I would like to see an update from you. Prayers for you! God bless you all!

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  130. Diane Rivera

    Interesting article. I have two implants due to cancer, since 2002 and another in 2012. I have almost everything thing listed in this article. Have had four surgeries due to complications. Still need another one due to implants falling and not being even. I am 65 and in terrible health. I push to do anything. But, I must admit, I’m vain and cannot see myself without breasts. I have peripheral neuropathy and am going to Stanford hospital. Dr. Vue excellent nuro surgeon has also said I have an underlying problem. I have another appointment to have more tests. I will share this article with him. And maybe he will find the cause for some of my issues. Otherwise, I seriously need to figure out what to do? Some may say that it’s a no brainer! However, I still want to look feminine 😩

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    1. Sarah

      Hi Dianne, i agree i wanted to look feminine to. I had mine removed and it was the best choice I’ve ever made. My symptoms were almost all gone in a week. I actually did a fat transfer so i would have some kind of breast and it was made of me. Love love love

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  131. Jasmine

    I’m 24yrs old and have had my implants for 4yrs now, I have experienced a lot of these symptoms but have been diagnosed with coeliac disease, I have been on this new diet for about 6 months and still feel the same way, I am now doubting whether my food allergy is caused from my implants ?

    If I was to get them removed how long did it take for anyone to feel an improvement in their health ??
    I really don’t want to take them out to find out I don’t have BII but what if I do and if it will make a difference to my health then I guess that’s more important than aesthetic appearances.
    Any advice would help!
    I’m from Australia also so if anyone has a doctor they could recommend that I talk to that would be great!!

    -jasmine

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jasmine,
      As long as you are explanted properly (which means all capsule tissue is removed), many ladies feel relief of some symptoms right after explant and other symptoms may take about a year to recede entirely. You are young and should heal quickly as long as your support your healing with good diet.

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  132. Judith Louise Thibault

    Dec. 29th 2018
    Hi Nicole Daruda,
    I heard about you as I was listening to a documentary on French CBC called «Implants mammaires, danger sous la peau». I am aware you met those journalists. Afterwards, I watched The Marketplace on the same topic (CBC English).
    I feel some hope and am thankfull to you since I heard of your group of solidarity and your brave combat.

    Here is what I experienced since August 2015 till now, three surgeries later :
    I had two full mastectomies and reconstruction was done at the same time with Mentor saline implants (I personally never asked for implants; it was kind of compulsory and in the province of Québec, we have Medicare so everything was free). Since it was the modus operandi, I opted for a saline one because I had read they were less detrimental. The first cancer was in the right breast :cancer «in situ», high grade : surgery August 2015; then the cancer found in the left breast was also a cancer «in situ» but hormono dépendant this time : surgery January 2017.
    With the saline implants, you need a small surgery, months later to take off the «port» of the implant (a plastic distributor to inject saline). For the right implant, things went pretty well. The second time, with the left saline implant, the membrane ruptured and I have felt a lot of liquid leeking all over. The plastician cleaned as much as she could with the nurse and then she told me that she would soon schedule me for I would need another general surgery. That was done end of April 2018; the Dr plastician replaced both implants (because since I was still aching a lot in my right implant of 2015, I requested she takes care of both); the plastician installed Mentor gel implants instead of saline ones without consulting me. Since then I am weeker, feeling exhausted . I want to live. I am married 41 years to a kind husband and we are the grandparents of three beautiful grandchildren. I want to get back to my former energy level. After all, I am only 67 years old and still have projects to self actualize. But right now, to tell you the truth, I am scared and wonder if this is slow death.
    Positive fact : I decided to explant. I phoned Dr Feng’s clinic and spoke with a certain Dory on Dec. 19th 2018. She took some details about me like my E-Mail and phone number and will pass them on to Linda.

    Here is my list of Symptoms :
    Extreme fatigue ( I have to go to bed once or twice daily, suddenly exhausted);
    Memory loss ;
    Hair loss ;
    Weight problems (going upwards);
    Shortness of breath ;
    Decline in vision and hearing;
    Ear ringing /Acouphenes (constant noise in the ears)
    Back pains (lower back and omoplates level as well;
    Thoracique pain /rib pains on the right side;
    Sensitive sternum; general chest discomfort;
    Pain and burning sensation around implants and underarms;
    Kidney dysfunction / Major rise of creatinine level according to blood tests results of May 2018 ;
    Frequent urination;
    Skin rashes : very itchy forehands (from elbows to wrists) when I wake up in the morning; also rash on abdomen at times (all this is new to me)
    Pressure behind eyes ;
    Loss of sensitivity under the plant and toes of both feet and aching on top of the feet.
    Low libido;
    Easy bruising;
    Throat clearing, cough, difficulty swallowing cold liquids;
    Reflux gastrique;
    Vertigo (not constant);
    Vaginal Infections (bacterian, fungal);
    Intolerant to heat / cold;
    Sudation disappeared;
    Dehydration for no reason;
    Anxiety, depression;
    Fear of being dying.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Judith,
      I am so happy that you found us. Silicone breast implants ARE a slow death. The toxic chemicals and heavy metals used to make the shells and the gel inside poison us destroying our health and well being. I’m so happy that you are going to Dr. Feng, you are in good hands with her and you will start healing and getting your health and life back once explanted. Come to our facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Healingbreastimplantillness/.

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    2. Karine Belanger de Laval, Québec, Canada

      Bonjour je suis Karine
      je suis sérieusement malade et hypothéquer moi aussi
      Je suis décider pour une explantation,mais avant de choisir
      un chirurgien,j’aimerais avoir une discution,opinion
      de femme après convalescence d’une explantation.
      Me conseillerais tu de faire la route pour aller voir Dr
      Lu jean feng ? as tu aimer cette Chirurgien.
      est tu satisfaite du résultat interne et Externe
      As tu opter pour un lift etc…
      comment va tu
      Je ne suis pas très expérimenter avec les courriels
      alors je te laisse mon telephone 514 603 9449
      merci a l’avance pour tes nouvelles

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  133. Connie McClain

    My daughter has implants she’s had them for 3 years. Lately she’s has had health problems. Her heart, depression, anxiety fatigue. I really would like to show her this web page but I don’t know how to tell her about it. My older daughter is a nurse and I thought about showing it to her in hopes she could talk to my other daughter about it. I don’t know what to do. Your input would help me greatly. Thank you.

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  134. Shannon Shaughnessy

    I’m very ill right now with all the symptoms of breast implant illness. I had my implants in 2007. Can you please help me.

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  135. kimmmy

    It feels like a huge weight is pressing on my lung. My breast started getting hard gradually and now it is round, hard, tender and is making it hard to breathe. i had breast cancer 1992 with a saline implant put in 1994.

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  136. Mrs June Carter

    I have had silicone implants for 10 years and am now having heart palpitations, headaches, nausea and insomnia. Could this be the implants breaking down. I have had these symptoms for some time now. My doctor can’t diagnose me. Very worried.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi June,
      The symptoms you listed are symptoms of breast implant illness and are being experienced by thousands of women with silicone breast implants.

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      1. Mrs June Carter

        Thank you for replying to me. In some ways it’s comforting to know I am not alone but this illness is destroying lives. Wish I knew all this information before having implants. I have now seen a consultant from a Bupa hospital who specialises in Explant and am booked to have my implants removed on 30th Jan 2019. Will let you know if I improve.

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  137. Milly

    Hi,
    I hope your well.
    I need help please!! I am from the U.K and I can’t find any English info about this disease, and my doctor is completley clueless. I am a 19 year old girl, and was previously very healthy physically, but I have always struggled with Mental Health. I had my boobs enlarged September 2017, and it has improved my confidence so much, I am so in love with them and they made me feel so much better in myself. I was so pleased with my desicion.
    At the time, the insicion got infected and I was given antibiotics and apparently I recovered and that was that. Could this have caused further damage than they made out?
    All year, I felt a slight sense of faintness, lack of energy and motivation and my mental health got out of control with a sense of detachment from reality. I thought the physical symptoms were due to my increased stressed and anxiety, allthought i didn’t know why it had got so bad and I felt powerless.
    However, in the last few months my physical symptoms got out of control. I have constant chest pain, that makes me feel like I can’t breath. My vision feels so bad, I actually have to screw my face to read my computer screen at work. Constant nausea and seemingly intolerant to any food. I used to be able to eat what I wanted, when I wanted. Not only that but weird unexplained symptoms, that have made my doctors view me as a massive hypochondriac, such as itchy ears, headaches, a constant feeling of hunger but no appetite, joint pain, weird headaches.
    I have changed my diet, and started to feel a bit more like myself. However, I am still a shadow of the person I once was.
    I don’t know if all these symptoms are due to my poor mental health, some lifestyle choices I made like drinking and smoking and a generally poor diet or my B.A?
    I also came up as having produced an antibody to Lyme’s disease Borrelia, but as it was only 1, I didn’t qualify for a diagnoses of actually having the disease. I have had every other test under the sun and every test shows I am a normal, healthy 19 year old.
    Please someone help me. I have absolutley no money nor time to even consider another surgery. My anxiety is already out of control even thinking about this. My parents didn’t even know I had the surgery and the thought of going back to my horrible chest before actually sickens me
    I feel so alone, someone please help. Should I wait a few months and continue with health eating etc and see what happens? Is it possible to build up your immune system / detoxify without having them taken out?

    Thanks so much

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  138. Dee

    I am just blown away by this Site my friend showed me. Because I have all the illness listed but just had an MRI of my right shoulder and have been hit with yet another surgery next year for my second in bone cyst. First was in my jaw. Lost 3 healthy teeth and jaw bone. Now in my right collar bone. Could my implants of 12 years be causing this?

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  139. April Ossio

    I have implants that are badly capsulised, I want to get them out. I’m just waiting for the right time as I have three little ones. I wish I never go the bloody things

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  140. Cynthia

    Hi, I’m so glad I found this site. I had breast augmentation in 2008 (silicone) and honestly I’ve regretted it ever since. My husband thinks everything I’ve experienced is just normal stuff but I know that I haven’t felt the same since. My symptoms didn’t start right away but slowly things started happening. Had severe flare up of carpal tunnel syndrome, no more libido, skin breakouts appearing on my neck and back, skin cysts , achy joints and legs, chest pain, anxiety and fast resting heart rate . ( also had hysterectomy and gallbladder removal) The weird thing is I’ve been tested for EVERYTHING and my blood work and vitals come back perfect. They always tell me I’m lucky to be in such great shape. I want the implants gone but then I’m so afraid what if I get them out and nothing goes away. I got my implants in 2008 with supposedly a very high grade “gummy bear” type silicone. Anyone that can share their explant experience would be so helpful. Thank you.

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  141. Valerie lavoie

    I’m so Tired since 5 years. I add implant since 8 year. Doctor did not find What I havé. I passed too much test. They find Nothing.
    My back is hurt, omoplates and cervical
    No memories
    Chronic fatigue
    Fibromyalgia probably.
    I am from Quebec and I need I Good surgery.

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  142. anne Malone

    I had reconstruction 18 years ago because of breast cancer, I had a saline implant , Lately that implant has become hard at times and painful. I have developed adrenal insuffiency, Immune disease and back pain straight through from the side I have the implant.

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  143. Stacy

    My daughter sent this to me. I’ve been diagnosed with POTS and Dysautonomia. I do have a lot of the above symptoms. Which all fall in line with my diagnosis.
    I did have a lot of my symptoms pre-implants. So, I’m not sure if I should be worried and thinking about having them removed. I’m almost 3 years post-op.
    I’m really confused about this and don’t know what to think.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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  144. Wadia Boyadjian

    I live in Lake Forest , California and I have all these symptoms from my silicone breast implants , will my body recover from all these symptoms by removing them as soon as possible , how can I find a surgeon that I can trust to remove the implants plus any residue that I accumulated in my body ! Please give me some references ! Thank you !

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  145. Lillian A. Kramer

    HI reading over your symptoms due to breastimplants, I do have half of them on going. The ones mist irritating to me now,is the dry eye and vision decline and the itchy painful skin rash around ankles and legs. FUN GAL INFECTIONS in toe,feet area. Treating with cremes and new socks daily routines , but doesn’t eiminate dry skin itchyness. My regular Dr’s treatments are for fungal cremes, but nothing toward the continous cause of this rash. HAD SALINE BREAST IMPLANT,LEFT SIDE ONLY IN 1988. My past MD’S. wanted no part in treating or recognizing health problems with breasts implants. Now maybe more help is on my way with your organization.. Lillian Kramer

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  146. Lise Peyser

    Hello, I have saline implants that have been in for 20 years. recently I have a rash between my breast for 2 months, I have gone to two dermatologist and neither know
    what is causing this rash . It is itchy and driving me crazy. Do you think it could be the saline implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lise,
      Rashes and rashes between the breasts are really common with breast implants and are usually fungal in nature but can also be allergic type rashes due to autoimmune types responses of your body to your implants.

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  147. Pat

    Hello I am reading your site because my daughter has so many health problems in the last eight years since she had breast implants. She is 33 years old. I know she is thinking about getting an explant soon and I think that will be a very good choice. I just wanted to share with everyone the article that came out in the newspapers today I think you could Google it it is entitled “Breast implants reveal problems and tracking safety” by Megan Hoyer

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  148. Lynda Bouvier

    Hi,
    I had the same silicone implants for the pass 30 years, I am 53 years old today and wonder if all the inflammatory problems and disease Inhave are caused by my breast implants when I was just getting them remplace this week and getting at same time lift, when I heard tonight on the news about all the hidden illnesses related to breast implants. I did some research and found your website.

    I’ve been diagnosed with an auto immune illness called “Ankylosing spondylitis” at age 40, it took 11 years and I don’t jnow bow many specialist to find out what I had, its only after I had a Uveitis, which is an inflamation illness of the Uvea, I tested positive for the gene HLA-B27 and they than finally discovered what I had , an inflammatory disease of my auto immune system.
    I just left a message to the secretary of my Surgeon to advise her that my surgery will take place on Thursday but will probably be an Explant. I had questions about the peocess, how my breast will look like, do I still need to do a lift etc.
    Anyone can let me know what our breast look like after the explant? Do I stilk need to do a lift?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lynda,
      Please ensure that your surgeon knows how to explant properly which means En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy (remove all capsule tissue) and you may or may not need a lift, your surgeon will help you decide. Not everyone needs a lift after explant as if implants are not too big our skin retracts and fluffs on some. The most important thing so you recover your health and overcome the autoimmune likely brought on by your implants is to ensure you explant is done properly. Ensure he has experience doing explants and can prove his skill to you via showing you En Bloc / Full Capsulectomy photos of his explants. You don’t want to have to repeat this surgery.

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      1. Kat

        Hi admin. How long does it take for the body to heal post explant? I had mine removed almost two years ago and am still dealing with adrenal insufficiency and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Kat,
          My Hashimoto’s started healing about six months after explant but my adrenals took much, much longer and are still sensitive at times. Make sure you do not have an underlying fungal infection as that in itself can cause hypoadrenals. Also what about metals? Do you have mercury fillings or other heavy metals in your body? Heavy metals are very hard on our kidney and adrenals. Do you eat enough protein to heal your thyroid? Protein is the number one nutrient for healing thyroids. Also check for important vitamin deficiencies such as B12 and Vitamin D and others. At over three years post explant I was still experiencing afternoon fatigue, joint/muscle pain, brain fog and inflammation but when I started hydroxy B12 shots that all went away. Keep sussing out things Kat.

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  149. Jen

    I’m pretty sure I have a ruptured silicone implant (4 years old) there is a large hard lump accompanied by a skin sore that will not heal. I have pain in my chest daily with swollen lymph nodes in my armpit/neck area. Sometimes in my back directly behind the implant area. Just curious if anyone else has had anything similar and if I should just skip all of the testing and just go straight to finding a surgeon to explant.

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  150. kim

    I had bilateral breast augmentation on the 17th Aug 2018. I am extremely happy with the physical results from my surgery.

    Since having the surgery I have been experiencing numerous symptoms in which I was not fit to return to work for 8 weeks post op. 3 weeks after my operation I begun to experience intermittent swelling of my hands and feet with pins and needles in my fingers and toes, mainly in the mornings. My hands become extremely cold and I am struggling to feel warm. Alongside this I am experiencing burning in my limbs, causing me to feel I have flue like symptoms.
    I am also experiencing extreme fatigue, I have had my duties changed at work as I am unable to concentrate and stand for long periods. If pressure is applied to my limbs or I bang myself the pain will continue to remain in that area for a duration of time. I am experiencing tinnitus in my ear which is causing my balance to unsteady and become dizzy at times.
    I have chest tightness in my left side and feel my heart rate increases at times. I have experienced a rash on 2 occasions on my face which will last a day or so. I have had antibiotics a few times during these times for a urine infection. I have also been prescribed Naproxen 250mg and omeprazole 20mg. This has reduced my swelling however not the burning sensation in my limbs.
    I was referred to a rheumatologist who has found no evidence of any rheumatoid conditions. A referral to the breast surgeons was made today by my GP, it was suggested these symptoms could be related to my recent surgery.
    I was generally fit and active with much energy before my operation. This has had a detrimental effect on my mental health, I am experiencing anxiety which in turn is causing me depression. Some days my symptoms are severe causing me to lose motivation in getting up and getting out of bed and carry out my daily activities.

    I would be grateful for any advice, if you are aware of similar symptoms occurring post surgery or post breast augmentation.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Some women have immediate negative health reactions to their breast implants and this can even be predicated by your genes. Please come to the facebook group where we can coach you.

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  151. Joan adams

    19 years ago I was disagnosed with breast cancer. The breast was removed and silicone implant inserted. Ths was a medical error but in New Zealand we are not alllowed to sue medical people but have ACC which awwarded me $28.54 per week for life. Overr the past 4 years I have been feeling ill, fatigue, hot flushes, night sweats, dry mouth, on and on I could go. My doctor dismisses that it is all due to breast implant but says its Parkinsons disease. Even on the 1 madopar rapid ttablet a day it has not improved my health. How can I get a test done to prove I do not have silicone problems. I am a New Zealander.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Joan,
      It’s your breast implants, don’t bother trying to prove it and don’t listen to medical professionals telling you silicone is safe in the body, it is not safe. Silicone is made up of toxic, endocrine disrupting chemicals. Every implants bleeds, leaks and ruptures much earlier than they say it will. Many implants are microscopically bleeding out their toxic gel after a few years in your body and most silicone implants are well leaking by 6 to 8 years and many even rupture before ten years. You have had your implant for 19 years there is no question it is contaminating you. Further, capsules which are the scar tissue your body builds around implants, have biofilms of bacteria and other microorganisms. You need to find a surgeon to explant your breast implant properly which means En Bloc / Full Capsulectomy. Please see our surgeon’s list here, scroll down until you get to Aus/NZ: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/

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  152. Oh

    Please, can anyone help me.My name is christine, I have been suffering with a ruptured silicone implant for a year or longer. But was only notified 3 weeks ago of my rupture I have been to doctor after doctor hospital after Hospital, a year ago I had asked if it could be my implant and I was told no, unfortunately I was not the case I have every symptom but one and have been suffering so long and I am getting thicker as each day goes by, I can’t afford to have them removed my insurance company cannot find a plastic surgeon that will remove them, I do not know how the rupture happened I have had no trauma to my chest whatsoever. I’m finding it hard to find an attorney that will stand up for me because they say there is no real proof that the silicone implants have done this to me, I’m getting to where I can hardly walk I can hardly write losing my hair memory loss is terrible the depression has been out of control to where I was put on anti-depressants the pain has been so bad that as embarrassed as I am to say attempted suicide twice. If there is anyone out there I have read all your stories you are me, can you please help me I do feel like I am dying, or I am going to die if I don’t get these removed. Can someone please guide me in the right direction so that I can get help and don’t end up in a wheelchair or Worse death.
    Carefully sobbing, Christine.

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    1. karen

      I’m so sorry about your problems. Yes, I heard that there are Drs. that will file insurance. You need those toxic bags out of your body asap. Even if you have to charge it on a credit card if that would be possible. I have been almost bedridden and very depressed because of my implants. 37 yrs. that I have them in..They are coming out on 1/7. I belong to the Breast Illness group, they have been a lifesaver. I feel your pain! Good luck.

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  153. Stephanie

    I requested joining your Facebook group. I have mentor silicone implants since 2002 and have 75% of the illness symptoms. I’ve never done FB before, so the account is sparse. MRI in September shows both implants are leaking intercapsule, with fluid around each. Very worried! Implanted at 39, and started having issues with dry eyes and lips within the first year. I never associated it with the implants. Severe fatigue, dizziness, sjogrens, leaky gut, GERD, acid reflux, joint pain, and the list goes on. My HMO primary referred me to the plastic surgeon earlier this month, and a request for removal has been submitted to my insurance; still waiting to hear if it will be covered. I will not be replacing and I am hoping to reverse some of the damage done and prevent further deterioration of my health.

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  154. Shirley craft

    I have all the symptoms and said I had fibromyalgia and now they want to take out my colon because of all the gut problems. They cannot get my thyroid under check a

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  155. Janine

    I have autoimmune,viltilgo,stiff person syndrome,I had mine for 30yrs Kaiser is now going to them out after asking to have them remove for 5yrs Nov 23th is my date

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    1. Jamie

      Janine,
      I also have Kaiser. How did you get them to cover your explant surgery? I hope it all went well and you are well on your way to recovery!
      Jamie

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  156. Teresa

    I need to know where to go to get this test done. I’ve had mine implants for 17yrs, last 7yrs have been real tired now I feel like I’m having trouble breathing.
    My dr. said I was just fine but blood pressure is160/90 has been high for the last 2yrs.

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  157. Laura B

    Hello. I had my saline implants put in February 2001 after having two children. I was 37. Over the past 5 years or more I was told I have Reynard, RA, thyroid nodules… about two years ago I mentioned to my PCP and ob gyn that I feel as though my implants may be leaking into the sides of my breast’s. It feels “cushy”. They both disagreed. I was told if I have saline implants and they ruptured, it would deflate. It’s still bothering me because you know in your head if somethings wrong. My anxiety was controlled but now I’m on two meds besides one for depression. I had a test by a nutritionist who showed me the results and said “you don’t shut off”. I’ve said that exact thing for years feeling like the energizer bunny. Insomnia is 99% if the time. I wake up tired and fatigued. Things have gotten really bad. I developed a cough out of the blue and within hours a had difficulty breathing and ended up in ER. They couldn’t figure out why. I’ve had many episodes of “gasping for air”. My limbs feel heavy and weak. I was going to the gym regularly for years. Now everything hurts. I have meniers disease but my vertigo was minimal until recently. Brain fog? Horrible!!! I feel like I’m 90 yrs old. I’m also experiencing blurred vision. NOW I have pain in my chest. It started on the left side leading me to think I could be having a heart attack. Pain then radiated to the middle of my chest. I considered going back to the ER. I’ve been to the cardiologist who doesn’t believe it’s heart related. I’m due to have ekg, stress test and ultrasound. After a number of days the pain was on the right side. Pain feels as though it’s under my breasts on my chest wall. It wakes me up at night when I move and hurts a lot more lying on my back. I feel toxic and as though my insides are “black”. I finally looked on the web for pain relating to implants. This info confirmed my thoughts. I’m now looking for a breast surgeon. I’m also having the Mirena IUD removed on Tuesday. I found out after 4+ years that having this and taking imitrex for migraines I can have a stroke!!! I was told by two doctors that implants usually last ten years but “if it isn’t bothering me leave it alone”. I wish I had found this site earlier. I had no idea all my symptoms could be related to one thing. I am looking to have new implants put in. Sounds crazy I know.

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  158. Tiffany Siler

    Right now I am in bed crying with anger and complete exhaustion from constantly feeling ill and chronically fatigued. I am scheduled for a consultation November 12 which cannot come quick enough. It’s like every week I’m getting worse. When did all of this go wrong (oh yea, November 2005) when I got my breast augmentation done. I believe that things happen for a reason and than tell myself that this happened to me so my 3 beautiful intelligent daughters will see that altering your body which involves a foreign material is dangerous, DEADLY and NOT WORTH IT.

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  159. Sam

    Can you tell me where you found the information on the HLA-B27 gene and silicone sensitivity? I have ankylosing spondylitis and am HLB-27 positive. This is very and I would like to do further research. I have saline implants (15 years now) and Mirena IUD. Working on having both removed.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sam,
      If you google HLA-B27, silicone implants, autoimmune diseases you will be able to pull up information on it. Also read about HLA-B27 on wiki which gives even further information.

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  160. Nikki

    I have for months now been left feeling like I am going mad, that i have been making up or faking my symptom & it’s all in my head. For months now it’s been Doctor appointments one after the other test after test scan after scan from head to toe only to be told each time that nothing was found & im perfectly health for someone of my age. Which makes me think more & more……
    Am i going mad ????????
    As of 3 yrs ago i was working two jobs 5 days a week one in the mornings 45 min walk each way + night job 15 min each way both jobs very physically demanding, I sooooo loved to walk everywhere I went I walked………
    These days are very very different I’m lucky if I get up to check the mail box not because I don’t want to but because most days i can’t this has been going on for close to 3yrs now some days are better than others but no day has ever been like it used to be before I lost my ability to walk out of the blue & for no apparent reason my legs just stopped working I can still walk to a degree but very limited.
    It’s as if my brain has stopped telling my legs what they should do, I also suffer with……
    *Memory (each day I forget the previous day)
    *Can’t hold a conversarion
    * bruise easily (black in colour)
    * Dry eyes
    * difficulty going up or down stairs (legs shake
    uncontrollable)
    * Heavy / Stiff legs
    * Leg pain/ Severe leg pain
    * Excessive cramping (lower & upper body)
    * Have to use my arms to bend or lift my legs
    * Balance (constantly falling down)
    * Extreme fatigue
    * Severe depression/ Anxiety
    * Weight gain
    * Skin colour change ( knee area turns dark redish
    colour after hot shower)
    * Extreamly cold feet
    * Pins + needles/ numbness both hands
    * Can’t stay comfortably seated or stand for long
    periods
    * Can no longer run, jog, hop, skip, jump or climb
    * Ect ect ect………..
    I have never been asked by my doctors if I have had any cosmetic surgery done & it never came to mind that my boobs could be the cause of all my health problems l was just about to give up & come to the realisation that it was all in my head & that I was just………….. GOING MAD 🤪
    Thanks to TV’s A Current Affair + my mum & dad for watching I was informed about the program on Breast Implant Illness, After watching the interview online then researching illness online so many of the things I was hearing & reading were the same if not extreamly close to what’s happening to my body. Finally I felt hope again now I know I’m Not going MAD, I picked up my phone called my doctors made my appointment I now want her to do any test needed for Breast Implant Illness and look at that as maybe the cause of all my ongoing poor health.
    Thank you so much to all that have spoken out & that have made aware this condition/illnesses without this new information my head & my heart would have given up on life all together 😊

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    1. Natassha

      Hi Nikki
      Natasha here. I have the same symptoms and I watched a current affair in shock. I am terrified and horrified and extremely tearful. I have been ill for 12 years!
      I have just had my first consultation with a plastic surgeon. I am in Brisbane. Can we chat.

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    2. Tammy

      I have had saline implants for 26 years, last march one of them started to leak. Right after that I started having (very slowly at first) feelings of depression, Anxiety and symptoms of dystonia. I am scheduled to see the surgeon this week and after reading about all the symptoms I am having them taken out and NOT replaced! Has anyone ever had any symptoms of dystonia? I totally believe it’s related because it started right after my implant started to leak. Now looking back I think there have been things going on in my body all along. I have always exercised and thank God I have been pretty serious about nutrition, I have juiced homemade organic vegetables for about 20 years and don’t eat processed foods or GMO products, which I think has helped, I will be doing a serious detox as soon as they come out which I have already started.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Tammy,
        Many ladies in the facebook group report Dystonia type symptoms which clear up after a proper explant!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Donna,
      After a proper explant most symptoms that came on due to implants eventually over time go away with a good diet and detox support.

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    2. Jen

      Mr surgeon told me 98% see local and 80% see systemic improvements by 2 yrs after explant. Placebo is less than 30%. Simple math ladies. Get em out.

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  161. Cindy Papale

    Thank you for this information. My implants have now been removed since 2016 (2 yrs). I suffer from raynaulds and sensitivities to foods and medications, connective tissue, high blood pressure, finally now controlled with Lisinopril, which helps the scleraderma I have on my skin to chest and arms. I also had a slight elevation of the parathyroid tested twice; one a little high, then back to normal. I did not detox. I do not have implants any longer. I work for a plastic surgeon who removed them and did fat transfer. I am author to 3 books and am happy I removed the implants. Not sure how long it will take for all these symptoms to go away, but hoping they will. Many doctors do not believe in implant illness for whatever reasons. Let’s not forget that it is a mult-billion dollar industry and there are many women with no symptoms. Thanks for letting me comment

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cindy,
      Did you have your capsules removed when you explanted your implants. We know the removing capsules correlates with healing from breast implant illness and leaving capsules may cause your symptoms to continue. It does take a couple years for some to detox and heal after years with implants.

