The Naked Truth // My Life with Implants



I recently posted an article about having breast implants and my decision to have them removed (click here to read).  In the article, I briefly discussed Breast Implant Illness and indicated that my recent understanding of BII was one of the major reasons for finally deciding to follow through with the explant surgery.  I did not go too far into detail in regards to my own personal health journey or BII as a whole.

As I spoke to my mother this week about my impending surgery, I realized that those around me, even those close to me, are not aware of how long I have been struggling with health issues.  I think my husband is the only one that is truly aware of how long I have been suffering.  I discussed this with my husband this morning and decided it was worth writing about.

My health issues started about 10 years ago and have become increasingly significant.  The first health issue that I can remember dealing with post implants was my Costochondritis.  It was about a year after I had gotten my implants that I was diagnosed with the disorder.  For those that are not familiar with Costochondritis, it is an injury where the cartilage is pulled and removed from the rib cage which results in inflammation and intense pain.  I believe that I suffered this injury while working out with my husband at the YMCA shortly before our wedding.  I remember doing lat pulls on a machine and alternating reps with him. During one rep I assumed he had changed the weights back for me and pulled down on the lat bar, quickly realizing that the weight was too heavy.  I changed the weight and continued with my workout.  I did not think much of it.  The next night we went out with Damon’s grandmother so that I could interview her for a paper I was writing for grad school.  During the dinner I started having immense chest pains, to the degree that I could barely concentrate.  I was worried, but I kept it to myself as I didn’t want to over-react.  After dinner I told Damon about the pain and it quickly intensified over the next hour or so.  The pain was radiating in my chest and shooting down my left arm all the way through my hand.  It became unbearable.  Although I felt like having a heart attack at 25 was very unlikely, I was extremely concerned about the way the pain was presenting itself.  We decided that it was in my best interest to go to the emergency room.  During this visit I had a battery of tests including an EKG and a chest x-ray.  They did not find anything and sent me home telling me I had a panic attack.  I found this to be very frustrating and invalidating.  I had never been in this much pain before and I had nothing to feel anxious about – why would I be having an anxiety attack?

I followed up with my doctor shortly after that as the pain lasted for about three days and was pretty debilitating.  He sent me out for a larger battery of tests to scan my heart and lungs and to make sure that everything was alright.  The test came back negative.  In the end he decided that I was likely suffering from Costochondritis and that was my diagnosis.  My doctor indicated  that  this disorder was often seen in Caucasian women with a slim build.  Although I felt frustrated with diagnosis, I won’t lie, I was excited that he called me slim! LOL.

He put me on a regimen of prescription NSAIDs and told me not to lift anything heavier than a pound for 3 to 6 months so that the cartilage could reattach.  He assured me that the condition would heal itself within this time.  I followed his guidance to the T, but unfortunately the diagnosis proved to be chronic.  I suffered flare-ups constantly.  It could range anywhere from 1 to 3 times a month.  Sometimes the flare-up was small and just caused a dull ache in my chest, but other times it left me in bed for days.  I felt discouraged as it was something he assured me would heal.  I did more research and found myself in several chat groups with women who suffered from the same condition.  Their stories made me realize that this was indeed a chronic situation.  The pain from the Costochondritis worsened during my pregnancies as my body was shifting and changing.  Stress also triggered the flare-ups, and during the years following the diagnosis I had a lot of stress in my life which included completing graduate school, getting married, having two children, moving, and getting licensed.  Not to mention just regular stressors in my day-to-day.  Damon was convinced that my implants were the cause.  I went to both my general doctor and my plastic surgeon telling them that I wanted the implants removed because I thought it might be the cause of my pain.  Both of them talked me out of it and said that there was no correlation.

Within two years of the Costochondritis diagnosis I was pregnant with my first child and then my second child very shortly after that. I attributed all unusual symptoms (major fatigue, nausea, brain fog, joint pain, etc.) to the pregnancy or recent childbirth, so I cannot say if I suffered any symptoms during this time as I did not experience anything that could not have been attributed to the pregnancies, other than the Costochondritis flare ups.

Shortly after my last pregnancy, I started having severe bouts of vertigo.  I had several spells which landed me at the doctor’s office and one so bad that I couldn’t even lift my head to watch my kids and had to enlist the help of my older sister who lived down the street.  My motion sickness continued to get worse and now is at a state where I can get car sick driving myself, which cracks my family up, but is such a frustration for me.

