‘Always tired’: Woman’s horror diagnosis of breast implant illness

A woman has revealed how a strange set of symptoms led her to undergo life-changing surgery.

Faith Hobson decided to get breast implants in 2008 after breastfeeding her two children for 15 months each.

It would be a decision he would live to regret.

“I felt a bit worried about my body and there was a lot of talk in the media at the time about mummy transformations,” Ms Hobson told news.com.au.

“I thought ‘let’s bring my breasts back to their former glory’.”

He placed the implants and said there were no conversations at that time about the expiration of medical devices.

The mother of two has had the implants for a decade, during which time signs of deterioration began to appear and she began to notice a number of medical problems.

She was constantly tired. She had neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness and tingling in her arms and face, which were examined by MRI with no results.

Ms Hobson had symptoms similar to thyroid dysfunction, such as sensitivity to cold, anxiety, memory problems and concentration problems.

“My family doctor was sending me to a neurologist for the possibility of developing multiple sclerosis, which was a little terrifying,” she said.

“I was experiencing numbness and tingling that came and went on my arms and I had a lot of pain in my neck and my inflammatory markers were also elevated. It wasn’t enough to say it was multiple sclerosis, but it wasn’t within the normal range.”

It wasn’t Mrs Hobson’s first serious health problem.

Two years earlier the Queensland woman was climbing Mount Coolum and was convinced she was going to die.

“I was full of shame and convinced I would have to go down the mountain by helicopter,” she said.

However, she was eventually diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, which is when someone has an irregular, often rapid, heart rate that causes poor blood flow.

He now recognizes this as the start of his health deteriorating. She happened to mention these experiences to a neighbor before seeing the neurologist.

“She asked me if I had implants and I said yes and she told me to look at this website and see if it’s right for me,” he said.

“Later, I was sitting on the couch with my husband and typed breast implant disease. It was a prolific list of symptoms and I realized I ticked so many boxes.

She turned to her husband and said she was convinced she had it.

Breast implant disease is a term used by women who wear breast implants and who identify and describe a variety of symptoms including chronic fatigue, pain and mental confusion to the development of autoimmune diseases.

BII is not currently recognized as an official medical diagnosis, but it is becoming increasingly recognized.

In recent months there have been a number of famous faces including Tori Spelling, Blac Chyna and Chrissy Teigen who have all had their implants removed.

Ms Hobson consulted her GP and said she wanted her implants removed, and the GP revealed she had another patient who believed her range of symptoms were related to her implants.

“She was willing to explore it, write that report and support me in that,” Ms Hobson said, revealing that when she eventually removed the implants in 2018, gel was discovered on the outside of the implant.

After Mrs Hobson’s implants were removed, her health improved dramatically. Her inflammatory markers have returned to normal. But it was the moment her son turned to her and asked if she was no longer tired that everything clicked for her.

“I remember every day saying I was so tired. I would sleep 12 hours and go to bed before the kids and still wake up exhausted,” she said.

“I was doing one 45 minute dance class a week and I was absolutely devastated. The tiredness was crazy. I didn’t realize how much those words came out of my mouth until my son asked me.

Now, five years have passed since her removal and Ms. Hobson is using her voice and experience to share her story and help others learn about possible health conditions associated with the implant.

Many women have contacted her to discuss their implants and have also been put in touch through friends to help them talk about them.

“As much as surgeons say we’re getting informed consent, I actually don’t believe that,” he said.

“I wonder if I was a 25-year-old girl with flat breasts and I wanted to get breast implants and if someone said to me, ‘you know, these things can really, really hurt you,’ would I change my mind?

“I don’t know because I’m not experiencing that journey but I just don’t think there’s adequate information about it.”

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