madysonhonee on Realself
a year ago
03/15/2022, 17:55 PM
My body is beginning to heal after breast implant illness
Hello Realself world I'm a 37 year old female from New York City. Just to give you a little back story of why I came to get breast implants and leading up to removing them, like some I would say it all lead to insecurity of my breast. I wouldn't say I was completely flat chested but for me my breast always sagged and I would have to wear push up bras which to me were uncomfortable. I never was a fan of bras and I had friends who breast would just sit so high naturally that it made me extremely insecure about my own. So in 2014 I made the decision to get a breast lift. I had a fairly decent amount of breast so I figured I would just get a lift. So the day of my procedure my doctor tell me that I'm not a candidate for a breast lift because my blood levels wasn't as high as she would like. She proceeds to tell me breast implants would be better because it would be an easier procedure and I wouldn't have to be under anesthesia as long. I was heart broken to say the least because that's what I wanted and didn't prepare to have breast implants, I didn't know the first thing about them other then seeing girls on TV with them. Needless to say I went ahead and got the breast implants but I told her I didn't want to look like Dolly Parton with huge breast and she assured me that I wouldn't. She said the implants were safe and that I was getting cohesive silicone gel. I was hesitant but I was already there and paid so I figured I had nothing to lose.I remember coming out of that procedure not feeling much pain but I wouldn't say I was a huge fan of my breasts because they were big but nothing I thought I couldn't handle. As time went on I began to hate my breast implants, I was always the center of unwanted attention. I was about 135lbs and my breasts were a 36D. I didn't like the way shirts fit and my breast began to sag even more. So I knew eventually removing them would be best. Now fast forward to 2021 it was a Saturday after work and I was watching a movie and my heart began to race uncontrollably that I thought I was having a heart attack. I got up and went to the hospital which was right up the block from me. It felt like it was an episode of Grey's Anatomy the way the doctors rushed me in after they took my vitals, I was hooked up to an EKG machine, an IV in my arm and was asked a million questions. I was so scared because I just knew that was the end for me. They come in a few hours later and tell me my potassium was low which caused my heart rate to speed up. I was like ok cool we can fix this but from that day forward I suffered from severe heart palpitations. I was admitted to the hospital for about four days because they wanted to monitor my heart. During my time their I had a heart monitor around my neck, they did a d-dimer for blood clots and I had a echocardiogram done. Everything came back normal so I asked my doctor could it be my breast implants because that was the only thing in my body that I believe could be causing such a disruption. I had been vegan for about 5 years so I figured it couldn't be my diet. After I was released from the hospital my health was declining rapidly and I knew it wasn't from my potassium being low and no matter what the test said about me being healthy I had to listen to my body. I decided to look on YouTube and see if anyone was having issues with their implants and immediately videos started to pop up of BII (breast implant illness) after watching the first video I being to cry so hard because everything that the young lady spoke about mirrored what I was experiencing. Looking back I had symptoms for a long time and didn't connect the dots. My symptoms where blurred vision, brain fog, night sweats, fatigue, insomnia, difficulty swallowing, joint pain, chills, anxiety, vertigo, hair loss, ringing in my ear, sensitivity to light, irritable bowel, yeast infections, shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, memory loss, numbness and tingling in my hand, and difficulty concentrating.