I also found myself going through extreme bouts of fatigue.  I would end up in bed for several days at a time.  Again, I attributed this to having two young children and an erratic sleep schedule.  But, I did find it a bit unnerving.  As the kids got older and were sleeping through the night, the bouts of fatigue started bothering me more.  I was eating extremely healthy, exercising regularly, and getting a good night sleep, but I would still land myself in bed 3 to 5 days at a time.  I felt like someone drained my entire body of all blood.  I felt weak and exhausted, unable to get out of bed for long periods of time without needing another nap.


I remember calling my dad worried that I had diabetes or something to that degree as I felt like all life was sucked out of my body. I assumed I had anemia, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, or something to that degree.

During this time Damon kept encouraging me to get my breast implants removed, and although I entertained the thought, I was scared to undergo surgery with my kids so young.  I was also worried about the aesthetic aspect.  I feared that, as the doctors had told me, the implants had nothing to do with my Costochondritis or my current symptoms and that I would end up looking deformed for nothing.

I ended up back at the doctors and had a battery of tests run yet again.  This time, I made sure they ran all tests for autoimmune diseases as well being that I have one sister with Lupus and another with Antiphospholipid Disorder.  Nothing.  However, while taking my blood pressure he did notice that it was dropping significantly when I stood up.  So off to the cardiologists I went.  I spent a month hooked up to a monitor that took recordings of my heart functions.  I had a sonogram of my heart, a stress test, and a couple of other tests that I can’t remember the names of that all came out normal.  My cardiologist did find a minor mitral valve regurgitation in my heart, but indicated that this minor reflux would not present itself the way my symptoms were affecting me.  In fact she said that it wasn’t anything to worry about at all and very likely had been there my entire life.  She also told me I was slightly dehydrated, despite drinking easily a gallon of water a day.  She encouraged me to add a little salt to my water to help my body absorb it and to drink coconut water regularly.  So, again I was left with no real explanation but a lot of symptoms.

During this time, my mother-in-law was suffering from a recent diagnosis of Lymphoma.  My husband was struggling with her diagnosis and working his hardest to help her find resources and doctors to fight the cancer.  He got angry with me often for being ill and seemed to resent me when I spent the day in bed.  I felt horrible both physically and emotionally.  I didn’t know what to do.  I had all these symptoms- these real symptoms – and no explanation.  I felt crazy.  I worried that my doctor would think that I had to Munchausen’s or was looking to be ill for attention.

I remember when I was younger going to the doctor due to random bruising all over my body and him asking my mother if I did that to myself.  I also struggled with  extremely painful ovarian cysts since the age of 13 and was dismissed by so many doctors who told me I was overreacting  when I describe how painful they were.  When my son stopped breathing at three months one of the doctors in the ER told me it was just “new mommy jitters” and it never happened.  The feeling of people not believing you or invalidating your experience is isolating, shaming and completely defeating.  I learned not to complain anymore.  I learned not to talk to people about what I was going through and I worked my damndest to focus on taking control of my health through nutrition and fitness.


I have so many strong memories of times where my symptoms hit me so hard I didn’t know what to do.  Sitting with a client of mine in the Counseling Center and barely being able to focus on what they were saying because the room was spinning so badly or needing to take breaks in between clients by lying on my floor due to the overwhelming fatigue I was feeling.  People said I was just pushing myself too hard and maybe I was.  I won’t deny that.  In the past decade I ran two marathons started a business and of course worked on raising two kids while getting licensed as a mental health counselor.  But, a healthy individual should be able to do that without the symptoms I was struggling with.

A year or so ago the symptoms got even worse.  I started experiencing severe mood swings, depression, weight gain, brain fog, difficulty maintaining my body temperature, and my hair was falling out in clumps.  After talking to a friend of mine I thought perhaps I had a thyroid issue. Damon and I talked about things that had changed in the past year and what might have precipitated the symptoms.  I realized I had a copper IUD inserted a few years before and wondered if that was the culprit.  Again, I hit the internet and found a bunch of women discussing how they felt that their IUD impacted their thyroid and that once they got their IUD removed their thyroid started functioning normally again.

So back to the doctor I went. My doctor said he had no knowledge of an IUD affecting the thyroid, but ran the tests nonetheless.  The test this time did show that my thyroid was underperforming.  We decided that since I was concerned about the IUD that I should go ahead and have it removed and would be retested after the procedure.  About 4 weeks after I removed the IUD my thyroid levels went back to normal.  Yay.  Problem solved.  Or so I thought.