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    2. Jenny

      Hi Cindy, I was diagnosed with Scleroderma last week and on one of the groups it was suggested that women consider breast implant removal if diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Did your Scleroderma affect the scarring and healing after your explant? I gather that because of the excess collagen that forms in Scleroderma patients all scarring is worse.
      Any comments would be appreciated.
      Thanks
      Jenny

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    3. Elisha Conley

      Hi I also have a lot of the symptoms 🙄 🤔 that every one is talking about my breast surgeon suggested a Fat Transfer and I wondered if you would fill me in on what is done if I go that route Thank you galemakutty

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  162. Kim

    I was amazed with this article. I had my original implants that were coated with a rough type surface that deterred capsulising in approx 1988 after the birth of my children. I then had them replaced in 2012. I have been suffering from extreme fatigue for as long as I remember. I have had many of the symptoms mentioned and it has gotten worse recently. I have had heart changes and recently had an angiogram as my arm pained and veins bulged.
    I had an ultrasound after the angiogram as I was feeling burning in my neck. It showed that I have silicone in my lymph nodes.
    I am suffering from cognitive problems and brain fog as well as pain in my arm neck shoulder hands and feet joints.
    I now think that this is what is wrong. Thankyou

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  163. Tracy Vaught

    Wow!! I am so excited to have found this site. I am scheduled Nov 8th for an explant. This will be my 4th and last surgery, hopefully! I am 54 and had implants put in at age 23. I was very insecure and it was the 80’s! My original Dr, never told me that they would eventually fail me, he acted as though they would last forever. My most recent surgery was 6 years ago as I had a rupture. The surgery took 6 hours as the implant had ruptured and silicone had spread all over, especially near my lungs. I had drain bags for 3 weeks and almost had to have a transfusion due to a vast amount of blood loss. I wish I had never replaced them then…..
    I have fibromyalgia for 20 years and it is severe. I also have panic attacks and bad anxiety. Lately, since discovering the latest rupture last month, my panic attacks are really frightening! Shortness of breath, constant heartburn, constipation and digestion issues, insomnia….I could go on. Trying to keep up with my demanding job has been really difficult lately.
    Thank you all so much for sharing, it is so helpful! I am so excited for my removal Nov 8th and am hoping this helps me! Also praying for no drain bags!
    xoxox
    Tracy

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    1. Esther R. Ellington

      Hi there … I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND YOUR SITE…!!! AND I DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP BEFORE SILICONE POISONING KILLS ME…!!!

      I’m now 53 years old – and I was born with Poland’s Syndrome – which meant I was missing the muscles that cover your ribcage on the right hand side – it also meant that my right breast DIDN’T DEVELOP. So I had my 1st implant installed when I was 17 years old – but it was “GROSSLY DISFIGURING” (as per the Plastic Surgeons Surgical Notes) and when I was 20 years old a NORMAL LOOKING Silicone Implant was installed. IT LOOKED PERFECT … BUT 3 WEEKS AFTER INSTALLATION I KNEW “SOMETHING WAS WRONG” AND THAT IT HAD SOMEHOW RUPTURED…!!! I SUDDENLY FELT POISONED and began having the strangest Medically CONFUSING SYMPTOMS … my Husband was a Doctor – so I had a wealth of Medical Knowledge handy at all times … HOWEVER – IT TOOK ME ONE AND A HALF YEARS BEFORE I FOUND A PLASTIC SURGEON WHO BELIEVED ME AND AGREED TO REMOVE THE IMPLANT…!!! After surgery – he told me that when he opened up my right breast “pocket” … my implant WAS LIKE ONE BIG LOOSE BALL OF STICKY GLUE … and he told me he used OVER 100 to 150 SURGICAL GLOVES TRYING TO REMOVE AS MUCH SILICONE AS HE COULD. He said that his nurse would put a fresh glove on and he would “smush” his gloved up hand around in my breast pocket – and the Silicone globules would adhere to his glove – then he would pull it out and she’d put another one on – and so on … he went thru this same process OVER 100+ TIMES trying to get as much Silicone out as he could. I HAVE HAD MANY SYMPTOMS of Silicone Toxicity over the years – HOWEVER … THINGS BECAME LIFE THREATENING ON JANUARY 3rd, 2011 when I had a Kidney Stone the size of a large marble – that had fully obstructed my right kidney – and I went into Septic Shock and almost died … and from then on I MY KIDNEYS HAVE BEEN MAKING KIDNEY STONES FASTER THAN I CAN PASS THEM … and sometimes it looks like I pee’d out a “sandbar” … I have ANOTHER kidney stone removal Surgery IN A FEW WEEKS – again … I’ve had surgery to remove kidney stones several times already over the last few years – and have been hospitalized for severe kidney infections way too often. Then in September, 2015 … I LOST MY HANDS OVER NIGHT…!!! I had ZERO hand and wrist problems my WHOLE LIFE … until I woke up one morning in September, 2015 WITH HANDS SEIZED LIKE CLAWS – SWOLLEN WRISTS – AND SCREAMING PAIN when I tried to straighten my now robotic fingers. I was diagnosed with SEVERE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS and my Rheumatologist SAID THAT IN ALL OF HIS MANY YEARS AS A RHEUMATOLOGIST – HE HAS NEVER SEEN R.A. ATTACK ANYONE AS QUICKLY OR AS VICIOUSLY AS IT HAD ATTACKED ME … and promptly started treating me with CHEMOTHERAPY. Bcuz of the Chemotherapy – I have to go for Bloodwork every few months to make sure the Chemo isn’t damaging my organs … so in January, 2018 – my Family Doctor sent me another Lab Requisition in the mail and said he just wanted to “double check” my results my WCB’s were elevated somewhat … and so went 6 months of “EXTRA LAB TESTS” and NEW AND STRANGE LAB TESTS … which when I googled them … TOLD ME THAT I WAS BEING TESTED FOR LEUKEMIA … although he DIDN’T TELL ME ABOUT ANY OF IT … then on June 20th, 2028 … IRONICALLY ENOUGH the 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY FATHER DYING FROM PANCRATIC AND LIVER CANCER … as I was sitting in my room thinking about my Dad … my phone rings … and when I answer it a chipper friendly voice tells me “Hi Esther – it’s Tara calling from the Cancer Clinic…” … 😂😂😂 … and YES I DID BURST OUT LAUGHING … and I said “so does this mean that someone is finally going to tell me that I have Leukemia” … and needless to say – the poor girl was stunned into silence before she said “you mean no one’s told you…???” … 😳 … poor Tara realized that she was the one to finally spill the Leukemia beans and TELL ME THE TRUTH … anyways … I have been to see my Oncologist – who told me that I have Chronic Lympocytic Leukemia – or CLL – which is in it’s early stages – but MY SYMPTOMS HAVE HIM SO BAFFLED HE IMMEDIATELY PUT ME ON A “GLOBAL LEUKEMIA STUDY” where they draw EXTRA BLOOD – 13 Tubes in total – and my blood goes for additional tests and the results are sent to Specialists around the world – and they all try to figure out what’s going on.

      My Urologist – Rheumatologist – and now my Oncologist HAVE ALL TOLD ME THAT EACH OF THE 3 PROBLEMS ARE BEHAVING UNLIKE ANYTHING THEY HAVE EVER SEEN OR EVEN READ ABOUT…!!! My Urologist accused me of being a “malingerer” and a “drug seeker” UNTIL HE SAW A TEST TUBE 3/4 FULL OF KIDNEY STONE SAND – AND AN ADDITIONAL 12 – 15 KIDNEY STONES BIG ENOUGH TO PICK UP WITH YOUR FINGERS – AND THIS WAS ONLY MY “KIDNEY STONE COLLECTION” FOR A 5 WEEK PERIOD 😱😳😱 needless to say his eyes bugged out of his head when he saw my “Collection” … my X-Ray that day also showed a Kidney Stone the size of a LIMA BEAN – and some other smaller ones … which HAVE TO BE SURGICALLY RMOVED – that’s my Surgery coming up. My Rheumatologist uttered the same sentiments and WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE OVER NIGHT ONSET OF MY R.A. – AND HE COULDN’T BELIEVE HOW SWOLLEN MY WRISTS WERE AND HOW SEIZED MY FINGERS WERE … he examined my hands and wrists – started writing his notes – and the stopped and suddenly grabbed my hands again and then exclaimed “WOW YOUR WRISTS ARE SO ANGRY…!!!” And AGAIN – my Oncologist UTTERED THE EXACT SAME SENTIMENTS … my blood shows that I’m in “the beginning” stage of CLL … but my symptoms ARE SEVERE AND MY CLL IS BEHAVING UNLIKE ANYTHING HE HAS EVER SEEN BEFORE 😳

      TO ME ALL OF THIS IS COMPLETELY NORMAL … I HAVE HAD A LIFETIME OF “STRANGE” MEDICAL PROBLEMS THAT I HAVE TO TAKE PICTURES OF AS THEY OCCUR – SIMPLY BCUZ DOCTORS DON’T BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL THEM … so I HAVE pictures to back up EVERYTHING I AM SAYING HERE … whatever is visual anyways. I scratch an itch and ONE SECOND LATER I HAVE BRUISES IN THE EXACT SHAPE OF MY SCRATCHES … I had blood drawn – and I had pressed the cotton ball on the needle puncture site for a good 15 seconds – when I lifted the cotton ball up BLOOD SQUIRTED OUT AND RAN DOWN MY ARM MAKING A HUGE BLOODY MESS on his floor … my “average” nights sleep is 14 HOURS TO 44 HOURS…!!! I HAVE GONE TO SLEEP ON FRIDAY EVENING AND HAVE WOKEN UP EARLY ON SUNDAY EVENING…!!! I could go on – but I think you get the picture.

      I DESPERATELY NEED HELP WITH MY SILICONE POISONING BCUZ IT MOST DEFINITELY IS SLOWLY KILLING ME…!!! Doctors here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – ARE NOT AT ALL familiar with “Silicone Toxicity” OR HOW TO TREAT IT…!!! SO THEY’RE TREATING EACH ILLNESS INDIVIDUALLY 😱😳😱 WHICH – IN MY OPINION – IS ALL COMPLETELY WRONG…!!! THEY NEED TO TREAT THE CAUSE OF ALL OF THESE SERIOUS ILLNESSES 😳 AND UNTIL THEY TREAT THE SILICONE POISONING – ALL THEY’RE DOING IS TRYING TO FIX MY BODY WITH BANDAIDS…!!! IT WON’T WORK DOING IT THEIR WAY…!!! However / I am blessed with 4 Doctors WHO DO BELIEVE IN SILICONE POISONING AS AN ACTUAL AND VERY REAL DIAGNOSIS … THEY JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO TREAT IT … HOW TO “CURE ME” BY REMOVING THE CAUSE OF EVERY ILLNESS … WHICH IS THE SILICONE POISONING.

      SO I AM IN A DIRE AND DESPERATE SITUATION … DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU COULD SEND ME…??? Information I can pass on to my Specialists so they can better understand what they’re dealing with and what they’re trying to fix. I had read an article that said that DIALYSIS IS THE WAY TO REMOVE SILICONE FROM THE BODY … AND THAT MAKES TOTAL 1,000% SENSE TO ME … BUT I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND THAT ARTICLE AGAIN 😳😢 … AND PERSONALLY … I THINK BCUZ MY RUPTURE HAPPENED WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD … which is now 33 YEARS AGO 😳 … IT HAS INFILTRATED EVERY CELL IN MY BODY – AND THE ONLY WAY THEY’LL EVER BE ABLE TO CLEAN IT OUT OF MY BODY IS BY DIALYSIS…!!! But I NEED medical documentation for this if I’m to find a Renal Specialist here who will order the Dialysis for me. Also … I HAVE FOUND OUT that Silicone Poisoning causes microscopic SILICA SAND TO FORM IN THE KIDNEYS – WHICH ACTS AS “SEED MATERIAL” FOR ALL OF THE MINERALS TO ADHERE TO … HENCE GROWING KIDNEY STONES AT AN ALARMING RATE 😳 my Kidneys have essentially become “Oysters” … except that I DON’T grow pearls and kidney stones AREN’T nearly as much fun either.

      ANYWAYS – I WOULD BE INSANELY GRATEFUL FOR ANY AND ALL INFORMATION YOU CAN SEND ME…!!! My e-mail address is: [email protected]

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING TO ME PRATTLE ON ABOUT ALL OF MY PROBLEMS lol … oh yea … don’t mind ALL OF THE CAPITAL LETTERS – I AM NOT YELLING 😂😂😂 I JUST HAVE BRUTALLY DRY EYES AND MY RIGHT EYE ACHES LIKE IT’S BEEN PUNCHED – AND THIS IS ALL THE TIME – 24/7 … SO I FIND CAPITAL LETTERS A LOT EASIER TO READ AND WORK WITH … NOT NEEDING TO SWITCH BETWEEN LOWER AND UPPER CASE ALL THE TIME IS MUCH EASIER FOR ME … ESPECIALLY WHEN MY HANDS AND FINGERS ARE SWOLLEN UP LIKE SAUSAGES – LIKE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW 😂

      THANK YOU SO MUCH…!!!
      TAKE CARE …
      AND GOD BLESS YOU…!!!

      SINCERELY YOURS,
      Esther R. Ellington
      Silicone Survivor (so far anyways 😂)

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  164. Penny McGill

    I have had implants for nearly 40 years. They were saline ones but one deflated after 5 years and it was replaced with a silicone one which I was not told about. For years I have had all the symptoms described..chronic fatigue particularly. I am 72 years old now. Had a mammogram last year and was told one (or both) had ruptured. The silicone one has been hard as a rock for years. Doctor sent me to see consultant at local nhs hospital who advised removal. I actually put off this as have been feeling so ill. With awful joint pains , headaches etc. breathlessness and insomnia. Now my explant scheduled for December and symptoms have worsened considerably. Bit worried about how body will cope with surgery and anaesthetic. Now I have discovered the help to heal site but I am not a Facebook member and do not wish to join. Is there any other way I can access the information please…thankyou…somewhat desperate to find help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Penny,
      There is no other way to access the group except on facebook, so sorry. Please reconsider a facebook profile so you can join.

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      1. Candi Cheney

        I’ve searched for “help to heal” site on FB and not able to locate it. I too have many symptoms of silicon poisoning and with insurance not cooperating to help with the removal and fear for what I might look like after, I’m distressed at what I should do. Please send me a link to the FB site. I’m trying to learn as much as I can.

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  165. Juanita

    Hello

    I cannot tell you how happy i am to have found this site. I am not really sure if i do have breast plant illness. I had my silicone implants 18 years ago. I developed an anxiety disorder +- 2 years after my implants. I have battled ever since with severe anxiety and panic. I have memory issues, constant brain fog, and i really battle to concentrate, I often feel very nervous in my body. Sometimes is lasts a full day (the Adrenalin just pumps away). More recently i have severe pain in the back of my shoulders and i also have had hip pain for a while now. Very recently the middle of my back is really painful. I have had a few tummy issues but that seems fine now. I recently started with night sweats. I am really not sure if these symptoms have anything to do with my implants. I would really like to hear from you. It would be such a blessing to get to the route cause. There are many symptoms you have listed that i do not have, so i am really not sure. I have just requested to join your face book page. Kind Regards
    PS i am not sure what the implants will look like now, probably a gooey mess.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Juanita,
      I’m happy that you joined the facebook group, your symptoms are classic breast implant illness symptoms.

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  166. JOHANNA

    Hello,

    I’m so glad I found this information. I had the saline breast implants on 2006 when I was 31 years old, I was a healthy person until I got them …..I’ve been suffering from the following since 7 years ago:

    FATIGUE
    BRAIN FOG, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING
    MUSCLE PAIN AND WEAKNESS, JOINT PAIN
    HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND HAIR
    WEIGHT PROBLEMS
    INFLAMMATION
    POOR SLEEP
    DRY EYES, DECLINE IN VISION, VISION DISTURBANCES
    LOW LIBIDO
    THROAT CLEARING, COUGH, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, CHOKING, REFLUX, METALLIC TASTES
    VERTIGO
    GASTROINTESTINAL AND DIGESTIVE ISSUES SUCH AS IBS, ACID REFLUX, GERD, GASTRITIS
    NIGHT SWEATS
    UTI INFECTIONS
    EAR RINGING
    SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE (gluten mostly)
    HEADACHES, OCULAR MIGRANES
    SLOW MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER ACTIVITY
    HEART PALPITATIONS, CHANGES IN NORMAL HEART RATE OR HEART PAIN
    SORE AND ACHING JOINTS OF SHOULDERS, HIPS, BACKBONE, HANDS AND FEET
    SWOLLEN AND TENDER LYMPH NODES IN BREAST AREA, UNDERARM, THROAT, NECK, GROIN
    BOUTS OF DEHYDRATION FOR NO REASON
    NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATIONS IN UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS
    COLD HANDS AND FEET
    CRAMPING
    ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS
    FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DYING
    SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA
    SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE

    I will have them removed ASASP. THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR THIS INFORMATION.

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  167. Shaun

    I have had saline implants for 13 years now, I have quite a few of the symptoms listed, plus recently very bad itchy rashes on my breasts which I scratch until bleeding as this is the only way it seems to stop the itch. I have wondered about my back pain as it’s right in between my shoulderblades in my back, was diagnosed with fibro about 9 years ago and chronic fatigue, I could sleep for days and still be tired. I’m definitely going to speak to my DR, this is very disturbing, I have wondered for a long time if maybe it was implants causing all this, now I think I know.

    Thank you for this great info xoxo

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  168. Binette espinel

    Im very thankful to have come across your page and all the good information I wonder how to filled a law suit I have been a victim I was diagnosed in 2008 with kidney disease very agresive immune disorder , as a result it dis lead me to dialysis , also they took my tyroid as well because it also attack my tyroid , etc this have been horrible have had two time a leak implant now I want them out how do I go about finding an attorney to sue this companies?

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  169. Cara Q

    Hi there I got mine implanted in December 2014 and will be seeing a surgeon next week to explant. I already had and have enough other issues so I wouldn’t know which is what but want these out just to see if they’ve heightened other issues plus I have GERDS and body aches but not sure if I had these before. Will keep everyone updated. Also if I take these out ASAP will I be on the safe side before it could get worse? Thanks I’m advance

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cara,
      The earlier you explant the better, the fewer symptoms you get and the quicker you heal and recover your health.

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    2. Esther

      Hi there Cara … I am SO SORRY that you are having problems like this … my Silicone Poisoning has left me with CHRONIC 24/7 Kidney Stones – Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis – and now Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia … and I had my ruptured implant REMOVED 32 YEARS AGO and NEVER HAD ANOTHER ONE INSTALLED…!!! I went for the Breast Reconstruction using MY OWN TISSUE 👍🏼 WHICH IS AWESOME…!!! YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR IMPLANTS REMOVED IMMEDIATELY HONEY…!!! My implant ruptured 3 WEEKS after installation and I only absorbed Silicone for a year and a half before it was removed … I couldn’t find a doctor who believed me that something was very wrong – so I COULDN’T GET IT REMOVED SOONER. If removal IS UP TO YOU Cara … DO IT ASAP…!!! Before it poisons you any more than it already has … take care Hun and I hope you feel better soon … and God Bless you … ❤️💋❤️

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  170. Anita

    I am so happy I found this website. For the last few months I’ve felt like I’ve been going crazy. I have only had my implants for 3 years and have experienced about 15 of these symptoms on the daily and have developed severe capsular contracture in my left implant within the last year. I am in such a terrible place financially, due to the debilitating fatigue, anxiety and depression I’ve become unemployed . I am currently trying my damnest to get back on my feet. Does anyone know of any financial help or any assistance in removal of implants? Like all the ladies here, i want these things out ASAP!

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  171. Brandy

    I’ve had my silicone implants for almost 5 yrs. Ever since I’ve gotten them health has deteriorated. Horrible back and chest pain diagnosed with RA..horrible fatigue..huge weight gain..irregular periods,high testosterone low progesterone..hot flashes.on & on

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  172. Gwen Baird

    Well the word’s out and spreading like wildfire. I had saline put in in 1997 and switched to gel in 2012. Brain fog, frequent urgent urination, back rashes, Rocasea, ear ringing and hair loss to name a few. I explanted in July and all but the ear ringing has improved dramatically. So thankful for this website!

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  173. Marie Armstrong

    its ALL true. Every word. And i would even go as far as to say that it was a humble description. I couldnt even swallow food without choking on it. The rash was purple and blue and huge and raised and hurt like hell. i became allergic to watermelon. Anyway, I had mine removed 6 1/2 years after implanting them. If i could save one person from ruining their life, i would definitely, and strongly, argue against anyone getting breast implants.
    Marie

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    1. Katherine

      Me too… and IBS, interstitial cystitis, chronic fatigue- it goes on & on. I was active duty military when I had them implanted in 1997- I was so young & insecure. They were experimenting on us, and I welcomed it.
      The VA will explain them with no reconstructive surgery.
      I’m a single parent with 3 jobs, one of which is very physically taxing. I really don’t know what to do. I can’t afford to have the capsulectomy or anything… I’m 46 years old and thrown back into the dating pool. I can’t imagine what I will look like when they remove the implants and just leave all this skin and damaged pectoral muscle… I’m really afraid.
      The VA would rather throw medication at me than perform a reconstruction. I’m paralyzed by the fear of the surgery, the recovery and the aftermath.

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  174. Doris Hall

    I am so thankful for finding this site. My implants have been in for 18 years. For about 5 years or so I have been experiencing most of these symptoms. I have had every test done, to no avail. I started to think it was the implants, but like so many others, I didn’t want to believe I did this to myself. However, I am now looking to have them removed, and I am so relieved that I can finally start getting healthy again. Feeling like you’re going crazy some days because the brain fog, ear ringing and complete utter forgetfulness ( as well as so many other symptoms, too many too mention) has been so frustrating.
    Thank you for all the wonderful stories and info that has been shared, I don’t feel so crazy:) , and so alone anymore.

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    1. Arlene joseph

      I’ve been feeling unwell for the last year or so Just discovered lump in breast I’ve 21 yr old implants silicon Referred hospital and after tests I have rupture both breasts and silicone leakage to glands and lymph under arms Now on list to have both removed After reading people’s comments I’m convinced implants leaking have caused me to feel unwell Extreme tiredness sore eyes aching joints brain fog etc Dreading surgery in a way but hoping I’ll feel better Not going to have replacements so also dreading what I’ll look like as I’m now 69 and had implants for 30 years as I had the first ones replaced after 10 yrs after they went hard

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  175. Kimmy

    This was such great literature ! I have shared this with many of my girlfriends. I am astonished at how many boxes I checked when reading over this materiel . Thank you so much for gathering this informative piece .

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  176. kathryn

    Hi From Queensland Australia

    I have had my silicone implants for 18 years and have always been really happy with them as breast feeding my first 2 kids left me with absolutely no breast tissue which was physiologically distressing as a woman! I have had constant chronic illnesses for approx 14 of these 18 years with chronic fungal issues, sibo, food intolerances, a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis, etc etc – the list of ailments is almost identical to the list of symptoms provided on this wonderful web page. I have been in denial as to whether the implants could be the reason behind such ill health until recently when i started to accept that i needed to look into the maintenance of them at the very least. I have had an ultrasound, which reported they were “normal”, I revisited the same Doctor who performed the original surgery and was told that unless there were any real problems with the implants themselves, just leave them as is! In the last few months I have had burning around the right breast with pain extending into the arm pit with the pain now waking me up during the night. I started to investigate illness associated with implants a few weeks ago, and was shocked to uncover multiple social media platforms documenting thousands of women who are suffering as I am, and who have had or are having explants. – all being attributed to BII! This week my health has truely declined – I can barely walk, due to joint pain and fatigue, I am so nauseated and I ache from head to toe. My right Breast is burning. I will be contacting a surgeon listed on this web site ASAP to start the explant process. I am TERRIFIED to say the least – frightened of the procedure, of the pain i know i must endure post op and of the disfigurement – but if other women out there are doing it, I can do it. We are collectively one big voice that is telling the medical fraternity that this has to stop. Blessing for establishing this web page.

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  177. Jodie

    I have a lot of these symptoms and have been going through lots of testing. What is the one test that I should ask for to look for toxicity? Also, once you have the implants removed do you start to heal and feel better immediately ?

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  178. Jennifer kehagias

    I was implanted in 1985 & explantation in 1993. Was so very sick. Unfortunately the plastic surgeon would not entertain the association of the two & did not take out my capsule. I did notice so many symptoms disappear quickly & my GP Dr says that was the poisoning part. However my immune system was set off & hav been left with Sjogrens/Lupus / scleroderma labelled as mixed connective tissue disease. Still hav debilitating flares. Cheers Jennifer

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, the capsule tissue if left behind will continue to stimulate the immune system to respond to a foreign body and so then the immune system never modulates.

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  179. Stacy

    So I am exhibiting some of these symptoms and I have had mine about 12 years. If you get them removed and get new ones implanted is there any risk of it happening again? I am worried about my skin being stretched out

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stacy,
      Symptoms usually do not go away when you replace your implants, many women notice a further decline in health upon replacement.

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  180. Theresa

    I have silicone gel implants a year ago.i have night sweets hair loss weight gain no period for over 8 months. My Dr thinks it maybe a side effect from my inplants.

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  181. Kristen White

    I have been dealing with so many of the symptoms you mentioned above, never figuring out why i am always so fatigued, in a brain fog, chronic sinusitis, etc. I had saline implants put in me in 1995. My doctor can never figure out why I cannot seem to ever feel better. This explains so much. I have tried so many things like giving up dairy, alcohol, sugar, processed foods.. to no avail still feeling like crap every day. I am so glad I found your website. I go to my doctors tomorrow for a follow up to my sinus infection that won’t go away so i will definitely be talking to her about this!

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    1. Teaona

      I have so many of these symptoms. I am relieved to see you mention sinusitis. I have always had allergies and headaches but in the last few years they have been terrible. Always itching, congested, sneezing and very little relief from allergy meds. Recently itchy skin all the time!

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  182. Laurie Wallace

    Hi there,
    I am fairly new to this site and the Facebook group. I have asked a few questions there but haven’t been super direct. I was diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis about 6 years ago so I have dealt with autoimmune issues for some time. I had a right mastectomy last November due to Breast Cancer. I had a tissue expander placed at that time. I had the expander for about 3 months. During this time I didn’t feel well and had my first episode of vertigo. I know that tissue expanders are also made of silicone and wonder if that was actually my first symptom. Do you think that is possible? I had reconstruction in March and had bilateral silicone implants placed. ( the left was to create symmetry). Within one month of this I began to experience horrible anxiety which I had never had before. The fatigue I feel is like nothing I thought possible. There are moments I question whether I can even get up. I have an almost constant feeling in my head of being off balance. I now have had a constant ringing in my right ear for about a month. I have joint pain but have had that for years so who knows if it’s the implants or my arthritis. Is it possible that the implants could have done this so quickly? And if I have explant surgery what are my options? I don’t need to have big boobs but I don’t want to be completely flat on that side. I also don’t want a flap procedure. I do not do well with long surgeries that require a lot of anesthesia. Anyone have any similar experience? Anyone know what, if any, my options are. Thanks so much!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laurie,
      Yes, expanders are really saline implants and usually have textures which cause a myriad of additional problems. Yes, all your symptoms are exactly like we experience from breast implants and on the symptoms list here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/breast-implant-symptoms/. Perhaps fat transfer may be an option however I would explant and recover from breast implant illness first and then look into options.

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  183. Pamela Hadden

    I am so grateful to hear that I’m not going crazy and this is really happening. Thank you for sharing your story!!!

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  184. Michelle Brown

    My first time around with breast implants I had absolutely no complications. 15 years later I had implants put in different sizes different type of implant out of nowhere I started having all of the symptoms listed above and now I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I can’t walk, I can’t hold a water bottle, I can’t Write my own name. This information above is scary but absolutely true I am going to have lab work done immediately I feel like this information is a godsent

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kate,
      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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  185. Catherine R

    Hi,
    I am so glad I found this site. I have had silicone implants for 11 years now, and capsular contracture for the last year. I was going to get them replaced but after finding this site I just want a complete explant now. I have some of the symptoms mentioned like fatigue, brain fog, numbness and tingling in limbs etc. I have also been going to Neurology for the past year to check if I have MS, as my right leg just went dead one day and I badly injured my leg/foot in the fall. I could not move and had no feeling in it for several minutes afterwards. I have also been tested for lyme’s disease which was negative. So far its looking like I don’t have MS. But my immune system is shocking for the last year and I am constantly sick with one thing or another. Has anyone else had limbs feel paralysed or a feeling of pins and needles?

    I also requested to join the Facebook page, just waiting for reply. Thank you for all the helpful information.

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    1. Aysen Mccalla

      Hi I do have that. I have silicon implants for 5 years. I have ms like symptoms weird my right arm goes complete dead. I got MRI and all, no one can explain why its happening. I sleep almost 18 hours a day, I’m no longer able to get my self up. I have 2 little children they never see mommy anymore.

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    2. Chelsea

      YES! I am going on almost a year of tests after tests, my most recent was an EMG. I have numbness+tingling in all of my limbs, primarily on my left. Have done extensive testing for things like MS, etc. everything comes back clear. I have the numbness all the time. I’m 29yo. It’s so scary and not to mention expensive. I’ve had saline implants for 7 yrs.

