Symptoms

Symptoms

The earlier breast implant symptoms, as reported by over 150,000 women in the Facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole are fatigue, cognitive problems, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, IBS, problems with thyroid and adrenals and autoimmune symptoms. Because breast implants can affect most body systems, symptoms are widespread and can be related to chemical toxicity, biotoxicity, immune dysfunction, auto-immune symptoms, neurological symptoms, endocrine symptoms and metabolic symptoms. Below, is a longer list of breast implant symptoms consistently reported by women of the group and which have been associated with breast implants. Once you recognize yourself in breast implant symptoms, it is best to stop wasting precious time and money on testing and misdiagnosis and go straight to explant

Symptoms Consistently Reported by Women

What Is Breast Implant Illness?

What Is Breast Implant Illness?

Breast implant illness is not to do with the brand or type of implant that you have. Breast implant illness occurs in all brands and both saline and silicone implants and is a very multifaceted illness.

For both saline and silicone breast implants a strong and immediate response to the silicone shell directly after implantation may be predicated by your genes specifically HLA B27, HLA DR52 and HLA DR53 which are genes associated with being ill in the first year after implantation and a higher sensitivity to silicone. Even if you don’t have these specific genes your body will still respond to the fact that breast implants are large foreign objects implanted in your chest over fragile organs and glands and you will experience the usual foreign body immune response as your body mounts an all out war which causes immune deficits, immune dysfunction and eventually autoimmune symptoms and diseases. Our overwhelmed immune system eventually switches over to attacking itself instead of attacking invaders. This is known as switching from TH1 dominance to TH2 dominance and it is when the immune system develops antibodies against itself instead of killer T-Cells to kill what it perceives to be abnormal cells. Eventually, both saline and silicone breast implants cause immune system failure by overwhelming the immune system and allowing various infections in the body to gain a foothold which cause symptoms. These infections can be bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitical.

Next the approximate 40 toxic chemicals and array of heavy metals in silicone which are known endocrine disruptors, inflammatory, carcinogenic, cytotoxic and neurotoxic poison our fragile endocrine glands especially thyroid and adrenals and poison our immune system and gut health which creates toxicity in our body.   

With saline there is also the added element that the saline fill valve ports collect body fluid and can mold and these mold organisms can cross into the implant due to defective valves and even colonize the implant. These microorganisms produce metabolites know as biotoxins which are toxic to us.  The interior of capsules is a perfect place for infections to grow and the inside of capsules necrotize over time. Textures add another layer of toxicity soaking up body fluids and providing spaces for infections to thrive. Textures also aggravate the immune system as they flake off and travel through our lymphatic system.  Many of us also have pathogens and parasites in our gut due to bad gut health and even past our gut as they inhabit our body because there is very little immune opposition to them due to immune deficits. With poor gut health we cannot digest our foods and due to autoimmune processes our guts and bodies are full of inflammation. We could go on but as you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in several ways.

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  1. Shannon

    I am 54 yo, I had a prophylactic double mastectomy five years ago with reconstruction with silicone implants. I have several of the symptoms list above. They seem to get worse as time goes on. I have had several tests, but no real answers other than chronic migraines and other ideas.
    I have not seen any other posts about what options for mastectomy patients. I am concave once implants are removed. Please share any advice.

    1. Chantel E Druce

      Shannon

      I was a nipple sparing double mastectomy as well and seeking Information. South Jersey.

      Chantel

  2. Jennifer McGeough

    I am new to the groups and am so happy to feel like maybe I have found the answer to all my health issues. I’ve had saline implants under the muscle for 6 years and just in the past year and a half I’ve developed terrible heartburn, chest pain, short of breath most days, terrible fatigue and horrible discomfort under my ribs that wraps around to my back which unfortunately is a symptom of pancreatic cancer that I can’t stop worrying about ugh! I have had so many tests and nothing has been found and Im getting one last cat scan think week that will hopefully be clear. SoI’m finally ready to find a surgeon near me in south Jersey. Is that symptom of discomfort under the ribs and squeezing pain common?

  3. April Coe

    I have 26 of the symptoms listed above.

    **Please send me a list of the most qualified docs for the explant surgery. I have called one and very expensive. Hoping to find an affordable and yet skilled doc that will perform my removal like he was doing the surgery on his own wife or mom.

    I am so grateful for all those above that have listed in detail their experiences/symptoms. THANK YOU.
    This helps me to know I am not crazy and not a hypochondriac. I am a hot mess, praying for all of you on this thread and for me too.

  4. Natalie

    My saline implants are 26 years old and ive been sick for the last 5 to 10 years, slowly bt surely getting worse and doctors cant seem to find what my problem is. All my tests are pretty much normal. When I found this website and read the symptoms I saw that was me. I have almost half of the symptoms on the list but I’m still hesitating to explant for 2 reasons:
    1. I love the way my breast look and I would be devastated to sacrifice my look if after explantation my symptoms don’t get better and would have done that in vain without results of feeling better. I wonder what % of women are completely healed after explantation?
    2. I still have some good days during the month where I’m able to function normally and not feeling very sick so I’m wondering why. If it’s really my implants poisoning me then wouldn’t I feel sick all the time and feel equally bad the whole month since they’re aways present in my body? How can the intensity fluctuation be explained if the problem was only my implants?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Natalie,
      Symptoms come and go for most but as time passes they come and stay for the most part and more come on every year and symptoms get worse, eventually gets to the point where breast implants are not worth the continued poor health and loss of quality of life.

      1. Phoebe

        I was a AA cup. I’ve had two surgeries because I’ve capsulated both times. Got them at 23 and I’m 42. Not married, live in Newport Beach and I’m more anxious about it than anything I’ve ever been through. The vanity is definitely part of it but I realized I’m doing this for my health. I never had rashes or couldn’t get out of bed until the last 6 weeks. I had constant neck pain, circulation issues, hair loss, vision issues and recently extreme fatigue. I love working out and thought it was part of Covid because I couldn’t go to an early boot camp in the morning prior to work.

        Surgery is August 30th. It’s real

        1. Tiffini

          I am brand new to the group and have had many symptoms too. Just saw your post and want to wish you quick and full healing! I’d love to hear how you are, now post surgery. Take care and all my best to you!

    2. Amanda

      I’m having a lot of these issues too! You are really supposed to replace the implants every 10 years or so, I have 2 consults scheduled to talk about replacing mine and doing a detox in hopes it will help! I can’t ever imagine not having mine.

  5. Desiree Lynne

    My question and need of advice…
    I’ve had my saline implants for a little over 7 years.
    I’m experiencing hair loss/brittle hair, abnormal thyroid levels, lymph swelling, inflammation, brain fog, joint pain, fatigue, gut issues and anxiety.
    I’m a super healthy and very active athlete and mom of two boys. I feel in my gut that I shouldn’t feel this way. But I wondered if it was from other health related choices and keep putting off that my implants could be the primary source. I would love to have another baby but I’m wondering if I should go through explant before getting pregnant again and looking for advice?? How long after explant can I get pregnant? What is the healing time line like? I would hate to get pregnant and have another child just to have my symptoms explode even worse with the changes of 3 children if I decide to keep implants in. I just requested to be added to the group on FB, please approve me.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Desiree,
      If it was me I would explant, heal and then proceed with pregnancy. Explant should not affect your ability to breast feed but avoid lifts as they may. In general women say they are about 75 per cent healed from breast implant illness after the first year and take a second year for the balance of the symptoms to fall away.

  6. Julie Cheney

    I have had my implants for almost 17 years. I was always large busted, but after my first Open heart surgery in 2004, my DD were down to my waist, (after nursing 4 kids) and i had a long 8” red scar down my chest from my surgery. A year later, i got my implants! I loved them-Fast forward to October 2020, I had to have my 2nd OHS with a mechanical valve. It has now
    been 8 months post op and I still can’t breathe. My cardiologist is baffled and so I went to a lung specialist! Our first consult was a week ago. We have been running tests, and still are. My husband just happened to mention that I have implants. My pulmonologist looked me in the eye and said “You need to get those out.” So, I started to research and talked to a friend who recently had hers explanted! Wow! What a journey this has been! I am so grateful for this Facebook group Nicole! I never connected all the crazy things happening to me. I have had a partial thyroidectomy, parathyroid surgery, gained weight, and many other symptoms. I now have consults set up
    and want to get these toxic things out of my body! I am scared, especially since i just had a huge surgery not too long ago. I am on blood thinners and am worried this will affect my surgery and prep etc. I know I will probably survive, but I am very emotional and scared about this. Am i going to survive and be okay? Has anybody had anything similar?

    1. Kimberly Pastran

      Hi Julie I too have had my mitral valve replaced tricuspid repaired my thoracic surgeon was the one that told me he would take them out when he went in that they had done that before. Of course i was in denial and didnt want him to touch my implants thay was in 2014 in 2015 i found this group and realized all these surgeries and adrenal shut down autoimmune problems were from my implants. I have been wanting them out since then but since i lost my nursing career because i have been so sick i didnt have the money. I finally have the money and im explanting w/ Dr Hirsch Sept 8th!!!!! Im so excited and pray I start to get my life back. Feel free to contact me for anything. Good luck 💕

  7. Bev Barned

    Hello.I’ve had my implants in since 1985…
    I’ve misplaced the paperwork through several moves over the years, but I do know it had a white coating over it, and do remember the word styrofoam during the consultation….
    I haven’t had any symptom that I thought were implant related, except lately my underarm is quite itchy and discoloured, and the surface under feels quite lumpy…
    My breast sometimes gives a burning sensation.
    I went to a surgeon to talk about having them removed and his recommendations, was ‘why remove them if they’re not giving you any trouble, plus you’re going to end up with two floppy sacs after you do’. He also quoted me an exorbitant price for taking them out if I did decide to opt out of keeping them.
    Any suggestions or recommendations…

    1. Malissa

      Bev- Get a second opinion. I’d definitely removing them. I explanted and got a lift. Total cost $15 000. Much more expensive than augmentation which only cost me $6 000

  8. Tracy

    I was an A to small B cup when I had a daughter 33 years ago. My milk dried up but my body kept producing, my breasts were getting larger but stayed hard. After the doctors were able to stop this process it left me with skin hanging and no breasts. I have had implants for 32 years, but over the last 10 years I have had so many health issues with most being unexplained, no matter how many tests or procedures. My daughter referred me to this site. After reading many comments no one has actually said what they look like after explant. I do want to feel better and I know this is superficial compared to feeling better, but I’m very concerned if I will even have any or what they will look like. I’m going to be 58 soon and I fear that I won’t have anything which will not help my self esteem. Thank you.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Tracy,
      If you come to the group you will see many photos of aesthetic results.

      1. Caren Lumden

        Hi Nicole,
        I have created a Facebook page specifically to join your group as I am also battling Bii. Please add me.

  9. Lara

    I’m having explant surgery with an uplift.
    As long as the capsule is removed then an uplift doesn’t cause any long term health problems does it?
    I’m so confused if I should just remove the implants and leave my boobs alone. I’m scared about how they will look with sagging skin as the surgeon put stupidly large implants into me even though I didn’t want big boobs.
    On my day of surgery he told me he had run out of stock on the smaller implant but that the bigger implant will look great.
    I was so stupid to agree!

    1. Nicole

      Hi Lara,
      Uplifts do not cause health problems and may women who explant get an uplift and are very happy with their results.

  10. Tonia Harris

    Hello everyone, I just found this website and I feel so blessed. I’ve had my silicone implants (under the muscle) for 10 years and I’ve been falling apart for years. It started with panic attacks and later my doctor noticed that my thyroid hormone levels were consistently barely within the normal range for years. I was sent for further testing but no abnormal findings. No diagnosis…Approximately 1 year later, I started developing thyroid nodules and ovarian cysts. I am still struggling with both of them. (First biopsy was negative for the thyroid nodules and appeared cystic) I have hair loss, ConsTantLY clearing my throat, premature aging of the skin (I look a lot older), a rash appeared on the back of my neck for almost a year and then relocated to my chest. Although I work out 6-7 days/week, fast for 18 hours everyday and I have been a vegetarian for about 2 years, my weight is ridiculous and unchanged; I cannot lose weight at all. My poor knees… I had my vision surgically corrected years before my implants and I had 20/15 vision with no problems. I am currently suffering from severe dry eyes and I have to wear glasses at all times. Speaking of dryness, I am dry throughout my body. (Skin, eyes, vaginal area) My sex drive is very low and I have terrible migraines. I was placed on a prophylactic medication to combat my headaches. I also suffer from the metallic taste and I am extremely (all of a sudden) allergic to my favorite food. It is so bad that I can’t go out to restaurants because the smell of seafood makes me react. (Anaphylaxis) I have heart palpitations and chest pain. I thought my chest pain was related to the anxiety. I also had a miscarriage after 3 amazing pregnancies before the implants with no issues. I completely removed my birth control for about 2 years and I can’t get pregnant anymore. I can go on and on but I am here because my new endocrinologist is evaluating me for autoimmune disease and I think I’ve figured it out. I am going to hold off on the lab work until my explant. I scheduled a consultation immediately with a surgeon after reading this. I am wondering if my body will return to normal after surgery… Thank you so much for the informative website.