This past year I have found that the same symptoms are back.  My hair is falling out, I am gaining weight despite having an amazingly healthy diet and active lifestyle, I am struggling with depression, I am experiencing bouts of fatigue, I am having joint pains, difficulty concentrating, and brain fog.  Needless to say, I went back to searching the internet for clues.  I found a link to Breast Implant Illness  after inputting my symptoms into a Google search. This link led me to a page about breast implant illness and a support group.  I spent hours reading story upon story of women who have been struggling with the same symptoms as I have for years. Their stories mirrored mine, some worse some better, but ultimately there was a trend in what I was seeing.

I decided once and for all it was time to get these toxic bags out of my body.  So after several weeks of researching doctors in the area, following conversation threads in the support group, and doing a lot of research on the internet, I found a local doctor who many women recommended and went in for a consult.

The doctor that I met with is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and came with many strong recommendations and reviews.  During my consultation he validated all the symptoms I had been experiencing and shared that he has been seeing a lot of women with similar symptoms come in for the explanation surgery.  He noted that most of the women who explanted found that their symptoms decreased significantly or totally disappeared after their healing period.  He also explained that despite a lack of medical research on the area of Breast Implant Illness that he had witnessed a staggering amount of women from all over who seem to fit this criteria and noted that he truly believed that there was a correlation.  He explained that everyone’s body reacts differently to having a foreign substance in their body.  Some bodies will try to fight off the intruder and therefore over time their immune systems become compromised as a result of being in overdrive for an extended period of time.  He explained this in more detail than I am going into, but I can’t remember all of the medical terminology he used.  He also said that silicone has silver in it and our bodies may be reacting to the silver corroding over time within our bodies.  And although my implants are saline, the shell is made out of silicone.  This however does not happen to everyone with implants.  Some women will have breast augmentation and never suffer one negative symptom or if they do, they may attribute it to other causes as I did for so long.   I think this is the reason that there is not much research on the topic.  That and the business of Breast Augmentation is a lucrative one.

Although I do feel like there needs to be more significant research on this topic, I am writing this article simply to express my story.  My truth.  Regardless of what you believe, these are my experiences.  I am hopeful that the removal of the implant will better my health, but there is no guarantee.  At the very least, I will remove any doubt that they are currently influencing my health and will be able to continue my journey from a solid baseline.  In hindsight though, I am glad that I did not have my surgery eight years ago or even eight months ago for that matter.  If I had done so, I wouldn’t have known that I needed either an en bloc or total capsulectomy for the surgery in order to make sure all the silicone is out of my body.  I may have had the implants removed and continued to be ill without being able to get to the root problem.  This is my time.  I have my surgery scheduled for next week, November 2nd, so all positive thoughts and prayers are welcomed.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  Or if you have thoughts or comments and want to start a dialogue (as long as it comes from a place of love), I invite you do so.

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  • Reply Kelly Borling 10/27/2016 at 4:22 pm

    Jess, you are an amazingly strong woman. I am so proud of you and happy that all of the suffering is coming to a close. Please keep us posted on your recovery. God bless you and your family.

    • Reply Jess 10/27/2016 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you Kelly. I appreciate your words more than you know. I will certainly keep everyone posted. 🙂 xo

  • Reply Elisa 10/27/2016 at 5:10 pm

    Good luck to you…. I had an explant surgery and total capsule removal after suffering for 6 years. I am feeling better already but have a ways to go.

    • Reply Jess 10/27/2016 at 10:45 pm

      That is so wonderful to hear Elisa. I am so glad that your health is improving. I’m sure it will be an uphill battle, but one that is completely worth it. Wishing you the best in your own healing.

    • Reply Samantha starbuck 10/29/2017 at 2:16 pm

      Can you please HELP ME IM HAVING ALL those symtoms!!!! Please I beg u

      • Reply Jess 10/29/2017 at 8:11 pm

        I highly suggest connecting with the facebook group in my articles. IT was a game changer for me! So much good advice and support!!!

      • Reply Brianna 01/13/2019 at 6:34 pm


        • Reply Jess 01/18/2019 at 1:00 pm

          Have you tried cutting out gluten? That was the game changer for me. I have been almost 100% clear of costo flare ups for the past 5 years since eliminating gluten from my diet. The only flares I’ve had have been due to cross contamination or them accidentally making with gluten at restaurants.

