Essure Problems and Survival- A Woman Gives Her Story

 

I had the Essure procedure done in Nov. 2011. The procedure was pretty simple and it seemed like a good solution.  A few days after procedure, I had some really weird pain and bleeding.  I went to the ER, took all kinds of tests and everything was normal.  They said to give it more time that my body was probably still getting used to the coils.

 A few more weeks went by and I started to experience cold/flu/allergy like syptoms.  Went to immediate care and all tests normal again.  Said it was just a viral infection & had to run its course.  Then I got to the point where I was so light headed & dizzy that I thought I was going to faint.  Went to ER again cause I thought I was having a stroke.  They did an EKG, CT scan, blood tests, etc.  All normal again.  My additional symptoms were weight gain, severe headaches (worse than I have ever had in my life), dizzy, light headed, foggy head, congested, nauseau,nickel taste etc.  Each month I had these same symptoms over and over.
Went to see an allergist, no known allergies.  In February, I had my HSG test which I failed. One tube not closed.  I mentioned these weird symptoms to my DR and asked about nickel allergy.  She said she didn’t think my symptoms sounded like classic nickel allergy symptoms. The coils were in place.  I started doing my own research and found your page and Essure problems facebook page.  Come to see that a lot of my symptoms were very similiar as other women.  I am 41 years old & never had any health issues.  All these strange symptoms started after Essure.  In early March I started to experience those same symptoms as listed previously in addition to this pain in my right side, burning sensation in my lower abdomen & this tingling sensation all over my body.  My whole body just had a sickly feeling & I felt like I was slowly being poisoned.
 I started to research nickel toxicity & thought maybe I was having a reaction to the nickel.  I went to see my primary care doctor to ask about the burning sensation.  I though for sure a UTI or bladder infection.  Took a urine test and more blood tests plus had a ultrasound and once again, everything normal.  Each week I kept keeping worse and worse.  I ended up writing my OB GYN a letter & broke down all my symptoms, all my tests and asked her to please remove the coils.  I even gave her the info for the Essure problems, Aphrodites forums and several other pages of women who have had the same problems.  My doctor got back to me a few days later after receiving my letter.  She contacted some specialized surgeons & told them the problems I was having with Essure and how she could remove them.  I was her first patient to have problems with Essure as she has done many procedures.  She also asked them about my symptoms and they said, yes, that my symptoms could be nickel sensitivity from implants.
She did not hesitate to take them out for me.  She told me exactly what she was going to do.  She was able to remove the coils & my tubes (since I don’t want kids anyway) using the Da Vinci robot surgery.  I am sore and tired which is to be expected.  I no longer have the nickel taste, nauseau or foggy head feelings.  Everyone keeps telling me that each day I will feel better since those are out.  I am thankful to have such a wonderful doctor and happy that if there are other women that have trouble, I can hopefully refer them to my doctor.
Shannon H.
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