What I CAN say is that I have come to realize that I’ve had many of the symptoms at one point or another, for YEARS. I've had three sets of implants over the past 23 years. The problem is that the symptoms are fleeting in both duration and intensity. It’s like trying to capture a moving target that is neither consistent nor predictable. But you KNOW it's there and know that you don't feel right from the inside, out.
The symptoms are sneaky and fleeting and are often chalked up to hormones, stress, age, anxiety, something we ate, the weather and even maybe our mother in law coming to dinner. LMAO
When I first saw the extensive list of symptoms a year ago (I call it my denial phase) I literally rolled my eyes and thought “Good Lord- well this list is so extensive that Breast Implant Illness could be in ANY and EVERY body! Shit- I bet even my husband has this illness! 😂 This list is ridiculous and it’s just another site trying to make people think they have an issue when they don’t. BII is NOT REAL because implants are safe and I know tons of friends with them, that are FINE!”
The irony was that even with that list right in front of me, and suffering from 80% of the symptoms on that list with still no answer or diagnosis, I DENIED that BII could be a real issue, and most of all--> MY issue. Again, the symptoms are sneaky, fleeting and inconconsistent. Click for full List of SYMPTOMS
What I DID notice was that when I was MOST SICK, were also times when I was MOST STRESSED. For me 2015 was the year of a huge amount of work and personal stress for me and that stress, opened an internal and seemingly irreversible, floodgate.
It’s like all the little random symptoms were now on hyperdrive ALL AT ONCE. And if I didn’t eat clean, forgot to drink my plant-based vitamin shake, or had a cocktail, I felt worse for a REALLY LONG TIME. My body really struggled to bounce back. And keeping my vitality for any period of time was a constant struggle. Being certified in holistic nutrition, I knew vitality shouldnt be this difficult when you are fueling your body well. Gosh- how much WORSE would I actually be if I didn’t at least eat clean, healthy well-balanced meals and drank a ton of water??? 😳
The two most concerning symptoms for me was the 40 pound weight gain the past 3 years. Despite rigorous exercise (actually intense fitness makes my symptoms and inflammation, WORSE) and a growing amount of foods that my body just can't tolerate.
My FOOD SENSITIVITIES WERE OUT OF CONTROL! Knowing that is a sign of leaky gut, I went on a very strict auto-immune type gut-healing meal plan. It worked, but only for the short term. Here is who I used for my MRT Food Sensitivity Testing.
For the past two years, when I eat, my stomach swells to the size of looking 9 months pregnant shortly after EVERY meal. I have people ask me “how many more weeks until your due date” in public to the point where I don’t want to leave my house. I didn’t want to socialize or be in pictures. My best friend even said, “if I didn’t see your abdomen swell before my eyes, I wouldn’t believe it!”