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Silicone breast implants and illness

  • bonni martin
  • 5 years ago

I had silicone implants, had them removed after years of sickness and fatigue. My implants were ruptured. They leaked outside the capsule and I am deformed as a result of my doctor getting all the stuff out. My lymph nodes are still sore after six months, but I feel great, am no longer tired, not sick all the time and my asthma is gone. Please get that junk out of your body. Most women have it done without resulting deformity. If you feel you can't live without them, please consider saline instead of more toxins.

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It has been 24 years since I had my mastectomies. Through this time I have had a terrible run of being sick. In 2004, this is when I starting getting pneumonia too often, problems breathing and many many other problems. 2007, went to see my pulmonologist she ran some tests and immediately I had lymph nodes biopsy. I the biopsy did come back with silicone in the test. I had to have my implants removed because both of them were ruptured for awhile. My surgeon said that silicone has spread throughout my body. See I had many surgeries, many ct scans and blood tests and all of them lead back to the silicone. I have been very ill, I have chronic pain from all the surgeries and the adhesions and also on oxygen 24/7, because silicone is in my lungs. also making it had to breathe. Oh and my autoimmune system sucks. I have proof. Silicone can make you very sick, if you are allergic to it. I have over a foot of paper work from the doctors and the hospitals to attended to me. I pray for all of you that are going through this please stay strong. Know that you are right and the way you feel!
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It saddens me to read these stories from women who have suffered so greatly from various autoimmune diseases. My best friend had the same thing occur after her implants were placed. Unfortunately, the doctors determined the implants were NOT the cause of her health problems. The media has done an excellent job of demonizing breast implants and making outrageous claims that they cause a wide range of medical problems. Correlation does not equal causation! It would be the same thing if a person claimed that bc crime increases in the summer, this is caused by ice cream sales. While I know science does not answer everything, more evidence needs to be conducted on this matter to conclude whether or not implants are the culprit. These medical illnesses are cropping up everywhere, even in women who have never had any foreign body placed inside them. There are other theories such as chemicals in food, toxins in the environment, and genetics. Please do your research objectively and don't give into the consensus of this "junk science," bc it is simply a theory at this point and has yet to be proven. I wish you all the best, and I hope you are able to get your health problems diagnosed, treated, and manageable.
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I agree that there is no way to prove that they made me sick, but the fact that when I suddenly became ill I also had a sudden swelling in my left breast and a sticky substance was also leaking out of my left nipple. A year later I had them removed. I do not believe it was a coincidence that the left implant was in fact ruptured and my health dramatically improved after explant (which I did not expect). I believe that if long-term studies were done on older women who had ruptures (these have never been done), they would find that they do in fact make people sick. Of course there is no proof that they make you sick other than the disabling condition Firomyalgia. But there is also NO PROOF the other way around. There is PROOF that they do not cause illness. All that can be said at this point is that other than a slight increase in suicide, cancer and Fibromyalgia, they is no evidence of them making women sick based on the studies that have been done to TO DATE. They ARE NOT PROVEN to be safe. Quite the opposite.
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That should have said there is NO PROOF not "PROOF".
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Oh and the doctors also determined that mine did not make me sick. But many doctors disagree all they will say is there is "no evidence" that they made you sick. That is quite different than KNOWING that they didn't make me sick. A doctor was actually the one who suggested that I take them out, he also said there was "no evidence" that they made me sick.
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I agree that more research needs to be conducted. If the implants are, in fact, contributing to these problems, then we as consumers have an absolute right to be informed of this. I'm glad you started feeling better after the explant, that is so great! I think there is a possibility that some of these illnesses are caused by the implants and some are not. But without the proper research by reputable companies, it is a guessing game at this point. In the US, people who conduct research are less than ethical, especially when it comes to food products and medications. They tend to only publish the results of one or two studies that support the findings they want, and discard the studies that prove otherwise. I would predict we are years away from knowing the truth about this. If at any time I begin developing unusual symptoms, I am not opposed to having mine removed as a precaution if the doctors think the implants could be a contributing factor.
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Oh I am sorry, I did not realize that you have them. You will probably be fine, just at least have them replaced before about the 7 year mark (or removed). It may be that I was just someone with the wrong genetics to have implants. I wish you the best.