    • Reply Lisa's Lee 09/09/2018 at 1:21 pm

      I have had implants for 10 years. Ive been slowly gaining weight and now have cysts all over my thyroid, joint pain, back pain, frozen shoulder, heart palpitations, etc im now convinced to get my implants out. Funny thing is, as soon as i got them i regretted it. Go figure! I thimk there is alot of shaming going on by men and plastic surgeon who say these symptoms are all in our heads. At 44, i dont give a F××× what they say, i want my natural body back. God bless you. Xx

  • Reply Kelly 10/28/2016 at 12:53 am

    I wish you all the healing light and love ❤ possible on this journey.… I recognize your story… one month explant and symptoms peeling away!! Much love ❤

    • Reply Jess 10/28/2016 at 10:48 am

      Thank you Kelly. It is amazing how many women are affected by this, but there is such limited knowledge of it. I hope as we share all of our stories that changes quickly! xoxo Congratulations on your own healing.

  • Reply Sarah 10/28/2016 at 2:38 am

    You are so strong and brave. I never knew that you suffered, so much..I hope that this surgery will finalize your pain, and you will once again feel amazing. I love you tons. I am so very proud of you!

    • Reply Jess 10/28/2016 at 10:46 am

      Thank you so much Sarah. I really appreciate your love and support. xo <3

  • Reply Rebecca Gray 10/28/2016 at 3:41 am

    I was suffering badly too- I explanted in May and have healed almost completely! I could go into so much detail, but know that there is no way you won’t get better from this! Your body is completely exhausted from fighting those implants. That leaves us with no immune system or energy. God bless you, great work! Be patient- after a few months is when you will see how huge the improvements are, although many come immediately!

    • Reply Jess 10/28/2016 at 10:25 am

      Thank you so much Rebecca for even sharing a piece of your story. One story can be powerful, but our voices together will ring truth in the ears of many! 🙂 I’m excited to allow my body the opportunity to heal. xo

  • Reply Michelle 10/28/2016 at 9:54 am

    Awesome article

    • Reply Jess 10/28/2016 at 10:23 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Reply Maria 10/28/2016 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Jess, this is Maria (of Maria & Vivian, Dylan & Donovan), so sorry to hear of the struggles you’ve been experiencing but wishing you so well for your upcoming surgery and sending positive thoughts for your full recovery. Take good care of your self. mvdd

    • Reply jess 10/28/2016 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much Maria! It’s nice to hear from you. Please send my love to your entire family!!! <3

  • Reply jefrrey 10/28/2016 at 3:19 pm

    Wow , we have been out of touch way too long. I had no idea nor did I hear anything. You will be showered in prayers and will be in our thoughts.

    • Reply Jess 10/28/2016 at 10:34 pm

      I agree Jeff, it has been too long. I hope all is well on your end. Thank you so much for your prayers. Love you all.

  • Reply Ginny 10/28/2016 at 4:47 pm

    Jess, I am so sorry you have suffered with this for so long. Let us know how this all goes. Be easy on yourself. I had chronic bone problems when our kids were young — breaking vertebrae all over the place. It’s hard with two little ones — but as long as they know Mommy and Daddy love them they will be fine. You do what you have to do, you know? Life doesn’t always send us easy times, that’s for sure. But you roll with the punches and get through situations as best you can. God is holding you and your family in His arms. I send you all hugs and kisses! We all miss you and your family so much!

    • Reply Jess 10/28/2016 at 10:37 pm

      I will definitely keep you all updated. I remember you sharing stories about your own challenges. I cannot even imagine the hurdles you had to overcome. But I am sure that is part of what made you the amazing woman you are. We miss you too and think of you often. xo

  • Reply Melinda Wimbish 10/29/2016 at 12:29 pm

    What a harrowing journey you’ve been on! I’ll be praying for your recovery. You are so strong and amazing to share of yourself in this way. Love to you Jess!

    • Reply Jess 10/29/2016 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks Melinda. I truly appreciate you support and prayers. xoxo

  • Reply Brunilda Villegas 10/30/2016 at 9:33 pm

    Hoping and praying for u and my daughter, your story is very similar to hers, she will b explant next week Nov 9 , we all suffering with this illness I have u in my prayers?

