23 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
A PERSONAL trainer claims she was laughed at by doctors before she tried to cut out her own breast implants after they “drove her to the brink of suicide”.
Melissa George, 28, believes that she was suffering from breast implant illness (BII), which left her wanting to kill herself.
Melissa George became suicidal after developing what she believes was breast implant illness (BII)
She eventually ended up having them removed – after trying to do it herself
The personal trainer, from Gold Coast, Australia, had a boob job in February 2015 – taking her from a 32A to a 32DD.
“I felt happy and content with my body but also desired to be like other bikini models with larger breasts,” said Melissa.
“It was something I didn’t hesitate to do as the sport was all about appearance on stage and I felt bigger boobs would help me. I was so into natural health and implants were the only toxic things I allowed into my body.”
Within months of having the op, however, Melissa found that she was constantly tired.
She had gone from a 32A to a 32DD
She says that she initially had the op because of the pressure within the fitness industry to look a certain way
But within a few months, she soon started to suffer from horrible side effects
She also became intolerant to many foods and was taken to hospital on several occasions complaining of breathlessness.
But every test that Melissa had done came back normal.
She said: “After my breast augmentation, about three months post-op, once the swelling had settled, I began to notice a lot of nerve damage and they were completely the wrong size for my body.
“I noticed health symptoms around seven months after the operation. A major symptom being the fatigue and crippling anxiety. My anxiety led to panic attacks.
She says that she suddenly developed food allergies, breathing problems, body aches and chronic fatigue
She also suffered from extreme anxiety and depression
She spent almost £10k on specialists who could find nothing wrong with her
“No matter what I did and how much I slept, I was always tired. I never felt refreshed after sleeping.
“I was sensitive to so many more foods than before my implants.
“I couldn’t eat any form of gluten without extreme pain and bloating.”
In 2018, she was diagnosed with bowel polyps which needed to be removed, and stomach ulcers which needed treating.
“Other symptoms were constant body aches, mood swings, muscle pain and soreness which lasted for weeks after training.
“I couldn’t focus, I’d lose interest quickly and forget things. I had no appetite, hair loss and brain fog.
“Everyone would ask me why I was sick again, but that was just how I woke up each morning and to me it was normal, so I learned to live with it.
“The hardest symptom was the anxiety and depression which ruined my life.
“I was contemplating suicide, and as hard as that is to admit, it’s the harsh truth of the illness.
[boxout headline=”What is breast implant illness?”]A growing trend has emerged of women who’ve had implants getting them taken out – because they said they’ve made them ill.
Although Breast Implant Illness isn’t formally recognised by the NHS, anecdotally it is reported on widely with a Facebook group boasting thousands of members.
Symptoms are supposed to include:
brain fog, memory loss
muscle aches and pains
dry eyes, mouth, hair, skin
weight gain or loss
shortness of breath
metallic taste in the mouth
The Sun’s reported numerous cases of the condition where women who’ve had implants describe suffering symptoms such as sinus infections, migraines, food intolerance, eczema and night sweats.
Last summer, model Karissa Pukas had her implants removed after claiming that they made her feel like she was in “a 90-year-old’s body”.
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal told in 2017 how she had her breast implants removed after they gave her blurred vision.
Gina Stewart, dubbed the ‘World’s Hottest Gran’, said her boob job is poisoning her, while Annette Stevens forked out £6,000 to have her breast implants removed after she suffered a gel bleed.
She also had vivid dreams in which she thought she was dying, and had to be hospitalised for anxiety five times
She claims that doctors refused to believe her and tried to have her sectioned
In the end, she spent around £10,000 seeing different specialists trying to work out what was wrong – but they only prescribed Melissa medication to numb the effects without finding the source.
Melissa says that her implants caused her to have vivid dreams that she was dying and would often wake up in tears.
“I reached a point of total psychosis and I was going insane.
“I felt like my body was shutting down as the weeks went by and I thought that if no one would do it for me, I would just cut them out myself.
“I had such vivid dreams that I was dying, and I would wake up crying at the thought.
“My brain and body were taken over by my toxic implants. I became scared and before I knew it, I was hospitalised with severe anxiety.”
Eventually, she came across a Facebook group of women discussing exactly the same symptoms from their boob jobs
She immediately got in touch with her surgeon to ask if she could have her implants removed
In the end, convinced that something was taking over her body, she was hospitalised for severe anxiety five times and almost sectioned by doctors who refused to believe she was genuinely sick.
“Medical professionals laughed at me and told me it couldn’t be my implants. I stand firm that it most definitely was and I’m living proof,” said Melissa.
She eventually had her implants removed in December 2018, after finding a Facebook group of women discussing their own experiences of BII.
Melissa immediately contacted her surgeon to find out if she could have her implants removed and claims that the moment the anaesthetic wore off, she immediately felt better.
They agreed and almost as soon as the anaesthetic wore off, Melissa claims she could breathe properly
Her anxiety lifted and she felt better than she had done in four years
“I was fortunate that my surgeon believes in BII and he listened to my every concern.
“The hospital staff were amazing after my surgery, but what I did find interesting was that a lot of hospital staff had no idea what the illness was, and I was educating them on the issue.
“Some of the effects happened immediately when I woke up from surgery.
“I could take a deep breath again and my eyes weren’t swollen or yellow in colour. I cried from happiness when I saw the instant changes in my face.
“My anxiety is completely gone and I’m not having any panic attacks now.
“I feel a lot more present in my body and I don’t wake up sore or suffering. I can now breathe deeply without difficulty. I can even eat food that I was never able to eat before.”
She’s now hoping that her story discourages other women from feeling the need to conform to certain body standards
She says that looking back, it gives her “goosebumps” to think how horrible she felt.
“I have always been so strong but suddenly this pain became so crippling that it led to suicidal thoughts.
“While I had implants, I became such a cold and bitter person who turned nasty. It was hard to admit that mentally I wasn’t okay.
“I wasn’t in control of my emotions or actions a lot of the time. I lost jobs, friends and opportunities due to my lack of interest in anything.”
She’s now sharing her story in a bid to regain some confidence and to warn other women of the possible side effects of having boob jobs.
“I believe all of us women who had explants are the future for this to be a medically recognised illness.
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“The human body rejects anything foreign as it’s the natural response but so many of us women suffer in silence because we’re told it’s not our implants making us sick.
“Breast size doesn’t make you a better person or more of a woman.
“It means absolutely nothing but sadly we live in a world of vanity.
“This experience made me love myself more and my blog is there to educate others on breast implant illness.”
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