    1. Diane

      I’ve had silicone implants utm for 10 yrs I have felt fine all this time. The past year I’ve been having muscle soreness under them. A pins and needles feeling. On both. Sometimes itching on sides. Sometimes a burning feeling. I’ve seen two drs so far. I’m at my wits end cause I don’t know why after all this time I would be allergic and there is also something called post mastectomy pain syndrome with the same symptoms. I’m seeing another specialist Monday. Have you had yours extracted yet and was it a big painful surgery ?

    2. MaryAnn S Lastova

      Hi Tonia, I am new to this group – mastectomies 6 years ago with implant reconstruction. I am just starting to look into this. But, I also wanted to make sure you consider whether you are consuming enough iodine – essential for thyroid function and breast/ovaries. NIH recently updated their website on iodine. Do you consume dairy? Warm regards, MaryAnn

  11. Tess

    After childbearing and nursing, I had saline implants (to fill out the excess skin!) for over 20 years with no discernible effects. Then one ruptured. Although I initially inquired about the removal of both implants with the plastic surgeon I met with, I was encouraged to replace them instead. Such a huge regret. I began experience burning pain immediately after surgery and was told it was ‘normal’ and would go away. When it did not, I was told to give it more time. Then I also began having severe asthma attacks – though I attributed that to assumed mold in my home. Then my hair began falling out, my weight shot up, I could not breathe well, my lungs feel like they are on fire, my joints began aching, I am fatigued all the time with a overall feeling of malaise, I feel like I am ‘outside of myself’ (if that makes any sense), etc. I had to move away due to family matters a year later, so I was unable to follow up with the original surgeon for over a year until I returned (then COVID); so, it has been about 4 years now.
    Meanwhile, the burning sensation has intensified and spread to my neck, shoulders, and arms; and, my face has developed this near-constant red rash and itch. I have noticed my gums have also become very red and swollen with an awful metal taste in my mouth, but I have not read anywhere else that this may be a symptom of BII. I am not in a financial position now to have explant surgery because I am raising grandchildren on a fixed income, so there is really little I can do to alleviate these debilitating symptoms. However, it is very helpful to know that it is not ‘me’.

  12. Kate

    Hello,
    I got a breast explant total Capsulectomy En bloc style by Dr. Aaron brown from B.C April 2019. I had my implants for only 14 months, 6 weeks after I got my breast augmentation my symptoms had started. I am just about 2 years past explant and I am still experiencing symptoms. Any food except for a select few cause me chronic joint pain and inflammation and brain fog and headaches. For 18 months I have followed the AIP diet and have been taking probiotics and drinking bone broth daily but my symptoms keep getting worse. At first I thought it was my gut that I had to heal, but with these worsening food sensitivities and new symptoms I’m starting to think there is capsule still left inside of me. I am wanting to go for a second surgery with Dr. Jae Chun to find out if there is any capsule left over. Have any other women experienced this where they had to go for a second surgery and indeed there was more capsule left behind? I just really don’t want to pay the extra cash, time, healing etc to go through something that I might not need.

    Thank you for taking the time to read

    1. Nicole

      Hi Kate,
      Did Dr. Brown give you photos of your explanted capsules and implants, if he did, I would like to take a look at them. Can you email them to [email protected]. Thank you.

  13. Miranda

    Has anyone had capsular contracture occur?

    1. Vanessa

      Hi, yes. I had saline for 19 years then in March 2019 I thought something was very wrong with my right breast & so did my breast specialist because it had raised up and was painful. After an MRI & biopsy (she was worried it was that rare cancer from implants), all came back normal so I went back to my original plastic surgeon who said it was capsular contracture so I had new implants put in, the gummy gel implants. At the time I had no knowledge of BII, never heard of it. By February 2020, 11 months after replacement, I have severe contracture again in right & left has dropped & shifted outward. I came across this website when searching for a new plastic surgeon & after reading & researching, I’m explanting with one of the surgeons recommended here on May 10. I hope this info helps you.

    2. Kelly

      Yes, I have a Grade IV Baker Syndrome in Left breast. I have Mentor Smooth Round Silicone 300cc 2003 ( 1st sign of contracture 2005 )part of fhe FDA study that my name is mysteriously missing from even though I have the the original paperwork for it. I originally Round Textured Saline 500 cc in 1997 until replaced with McGhan Textured Anitomical Tear Drop Saline 400cc, experienced a rupture 3 weeks later had them replaced with with same brand, shape, cc but switched to silicone . I was 100lbs. 5’7″ & the Anitomical shape was very unnatural & that’s when I entered I to the FDA study

      1. Cathy Spicer

        Kelly, what do u mean the mentor implants were part of a study? That’s what I have & I have all kinds of symptoms but they tell me they are not recalled!

        1. Julie

          Cathy, I also have the mentor silicone implants. I have been experiencing Bii symptoms for most of the 11 years with implants. Do you have any information on the Mentor implants being studied or recalled?

  14. Andrea

    Hi! I have a question, I have implants since 2009, however due to the fact that one flipped from the top to the bottom I had them replaced in 2019. One week later I heard about BII.

    I have some symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, hip and groin pain, falling hair, brain fog.
    I am type2 diabetic and have turners syndrome plus I had a heart attack in 2013. A lot of these symptoms appear to be common with Diabetis, Turners (affects the thyroid), so I don’t know if the symptoms are BII or the other conditions I have. How can I know? What do you suggest would be the best way to go?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Andrea,
      Most women realize breast implant illness in themselves after reading the symptoms list and understanding why breast implants cause illness. Even if you had some symptoms and health problems before implants they are not serving you or your health in any way and will likely exacerbate your health problems.

      1. amanda kallen

        hi nicole.. my name is amanda and i am just finding out about Bii. im 3.5 months post op breast augmentation & lift and im experiencing symptoms pretty quickly. im already trying to get a consult for an explant surgeon but i dont really have anyone to call or talk to about this since my friends are oblivious. ive had numerous breakdowns today and my anxiety is through the roof. can you recommend someone i can speak to or call? maybe you? im 29 years old and i am a healthy person, have no prior health issues what so ever and im so scared.. my phone number is if anyone wants to reach out because i am really afraid.

        1. Sharon

          Sorry about what u are going through. Hang in there. Had silicone implants in the 80s. Breast issues, infections shortly after. Rupture& explant in the 90s. Some symptoms of bii. Unsure if it’s normal aging. Still surviving, 40 years since first pair. Hope to remove this pair. Joining FB group may help.

        2. carla

          hi amanada, id love to talk to you about this/ what other health problems are you having? im 29, have had mine for a year and since i got them have been put on 3 different medications for anxiety and depression

      2. Vanessa

        This is so true. I’m a very healthy person who exercises every day, eat very healthy & always active but in past three years have developed symptoms that I thought was just age & hormones.

  15. Paola

    Has anyone here gotten seizures randomly due to hormonal problems and all of a sudden now thinking back all of this didn’t start happening until I got my implants. Before the implants I was good never had a seizure or hormonal issues, now I have many of these symptoms and am going to explant this next week.

    1. Megan Omlor

      Hi Paola! I’ve had my silicone implants for about 10 years. I’m not having any problems but I’m worried I will. I have seizures now so I don’t want to cause more problems. My doctor says it’s not epilepsy. So this is a new idea for me! What hormonal issues have you had? Thanks!

  16. Martha

    Hi everyone. I just found this page today. I’ve had implants for 4 years now and 2 yrs ago I thought I was getting rheumatoid arthritis like my mother had. I could hardly walk and my joints all hurt. (I was eating well and working out) but my joints just weren’t with me. I also found out I had adrenal fatigue stage 4 and gained like 10 lbs. (I’m 4’11 so every lbs shows on me)
    But for about 2 months now, I’ve been getting a burning sensation in my upper part of my breast. I’ve had heart palps (assumed it was anxiety related), I’m on meds for anxiety as well, now for almost 2-3 yrs.
    I just made an appt with my doctor who performed the implants to discuss what’s going on, but everything I’m reading is directing me that my implants are the cause of my issues. I’m a breast cancer survivor of now 11 years. Got the implants 6 years after my cancer to feel whole again, because my left breast is 25% smaller than my right breast due to my lumpectomy. So I hate the thought of having them taken out, but I tell my self, I lived with lopsided boobs for 6 years after cancer, I can do this! Right?!
    Anyone else have implants after cancer? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Laura

      Martha, I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2015. I was given Allergen 410 Naturelle textured implants (the safest there are I was ‘re-LIE-ably told. I was 40 years old with 3 small children I just wanted to get back to normal. I was super-fit – exercised daily, ate an organic diet weighed 127’lbs at 5’6″ great cholesterol etc etc- Recovered fast except for a burning sensation in my foobs at about year 2, all my Drs brushed it off – …people get that after MX its nerve regeneration – but it’s not true. I tell you this to give context. I suffered cold hands, poor circulation, itching
      Fast forward to Nov. 2020. I had a stroke at age 46 (still living the same lifestyle – fit & healthy bar, those symptoms) and now I am waiting for a 2nd blood test to confirm APS (antiphospholipid syndrome) an acquired clotting disorder as I tested positive for anticardiolipin (type of antibody that can be caused by an overactive immune response to an adjuvant -Please read: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335313745_AutoimmuneInflammatory_Syndrome_Induced_by_Silicone_Breast_Implant_and_Risk_Factors_Associated_to_Autoimmune_Diseases ).
      No one understands why this happened to me. I have no markers for stroke, no family history or that or autoimmune diseases and no symptoms of APS – ‘oh, well’, said the Dr’s ‘just one of those things. They happen.’ True they do, but I still think there is more. I now face lifelong warfarin or blood thinners. I have been given hydroxychloroquine an immunomodulatory drug, to ‘quiet’ my immune system whilst I try to find a surgeon
      I have fully recovered (back to running daily along with everything else) so I am ‘lucky’ mainly due to having amazing insurance and being given tPA within 12 minutes of symptom onset. I don’t want anyone else to live this nightmare.I ABSOLUTELY know in my heart that I did not have those antibodies prior to having the implants. I can pinpoint when I began feeling off and it was not prior to the implants. My Specialist wholeheartedly agrees.
      I had a gut feeling that the implants weren’t agreeing with me a while back. But everyone always said I was crazy. My mum was the only one that believed me – she would see me and say ‘what’s up?’ and I would just say, I just feel off. I know now that it is a symptom of BIIl. If only I had advocated harder…
      Then, my specialist Super strongly advised explant. Well, not many Drs want to operate on a 46 yr old stroke patient with a clotting disorder! I feel just hopeless. Let down and stuck with no options – I can see how women become suicidal. Even if I can find someone to explant I don’t want to go flat. It is truly devasting. I don’t want to scare anyone, my story is not run of the mill but obviously, it can happen, it is also not dissimilar to many on here, but if one person reads it and gets those nasty things out before things go further, then I feel it was worth telling. Stay well.

    2. Sandy

      Just found this page today. I have extreme joint pain and like you, thought it was rheumatoid arthritis. 2015 diagnosed with breast cancer. Had a lumpectomy and radiation. 2017 cancer came back had double mastectomy with reconstruction and implants. 2019 cancer came back had chemo and extended radiation. At this point I started having joint pain. It started in my knees and was difficult to walk. It has since spread to every joint in my body. I was a very healthy strong person. I have gained 20 pounds and am basically crippled. I’ve spoke with all my Drs and had countless tests, and haven’t got any answers.

  17. Shadi

    I had my implants put in end of July. I started working out 6 weeks later and have gained 8 lbs between then and December. I diet exercise all that. I’m very healthy. I have a feeling it’s my implants. But can someone have BII and only have one symptom? I’m fine otherwise! Please advise. It seems like everything I’ve read so far includes people with multiple symptoms.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Shadi,
      Our symptoms start one at a time and can come and go but eventually more symptoms occur and they all stay. Sounds like your thyroid is affected already which is very common in us because silicone chemicals are endocrine disruptors and disrupt our endocrine glands of thyroid, adrenals etc.

    2. Ryanne

      That’s how it started out for me… with weight gain and it wouldn’t come off now matter how much I worked out.

  18. Bianca carmona

    Hello, my name is Bianca Carmona. Would you please kindly accept me to the Facebook group? I do not use Facebook but I made one just to join this group so I do not have friends on the Facebook but I am real and am so happy I found this page. Please accept me 🙂

  19. Brianna

    I’m coming up on 5 years in April with the mentor silicone implants. I’ve been dealing the gut issues, insomnia, anxiety, and low libido for the last 3. It just occurred to me it could be my implants and I started researching. I came upon this website and low and behold, there is a whole group of people dealing with the same things. I honestly don’t want to remove them. I love the way they look and I feel
    so much more like a woman now. I’m heartbroken thinking this is the cause of my symptoms. I’ll get them removed if need be, but I’m super upset about all of this.

    1. Kaley McElroy

      This is my brand too and I am about to explant!