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  186. Jill T

    Hi… I am a 52 year old woman and have been going through almost every symptom listed for the last four months…. prior to that, I have had bone and joint pain for the last 2 years. I have been to every “top” doctor possible in New York City…. each specialist being “renowned” in their field. I have such varying symptoms that I was told I am a “very interesting story”. Everyone see’s there is something wrong… nobody knows exactly what it is. I have had a ton of blood labs and urinalysis. It shows slightly elevated IGG, AST, ALT, Protein. I have had several scans… all normal. Just recently I tested “low” positive for anti smooth muscle antibody which means it is possible I have an autoimmune disease where your body thinks your liver and kidney are the enemy and starts to attack it. My question is; if it were implant related, would these signs show itself 12 years later? I definitely want to take them out. It is shocking how many of the same symptoms I have…. difficulty breathing (but my cardo dr said my heart is fine). etc. Pretty much every single one listed. I look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you! My best, Jill T

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jill,
      Some ladies get symptoms immediately which is predicated by some of our genes and some get symptoms in a couple years and some can go a decade before they get symptoms, so yes, your symptoms can come on ten or twelve years after getting implants.

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  187. Susan

    I would love to see you also include the symptom of also cancer. My sister eventually got stage 4 breast cancer that showed itself right behind the breast implant.

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  188. carolyn black

    I am a senior now and mediocare is my primary insurance with state farm health as secondary.Medicare will NOT pay because I chose to have the surgery, elective, and the plastic surgeons require six thousand dollars to remove the implants even though I have a myriad of medical issues all related to the implants. I cannot afford to pay the fee and hope to be reimbursed by medicare and how do you sue the federal government? Granted I choose the procedure thirty years ago but now I spend an exorbitant of money for health care and I feel trapped and unable to get help.

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    1. Linda Waring

      I AM A MEMBER and so happy to have this information. Last week I drove to “southern CA” to talk to two surgeons on your “list”. I liked both of them very much. However, one of them used drains after surgery and one said he did not. Is there any clear cut answer as to whether drains are needed in Explant/capsulectomys?
      I am NOT replacing my implants!
      Have read several responses. My implants are 30 years old and I experience most of the symptoms listed. Thank you.
      P.S. One of the surgeons I saw was booked until next year with a “wait list”

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  189. Janina Moe

    Dear Nicole,
    Thank you for creating this group to help all of us that are so sick to help us heal.
    God bless you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Janina Moe

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Heather,
      If tests are requested by a medical doctor they will likely be covered under insurance, would they not?

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  190. Dee K

    Hi. I’m 41 and had silicone implants almost 3 years ago. I don’t have most of the symptoms listed but I have been suffering from terrible vertigo for the last 2 years. I have had many tests done and the doctors and specialists can’t find anything that may be causing it and have just recently told me it is something I have to just live with because there is nothing they can do for me. It is very debilitating. I did have a couple vertigo attacks before having my implants so I’m not so sure the implants could be the cause. But for the last two years I have been having very consistent attacks and I never feel like I have a clear head. I used to be very fit and weight trained daily. Now I can’t train for longer than a couple weeks before I get another attack that lasts for ages and have to stop training for months. Sometimes I feel older than my age and I just don’t feel healthy and fit like I used to before. Would a metal toxicity test tell me if my suffering is caused by my implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dee,
      There is no test that will tell you unequivocally that your implants are causing your dizziness but it is a very common symptom and usually related to endocrine disruption caused by endocrine disrupting silicone chemicals.

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  191. Beverley

    I have read EVERYTHING OVER AND OVER. I have an appt to consult with a plastic surgeon and will take the long questions to ask her. I have had my saline implant (one side) in since 1976, put in to correct a disfigurement after having my two children 14 months apart. I was 26 at time of implant one side and breast reduction on the other side.

    I have been told when getting mamma grams it is deflated. So know 69, and knowing this, I want the implant removed even though it was saline and around 40 cc of saline. That is what I was told was put in. I am scared that if I do the explant, it will cause me health issues. The mold conversations scare me…..going into my body if there is any. Should I just leave the implant in after over 40 yrs in my body? I am in general good health and only take a daily blood pressure pill since 2017.

    Interested in your thoughts prior to my Dr. Appt with Plastic Surgeon.

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  192. Mary

    I had saline implants placed in 1990. I am presently 66 y.o. I just received lab results that I am hypothyroid. Will look into hashimoto,s as well….. After I have been started on thyroid medicine. Have poor word recall,hard to find the correct word at times. In the last year I Have had cramping in feet, at times cold , tingly feet. My thumbs and wrists are sore and muscle strength in hands is half of what it should be. Eyes are dry ,itchy, and blurry vision. Ringing in ears occurs occasionally. Have needed to start taking naps in afternoon, which has never happened befor, extreme weariness. Have occasional periods where I am dizzy, not tracking well, almost like a drunken feeling. This does not last long, seems that eating helps to allay this, is it blood sugar related? Muscle strength generally down, like I am weak and very out of shape. Wow. So many things going on. Seems to be culminating mostly this last year. Have always prided myself in being healthy, not Wonder Woman, but able to keep up, do my share, and keep on going. But not Lately. It,s like I am carrying a load. Sorry so long on this note. Will join facebook, and get hooked up with other members.

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  193. Heidi M Goldstein

    Thank you for the article! I’ve been sick for many years and the severe fatique and memory loss has interfered with my daily living and work. I thought it was from Epstein Barr which my numbers were 750 on my blood work, but now I see how EBV can come from the implants as well.

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  194. Monique van den Bergh

    I’m 34, Australian and my implants are 8.5 years old .. I am getting an ultrasound for the first time in a couple of days. I pulled a muscle a weird way and thought I better get them checked. I just visited my GP this morning to get a full blood test including iron, B12, thyroid and white/red cell count. I asked if she thought implants could be the reason for my ongoing fatigue, body heaviness, aches and BAD anxiety. She said I would have had many problems by now including fevers and infections. She also thinks the fatigue is probably post viral from a bad head cold weeks ago and the normal stresses of life ; working and two toddlers.
    I also asked if my body could be reacting trying to fight the implants and she said no.
    She also said that I would have had problems breastfeeding my two babies over the last 3 years if there was issues.
    I hate to say that I know better than a doctor because I don’t think I do but if my bloods come back normal I can’t help but think it is the implants… I am a really healthy person and I guess I feel like implants are a bit of a contradiction to that now.
    I also don’t want to create a problem that isn’t there ..but after reading about BII it seems to be a real thing??
    I have booked in with my plastic surgeon in October to discuss explant. And I’m sort of hoping that the ultrasound shows something so that its and easy decision to take them out.
    My internal dialogue is going crazy!!!

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  195. Jane DeVine

    Discovered CLEAN skincare and make up products at AILLEA. They have a store in Denver and Raleigh, but you can order online. Fabulous and CLEAN– just visited this weekend and wanted to share!

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  196. Elaine Martin

    Have had my implants for over thirty years, fell and hit both
    both with in the last week! My fatigue is unbearable! Can hardly hold my head up except early morning.
    Katherine Elaine Martin….. MISERABLE

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  197. Cassie Hutson

    My name is cassie Hutson and my ex mother inlaw was the first woman to receive ss benefits for silicone toxicity. And i am now taking care of. Just had her implants back in 1979 and and got sick shortly after. All i can say is that it has truly affectede her mental state and her physical state. She has sores on her skin she also has DLE/ Lupus and has not been treated by the proper drs. If anyone could please reach out and give me some suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. I feel as if i am hiting wall after wall.

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  198. Karen Kissel

    I have had Dow-Corning Silicone/Saline Breast implants for 37 years when I was 21 and doing Bikini Contests, Music Videos, T.V. Shows, print work and the like, implants seemed to be a plus making me a 36-23-34, 5’5 Blond hair, green eyes, 110 pound WINNER! My surgeon Dr. Nathaniel Tippet (now deceased) told me that if a graveyard was dug up there would be 100’s of breast implants, as in that they would outlast us all? But that was 1980 or 1981. I innitially was in the Dow-Corning class action when Melvin Belli was the lead attorney. I was sent to a dr. Bluewater in Beverly Hills, California who did a bunch of inconsequential tests on me and determined that I had light sensitivity – really? Well I had no issues, my boobs were absolutely perfect and did me right for the past 36 years! So when Belli passed and his son took over, I had no issues, no health concerns and no problems or complaints I just sort of modeled my way on down the road, why take money that was not deserved of? Anyhow long story – I noticed a lump in my left Breast a year ago and since then have had 3 Mammograms, an Ultrasound, a Sonogram and a MRI, not to mention blood work, etc. etc, and from Montana to California and now here in South Carolina MY IMPLANTS ARE LEAKING BADLY (LOOKING LIKE SOMETHING STRAIGHT OUT OF “BOTCHED”, THAT MEDICAL MESS-UP SHOW) AND GEE I DO NOT HAVE ANY INSURANCE? I MUST HAVE THESE REMOVED ASAP AND NO ONE WILL DEAL WITH ME? I CAME OUT HERE (S.C.) TO HELP MY PARENTS IN THEIR 80’S AND MOVING OUT HERE WITH ALL MY WORLDLY POSSESSIONS, GETTING AN S.C. DRIVERS LICENSE AND REGISTRATION (1996 TOYOTA 4RUNNER WAS 311.00 PLUS 16.88 TAX? IT WAS LESS IN CALI WHEN I BOUGHT IT 6 YEARS AGO!) REGARDLESS I AM WORKING ON DEBT LIKE I HAD NOT EVEN IMAGINED AND HAVE NO INSURANCE? CAN ANYONE GIVE ME ANY INFO ON WHAT TO DO? IN CALIFORNIA I WOULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED THE SAME DAY? SOUTH CAROLINA IS LIKE ANOTHER PLANET? I JUST WANT THEM GONE! PLEASE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WOULD BE APPRECIATED?
    GRATITUDE
    RESPECTFULLY
    KAREN KISSEL

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  199. Christine

    Thank you so much for getting this out there. I am goi g to my surgeon on the 30th and telling him i want them out.

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  200. Andrea Johnson

    Tears flow reading this. I had A double mastectomy in 2012 and implants in 2013. Since about a year after implants were put in my body began with many of the symptoms described. I’d have a “setback” I’d call it and then feel a bit better. By 2016 I had to have a hysterectomy and my setback for healing was terrible. I continued to fight to simply feel well. Fast forward to now. I started having syncope last August, and in January 2018 I experienced A full collapse on my body. I’ve been going to Mayo Clinic and they have been testing me for all these seizures and say I have Fibromyalgia, IBS, CFS and now in the last 4 months my chest has been in so much pain like I feel My chest is a big bruise and my left side has swelled double in size and yet the plastic surgeon yesterday said to just take Motrin for the pain and swelling. I’ve lost my job being so sick these last 8 months and only one..ONE of the specialist show in her write up that I’ve not felt well since my implants in 2013. When I began Putting two and two together being an advocate for my health, the Breast Specialist said directly that there is no real proof that implants can make you sick that there are a lot of scary things on the website but not credible. Yet…here I am, sick with EVERY SINGLE issue and NO ONE will listen to me that maybe, just maybe my implants are making me very ill. I dont Know where to turn. I continually get sicker and my chest is now to the point I cannot Lay on my back without tons of pain. But I believe my eyes were opened to this. This information is exactly what I’ve been fighting now for the past 6 years and am seeking the proper care to finally find healing. Praying for the right Dr and care providers ASAP.

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  201. Stef

    I’m under going ex implant next week … I have requested friend request on fb and also sent a message couple days ago.. still no reply. Would love the feedback and support of other members. Very nervous undergoing this procedure. 5 hour operation. Look forward to. Reply ASAP.. thanks.

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  202. Stef

    After hearing about the stories in the news of late about ladies with implant illness the symptoms are exactly what I’m experiencing. I’m undergoing explant next week by Dr Louis Wessels in Sydney … Nervous but so desperate to feel better … thanks for all your information .. requested to join fb.

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      1. Shari McLaughlin

        I have been feeling many of the above symptoms but attributed it to depression and grief by my parent’s deaths. I had the implants done in 1982 and was very young not knowing they should be replaced eventually. I am now 66 years old. I was scheduled for a mamogram, but have been very hesitant because one of my implants has shifted to being half way under my arm and very uncomfortable and afraid they would rupture, may already be leaking or could cause damage. I am supposed to have this done in 2 weeks. My circumstances are almost impossible for surgery because of low income, uncovered in my insurance, and long recovery time. Since I live alone and have to care for several elderly pets, it would be impossible to have the surgery. I only have social security and enough funds to live in my house for 2 more years, even though the house is paid for. Just wondered if the above symptoms can be managed without surgery. After re-reading all of the above, I am certain my chronic fatigue, dizziness, depression, sometimes confusion and memory loss are attributed to these implants. I dread the thought of what’s next….

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Shari,
          Your insurance should cover explant of implants that are from 1982, they are most certainly ruptured and you most certainly have capsular contracture and both are covered by insurance for explant as is pain. I would not have a mammogram either as they do rupture implants and you don’t want that silicone spread through your body any more than it is now. Can you ask for MRI? Recovery time from surgery is about two weeks which you may need help. Your health and life is more important than taking care of your aging pets, you cannot put them before yourself.

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  203. Nicole

    Thanks to your info I had my implants removed a year and half ago. I still have blurred vision and dry red eyes. My eyelid glands have been purged but are still blocked. I also have a chin implant. Does this cause the same issues? Anyone have experience?

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  204. Jo ann Kirk

    I would like to join your Facebook group because I believe that I suffer from breast implant illness. Thank you. J.K.

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  205. Kathryn

    I have suspected that my implants have been at the root of my problem. My problem now is that I don’t have the money to get them removed safely. I have skin lesions, fatigue, highheavy metal counts,

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  206. Andrea

    I have had terrible memory issues and brain fog after my silicone breast augmentation in 2011. My boys call me “Dory”(the character in Finding Nemo). I also get heart palpitations and I am suffering from anxiety with more frequency as years go by.

    My question is, would these symptoms go away by removing the implants? Has anyone reported anything like this? How would my breasts potentially look after removing them? Any info on the above would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Danelle

      I was slowly dying with these toxic bags. In fact I had them replaced 10/17, but my incisions just wouldn’t heal. Then I discovered Breast Implant Illness and this group in FB. I had the Dr remove them two weeks later and I feel so much better. I can think and remember conversations from years past now.

      Many symptoms go away within days. Please join the Facebook group mentioned above. You will find all the answers you’re looking for.

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  207. Sandy walters

    I have a surgeon I cannot get a prop clearance no matter what time in my life i cant pass a stress test i have a cardiologist that has delayed my surgery for months help me my husband a dr internal med of 39 yrs has given up I’m left alone. My email doesn’t work help me 7022754159.

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  208. Sandra

    Hello, I have desperately applied already three times to join your group. I don’t know why I haven’t been approved yet. I am very sick and doctors don’t find anything. When I mention my saline implants of 18 years they all tell me that it can’t be the reason. I am tired of feeling sick all the time. I hope to find information and support in your group. Thank you

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  209. Kim Ritchie

    Hi, just wondering how you are feeling after taking them out? Did symptoms go away? At least get better a bit? I’ve had saline implants since 1990’s then replaced with silicone implants in 2007. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 90’s after implantation. I’ve had migraines since childhood however they have gotten progressively worse. I’ve had surgery for them and only some relief. I’ve got ringing in my ears which is also getting worse.

    I never thought that any of this could or would be related to my implants. However after watching Bleeding Edge on Netflix I am now really wondering if this could all be related.

    Anyone who has had symptoms and then removal please comment and let me know how you’re doing now.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      After a proper En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant symptoms do eventually go away but it does not happen overnight, rather it happens over a period of several months as the body detoxes and heals itself. Please see the Explant page here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ to ensure a proper explant and also the Detoxification page here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/ which will guide you through proper detox of silicone and breast implants.

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  210. Vanessa

    Hi hi Hi. My name is Vanessa. I had a saline implant 20 YRS ago. Over the years I would just mention it two doctors when I had different problems including fibromyalgia in the late 90s still have it now I’ve been sweating and always hot heat intolerance as if I’m a damn vampire LOL but who are we kidding.. Reallu not LOL..I have had been completely void of vit. D & lung issues like asthma & nodules that started 13 YRS ago. I’ve been living with pain, now depression. I can’t even clean. I go outside to drive 10 minutes & I feel I’ve been sun tanning all day like I did as a teenager!.. I wake up lately SL dry feeling like the day after a long beach day. I just read this sight and I’m freaked out..It has always appeared that my implant was ok because it didn’t get hard or look funny..I only have one, my left breast was VERY underdeveloped, like a 13 yr old. My Othet was a good c cup or more and naturally round. The surgeon waited a yr to make sure I wanted to do it.I was 19, then 30 when we did it. He matched it perfectly, made it lower to match. Over years, my weight how’s up – down my natural breast on the right will change in size who h he said could still happen. This has mady it hard to tell if the left breast where the implant is had gotten smaller from leaking!!. I’ve had symptoms of mold, I assumed it was my home which is very damp
    I feel so scared now, I’m afraid the hospital will just brush it off. Help.

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  211. Bre

    How is that when you are prescribed a medication the FDA puts the possible side effects on those drugs that you put in your body but there are no warnings or possible side effects that so many women are having from breast implants listed when you have consults to have your breasts done? I mean capular contraction was listed but that was about the extent of it. I was also shown a video in June of last year stating implants do not cause auto immune problems but the FDA issued a warning March 2017 that implants may cause auto immune cancers. How is any of this legal. I have been feeling overly tired, aches and pains, headaches ECT for a few weeks all my tests come back normal but I know my body & I know there is something seriously wrong. How can they say there is no scientific proof that implants cause these problems when so many woman are having the same problems? When the statics are there. I know many other woman who have implants all having the same issues not one of them hasn’t had health problems all which started after having implants. If this is happening to so many women why aren’t there more studies more warnings or info out there from the FDA from surgeons doctors and the implant company’s? It seems to me that they are only protecting a billion dollar industry that makes money on women chasing perfection instead of providing the facts. From the surgeons to the implant companies making millions. Then to correct the health issues & have then removed costs even more all while they are making so many woman sick. If drug companies have to list all possible side effects of medications you put in your body why don’t implant companies & plastic surgeons have to the same considering it is being put inside of your body? It is a shame that they don’t disclose this information to women. Prescription drugs list side effects they have found during trails that is considered scientific proof so why is it that so many women are experiencing the same exact problems but it isn’t consider scientific evidence?

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  212. Marrie Massa

    I had gel implants, with texture put in about 12 years ago. I have had problems with one implant since day one. I have pain, dumpling, and a harsh dent in my left breast. Seven years ago I saw a doctor in regards to pain and issues. He just wanted to give me more reconstructive surgery and said I will always have pain, due to nerve damage.

    The last couple years my health has deteriorated. I have fatigue and healing issues. My doctor has tried iron pills and B12 shots, and test. They don’t know what my issue is. I almost look and feel dead at times. I am only 43 and in good shape. I use to be able to kayak all day just two years ago. Now I get tired just from my normal day work.

    I have had five ear infections in a year. I kidney infection that sent me to the hospital. If I get a scrape or sore it takes a month to heal. Blood work come up as I am healthy. I gynecologist and I am ten a far away from menopause.

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  213. Melanie

    Hi I am just wondering the cost of removal that your paid to have yours removed. Also what did your breasts look like after were they even more stretched?

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  214. Sonja Arnquist

    I’ve been researching and I just discovered all this information today and saw the CBS channel 5 report and video of the surgery where they took some out of a woman that was so horribly gross the capsules! I called my surgeon today and said I am not getting more put in because I have a rupture. I’ve had my implants for 14 years . And I have been sick for about that long . I have many of all the same symptoms as everyone else . It’s unbelievable that a plastic surgeon will still put them in women. I’m pretty horrified, very upset and sick. I hope I can make it to my surgery it is August 1. I’m worried that Dr will push it out because they say it will be a longer surgery If they don’t just pop other implants back in as I was going to initially . I have had nipple reconstruction and I guess they’re going to have to cut that off so they can make a scar Across the front.
    My sister has the gene that makes you not good at detoxing. I probably have it too. This is all a lot to take in in one day . I need to do some detoxing now and start eating as healthy as I can . I’d like to see more pictures of women that had reconstruction And then had them removed, Going flat As I plan to do
    Thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dina,
      Most are pleasantly surprised with the look of the natural breasts. Some get lifts and fat transfer too but for the most part unless implants are very large, our skin retracts and our breasts fluff up over time after explant.

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    2. Melissa

      I just had an explanation 5 months ago. I am getting repeat strep infections and still have joint pain and muscle aches. Will it ever leave my joints? What do I do now?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Melissa,
        You are in thick of detox now. My detox was the worst from five to about nine months post explant. Work on nutritous clean antifungal diet and or AutoImmune Protocol diet, support your immune system and consider anti-microbials to kill infections and fungus that may be flourishing due to immune deficits. Keep going. Many are substantially healed by one year post explant: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/

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  215. Heather Carroll

    Thank you for this. I have pretty much every symptom and have been tested for everything. This seems to explain it all. I have just e-mailed my doctor a request for teh test you suggested that have not already been completed. And I too have MTHFR.
    Scared about having mine removed. Can you recomend any links that can guide me towards these 1st steps?
    Thank you

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  216. Beverly Leslie

    I had breast cancer 21 yrs ago. I had a saline implant put into my left breast. 13 yrs later I decided to change it and put a small implant into the right breast. I told the doctor I could not have several surgeries, just one. I have had cervical issues and just wanted thi us to go right. Well he put a very large implant into the right breast, and an implant to replace the other in left side. He insisted on liposuction for the left because it would then match up with the right. Well it made absolutely no sense and I’ve been stuck with implants that I really need to get out. I have a chronic pain syndrome due to my neck, shoulder trauma, many years of treatments. Talk about adding insult to injury. I’m now wondering if my nervous system that is on a state of trauma, PTSD, could be from the silicon implants.

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  217. Venus

    I just had surgery a month ago for the third time, my doctor botched me and he’s trying to fix it.But my skin doesn’t want to heal ,he mad it so thin I think the blood flow he did something.

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  218. Amber Stavinoha

    I am too sick to post much at this time. I got saline implants in 2008. This must be it! I am looking for a doctor in the Houston, Texas area to perform an explant as soon as possible. Thank you for the important information and the group. I will be back in touch.
    Amber

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  219. Marlene Wyngaard

    Hi Ladies
    I’ve had my explant with CC removal with all the symtoms on your website. I’ve also noticed that my toe nails were a funny colour and like thin and now 6 weeks after my explant I’ve noticed that my toe nails are white like healthy. Have any of you Ladies expérienced something like this.
    Thank you very much
    Marlene
    Geneva, Switzerland

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  220. LESLIE VERONA

    Hi I’m 36 years old have had my implants for 10 years and for the last 2 years have been exprenicing some discomfort in my breast. Sharp pains in my chest shortness of breath and heart palpitations at time. I had a sinus infection I cant get rid of my ears feel weird at time. My vision has become so bad and I feel so weak and tired all the time. I feel depressed and just so tired all the time with no explanation. I cant sleep have trouble sleeping. Some skin issues I’m starting to have could this all be because of my implants. I am very worried now.

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  221. lorraine penrod

    You don’t mention the problems with textured implants and the associated BIA anaplastic large cell lymphoma. I’ve had these textured implants for 20 or so years. I am having explant next friday. I wonder so much about the cancer

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  222. Julie Kingsbury

    Thank you for this article. Yesterday I was diagnosed with nonspecific autoimmune disease in my lungs. This morning I began a huge does of steroids that will taper down over 30 days. I found out yesterday one of my saline implants is leaking. I have been so sick for so long……. Now I know why. Beyond a shadow of doubt I know these implants must come out now!!!! While I still can still breath.
    Can anyone recommend a plastic surgeon near Redding Ca.

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    1. Michelle

      Julie, please if you’re willing, tell me about what has been going on as Im also having lung issues (wheezing) that I feel certain are tied to implants (along with a host of other symptoms.) I have a positive ana/speckled pattern; scheduled to see Rheumatologist end of August. How did they diagnose the lung related autoimmune? Im also still seeking explant; researching surgeons to get it done properly. Best to you!

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  223. Eira C

    My girlfriend just got a explant and she was relieved to find out there was no rupture or leaks in her silicone implants. I just spoke to her and she is becoming doubtful that just because her implants weren’t ruptured or leaking that they might not be the problem to the myriad of symptoms you listed above. How can I assure her that they were the problem? Maybe just send her this link?
    Thank you for any responses or similar testimonies.

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  224. Janice Ely

    I need help to get my 2nd set of implants removed. I’ve had them in for over 37 years and have been having major breast pain. I have medicare and medicaid and they don’t pay to remove implants. I don’t want to replace them just remove them. I’ve looked for funding but haven’t had ant luck. If you could give me some direction I would be very grateful. I’m 68 and live on less than 800 per mo so I really need help to get funding to have them removed due to health problems.
    Thank you.

    Janice Ely

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  225. Janet

    I had them many years ago in the 80s. I have been diagnosed with lupus by two specialists in the 90s and I was so busy taking care of wildlife I did nothing, I was always getting sick. Then in 2007 I lost the use of my legs and had foot drop in both feet. I really now believe it was caused by the silicon Implants. I can’t affprd to have them removed. I don’t want to be in a Facebook group as I am a very private person. Please help I can find no one to represent me. I had an attorney and the case was settled but it was when I was in the hospital and I didn’t think I’d even be alive so I didn’t do anything. I want them out. I have almost all bad symptoms.

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    1. Dotti Merritt

      I have a great sympathy for you because I have been through a it all! I recommend that you find a good attorney and sue!! Find one that will pay for your surgery in advance then he will deduct it from your winnings!! Be sure you get one that is familiar with the DOW CORNNING LAW SUITES. When you are awarded ( it took over 20 years for me) be aware if the amount is $250.000 which I was awarded, I received 10 cents on the dollar! In other words I received $25,000 and my attorneys came out of it! I also was recommended to a new plastic surgeon in town & was wanting to build a clientele? I was a hair stylist & it was a marriage made in Heaven!!
      There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I received a letter a few days ago from TheDow Corning trust (, 23 yrs. later) saying that if my doctor will sign that I am 100% disabled they will pay more $$$$!!
      I hope I’ve been able to help You some & ease your mind some too!
      Dotti

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      1. sheryl

        hi there every one, l have had implants, put in 40yrs ago, made by dow corning. l have been so sick for the last 15 yrs, all the doctors did so many tests, l was really over it !! then l thought there must be a reason for all this. l have had implants taken out one year ago, l think l am getting better, both implant had ruptured. this will take time to heal very slow, as dr said it was like honey, very hard to clean the area. l feel like a very old lady, even thou only 64 yrs . l would like to sue dow corning for taking away my life !!! but here in aust l dont know who could help me, so if any one out there could send me some info it would be great tks sheryl ps please get implants out as l think can kill, god bless every one !!!

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  226. Ginger Ace

    I will have my implants remove on June 20th. I am looking forward to this procedure. I went so many times to hospital due to shortness of breast, panic attacks, pain on the chest, headaches, stomach problems. and i have to deal everyday with extreme fatigue. I take vitamins, but i am exhausted most of the time.
    I also suffer from memory fog but I thought it was normal because I am aging, I am 52 years old. After all the exams done every time I was ill, the results were negative, everything seemed ok in lab tests but my body was sick. They found i had gastritis and took medicine for it. Every year my chest and my armpit were aching and more than once I thought I was going to have a heart attack because of the shortness of breath and pain on my chest and even in my arm. All tests done and nothing wrong came out,. Thanks God! but the doubt was still in my head … then what I have? I used to ask myself what is wrong with you, you are not making up these symptoms until i googled breast implants… and came to this page and all my questions were answered and the safe option for me is to remove my implants to stop this nonsense and free myself from these objects that i let them place in my body
    I have implants since 2004 when I was 39. they are saline, 250 cc
    My concern is how will my breasts look after surgery? all wrinkly, I am going to be in pain for several days. I try to comfort myself saying that is going to be a phase and the pain will go away but I will be healthier. Besides my breasts are too big for my frame so I will be happier the way I was before the implants 34b. At one point of my life I wasn’t happy how my breasts looked, I wanted a better me. I thought I was going to look more attractive, be more confident. But I realized you are confident when you know how much you value, I don’t need bigger boobs to be better. I need to be me and that is important not the stereotypes that tv or magazines sell you everyday.my surgical procedure is this coming Wednesday! Wish me good luck!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ginger,
      It takes weeks for the breasts to heal and fluff after explant but many are happy with their post explant results.

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  227. Carol Pratt

    Hi Ladies
    I am due to get my 28 year old silicone implants removed on the 28th June.

    After a fall 2 months ago, my symptoms became much worse.

    Like all of you I have been having heaps of these symptoms with MRIs, Ultrasounds, Xrays, Endoscopy, pain, tiredness, digestive issues. The list goes on.

    I was told that I have been tested for everything and they cannot find anything wrong with me and that I should be happy about that. (If only that were true). I knew there was something wrong and I felt like a hypercondriac and was going crazy. Then I noticed a slight indent below my right nipple and decided to get it checked out. BINGO. MRI and ultrasound showed all was not good.

    I truly hope that once these toxic things are removed, I can start to feel healthy and happy again.

    I am very nervous which doesn’t help but I must try to be positive.

    At least I do not feel alone now and that I am NOT going crazy.

