BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

WHAT ARE BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS AND SYMPTOMS OF SILICONE TOXICITY

Breast implant illness is a period of sickness affecting the body caused by silicone or saline breast implants.  Symptoms of breast implant illness vary from body to body due to personal differences, the type of breast implants and the progression of the illness however it appears that a few symptoms show up a little earlier and more consistently such as fatigue/low energy, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes and swollen glands, rashes, IBS, problems with thyroid and adrenals.  In my personal opinion, if you are experiencing the above symptoms, it is your body indicating to you that the implants are causing illness and should be removed as soon as possible.  Because breast implants affect most body systems, symptoms are widespread and can be related to toxicity, biotoxicity, immune dysfunction/failure, auto-immune diseases, neurological symptoms, endocrine symptoms and metabolic symptoms.   Here is a longer list of symptoms,  but in no way complete, that have been associated with breast implants:

FATIGUE OR CHRONIC FATIGUE
COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION (BRAIN FOG, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, MEMORY LOSS)
MUSCLE PAIN AND WEAKNESS, JOINT PAIN
HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND HAIR
PREMATURE AGING
WEIGHT PROBLEMS
INFLAMMATION
POOR SLEEP AND INSOMNIA
DRY EYES, DECLINE IN VISION, VISION DISTURBANCES
HYPO/HYPER THYROID SYMPTOMS
HYPO/HYPER ADRENAL SYMPTOMS
ESTROGEN/PROGESTERONE IMBALANCE OR DIMINISHING HORMONES
HYSTERECTOMY
LOW LIBIDO
SLOW HEALING OF CUTS AND SCRAPES, EASY BRUISING
THROAT CLEARING, COUGH, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, CHOKING, REFLUX, METALLIC TASTES
VERTIGO
GASTROINTESTINAL AND DIGESTIVE ISSUES SUCH AS IBS, ACID REFLUX, GERD, GASTRITIS
PANCREATITIS
FEVERS, NIGHT SWEATS, INTOLERANT TO HEAT/COLD
NEW AND PERSISTENT BACTERIAL AND VIRAL INFECTIONS
SLOW CLEARING OF COMMON COLDS AND FLUES
FUNGAL INFECTIONS, YEAST INFECTIONS, CANDIDA, SINUS AND UTI INFECTIONS
SKIN RASHES
EAR RINGING
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES
HEADACHES
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
FREQUENT URINATION
NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATIONS 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
CRAMPING
TOXIC SHOCK SYMPTOMS
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS
FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DYING
LEAKY GUT, IBS AND SIBO
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF LYME DISEASE
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF EBV
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SCLERODERMA, LUPUS, SJOGREN’S SYNDROME, NONSPECIFIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF BIA-ALCL LYMPHOMA

WHAT TESTS SHOULD I HAVE FOR BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS?

Once you recognize yourself in the above symptoms and realize your breast implants are the cause of your symptoms and illness, 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 prove that your breast implants are the cause of your symptoms and illness but the following medical tests have been used to investigate common problems in us caused by breast implants, silicone, silicone chemicals, heavy metals and biotoxin from fungus and other infections however many women show just inside normal ranges in regard to testing and are still very ill and symptomatic:

Medical Lab Tests
1.   ANA ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODY (Checks autoimmune markers)
2.   CBC + LIPIDS (Checks red, white blood cells, platelets, anemia, infection)
3.   NK CELLS  (Checks Immunodeficiency)
4.   CMP COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL (Checks glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver)
5.   BONE DENSITY – (Checks for low bone density)
6.   THYROID – TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TPO Ab and TG Ab
7.   TEMPERATURE TEST FOR THYROID
8.   ADRENAL HORMONES (Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estrogen, Progesterone, Pregnenlone, Testosterone Free and Total, Sex Hormone Binding Globuline)
9.   B12 AND FOLATE DEFICIENCY – (Checks for low B12 and low folate)
10.  VITAMIN D, 25 HYDROXY (Checks for Vitamin D Deficiency)
11.  IRON AND FERRITIN TEST (Checks for iron derangement)
12.  MAGNESIUM AND POTASSIUM LEVELS
12.  IODINE LEVELS
13.  CRP-C AND ESR – (Checks for inflammation)
14.  APA ASSAY (Checks for abnormal immune system response with Fibromyalgia)
15.  VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY EYE TEST AT VCSTEST.COM – (Checks for mold biotoxin)
16.  LEAKY GUT, SIBO AND IBS TESTS
17.  INFECTIONS SUCH AS EBV, LYME, H-PYLORI, MYCOPLASMA, INTRACELLULAR, COCKSACKIE, CYTOMEGALOVIRUS, HERPES ETC
18.  FUNGAL TESTS INCLUDING CANDIDA , IgM and IgG
19.  PARASITES OF THE GUT
20.  EKG AND ECHOCARDIOGRAM FOR HEART CHANGES
21.  MRI WITHOUT GANDOLINIUM CONTRAST WHICH CAUSES TOXICITY IN US OR ULTRASOUND TO DETECT LEAKS/RUPTURES (We advise against Mammograms due to their ability to rupture breast implants)

Other Tests
1.  The Silicone Hypersensitivity Panel (betterlabtestsnow.com, done through elisaact.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 Geneticgenie.org, Nutrahacker.com and Knowyourgenetics.com which explain your particular genetic variants and how to support with food and supplements.

3.  The ION Profile is a nutritional analysis through Genova that measures over 125 key nutrient biomarkers and ratios that can help identify nutritional shortfalls that may be contributing to complex chronic conditions. The ION Profile evaluates organic acids, fat-soluble vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, homocysteine, oxidative stress markers, nutrient and toxic elements, fatty acids, and amino acids.  Breast implants deplete many of our important nutrients and minerals which drive our enzyme systems and thus our health processes.

4.  DNA Connections Full View test through DNA Connections which identifies bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites in removed teeth, blood, tissue, implants, bone grafts or other biological samples. It tests for 88 different pathogens, including tetanus, botulism, diphtheria, HPV 16 and HPV 18, Candida albicans and more. Using PCR, one of the most advanced tools in molecular biology today, specificity of this test is one in a trillion or greater and the sensitivity of the test is the ability to detect the DNA of between 1 and 10 microbes.  DNA Connexions provides Full View test kits for collecting blood, tissue, teeth, root canals, cavitations, implants, bone grafts, paper points, swabs, floss, and saline. Samples do not have to be orally based or obtained by a healthcare professional.

5.  The Fungitell® assay test is FDA cleared, highly sensitive, rapid diagnostic test that detects (1→3)-β-D-glucan in serum in as little as one hour. (1→3)-β-D-glucan is a cell wall constituent of most medically important fungi including Candida and Aspergillus.

WHY DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?

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

Simply put silicone does not belong in our body and is a biologically active and toxic substance that causes immune problems, endocrine problems and systemically poisons and impairs our glands and organs.

WHEN DO BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE ILLNESS?

It makes no difference whether your implants are cohesive gel, saline with a silicone shell or silicone.  In fact, the cohesive gel implants seem to be the worst implants because they contain more aggressive chemicals used in making the silicone cohesive.  Saline were deemed the safe implant however due to valve ports and faulty valves they become colonized with mold producing biotoxins.  No matter the implant type, sooner than you realize, all breast implants impair our immune system and the silicone shell deteriorates releasing toxins and allowing colonization and the filling whether cohesive gel, saline or gel silicone permeates the shell contaminating our body.  According to several studies, most implants deteriorate and or rupture within six to eight years but sooner in many cases.

For instance, I was implanted with cohesive gel implants October 2005.  The plastic surgeon informed me breast implants should be replaced every ten years to be on the safe side and I was planning on having them removed in ten years.  Despite the ten year safety plan, I noticed breast implant symptoms such as fatigue, brainfog, slow recovery, muscle pain and hypothyroid in the first couple years after implantation.  Not realizing my symptoms could be from breast implants, I attempted to manage with better nutrition, exercise and supplements.  But as time progressed, more symptoms appeared such as ringing in my ears, easy bruising, slow healing of cuts and scrapes, hormonal imbalances, yeast infections, ear infections, hair loss, headaches and greater fatigue.  Shortly, the fatigue worsened to the point I felt something was very wrong.  Then in a short period a storm of other symptoms quickly showed up such as food intolerance/allergies, daily headaches, excruciatingly sore/aching shoulder and hip joints, aching backbone, severe dehydration at times, muscle weakness, swollen and sore lymph in the upper body, sore kidneys and liver, fevers during day, night sweats, fast/irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, burning/pain around the implant and underarm, panic attacks all finally culminating in toxic shock like symptoms due to the amount of toxic chemicals circulating in my body from silicone.

According to the plastic surgeon who removed my implants seven years and three months after initial implantation, they were intact with no ruptures or leaks.  Before explantation surgery, my surgeon asked me if I wanted my implants back and they were brought to me a few hours after I woke from surgery.  They smelled strongly of chemicals similar to wet silicone caulking.  I inspected them very carefully and the left breast implant has an air bubble in it less than one cm in width at the inside surface of the shell.  There should be no air bubbles in cohesive gel implants which tells me the silicone shell was permeable inside my body for some time even though not technically ruptured.  The history of my symptoms also tells me that the silicone shells of my breast implants were permeable and poisoning me me as early as the first few years after being implanted.

Thousands of ladies have breast implant illness and as such we created a Facebook support group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where you can chat with 40,000 other ladies who have been through the same symptoms, finding a surgeon, surgery, recovery, detoxification and healing.  Or you can click the Facebook button at the end of any page of this website which will also take you directly to the support group.

I 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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1,859 thoughts on “BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS

  1. Janet

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

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  2. Ginger Ace

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  3. Carol Pratt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank You

    Carol

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  4. Portia Parker

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

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  5. Nancy Rice

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

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  6. Ann Sabatine

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

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  7. Marlene Wyngaard

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

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  8. Adriana

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

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  9. Jessica

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

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  10. Cherylhemry

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

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  11. Jill

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Jill

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

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

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  12. Andrea

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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        1. admin Post author

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

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          1. Marlene Wyngaard

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

  13. Debbie Kendall

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  14. Jill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Does anyone have any ideas for me?

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Jill

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

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

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        1. Judy

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

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        2. Marlene Wyngaard

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

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    2. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Jill

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

      Every thing of the best
      Marlene

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  15. Carey Beer

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  16. cori messina

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

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    1. Marie

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

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  17. Jazmin

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

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  18. Maggie

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

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  19. J Rob

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

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    1. Sierra

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

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  20. monica

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

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    1. Maria Sanchez

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

      Thank you so very much.

      Maria

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    2. Jill

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

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  21. Mary Lynn Morici

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

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  22. Carmen Dewan

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

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  23. Zoe Bergeron

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Kim

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

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    2. Jill

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

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  24. Maria Siemen

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  25. Angela

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  26. Alyssa

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

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    1. Kirsten

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

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  27. Judy

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

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    1. Mrs. Set.

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

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      1. Judy

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

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    2. Alyssa

      Hi Judy,

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

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      1. Judy

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

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  28. Inez Petersen

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

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    1. Susan

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

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  29. Sondra Washington

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

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  30. Ellen

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

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    1. Ellen

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

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    2. admin Post author

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

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  31. Lisa

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

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    1. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Lisa

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

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

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  32. Paula Welch

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

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  33. Valery

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

    Valery Leonard.

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  34. Violeta Nunez

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

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  35. Nicole

    Hello,

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you.
    Nicole

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    1. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Nicole

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

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  36. Kasandra

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

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  37. Treva James

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

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  38. Marilyn

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

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    1. Anne

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

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  39. Marie Laundy

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

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  40. Debra Fera

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

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  41. Wanda

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

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  42. LISA Kiesling

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

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  43. Jessica Stockman

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

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  44. Aleesha kiehl

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

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    1. Kimmel Poskitt

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

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      1. Michelle

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

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  45. Faye

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  46. Jerri Lynn

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  47. Karla

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

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  48. Gail Smith

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

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  49. Denise

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Lisa

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

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      1. Denise

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Marlene Wyngaard

      Hi Kimberly

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

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  50. Brenda

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

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  51. Karen Fackler

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

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  52. Peggy Agee

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

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      1. Marlene Wyngaard

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

        Marlene

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  53. Stacey Smith

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Brenda

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

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  54. Juliana Haddad

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  55. Beth

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

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      1. Beth

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

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        1. admin Post author

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

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  56. Tara

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

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  57. Angela Lamont

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  58. Marlene Becker

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

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  59. Dela Schuman

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

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  60. Liz

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

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

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Liz

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

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        1. admin Post author

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

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      2. Bene Garcia

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

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  61. Kelly

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Deb

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

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    2. Winter

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

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  62. Sarah Mayes

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

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    1. Dela Schuman

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

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  63. Shereen Ali

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

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    1. Shereen Ali

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

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  64. Dawn

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

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

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    1. Dela Schuman

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

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  65. carol

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

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  66. Luciana nelson

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

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  67. Amber

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  68. Eileen

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

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    1. Anon

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

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  69. Amanda

    Hi All!

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

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

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    1. Dela Schuman

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  70. Jacque eagle

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

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  71. Stephanie

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  72. Kim Cerda

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  73. Amie

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

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  74. Va

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

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  75. Sandy Straw

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  76. SHERRY BOSWELL

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  77. Erin

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  78. Jeanine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Dela Schuman

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

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  79. Terri Sparks

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Natasha

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

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  80. Kathy Cooper

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

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  81. Charlotte Kilsby-Harvey

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

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    1. Patricia Walker

      Hi Charlotte,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Stay well, stay happy,

      XOXO

      Patty

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  82. Mindy

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Dela Schuman

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

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  83. Kim Arceneaux

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Bev

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

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  84. JB

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

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  85. Robin

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

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  86. Jennifer Horne

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

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    1. Klf

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

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      1. admin Post author

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

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  87. Julia Musall

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  88. Terri Braatz

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

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  89. Eileen K. ROBERTS

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

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  90. Eileen K. ROBERTS

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

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  91. Judy Linder

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

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  92. sherry cutter

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

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  93. Tomeka Barnes

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

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  94. Wanda simer

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

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    1. Tara

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

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  95. Lynn

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

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  96. Shani

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

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  97. Vicki Price

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

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  98. Kara V

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

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    1. Amy White

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

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  99. Matthias

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Matthias

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

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  100. Debra

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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      1. Janet M Cali

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

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  101. Susan Alley

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  102. Lucinda M McCarthy

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

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  103. Ashley

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  104. Linda Hunt Minnaar

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  105. Kayn

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

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    1. Linda Blount

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

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  106. Cornelia Rudman

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

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  107. Annette

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

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  108. Rhonda Flowe

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

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    1. Cindy

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

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      1. Missy

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

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  109. Tasha

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

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    1. Lisa Ault

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

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  110. Shannon

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

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    1. Jules

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

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  111. Suzanne

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

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Tami Vanlerberg

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  112. Cheryl

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

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    1. Christine Huerta

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

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  113. Sarah

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

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  114. Judith Wina Trappen

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

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  115. Linda

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

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  116. Heather

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

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  117. Roberta Rudnitsky

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

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    1. Jules

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

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  118. Susan Pinkney

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  119. Sandra London

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  120. Marty

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

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  121. DANIELLE

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

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  122. Kathy

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

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    1. Nancy Jensen

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

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      1. admin Post author

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

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  123. Karen

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

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    1. Anna

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

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  124. Rachel

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your article.

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

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

    I am still breastfeeding my almost 3 year old.

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

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

    The lymph nodes are not painful.

    Can this pattern instead be caused by the implants?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  125. samanta

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

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  126. Becka

    Hi,

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

    Becka

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Becka

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

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  127. Brenda Fiedler

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

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  128. Lisa Richards

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

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    1. Kit

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

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  129. Tia

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  130. Chelsey

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  131. Becky M

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

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    1. Joyce Randall

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

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  132. Fran Pierce

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

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  133. Terri

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

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

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  134. Misty Lou

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  135. Gael Bittenbender

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

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  136. A Penner

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

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  137. Page

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Mel B

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

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  138. Louise Lyons

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  139. Angela

    Nicole,

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

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  140. Paula Richard

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

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  141. Gisele Johnson

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

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  142. Sandra N.

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

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  143. Jennifer Gathercole

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

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    1. Laurie Tackett

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

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  144. Catherine Cirillo

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

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  145. Michele k

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

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  146. Patti Barton

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

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  147. Brenda Pritt

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

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  148. Susan Weitzenfeld

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

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  149. Susan Weitzenfeld

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  150. Donna Lizut-Hull

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

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      1. Donna

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

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        1. Lynn

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

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  151. Bri

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

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  152. Marie

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

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  153. Sheila

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

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  154. Lorrie Bensky Smith

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

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    1. Beth

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

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  155. Lindsey

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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    2. Rochelle

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

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  156. Claire

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

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  157. Sara

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

    Best wishes,
    Sara

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  158. Megan

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

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  159. Julie cole

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

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    1. M

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

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    2. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Your implants should be removed En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and that is not possible through the nipple. In your case it is really important that they are removed properly because your implants are textured and textured implants are associated with BIA-ALCL which is breast implant associated lymphoma. Nicole

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    3. kathleen Waters

      Julie,
      I am in Atlanta as well and wondered if you could share his name.
      I am desperate to find somebody to do this explant correctly.
      Thank you

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  160. Holleigh

    Hi I had My boob job 2014 and over the years of started to suffer from horrific headaches / migraine nasty swallow tummy cramps sweats now wearing Glasses for my eyes. Doctors have done lots of tests and my tummy is clear so what’s causing my bloating and discomfort ?? It has only been since I had the implants could this be the reason why?

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    1. Kellie

      I’m certainly not an expert, but I can tell you that I’ve had the similar symptoms. I had my surgery in Nov. 2016. It took me four months to recuperate which was unheard of for me. I went from rarely ever getting a headache, to having them several times a week. My hair started falling out. I was EXTREMELY fatigued and couldn’t concentrate. The worst was the bloating. I’m currently holding at least 12 pounds of water weight. Clothes don’t fit, including shoes and jewelry. I’m setting up pre-op testing right now so I can have an explant.

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  161. Michele Bouleris

    I do not have Facebook and need to talk to you about implant illness. Please email when you are able. Thank you

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  162. Donelle L Duhon

    I was just in my physician’s office as I have been frequently in the last year with a majority of these symptoms. I had reconstruction on both breast in 1999-not sure what type of implants were use only know it was saline. Lymph nodes were removed from the left and the pain is worse on the left. I am having back and neck pain, and being told it osteoarthritis-well this osteoarthritis is coming on like a cancer. As someone stated above-I told my physician Thursday-THIS IS NOT LIVING. I am having extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, weakness in all extremities. Thank you so much for printing this article. Just printed it to bring to my Dr. hopefully I can get answers.

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  163. Ashlee Browe

    Thank you for sharing your story and hopefully saving many women from years of pain. I have seen countless doctors and therapists and specifically asked if my breast implants could be the problem but was denied that could be it.
    I’ve had my implants in for over 7 years and started getting symptoms under 3 years. I was very athletic and was in the military and taught Zumba. Now I’m practically bed ridden with having seen numerous doctors and have tried every physical therapy out there. I’m overweight, depressed, and I pretty much fit every symptom listed above.
    Did your symptoms clear up after having your explantation? If so how long did it take? I need a little hope right now.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Yes, insurance will cover removal if your breast implants were placed due to breast cancer reconstruction.

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  164. Dawn

    This is God sent information, my younger sister started getting sick when she had the implants of cohesive implant. Before implants she was the healthiest strong young women, ate better then a nutritionist and worked out at least 4x a week, a real work out while be a fantastic mother to 2 young boys. She is now frail to the point she has no hope, one Dr mentioned this finally after a year of having the put in. All symptoms you listed is right on. Dr’s were just basically telling her she is crazy, finally one Dr said it and the implants could be it and now all makes sense, Dr said this 3 weeks ago she is getting them out next Tuesday. The implants have turned my sister from the most positive, healthy, go get life and live to the fullest and take care and be kind to others in her community now she is in bed and hopeless, thinks she is crazy and getting worse each day, she has turned a 180. But now we are getting information we need and out with breast plants on Tuesday. This is great information, implant Drs should really bring this up when talking to patients. My sister called her Dr that did implants and nothing. Thank you for website. I can’t believe what these implants did to a perfectly 110% healthy strong women brought her to her knees to nothing. Do you have any helpful information after they come out she could do to cleanse, help her body get back on track? Is rest the first step? Thank you so much

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    1. Samilia Towner

      Hi Dawn,
      How is your sister doing now? I, too, am bedridden from these implants. The docs have labeled me crazy and have now it’s in my medical records which will be there always. I am saving to have these implants explanted and an en block done. I have gone from a healthy and driven woman to a shell of a human being. Years of being sick and no doctors know really what is going on with me. I guess I’m looking for hope. I had these implants out in 20 years ago and nny journey began with developing seizures then onto severe illness with severe back and neck pain. I sure hope and pray I can heal after I have the implants out.

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  165. Amanda Sims

    Hi. I had breast cancer about 6-7 years ago which resulted in the left breast being completely removed but i was offered reconstructive surgery and augmentation on the right which i took. Just recently i felt a lump in my right breast and have just returned from my hosp check up and scan to be told they think my implant is leaking. I am waiting for an appointment for an MRI and will know more then. Googling this on my return im horrified to find that many of the symptoms listed above fit me.Im appreciative of all your comments and the reality that i will have to have the implants removed but what then. Did you have more put in or what are the alternatives. Many thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      No I did not have more put in, I explanted. Have you looked into fat transfer to the breast? They really are getting some lovely results with fat transfer now.

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  166. Rae

    Curious to know if muscle twitches, nerve pain and other neurological symptoms have come up often as symptoms??

