Welcome November 22, 2010 - 3:06pm | Admin Welcome! You may use this forum to discuss "The Naked Truth About Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing" Teresa's post explant › Explant 4 months post op Anonymous | February 18, 2011 - 9:06am I am reaching out to find others that have experienced what I am living. I had saline implants at age 50, (4 years ago)I was in excellent health, as much research as I did and people I knew, I had never heard any of the stories where things don't go right. After the surgery I pulled something in my right breast that to this day causes pain. The explant(4 months ago) was suppose to be the answer, a simple operation and I would be my old self. The only way to explain what I feel is a raw, muscular ache that has only gotten worse. It is pretty much impossible to wear a regular bar, is there anyone that can direct me to a Dr. in Birmingham AL? I am seriously thinking of driving to Atlanta. Saline Breast Implants Anonymous | March 11, 2011 - 4:07am Saline Breast implants can Leak from the Valves and Cause Bacterial infections in the Chest Wall - See Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta , Ga She Saved my Life ! I Had Saline Breast Implants which one was Leaking from The Defective Valve which Caused Two Bacterial Infections in my Chest Wall . Go To Dr. Susan Kolb ! trying to decide if I should have silicone implants removed Cynthia J Goguen | June 14, 2011 - 2:53am Originally, I had saline implants for reconstruction after breast cancer, then changed to silicone because I wanted a more natural look and feel. The first was 20 years ago and the last was 4 years ago. Now I am experiencing memory loss, clumsiness, spaciness, and an inability to concentrate. Also, muscle cramps. I am scared and feel a loss of control. I live in California and wonder where I should go for answers and possible explantation. silicone toxicity Anonymous | October 30, 2012 - 7:19pm I would recommend explantation and antifungals and detoxification. Many patients from the west coast travel to Atlanta for this as it is not available there. Four years ago I had a double Anonymous | September 9, 2011 - 9:56am Four years ago I had a double mastectomy with reconsructive surgery - Allergan 410 silicone "gummy bear" implants. The past three months I have developed a very "angry" rash and have been to allergists and dermatologists...blood work, biopsies, allergy patch tests etc. The results show nothing. The rash continues to spread. In addition - I went to the plastic surgery who performed the implant surgery and told me in no way could these implants be the cause of the rash. I am at my wits end and truly believe they are the cause. Has anyone heard of any other patient with these symptoms? I am now researching doctors in the NYC area to have an explant performed. Thank you so much for your help Addendum to above - I was Anonymous | September 9, 2011 - 9:58am Addendum to above - I was told by 2 doctors it is eczema - and some say it is not. Either way, eczema is an autoimmune disease, and I still relate it to the implants. Thank you again. rash Anonymous | October 30, 2012 - 7:17pm If it is eczema, try avoiding gluten. Implants with biotoxins from mold can cause a reaction to gluten in some patients. Most rashes in breast implant patients are fungal. rash Anonymous | May 4, 2013 - 6:53am This is the beginning of a whole lot of other problems...you haven't seen anything yet, these things are not safe and why women don't get together and put a moratorium on these thing is baffling to me...take your power back ladies...you have more power then you think!!!!!!!! Make sure they remove the Anonymous | May 3, 2012 - 9:18pm Make sure they remove the pocket of tissue in addition to the implant. I have heard that implants can cause rashes. You will probably not find a dr that will tell you it's from your implants. They also try to get you to get new implants, as though you are somehow less without them. Also the implants should be sent for testing. Dr kolb has them cultured. She is one of the few doctors that has taken a stand against implants. I have done extensive research looking for a doctor, and as soon as my toddler can get in an out of a bed by herself I'm scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kolb! Make sure they remove the Anonymous | May 3, 2012 - 9:18pm Make sure they remove the pocket of tissue in addition to the implant. I have heard that implants can cause rashes. You