Question re: MS and Silicone Breast Implants

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Question re: MS and Silicone Breast Implants

Post by Vikilou » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:32 pm

Hi,

I am new on this forum and I was wondering if there is anyone here who has silicone breast implants or thinking of getting silicone breast implants. Also, does anyone thinks there is a link between implants and MS?

Many thanks,

Viki.

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Re: Question re: MS and Silicone Breast Implants

Post by ElliotB » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:48 am

Do you have MS or does the person interested in getting them have MS?

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Re: Question re: MS and Silicone Breast Implants

Post by Vikilou » Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:47 pm

I have MS (diagnosed in 2013) had implants in 1998, had them removed in 2016 as they were leaking. Always wondered if the implants caused my MS. However, I would love to have implants again and wondered if there was anyone on this forum in a similar situation to myself.

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Re: Question re: MS and Silicone Breast Implants

Post by ElliotB » Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:54 pm

"Always wondered if the implants caused my MS"

Unlikely but since no one really knows the cause of MS, they could be a contributing factor.

Considering many women who get MS don't have implants, many women who have implants don't have MS and men obviously don't, their direct impact is probably minimal. MS was around long before the use of implants started. BUT ultimately since you do have MS, it may be best to avoid unnecessary surgical procedures of any kind.

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Re: Question re: MS and Silicone Breast Implants

Post by jimmylegs » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:26 am

this content just came up on the same page with other more relevant (to me) articles in my search results:

5-31-04 1 A multiple sclerosis-like syndrome in silicone breast implant recipients (1997)
https://www.jns-journal.com/article/S00 ... 3/abstract

Twenty-six women had a systemic disease with central nervous system involvement at a mean age of 39.2 years (range 23 to 64 years) after receiving silicone breast implants (n = 25) or silicone fluid injections into the breast (n = 1). The median latency period between breast surgery and onset of symptoms was 5.71 years (range 3 months to 15 years). All patients had evidence of disseminated CNS lesions; 20 patients also had evidence of peripheral neuropathy. Additional problems included myalgia (n = 24) joint stiffness (n = 23) arthralgia (n = 22) sicca complex (dry eyes and dry mouth) (n = 19) headache
(n = 16) skin rash (n = 15) joint swelling (n = 14) Raynaud’s phenomena (n = 14) fever (n = 13) hair loss (n = 12) allergies (n = II), sensitivity to sunlight (n = lo), and lymphoadenophaty (n = 9). MRI of the brain were abnormal in 22 of
26 patients (21 white matter lesions; 1 ischemic lesions; 4 cerebral atrophy).
Spinal tap revealed oligoclonal bands in 18 of 23 patients. Visual evoked responses were delayed in 14 of 23 patients, and autodirected antibodies were detected in 16 of 26. Sural nerve biopsy showed loss of myelinated fibers in 15 of 15. Seventeen of 24 patients (71%) who had implant removal were found to have grossly ruptured implants. We believe our patients had a new syndrome triggered by the foreign silicone gel particles in their body. This syndrome appears as a systemic inflammatory autoimmune disease with central nervous system involvement resembling multiple sclerosis.

i have no info about the larger statistical picture here, and no related but more recent research. just remembered there had been a recent related post and thought i would look for it and share.
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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