    Thank You

    Carol

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  228. Portia Parker

    Had mastectomy 24 years ago and have replaced implant once. Having lots of issues. Anyone have rash that moves to different places and itches

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    1. Laura Zalaznik

      I have had my implants for 10 years. For the past few years I get a sharp pain in my right breast. In the past few months I feel like I have a burning/rash sensation and want to itch under my skin. The last month my right arm pit feels like a rash. I don’t feel all the other symptoms that others are talking about but this worries me and I only recently stumbled across BII within the past few days. I didn’t even know it was a thing.

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  229. Nancy Rice

    I’ve had silicon implants in since 1974! Yes 44 years. I’ve had so many health issues for the past 35 years or more but never thinking the implants could be causing this. I’m having several things going on over the past 3 years such as being diagnosed with RA, and just recently kidney disease, parathyroid disease, osteoporosis, and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1992. I’ve suffered with pain in joints, muscle pain, back pain for 30+ years. Now I’m believing the implants have caused all this. I see my endocrinologist tomorrow to see what my parathyroid scan showed done yesterday and I will definitely tell her about how long I’ve had these implants. They may be the reason for all my ailments. I have fatigue so bad I can hardly walk from bedroom to kitchen sometimes. Skin eruptions that won’t heal and hair loss. Fingernails have basically quit growing and had concave areas. I’m sure there’s more that I’m not recalling due to my memory loss. Yeah you name it and I probably have it. I’m so glad I run across this article. I will keep you informed.

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  230. Ann Sabatine

    I have been on Nicole’s site and talked to several different women.. amazing group of ladies. I don’t have the funds to get the implants removed and of course my PC thinks I’m in great health because of my blood work and heart rate and I’m not on any meds for anything..
    I’ve had eye problems and cateracta and 2 surgeries on left eye after that. Extremely dry eyes. Herpes test positive, I know I have another candida or other infection but Gyn doesn’t find it.. itching and one large sore that keeps coming back! Exhaustion and pain in left breast under arm. Drs discount it all as nothing since my test results are so good for 76 yrs.. I know how I feel and how I’m suppose to feel! Trying desperately to find a way to get these thing OUT!

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  231. Marlene Wyngaard

    Hi
    I had my breast implants removed with CC on the 15th May 2015, which was full on germs was on penicillin for several days. My operation took 2 1/hrs I had a lot of symptoms on the website and I also put on weight and I was eating less
    My breasts look lovely I’m very happy I had the removal.
    Marlene

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  232. Adriana

    Hi I have way to many symptoms and I am very worry. Who should I go and see first. Surgeon what he did my breast implant surgery is no longer there. That place shut down.

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  233. Jessica

    I would appreciate your opinion on this. I had smooth saline implants for 9 years and decided to have them removed by the original surgeon after learning about breast implant illness and developing psoriatic arthritis. The explant was not done the correct way as I couldn’t afford to go to a surgeon who could. It’s been 2 years and after cleaning up my diet I have been able to heal a significant amount.

    My question is…do you think a procedure to remove capsules would help reverse my autoimmunity or should I invest money in testing and detox supplements. Do you think it’s possible to heal myself without removing the capsules? TIA for listening.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      Capsules do need to be replaced to recovery from breast implant illness including the auto-immune like symptoms and diseases that are caused by breast implants.

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  234. Cherylhemry

    My im plants have hurt since I got them in 2015.
    Breast cancer
    I have to wear sleep bras now

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  235. Jill

    I would be very interested to learn if any of you with breast implant illness have suffered from WEIGHT LOSS because of it? I am worried sick – suffer from a majority of symptoms, but I have lost too much weight, fat & muscle. No doctor has found any reason for this…despite X-rays, CTs, MRIs & extensive blood tests.
    Please, if any of you have suffered from weight loss because of breast implant illness, please let me know. It would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jill,
      Some do suffer from weight loss from breast implants. Come to the facebook group and speak with about 45,000 other ladies who will share their symptoms with you.

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      1. Jill

        I don’t know how to do anything in facebook – was never a member in there and can’t figure it out. I sent the request and saw that Nicole became my friend but I don’t know how to answer her! I should send some ID, but have no idea how to do it. Can someone please help me?

        Also, I don’t want any of my automatic contacts to know I am on facebook…how can I turn them all off?
        Sorry, I don’t have anyone here to ask for help.

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    2. Jennifer Mercer

      HI Jill! I too am going through major weight loss. Currently at 110lbs at 5’6”. I’m nauseated every day and unable to do more then pick at food for a small amount of nutrition. I’ve also loss most muscle mass and unable to workout due to extreme fatigue and 5 herniated discs. All of which occurred shortly after implantation in 2012. As a result …my career was ended abruptly. I have 90% plus of breast implant symptoms and testing have turned up very little. Recently diagnosis revealed allergic rhinitis with nasal cysts (chronic sinusitis), GI issues with IBS, generalized chronic joint and muscle pain, depression and anxiety to the point of being bedridden weeks and months, adhd, brain fog, lack of concentration. I recently returned to university because I could no longer carry forth my career as a dental hygienist. It’s been extremely difficult to execute my plan due to all my illnesses …but I will not give up. I feel your pain and frustration. Have hope and faith for a brighter future…please! You’re not alone.

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  236. Andrea

    Hi- I have had my saline implants for almost 8 years. I have had symptoms on and off including a rare autoimmune disease. Over the past 3 months I have been at my worst. I have several symptoms but my main concern is being extremely lightheaded and feeling like I am going to faint daily. I went for a second opinion and the neurologist mentioned POTS syndrome. I want to explant but I am torn after reading about POTS. Is it the implants causing my issues or POTS? Is POTS common in women with implants? I have put in a request to join the group. Thank you for this website. I am so grateful to have found this!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      POTS is a symptom of breast implants. Come to the facebook group, many have gotten POTS from their breast implants and many are recovering from POTS after a proper explant, detoxing and time to recover.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Marlene,
          POTS or symptoms of POTS is a syndrome that women with breast implants get. POTS can cause fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, nausea, diminished concentration, tremulousness (shaking), syncope (fainting), coldness or pain in the extremities, chest pain and shortness of breath. A proper explant and time for detoxification and healing will likely heal you of these symptoms. We are diagnosed and misdiagnosed with many autoimmune symptoms and POTS is one of them.

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          1. Marlene Wyngaard

            Hi, thank you for your information I’ve had all those symptoms my digestive system was not working properly. 3 dys ago I started taking Kefir Yogurt in the evening and I am feeling better and hardly tired during the day. My heart isn’t going haywire anymore.
            Your website is the best.
            Marlene

  237. Debbie Kendall

    I have a condition called AHUS. Five years ago I was in the hospital not expected to live.
    I had to go on dialysis and only have a portion of my kidneys functioning.
    Two and 1/2 years later, I saw my levels getting better so I got off of dialysis, but I still have to take infussions every other week ($24,000) to keep immune system going.
    I started with chronic fatigue about 30 years ago, after having implants about four years before.
    I have been through so many of the things mentioned.
    My husband is so afraid for me to have explants because my kidneys have been compromised .

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      It’s not uncommon to have kidney problems from silicone breast implants, in fact it has been documented in medical writings dating back to the early 80’s that silicone causes kidney failure in some. I myself had kidney problems. An proper En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant is what helped me recover from all my symptoms. Silicone is toxic and does not belong in our body. I hope you move toward explanting.

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  238. Jill

    I am so very grateful to have found this website…I desperately need your thoughts and input about my situation. I am an American woman, 66 yrs. old, retired, but living in Germany. I have had saline implants – through the nipple – under the muscle – since 1991! Yes – 27 years!

    Until last year, I thought everything was fine. Just before I was about to retire and finally return to the U.S., I got sick. First a complete hysterectomy that I don’t feel was necessary; I had a bad fall which messed up my spinal column; Migraine-status for 4 weeks – hospitalized; then came acid reflux for months with complete inflammation of the stomach, esophagus, throat, mouth, nasal passages, sinusitis, burning eyes and earaches. I was prescribed PPIs which only made the situation worse, because, as I later learned from American websites, I have too little stomach acid – not too much. Through diet changes I have learned to halfway control the reflux symptoms; During these 7 months I was totally worn out and suffering with constant pain – was unable to eat – and therefore lost a large amount of weight. No German doctors were willing to help me because all of my bloodwork appeared normal! I went into the hospital myself for tests, but they were all normal as well. I had 5 different episodes of candida, as well as other infections, many antibiotics, x-rays, contrast fluids etc. for CTs and MRIs…the list goes on and on. All of this compromised my immune system and caused additional health problems. (Muscle and joint pain, fatigue, dry and burning eyes, extremely dry skin and mucous membranes, vision problems, trouble sleeping, histamine intolerance and allergies out of nowhere, anxiety – depression and panic attacks and pancreatitis, aside from the problems already mentioned.) I never had a chance to heal or recuperate before the next illness set in.

    The beginning of 2018 I started going to a Naturopath who at least attempted to build-up my depleted vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and replenish the amino acids. And through a stool test, found out that my intestines were inflamed and not functioning properly. We attempted to treat this – then my hysterectomy had to be corrected. This operation almost finished me off.

    Although I can eat halfway normal again – I constantly continue to lose weight, muscle mass and body fat. At this point I have lost 40 lbs which I honestly did not have to lose. I am very weak and have a service come to help keep up the apartment and with shopping, etc. German doctors have again checked my lungs and abdomen, CTs and X-rays looking for signs of cancer, but nothing concrete as yet. They don’t accept any ideas outside the box and refuse to even listen to problems with breast implants…are all telling me I should go into a mental hospital.

    THIS IS WHERE MY IMPLANTS ENTER INTO THE SITUATION! Just recently, problems and pain have started with them…the right implant was swollen to double the size and was very hard and painful; pain in the lymph nodes in both armpits, back pain and pain in the ribs under the left implant…pressure in my head and sore scalp with really bad brain fog. I have literally have at least 2/3 of all of the symptoms of breast implant illness over the last year…and was not aware what has been wrong until I found this website! I went to a gynacologist here to be examined, but German doctors just aren’t as familiar with implants and she refused to believe that these implants could have been causing a majority of my problems over the last year. She had never heard of Breast Implant Illness, especially nothing about mold or toxicity that all of this can cause! There is only one German doctor on the Explant list, who is even knowledgeable about total capsulectomy, but it takes months to get an appointment , and, I could only get in there with a transfer from my gynacologist – who does not believe any of this and is not willing to have this done.

    At this point, I am truly afraid for my life. I looked into explant surgeons in the USA because I know they are qualified to explant properly and I would trust them more, but my body is exhausted and I have no one to accompany me there.

    Thank you for listening. I respect all of your pain and pray for all of you to regain your health. I so desperately want to be able to return to the United States for good. This German experience has been a complete nightmare…even though I have health insurance.

    Does anyone have any ideas for me?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jill,
      Did you scroll down the list to see the other countries that have Explant Surgeons in Europe: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. If you come to the US for your surgery, choose a surgeon known to remove capsule tissue properly which would be Dr. Feng in Ohio, Dr Chun in California or Dr Barnett in Florida and including the other surgeons listed on our Explant Surgeon list. If the surgeon you are contemplating is not on our list, there is a reason why and we suggest not using them.

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      1. Jill

        Out of total dispair, I have contacted a surgeon in London, one in Vienna Austria and many in the USA. How is one supposed to be able to afford to have the explant done? I am 66 yrs old, retired and on a fixed income and I live alone…Every doctor in the US tells me I would have to have someone accompany me to the States for the surgery, but I don’t have anyone and I am very sick. I don’t even know how I would be able to fly there on my own. Dr. Barnett in Florida can’t offer a surgery appointment until DECEMBER! The surgeon in London would be great but I should stay there for 3 weeks after surgery to be monitored and he’s talking about initial costs of $15,000.

        Please…Does anyone have any clues as to how we can get assistance to have the implants removed??

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        1. Judy

          Hi Jill
          You mentioned having health insurance. This should cover a majority of your hospital, doctor and surgery costs depending on your level of cover.
          Do you have any family or friends that could accompany you to another country? England would seem closest for you. I am just about to have this operation done myself and couldn’t imagine not having anyone for support. My sister and i are both booked in in Australia next month otherwise i would loved to have supported you through the process. It definitely sounds like the symptoms are what you are going through for Breast Implant Illness and you wont know until you remove them from the equation.
          Best Wishes
          Judy

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        2. Marlene Wyngaard

          Hi Jill
          I’ve sent you a previous message I’m 70 yrs old retired and my surgeon told me that CC and implant ruptures were reimbursed by the health insurance. My surgeon took care of everything I had nothing to do everything paid for. I’m also alone.
          Warm regards
          Marlene

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    2. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Jill

      I’m living in Geneva, Switzerland had the same problems as you 4 weeks after my explant with CC I am feeling nearly 100% my plastic surgeon is Dr K. Amini in Geneva who is also the President of Geneva plastic surgeons.

      Every thing of the best
      Marlene

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  239. Carey Beer

    Do you every recover from the effect of implant silicone leakage w/in the body and it’s assocoated ill effect

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carey,
      Some women may experience symptoms for life but there are many things that can be done to support the body to detox as much as possible and also to deal with the ongoing symptoms of silicone in the body. Please see Detoxification here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/ and look into LDN – Low Dose Naltrexone for modulating the immune response to silicone. Many women with symptoms from silicone find good relief from LDN.

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  240. cori messina

    Hello! I got implants 10 years ago and had complications from day 1. They started with under the muscle saline, then after I got an infection they went to over the muscle silicone. About five years post implants I started to lose circulation in my fingers and toes. I have tried everything and nothing seems to help my circulation unless I stay in warm temperatures. I have had capsular contracture in my left breast the last five years. I have made an appointment to have a capsulectomy and either removal or replacement of my implants. If I have them replaced with a much smaller implant wouldn’t the capsulectomy alone bring relief to my circulation if in fact it’s causing it to begin with? I have never been happy with my implants (the doctor gave me a much bigger size than what I wanted). I am hoping that by having the capsulectomy and replacement will help my symptoms.

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    1. Marie

      Replacement won’t stop the pain you’re going through. It doesn’t matter the size but what their made of.

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  241. Jazmin

    My mom got saline implants in 2003 and has benn experiencing burning and pain. She told me that her breast were getting a yellowish color and her nipples were looking a bit on the green side. I told her to go immediately to the emergency room. She is not at home and has to get on a plane. What do you think she has? And is it safe to get on a plane?

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  242. Maggie

    I have been told I have severe contracture and have a very hard implant, a purple like vascular itchy rash in chest, hard muscle under my arm and down my arm and very hot this side of my body at night, skin and muscles feel like burning, shoulders and back feels sore and stiff. Is this an implant leaking?

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  243. J Rob

    I’ve had my Mentor silicone gels for 10 years. I developed a capsular contracture on the left recently. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos 4 years ago. I gave up gluten and became a vegan trying to ‘heal’ myself from whatever has been making me feel awful. Never thought the breast implants were the cause. They are coming out June 4. Adios toxicity!

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    1. Sierra

      Please let me know if your symptoms subside after explanation. I have smooth round saline implants procedure done in 2009. Since then I have been diagnosed with hashimotos disease (6 years ago) and have many of the mentioned symptoms in this article. I would really really like to know how your explanation surgery goes as well as how you feel shortly after as well as later on down the road. I hope your explanation surgery goes well!

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  244. monica

    My name is Monica, Im 41 years old from Mexico City and Ive had breast implants for seven years now. I’ve Just recently encountered the posibility that Im might also be a breast implant illness sufferer.
    For the last 9 months my health has deteriorated heavily. Just recently, and after seeing many many doctors for several years, I came across one alternative doctor that ran some strange tests on me (Biophysics Testing). Almost immediately she mentioned that I was very contaminated with heavy metals, so she asked if I had breat implants. I was shocked because I couldn’t understand the corelation between the two. After she explained it to me, she also pionted out some important issues that I wasn’t aware beyond my symptoms: I am starting to develop some kind of autoimmune illness, I am not able to process protein which has prevented me from building muscle no matter how much I excersise, I have constant sinnus infections, some kind of nerve viral infection, Arrythmias due to low Oxigenation, severe nerve inflammation, among many other strange problems, which all came back in the test results. When I mentioned my symptoms (dizziness, tnnitus, palpitations, vertigo, anxiety, constant sinnus symptoms, inflamed nerves on my face, constant viral infections, hair loss, brain fog, blurred vision, joint hip heavy pain, etc) she told me it was most probably due to heavy metal poisoning and she believed it could be the implants. Until that point no one ever saw all of the symptoms together and obviously never mentioned my breast implants, so I have to say I left her office with much skepticism. I even thought she might be making it up.
    I didn’t go back and let about two weeks go by. By then I had a new flare up. My face was covered in herpes Just on my left side, and it was very itchy and painful, and just like all my symptoms, it also appeared JUST on my left side. Thats when it hit me!….Everything Ive sufferd from the last year has been on my left side! …Appart from all my symptoms, Ive been suffering from pain in my left under arm for several years now and recently it has gotten more painful and uncomfortable, but it was the least of my troubles, so I never gave it a second thought. My implant there has always felt weird, like it came out of the socket it was supposed to go in ( if that makes sense). It feeks like a part of it is sticking out of my breast right next to my left arm pit. After doing my own research I was shocked of what I learned. Most of my symptoms where actually mentioned in the brest plant illnesses searches, and I never could have imagined the dangers of having breast implants in my body. The alternative doctor was right, I was really surprised!
    Today I decided to explant as soon as possible! I just knew immediately this was the root of most of my health problems (if not all) in the last few years. People kept telling me I was crazy, even went on antidepressants and anxiety medicine, saw a few therapists, but the feeling of feeling like I was dying was no joke. I knew the symptoms were real!!! I just hope I am still on time to help my body heal enough to gain my complete health back. I’m so scared and mad!

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    1. Maria Sanchez

      Hi Monica. I’m going through the same challenge and I need to have the heavy metal test done. Could you please let me know what is the name of the test kit or the lab where you got your done?

      Thank you so very much.

      Maria

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    2. Jill

      I feel your pain! Your story sounds very similar to my own – I am also very worried and totally disgusted with all of the doctors who disregarded my symptoms. A private diagnostic told me my body is overwhelmed with bacteria and toxicity, but the doctors don’t believe it! It doesn’t show up on any blood tests! Thanks to you, I will have my Naturopath test me for heavy metals!
      Are you able to get an appointment for an explant quickly in Mexico City? Do you think your body will be able to deal with the extra stress? I am very worried about that aspect myself since I have lost so much weight.
      Would love to hear from you again…Take good care and God Bless!

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  245. Mary Lynn Morici

    I think I have this going on. I can’t afford the surgery. I’m looking for a surgeon who will take payments over the next few years. But I don’t want the office to give me the name of companies that lend you money. I looked into that. If you don’t pay your bill with them within the year they charge you 12 percent interest. I want a doctor who cares about his patients who is willing to let me pay him monthly over the next few years. Any suggestions? I can travel anywhere in the US to have the surgery.

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  246. Carmen Dewan

    Very helpful I’m having mine removed on Tuesday. Due to symptoms I have been experiencing from itchiness to hypothyroidism.

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  247. Zoe Bergeron

    Thank you for this valuable information. I am having my 31 year old Dow Chemical smooth silicone gel implants removed on May the 8th. I have been so sick with a grocery list of things…many of which are listed in your comments concerning illnesses attached to breast implants. My biggest illness is SEVERE Interstitial Cystitis, a bladder disease that has ruined my life. I have a dozen of the things you also listed and they are all terrible in and of themselves but for me this disease is about to take me down. The amount of pain that I live in is ungodly. My prayer is that I will get some relief from this disease after removal. I know it won’t be easy and I will also start detoxification after I heal. I am using Dr Summer Black in Metairie La which I am very thankful that she and her father are in your list of Doctots who are recommended. I hope and pray that you are feeling much better. I so wish I had done this YEARS ago but I have to take it as “I’m doing it now” and my biggest hope is that I get some relief from so many illnesses that I am now experiencing. God bless you for taking the time to write such an endepth great article.
    Sincerely, Zoe Bergeron

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Zoe,
      IC is common in us and what others have found helps immensely is drinking alkaline water and keeping the body generally alkalized by eating green juices, fruits and veggies. Fungus can be at the root of IC in us too but not always. I had a bout of terrible pain once and cured it with eating tons of crushed garlic and drinking ginger tea and green tea to take down the inflammation, it worked within a day or two and no more pain.

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      1. Kim

        One of the sweetest ways to become more alkaline is by substituting Stevia for sugar. Check the ingredients to make sure it is pure stevia leaf extract. I’ve found that Aldi’s has the best price/quality.

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    2. Jill

      Dear Zoe, I pray your explant went well and that you are feeling some relief already! I was so sorry to hear about your suffering and fully understand your pain. My implants are 27 years old and I never had any idea that they were the root cause of my health issues. I am now trying to find an explant doctor that I can afford – were you satisfied with Dr. Black? I would appreciate hearing your story if you care to share. Take care and God Bless you to remain strong and get through this. Jill in Germany

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  248. Maria Siemen

    I have my implants for 14 years. I had some problems with my toenails (fungus). The last treatment took 8 months. I don’t know if this is sign that something is wrong with my implants. I have my physical exam once a year (blood, mammogram, etc)

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Maria,
      Fungal infections are very common in us, you likely also have fungus in your gut as a yeast/Candida overgrowth. Work on your gut health and focus on a proper explant.

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  249. Angela

    I’m completely ready to have my implants removed as soon as possible. I’ve only been researching BII today since I learned from my chiropractor, the complications (back pain being one) that breast implants tend to have. Thank you for sharing. I wanted to know after how long, post removal, did you start feeling better and symptom free?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Angela,
      In general it takes about 9 to 12 months to be about 80 to 90 per cent better. Some symptoms drop away right after surgery, others over a few months and by 9 to 12 months most symptoms are gone if one support their detox.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Linda,
      If you have symptoms from breast implants we don’t recommend re-implanting rather we recommend explanting including full capsulectomy removal.

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  250. Alyssa

    Wow I’ve just discovered this page as I’ve been struggling with many symptoms over the past 12 months …. extremely fatigued , brain fog , aching legs, sore hips, very bad back, weak back of neck , weakness, shaking of my hand , palpitations…
    I had my implants in 4 years ago …it’s been up and down this last 12 months and have had bloods done, ecgs, chest X-rays, etc and nothing. I also have found I have nodules on my thyroid.
    Doctors think I have anxiety , but I have never suffered from a mental illness , I’m very healthy and have 2 young girls .
    I havnt been able to go to the gym and just can’t concentrate and function like normal.
    I am so grateful to have found this site as I now may have answers I have been looking for , for so long . Xx

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    1. Kirsten

      Read the book Medical Medium.. it talks about so many symptoms we are all suffering from. His protocol has helped me immensely!!

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  251. Judy

    I have had my saline implants for 7 years now. I developed an autoimmune disorder approximately 3 years after my surgery. The past year my health has deteriorated quickly consisting of significant knee pain and extreme lightheadedness for the past month. I also have a pressure/burning feeling in the back of my head, brain fog, sensory overload when going into a store or around crowds, tingling hands. Has anyone else experienced the severe lightheadedness and/or chronic knee pain?

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    1. Mrs. Set.

      Knee pain, yes ! Bad ! Didn’t think I’d hear anyone else say that. Hmmm. I heard saline implants have a silicone shell???? I hope not !

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      1. Judy

        Wow. I thought I was the only one out there with the knee pain. And my impants are not large. I think it is more of an autoimmune response. I heard that also about the silicone shell. If only I would have done more research before deciding to have something so toxic put into my body. I am so miserable and considering explanting soon. So many doctors and absolutely no answers…

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    2. Alyssa

      Hi Judy,

      Yep I’ve had the lightheadedness and knee and back pain also .. with many other symptoms …
      so horrible isn’t it 😳

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      1. Judy

        Yes- terrible. I have 3 busy kids and it is difficult to care for them. I am so tired of feeling sick despite a healthy diet (gluten and dairy free), supplements, and plenty of rest. Nothing helps. I want to explant I am just worried that the dizziness and /or autoimmune will get worse after surgery.

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  252. Inez Petersen

    I had breast implants for 38 years. Please see my website where I posted my pathology report which is on my website mybreatimplants dot org. Had I known early on what was in the pathology report, I would have had the implants (saline) removed years earlier and saved myself the health problems which I have now. And, yes, you can get silicone in your liver from saline implants. The shell is made of the same 200 toxic chemicals as the gel. I went to Dr. Melmed in Dallas, TX, to have my explant surgery. He doesn’t put them in, only takes them out. And he has the skill to rebuild a breast that takes the fear out of explant surgery–the question on the woman’s mind–how will the dr handle all that extra tissue? I have what I call boobettes now, but at least I feel better. I truly believe I would have died years ago had I not had the explant surgery in 2007.

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    1. Susan

      What kind of implants if you don’t mind me asking and I tried to go to your website to see what kinds of tests you had run. I’ve had a metals test and non-metals chemicals test and trying to figure out if some of these chemicals are due to saline implants or not. Thanks for your help!!

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  253. Sondra Washington

    I have many of the same problems. Breast cancer 2012, implant reputure 2016, surgery 2016, very ill for 2 months so implant removed 2017 and three bacterial infections in 2017 and still sick and suffering.

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  254. Ellen

    I am 46 years old and had my implants put in under the muscle 5 years ago. After a few months my implant attached itself to the left brest muscle. I had surgery and all seemed ok.Shortly after my right implant dropped very low and had another operation to lift it back into place. The scaring on th right was awful and the brest looked square on the outside by my arm and needed to be corrected. This was slightly corrected but I was never really happy with them. I had pain in both brests and sharp shooting pains in the right brest. I had pain in my hips and back ache, I was tested for arthritis but this came back negative. I asked for a scan of my hips and was told that this was all ok.I have managed the pains and this seemed to get worse and had the aches and pains in my knees. I noticed I can no longer eat wheat products or starch.I can’t stop urinating , and have trouble sleeping.Ive noticed I keep forgetting things at work and sometimes feel I know what I want to say but it won’t quite get there. My eyes felt strained and blurred and my Dr said I need glasses, I already wear them for reading.I’ve become frustrated by this a lot. The last 2 months have been the worst as I have horrible fatigue, ringing in my ears,constant headaches, some lasting 5 days. Stiff joints and extreme pain in my hips, neck and shooting pains in my chest. I am out of breath walking my dogs after 5/10 and we normally walk an hour a day. I feel depressed as I can’t be bothered to go to the gym and feel generally lost. I had bloods taken again and have my Dr listen to all of these symptoms… all tests came back ok. This week I’ve had chest pains including in my sleep and have had a few panic attacks. My mouth is dry n I just hurt all over. I’ve just been given this website by my husband and can’t believe these same symptoms. I’m scared if I leave the implants in and scared if I have them removed. I read diet can help but my real question is what shall I do, will this go away?

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    1. Ellen

      Oh I forgot to add I had been diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease this February as my fingers and toes go white and burn as the blood returns.

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    2. admin Post author

      Hi Ellen,
      Your health will continue to decline until you explant your breast implants properly, detox and heal. It may help to cut out inflammatory foods from your diet but a change in diet is not going to halt your current symptoms or the new symptoms that will come with more time.

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  255. Lisa

    Hi I am from the UK and I have had gel implants in for 14 years they both have caspylar contraire and I am now very sick and have had many tests but do believe it’s my implants …ive had severe night sweats from day one which are worse now, I have vit d deficancy, high imlamorty markers in blood, depression, extreme tiredness and muscle pain and I have also had 2 ct on my lungs as I have nodules each side which they are investigating could this be the silicone poisoning them? I have had a mamagram there is no leaks but ive slow release gel implants, I also have problem with my gut as well …im trying my hardest to save to get 5hem replaced but may just have to get them removed if I have caspular contracture on both sides can they be replaced same day? Thanks for your help

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    1. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Lisa

      I live in Geneva your neighbour please go to a plastic surgeon and have your breast implants removed together with the CC and ask your surgeon to have the implants and CC analyzed.

      I just had mine removed the 15th May 2015 my surgeon told me it’s a sickness.
      Warm regards
      Marlene

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  256. Paula Welch

    I thought I was losing my mind, because I’ve been on and off sick with extreme fatigue and weakness. Also so many other symptoms discribed has plagued me. The drs always said there was nothing wrong even though my kidneys and liver has shown damage. It’s been a little over four years since I had them put in. Now what do I do? I am in a relationship that’s wonderful, but I have felt like he is tired of me being sick all the time, so what happens if I need them removed? Also, I was wondering if they could cause nausea and even vomiting that I have almost everyday?

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  257. Valery

    How do I know? I have fibromyalgia, cfs, RA was just diagnosed. I had saline implants put in in 2001 as reconstruction after a mastectomy. Can this be most of my problems? Who do I see for this. I will have them out now if needed.
    [email protected]

    Valery Leonard.

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  258. Violeta Nunez

    I am going on almost 3 years of having my implants, and I’m barely getting a mammogram to consider a breast coil MRI and going back to Neuro. I’ve considered extracting them bcuz just like you no matter what I do to be healthy nothing seems to make a difference. Question for you. How have you felt since you removed the implants? And what did you do after extraction to get better? Meds, so me type of therapy? Have all your symptoms diminished??