will probably not find a dr that will tell you it's from your implants. They also try to get you to get new implants, as though you are somehow less without them. Also the implants should be sent for testing. Dr kolb has them cultured. She is one of the few doctors that has taken a stand against implants. I have done extensive research looking for a doctor, and as soon as my toddler can get in an out of a bed by herself I'm scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kolb! She is a Hypocrite Anonymous | May 19, 2013 - 12:04am "She is one of the few doctors that has taken a stand against implants." Really?! haha SHE HAS SALINE IMPLANTS HERSELF - what kind of stand is that? Make sure they remove the Anonymous | May 3, 2012 - 9:18pm Make sure they remove the pocket of tissue in addition to the implant. I have heard that implants can cause rashes. You will probably not find a dr that will tell you it's from your implants. They also try to get you to get new implants, as though you are somehow less without them. Also the implants should be sent for testing. Dr kolb has them cultured. She is one of the few doctors that has taken a stand against implants. I have done extensive research looking for a doctor, and as soon as my toddler can get in an out of a bed by herself I'm scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kolb! rash Anonymous | October 30, 2012 - 7:18pm Silicone implants leak so this could also be an allergic reaction to silicone and chemicals. Try hydrocortisone cream on one part of the rash and Lamisil cream on another part and see which one works. I would recommend explantation in any event. Saline Breast Implants Anonymous | February 28, 2012 - 4:44pm Who Does an Independant Analysis on Breast Implants ? Analysis Anonymous | October 30, 2012 - 7:15pm The only person I know that does this is Pierre Blais. Who Provides the Silicone and Anonymous | February 28, 2012 - 4:47pm Who Provides the Silicone and other Raw Materials for Saline and Silicone Breast Implants ? silicone Anonymous | October 30, 2012 - 7:14pm Dow Corning provided silicone to some of the manufacturers. DO NOT SEND YOUR IMPLANTS TO Anonymous | February 28, 2012 - 5:03pm DO NOT SEND YOUR IMPLANTS TO THE MANUFACTURER OR ANYBODY ELSE WHICH CAN BE INVOLVED IN THE PROTECTION OF CORPORATE BRANDS PIP BREAST IMPLANTS Anonymous | March 16, 2012 - 2:31am WHO PROVIDED THE INDUSTRAIL STRENGTH SILICONE TO PIP BREAST IMPLANTS ? cysts and fibroids from saline breat implants? Anonymous | March 24, 2012 - 4:08pm Can saline breast implants disrupt the endocrine system just from the saline outer shell alone, with no infection? Can the ingredients of the outer shell contribute to estrogen dominance and cysts and fibroids? endocrine problems Anonymous | October 30, 2012 - 7:14pm Endocrine problems in saline patients usually are due to biotoxins from mold but some plastics do cause estrogen dominence. Saline Breast Implants Anonymous | May 29, 2012 - 9:04am I was wondering if anyone has had major Gastrointestinal issues with Saline implants. I've had implants for 3years. Shortly after I began having upset stomach, gurgling, and gas. It has continued, I have been to 2 different GI doctors and was diagnosed with IBS. Has anyone had similiar problems? GI problems Anonymous | October 30, 2012 - 7:12pm IBS in implant patients is usually due to an immune problem causing dysbiosis or overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria and fungi. I would recommend Nystatin oral solution, probiotics, and glutamine to heal the gut along with a diet free of wheat (gluten) and dairy until the problem resolves. IBS Anonymous | May 2, 2013 - 7:08am This is just the beginning, your Gut is your second brain...from here it's Lupis symptoms...MS symptoms...head rash...head buzzing...chronic fatigue...fungal problems...like your world is falling apart...because it is~~~and they are still saying they are safe?????? Joan Mencl Yeast infections Anonymous | December 7, 2012 - 5:06pm I have had saline implants for 18 years (the same ones). I have struggled over the years off and on with vaginal yeast infections. Ten years ago when our first child was born we got thrush several times and that happened with each of my three children. About 3 years ago I started getting recurrent yeast infections and now I have to take probiotics and eat a strict diet containing very little carbohydrates to prevent yeast infections. Could this be due to contaiminated