    • Reply Jess 11/02/2016 at 10:46 am

      Thank you!!! And prayers for your daughter as well. Xoxo

  • Reply BEATRICE RING 11/01/2016 at 10:15 am

    Excellent writing. I also know too well the power of indifference from medical “specialists” and often family which is so invalidating. After my Explant in 2007 I started the first implant awareness group on Facebook “silicone breast implants survivors”. There are 62 groups now, and seeing the support from woman to woman on an international level as well is so comforting. I’m making this entry for you to say that I have talked and write back to hundreds of women and surgeon, read extensively about the immune system etc and you haven’t mentioned explanting with capulectomy, or the “en block” procedure. I will not develop this point but it’s not going to help if you Explant and the surgeon isn’t removing the scar tissue that contains the “chemical bleed” of heavy metals and immume system inflammation zone. Some women had to go back 6 months later because such tissue wasn’t removed and all the fibromyalgia and extreme fatigue were still there. Do cancel your surgery if your surgeon is not proficient in such technique, it’s a specialty. Sorry about the bad news if this wasn’t planed this way. I just know this will be making the whole difference now that you are taking the bull by the horn. Also to ensure complete removal of such capsule of scar tissue make sure you send it out for testing to Dr. Blais in Canada.
    Kindest regards to you and your family and congratulation to finally resolving this extremely traumatic experience we explanted women know all about,

    • Reply Jess 11/02/2016 at 10:45 am

      Hi Beatrice…thanks for looking out. I am having a full capsulectomy. My doctor is a full beleiver in BII and had followed all my requests. I am at the surgery center now awaiting my turn, so I will be on the other side of recovery in no time. Thank you for all you do to help educate people. Xoxox

  • Reply Marianne Lange 11/01/2016 at 9:47 pm

    Praying for your recovery.

    • Reply Jess 11/02/2016 at 10:46 am

      Thank you Marianne. Love you!

  • Reply Joan Mencl 11/03/2016 at 4:03 am

    Would be nice to know how long you have had your Implant in!!!
    Was one of the first to begin to notice problems with them twenty five years ago; thanks to Sybil Goldrich and her Command Trust Network!!!!
    Praying for your return to health…thanks for sharing!!!!

    • Reply Jess 11/03/2016 at 10:35 am

      I had mine in for 11 years. But have been dealing with symptoms over the past 9-10 years. I just kept getting talked out of removing them by doctors saying it wasn’t the problem. Glad we know have so much more information and support. Thanks for sharing a bit of your story.

  • Reply Anne 11/18/2016 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. So powerfully for our many voices can co.e together and help others learn it may be their implants causing their issues. My name is Anne, Co-Founder of The Implant Truth Survivors Committee aka (TITS Committee)
    We are a non-profit that helps to spread awareness, educate doctors, hospitals and insurance companies and help ladies with explants and insurance claims.
    Thank you again for sharing your story~
    Anne Z~

    • Reply Jess 11/19/2016 at 10:21 am

      That is very exciting and wonderful work you do. I look forward to checking out your site. Thank you for the effort that you put into gaining awareness on this topic. Sending love!!!!

  • Reply Kellee 11/20/2016 at 7:00 am

    Thank you for writing this honest, heartfelt article! I too started with symptoms this past Jan, 2 years after having implants (2/2014). I went in for a breast reduction/lift, I have always been big D/DD and finally got up the nerve to do something about it. My surgeon pressured me to get small implants or I would end up drooping again. So I gave in, came out just as big. Ended up with 5 dvts (had tummy tuck too) in hospital 10 days total after surgery. Found out I have Factor V Leiden, blood clotting disorder. Have pain everyday in my right calf from the 3 clots that were in that leg (kept pushing surgeon that something was wrong, he kept saying it was just nerve damage) almost a month from surgery did he order the ultrasound and found the clots. Mistake number 2 with him! Then this year experiencing unexplained low grade fevers all the time ,exhaustion like never before, pain, could go on with symptoms but you know what they are. Have put on 18 pds in the last 3 months. The feeling of not being believed and looked at like you explained, heres some anxiety medicine and some antidepressants, no be on your way Sad to say no one fully understands or really believes unless they have been thru it. I hope that your explant has found you getting heathier and getting your life back! Would love to hear updates! Thank you again for this wonderful article. Waiting my turn 11/30.


    • Reply Jess 12/13/2016 at 1:57 pm

      Oh Kellee, I am so sorry to hear about your own struggles. There is such a large community of us women, it is amazing how hidden we remain. I pray that your surgery went well and that you are in your own process of healing. I would love to hear an update if you are up to it. Sending love.

  • Reply Mariah 02/16/2018 at 5:41 pm

    Hello who did your explant surgery. I don’t know where to start.

    • Reply Jess 08/03/2018 at 1:36 pm

      My doctor was Dr. Hess in Northern VA. If you go to and join the facebook group – it’s a great way to connect with people going through this who are in your area. That’s how I found my doctor.