    I’m experiencing some strange symptoms that onset quickly. All my medical tests, scans ect are coming back totally normal. But I know sowmthing isn’t right. I have my explant booked already. I’ve had mine for 11 years – cohesive gel

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rae,
      Yes neurological symptoms are common as chemicals and heavy metals of silicone and biotoxins from fungus if that is a factor are known neurotoxins. Nicole

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    2. Karen

      Oh, YES, neurologic pain most certainly IS a symptom of Human Adjuvant Disease (silicone breast implant disease). I was implanted in 1979. In 1983 I had a closed capsulotomy to break the scar-tissue lining, and I HEMORRHAGED in that breast. The surgeon couldn’t get to me for 8 hours, and all those toxic chemicals (which includes platinum) got into my blood stream. I spent YEARS with horrifying burning, stinging, jabbing pain all over my body. It felt like I had shingles all over my body.

      ‘Course, all the doctors said it couldn’t POSSIBLY be my implants. I had a bone biopsy sent to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and it tested POSITIVE for silica, which is an antigen and carcinogen. I also had a nerve biopsy, and it was found to have a “loss of small-myelinated fiber consistent with axonal neuropathy.” I have obviously spent decades in pain, but the pain IS better now. ‘Course it’s been some 30 years since I had them taken out. I am SO SORRY that I ever bought in to society’s lie that our bodies have to be perfect. However, I’m thankful I was able to take on a woman plastic surgeon and nurse, AND Dow Corning’s paid spokeswoman on Donahue, in December 1991 (I’ve not been able to find my show in the archives). This was a month before Dr. David Kessler (the ONE FDA commissioner with a CONSCIENCE) took them off the market. 14 years later, after FDA payoffs, they were brought back on.

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  167. Carol

    Please help me! I am having many of the symptoms listed above, especially in the last 9 months. I have had silicone implants since 2007, which my surgeon recommended when I had a breast lift. I do not want to go back to the same surgeon. What is the 1st step to have them removed? Do I try to have any of the tests listed above, or should I try to have a doctor refer me for a breast MRI? Or is it best to go straight to a plastic surgeon who can remove them?

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  168. Pam M

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011,, had both breast removed January of 2012. For the past few months I’ve had trouble sleeping,joint pain,brain fog, vertigo brushing, stinging burning sensations (also when I touch on or it around my implant) sore lymph nodes etc,,. Has anyone else had burning/stinging sensation when touching on it around breast implant? Please DON’T PUBLISH my name.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Pam,
      Yes the burning/stinging sensations and the rest of your symptoms are classic to breast implant illness. Nicole

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    2. Karen

      The burning/stinging pain we experience is most likely related to the platinum in implants. I am FURIOUS that these young girls now believe they use “safe” chemicals in implants now. BTW, saline implants are no better. They are removed with mold and fungus.

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  169. M

    I am wondering if these symptoms only apply to silicone implants? What about saline?
    My mom has had a mystery illness with many of these symptoms, but her implants are saline, not silicone.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi M,
      Yes symptoms apply to both saline and silicone implants. The shell of saline are made with silicone and saline have the added feature of the potential of being colonized. Nicole

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  170. Leslie Sardinia

    The above heading says silicone implants. I have saline, had them for 18 years, then one ruptured. Had new ones put in 2 years ago, now
    the left one is encapsulated. Taking meds to stop the hardening and plan to take it out in Sept, after 9 months from the time it hardened.
    There are so many symptoms listed above, how do I know which is from saline implants or just my normal self.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Leslie,
      Both saline and silicone cause the same symptoms. The shells of saline are also made of silicone and saline have the added feature of being able to be colonized with fungus or other microorganisms. Nicole

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  171. Margie

    Hello Nicole,
    I would so appreciate receiving the Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy published in September 1998. I have many of the symptoms listed. I feel fortunate that my dr from North Miami Beach recommended the saline implants as he didn’t like what he was reading about silicone. I was in my 20’s in the late 1970’s and what did I know about safety of implants! He replaced my implants in 1989 and now I want them out. You list two doctors that are quite close to where I live. I do however wish I was close to a female doctor. I appreciate your help and the comments are so educational. I’ve been reading for hours. Thank you.

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  172. Irene

    I have had breast implant for 10 years.My Surgeon told me that it last a life time.I have most of the symptoms that you describe .I did have it removed, but my symptoms still persist, until I started to detox with coffee enema, organic juices, taking glutathione, liquid minerals, NAC and simple yoga.My energy level started to bounce back to the point that I didn’t took anymore thyroid med.Even my eye brow started to grow back, and my hair stop falling off.Breast implant is a curse to all women!.

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  173. Angela

    I’m reading this in complete awe…I have so many of the symptoms (too many to list), but I have ONE MAJOR QUESTION: What if your breasts don’t hurt? I keep thinking, if all my joint pain is coming from my elbows and ankles, how could that be caused by my implants? I have so many more symptoms, primarily major fatigue and brain fog. So I’m just confused how you can have so many symptoms, but no pain in your chest/breasts. Is that possible? I’ve been seeing Dr’s now for 16 months and have even been to Mayo to be screened by a geneticist for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (which many many of the symptoms are identical).

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Angela,
      Pain in the chest is not always present with breast implant illness. You don’t say what kind of implants you have or for how long? Most of the symptoms of breast implant illness are listed by the manufacturers in patient information. Nicole

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  174. Theresa

    Yes I believe all that I read I had 30 year old implants removed 3 years ago that were ruptured and now I have burning and fatigue that makes me feel helpless and don’t know what to do next .the surgeon left behind silicone .

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Theresa,
      You may want to consider another surgery to remove any left over silicone, calcification and tissues that are there as a result of left over silicone. I would have my lymph nodes checked for silicone through Ultrasound techniques as well. A proper chest wall clean out and also some supplements such as Low Dose Naltrexone and others like ALA, NAC, Magnesium, L-Carnitine and CoQ10 will help you detox and help your energy.

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    2. Theresa

      Thank you so much for answering me and now I just found out I’m Ana positive .im 53 and have many of the symptoms listed .what doctor do I see to remove silicone after explanation? .dont want the original he continued to say I was fine .

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Theresa,
        A plastic surgeon experienced with explanting properly should be able to remove your implants, capsule tissue and silicone. After your explant you can see a Functional Medicine doctor or a Naturopath to help you detox and heal from breast implants.

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  175. Donna

    I have had breasts implants for 5 years, the past two years I have developed a rash and have been diagnosed with Dermatomyositis. I’ve been put on meds to deal with the symptoms and now I’m wondering if this isn’t a result of my implants. Seems like a random autoimmune disease to just developebwithout a reason.

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  176. Robin Postell

    I’ve been having chest pains and burning for several days and my heart rate and pressure seem normal. The implants are encapsulated under the muscle and have been for over ten years but my surgeon wouldn’t repair them.

    Insurance won’t cover it though I’m appealing it.

    I’m going to a Dr tomorrow to make sure it isn’t my heart.

    Your post has helped a lot.

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  177. Aaron Miller

    My girlfriends sister got implants and every since has been to the dr time and time again for depression,weight loss,complete change in behavior,and she just acts like a completely different person and not in a good way being that she got implants .None of the depression meds have helped and like i said she has never had any kind of problems like this until the implants.would you please give me your thoughts on this.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Aaron,
      Yes it absolutely could be her implants causing her depression , weight changes and other symptoms. Silicone implants are full of toxic chemicals and these chemicals bleed through the shell even if there is no rupture and these chemicals mess up our endocrine system which controls our body processes including sll our hormones that make us feel good physically and emotionally.

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  178. Carolyn

    I am looking for explant surgeon in San Francisco bay area.
    I have looked at recommended list and contacted several but none of them seem very experienced and none have done 50 or more. Any recommendations? Thx

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  179. Jean Neyrinck

    My silicone breast implant in 1982 followed a mastectomy for breast cancer. I had it removed in 1990. IAs you know, there is no way to remove, or for the body to clear itself, of the residual silicone gel. I am now 85 years old. I am willing to share my story of 27 years of coping with silicone if anyone is interested. It has recently become an issue when cortisone (steroid) eye drops were prescribed during recovery from cataract surgery. In those 27 years I have not met a single doctor who believes or will even consider, that our bodies are affected in any way by silicone!

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    1. Donna Jasper

      HI Jean,

      I am very interested! I got my implants in 1991, I was 25 years old, I am now 51. I had a consult with a Dr in 2013 advising me that they needed to be removed but it wasn’t urgent. As the price quoted was to be between 10-13 thousand dollars, and my insurance would not cover it, I made an appointment with the same Dr to have the procedure done.

      My appointment is not for another 3 weeks, but I feel like I am going to die. I stumbled upon the website but sheer luck or divine intervention! When going over the symptoms I am quite alarmed as I am experiencing many of the symptoms, especially tingling/buzzing in arms, hands, legs and feet. Ringing in my ears is so loud, my belly is swollen like I am about 6 months pregnant, joint and muscle pain… there are more symptoms, but these are the most worrisome.

      As I said, my appointment for consultation is still 3 weeks away, I do not have a PCP I think I should go int the ER with the list of symptoms and test as they would probably be able to actually get test done with quicker.

      Very interested in what you think!

      Sincerely,

      Donna

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      1. Jean Neyrinck

        I have some idea of what you are coping with. I have to warn you that my symptoms got worse immediately after my surgery. I blame that on a belief that the capsule that my body formed around the implant kept some of the silicone from migrating to other parts of my body. I believe that When the surgeon cut into
        that implant/icapsule for removal, some of that silicone was released to circulate through my body. It took some time for my symptoms to decrease., The aches and pains have persisted to the present.
        I have no advice on how to get the removal. From what I read, there is still no recognition by the medical community that silicone from breast implants cause health problems. I doubt very much that a trip to the ER will be of any help. Fortunately, in 1990, my insurance covered removal, and I was able to find a plastic surgeon who would do the removal. He agreed that I had silicone migrating through my body. He simply refused to believe that it caused symptoms or that it was threat to my health. It is so discouraging that implants continue to be marketed to women. At the same time the misery that follows is denied.
        Keep in touch

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  180. Charlie

    Hi, I am interested to know what the statistics of women are who have had them removed and shown improvement, I see in one of the comments below that a lady has had hers removed and is in fact worse. It is a lot of money to spend and still not be well.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Charlie,
      Most women improve to close to a hundred percent after a proper explant which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and after a period of detox which can take some years. The women that don’t improve do so because their capsules were not removed, they are not supporting detox through diet and other needed nutrients and or they have infections that are going untreated such as fungus, Lyme etc. Nicole

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  181. Dott Anderson

    I have had implants for 25 yrs, had four different sets, had a lot of problems over the years did not know it was coming from the implants, was treated for MS 2016 I had a rupture had new implants, 2 wks I started having pain all over, had MRI, X-Rays, Neurologist, could not come up with anything, The PS said it was not implants, did not have all of this pain in until I had implants put in 6 months ago. Every joint I have hurts, headaches, lower back pain ,hand, and feet hurt trigger finger, vertigo, meds will not make it go away, my hips hurt I could go on and on I am having them removed Mon. 24th will let you know if pain goes away. DO NOT WANT MY NAME PUBISHED<

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    1. Lindy Giovannoni

      Wishing you all the best.
      Looking forward to hearing how you doing.
      Please keep us updated.

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    2. Samilia Towner

      Dot,
      I have had my implants for 20 years. Ugh! I have the same symptoms you have. How do you feel now that your implants are removed? I am saving to have mine removed. Do you feel somewhat better? I need some encouragement that there is hope. I have been through every test imaginable! The docs think I’m crazy!

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  182. Katy Gammons

    I have had saline breast implants since 2003. I felt great and had no issues until about 3 years after my surgery. I started having issues with my lymph nodes on my neck getting really swollen and sore along with fever, chills, and lethargy. My doctor would put me on antibiotics and I would feel better within a few days but the symptoms would always come back every 3 months like clock work. My doctor has tested me for numerous things but they always come back negative. The possibility of my implants causing these issues never even entered my mind until about 6 months ago. It was like a light bulb went off in my mind. I know I will keep having these symptoms until I have them removed but I have 2 big problems holding me back: 1. I can’t afford to have them removed right now and I don’t have medical insurance. 2. I’m afraid of what my breasts will look like after they are removed. I went from a very small A cup to a small D cup and, since I barely have any breast tissue of my own, I just know my boobs are going to look like 2 droopy, deflated balloons. Unfortunately, I have VERY bad self-esteem(thanks, Mom!) so the thought of how horrible they will look makes me feel like i can handle the symptoms I’ve been having.

    How did your’s look after removal? Did you feel better almost immediately?

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    1. Sarah

      Hello, I had the same exact symptoms my neck lymph nodes hurt with chills fever and lethergy. I had my implants for 10 years and yes the symptoms started 3 years after I had the implants put in. I never all this was from my implants. I just r explanted 4 days ago thanks to this site. The best doctor Dr. Jae Chun from new port beach. Yes it was a commute but I did it. I still have my drains. Yes I cried the first 2 days because of the look. But mine were under the muscle and they are not that flat but they are not as perky as before. I had a small C. But you know what I rather be healthy. It was hard I admit it. I’ve had my implants for 10 years and I was use to seeing them and now they are not there. When the doctor gave my implants back to me they have particles il floating inside and they were not ruptured. Not sure if that’s mold. Anyway, our health is more important then looks. Good Luck!!

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    2. Sara

      Katy, I am a member of the Facebook group and so, so many of the explanted ladies look so much better afterwards than they did before! Some opt for a fat grafting procedure, others opt for a lift. There are many options that can be considered with the right doctor. Join the group and see for yourself. I was also initially anxious regarding the after effects, but after seeing so many beautiful results, I know explantation is the right choice for me.

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  183. carrie

    I had bilateral mastectomies 13 years ago. I had a ruptured silicone implant 5 years ago which was replaced and again in 3 years ago because I had silicone “tumors”. I am so glad to see others are having the same problems as I am. Fatigues, weakness, burning in my chest and under my arm. I have not had a good night sleep for 5 years related to the pain and burning then with it comes the increased heat and night sweats. Doctors say its menopause…. weird it only happens at night and when the burning and pain starts. R trapezius muscle spasms and vertigo. My cbc and chem panel all looked good but I still don’t feel bad. I want to have these removed but fearful of how mutilated I will feel or maybe not. I would love to join your support group and find a doctor who will listen. I live in Colorado.

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  184. Kursten D'silva

    Dear friend ,I’ve two ruptured implants discovered in August last year due to financial hurdles I’ve been unable to not yet have them removed,????….. I’ve had the obvious pains in my breasts but and numbness in my hands has progressively got worse to waking to hands that don’t work I’ve heavy numbness in my arms n legs n no energy it’s getting worse my headaches hair loss pains in eyes sometimes makin my eyes feel heavy to lift my list is all beggining to become endless. I feel I’m alone in the worry that I’ve left things too late trying to ensure right surgeon and treatment bt regrettably my financial situation didn’t change for better it got worse due to my hours at work being cut so it’s National health service in England that is all that is available to me have an appointment on Monday to see the surgeon and theres a mind field of questions to ask and I’m certainly not the brightest penny in the box so scared I don’t get the necessary treatment. It’s so important I mend for my 6yr old as she’s no one else as my partner died 5yrs ago and I’ve no family. My friends keep telling me stop reading rubbish on Internet it’s all anxiety n stress my body is experiencing due to the situation . I won’t lie ,I’m worried ! Bt I’m generally pretty solid n jst get on withit n the last few weeks have been so deblitating I’m struggling to get out of bed my body hurts like you wouldn’t believe. Bt so scared of knowin what to do!…

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kursten,
      The most important aspect of your explant is to ensure that the silicone and all the capsule tissue is cleaned out of your chest. Let NHS know of your increasing pain and symptoms, don’t let up until they take your implants and capsule out properly. Bless you and good luck <3

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  185. Sally

    Hi, I got my cohesive gel implants done in 2001. For a few years now I have suffered from constipation, many food intolerances, constant fatigue even though I get 7-8 hours sleep a night, an underactive thyroid, weight gain around middle although I exercise and am very active and eat right 90% of the time and I don’t think I can call it depression but I’m constantly low with no sex drive what so ever, I bruise very easily and constantly have bruises and slow healing ones all the time. Although I can’t say I’m terribly ill I’m so over not feeling 100% all of the time. It’s been sixteen years since I got my implants and at 10 years I called my surgeon and asked some advise about whether he thought I should get them replaced and he advised me if they “feel” ok then they could last another 10 years

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sally,
      Your symptoms and illness is from your cohesive gel breast implants. If I was you I would be explanting as soon as possible. Nicole

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  186. Kimberly Shawn Geier

    I recently had my implants removed….along with my breasts….the cohesive gel implant, had exploded in my body, when the doctors opened me up my right one was intact and my left one was pouring out black green and yellow into my body. The surgeons said they had never seen anything like this b before …i was in surgery about 5 hours … when they wheeled me out, they said you need to get your thyroid looked at…. I thought I would feel better….im watching my career slip away from me and my health is worsed… I’m sitting in yet another doctors office waiting to see the results from the biopsy on my thyroid.

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  187. Kassie

    I have had saline implants since 1996, placed behind the muscle. In the last year I have had an itchy sensation in my right breast and more recently some discomfort. It also seems to be a little smaller now than the left. I also have alot of neck and should pain, especially on the right side. My massage therapist thinks it could be trigger point issues. Movement and use seems to aggravate it more. I have some anxiety at times when I never had it before and I don’t feel like I have the energy I used to have. Could this be symptomatic of my implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kassie,
      Yes those sounds like classic breast implant illness symptoms. Your implants are approaching 21 years old. Nicole

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  188. Georgia T

    I got my breast implants on 6th of April 2017, so they aren’t even a month old and yesterday I broke out in terrible hives that have not been getting better with antihistamines and now I’m aching all over with the shivers like I have the flu. Could this be from the implants or medication or just something else? I’ve got no known allergies and have had nothing like this before I’m feeling so ill right now.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Georgia,
      What medications did you have recently? I’m hoping it is just the medications but it could definitely be a response to the implants too. Nicole

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  189. Kristi Sitton

    Are there doctors in tulsa, ok. that do removal? I have many of the symptoms. I’ve had breast cancer and i thought it was the chemo and radiation that has made me feel so bad. I have capsule contracture on one side. Do you think that will be a major problem in the removal? Thank you for your help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      Get a full copy of your insurance policy and read what they cover explant for. In general insurance only covers for rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection necrosis. Some policies cover more situations and some have exclusions for any implants placed for cosmetic reasons. They probably will not cover for silicone toxicity as the medical field refuses to admit silicone is made of several toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Nicole

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  190. dawn antrim

    OH my gosh, all these symptoms are what I have been having, serious issues the last 3 weeks. i just went to ER for throat feeling like closing, like my heart was going to stop. all blood work and EKG came back fine. My body hurts and i know something is going on in there, like i’m being poisoned, like my body is shutting down. I got mine april 2011, silicone under muscle. I think im just going to get them out. i dont care what it costs, this isnt worth it!!

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  191. Amanda Capps

    I got breast implants in March of 2013. Within two months after that, I found out that my husband was cheating on me with my best friend. Ever since, I have suffered from depression, panic attacks, and anxiety. Around September of 2015, I noticed that my hair was breaking and a few months later that it was falling out. I have been to numerous doctors: my PCD, three dermatologists, a rheumatologist, a doctor of Chinese medicine, a holistic doctor and two functional medicine doctors. all of the medical doctors found nothing wrong except one of the dermatologists said that I tested positive for Ro and ANA antibodies, which led me to the rheumatologist, where all rheumatory diseases were ruled out.

    One functional medicine doctor said that I was probably suffering from malnourishment since I didn’t have my gall bladder and had not taken enzymes, so I began taking them. The other functional medicine doctor did a crazy amount of bloodwork from which he diagnosed me as being/having: pre-diabetes, candida overgrowth, exaggerated stress response – cortisol level at twice the amount it should be), autoimmune, nutritional deficiencies, mildly atherogenic, multiple food sensitivities, my progesterone level was 0.

    So I thought it was because of the stress from the affair, my son being hospitalized and almost dying, my separation and then divorce, or that I was menopausal. I’m now 50. Now reading all of this, I’m even more confused, but all of my symptoms are on this list. I am currently following an AIP diet, but in the time that I’ve been on it, I’ve seen no changes and felt no different. I feel so incredibly desperate. I just went last week to buy a wig because I have literally lost half of my hair in a year’s time. I live in Louisville, Kentucky. Is there anyone here that you know to recommend?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      Your symptoms are classic breast implant illness symptoms. Come to the facebook group and meet 20,000 other ladies with the same symptoms as you who explanted and are recovered or recovering. There are surgeons in Kentucky that come recommended for explant: Dr Theodore Gerstle 715 Shaker Drive, Suite 100, Lexington, Kentucky, US, 40504
      and Dr Janae Kittinger and Dr. Jim Tidwell 1000 Breckenridge St, Suite 303, Owensboro, Kentucky, US 42303.

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  192. Susan Barren

    I should have mentioned that about 4yrs ago I had to have a repeat mammogram done. They squeezed so hard that they popped the valve on my right implant. My plastic surgeon said he didn’t want to do anything until they are ready to come out. I called two days ago to make an appointment because I want them out. She informed me that they no longer take my insurance. I’ve been getting sick with so many of the symptoms you have listed. Mine are saline and I can’t feel the bags anymore. I’m fearing the worst and cannot afford surgery and I’m in Buffalo NY. For about 3weeks now I feel like I have a tight rubber band around my ribcage. I’m so stressed out and don’t know what to do. I need help. I’m getting scared and just want to be well again.

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  193. Catalina

    Hi, I submitted tonjoin your FB group. Please as soon as your able accept my request. I believe my implants are poisoning me I’m suffering from so many unexplainable and non specific and now pain and debilitating symptoms. I need your help to hurry and find a good honest doctor to get them out and clean out anything causing all my symptoms. I’m in the city of Fontana which is in San Bernardino county. I desperately look forward to your help

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  194. Jennifer witherspoon

    Oh my gosh, I have almost all of these symptoms. I’ve had back to back dr visits and they still can’t figure out what’s wrong with me. MY Mom is the one who told me to look into my breast implants. I think she’s right!

