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 90,000 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, GERD
VERTIGO
GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES SUCH AS NAUSEA, 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, GRAVES’, ADDISON’S, 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.  BLOOD PROFILE OF AMINO ACIDS BY CHROMATOGRAPHY (amino acids are involved in liver detoxification and are depleted in many of us.  Important aminos for detox are cysteine, methionine, aspartic acid, arginine, ornithine and lysine)
6.   BONE DENSITY – (Checks for low bone density)
7.   THYROID – TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TPO Ab and TG Ab
8.   TEMPERATURE TEST FOR THYROID
9.  PARATHYROID – CALCIUM AND PTH TEST
10.   ADRENAL HORMONES (Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estrogen, Progesterone, Pregnenlone, Testosterone Free and Total, Sex Hormone Binding Globuline)
11.   B12 AND FOLATE DEFICIENCY – (Checks for low B12 and low folate)
12.  VITAMIN D, 25 HYDROXY (Checks for Vitamin D Deficiency)
13.  IRON AND FERRITIN TEST (Checks for iron derangement)
14.  MAGNESIUM AND POTASSIUM LEVELS
15.  IODINE LEVELS
16.  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
17.  APA ASSAY (Checks for abnormal immune system response with Fibromyalgia)
18.  VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY EYE TEST AT VCSTEST.COM – (Checks for mold biotoxin)
19.  LEAKY GUT, SIBO AND IBS TESTS
20.  INFECTIONS SUCH AS EBV, LYME, H-PYLORI, MYCOPLASMA, INTRACELLULAR, COCKSACKIE, CYTOMEGALOVIRUS, HERPES ETC
21.  FUNGAL TESTS INCLUDING CANDIDA , IgM and IgG
22.  PARASITES OF THE GUT
23.  EKG AND ECHOCARDIOGRAM FOR HEART CHANGES
24.  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.  The Organic Acids Test (OAT) by The Great Plains Labratory offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of  patient’s overall health with 75 markers and an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine revealing fungus and bacteria overgrowths. Abnormally high levels of these yeast and bacteria can cause many symptoms including fatigue and immune dysfunction.  The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.

5.  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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406 thoughts on “BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

  1. Michele

    Hello I’m interested in learning more about your group.
    I am having breast implants problems ,due to a Capsular contraction. I have inflammation in my breasts.
    They told me to have my implants removed.

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  2. Susan Reynolds

    I’m almost 11 years with these silicone implants. I think they are making my body sick. Too many things going wrong and doctor saying I’m fine. I asked if the implants could be making me I’ll but they said no.
    I dont believe them anymore.

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  3. Tammee Thomas

    Has anyone ever been told they have necrotizing granulomas in their lungs stemming from implants? Pathology showed these after having lung surgery to remove metastatic cancer. I’m assuming maybe from an unknown fungal infection since I’ve not been diagnosed with TB or leprosy, my doctors aren’t overly concerned, but I still have evidence of more growths recently. I’ve had my implants since 2010 for reconstruction from breast cancer, but also have had 2 other cancers and too many symptoms and problems to list.

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  4. Amanda

    Had silicone implants put In 4/2019. After surgery was feeling nauseous to my stomachs here n there now almost 6 months after been nauseous for 3 days now. Remind you before I had surgery i was healthy. On top of headaches fatigue cant sleep well can’t eat nor drink DONT even have the urge to. Been doing research and have come across breast implant illness. Looking at symptoms I got some of them. Went to the er tonight and my tests came back normal which I have read they can. They hydrated me and now I feel worse. Calling my surgeon in the morning I just want these things out of me. Help I don’t know what to do.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      Please read our Explant page before you go see your surgeon so you understand that breast implants, even this new, need to be removed properly for your best healing.

      Reply
  5. Rosie

    I got Implanted about 9 months ago
    I had bumped into my friend with extreme force chest to chest about 3 weeks ago. The skin around my back & side has become very rubbery and feels like the skin isn’t even mine. Could this be Silicone Spillage?
    Is it too early for the Implants to rupture and leak?
    So Cohesive gel silicone migrate?

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  6. Kath

    Would symptoms still appear if the implant was placed in other parts? (Eg nose, forehead etc instead of breasts)

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  7. Rebecca Hofsheier

    I explanted 3/2019 and reading this makes me so sad and angry because I had literally everything on this list minus 3-4ish! I’m still not 100% (mthfr+) however I’m 85-90% better and I literally got the chills thinking about what I went through for 7 years, and this list explains it all 😢

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  8. Kathy

    I’ve had implants since 2009 but this year I have been plagued by so many issues such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, etc. I just recently heard of breast implant illness and now I’m wandering if this could be what is going on with my body.

