Breast implant illness
Breast implant illness (BII) is another invisible condition with no definitive diagnosis or prescribed treatment. Many people in the medical profession aren’t even convinced it exists, yet thousands of people with breast implants have experienced autoimmune-like symptoms including fatigue, chest pain, rashes, memory loss, brain fog, headaches, and joint pain. If you deal with an invisible illness, this is probably a story you’ve heard before: We don’t know the full picture, there are lots of differing opinions…and also lots of people with symptoms. A quick 101 on breast implants to give you some context: Breast implants are medical devices made up of a silicone outer shell that’s either textured or smooth and filled with either silicone gel or salt water (saline). Lots (we’re talking hundreds of thousands) of implants are surgically placed each year. And just to be clear, lots of people don’t have any problems with their implants. Another important point: BII is not the same as the very rare immune-system cancer called BIA-ALCL, aka breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. This cancer is known to be caused by breast implants, and it has a high cure rate once the implant is removed. This might be the first you’re hearing about this topic, but health issues related to breast implants aren’t new at all. Reports of illness arose in the decades after implants started being used in the 1960s. Between 1992 and 2006, the FDA banned silicone-gel-filled breast implants except for reconstruction and “revision” (aka replacement) due to concerns that they might be linked to autoimmune conditions. When gel-filled implants were allowed back on the market, implant makers were required to do follow-up studies for safety and effectiveness. One study found associations between silicone-filled implants and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and scleroderma—results that were consistent with previously published studies. While the FDA disputed those findings, it has since acknowledged that some people may develop symptoms/pain caused by inflammatory responses and tissue changes when they’re exposed to certain materials in implantable devices. (That’s FDA-speak for “maybe there’s something to this....”) And it is working to establish a National Breast Implant Registry to collect data on breast implant safety that may help identify individual risk factors for complications. That’s a good thing—because if there’s anything more frustrating than developing mysterious symptoms, it’s developing mysterious symptoms that you might have been able to head off…if only you’d had more information. More info = better decisions! Ok, so what should you do if you have breast implants and suspect BII—or have any side effects that concern you? First, discuss them with your regular practitioner or the doctor who did your surgery. Depending on your symptoms, they might suggest that you consult a rheumatologist. It can be helpful to other women if you contact MedWatch, the FDA’s “adverse event” reporting program: call (1-800-FDA-1088) or check out the first website listed below. The ultimate solution is to have the implants removed and not replaced. Many women who’ve done that report that their symptoms improved afterwards. Also, if you’re starting to panic (or even feel anger—that’s normal too), remember that you don’t have to go through this alone. Not only should you lean on others, you should share your story, too. Once you find a group of people who get you (and you realize you’re not alone), it becomes easier to use your voice to call for answers about BII. If you feel passionate about this issue, go ahead and speak up! With any invisible illness, that’s the best way to advocate for greater recognition, research, and, eventually (hopefully) a cure.
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Books about Breast implant illness
Are Your Fake Boobs Making You Sick?: Why I Went Back to a 'B-cup'
Let Me Get This Off My Chest: An inspiring story of saving my own life and my journey to self love
My story is about how I went from a fun, energetic, athletic women to falling into society's trap of believing I was not enough just as I am. This story will give you a glimpse into why I decided to alter my body with plastic surgery, and the devastating effects I suffered from that decision. No doctor was able to give me answers. Those answers had to be discovered through my own research and determination. In my journey to discovering what was wrong with me, I also found my faith. With my strong faith in God and my inner strength, I took my first steps in taking my life back. In my journey to healing, I also had to heal the insecurities that led me to this situation. I learned for the first time in my life to love myself. This story is a must read for anyone who has suffered or is suffering with Breast Implant Illness. This book will also speak to anyone who has ever been broken, doubted themselves, or felt insecure. You'll be inspired to truly love yourself for maybe the first time in forever. We all have scars, seen and unseen, and we must embrace the fact we are all beautifully broken.
