Anxiety and depression

  • coulditbe
  • 1 year ago

I had my implants placed 03 April 2012.  I never slept comfortable after having implants.  From 5 months I started having severe panic attacs and insomnia.  Due to the fact that I am not sleeping I have now been diagnosed with depression.  My implants do not have complications.  Phycologically I am aware of them 24 hours a day and I loved sleeping on my tummy.  I want to know if anyone has had severe axiety and insomnia after implants and symptoms got better after explant. I am terrified of going for an operation again, but at the same time want them out if they are causing my symptoms. I am by nature someone who worries about things, but had never in my life been so anxious.  I was normally able to sleep easily, never even knew what insomnia was like.  Please advise if anyone's symptoms improved after explant and did you need any further treatment after?

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Yes! I'm one day out from explant and I feel so much better. I never really liked the implants no matter how hard I tried. The anxiety started with the odd thought along the lines of 'they used to think smoking was a good idea' and it slowly gathered pace from there. I spent a lot of time with a psych trying to figure out whether it was caused by the implants or the implants were just the focus of a more generalised anxiety that would have been there anyway but, regardless, it was getting bigger and bigger for me and I knew I had to act. As I started to research explant I read all the stories of people feeling ill and started imagining all sorts! Without a doubt they weren't helping my back and that was giving me sciatica, referred pain into my hands and some headaches. From there my thoughts would spiral. I'm not an anxious person but I felt paralysed with these things I was constantly aware of, could not stand but was too frightened to do what was needed to remove them. I bit the bullet and did it yesterday. I honestly nearly walked straight back out of the hospital at the last minute but stopped myself. Normal me would have breezed through it. It was all much easier than I expected, I am feeling well and now I can read this stuff without feeling terrified at what I've done to myself. I have no idea if these implant issues are psychological or physiological but when you are experiencing them they are very real. If you are in any doubt I would say explant. Nothing is worth risking your health for.
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PS. I should also mention that I had the implants in July 13, by September I had swollen glands and lymph nodes, felt generally ailing with suspected thyroid problems - all tests came back fine though.
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I'm actually waiting for consult with a different PS, highly recommended for being highly skilled and caring. I am going to start therapy today so let's see where this takes me. I want to stabilize and get more centered first before I make a rush decision that will make me doubt the course of my final outcome. All I know is that I'm spiraling out of control with worries and physical ailments that I didn't have before. Thank you for your reply. Now just rest and update me if you don't mind.
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What do you mean by having no capsule? How long have you had your implants prior to explant? I just got mine 6 weeks ago and I am going through hell. I am experiencing body tingles, nerve pain, weakness and numbness with burning in my face and scalp. My anxiety started from week 2.
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Hello ladies I got a mommy make over with tummy tuck, lipo, and silicone implants 2 months ago and since that time I have been ill. I've been experiencing muscle tremors, muscle twitching, burning everywhere, Numbness tingling everywhere, heart palpitations, insomnia, extreme exhaustion, muscle weakness, nausea, and dizziness. I feel like I'm getting worse by the day. I'm not sure if it's anxiety or medical problem or the implants actually causing me to be sick. I have been to numerous doctors and had numerous tests. So far no answers. I think at this point I need to explant and see if it helps. I too am afraid of another surgery and the outcome especially since I'm feeling so ill, yet I need to start crossing things off the list and removing the implants is something I can do. I truly pray that I will heal and be back to normal after explant, for I was a healthy 36 y.o mother of 3 prior to the surgery! Prayers for me. If anyone else has experienced these symptoms please contact me. Thanks
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I can identify with you 100%. I felt the anxiety almost immediately after moving around again around 5 days po. I noticed coldness and strange sensations in my feet. My dr said it was probably due to compression stockings and told me it would take days to weeks to get better. At about 3-4 weeks I then began feeling tingling and crawling with cold and weakness in my arms. I went to the emergency room and I was given MRIs to rule out MS. I saw a Neurologist the following week and over the course of the last two weeks they have performed nerve conduction tests, ultrasounds, EEG, blood work and a nerve biopsy. In the last week I have developed itching/burning in my scalp, lips, and face in addition to the body. Neurologist put me on a med for nerve pain but im scared to take it because it could be addictive and cause suicidal thoughts. I went to Chiropractor and he said my back was all out of place. All tests have returned normal with the exception of biopsy because those results take longer. Part of me is starting to think its just anxiety. I worry about my health every waking moment. My PS is no help. I just want my life back and to be there for my husband and kids.