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Thank you for the advice and kind words. Bless you! :)
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I discovered my 1980 right breast implant had ruptured in 2007. Had them removed by a wonderful plastic surgeon from Tampico, Mexico. He did a beautiful job of reconstructing my breast. Bristol Myer paid me a total of $4.000. for the cost of the removal. They never told me that I would develop Granulomas from the silicone leakage which I now discoverd. They claim my time to file expired in 2010 even though Dow Corning is still paying out to victims for damages up to $100.000. Can't find a lawyer to help me in Texas. If anyone knows where I can get help, please let me know. I am so glad I found this forum. My email add is ***************** Thank you. Irma Parker
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Google "Alyssa Silicone Rally" and read her blog. Saline breast implants were wreaking havoc on her system. This is just one of MANY horror stories including my own that are online. They are everywhere. They Happen to ALOT of women. I'd say most women will get symptoms from implants and just explain it away as something else. My friends sister just got implants. Saline. Now she is having neck pains and blurry vision. It is a lot more common than you think.
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DEAR MIKAYLA: I I JUST JOINED THIS FORUM. i JUST HAD TO HAVE MY SILICON BREAST IMPLANTS REMOVED THEY RUPTURED IT HAS ONLY BEEN 29 DAY , SINCE THAT OPERATION 11/1/2013 I HAVE FELT SO RUN DOWN ,WEAK AND I RUN AND JOG MY ROTTWEILERS NOW FEEL TIGHTNESS IN CHEST I HAVE NO BREAST LEFT SO DEPRESSED MY IMPLANTS WERE 35 YRS. OLD.NEVER A PROBLEM SINCE THIS HORRIBLE SURGERY PLEASE I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP. SOO SICK FEELING, THANKS ZZZ
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i just had my silicon breast implants rmoved 4 weeks ago. i feel so weak run down , how long is it before you feel good? my chest is a mess so flat scars I I FEEL SO DEPRESSED WHEN WILL I FEEL LIKE I USED TO I HAD SILICON IN LYMHA NODES. THIS IS SO HORRIBLE HOW DO I GET REPYS FROM OTHER WOMEN IS 4 WEEKS TO EARLY TO FEEL GREAT AND GO JOGGING PLEASE HELP THANKS ZZZ
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zzztop. I am so sorry you feel worse after removal. That was not my experience at all. Maybe you have an infection of some sort? By the way the scars will lighten a lot over the years, my scars are hardly visible anymore. I hope you feel better soon.
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Maybe the reason you feel worse is that your implants just ruptured and they were not able to remove all of the silicone? Also you could have an infection, do you have a fever?
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NO FEVER, I HAD TO HAVE CAPSULECTOMY HE SAID HE TRIED TO REMOVE ALL SILICON I HAD SOME IN LYMPH NODES SURGERY WAS 4 HOURS. I,AM SO SCARED. IT HAS BEEN 4WEEKS TODAY. I WAS ON ANTIBIOTICS 1,000MG FOR 18 DAYS . HOW LONG DID YOU TAKE TO RECUPERATE MY APPITE IS GOOD. JUST SO DEPRESSED PLEASE WRITE ME AGAIN. I NEED SOME SUPPORT BAD. HUGS ZZZ
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I felt better right after my surgery. But another surgery (not breast related) I took about 4 or more weeks to recover from. I hope you just need more time to heal. Some women do miss the way their breasts looked. If you continue to be depressed maybe counseling might help? You also could just be depressed as part of the natural heeling process. I sure hope you feel better soon. Also try not to smoke. It will delay healing.
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THANKS JONES. IT HAS BEEN 32 DAYS INCE SURGERY , I HAD EXTENSIVE SURGERY THEY HAD TO REMOVE ALMOST ALL MY NATURAL BREAST TISSUE SCARS NO BREAST. I THINK WHAT IT IS IS I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN ACTIVE PERSON RUNNING WALKING NOW THIS !!!LAYING ON A BED ALL DAY. I,AM A YOUNG 71 I JUST FEEL ACHES AND PAINS. TAKING NO PAIN PILLS MADE ME SICK. WELL I HAVE TO GO. YOUR LUCKY YOU FELT SO GOOD SO QUICK YOU MUST BE YOUNG. HUGS ZZZ.
