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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Well, I wrote a reply then it was deleted when I was asked to "join" this community so here goes again - I can speak with authority on the issue of women dropping out of these studies. I was part of the 2006 study and one of the unfortunate cancer survivors to have fell for this line that it was safe. I have NEVER been contacted by Mentor and my PS dismissed my reports of adverse effects; they were never entered into my file. Other doctors that I have attempted to get help from to have these toxic bombs removed from my chest have told me to "go home and take happy pills" (true story. his words) another told me I was paranoid. "Go see a therapist" and "fictitious" are other words that have been used to describe me when I try to get help for my health that has been devastated. So - the idea that we are "dropping out" of these studies are bogus. There is no study; there is no follow up and the outcomes are imo - completely falsified as they create outcomes that serve their purpose.
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I will post pics now for these ladies and what I went through ,,, these rashes are only from the silicone !!!!!!, I even feel better with the saline,,,just the healing is what im dealing with as this point ,,of course they don't want to say it silicone, it will cause billions of dollars lost to the plastic surgery industry please don't fall for that bs!!! gina
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I've heard that some women do do better with just the saline, Tressa12. I was still sick - mine had leaked and there was mold. But when I got the silicone ones my health was devastated. I am now left with no insurance that will pay for this and even if they did there are no local doctors qualified. I am currently starting a fundraiser to make my way to Atlanta to see Susan Kolb as soon as possible. If you or anyone is willing to help I would be happy to post the link here to my FR page or even leave an email for you to request it. I don't like being put in this position and it feels uncomfortable to even ask but the truth is - I'm desperate and can't do this alone. Good luck with you new saline implants.
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I got my implants in 1988 and have had unexplainable medical issues for several years. I now have new symptoms that are alarming and all are consistent with implant leakage and silicone poisoning. While many doctors say its unproven I have a gut feeling the silicone is the culprit. My implants were supposed to last my lifetime according to themanufacturers and doctors... but they were obviously wrong about that and the fda still allowed them to market it as a lifetime device so why should I believe what they have to say about its safety now? I am of limited means and am looking for medical and legal help. I would also like to connect with people who are as outraged as I am that no one can be held responsible for this predicament.
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Dear justanother....I am so sorry to hear you have become so ill. If you haven't found her already - de susan kolb is the leading expert on this and has a store sous success rate for helping women recover from this. Her book The Naked Truth About Breast Implants addresses these issues very well.
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Sorry that your are just another victim. I really wish I could do something to stop women form putting these in their bodies. IT is so hard to speak out against what "science" is saying and be believed.
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I just wanted to say that I was contemplating breast augmentation for over a year. After I gave birth to my daughter and went through the whole breast feeding thing, I started looking at my body more critically, especially my breasts. My nipples were lower and the fat content dramatically decreased. Since then, I have done extensive research on breast augmentation including reading many reports that were issued by the FDA. What people don't seem to understand is that the studies that were conducted did not follow women for a long enough period of time. For example, if there was a study of 40,000 women with breast implants and the study was for a period of ten years, most women dropped out of the study by year five. They can't say why these women dropped out - did they die? did they get the implants removed? or did they love their implants so much that they decided not to engage in the study any longer. Whatever the reason, the study did not have conclusive long term results of women who had breast implants. There is only a collection of data on women with breast implants for a period of about three to five years and in that amount of time there was no increase in autoimmune disorders in comparison to the women who did not have breast implants. Now, autoimmune disorders take time to develop in the body. It was very obvious that there was local problems with breast implants in those three to five years, like capsular contracture, scar tissue, blot clots, etc. Many women had to undergo additional surgery in the first three years to fix these problems. At the end of the say, silicone cohesive gel (which is semi-permeable and does allow body fluid to flow through it) or saline (which still has a silicone shell) breast implants are not natural and depending on what diseases may be laying dormant in your body, may activate a systemic response within your immune system. This is why surgery is a risk. As an adult, you have to weigh out the pros and the cons and the risks and the benefits and make an informed decision. Breast implants do have a shelf life and will eventually need to be replaced or removed. As for my decision, I will not be getting implants. The risks far outweigh the benefits. Like the song says, its the soul that needs the surgery.
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Very well said and I congratulate you for doing your research and not risking your heath. I wish I had not risked mine. I was told they were safe and would last a lifetime. In my case, neither of those statements were true.
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I was in the 2006 Mentor "study" and can speak to the issue of women "falling out" of these studies. Mentor is saying the same thing - that we dropped out but that is a lie. There has been no, nada, none follow up and every one of my complaints and reports of adverse effects were dismissed as "not possible". I have had doctors tell me to "go home and take happy pills", that I am "paranoid" and otherwise unstable. But I have never had a doctor tell me that yes, this is or at least could be caused by your implants.
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I removed mine in the beginning of February. My pain offs better but it it's still there. I have not had any super bad migraines since about a week after surgery. If I had read this forum I would have never got them. They were dumb.