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Hey anxious and stressed did you have a mommy make over or just implants. I had a full MM and silicone implants. You sound like you are experiencing very similar things such as I had. I have had so many doctor appts since my MM and I too had numerous labs an MRI and EEG which pretty much were all normal. My Cortisol level was high ( which is your stress hormone) so I am scheduled to see an endocrinologist next week for more labs, but so far no one has been able to give me any answers which is definitely scary to say the least. I was supposed to have nerve conduction studies and muscle tests as well but have yet to schedule them. My neurologist said he is stumped ( again scary), course everyone else said anxiety and tried putting me on sleeping pills and anxiety meds oh and neurologist tried giving me Neurontin too. Like you I have been afraid to take anything because of side effects, I only took vitamins before my surgery. I let my symptoms go on for almost 3 months before I knew I needed to take action. I lost 14 lbs from it all and am now underweight, so I'm trying to gain weight back too. I would recommend that you don't wait as long as I did to explant if your thinking about it. I seemed to get worse as time passed and spent many mornings crying as I could hardly get out of bed! I too want my life back so I can be there for my 3 girls and my hubby, hubby concurs As he has had to do everything since this whole ordeal. I went ahead and explanted 8 days ago as my PS and my hubby agreed it was a logical step and the only thing I could reverse. I am now recovering from that which I'm sure is stressing my body out since I had 2 surgeries in practically 2 months. My boobs look sad and since the weight loss are barely there, but it is such a relief to have those toxic things out and have the surgery over with. I can tell you too that some of my symptoms have gotten a lot better. Some days seem better than others, but my strength seems to be coming back, my head is clearer, the burning still comes at times but is a lot less and my muscle tremors have calmed down, although I do still notice a little tingling and seem jittery like I've had too much red bull. I keep praying and try to stay positive that as time passes all will resolve and I will heal. I would say if your going to explant, don't wait do it! You may get better and the longer you wait the worse you may get. Even if it is all psychologically connected getting them out will alleviate that. It's sad that we tried to improve ourselves and yet have in a way ruined ourselves, but how were we to know and look at all the women who do this everyday and are fine. I guess we are just that percentage who' s body or mind does not like change or breast implants. I know the hell you are going through and the strength it takes to go through another surgery, but your health is worth it. Although I was told they were thin I had my capsules removed too just to make sure everything was out. I inspected my implants and they were intact, so who knows maybe my body just didn't like em. My prayers are with you.
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I had an anchor breast lift and augmentation with 300 cc of silicone mentor gummies. In my case it's not that I even notice my implants because they look similar to my breasts before having my kids, it was the symptoms and anxiety after the surgery. Just a couple of days ago while at the Chiro, the massage therapist told me that anaesthesia causes the depression and the tightening and pulling of the surgery causes the strange sensitivity and tingling. This was info that would have been helpful to have prior to surgery provided by my doctor! I am already kind of an anxious person, although never serious enough to need Meds. Well I have also even suffering panic attacks, lack of sleep, lack of appetite and diarrhea. I'm so happy I found this thread! I have been obsessing that I was developing Fibromyalgia or permanent peripheral nerve damage. I slept on my new mattress last night and took some benadryl before bed. Its the most ive skept in 6 1/2 weeks! I have another appointment with my PCP on Monday and I'll ask him to check cortisol and anything pointing in the direction of autoimmune response. Im going to ask him fir some light antianxiety meds to get me through until I see a Psychiatrist at the end if the month. Hopefully the next weeks with more sleep and relaxation will confirm that "I" have been making myself ill by thinking the worst was going to happen to me all because these PS don't educate their patients prior to making a decision to go ahead with elective surgery. As mothers we take on so much guilt for putting ourselves through constant worry because we only wanted to do something for ourselves to make ourselves feel better for ourselves and end up in a situation where we can't even physically, emotionally, or mentally be there for our kids. I hope your explant brings you peace of mind and restores your life back to normal with an enhanced appreciation for life because you survived and you are healthy!!! Good luck, it's horrible that we only hear about the success stories of PS.
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How are you doing after explant?
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I would like to share this http://www.wellsphere.com/insomnia-sleep-disorders-article/breast-implants-autoimmune-disease-sleep-position/1287534 Breast Implants, Autoimmune Disease, & Sleep Position Posted Nov 23 2010 9:19pm by Dr Steven P. . I wrote about breast implants and sleep problems a few weeks before, but I wanted to address an additional aspect of breast implants that deserves even more attention. In past years, there was a push to move towards saline-based over silicone-based implants, since there were reports autoimmune diseases with silicone implants. Studies performed at that time were inconclusive, but for the most part, most surgeons now recommend saline implants, although patients still seem to prefer silicone. If you’re a stomach sleeper, and you elect to undergo breast implants, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to sleep on your back after your procedure. If you have smaller jaws than normal (almost everyone these days), then your sleep efficiency will go downhill the longer you stay on your back. Poor sleep quality not only increases your adrenaline levels and stress hormones, it also will over-activate your immune system. Once this happens, your immune system won’t be able to differentiate your own body’s tissues vs. foreign bodies or invaders. As a result, various areas of your body can be damaged, including your joints, kidneys, skin, your bowels, and even your brain. This may be a big leap, but could it be possible that poor sleep quality due to poor breathing makes you sleep on your side or stomach to begin with, but when made even worse by forcing you to sleep on your back, is it enough to cause your body’s immune system to go onto overdrive and attack it’s own tissues? What do you think about my theory? Please enter opinions in the comments box below.