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  9. Tiana Ashworth-Bernardo

    I have suffered from so many things since 2011. I had an implant rupture and I did have them replaced & I did begin to feel better, but I never have been 100 better. I still suffer from many auto immune issues & have had doctors tell me the implants have nothing to do with it- which I know is incorrect. I am regretting having them replaced in 2013 and I am now wanting to get them completely out!

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  10. Tracie Ichikawa

    My saline implant sprung a leak. I was told by my doctor the capsule would be paper thin because I have saline implants. It would be hard to remove them and not worth trying to remove them.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tracie, please read our Explant page of the website, no surgeon can tell you how thick or thin your capsules are until he opens you up and all capsule tissue should be removed from your body for your highest well being and healing.

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  11. Jo

    I am so glad to have found this site, I had stage 2 breast cancer, skin sparing, nipple double mastectomy then immediate reconstruction in 2013. Followed by 6 months of chemotherapy. Was told implants had ruptured after mammogram in 2017, had them removed and replaced, big mistake, I have been so queasy and tired this summer, my blood work with my oncologist in May was fine, I think it’s these stupid implants. I never considered breast implants before cancer. Cancer patients should take their time regarding reconstruction. As much as I dread another surgery I’m going to consider it. To me my health trumps appearances, I’m 59 and want to live my best life and hopefully be here for my family.

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  12. Debbie M.

    I currently have saline implants. They are about 12 years old. Last year one of my saline implants ruptured during a mammogram. I have many of the symptoms listed, but never put two and two together never thinking they was related to my implants. I am currently waiting to have explant surgery. Saving the money because insurance will not cover it. So glad I came up on this website. Thank you for the info. Going to take a proactive step in getting my health on track. Thank you!

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  13. Mary Zarra

    Is it necessary to havethese tests done before Explant? I have SO MANY OF THE SYMPTOMS LISTED I JUST Want To Find A EXPLANT SURGEON FAST TO GET THESE IMPLANTS OUT!!!

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  14. Brittney Holmes

    I am new to this group, so glad it’s available. I got an augmentation in 2016. Before the surgery my health was declining and since the augmentation I have had a hysterectomy, endometriosis removal, diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, more food allergies and lots of bone issues (which might be genetic). The most concerning symptom to me that leads me to believe the implant surgery have been a bad choice for me is my extreme fatigue. I had hormone issues since I was a youth but it wasn’t until 6 months after my second daughters birth, that symptoms started showing theirselves and in the middle of the search for answers is when I chose to do Breast Implants. Some of my symptoms have gotten better since my endo, bladder and hysterectomy (due to Adenomyosis) surgeries, but my extreme fatigue will not go away. Symptoms from my already existing diagnosis’ could match the claimed symptom a Of augmentation.
    I joined this group to hopefully make an educated decision, in removal of my breast implants.
    Thank you for your time and research.

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  15. Ang

    How quickly can these symptoms come on I’ve experienced them all of a sudden after massaging my right breast scar in a matter of a week I was experiencing symptoms which a progress and now they seem to be digressing I had it for about 5 to 6 weeks I’m not sure if I’m better or if it’s going to make a come back can you explain how quickly the symptoms can come on KNIX come on do to me massaging my breast for 40 minutes with the massager displacing the implant etc. I’ve never had issues in the nine years that I’ve had implants I have them switched out in January so I had Celine before that and now I have silicone for about eight

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ang,
      Symptoms can come on at any time after implantation. For some women their is an immediate response which may be related to their genes as there are specific genes that respond to silicone, for many others they start getting symptom in the first couple years by by about 6 to 8 years, the majority of women have symptoms. Every years after that more symptoms appear.

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    2. Rebecca

      My symptoms started immediately, I went from post op recovery to complete debilitating pain and sickness that had me bed ritten😪

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      1. Amanda

        I feel the same way and I am only 6 months out from when I had surgery done…it wasn’t so bad at first my symptoms would come and go and now the last 3 days I have been in bed. Now my boobs are starting to hurt. Went to hospital lay night blood tests came back normal like a article said when I was researching this illness.

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  16. Thomas West

    Hello, I am a male with a friend in trouble.
    I want to say that I am helping her with this illness and I ordered her to do a crucial blood test that I am going to say here: you can add a blood profile of amino acids by chromatography.
    My friend had normal albumin and protein but she was lacking 4 important amino acids: aspartic acid, arginine, ornithine and lysine. I guess this deficiency is because arginine and ornithine are used to produce interferon and Tnf to attack the implants and by months they become depleted. These amino acids also participate in urea cycle and liver detox, detox ammonia and stuff. Once depleted the body as no way to detox properly.
    This is just a sugestion to add to that list of blood tests.
    Regards
    Tom

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debra,
      Implants do not have to be leaking to cause symptoms, although silicone breast implants bleed silicone gel microscopically long before the technically leak and rupture. 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.