    2. Tasha

      I have the same symptoms along with many more I have mentor silicone implants as well since 2012

    3. Lori

      Brianna, It’s been 35 years for my implants I’ve been a 4 – 6 size forever in the last 2 years I wear stretch pants I could be a tight ten by now. I have all the systems gut issues is the worst, memory fog and putting on 50 pounds. I think it was a God thing. I met a lady at a customers house who told her story about her having her implants for 17 years. She got hers extracted. The best thing she could of done. She has boobs also. The capsule contains metals and toxics you don’t want them in your body long term at all. They cause cancer. I paint kitchen cabinets I’m on a job right now it has a butler pantry I haven’t started I want these out like yesterday. I heard your suppose to replace the implants every ten years. I think I’m behind. I think my ruptured because there very saggy. Didn’t tell my daughter I have them she’s 27 she’s wants me to visit her in D.C. for Mother’s Day I just can’t travel, and fake a smile for 5 days. Nothing foreign should be in your body. Long term your going to regret it. I also have a twin we got them on the same say. I told her we need to explant the same day also. LOL The very best to you.

  20. Melanie

    Hello ladies I see a lot of you having symptoms but seem to have had the implants in for years. I just recently got mine about 6 months ago and I always felt like something was wrong with the right side. Now I’m almost certain it is the implants because 6 months have passed and I’m still having pain in the right breast and I’m developing symptoms that are on the list. I now am reconsidering taking them out!

    1. Stephanie

      Hey Melanie. I’ve also only had my implants for 6 months (“gummy bears” as they’re called) and I, too, am exhibiting some of the symptoms on the list. I have had pain in my cleavage when I sleep on my side, bouts of blurred vision, a weird feeling in my throat, numbness/tingling in hands and feet, loss of color in hands and feet, and facial acne that started just 3 weeks post op. The acne has been the strangest thing for me because I NEVER broke out before—literally only got maybe 3 zits a year—but now, at 31, I have been breaking out for 6 months straight. I had heard about BII before my surgery, but I wanted to believe it wouldn’t happen to me. I know lots of women who have implants and they are completely fine, so I didn’t do much research. Yeah, it seems like such a waste of money to only have the implants for a short amount of time, but we are actually lucky to be figuring all this out after a relatively short time. Trying to look on the bright side here, but implants are foreign objects wreaking havoc inside our bodies and the sooner we get them out, the better off we are. Knowing what I know now, I know what I need to do 🙁

      1. Melanie

        Hi Stephanie. So here I am a month later and my symptoms have gotten worse, started looking for a doctor to do my explant. Just wanted to let you know that next week I will be explanting these toxic bags. Your health is so much more important than these bags.

      2. Caroline

        I am also experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands. It started with the left, especially at night when I lay down on that side, it’ll go completely numb, then tingly. Sometimes the palms of my hands get itchy.

        Now it’s my other hand!

        I’ve been working in my yard this past week planting and digging and I have had trouble sleeping the past week due to the pain and inflammation in my fingers and hand. So strange! Very hard to explain to anyone. I would hate to deal with this forever.

    2. Mandy

      I had mine in June 2020 and started having symptoms in October. Im really upset because I love mine.

  21. Lisa M

    I just learned of BII. I’m in shock. I’ve been asking doctors for so long if breast implants can cause the numerous illnesses I’ve been dealing with for SEVENTEEN YEARS! They said it was so rare and not likely. I’ve made a consultation appointment to have an explant. Unfortunately, it will be 4 months until the provider I’d like to go to can consult me. Anyone have any positive reconstructive stories? If so, what did you go with?

    Thank you

    1. Robin

      Hi, who is Bill? Were you able to find out if insurance will cover any of this?

  22. Maddie

    I am 26 and have had my implants for 4 years. I have suffered from anxiety, heart palpitations and fatigue for the last couple of years but have had plenty of reasons to excuse the symptoms. I had my first baby 10 months ago, and felt like I was never really recovering, but again, just thought that it was part of having a baby. About a month ago I started getting lightheaded, brain fog, chest pain, and extreme fatigue. I was so frightened I went to several doctors who had me wear a Holter heart monitor and get an MRI. Since then I have had dozens of blood tests. Everything has come back “normal”. I was starting to feel like I was crazy and that it was all in my head or maybe I was a hypochondriac. I felt like I was dying and nobody was listening to me. I would cry to my husband most nights saying that something was just not right and I’m sick of feeling like a 90 y/o when I’m only 26. my memory is poor and my vision is worse. My sister happed to hear about BII on a podcast and sent it over. I dismissed it because I did not want to get my implants out. I love the way my boobies look and they made me feel like such a woman when I was a dumb 22 year old. My perspective has changed and I just want to be a good, happy mom and wife. I am mortified that these chemicals in my body may have affected my son en utero, and I want to get my implants out before my next baby. Thank you for your stories and making me feel validated. I am still ruling out a few more illnesses before I commit to such a surgery, but I know I am trending in that direction and I draw strength from your courage. Would love to hear more stories of women who have success getting their lives back after explanting.

    1. Liberty

      Hey Maddie.

      Thank you for sharing your experience in such great detail. I feel like I literally wrote this post myself. I’ve had my implants for a similar time to you, I also have had my first baby and our symptoms are identical! I really resonate with feeling insane or a hypochondriac as you just can’t seem to find a reason for all these symptoms. I’ve made the decision I want mine out 100% but struggling to know how to afford it at the moment so exploring that for now.
      I honestly hope we can find our answers and feel better soon x

  23. Carrie

    Thank goodness for this group to have meaningful discussions around BII. There are SO many health professionals that haven’t a clue about BII! I had my explant surgery 5 weeks ago and am doing really well recovering, however, I had hoped that my symptoms would all magically disappear. They did initially the day of surgery, but have come back as my body still needs to detox. I am very diligent about the clean foods and beverages I take in and exercise regularly, but I’m still struggling with symptoms, namely, tinnitus, weight gain from water retention, joint pain, and some fatigue (although this has improved). Any tips, tricks, or encouraging words? I’d love to hear how long it took other women to detox and have symptoms go away! Thank you so much for any feedback!

  24. Angelina

    Hi! So i am so torn and confused my breast implants are almost 20 years old got them done when i was 19 because i had a breast deformity and no breast tissue….. i was extremely depressed and having the implants put in made me so happy… here i am 20 years later, I have mild symptoms but severe mood swings… which i kept thinking was hormonal after my two babies, I am turning 40 soon and not sure what to do, I want to feel good and have Considered explanation but i don’t know if i can mentally handle what im going to look like after explanation… i am in NY anyone have someone they can recommend.

    1. Taline

      My story is exactly as yours. I also had a breast deformity my right breast didnt grow in. I was 19 at the time I got surgery. I only got 1 implant and nipple reconstruction on the left so they looked the same. I have about 11 of these symptoms and I don’t know what I should do.

      1. MARILYN DEMAURO

        Hi Angelina,
        You have just described how I feel to a “T”. I too had a deformity where my right breast was flat and the other was tubular. I had silicone implants at the age of 18, in 1981. After 10 years or so, I started to have symptoms where I was achy, tired, couldn’t concentrate, brain fog and so on. In 1993, they were replaced with saline filled implants that were supposed to be better. Initially, and for a very long time, (I would say until 2010), I felt like I had gotten a new lease on life, and everything was great. Then the symptoms started surfacing again. This time, high blood pressure and muscle aches were added to list of symptom along with many others. I originally thought it was because I had 5 children. The last was born in 2001, so for sure, I should be over that by now…LOL… am having the explant procedure done on January 20, 2021 by Dr. Freedman in Great Neck, NY. 885 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY, 11021, (516) 487-6700. My family has gone to him for other types of skin surgeries, and some former colleagues used him for liposuction along with a face lift and they were very happy. He loves his work, and knows his stuff, so I am entrusting him to help me.

        1. Lynette

          Hi Marilyn. I hope your explant goes well and symptoms resolve. Thinking of you. Xx

          1. MARILYN DEMAURO

            Had my implants removed on Wednesday. My right implant became incapsulated. I have photos…Both implants had calcification on them. It’s amazing how the body reacted to them. I am feeling so much better already physically and mentally!

      2. Christine

        I had the same issue. You are the first person I’ve ever known that had the same issue. Got my implant at 19. I hated it from the minute I got it. Had it for 27 years. Went back to my original doc and had it removed and reconstruction on both to make them match. He wanted to give me two new implants. I refused on the spot. I’ve never been happier! Mine was a Dow Corning silicone gel implant which had known issues. I did receive a settlement from them and then another smaller settlement when I had it removed.

    2. Dee

      Hi. I also got implants because of a deformity. I have Poland’s Syndrome. Do you know what caused your deformity?

  25. Mariel Urdaneta

    I was diagnosed with scleroderma in July 2020. I have had a breast prosthesis since 2008 but I changed them in May 2018. I have no inheritance of any autoimmune disease. I don’t know if the cause of my scleroderma is the implants

    1. Nicole

      Hi Mariel,
      Yes, symptoms and diagnoses of Scleroderma can be brought on by breast implants.

    2. Kelly

      Glad to find this blog. I found out 2 months ago that both my silicone implants are ruptured. Most recently have joint pain I’ve never had before and I’m experiencing taste problems. Nothing tastes or smells the same. My drs appt is tommorow and then will be submitted to insurance..then the waiting game. I pray the insurance covers the removal. I need this surgury fast

      1. Naomi

        How did you find out that your implants had ruptured?? Do you know how they ruptured? I’m always so scared that my silicone is ruptured from mammograms.

  26. Nic

    I suffer from debilitating migraines. I wanted to hear other people’s results after explanting? Did your migraines completely vanish or do you still get them?
    Thanks!

    1. Carrie

      Hi Nic! I have a friend who suffered from debilitating migraines every single day all day long because of BII. She described the pain as a 10 and couldn’t even get out of bed most days. After her explant, she still has headaches most days, but says they are at a 1-2 on the pain scale and can completely function well now. She had her explant 3 years ago and is still working on fully detoxing. As for myself, I’m only 5 weeks out of explant surgery. I had 15+ symptoms, but headaches were not one of them. I wish you well.

  27. Kristin

    I am beyond thankful for this website. I am 33 years old and I have mentor smooth saline implants that I’ve had for almost 13 years. I have scheduled for explant and total capsulectomy in 38 days! I’m on the countdown. I pray you all get relief and do what is right for your body. If you came here to explore what BII is because you think you may have it please hold your head up. Its tough when you feel so sick to not feel alone and defeated, trust me I know. I cry almost daily either from pain, sickness or just because I hate I ever got in a place that I felt I needed implants in the first place. Just know you all are beautiful the way God made you! I dont have facebook so I had a friend join the group for me but I am on YouTube daily watching stories of women suffering or have suffered and on the mend. <3

    1. KYLA

      I have all of these symptoms and the same implants mentor smooth saline under the muscle. I’m so afraid of what my chest will look like after. I want just to feel good and NORMAL. Again.. ☹️

      1. Allison

        I got the mentor smooth saline implants this past September. After 4.5 weeks my right breast never dissolved the sutures snd my incision Dehissed causing a staph infection. I was put on IV antibiotics and brought back in to surgeon week 5 fir removal of implant, wash out and implant soaked and washed in betadine. Surgeon took additional cultures which only revealed staph. They were able to put implant back in and the sutures me up wuth removable stitches. I went back today to get sutures removed and my incision after 2 stitches taken out was open again, it’s like the skin never healed or thickened. So now I have to go back in next Tuesday and have entire implant removed. I am then to heal for 6 weeks before implanting another implant. I’m confused, anxious not knowing why one healed and the other did not. Do I remove both and say screw it. So many questions. Do I get another opinion? If anybody has had anything like this I’d love to hear. Thanks for listening.

        1. Nicole

          Hi Allison,
          Breast implants are the last thing you want in your body, I would explant both and move on with your life retaining your good health!

        2. Amy from Alabama

          Bless you first for what you are going through. We all just want to love our bodies and who we are. I always believe in things happen for a reason and maybe your body is trying to tell you something. I’ll buy dozens of push up bras and be flat because I don’t want anything else in my body that the good lord didn’t give me. Blessings and wishing you all health, happiness and a beautiful life.

          1. Mardi in AL

            Do you mind my asking if you went flat in Alabama and if flat closure and who your surgeon was? I’m in B’ham. Willing to travel if need to. I see some recommended ones for flat closure in Atlanta. Wonder if any excellent ones in AL?

        3. Sharalene

          Yes, please remove both ASAP before your BII nightmare has even an ounce of opportunity to begin. I have smooth round high profile saline implants since 3/14/2005. Over the past 7 to 8 years my health is declining but right after I had them put in not even a week later my right breast implant dropped that should’ve been a sign but at 28 years old and after having both of my children knowing I wasn’t gonna have anymore children I felt like it was safe to go ahead and proceed with having it corrected and retaining the right breast implant. So I did. The surgeon told me because I had such a thin layer of muscle across my ribs there wasn’t much to attach the implant to as I had mine put in under the muscle. Eventually later on dropped and I just had to wear my bra strap higher on that side than the other side. I was completely healthy with no health issues at all at the age of 28. Now over the past 17 years I have food allergies I have pet allergies I have environmental allergies and taste metallic type substance in my mouth. I basically live on the air patch the one that you were given when you go on a cruise for nausea and vertigo and dizziness without the patch I cannot function at all. I constantly smell my allergies and sinus infections in my nose it is the nastiest smell that smell alone is enough to make you want to throw up all over yourself. Since October 2020 every two months I head off to the emergency room due to sinus and allergies. Dr gives me a 10 day rx of Augmentin 875 bid steroid injection and 10 day steroid pack. Just two weeks ago I have developed a web like purpleish fresh all over my body and my skin is yellow I look jaundice but my liver right now is ok but my kidneys are not. Please save yourself from this nightmare I would never ever ever ever ever wish this on anyone. Continue prayers for you.

