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 are 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 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 huge foreign objects implanted in your chest near vital 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 and cause many of our 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 gland system (thyroid/adrenals and others) and poison our Thymus gland and our immune system, poison our gut health and create toxicity in our organs and body. With saline there is also the added element that many of the saline ports collect body fluid and can mold and these organisms can cross into the implant due to defective valves and colonize the implant. These microorganisms produce metabolites which are toxic to us known as biotoxins. The interior of all capsules is perfect place for infections to occur and grow and the inside of capsules necrotize over time. Textures add another layer of toxicity and also textures soak up body fluids and provide spaces for infections to thrive. Textures also aggravate the immune system as they flake off and travel through our lymphatics. 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 little immune opposition to them due to immune deficits. Due to 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 and on but as you can see saline and silicone implants profoundly damage our health in many ways.

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  1. Jacqueline

    I have retired in Ecuador, I had my breast augmentation over 20 years ago in the US. Since then I’ve had a total thyroidectomy, a TIA and multiple other issues I attributed to getting older. I am 52 years young and my body says otherwise. A few days ago my right saline implant collapsed and have a couple consultations on Monday for removal. Is there a doctors recommendation for my new location.? I have already been dealing with depression as well as self esteem issues I am not looking forward to the mental issues but I know the physical benefits will far outweigh the mental.

  2. Martine

    Bonjour je suis une patiente qui souffre du syndrome de Poland donc opération j’en ai eu, j’ai arrêt. de les compter apres la 20 ieme
    Pour ce qui est des capsulotomie. je sais et pourrais en parlé car c’est tellement douloureux
    Mon implant a rupturer et je crois que je suis une bonne personne pour comprendre tout ces symptomes
    Aujourd’hui a l’age de 59 ans, je me rends compte que je ne suis pas une femme fini mais une femme comme tant d’autre qui souffre sans savoir pourquoi.
    Je suis contente d’avoir tomber sur le documentaire Enquête.
    J’aurai assurément besoin d’aide

  3. Karen Hallett

    About 5 years ago, I had double mastectomies with silicone under the muscle. Since then my thyroid is screwed up and I have developed severe MCAS which keeps getting worse. Is there a list of Drs who will remove them the right way in the State of MA?

  4. Amy Bullard

    I have the recalled allergen implant
    my doc said no need to remove them if I’m not showing signs of cancer. I do however have other issues that I can’t explain.

  5. holly

    where can I find the list of doctor recommendations in Northern California?

  6. Wendy

    Hello 👋, I am wanting to explant due to I am reaching close to the 10 yr mark. I have conflicting information as to weather just explant or also have the capsule removed. The Dr that did my augmentation does not remove the capsule. I can’t say for sure if the implants are making sick because I had a lot of the similar symptoms before the augmentation. Things have progressively got worse. I just want them out.

  7. Teresa Nelson

    I’m 15 months post op. I am so thankful I found Nicole’s BII page! My symptoms were so bad that I could not even get out of bed. After I explanted, it was night and day for me. My inflammation was so bad. Every part of me was red. Four hours post op and I looked clear again. It was nothing short of miraculous !! Since then I have hair growing, no more brain fog and falling. There’s so many more symptoms that have been restored a normal, including my thyroid. Thank you for this page!

  8. Heather Harvey

    I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have been introduced to this group. Reading and learning from you was both horrifying and a relief for me. I’ve suffered so much in the last 10 years. My symptoms are mounting and getting worse. I’ve been telling my husband of 33 years for quite awhile that I feel like I’m
    slowly dying. I’m 53 and have had my implants for 19/20 years. Until 2 days ago, I had no idea that this is a likely cause of my autoimmune disease, extreme fatigue, logged fevers for
    years until starting an immunosuppressant
    , weird and worsening rashes, very sudden development of type 2 DM, vision changes, sudden anxiety that I’ve never had and just generally not feeling well. None of these symptoms were ever a part of my life before. Bc I work in a small medical practice, I was often given high dose prednisone to keep me working. I’d develop sudden, unexplained huge knee joint effusions that were so bad that I couldn’t bear weight. Other than huge knee joint effusions, nothing showed on MRIs. High dose prednisone was the fix all. They’d give it to me bc I’d be functional within 8 hours. Sad, but that’s what small practices do. and high dose prednisone.

    Several days to a week post implant surgery, I got very ill. It’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I ended up being admitted to the hospital for nearly a week for viral meningitis. Looking back, that should’ve been a huge red flag, but I was given absolutely no information that saline implants could be harmful to me.

    1. Linda

      Hi Heather, I’m reading your recent post and am horrified by your experience with breast implants. I appreciate you sharing, as I have a few of these symptoms as well. Have you gotten your implants out as of this date? I would be curious to know if your symptoms subside and you actually feel different.

  9. Debbie Ann Banks

    I am 57yrs old, always been healthy, strong, and active. I had saline implants from 2004 until I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2021 due to chek2 mutation of breast cancer. Immediately replaced with a solid silicone gummy implants. Had no idea of BII until about 2 yrs ago. About a year after my surgeries I started experiencing leg weakness in my right leg. After several drs referring me on, I am now seeing a neurologist (I’ve had 4 neurologist opinions, all the same) being treated for MMN (multifocal motor noropathy). Since it’s so rare (.6 in 100,000) I don’t quite fit all the criteria so they are also saying it’s possibly ALS. None of the drs know for sure what’s going on with me, other than it’ is slowly progressing and they say it’s incurable and disabling. I have had 3 EMG that have stumped all 3 neurologist. I want to remove the implants, my decision, but my neurologists are against it, for fear it will spiral ALS if that’s infant what I have. So I have put the explant on hold. Anyone have similar experience/symptoms…. Any advice is welcome. My life has nearly came to an end,, so much has changed… but I am still in disbelief, that this is Gods plan.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Debbie, cohesive gel implants are highly toxic, silicone contains about 35 to 40 very toxic chemicals and heavy metals. The cohesive gel implants seem to be the most toxic implants ever and women are getting profound health problems and symptoms from the. Please consider explanting. Come to our facebook group and you’ll find others reporting same symptoms and health problems from these implants, they are explanting and getting their health back, you can too!