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Oh duh. Just read your update. Oh well...
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YES! Well, I'm only day 5 of explant so I can't really say just yet. But I'm predicting it will alleviate a LOT of my depression and anxiety. I also was CONSTANTLY aware of them, almost like I could feel this yucky energy in my body and NEVER physically comfortable. My Dr. said that implants a lot of times cause depression and anxiety (among tons of other things) and in 85% of cases they go away. I'm not so naive to know or believe all of it will go away completely (I had issues before) but I KNOW I am soooo relieved and feel like I'll be able to cope with it better and more easily. I'm just gonna point out, you WILL have to have an operation on them again whether you replace them or not eventually as I'm sure you know. I wish I was further along and could give you a better answer, I just so sympathize with you. And it's dangerous for someone to say yes or no it could be (if you aren't that person) but I really bet it could be causing it and just knowing they are there, a foreign body in your body! It's a huge psychological thing. As I said earlier, my depression and anxiety isn't magically gone (though my dr. said sometimes peoples symptoms do go away almost immediately) I know I am just so relieved mine are gone and I can move forward and it's just one thing out of the way that COULD have been blocking my healing and to me just the possibility is worth it. I hope it gets better and you can make a decision.
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Thank you for sharing. It is very very true. It does not go away magically, but with the implants out of the way I was able to focus better on healing. Hope you heal well.
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I suffered insomnia my whole life and depression too. Was diagnosed with severe Bdd before operation (to receive implants).. Surgeon never did mental illness check or evaluation instead was greedy and wanted money. Needless to say, i started cutting and tried to commit suicide 3 times..I don't like admitting it, but yeah it went that far and thats exactly what happens when surgeons don't give an f.
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Wow, I never made any connection between the implants and depression and anxiety.......I suffer from both ! From reading about your experience and the ladies that have commented it seems there may very well be a connection. Thanks so much for sharing your story and I hope you feel better soon ! It is great that you took the steps you needed to for your health and wellbeing. You can feel really good about making good decisions for you ! Hang in there. Big Hug.
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I had them removed in April 2013 and was able to sleep through the night. Subconsciously they played a big role in my anxiety attacks. After I had them removed I was only left with depression. I am seeing a therapist to help me cope with my marriage wich have started to fall apart since my panic attacks. I think the fact that I could not sleep comfortably made me depressed and being constantly worried about future complications and replacements made me anxious. Before the operation I thought it would not be that bad to replace them every 15 years. I think the actual pain of the op and lack of sleep made me too anxious for future replacements. The removal was uneventful. I took no pain medication and was able to return to work the next day. In my opinion, if you want your implants out - get them out. I feel I can now focus on my other issues better without also worrying about silicone bags.
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How did you bounce back physically? Any depression from your breasts afterwards?
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No depression from the breasts, I came to realize that just being you and living your life in honor of God is the biggesr ecstacy. In the midst of my depression I was desparately looking for help and forsed myself to church one morning. Something I neglegted before. The message spoke to me -LIVE IN YOU MOMENTS. "Be content in each and every moment and do not let your heart be troubled. I shifted my mindset from focussing on what I wanted to rather being greatful for what I have. Live every moment for the Lord, meaning when you drive do it for Him. Thereby do your best to do it civil and just by that we give Him glory. When you interact with others, do it as though you speeking to God's child. You will be amazed how myne earthly angels you will be blessed with." A month after making a moment by moment effort to serve God, I was a total different person. I felt at peace with being me, in fact greatful for wakking this road and falling. I feel like God Himself had picked me up. Furthe I attended another sermon last week that said ALWAYS GUARD YOUR HEART 1)by romoving yourself from the wrong friends that leads you into temtation 2) Seek His will in every moment of your life, 3) be greatful with what one already have, beautiful sky and eyes to take the beauty in, music and ears to listen. 4) Fill your heart and mind with good things so that when you interact only good can come of it.
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Yes , I had anxiety with my implants after I removed them just little depression , I feel so much better without them :)
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I had severe anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks when I had the implants in. I had mine removed just a week ago and have slept through the night, no panic attacks, and so happy to have the bags out of my body. I also experienced high blood pressure due to my heightened state of anxiety. It was a nightmare. I think back on my experience and get a bit freaked out by it all. I hope your symptoms subsidies. Best of luck to you.
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Hi. Thanks for your response. How long did u have implants in? Did u have any other issues?
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I've also have anxiety because of my implants. I got Saline implants 2005 I was fine up until 7/2011 n now I am also sick. The worst of my symptoms are anxiety and panic n heart palpations.
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Please keep us posted! I just had them put in 6 days ago, and I'm already feeling anxiety and depression. It's not because of how they look. I think they already look decent and the major pain is gone. I think it's partly because deep down I'm worried they will have repercussions on my health, and I want to be 100% there for my 6 year old autistic son, who is an only child.
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