In my initial consultation with Dr. Carolyn Hixson, she assured me that the essure procedure was safe and really effective. At which time I informed her of my intolerance to many metals except silver and gold. She said not to be concerned with the nickel content, and that a metal allergy test was not necessary because the company had removed the nickel allergy warnings a long time ago. Even though this sounded strange, and my doctor did not want to perform a metal allergy test, I trusted her anyway and went ahead with the procedure. For several weeks after the procedure I was in and out of the emergency room with excruciating pain, and my pain was being controlled with a refillable prescription of narcotics. After four weeks I made another appointment with my doctor and explained to her in tears that I couldn’t live like this and I had asked her if there was anything I could do. She looked at me very coldly and said ‘You’re just going to have to live with it’. ‘I’ve never seen anyone have problems with this procedure, and none of my colleagues had heard of any problems either’. She made me feel crazy. My mother who came with me to the appointment chimed in and said this is impossible. The doctor said I can remove them which may result in a partial hysterectomy. At that point, I didn’t care. While in surgery the doctor determined that the essure coils had not attached and she pulled them out and completed a tubiligation. If I had let them attach, the damage could have been far worse. In one of my many emergency room visits prior to the surgery to remove the coils, the ER doctor had stated that there was obvious swelling on the ride side of my uterus where the pain was. Since they have been removed I have been free of pain and incident. I was probably allergic to the metal in the coils.