  • Reply Kelly 06/23/2018 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing!
    I have a 2 year old, and was considering a boob lift but was worried about the costochondritis which led me to your page when I noticed you said you had extreme ovarian cysts… Now I’m wondering if there is any link to ovarian cysts and costochondritis?? I had about 8 operations yo have cysts removed on my ovaries and they were growing on average to 8-9cm within 2weeks until I went on hormone replacement therapy…. Then about a year after that the costochondritis hit.

    Has anyone else with costochondritis also had a history of ovarian cysts??

    • Reply Jess 08/03/2018 at 1:38 pm

      You know, I’m not sure if they are related. I had my cysts prior to the costochondritis and the breast implants, but maybe people who get the cysts are more inclined to have costo? I will say though that I think diet may play into the cysts, because I have been eating clean the last few years and have not suffered any cysts – so I think it can be a hormonal imbalance from food as well – although that’s just a stab in the dark theory from my personal experience…lol 😉

  • Reply lynn 08/06/2018 at 11:47 am

    Hi Jess. My name is Lynn. I am 12 days post op from a full capsulectomy. I had my silicone implants for 28 years which were leaking outside the capsule. I have had many of the same symptoms described but my worst symptom was rib pain which was debilitating! I am hopeful this will get better as I progress through the healing process. Good luck Jess!

    • Reply Jess 08/17/2018 at 12:22 pm

      Oh Lynn! I hope you do find relief from your rib pain. I’m optimistic that you will see vast improvements in your health! Sending gentle hugs and lots of positivity your way! xo

  • Reply Lisa's Lee 09/09/2018 at 1:29 pm

    I have had implants for 10 years. Ive been slowly gaining weight and now have cysts all over my thyroid, joint pain, back pain, frozen shoulder, heart palpitations, etc im now convinced to get my implants out. Funny thing is, as soon as i got them i regretted it. Go figure! I thimk there is alot of shaming going on by men and plastic surgeon who say these symptoms are all in our heads. At 44, i dont give a F××× what they say, i want my natural body back. God bless you. Xx

  • Reply Ilse 11/28/2018 at 1:48 am

    Hi there, i am experiencing the same pain and discomfort. Also gained alot of weight. Thank you for your post. I am interested in how your recovery went and if you got your upper body strength back?

    • Reply Jess 11/28/2018 at 9:44 am

      My recovery was slow, but well worth it. I have been able to lose the weight easier – and keep it off (although I have recently been doing whole30 to help the process) and I got all my upper body strength back and then some. I’m two years post op now and I work out about 3 times per week doing strength training. I don’t experience any pain or inflammation like I had presurgery and I am definitely in better shape than ever! I hope that helps. Good luck on your journey. I hope that you are able to find your way to health!

  • Reply Krista 02/16/2019 at 2:43 pm

    Hello there! Just stumbled upon this post because I believe I have costochindritis as a result of my implants. My question is once you explanted was your sternum/chest pain alleviated?


    • Reply Jess 02/22/2019 at 12:23 pm

      It did, but if I’m being completely honest – going gluten free was the true game changer in that. I haven’t had gluten since my surgery, so I couldn’t tell you if the pain would come back if I did. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Judi DeWaters 08/26/2019 at 1:12 am

    Your story is almost exactly my story, beginning with Costochondritis. I also suffered with chest pain, pain radiating into my jaw & arms along with nausea. It was also a year after my silicone one implants were put in following a double mastectomy with a breast cancer diagnosis.
    I fully believed I was having a heart attack. Went to ER, diagnosed with Costochondritis when they were able to duplicate my pain by putting pressure on my chest.
    In the 11 years since my health has deteriorated much like you’ve described yours. The debilitating fatigue was something my husband, family & friends didn’t understand nor could they believe I was that exhausted. I developed gluten intolerance, latex allergy, latex cross reactivity food allergies, a debilitating dry mouth that often burns til I cry. I had a migraine or severe headache almost daily. I had trouble breathing, had a chronic dry hacking cough, wheezing in my chest as tho I smoked or lived with someone who did, but I didn’t. The list is much longer as are all BII victims. I had my implants out almost 10 weeks ago. My fatigue was gone immediately. I don’t spend all day feeling line I need to go back to bed. Cough & wheezing are gone. Migraines & headaches gone. My dry mouth was gone for the first 2 weeks post surgery but came back with a vengeance. My surgeon has become a believer in the legitimacy of BII. I haven’t been brave enough to eat wheat/gluten to test if that intolerance is gone. I’ve introduced a few vegetables into my diet & haven’t had breathing issues. There needs to be a massive movement by women & their doctor is who recognize the danger of breast implants to force the FDA to also recognize the dangers. But the FDA is aware that a very small percentage of women pay for their implants per my surgeon. The greater percentage is paid for by medicaid/Medicare. Per my surgeon, our government fears having to pay for all of the women suffering to have implants removed. It’s a $$ and political issue being played out at the expense of the health of thousands & thousands of female victims of silicone poisoning.