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I wanted to add that sialine has a myriad of side-effects as well including mold poisoning and they are more apt to cause certain breast cancers, according to Dr. Kolb from Plastikos -see validity on youtube, search Kolb and Mercola -Next I am really not on this site to burst anyone's bubble (no pun intended) I realize that my type of silicone implant has been banned from the legal market years ago. However there are women having adverse reactions to the new cohesive gel device as well. As a conscious human, I cannot sit back after what I have experienced and see that so much science is getting glossed overover because women have "boob-envy". It comes down to an educated choice - I am merely sharing as I am certain there are women who would choose not to have fake boobs if they read my story (which I am currently writing and is not published at this time).
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Hi lisadawnflowerchild, Will you let me know when your story comes out. I'd really like to read it. I've had implants (silicon) for the last 23 years. I had them put in at 28. At age 30 they were taken out as they were kinda high in my chest. I was hired to be a flight attendant at 31. I started to get migraines at 31. So not sure if it's the job or the implants. I'm thinking it the implants. Over the years I've had depression. I'm on anti-depressents now. Anxiety so bad I could barely leave the house. I now have unexplained aches and pained in my body. I'm searching for a Doctor this month to do an explant on me. I can't wait to get these out of my chest. Here's my email address so when your story comes out u can let me know. lcooley10@mac.com
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I have been the same way. My muscles still tighten up but not as bad as worth the implants. Ironic that the pain was a lot worse before the removal. Im mad at myself for getting them in the first place. The doctor didn't even put them as big as I would have liked so they went even noticeable. I feel like I still look the same. My health was fine before. I should have just left them alone. Basically I went through all those agonizing migraines for nothing. Waste waste waste.
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I love they way you write. You make me smile. Just had my first consult about taking out my implants. It was in Beverly Hills. Normally I like going down ther. But not this time. Too many rude people and basically just too many people. It's very plastic there. I'm really noticing all the fake boobs on women lately since I've started this journey of looking into explanting. I really like the Doctors. There r two of them that work together. That is definitely a plus. The one seems so young. I'm sure that's because I'm getting older. At one point in the consult I asked the other Dr. what his take was on doing an explant and leaving them out. He said...basically that if it's not broke then don't fix it. I relise that this is just his belief system . He didn't mean anything against my beliefs. I just wanted to see what his thoughts were. Of course no one understands until you or someone you care about goes through this. This is why I love this support group. I feel this is support in every way, emotionally, physically (meaning it's going to help me when I get to the point of dealing with how I'm going to look after I take these sacks out of my chest, etc) Then after the sacks r out there will be the healing and all the emotions that go along with that. Im so thankful to the people that have organized this forum. Plus, all the women that have contributed to this site. Not only to help themselves go through their journey. But, to also help others. O. K. I relise I'm going on and on. Back to one of my questions. Lovetobefitnaturalandsexy, did you have migraines before being implanted? Thank u, Lisaroxy
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No. Not until I got them :-(
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i am looking for a forum where women are discussing possible illness from the new cohesive gel... could you direct me??
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i am looking for a forum for women who have symptoms after having the cohesive gel... if anyone could lead me in that direction i would appreciate it!
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Since they didn't unsubscribe me, after asking twice-I came back to see what had been written since my last entry: 1) saline is a typo'd on my May 16th entry, I have no way to edit 2) my most important postings (3) were deleted by RealSelf staff 3) if I continue on this site, it will be because I feel that it is a benefit for those who suffer Ok first, I would like to say thanks to Lisaroxy for the compliments, and yes I have your email and look forward to sending you a copy of my story. Right now, due to outstanding litigation I am still unable to disclose the causative events of my tragedy. Yes, it was a tragedy and the only thing I have is my story and desire to help women that may be in very serious health today as a result of the decision to get the "vintage" silicone implants (pre-cohesive-gel). I hope that this will be a forum, but if I leave again, my health/wellness blog [theflowerchild on blogger, story will be released by February of 2015]. The few things I am able to say, legally at this point, are from my own personal opinion, and have not been proven scientifically, unless [*], which indicates that those symptoms have been released as medical studies in several well-know Western medical/health science publications. I am able to provide these upon request. After having silicone for over 25 years, being told they should last a lifetime, yet ironically the science was not that sound back in the 1980's-early 90's. The original surgeon told me, "If they ever do leak or collapse for any reason to go and get them removed ASAP." In 2012, my right breast implant was ruptured in a vehicle accident where I was thrust across a vehicle and my right side made contact with the inside of the vehicle. I originally thought my right arm was broken and shoulder girdle damaged. As that was the area that was in a great deal of pain; and no difference upon palpating my right breast to verify rupture. Due to the nature of such a "slow leak" it took a month to discover much worse damage had happened. By the time I discovered the silicone leak over a month after the