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  259. Nicole

    Hello,

    I had my breast implants in 2008 and for the past few years I have experienced many symptoms, very similar than those described by many here. It’s stated with mild issues and progressively became more problematic affecting ma quality of life. I can’t walk much, I feel inflammations in many parts of my body (including internally) and a blood test came up with high level of ESR and low vitamin D. My muscles are so weak that I find difficult also to control my bladder (difficult to start, empty but also difficult to hold – as if bladder was ‘switch off’) and also similar with bowel difficult to control. (NB physiotherapist checked down there an no prolapses also I never had child). Also bloated, lot of gas and abdomen swollen and I eat very heathy (Veg, fruits, nuts, no milk, no meat, no junk, no alcohol…) as if my liver couldn’t cope and process anything. Muscles weakness and feeling numbness and/or cramps legs, calves, buttocks, right arm, pelvic area uncomfortable, still neck. Always blowing my nose, skin dry, toe nails with brittles etc..

    I am so glad I found your website and read all sections which in found to be very informative as well as comments from everybody.

    I live in London (UK) and I have already call an Explant surgeon for an appointment (followed advice to contact an explant surgeon recommended in you list). So I am taking the first step. I have contacted my health insurance and explained my condition but declined to help with paying surgery because they say it’s ‘cosmetic’. So I will pay with my saving and health is more important than anything so will be a year without doing any expenses, which won’t be a change as I didn’t have a life because of my condition anything…

    I have just apply to join the group on Facebook for support and thank you in advance for accepting me.

    Any one who has experienced the same symptoms as me (internal organs)?

    Thank you.
    Nicole

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    1. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Nicole

      We have the same symptoms apart I had my breast implants removed with CC the 15th May 2018. If you go to Harley Street London you will find a plastic surgeon who will be able to help you because the removal of your breast implants is a medical problem not a cosmetic procedure that’s why your health insurance or NHS should have you on their waiting list which should be urgent.
      Kind regards
      Marlene

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  260. Kasandra

    I have a incapsulated saline implant, 8 mos after 2nd implantation, have been ill with several symptoms listed. I feel angry my vanity has done this to myself.

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  261. Treva James

    I had saline high profile implants put in in 2001 (I think). I have not had any trouble with them, but after reading this site, I’m wondering if they could be causing the issues I have. I have chronic intractable migraines, I’ve been off work since August 2017 and filed for disability. I lost both of my ovaries several years ago and had a hysterectomy in November 2016. I’ve had to get hormone therapy, no libido, vitamin deficencies, etc. I told my husband about your site and the info you provided but he seems to think that the implants are the cause especially as old as they are. Thank you for all off the info you have provided. I’m debating on contacting my plastic surgeon about removal.

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  262. Marilyn

    I have had mine in for 42 years. I’ve not been back since that day to have them checked. I do get my yearly mammograms and everything looks fine. They are extremely soft. Usually doctors don’t even find them they feel so natural. However I have been sick all of the 42 years. I have every symptom everyone talks about. I just found out about this illness and I know this is what I have. I have already made an appointment with the surgeon to have them removed so I go in on April 4 to talk to him. I am 70 years old so you can see how frightened I am. I don’t know if I will ever get well in my lifetime.

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    1. Anne

      Wow, you are in the same situation as I am. Please share what your doctor tells you, and what state are you in? I’m searching for a doctor in North Carolina who would be trustworthy in this type of situation. Also few states will accept medicare (my issue). There is a woman in Georgia who sounded real promising as doctor until I started to read all the comments, to include her being banned from using hospital there. So please do the research before accepting doctor, I’m sure you will. Would love to keep in touch with you, maybe encourage each other, smile. Otherwise, I wish you the best in finding and getting your explant removal and your health back.

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  263. Marie Laundy

    I a m not really sure where to start. I am in Australia and have found 10-12 surgeons in Perth. Do you know of the best one to see who will def do En Bloc explant. thankyou

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  264. Debra Fera

    I had saline implants in June 2001, 17 years ago which is past the 8-10 year advisable time period to have replaced. The appearance didn’t change so I didn’t do anything, but my health has definitely changed. Everyone kept saying it’s because I’m getting older (I’m 55) and run everyday. I knew it was much more than that and have expressed my concerns to my physician over the past couple of years. I can barely make it to 5:00 pm because of my extreme fatigue and am have constant pain in my muscles. I have night sweats, my hair is so thin, shortness of breath, and have had to adjust my diet because of so many gut issues. I’ve had all the gut tests and everything is ‘normal’, but my body keeps telling me differently, and I’m not imagining it. I even look terrible! I overheard someone talking about their health problems related to their implants and then started researching it myself. I have an appointment with a plastic surgeon tomorrow to have them removed. The surgeon’s office said people are having them removed everyday. I asked if was because of my symptoms and they denied ever those symptoms occurring. I understand because the implant business is BIG BUSINESS, but the health effects are not…until it happens to you.

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  265. Wanda

    WOW, all I know to express since I found this site this morning. I had silicone implants in 1981 and after rupture and hardness had them replaced at the doctor’s recommendation to saline in 2008. I’m 67 and even back in ’08, I truly wanted to just have the old ones taken out but the surgeon, a well respected and renown doctor told me the risk was too high even told me more women do worse with having them out than replacing them. He retired a few years ago and now can’t contact him. I know I have the papers somewhere, going to look for them BUT I’ve been experiencing so many of the same symptoms I see on these comments it’s like “Good news/Badnews”, meaning I’ve been to Gastroenterologist, ENT, Orthopedic and Opthomalogist… and most recent Neurologist. Gastro said “gastritis” and hernia, prescribed Nexium 40 mg, ENT said he didn’t know why lymph nodes swollen, dizziness, … referred me to Neuro, did MRI on neck and spine, said it was “normal degeneration” for my age and prescribed gabapentin…. I read up on that and decided to not take it. Then a friend suggested I go to an Amish Iridologist and is quite well known. He looked in my eyes and said my goodness, you have so much chemicals in you…. I have been taking herbs and other supplements together with vinegar baths and 35% hyrogen peroxide baths, 3 times a week. Only been a couple of weeks but I’m so fatigued, still dizzy can’t focus, blood shot eyes and now a chalazion… burning in my breast, swelling around my rib cage that’s painful and heart flutters….. IDK but this group has sure enlightened me as to Reality, it must be because of the implants….Scary and yet somewhat a relief to know I’m not crazy or a hypochondriac, just seeking “cause” not bandaides… I’m grateful to find this site and requested join on FB. Alot to absorb in all this…. makes one weary but I will follow up on the next move. I can’t afford as I’m retired widow and do good to make ends meet…. Thank you for putting this together to educate the many women affected by from my opinion, a bad choice decades ago, should have never had the implants….

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  266. LISA Kiesling

    I started showing symptoms 6 weeks after my silicone implants were put in during bc reconstruction surgery in march 2009. Was told I was crazy. Almost a year later I was diagnosed with fibro and lupus. All these years later, 9 YEARS, I read this. Smdh.

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  267. Jessica Stockman

    I am so happy to have been directed here. I have been struggling for the last 2 years with my health. Weightless and gain, then kids again. I have an appointment with the doctor that put my natrelle implants in over 3 years ago, Friday.
    April 3rd I have another appointment with an explant specialist at a different location. I want to understand how I can tell if it is ruptured or not, but I as far as I’ve read, I won’t. Until they are taken out. How can I feel better until my surgery? I have been puking for 2 weeks and can’t eat. I feel like my bodyg is shutting down and I just came down with a cold. Ive upped my supplements in hopes to fight off the cold but I just feel lost. And crazy.

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  268. Aleesha kiehl

    I would really like to speak to someone who knows what this sicknesses feels like and hopefully get some info on resources. I’m so sick and tired of being sick and tired. Desperate

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    1. Kimmel Poskitt

      Hi their. I’m kim, I’m. 41year mum of 3 who had pips removed 2 years ago one had leaked to my lymph node.
      But no mention of removal of that.
      Any way 2years on.. Ive been ill for 9wks.. burning all over my bod. Freezing hands and feet, body temperature issues
      Issues, goospbumbs then hot, I can walk round a full sup
      Super market without feeling ill shakes and really slow and floaty, rapid heart!
      Rate, absolutely intolerant to exercise. I was climbing
      Mountains August last year. I was super fit! I’ve
      Had mri on spine and head, all the burning was
      Suspected MS I believe it’s the pip implant leak.
      I am eating super foods at every meal, I can’t exercise to
      To keep healthy, my body will not allow it.
      I am remaining hopeful and trying to work with my body
      No help from docs, although I keep prestering.
      My tongue feeling tingling and nostrils burn. I just feel pos
      Poisoned 🤢. How do you feel? 🙂

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      1. Michelle

        Hope you’ve had your thyroid/hormones checked! Sounds like the root of the issues described. Best of health❤️

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  269. Faye

    If there is some capsule that wasn’t removed would I still be feeling sick with the same symptoms? Is there a way to find out through some sort of scan to see if it’s in there or due they have to go back in? If that’s the case it would be my 6 th surgery?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Faye,
      How much capsule is left? Some women do not heal with capsules left inside and have to have a second surgery to remove all capsule tissue from their chest.

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  270. Jerri Lynn

    Once implants are removed, have people healed back to “normal”? And if so, what is that time frame? I realize we are all presenting with similar/different symptoms and we all heal differently….but generally speaking. TY

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jerri,
      If you had a proper explant which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and detoxed it takes a year or so to eliminate most of the symptoms but the rest may take another year to heal the rest of the symptoms. In general it can take a couple years to heal from years of toxic breast implants.

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  271. Karla

    Hi my name is Karla and I’ve had my breast implants for 5 years and am now just finding out the reasons why I have certain health problems. I’m sure the implants are making me sick but my husband doesn’t trust the my symptomes are caused by the implants. I need to know of a surgeon that can remove them here in Australia. Can you help?

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  272. Gail Smith

    I have been very sick with a lot of the illinesses listed for the past 3 years. I got my implants back in 1993 and had them replaced in 2004. I really need to check into having them removed, hopefully I will feel better.

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  273. Denise

    Breast Augmentation done on December 27, 2018. After surgery I had redness in my left eye. Now both my eyes are red and the left one has swelling. My opthamologist has had me on steroids to get the swelling down since January. After 3 months she has no idea what is going on with my eyes and has me going in for allergy testing tomorrow morning. Ever heard of this side effect from implants???

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Denise,
      Yes, bloodshot eyes is an indication of the level of inflammation our body has because of the breast implants and many ladies in the facebook group of 40,000 ladies have swollen eyes.

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    2. Lisa

      Your not alone. Im experiencing the same thing with my eyes…its been happening for 2 months and they cant figure out what is wrong with me.
      Are the steroids helpomg relieve the redness and swelling?

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      1. Denise

        I was on steroids for two weeks in Jan. Doctor put me on steroid drops. Swelling and redness went away. Came back in Feb. Two more weeks on steroids and swelling and redness went away. Came back in March and again two more weeks of steroids. Now it’s April and the swelling and redness is back. Opthamologist can no longer do steroids. Went in for allergy testing but have to wait until May 10th because I have steroids in my system. Also since operation my blood pressure has been sitting around 166/110. I am now on medicine to control.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kimberly,
      Get a full copy of your insurance and read how you may be covered. In general insuruance may pay for explant for ruptures, capsular contracture, pain or infection/necrosis and you have to approach on those symptoms.

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    2. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Kimberly

      That’s a very easy question you have to do a mammogram and a ultrasound of your breasts get your gynecologist to talk to a plastic surgeon who will show the plastic surgeon all the exams you had on your breasts and the plastic surgeon will send everything together with a letter to your health insurance which should be reimbursed 100% they can refuse but your surgeon should say its a sickness not cosmetic surgery my breast implants and CC was paid by my health insurance.
      Good luck
      Marlene

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  274. Brenda

    Hi I had my surgery in 2005. I have the felt type silicone shell filled with saline. I’m gonna go straight to my symtoms: extreme fatigue, h-philori, gurd, acid reflux, weight gain in arms and stomach, bloating (feeling full or look pregnant) neausa, vomiting (alot), metal taste, decrease vision ( was diagnosed w/glaucoma symtoms), ringing/clicking/poping nosie in the left ear (feeling like its full of water), night sweats, hot / cold sensations, severe headaches( like my head is gonna explode), shoulder pain, pain in my breasts( like a squeezing feeling then soreness) I’ve had 2 negative mammograms, stiff neck (like a crick), sore throat feeling like lymph nodes are swollen, right hip pain w/lower back pain (feeling like I’ve been kicked or punched in the liver/kidney), diagnosed w/fatty liver, had to have throat stretched during endoscopic surgery, IBS with constipation, alot of things wrong with my digestive system, feeling like I have leaky gut syndrome, have symtoms like Lyme disease, Auto immune disease, after work out soreness that last for more than a day, silm resluts from dieting and working out(stomach area always looks swollen) tingling loss of feeling in my toes (like nerve damage), brain fog.. I had low potassium levels, heart palpitations( had stress test)(normal), feeling of flushing like blood pressure is high, depression due to all the above, food allergies, extreme thrist, feeling dehydrated w/ stretchy skin that won’t return to normal and very dry itchy cracking skin.. I’m tired of being sick and everyone saying “your always sick”… Could this be my implants? I absolutely feel like I’m dying some days.. I’ve advised my Dr. Of these symptoms and I guess they think I’m crazy or hypochondriac… Most of my symtoms are not visual and some say it’s being lazy or in my head!! I’m screaming here for someone to tell me something.. Reading this article has answered for me alot of my “why do I feel this way” questions. I just don’t know who I need to talk to about this..

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  275. Karen Fackler

    OK..so I am scared. I just had my implants put in Jan 2017 and I LOVE them. Never felt better about myself. But I have been experiencing this weird back of the head pain..like tingling a lot..panic attacks and this constant pressure in my chest. I don’t want it to be my implants but I am feeling really lousy. I also spend a lot of money getting them put in…does any one else have symptoms like this?

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  276. Peggy Agee

    Hello, I’m Peggy Agee in Birmingham, Alabama. I have had a lot of these symptoms for several years. Went to my Doctor has not been able to find the reason for these ailments. Spoke with a friend 2 weeks ago and she told me of her situation with breast implant sickness. I am going to the surgeon who put mine in 15 years ago in the morning for consultation. I’m almost positive I have this sickness. Do you have a Doctor here in Birmingham you recommend? Someone mentioned a Dr. Schaffer. Has anyone used him? I do know my Doctors nurse said there is no proof the implants are making women sick. Makes me a little uncomfortable. I also, need to know test that needs to be done while they are doing the explant. Please help me, thanks😊

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      1. Marlene Wyngaard

        Hi
        I don’t agree with all surgeons like my plastic surgeon who is also the President of plastic surgeons in Geneva Switzerland gave me antibiotics anti inflammatory and pain tablets and hour after my surgery my implants together with the CC was in a laboratory before he got the results back he told me that I had germs in the CC and brown spots on the implants je showed me the pictures because it had to be taken to the laboratory.

        Marlene

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  277. Stacey Smith

    I have been so sick for nearly a year with almost all these symptoms. I have had my implants since May of 2003. I have gotten to the point where I can’t even work. I know I need mine out. I have had the weirdest stuff going on with my body and at this pointing not even mine. I’ve had countless tests and have been to endless Drs and everyone thinks I’m crazy. i would like know more about what your breasts are like after the implants are out and how the recovery process works. Would love input

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stacey,
      Come to the facebook group and see thousands of photos of explanted breasts, you will be pleasantly surprised by how good they look!

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    2. Brenda

      Hi Stacy I read your comment and started to cry. I feel the same way as if someone or something has taken over my body.. I feel as if I’m losing my mind.. I hate that people don’t understand and the feeling that maybe I am crazy when I know I’m not.. I hope you get the answers you’re looking for I just wanted you to know you’re not crazy or alone.. 😔

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  278. Juliana Haddad

    I have had my implants for 13 years (2005)
    Diagnosed with lupus (2008)
    I suffer from all the symptoms you’ve listed.
    My question is does insurance cover the cost of the removal of the implants?
    Please email me if you have any info for me

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Juliana,
      Yes, some medical insurance does cover the cost to explant. Get a copy of your policy and read what it covers in regard to breast implants. In general insurance may cover explant for rupture, capsular contracture, pain and infection/necrosis and those are the symptoms you must approach on.

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  279. Beth

    I went in for a breast augmentation revision surgery. The ps wanted to do it in 2 steps – explanation and lift and then after 2 months, replace the implants. I have only had step one done and after reading abou breast implant infection I am not sure I want more implants. My worry is the ps did not take out the capsules at time of explanation and breast lift. Will I continue to be sick since the capsules were not removed?

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      1. Beth

        Is there any health benefits to just removing the implants? I am really not interested in another surgery at this point to remove the capsules.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Beth,
          There may be some health benefits to removing implants but from historical information available and witnessing thousands of women explant we know that removing the capsules correlates with better and quicker healing. The procedure for proper explant is called En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy.

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  280. Tara

    Hi I requested to be part of your FB page yesterday, I just want to make sure you got the request. I’ve been off FB for over a year and just signed on my page again only to join your group. If you need more info from me before accepting I’d be happy to do that. Thank you in advance. I am so anxious to be part of the group, I really need some support right now. I feel so alone.

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  281. Angela Lamont

    Hi there. I had silicone breast implants done when I lived in Madrid in 2004, and hadn’t really thought about possible side effects until I stared with insomnia about a year ago. I took charcoal tablets recently for something else, but I noticed an improvement on my sleep, and the bumf I read said it can through stopping toxins from getting to the brain. What toxins I thought – I don’t have caffeine, have stopped all artificial sweeteners and generally have a very healthy diet? I’ve had to stop the charcoal because of side effects but am now determined to find out if my implants could be the cause. My question is what to do – do I contact some plastic surgeons for advice/testing? I have suffered with insomnia on and off for years it has to be said but nothing as long lasting as this.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Angela,
      Breast implants are made with silicone which is a brew of toxic chemicals and heavy metals and so that is the root of your toxicity.

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  282. Marlene Becker

    I have silicone implants for 40 years. I have ruptured 3 times, I am now on my 4th set of implants, my last time was Jan. 1211 At times I am very tired, I do have brain fog, right now I’m very sore above the implants and under the right and left arm and down the right arm, but I did use weights 2 weeks ago and this started my pain, so I don’t know if it’s due to the implants or use of the weights. Now and then I do have tenderness under my arm pits and the doctor found lumps, but when I went for a Ultra sound, nothing showed us and the technician didn’t feel anything either. I’m wondering if it’s possible for these to move around? My daughter has had her original silicone implants for 28 years, she does have a lot of problems with vaginal infections which she has trouble clearing up, other then that she seems okay. But after so many years, I’m wondering about these old implants and her health. How could they find out if these implants are doing her any harm?

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  283. Dela Schuman

    Thank you for all this information. I made the leap to the other side and explanted after 33 years of having them. I would say the last five years I really noticed something was wrong, my most prevalent symptom at first was the fatigue. Then I developed a skin condition on my hands. The dermatologist called it Dermatitis, just a general term for an outside reactive to something. I did not believe her, I don’t have my hands in chemicals. Then I started having vertigo…., occasionally some years ago….then more recently more often. I got an e coli infection in May of 2017 and it took 2 months to find out this was what it was. I was put on antibiotics ,Cephalexin to be exact and still had diarrhea after treatment, another stool sample testing showed no e coli or any other bad bacteria. Still the diarrhea continued. Third test done by a Gastroenterologist because they just couldn’t figure it out unless they tested this and no answers. I already had scheduled the explant back in December for February surgery. After all the reading on the symptoms from this stuff I had a feeling the diarrhea was associated to it. I was right ! I realize pain pills can cause constipation. But I haven’t taken very many, And for the 1st time in 9 months, no diarrhea. Amazing. I have been having this achy feeling, but read where this can be common after explant. I believe my immune system was so stressed that most people under normal circumstances can over come an e coli infection on their own. It takes a few days, but my system couldn’t overcome it . I have a friend who has implants also and I’m very worried about her, she was diagnosed with MS like 10 years ago and I’m just certain she acquired this due to her weakened immune system. I hope I can convince her to explant, but she is so concerned how she will look. I was also concerned but my health was more important. I am so completely pleased with how I look, absolutely surprised that I look this good! I hope I can convinse her, I am thinking she my get better if she gets them out.

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  284. Liz

    Hi ladies. I don’t have a FB page so I can’t join the group but had a question. I’m going for explant or mentor textured/cohesive silicone implants. I’ve had issues since implant. Day 3 I ad redness on my left breast that was “a mystery” to my surgeon. I also have numbness where the redness was. Was treated for infection even though they didn’t believe it was an infection in the implant…I don’t believe it was either since I never ran a fever. I also had pains in that breast until I was treated for Candida albicans 7 months later.

    Fast forward 7 months and I tested high for candidiasis IgG. Was treated using diflucan and it helped a lot! I actually canceled explant surgery as most of my symptoms inproved. However, after 2 months I stopped the antifungals and symptoms came back with a vengeance. Rescheduled surgery and started stronger antifungal a which are helping but I will continue with explant as I feel it’s all related. I spoke with my surgeon regarding testing implants for fungus but we don’t believe it’s in the implants but more an issue in the breast tissue.

    I wondered if anyone had a similar experience where antifungals aided in relieving symptoms. I’m really hoping this is al related to the implants and that I will recover…I did find a recommended surgeon and am explanting with an en blok removal.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Liz,
      Yes fungus is just so very common with breast implants. The silicone chemicals damage our Thymus gland and gut health causing immune deficits allowing infections such as fungus and others to thrive in us.

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      1. Liz

        Thank you for the reply. What causes the difficulty swallowing/choking/constantly clearing your throat symptom of BII? I ask because I’m constantly clearing my throat and feel as if it’s coated with a thick goo…which it is. I can sometimes get this mucous out and it’s so thick and nasty unlike anything I’ve experienced. I’ve only had my implants for 10 months now but I really feel this is connected to my symptoms as I never experienced this prior to implants.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Liz,
          Implants cause mucous in us as a response to inflammation caused by the immune responding to the foreign body that they are and also many of us have fungal infections due to implants which can cause mucous, sinus, mouth and throat problems.

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      2. Bene Garcia

        Hi have you or anyone in here ever had a sharp pain in between your breast ? , it feels like your ribs are about to brake ! I’ve had my breast implants for 5 years now . Since day one I started having so much pain . But I always made an excuse . Shortly after I got the implants I started having anxiety and panic attacks, I do have a few of the symptoms that they list in here . Going back to the sharp pain between my breast, I mentioned it to the doctor she says that the cartilage around my ribs gets inflamed , and that it has nothing to do with my implants ;( I hope you can understand my writing . I also hope someone will tell me if they have the same symptom . Thank you .

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  285. Kelly

    I got saline implants about 18 yrs go and have some of the symptoms listed. How do I know it’s from the implants and not from something else. Has anyone else with saline implants had issues? I’m reading a lot about silicone but I’m just wondering about the saline. Maybe I’m just in denial because I’m scared to remove them but I’m more afraid of what could happen. Thanks for your help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kelly,
      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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      1. Deb

        I explanted in 1989, after having gel implants for 16 years (first set for nine years with severe capsular contraction, and second set under the muscle for 7 years). A couple of years after explant, I had a different surgeon go in to remove whatever capsule material he could find (since the ps who explanted would not remove the capsules …and he told me I would be sorry I explanted). I’ve suffered with fatigue, brain fog, muscle aches, joint aches, headaches, Epstein Barr Virus, Herpes simplex virus, dizziness, ear ringing, mood issues, sweats, sleep concerns. That’s all the symptoms I can remember right now, but I could easily have left something out. What should I do for detoxification? My heavy metals test is positive. Also tested positive to candida antibody A.

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    2. Winter

      I’ve had saline implants for almost 10 years now. I never experienced any issues until my impants were 5 years old and i became pregnant. Now my daughter is almost 4 years old and my symptoms are much worse. I see a all natural Dr and he diagnosed me with candida yeast over growth and a low vitamin D. The symptoms i have are: chest pain ( breast and sternum), dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, joint pains, muscle pains, cold hands and feet but a sweaty body, headaches, extreme brain fog at times, difficulty loosing weight, occasional shaking in my hands, horrible adrenal rushes, anxiety, breast heaviness, pain in my arm pits, upper back pain between my shoulder blades, very spacey and reflux. I’m very convinced it’s my implants.

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  286. Sarah Mayes

    I recently had rupture implants removed on 19th of January this year. My implants have been leaking into my lymph nodes right armpit. On removel surgeon said he scrapped away crystals before he could remove the implant also he was surprised by my implants had flipped over. I had told him i had teardrop breast implants before operation he said that i didn’t. Well I would know i thought. I asked him how long had the implant been leaking? He said he didn’t know. I thought strange as he is plastic surgeon.. since operation of removel and having new implants in. I have felt awful no engery feeling sick aches and pains generally feeling ill..3 weeks post op. Gp has finally done bloods today..

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    1. Dela Schuman

      You most likely will have to remove them and no implant to feel better. It’s the presence of the implant itself that i causing the problem primarily. It’s a foreign body in your body and your body is rejecting it. I’m sorry that you are experiencing this, all to many of us are, I feel duped to a degree, I don’t think PS are up front about the dangers. After all this is their livelihood and they have to stand behind it.

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  287. Shereen Ali

    Hi ladies,
    I had my implants put in 1/2013. They are silicone gel. Up until this past November everything was fine. Very healthy single mother of 3 young boys. In November I developed my very first case of hives. The drs all tell me it’s chronic hives. I have no allergies and been tested for all autoimmune disease. But this rash no longer looks like hives. It is a huge raised red rash all over my entire body and nothing tames it. I’m miserable. No doctor can pinpoint where it’s coming from. I’ve also developed symptoms like numbness and tingling in my limbs. Vision changes, night sweats, anxiety, shakiness, light headed, dizziness and hair loss. I’ve decided to not waste anymore time going to specialist to run more test that I know will be negative. I’m getting these toxic bags removed from my body ASAP. If my symptoms don’t ever improve,then at least I’ll be able to rule out breast implant illness as a possibility.

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    1. Shereen Ali

      I had them removed! I had a hair test done that showed I was intolerant to platinum,arsenic,cadmium,paladmium,silver and titanium…WHICH ARE ALL CONTAINED IN THE IMPLANT INGREDIENTS! I brought all my evidence and test results to my surgeon and he was dumb founded. As was the entire staff at the surgery center. No offense to my surgeon,he did a great job removing them,but his reaction proves that our doctors aren’t very knowledgeable to what they are putting into our bodies. I’m one week post op and my skin is definitely improving. And for the women who are worried of the breast appearance after explant…it’s nothing to fear. My doctor told me they would look how they did before implants. He was right,they actually look slightly better. The fact that they are mine makes them that much more beautiful. For any woman thinking of implants…DONT DO IT! For all the women who have implants and are sick with no apparent reason,it’s not for no reason.

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  288. Dawn

    Thank you for doing all this research, I’m so glad I came across this website. I got my Saline implants back in 1998 and I now want to have them removed. I do have a lot of the symptoms listed above and had no idea that it may be my implants causing it. I went back to the original doctor who did my surgery and he wanted to deflate them first, wait a few weeks, then make a decision on how to deal with extra skin etc. He wanted me to replace them with a new set, but something didn’t sit right with me and told him that I wanted them removed. It was a quick appointment, and I didn’t get the warm welcome I got in the pass. I was also told that they would need to be replaced in 10 years, but when I went back over the years, he said that they look and that I’m fine, not to worry about it. I just made 4 appointment with 4 different doctors to have them removed. It was hard to find a women surgeon who does this.

    My Question.
    Because I was so small (AA), I know that I will need some surgery to make them look good (or close to good again). Does anybody have any feedback on SIEF (Simultaneous Implant Exchange with fat). Does it work and is it safe?

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    1. Dela Schuman

      I brought this up to my PS and they (he and his surgery scheduler) said they don’t have good luck with this. That almost all the clients come back after a year to have it redone. It’s difficult to get the fat to stay alive I guess. And the procedure is – lipo of the fat, mix the fat with your plasma, reinject the fat, rather like lipo in reverse. It’s very disruptive to you tissue. Just wanted to let you know, I’ve done a ton of research on it all. Just decided to explant and see how things turn out. So far I’m really amazed at the results. Way better than expected. I don’t know your exact circumstances. But I was small too, like an A/B before and due to growing older and weight gain my breasts look like they will be a c cup. So maybe you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome 🙂 I am !

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  289. carol

    i have had my implants for 7 years they have never fully healed as is. I have 100 percent rheumatoid arthritis so says the Dr. I have EVERY ONE SYMPTOM that you put down. Now I am shaking for days. I thought I am suppose to adjust to these symptoms and side effects due to the disease. I may be wrong. Thank you for your insight. Carol Bright IRVINE 56 YEARS OLD
    Lakehead Ca

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  290. Luciana nelson

    I was just made aware as my son found an article and shared with me. I had my Saline implants done 18 years ago and have suffered for the past 10 years with the same symptoms of the woman in the article suffered. Hormone problems hair loss thyroid immune deficiency recurring infections Gastro intestinal problems. I never thought my implants would have caused this. I also have recently been been diagnosed with a genetic mutation of the MTHFR. I am seeking the advice of the doctor that was in the article as fast as I can. I need to get these removed and need to find a doctor. So I will be seeking the advice of the doctor David Radkin that was in the article who is in Fort Lauderdale. I can use all the info anyone would like to share. I look forward to hearing from someone soon thank you

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  291. Amber

    I have had my silicone breast implants since 2011. This past year I have felt so sick and it keeps getting worse. I have severe dizziness, nausea, foggy brain, rashes, and feeling like something is definitely wrong. I can’t shake the feeling that it’s my implants. I feel like I should get them removed but I also have a 14 month old at home and I’m worried about the recovery and not being able to lift weight/my baby. I just really want to feel like myself again. How was the recovery for you and lifting things?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amber,
      I found explant much easier than implanting and did not really even have to take much for painkillers however you cannot lift much for a few weeks after explant and so may need help with your little ones after surgery for a couple weeks.

