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11 years of bad health but thankfully I am living again

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  • 1 year ago

I could not complete the journey I have been on the past 12 years without sharing my story in the hopes it may help someone else from losing so much of their life to illness.  I received my textured, saline implants in September of 2000.  Eleven months later I started having health issues.  Since I did not have an infection, leakage or inflamation in the implants they were ruled out as a cause of my health problems. 

The past 11 years have been full of illness, doctor and specialist visits, an unbelievable amount of tests, and extremely high medical bills in which my health just continued to get worse to the point that I could not go anywhere or enjoy any activity without getting sick.  This summer I visited a surgeon for a consult to have my implants removed, enough was enough.  Getting healthy was more important than looking good.  I searched out two surgeons to get two recommendations.  The first surgeon informed me that I had capsular contractur and wanted to remove the existing implants, perform a capsolotomy, insert smaller silicone implants and do a mastopexy.  This did not at all seem like it was going to take care of my health situation. 

The second surgeon informed me that my textured implants have been found to have many problems associated with them including rippling, capsular contractur, and even breaking down (flaking) inside women's bodies.  He felt very strongly this could be the cause of my illness.  He removed both implants, all 18" of scar tissue, DID NOT insert new implants, and did do a mastopexy. 

After recovering from the surgery, I am so happy to say that my health has been greatly improving.  I was able to spend three weeks with my daughter welcoming my new granddaughter into this world and even enjoyed all the family Christmas parties which last year sent me into a tail spin of illnesses that put me in the hospital.  I hope that my story may help anyone who has been experiencing health issues since receiving implants.  My body was rejecting and reacting to the silicone shell lining of the implant.  It didn't matter if the implants were saline or silicone, the lining is silicone and some bodies just can't adjust to that type of poison being in the body.

  ~Happy to be Living Again!!

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I have been experiencing some major health issues as well and have been told there is a possibility it is my breast implants. I had Smooth Saline implants in March 2000. For the past year I have been experiencing extreme fatigue. I am an avid hiker but 5 months ago I had to stop all activity. My hands and feet were becoming numb and I wasn't able to breath well. 3 months ago I went to a Cardiologist and had a stress test and passed. The past 2 months I have had a chronic dry cough with a metallic taste in the back of my throat. On December 20th I went to a Lung Specialist and my breathing tests were good although I was unable to breath. The Dr. told me I was an 'interesting case' because it seemed my body was being poisoned by something. I was just released this past Thursday from spending a week in the hospital- spending the whole time on oxygen and steroids and breathing treatments. My O2 levels and blood pressure would go up and down. The physicians there told me they could not help me. They tested my blood for every imaginable thing and all tests came back negative. I have had 2 chest xrays and a CT Scan with dye and all came back negative. I am now scheduled to have an MRI of my breasts- I was told this was one of the only ways to show if my implants are leaking. I received a lot of information from Dr. Kolb in Atlanta regarding this and there is a possibility that I have a damaged valve and this has created mold/bacteria to grow in my body. It's good to know that there may be hope for me yet. I am a single mother and my son has also been suffering the consequences of my illness. I had to sleep in a recliner 2 weeks prior to going to the hospital and there have been times when I thought I was dying. I'm just hoping for an infinitive answer so that I can be live again soon too.
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Cherim, I'm sorry to hear about all your un-answered health issues. Have you had your breasts / implants checked for capsular contracture? All the years and all the doctors and specialists I saw never checked me for that. It wasn't until I went back to a plastic surgeon to have them removed that I learned I had this. CC let's you know your body is rejecting or having a real battle against the implants. It is my belief it is the silicone shell of the implant that my body was getting sick from. If you find your implants are not leaking, it does not mean you are not getting sick from the implants. When all tests are showing negative and you are getting sicker, look at the implants being the problem. I cannot express enough the great joy I am able to have now that I am healthy again. I only wish I would of listened to my instincts earlier and had them removed long ago. BTW, my surgeon did a great job with the removal and a lift and my breasts look great!
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm truly glad you're in good health now!

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