      2. Andrea Draper

        Just be Grateful you have breast tissue. We who got our implants for reconstruction after mastectomy are not so lucky. Think of what I am facing, I cannot gain the weight for a fat transfer have too much IBS and metabolic problems. Started after the implant. I have one intact breast and one that has been amputated. I will have to go completely concave on that side because they remove some muscle as well when they did the mastectomy not to mention the gigantic scar. I am in no way trying to belittle your body image pain that you will go through due to having to have to get used to your breast being a different shape and density. But I guess what I’m trying to say is we are all in this together, please get a lawyer, I have. We all need to sue. Bankrupt them like they did with DuPont in the 90s. And to remind you that we are here with you some of us with only one boob so don’t feel too bad about the way yours look. I’m 51 & never been married never had children & I was on my way 5 years ago to trying to find a husband. That got put on hold when I got told I had breast cancer and decided to have a unilateral mastectomy. So yes, we all are going to look a little funny. We should have a big get-together once a year on a famous Beach somewhere in the US and we can all wear bikini tops and be looking funny all of us thousands together at the same time in the same place!!! 😉

        1. Holly Poe

          My mastectomy was July 2019 with expanders October 2019 (those things are from the devil!) and exchange to implants in December. I’ve got plenty of fat and tissue (I gained 40 lbs after expanders because I was in so much pain that I couldn’t work out and drowned my sorrows in food) to do a fat transfer, but my PS doesn’t do those. I had a bilateral MX due to family history, and I’m honestly wishing I’d gone with a flat closure instead of reconstruction. I’m 61 and a widow, so I’m not worried about not having “foobs”, I just want to feel good again. I can’t honestly say I’ve felt wonderful since I started reconstruction. I was a runner and XC coach, I still walk and jog a little, but I’m exhausted all the time. I want my health back!

      3. Carrie

        Hi Kyla!
        I just had my explant surgery 5 weeks ago and am healing wonderfully! I too, was concerned what my breasts would look like after explant, but I have to say that I am SO happy with them! First and foremost, your health is the most valuable priority, regardless of what they look like, but as an option, do some research on fat transfer to see if this is a viable option for you. I had this done at the same time of explant and Capsulectomy. I wish you well!

        1. Kris

          Hey Carrie, what does fat transfer look like and are there any health issues with fat transfer? I have implants in 2012 due to having not even A cup breasts, I know I’ll have low self confidence if I get them out, a lot of explant pictures show the women previous had breasts… so I’m finding it really hard to relate as I am going to feel really self conscious with them out.. any info would be appreciated

          1. Barb

            Hi Kris, I just found this blog and your question is my question as well! I’ve had my implants for 25+ years and believe my right one ruptured a few months ago. I got them because i basically had no breasts before having 4 kids and had nothing but bags of skin after. I’m a widow and will be 55 this year but I know I’m going to feel conscious about my flat chest and huge scares.

    2. Carmel

      Kristen,
      Congrats on your explant date, mine is Nov 10. I am nervous and have anxiety about surgery, but I know it’s the best decision for my health! I cannot go on with all the itching, heart issues, food intolerances, and insomnia. May you be quick to heal and I’m so glad I’m not alone

      1. Andrea Draper

        OMG!!!!! YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Speedy Recovery!!! Stay Strong!!!! We are all with you 110%!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Robin

      Hi Kristin, Interested to know how you are doing now without the implants? Did insurance cover this?

  28. Erin Tilbury

    I have al of these symptoms 😢

    1. Debra

      Hello. So sorry. I’ve had implants for 32 years!!!!the right has capsule formation which has worsened over the past year. Always normal mammograms PTL! Just made an appointment 5 minutes ago. I’ve been sick forever! Dry eyes and mouth. Burning mouth syndrome, tinnitus, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, sweats, sleep problems, and more. You keep saying to yourself “ why do I feel so rotten? “. I saw Dr Oz speaking about this several months ago and I knew! Yay! Appointment on October 20, 2020. It will be a good day!

      1. Carelys Chavez

        Hi debra! Are you feeling better after the explant? Let us know! XOXO. Stay safe!!!

      2. Carolay

        Hi Debra Are you feeling better after the explant?

      3. Maureen

        Hi Debra I do hope you are feeling better after your surgery your describing everything above to how I have been feeling since 2013 my implants have been in a long while too like you I might have had symptoms before 2013 but not like iam now I have quite a few auto immune things going on but all you listed I have had going on on b12 injection for PA auto immune hypothyroidism , blepharhitis dry eyes had double vision corrected the list goes on corrected 2018 all this seems it could be caused by these implants.

      4. Robin

        Just wondering if you ended up having the surgery to remove them and can you tell me did your insurance cover any part of it?

      5. Crystal

        Hi Debra, I have the burning mouth symptom! Has it subsided for you?

  29. Karla Schloss

    Hi,
    It’s so nice to have this group available and to hear there are other women in a similar situation. I have been thinking of having my implants removed for awhile now, but my partner hasn’t really been supportive of my decision, which has made me put mine on hold. I have come to the realisation that my health can’t suffer any longer..
    I have had my breast implants for coming up 6 years now, and slowly my health has been declining. I have eliminated every possible cause only to still have the same recurring health issues. My symptoms are very similar to all the ones mentioned, but I do also suffer from hormonal acne. Which I was wondering if there were any other women out there who also suffered from acne prior to having implants removed?
    I also get a tight chest and have difficulty taking full deep breaths. I have very low energy and appetite. I can’t seem to eat foods I once used to be able to enjoy. I’m not as sharp thinking, and my brain is often clouded.
    I’m really looking forward to having my implants removed, and I’m praying that will be the answer to my unsolved health concerns. xx

  30. Linda

    Sorry your going through this I’m just realizing I have a few symptoms also. l Where are your lymph nodes located that are swollen.?

  31. Luisa Terrero

    Hello, my name is Luisa Terrero and I have every symptoms on the book (crying). Im a 56 yrs old and my saline implants are 12 yrs. Right at this moment my lymph nodes are swollen and hurting. I have extreme fatigue to the point that Im tire 24 hr, 7days a week. my mental fogging is incapacitating me since i cannot hold a steady conversation since words don’t come out. I hate the fact that i did this to my body. Im in the process of going to NYU hospital for breast removal. my implants happened at Harlem Hospital but Surgery Department is still close due to COVID19 and I cannot even find info on the type of implant I have or what company were associated with. Im aware that they were saline. I lost my implant card a long time ago, so no information on the manufacturer. Hopefully, NYU can help me get my health back by removing these toxic bags out of my body.

    1. Jessica Whyte

      Hi Luisa! I had saline implants 9 years ago.. just called my doctor and they couldn’t access my records right away but gave me the customer service number for Mentor… they had my info ! Not sure if it’s ok to list that info here but feel free to send message on messenger and I’ll send it to you. I had a card too, that I can’t find. The fact that you have a card makes me think you’ll be able to track down the info…😀🙏😀 in the meantime, hang in there. I’m crying too. The fact that we’ve endured so much seems so wrong. But the good thing is that we know now, and we will get our lives back. 😀❤️😀 Jess

      1. Andrea Draper

        Don’t cry or laugh. Get a lawyer and take them to the cleaners.

    2. Amy

      Luisa hi I’m Amy and I also have BII! My saline texture McGhan 468 are 21 yrs old and I no longer have anyone that wants to even be around me because I’ve been so sick and crabby and all symptoms on the list! I’m going to Dr. Jae Chun in Newport Beach Cali for explant capsulectomy which he’s been doing for 23 years and he doesn’t even put implants in anymore he only takes them out! My advice to you Is get them out now! There are other surgeons on line that specializes in explant! Make sure the capsulectomy is done too! Good luck and be hopeful!

      1. Jessica

        Hi Amy, I live in Orange County also and saw your post. How much is the Dr. charging you for the explant surgery? Are you getting a lift as well? What is the Dr. doing besides removal of implants?

      2. April Coe

        Hey Amy,
        How did it your explant go? Do the symptoms go away?
        I called the same Doc you used but the prices were wayyy higher than I had read online. I am in so much discomfort from chest pain, heart palpitations, feels like i have been pepper sprayed around my eyes and mouth- stinging and itching and rashes on my neck , arms …list goes on and on. Please share any advice, I need to do something. I had the top rated doc(Newport Beach, Cali) do my implants over 20 years and then replaced them Jan. 2019.. my daughters found the BII facebook page and told me mom you probably have BII. Please reach out with any advice. Thank you. Hope you are doing so much better than last year!!

  32. Nelly

    Hello can anyone help me I have had breast implants for 5years but had an breast uplift 2years ago and the last year my chest constantly hurts all my joints acke, I can hardly breath anymore and can’t sleep in the night I have been to doctors so many times but everything comes back normal? I feel like I’m losing the plot

  33. Maria Ramirez

    Hello my name is Maria Isabel Ramirez and I’m having issues with my right implant since 18 months ago, I did my first surgery 21 years ago and my second 9 years ago after having my three children, I’m having more then one of the symptoms that you describe

  34. Bobbie Lee Davenport

    I just got my saline implants taken out I had a complete immune system crash after 5 years of getting the implants! I began to get sick much more often and for long periods of time after geitting the implants. I got Lyme, very high levels of EBV and CMV and chronic fatigue. I was so sick I had to stop working. I was a top trainer at a gym and I’m a natural health consultant and I was doing everything right for my overall health. If there is anyone out there who wants to talk or compare stories I’m here for you. I am happy to share my knowledge free of charge! There are many ways to detox the body and many suppliments to take to help in the healing process. Once I am healed and we’ll again I will be doing some free informational public siminars on the topic of BII as I don’t want anyone to go through what I have.i am glad to be connected with a group of people having conversations about this topic

    1. Shana MontaneZ

      Hi Bobbie!

      Cheers to your explant and the healing road to recovery! ✨

      I just had my silicone implants explanted after 9 years, last week. I’d love to hear some of the detoxes and supplements you have put together for the healing process.

    2. Catalina

      Thank you Bobbie. I’m planning to remove my implants. I have been with them for the last 19 years, and in the last 4 years all the symptoms . Thank you for your support. I was very active but now I can see how sick I feel, some days worse than other days.

    3. SuAnn Cannon

      Hello Bobbie. How are you feeling now? I just had my explant 2 days ago and look forward to the healing though I don’t know yet what all I need to do! But 1st step is done. I’m a 67 yr. old woman who has osteoporosis even though I’ve lived an active healthy lifestyle. Hope you are feeling better!

    4. Jennifer

      I am a health/wellness coach and fitness trainer. I’ve been dealing w so many of these symptoms without thinking it was from implants! Gained around 40 pounds and I eat well and teach/exercise 7-8 classes per week!

  35. Tanya

    Having surgery 8/7/20!! I arrive at work and my brain fog comes on so thick some days I feel high..the top of my head all of a sudden gets an odd warm tingly burning feeling too. Then I have bouts where I have to force myself to stay awake at work because I literally feel like I have narcolepsy and will fall asleep instantly! I have almost fainted at work 2x. 2 ER visits. One told me I was “dehydrated”…the other one referred me to a heart doctor because my heartbeat was dipping low. Went to the heart doctor and did a TON of testing…all to be told I’m perfectly healthy!! I am also very cold intolerant!! If the air is on at wi have my sweater on & am wrapped up in a blanket & am still somewhat cold!! My anxiety comes and goes. My tummy troubles have disappeared thank goodness! I can’t wait to get these things out!

    1. Maddie H

      Please let us know how you are doing post-explant! I have had mine for 4 years and have suffered major anxiety and fatigue for the last couple of years and most recently it’s been lightheadedness, brain fog, fatigue, and occasional headaches. I have spent so much money getting tests done and seeing specialists. I just learned about BII but I’m so afraid of going through that surgery with the possibility of it not being the cause of my symptoms and not improving after recovery. Would love to hear more stories of women’s recovery post-explant! Thank you!

      1. Jeni L

        Hi Maddie. What tests did you have done? I have been on this path for 4 months now of tests. I have lightheadedness with heart palpitations and GI issues with headaches and ALL the doctors say everything is fine. Ive had my implants for 13 years now. Did your symptoms hit you over night?

  36. Deborah Sandeman

    As I try to unravel 40 years of implants in my body and symptoms associated therein, I am overwhelmed. I received my first set, McGhan silicone textured, in 1980. Around 2000 I had them replaced as mammogram showed outer area of implant had leaked. I had them replaced as the word was they are completely safe. A myriad of illness and symptoms have haunted me since. I have been tested for most symptoms on list. I have been tested for IBS, Parkinsons (tremors), hypothyroid, depression, foggy brain, shooting breast pain, shooting pain side of face, intolerant to heat/cold, hair falling out, etc etc. Most doctors told me my test results are normal and perhaps it is psychological. My husband has watched my health decline and has been frustrated with me……..Sorting out 40 years of symptoms is to say the least overwhelming. I am grateful for this group and the information it is making available. I am currently researching surgeons…….

