Erika Rae Ritschard said she began experiencing chest pain, weight loss, depression, fatigue, and a number of other symptoms after she got breast implants in 2012.
A Mississippi woman who claims that she “breast implants illness” just a few weeks after undergoing an operation said that at the height of her symptoms that she even considered committing suicide.
“Within three months I was dealing with anxiety and depression,” Erika Rae Ritschard, a mother of three children, told SWNS. “All of a sudden my heart was racing for no reason. I got a kidney infection in the summer. After that, it was a constant. I had recurring yeast infections and respiratory problems. I went THERE several times with migraines.”
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Ritschard, who allegedly paid $3,800 for the procedure in 2012, told SWNS that her symptoms continued to worsen by 2017 if she dropped 40 pounds within a year.
“I was so tired in my body, I was not able to concentrate, I thought I had ADHD and my mood swings were outrageous, the now 28-year-old told the news outlet. “My doctor sent me to a psychiatrist who said I had bipolar tendencies. I would have extreme lows and manic highs. I had brain fog and insomnia. My muscles were in so much pain that I lived on a heating pad for months.”
Ritschard said a Facebook search led her to a group of women who were experiencing the same problems after they got breast implants.
Ritschard said that she had of changing body temperature and a stabbing pain in her chest. She had developed dry patches of the skin and brittle hair but never received a diagnosis for everything.
“The doctors said that the stress was and healthy fear,” she told SWNS. “I remember a doctor said to me:” You’re the healthiest sick person we’ve ever seen.'”
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Frustrated, Ritschard said that she was considering suicide “on three different occasions in 2017,” and even plotted with the help of her husband’s leftover medication from the rear of the surgery. But things changed in November 2017, when she stumbled across a Facebook group dedicated to the breast implant problems.
“One day I was typing ‘breast implant’ in Facebook, and breast implant sickness came,” she told SWNS. “I was curious. The description in the group with exactly what I was experiencing. I went to the website and the Instagram and found everything I needed. I felt like I was reading about myself.”
According to the National Center for Health Research, the popularity of breast implants has seen a dramatic increase in the last 20 years. While the FDA has previously warned doctors of a rare form of cancer linked to breast implants, says the current there is no evidence for a connection between the implants and connective tissue diseases, and reproductive problems.
But Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, said patients who suffer from symptoms such as Ritschard can be dealing with an immune system response to the implants.
“A lot of the symptoms that these women were talking about pain in the joints, mental confusion, hair falling out – very typical of certain autoimmune diseases,” she told SWNS. “It is possible that these conditions are caused by breast implants.”
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Ritschard chosen to have her implants removed in February. 2018, and said that she felt her health improve “immediately”.
“All my complaints disappeared in the first two months,” she told SWNS.