  10. Chrissy Powers

    I am 44 and live in New Brunswick, Canada. I had Allergen textured implants put in following a double mastectomy in Jan 2018. I’ve experienced so many problems and have many of these symptoms. The sad part is this surgery was elective to help reduce my risk of breast cancer as I tested positive for the BRCA-2 mutation gene. I’m currently awaiting MRI results and once I have confirmed information from the radiologist, I want these implants out!

    1. Terri

      Those are recalled I would get those out now!

  11. Shari Seiner

    My only symptoms is muscles soreness in my hamstrings and a burning soreness in my shins. My saline implants are under muscle and I’ve had this set since 2005 (first ones implanted in 1999, but one leaked so I replaced both). Has anyone else experienced this symptom? I’m working with a doctor who is doing neurological testing, but if nothing pans out, I’m considering removal.

  12. Agnes

    Hi -My name is Agnes , I’m scheduled for implant removal in 4 days-
    It was a time that I thought I’m ready creating this symptoms in my head, now I know I’m not alone
    I’m not crazy and I have 90 % off this symptoms
    For a almost 15 years straggling to feel hopeless
    I hope that this surgery is going to change my life for better

    1. Linda

      How did your explant surgery go? So curious if you have regained some of your health and feel a difference.

  13. Phoebe Tyra

    I am 72 years and had implants since I was 54 and just started seeing all the info on explant surgery. I also recently discovered the implants have a 10 year shelf life (implanted life) and was afraid they may be leaking as one side seem smaller. I thought I was healthy until a lot of problems started with my joints and nerve damage over much of my body! I’m very sick and want help asap. I see a doctor on your list is in my small town of Durango, Colorado and plan o87n calling his office tomorrow. I just want this to be over so I can have a chance at some kind of happiness. My husband divorced me after a TBI in 2019 and we were married for 33 years. I love him still and miss his support even more.I am alone with few friends and no support system! Please remember me in your prayers! God is great and gracious to have led me to this group!!! Thank you so much for your support!!!

    1. Norma

      I’m sorry that you went through that with your husband! Remember that God is bigger than any of your problems. If your husband left it was because he wasn’t meant to be. God knew something about him that you might not know. Sometimes we might not know His plans for our lives and all we can do is trust in them. Ask God to heal you and He will. Also take those breast implants out as soon as you can. I will
      Pray for God to heal you physically and your heart. God bless you!!! 🙏🙏🙏❤️

  14. Doris Baltgalvis

    I have been plagued with IBS, difficulty swallowing, numbness in arms and hands, ears ringing and UTI issues for years. I am considering explant but wonder if it is worth it as I just had my 77th birthday. I would like to live longer but sometimes I would just like to die. Has anyone had success with getting help with insurance?

    1. Judy

      Hi Doris, I am 71 and having an explant tomorrow 7-14-23. I have had them for 36 years. Can’t even imagine what they will find in there. My breasts are hard, heavy, uncomfortable, and just plain hurt. My Dr sent me to a surgeon after I told her I wanted them out. The surgeon said that Medicare would pay for everything since the FDA requires it. He assured me it would cost me nothing, especially if I was having problems with them. I am hoping he is right. I asked if Medicare approved it and he said they never do, but they have too. One of my clients had one of hers deflate and Medicare covered it. Plastic surgeons will not take Medicare. I have tried for years. The doctor I am going to is a reconstructive surgeon. Wish me luck.

    2. Jaymi C

      Yes you should absolutely do it!!! If they are hardened or have bad pain at all insurance will most likely cover the explant.

  15. Mayra colin carrillo

    Hola yo me los puse hace 21años y a los 5 después me enferme de artitis reumatoide , dice el dr que es consecuencia de mi madre ya que es hereditaria pero cada vez es mas grave la inflamación….no se si quitarmelas y asi quizas es probable mejore mi salud….tu que opinas ???

  16. D Woodrum

    I live in Oklahoma. Saline breast implants over 20 years. I want these things out of my body! I have so many of these symptoms.

    1. Natalie

      Hi D, I explanted in February 2019 after 20 years of living with silicone implants. Immediately after surgery I felt like I could breathe again, I didn’t realise how starving for oxygen I was before the event. Prior to surgery I was experiencing most of the symptoms unfortunately the surgeon didn’t carry out the necessary pathology – please ensure your surgeon doesn’t make the same mistake. You’ll feel so much better once the implants are removed. Pathology results will support your healing and give you peace of mind.

  17. Debbie Newton

    I am diagnosed with triple negative invasive lobular breast cancer. I have saline implants over muscle over 20 years old!!
    Any doctors in Wa state area to do double mastectomy & get all of implants out???

  18. Lori Dice

    I live in Perry Florida I am 62 and I have had 3 sets of implants and I have so many problems. Is there any good doctors in the Tallahassee Florida area? I live in Perry Floirda

  19. Karina Vasquez

    I have a lot of the symptoms on the list

  20. Megan Ward

    Hi where can I find citations for this info? Especially interested in the research on HLA types. Thanks!


    Creo q tengo la mitad de toda la lista d sintomas

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