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  195. Debbie

    I hope someone can shed some light on my symptoms as no doctor seems to be able to treat or diagnose the symptoms I am currently feeling. I suffer very severely from itchy upper arms, particularly around the armpit area that it wakes me in the night and I scratch until it bleeds. I also suffer very badly from ringing in my ears which has progressively got worse in the years. I am menopausal but still battle with extreme heat and have terrible night sweats. Sore hip and shoulder joints which I thought was from over training but I am now starting to think differently as I’ve toned down the training due to the pain.
    I had my implants in 1994 and they are silicone behind the muscle. When I’ve been for mammograms they have all pointed out that one of the implants has a growth or lump on it but they have said they aren’t concerned about it as it isn’t showing signs of leaking.
    Please can someone offer me some insight into the problems that I have and advise if these need to be removed.
    Many thanks,
    Debbie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      Breast implants should be replaced every 8 to 10 years and your silicone breast implants from 1994 are certainly bleeding/leaking even if they are not ruptured and tests won’t show that. Your symptoms are from silicone breast implants and you need to explant and detox in order to regain your health back. Nicole

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    2. Michelle Erbach

      Debbie

      Hi! I had mine put in in 1995 and I am suffering almost EVERYTHING you’ve mentioned! I have been going to doctors and just recently I have been thinking I have Lyme’s. I had saline over the muscle but I have to say ever since I had them done, anytime I work out i get such bad itching in my chest it drives me crazy!! I have been wanting my out for awhile but my insurance won’t cover it and I don’t have the money at this time to go through another surgery. Hope you find some answers and get yours removed quickly!

      Michelle

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  196. Catalina Hinostroza

    Hi my name is Catalina. I am in the city Fontana CA. In San Bernardino County. In Southern California. I’ve had my implants since 2008. Since 2012 I’ve been so sick full of everything you mentioned. I want to take my implants out with the best I can afford. My PS no longer works out of Riverside Hospital. Please help me find the best help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Catalina,
      In California, Dr Chun of Newport Beach is the best explanter of breast implants. Nicole

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  197. Kristie

    I just had a major lightbulb moment while reading this. December 13, 1999, I was 20 years old and I got textured saline implants. Since 2007, my health has declined majorly. I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, pancreatitis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus (which is in remission) and another handful of auto immune based illnesses. Also anxiety and depression. I’m on all kinds of prescriptions, have all sorts of specialists and I usually am hospitalized for treatment of acute symptoms of my various illnesses. It’s in my medical charts that I have breast implants, and I’ve even asked specifically if the implants could be the root of some of my health issues. I’ve been brutally rebuffed and laughed at to my face when I suggest that my implants have something to do with my poor and declining health. I look great, but I feel like sh!t. I’m going to speak to every doctor I can find until someone believes me and investigates my implants. I’ve told my husband that if I had them removed, I’d want to see them. They’ve GOT to be rotten. I imagine they are moldy and gross! Reading this and seeing that I’m not alone is a tremendous comfort. I’m not crazy! My health issues really may be caused by my implants!! WOW! I’m so thankful that I found this.

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  198. Donna M. Valentine

    I was informed that my mammogram showed that I had one silicone breast implant leaking. I contacted a surgeon and learned that removal of a leaking breast implant is not covered by any insurance (“wasn’t medically necessary to implant so it is not medically necessary to remove them”) and it would cost me $66,000.00 to have surgery at Emory. I saw another doc who is approved by Emory but also by DeKalb Medical. After an MRI, she said my left implant was disintegrating. The same surgery by this doc at DeKalb would cost me $13,000.00. No one had told me that the implants needed to be replaced after 10 years. I had mine for 35 years and none of my mammograms had noted a problem. After removing both, my doc explained that the left implant had to be scooped out with her fingers. The right one was also leaking, although the mammograms had never noted that. I did not have more implants put in but I did have the second surgery (immediately after removal) to rebuild my breasts. For the next four weeks, I had drains hanging from each breast that I had to empty twice a day and measure the outcome. It was unbelievable how much poison continued to drain from my body. Now, after six years of suffering from fibromyalgia, spinal bone degeneration (two ruptured discs and cysts the length of my spine), constant tingling in my legs and burning around my tailbone; I fully believe that these breast implants have caused most if not all of my illnesses. I now live on morphine and have been forced into retirement.

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    1. Patty

      Donna M Valentine, when I read your comments, I could have sworn I wrote it myself! I haven’t had mine out… yet! Please email me at lovely_iris_4_u@yahoo.com so I can talk with someone who has been and is still “there”. Dear God, if we had only known.

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  199. iIrma A Lacayo

    I had all those symptoms of breast implants illness. I had necrotic skin and serious infection on my right implant. The right implant along with a huge section of skin were removed deforming my breast. I had to go through 3 reconstructive surgeries and was still going to need more work. I had the saline breast implants removed and they were encapsulated. A biopsy was done and it wants to rule out lymphoma and leukemia. I had the saline implants replaced by silicone implants and then developed an infection on the left breast which forced surgeon to remove both implants leaving my breasts deformed. Now, I cannot ever get implants and have been told to leave my breasts like that since I can develop life threatening infections. I have to go see an oncologist to find out about my biopsy. I am so depressed and hopeless about my breasts being normal. i no longer care about the size! All I care about is having them symetrical and normal. They will never be the same! I don’t even know how I will cope with this tragedy!

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  200. Debra Johnston

    Hi there i have had implants 2 yrs ago now!im not saying that they are the reason but i keep getting chest infectiins and have had x ray but my lungs are ok!i had a test for copd ghat came back ok!!i cannot breath at times feel like my chest is crushing my lungs etc how can i say what is caursing all this im so miserable!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debra,
      It’s the implants causing breathing difficulties, that is a very common symptom as they crush the ribs and diaphrapm. Start planning your explant! Nicole

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  201. Susan

    I have had the same silicone implants since 1990, I have many of the health issues mentioned here, I went to sèe a PS and he said for sure one is ruptured it’s also hard, I am trying to get my insurance to help pay for the cost, the cost amount is 6900.00 has anyone had any experience with their insurance company helping? I think about this daily knowing I need to get them OUT ASAP!! Glad I found this site, thank you in advance for any advice.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      Get a copy of your full insurance policy so you can read how you may be covered for explant. Some policies decline if implants were placed for cosmetic reasons and some cover cover for rupture, capsular contracture, pain or infection/necrosis and those are they symptoms you have to approach on. I will send you the codes that you need. Nicole

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      1. Shawna

        Hi Nicole, I would love to have that list of codes as well, I have a consultation with a doctor in a couple of weeks and I would love to have that info with me to help make a decision…

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  202. Marisol

    Omg .. i just cant believe all im reading.. i already have an appointment.. april 17, im crying right now because i was so excited i always wanted this surgery my boobs .. i have literally nothing , when i was 15 i was waiting for them to grow but nothing I am about to be 30 on may .. i have 2 beautiful girls, my husband who loves me just the way i am .. my mom is so scared, she tried to convince me not to do it but i didn’t want to listen because i didn’t know all this .. i am going to cancel my appointment n ask for a refund because i paid everything already.. i didnt want to look for more information because i didnt want to change my mind ..this was a dream come true.. but i love my girls more than anything in the world.. thanks God i have good health no boobs but i want to be ok for my 8 year old and my 3 year old .. God is good he did this .. i was looking for before and after pics n i ended up here .. thanks a lot for sharing your experiences . I will pray for all of u .. i really hope all of u get ur health back to be with ur loved ones ..

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  203. Lisa Eichmeier

    Wow I just read the information,and reading the symptoms, I am experiencing so many of them. I am going to make an appointment with my doctor. Thank you so much for opening my eyes! I haven’t felt good for a list ng time and never even considered that it could be my breast and mplants.

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  204. Linda Park

    Hi Nicole,
    I has my silicone implants placed 9 years ago in reconstruction after breast cancer. I really have been asymptomatic all along and have a pretty clean diet. But recently I have developed an unexplained rash under both arms and I’m trying to discover the cause. Then I asked the question-“Could this be from my implants?” Just starting to investigate that possibility…I told myself I never wanted to have another surgery…I am a dentist and have a busy life! I see a chiropractor that does nutrition response testing with me and I use many food based supplements. The more I read in this comment section the more I wonder…..Just opening my eyes to the possibility…….I have requested to join the Facebook page.

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  205. Angela Farmakides

    I know I am slowly dying from these implants!!
    I have been searching high and low for a Dr to take them out before they kill me!!
    I had a bilateral nipple/skin sparing mastectomy a little over 7 yrs ago.
    Please ANYONE who can guide me to a Dr who can help me I would be forever grateful.
    I just want to be well again!!
    I will travel anywhere within reason for a good Dr. I have all of the above symptoms that are getting worse and worse. My iron level has also been triple for the past few yrs. This is crazy!!!

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    1. Jen

      You’re reconstruction surgeon that did surgery is the one you need to go back to & law passed where all insurances have to cover anything associated with breast cancer reconstruction

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  206. Maria

    I live in Cleveland and I need to have an explant done as soon as possible due to silicon leakage. I have seen the name of Dr. Lu Jean Feng , Peperpike Ohio on the list of recommended explant suegros in the Cleveland area and and would really appreciate if you could share with me any feedback, comments on her performance and your experience with her.I need to have these old implants removed asap and I would really welcome your comments.
    Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Maria,
      Dr Feng is among the best of the explant surgeons and you would be lucky to get in to see her. Phone now, she is booking months out. Nicole

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    2. pj

      in about 1990 i had my implants removed after only a little over a yr. of getting them. my dr. at the time tried to break the scar tissue around them and ruptured both. he agreed to remove the implants. i continued to have many issues after. i have been sick ever since with so many symptoms- chronic fatigue, joint pain, spine, neck deterioration, tingling in limbs, memory loss, eye problems the list goes on. i have been on iv infusions for the last 5 yrs. for ulcerative sigmoid proctitis (form of ibd). if only having my implants for a short time and being so sick over the years i believe you can never get rid of all the silicone that can migrate through out your body. i want off the iv infusions so bad. i would love to find a holistic dr. i have never commented on a site before, but feel it helps to know i am not alone in my mental and physical hardships from this bad decision i made years ago, even with the advise of a dr. telling me it was a safe thing to do. but later willingly taking them out. i feel he knew the truth back then. the thing that bothers me the most is that i feel if the drug i am on doesn’t kill me my disease will and i have been asked,” what do you want quality of life or quantity of life”? wow- to me it is my life. i should not have to pick between the two. i want both!!!

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Pj,
        Have you considered Low Dose Naltrexone? It may help modulate the immune response in your body to the silicone. It works very well for many women. The other thing that your symptoms are very indicative of is low B12 which many of us have. Please have your MTHFR genetic variants tested and your B12 so you can support your detox and healing.

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        1. pj

          thank u so much for the information! i assume finding a holistic doc is the first steps to having these test done. as i am looking for one in my area.

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  207. Lori

    I need to find the right doctor to remove the implants. Is it better to get a highly qualified surgeon or a plastic surgeon. I’ve had my implants since the late 70’s. I have all the symptoms everyone else has and I lost a job because of this incredible fatigue.
    Also, could this be covered under insurance?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lori,
      You are looking for a plastic surgeon that does En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explants. Refer to the list of Explant Surgeon on the website for recommended plastic surgeons who are known to remove breast implants properly. Insurance may cover. Get a copy of your policy and read if and how you may be covered. In general insurance may cover for rupture, capsular contracture, pain and infection/necrosis. Nicole

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  208. Brittany morton

    As son as I get the money I will be getting mine removed! I have had a rash for a while now. It comes and goes. The doctors say it’s a reaction from medication. I do not take any Meds. I used to drink a lot of diet sodas. I have recently stopped this. But I really feel this could be from my implants. I remember I used to break out in hives. My skin got super sinsitive. Now I have red spots all over my body. It has gotten worse over the years. Sometimes they itch. Other than that I am healthy!

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  209. Willow

    I am curious a to what you did after explantationand with the info obtained on the leak in the implant. Such as was the breast implants company contacted, a lawyer, who you went to for explanation, did the surgeon perform a thorough job of proper explanation, what protocol came about for detox, did insurance cover explantation… So you think this is something that insurance should cover, what about temporary disability coverage for all the time down?
    My heartfelt hank you for sharing your story.

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  210. Dott

    I just had new implants replaced 4 mo ago now I am having a lot of pain in my joints and arms and hands I have had implants for years with no problems until now

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  211. Debbie

    I have the old silicone implants ,from 1984 . I am having all kinds of problems medically and never even thought about it being my implants . I have the same one es 33 years and discovered a lump . My primary was shocked when she realized how long I had them in .

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  212. Reta

    I have NH lymphoma and one of my implants has ruptured. (Breast cancer in 1980 and 1981)
    I cannot have the implants removed because my platelets are in the 70s.

    In the last six months my blood sugar is about 100 point higher than usual. I have had Diabetics since 1997.

    Is there any connection between silicone leaking and blood sugar counts? No change in my diet.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Reta,
      Yes there is a connection between silicone toxicity and blood sugar. Silicone chemicals mess up our adrenals and other endocrine glands which produces hormones which mobilize our blood sugar. Many women with silicone breast implants have blood sugar problems. Nicole

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    2. Gerry D. R.N.

      Possibly yes as most pancreas problems like diabetes is autoimmune related. The implants are foreign bodies un-natural to be in you. Get them out ASAP.

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  213. Karen riordan

    My daughter has been so sick for so long and does not want to believe it has to do with her implants. As her mom I have always been against them be her Drs have dismissed this as being the potential cause. I am so scared for her and she said she can not live like this. She has been to so many specialist and they don’t give a crap about her. They just take her money. This has been going on since her implants many years she has been suffering and spending money. Most likely over 100,000 on Drs. Nothing ever cures her issues. I know if I tell her she will fight me and will not consider thinking about removal. Can anyone help to talk to her. I hate Drs these days as I see the bull crap that goes on.

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  214. Vicky

    Hi my name is Vicky! Since feb 2016 I started having head pressure every day and as day go by my headache get more and some day I felt really tired and no energy, I have been to the Doc ever since to find out what cause that, I done CT scan 2014 nothing wrong then again Jan 2017 MRI was done and nothing wrong, chest x-ray 3 times and still waiting for the results( hopefully nothing wrong) but since Jan 2017 my health started to get worse and worse, stop working and just stay home for all the Doc appointment, one right after another for all test but all result come out normal. But my symptoms are more and more, at first just headache everyday then neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain , upper back pain, lower back pain, nose pain and burn, ( join and rips pain just come and go), breast pain( right hand side more) chest pain and burn, fatigue, little rash, eyes irritates itchy, weakness, sleepless, shaking sometime. This time of my life are so miserable, depressed. I cried almost everyday, 2-3 time a days. Every time look at my 2 beautiful young kids was hopping mommy will get better soon, but no mommy get more and more sick. Can you please tell me all the symptoms that I have was my breast implant illness or the diseases? If this was cause by the implant illness I would love to remove that saline ASAP. I have the implant in 2006. Can you please guild me through this? What kind of surgeons that I need to see? And where are they?( I am live in south California near Orange County) please help me through this, I love my 2 beautiful children to infinity, I would do anything to get better to be able to care of my kids. And beside that I would love to talk to anybody have the same problems to share the experience.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Vicky,
      Yes, it is your implants causing your illness and symptoms, come to the facebook group where we can support you through your explant and recovery. Nicole

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  215. Sandra Mastoris

    I have Sjogrens auto immune disease , arthitus , cough at night, night sweats. I have had implants for 11 years. I think they have made me sick. I feel like I am slowly dying. I am going back to the surgeon and hope to make arrangement to have the implants removed. I do hope my insurance will cover the charge.

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  216. Shannon Webster

    I I am almost 65 years old and have Addit implant since I was 30. I’ve had about every problem that there was to have with them initially including saline implant failure silicone when done in 1982, encapsulation of the replacement implant, approx 1995 implant failure ( both breasts) with free silicone in my lymphatic system. I began getting what I thought was a rash under my armpits only to discover they were like a little pimples and when squeezed free silicone would come out of them. I was re-implanted in 1995 and I’m still wearing the same set. My health has gone downhill dramatically and as I read the lips list of symptoms created as a result of silicone poisoning I have almost everyone that there is.

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    1. Shannon Webster

      P. S. I have had anxiety attacks since 2009, vertigo with vomiting, cluster migraines, tinnitus so loud that I feel like I would like to just blow my head off sometimes just to make it go away. I also have I’m starting to get a little vision problem in my left eye where it feels like I have a thin film over it and it’s just sort of fuzzy. I have also
      Have major heart palpitations, candida…toenail fungus under my big toes, When my gut gets out of balance, the issues and problems have several times resulted in hospitalization. I regularly have diarrhea, presumably from the radiation and my gut which gets out of balance from eating certain reactive foods, brain fog , sudden allergies to foods particularly nitrates and sulfites and other chemicals. I journal problemsv& have switched to an organic diet as much as possible and that has really helped. I have several parallel symptoms with fibromyalgia & get muscle cramps in my legs every day, usually in the early morning upon just a rising. In general, I have no energy and A general condition of malaise most of the time. I used to be athletic and now I can barely walk around the block and also have sluggish hypo-thyroid issues, bruise very easy and take a long time to heal. My hair has thinned drastically and it is fine too so it shows more. Ironically…I rarely get sick like with the flu or common cold but seem destined for major diseases like cancer or gallbladder issues… which I’ve had both. In 1998 it was determined that I had uterine cancer and had also been dealing with gallbladder issues prior to my diagnosis. The gallbladder and digestive issues came first in April and then in November I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I was given a radical hysterectomy with the removal of several lymph nodes in the surrounding area and a protocol of small amounts of radiation 5 times per week for 3.5 months. I still feel its effects. At 67, my husband is still blessed with a phenomenal amount of energy and actually still surfs, fishes and loves boating. He and I are just retiring this year within the next few months and we want to go cruising to the Bahamas on our boat. I’m terrified because if I get anxious and stressed it triggers an attack. Being a first mate is a big responsibility when you’re making salt water passages because there’s a lot of detail and time spent on the helm at all hours of the day and night.

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    2. Gerry D. R.N.

      Shannon I would get them removed ASAP. The number of re-implants should have been denied by a competent doctor. Your history seems obviously related the the multiple implants and failures.

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  217. Andre Love

    I am getting my saline implants out on April 13, 2017! I can not wait!! For the last tens years I have suffered with what I call an “auto immune body” Everything hurts. Joints ache my food tolerances have diminished slowly over time. I can no longer eat gluten, citrus, peanuts, and no fresh vegetables. I have been diagnosed 2 years ago with a very rare leukemia (Tcell LGLL) My body has seemed to slowly be turning against itself. I have suffered with all the endocrine issues as well. Diagnosed with hashimotos, adrenal fatigue, I suffer with thrush from the tip of my tongue all the way throughout my digestive system.
    I have always had the gut feeling these water balloons sitting on my chest could be the culprit. I hope in a month my life will change. I hope the constant inflammation of my neck, left shoulder, back and hips will be eliminated. Crossing fingers this will work.

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  218. Judy

    I had a dble mastectomy in 2013 with silicone implants. I have suffered spinal stenosis and chronic anxiety, hearing loss and headaches prior. However, since the surgery I experience basically all the symptoms. The issue is I have also been tested for lyme and have been diagnosed with chronic late stage lyme, meaning I have had in my system for over 30 years. Dr’s say that the lyme haw progressed. Also, I never new you were not to have surgery (unless life-threatening) when you have lyme. Lyme can lay dormant but surface at any time, especially when the body is put under stress. Therefore I am at a loss as to which are causing my issues: the lyme, the implants or a combo of both. The Dr who did my surgery says my issues having nothing to do with the implants. Today, I noticed a rash on my left breast/implant. I have been on antibiotics for the lyme now (off and on) for over a year. Any imput would be helpful. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Judy,
      Please remove your implants properly and you will be able to heal from Lyme eventually. Without removing the implants you will not be able to overcome and heal from Lyme due to immune deficits. Nicole

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  219. Marcy

    I feel like I’m reading my story! I’ve been having these symptoms for 11 years, was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer five years ago, too many autoimmune disorders to countand feel like I’m literally going crazy. I think the answer is the implants! I have saline but after reading this I don’t think it matters which ones I have?? Did you recover neurologically? That is my biggest obstacle. It’s lead hopelessness and despair – I cannot think straight and feel like my brain is floating in water 24/7. And so much more…I am so grateful I came across your article. I just hope I can get my brain “back”!

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  220. Cheryl Delgado

    Hello,
    In the article on the home page it says that if we would like a copy of the “Guidelines and Indications for Breast Implant Capsulectomy” to contact them. I can’t find any contact information. Can anyone help me with that? Thanks

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  221. Pam perez

    I had a double mastectomy in August 2009 because I had breast cancer (right side), 2,days ago I have been been having excruciating pain in my right implant. It was so bad I went to the ER last night and was told by the Dr that it’s nothing to do with the Implants , that it was a yeast infection on the skin under the Implant. Was given a nystatin cream for the yeast infection and he gave me tessalon pearls for this cough I have had for 2 month’s (which my PCP, put me I steroids and a cough medicine a month ago for my cough.) Sounds like I should have these removed right? I have quite a bit of the symptoms I have read.

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  222. Sharon Small

    Thanks and I am having multiple symptoms and was thinking my problems were related to menopause and just figured out it my implants. Having them renoved asap and pray all my problems end asap!!! I dont want any replacements!!! Good health is golden!!

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  223. Avrik

    Hi
    I had implants done may 2013 and is experiencing pain in my breast which moves along my arm to my fingertip answer well as up my neck. Don’t know what causing it but I think there is something wrong with my implants. I also have a fungal problem with my nails as well as candida. I don’t know if I’m imagining these symptoms.

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    1. Dusti Broadfoot

      I had a what I thought was a fungal infection on my fingernails and after going from dr to dr and no relief I finally went to a dermatologist who suggested it was psoriasis… we treated it as psoriasis and it finally went away. Psoriasis-autoimmune disease!

