Might Be Likely to Have Breast Implant Illness
You may be early in your research phase with your symptoms. While you can’t necessarily pinpoint the exact causes of your symptoms, you have not exhausted other avenues. You may have heard of others with similar symptoms to yourself, but you are not totally convinced that this represents Breast Implant Illness. You acknowledge the multiple factors that may be at play with your specific concerns. You want more answers and are exploring different perspectives on this confusing topic.
You might be willing to consider surgery, and you may or may have not met with a surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits of that. You have some idea that the surgery will be more complex than the original breast augmentation, and you understand the aesthetic results will likely be of secondary concern. You acknowledge that there will be a transition period of adjustment, both to the aesthetics of not having breast implants as well as a period of time needed for hopeful symptom resolution, but you need more information to further your education on this topic in order to make a fully informed decision. You are searching for a surgeon who will acknowledge the possibility of you having Breast Implant Illness, will listen to you with compassion and understanding, and who is willing to travel along this journey with you.
Increase Your Education on the Topic. We encourage you to spend more time learning about Breast Implant Illness. Download or request a copy of Dr. Burgdorf’s latest book, My Implants Are Killing Me (Or Maybe Not), to get a compassionate surgeon’s take on the phenomenon of Breast Implant Illness.
Keep a Journal. Recording your symptoms daily will help you better track how these symptoms are interfering with your life and lifestyle. Include the severity of specific symptoms as well as items such as diet, alcohol use, exercise and water intake, as well as sleep amount and quality of the rest. This will help document over time the occurrence and frequency of specific symptoms. Dr. Burgdorf knows that when you don’t quite feel like yourself, it is easy to have days blend into one another and not be clear about the onset, duration, frequency, and severity of symptoms. You just feel bad and the longer that goes on, the longer it feels like it has always been around. This can be misleading, frustrating, depressing, and debilitating, thus compounding the problem to seemingly insurmountable levels. He encourages all his patients to journal about sleep, exercise, diet, alcohol, and water intake to have a truer, more objective gauge on this.
Involve Other Health Practitioners in Your Journey.
Seek out other health care practitioners who can assess/treat your constellation of symptoms. Since many symptoms you may be experiencing can certainly be caused by other medical conditions, it is important to rule out these other possible causes. Consider a rheumatologist or auto-immune specialist. Visit your primary care physician. Consider a functional medicine practitioner for alternative pathways to deal with your varied symptoms.
Visit a Compassionate Surgeon Who acknowledges BII as a Real condition, but who also understands this isn’t the case with all breast augmentation patients.
While this is still a relatively new and frustratingly unclear and obtuse phenomenon, don’t get discouraged if you happen to land at an office with a doctor who doesn’t share your views on the validity of Breast Implant Illness. Keep searching. Dr. Burgdorf and the staff at Music City Plastic Surgery are happy to help navigate these uncharted and often scary waters of Breast Implant Illness with you. If you would like to visit the Nashville area and would like to set up a consultation with one of our experts, please call 615-567-5716 or visit our website at www.BIIHelp.com.