I had silicone implants in 2009 after years of saving for the operation. I had always had full, DD breasts naturally (ironically my Grandmother, Mother and both sisters have all had breast reductions)!
, but after 2 yrs breastfeeding I wasn't happy with my ''deflated'' breasts. I was reasonably happy with the implants initially, although they were slightly different in size and fullness. Approx a year ago I noticed that the left implant appeared to have ''moved'' up higher and gradually became hard (capsular contraction). I have always been an extremely fit and healthy person (haven't even had a cold or flu for 14 years!), so was shocked when my health started deteriorating 3 months ago.
I started experiencing numbness in my left foot and right hand initially, a couple of weeks later I started getting dizzy spells, blurred vision and I often felt as though I was walking around in a fog. Shortly after that I started getting muscle twitching (all over my body) and sharp pains on the tops of my feet and sometimes in my hands too. That was when I also started getting muscle aching/fatigue in legs and arms. 3 weeks ago the numbness and twitching started in my face which terrified me. My doctor sent me to hospital at this point. I stayed in overnight and had routine tests and was also seen by a neurologist who said my symptoms didn't follow the pattern of any neurological diseases such as MS and her testing confirmed this. My doctor had already sent me for lots of different tests and everything kept coming back normal. After exhausting every option, I started considering that my implants might be the problem so did a lot of research only to find that my symptoms indicated biotoxin poisoning from implants!
That realisation was only a week ago and I've already booked explant surgery with Dr Lu-Jen Feng in Cleveland, Ohio. As I live in New Zealand, this is a BIG deal (and a very expensive one) to travel all the way to the U.S. for the surgery but all I care about now is getting these things out of my body and getting healthy again. My decision to go to this PS is due to the fact that the two PS I have contacted here in NZ (including the one that put my implants in 5 yrs ago), won't acknowledge that my health problems could be caused by my implants so I don't want them operating on me if they don't even take the health risks seriously. The other reason I chose Dr Feng in particular is because she has done thousands of explants over a 28 year period and, most importantly to me, she DOESN'T DO IMPLANT SURGERY so I know she takes the health risks of implants seriously. My explant surgery is in just 21 days (1st Oct) and I can't wait...although it's a little daunting to be travelling so far and going through this alone in a foreign country. Would love to hear from anyone experiencing similiar health issues or anyone who has already been through an explant and has come out the other side healthy again!