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  224. Meagan Bronstem

    Thank you, Nicole!! For starting this website and opening the truth to thousands of people!! I even started becoming a “warrior of breast implant illness” because my salines have started destroying my health, shortly after being implanted!! I make youtube videos spreading this message!! Thank you for helping me realize what was wrong with me. You’re an amazing person and I wish I knew about your cause much sooner!!

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  225. cheryl

    I am now having night sweats, groin pain, 4 month cough, back pain, overactive thyroid symptoms, fatigue. Hair loss and a fluid around my implant… Poisoning for sure I think…

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  226. Janet Cleveland

    Hello. Your article i read was very enlighting..I can relate as I also have developed a chronic allergy s to foof and chemical. I had breast cancer had double massectomy with tissue expanders then permnanat saline gel reconsruction could i become allergic to one of them asi have chronic hives..thanku in helping with this matter..looking forward to hearing from u.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Eve,
      Yes, I know ladies that lost their complete head of hair from implants but which grew back after explanting and detoxing and time for healing.

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  227. Lindsey Hagood

    Nearly cost me my life. Just out of hospital. Bilatetal Breast Removal.

    Unbelievable I tell you. Emotional devastated. Finding my humor again ????

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    1. Veronica

      Hi there,
      Today, I’m going to have a biopsy.
      I have tons of silicone poisoning symptoms.
      I hope I don’t have cancer.

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  228. Christina Hurford

    Help find a surgeon to remove implants after 23 years. I’m looking for a London surgeon to remove old implants without replacement
    I think I may have rupture so need mri the fill works and sympathetic surgeon with good follow up.
    Any advice.
    Thank you

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    1. Anita Slater

      I’m so glad to have found your site. I’ve had my saline implants for 25 yrs & my primary doctor, radiologist & plastic surgeon have all said that they are “very” encapsulated & need to be removed. I’m just waiting to see if my insurance will pay for it. If not I don’t know what I will do. I’ve been living with 98% of the listed symptoms & never knew that it could be anything other than Lyme disease which I was diagnosed with approx. 22 yrs ago. Just in the past 6 months ago I was diagnosed with dementia. I’ve gone thru hell trying to convince Drs. That I actually have SOMETHING wrong with me! I am a disabled RN & can barely stand to be inside my own skin. Pain is just a way of life. Is it really possible to be okay again after these nasty objects are gone from my body?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Anita,
        Yes, after a proper explant, detoxing, eradicating mold/fungus and or other infections which are common in us, you will recover your health and heal. Your healing will unfold over months and year(s) and it will begin the moment those toxic bags are removed. Nicole

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    2. Meagan Bronstem

      YES!! your body loves you dearly and will work very hard to have you in better health as soon as you remove them and give it proper food and rest. It may take a bit, but remember, you had implants for years!!

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  229. Tammy Simmons

    I guess I must hold a record for the oldest silicon implants. I have had them since 1983. I have had a lot of illness since but never thought it might be connected with my implants. I have scoliosis and always blamed some of my issues to that. Right now my chest feels like its either cold water running through it or hot. My ribs hurt all around and under my chest. I have no energy. Just walking from one room to the next gets my heart rate up and my oxygen drops. I’m on oxygen now at times. headaches, sinus, allergies, ibs, hot then cold, brain fog, my skin look like I’m alot older than 56. I used to be so active and small built. My stomach even looks weird and lumpy and hard. Lately I can’t stand to wear a bra because it hurts my ribs.

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    1. Wendy Blee

      All the Symptoms you have stated i am at present experiencing I’m in so much pain i feel like crying all the time, i had implants in 1990 I’ve never had any issues till about a yr ago with just hot cold sweat which i put down to maybe the change. But after getting the need to wee so often..drs say its an infection had meds yet haven’t solved issues, if anything it worse.
      Fatigue i put down to a 5 – 7yr and disabled daughter of 26years. I have all the Symptoms you’ve stated and suffered IBS for years..
      I’m so scared the nurse has said she’ll refer me to Breast Clinic as she could no longer feel the implants and I’m sure they’ve been gone for years as i haven’t felt them for years but haven’t really been concerned…

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    2. Danielle Stiles

      Hello Everyone/ 3/25/17
      I am so glad to of find this support group. I belong to Health Rising blog but it does not talk about people with CFS and fibromyalgia and implants being the cause!. I think I am the oldest person to have these implants since,”1977″I was 32yrs. old! Forty yrs.at 71yrs.old. Yes, they are hard as rocks placed high on my chest while the rest of the natural breast hangs. After one yr. of having the implant I started having some side effects and by 1-1/2 yrs later. Hives came about,fainted felling like the flu but I didn’t have it & went to emergency. Lot’s of pain all over from the skin/muscles/to bones with Chronic Fatigue all the time. Doctors did not have any answers.They said it was all in my head. I had pain all over, ringing of the ears, constant headaches and migraines which I never had before.
      Now, it’s 39 yrs. later still with CFS/fibromyalgia plus breast pain and everything that comes with it plus the implants.
      Has anyone who’s removed the implants after so many yrs. of having them. Has there CFS/fibromyalgia disappeared??? I would LOVE to know is so please right me.
      Thank you for your story’s and this support group.
      God Bless you all, Danielle S.

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      1. Lory

        I had my implants in 1976. I started to lose hair about ten years ago. Now it’s really bad. I have a problem with bras also as they hurt my ribs. I’m always tired and I too have scoliosis. I also have eserious back and hip problems. I’m extremely depressed and my memory is also suffering.
        My breasts are sagging and I’m in discomfort all the time.

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  230. Nicole Taylor

    I am 38 years old and for the past three years my health has rapidly declined. I had saline implants in 2005 and was told they were very safe. I have been to two different neurologists and a rheumatologist trying to figure out what is going on with me. I am on seizure medicine now, nerve pain medicine, medicine for anxiety, depression medicine and all sorts of vitamins for deficiencies. My muscles ache all the time, my joints hurt, I absolutely have no energy to enjoy my kids or anything in my life. The worst part of it is I feel like I am at the beginning stages of Alzheimers. I can’t remember anything and used to be so smart and energetic. The doctor’s don’t know what is wrong with me even though I have had a positive ANA Titer and inflammation. Aldolase was also elevated but not much. I also had to go back to my plastic surgeon last year because my right breast became red and swollen. He said there was nothing wrong with it. Told me to lose weight, stop tanning and I needed a lift. He said he would not do it until I lost 20 pounds. I trusted he knew what he was talking about. After all, he is the doctor. They can’t figure it out. I am at my wits end. I am so glad I found this site. I am a single mom on a limited income. Do you know how much it would cost for any of this? Thank you so much for reading this. I feel like I am babbling now.

    PS. Please add me to the facebook support group.

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    1. Raquel

      You sound like me! The neurologist, rheumatologist, meds, joint pain. Confusion. Wow. I just found this site a few moments ago. I’m shocked.

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  231. KC

    Only a few days ago I started to get numbness and pain in one of my breasts. Now I am having joint and muscle pain as well as tingling in my hands and feet. My silicone implants are almost 10 years old. I have a mammogram and ultrasound appointment set up for next week. It just seems as though the side effects are getting more and more by the day, as well as worse and worse. I’m nervous about joining a FB related support group for privacy issues. I’m scared. I have 2 small children. I cannot get sick. What should I do? Help. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. cathy

      Hi there. I also have not been able to join any of the facebook groups as they won’t accept you unless you have an account with photos and personal info. These groups are great for those ladies that don’t care about the whole world knowing their business but shuts the ladies out that need the support the most! I would suggest you instead realself.com, to the explant section and read through the stories to find the ones talking about illness. It helped me alot before my explant. For info I had implants for 30 years and gradually got worse over the years. Like everyone I was told by doctors and specialist it was nothing to do the implants and I believed them. The internet and websites like realself.com saved my life as if I had not come accross so many thousands of ladies with the same symptoms I might not have had the implants removed. I am now 3 months post explant and my symptoms have improved by 50%.
      I hope you find the support and information that you need. much love x

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  232. Karolina

    Hi, im from Poland. I Get my breast done in 2013 – MENTOR 350ml. I love them ever since… breast was one thing that was missing. (I have underactive thyroid since 15 years and mygrenes since 4 – so all that happened before surgery). Since 1,5 year i feel just terrible. It started with eyes, huge headaches, neck and back pain with feeling like someone is sitting on my shoulders. Im clinicaly healthy, had blood tests, mri of my head and eyes, eyes examination, my thyroid is not autoimmune. I also did breast ultrasound and doc said all is good. I went to my neurologist and he said that his diagnosis is: tension headaches and described me pain killers and MOZARIN – antidepressant ( they say its only way in this disease). So since 4 months im taking this and nothing has chaned. Another neurolohist gave me another antidepressant (additional) after which i feel like crap so i stopped taking it. I feel like i have more and more weird symptoms: ears pain, sneezing, jaw muscles and bones, rinorrhea, watery eyes, i stopped excerise, i sleep bad, i have no energy, smells iritates me, even my fav perfumes and smell of my boyfriend. I cant concentrate, i feel dumb ( like i dont understand what im reading i.e) and i never felt this way. I cant belive its just tension headaches. I’m 30 now and cant even work. They say its stres and i dont know what to think and what to do next. Chest mri?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karolina,
      I think that you should stop the endless testing as it will lead you nowhere and start planning your explant and get those toxic implants out of your body. There is a good surgeon on the list from Poland Dr Mikolaj Kubasik Leśna 25, 62-070 Zakrzewo, Poland.

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    2. Vicky

      Hi I just read your symptoms are similar to mine. So how are you doing now? What are you plan to do? Everyday I felt like more pain in my body too, so frustrated and depressed.

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    3. Agnieszka

      Hi Karolina,
      I am from Poland too. I experienced same and more symptoms for about 4 years and have been implanted with Mentor silicone breast implants 8 years ago. Could you send me an e-mail massage. my e-mail address meisterhand71@gmail.com We can talk about.
      I will be praying for all you ladies.

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  233. Melanie

    Ive had my second set of implants for almost 6 years. The first ones I had for about 1 1/2 year and had capsular contracture in one of my breast. I decided to visit a different doctor after they had found my first one dead in her office. I had the old ones removed and new set put in that were on top of the muscle this time. I don’t feel “sick” so to say but I have a lot of brain fog, cant remember things, fatigued, don’t sleep well, anxiety/depression, very irritable a lot of times. I love to exercise and have found myself several days not even wanting to workout but I make myself. It seems I get more worn out a lot easier than I use to when exercising. Do you think my symptoms will only continue to worsen? Should I speak my plastic surgeon soon about removal? My worry is that I didn’t have a lot of breast tissue to begin with and so what will I look like if I do an explant? Maybe a lift would need to be done from the stretched skin. I know this will be an expense more than likely ill have to take on myself, but I know my health depends on it. I shouldn’t be so forgetful at 41. Any suggestions.

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  234. Ashley

    Hello ladies:
    My name is Ashley I’m 26 years old and I had my breast augmentation about 3 months ago. My left breast is getting a little hard on the top of my breast. It just doesn’t feel right, My doctor gave me pills ” this pills have been used to soften everything in there and it should make everything better, if they still bother you then call me when you’re done taking all the medication” but it just doesn’t feel right …. I’m scared and I honestly don’t know what to do! I want them removed but I still haven’t even got done paying the credit card for the surgery and now I will probably have to pay for the removal

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  235. Donna Morgan

    My 80 year old mother had saline implants 38 years ago after cancer. Two years ago her memory started getting so bad and short term memory worse. They did MRI ( nothing ,normal shrinkage for her age) blood test for dementia showed nothing. Cognitive test with neuro-psychologist she failed miserably, thus diagnosing her with some form of dementia. Here is the thing, over the years(5) , I have notice her implants have changed, (I assume due to her age/plus I never examined them any great measure) the other day she said one ruptured, then she runs her hand down her shirt…sure enough totally flat. I went on-line and she has so many symptoms of implant sickness ( some were prior to implants like hypo-thyroid, hair loss, weight problem) Now she has vertigo (so they say, since she complains constantly with nausea and vomiting) clearing cough, reflux, sore hands, back, legs, frequent urination, dry eyes(that she has drops for), digestive issues, chronic fatigue (rarely is out of bed), poor sleep(awakes constantly). I don`t know if this is all normal (she just turned 80) but I can`t help but think is this ruptured implant (possibly leaking for years) been her problem? My question is, could the memory fog or loss be mistaken for dementia, that is described by people suffering from implant sickness? All replies appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Donna,
      I had brain fog so bad from breast implants that I tested worse than a 90 year old on cognition tests. Brain fog is definitely caused by implants.

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  236. Monica

    I got implants put in Feb 2014. I was 26 at the time. About 5 months later, I got SEVERE EBV. I have also developed food allergies to almost every natural food. All nuts, beans, fruits, veggies, bread. I woke up yesterday morning with swollen eyes and red, blotchy, itchy skin. I have also developed chronic fatigue and now that I’m not working out, gained weight. A lot more headaches recently. Could my food allergies be caused by my implants? I absolutely love the look of them, they make me proportionate, so I don’t have to have to get them out if its not necessary.

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  237. Alex

    I’m 90% sure I’ve got all of my autoimmune and other health issues because of my silicone breast implants. My friends, family, doctor think I’m crazy which is that last 10% of doubt. I’ve been in denial for the last 1.5 years since I first looked up my symptoms and found this website. I keep trying natural supplements and diet changes which of course haven’t helped…I’ve had them for 11 years I just can’t bring myself to set up an appointment to get them out when they still “look” okay. I’ve seen some scary results and I’m terrified that I’ve had them so long I still won’t get better…
    So frustrating the more I learn about breast implants and silicone, complications, illnesses, and the nonexistent FDA safety processing, I can’t believe implants are still legally allowed. Truly mindblowing.
    .
    Anyway, I’d love to join the support group but I don’t want all my friends (and coworkers) who don’t know about my implants to see news feed about me joining or posting, etc. Is there any way to access the support group or content without facebook??

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alex,
      No you need to be on facebook to access the facebook group. No one will see the posts you make or the comments. If you hide your groups your friends will not see the groups you are in either. Nicole

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  238. Laurie Marsceau

    I have an area where it’s like a hard ball and it burns 24/7. Has anyone had these feelings. Its been about 20 years since I had mine and my doctors have said they don’t see a problem. But I’ve been sick a long time not wanting to believe it’s because of the implants.

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  239. Faye

    Had implants placed in August 2016 by October became very sick (shortness of breathe, brain fog, spacing out, lightheaded, and numerous other things) and ended up hospitalized for a week with minimal to no answers. While in the hospital my cortisol levels were not very good so I was put on steroids. I opted to have he implants removed in November but the insurance would only cover a specific provider and he would not do en bloc due to time they had been in, no rupture, and lack of breast tissue (I also had developed capsular contracture stage 4 left stage 3 right). Since removing the implants and being on steroids I have made improvements and was able to come off the steroids and cortisol is back to pretty much normal within a point. I still seem to be lightheaded/faint feeling and super fatigued with no answer to why, could this just still be part of healing? Is it possible to heal without en bloc since the implants where only in 3ish months?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Faye,
      If you had capsular contracture stage 4 and stage 3 that means your body built signficant capsule/scar tissue around your implants in a short time and yes, that scar tissue should be removed for your highest and best healing. First step would be to try and understand from your surgeon how much capsule tissue was left inside of you, was it the whole capsule or what percentage and size. You can request a copy of your operative report from surgery from your surgeon in order to read exactly what was done and ask him directly how much capsule was left. Since your removed last November I would give yourself up to a six months to a year to recover as is and in this time find out how much capsule was left. Our bodies do not detox capsule tissue as surgeons say. Nicole

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  240. Barbara Ray

    I had my breast implants done 36 years ago. My left breast is encapsulated and has been for years. I never thought anything of it until recently. I went for a mammogram and was told that I may have a leak. Recently I lost a considerable amount of weight in a short period of time and have been ruling out one thing after another which, thankfully, show nothing wrong. Generally I feel good, but wonder if the weight loss is associated with the leaking implant?

    I recently saw a plastic surgeon who told me that at my age (74) there is more of a risk with having surgery than leaving the implants where they are. I do experience discomfort and from time to time I experience pain in my left breast, but nothing I can’t live with.

    Personally, the thought of surgery at my age is frightening, so I am opting for the course of “action” my plastic surgeon recommends and that is to do nothing.

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  241. Avryl Stockton

    Hi, I just left a comment on your Facebook message inbox. I didn’t scroll down far enough to see this e-mail box.
    I had implants more than 20 years ago and in the last few years I have been suffering with dozens of terrible symptoms that the doctors cannot find answers to. I am now convinced that most of my symptoms come from silicone poisoning. I really feel sick all the time and so fatigued, I can barely get through the day.
    I don’t know if you are in the States, but I am – I live in Orlando, Florida and would love to have the implants taken out, but I don’t know if my medical insurance would cover it. Does one need to prove one’s illness is coming from the implants in order to have the surgery done under medical insurance?
    I would love to connect with others in a similar situation.
    Keep up the good work and thanks,
    Avryl

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Avryl,
      Insurance generally covers explant for capsular contracture, ruptures, pain or infection necrosis and that is what you have to approach on. Some policies do have exceptions, we suggest getting a copy of your full policy and reading how you may be covered. Nicole

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    2. susan anderson

      Hi Avry. I live in Naples and have had my implants in for 10 years…symptomatic for last 5-6 years and getting worse. I have the same questions and concerns that you have. First and foremost, how to find a reputable area doctor to speak to intelligently about this. I was told I have Lyme Disease. Now they are considering Lupus. But many things do not add up. Have you experienced any hair related issues by chance? How long have you been symptomatic?

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    3. Penny M Reese

      I am in orlando also if you find out info please let me know. I feel terrible all the time, very tired. Have lost a lot of weight. Just want them removed. Not sure where to start

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  242. Olivia

    Hello< thank you this website!
    I had my highly cohesive implants inserted 3 weeks ago, but since the op day I can't get rid of the fatigue syndrome.
    It drives me insane as i suppose to get better with the time, but only feeling weaker and weaker every day. Do you think that might be the
    beginning of the silicone intoxication? And if so, do you mind explaining me what exactly causes this (implants itself to the fact that i have outer objects inside my body) and what shall i do now?

    Many thanks!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Olivia,
      It may be the anesthetic from surgery and it may be your immune system reacting strongly to the implants however some ladies do react to breast implants and silicone immediately and strongly like you are. This is actually a good thing and your body is telling you loudly and clearly that these breast implants are not for you and are not healthy. If I was youI would have those implants removed promptly before any scar tissue occurs and be done with them. You can just remove them under a local and do not need a Capsulectomy because they are so recent. Call it a lesson in learning to love yourself. Nicole

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  243. Evelyn Inoa

    Thank you ! I’m a Breast cancer Survivor . with double mastectomy experiencing many of the symtoms you mention …wow
    I have severe pain and I’ve been throwing up in the early hours like 4:30 am …MRI and cat scan show nothing wrong … So the doctors can’t help me . but I knew something was wrong with my implants of 7yrs….this post has been a blessing THANK YOU!!!!!!

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  244. Shari Owen

    Please Nicole will you add me to the Facebook private site. I signed up for Facebook just tonight in order to be apart of the group. I have every symptom on the list and am desperate and scared. I am a novice and have no idea how Facebook even works.

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  245. Lori Norman

    I am beginning to believe that this could be whats wrong with me.I haven’t been feeling well for some time now.I went to my Dr and he ordered a full panel on me which I did today.So we will see what the outcome will be.Thank you for posting this vital information.I am a breast cancer survivor and this has really opened my eyes…

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  246. Mimi

    Hi! My daughter sent me this. I have questions, after the removal of your implants, what happened to your breasts area? And how has your health improved? What symptoms stopped? Thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mimi,
      After your explant your breasts gradually return to preimplant with perhaps a bit more volume than before implants if your breast implants were small to moderate in size. If your implants were on the larger side, all the skin stretched to accomodate them may not retract back to preimplant state. Some women get lifts and fat transfer after explant but many are happy just to go back to natural healthy breasts. My health improved 100 per cent but it took more than two years to return to healed as it takes time to heal from years of breast implants and it takes time to detox all the silicone chemicals and biotoxins from infections we get due to immune deficits. Nicole

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  249. Kirsty

    Hi, this is a very interesting read. Can I ask, when you had your implants removed did you feel an immediate relief from your symptoms? I just wondering if the damage is irreparable

    I had my first implants in 1991 age 22 as I was totally flat chested. They were only small – I just wanted to look in proportion. I loved them. However I felt they weren’t right and within a few years I was returning to my surgeon because I felt one of them had ruptured. I kept being advised that they hadn’t – aesthetically they looked fine but I could feel it. Eventually after 15 years they agreed to remove them and the had both disintegrated into mush. I used to get joint pain and the foggy brain.

    I had them replaced in 2006. However over the last few years I have started to suffer from lots of allergies and intolerances, skin rashes, hives, headaches, more joint pain, breathlessness. All of this despite being slim, active, a healthy eater. It has just never made sense to me but now I’m certainly linking all of it to the implants. I also had a malignant melanoma a 6 months ago. I have again said from day one that they don’t feel right. One of them feels different to the other and it is slowly migrated up my chest. But again my surgeon keeps poo pooing the idea.

    I would dearly love to have them removed but I know my natural tiny breasts will look like a 90 year olds. Wrinkly and loose skinned. That thought also fills me with horror as I’m still only 47 and I don’t want to feel unattractive to my husband.

    Are there any alternatives or suggestion out there for how to make saggy wrinkly boobs look more attractive!??