implants? vaginal yeast infections Anonymous | December 29, 2012 - 2:02pm Contaminated implants can contribute to a T cell immune deficiency that may manifest in infections with yeast and mold. High mercury levels also may contribute. See The Silicone Immune Protocol for suggestions. Lawyer and Toxicologist Anonymous | December 27, 2012 - 10:42pm What lawyer has sued, or is suing, the plastic surgeons and manufacturers for mold in breast implants? Also, is there a toxicologist that should be testing our blood for biotoxins, chemicals and heavy metals before explantation? lawyer Anonymous | December 29, 2012 - 2:06pm I do not know specific lawyers who are suing the implant companies. Try the saline support board on Yahoo as some of these women may have suggestions. See the radio interviews on Temple of Health with Dr. Staninger for the toxicology issues with implants. There is no blood test for biotoxins (we do have an eye test however), and the tests used for other chemicals are not covered by insurance. We know which chemicals were used in the implants, so if they are breaking down and the patient is symptomatic, detox of these chemicals is logical and effective. Saline implants Sandra t | January 1, 2013 - 6:31pm I was thinking of having my implants out. I have had them for 19 years and I am 39 years old. I was hoping if I had them out I would feel better. I have had chronic fatigue, dizziness, joint pain, muscle pain, very sensitive central nervous system, intolerance to heat and cold, sensitivity to light, brain fog, intolerance to alcohol and caffeine and most supplements and medications for years. Before implants I had none of these problems. Problems started about two years after implants and have gotten worse over the years. Is there a way to tell if the implants are to blame? Is there testing that can be done for mold, fungus etc? Saline implants Sandra t | January 1, 2013 - 6:31pm I was thinking of having my implants out. I have had them for 19 years and I am 39 years old. I was hoping if I had them out I would feel better. I have had chronic fatigue, dizziness, joint pain, muscle pain, very sensitive central nervous system, intolerance to heat and cold, sensitivity to light, brain fog, intolerance to alcohol and caffeine and most supplements and medications for years. Before implants I had none of these problems. Problems started about two years after implants and have gotten worse over the years. Is there a way to tell if the implants are to blame? Is there testing that can be done for mold, fungus etc? Breast implant disease Anonymous | April 19, 2013 - 7:13am Breast implants should be changed out every ten years. Patients with these symptoms should have explantation without reimplantation. Causes of these symptoms are biotoxins from mold in or around the implant, silicone sensitivity, intracellular infection exacerbated by the immune problems with implants. I use the clinical history, check for mold in the environment (which may have contaminated the implants), do a visual contrast sensitivity test to detect biotoxins, and if one has only biotoxin symptoms, a trial of antifungals to see if there is improvement can be done. This is a complex disease with three different types of toxicity, so read the book. Pregnancy Anonymous | January 27, 2013 - 4:37am I have had saline, sub-muscle breast implants for almost 3 years. I am in my 38 week of pregnancy and feel sudden sharp pains in one of my breast. Is this normal with pregnancy, or is there something wrong with my implant that is causing the pain? pain Anonymous | April 19, 2013 - 7:14am Pain is not caused by the pregnancy. Probable Silicone Toxicity with complications Anonymous | February 26, 2013 - 3:57pm My name is Teresa. Not sure where to begin. I am happy to have found this site after finding on CT scan that I have a thymoma. I have gone to see a neurologist to coordinate clinically with Myasthenia Gravis. My symptoms are more of silicone toxicity than MG. I informed the doctor of my theory that my breast implants have caused these problems that I am having. He, of-course said that people of all ages and sexes get thymomas but was willing to order a PET scan when I asked to assess this thymoma as maybe it is lymphoma or a mediastinal lymphadenopathy. He agreed. I am now trying to reach PMD to order silicone antibodies and levels. I will push for them. My concern now is that I need open chest surgery as well as implant explantation. There is no way I