Everyone has been asking me to do a post on Plastic Surgery and my breast implants. My implants are quite a story (I've had tons of problems with them), but before I get to a post on them, I'd like to do a post on something you don't see too often, really scary consequences of messing with your body. Rather than glamorizing plastic surgery by just showing my photos with my big beautiful boobs, I want to be honest and real and tell the negatives I've endured because of them.
Everyone knows what a breast implant is. I remember once reading that over 300,000 a women a year in the US alone undergo breast augmentation. That's a lot. I know within my group of friends, not having implants makes you the outsider rather than having them!
Well, I much like hundreds of thousands of other women, got implants at a very young age, 18. The point of this post is to talk about something very real, and very scary that has happened to me likely as a result of having breast implants.
The past year and a half, I have begun to have joint problems. Particularly in my wrists and hands. The symptoms are sometimes similar to those of a condition called "Rheumetoid Arthritis", only I've been tested for it a million times, and I don't have it!
Notice in the photo above the red nodule over my knuckle. That came out of no where, for no reason. I had to take tons of steroids for it to go away (which had their own negative effects- acne, weight gain, hair growth), and it took months.
That's nothing though, what has been happening to me is quite scary. 5-6 times in the past year and a half, my hands have become frozen. As in, I cannot moved them, they feel rusted and stuck. I've even gone to the ER because of it, twice.
In addition to the freezing, my hands become red, swollen, and very painful. Every episode has been triggered by exercising (any exercise that uses my hands). It's gotten to the point that I just don't exercise (other than spin since it doesn't use my hands and pilates since it's easy on your joints) because I don't want to freeze/swell up.
So what exactly is wrong with me? Medically, nothing. I have seen tons of doctors, each of which have run tons of tests!! None of them can find a single thing medically wrong with me, but clearly something is wrong.
Each month, I submit to tons of blood tests to try and see if anything can be found. Over and over, nothing!
I now see the best doctors in the World at USC under academics, meaning the doctors I see don't actually see patients, rather they're like "House" on TV and only see unknown, different issues to try and figure out what is wrong. At this point, those doctors believe I have a silicone induced immune issue. Silicone? Hmmm...the only silicone in my body is a result of my breast implants.
Let me explain exactly what happens inside of me. My immune system is actually working super duper over-time right now, and they're not sure why. As a result, when I exercise and use my hands too much, my immune system then attacks the joints in my hands thinking there is some sort of a problem, but there isn't.
The doctors believe that this reaction in my immune system is a response of one of two things 1) a slight leak of silicone that may of occurred from my silicone breast implants, or 2) my immune system simply freaking out because there was such a large amount of silicone sitting in my body, even if it wasn't leaking.
Because of this, I removed my silicone gel breast implants in January and replaced them with gummy bear implants. I wanted to take them out completely, but the doctors were worried about the psychological effect that would have on me since I may be left disfigured without them. Therefore we decided to try this first.
Now it's a waiting game. If there was a tiny leak in my former implants, within 2 years my body should purge itself from the silicone and I should be 100% healthy again. If the problem continues, we have to go back to the drawing board, which will include switching my implants again, and possibly even taking them out all together.
The reason I wanted to share this before I do the plastic surgery post is to let women know (particularly young women that look up to glamorized celebrities etc) that plastic surgery is not a joke, and does not always come without consequences. Make sure you really want and need something before you do it. Many times the procedure is irreversible, and may cause consequences much later in life.