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  292. Eileen

    Hi,
    My name is Eileen. I have 300cc mentor memory gel implants. I had them put in July 2012. I have since then been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism. Before I put the implants in I did not have thyroid issues and never had any symptoms of fibromyalgia. I was very active in the gym and running marathons. I am currently going through symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. In which that is what my endocrinologist thinks I have. My endocrinologist and other doctors have not figured out why I am losing my hair, dry skin, weight gain without the ability to lose it, FATIGUE, brain fog bad, moving pain mainly in my shoulders/neck and the feeling of being sick all the time is slowly killing me. I have gone to every doctor on this planet trying to figure out what is wrong with me. This sucks and now I am not financially right for an explant. I was back when I had the money, but now it is not in the budget.

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    1. Anon

      Mentor memory gel ?
      That’s what I had in December. 2015. 375cc. I weigh 131.
      I have had temperature change intolerance, increased allergies, colds, and (gross) phlegm. I also think my thyroid is out of whack due to mood changes and frequent urination. It’s almost as if my body has lost it’s control of fluid balance.
      I agree. This sucks and even though they look nice, I can’t breathe as well. Like having a pound weight placed on top of my lungs and heart. Hope I can get these out soon ! Hugs and kisses

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  293. Amanda

    Hi All!

    My name is Amanda. I am 26 years old. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis last year. These have been the most debilitating diagnoses that come with many, many symptoms. Currently, I go to the Rheumatology office for a monthly intravenous infusion of medication that helps me with doing basic daily activities, which at one point were not possible. These two illness have completely taken over my life, with a sudden onset. I also have experienced IBS issues and many other symptoms listed on this site. My mom actually saw a story on the local news and called me telling me this is something that I need to look into, as I have suffered will symptoms and illnesses since getting my implants in 2010.

    Has anyone else specifically been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis who also has breast implants?

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    1. Dela Schuman

      I believe that may be what I have on my hands, I get pain in my hand joints and I have this flaky type plaque rash also on my hands. I am hoping this will clear up now that they are out, it’s too soon to tell. Only been a couple days.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      If your implants are not too large chances are that your skin will retract for the most part and your breasts may look similar to prior to implanting with exceptions for the natural aging of the breast, weight gain/loss etc. For the most part women are pleasantly surprised by how well their breast turn out after explant. Some women get lift too which turn out beautiful for the most part.

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  294. Jacque eagle

    Hi,
    My name is jacque and I have had textured saline breast implants about 19yrs. I had two ruptures prior to these with regular saline within the first 2yrs of my original implants. I went to Dr. Wesley Hartline Ogden Utah whom has since died. I have been trying everything I know to get my original records bc I can’t remember if they are PIP or Mcghan brand. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia lupus chronic fatigue and have had constant lymph node problems the last few yrs. I don’t have the money to have them explained or switched out and desperately need help with what resource options are available and how to get this info. I live in dfw tx and my last surgery was in 1999 or early 2000. Please let me know if you have any options.

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  295. Stephanie

    Hello there …. So I had my silicone gel implants put in around August of 2017. Now it is only January of 2018 and my life is being turned upside down . I have never had panic attacks ever in my life just last week was my first panic attack and the worste thing ever now I feel like I am going to have them every day. It is the most depressing things ever I can’t even drive anywhere without having one I am constantly trying to breath right and am super dizzy with occasional ringing ears . So I found this page and hopeing I can get some advice . Is this too soon to see symptoms ? It has only been barely 6 months since they have been put in . Please help with some advice thank you 🙂

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      Its not too soon to have symptoms from your breast implants. It’s your body telling you that two large bags of toxic chemicals do not belong in your precious body and to explant them properly and never look back.

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  296. Kim Cerda

    I had saline breast implants in 2004 I have not had them checked..for the last 7 weeks I’ve had bronchitis and walking pneumonia..the cought was for about 3 1/2 weeks ..I thought the tenderness in my chest and under my armpit maybe I pulled something with all the coughing. The pain is more Intense the last couple of weeks can’t get out of bed without being in severe pain left breast and inder armpit lymph nodes should I be concerned with the implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Please get checked out by a doctor, you may have a lung filling with fluid from pneumonia or it also could be from your implants.

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  297. Amie

    Hello,
    I’ve had my implants for 6 years now and I have been really sick the past year. One of my breast swells up and gets an infection and makes me have fevers , headaches, muscle and joint pain and no energy similar to a virus. I need to book in to have them removed now as it keeps re accurring but I feel it may be more serious then just capsular contracture as I was told it. I had an ultra sound an MRI the first time I had the swelling and infection and nothing came back which was about a year ago. Just wanting to know if this sounds like a common thing for capsular contracture or should I be getting other tests done too?

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  298. Va

    Just got a small reconstruction implant silicone. I am very small. I have a palpable though difficult to see rash on same side as mastectomy and implant. I so wonder if this is a rejection rash or cutaneous Mets from dirty anterior margins. Tomorrow is day 7. Jp drain still in.

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  299. Sandy Straw

    I was born in 1946, and at the age of two developed pneumonia. Cobalt was used during that time for treatment. I was never able to develop breasts and found out years later that it was caused from receiving cobalt. In 1974 I had received silicone breast implants. They are now 44 years old. They have been hard as rocks from the very beginning. In 2014 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and in 2015 I found out I had lung cancer. Part of my lower right lung was removed as well as 15 lymph nodes from my chest. (I never smoked a day in my life). I am now experiencing severe pain in my arms, shoulders, hips and chest from, I think, the fibromyalgia. I also have a burning sensation around the implants, as well as pain under my arms. I am beginning to wonder if all this pain I am having could be caused from the implants? I am constantly fatigued and my pain never goes away. I have tried all medications for fibromyalgia, and nothing has worked. I also have severe pain in my feet, legs and hands from diabetic neuropathy. I don’t know what to do. I am wondering if I should have my implant’s removed. I am 71 and don’t know if I could handle the pain from surgery or not.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sandy,
      Yes, your pain sounds like what we commonly experience. The pain of explant and healing from explant is easier than the life long pain from breast implants being in the body, easier by far.

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  300. SHERRY BOSWELL

    My surgeon for Implants was Dr David Martin in Dallas, TX. I do not find him on the list for Explant. I have NOT seen a Dr for this issue and am ONLY just putting two – and – Two together. It makes perfect sense that THIS is however what is wrong with me and My Body, NOT so much that I have a “Debilitating Side Effect” BUT, I have MANY MANY of the side effects that are listed with increasing ailments daily. I don’t know where to turn first?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rebecca,
      Yes breasts appear rather normal after about two years of healing taking into account the normal aging of the breast, weight gain or loss ovre time and if any permanent disfigurement occurred from the implanting process which is usually not the case unless implants were large.

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  301. Erin

    Just curious how you feel about yourself after explanation. I got my implants because my small breast size really bothered me. I didn’t feel very attractive and I wanted larger breasts so badly I’ve had them for nearly 10 years now. I don’t know how I would look without them ! Did you go back to the same as before or did you need a lift ?! I’m just terrified ! But I feel awful. I was diagnosed with lupus and i take Meds for it and still feel so awful most days

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Erin,
      Most women like their breasts after explant. Of course it is an adjustment but many like their natural breasts better after explant. Some get lifts and even fat transfer. Breasts retract and fluff after explant and do not look that bad.

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  302. Jeanine

    I am scheduled to get my 17 year old silicon mentor gel implants removed this coming week. I was going to get them replaced, but after receiving my first mammogram and finding out my implants are leaking into my body in 3 different places, I have decided to remove and not replace.

    This sparked me to think about autoimmune symptoms I have been suffering from for the last 12 years. It started 5 years after getting the implants. I started becoming allergic to foods. All kinds of food, Then over time every single kind of food, chemical and mineral you can think of. I have eczema and psoriasis all over my body. According to multiple allergy tests I am allergic to over 200 different substances and foods. Which means I should stop eating, never get dressed, shower with any kind of soap or leave the house ever again. My hair has thinned, but I am still young enough that my hair should not be thinning. I also get severe, debilitating pain in my shoulder blades. I attributed this pain to years of lifting weights, but now I am not so sure since I have never had any injuries from weight lifting in 20 years. Just recently, numbness in my pinkies began when I type (like right now) or even drive my car.

    Keep in mind I have tried everything to help my symptoms: all organic EVERYTHING, no chemicals in anything, grass, fed, no milk (and minimal dairy). The list goes on and on, but my symptoms are either remaining the same or getting worse.

    My question, after this very long venting session, is should I get a lift? My implants are 36D. I was a small 32B before I got these things. Don’t ask why the discrepancy in the back measurement but when I measure my back it is still a 32. I probably should be a 32DD but refuse to wear a DD (I’m in denial about how big these implants actually are).

    My surgeon said he would remover and not replace implants, but he won’t do the lift bc it will give me a “lollipop scar” and he believes I won’t be happy with the smaller breasts and will be back in his office in 6 months to get implants back in. He explained that if he does the lift he won’t be able to put the implants back in.

    I do not want them back in ever again. And if I have to look at deflated balloons ( my fear of what they will look like after removal), then yes I will probably be back in his office to fix them in some way. So why not get the lift now? If any of you have had them removed and no lift and are happy or are not, please please let me know your experience.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jeanine,
      Please ensure your surgeon is skilled enough to remove your leaking implants properly which is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Af for the lift, I have seen thousands of explanted breast photos with lifts and they look great. The question is do you have enough breast adipose tissue to lift, if you do, I would lift and you will most likely love them. If you choose not to lift please know that skin retracts and breast fluff up on their own somewhat.

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    2. Dela Schuman

      Stick to your guns Jeanie, I’m amazed at how many people say their PS tell them that. I feel so fortunate that my PS is such a compassionate older man, He’s been wonderful and has not given me any grief about removal. No PS should.

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  303. Terri Sparks

    Ok, my silicone gell implants are 30 years old, yes 30 years old. In the last 3 years I have been experiencing a chronic cough, a fungal infection in my lungs, my eyes feel very gummy, and I cough up a very gummy thick substance unlike normal flem, in fact the particales I cough up are thick and sticky and cannot be torn apart without great effort. Now lately my joints hurt and I have had a large weight gain. I never thought about my implants causing these symptons, but no doctor can diagnose me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Terri,
      Come to the facebook group. Others like you have explanted properly and then taken antifungals or antimicrobials in order to recover their health. You can too!

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    2. Natasha

      Oh I have the same cough…it’s from the silicon implants.
      A lot of liquid was coming out when I cough, but it’s not phlegm. I’m on my 2nd set of implants. First set were in for 21 years.

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  304. Kathy Cooper

    Is the “Mentor” smooth gel silicone implant considered a “cohesive” gel?
    I found out last week that n ultrasound result shows likely “free silicone” on my left side, and now I need a good lawyer ( 2 previous MRI’s showed “ no rupture” so after 3 yrs of autoimmune’s, Hashimoto, Giuliano-Barre, complete body numbness/severe/neuropathy/painplus so much more (liver, kidney, intestinal, thermoregulation, heart, autonomic… issues I finally find out it is after all looking like a rupture. This all started immediately after they were put in.
    Kathy

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  305. Charlotte Kilsby-Harvey

    Hi everyone , I am 4 days post Explant and feel like a weight has been lifted !
    I am a 30 year old mum of 2 little ones.
    I had textured gel implants placed just over 3 years ago , after having my babies, and experienced issues straight away. I first had a rupture (I now know this was the surgeons doing) and had a revision a year later . Then I started experiencing capsular contracture . This was definitely my body telling me to get them out. Aside from the physical issues my body seemed to go into meltdown . Looking back now I can’t believe I never made the connection , I actually put it all down to anxiety! I have had a myriad of weird symptoms; tingling face and head , neck and back pain , tingling limbs and most recently globus. I have paid out thousands in tests as my gp kept dismissing my symptoms. I agree these all sounded a bit vague and with no obvious cause. After reading about the updated FDA advice linking ALCL to textured implants, I booked an Explant asap. Obviously I’ve been up and down since surgery but feel so much more healthy already and so pleased I had the guts to get rid ! I’m learning to love my small saggy bust, but it’s mine 🙂
    If anyone is considering explanting , please please do it sooner rather than later
    We are all beautiful queens who certainly do not need toxic bags to make us feel good xxx

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    1. Patricia Walker

      Hi Charlotte,

      My 15 year old silicone implants were both encapsulated, ruptured, and leaking into my breasts and underarms. Very painful, also. I am two months post implant removal. I’m glad you were able to have yours removed and can tell you from experience that you did yourself a big favor. I’m not one to jump on any bandwagon, but I’m starting to think breast implant disease is a real thing. Sorry to the group for being skeptic.

      I’m 61 years old and was diagnosed with epilepsy four years ago. I was having multiple seizures daily and the anti-seizure drugs didn’t stop them. I soon had to leave my lifelong career because I could no longer function do to the seizures. Fast forward four years. I had the implants removed and suddenly no seizures for two solid months since they were removed. Two months seizure free is unheard of for me.

      I just can’t help but wonder if there is a connection between the implants and the seizures. The seizures stopped when I had the implants out. I may never know. Neither the plastic surgeon nor neurologist is willing to connect the implants with my seizures. They both say some things can’t be explained and that two months seizure free is not long enough to remove a diagnosis of epilepsy. I agree with that.

      I do not see seizures on the breast implant disease symptoms list.

      I love my implant free, natural soft warm breasts. Fake boobs aren’t fashionable anymore. Also, I have discovered that my personality is much bigger than leaky chemical bags ever were. And, I think you will discover this for yourself.

      I’m happy for you and for me and for every other woman who is able to get her breast implants removed. It’s very expensive and not covered by insurance. At least it wasn’t covered by mine. If I didn’t have the financial resources to have the surgery, I’d just be stuck with the implants and possibly continue having seizures. Insurance is another subject altogether.

      Stay well, stay happy,

      XOXO

      Patty

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  306. Mindy

    It was somewhat comforting to know that I am not crazy. In April 2017 I had to have a Select me in right breast re done. Right away I begin getting sores on my body. These are your normal average every day sore. They hurt… they hurt you to the core . I have lost weight. I am panicked. I am in excruciating pain. My lymph nodes or swollen and in pain and also have open sores on them at all times. I have this mysterious your cut that always take place without me even touching them. My hair is falling out. And overall, I feel like I’m dying. It dawned on me but the only thing that has changed is that I had had the surgery done. I went to my doctor and explained what the problem I am or having and he did all that bloodwork, put me on antibiotics…lyrica…which I had a horrible reaction to that…well, nothing worked. Not a lick of it! I went in again and told him nothing has worked in this breast that I had some surgery on the neutral it’s hurting me so bad I feel like it’s getting ready to fall out. He looked at me and with great vengeance told me that I needed psychological help. He kicked me out of my office called my surgeon and said so I’m pretty sure this girl just once drugs she wants re-surgery also please don’t do it for her she needs psychological help. I was horrified. I in the middle aged woman and quite healthy energetic work out non-smoker nondrinker you get where I’m going with this. And now all of a sudden I am a druggie. I feel helpless. I am laying in bed right now as I write this my hands in so much pain I can barely get out of bed and I feel like I’m dying. Please pray for me is I do not know what to do now at this point

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mindy,
      I am so sorry that you are suffering so much and were treated badly by your doctor/surgeon. You must find a way to explant properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy to remove these toxic bags of death so you can start detoxing and healing.

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    2. Dela Schuman

      I’ve read where women who have replacement implants get worse symptoms. The body is down and you put those back in it really rebels.

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  307. Kim Arceneaux

    Thank you for this site. I got my implants in the year 2000. Since then I have increasing respiratory symptoms- shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, asthma & pneumonia. I have bronchitis/ upper respiratory infections about every 2-3 months (sometimes can be more frequently). The mucus is very thick and I have been tested for cystic fibrosis in which I do not have. I have a chronic cough. My treatment plan is oral steroids, neb treatments and Antibiotics. It presents mostly as the same pattern each time. I get very fatigued followed by shortness of breath, cough, congestion.
    I was sent to a respiratory institute in Denver for extent testing. I have mild to severe joint pain in neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs. I have Restless leg symptoms at times.
    I feel like a rubber band in under my breast squeezing me. These symptoms come and go. I also have Hypothyroidism and hair loss. I am scheduled to see a Dr. in Metarie La on this Tuesday to see if I have breast disease. Let me know your thoughts please.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Your symptoms are common to us with breast implants and I know others with exactly the same symptoms and they had a mycoplasma infection due to breast implants. Breast implants cause immune deficits and all kinds of infections as the toxic chemicals of silicone damage our Thymus gland where our T-cells which fight infection mature. They Thymus sits right between the implants and is the first of many endocrine glands to be messed up by silicone chemicals and heavy metals. I’m glad you are on track to explant and get your health and life back.

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    2. Bev

      Yes,I have that too, feels like I have a tight band around me right under my breasts and top of stomach area… This comes and goes at will …. And with it comes shortness of breath

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  308. JB

    Oh my. My. My. Goodness. I’ve been struggling for YEARS with increasingly weird symptoms and every doctor treats the symptom of the day and I’ve been saying for years there is something big picture which I’m going to have to figure out for myself. I saw an episode of monsters inside me that stuck with me but I dismissed it. My implants are 17 years old. Yep. 17. They’re saline which I was told wa safe at the time. However I’ve had such an increase in symptoms and weird things my immune system should be fighting yet my levels are usually inside normal limits sometimes barely. Except my potassium and magnesium keep dropping and I’ve had palpitations due to it. The fatigue is so bad that – once a professional, I am barely functioning. The weird neurological symptoms come and go episodically with sometimes years in between. Weird infections I normally would not get, I get… like when I had pneumonia a couple years ago and I had to literally convince my doc to X-ray me because she didn’t hear any wheezing. I have joint and muscle pain, and have had weird vision issues that are again episodic — and docs just say nothing’s wrong — I don’t know. Weird stuff started s few years after implants but of course I ever connected it. I’ve had test after test to figure out what could be wrong with me. Wow. Just wow.

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  309. Robin

    Thank you. I read more comments and found my answer…yes symptoms improve with detoxification and healthy diet and excercise..thank God

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  310. Jennifer Horne

    I’ve had saline implants for 12 years with no complications that I was aware of. However, a year ago I started experiencing severe joint pain and swelling, muscle weakness, fatigue, and other symptoms. I also have suffered from Raynaud’s phenomenon for about 11 years. After going through testing I was diagnosed with Lupus (had positive ANA) The meds I’ve been given don’t help much. The only way I get relief is to take prednisone. Now after reading about breast implant illness I wonder if this is really what is going on with me instead of lupus. Does anyone have any suggestions where I should start? My rheumatologist? My plastic surgeon is retired (not that he would be any help). I really don’t know what to do.

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    1. Klf

      I had my explant three years ago and still have all the symptoms of LUPUS. I am not ANA positive so diagnosed with UCTD. Made no difference in any of my symptoms after explant. A very good surgeon is in Atlanta GA, Elizabeth Morgan. She saw me when no one else would. Good luck

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Klf,
        I was diagnosed with UCTD too. My symptoms have cleared up but it took a few years and it took major detoxing of chemicals and accumulated heavy metals, detoxing fungus and other infections in the gut and body and also supporting my MTHFR genetic variant with Hydroxy B12 shots. Many of our symptoms can be attributed to fungal infections we get in our gut and body due to immune deficits caused by breast implants. Have you tried following an antifungal diet and supplements.

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  311. Julia Musall

    Last year I began experiencing many symptoms of leaky breast implant. Due to breast cancer reconstruction, I had bilateral saline implants. I was told these were safe, and never knew that some day they may be needed to be replaced. I saw a breast specialist because I had unusual lumps on my left breast. The physician was concerned that my implants were leaking because they were both rippling. The lesions were biopsied and turned out to be atypical vascular lesions benign. Something a person who had radiation could develop but I had no radiation or chemotherapy. I was lucky and my treatment was mastectomies. A recent chest CT showed bilateral rim calcification. Next week I am scheduled to have bilateral breast MRI. My concern is that I was reading one persons story that had the implants removed and they weren’t leaking or ruptured. This is very scary. I do know that they have discovered that the implants themselves can cause a rare cancer. So it appears that they may also be causing symptoms without leaking or a rupture. Very scary.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julia,
      Implants leak microscopically long before they are ruptured. Implants bleed their chemicals and even silicone gel from a very early time, even the cohesive gel implants.

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  312. Terri Braatz

    I have many of the above mentioned symptoms and have a PCP appointment to begin the labs to confirm. If it is determined I’m affected by silicone poisoning will my medical insurance cover it since breast augmentation is considered elective surgery?

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  313. Eileen K. ROBERTS

    I know I just wrote a comment but ever since I read this & even with me having 35 of the symptoms I still wonder if it is something else like Heart disease even thou they said I had Aarythmia of the heart & was hospitalised for 5 days & four nights cause my heart was barely beating & I never had it checked out by a cardiologist, & a lot of these symptoms can be Heart disease. I have been so bad with symptoms that I haven’t left my house for the past 5 months & lot of that time I have spent in bed unable to do anything! What frustrate me so much is my Dr. Told me that saline implants are much safer & the only reason to have them replace every 10 yrs is in case of it rupturing nothing about they can leak or any other dangers! I had mine implants put in 1993 around a year or take! I did notice I had gotten a lot worse after 2002 due to a Herion addict hit me while I was driving my car. . My car was total & air bags deployed causing severe bruising to my left breast. While in the E.R. I told the nurse that I had implants & was concerned about it rupturing, she just smiled & said well it looks fine, my right side wasn’t injured as bad! No one ever ever ever mentioned the dangers of saline Breast Implants. I am so upset about this, they can tell everyone that smoking cigarettes are dangerous & can cause all kinds of diseases & yet very few woman know about this!! ! I wish there was a way for me to know if mines are the cause for my health issues! Thanks

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  314. Eileen K. ROBERTS

    Well I was scared to even look this site cause of what I might find out & yes I have many of these symptoms. I am scared to admit that I have had my in for going on about 23 yrs & my symptoms are getting worse, Sony even know if my OHP covers this plus so scared & ashamed of what my Breast might look like without them! I know it’s sounds like I am vain & I pray that Lord forgives me, I also have been praying for the Lord to heal & find out what was going on & then I also saw the TV station that’s called ” monsters side me”.. I didn’t want my mind to jump to conclusions but then I kept getting worse & that’s when I looked up this site! Well I don’t know what am I going to do, at one point I still think what if this is not me, & there ok, but then what if they are!! Please pray for me & maybe I will find a good Doctor to go to & get help.
    Thanks again p.s. I do have Facebook but I don’t know if I feel comfortable for other people to see this & who might see this!!

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  315. Judy Linder

    I have had breast implants since 1983 and I just turned 70. I have been having problems for years and years. I wasn’t think it was the implants causing my problems. But now I know that is what’s been happening all these years. I need to have them removed, however I cannot find anyone who can take Medicare and AARP for explantation! Is there anyone who has had this problem and had the explantation done?
    Please accept me to this site! I am in desperate search of help in getting these out of my body!
    Thank you.

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  316. sherry cutter

    this all sounds like whats happening to me I think Im gonna have heart attack sometimes my arm and boob really bother me How about health insurance does it pay for removal

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  317. Tomeka Barnes

    I believe I have this, but I also believe being exposed to toxic mold in a rental property for 3 1/2 years contributed to this. I’ll be reaching out to my surgeon asap. I literally feel I’m dying. I’m experiencing all the symptoms.
    Thank you for your information

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  318. Wanda simer

    Thank you so much! I have been sick ever since I got these implants but I never related to any of the problems to it until now for five years later and I just can’t get any energy I’ve done every test to see what’s wrong I’ve had bio identical hormone‘s I’ve had everything checked they say nothing is wrong with me yet I feel bad I can’t wake up no matter how much sleep I get I’ve had to start wearing a CPAP machine I have allergies that I never had before and my whole body just hurts somewhere all the time. I have a consult on the 21st and I cannot wait to get these out I just happened on to this probably on Facebook I’m not sure her just looked up why I would be tired all the time I just can’t remember I can’t remember a lot of things but anyway I’m so thankful so thankful I found out thank you thank you thank you !
    Wanda simer

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    1. Tara

      I’ve had my breast implants for 9 years. I’ve been on sleeping meds for about 5 years but really started feeling overall bad for about two years. I’ve been diagnosed with B12 deficiency, and anxiety. I have difficulty remembering things from just a few days ago and sometimes can’t complete a sentence. I will be looking at a co-worker in mid sentence, and completely forget what I was saying. I will literally walk in my office to grab water and by the time I’ve walked 10 feet, forgot what I was going in for. I can sleep and wake up for a couple of hours and then nap throughout the day. My skin hurts to touch it and I bruise so easily.The past three months I’ve had a never ending cough which the doctor said caused pluracy. The pain would be under my right breast and it got so bad I was bed ridden for 6 days trying to rid my cough. The pain would never go away. I had 3 different X-Rays and a CT scan and they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. I have had 3 steroid shots and no telling how many different medications to try. The pain finally died down about a month ago, but today I had a really bad coughing episode and the pain I usually felt on my right side under my breast is now located under my left breast. The pain feels like my ribs are cracked, or what I would imagine a cracked rib feels like. I called and have a consultation next Tuesday to get these things out of me. I’m so glad to see implants could possibly be the reason for all these health issues. Thank you so much!

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  319. Lynn

    Hi. I have been visiting this site for the past two and a half years. I had silicone implants in since 1990. I was explanted in June of 2015 shortly after I had a vaccine and became severely ill. At that time in January of that same year before I became ill I had watched an episode of monsters inside and only saw the end of the show where the narrarater said implants were not lifetime devices etc. I didn’t know that as I was told by my implant surgeon In his exact words were “millions of women will go to their graves with them still intact”. How sickening that sounds now knowing what I now know. Through all this I lost all my hair, lost my good job, lost my belief in our medical system and am slowly healing. My explant surgeon did enbloc although my left side had leaked and then calcified and my right explant had ruptured and was he said it was a mess. He made me sign a paper stating that they would not give me my implants and they would not test them. I had no choice I needed them out I was so sick and have no one nearby to help me care for myself. I have come a long way since explant with the help in the beginning from a naturopath. I have long phases where I feel almost normal, and then I go through phases where I get symptoms again but not so extreme. I still find I have sensitivities to some supplements and some foods. Starting to have lots of joint and muscle pain all over my body. Not sure why. In the beginning after the vaccine it was my adrenals malfuctioniing, and my nervous systems completely out of control. My nervous system is still quite sensitive, especially if stress increases. I have been able to work full time since about 6 months post explant. I do have times were I have to push myself but I have come a long way. I thank Nicole for creating this site. It’s a godsend for all of us. Wish there were in person support groups we could all attend as we all need support. I do not have an active Facebook account for a variety of reasons so I can’t join the Facebook group. I live in the Virginia Beach area and would like nothing more than to connect with anyone on this site who lives here – if there is anyone. Blessings to all who have been affected by this horrible travesty.

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  320. Shani

    Thank you – I have been having so many similar symptoms and have had tons of blood work over the past year. My B12 was also down and had to go on thyroid medication. Recently I have been having horrible joint pain in my arms/wrists no one can explain including x-rays.
    I got silicone cohesive gel implants in 2013. The surgeon I knew had given them to his wife so I felt ok
    getting them. Now I am nervous

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  321. Vicki Price

    OMG…..I think this is me!! My implants are 36 years old! I already know through mammogram that one has dissolved its capsule and the silicone is holding its own inside the scar tissue (discovered when I had a lumpectomy a few years ago.) Now there is a lump under the left side that is sore and burning. Just today. I’ve been dealing with reoccurring sinus infections for a couple of years and just cannot figure out why I keep getting them. A LOT of the symptoms listed here!!! Too many antibiotics repeated! I can’t figure it out. I’m praying so hard that the Lord will lead me to an answer. And I come across this website. It’s like my brain opened up in a light came on. Now I’m scared. Not sure who to go to or what to do. Obviously I know what needs to be done I need to have these implants taken out. Now I’m nervous about how much it’s going to cost, is it going to be covered by insurance, this is going to be so expensive. We don’t have that kind of money. We have other medical issues in the family. I’m not working. Brain is just going at high speed. Thanks for letting me vent. I got these breast implants a year after my second baby was born when I was finished breastfeeding , because I had lost all my breast tissue and I looked like a 12 year old . I was so embarrassed and I had no self-image. All I wanted the doctor do was put me back to where I looked normal again. And that’s what I did . I’ll do some praying see where this leaves me. Thanks for your help. I would have never thought about this !. you’re saving a lot of women here!