    • Reply Jess 03/02/2021 at 5:36 pm

      Judi – AMEN to all that! Yes and yes and yes! First off – so sorry about the gross amount of time that has passed since you wrote this. I went back to an office job, neglected this site, and didn’t know my notifications were going to spam. I figured no one was visiting the site! Oops.

      I am soooo glad to hear that you are doing so much better! And I hope now over a year later, your ultimately thriving.

      I wish there there was more medical evidence out there about this. There is nothing worse than having people question and doubt you – loved ones and doctors alike – when you know there is something wrong with you. This is one of the reasons I wrote about my journey in the first place. I’m not sure what will change the industry really. It’s very sad, but at least we are making a tiny dent by sharing our journeys. I’m so glad you shared yours on here and that you’re doing better. Sending the biggest virtual hugs my friend.

  • Reply Daniella Williams 01/30/2020 at 7:35 pm

    Hey!! I’ve had Implants in for 3 years and for the past 2 years have been having crazy symptoms. I got botox 2 yrs ago and that night was in the emergency room. Idk if the Botox caused my body to go crazy and now made the breast implant Illness come around or what but I had no symptoms before getting Botox. I have severe anxiety, panic attacks every day, brain fog, numb and tingly arms and legs, weird shock zap type feeling everywhere in my body, severe pain under breasts can’t even touch that bone under my breast it’s so painful, have these constant bad feelings that’s something is bad going to happen, mood swings like crazy, depressed, sometimes can’t drive due to the brain fog and vertigo… idk if this is from the Botox or implants….. I wish I hadn’t got any of it done. I have 5 children I love so much. Will these symptoms kill me? Idk when I will be able to explant. It’s going to cost me 6,800 to explant here where I live I just won’t be able to have that done for another year or 2 I just hope I can go on that long.

    • Reply Jess 03/02/2021 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Daniella! I am so sorry that you wrote this over a year ago and I’m just now getting to it. I went back to work in 2019 and started neglected this site. It’s been on my heart though to start writing again and when I logged in a couldn’t believe how many comments I missed. My sincere apologies. I’m not a doctor nor am I in the medical field at all, so take what I say with a grain of salt and know that it’s just my thoughts and opinions. From what I’ve ready though it seems that sometimes our immune system can be triggered by something and then go on high alert once it has sensed something wrong with our bodies. This may be what happened when you got the Botox. After the Botox your body may have then been alerted to other alien substances in your body and started reacting to it. Just a theory. Will these issues kill you – I can’t say, but my gut feeling is no, not directly. Could you get in an accident due to brain fog or vertigo as a secondary affect – yes, but do I think they will directly result in death no. They will simply debilitate you. I completely get the cost. Mine was about the same exact amount and we had to pay out of pocket. It was a huge expense, but it was worth it. I know it feels like an elective procedure – and in a way it is – but when it comes down to it, your decreasing health should be a priority. I would highly recommend seeing how creative you can be in regards to raising the money or even working with your doctor to create some sort of payment plan if possible. Just a suggestion. I’m hoping since the year has passed that things are getting better rather than getting worse. I’d love to hear how you are doing. Again, my apologies for the severe delay. I won’t be neglecting this site any more. Sending gentle hugs your way.

  • Reply Laura Garcia 10/22/2020 at 9:07 pm

    I’m so glad I came across this article. It gives me hope because I am going through the same…Costochondritis, thoracic pain and muscle pain in back. I attributed to a bad mid back chiropractor adjustment or at least that’s when all the pain began. Now I’m thinking it’s my implants but doctors dismiss it when I ask and say it’s coming from spine. MRIs of spine, xrays, CT scans and bloodwork reveal nothing is wrong and now seeing a PT and pain management doctor and injected cortisone which did not help and now looking into nerve block. I’m scheduled for an enbloc explant in December and nervous but hoping it helps alleviate the inflammation. After almost a year of this I’m praying I have some or complete relief after surgery.