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kirsty,
      After my explant I felt immediate relief of some of my symptoms but other symptoms dropped away over a period of a few years as I detoxed and healed from the breast implants. You could consider a lift and or fat transfer after you explant. Nicole

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    2. Tracey

      Hi!! My name is Tracey and I have had the same set of implants for 20 years.. I have a fibroadenoma under my left implant and have for 4 years. Now at this time that breast is one size larger. I also have what I believe is more tumors surrounding the outside wall of the implant. I am also have horrific thryroid issues. My weight goes uup and down but lately I am going back down. I am also developing another IBS issue. I used to be IBD-D, then IBS-C now back to IBS-D. I have testing set for Monday. I am lucky enough to be in the medical field and am having someone writing me a requisition for blood work. I will know if I have any type of a cancer. my fear is that they’ve actually facilitated a cancer. I FELL this time I am not lucky. My sister is a breast cancer survivor and its the same breast…odd yes? I recently looked at photos of OLD implants, have you seen what they look like inside? I have had a bad feeling about this implant since I got them too!! I’d love to chat with you, I felt like you were writing about me.

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  250. Regina

    I am having trouble breathing with pain in my chest a, night sweats, cold hands that turn purple. Have been to ER two times with this and they find nothing wrong with me. Could it be my implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Regina,
      Yes, it is likely your breast implants and your symptoms are classic. The cold purple fingers/hands is Raynaud’s which we get and is due to a chemical in breast implants called methyl ethyl ketone which depletes arginine. Nicole

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  251. Doris Hyatt

    HI I think my breast implants might be making me sick Who could I talk to about it I live in Utah should I go to a breast implant surgeon or who should I talk to about it to see if I do

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    1. Yadira Perez

      Join our Facebook page. We have over 14,000 ladies suffering just like you. Search for Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole

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  252. Mia Hudgens

    28 yrs w/ same implants they no longer look alike or Normal, one implant is hard an hurts the other has disappeared somewhere in my upper body. Fatigue has become so badly with additional problems. Hopefully these implants can be removed soon. Something is making me very sick thus I believe it’s the implants are definitely the problem. If you have any advice for me I will appreciate a reply.
    Thank you kindly.

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    1. Yadira Perez

      Join our Facebook page. We have over 14,000 ladies suffering just like you. Search for Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole

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  253. Kirianah Klinginsmith

    My former mother in law has been suffering from severe seizures for years, along with neuropathy in her hands and feet, thyroid issues, severe migraines, and brain fog. She desperately needs help and doctors are not doing anything. Her breast implants are nearly 30 years old.

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  254. Bonnie

    I think I may have the illness and am definitely thinking of having my implants (from 1988) explanted, but I would like to know if you can tell me approximately what doctors are charging to do this surgery and do you think it would be covered under Medicare, due to the illness? I’m on a very fixed income and am disabled, so I can’t work. I’m desperate.

    My heart breaks for all of you who have this problem. If I had only known.
    Thank you.

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  255. Amber

    Hi,
    I have been very ill since my implants. Hospitalized with toxic shock in ICU with no known cause. Sever fatigue, muscle aches, always sick now, developed an autoimmune disease. I’ve lost 20 lbs since procedure. I’m severely ill. I’m only 29 and have 3 babies to take care of. No doctors are helping me and I know it’s from my implants. I want them out. I have no money to cover cost. I don’t know what steps to take. Do you have any advice?

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  256. Lorrie

    I have had saline implant for almost six years now. About 5 years ago, I tested positive for ebv. I thought that it was odd for ebv to reactivate every few months with enlarged nodes constantly. Shortly after, I had an xray due to hip pain (Which showed bursitis). My titers are always high as well. My joints all started to ache shortly after. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I went to the hospital due to probable lymphangitis”. I’ve been tested for thyroid issues Lyme and all other tickborne diseases. I was also given a brain mri, which showed hypertensities of the periventricular, and minimal white matter intensities. I last went to my Dr due to what I thought was an ear infection. I sneeze about 30 times when I have an attack. At this point the Dr said that I should go to a program at a hospital, due to depression. All of my symptoms seem to be affiliated with different autoimmune diseases. I have been so depressed and more anxious than usual. The other day, I noticed some wrinkling on my left breast on the side of my arm. I finally got up the courage to call my Dr to inquire as to whether my implants could be causing these issues. I have an appointment tomorrow for a mammogram, and some imaging. I am starting to feel like a hypochondriac. Test after test is negative.

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    1. Millie

      Has anyone has their implants taken out and then had health improvements? i have all the same symptoms as everyone states here, is this just my body or m implants? i will get them removed as a last results but would be keen to hear from anyone who has had them removed?

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Millie,
        Thousands and thousand of ladies have removed their implants and are getting better or recovered. The facebook group has over 16,000 women who explanted or are explanting and working to spread this important message that breast implants cause profound health problems and women are being misdiagnosed like crazy.

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  257. Norma

    Hi Thanks for sharing this information. I had saline implants 11 years ago, I just realized after reading your site that my health problems were caused by the implants. First I started with horrible
    back pain and shoulder pain, sleepless nights, foggy memory and hair loss and sudden allergic reactions ( my eyes swollwn for no reason), and lots of hair loss. All the test doctors did showed normal, they told me it was hormons. I really was not happy with the implants, I used to excercise a lot and after the implants it was not the same. Can you please tell me more about the types of explants, mine are under the muscle and I can not wait to get them off m my body. I wish I could have talked to more women before my surgery.

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  258. Sandy Larson

    I cannot believe this – I have been to so many doctors over the past 4 years trying to figure out what is wrong with me. The only thing they’ve found is vitamin d deficiency. I feel like I’m going crazy because I knew something was wrong. Doctors do their tests and then just send you away when they come back with positive results. I’ve refused anti depressants so many times. I am so glad to find this information!

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  259. Cindy Sword

    I feel really blessed to find this support group. I have had my silicone with Saline implants under the muscle since 1980 I was an experimental patient at Baylor college of medicine in Houston Texas. I am 60 now i. Was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but i have suspected it was silicone poisoning but my family doctor about explant surgery he didnt think it to would solve the problems.

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  260. Katie-lou

    Hi ive had my implants since i was 28 and i am now 34.

    I was always a healthy girl energetic exercise fanatic.

    Now i can hardly exercise i have bad fatigue.
    Periods stopped doc sd tests showed it was menopause.
    Low wbc
    Tinninus.
    Anxiety.
    Leaky gut
    Andrenal fatigue.
    Food intolerance and sensitivites.
    Aching joints
    Dry eyes. Skin
    Ent problems
    Circulation probs
    Candida
    And the list goes on
    Contacted my company for check up as after care sucked and app the company has now went into liquidation?

    I have also to go to see a haemotolgist as they want to find out why my WBc is getting lower and lower.
    I am going to say about my implants to the blood doc.

    If i knw for defo it was saline implants i would pay to get them out bt i thk my mum thks im bn dramatic 🙁 i did contact a private place regarding my implants i thk its mold as symptoms very similar.

    Sorry for bad grammar etc.
    Replies would be much appreciated esp any from northern ireland 🙂 xo

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  261. Nicole

    I’ve had my saline implants in for nearly 13 years now. For the last two years I’ve had a fungal infection on my right breast with intense itching and the left side has a small rash and itching as well. With cream, I can have some relief but it always returns. I don’t really have any other symptoms that I think would be related to my implants. I am concerned that there be mold growing on the implant that is causing the itching and rash. They are under the muscle. I’d like to get them replaced this year after I’m done nursing my baby. I didn’t know if anyone has experienced the same or any idea how I could get this diagnosed. Thank you.

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  262. Yelitza Buitelaar-Mendoza Pinto

    Thank you for sharing this information. I did not know about this possibility as I think that I might having this illness. I have breast implants over 19 years ago an a couple of months ago I realized that one breast become harder and less flexible than the other one. I went to my house Dr. who referred me to go to a specialist at the Hospital (Dutch medical system is very different and we need to go to several steps before getting something done).

    The results after mammography and ultrasound indicated that my breast is encapsulated and surgeon is programing the removal and replacement of both implants for new ones. My implants were done 19 years ago due to a medical condition called aplasia of the breast (I was born with very minimal breast tissue, therefore my breast never developed so I was flat as a boy). As mentioned before the Dutch medical system is quite complicated, here I need the insurance approval first before having the operation to remove and replace the implants. After several months, today I am still fighting with the insurance to approve the procedure and pay for all the costs.

    In the meantime, I started since a week ago to have some of the symptoms described on this list. Vertigos (almost every day), dizziness, vision trouble (memory lost had it for a very long time, but thought that was due to menopause). I caught a terrible flu last week, so I was thinking that my vertigos and dizziness could be flu related but now that my flu is over and I continue having them and after reading your article I am thinking that this could be closer to a breast implants symptoms than to a flu.

    I just sent you a request to join your FB group. I hope that I can have my operation soon.

    Thanks again for making us aware about this illness!

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  263. Lisa

    I have had my implants for 8 years this fall. First few years I loved them. I had no issues what so ever. Within the past 4-5 years I have noticed a decline in my mental and physical state. I work in healthcare and I’m a busy mom so I chalked it up to being busy and not taking care of myself. I have headaches, GI problems, chest pain, shortness of breath, forgetfulness, blurred vision, depression, fatigue (major) and back/ neck pain. I didn’t get large implants however I have gained significant weight in the last 2 years which only adds to my discomfort. I’m scheduled for a mammogram next month. I’m seriously considering having these removed.

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    1. saartje

      A mammogram can cause rupture of your implant. I woud advice you to do a MRI instead of a mammogram.

      Good luck with making the right decision.

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  264. Tammy

    I had my silicone implants for 3 years with no problems, one day i was play fighting with a guy at work (big mistake) he grabbed my boob so hard i thought he had ruptured it. My eyes watered and i ran to the bathroom to check it was ok. It made a lump in the implant which i had checked immediately and the doc said its an air bubble not the end of the world. Within a week of that happening i became severely ill. I was at the gym and my chest burned, i became very dizzy when exersizing so went home. I then got severe sinusitis, chronic bronchitis and weakness and was ill for weeks.

    After recovering from the visible symptoms i was never the same person again. I used to go to the gym 4 times a week, i was playful, immature, full of energy. Now i am like an old woman. I have been ill for 4 years and there is not a day that goes by when i don’t regret getting implants. I had them removed a year later because i had to save the money but i am not sure if the guy was that experienced and i don’t believe he has removed all of the scar tissue, or maybe i am clinging to hope that if i have another operation i might get better (i am not sure) but i did not get better after removal.

    I can not even walk up 5 stairs without feeling pain in my legs like i just ran a marathon, the burn u get after exersizing for 5 hours, i get after half a minute. Even lifting my arms up to brush my hair hurts. My 78 year old gradma has more energy than me, i have been diagosed with chronic fatigue/fibromyaligia, irritable bowel syndrome and my ana is 1/640 but apart from that most tests come back normal, even though i feel close to death most of the time. Now i am at the point that even standing in a queue for 3 minutes makes me feel like i need to sit down or i’ll faint. I have palpitations constantly, so many symptoms to list like dry nostrils, food sensitivities, alcohol intolerent and many other problems. My hair falls out (i have just had a steroid injection which is helping with this) but it did not stop my pain and other symptoms.

    I urge anyone who is thinking of getting implants and telling themself that not everyone gets sick, and they will be ok, not to. I was exactly like that. And now i am not even sure how much longer i will live, i can’t even make up a bucket list because i havent got the energy to do the things i’d like and if i don’t die anytime soon, u can guarantee that my quality of life will be severely impacted.

    My only hope is to get another surgeon to take another look at my breast to see if theres any scar capsule left in there but i am in uk and they are not experienced at removal, only implants.

    FDA will never admit that silicone implants cause all this. But if u have similar symptoms listen to your own body and get them taken out by an experienced doctor before u end up like me.

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  265. Alyssa

    Hello, I’m not commenting for myself but my mother. She had breast implants put in 20 years ago and what I thought was mental illness is all sounding a lot like what I’m reading.. she’s had scratches on her head that have been so itchy her hair is falling out. She thinks it’s bugs but all doctors tell her there is nothing. She has been sleeping 16+ hours at a time, sometimes up to 24 hours, she has arthritis and her anxiety and brain fog is through the roof. Do you think this could all be because of implants? And if so, would it be covered by medical to get them removed? She’s on a very fixed income

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alyssa,
      Yes it is the implants and she needs to explant properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy, please ensure that all capsule tissue is removed when her implants are removed or she won’t get better. She also may need treatment for Morgellans which is parasites which causes some of her symptoms and there is an easy and inexpensive treatment for Morgellans, please join the facebook group called Morgellans Support Protocol and they will coach you through it. Nicole

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    2. Brenda McLaughlin

      Dear Alyssa, I didn’t see when this was posted but I hope I can help a little. First, since your mother is on a fixed income I would suggest you create a GO FUND Me page it’s amazing how many compassionate people are out there. I got breast implants back in 1989 which was before the truth came out about how dangerous they are. I had silicone which was suppose to be saline. I was slowly poisoned over a few years with symptoms cropping up throughout my body. To make my long story short, your mom needs to get them out, she also needs funding for detoxification. There are no guarantees, but as my doctor said it was my only hope. I don’t know where you live so you may have to travel to get her the help she needs. This is an illness that has little to no sympathy with the powers that be, our government is controlled by the companies that produced these products knowing they cause serious illness. There are only a handful of physicians throughout the country that will even listen. Research is key, and there have been several books written on this subject. I know this has been a lot for you to try and handle, you can only do your best for your mom. May you both find a light at the end of this tunnel. Sincerely, Brenda McLaughlin

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  266. misty riportella

    omg I have been through test after test after scan etc.. I have exactly the same symptoms you described. its horrible!! I had a mammogram 2 yrs ago and just found out my left implant is collapsed. the radiologist that read the test didn’t put in the report he said he thought I just didn’t know how many I had! I need them out but do not have the money due to all these dr bills. good news is they have ruled out any other illness being the cause so it has to be this. I got mine in 2000 saline what a mistake

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  267. Misty

    I was prompted to search this site since I was having some pain in my right breast an basically on the right side of my chest. Not severe pain, but an ache. It hurts to take a deep breath, or reach around to my left side, even just sitting down too hard can make it ache. This has not been going on for long but I have been concerned about this right breast from the get go. I have a lot of the symptoms listed above, but how do you determine if it’s an illness due to the implants or something else. most of these symptoms resembel menopause symptoms, or hormones, or stress. I am due to have a mammogram and wondered if this would show up any issues with my implant, or should I be looking at having a different type of exam? I have had my silicone implants for just about 1 year now. Am I just being paranoid??

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  268. Judy

    I just recently had my silicone implants removed after being told from a mammogram that my implants were ruptured. I thought I had lyme disease 3 years ago, now realizing it was most likely my implants causing the symptoms. My Western Blot test was 10 out of 10 bands positive for lynme disease. I have joint pain from head to toe, brain fog, vision disturbances, gastrointestinal problems, now wondering if my colon cancer 12 years ago was caused by the implants (please let me know if anyone else with silicone implants suffered from cancer ie. colon). I have at least 1/2 or more of all the symptoms here.

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  269. Marie Welch

    I am so thankful for the information here. I had no idea what has been happening to me!! I had a single mastectomy in 2006. I had an implant placed under the muscle after the expander. I hated it under the muscle and complained of pain but no one would listen. I also did not match, I couldn’t fit in a bra nicely. I had a revision and a surgeon did a breast reduction on my right sight to make me match. They still didn’t. About 3 years later I started having so many health issues, terrible chronic fatigue, brain fog, very irritable, no libido, pain everywhere, ringing in my ears, excessive sweating, neuropathy in my feet, 3 different auto immune diseases, low thyroid, fibromyalgia and the list grows!!! The pain in my breast got to be too much so in 2013 I found a surgeon who believed I had CC. I underwent a revision to remove the implant and put in a new one and add an implant on the other side in an effort to give me symmetry. While the surgeon was attempting to remove my capsule, she broke thru it and my implant inside had ruptured!!! She had to suck it all out of me. She put in an 800cc silicone under the muscle and on right side a 325cc under the muscle. I am in so much pain AGAIN! I feel like I have razor blades in my chest. I am not sure if this one has ruptured again. It is huge! I lost weight and this thing is huge. It is killing me, physically and emotionally. I am crying every day because I am so weak and I have to work. I have an appointment on Monday, January 30th, 2017 with a surgeon to have them removed. NO MORE! Two sets have failed me and I didn’t know all this stuff before I found your site. I didn’t know…no one told me I could have a auto immune response, no one told me I could have joint pain, burning pain, that I would have chemicals in my body like Toluene and Benzene!! I work at a chemical facility and we store those products, we use them to make things and I have to take safety videos on how carcinogenic they are…I am frightened at what the future might look like for all of us that have been exposed to all these chemicals and the silicone. How can the FDA still allow these to be put in women’s bodies without fully disclosing how harmful they are or what the potential hazards are? How can these doctors in good conscience put them in our bodies when they took an oath to do no harm?????? I am crying because I just wanted to look like a woman again after my mastectomy. I wasn’t given any other options. Why didn’t they tell me I could use my own tissue to make a natural breast? They just cut me and put those toxic bags in me, as if cancer the first time wasn’t enough. The plastic surgeon who did my initial procedure was a total and utter jerk to me and treated me like a second class citizen, like I chose this for myself. I could have went elsewhere, but I was floored and emotional and I thought the surgeon would do what was best for me. I was so wrong!!!! The second surgeon who put in my second set was just as negligent. I hope and pray someday for all of us that something will be done. I hope and pray that the FDA will ban them again. I will do everything I can to help educate women. I will speak up and not be silent any more. We are all in this fight together!!! Thank you for this site!!!!! Thank you for your support!!!!

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  270. Andrea

    I have gotton siick all of a sudden 7 months ago with EBV chronic, high cortisol levels during almost every day, weight loss, anxiety, high heart rate, brain fog, autoimmune titers and chronic fatigue. I have been put on high dose of gabapentin just to slow down my CNS but I cannot funciton normally on it as I am tired, brain fog, etc.

    Please let me know if taking out implants that were put in after a mastectomy in 2007 that have moved to under my arms would be helpful. And how long after can I expect till endocrine system gets back to normal. I don’t want to live like this forever as I can’t work or anything. I have silicone, ribbed implants.

    Please give me some hope if there is some. I live in Raleigh now and don’t think I can travel to a surgeon. Who’s the best explant surgeon near me that can get capsules and everything?
    Thanks.

    Andrea

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      Yes, those are all breast implant illness symptoms. Explanting properly is going to improve your health and symptoms. Please ensure your explant is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and all capsule tissue is removed. Your healing and detoxification may take a year or two. Nicole

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      1. Andrea Miller

        Nicole,

        Thanks. What can I do to get better quicker? Is there any chance I will? I don’t feel clear headed enough to buy all supplements listed for detox, so can you boil it down to a few that are important for me. I have had tons of workup and lost so much weight this is all so scary. Also the surgeon today said he would take the total capsule and send it for basic parthology but that if part of the capsule would require him puncturing my lung he would not take it. But he said he doesn’t expect that to happen. Is that good enough or keep searching for a surgeon that said they can get it? I can’t travel far so I have limited choices as there is not an Exlant specialist in the Raleigh Durham area that I know about. Anyone else know of one?

        Also do you anticipate my heart rate will even get back to closer to normal from 96 reasting now and nurmal for me was 76. I am 52 and am now a year in menapause. Could that have contibuted to the sudden symptoms? I take progesterone at night in hopes it will help but estrogen just made my symptoms worse. I just want off gabapentin but am weaning due to nasua and vomiting and return of high pulses. So Ill be on it for surgery. Arghh.

        Please advise if you think I will fill some relief and be able to function better after surgery healing. It came on suddenly and I’ve been worked up for everything.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Andrea,
          Yes explanting properly will bring you relief from your symptoms. Please choose a surgeon relatively committed to removing all the capsule tissue. Please read the Detoxification page of this website and start with diet, diet is the most significant factor in managing your symptoms day to day and to detoxing. Once you have good diet in place that supports you then move to killing any infections if they exist, most of us have an overgrowth of fungus such as yeast/Candida. Nicole

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  271. Stephanie

    I’ve been trying to get accepted into the Facebook group. Has anyone thought about fat transfer after explanation?

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  272. Monika

    Hi. I been reading everyone stories. I’m 40 and got my implants 10 years ago Saline. For 5 years I been contemplating if the way I feel is due to my Implants. I started off wit Anxiety / depression and then most of it went away so I thought it couldn’t be my implants . “It’s all in my head” it’s my anxiety what the Dr say… Well then in October 2016 I started to have really bad stomach issues IBS and my anxiety came back worse than ever ( well it never left I just I found tools to control it) out of no where I lost 15lbs.. Then I started to have trouble swallowing and feel like my throats is swollen , and I get food stuck . then after I eat I get this werid air coming up and then my heart starts beating like crazy . Dr says it’s GERD and anxiety. I know what anxiety is and I feel this isn’t anxiety. I also have upper back and shoulder pain and neck pain that won’t go away. I have werid sensations in my face . Headaches on the side like pressure , also I’ve woken up a couple times this month with my leg or arm completely numb that dead feeling when u sleep on your arm, well I wasn’t sleeping on my arm I was asleep on my back and nothing was on my leg i jumped up n had to shake my arm n leg mostly my foot to get circulation. And since Nov my left breast hurts bad. They did a mamogram and came Back fine, so I thought maybe my heart and they did an EKG and it’s fine . the breast fills burning then stabbing then just an ache. Then it will go away for a day or 2 and then come back. 2 weeks ago I thought for sure I had a UTI WENT to the dr took a urine test, I felt uncomfortable down there like I had the urge to go to the bathroom I would go but wouldn’t burn or anything just feels werid. Well my test results came back n no UTI , actually this happened to me back n August same thing they prescribed me antibiotics he said I showed a small trace of nitrates but nothinh really,I took the meds … but that werid urge didn’t go away until weeks later just all of sudden left . Well again it’s happening but now it goes n comes. I have no idea what it is. I also developed a phobia of meds I get a reaction every time I take something I get anxiety and panic I became real sensitive to things. So I’m terrified to be put under it’s the reason why I’m in denial bcuz I’m terrified. I’m terrified of taking them out and I don’t get better and it’s true ” it’s all in my head” I have so many fears of this I don’t care about the implants being out it’s my fear of being put under or these symptoms don’t go away. I guess I’m asking if anyone else had all these symptoms and also feared surgery . Thank you sorry so long

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Monika,
      You have a classic breast implant illness story and symptoms. If you get a proper Total Capsulectomy explant and detox and treat any infections such as fungus you will recovery your health. Nicole

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  273. Lisa Glogowski

    I have had my silicone implants for 5 years. I have noticed over the past 3 years I have developed tremors in my head/neck and hands, in addition to a number of other symptoms (most noticeably chronic fatigue and brain fog). Could these tremors be related to my implants?