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  322. Kara V

    Good morning… I’m writing because I seen a show on the monsters inside us last night and the women’s breast implants had made her very sick which led me to find this site… 6 years ago I was diagnosed with brca 2 and two breast cancers at 35 years old which led to a double mastectomy and reconstructive breast augmentation will the gel implants cause my surgeon said because I’m so petite they will look more natural… Been to so many drs threw the years and just feel worse and worse… I did have synovial sarcoma, another cancer in my lung and got treated from that but all my symptoms remind me of what this website is talking about.. I’m always dehydrated and eat and drink plenty… The pain in my head and spine and joints are so severe now that it’s hard to just sleep at night or sit in my car to drive… I get pains that’s shoot threw my body and get numb a lot… I have trouble remembering everything, simple things sometimes like what I said to someone 5 minutes before… This is getting worse and worse since I’ve had implants put in but drs cant find nothing wrong… Is it possible this is all from my implants…

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    1. Amy White

      Hi Kara, I’m so sorry you’ve gone through all of this. Especially at such a young age. It is 99.9% possible that your implants are making you ill. Please keep us updated on what you find out. I am 34 years old and I feel like I am dying inside. I’m on my second set of breast implants and these have been trouble since day one. I’ve had 5 sugeries on the left breast just in the last year. My right implant has a capsular contracture which is painful and deformed looking.. My PS tells me everything is fine and normal and for me to just go home and massage it. Its been over a year now and only gotten worse. My spine feels like its being attacked, like something is growing on it. If that makes sense? Its the best way I can describe the pain. Its a burning ache contstantly. My joints ache, I have horrible night sweats, brain fog, memory loss, confusion, dry skin, dry hair, I’m aging faster than I should be & the list goes on… I want these implants out so badly but i don’t have the money right now to do so.. Its scary because I feel myself getting worse everyday. I came across an article about breast implant illness on facebook. As I read everything stared adding up and making sense. So thankful I found this community so I am no longer suffering alone. Sending love and prayers your way.

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  323. Matthias

    Hi. My girlfriend was diagnosed with CFS / ME 1.5 years ago. She’s bedridden for almost a year now and her condition is very severe. She suffers from almost all symptoms listed here, especially neurologicial symptoms / cognitive dysfunction but also muscle pain and extreme fatigue. It began after a series of vaccinations. But I think there were also symptoms of immune deficit before that like chronic infections and many allergies and food intolerances. Well, many tests showed that her immune system is totally overwhelmed all the time. In the beginnig of her illness I didn’t know she had breast implants, I had a suspicion, but we never talked about it as I had a feeling it would make her feel uncomfortable and being a couple for only around 1 year I thought it was not really an important topic. Well, now that she is very ill I found out a couple of things, for example the implants are already 10 years old. She also told me lately that she can feel little knots in her implants. But she still doesn’t believe implants can cause illnesses like hers. For her it was clearly the series of vaccinations that caused the problems. I personally think that it was both, implants imparing her immune system in a way that the immune reaction following vaccinations didn’t happen properly and started a cascade of immune reactions that led to all the symptoms and probably allowed for viruses and bacteria to enter the system or reactivate. In the end I can only assume what happened. However, as she still doesn’t think her implants play a big role in all of this, she doesn’t want an explant. Well, she might even be too ill for surgery and it’s a huge problem of course as we can’t get out of this vicious cycle. I have absolutely no idea how to proceed no, I can’t do something against her will. She is in a terrible state and I also think that surgery could make it all worse or even kill her. So, the only plan is to try to strengthen her immune system to get her in a better condition, but nothing has worked so far…. I don’t know, I think i just wanted to write this down here, the information here is really helpful and all the comments in this section are eye-opening. Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Matthias,
      Silicone breast implants cause immune dysfunction and immune deficits as silicone/saline implants sit right on the Thymus gland and chemicals and heavy metals of silicone damage the Thymus gland which controls some of our immune system and especially our T-cells which mature in the Thymus and are released to fight infections from there. In addition breast implants are two large foreign bodies that occupy the immune system and eventually wear it down which allows opportunistic infections to thrive. Unfortunately, even some vaccinations contain silicone as it is a known adjuvant (stimulates the immune system strongly) and so they add it to vaccines to stimulate an immune response to the virus at the site of the injection. Vaccines also contain other toxic ingredients and heavy metals too. Both the vaccines and the implants are part of your girlfriends decline in health. In order to recover, we suggest she explants as with high inflammation in the body due to toxicity from vaccines and implants and the foreign body response implants cause her detoxification will be hampered because the body detoxes when inflammation is low. High inflammation slows down the detox processes of the body. She may continue to decline if she does not take her condition seriously.

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      1. Matthias

        Thanks for the reply. That’s really helpful and something I’ll definitely show my girlfriend and the doctors in order to get her into hospital. I agree, an explant is inevitable to safe her. Thanks again.

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  324. Debra

    Hi, I just found this site and had no idea implants were still causing so many problems. I wonder why it isn’t talked about more? I posted on the FB group page but didn’t get much response. Briefly, I had implants done in 1989. I was already ill (ME/CFS) but did this during a remission. Within 9 months, I was bedridden and too ill to have the explant surgery. Of course I saw the correlation. A lot of the symptoms are the same as what I have with ME/CFS but now they are much much worse. I had explant surgery 5 years later and the doctor left some scar tissue in because it would add to the size of the breast. Having no idea of the problems surrounding this, I actually agreed with him. Ugh! It’s now been 27 years and although I’ve had better times for about 4 years, I’m pretty sick. I’m at least 90% homebound. I called a doctors office in Utah and will go in for a consult but I’m concerned about even finding scar tissue after this long and the cost to remove. The receptionist I spoke to didn’t really understand the gravity of this issue. My implants were intact so at least I don’t have that problem. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debra,
      Please explore a chest wall clean out which is what you need to remove the left over capsule tissue and I suggest you go to Dr. Feng in Ohio. Most surgeons don’t understand the gravity of removing all the capsule tissue and Dr. Feng is the very best. You may have to save up for it but your health is worth it. Capsule tissue does not disappear on it’s own and infact, can grow and spread. If you have capsule it holds biofilms of microorganisms such as bacteria or fungus and holds toxicity too and it stimulates your immune system to react and always be on red alert.

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      1. Janet M Cali

        I can truly understand. Reconstruction with implants was in 1987. After many years they were removed. Left with your issues also. Each day is a struggle, doctors don’t have a clue. Thanks for sharing. First time I have heard anyone else say what I have been dealing with for years ion years!!

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  325. Susan Alley

    My mom was diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis in 2010 with no history of PLS or ALE in our family. She has had implants since approximately 1979 and has never had them redone. One is hard. I am also her caregiver and have a girlfriend who had/has breast toxicity and I can’t help but wonder if my mom’s illness might stem from it.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      Your mom’s illness and symptoms could very well be from her breast implants. We know now that implants are not lifetime devices that they should be removed every ten years to prevent risk of rupture and contamination with toxic silicone and heavy metals. I hope you will explore if your Mom can be properly explanted.

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  326. Lisa Ault

    I have had implaints in for over 10 years
    I got to know if the way I am feeling in my body is it due to implaints. Have all symtoms. Please help me

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Wendy,
      The medical lab tests are done through your medical doctors, the other tests may be done through a Functional Medicine doctor or a Naturpath doctor.

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  327. Lucinda M McCarthy

    I have all of the symptoms you have described. I currently have no med insurance do you know of a place to call for help getting them removed? I got the implants due to breast cancer. I just want to feel good again

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  328. Ashley

    Please I need some advise. I had my implants removed in 2013 they were PIP silicone gel and they’d ruptured leaving the silicone in my lymphnodes. I have had fluid build up in my right breast ever since and I have it drained a few times a year. I am currently waiting for results back for BIA-ACLC . Even if I don’t have that how can I get well? As the silicone is in my lympnodes I feel that I’ll never fully recover. They told me that the PIP gel wouldn’t break down as it was industrial silicone not fit for human purpose. So the body can not break it down. Do you have any homeopathic suggestions. I currently use echinacea, turmeric, manuka honey 15+ and I also use frankinsence oil as I heard it has amazing healing properties. I’ve also orders himlyan salt.
    Any advise so welcome. Please xxx

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ashley,
      Did you get your capsules removed too? Capsules are the scar tissue the body builds around the implants to protect you from them and all capsule tissue needs to be removed too when a woman explants or you may continue to be symptomatic. If your capsules were removed, then you may be dealing with silicone in your lymph nodes and should check that out too. Experts who explant such as Dr. Feng use ultrasound mapping for silicone to check lymph nodes. If a lymph node is very contaminated and beyond detoxing you may want to consider removing it to help your healing. Some lymph nodes do detox and heal on their own too. Inositol is supposed to help detox silicone according to Dr Shanklin’s studies. Other supplements that may help are Glutathione, Alpha Lipoic Acid and NAC.

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  329. Linda Hunt Minnaar

    I know my implants have ruptured and have not had the funds to have them removed, and breast lift surgery done. I am experiencing pain now in my right breast. I am very concerned, because when I had my breast augmentation some 18 years ago, I was told that they would last a lifetime. I have no idea if I can receive some form of compensation, in order to have them removed and my breast lifted without replacing implants. Please advise me, as to how to go about sorting this problem out. I have had difficulty recovering from flu and colds. I have swollen lymph glands all the time. I suffer from headaches quite frequently, and I have gained weight. I also have an auto-immune condition, and despite the fact that none of these symptoms may be due to the implants, I am nevertheless very concerned. My blood pressure went up recently too, and I have experienced heart palpitations. I must confess, all of these symptoms may be related to my age, but I feel that some of these symptoms may well be related to the implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Linda,
      Your symptoms are classic breast implant illness symptoms. Check with your insurance to see if they cover explant, some do for medically approved reasons such as rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection. Also check with the Explant Assistance program here: http://ict-dev.com/explantassistance/ to see if they can help you financially.

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  330. Kayn

    My left implant feels heavy like it’s just sitting on my heart. Scares me thinking there is something wrong with my heart. Went to pcp they are sending me to a cardiologist but my appt isn’t until Oct 17th. It keeps me up at night because of course my mind is over thinking and thinking the worst. I sleep with a sports bra on most of the time and it does seem to help a little. Any advice?

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    1. Linda Blount

      My left implant is the same as yours. I now have scar tissue on my heart and it beats too much…the are doing an ablation on my heart and the Dr addures me it’s not my implant. I just shake my head. I’m trying to get someone to take these out but I have Medicare and they want cash…over 10 thousand to get this problem fixed

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  331. Cornelia Rudman

    Very interesting….i was watching a program on TV last night called “Monsters inside me” on TLC…..a woman had implants and shortly after she got sicker and sicker but no tests was positive for any of the tests done from any doctors…..eventually she came upon an article about implants leaking and making a person sick….she went back to her plastic surgeon and was tested positive for bacteria and mould growing inside one of her implants….it was removed immediately but the damage was done never the less….a compromised immune system….i got my implants late 2008 and started getting sick with Pleurisy and Gallstones about 2 years after implants….it went so bad i had a stroke and Haemopholis Influenza bacterial meningitis and tested positive for EBV, CMV and Cocksakie viruses all at once my kidneys started bleeding and my Gallbladder perforated….emergency op to remove it in 2012 and all down hill from there was an invalid for some time and from one doctor to another….27 doctors later and a biopsy tested positive for CNS Bechet’s Disease….with the proper treatment with Chemo and Steroids witch surpresses the immune system i feel somewhat like a human being again….just all the meds make me pick up a lot of weight….still can’t over exaturate myself because i pay for it in spades….i am very interested in this article and will do more research on this matter because i have a gut feeling my implants may have a lot to do with my illness to this point…..thank you for sharing.

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  332. Annette

    I’m having lots of these symptoms… Low-grade pain in my left breast shortness of breath fatigue headaches heart palpitations I’ve had my implants for 12 years now and I am definitely going to have them removed as soon as possible.

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  333. Rhonda Flowe

    Wow….I thought I was crazy!
    For years I’ve been having so many health issues.
    I live on Tramadol! I hurt all over. My joints and muscles.
    I stay sick with colds and sinus! I never want to go or do anything.
    I’ve started having all kind of food allergies in the last few years. I have severe headaches on a daily base.
    The list goes on and on
    I truly think I’m dying.
    I started have health issues in the last 12 years but progressively getting worse.
    My left implant is leaking. I’ve always been told the saline would not hurt me
    The doctors I’ve went to dismiss my illnesses or give me pills. I’ve stopped telling my doctors all the things going on with me.
    I’ve had my implants since early 2000
    I have NO insurance!
    Is it very expensive to have them removed?
    I can’t imagine the mold in my body!!!!!
    They said Saline was safe!

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    1. Cindy

      Yes they did. I was told the same thing. We have all been cheated and lied too. I feel just like you. I’ve had my implants for 11 yrs and my health has deteriorated with all of the symptoms discussed in this forum. I am going to have mine explanted as soon as possible but wont be for another 5 months due to work issues. God help us all! We should all be suing these implant manufacturers who never told us and now We have to pay for this to save our lives? It’s criminal ladies!I

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      1. Missy

        Yes! It is so frustrating! I have most of the classic symptoms and have had my saline implants for 11 years. I am a fitness trainer and have always eaten a healthy diet. However my health has been deteriorating for years now. My joints hurt, I gave tendinitis in both my elbows (WTH??) hair falling out, acid reflux, brain fog (terribly), anxiety/depression, jaw pain, constant muscle tension in my neck and back, and muscle fatigue and cramping in my muscles while exercising. I am in 2 different antidepressants, reflux meds, adderall, Zyrtec, and topical joint pain meds. I am 39 yet feel like I’m 70 years old. I am going to an internal medicine doctor next week. Praying for answers. Though I’m pretty sure signs will point to breast implant illness. Bummer too because I really like my implants. (Sigh)

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  334. Tasha

    I ve been feeling hot for a few days ( like low grade fever), have cough/ scratchy throat, weak ankle (?), less energy than most. Some symptoms come and go. This is my 2nd set of implants. I had them put in this year

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    1. Lisa Ault

      I have been feeling the same way. I have no energy. I feel.sick ever day
      My breasts are lowering from underneath and I have to keep bra on or if I don’t when I am bending my right breast goes to the side and I have to push it back.

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  335. Shannon

    Wow, it’s crazy I have been dealing with issues for years and have literally been tested for everything under the sun from MS to Genetic & Auto Immune disease.

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    1. Jules

      Same! Diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001 after first ones ruptured implantedin 1995 rupturedandreplaced in 2001
      Symptoms started in 1995 after1st surgery! I’vebeen gettingmote and more Ill foryears andonly can function at the lowest level.somedays can’t even shower or eat. Others I can push myself to be Activefor up to six hours but not without rest breaks. I havegotten tested foreverything else. I have DDD and severely herniated disks and bone spurs so bad I have no disk left inonelevelofmyneck and need ACDF surgery on two levels ..wonderif it can age your body faster and cause all these other issues that can be seem on am MRI
      I can’t do much of anything for years now and only keep goingfor my grownchildren, husband and grand kids but I’m only 48.

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  336. Suzanne

    So glad to have found this website!! I’ve had saline implants for almost nine years and started experiencing a variety of health issues about 5 years ago. I thought perhaps it was just issues that go hand-in-hand with menopause and turning 50. However, I’m a raw vegan and health/fitness fanatic and felt that as the years passed my symptoms kept getting worse. My doctors said I was just over working and needed to eat a “normal” diet, stop exercising as often as I was, gain some weight, and get more sleep. This didn’t make sense to me…going in the opposite direction of what I know creates optimum health. The unbelievable fatigue and brain-fog, slightly swollen, numb feet, mucous in the throat, aching muscles, vision problems, light-headed and feeling dizzy, feeling like I might pass out, difficult to breathe…feel like I can’t get enough oxygen at times, feeling so weak and finding it difficult to stay motivated to workout each day, I don’t have the strength when lifting weight that I use to have…THIS JUST ISN’T ME!!!! SO wish I hadn’t gotten implants all because of my low-self esteem and fear that I would be rejected by men once I started to date after my husband left our family and the divorce was final.

    Hoping to have my implants removed as soon as possible. How long might it be before seeing my symptoms go away? Has anyone noticed their energy level and being mentally alert return quickly after the implants are removed? Thank you SO much for this website! Truly a blessing from God!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Suzanne,
      In general some symptoms drop away right after explant and others take some time to disappear but they do eventually disappear. Recovery and healing unfolds over months and even up to a couple years for some.

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    2. Tami Vanlerberg

      Hi Suzanne- my name is Tami and I would LOVE to talk to you about the implant issue. I too am having the same symptoms! Have you had them removed yet? Let’s talk! 🙂

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melly,
      Yes, after a proper En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant, detoxing and over a year or two most recover the better part of their health.

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  337. Cheryl

    In 2001 I got saline implants. 18 months ago I woke up with
    A sharp pain going up my throat. I had numbness and tingling around my right ear and jaw. I ended up having an MRI of my brain and soft throat tissue looking for a tumor irritating my trigeminal nerve. MRI’s came back normal. They said it was most likely a virus and would go away in time. It is still there in some degree. Two months ago my bones around my breasts started hurting and I felt like I had heartburn.. Most of the pain again is on my right side and extends into my armpit. Just has another mammogram with ultrasound as well as an abdominal ultrasound of all my organs. Came back all normal! I don’t feel healthy and am convinced the implants are causing all these problems. I read your site and am going to look for an explant surgeon. Thank you for all your information. It confirmed what I suspected all along. The implants are poisoning my body.

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    1. Christine Huerta

      I have been managing horrible pain in my right neck and trigeminal area for over 4 years. (Gone through braces, dental work, oral surgery, and nothing has worked).The crazy thing was this happened at the same time (literally within 2 months) my adrenal glands failed, my periods became irregular and my thyroid functioning was compromised. I get feelings of heartburn and heart palpitations even though I eat very healthy, besides a bunch of other strange immune system issues that never show in my bloodwork. I am now in my second bout of subacute thyroiditis, which is supposedly rare to get more than once. I have my explant consultation in a few weeks and cannot wait to get the implants out! I am convinced my toxicity level is high and just can’t fight any type of inflammation at all.

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  338. Sarah

    Are women feeling better after implant removal??? I am having a cascade of life altering symptoms with no help from the multiple doctors I’ve seen! And one basically said it was all in my head and that I should exercise and meditate! I’m extremely frustrated! Please help!

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  339. Judith Wina Trappen

    Thank you so much for this! I have had so many tests to explain my symptoms, with every Dr telling me they were “within normal range”, and Never even mentioning my silicone breast implants! I was also never advised they had a shelf life. This article explains so much!!

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  340. Linda

    I am ill , my chef complaint is terrible burning in my stomach & intestinal trac. It feels like battery acid is burning a hole on the inside. The burning goes through to my stool & burns my rectum on the outside. The pain is so bad I just lye down in a ball & cry . I have checked off about 1/2 of your systems, the scariest is my heart . I will be having test done at the end of this week . I had my implants in about 4or 5 yrs. ago . My health is declining quickly. I will gave my Dr. do blood test to see if I have poisoning in my system . Thank you for the information on silicone systems.

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  341. Heather

    Hi ive had saline implants for 4 years…about a year after developed a pituitary tumor that is benign… recently I started feeling super tired and achy and my knee swelled up. Also anxiety to the max. They currently diagnosed with an auto immune thinking it May be Lupus but the testing is saying I’m in the grey Area for it and it’s a medicine induced lupus… but I’m Not on any medication… so my specialist is confused And ordered way more Bloodwork. I have my consultantion in two weeks to get them removed and I would have gotten them out already if it wasn’t for the fact I just stopped breast feeding and I’m scared they will make me wait 6 months. Thank you for having this page. I would have never thought it could be my implants.

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  342. Roberta Rudnitsky

    Sonora Quest Lab has a Silicon Blood Level test with code 904478. The sweetheart Ashley I spoke with says results come in in a week and the test is $255. I’m in Tucson Az. We don’t need a Dr. To order the lab test for us if we go to AnyLabtestnow.com
    My hair is falling out and I looked like a 50 year old tons of face wrinkles and very thin skin (had a brow lift at age 33 and I’m not rich) now I look my age but am quickly aging again. I have had saline breast implants for 10-11 years now. Will have a flat chest if I get them out. Pretty devistating and I wish I were more secure but I’m going to be very insecure. Probably will never take my bra off. Does anyone know another way to help increase breast size and appearance after explanation?

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    1. Jules

      I am also worried about my appearanceas I lost ALL breast tissue after nursing my two children. My husband (2nd marriage for us BOTH) loves my breasts and even when i said I wanted them smaller (they are 36D from a 34A 262 years ago!) He said again how much he loved them-what man doesn’t? Even though they are very saggy now.. I have a lot of breast pain and virtually EVERY symptom mentioned! I had first ones done in 1995 When I got divorced. I loved them immediately and was so grateful my clothes fit better etc and I finally felt like a whole woman again. I can’t imagine how much worse they will look after with all the extra stretched out skin too. I have avoided having a mammogram becauseof excruciating pain and fear of rupture as this 2nd set is 16 1/2 years old. Had a rupture in 2001 of first ones that I had done in ’95. I can’t imagine how bad they’llook but this is our health amd nothing is more IMPORTANT. If i had cancer and needed a mastectomy to save my life, I know my husband would still love me. I just will be mortified with what I see in the mirror but I’m sick of being sick and it’s getting MUCHworse. It ALL began 22 years ago when I first got implants. I thought I got fibromyalgia, which is what Dr’s finally diagnosed me with, due to the excessive trauma of the surgery the 1st time along with a divorce and my ex stalking me and terrorizing me for years afterwards but ive always been highly sensitive and it makes sense that these foreign things in my body could wreak havoc on my immune system. When i had my first surgery, my surgeon was NOT board certified but was less expensive..he sent me home with no bra, no strapping down and I could barely breathe the pain was SO extreme. It was an hour drive one way and he didn’t even have me get meds filled until AFTER my surgery. I gave birth to two 8lb chidlren naturally and the pain from breast surgery was MUCH worse than ANY other pain I’d had or have experienced since including gallstonesand gall bladder removal, an appendectomy, a hysterectomy and even epidural injections in my tailbone without any sedation.
      I had horrific bruising and couldn’t even wipe my own butt or use my arms for a LONG time..i couldn’t even yell for help if I needed it!
      I’ve heard of fat transfer but am uncertain about details. I no longer live near the surgeon who did these..I need to find a new Dr. Although he IS board certified NOW. I was his VERY first rupture-saline thankfully but very upsetting especially after a co-worker and (i thought-a friend I confided in as I had to stuff my bra on one side & had NO ONE to talk with about it. ) Proceeded to tell our male co-workers about it after I asked her NOT to mention it to anyone! Especially male co workers! Horrible person!

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  343. Susan Pinkney

    I found your site a while ago and ticked off quite a few symptoms. I have managed to get most of them under control even with the implants still in. I am not even close to being able to afford explant so I have to make do with any treatment I have to hand. The things that persist or are very hard to keep balanced are estrogen/progesterone, thyroid and adrenals, and that annoying post nasal drip. Candida rears it’s head sometimes if I eat carbs in the evening but I do find I have to be especially strict with myself. I can’t go running as it stirs up toxicity so badly that I end up with horrible flu like symptoms. I could manage running for 3 weeks at a time before being totally floored. I finally learned my lesson in Spring this year when I couldn’t get out of bed. Before implants I was able to push myself. Now I can’t.
    I was in your facebook group but had to delete it because a friend said that she could see I was in it. She isn’t in the group which makes me question it’s ‘secret’ status. I would love to join again but I’m unsure of privacy.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      If you change your privacy settings regarding your groups your friends should not be able to see what groups you are in. All posts and information of a closed group is only able to be viewed by members of the group.

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  344. Sandra London

    I have a gummy bear implant for 4 years now after a right breast masectomy fro breast cancer. I have had a long lump over the implant for about 2 years now. Ive been on tamoxifen for 3 years now and everything is blamed on my medication. Is there a chance this implant affects iron levels? I have lots of symptoms listed plus i had to have a 6 hour iron infusion recently due to dangerously low levels. I know im not crazy. Dr.s keep telling me the lump is normal, and it happens sometime.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sandra,
      Many of us with breast implants have low iron levels. In addition to low iron, we also have low B12, low Vitamin D and low magnesium and other minerals. Breast implants cause mineral derangement in us which in turn affects many health processes.

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  345. Marty

    Omg I am very worried now.Was always in the back of my mind whenever I felt extreme fatigue ,general malaise,muscle soreness slow recovery brain fog.Its been 21 years for me and think it’s time for them to come out!

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  346. DANIELLE

    I barely got through half of your symptoms and I am going to be having my fist implant surgery replacement October 5th 2017. I have already put down a $1,000 deposit and the doctor’s coordinator told me that I would not be able to get my money back but I could change my date if needed. It just so happened that I asked if the money was refundable when I put it down a month-and-a-half ago. A friend of mine gave me this website tonight and as I said earlier I have so many of your symptoms and this will be the fifth surgery. Now I am scared to death!°

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  347. Kathy

    I would never recommend breast implants to anyone, at age 22 my husband complained about the size of my breasts and I agreed to have implants. After two children and breast feeding I ran into pain I could not live with. I had them removed and was told they were leaking. I put another set in one size smaller to look normal for my body structure and to to date cannot slept on my side and have so many problems and sick all the time. I would love to remove them now at age 52 but scared of what I will look like after they are removed. But if I will feel better I think it’s for the best. Anyone know if I will need reconstructive surgery for the missing implants? Please young ladies never allow a male tp make you feel your not pretty without medium size breasts, better small and healthy, then deal with discomfort, fatigue and muscle aches for the rest of your life or looking at the implant edge not completely under the muscle.

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    1. Nancy Jensen

      I just joined your fb page. My implants were put in July 2013. We then moved to New Zealand from Seattle. Almost straight away the left breast was extremely painful. Then my breasts grew back (it seemed) to their original sizes before the reduction! I’d never wanted implants, but my surgeon talked me into them for shape. I was an athlete & now can’t exercise for their pain & huge size. I started getting migraines too. Now the migraines happen 20/30 days a month! I have been researching heavy metal toxicity & detoxing. I’m one to follow a natural regime & it never felt right having implants. Time in NZ was EXTREMELY stressful so I blamed the panic attacks, depression, anxiety on that. But now that we’ve moved back to the US (Hoiston), I still have them & they happen out of the blue when I’m driving! I know I need my amalgams removed & a heavy metal detox & found out in NZfrom a biological dentist that my estrogen levels are very high (weight loss is difficult) & I have higher levels of blood sugar than I should even though I don’t eat sugar! All of this caused more depression in me because I do all the right things in the way I eat, installed clean water system in house, etc, but it NEVER occurred to me until I happened upon your article today that all of that set the stage for the implants to jet me into full blown full body issues (my jaw hurts all the time, brain fog, memory issues, concentration problems).
      What is the general cost to get them removed? Then the time it takes from extraction surgery through to detox conpletetion? How long until you feel good again?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Nancy,
        In general in the US you can find a quality explant for about $5,500, sometimes less and sometimes more depending on your location and research. Please see the list of surgeons on this website here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ for surgeons by state known to do proper explants and pricing if supplied to us. The amount of time it takes to detox is different for everyone and depends on various factors but in general the worst is over by about nine months post explant but full healing can take a few years. If you have several mercury amalgams and are mercury toxic I suggest explanting your implants first and then about six months after explant remove your amalgams following a proper mercury removing protocol and then do a mercury detox. You may want to research Andy Cutler’s low dose chelation protocol for mercury toxic poeple to detox.

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  348. Karen

    Hi there I am looking for an explant surgeon in Australia, preferably Queensland. I don’t want to join Facebook because of privacy. Could anyone recommend please?

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    1. Anna

      I like you wanted my privacy. But I searched within the facebook posts for recommended surgeons amd found lots of information. I didnt need to post to find the answers.

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  349. Rachel

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your article.

    I have several swollen axillary
    lymph nodes, on both sides. My cohesive gel, coated implants are 12 years old. I have grade 4 capsular contracture which feels to be hardening all the time. Could the implants be causing the swollen lymph nodes?

    I have arranged regular ultrasounds over the last year, and one year ago I had no swollen lymph nodes. Three months later I had one. Three months after that I had two swollen lymph nodes, then three months after that I had several. The sonographers call them probably reactive lymph nodes.

    I am still breastfeeding my almost 3 year old.

    The sonographer suggested the lymph nodes’ swelling might be due to breast feeding, which does occur in mothers due to ingress of bacteria from the child’s mouth, and thought that without implant rupture (which mine do not appear to have done), it could not be caused by the implants.

    But why would the swelling lymph nodes if due to breastfeeding start only after 2 years of breastfeeding and quite quickly increase in number?

    The lymph nodes are not painful.

    Can this pattern instead be caused by the implants?

    I initially referred myself due to worries about breast implant-associated ALCL after reading about it and thinking I had one swollen lymph node under my arm. Now I am worried I could have lymphoma of one sort or another, particularly because the doctors claim that the implants can’t cause swollen lymph nodes unless ruptured, which mine aren’t.

    If I eradicate breastfeeding as a cause, and the implants as a cause then I am left with lymphoma as a cause, aren’t I?

    Why are my doctors so adamant – yet vague at the same time! – (here in the UK) that the implants can’t cause swollen lymph nodes? Why can I find so little literature about implants causing lymphadenopathy?