will be able to coordinate them together as there are no explant doctors in this area. I would fly to Atlanta to have the explantation if I didn't have this other issue at hand. I am not sure which I should have done first as the recooperation time for an open thymectomy will be super long and I need it fairly urgently as there is apparent nerve impingement. I am coughing and my left vocal cord has been paralyzed for 5 weeks now. This thing is obviously growing. MD noticed a lump over my thyroid and now having an US done for that. I am actively looking for an explant PS and will consult in between my other appts. My implants are over 15 years old and textured. I started having symptoms a couple of years ago. Foggy brain, fibromyalgic type symptoms with weakness, muscle pain and fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia. To explant or remove tumor first ?? I am very afraid of my outcome with all that is going on. thymoma Anonymous | April 19, 2013 - 7:15am I would explant first and treat the immune system along with anticancer holistic treatments. Hives Urticaria Anonymous | March 20, 2013 - 4:22am I had silicon breast implant 4 years ago, about two years ago I started having hives all over my body gradually starting with my arms and within a few months spread to my entire body. the hives are daily, they move from one spot to another, my skin texture is different now. I have done all the allergy tests imaginable to try and figure out why this is happening with all negative feedback on a reason. My research led me to reach only today that it could be related to my breast implants. I have problems with vaginal yeast infection all the time and nothing will make it go away, I am a nervous wreck, my life is crippled as I am nervous all of the time due to the constant hives attacks, and avoid going out so I would have an episode in public of itching like a lone woman. My energy level is in the bottom, gained 20 pounds, tried all sort of pills that kept me out of energy. I am so lost and frustrated. Reading on some sites the relation between hives and breast implants I broke down in tears and I was shocked to realize that this could be the reason to what is happening to me! what kind of tests can I do to know if I am suffering from poisons from my silicon implants? Please help hives Anonymous | April 19, 2013 - 7:17am I have seen this in other patients and it usually clears up after explantation and treatment of the immune system. The infections and energy problems are seen in most patients. Have seen every "ologist" Anonymous | March 31, 2013 - 2:34pm I had my first set of saline implants 24 years ago when I was 30. Within 4 years I became very ill and my endocrinologist did T3, T4 & TSH bloodtest and then a thryoid scan, I was diagnosed with Graves disease, (hyperthyroid). I had to have it radiated and felt okay for about 3 months and then the unbelievable exhaustion and tummy troubles hit me. My gastrointerologist gave me a endoscopy and colonoscopy and diagnosed me with irritable bowel syndrome. I cut out all gluten, dairy as well as beef and pork. My implants were about 10 years old by this time so I went to a new PS and discussed explantation and she told me how awful I'd look and suggested new implants. I was easily swayed and had the surgery. Felt okay and continued my strict diet and about 3 years later the arrythmias started, I was having 20,000 PVCs per day and had to see a electrophysiologist who then did a cardio cath ablation. That worked for about 6 months and I had to have a 2nd cardio cath ablation done to correct that. The exhaustion, dizziness, thirst, constant peeing and running a low grade temp. took it's toll and I sought out help from my GP, who you guessed sent me back to my cardiologist who sent me on to my EP. He said maybe you have POTS, and did the tilt table test. That came back negative and now my EP wants me to see a neurologist as he thinks my symptoms could be MS. Holy cow, really! I am having a consultation with a PS in Tucson, AZ which is the nearest metro area to where I live but don't know if she can do the correct explantation. I am currently reading "The naked truth about breast implants" and it's like reading a book about myself. How can I find a PS in my area that can do this procedure properly? I have dropped 15 lbs. off my 5/7" frame and that puts me at 132 lbs. I can't eat, can't drive and feel helpless, hopeless and useless! HELP! explantation Anonymous | April 