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Breast implants and autoimmune disease

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 4:39 am
by bermybabe
Hi Ladies

I wonder if any of you can offer any advice. I recently went to the doctor suffering from daily joint pain which was waking me up at night and I have tested positive for ANA which she has said could be lupus. I have read online about many women mentioning a correlation between having breast implants (I had mine 21 months ago) and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and fibromalgia. Obviously I do not want to keep the implants in if they are causing health problems. I wondered if anyone on the board has had similar problems and had to explant the implants and if so whether their breasts looked OK after surgery. My implants are textured so I imagine they are harder to remove. Any advice welcome - I am quite a basketcase this weekend!!:(

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 2:46 pm
by sasha0820
How long have U had the implants in? I had something scary happen, I started having tingling in my legs 2 weeks PO my sx, I had every test, blood work, ANA test, Rheumatoid....luckily everything was good, my ANA test was neg. I had also heard about autoimmune disorders linked with Breast implants but anytime I mentioned it to any of my docs including neurologist and my PS they said it had nothing to do with my BA. It has since pretty much went away.....i don't know maybe my body was just getting use to a foreign object???

I am not saying Breast Implants have anything to do with autoimmune disorders...I am no Doctor....But if you want some more support on this topic I found that web site when I was researching my symptoms post BA.....Good Luck! :D

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 3:43 am
by questioningbeauty
I would second that suggestion to check out or other similar sites like and

You will likely find lots of other women there who have also experienced autoimmune problems who can offer you advice and support. No causal relationship between implants and autoimmune diseases has been established, but it is interesting to note that Mentor's study into its MemoryGel silicone implants found the following:

"Data on over 100 self-reported signs and symptoms, including
about 50 self-reported rheumatological symptoms, were collected.
Compared to before having the implants, significant increases were
found for fatigue, exhaustion, joint swelling, joint pain, numbness
of hands, frequent muscle cramps, and the combined categories of
fatigue, pain, and fibromyalgia-like symptoms in primary
augmentation patients, and for joint pain in revision-augmentation
patients. These increases were not found to be related to simply
getting older over time. The Mentor Core Study was not designed
to evaluate cause and effect associations because there is no
comparison group of women without implants, and because other
contributing factors, such as medications and lifestyle/exercise,
were not studied. Therefore, it cannot be determined whether these
increases were due to the implants or not, based on the Mentor
Core Study. However, you should be aware that you may
experience an increase in these symptoms after receiving breast

This is available to download at

You will find the extract I quoted on page 35.

Good Luck, and I hope you feel better soon.

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 4:55 pm
by gummiegirl
I was in constant pain from age 23 to 32. My joints hurt, especially on the right side of my body and my neck and uppper and lower back occasionally. Also debilitating headaches with nausea.

The main pain was in my shoulder and hip. I tried chiropractors which I do firmly believe do help in most circumstances, but found no relief.

My doctor presribed me anti- inflamatories. They did not help and in fact seemed to worsen it. She, at last resort diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.

I started looking at the foods, drinks and gum that I was ingesting and found one main thing in common...... artificial sweeteners.

I did some research and found out the chemical names and completely cut them from my diet.

I was pain free in about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.

I have had my implants for 1 year and 8 months and I have never felt better!! The last thing I cut out was ibuprofin or (advil) an anti-inflamitory and I hardly have any more headaches unless my seasonal allergies are kicking in. I now take an herbal supplement called fenugreek and thyme for those.

I was nervous about getting implants (mine are also textured) as I seem to be sensitive to chemicals, but I figured that I could get them removed.

Any way just my two cents from a girl who suffered a long time with joint pain and thought I would have to forever.

It surely wouldnt hurt, to try to cut out at least the artificial sweeteners for a few weeks and see how you feel.

By the way, you have to pretty much look at ALL labels to check for anything with aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium or acesulfame-k,..............etc. I found them in some strange things like instant oatmeal, sports drinks, protein powder all gum sold at regular stores etc. etc.

I have had a few flare ups and could always trace it to something I ate.

Sorry for the book, but I really hope this might help you!! :D :D

Hugs to you!!