More Likely to Have Breast Implant Illness
And You’re More Than Ready to Have Implants Removed
You have suffered from many seemingly unrelated symptoms for a significant time period. In your search for answers, you have landed on the possibility that this could all be related to your implants. You want answers, but more importantly, you just want relief. You want your life back. You have questioned if the implants are the cause for the way you are feeling, questioned your initial decision about getting implants, and may have even been harsh on yourself for choosing to have them placed in the first place. Based on your answers, you seem to have many of the symptoms similar to those who have had relief with implant and capsule removal, and then, by default only, considered to have Breast Implant Illness.
You may be a candidate to have your implants and capsule removed. You have exhausted multiple options to find relief of your symptoms and you are willing to accept this diagnosis of exclusion of Breast Implant Illness. You have done your share of research and have heard enough of the stories of women like you who have suffered from this condition. You understand the physical, emotional, as well as psychological impacts of removing your breast implants and are ready to undergo surgery to remove the implants. You understand the risks of surgery and are prepared for the possibility of minimal to no improvement in your symptoms, but can’t stop thinking about how getting the implants out is likely to improve your symptoms. Your belief is that surgery will provide relief and improvement and are willing to accept even the slightest amount of improvement in your daily life. You have realistic expectations and are coming from the point of view of looking toward the future with improvement and not dwelling on the past. You are not looking to take the implants out so you can place blame, but to enjoy the improvement in your debilitating symptoms. You are seeking a surgeon who will listen to you, acknowledge you, believe in you, and in whom you can trust to take care of you in a compassionate manner.
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Keep a Journal. Recording your symptoms daily will help you better track how these symptoms are currently interfering with your life and lifestyle and will help as you transition to “life without implants”. 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 the occurrence and frequency of specific symptoms over time. 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. I encourage all my patients to journal about sleep, exercise, diet, alcohol, and water intake to have a truer, more objective gauge on this.
Live in the Now. You can’t change the past. Resist the urge to question your previous decisions, blame yourself, or attempt to find fault with others involved in your journey (physicians, surgeons, implant companies, spouse, etc.). This negative energy only brings you down further and will likely impair your ability to find relief and improvement. Be vigilant about a “victim mentality” creeping into your thoughts/actions and instead be the “victor” who will stop at nothing to find relief.
Visit a Compassionate Surgeon who Acknowledges BII as a Real Condition
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. Of course, Dr. Burgdorf and the staff at Music City Plastic Surgery are happy to help navigate these unchartered and often scary waters of Breast Implants 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.