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  274. Heather Tacy

    I’m not the same woman I was prior to my implants. In October of 2013 I had 1400 cc os gummy bears implants implanted into my 5’2 130lb body…I wanted my body to have a more womanly appearance. I underwent 4 surgeries pertaining to those implants. The first surgery was the initial implant. The second implant was due to my right implant flipped up. The third surgery was also performed on my right implant coning because my muscle was to tight that was not allowing the implant to slide into place. The fourth surgery was in may of 2016 to have them removed. I didn’t notice any changes until a year after the implants. Subtle changes at first…more tired, foggy, and very very very irritable. I began fighting with everyone in my family. I didn’t want to go anywhere do anything. I couldn’t sleep or eat anything that didn’t seem to make me feel off. I kept telling my boyfriend “I feel off. I feel like I’m losing my mind.” All he said was he was tired of me yelling at him. I was always apologizing to him. To everyone was always I’m sorry. Today. I’m still sick. I’m no longer with my boyfriend. And I’m still sick. I’m still crying because I am not feeling well. Even as I type this I’m not feeling well. I am at a doctor now that she doesn’t seem to be concerned about me. I had to basically have a crying fit in her office before she ordered different labs. What she’s looking for she didn’t really say. She just said she was going to order blood work and told me to go and talk to the resident shrink. I’m emotional because I’m not being heard. I’m tired of feeling like my brain isn’t working right. My body isn’t working right.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Heather,
      It sounds like you did not have your capsule tissue removed when you explanted. You may not recover fully if the capsule tissue is still in your body. Nicole

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  275. Mary Naylor

    Thank you for this information. Ive had implants for 30 years and I’ve suffered with “mystery” symptoms for many years mostly attributed to my gut. I’ve been diagnosed with my illnesses including leaky gut syndrome, chronic fatigue, liver disfunction, chronic skin rashes and vertigo. I refused to believe it was my silicone breast implants but after years of detoxing and many protocols, I’m certain that my implants are the source. I’ve decided to face this problem head on and will call Dr Barnett in Sarasota FL Monday to set up my appointment and get the answers I need.

    Thank for allowing me to have a voice and feel supported.

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  276. Susan white

    I’m am 50 years old I’ve had my implants in for almost 5 years .. I feel like so sick .. I’m planning on explanting hopefully In February, God willing

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  277. Cris

    I am strongly contemplating explanation surgery after experiencing 19 of the symptoms on the list in this article over the last 18 months. I am waiting for final results on all the blood tests.
    My biggest question for you is: did most if not all symptoms disappear after explanation? If not all, which ones persisted? Do you regret it? How quickly did you begin to feel normal again? My head is swimming with so much doubt! I’m scared.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cris,
      I am completeley healed now and my healing unfolded over a few years, not weeks and months. In general it can take a couple years to heal completely from breast implants, some heal faster and some heal slower too. Nicole

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  278. Glennie

    Anyone reporting seizure activity from having silicone implants? I know someone who is having weird illnesses and unexplained reasons as to why this is happening. Some include misdiagnosis of thyroid diseases from one end of the spectrum to the other; very low blood pressure and low pulse rate; syncope, severe transformed migraine headaches and now seizures. Very scary and disheartening. She has gone to many specialists and I don’t think she has even thought about possible toxicity from having implants. Her implants are about 10 years old.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Glennie,
      Yes seizures can be a symptom. Your friend needs to explant, detox and heal from implants, please direct her toward the website and facebook group where she can talk to others that have similar symptoms. Nicole

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      1. Tambra

        I have had this sick unusual feeling in my body for 8 months! It does not feel like the flu but this all started from back pain and then it traveled to my entire body. I constantly have headache and vison impairment along with heavy feeling in head with loss of balance and flicking feeling in some gland close to left side of my throat . No one can find any reason . I also shake all the time inside and outside and a lot of shaky vison. .don’t know

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Tambra,
          Sound like your thyroid needs to be checked, there is a big correlation between breast implants and hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s thyroid disease. Hypothyroid was one of my first symptoms too. Start planning your proper explant. Nicole

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      Yes, implants can cause blood pressure problems and many of us have that symptoms. Silicone chemicals are endocrine disruptors and affect the our endocrine glands negatively and especially the adrenals. The adrenal cortex produces three hormones: Mineralocorticoids: the most important of which is aldosterone. This hormone helps to maintain the body’s salt and water levels which, in turn, regulates blood pressure. Many of us have low aldosterone and other adrenal hormones. Nicole

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  279. Christine

    Hello everyone 🙂
    Update:
    7-8month eurosilicone 450 prothesis 93cm, petite body.

    Have 20+ knots in my neck, back, rib, shoulder – areas, that I am currently treating with physio therapy. 2nd visit today and I cannot emphasize my relieve from the uncomfortability – all the BII symtoms I could diagnose myself with, are starting to disappear and I feel less depressed believe it or not.
    I am so grateful for the relieve, and option to be as before.
    I still 70/30 regret the decision to implant and explant definite on the table in time because of the apparent inevitable silicone poisoning and general risk of leaking etc.
    So, thank you for the one explant dr in south africa, in gauteng.
    If the implant is a bit bigger, the muscle need to be retrained to handle it, and existing spasms treated.
    Every plastic surgeon that implant a foreign body, should include in his treatment recommendation, referral to a physio.

    They give SO little real information

    It’s ALL about ‘how it looks’

    Good luck ladies

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  280. Tasha

    Hi Nicole
    I have had silicone implants for 21 years. Symptoms have been very gradual. I have had Lyme disease ( as I also had mercury poisoning from my fillings). Now I have fatigue – so I only work part time. All doctors results show everything as being normal. I cough a lot and I feel my brain does not work as well as it used to. I no longer go to the gym – even though I loved doing this before. I’m intolerant to heat/ cold and often feel like I can’t be bothered with stuff eg housework, cooking. I used to be more active, travelled a lot, socialized more. Now I am 43. I will join your fb page. So after explant – that’s it? ( obviously no new implants and I ve read mixed reviews on fat transfer)

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  281. Tina passmore

    Thank you Ms. Nicole for this site and information. I got my saline/silicone breast implants at 42. The left breast was decreasing in size and I sought help from the implanting surgeon. He refused to help me because he had shaky hands in 2010 and sent me away. I will be 56 in 16 days. The left is completley ruptured. The health problems and 9 failed back surgeries along with an endless list of heath problems and no one to turn to because there are too many to adress. I am a walking nightmare when I go to a doctor for help. I am now disabled and living on fixed income, getting ready to be evicted and no where to turn for help but God and now your informative site. Please email me the Article from the University you have. I would be grateful. I will attempt to join on facebook. I could use the support group to know I am not alone.

    Thank you and God Bless,
    Tina Passmore

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  282. Rosalie L Murdock

    My life, since breast implants, is ruined.
    I had saline implants in 2001 and the damn doctor put in the “natural” teardrop type which he had never showed nor discussed with me.
    Of course I had them out in 4 months, at my expense.
    A few years later, I herniated a disc in my neck. I think it was because of the cutting the doc did under my pecs. Cut the tissue here, it affects everywhere in the body.
    I decided to have silicone implants in 2012 as I had heard they were “safe,” but the pain in my neck, shoulders, hips, and back have destroyed my happy home, destroyed my performance as mother, and made me disabled.
    Every day I wake up to another day of hell, another Groundhog Day of pain, suffering, depression, hopelessness and inability to do anything useful.
    Every night I have to talk myself out of swallowing all my pills to end it all. I never knew life could be this horrible.

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  283. Erin Lanza

    Hi!
    I’m writing this on behalf of my mother in law and curious if you have heard of anyone with this degree of illness from implants! She is only 58 years old and I’m the last 7 years has gone from being able to fully function and have a conversation to having a really confused conversation about 5 years ago, to becoming super forgetful to the point of not being allowed to drive 3 years ago, to have some crazy psychotic episodes and going from screaming and crying to scared then joyful in a matter of minutes 2 years ago at which led to us taking her to ER and they out her on a psychotropic drug that has completely made her be in a “zombie” like state. Taking away her ability to talking, other than a few random words, her walking is getting worse, and she has lost the ability to tell you when has to use the restroom or if she’s hungry or thirsty 🙁 … she has had tons of tests that have come back normal so all they call it is early onset dementia! She has had breast implants for at least 15 years. Have you ever heard of someone with similar symptoms and been able to comeback once implants are removed? I am only the daughter in law but I’ve been asking for years to get them but I have finally had enough and took her to a surgeon and have an appointment to get them removed next week!!!! Thank you for your time and help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Erin,
      Yes, breast implants can cause this and much worse. I know women that were completely bedridden and nonfunctional from breast implants and the toxicity that they cause. They are most likely ruptured. Please seek help for her. She needs them removed En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Nicole

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  284. Lizelle de Wet

    Nicole Goodday

    I want the share my story with you cause it’s Only God that’s brought the answer to why I am ill. I had mine done in 2003 and 2011 started feeling sick. Today Gods Grace was shown to me. I have been very ill with symptoms of tiredness, hair loss, bladder infection and a heavy feeling on my intestines just under my rib cage. I am bloated and very uncomfortable at times. There were times I felt it’s better to die than feel sick all the time. I was scared telling others I am feeling bad cause they would think I am mad.

    I am a goat farmer and This morning after feeding my bottle baby got back to our room and got told by my husband Iknow why you sick! He says he don’t know why but on waking up typed in on his phone does breast implants make you sick? He got to your website and showed me articles. I have been very sick and constantly at Drs in 2016 and this morning showed my husband that without him knowing it saw on FB about ladies talking about plastics surgeons and I took down their details thinking maybe one day I might need it.

    Needless to say that what more of a confirmation do I want than this!!! I am planing to remove them. I yearn for feeling normal and healthy again. Thank you for your information it has helped alot????????

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  285. Christine

    I got saline implants almost 2 years ago, as of 6 months ago, I noticed ear aching really bad ( dr told me my ears and throat were perfectly fine) then came muscle spasms, in my legs,arms,and even my stomach area. The past two months I started having tingles and tightening in my throat… all blood work came back clear. Did anyone else have these issues?

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    1. Kristy L

      I have also had these issues and have had implants since May. I also started having vaginal discharge I never had before and numbness and tingling in face and legs. All of my blood work and physicals came back normal also. I am scheduled to get my removed already. The timing is just right that it has to be from the saline implants that I was told were safe. This is all so frustrating and I wish I knew all of this before I got them!!!

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      1. KD

        I too am having symptoms in the last 6 months that don’t make sense. I had saline implants put in 8 months ago and 4 months ago was hit with extreme fatigue that I believe was an EBV episode that I have not had one in over 6 -7 years, My EKG came back abnormal, my TSH is higher that it’s been in the last 15 years, my urine shows infection although I’m asymptomatic, I have a weird mass like thing in my upper right quadrant just below my ribs that a stomach sonogram and abdominal CT couldn’t find anything, my heart rate is high, I have pressure in my chest, random tingling in hands and feet, enlarged lymph glands in neck just above throat, forget words as I talking, have weird metallic taste in the mornings, pain and burning sensation around left brewmaster when I wear a bra.

        I guess I shouldn’t even ask the question” could this all be because of my implants?” I’m scared as my mom, dad, aunt and grandmother all have or had autoimmune disorders.

        Praying I know for sure how to take next steps. My husband and I do So much to eat very clean and excersize and take our vitamins only for me to feel like it’s all useless if I keep toxic implants in my body.

        Feedback is appreciated! Thanks for the information contained here.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi KD,
          Your symptoms are classic breast implant illness symptoms. Please start planning your En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant, please read all the pages of this website and you will have the info you need to explant. Also come to the facebook group where we can coach you. Nicole

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  286. Kathryn Pearson

    Hello, I suffer from chronic migraines and gastroparesis which is idiopathic. I am extremely tired every day and I had to retire from my job because of my health. I had breast implants in 1986 , which is around the same time I started getting migraine headaches. We have been to neurologists, specialists, gastrointestinal experts and made very little progress in treating all my symptoms. At this point I am in bed all day due to my headaches and my stomach disorder. Many of the symptoms listed at this site seem to coincide with my symptoms. I think it is probably time to have my breast implants removed. The information at this site has been very informative and we are just hopeful that having the breast implants removed will help me feel better.

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    1. Lori

      Hello to all

      I had silicone implants in 1982. A gift from my parents when I was just 19 yrs old. About 10 yrs later I started having all sorts of unexplained health problems which eventually lead to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Immediately I concluded the possibility my symptoms may have been caused from silicone implants. I addressed this issue with every doctor I visited. Not one seemed to agree and casually dismissed my concerns. Needless to say my health has gradually deteriorated dispite all my efforts to eat clean, exercise and lead an over all healthy life. I have most of the major health complaints associated with silicone implants with more perplexing complications constantly being added with each passing year. I am convinced of the need to get these removed..En Bloc/ Total Capsulectomy Explant with all residual capsule removed etc. Hopefully my health will improve afterwards.

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  287. Christo

    Hi Nicole. My wife has her implants for 1 year and 3 months. About 7 months ago, she started getting the following syntoms: intermittent double vision, problems swallowing and choking, extremely short of breath and she cannot do any exercise. She has a very weak neck and sometimes she struggles to keep her head up. We seeked medical advise and ended up in hospital where they did tons and tons of tests. Although none of the test came back positive, she was diagnosed by the neurologist based on her symptoms with a illness called Myasthenia gravis. She was put on some meds, but they did not really make a difference and so she went off the meds. Over the last 6 to 7 months, her symptoms have not been getting worse, but she is stuck with her weak neck and the double vision still comes and goes. She has noticed that when she is under pressure at work(stress) the symptoms also get worse. We are at a loss as to what to do next! Her quality of life has just gone backwards. Do you think that the implants could be the cause of these symptoms, and can it happen so quickly? We would really appreciate your views.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Christo,
      Yes it is the implants and Myasthenia gravis is a one of the diseases we get misdiagnosed with along with others, in the facebook group of 12,000 plus ladies there are several that were misdiagnosed with Myasthenia gravis and it is/was their implants. She needs her implants explanted properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy – removing all capsule tissue. After a proper explant her body will recover and heal over time. It is not uncommon for women to have immediate and serious reactions to breast implants, they are highly toxic. Two large bags of toxic chemicals placed over and near important glands (thymus) and organs do not belong in the body. Nicole

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      1. Christine

        Hi Nicole – thanks – that is just hectic – can’t believe we couldn’t know it prior to implantation.
        I went for a check up today after 7+ months, all good and healed and looking fantastic – but, have had 7 knots in my neck and upper back connected to my left prosthesis that was pulling my entire body sideways, causing me to be off sick from work for 5 days. Phrosthesis perfectly in place but I could not move.
        Physio is highly recommended, I feel 1000% better and almost normal like before implantation, where I was suffering spasms for 4 months – it’s insane – my dr did not even suggest physio today. It’s going to take 3-4 treatments to address.
        I feel like a new person already

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    1. KD

      I just read this and think that is what I have in my upper stomach. It was very tender and swollen feeling at first but now it’s just a mass feeling thing.

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  288. Carol McDaniels

    Wow! Reading all the replies sounds like there are a lot of sick women from what we thought was to make us beautiful! I decided to get my implants after the birth of my last child in 1990. My implants were made by Mentor with the adhesive foam which was to not cause them to harden. I unfortunately had my implants for 20 years! Not knowing they were only good for 10! My disaster happened after a mammogram where the nurse was very rough and put a lot of pressure on my implants. I also had to go back for another mammogram due to them seeing what turned out to be cysts, but again was very rough with my breasts. I tried to explain that I had older implants and to be careful which did no good! The next morning I woke up with one of my implants flat. I knew right away that something was terribly wrong! Sure enough about a week or two later I became VERY sick. To the point I was in bed. I finally realized it had to be from the implant leaking into my body. I did not want to take the time to fight with the HMO I had, I wanting them out ASAP!! I found my own board certified plastic surgeon to remove them at a cost of $7k out of my pocket. Explaining even to him how sick I was and that I wanted them removed he still stood my them indicating “they could not be making me sick”. I guess when your making thousand of dollars off of women putting them in you would not talk against them! How sad! Anyway, after surgery he did explain to me that the implants were leaking into my body. Well that was 7 years ago. I have had all of the terrible symptoms as the other women, maybe worse! I am now 59 and feel like 80! Not only do I have the fatigue, aches and pains, I also have multiple chemical sensitivity ( I cannot change my lotions, cosmetics, anything I put on my body without getting physically sick)! I cant smell paints, tar, certain chemicals without getting nauseous and light headed. I also have nerve damage in my arms. My arms are very weak. If I carry in groceries, lift my grand babies, do anything strenuous to my arms I will have tremors at night that will keep me awake! I also cannot go on hikes with my husband or anything that is the least bit exhausting or I will pay for 2 days or more with extreme fatigue. I used to be a very active person. Went to gym 3 days a week, hiked, mountain biked, water skied on and on. Cannot do anything now! I am newly married and feel bad that my husband does not have the same woman he dated who had so much energy and life. So to those of you who are questioning removing your implants I suggest you do ASAP! Don’t wait until its too late as I did and suffer as I am! The beauty is not worth the damage it is doing to your body! I will never be the same again! I do feel this has shortened my life span. Thank you for your time and God Bless you all!

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    1. Marcia Shell

      Hi Carol,
      Thank-you for writing your story. I will be 55 this month and have started to have pain not only in my breasts from saline implants that I’ve had since 1992 (25 years?) but seems to be impacting my muscles and joints. When I go to yoga or exercise at the gym I feel in so much pain afterwards. I am a disabled vet and had spinal surgery for a broken L5/S1 and fusion with permanent 8″ rods but have been active and mobile since I got out of active duty Army in 1992.
      I am scheduled for a mammogram at the VA on 23 January and very nervous about the procedure. I have declined to have the procedure in the past because of the age of the implants and afraid they might rupture. Do you have any advice please? Thank-you.

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  289. youngju

    I can’t believe what I read so far. I am 33 year old working mom with a year old baby. I have experienced continuous neck and back pain, fatigue and ear ringing in the past 6 months. I never thought it could be due to breast implant I did 5 years ago although I grew anxious as time goes. ear ringing was so frustrating but I thought it was because of stress from being a working mom with the first baby. but I began to feel something is wrong with my body and began to question why. I tried hot yoga, half bath, healthy diet, reduce caffeine, regular massage.. everything I could do to feel better but it has not fundamentally healed me. I made my mind to explant early next year and see how it goes. I hope to hear from others who experienced ear ringing go away after explant. I have been feeling so miserable and guilty with my little son that I have been feeling sick by the time I get home from work.. :(.. I live in MA so today I made my first appointment with Dr Jeffrey darrow in jan. he was one of recommended surgeon here in 2014 but currently not on the list (I wonder why?) if anyone can recommend a good doctor in boston, I would appreciate it.

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  290. Lynn Peterson

    Nicole,
    Thank you for sharing. I’ve had silicone implants for 28 years now. After reading all you wrote, I know I have a serious problem.

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  291. Elizabeth

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m very interested in explanting my 10 year old saline implants. Can you recommend a surgeon in Houston or Beaumont Texas?

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  292. Peggy

    I no longer know what it feels like to “feel good”. I had my saline breast implants in 1992 and I have suffered with major depression since and have been on antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds. Every muscle and joint in my body aches and I am so tired all the time, I just do not feel like doing anything. I have major digestive problems, reflux and major brain fog. My implants ruptured about 3 years ago but my doc seems to think it is no big deal because they were saline but I don’t believe this is true as the outer shell is silicone, right?

    I want to have the explant surgery and excess skin removed so badly but my insurance will not cover it and I can’t afford the surgery. I am not one to ask for charity but I am desperate. Had I known this would be the result of my vanity, I would never have had them done. I’m embarrassed that I was so shallow.

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  293. Cristina Scala

    Nicole,

    I have been suffering with these symptoms for many years . To say the least, it has been the worst experience of my life. Shortly after having surgery maybe a year and a half later I began having symptoms. Every year I would go online and fill out the breast implant follow up study sheet and I kept wondering why are there all these autoimmune disease questions why are there all these inflammation markers I just thought they were regular questions. I am now eight years with my implants. they are silicone. My health has deteriorated to the point where they are going to diagnose me with an auto immune disease. As of right now I just have fibromyalgia, chronic pain, disc disintegration, muscle aches, joint pain, severe memory loss, cognitive disability and I’m hot and cold intolerant. i’ve known in the back of my mind that it could’ve been my implants. I have never been sick in my life even a common cold was something that was not so common. I came across your website I read it tears came to my eyes I immediately knew it wasn’t MS, it comes back negative. Made appointment with my plastic surgeon, was in a car accident a while ago, extremely painful breast, neck back injury. His conclusion was they needed to be lesson to a smaller size. That indeed they were causing me pain. His office gave me a quote. I then explained to them what I’ve been reading about billing insurance and the different codes for pain related issues and I am they basically said they don’t do that I am so afraid now I am so sick. All I want are these things out of Me! Only told him about the pain. What do I do you know it’s not like I have 10 K sitting around my house just waiting to to go on my second boob job my health is everything to me if I can get it borrow it beg for it I would I guess that’s why am here. I am suffering, sick and losing what’s left of my life. I am only 35 years old two kids and would be a normal healthy life loving productive member of society. I see no help or end insight! Just sickness pain and further disability.. please if you could any suggestions?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cristina,
      If you have insurance that covers explant keep pursuing that. Get a copy of your full insurance policy and read how you may be covered under insurance to explant, generally they cover for rupture, capsular contracture, pain and or infection/necrosis. Also you can try this organization for assistance to explant: http://ict-dev.com/explantassistance/. Also use crowd funding to help you gather funds for explanting. Don’t give up, you can do this!! Nicole

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  294. Claire

    Hi there , I had my implants 9?yrs ago , now I’m suffering with on and off chest pain and I think I have a tiny lump where I was cut , I’ve been reffered to have a ultrasound scan this week , will it beable to pick anything up from that scan ,

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Claire,
      An ultrasound may be able to pick up bleeding/leaking and ruptured implants however they miss them all the time too and so does mammagram and MRI. We have seen many cases of these reports stating implants are in good shape and they are in fact ruptured which is revealed during surgery to explant. Nicole

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  295. Deb barth

    Every 3 months I get severe body aches, fever, joint pain, redness Lower half of breast gets fire red and hot. My doctor puts me on levaquin and steroids and the after about 3-4 days I feel good again. I had breast reconstruction about a year and a half ago related to capsular contracture after breast cancer. Any ideas.

