I had the Essure devices implanted in February 2011. In May 2011 I had my HSG test to confirm both tubes were blocked, as ordered. Also in May 2011 I started experiencing multiple neurologic symptoms. Moderate to severe tingling in both arms and legs, extreme dizziness, headaches and fatigue. I saw a Neurologist for suspected MS. Turns out my serum vitamin b12 level was dangerously low at 150. My Neurologist said I could have suffered permanent neurologic damage from my level being so low. I had to start taking vitamin b12 injections daily, and an oral vitamin b12 supplement daily also, just to keep my levels within normal range as I was not absorbing it. In the late summer 2011 I began experiencing cardiac symptoms of severe palpitations, dizziness, and chest pains. I saw a Cardiologist and wore a holter monitor to record my palpitations. I was continued on a beta blocker medication to control the palpitations, and I underwent several cardiac diagnostic tests. It was also found that my serum vitamin D level was severely low at 4. I began having to take prescription vitamin D supplements to keep my levels within normal range. In the spring of 2012 I began developing random unexplained fevers of 102-103 for several days at a time. There was seemingly no underlying cause for these fevers. Then I began experiencing episodes of severe swelling of both of my outer ears and sometimes my nose. I saw a Rheumatologist who ordered a workup to test for Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. I was diagnosed with Relapsing Polychondritis, an autoimmune disease which affects any of the cartilage structures of the body, causing severe episodes of inflammation. Some of my flares of the RP required steroids to keep the inflammation and fevers under control. In the fall of 2013 the flares of my RP autoimmune disease became so frequent that my Rheumatologist discussed placing me on immune system suppressant medications. That is when I saw an article in the Chicago Tribune about Essure and all the health problems women had been suffering with since having them implanted. All the symptoms these women were describing were EXACTLY like what I had been experiencing for 3 years!! I asked my Rheumatologist if my autoimmune condition could have been caused by the Essure. She said it was quite suspicious and required further investigation but she would not rule it out. After continuing to do research on these symptoms, how they had been negatively affecting women and the controversy that was brewing surrounding Essure, I decided to research having them removed. I visited my GYN that had implanted the Essure 3 years earlier. He said he could remove them via hysterectomy. I did not want to have a hysterectomy, as I desired the most minimally invasive approach possible, while removing the implants completely. I was asked if I was ever tested for a nickel allergy before having the Essure implanted, to which I replied no because the FDA dropped that requirement. He referred me to a specialized pelvic surgeon who ordered a pelvic CT to check current placement of the coils. When they were placed, they both were further up in my fallopian tubes than the correct placment, which is trailing into the uterus a bit. The pelvic CT showed the coils had migrated further up the tubes since placement, and were not even touching the uterine cornua on either side. My surgeon said due to their current location she could safely remove them completely with a bilateral salpingectomy. I had the surgery to remove bilateral tubes and Essure coils on April 7th, 2014 with no complications. She did fluoro x-ray during the surgery to be sure all of the Essure implants had been removed. I am happy with the results of my surgery and I am very glad I had the Essure implants removed. I hope more women can become informed regarding the symptoms many women have been experiencing after having Essure implanted, and more information becomes available in the future. And I hope the Essure implants are pulled from the market so no further women have to undergo the pain and suffering that many women have had to endure.