I am updating my daughter’s story, which appeared on this site previously. Her name is Kaylyn and she is from Mineral, Virginia. Kaylyn had the Essure implants placed on July, 30, and two days after the procedure she began having debilitating headaches. Four months later, in her own words, she described her symptoms as: ‘extreme pain in the head, all over. Most times it felt like a railroad spike was hammered into the top of my skull with pain radiating through the core of my head making my neck twitch. Insomnia, due to the pain in my head. Going to the bathroom caused waves of pain throughout my stomach and head. Sitting and lying down caused massive pain waves to radiate up my spine into my head. Crippling waves of nausea. Massive thigh and hip cramps that would keep me from walking or driving. Cramps in my lower abdomen that would make me cry out in pain at random times.’
We tried many avenues to persuade Kaylyn’s surgeon to remove the implants. We went to an allergist to have Kaylyn test for nickel and titanium allergies – they both came back negative. We had an ultrasound done to check to see if the implants had moved and perhaps that was causing the symptoms – the implants were in the correct location. One interesting thing has shown up during her multiple visits – a high white blood cell count, indicating an infection somewhere in her body. She has been tested for a urinary tract infection and it has come back clean. Her surgeon insisted that she consult a neurologist for the headaches, however, all testing was inconclusive on this front.
Six weeks ago, Kaylyn’s surgeon agreed to remove the implants. Kaylyn has Medicaid insurance. Medicaid approved the removal of the Essure implants for the diagnosis of headache and pain post Essure placement. I am posting this because Kaylyn and I believe this is a milestone for anyone else trying to have the implants removed. Kaylyn had her surgery on December 4. Since that time, her headaches have disappeared, as have almost every one of her other symptoms. She was on percocet initially for post operative pain, but is on ibuprofen now. Hallelujah.