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  296. Laura Maloney

    I am a breast cancer patient. I had a bilateral mastectomy in October and have had chest expanders in since surgery. They have been filled weekly to create the pocket for the implants. My implant surgery is scheduled for next week, but my intuition has been nagging me and after researching and finding your site I have decided to have the expanders removed and not have the implants. Are there precautions I should insist the surgeon use when removing the saline filled chest expanders? Where could I find info on this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laura,
      Expanders are must like breast implants and the same concerns apply. Please ensure that any capsule tissue (scar tissue the body has built up around the implants) is also removed with the implants. I am happy that you will dodge the health crisis breast implants are. Nicole

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  297. Elizabeth

    I thought I was going crazy or maybe I WAS a hypochondriac?
    I have been suffering from burning and pain around the implants, and burning and itching in my armpits where I have my scar and lymph nodes.
    This past year I have had MRI for lumps because I thought maybe cancer? But that was clear. Blood was clear. Then EKG for my heart spazzing out and panic attacks. I thought maybe stress? Now brain fog and ringing in my ears and the pain is staying, not just sporadically anymore. So here I am after googling my symptoms.
    I am getting them removed as quickly as possible!
    They are saline and under the muscle 550 cc. I’m 45 and got them when I was 27 after nursing.

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  298. Jamie L

    How much is it to to get them explanted and does anyone know a good doctor in MD that does that? Ive had Graves disease and joint pains for the last 5 years it’s so annoying. The only time it went away is when I was pregnant. Has anyone taken them out and put new ones in to see if that made a difference with newer ones? My implants I had done in 2004 in Germany never had issues with them so far. Just all this autoimmune issues and it started when I was like 26 now I’m 32 and graves desease did go in remission but always have joint flair ups. It’s horrible I can’t stand the pain sometimes. I also have pain in my lymph nodes under earand seem so always have problems with my throat.

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  299. Nicole

    I can’t believe what I am reading. My friend sent me this article and all my symptoms match up as does the time frame. I definitely will be getting these removed soon! Thank you for sharing this information!!!

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  300. Sandra

    Hey I’m interest in Chating with you about my implants but I have no fb is there another way we can keep in touch my name Sandra hope to hear from you soon!

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  301. Stacy Udria

    I had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery with breast implants three years ago. I am now experiencing so many problems. The main one is severe fatigue and not being able to remember things.

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  302. Sandra

    Hi Nicole:
    I had my implants since 1982. never thought a thing of it. I have since been reading and had explant surgery because my left implant burst open and burst through the encapsolation as well. the silicone moved super quickly through my left breast and has attached itself to my skin also. The surgeon that did the explant was not able to get 2 of the lumps out, and I may have to have another surgery. Over the years I have had hypothyroidism, headaches, anxiety attacks and several other symptoms.
    recently though since surgery, I have back calf pain, bruising that shows up for no reason, short term memory loss and chest pains. I cannot seem to get a doctor to listen to me about testing. I am in Cape Coral Florida. Any suggestions?

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    1. Flo

      Hi Sandra my name is Flo and I also live in cc fl I also have saline implants for 16 years had a breast mri and supposedly theyou are still in tact. But within the past 5 moths I have had really bad chest and head colds where as I have never been sick for 20 years not even a cold plush I have some autoimmune problems. So after reading all of these blogs I would not be surprised this is my problem I was wondering have you found a doc in cc fl that does explanation surgery? THANK AND GOOD LUCK

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  303. Jessica Dominguez

    Hi ladies,
    I have found so much comfort in this blog. I am 31 years old & have had saline implants for 13 years. Recently, about 1 month ago I started to get really bad headaches that are not alleviated with anything. Sitting here writing I currently have a headache. Along with that, I’ve different major anxiety and slight depression. My energy has decline by 50%, I can’t sleep at night, my stomach is very weak (very dark stool), I have chest pain & I’ve been noticing a lot more hair loss than normal. I’ve also noticed dry skin & overall muscle aches and pains. I’m bruising very easily also. I’ve been to almost every doctor possible to rule everything out and all my bloodwork is normal, EKG, neurologist, eye exam, cardiac-everything 100% normal. But I know how I feel and I know deep down inside something is wrong with me internally. I’ve tried to blame it on stress & anxiety but truth is I’ve had major stressors in my life before and my body has never reacted this way. I feel there’s a chemical imbalance going on within me. My period was super late this month and when it finally came it was so different than the norm. After reading this blog I am almost 100% convinced this is the root of my issues. Luckily I am on to it fairly quickly and maybe I can reverse this before things get worse. Are there any blood tests that can be done to prove toxicity? Should I go to my primary doctor or go see a homeopathic doctor? I am about to go into tax season in January and want to get this show on the road. Please advise my next step! If i do remove the implants i would not get new ones obviously – but I may consider a fat transfer of my own fat into my boobs. Is that a more natural option? I need advise please !

    THANKS
    JESS

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      There really are no tests that definitively prove your implants are causing your symptoms and illness but they are. The first real step is planning your explant. Please see the Explant Surgeon’s list on this website. Your primary care doc will likely not be aware of breast implant illness but you will need him for test plus a Functional Medicine doctor or a Naturopath to help you detox. We have seen great Fat Transfer results. Come to the facebook group and we will coach you through the rest. Nicole

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    2. Nehara

      I’ve read on another blog about a woman after explanting, she did the fat transfer thing and the fat was re absorbed by her body in a few months after the procedure. So it didn’t work out either. :/

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  304. diana.dallan

    Hello,

    My name is Diana, I am 22 years old. I live in New Caledonia, a little island. I am french.
    Two years ago, I had a breast augmentation surgery, with ALLERGAN silicone gel implants 300 CC, retro-pectoral, in France.

    One year ago, I started with symptoms of an auto immune disease et two months ago, after medical exams (biopsies, blood tests…) a doctor diagnosed a SCLERODERMA with articulation, skin disorders and a global bad health. I can’t open my fingers in a normal way because the tendons are retracted, or my right foot. I also have many bumps in my skin, on the right thigh and in my arms, mainly behing the two shoulders. My skin is very hard on the right knee, on the armpits, on my right shin and foot. I have many symptoms mentioned in the article : fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), joint and muscle pain, hair loss… Currently, I take cortisone strong dose for the scleroderma.

    After MRI, an intra-capsular rupture is detected on the right implant. Immediatly after the surgery, i had swelling at the top of the right breast and the unaesthetic appearance embarassed me very much but the surgeon refused to operate again. So I stayed like that…

    Nearly, an other surgeon in New Caledonia will extract gel silicone breast implants. Today, after reeding all the site, i called him to ask if he will do a capsulectomy en bloc, he said “of course, it is the usual procedure” so I am reassured. He will put physiological serum implants SEBBIN, because I wanted them, thinking that the problem was the silicone gel and no the enveloppe. In all cases, the decision is taken, the surgeon put physiological serum, i am just hoping that my illness comes from the intra-capsular rupture and I will be better without my silicone gel breast implants.

    I know that breast implants are guaranteed 10 years. Do you think a financial contribution can be taken by ALLERGAN FRANCE ? Knowing that I have an intra-capsular rupture only 2 years after the surgery…

    Thank you very much et excuse me for my English.
    Diana DALLAN

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  305. Suzy

    Nicole, How many girls, do you think, get better after explantation. In the first year, two, three… I understand there is a detox that needs to be done after to clean out the body of the toxins. Also I saw that you posted earlier that the hair loss stops after the explant. My hair got extremely dry and just breaks off now and wont grow long and my skin is extremely dry. Does this get better after the explant surgery? Hydration?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Suzy,
      All women improve after explant, but not everyone improves a 100 percent. In general it can take a couple years or more for the body to recover and heal all the damage done by silicone and saline implants. See the Detoxification page of this website for some general guidelines for detox. I lost hair before and after explant and through the roughest parts of detox but it did eventually stop falling out, start regrowing and returned to it’s orginal healthy fullness. Hydration issues are from adrenal fatigue, make sure you are supporting your adrenals, controlling your blood sugar and adding a pinch of quality salt to your water. Ensure that you are getting rid of fungus in the gut too. Nicole

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  306. Jean Mains Widman

    Hi: I have had my implants since 1978. One Saline, one silicone. Dr. made a mistake. I was supposed to get two saline. Anyway through the years allergies have increased. Perfume I had from a child but the food sensitivities came about the last 10years. I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue. a node on right thyroid, essential thrombocythemia, vertigo, ringing in the ears, some swallowing issues, still minor and my joints have hurt since the early 2000. Verging on high blood pressure, but in farness it does run in the family.

    The right, silicone implant has been ruputered for about a year or so. The surgeons I spoke with and looked up on line said medicare would not pay for it since it was elective when I had them done???? So now that I have some money to do them It is hard to find a surgeon that will work with me. I need them out, explant, and everything clean out. And then a lift for all the excess skin.
    I have been researching the use of our fat with stem cells added but finding a credible Dr. or even one willing to do it. Is tough in Kingman Arizona. Has anyone tried the stem cell fat replacement.

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  307. Meli

    Hello, I had my breast implants for 9yrs and after reading this site and comparing all my symtoms i was definitely suffering from breast Implant illness. I decided to remove my breast implants last week and I feel so much better. 90 percent of the symtoms are gone. I still have alittle back soreness but im pretty sure it will take some time. I was so miserable. Please ladies remove your implants if your are experiencing these symtoms. Feeling healthy is more important. Good Luck !

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    1. Jenna Luciani

      Meli, I’ve had my implants now for 10 years and am deciding what to do. Can I ask what your symptoms were? I’ve been suffering from anxiety for years, I also have issues with headaches, no sex drive, soreness in my chest/breast area most of the time, Dry skin, dry hair, and fatigue. I saw a recent video on FB of a woman choosing to remove hers and it got me thinking about mine and if it’s causing the issues. My thing is how do I really know if it is, and when you had yours removed did you go to your original plastic surgeon or no?

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      1. Meli

        Hi Jenna, my symptoms were: memory fog, tiredness, joint pain, left chest pain with soreness, headaches (everyday) fatigue and back pain . Sound like you are suffering from breast implants illness. I don’t regret removing them at all i wish i had removed them sooner knowing it would make me feel better. I moved from where I originally got my implants so i went to a different sugeon. ! I Wish you the best .

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  308. Lucy Grey

    Hi Nicole not sure if you can help me with this one at all because totally different situation. I recently had juvaderm done in my nasol folds and around lips, about 2 days later I started to experience some of the symptoms you mentioned. I am not well, do you think juvaderm may of caused an auto immune reaction. The cosmetic surgeon who preformed the procedure said it wouldn’t be that because it is hydarlonic acid and is naturally occurring in the body. Wondering if you have ever heard of this happening from others. I am not well.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lucy,
      Yes all these dermafillers also contain silicone and other crap that cause implant illness symptoms too. Once again plastic surgeons are lying to ladies and telling them these products are safe when they are not. Do not use botox, fillers, implants, nothing foreign in the body. All of it causes implant illness symptoms. Nicole

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  309. Lee Pierce

    My wife Linda had implants after a double mastectomy in 2005. She had an immediate reaction to them and had to use oxygen therapy to keep the skin from dying. She incurred severe scarring. Those implants were the solid style and they were removed within a year and a half due to a manufacturers recall of the product. They then implanted regular silicon implants. Within two years my wife was having essentially all of the issues you mentioned. She started having severe thyroid issues. Then issues with her pancreas. She became allergic to practically everything, even things she ate for years. Doctors all insisted there was no connection. In 2009 the plastic surgeon who implanted both sets, Dr. Blaine Shatkin of Weston, FL dropped her from his care and refused to remove the implants because he insisted they were fine and she would be unhappy without any breasts and after this much time she would have large cavities if they were removed. She tried other Doctors but they did not want to deal with another Doctor’s mess. She was devastated that she could not have them out and was severely depressed over this. In 2010, I started noticing she was getting forgetful and by 2011 she was hardly driving anymore because she was to shaky to drive. During this same time one of her many doctors found a spot in her pancreas head and monitored it until it suddenly got very large. By now she was using a very expensive product for digestion issues since her pancreas was only functioning at 10-15 percent. She had also started having issues with her back and was slouching a lot. By 2013 she was also having breathing problems relating to all the allergies she had developed and her slouching. In the summer of 2013 her pancreas doctor ordered a biopsy of the growth in her pancreas and we traveled to Moffett Cancer Center in Tampa. She had the procedure in the morning and then developed Pancreatitis by the afternoon. She spent a month in Moffett on a feeding tube while they worked to get the pancreatitis under control. She was released and within a day of release she developed severe back pain. We went to a back specialist and they determined she had 6 fractured vertebrae in her back. Basically her bones were disintegrating. They tried to do Vertebroplasty but it was unsuccessful. She was sent to a pill clinic and put on high doses of Tramadol and Oxycontin. For the next year her health continued to decline and by 2015 we had to move to a smaller one story house closer to my work as she was having frequent falls. Her skin was so thin from Prednisone that any fall resulted in her getting huge skin tears. In the summer of 2015 she had gone from 5’9 to 5’2 from the bone loss in her back and developed a severe hump. She had issues with breathing because of the hump and developed pneumonia several times. She had an incident were she went catatonic and was rushed to a hospital, but not one we normally went to… She developed aspiration pneumonia and slowly recovered but not to what she had been. The doctors at that hospital felt she had developed Lewy Body Dementia due to all the symptoms she was showing and she was sent to a Hospice. The doctor thought she might have about 3-4 months to live. She improved a little at the hospice after a few weeks and was sent home under hospice care. By now she could barely walk, had hallucinations, sometimes would confuse me with an imaginary brother she had invented in her mind and needed round the clock care. She had times of complete clarity and we would talk about the illness and what was coming and she understood. Three months after leaving hospice she died quietly in my arms in once quick second. She was 62. After four years of pain she was finally free of pain…. A lot of her doctors acknowledged that all this was auto immune related but none would say it on the record that it was from the breast implants. Her death was listed as long term pneumonia aspiration…no autopsy was ordered. In hind sight I wish I would have demanded one. I truly believe that all this and her death were the effects of the implants either leaking or leaching into her system. There is such secrecy between doctors that it becomes more important to them to protect each other’s reputation than to do what is best for the patient. It has been one year and two months since my wife’s death. I miss her all day long. I wish I understood how serious the implant issue was and fought to do more.

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    1. admin Post author

      Dear Lee,
      I am so sorry for your wife’s suffering due to toxic silicone breast implants, I am so sorry for your loss. We are aware of so many deaths now from silicone breast implants and the lies continue by implant manufacturers and by plastic surgeons that keep peddling these toxic products as safe so they can make money. Our time is coming Lee, we are gathering and we are fighting back against silicone and medical device mayhem. Nicole

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  310. Nicole

    I too am having many of these symptoms but have saline implants. Could these symptoms be caused from saline as well. Have had them for almost 11 years but haven’t felt my best the last few years and Drs can’t diagnose me

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicole,
      Yes, breast implant illness is caused by both saline and silicone implants. The shell of saline are silicone too. Saline implants regularly get colonized too. Saline implants stimulate all the autoimmune responses and immune deficits too. Nicole

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  311. Mary Anne Giroux

    I had beautiful silicone implants in 1978, then sometime in the mid to late 1980’s, mamo showed they were leaking. There was no leak found but the doctor put in too-large saline implants for my body size, which I had removed sometime in the 1990’s, at which time a lift was done.

    I am now 69 and don’t know if my symptoms, which match many of those described above, are attributed to implant disease or just my aging. I have always been a
    very energetic person, up to about 10 years ago, but I’m not doing very well now. Since I had the implants out somewhere around 20 years go, should I take the symptoms and suggested tests to my GP, who goes along with what I want. We just haven’t been able to find out what is wrong with me. A friend told me about your site, she still has 20+ year implants and is going to have them removed. I don’t want to grab at straws, but it sure would be nice if there was some hope.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary Anne,
      How was your health after you had the second set of implants removed. If you returned to good and perfect health after your final explant and enjoyed good health for a number of years it is likely that you do not have breast implant illness. If you did not return to good health and you did not have your capsules removed when you explanted chances are your symptoms and illness could be from that left over tissue which should not be there may be stimulating your autoimmune responses and also harboring biofilms of fungus and or bacteria. Nicole

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  312. Bronna McClendon

    Interesting. I had mine 26 years. Took them out and they were completely ruptured. Have many symptoms. Need to take the test to see how much is in my system. A lymphcratic enzyme test I believe. Do you kmow.

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  313. Lee

    I recently had the left side rupture for the second time since 1995 when they were originally implanted. I have saline. At this third implantation of the left, I decided to also replace the right. Since surgery, three months ago, I have had chest discomfort, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, muscle cramps, none of which are substantiated by diagnistic tests. Only recently have I considered the cause to be my new implants. I did not have any of these problems for the first 21 years of having implants. I am one unware of any options other than explantation. Are there any?

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  314. Aida

    I had a bilateral breast augmentation with saline implants in 2000 at the age of 37. Very happy with the results and had no problems after surgery.
    BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN FEELING WELL SINCE THEN !!! When I see my primary physician all regular blood tests come out normal. For years took antidepressants because doctors said I was suffering from depression. Stop taking antidepressants in 2013. Then allergy tests said I was allergic to some trees and grass and pollen, so now I take allergy shots. I am 53 years old, post menopausal, and I’m taking hormones for post menopausal symptoms, but I still feel sick.
    I feel many of the symptoms mentioned. I feel very tired, have no energy, have hair loss, have insomnia, and pain all over my body. Part of me wants to think all these symptoms are due to menopause and old age, but I truly think many of my symptoms are caused by the breast implants.
    What should I do first? Where do I start? I don’t want to feel this way anymore.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Aida,
      The first real step to recovery is removing your implants and capsules, start planning your explant. You have suffered enough. Big plastic toxic boobs is over now. Nicole

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  315. Jenna

    Thank you so much for taking the time to create this site. I’ve had my implants for a year and a half but if I could have removed them after 3 months I would. I spent 10 thousand dollars and finally have enough to remove the in 2 weeks. It has been an absolute nightmare for me. Capsular contracture harder than cement, rib and back pain leaving me completely exhausted. Not active whatsoever when I used to be very active. The list goes on! I feel it is a punishment living in this body and I cannot wait to remove them and put this all behind me. I know it will be a long road to full healing, but I hope to one day feel like my young and healthy self again.

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  316. Rebecca

    Hi Nicole, well thanks god for your site, thank you. I have been suffering in silence for many years now, terrified that I might have some dreadful disease, your site has given me hope it might be my implants. I have had them for 9 years, I don’t think I’ve ever felt well since I had them but a steady decline in health over the last 5 years. Please tell me what you think… My main symptom is fatigue, constant, it’s ruininng my life/relationship I have no energy to bother to get up and do anything (im 29). I have an 11 month old daughter and am pregnant again. Not helping the fatigue but I know it’s not all the pregnancy as I was constantly tired before. Nearly lost both babies due to low pogesterone/bleeding. Hair loss around front of hairline. About 3/4 years ago I started getting pains in my left breast. Couldn’t find and lumps but obviously petrified of breast cancer. The pains came and went, now they are they all of the time I even wake im the night due to them. The pins are sometimes under my left arm pit too. Sporadic weakness in my left arm/hand. I have pain in my back bone roughly where your bra strap goes. My daughter, although I eat a totally organic diet no fair etc was born with multiple food allergies that are unexplained (she’s not vaccinated with is sometimes a cause). I have heart palpitations for no reason. I’m petrified now as I want them out but I can’t have surgery because I’m pregnant. Is there anything I can do to help myself until I can have these removed? I feel like when I push my left implant I can feel a kind of grating against my ribs, could this be scar tissue? They are rippled now too, what does this mean? Sorry for the questions just no drs will help x

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rebecca,
      Your symptoms are definitely from your implants. All you can do is try and relax and be okay with where you are at with your implants in now but in the meantime plan your explant so you will be able to get them out when you are able. Please ensure that all the capsule tissue is removed when you explant. Nicole

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  317. JoAnne Barnes

    I am a 69 year old woman who has had implants for 48 years. Recently I have begun having symptoms and there has been no medical explanation. Bruising, arthritis, depression, dizzy spells, hot flashes, fatigue, unexplained sore muscles, slow healing of sores,. I am active and in otherwise good health.

    It seems a bit late to me to undergo explantation? your thoughts would be appreciated.