19, 2013 - 7:20am Most plastic surgeons do not understand the disease and therefore do not treat with antifungals, treat the immune, neurological, and endocrine issues, and put the patient on a detoxification program. They do not know about the blood clotting issues that need to be treated with desmopressin intraoperatively (nor do they have the drug available) and do not get insurance coverage for the procedure. In fact, I do not know any plastic surgeons that do any of these important treatments in the perioperative period. This is why patients travel to Atlanta. This is a comprehensive treatment program and we also look for and treat the intracellular infections. Help!!! Fay.kuznia | April 14, 2013 - 2:37pm I'm a 57 year old breast cancer survivor. I had silicone breast implants put in after double mastectomy 6 years ago. I have experienced many symptoms such as low wbc, joint pain, numbness and rashes but was told this was a leftover chemotherapy scenario. About a month ago I developed abdominal pan, night sweats, dry mouth symptoms. I had a lower MRI, blood tests for autoimmune diseases and all were negative. Then about 10 days ago I developed capsular contraction and a few days after that capsular rupture. I'm scheduled for a complete capsulectomy and deimplantation Thursday and want to begin silicone detoxification but in reading protocols I don't know where to begin. All the doctors think I'm insane! Where can I go and what should I start with? silicone detoxification Anonymous | April 19, 2013 - 7:21am Dr. Brad Gould is available by telephone consultation at 770-457-4677 if you have a local doctor. I am currently only seeing patients who are having surgery due to the volume of patients that need help. Explant Scheduled with Dr. Kolb Anonymous | April 25, 2013 - 3:30pm The Lord led me to Dr. Kolb. I am having my implants "explanted," and I can't get to Atlanta fast enough. Thank God for her life. Terri-Lynn So sorry to hear everyone's Anonymous | April 25, 2013 - 8:02pm So sorry to hear everyone's story. It sounds like me. Praying for all of you for a full recovery and healing. My life too has been turned upside down with this mess. I just sometimes ball in disbelief how this has happened to me and so man others. It is devastating and I pray one day no one will ever have to go through this. Thank you for sharing stories, without them I as well as many other suffering women would not realize that our implants are making us sick. No one I ever know will get implants now after my story especially my beautiful daughters. God bless you all. Elayne Hi I'm from berlin therese I Anonymous | April 27, 2013 - 1:38pm Hi I'm from berlin therese I have 2010 silicone implants by allergan 410mm.3 weeks after implantation went wrong with burning and numbness feelings in arms. then legs back burning tingling numbness feeling, dizziness, burning eyes, swallowing disorders, anxiety disorder, abdomen bacteria repeatedly, muscle and painful joints. I was before but have explanted 2 weeks still no real improvement to the fog in my head ... I do not know what to do biotoxins Anonymous | May 14, 2013 - 6:43am It is very important that your surgeons understand your disease. You need antifungals as well as biotoxin detox around the time of surgery. You also need surgeons who can get the explant covered by insurance if complications of cosmetic surgery are not covered (explant of breast reconstruction is covered). Also, some saline patients have bleeding during surgery and the doctor must know about and know how to use desmopressin. Also must know about adrenal insufficiency and how to treat it in the time around surgery. Also how to treat the immune and endocrine problems. Hi I'm from berlin therese I Anonymous | April 27, 2013 - 1:42pm Hi I'm from berlin therese I have 2010 silicone implants by allergan 410mm.3 weeks after implantation went wrong with burning and numbness feelings in arms. then legs back burning tingling numbness feeling, dizziness, burning eyes, swallowing disorders, anxiety disorder, abdomen bacteria repeatedly, muscle and painful joints. I was before but have explanted 2 weeks still no real improvement to the fog in my head ... I do not know what to do Implants Anonymous | May 2, 2013 - 7:19am If you read this keep in touch, we need to stop these implant manufactures from putting these things in people. email@example.com Post new comment Subject: Comment: * Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.