Looking back after about 3/4 months after having my breast implant procedure I noticed my lymph nodes where swollen and I've never had problems before but after a day or so it went away so I didn't think nothing of it. A month after that I started having blurred vision and I just associated it with my job because I was always in front of a computer. Right before the the pandemic my obgyn felt my neck and said my lymph nodes were swollen and sent me to see a endocrinologist, I never made that appt due to the pandemic, but during the pandemic all other symptoms starting to occur and some more frequently then others. As crazy as it may sounds I chalked it up to life and getting older. It wasn't until 2021 my symptoms were reoccurring and the heart palpitations was the straw the broke the camels back. I was beating myself up a lot because I didn't realized I was having an auto immune response to these foreign objects in my body. I felt relieved that I wasn't losing my mind and it wasn't made up in my head that I was actually experiencing symptoms from BII.I found Dr. Nguyen in 2019 when I came across his YouTube page. I already was determined to get rid of my breast implants but I knew that I would need a breast lift also because my breast were still saggy. His work for breast lift was unmatched with the technique that he used so I knew I wanted to go to him. So I had my consultation in September with him and he told me he would be performing a Capsulectomy and Breast Lift. About a month after I had my consult with him that's when my health took a turn for the worst so I wasn't sure about having the procedure and traveling all the way to Houston. So I got a few consults here in New York and I wasn't happy. One doctor even dismissed my claims of what I was experiencing and wanted to just remove the implant. So when you put an foreign object in the body the body recognizes this and builds a capsule around the object in an attempt to isolate the object and create a barrier of scar tissue around it.When you think about the body it is an amazing vessels that's why we should listen to our body. In doing my research the only way to feeling normal was to remove the breast implants along with the capsule. If you don't remove the capsule symptoms will still persist because they still have the toxins in them. Dr. Nguyen knew to perform a Capsulectomy and I thought that was Gods way of telling me to go to him and not to mention I loved his work from watching his YouTube channel.Now fast forward to arriving to Houston in February of 2022 my nerves were through the roof because I was anxious and nervous about having the procedure. My fears were that maybe I wouldn't feel better after or even having a deformity. But arriving to his office his staff made me feel welcomed. I had to fill out my pre-op paperwork which was text book thick which had me nervous all over again and thinking back I know I didn't fill out that much paper work when I had my breast implants put in. Once I got to sit in the office with him he made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions. He was super friendly and very knowledgeable about his craft and his staff was beyond friendly and attentive. The next day was my procedure and I arrived at 11:00am and was greeted by the nurse who had me change and started my IV, she explained everything as I waited for Dr. Nguyen. When he came in he marked me up and in that moment he said to me I don't recall you telling me why your opting for a explant, I explained to him what I was going through and he said BII is a real thing and that was the reassurance that I needed and knew I was in good hands. To be honest I didn't have any plans on telling him because of the way previous doctors made me feel but I'm glad I got the opportunity to tell him.After he was done Dr. Feel Good (anesthesiologist) came in and went over my history, they have this little joke and called me boring not in a bad way but to say my health is good so they didn't have to work hard. Now it was time for my procedure I said a prayer and woke up feeling like I got hit by a truck. My hotel was across the street from his office so the nurse was kind enough to drive me and mom across the street, wheel me upstairs and helped me get into the bed. That's what I call a rockstar staff they all were so kind and treated me like family and for that it made my experience 10 times better. I was in pain but I had my medication that my mom helped to make sure I take when I was supposed to. After the second day I made the decision to not take the pain medication anymore because I'm not a fan of it.That Monday I met back with Dr. Nguyen to check my incisions and to make sure everything was ok, the best part also was I didn't have any drains put in and I was happy about that. The one disturbing thing he told me was that the implants that he took out were not FDA approved and were not cohesive silicone but textured implant. I was furious because textured implants were known to cause cancer which made me scared all over again. Dr. Nguyen assured me the percentage was low and when removing my implants everything looked good and he was able to remove all the scar tissue. For some reason speaking to him put me at ease but I was just happy that now I was on the road to recovery.So after getting my implants out I'm not going to say miraculously I was healed. I was still having heart palpitations around the clock just not as strong, so after I finished my antibiotics I decided to do a detox and I am happy to say I have not had a heart palpitations since. I'm about 5 weeks post op and I feel amazing. I have no symptoms except some slight joint pain which is subsiding daily. I know it's going to take time for my hair to grow back but looking forward to it. I have a doctors appointment to check my thyroid but at this rate I know God is taken care of me. I was living in regret of having breast implants but we have to live life and when living life you going to make mistakes but it's how you pick yourself up and learn from the things you've done.I would never leave a review on anything but with Dr. Nguyen telling me people needed to hear my story I opted into telling mine. This is my story and not everybody story is going to be the same but hopefully this helps someone as someone telling their story helped me. Just know that if your going through breast implant illness your not alone and the best thing to do is remove them so that you can get on the road to recovery. It's not a quick process but be patient and your body will begin to heal.I highly recommend Dr. Nguyen his work is amazing and I love my results. My scar looks good and I know in time they are going to look even better. He truly have the best staff, very nice, attentive and professional. This is my new family!!!