  37. Teri

    I’m in tears reading these ladies symptoms as I read comments & the symptoms list it all hits home, I’m not crazy I’ve been saying something is seriously wrong with me I’ve I have seen every specialist on the planet I have so many diagnosis and every symptom but cancer on the list at present. My medication list has become so long I have to have a print out to remember them all. I just saw my surgeon today and and am elated to be having surgery soon. I am very interested in the detox & so many facets of this illness. I am relieved yet so grateful to have found this wise group of women who have all walked similar paths. Thank you to you Nicole for starting this group!!!

  38. Felicia Arredondo

    Does anybody feel burning pain?like almost like a sunburn or skin stretching?also sore breasts similar as to when you are pregnant?

    1. Melanie

      Yes! Me!!!

    2. Catalina

      Yes, I do. I have my for 19 years and only happening these symptoms in the last 4 years. I get itching skin, burning around my breast, pain in my shoulder, back, funny heart beats . and more

    3. Andrea Draper

      Yes, I have that & so, so much more…:-(
      I have burning skin not just on my breast but also on my thighs, back, and upper arms. I’ve seen two dermatologists @ UCSF dermatology & They said it’s most likely neuropathic in origin.

  39. Leah

    Hey all, im hoping (and praying) iv finally found whats wrong with me!
    I had my baby almost 4 months ago, & everything was perfect untill she was a week old. I then started feeling off.. My head felt constantly fuzzy and i had pains in my chest. After contacting my doctor they were convinced i had a blood clot in my chest (quite common after labour, news to me!) i was scanned blood tests etc and it showed up low probability but they wanted me on medication just incase. Fair enough! After this i thought that was me sorted. I was wrong! I started to feel worse & worse, couldnt get out my bed, my head felt funny constant headaches, my chest was in agony! Back and forth doctors llts of tests, lumbar punctures, ct scans, lots and lots of different antibiotics, still slowly getting worse. They have now decided because there is no explanation and all tests are fine i have anxiety. Fast forward to now, my chest is in aginy, my eye sight has deterorated alot to the point iv stopped myself driving, fatigue, not interested in anything, pain in neck, sore furry tongue, dizzy, disoriented.. Then a few days ago my husband mentioned my breast implants.. I got these 9 years ago when i was 21 due to loosing 6 stone in weight, so i decides to look into it, and found this page, it might not even be what is wrong with me, but holy moly alot of everyones symptoms are too similar!! Has anyone else experienced similar to me????
    Thank you xx

    1. Catalina

      I didn’t have any symptoms for 15 years until 4 years ago.

    2. Andrea Draper

      Yes keep reading. There are millions of us with the same symptoms. I have had all the symptoms you mentioned. The thing about blood clots is: silicone inside your body can cause emboli and thrombi. Please go back to the doctors who were trying to figure out your ” blood clot” & show them this- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4745326/
      & this-
      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330016261_Silicone_embolism_syndrome_a_case_report_review_of_the_literature_and_comparison_with_fat_embolism_syndrome
      and this-
      “Here we report the first case of
      pulmonary silicone embolism related to saline breast implants. To
      our knowledge, this represents the second reported case of chronic
      silicone embolism involving the lung.”
      And this-
      https://www.hindawi.com/journals/pm/2018/2987072/
      And this-
      https://www.practiceupdate.com/content/breast-implants-linked-to-chronic-pulmonary-silicone-embolism/34223
      And there’s plenty more where that came from…..
      I have taken to carrying around a folder/ envelope/ binder with me to every and all medical appointments including Dentistry. Before a doctor or dentist is allowed to touch me they have to sit through my schpeel & watch me pull out printed studies and especially that letter which is the last link I included: it was published in the annals of thoracic surgery Journal by a doctor trying to get the word out that silicone breast implants cause emboli and thrombi. I have other information for them also. You wouldn’t believe how many doctors I’ve had to walk out on so far. Good luck, keep fighting for your health no one else will fight that battle for you; especially the medical establishment.

    3. Maddie

      Hi Leah, I got my implants 4 years ago and just had a baby 10 months ago, so I thought that all my symptoms were just my hormones going crazy from that. I felt like my recovery took way longer than it should, but just when I felt like I was starting to feel like myself again I started getting really dizzy and lightheaded, brain fog, chest pain, fatigue, and occasional blurred vision. I saw several doctors, specialists, and most recently was referred to neurology. I have spent so much money on tests and everything has come back ‘normal”. I am so grateful I found out about BII just a couple of days ago, but I am terrified to go through the surgery. Reading about women whose symptoms have been cured is giving me hope, but I am trying to connect with more women with similar symptoms. It’s unfortunate that BII can only be assumed by ruling out other diagnoses. Best wishes on your path to recovery!

      1. SuAnn Cannon

        Yes. I’ve been dizzy, lightheaded, with brain fog and blurry eyes, and it all started 1-1/2 years ago. After countless tests, MRI, Ct scans, blood tests,….. nothing turned up. Then I learned about BII and thought, “What if”??. I did my explant 2 days ago. I was terrified, too, but now I’m wondering why. I can’t say I will be all better because right now I have anesthesia effects going on! But I do know I’ll be healthier for it. What is life without good health? Just know it is a real possibility, that our fogginess and lightheadedness and blurry vision is part of our own BII. Just wanted to let you know my thoughts about it since we were experiencing many of the same symptoms!

        1. Jeni L

          Hi Suzanne. Did your symptoms of BII happen overnight? Like a light switch? I have lightheadedness as well and every special I see and ask about it they all say the same thing…”Ya. Hmm IDK that’s strange.”

  40. Jaimie

    I just turned 51. I have saline implants that are 22 years old. I believe they were called teardrop or pear shaped(Sorry, memory thing:) I stopped living almost 4 years ago as my health took a huge decline, but the process has been painfully slow. With new symptoms of my undiagnosed illness increasing slowly at 1st, they were chopped up to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, etc… I’m close to the 4 year mark of being constantly ill and my symptoms went from “Hmmm???” to my current state of “I feel in my soul I am dying”. My Dr.and Neuro specialist took me off of both work and college ( I was a single math class from a degree at 48, of which I was so proud of as a newly single mom. But that’s ok, life gives you what you need most times) I have most symptoms on the list. And still without a diagnosis. BII has passed thru my mind a time or 2 but I thought it must be something especially crazy or rare because I’m so sick. Have no idea why but I’ve recently had what I could only describe as what felt like “adhesions” that contracted like a charley horse in my sternum, intercostal muscles, in my ribcage that feels like it’s almost equal between sternum and spine and base of both breasts with certain movements or even leaning forward just slightly. Never had capsular contraction but can now feel a thick strip of scar tissue along bottom breast line(fold area) where base of implants sit. Definitely tender to pressure, etc.. but breast still seem pliable though 1 has seems to have more sag past few years. I woke up today thinking I’m going to read up on breast implant issues just so we could cross that one off the list. After just a few articles, I am equally terrified as well as hopeful. If I don’t have some form of BII, then I officially have about 80% of diseases listed. 90% my heart and gut tell me I have BII. And oddly, I feel relief and excitement to share with my DR.

    I apologize for rambling at length, I’m just so thankful to have come across this information. You can’t fight your enemy if you don’t know who it is, right!

    Thank you for allowing me to vent in a place I don’t fear being looked at as possibly crazy. I know y’all know exactly what I mean by that…lol

    I have taken pics over the years as each new symptom appeared so my Dr. could see what was happening because I don’t have the vocabulary to describe most symptoms. Kinda like a flow chart where I could weed out what I learned it wasn’t. Most pics are of ever rotating skin issues, though only a few erupted on actual breasts. Do y’all have image resources to see from actual patients and do you allow posting of pics to share?

    Phew, I’m exhausted, haha. Gotta laugh or you’ll cry😅

    Blessings into the universe for all who suffer from this or like-minded diseases.

  41. Mona Corona

    It would be faster for me to cross off the Very few symptoms I don’t have rather than mark every one that I do. Will explant surgery be deemed as “MEDICALLY NECESSARY ” anytime soon?

    1. Andrea Draper

      If you have a recalled Allergan bio cell implant like I do, then to avoid breast implant associated non-hodgkin lymphoma, it’s medically necessary to remove the implant. Not only that but if you have to pay for it because you have no insurance, you can get a lawyer and sue Allergan for the cost of explant surgery. If you have capsular contracture it is also deemed medically necessary. And one more thing about medical necessity explant, if you complain of breast pain, then I believe it is medically necessary for explant and any insurance will pay. You have to check that last one though, cuz I’m only 99% sure on that 1. Good luck! Get a lawyer!

  42. Victoria Mesa

    Hi!
    I decided to undergo breast augmentation on November of 2013 at 19 years old. The past year, I haven’t been feeling well; weight gain, rashes, poor body circulation, hair loss and many other symptoms. I decided to go to an allergist to check on the cause of my rashes. The allergist did an allergy test and could not find the source that would cause the rashes. He asked me about prior surgeries and even asked how long ago I had placed the implants. He became quiet (I don’t know what he meant why that but I feel like he was trying to tell me something). He decided to do bloodwork and my bloodwork showed my C reactive protein as elevated which means inflammation somewhere in the body. He asked for blood work next month as well. Blood work remained the same. He did a test to rule out lupus and RA. However, there is still inflammation in the body. I even asked to get an ultrasound of my breast and ovaries and everything was fine. After researching online, I truly believe my symptoms are due to my saline implants. Has anyone else experienced this? I have been thinking of removing my implants. However I am scared that they sag as I plan to have another child.

    1. Sara P

      Your story sounds similar to mine. I got saline implants at 21 yo in 2011. I have a lot of the same symptoms that you’re dealing with and countless doctor appts and tests where they find nothing wrong. I also plan to have another child soon. I don’t know if I should have them removed first or to wait? I would also want to get a lift. I have made an appt with the plastic surgeon who originally did my implants to go over my options. Good luck to you.

    2. Andrea Draper

      We all have to weigh the discomfort, disabling pain, disabling fatigue and other symptoms against what we will look like after explant. I highly recommend you go on a full year lobg fast from images of women who have had photoshopped breast enhancements as well as fast from video of anyone who has had surgical breast enhancement. You will have a lot of media entertainment that is not acceptable while fasting from those things . I recommend reading instead . Also live music performances as well as live Opera , ballet , theater , Sports but not the kind of sports with women in it who have breast augmentation like those Williams sisters . Just do everything possible to get away from women or even trans people who have had their breasts surgically augmented. Reality TV with impoverished bumkins who can’t afford such things are also a good alternative. Stuff like True Crime shows that explained how a crime case was solved or people like Honey Boo Boo or the show Hoarders. You just really need a break from all those images of women with non normal-looking breasts. You need to get your mind back on what normal breasts look like and forget about trying to look like a Barbie. Good luck! Stay strong!

  43. Marie Frederic

    This is crazy, I went through your list and I can’t believe how many of these things I have experienced.

  44. Lindsay

    To share insight into your question regarding if a PET/CT scan will show an issue in the breast bone…

    PET/CT scans are not available for use as a “screening” or “surveillance” tool. In order for a PET/CT scan to be warranted, a patient would need to have a confirmed cancer. Even with a confirmed cancer, performing a PET/CT scan prior to treatment is often not reimbursable as most insurance companies would rather use a different, less expensive scan, to identify disease, such as a nuclear medicine bone scan. PET/CT scans cost $6K+ and expose patients to radiation, which is why they are not readily available to the general public. Although, radiographically, one or both of these scans could be read as positive (inflammation or cancer), no doctor would ever treat a patient on these findings alone. They would want pathological supported evidence as well, so a biopsy (to confirm cancer) would be needed before treatment such as chemo or radiation therapy would ever be performed if it was suspected that breast bone was affected by metastatic spread.

    If you were hopeful that a PET/CT scan could be done to ease your concerns about breast bone pain, I am afraid that option is likely not one you will be able to use. I wish you well in finding a resolution to your pain.

    1. Kim

      I apologize for the vagueness of my questions…. a PET/CT scan was already done, and the area of the breast bone “lit up.” (I also need to clarify that I am asking on behalf of a colleague, who is too nervous to ask the questions). She recently had a surgery to fix her implants, as one broke through the stitching on the inside, causing a “uniboob” effect. We are hoping the increasing pain and the scan result are somehow due to the implants. Thank you all for your help!

  45. Rebecca

    Is there a specialist that you can see to be tested? I have almost all of the symptoms. But how do I know for sure?

  46. Kim

    Question… does anyone know if breastbone pain could be a symptom? Or if a pet scan that shows an issue at the breast bone?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Kim,
      Yes, breastbone pain can be a symptom of breast implants.

  47. Kathy Thacker

    Need a list of the bloodwork needed to diagnose this condition to give to my doctor please. I have 40 of the symptoms for past 6 years. I’m not on Facebook, but my husband is.

  48. Lesli Bartlett

    I am thankful to be able to understand what might be causing the symptoms I am having.

  49. Lu Ann Wells

    Over 80% of symptoms I have. Had silicon implants. Now I’m really scared.

  50. Jamie king

    I’m so scared..I’m 46..implants are gummy bear5th generation. I’ve been a nurse 22 years.. was told by doc these were extremely safe.. in past year I hurt my back severely at work. So I have been dealing with that.. then had implants about 7 months ago..long story but they were placed due to an autoimmune disease which I have to have skin removed.. so had implants..now I have almost every symptom on the list.. rash started 3 days ago..hair falling out. Depression and and anxiety are out of control..thank god I have an amazing husband… I worked so hard to lose weight.. and look pretty. Now I could care less.. if implants are causing this it’s time for them to come out..

