Breast Implant Illness - What do you know about it?

2 October 2019

So apparently there is this thing called Breast Implant Illness ... who knew? ... not me!

(Photo by Ashley Batz on Unsplash)

Its a funny thing... now its on my radar the penny has dropped....  and I wonder why I never put two and two together before.

I have been reading as much as I can bear ...and I've also joined some Facebook Groups with a wealth of information. I am in two minds. I honestly think that yes....there are probably a number of symptoms that we can directly attribute to breast implants... but there are other symptoms I am unsure about.
To me... its pretty unrealistic to blame every single symptom on the implants.

However...I definitely think I will feel much healthier once these implants are out....and all those rouge pieces of silicone are rounded up and removed. I am hopeful that I will notice some improvements and better health in the months to come.
Its also been a little frustrating that I have worked hard on my health.... and yet these niggly symptoms have got worse. Having said that.....I sleep well... my mental health is intact... my home is tox free....all thanks to mother nature and essential oils. I hate to imagine the state I would be in if I was still adding that external chemical load as well.

I have taken this list of BII symptoms from the Healing Breast Implant Illness site... it has a comprehensive resource library on everything you could possibly want to know about Breast implant Illness.
This collection of Implant Illness (BII) symptoms was gathered from over 90,000 women ... and the most common symptoms were  - 
  • fatigue/low energy - this comes and goes for me.... thankfully I am usually energetic.
  • cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss) - Um yep
  • headaches - Yes... and becoming more often... plus visual disturbance migraines.
  • joint and muscle pain - Often and becoming worse.
  • hair loss - Im just as fine and thin as usual
  • recurring infections  - Yes
  • swollen lymph nodes and glands - Yes
  • rashes  - Yes
  • IBS  - Yes
  • problems with thyroid and adrenals. - probably

Other symptoms on the list are -  and it does seem like a pretty extensive list... and I certainly don't relate to all of these.... but a few of them are big ones for me that had previously been unexplained...

  • Dry skin and Hair - Yes
  • Premature ageing - possibly ..I did just get told I look 60
  • Weight Problems - Yes
  • Inflammation - Yes
  • Poor Sleep and insomnia - Yes at times
  • Dry eyes and decline in vision - Yes Yes Yes.... my eyes have felt gritty and blurry for the last 6 months... its literally been driving me crazy!
  • Hormone imbalance - Yes
  • Slow healing / easy bruising
  • Throat clearing.. cough... difficulty swallowing
  • Metallic taste
  • Vertigo - Yes Ive been ridiculously woozy...Ive had many occasions when I have had to kneel to the floor to prevent myself fainting.
  • Gastrointestinal issues - Yes - IBS seems to be my new norm.
  • Leaky gut..IBS.. SIBO
  • Pancreatitis
  • Fevers.. night sweats.. intolerant to heat or cold
  • Persistent bacterial ..viral or fungal infections - - Yes - this year I have had three colds... and 3 bouts of cold sores...more than Ive had in the last 10 years combined.
  • Yeast infections... candida...sinus or UTIs - - Yes to sinus
  • Skin rashes - Yes ..some normal for me... some completely unexplained.
  • Ear Ringing - - Yes Yes Yes.... I have had deafening ear ringing... with no explanation.
  • Food intolerance and allergies - Yes .. and more and more intolerance's.
  • headaches..migraines and occular migraines - - Yes .. I have had 3 visual disturbance migraines in the last 30 years... and then another 3 in the last 6 months.
  • slow muscle recovery post exercise
  • Heart palpitations.. change in heart rate - - Yes ...constant arrhythmia over the last 6 months.
  • sore and aching joints..shoulders... hips..back... hands and feet - Yes.. painful back..fingers and toes.
  • swollen and tender lymph nodes in breast area.. underarm..throat...neck and groin. - Yes ..unfortunately I have now got a number of large swollen nodes in my neck and underarm.
  • numbness..tingling sensation in upper and lower limbs- Yes - burning feet.
  • general chest discomfort - - Yes ..over many years to be honest.
  • pain and or burning around implant or under arm - Yes
  • liver and kidney dysfunction
  • Gall bladder problems
  • Anxiety ..depression and panic attacks. 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mast Cell activation syndrome
  • Auto immune disease
  • BIA-ALCL lymphoma
  • Cancer.

From what I have read a lot of women feel better almost instantly after 'explant'...  and continue to improve over the weeks that follow.
Others take time to renew their energy and health.... and a post implant detox is recommended.

Personally I am not going to get too caught up in 'what to expect' ... I will just plod along on my own recovery... and take it as it comes. Its been so wonderful that so many women are sharing their stories... it demonstrates that everyone is different... but the support and kinship in the groups is positive and real.

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