Breast Implants, Autoimmune Disease, & Sleep Position

November 23, 2010

I wrote about breast implants and sleep problems a few weeks before, but I wanted to address an additional aspect of breast implants that deserves even more attention. In past years, there was a push to move towards saline-based over silicone-based implants, since there were reports autoimmune diseases with silicone implants. Studies performed at that time were inconclusive, but for the most part, most surgeons now recommend saline implants, although patients still seem to prefer silicone.

If you’re a stomach sleeper, and you elect to undergo breast implants, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to sleep on your back after your procedure. If you have smaller jaws than normal (almost everyone these days), then your sleep efficiency will go downhill the longer you stay on your back. Poor sleep quality not only increases your adrenaline levels and stress hormones, it also will over-activate your immune system. Once this happens, your immune system won’t be able to differentiate your own body’s tissues vs. foreign bodies or invaders. As a result, various areas of your body can be damaged, including your joints, kidneys, skin, your bowels, and even your brain.

This may be a big leap, but could it be possible that poor sleep quality due to poor breathing makes you sleep on your side or stomach to begin with, but when made even worse by forcing you to sleep on your back, is it enough to cause your body’s immune system to go onto overdrive and attack it’s own tissues?

What do you think about my theory? Please enter opinions in the comments box below.

2 Responses to “Breast Implants, Autoimmune Disease, & Sleep Position”

  1. Pappy (BrianMc) on December 1st, 2010 2:09 am

    I was diagnoses with RA in 2007, no matter what immune suppressive therapies were tried nothing was able to bring my condition under control. Last year I started to present with typical symptoms of OSA; night sweats, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension and observed apnea. I was referred to a sleep study and diagnosed with OSA.

    Three days after beginning treatment for OSA, ALL symptoms of RA disappeared! In all of my searching I have only heard of one other person which had the same experience, but I will be watching for others here. I am very interested in farther information on this topic!

    Pappy/ Brian Mc

  2. John on February 23rd, 2012 6:56 pm

    Doctors in Tennessee report using a CPAP device to cure (more or less) a patient with another autoimmune disease–myasthenia gravis (occular, not generalized). Fascinating stuff.

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