    Are implants with a lot of capsular contracture more likely to cause swollen lymph nodes than those with minimal capsular contracture?

    I am trying to stop breastfeeding my toddler (she has a heart operation in a few months so I don’t want to traumatise her and she is very dependent on breastfeeding for comfort) and surgeons say I must then wait 3-6 months before explanting my implants due to increased vascularity of breasts while breastfeeding increasing infection and bleeding risk.

    I feel very anxious and would very much welcome your views about whether implants can cause several swollen lymph nodes, particularly with stage 4 capsular contracture.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rachel,
      I had cohesive gel implants and cohesive gel implants are made with highly aggressive/toxic chemicals and heavy metals more so than the non-cohesive silicone gel and it is the toxicity of the chemicals and heavy metals that may be inflaming your nodes on the one side. I had sore and swollen lymph nodes all around my left breast up into my armpit and even in my neck and throat also on the left side. My cohesive gel implant was leaking its chemicals microscopically through the shell on the left side and it is not uncommon that ladies get symptoms such as swollen nodes on one side due to bleeding/leaking implants. After a proper explant which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy (removal of all capsule tissue), detoxing and time to heal all my nodes eventually returned to normal. You likely do not have BIA-ALCL as the symptoms are different than you describe. Please see this page of the website for more info on BIA-ALCL: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/bia-alcl-breast-implant-associated-lymphoma/.

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  350. samanta

    mm i have had some of this symptoms before my breast augmntation and i never knew what my problem was mow i am 3 months po and i been feeling worse im always tired i have pain on my neck shoulders idk if it cuz of the implants im starting to worry probably i was sick bfor3 and now its getting worse idk what to do :/

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  351. Becka

    Hi,

    Im shocked of reading all comments here! I dont know if this is only related to breast implants but ive placed a silicone chin implant 5 months ago and have been feeling so sick last 2 months. Brain fog and fatigue almost everyday.
    Been to the ER many times, and they took blood tests that shoves nothing. My Ps dont know whats wrong with me.
    Can this be related to the implant maybe?!

    Becka

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Becka,
      Yes we have had other ladies in the facebook group that have removed chin, cheek implants due to the same symptoms as we list for silicone breast implants.

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    2. Becka

      Thanks alot for your answer! Do you know if its necessary to remove capsule on chin implant also?! My ps tell me that they never do that and that theres a big risk that the chin will collapse then:(
      Dont know what to do…

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  352. Brenda Fiedler

    I am scheduled for a consultation this week to discuss explant. I have been running to Dr’s for 2 years now and getting no where. Would like to know if anyone has experienced swollen Clavical bones and very sensitive. My throat feels like I’m always choking. Would appreciate any feedback.
    Thanks

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  353. Lisa Richards

    I just finished reading this article and understand why my body is failing me. My insurance will not pay to have my implants removed. Now what?

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    1. Kit

      Start saving ( I’m not working , used savings) , it will be worth every penny to explant ! Hoping a great outcome for you , soon 🙂
      Don’t wait…Explanted on the 18th of this month , lots of pain healing but some symptoms have cleared in a matter of days !!!! Unbelievable but true , love the new shape , had a mastopexy besides an Enbloc , look younger & thinner with A cup breasts. It’s a new beginning , hardest part is family poo poo the whole idea , like your crazy. I actually look and feel far better. Cost was approx. $10,000 for everything including anesthesia , mastopexy , bra , pain meds , follow ups & breast Implants given back , pics of capsules removed. Take care 😷🤒🤕👍

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  354. Tia

    I’m really glad I found this information. I was actually looking up how to determine if your implants have mold. Once I started reading the symptoms of breast implant problems I was stunned. I have every single symptom but one.
    I am for certain I want these out of my body. Does anyone know if insurance will cover removal and reconstruction? I’m leaning toward probably not reconstruction. Any information is appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tia,
      Some insurances do cover explant for reasons they deem medically necessary which are usually rupture, capsular contracture, pain and infection/necrosis. Check your policy and see if they cover for explant and under what circumstances. More information such as codes you need on the Resources page of this website: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/resources/.

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  355. Chelsey

    This is very interesting…I’ve had my saline implants for about 10 years and was thinking of getting new ones but maybe now I will look into the fat transfer option..for about 5 years now I haven’t felt quite right… I started having really bad anxiety and panic attacks quite a few years ago that just came out of nowhere and I could never figure out why and then they kind of dissipated but I still have episodes from time to time plus i’m always extremely tired, like in complete zombie mode to the point where it’s hard for me to get out and do things with my son and I feel bad because I’m afraid I’m boring and I just want to sleep all the time and I have no motivation. And everybody makes it seem like I’m just lazy but they have no idea what I feel like physically and it’s so frustrating. I also recently went to a hormone therapy replacement specialist because I had a feeling that my hormones were way off and I was right, my estrogen is through the roof my testosterone is even a little high and my pic gesture and is practically nonexistent and I’ve tried taking the medications for it but I have bad side effects so I’ve been trying to find natural ways to get everything back in tact. I’ve been on Prozac for a couple years for the anxiety and depression and it did help with my mood but I still want to sleep all the time and it made me gain a ton of weight so I’m trying to get off of that. I also take Suboxone to keep me away from opiates, though I’m trying to get off of that too because I’ve been on it for too long and I know that suboxone is like poison so I always assumed it was the suboxone making me feel like crap and the Prozac that messed up my hormones and thyroid…my T3 is low, and my lover enzymes are a bit off but I do know that the suboxone has to be monitored because it can disrupt your liver enzymes. But the dizziness and the fuzziness in my head and the extreme lethargic a fam but the dizziness and the fuzziness in my head and the extreme lethargic you feelinf has been going on for about five or six years. Does it sound like my ailments might be stemming from my implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chelsey,
      Yes your symptoms can be from your implants and they are common symptoms from breast implants.

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  356. Becky M

    I have been experiencing many of these symptoms; some for months, some for weeks, and I have an appt. for explant and capsulectomy on 8/18!!!! Scared, hopeful, and in need of some support. I tried to join the Facebook group by didn’t receive approval. Please help!

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    1. Joyce Randall

      Becky M, ask to join the Facebook group again. You need the support and encouragement you will get from the Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole Facebook group.

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  357. Fran Pierce

    I am 78 years old…..have had my implants for 28 years……over all been very healthy. However….this year I have had great difficulty with sinus and ear infections….hang around forever. Recently experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain…am on Armour Thyroid for decades….take Buspar when life overwhelmes… me both of which can cause symptoms I am experiencing. Stopped Buspar and working on adjusting Armour. Situation very uncomfortable. Had not even thot about my implants being part or all of the problem until I read your info.

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  358. Terri

    My saline implants lasted over 15 years until one deflated after an accident. It took several months before I could get the insuranc company to pay for the cost of replacement; however, in the interim I inquired about just having them both removed because I began feeling burning pain around the deflated implant that travelled down my arm. I was advised against it by the surgeon. I ultimately had the replacement surgery about 10 months ago, which I am regretting. The burning pain has not subsided, and it seems to be spreading. I just reached out to the surgeon’s office to inquire about removal – which I hope is not going to cost me.

    Anyway, I found this site while looking for an explanation to the burning pain (which I continued to complaint about but was told would go away eventually). I am so thankful that I found it because I now have an explanation for a whole host of physical problems I have been experiencing that have become worse since the most recent replacement surgery. Heart problems that brought me to the ER, very high blood pressure that I can’t seem to keep in check, unexplainable weight gain (lab tests say only ‘slightly’ hypothyroid), tired all the time, joint pain, etc. Bloodwork always comes back ‘normal’, but I do not feel at all normal. It’s been very frustrating because I know something is off, now I understand why. Thank you.

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  359. Misty Lou

    Hi, I am 31 years old. I received my implants April 2015. Two months after surgery I began experiencing very odd “hives” they are red raised lines/squiggles that cover everything below my chin. Neck, back, breasts, legs and this week swelling in palms and feet (which also itch) it can last a few seconds, mins or hours. I get them daily and have to take zyrtec to control. Sometimes it doesnt help. If I drink, they become worse. I jave had to call 911 and go to the emergency room twice for not being able to breathe due to a constriction in my throat. I jave had blackout spells, chronic fatigue, issue with bowel movements and severe anxiety. Every year the docs perform come back “normal” they also say they’ve never seen any kind of issue like mine before. I’m very scared. I have two small children and do not want to live life like this any longer. Any help/info is most appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Misty,
      Your symptoms are just like our symptoms and classic breast implant illness symptoms. We are explanting and recovering, you can too. Start planning your proper explant. There is a list of recommended Explant Surgeons on this website. Nicole

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  360. Gael Bittenbender

    I would like to join this FB group but my
    email address is incorrect. So the code is not being sent to my email address.
    I will give my correct email address below,

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  361. A Penner

    I am a diagnostic mammographer from
    Canada with 20 years of experience. I am doing some research for a friend with implants. Your site is very informative but I have to comment that mammography IS perfectly safe for women with implants. Mammography is still a useful tool in diagnosing early breast cancer along with ultrasound and MRI. Keep in mind however that the implants do impede visualizing all breast tissue (something that surgeons do not tell women before they get implants). Every modality sees and can detect different conditions. We use absolutely minimal compression for the pictures including the implant, just enough to hold you in place. We then take pictures where we only get your natural breast tissue, that is as much as we can working around the implant. The only time that we can not do a mammogram is if there is virtually no natural tissue and an encapsulated hard implant. If someone is concerned about having a mammogram, just tell the mammographer. We are all usually pretty compassionate ladies and will work with you to get good pictures without compromising your implants. Just make sure you are going to a facility that has experienced mammographers. If you think about it, you can lie on your stomach without rupturing your implants. We don’t use anywhere near that amount of compression when we image the implants. I agree that MRI is a far more sensitive test, but it’s very expensive and not used as a regular screening tool. Mammography is usually the first test, followed by ultrasound (which sees different things than mammograms do) and then MRI if needed. By advising women with implants to skip mammography you risk preventing early detection of breast cancer.

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  362. Page

    Hi. I’m 22 years old and had saline implants put in October 2016, and in January of this year I began to experience chronic constipation everyday since. I was diagnosed with and under active thyroid and have been on medication since June 2016. Although, once on medication all of my symptoms had reversed prior to my augmentation. However, since my constipation I have been to countless doctors having all procedures and tests done trying to figure out if it is my thyroid or stomach issues but every single procedure and test result comes back normal. I am at a loss and no doctor understands what could be wrong with me. Could something like chronic constipation only about 3 1/2 months post opp be from Breast Implant Illness?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Page,
      Yes your symptoms can be from your implants and digestive and IBS types of symptoms are a known side affect of implants and are even listed as risks on manufacturer’s literature on implants. Nicole

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    2. Mel B

      Hi !! It’s actually quite common for people with hypothyroidism to have constipation. Maybe if your T4 & T3 levels start to get more balanced, it will help with that !!

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  363. Louise Lyons

    I have had a mastectomy in September of 2016 and I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary. I have not felt like myself yet. I am very tired. I have shocks run up my arm. I am now having soreness under my armpit. I have gained weight, sleep poorly, brain fog, poor memory, decline in vision. I was 70 when I had the mastectomy and it has been down hill ever since. I now need another surgery after the implant because the breast are so far off from matching. The surgeon and the reconstruction plastic surgeon encouraged me to do the implant because they said I was a young 70. I now feel like 80. I cannot do the things I used to do. I wear out quickly. I think I am going to get the implant taken out. What are some places I can have this done. Should I have the plastic surgeon who put them in remove them or find someone else. Please help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Louise,
      I would start with the reconstruction surgeon and requests the implant and all capsule tissue be removed. Nicole

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  364. Angela

    Nicole,

    I’d like to share with you a test that you might consider adding to your list of tests. I do not work for this company or sell their products. I recently had this test run on myself before finding your website and FB page. The results clearly show everything that you talk about. I’d be willing to share my results with you so you can see for yourself. I also think that this could be a great test for the ladies who are considering legal action.
    Thank you for your time and all that you do!
    Angela

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  365. Paula Richard

    Hi, thank you so much for sharing this. I had my first implants “Saline” in 2010 and in 2013 my right one ruptured so the doctor did an umbilical procedure and removed both implants and put Saline in again. Within 3 weeks the left one started getting hard,scarring and drawing up he asked me if i had some kind of connective tissue disorder,my body was rejecting them. I had already been going every 3-6 months for ultrasounds and mammograms for lumps in my breast they were monitoring so i decided to go to another surgeon. Six months later i had bilateral lumpectomy and reconstruction, they replaced implants with “silicone”.
    Prior to implants i was never sick, starting in 2011 i was hospitalized for a sinus infection, I became allergic to everything, medications, environment, cats,dogs,feathers shrimp. I have IBS, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds,Migraines. Depression, Hormone Imbalance.Insomnia

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  366. Gisele Johnson

    Thanks for all the unput and great information. My wife is going through hell right now and we can’t get any help from hospitals, doctor’s and professionals because they don’t know what to do. We have been waiting to see a plastic surgeon for weeks and my wife has been suffering severely. HOPE WE GET SOME ANSWERS Monday at our appt. This has been going on for about eight years of wrong diagnosis. We need real help and a good lawyer.

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  367. Sandra N.

    Thank you so much for creating this website. I had my BA consultation, saw two plastic surgeons, put down my deposit and scheduled a date. Then I started wondering how safe the surgery was and googling up on the safety of breast implants. Boy I was so surprised that there are tons of women sick from implants out there. I begged my PS office to give me my deposit back. I saw so many you tube videos of girls getting sick, one was a perfectly healthy body builder from Utah, and she had to have 4 surgeries total (including the explant). I was ashamed of myself for wanting bigger boobs. I could have died. I am not prepared to save up and pay for many hours of tests and several more surgeries to be myself again. I am glad I went through this experience so that I can warn all the women I know with implants and try to save their lives.

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  368. Jennifer Gathercole

    Hi, thank you for your article. It proved to be the best of all the research on silicon poisioning. My implants were done 30 years ago. I am now 60 and was diagnosed with Lupus in 2005 at a goverment hospital in Cape Town. What I have read has answered my questions all these years where I paid thousands of my hard money to the hospital because I am white.
    Thank you
    Jennifer Gathercole

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    1. Laurie Tackett

      I cannot BELIEVE that I, (NOR ANY of my DOCTORS!!!!) didn’t even investigate or SUSPECT my implants as the cause of all my Very Serious & UNexplainable “attacks” over the span of 10+ YEARS!!! “O-M-G”!!!! I’ve been plagued w/ Sudden, & seemingly out of NOwhere, “attacks” that would start w/ my lips & mouth tingling, or feeling NUMB, full body shakes, tremors, & SWEATS (which were mostly SO SEVERE I’d need 2 change clothing), followed by my NOT being able 2 communicate or enunciate thots/pleas 4 help that quickly filled my head, while CLEARLY KNOWING INSIDE my brain “WHAT” I needed 2 say- but couldn’t spit it out rite!! & MANY TIMES “attacks” escalated 2 sumthng similar 2 TERRIFYING “electric shocks” (which 3 times resulted in my losing full muscle control & ultimately Urinating on myself -frm knees up 2 Boobs!!!) & is like being TRAPPED & TORTURED in my own body!!). I’ve been diagnosed w/ fibromyalgia, Reynaud’s Syndrome, chronic migraines & INSOMNIA, depression, dehydration disease, joint pain, & Multiple Vitamin deficiencies. Best of all… I ended up losing my 20 yr long Legal assistant $25/hr DREAM JOB!!!! I canNOT say it loud enuf how this has all but RUINED my Life. 🙁 Glancing @ a “60 Minutes” episode just last mo, which Featured “Breast Implant Illness”, simply made a Lightbulb go on in my head! I just KNEW “that was MEEeee!!!”. I Ran 2 my FAM doc who saw upon imaging that my R implant’s COMPLETELY Deflated & my L one (ALREADY replaced ONCE- less than 6mos post Original Op due 2 a deflation) has a “Ripple”. She couldnt call me fast enuf 2 FIRMLY recommend IMMEDIATE EXplantation. So, Now I DEFINITELY feel “VALIDATED” & just Want these Mentors OUT of me… but am also TERRIFIED it will Then leave disfigured…??? However, I’d do almost ANYthing 2 function even SOMEWHAT “Normally” again. I’m SO Excited…Yet VERY AFRAID. Do u have ANY suggestions?

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  369. Catherine Cirillo

    My silicone implants have made so sick there are days that I stay in bed all day! Made an appt with my plastic surgeon he never once said the pain the tingling in my arm pain through my back could be an issue with the Mentor silicone implants! My blood pressure was high so he sent me to the emergency room I was admitted heart test blood work but the Docter that sent me to the hospital never ordered an MRI for leaking implants and never called the hospital to follow up! He just wanted me out of his office because they do not work with Humana! I did not have my implants for cosmetic reasons!!!!

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  370. Michele k

    Hi there – when I was 14 yrs old my mom had breast implants put in me so it wasn’t really a choice that I made. My implants were 35 yrs old when I could finally afford to have them replaced . I’m 58 now . I have the silicone implants. I believe I have severe breast implant illness and am scheduled for explant surgery on July 28. Was reading a post or reply saying that if u leave them in too long , it could be too late or irreversible as far as auto immune disease . I’m hoping that won’t be the case and that I will have miraculous healing . I’m grateful for the breast implant article as well because there was no one to really talk to about the problems that go along with having implants. I have so many health problems the list is endless but mostly they have effected my immune system . The countdown is on – 11 more days till surgery 🤓

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  371. Patti Barton

    Hello, I just finished reading this article that I found on a search done due to symptoms I’ve had in the last 8 or 9 years. Ive had my breast implants for 17 years and was told how safe they were and I don’t remember being told that they would only be good for 10 years. Mine are saline and I’ve never had any problems per say, with them. I have however, experienced problem after problem with my health. I’m 57 years old and am currently under treatment at MD Anderson for a rare form of skin cancer that starts in the hair follicle and causes scaly, red, itchy rashes on the body and there is no cure. I have had the unexplained metallic taste in my mouth, burning in my mouth, constant ringing in my ears, severe fatigue, muscle pain and arthritic pain, brain fog. I’m a registered nurse and the fatigue and brain fog make doing my job very stressful at times. I’ve had unexplained cardiac symptoms, chest pain, dizzy spells or vertigo. I passed out at a restaurant 2 weeks ago and was taken to a hospital by EMS and they couldn’t find any reason for it. I really want these thing taken out of me but I know it won’t be covered by insurance and I just can’t afford it and I’m afraid my husband will think I’ve lost my mind. I’m scared and don’t know what to do. If you have sources of who I can talk to in my area, I would really appreciate the information. I live near Beaumont, Texas. Thanks for your article. It gave me some insight.

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  372. Brenda Pritt

    I am on my third set. I felt like I was carrying rocks,so I had them replaced after five years. I am now suffering from what they said was chronic constipation. I do have that but there are days I stay in bed because I lack sleep,weakness, dehydration, nausea, headaches, throwing up and others things. My friend told me that she read on her computer concerns dealing with breast implants. I have an appointment tomorrow to have them checked
    I am tired of being sick for seven months.

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  373. Susan Weitzenfeld

    HI, I’m a little confused I was asking for your your thoughts on my situation earlier, and my posting just disappeared. My implants are saline and have been in for 23 years. I’m having shoulder pain and neck pain. I’ve been to 4 plastic docs and 2 ortho docs all saying one has nothing to do with the other. I have a lot of scar tissue just in the last 5 years and can no longer get mammograms. I want to deflate and take out shriveled implants, I’m hoping that the scar tissue will leave me somewhat of a breast. None of the Docs agree with this. I was happy to find this site cause I feel a bit crazy,I live in Chicago and thought they would have more information here. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Susan W

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  374. Susan Weitzenfeld

    My Saline Implants are 23 years old, in the last 5 to 7 years they started getting harder and harder,I can no longer get mammograms which is my biggest concern. I’ve recently had my neck and one shoulder MRI tests, both my shoulders and neck are in constant pain. 2 orthopedic docs, and 4 plastic surgeons later , every one of them says my implants are not causing my pain.I also have trouble sleeping and low energy. I’m a fitness trainer also with double hip replacement, I’m considering having them drained first and then take out the implant,cheapest quickest solution. But none of the surgeons want to do this. I DO FEEL MY PAIN IS COMING FROM THE IMPLANTS. But not one doctor will agree with me. Thoughts ??? Frustrated in Chicago. Also I think I should leave the scar tissue intact it might give me a small breast,and why take it out to cause more trauma. Susan W.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      It is very likely your implants causing you pain and that is a common symptom for us. Next, please do not drain your implants in advance of removing them. Many women have a serious decline in their health if they drain their implants inside their body. The saline fluid is likely full of silicone chemicals from the shell degrading, silicone particulate and even microorganisms such as fungus which definitely grows in saline implants especially after 23 years. Draining that into your body will not be good for you.
      Also please do not leave the capsules in your body as you will not recover at all. Removing capsules correlates with recovery. Please read the entire website and especially the page titled Explant. Nicole

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  375. Donna Lizut-Hull

    I have almost every symptom. I had Mentor augmentation in November 2011. Nobody will listen to my because I have a history of Hashimoto’s thyroid. I had off TSH levels and some fatigue. But now I can barely walk, can’t exercise, extreme brain fog, throat clearing, GI issues, severe joint and muscle pain, hair loss, etc. Yet, PCP nor GI doctor will listen. I am at a loss of what to do. Please advise. Thank You.

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      1. Donna

        Thank you. I have been reading everything on this site and the Facebook sites. I am relieved to know that I am not going crazy! I kept telling my husband that something wasn’t right. That for me to be this sick within such a short time was not “right”. I went from active to barely able to walk, type, pick things up, etc. I am in pain 24/7 and the fatigue is beyond words. I slur at times and forget things short term. SO NOT ME!!! I am trying to scrimp up the money and am terrified to go through surgery again. Thank you for the feedback.

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        1. Lynn

          You may have myasthenia gravis, its an immune disorder, basically the immune system has gone into overdrive against the implant.

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  376. Bri

    So I too have almost every symptom listed. It infuriates me that insurance won’t consider covering implant removal. I thought I was making a safe decision when getting them. If while under anesthesia getting them something happened and I needed emergency care, insurance would cover that. If I smoked and got lung cancer, insurance would cover my treatment. If I were an alcoholic they would cover for liver transplant, If I ate myself into obesity they would cover blood pressure medication, heart surgery, diabetes care. I am not saying these things should not be covered, but if you are making a conscious decision to smoke, drink, eat unhealthy and the insurance company covers for the damage people willingly inflict on themselves, WHY WONT THEY LOOK AT COVERING EXPLANATIONS? Especially if you are having the symptoms.

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  377. Marie

    How do I find a surgeon near me that will understand what is happening with me and support explanation?

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  378. Sheila

    I thought all the under arm pain and tingling, numbness on my upper shoulder would go away but it does not. When I remove my bra after a long day at work , is
    the irritation and pain gets more intense
    I guess I am not alone . I did mine 9 years ago

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  379. Maria mccauley

    What did your sores, leisons, rashes look like, I have had for over one year. Drs don’t know what they are. Help

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  380. Lorrie Bensky Smith

    I’m gobsmacked! I’d always been healthy, trim and active, but due to the BRCA1 gene, l got breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy, but was counselled, for half a day, that my risks of recurrence were so great, only a dbl mast and complete hysterectomy would ensure my safety. I did it all in 2005. I was 41. No real problems for several years. I remarried in late 2007 and sadly, discovered on my wedding night, i had vaginal atrophy! Oh, happy day! Excruciating sex at 43 yo! Than, after a couple years, my 5’9″ 135lb frame ballooned to 180lbs. With Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, Hashimoto’s surgery, fatigue and a myriad of stomach and other problems, I’d made a decision to remove my silicone implants for a DIEP FLAP procedure. My consulte is tomorrow! 6/27/17. Please pray for me. No one ever told me about Silicone Toxicity and l believe The Holy Spirit spoke this to me. 10 years of suffering and a plethora of doctors and not one connected the dots! Praise Jesus He led me to this discovery!

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    1. Beth

      Dear Lorri,
      I am keeping you and all other women suffering in my prayers. I have had implants 17 years and the last 5 years of my life have been horrible! I have been to so many doctors and even to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to no avail. I am at my wits end then I saw a segment on doctor OZ that lead me to look further into this. I am going to call a plastic surgeon Monday and set up an appointment!! Keep us posted as to how you are doing. May God bless you through this to complete healing.

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  381. Lindsey

    I had silicone implants put in in Jan 2017. Everything healed nicely but I am experiencing several of the symptoms listed. The eye sensitivity and chronic fatigue is the worst. My symptoms started at the atRt of allergy season so I’ve brushed it off as severe allergies until now. I will be devestated if I already have to remove my implants after only 6 montgs because I love them. But feeling like this is AWFUL. Should I see my OBGYN or my PCP as a first step?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lindsey,
      The word about breast implant illness is getting out but likely neither your OBGYN or your PCP will recognize it as it is not yet generally recognized by the medical community who keep quoting the junk science that breast implants are safe when they are not. Many of us have to go straight to explanting and find an experienced explant surgeon ourselves. Please see the list of Explant Surgeons on this website. Nicole

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    2. Rochelle

      Lindsay,
      I would get them out asap!
      My sister is still dealing with horrible residual effects of breast implant poisining.
      Doctors all tout implants as safe and they are not.
      If you wait too long some symptoms may not be reversible and can turn into auto immune diseases.
      When she got hers out they were in tact fully also and reeked of chemicals.
      My sister was a healthy runner before the implants.
      She can’t run anymore due to all the symptoms she is dealing with. Get them out fast!

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  382. Claire

    Hi Jean Neyrick,
    Just seeing your post from April & wondering what type of reaction you had to steroid after cataract surgery, I recently had cataract surgery & also had a severe reaction to steroid drops following cataract surgery causing eye pressure to increase so high I temporarily lost vision in my eye & Dr had to drain fluid to decrease pressure to restore my vision & I had to stop steroid drops. Cataract had tripled in size in 10 months following explanation & Dr said it was caused by inflammation throughout my body from implants. I also have long history of implants, saline implants inserted following bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer in 1992, then had them replaced with silicone in 2009 due to contracture, ( told by Dr they were now proven safe), after years of debilitating & us diagnosed illnesses I explanted in Feb 2016 & have been detoxing under care of naturopathethic ever since. I had never had reaction to steroid in past & had used steroid drops numerous times because I was diagnosed with dry eye syndrome with unknown cause! My Dr feels this inflammation caused from implants has changed my whole body chemistry & doesn’t know if I will ever be able to tolerate steroids again. Just wondering what type of reaction you had. I am healing, but it is a slow process, just the chemicals from the eye drops I had to use for cataract surgery exacerbated my neuropathy, but hoping I can fully detox in time.
    Claire

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  383. Sara

    Hi there, I am BEYOND grateful for coming across this page! I’ll try to make this as short as possible but I got my silicone breast implants October 1, 2014 and never had a single problem with them until my 2nd trimester of my pregnancy in Summer of 2016. I then broke out in a rash all over my legs, all over my arms and my right breast. Under my right nipple it started ‘weeping’ and no one, (infectious disease, dermatology, pcp, even breast specialists) could tell me the cause of the weeping or the unexplained rash. Then after I delivered my son in December of 2016, my rash cleared up and the ‘weeping’ cleared up for a month or so but then out of nowhere the weeping started again. I saw the breast specialist again and she said I had ‘breast eczema’ and to continue to use steroid cream for it. I received a Kenalog injection and it cleared everything up for me! Then a couple months later, under my nipple began to ‘weep’ again…I got another Kenalog shot a month ago and it’s already starting to weep again. I don’t want to be on steroids for the rest of my life because I know how harmful they are long term. My mom has said all along that it’s my breast implants and my friend who is a nurse practitioner told me it’s the breast implants causing all of this. Reading this article some of the symptoms are ‘rash, ongoing infections and inflammation’, all of which I had when I was pregnant. Do you think the weeping is caused from the implants? I’m running out of options and specialists to see because no one knows! I know I should call my plastic surgeon but from reading your article it says most surgeons who place the implants will not take them out. Should I get an MRI to rule out rupture? or should I go straight to explant? I plan on checking out the Facebook group but if someone could PLEASE reply to this, that would be great!! Thank you SO much to you all and good luck to those on this not so fun journey!

    Best wishes,
    Sara

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  384. Megan

    I have the cohesive gel implants and I had the worst pain ever a few months ago in my breast. Well it went away then I began to experience a lot of the symptoms you have listed. The only one I didn’t see was speech issues I have problems swallowing and choking and have lost a lot of weight because of it. Also have the muscle twitching and fatigue as well. Would speech be a symptom as well?

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  385. Julie cole

    The surgeon I am seeing wants to go through the nipple, said he would remove implant and scar tissue on initial consultation…no drains…said he would cautirize the blood vessels so their would be no need….he is an excellent plastic surgeon from atlanta, in fact it was his father who put mine in 33 years ago…textured saline above the muscle…very hard for years… after reading this report I am having serious second thoughts…I was going in for preop wed and surgery the following wednesday…please advise, I am in need of your advice…GOD BLESS you. Julie cole

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    1. M

      Julie,
      Check out the Facebook group mentioned above if you haven’t already to get your questions answered.
      Best to you!

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