    • Reply Jess 03/02/2021 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Laura! I’m so sorry that I’m just now getting on to respond to recent comments. If all went well it seems that you’d be about 2-3 months post op. I hope you are feeling better and that you are looking at the explant as a good decision. Remember that recovery is not immediate. You first need to recover from the surgery and then you need to recover in whole from the impact the implants were having on your body. Clean eating, moderate exercise, and a healthy sleep routine is key! Be patient and practice grace for yourself. Hoping for only the best for you in this process. Would love to hear how things are going. xo

  • Reply Carol 11/05/2020 at 5:50 pm

    Hello there! I’ve had costochodritis for about 5 years now. I don’t get flare ups as much as I used to. I am considering in getting breast augmentation but I am concerned about my costochondritis getting worse.

    • Reply Jess 03/02/2021 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Carol – I am so sorry for my delayed response. I’ve been so behind on this site, which I’m kicking myself for. I’m not sure if you have made your decision yet, but from the bottom of my heart I would say save your money and your health and don’t get the implants. I know they don’t affect everyone the same, but I can’t explain strongly enough how much suffering they caused me. And the whole journey was so costly as it’s all out of pocket expenses. But honestly, the biggest expense was my health.

      Wishing you the best in your decision making. It is a personal choice that only you can make. We all have to live our own journey, but I’d say at the very least, take your time making it. Sending huge virtual hugs.

  • Reply Kim 11/29/2020 at 5:12 pm

    Have all your symptoms healed?

    • Reply Jess 03/02/2021 at 4:36 pm

      Yes, I’d say they have. 🙂 And as long as I am taking care of myself in regards to healthy eating, good sleep cycle, and keeping my body active, I feel pretty amazing.

  • Reply Jacqueline Felipe 01/26/2021 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Jess, thank you for sharing your experience. I found it because I am having major stabbing pain in my right chest on my sternum. Been looking up what it is and came across Costochindritis and Tietze. I have had this set (silicone) now for 5 years but have had saline for 10 years before. Over the past 15 years I have had 5 surgeries. 1 was because my breast muscle detached and rolled up like a lamp shade. My doctor had to reattach it to my rib cage. Now I wonder if this is causing me my problems yet again. Its the same side. I would say I haven’t felt well since about 7/2018 with various of things.
    When you mentioned your vertigo I was like this gal is me….. I just started this probably about 4 months ago. Never have I had that before. For the longest time I felt that I was the only one having major problems with my implants and recently found BII. I have felt relieved that its not all in my head, but find it also hard to explain to drs that I believe this is the cause to my problems. You give me hope…. Thanks again.

    • Reply Jess 03/02/2021 at 4:29 pm

      Hey Jackie- sorry for the late response. I’ve been MIA from my site for too long and finally jumped back on. I’m so glad you stumbled across my page and it gave you any sense of normalcy. It is the worse when you have no idea what is causing these symptoms and doctors (and loved ones even) look at you like you are crazy! My husband and I would get into arguments about this all the time because he wasn’t understanding why I was sick. Although ironically he was the one who kept saying it was my implants – and I was like, no no no, that’s not it. LOL. Well, good on him, because I’ve had them out for years now and feel so much better. I’ll have a vertigo spell every once in a while, but typically I can trace the trigger – and it’s typically a result of not taking great care of myself. Wishing you the best in this journey and happy to offer support how I can. xo

  • Reply Nicola Martin 01/29/2021 at 4:18 pm

    I had my original implants in 2005, these were PIP’s. I had them removed and replaced with Allergans in 2011. I have silicone in my lymph node under right armpit, reoccurring breast lumps, ovarian cysts, bowel and bladder issues, fibromyalgia, headaches and debilitating neck pain, CFS, tinnitus, vertigo, issues with throat clearing and swallowing and now capsular contraction.
    My mum always said that it was the implants making me ill for the last 14 years. A breast consultant has now told me that I should explant as I have so many symptoms of BII.
    I need them out but have to wait until the school holidays in July as I’m a teacher and need recovery time.
    I hope that I feel better afterwards because there are times I truly cannot cope anymore, they have ruined my life.

    • Reply Jess 03/02/2021 at 4:25 pm

      Nicola – I am so sorry that you have gone through such a rough time and that you’ve become so ill. I hope that removing them does turn out to be just what your body needs to start to heal itself. Just remember, the recovery process is not instant, so be patient with yourself. First you’ll have to recover from the surgery and then it will be recovering from the abuse we put our bodies through by having the implants. I highly recommend focusing on clean eating as much as possible. It has made a world of a difference for me! Wishing you all the best on this journey – feel free to come back for encouragement and to let us know how you are doing. Virtual hugs.

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