    I now live in a rural area and I am in Medicare and have Geisenger Gold as a supplement plan. Is there hope that the procedure will be covered?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi JoAnne,
      Yes those are classic symptoms of breast implant illness. Some insurances do cover explant and you have to approach your doctor and get a letter recommending explanting on one of or a combination of these symptoms only: rupture, pain of the breast/chest/neck or back, capsular contracture of infection necrosis. Often pain is the best symptom to approach on. Insurance won’t cover for your symptoms above or autoimmune symptoms and so don’t go into them. Often insurance will deny you first time around and you have to keep going and insist. I will send you the codes needed by your doctor. Nicole

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  318. Jen

    Wow! This article is a God send. I am in tears right now! I have been suffering starting over two years ago and not getting any answers. This past year everything has gotten worse. My liver enzymes showed to be high back in May and the GI doctor thinks it’s due to an antidepressant I was on or Autoimmune Hepatitis so he has been checking my enzymes every month to two months. They have stayed high going up and down but always in the abnormal range. He said if they are still high after my last test (I called and they are) he wants to do a liver biopsy to check for AIH. I have always been fairly healthy up til this started. I got implants in Oct. 2012. My symptoms started just like yours, fatigue, pain in limbs mostly only upon waking, and thyroid type symptoms. I was only showing a little hypothyroid and the meds made me sicker. I’ve been retested several times and sometimes they are a little high other times normal. My left breast has a little contracture but I thought it was no big deal. It happened around the time I started showing symptoms. I have almost every symptom you have listed! Lymph nodes swollen in every place listed as well as pain and numbness and tingling in every place listed. I was praying about my illness this morning and the thought of my implants crossed my mind so decided to look it up and I found your article. I can’t thank you enough for getting the word out. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that my implants are the root of my problems. Can you please tell me. Is the damage permanent? If they are the problem will things get back to normal once they are removed?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jen,
      No the damage is not permanent, please explant properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy and detox and your health will return to you. Nicole

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  319. Dayna Healey

    I had saline implants 400cc in 2002. I was a size a before. Basically flat. I was built like a line backer with a mans build & no chest. The 400 cc just looked too small for my build. In 2005 I went in again for 600cc of saline.
    I have body image issues and used to be anorexic then turned compulsive over eater. I was heavy, mostly in my legs. I was very very happy with my bigger implants.
    Thing is is that I soon after herniated my L4L5 disc, low back and had a fusion 2 layer on same level. The surgeries failed and I live in chronic pain. I discovered mild mid back scoliosis 9 years after the implants. I don’t know if this caused my pain & hurniation but 5 lbs on a back with curvature in the area of the breast can throw the whole back off, thus possibly leading to an imbalance in the lower back,causing wear & tear. This happened at age 30. 2005.

    I was bed ridden for 7-8 yrs and wanted to die. It’s hard to suffer unimaginable pain and not be able to do anything about it. Like a nightmare that never ends.

    Any how I now suffer neck, rib, traps, late , upper back pain now too. Its hard to sleep because my right breast is harder and moves less fluidly than my left breast. Left breast is more squishy & a bit smaller. I am constantly ill with almost all the symptoms mentioned. I have mo quality of life because I never feel well to do anything I enjoy, see friends, consider work part time or volunteer. I feel I have no purpose and at 42 I’ve watched my life pass by. Lost education, financial stability, im dependent & have to be in a relationship that Id rather not, I only own the clothes on my back, have no support, or money.
    I nerd to get well to put my life together and build on that foundation. Problem is that im on disability, lost everything because of it so I haven’t got the funds for removal and reconstruction. I have 7 specialist and spend all my time over years driving back and forth in pain and sickness, just to get no answers. I have Medicare.

    Do you know of any charitable organizations or Drs who might help or work with me? My surgeon wont help. I’m stuck.

    I found a lab that can test for myotoxins. Could this be a start? Would Drs even consider this test?

    If the test tells me I have mold in bloodstream is there a way to decifer if its my implants or the mold in my basement? My boyfriend won’t bother the landlord who is his friend but there’s been water damage over 11 years! No sub pump for many years, cracks in foundation, rain seeps through and the thick hard wooden walls down there are warped!

    Please advise on ANY testing you recommend to find out or anything else you would like to tell me

    Thanks ????
    Dayna

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dayna,
      Everything else but explanting is a waste of time and money right now. You must gather the funds up to properly explant your implants, after that you will need to detox your body of infections including mold/fungus that occur due to immune deficits cause by breast implants. Nicole

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    2. Natalie Verchere

      Hi Dayna, I have longed suspected my silicone implants from 1989 have been leaking slowly and now I see my left one has deflated and have a hard lesion that never heals. I too am disabled on Medicare at 52. Medicare will pay for removal, just not rebuild. I’ve dealt with so many health issues, I can’t even begin. I’ll look for your response and if you would like to correspond, if the admin allows , I would be happy to give any help , as little as it may be. But I did find out Medicare covers as it is a danger to your health. God Bless. I wish at 25 I had not been so influenced by society that I was worthless with A cup natural breasts to deform myself to this extent.
      I completely understand your situation, as from my illness I have lost …..well as you have. Your surgeon won’t help. There are ones that will. I hope to see you respond and let you know you are not alone. The toxins will never completely be out of my body , too much damage done.

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      1. Linda Arnold

        Hi Natalie ,

        I have silicone implants since 1991 and both are ruptured, I have been having head aches and cognitive problems. I developed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with antibodies simultaneously with diabetes type 2 in 2007, hair thinning starting in 1999. Up to 1,000 hairs with washing starting in 2001. 2003 MRI showed both implants intact but hair loss continues greatly but not like before. I’m now 65 and will be on Medicare soon and I am scheduled for removal of implants with reimplant on Jan. 23, 2017 (today is 1-11-2017). I’m thinking of waiting till I go on Medicare in April to see if they will cover for removal and not have the implants. Can you give any feedback on your experience with Medicare?

        Linda

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Chantelle,
      Yes once they are removed and you detox and heal, the hairloss stops and your hair will return to normal. Nicole

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  320. Nicky

    Can these symptoms come and go? I’ve had a lot of these symptoms and doctors have ran tests and can’t figure out what is wrong and then after a while some of them go away (such as the heart palpitations). Depression and anxiety had always lingered since I got my silicone implants almost 3 years ago. Sometimes it’s not too bad and other times it seems unbearable. I haven’t experienced hair loss yet…

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicky,
      In the early stages symptoms come and go but as breast implant illness progresses the symptoms stay and other symptoms show up. Nicole

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  321. Candace Hatcher

    Hi there!
    I got saline implants 10 years ago, through the belly button. About 5 years after implant, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which we know is autoimmune. I was 25 at the time, and they suspected I had an infection somewhere in my body that attacked my pancreas. I’m wondering if this could be related to my implants. Have you ever heard of this? Since then, I’ve also been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, and now hashimotos. I’ve also been experiencing hair loss, fatigue, and many of the other symptoms mentioned above. Also, my left implant sits extremely low and has for sometime. It feels much like a natural breast while the right side sits very high and is very firm. Could this mean that the left side is ruptured? I experience burning in this area too. I apologize for the book, but I’m very thankful I came across this site and am beginning to take steps towards getting these things out!

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  322. Vivien Huggins

    Hello, Well I really didn’t realize (foolishly!) that silicone Implants could cause so many problems. Firstly, I have suffered from Migraines for about the same time as I had implants (2004) but it was only last Sunday that I put two and two together as I feel so poorly with tiredness etc. and many ailments that have been mentioned. I just thought they could maybe rupture and then I would know about it. Ignorance is not a good thing! I had the implants fitted in the UK and have lived in Spain for twelve years so think I had better see what I can do about having them removed. I feel scared actually, although am not that type of person really. I am 67 now so better hurry up.

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  323. Cindy Toth

    I had saline breast implants 20yrs ago. I have had 2 surgeries to fix them .One was higher and they both were hard as rock. Then one side started hurting really bad. Not having the money for another surgery the doc drained them. Now after I just had a mammogram, they can’t find the right side one, went to we and after many tests they can’t find it. Any advice, ,??

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  324. LINDA TAYLOR,

    yes I have autoimmune underactive thyroid and been suffering with fatigue really bad recently have felt there has been something wrong for a long time and was wondering if it was the breast implants

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  325. Amanda

    I feel like my mother may have breat implant illness but I do not know how to tell her without her denying it right out the gate. She has multiple symptoms that are on the list here and every time she gets tested for something doctors can never exactly pin point her illness. She’s had her implants in for longer than ten years and her symptoms of illness are getting worse.

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  326. Marjory Watson

    I replied the other day, way too long. I have a silicone gel implant that ruptured 4 years ago, but the surgeon said no rush, it was incapsulated by scar tissue. I just started thyroid hormones after having half my thyroid removed, and have been blaming a few months of dysfunction on not finding the right one or dose. Now I can’t think or even function. It’s like my brain’s going dead. My breast is swollen and hurts all the time. I actually feel toxic, have ear ringing, nausea, no interest in food, can do nothing functional, not even pay bills. I’m a 74 year old widow who lives alone in Texas. I need a spine stimulator taken out before they can remove the implant, and don’t have doctors for either yet, and the clock’s ticking really loud. I’m scared at my loss of brain function especially. Should I go to the ER or get someone to help me line up doctors? I have Aetna Medicare home health care. This can really be de-toxified? Really worried I’ll be permanently impaired.

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  327. Tessa Chestnut

    My name is Tessa, i am 45 years old. thanks for your post .I have been sick with most of the symptoms mentioned in your post.I am waiting on mold test results and other bloodwork.I had my saline implants put in 2002.and I starting getting illnesses pretty bad about 3 yrs ago. I have so many test and blood work from my primary care doctor all to tell me I had fibromyalgia. Which is clearly not true.I am seeing a specialist now which she is narrowing all my symptoms to my implants making me very ill. From vomiting blood and gastrointestinal problems to days I can not hardly get out of bed and aweful pain all over pain in breast .racing heartbeat, vertigo, migraines etc.i could go on and on. My dr said autoimmune symptoms from implants. I am planning on getting them out very soon. Your information has really helped me alot.
    Thanks again

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  328. Marjory Watson

    I was 1 of 134 women who were cancer/reconstruction patients who completed the 10-year FDA study for the McGhan 410 silicone breast implant, later bought out by Inamed, and finally by Allerghan. My first breast cancer was on the right in 2001. I had 2 surgeries, first a saline expander to enlarge the breast cavity to the implant’s size, the 2nd surgery to place the silicone gel implant. In 2009 I found a small cancerous lump in my left breast. Though the original Generation I implants had proven to have a 35% rupture rate and no additional encapsulation layer like later Generations of the implants, my surgeon implanted the same Generation I implant for the sake of symmetry without consulting me (I would have preferred a current Generation, choosing safety over appearance). Over 4 years ago after moving to Texas and joining the Kelsey-Seybold Kelsey Care Advantage HMO, I consulted a cosmetic surgeon for irregularities in the second (2009) silicone gel implant in my left breast. The surgeon told me the implant was ruptured but not to worry, it was encapsulated by surrounding scar tissue. As I was pursuing treatment for a collapsed lumbar disc, I mentally gave the implant replacement a lower priority. Kelsey was unable to treat my spine, now severely herniated, but did proceed with a full knee replacement while the breast implant went unaddressed. I am now with Aetna Medicare PPO, have been pursuing surgery for my spine, interrupted by a partial thyroidectomy and continuing search for a hormone replacement that works, with six surgeries postponed. First I must have a Medtronics neurostimulator removed from my spine; it was placed in my spinal cord in 2014 to block the pain from my herniated disc, but malfunctioned and is now dormant. It must be removed before I can have an MRI prior to having the ruptured implant extracted. Beginning 2 years ago I began having stabbing pains that shot across the exterior of the implant from left to right. Then bumps under the outer breast tissue would appear and disappear, which continues to occur at random places visible on the outside of the breast. I get large (4″ in diameter) areas that turn a light reddish purple; these, too, come and go. Now the breast just aches, and I have occasional severe pain (level 7 to 8) throughout the entire area. It is difficult to tell the exact source of the pain as it seems to penetrate the entire area and is always present at varying pain levels. I wear a supportive bra 24 hours a day except when showering. The shape has flattened at the bottom and sags against the outside of my rib cage much like a burrito (pardon the analogy, but it fits). I’ve read and been told of things like silicone poisoning and mold, and know something inside my left breast is very wrong and rapidly worsening. My ability to seek help for my condition is severely hampered by the pain of my worsening lumbar hernia, a knee replacement that has gone bad and needs a second surgery, and my partial thyroidectomy and search for a hormone and dosage that works. Due to that I am currently only 10 to 20% functional compared to normal, and have home health care on a weekly basis through my insurance,, I don’t drive any more, use a grocery shopping service, and get to doctor appointments via Uber, which is expensive given my fixed income. I am 74, and own a home I must sell because I can no longer afford it. My only income is a low very fixed Social Security and VA widow’s benefit as the wife of a 100% disabled Navy veteran who died of lung cancer due to heavy asbestos exposure during his service. I’m trying to proceed with my surgeries so I can then sell a home I can no longer afford and move elsewhere but near my daughter and 4-year old granddaughter. Right now I’m so sick physically and mentally from toxicity and thyroid issues that I’m basically nonfunctional, chemically very depressed with numerous debilitating symptoms. I’m doing the best I can to move forward as quickly as I can. but going slowly. I’m also trying to detox from 20 years of using Xanax for PTSD and anxiety, now at 2mg per day; that process is temporarily on hold. I also take Norco (hydrocodone) at 40mg per day for my level 8 lumbar pain. Things are getting desperate.

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    1. Natalie Verchere

      Hi , it looks like I found the right place. I feel I’m reading my story as I read through these comments.
      My heart breaks for you. I happy to have found this site. I was a Dow/Corning meme implant recipient. Never thought what I was putting in my body. I hope I can be of support. Prayers to everyone.

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  329. Cece

    I recently had major bruising that just appeared around my areole with no trauma involved, Dr sent me for a diagnostic mamogram I do have silacone breast implants and aparently I have a rupture to my left implant and have had it for a couple years now but have never been told until now. I was told that there is a rupture but there is no harm or danger to me and it has been that way on the last two mama grams….my first thought was, why am I just finding this out? The second thought is last year I also had a diagnostic mamogram done on the same breast for pain, but was told everything was okay. After the recent diagnostic mamogram from the bruising around the areole they told me that day that everything was ok,. Two weeks later a received a letter that says I need to have it redone in three months??? Is it okay or not? With the problems am I able to if needed to get removed under insurance, I need some help and answers please???

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cece,
      I would get those breast implants explanted asap, due to the fact that they are ruptured please ensure that your explant is En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Nicole

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  330. Marine

    Hello!

    I read the information like twice but still have a question: does it mean that implant illness is something everyone will have? Even if I feel good and all the tests are fine? Could it be possible that nothing bad will happen?

    My recovery was fast and I had no problems after, Im having full tests done every year and this year added mammography, all seems good so far. (Im 23 and my implants are 2,5 yo)

    Thank you for you answer and I wish you health!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Marine,
      Some women can go decades with breast implants and have no problems. Please note that many with the newer cohesive gel though are getting sick by 6 to 8 years due to the aggressive chemicals used in the manufacture of these implants. Just monitor your health and if symptoms start remove your implants ensuring that you also remove all capsule tissue too. Nicole

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  331. Kei

    I am 33 years old. I had cohesive gels implanted March 1st 2016. I had my last menstrual period February 2016. I honestly believe I am going through menopause at 33! I have lost lean muscle mass, my cholesterol is high for no reason, etc. I had regular periods prior to the implants and now they have totally stopped. Could this be a result of the implants?? Any thoughts are appreciated.

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  332. Jacquelyn

    My name is Jacquelyn. I have had silicone implants for 30 years, total of 3 sets, last one 12 years ago. The last one I had full C’s removed and nice B’s put in with a reduction. The doctor did an internal lift that left me with weird places that tuck my skin in, like he stitched it too tight… I have been sick for about 3 years, adrenal fatigue, Raynaud llike symptoms in hands and feet that includes muscle atrophy, shiny thin skin, neuropathy, overall joint pain, I could go on and on…Two weeks ago my new primary care doctor diagnosed me with Sharps Disease, a terrible combination of several autoimmune disorders including scleroderma- a connective tissue disease that eventually gets in your organs. This is supported by blood tests…The first thing I said to her was to ask if I shouldn’t get my implants out–she told me that she had them and I would only feel worse about myself and if a person is going to get an autoimmune disorder they are going to get it no matter what!! Really?? I am scared, so scared! What is crazy is that I am on an emotional rollercoaster-one minute I want to rip out the implants and the next I am so afraid of how I will look that I want to deny that it is the best thing I could possibly do (I will have sad, saggy empty balloons). Its so crazy when this is my life we are talking about!! I feel so anxious! I desperately need help! I need a plastic surgeon in Oklahoma that will remove capsules correctly and maybe do a lift and do a good job!! I just don’t know where to turn….please help if you know who I should go to!!

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    1. Jennifer

      Hi there I’m going through similar issues, I believe I may have connective tissue disorder as well. Can you share your story w/me. I’ve had multiple infections requiring a pick line 3 surgeries and now have that necrosis and my bilateral axillary and in her arms and I’m worried about lymphoma and that is caused from these implants

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    2. Jen

      Hi Jacquelyn, I’m seeing a PS in OK. He believes in BII, unlike a lot of them. Very compassionate as well. I explant en/bloc capsulectomy on Dec. 6 with a lift. His name is Dr. Benien in Okc. He can help you out 🙂 This is definitely an emotional roller-coaster. Good luck and God bless!

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  333. AVE GUEVARA

    I had no idea any of this existed! I’ve had two implant procedures, first saline, now I am coming on 10 years of the silicone. I have low level symptoms on this list and have just read your article and requested entry to your FB site, posting some new photos of myself & family to be on public settings just for you to see. I don’t like having anything public on FB, so I hope you accept me as I’m now fast tracking to get explanted. Dealing with facial carcinoma right now and was wondering why my zest for life has diminished despite my healthy diet (for 40 years) healthy lifestyle and a lovely life having survived and thrived from 28 years of single parenting.

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  334. Sandra

    My implants were removed in 1992 and I am still suffering from health issues . Mine were both ruptured. Does anyone know how to overcome some of these health issues? Thank you

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  335. Luanne

    Can you recommend a good doctor for explant in southern CT area? I wanted to explant and my ps convinced me I would be unhappy so had them revised
    Hated my very poor decision. Need them out. This set are two years old no leakage
    Do I need enbloc?
    I am scared and ashamed that I ever decided this was a good idea!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Luanne,
      Yes you do need En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy when you remove your most recent set of implants and you may need to remove any capsule(s) from the first set of implants. There may be two sets of capsules in you now or your surgeon may have removed the original capsule when he exchanged your implants out. Please see the rest of the website for list of surgeons. Nicole

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  336. Jennifer Milano

    Hi. I am a breast cancer survivor and had a saliene implant put in October 2005. I have breast pain…so painful I cannot have the seatbelt across my chest. ringing in my ears. Night sweats. Joint pain, headaches, food sensitivities, heart burn, Memory problems. Brain Fog. Heart palpatations and heart pain. I am wondering if I my implant has become toxic? My question is ….have it removed and then what? Just leave the right side of my body flat? Is that what most people who experience toxicity do?
    Thank you. Jen Milano

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, more and more women who implanted under breast reconstruction are explanting now due to illness from breast implants. Nicole

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  337. Tracy Lamson

    I have an appointment to sign my consent form and schedule for explant surgery on October 24. I have been suffering with BI symptoms since 2011. I am struggling with each passing day. I have experienced my health declination and the illnesses have progressed to a degree to which I am scared that I won’t be able to survive the surgery. Things are happening fast. New symptoms everyday. I am petrified.

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  338. tania

    Hi I have found some confidence in reading your article. I have to ruptured implants that are being removed in two wks, they were to be removed two weeks earlier but had chest infection, which I put down to ruptured implants.
    Iam experiencing the worst symptoms, internal vibrations, numbness and fatigue, chronic headaches, hives, neck pain, all over body pain, hard to walk for Long periods of time, sores not healing well, anxiety, some depression also bouts of panic, palpitations, nauseous, coughing, dry skin, irritated alot, the list is endless and its starting to get on top of me, Il be so happy to have them removed and I wont be putting new ones in as this experience has been harrowing ????.

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  339. DEBS

    i have had 2 boobs jobs over the years, one when i was 36 and another when i 46, i am now 51. The last one, i had trouble with the left boob, hadn’t been sewn in properly, so had to get that sorted out. I have recently been having pain in the wall of the left boob, and tingly feeling in my fingers. I recently went for a ultrasound and they said that my implants where intact, but that i had silicone in both lymph nodes. When i went back into the consultants room, she just said, so when are we taking them out.
    I said i needed to go away and digest this info.
    I am fuming that this has happened, and i feel upset and very anxious, they do not know if it is these one or the first lot have caused this.
    I need to make another apt, but i think a better look with a MRI is needed.

    Don’t know which way to go, would still like to keep my implants,

    i feel i need to ring a compensation company to claim for negilence, especially if they are not intact, . I had my first bood job after 2001 when the alert was on for PIP , but how do i know that, that was the reason i had them taken out , and the last lot in 2012

    Feeling scared, i no my family and friends will say just get them taken out.

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  340. Jo

    Hi
    Two weeks ago I had vertigo for the first time and another attack yesterday. It was very scary. I get anxious thinking about the next attack. I haven’t read anything about tissue expanders bringing on implant symptoms. Is it possible that it can trigger implant illness symptoms? Is vertigo an auto immune disease? told me I had Meniers. Do I need a total capsulectoy and en bloc procedure, if I don’t want implants? Everyone including my ND is encouraging me to put in the implants and tells me I’ll feel better.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jo,
      Yes expanders can cause all the same symptoms as breast implants, they are essentially breast implants. Yes, expanders do need a proper explant too which means that any capsule tissue that has accumulated must be removed. Vertigo is common symptom of implant illness and it can be related to autoimmune but not necessarily. We highly suggest you do not get implants they are toxic to your body and will profoundly damage your health. Nicole

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  341. sharon craig

    What was the noticable benefits of removing your implants? Did your symptoms go away?

    I am having loss of strength in leg joint and cant get around without limping from joint pain

    I have disciplined natural food no chem diet and dont eat.foods that are toxic

    Think implants of 1992 are leaking
    Into me and poisoning me slowly