accident. I describe my finding as my right breast implant, "felt like a bowl of jello". This was compared to the years and years of both feeling (palpating) like firm water balloons. Of course, this was alarming. The brain fog*, lethargy*, starvation, excruciating pain*, as well as difficulty breathing*, chest pain*, and overall heaviness in my heart. This was from the mental anguish* that I was alone and felt like I was dying. I have NEVER had health problems to this magnitude my entire life. The first three weeks were a combination of losing my job, home, and all of my savings. I was a fitness coach, ran my own acupuncture office in Orange County, an avid yogi and health nut. Yes, there was chronic fatigue, but I never let it get me down or disable me. These new, alarming, symptoms left me with no other reason to believe that something very serious was going on. The only conclusion I could come to as a natural healthcare practitioner my whole life (with a master's in acupuncture and bach flower practitioner certification)-- is that I had ruptured poison into my system. That conclusion has been verified by a breast coil MRI. According to my last surgeon, if the poison (silicone) went systemic, it will show spirals on this type of MRI. This was finally proven and surgically removed, after over 41 office visits to E.R. and primary doctors, over 25 months. I suffered for over 2 years with the side-effects of Silicone Toxicity (platinum/tin bonded to the silicone). I have the deadly HLA type of hypersensitivity latex allergy which, to my understanding predisposes those individuals to ALCL, an atypical lymphoma. My surgeon was also aware of this. I was very fortunate not to contract ALCL, which settles into the lymphatics in less than three months (laboratory animal study) and bears a deadly lymph-cell cancer that takes it's victims in less than three weeks. Unfortunately, our public health system chose to attempt to convince me that I was imagining all of my symptoms, rather that validate my serious health condition. Even today, I did not receive the imperative brain examination, heart examination, or organs evaluated. Rheumatology studies were finally ordered less than 2 months ago which was when most of the experienced connective tissue pain was dissipated by then. Today, almost 2 months after the explant surgery, when the silicone rupture was finally removed. Again, I had a right breast rupture for over 2 years. I have residual health problems, but they are less serious. I believe, it was because I was very healthy prior to the tragedy. I gratefully can say that I have mostly recovered by the grace of God. My current symptoms include, but are not limited to unexplained severe blurry vision. Undiagnosed Raynaud's disease (my hands and feet go painfully numb). My energy is not normal yet, but I had to return back to full time work the day the drainage tubes were removed in mid-June. I continue to pray to feel better. I am so glad to be back :) There were months and years, recently that I didn't know if I would live. I knew I was not crazy. I know now that I have really come through something. I am still very sad to know that MANY, MANY women are going through my nightmare right now because of a multi-trillion dollar vanity business. Originally, my surgery was because I was very flat-chested and up for a supermodel contract. I had a very small (Bcup), AFTER the augmentation. That decision may have compromised my energy and moods the past 20 years, and I had no idea that I would or could deal with what happened when I was left to suffer when it broke inside of me. The last two years have been a living nightmare to deal with friends who have no clue what I was going thru to doctors who have a clue about human rights and ethics yet protect something that they will stand to answer to God for. Now, the anguish is gone, and so is the poison. I am so grateful I have lived through this and feel better finally. I will never advocate that any woman should have silicone, saline, or any other breast implant. In my opinion, there is not one that is safe, nor fit for human consumption. Don't believe the people who made it, or put them in... believe the MANY, MANY people who have suffered from lack of scientific studies, truthful information, and disclosure. I hope that this post does not get deleted but if it does, I will be doing a reprint and letting others know -- anyway.
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I would like to know if you had them removed and if you are feeling better. I just saw my doc today and he suggested implants just to give life back to my 43yr old breast (2 kids together later) Want to know the truth not advice from a surgeon that will gain money. pearlf2@yahoo.com
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Good afternoon ladies, I had an explant 5 days ago! I am still having some weird sensations but do notice that some have seemed to get a little better. I am only 5 days out so I am praying that I will have a full recovery, especially since I only had them for 9 weeks. I had the capsules removed under general anesthesia to make sure everything was out. I am now recovering from that. The pain has been tolerable I've only taken Extra strength Tylenol. I do have some swelling and my breasts look a little saggy, but at this point not too bad. Considering I lost 14 lbs after my mommy make over I thought I would have no breast tissue left. At this point though I just want my health back desperately! It probably takes time to heal so just trying to be patient. Between healing from the tummy tuck and the silicone implants my body has been through the ringer, hoping it will be strong and heal. To anyone considering explant, do it! I was scared to death to have another surgery, but there was no way to know for sure if my implants were causing my illness. Now that they are out I can focus on healing and hopefully recover... Now if I could get my sleep back to normal that would probably help a great deal. It is nice to sleep on my sides again and not worry about it and I do feel so light, because a huge weight was lifted off my chest. I've also noticed it's been easier to cough and breathe since explant. Praying for an uneventful and full recovery. To all the ladies considering or having explant, I send prayers your way for a smooth surgery and full recovery as well...Now on to Detoxing...Any tips or advice for post explant is appreciated.
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