      Reply
  17. Carol Spotts

    This info has been very helpful. I am scheduled for my explanation Sept. 18, after suffering from MANY of the above mentioned ailments. Tested for high range ANA but Plaquenil has not helped, Tested positive for Lymes disease, but live in Gl & never been bit by a tick. Terrible depression & fatigue. Down to 98 lbs. Truly feel like I am dying & sometimes wish it. Thank u for this info.🙏

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  18. melissa cunningham

    I’m so glad I found this site as im not on social media. After reading through the comments I feel less crazy. I’ve been feeling sick for the past 6 years. I’m 39 and an athlete. . I got silicone implants in 2008. And symptoms started in the fall of 2013. At first I attributed symptoms to my monthly cycle as they would show up a few days before, during and after ?(headache on left temple,nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, fatigue, vomiting, brain fog, joint pains in hands after exercise, gi issues, heartburn,increased urination etc ). At the time the symptoms started, (especially the fatigue) I also chalked it up to stress and being a mom of 4 young children. At the end of 2013 my husband got a new job, we moved out of state, I was going back to school for my masters, my FIL had recently passed away unexpectedly and tragically, and I had just finished up my fall season of figure competitions and was training for a half marathon.
    I’ve had about every test I can think of. My feratin was low (9!) and as a Competitive distance runner and professional figure athlete,my levels needed to be around 100! I had a ueterine ablation in 2015, hoping to increase feratin levels but it didn’t help much. I ended up getting iron infusions in 2017 which helped decrease palpitations. In 2015 I noticed sudden food intolerances and bloating of my stomach.i also noticed i would break out in a rash From the adhesive in bandaids. In 2016 I noticed joint pain in my hands after running. I had a complete heart work up, endo/colonoscopy, blood test for auto immune diseases, food allergies, etc. blood work did show low vitamin D and a high EO%. I did an elimination diet with no success to finding a food culprit. Most of my blood work is NORMAL!! And my worst symptoms seem to be made worse with exercise. I have a delayed onset of symptoms after a hard workout ( sprints, long run, heavy lift session in the gym) usually 3-24 hours later is when it starts. It makes me think I’m allergic to exercise!!! At first I thought this was a hydration/ nutrition issue but being an athlete my entire life I Am
    Knowledgeable in regards proper fuel and hydration And the symptoms I’m having don’t feel like depletion. The fatigue I feel is crazy. And it takes me a LOT longer to recover from exercise. A 5k would take days to recover from and a half marathon took weeks if not a month. My heart rate stays up for long periods of time after running. ( but RHR is still low, and vo2 max is still high ) I feel nauseated, I feel my pulse in my ears and can feel the skipped beats. I feel light headed, my joints in my hands ache, left side of my head will throb…

    In 2018 I had my left ovary ,Fallopian tube and a large ovarian cysts (10cm) removed. I actually felt better after surgery ( even though I had a massive topical reaction to either the beta dune/iodine/cleaning pre op solution- I had a weepy, itchy rash for 6 weeks over my my mid section and anywhere I had adhesive materials) I felt good for about 4-5 months but now symptoms are back. I don’t feel bad every single day but I can’t go 2 weeks without feeling run down and just unwell. Before symptoms started I was running 60-80 miles per week and lifting weights around 5-6 times per week. Now I am only running 15-25 miles per week And maybe hitting the gym once a week, if that. I’ve cut back on exercise to the bare minimum! I want to feel normal again. I want to regain my health and fitness levels! Right now im managing my symptoms with otc medicine. If I don’t catch it early, ( take ibuprofen Dramamine Benadryl st the onset of a slight left sided headache) I will be in bed with a puke bucket all day. And feel exhausted for days afterward.
    Has anyone else felt like this? With exercise seeming to make things worse? Any athletes out there who have experienced this???? Do I need to explant? I’m the sickest healthiest person know and all the drs I’ve been to and all the tests are normal. I know this isn’t in my head, I don’t feel depressed or anxiety. I’m frustrated though and I feel somethings isn’t right and my body isn’t firing on all 4 cylinders. Any advice or can some other runner/weight lifter relate????

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Your symptoms are classic breast implant illness symptoms, we explanted properly and got our health back and you can too. Come to the facebook group so we can coach you.

