Due to smoking and my age, 40 at the time, my doctor would no longer prescribe birth-control for me and he suggested – instead of getting a tubal – that I use the product called Essure. He said it would be implanted under general anesthesia, but I would not have a wound when done. He also said it was as if not more effective than a tubal ligation. I received my Essure implant on 03/08/2010. I was never tested for a nickel allergy as recommended, nor was I given the card with any information on it. Me, my mother and my daughter are all allergic to nickel in belts, jewelry etc. I was never even asked about nickel!!! The implantation went fine, some cramping and bleeding but otherwise un-eventful. I had a fluoroscope 3 months later and was told it was successful. I was never informed that it is recommended to get it rechecked at 1 year and 5 years.
The problems started in late 2010 early 2011. I felt sick, all the time, still do. The nausea is unrelenting coming over me in waves. Starting in 2011 the tip of my right toe started to go numb. Through the course of the next year the numbness, burning and tingling continued to spread across my entire right foot and then started on my left. In 2012 I went for a test and it was determined that I have a peripheral neuropathy. I developed numbness in the middle of my back, and my left ear. I have been tested for everything they could think of that may be causing these symptoms, lupus, diabetes, etc. I have pain, everywhere! I am sweating, horribly, which I was told must be a side effect of the Lyrica that I now have to take 3 times a day along with Tramadol ER to control the pain, but now I am wondering. I also have reoccurring excruciating pain in my left hip, a MRI showed no problem. I get rashes on my hands and have memory problems, dizziness/vertigo, sexual dysfunction, loss of libido, developed anxiety and panic attacks (which I had never had before in my life), and the migraines which I used to only get once a month with my period now happen sometimes 5 – 10 times a month. I was eventually diagnosed with idiopathic (unknown cause) peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Starting in 2013, I have a horrible pain on the lower left side of my abdomen. The ER doctor advised me I had a diverticulitis pocket and that was the cause of my pain. It never occurred to me it could be the Essure! After living through the pain for over another year, the doctor advised that I needed that section of my colon removed. I had that surgery in November of 2014. Now I wish I hadn’t. The pain didn’t go away. It’s still there. I just learned about the problems with Essure about a month ago. My neurologist has sent me for another heavy metals test, this time she included nickel at my request. I have scheduled an appointment with my doctor. I really hope Essure is not the cause as I do not want another surgery, but the more I read and research this device, how can I not believe it is the cause of the last 5 years in hell?