The Naked Truth About Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing
Susan Kolb a medical doctor who is uniquely qualified to tell this story because she has a specialty in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as extensive training in holistic medicine. Furthermore, both silicone and saline breast implants have been in her body, and she confronted the health challenges such prosthetic devices can produce. While her story is very personal, it also reflects the experience of hundreds of thousands of other women. The story she tells involves multinational corporations, public health concerns and governmental organizations that have betrayed the very people they are charged with protecting. Suppressed research, legal battles, government hearings, political corruption and corporate greed are part of this saga. Yet it is also about healing, for it contains the promise that those involved will learn greater responsibility. As Dr. Kolb says, "Sometimes we all have to learn the hard way."
Podcasts about Breast implant illness
Medical Medium Podcast: Breast Implant Illness
There’s an epidemic of women with breast implants who are sick or symptomatic. This is not only because of the implants themselves but also any underlying conditions a woman may have. Whether you are considering getting implants, have them now, or have had them removed, this information is critical. Listen to this Medical Medium Radio Show to learn how to begin to heal.
Stuff your Doctor should know: Breast Implant Illness
Millions of women all over the world are suffering from mysterious illnesses and imbalances caused by breast implants, and most of them don't even know it. Yleana Carter joins Healthy Gut Girl and bravely shares her battle with illness caused by breast implants and the even more courageous decision to have them removed.
FX Medicine Podcast Central: Breast Implant Illness with Alysha Habgood
Are your breast implants making you sick? This niggling little question arises for many women (and men) months, even years after breast augmentation surgery. Despite being controversial and no clear link has yet been found, more and more women are connecting the dots with their long term, chronic inflammatory and immunological conditions that they have been suffering since undertaking implant surgery. Today we are joined by Alysha Habgood, a naturopath with her own personal journey through breast implant illness (BII). Alysha's clinical practice now specialises in supporting those suffering with BII. Today she shares with us her clinical expertise and personal insights into BII and explant surgery. Find today's show notes and transcript here: https://www.fxmedicine.com.au/content/breast-impla… *****DISCLAIMER: The information provided on FX Medicine is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health care professional in the event something you learn here raises questions or concerns regarding your health*****
Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit: Healing from Breast Implant Illness with Sarah Anne Stewart and Dr. Suzanne Kim
Breast implant illness is an issue that many doctors and surgeons simply don’t believe in. However, there are many ways in which breast implants can create dysfunction and disease in the body, leading to a wide range of devastating symptoms. Biofilms, compromised implant materials, and immune reactions are just some of the reasons women with breast implants can get sick. There are even studies showing an increased risk for various types of cancer in women with breast implants, as well as new FDA warnings coming to the surface.
The Health Code: Breast Implants! A Crazy Story You NEED To Hear - Karissa Pukas Story
Today we talk to Karissa Pukas a YouTube lifestyle vlogger about her struggles and experience with breast implants. After years of suffering with extreme health issues she discovered some insane details about the boobs she once loved so much..
- FDA. MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form. FDA. MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.
- FDA. Risks and Complications of Breast Implants. FDA. Risks and Complications of Breast Implants.
- Facebook. Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole. Facebook. Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole.
- Cancer Updates, Research & Education. Breast Implants Stay on the Market, But FDA Wants to Know More About Rare Lymphoma and Autoimmune Syndrome. Cancer Updates, Research & Education. Breast Implants Stay on the Market, But FDA Wants to Know More About Rare Lymphoma and Autoimmune Syndrome.
- New York Times. Reports of Breast Implant Illnesses Prompt Federal Review. New York Times. Reports of Breast Implant Illnesses Prompt Federal Review.
- National Center for Health Research. Breast implant illnesses: What’s the Evidence? National Center for Health Research. Breast implant illnesses: What’s the Evidence?
- Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. Breast Implant-Associated Lymphoma: The Diagnosis and Treatment of a New Disease Entity. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. Breast Implant-Associated Lymphoma: The Diagnosis and Treatment of a New Disease Entity.