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    2. Jon

      Hi, Melissa, im just a nobody who has searched and read and researched on the topic of implants causing an array of endless disorders, diseases, sicknesses, complications, toxicities, cancers, and rare unknown nameless problems. I have come to the obvious conclusions,,,, Get them out of you as soon as possible at all cost and not to skip extra careful measures of removal, which may take extra time and money. Find the proper surgeon for you. The best doctor to have is a implant surgeon who will no longer im-plant, but will readily do ex-plant. Many have become aware/witness to the affects/effects and consequences of the poisonous silicone and poisonous saline implants, they will always leach into your body, no matter what! And the extreme dangers/risks that implants pose, guaranteed will cause the body to become toxified and elevated immune system overload overwhelm. Allergies are guaranteed to arise and get worse faster and faster. Some womens immune systems can fight longer and harder than others, but eventually no matter who it is, super woman will become more and more sick. The alien imposters are manufactured will stuff that sucks up water and if they can dehydrate you, that means that the water is diffusing through the bags and that means chemical leaching into the body. Why are they still legal? better off implanting air balloons instead of water balloons, and why dont they go head and make a inlate deflate valve at the nipple or somewhere safe where the breast can be enlarged infated with air and deflated when if desired? Why cant breast implants be made with vitamins inside, the contents will always seep out anyway so why cant it be a beneficial leaky implant? There is no safe implant to date and it is just now starting to be long time studied to show these facts and so it took decades but the data is being documented. So be ready, soon all implants will be explant advised by the doctors, insurance is now just beginning to start to cover the cost of removal but dont count on it any time soon for most they will have to pay as much as it cost to implant and the cost of the implants themselves $2000-$20000. Don’t think that maybe its not the implants. They are plasticy liquid jelly filled pouches and they are soft and easily ruptured and made out of questionable materials that show to cause adverse allergic reactions just when touching the outside of the body,,,now think about the inside and how more sensitive and more pressurized it is being inside opposed to resting or just touching on the outside. It takes a good at least 30-40 years of studying the people whom have had them to realize and begin to understand what is and what is not. Fact, no implant is safe and no implant is physically healthy to have.

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    3. April Villegas

      This sounds so much like my story. Since my implant surgery in July 2014 I am so sick and yet all my tests come back normal. My doctors look at me like I am a hypochondriac but there are times where I literally feel like I am dying. I get so uncomfortable especially after doing any exercise or raising my heart rate, apparently it makes the toxins from the implants circulate through your system at a rapid pace. I’ve suffered everything from extreme hair loss, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, unexplained rashes that last for months, extremely dry skin and lady parts, no libido, extreme inflammation (I work out 6 days a week and have gained over 15 pounds no matter what I eat), severe food sensitivities as well as chemical sensitivities, I was even in the ER for pain in my left side in which I had a CT scan reveal stranding around my kidney but no infection, and currently have no energy, I sleep around 10 to 12 hours a day!i went to a naturopath who was convinced i had developed hashimoto’s but the tests were normal! I’ve tried everything from meditation and holistic remedies, to going vegan for two years, birth control, low sugar diets, every supplement you can take, nothing makes me feel better and in fact my symptoms are just getting worse. I too, am the sickest healthiest person I know. This illness has ruined my vacations, I cant plan anything in advance as I don’t know how sick I will be when I get to my destination. You are not alone. These implants are not worth this sickness! We are more than just breasts, and our health must come first. I wish you all the best!

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  19. Tina Still

    I’m a cancer survivor with these implants, been having several of these problems but just chalked it up to my 6 months of chemo, would love to join this group for more info

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  20. Cathie

    Thank you to Nicole for letting me join her group and also for tolerating my lack of FB ability. I am probably one of the oldest people on this group. At 75, I got implants in 1976 and rocked on for years thinking I had no problems. That is, until I began to have serious health problems in 1992 and went back over my medical records. It was only then I realized that all of the health problems I had began after I got my silicone implants. Extensive testing made no sense and nothing fit textbook diagnoses for autoimmune disorders. They were removed in 1992, leaking and ruptured. I have Lupus (or a disease resembling Lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome). This is compounded by burning diagnosed as inflammatory neuropathy. My explantation was done in the early years of implant issues. Doctors then were very resistant to linking our problems to implants, many of us were rudely dismissed or symptoms were simply blown off. It has been my hope to still be able to find physicians willing to address multiple health issues relating to implants. I am not sure my surgery was done well, my breasts and underarms burn and hurt even after all of these years… This is not exactly the way I had hoped retirement years would work out…

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  21. Karen Humphrey

    I’ve had the textured implants for over 30 yrs. They both have ruptured years ago but I’ve formed capsules around each so I’m told that it’s all contained. Since then I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I can’t function without medication.

