My Breast Implants Slowly Poisoned Me Intolerance to foods and beverages, unexplained back pain, constant neck and shoulder pain, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth, incapacitating fatigue, burning bladder pain, low immunity, recurring infections and problems with my thyroid and adrenals. The mildest of those symptoms started a few years back. The aches, the bladder pain, brain fog, fatigue. I ignored it, labeling myself a hypochondriac, despite truly worrying that there was something wrong with me. I joked about losing my memory to age, and about getting "lazy". I began to cancel appointments and shoots because everything exhausted me. Before everything went downhill I was at the gym five days a week, and always shooting and working. I've had days in 2016 when I couldn't get out of bed. I’ve felt such despair knowing life was happening all around me but I couldn’t participate. I had to miss my Summer DJ residency at my favorite Vegas spot, the Rehab pool at The Hard Rock Hotel. The fatigue was so severe that I could barely leave the house or drive. I was afraid to get up there in front of a crowd and go blank with brain fog. I had a bunch of spare photos that have enabled me to stay active on social media for the last six months. I’ve tried to keep a facade of normalcy while working to figure out what was going on with my body. Once I became allergic to most every food, had intolerable pain, developed stomach issues and night sweats, I began to research. I found a holistic doctor (Dr. Farshid Rahbar) and was tested for everything. After I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and toxic mold, I posted about it on social media. I began to receive comments saying that my symptoms resembled "Breast Implant Illness." I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. My symptoms matched theirs. Over time, implants (both silicone and saline) break down and wreak havoc on your body. The shell on silicone and saline implants is comprised of silicone and over 40 other toxic chemicals... (continued in link in bio)
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In the photo, Hefner is seen in a hospital, lying in bed and wearing a blue hospital gown. "My Breast Implants Slowly Poisoned Me," she began.
Hefner, who is married to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, then detailed all the symptoms she had been experiencing due to her implants breaking down, which included "Intolerance to foods and beverages, back pain, neck and shoulder pain, cognitive dysfunction, stunted hair growth, incapacitating fatigue," and more.
The model shared that the mildest of her symptoms had started a few years prior, although she had no idea what their cause was at the time. She also shared that she began to cancel engagements due to fatigue, writing that she had to miss several work commitments, including a summer DJ residency, due to her illness.
"I've had days in 2016 when I couldn't get out of bed," she shared. "I’ve felt such despair knowing life was happening all around me but I couldn’t participate."
She also revealed that she had been staying active on social media over the past six months by posting old photos so her fans would not realize how serious her symptoms were.
“I’ve tried to keep a façade of normalcy while working to figure out what was going on with my body,” she explained.
Earlier this year, Hefner was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, but advice from fans helped her realize that was only part of the problem.
"I began to receive comments saying that my symptoms resembled 'Breast Implant Illness,' she wrote. "I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. My symptoms matched theirs."
Hefner got her implants removed in June, revealing that she felt better instantly after the procedure.
"Instantly I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better," the model wrote. "I know I won't feel 100% overnight. My implants took 8 years to make me this sick, so I know it will take time to feel better. I also have other illnesses to address, but with the toxic bags removed, my immune system can focus on what it needs to."
The new me. Happier and healthier. Thank you for the overwhelming support on my post yesterday, I love you. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/O6zrohs3Lq— Crystal Hefner Ⓥ (@crystalhefner) July 20, 2016