  51. Marta rebolledo

    I have so many symptoms…i got my implants in 2006 and am getting sicker and sicker. One is lumpy and painful. My blood work is a mess. Anywhere i can get them out at low cost. Plz

  52. Nicole

    Hi ladies, Im am youthful 44 year old who just got explanted 2 days ago, i was flat chested,.. i went from a 34A to a 34DD,.. my implants were euro sillicon 475CC. They were put in by a doctor in Cape town South Africa. I am European. I am recovering but have problems breathing as both were found ruptured after 8 years dont know how long they have been ruptured but in my own skin shell luckily, still all the Symptoms, began Jan 2020, I thought I had the coron virus as breathing difficulties and cough… no Sillicon poisoning. I am praying that through extensive detoxing the cough and breathing will get back to normal…. anyone else need advice I am here. Best of luck, and your health is more important that being flat chested, trust me!!!

    1. Lana

      I’m in the same situation. My implants were placed 6 years ago. I just got diagnosed with asthma. But I dont think that this is it. I’m having trouble breathing but it’s mucous. I get chills all over my body and feels like sinus infections. I had about 3 already this year. My doctor keeps telling me it’s because of my asthma. I never had problems in my life. I’m 43 and was always active and never had problems with lungs. Was tested for corona virus and it was negative. The only thing I could think of are my implants. How do I find out if they are leaking? Ultrasound or CT scan?

      1. Nicole

        Hi Lana,
        Most silicone implants are bleeding / leaking silicone gel by 6 to 8 years and many rupture by ten years and so tests are not really necessary but MRI’s have the most success picking up leaking and ruptured implants but can miss it many times too. If you have symptoms you can assume that your implants are leaking their toxic chemicals into your body.

  53. Gigi

    Hi All, I’m very new to all of this. My hubby actually showed me an article from T Nation as he was reading he said to me that I need to read this thing, as I am experiencing about 90% of these damn symtoms. I’m 40 and I feel like I’m 80 it’s crazy, constant headaches, my back is sore, I’m so tired all the time, my joints are all sore, I don’t want to even be intimate anymore I have lost interest in everything, my whole body hurts, I’ve been for blood tests and CT scan just to try and find out what is wrong with me. My ears are ringing so bad all the time… And I got my implants because of being flat chested and having such a complex about it. But I’m so so scared to have them taken out. But after seeing all these woman, I think I have to do what’s right. But I have such a think about being flat chested and also I have a concave chest it’s not bad, but the implants make it look better and the concave disappears. I need some advice, something, my nerves are shot. I’m terrified 😰 but this may be the answer to all my aches and pains and moods

    1. Michelle Mason

      You could have a fat transfer to fill out where the implant used to be. It’s something I’m considering after also experiencing all of the above symptoms. Finding this site, really opened my eyes. I feel for you, as it’s been a tough 10 years, but I’d rather be flat chested than experience all the side effects! Good luck honey! X

  54. Lydia

    I’m am so scared right now as I’ve got loads of those symptoms! And I’m convinced I’ve got something really bad like cancer as I’ve had my implants in for 21 years, had 3 kids and tried to breast feed 2 of them 😢

  55. Sheri

    Hi prayers to everyone. I am 55 and went in for a regular check up and blood work. I have had a hiatal hernia and gastritis and pain non stop for over a year right side my ribs, and under ribs and my right waist. I have gained so much weight 20lbs in a year. My blood work came back with very high liver enzymes and they took more blood work and sent to a pathologist. It came back negative for Hepatitis, and negative for sclerosis. Two came back positive for pbc which is Primary biliary cholangitis – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic
    My doctor now wants a liver biopsy and I am just scared very much so. My right breast feels so heavy. my back always hurts on right side non stop pain. The gastro doc says because i have gained so much weight he feels that is causing my pain. I also kicked boxing last November and i tore my minisucs which I have to have surgery on that to fix. The middle top of my stomach is tender. I am on a low fob diet. It seems to help my stomach not so swollen but the pain is always there. Has anyone had any of these systems. Should I ask my dr? Very uncomfortable all the time. 🙁

    1. Nicole

      Hi Sheri,
      High liver enzymes are common in ladies with breast implants. If you are not in the facebook group please come to the group and search for posts regarding high liver enzymes and you will see literally thousands of women posting about it. Breast implants are not worth all the symptoms and health problems they cause. Please consider explanting.

    2. Nena

      Your symptoms are just like mine omg I couldn’t stop reading your comment. I have had cancer twice once in 2010 had a lumpectomy and had to do chemo and radiation. Came back 2017 had a double mastectomy put exspanders in for three or four months couldn’t fill to much cause I had alot is damage on the left side. Then git my implants. I have been so sick since then. Naucious passing out. Pain everywhere. My liver is bad they said but cannot locate or see anything wrong. I have a hernia, heartburn I had to go to the hospital for the pain on the ride side during this corvid 19 stared. I feel like I’m dying everyday paople are tired of me feeling sick!!!. I feel like a complainer.

  56. Rebecca

    Hi I got most of the symptoms on this list.
    My implant has ruptured will my symptoms ever go away.?I have silicone in my lymph nodes under my arm. I’m Looking for a surgeon in the uk to permanently removed these implants. I’m struggling to get help at the moment, I be been told June July .

    1. Caren

      Hi Rebecca,
      Did you get your implants taken out. I’m also in the UK and had my explant surgery last month and currently trying to detox and heal.

      Would love to share experiences.

  57. Brenda Whitehead

    Under symptoms I have a large number of them

  58. Amy Ivins

    You have just made a ghost about tap my shoulder and say THIS IS IT. My Mom. She had this and she just wanted the doctors to find out what was wrong with her. I remember taking her to a specialist trying to figure out where her constant pain and numbness in her legs back arms eventually numbness and pain everywhere was coming from. While on every opiate pfyetnol patches and countless other drugs she never wanted to take. I remember her crying and she never cried, she just wanted them to listen to her and fix her she didn’t want anymore drugs she just wanted the pain to stop or them to fix her instead of making her feel like she was crazy. A hypochondriac. Or just some stupid diagnosis she knew was bs with drugs that wouldn’t help her. She was at an all time low, she wasnt even able to work as a waitress bc eventually she could not even walk right anymore or at least not without being in excruciating pain. She couldn’t sit lay or stand bc everything hurt her. I could not even be around her or watch her try to fall asleep bc it was so sad to see such a strong woman, my mom, in the pain she was in and I couldn’t watch her like that. One of my memories was her asking me to sleep outside on the pool deck under the stars bc she knew I loved to do that and it would possibly help her back pain enough so she could maybe fall asleep. It was a memory I thought would be a good one until she finally started falling asleep without the moaning pain… And started to vomit while laying on her back and began to choke on her vomit and could not breathe. I was screaming for her bf for her to get up and holding her back up best I could while freaking out entirely. I was a wreck, scarred, scared. And this was not the only episode. The doc office were the worst. Bc she just wanted them to fix her. She was young 51 when she passed. She went to sleep and never woke up turns it she took her mother’s liquid morphine who had just died from cancer …to help ease her pain ..n like I said she hated drugs, it was not like her, she had a paper bag filled with drugs from numerous docs but never took them bc they made her sick and didn’t take the pain away. She probably didn’t know the drugs power and was snoring all morning until my little brother stopped hearing her checked and she was no longer breathing. My mom had every symptom. Reading the comments here I just wish she had read them before she started feeling like she was dying and there was no one who understood it, or believed her. Someone who would not have called her crazy bc she was not she was suffering for a very long time. And just wanted it to stop. I know she didn’t mean to take her life bc my father did when I was 15 n she was so mad at him she would’ve never ever done it intentionally. But she just knew it helped her sleep hey pain off. So take it from a girl who doesn’t have her mom to call or to get a hug from. That this illness is very real and if it’s not too late for u or someone you know, spread the word to is very real and I am convinced she had this. You have a chance I or my mother never will. That is too get your life back, so please do research and spread the word bc I wish she could’ve known this bc I think I might have still had her to call or just would have my mom still if she only would have read this post.

    Thank you for the information and please do something about this if you have someone who is suffering, you may save a life and your lucky to have that chance.

    1. Allison

      Amy, I read through every one of these stories. Scared, worried and concerned as the next person. When I came across your story of your mom I started crying. I am so sorry for what you have been through. I am seeing my 39 year old self as your mom, and your voice as my 12 year old daughter. Yes, I have been through most all of these symptoms that are listed. Chalking them up to other things. I have loved my implants and the confidence they have given me. I did not have any problems or if I did, I decided to dismiss it and be happy with the exchange of what they have done for me aesthetically. It wasn’t until my near death experience last year, from trying to treat my anxiety and depression and migraines that my heart stopped beating in the ER with my daughter at my side—and then subsequent 10 month long haul struggle with Covid that I began recently noticing that I stop breathing in my sleep. I now use a CPAP but it wasn’t until I had an anaphylactic reaction to the silicone on the mask did I put two and two together. I am allergic to silicone? Wait… the shells of my implants are silicone. It all dawned on me. Does Lyme, EBV, CMV and Covid cause chronic fatigue? Yes. Brain fog? Yes. Anxiety, depression? Yes, but so does having your heartbroken. But a gift that Covid left with me is a sleep apnea diagnosis and a deep need to be healthy again. This helped me realize I have something I am very allergic to inside of my body. I don’t want the cramping in my pecs and shortness of breath and anxiety to escalate into more illness and anything worse. I also don’t want my daughter to continue to have to take care of me, feed me, cook for me and take care of the entire house while she is beginning to exhibit psychological symptoms (which she tries to hide well). If I can do anything about it now, this is a wake up call, and a call to action. I don’t want my daughter to lose her mom as you did. A huge fear of mine after near death experience last year is being put under for surgery again—risking my life by electing for surgery ever again. I also don’t want to risk my life being taken away from me, or her, because of keeping something inside of me that I have recently come to learn that I am allergic to, which explains the fact that I have become intolerant to literally every food I was tested for except for three. Simply put, my body has faced such illness this past year that it no longer wants anything to do with anything unnatural anymore. All it took for me was to hear your voice and your story to solidify for me what it means to get my health and life back now, before it is too late. I am so sorry, Amy. As tears stream down my face, I wish you could have your mom back, and what she wouldn’t give to be here with you now. Thank you for being brave to share your story with her. Now, I will be brave to do what I have to do out of love.

  59. Roya Farahnakian

    I explanted August 2018, I had severe dehydration couple days prior to explant, constant acne I’m not 100 percent sure if I had Breast implant illness but my acne has since cleared completely and energy levels has increased. I had implants for 3 years plus.

    1. Karla Schloss

      Hi Roya,
      I have been struggling with my hormonal acne and I have literally eliminated all other avenues that could be the cause. My last shot is having my breast implants removed. How soon after your explant did your acne start to clear? And did you suffer from any other symptoms? xx

  60. Jean goertzen

    Just wondering how I could be tested for mold in my body

  61. Jean goertzen

    I have every symptom of breast implant illness. Had an explant. Didn’t realize surgeon didn’t do enbloc. I I tested positive for hlab27. I am bedridden. I have been to many doctors. Been at the emergency room up to once a week because I am so sick.

    1. Maria Duncan

      When did you have explant? I’m the same waiting on a scan as found lump but the pain I have is just awful I’m so sick. How much did you pay for gene testing? I’m in UK btw.

  62. Norma Gore

    I am certain I have breast implant illness. I have several autoimmune issues as well as neurological. I desperately need explant surgery. I have no access to my implant records from 25 yrs ago. Surgeon had his own practice and is deceased. I can’t afford it without help from insurance. Should I begin with the Doctor or with the insurance company?

  63. Samantha Bacon Bulot

    I have all of these symptoms. I have mentor high profile smooth round saline implants put in 2016 and have seen multiple doctors for different sickness treatments and been diagnosed with most everything you can imagine. And I’m been on multiple medications. I’ve had so many tests it’s scary.
    I’m still having tests done to try find out more. Cancer specialist march 5th. Colonoscopy and endoscopy procedure march 16th. I’m awful sick mentally and physically. Tomorrow I see my surgeon who did my implants, I have pains and burning all around my implants also. Plus feels like there’s something under my left implant has from day one. But tests only came back as fat density in both breast. I’m wondering now if its mold.. terrified I am especially when I just went and had allergies testing and I’m allergic to mold and now foods I usta could eat. It’s just getting worse.

  64. Kathryn Long

    I have so many symptoms and I overhauled my diet and lifestyle but still cannot shake these symptoms. This could really explain so much.
    Such a huge part of me that does not want to go back to being flat chested though. seems silly over being sick but is reality of my mindset. Do I see a GP to run blood tests to confirm if probably the issue. Just had mammogram but if in tact I am guessing nothing will show up. What if I take them out and not feel better? Did anyone replace them instead?

  65. Holly S McGoldrick

    I had my silicone (under the muscle) breast implants removed on January 17, 2020 and feel incredible!! I was terrified about the En bloc surgery, but It was totally worth it. I have my life back cannot wait to be fully healed to get back to my very active life. For the past 6 months I have been so fatigued that I was almost unable to do simple daily tasks. I was diagnosed with RA last June and now I have NO joint pain, No back pain, No fatigue, No headaches!!
    It is very important to find a surgeon who is very experienced in En bloc surgery and that the entire capsule is removed.

