What Tests Should I Have Due to
Breast Implant Illness Symptoms?

What Tests Should I Have Due to Breast Implant Illness Symptoms?

Once you recognize yourself in the listed breast implant illness symptoms, it is best to stop wasting precious time and money on testing and misdiagnoses and instead go straight to explant.  There is no definitive test to prove your breast implants are causing your symptoms but the following medical tests are where health problems from silicone and breast implants show up in us.  It’s important to note, it’s not uncommon for our test results to fall just inside normal test ranges yet we feel very ill and symptomatic due to our breast implants.

Breast Implant Illness Tests

  • ANA Antinuclear Antibody
    • Checks autoimmune markers
  • CBC + Lipids
    • Checks red, white blood cells, platelets, anemia, infection
  • NK Cells
    • Checks Immunodeficiency
  • CMP Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
    • Checks glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver
  • Blood Profile of Amino Acids by Chromatography
    • amino acids are involved in liver detoxification and are depleted in many of us.  Important aminos for detox are cysteine, methionine, aspartic acid, arginine, ornithine and lysine
  • Bone Density
    • Checks for low bone density
  • Thyroid – TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TPO Ab and TG Ab
  • Temperature Test for Thyroid
  • Parathyroid – Calcium and PTH Test
  • Adrenal Hormones
    • Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estrogen, Progesterone, Pregnenlone, Testosterone Free and Total, Sex Hormone Binding Globuline
  • B12 and Folate Deficiency
    • Checks for low B12 and low folate
  • Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy
    • Checks for Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Iron and Ferritin Test
    • Checks for iron derangement
  • Magnesium and Potassium Levels
  • Iodine Levels
  • CRP-C and ESR
    • to check for inflammation but they may not show much and you may have to dig deeper with these tests TFN, TGF-beta 1, interleukins, IGE and gammaglobulin for inflammation
  • APA Assay
    • Checks for abnormal immune system response with Fibromyalgia
  • Visual Contrast Sensitivity Eye Test at vcstest.com
    • Checks for mold biotoxin
  • Leaky Gut, SIBO and IBS Tests
  • Infections Such as EBV, Lyme, H-Pylori, Mycoplasma, Intracellular, Cocksackie, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes etc.
  • Fungal Tests Including Candida, IgM and IgG
  • Parasites of the Gut
  • EKG and Echocardiogram for Heart Changes
  • MRI Without Gandolinium Contrast Which Causes Toxicity in us or Ultrasound to Detect Leaks/Ruptures
    • Mammogram can rupture implants

Other Tests

1.  The Silicone Hypersensitivity Panel through betterlabtestsnow.com has existed for years and is once again gaining popularity but it should not be used to rule out breast implant illness as results vary from woman to woman and ingredients vary from implant to implant. It is a panel of 19 items, including materials commonly used in breast implants, and related possible irritants. Please note this test does NOT test for silicone levels within your body, only sensitivity to it. Testing for sensitivity to: Silicone, Silicates (silicon dioxide), Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Tin/stannous chloride, Titanium dioxide, Petroleum byproducts of Xylene, Toluene, Benzene, Latex, Phenol, Formaldehyde, Vinyl chloride, Green #5, Blue #2, Violet #2, Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, Aluminum.

2.  Genetic Testing through companies such as 23andme.com for genetic variants which affect methylation and detox pathways is highly suggested as about half of us with breast implant illness have MTHFR genetic variants which negatively affect our ability to detox toxic chemicals and heavy metals of silicone. My own MTHFR genetic variants accounted for how sick I was from silicone breast implants and for my very low B12 status which itself causes many symptoms and health problems.  Many of us do have MTHFR genetic variants and without supporting our methylation and detox pathways with specific nutrients we accumulate toxins and heavy metals.  After receiving your file of raw data from 23andme.com upload it to genetic reading sites such as Geneticgenie.org, Nutrahacker.com or Selfdecode.com  which provide reports to explain your particular genetic variants and more importantly how to support yourself with food and supplements.

3.  MicroNutrient testing such as Spectracell’s Micronutrient Testing which can identify nutritional deficiencies caused by health problems due to breast implants and also contributing to your symptoms and illness.  Bringing up our nutrient deficiencies will assist our healing and support our immune system.

4.  The Organic Acids Test (OAT) by The Great Plains Labratory offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of  patient’s overall health with 75 markers and an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine revealing fungus and bacteria overgrowth. Abnormally high levels of these yeast and bacteria can cause many symptoms including fatigue and immune dysfunction.  The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies due to breast implants, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.

5.  Fungitell Assay may be helpful to identify invasive fungal infections which are not uncommon in us due to breast implants causing immune deficits and eliminating these fungal infections are necessary in order to heal.

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Sue A Grand

    Explanted in 2018 still having medical issues I can barely eat anything without having negative reactions. Any advice or direction for me?

  2. Elyzabeth Martí

    Thank you for giving all this information, I’ll be printing it for my doctor’s appointment this Wednesday 🙂

  3. Sonja Winebarger

    I am no longer on Facebook due to personal issues. How do we file a claim with our insurance company? I’m planning on explant with total en bloc capsulectomy in July. What do I need to ask my insurance company since my PS don’t file insurance? I’m trying to get re imbursed after having my surgery & need to know what questions I need to ask & what does my ins company need from me???

  4. Andrea Draper

    Covid-19 has my explant surgery on hold indefinitely. I have symptoms that keep me from taking showers, eating meals, sleeping 6 hours per 24, & behavioral symptoms that are ruining relationships & got me arrested by the police recently. I NEED EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR MY SYMPTOMS!!!!! HELP!!!!! WHAT HAS WORKED FOR ANY OF U? The only thing that eliminates the pain completely is Demerol. I need psych meds to help my hypomania!!!! PLEASE, WHAT HAS WORKED FOR U WHILE AWAITING EXPLANT SURGERY???!!!

  5. Caren Blevins

    I see the doctors listed from Tennessee. I would like to know which doctor/doctors has someone used. Any recommendations?

    Thank you,
    Caren

  6. Brooke

    I live in Florida – wondering if anyone can share roughly the cost of an explant? I have so many symptoms and I really want to get mine removed.

  7. Amber

    Where can you go to get tested to see if you have breast implant illness? I have ALOT of the systems that are provided on the list

  8. Cynthia

    Does anyone know of explant Dr. Near Albany, New York. None on the list.

  9. Ariana

    Thank you for information. Did anyone remove the implant and the entire capsule?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Ariana,
      Yes, please read our Explant page here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant/ where we describe why it is important to remove the capsules that grows around the implant. Removing capsules along with the implants correlates with our healing from breast implant illness.

  10. JoAnn Zipp

    My implants are from 2005. I have been sick constantly. Doctors can’t give me a straight answer to what is wrong . I’ve been on a lot of antibiotics and steroids. It’s a very bad situation. I can’t take care of my self. Pain is very bad, stomach problems, IBS, bruising, coughing, fog brain, all kinds of tests. Can’t sleep. Blood work shows liver function high, thyroid off, cholesterol is high I always feel sick. I have pains in my breast. I want to remove my implants so I can feel better. What do I do. Where do I go to find a doctor that I understands this issue?

  11. Lynne

    Once you’ve explanted & started a clean diet when should you can the testing done. I did not do any testing before. A friend told me about this Facebook page & I scheduled my explant instead of replacing 30 year old silicone implants.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Lynne,
      After explant and clean diet, testing is not really necessary, the body will slowly heal over the year following explant.

  12. Perla Hudson

    Thank you for so much information and creating awareness on this epidemic! I’m one month from explanting and can’t wait to be free

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