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i had some serious surgery i had to have Capsular contracture almost all my own breast tissue I was suspose to have mini lift was charged $5,000.00 and there was nothing to lift. I,am 71 years old but in great shape walked my 2 big rottweilers i hour every day, felt great till I had this 4hour ssurgery.I have never hadd and operation accept 35 years ago when i had implant put in. and when I had my daughter. always felt good And I don,t have an infection Dr. said I was healing good accept the skin pulling and the tightness in my chest. If you are going to get an infection you will get it first week. I have sever anxiety and panic. Right now I can,t figure it out why i feel tired I can,t go out walking to cold nipples still sore and I don,t think that is a good idea. all I have been doing for 34 days is get up at 5;15am have my coffee and 3 cigaretts, do up the dishes make coffee for next day. then drag my ass in to bath room shower, put clean pg,s on sit on bed on computer feel anxious and so filled with fear. I do not trust Drs. and this Plastic Surgeon I have sucks. He has so many offices and just raking the money in he never retures calls. I live in small town and he had worked with the surgeon who put my implants in so I thought he would be good. $10,400.00 I was so screwed. Now I have no breast left at all. i have to get some of those thing prosteies you stick in your bra. Thats why I joined this site to get feed back from other women there is only about 6 people on this support site. zzztop
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Have you had bloodwork since the operation? Rule out ALCL still, anemia, infection. Running moves blood and toxins and you may be in too much of a detox load. Latex allergy reaction is also to be considered. Keep up your spirit... I have not have them removed for over 20 months and it has ruined a part of my life, but I am going to be hopeful with new doctor's this week :) Blessings. This is not your fault. With 300,000 women getting them a year, more awareness, more press, more posts like this will give women the warning that I did not have 25 years ago when I augmented double insulated Dow Corning smooth. No real problems, it happened all after the accident. Almost crippled, need this poison out!
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No I have not had that type of blood work. I believe my red blood cells are high not low. The doctors don't seem to be concerned. Thanks for the link.
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Saline breast implants ruined my life. I'm still trying to recover 12 years later. My breast implants cost 4700 and now I have spent at least 20000 trying to undo the damage they did to me. Insomnia/arthritis/depression/anxiety/blurryvision/constant muscle stiffness and pain/eyepain/headpain/ IT IS NOT WORTH IT. IF I WERE YOU I WOULD NEVER GET IMPLANTS. Plus, its been proven that having breast implants increases your chance of getting cancer ALOT. Research it. Its proven. I wish I could go back in time and never have gotten the implants. Some of my symptoms went away upon their removal like the constant bladder infections. But other symptoms have gotten worse and I just recently had to have a capsulectomy to get rid of all remaining scar tissue because that can keep women sick. Breast implants both saline and silicone ABSOLUTELY Cause disease. Most plastic surgeons will not admit this. Afterall, their INCOME is based on boob jobs so it is not surprising. Check out Dr. Kolb's book " The Naked Truth about Breast Implants" She is a plastic surgeon that admits they cause disease.
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Dear mikayla911: I have no infection husband taking my temp. also my appitite is good i also had a Capsulectomy, Mastopexy. I,am so filled with anxiety. Like I said "I have never been sick, never an operation, now i,am sitting on the bed all day on computer. depressed, i do get up in the morni ng have coffee and a few smokes 3. Wash my dishes make coffee for next day (I journal) . Then I go in and shower I do it but feel sad and tired. and I have no pain pills it was Vicoden 5mg then 5000mg of tylenol it tore my stomack up. I have to call this Dr. Monday and get some I can,t take it the tighning around breast i feel like i have aan elastic band around my chest. this is a night mare. thank you for writing me hugs zzz
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I hope you feel better soon.
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I am having mine replaced in jan ,I'm always tired , constant uti I can't believe it when u said that , I'm done with the silicone yes we all hear all safe they are , THey don't ,I also get hives all around the scars after a work out or heat , they are out soon to be replaced , sweetie good luck
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