    1. Allison

      Holly, please tell us how you are doing now. I really want to get this done, but am not hearing enough follow up from those going forward.

      Please tell me also what your breasts look like afterward. I know that is by and far secondary to your health for sure.

      I am so glad and amazed to hear of how your health improved. I would love to hear your update.

  66. Melody Brinks

    I am having this exact same thing. I have burning and aching breasts. Mine are mcgahn/allergen saline 68hp and are not textured but are causing me pain and issues. I am in the process of having tests done to make sure I don’t have anything serious like the lymphoma. I am going to have mine removed as I just can’t believe that my symptoms are the same as many other women. This must be correct… I am scared and nervous…did anyone have pain on just the sides of the breasts with the ache and burning pain. I can’t lay on my sides because it hurts and now my back is getting uncomfortable too.

    1. Alivia

      I have those exact same implants and my breast burn so bad somedays I want to cut them off. I am 4 and half weeks from explant and it is painful to even lift my right arm above my head because of the pain in my left breast.

  67. Amy Delay

    Hello Ladies ! Here is a little bit of my story because it’s really too long to post. I have had breast implants for 19 years I have had a lot of the breast implant illness symptoms that we all read about. Back in November I decided to research breast implant illness after being told about it. I immediately went to see a plastic surgeon. I also had read about the biocell textured implant recall and that they cause ACLC cancer of the breast!!! I took all my surgery papers with my lot numbers of my implants, the brochures on my implants and everything that I had about them to the plastic surgeon. He researched and pulled up all the information about my implants and found out that I do have bio cell textured implants that have been recalled and cause ACLC cancer! I explant on February 25th!!! And I cannot wait. My niece had her breast implants removed 7 weeks ago and she is feeling fabulous after having all the exact symptoms that I have! She said she feels 10 years younger and all of her aches and pains are gone!! As I read this in so many other women that has had explants. Let’s help raise breast implant illness awareness!!!! #BIIISREAL!

    1. Gayle

      Hi Amy, I’m so glad you are soon approaching explant surgery 2/25/20! So happy for you. Tell me, are you having to pay for this out-of-pocket? And what about your niece who just had this done? How did she pay for it? Are you scheduled with a specialist on BII explant removal? Wondering how to come up with the money for my daughter who is experiencing life threatening illness due to what we believe is BII. Best to you with a successful surgery and quick recovery! 🙂

    2. Allison

      Amy, please tell us how you and your niece are doing. We would love to hear an update on how you have been feeling. Did symptoms disappear? Did any linger? How was the recovery from the surgery?

  68. Katie Locke-Amin

    I had Silimed Polyurethane coated Silicone implants in August 2012, which were then suspended in 2015. No issues, I get the odd twinge or ache, but nothing thats ever worried me, feels more hormonal.
    However, my mom has said for years that ive never been right since i had them. Low energy, tired all the time, weight gain, anxiety, thinning hair, an autoimmune rash called Pitoriasis Rosea, and now just last year, ive been put on B12 injections every 3 months, and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
    So, the B12 and hypothyroidism is in my family. I may have got it anyway, but even though my bloodwork is perfect and im on B12, i just dont seem to be picking up.
    Im really considering having my implants taken out. Maybe i will feel well again….maybe i wont. I guess i may never know if the implants gave me problems or not.

    My heads all over the place 🙁

    Ps…35 years old….UK xxx

  69. Kim M Clontz

    I feel the detox part is overwhelming. Is there just a small simple rule to follow. I dont know if I can follow all that. Just basically need to know what vitamins are most important and foods. I have all 1000 🙁 symptoms and dx with lupus recently And I have had chronic diarrhea forever with no relief. I have appt with explant surgeon end of February. I want my life back.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Kim,
      After a proper explant, the next most important thing is diet. If you are eating a healthy that cuts out inflammatory foods and is nourishing your body will do any detoxing and healing it needs to do over time.

  70. Michelle

    I called my Surgeons office in Seattle and they said they have never heard of BII….Until I found this group just a few weeks ago I was learning to accept everything I was feeling as it has been so many years. (30 since my first implant surgery and two since then) Now it terrifies me to have these in my body and God only knows what my ruptured ones in 2008 has done to me…. Thank you all for being so vulnerable and honest… Love this group

  71. Wendy

    Is there a recommendation for a surgeon in Peachtree City/Atlanta area? I’m 61 yrs old w implants since 12/2016. I need an artist please who can reconstruct. Also, what is the detoxification process I’ve seen mentioned? Is there a specific protocol for healing that can be followed? Thank you!

  72. Ariana

    I am honestly in shock but so relieved, the fact that everything I have been experiencing for years now is explain in three words, Break Implant Illness. To finally have some definitive has brought tears to my eyes. I used to be so happy, so excited, and had this drive but for quite some time I have dealt with many of these issues, almost constant pain and aching, headaches, kidney aches, numbness (on a daily basis), foggy brain, memory problems, extreme cold temps are debilitating for me, thyroid issues and the list goes on. I’m so sad, so depressed all the time, I just want all of it to stop hurting, anxiety that’s getting increasingly worse. I have had my silicone gel implants since 2011 and believe I’ve had a ruptured implant for the vast majority of the time.

    It’s pretty emotional reading of your stories cannot thank everyone for sharing and I’m going to continue to research now that I finally have a direction, and am going to research explant surgery!

    1. Linda

      Just like you, Ariana, I was completely surprised by the news that my breast implants were the cause of so many of my health problems, since my breast cancer in 2011. The implants I received after a double mastectomy, were recalled in Canada last spring (the Allergan Bio-cell textured implants) and after seeing 2 doctors, 2 neurologists, getting a CT-Scan, an MRI, a lumbar puncture and tons of blood tests, all they could say is: EVERYTHING IS NORMAL! The strange thing is, I always hoped they would find something wrong so that they could fix it! I have been living with extreme fatigue from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed at night. My memory is so bad I can hardly believe my husband when he tells me I was there for such and such an event. I feel a pressure in my head 24/7, like I have a big elastic band around it and it gets so bad at times that I get nauseous and feel my pulse beating hard not only in my chest, but in my head as well. I often say l feel like I’m dying… all I can do is lay down, I have 0 energy and everything I do is mostly due a strong willingness to accomplish something in a day. Everything hurts and now, everything makes sense!! Does anyone else feel that pressure in their head?

      1. Maddie

        My symptoms are so similar to you Linda. After spending thousands of dollars on tests coming back “normal”, I was starting to feel like it was all in my head. My head constantly feels heavy/ foggy, and I am currently in a Master’s program but my grades have been dropping because I can’t remember anything that I’m reading. I am so tired despite getting 9 hrs of sleep/ night. I feel that pressure in my head that feels like it’s on the verge of a headache. Most recently I have been getting the air quality checked in my home because I thought there had to be a chemical leak somewhere. Never did i think it could be the chemicals inside my body! Trying to muster enough courage to pursue an explant.

  73. Lori

    I’m 49 and have had saline implants for 13 years. My left one has always hurt off and on, and now it has been hurting in my upper left chest when I swallow food. I’ve had an EGD and all is healthy in there. Also had a heart workup and that is healthy as well. So, has anyone else experienced painful swallowing and know if it’s from the implant/area around the implant??

    1. Jessica Wilson

      I’ve also been experiencing strange high blood pressure and chest pain symptoms only to have all tests come back normal. I’ve had my implants for 16 yrs and up until last week have had zero health issues!! Anyone else have these symptoms?

      1. Nicole

        Hi Jessica,
        Those are commonly reported symptoms from breast implants.

    2. Helene P Abelman

      I have on and off pain from my saline implants 23 yrs now. Due to explant in march.

    3. Suzanne

      Hello
      Yes, I have similar symptoms. My left side is definitely worse than my right side! I also have MS and blamed most of my symptoms on that, but now I’m beginning to doubt that! My glands always feel swollen and I have to clear my throat constantly. I have just noticed swelling and tenderness in my left armpit with painful areas on the side of my left implant. I really do not want these anymore!!

  74. Bronte Schofield

    Hi Ladies,

    Has anyone experienced Eye Problems since getting their implants??? I have always had gut issues and health issues prior to my implants since I was roughly 14 (will be 4 years this August since my surgery) so I am struggling to really pin point if it is my implants are making other areas worse.. I have always had dry eye but then only the last 12 months I have formed a condition called episcleritis (inflammation of the gut lining which comes out through your eyes causing them to be dry, achy and red) I am currently working with a Naturopath to see if my symptoms subside in the next 12 months but I cannot help but wonder if it all got worse since my implants and over the years its just creeped up on me!! I am only 26 and do not want to feel this way and I love my implants but If in the end it is them causing all these issues it really does not seem worth it.. but I do not want to get them out and then the symptoms stay the same!! any input will be so appreciated!!

    1. Nicole

      Hi Bronte,
      Yes, dry eyes is a symptom of breast implant illness as well as autoimmune processes that come from having breast implants. Further silicone chemicals are endocrine disruptors that dry up our glands which control the moisture in our body.

    2. Mistie

      Hello Bronte,
      Before I explanted, one of the issues I had was with my eyes. They were always dry, throbbed, blurry, & my vision changed back & forth dramatically from year to year. My eye doctor was always shocked at my yearly eye exams. Now my vision has improved and I no longer have any issues.

  75. Yolanda

    I’ve had pretty much all of those symptoms, I’ve been tested for everything and have been diagnosed with every kind of autoimmune diese there is. Tired and exhausted, not my normal self! I haven’t felt normal in so long, I forgot what that feels like. I’ve lost 20 lbs and have lost so much hair. It all started on the left breast. No signs of abnormality but left breast started aching and then left leg and left arm and now left side of my neck. Getting my implants out in March and feels like eternity. How long after do you start feeling some what better?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Yolanda,
      In general women feel markedly healed by about one year post explant if they support their detoxification.

  76. Clare Emmins

    Ive just found out about this problem and have suffered almost every symptom on the list. Had my implants done 13 years ago and it wasn’t until 4 years later I began to feel unwell anxious unexplained illnesses and pains. Having been ambulanced 2 nights ago for a suspected cardiac arrest and after 3 doses of morphine and loads of tests..6 hours later to be told they could find nothing and it’s my fibromyalgia was devastating. I didn’t know you could feel so desperately ill and there’s no medical reason why..it’s terrifying to think I wouldn’t recognize a serious problem early enough. I have now decided to have a full removal and thankfully my husband and family are right behind me. Once I found out about bii I knew this is my problem..their going nothing is worth this unrelenting pain. Looks like we can get this done fairly quickly as my pain is so severe so and I hope once it’s done I can start to recover from the damage. I’m not imagining it will be instant but it certainly can’t make it any worse.

  77. Joanne lucas

    I’m so grateful for all these ladies. Although I Explanted last February I’m now experiencing all of the above symptoms again. I had a ruptured implant and a leaking on. This is such a horrible situation for all of us and I’m just beside myself all over again🙌☹️😞😦

    1. Nicole

      Hi Joanne,
      How has your diet been over the the last few weeks? Could holiday eating be contributing to your symptoms, clean diet is very key to managing your symptoms and supporting your detox and healing.

  78. Rose McDowell

    U saved my daughter! She had pancreatitis twice, gastritis, weird dangerous recurring infections and almost all of the symptoms listed. Finally some answers! Explant tomorrow. Thank God. Bless u. I will update as she progresses.
    THANK YOU!

    1. Carie sicking

      Thanks I truly feel better with them gone. Rupture on right side 12 years before explant

  79. Maria Zarrella

    I stumbled across BII by accident, and like other women I believe is it is Divine Intervention. I have had my implants for 12 years but for the last 5 years I have had multiple tests for all of the BII symptoms minus a few. From being convinced I have Lyme disease and the test results are wrong to upper GI problems having to get tubes down my throat. A constant feeling of flu like symptoms and vomiting after meals. Everything makes me feel sick. I have seen Dr’s for breathing problems and given an inhaler, that did not work. I started having panic attacks and constant anxiety, I had never had anxiety and all of sudden it took over my life. Depression set in. I was put on lexapro and also lorazapam, which was almost impossible to detox from, but luckily I got through it. Laying down causes my throat to close and sometimes i feel like i am suffocating. I can not fall asleep without an over the counter medication of some kind. I wake up soaking wet from night sweats. My hands and feet over the last few months have been swollen and tight, and they hurt so bad. Now my back and neck pain is almost unbearable. I am tired all the time and my body just aches. I have had countless sinus infections over the last 5 years. The tingling in my hands and feet is constant. I don’t know what it feels like to feel normal anymore. this new normal is slowly killing me and it has taken a turn in the last few months. I cry all the time because no one believes me. Everyone says I am a hypochondriac or I am dramatic. I have felt so alone and now I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am devastated, scared and relieved at the same time. I want these OUT of my body. I want to be free and healthy. Can anyone help with Surgeon recommendations in the East Coast? I live in Boston. Thank you all for sharing your stories.

    1. Sarai

      Hi honey, Merry Christmas. I hope you feel better soon.
      Dr. George Chatson Andover Massachusetts. He’s wonderful. I explant with him Feb 7th.