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  22. Martha Diaz Canton

    Yesterday I saw a news first time to ears about the implants problems. OMG I have 10 years with breast implants and after this procedure with many years of many diseases and questions why this is happening to me. In August of last year I had a tumor on my right arm, I was left with the question of where this rare tumor came from. Thank God it was not cancer in the outcome of pathology. It will be what is product of the implant? Please help me what can I do

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Martha,
      Read this entire website, each page and then come to the facebook group and we will guide you through explant and healing.

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  23. Therese Andrews

    Do you know of any surgeons in SWFL who deal with the proper codes for insurance reimbursement? I have several autoimmune disorders and Thyroid cancer

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  24. Darleen

    That was quite interesting. I have had implants since 1986 . One has leaked years ago and now I’m having a lot of health issues and didn’t think about the silicone causing some of the issues I’m having. My Dr’s know I have implants and haven’t mentioned the possibility of causing some of my issues. Thanks for the info. I will bring it to my Dr attention.

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    1. Debbie Kendall

      Most Drs do not recognize BII.
      Go to one of the listed Drs on this website and talk to them.
      I can’t begin to tell you the number of Drs I have had over the years, and never found answers until I found this website.

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  25. 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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    1. Ann Porter

      Hi I have anemia. I get an iron infusion and that brings my levels up within a month. Just try and stay calm. Eat lots of leafy greens and find the best most experienced surgeon. Don’t worry about spending – my explant ran $9000 with Dr Rankin. See if your doctor will give you an iron infusions. Best to you. We will all get through this. I’ve lived with mine for 19 years so what’s a few more months.

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. SR

    Hi, I started having seizures in my sleep 6 months after. I gasped when I read your post. I’ve been dealing with an epilepsy diagnosis for nearly 10 years and I’m close to coming to tears after learning you are seizure free. I’m just learning about this and it’s making me wonder if any other odd things and changes I blamed the pills for is actually toxicity.

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  38. 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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    1. Lisa Obrecht

      I had the same sensations happening in the back of my head like strong vibrating zigging stuff? It was after I had my lip fillers..thought maybe it was from that? Lots of abnormal symptoms too now with my health and feel major fatigue and joints and muscle pain and chills..list goes on and on.

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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. 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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  64. 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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  65. 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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  66. 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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  67. 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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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. 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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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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      1. Lisa

        Hi Gina, I am the same age as you and also had a silicone implant for a DCIS mastectomy in 2011. I’ve been happy with my reconstruction, but I have a lot of symptoms. Like you I’m afraid to explant and be flat on one side. Also have avoided DIEP due to the scars. You aren’t alone in your fears, I’m also unsure of what to do!

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  74. 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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  75. 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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  76. 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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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. 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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  80. 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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  81. 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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  82. 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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  83. 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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  84. 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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  85. 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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  86. 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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  87. 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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  88. 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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  89. 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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  90. 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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  91. 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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  92. 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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  93. 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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  94. 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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  95. 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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  96. 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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  97. 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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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. 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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  101. 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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  102. 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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  103. 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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  104. 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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  105. 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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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. 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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  109. 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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  110. 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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  111. 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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  112. 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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  113. 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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  114. 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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  115. 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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  116. 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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  117. 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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  118. 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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  119. 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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  120. 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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  121. 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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  122. 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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  123. 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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  124. 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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  125. 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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  126. 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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  127. 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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  128. 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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  129. 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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  130. 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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  131. 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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  132. 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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  133. 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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  134. 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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  135. 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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  136. 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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  137. 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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  138. 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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  139. 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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  140. 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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  141. 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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  142. 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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  143. 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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  144. 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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  145. 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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  146. 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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  147. 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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  148. 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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  149. 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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  150. 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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  151. 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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  152. 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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  153. 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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  154. 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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  155. 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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  156. 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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  157. 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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  158. 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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  159. 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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  160. 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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  161. 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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  162. 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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  163. 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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  164. 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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  165. 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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  166. 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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  167. 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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  168. 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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  169. 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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  170. 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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  171. 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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  172. 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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  173. 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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  174. 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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  175. 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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  176. 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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  177. 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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  178. 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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  179. 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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  180. 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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  181. 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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  182. 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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  183. 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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  184. 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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  185. 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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  186. 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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  187. 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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  188. 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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  189. 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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  190. 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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  191. 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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  192. 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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  193. 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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  194. 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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  195. 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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  196. 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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  197. 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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  198. 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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  199. 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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  200. 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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  201. 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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  202. 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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  203. 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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  204. 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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