      1. Suzanne

        I totally agree with Sarai about Dr. George Chatson. Good luck on 2/7 Sarai, I explant on May 29. I know it’s a long way out, but I had to coordinate schedules and I’ll only explant with Dr. Chatson.

  80. Brittany

    Does the body detox ruptured silicone? Does anyone know?

  81. Nicole

    I don’t know where to start. I started having brain fog last March and I’ve progressed to having neurological symptoms (my body is in fight or flight non stop) panic, attacks, severe, depression, and has caused Postural tachycardia. I can’t sleep without medication, my anxiety is non stop over “nothing”, headaches, tingling in arms, dry eyes, no libido, lost 30lbs I didn’t need to lose in 3 months, chest pain, heart palpitations, and without anxiety meds I just want to die because I feel like I am. I am beyond depressed to the point of zero positive emotions. My white blood count is dropping and liver labs are abnormal. I have temperature intolerance in both directions. Before the brain fog started I was 100% healthy and have just suddenly declined to this state of emergency as my body is acting like it’s dying. I’ve had my saline implants for 10 years. The 3rd person I know has now mentioned this possibility to me and now I can’t ignore it. Wow. How overwhelming after all I’ve done so far for these symptoms that doesnt help. I’m supposed to see a neurologist next week who suspects brain injury based on my symptoms, even though I haven’t had a physical injury. Is this still in the same category of BII possibility?

    1. Maddie

      same symptoms, so scary! Thank you for sharing. makes me feel validated when doctors make me feel like I’m crazy.

    2. SuAnn Cannon

      Yes Nicole! 18 months ago I started experiencing severe brain fog, lightheadedness (constant), high anxiety, blurry vision, headaches, fight-or-flight feelings, losing weight, hair loss. … and nothing came of all the testing I’ve had done for the last year plus. After learning of BII, I knew it was a possibility. I had my saline implants removed 2 days ago, and an extra capsule that was found in there, too, from a prior implant surgery. We will see what happens now, but I’m sure I’ll have better health overall!

    3. Allison

      Nicole. I have had all of the same experiences as you. How are you doing now? Did you decide to explant? I want to go through with it although I am scared.

  82. Marle

    Hola a todos, yo solo les puedo decir que a partir de qué me puse los implantes como al año más o menos empecé con problemas de salud, los cuales paulatinamente han ido aumentado al grado que me ha diagnosticado fibromialgia, lupus, AR, hipotiroidismo, etc etc., Sin embargo las analíticas salen normal y a veces un poco alteras, pero luego con la ayuda de Dios vuelven a corregirse y eso desconserta a los doctores en fin eh andado de médico en médico y ninguno da con el problema, pero nuevamente gracias a dios y a su infinito amor, mi cardiólogo me informo sobre las enfermedades por implantes y me profundice en el tema y dije dios mío, todo esto es lo que me pasa y ahora se que todo es debido a los implantes, ahora estoy en espera de retirarmelos, ya les contaré cómo salió todo, gracias a los que hacen posible conocer esta información, dios los bendiga

    1. Anahi

      Estoy en lo mismo que tu. Que el Senor te de mucha fortaleza y salud y que te recuperes pronto en el nombre de Jesus.

      1. Patty

        Ya somos tres, tambien pienso que es ayuda divina haber dado con este sitio.

    2. Ginny

      Marle, estoy pasando por la misma situación y definitivamente sé que Dios nos va a sacar adelante, ya verás. ¿Dónde vives?, ¿Ya tienes médico?. Yo quiero encontrar al mejor cirujano que tenga toda la experiencia posible en explantes en México.

  83. Dottie Gunkel

    Hello
    I’ve had my silicone implants for 40 years, I’m 70years old. I have almost all symptoms on your list. On some days “I feel like I’m dying”. Weakness in one leg began over 2-3 yearsago, now if I’m active one day it takes me 3-4 days to get over not to mention all the other symptoms. I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon but as I continue to read your information I’m not sure there’s a specialist here in Chattanooga who can get all the leakage out of my body. I saw on your list a surgeon in Nashville, is that the closeest?
    I am thrilled to have found your Facebook page, I was so relieved to see my symptoms plastered on your page.

    1. JANE ANDERSON

      Hello Dottie, I’m 65 and have had my implants for 38 years. I have so many of these symptoms as well and am fighting many of them naturally but they catch up and I end up really sick for a while. I can’t wait to get them removed but definitely don’t have the finances right now. I’m glad to have seen that there’s someone in my age bracket. I see a lot of younger women who are struggling. I will keep you in my prayers. Jane Anderson

    2. Melissa

      Did you find a surgeon yet? Im consulting with
      Dr. Tarola in Murfreesboro in Feb

  84. Delene

    So very thankful that I discovered the Facebook page – I don’t even know how I stumbled upon it?? I can only give God the glory for directing me!!

    I have many on the symptoms in the list… Nothing notably severe, but many issues over the past 21 years that I put down to age, stress, “that’s just me, forgetful, muddle minded at times”, wondering if I’m developing Alzheimer’s, feeling like I’m going to die soon, etc. Recently my lymph area under arms, groin have been letting me know that something is not right. Burning and discomfort across breasts… discomfort in upper back, anxiety, unable to take deep breaths..

    Now I have answers!
    THANK YOU for this group, the info, the hope, the support, the direction…

    I’m slowly working towards an explant. In South Africa, with no medical insurance, I have to rely on the government system.. Which is slow and requires a lot of patience! …but I believe I have God’s favour and all will work out for the good in the end.

    Learning many lessons along the way!

  85. Lindsay

    if you have cheek implants, would the scar tissue around the cheek implants have to be removed as well?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Lindsay,
      Yes if there is scar tissue / capsule tissue it should be removed for your highest and best healing.

    2. Beth

      I had lip implants and when I had my breast implants removed Enbloc he said he couldn’t remove the capsules in my lips. He said “I would have to fillet your lips open n no Dr will do that. So I still have them in my lips. Can’t feel them though… not at all! Good luck I hope someone can remove yours maybe from the inside of your mouth idk? I wish he would have taken them out. I feel I would probably be doing better if so…

  86. Gagne Karine

    Hello. I am from Quebec. For 4 years, I like constant fatigue, memory loss, hair loss, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, feeling heavy and burns in the breasts, bumps left breast. Intuitively, I think to have the prostheses removed. I took information from a doctor and he diagnosed the BII. It made a family doctor. I will see a specialist surgeon shortly. It seems that the RAMQ pays, some say no. I would like to know how much you paid for your explantation in Quebec and if you had a lift? Thank you for all your information and as I am happy to have found this site. I just had very little of those two plastic balls removed from my body. I had my implants since 22 years. I am 44.

    Bonjour. Je suis du Québec, dans les laurentides. Depuis 4 ans, j’éprouve de la fatigue constante, des maux de dos chronique, des pertes de mémoire, perte de cheveux, insomnie, difficulté de concentration, sensation de lourdeur et brûlures dans les seins, bosses au sein gauche. Intuitivement, je réfléchissais à faire retirer les prothèses. J’ai pris des informations chez un médecin et il a diagnostiqué le BII. Cela faisait un an que mon médecin de famille ne trouvait pas ce que j’avais. Je vais voir un chirurgien spécialiste sous peu. Il paraît que la RAMQ paie, certain dise que non. J’aimerais savoir combien vous avez payé pour votre explantation au Québec et si vous avez eu un redrapage ? Merci de toutes vos informations et comme je suis heureuse d’avoir trouvé ce site. J’ai seulement très hâte que ces deux boules de plastique soient retirées de mon corps. J’ai les implants depuis 22 ans et j’ai 44 ans.

  87. Nath

    Bonjour, merci a cath grace a ses videos de retrait de prothèses mammaires j ai compris que j avais les mêmes symptomes et ma conforter dans le retrait de mes implants.!! Dur decision psychologiquement c est un peu dur mais je suis tellement heureuse d avoir sauté le pas.! Et j ai des seins petit mais jolie.. J ai depuis 8 ans mes implants en silicone et depuis 3 ans c est l enfer inflammation toujours de coter gauche sein ,dos , epaule, intestin, vessie etccc… fatigue brouillard bref ca ma pourrit la vie, j ai fait pipi trouble pendant 1 ans j ai fait analyse d urine et rien je demandais c est possible que ce soit mes implants et on me repondais mais bien sûr que non.!!! Et bien ca fait 10 jours que je les ai retirer et plus de pipi trouble.!! A l operation mon chirurgien ma dit que ma capsule gauche etais sur le coter dur et blanche et que pour lui elle suintait, et que mes prothèses etait intacte.. bref retirer ses merde de prothèses vraiment j espère retrouver la pêche je flippe car ce silicone a bien suinter dans mon corp 🙄 pleins de courage les filles … un grand merci a cathbastien ❤❤❤ bises a toutes

    1. June Rojas

      My name Ralf Vasquez and live in northern California. I believe my fiance is suffering from this illness. She got breast implants over 20+ years ago. But for the last 10 years she been having alot of these symptoms and for the past 5 years most if not all these symptoms. It like she declining in having really bad days. She was hospitalized twice last 2 years both occurring in december. They said she had bacterial infections but could not figure out exactly what it was both times. She’s mentioned to me about this illness and we researched it and I believe she been suffering from it for the past 10 years. We dont know what to do. Finances are low and we ‘are living check to check. I’m reaching out for help in what to do? What options do we have?

      1. Nicole

        Hi Ralf,
        Health insurance may cover your fiance to explant for symptoms such as rupture, bad capsular contracture, pain or infections. Also consider borrowing the money for explant from family or doing a gofundme to help pay for the surgery.

        1. Gaby

          Hello, I would like to know if it is normal that I feel some of this symptoms 17 years after I did the implants surgery. I have them since I was 18 and now I am 36. This symptoms can be for other illness, because I think it has passed too much time since I had the surgery. Thank you

          1. Nicole

            Hi Gaby,
            Women can feel symptoms at any time, some feel them shortly after implantation and some can go a decade or two and then get symptoms.

          2. Paula

            Hi Gaby, I got mines done too at 18 and I’m now 37. I’m hopefully going to get them removed in May when I go to Colombia. I’m removing them and getting a lift. I can’t believe all the symptoms that are related to implants. I’m trying to convince my mom to remove them as well but she refuses. I

        2. June Rojas

          Thank you Nicole Also i think she has a rupture in one of her Saline implants and we are pretty sure bad capsular contractures.

  88. Debra Garriga

    Grateful! Looking back, my symptoms started shortly after implant 22+ years ago. I’d found this group by mistake! Searching YouTube for Dr Axe, I’d landed on a page called Breast Implant Illness. Divine intervention! BII – that’s what was wrong with me! Joined this group, but was too sick to focus. Had found my surgeon from the list! Now that I’m starting to feel better, I lean on and learn from this group – try to help, too. Thinking I’m ready for detox. Printed and study those pages. Need to purchase some items listed. But, know what to expect.
    Nicole, thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do! Honestly, I’d felt like I was going to die. I was so sick that I was asking God to take me whilst I’d slept the very few hours I’d sleep at night.
    Thanks for the reminder of the rules. It’s good to remind everyone sometimes.
    You are appreciated! You’ve saved the lives of many ladies ❤️

    1. Nicole

      Hi Debra,
      Thank you for helping in the group!

  89. Bronwyn Pereira

    Thank you. I have spent thousands trying to seek help, at least a confirmation I was not insane !

  90. Jill Scannella

    My friend Allyson told me about breast implant illness and about this website. I explanted two months ago. I suffered for 10 years with almost all of the symptoms. I knew right away this was my problem, once I was informed! I explanted the next month. This page has saved my life, my friends life, and will continue to save the lives of hundred of thousands of women!!! Thank you and I am incredibly grateful to the strong women who
    continue working on this website

    1. Karine

      Hi Jill,

      Thank to share your expérience. How cost it was your explant? Can you tell me where your from ? Thank you so much.

      1. Vanesa

        Hi, I’ve had my breast implant in 2011. I’ve Just come across a you tuve video and round about this page. Not sure when I started having migrains but most of my family suffers from them. I have a 2 year old and I’m always tired and sleep pretty bad but I thought it was part of being 43 and having as small kid and working all day. Now I’ve been diagnosed with lyken disease which seems to be autoinmune. Is it posible that after almost 10 years of having my implants I’m starting to have this sympthoms? I’m from argentina. I’m not even sure of knowing a place White they can remove them correctly. Thanks

        1. Nicole

          Hi Vanesa,
          Yes, the symptoms you list are known to be associated with breast implants and yes its entirely possible your symptoms are just starting now. Please see our surgeon’s list here, scroll down to your country or area, its very long: https://www.healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/.

          1. London

            Hi Nicole!

            I just got my implants in last year in July. I’ve been having strange symptoms ever since, literally the week I got them in. Brain fog, numbness in hands and feet, leg and arm muscle/nerve pain, blurry vision, I’m getting UTI’s every single month and joint pain. Is it possible to develop BII so soon after getting the implants?

          2. Nicole

            Hi London,

            Yes, some women get symptoms right away, some in the first couple years, some can by 5 to 8 years and some can go a decade or more before they get symptoms.

    2. Allison

      Jill, can you give us an update on your recovery and how you are feeling now?

  91. Regina Clayton

    I’m so thankful for this group. It saved my life!

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