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post #201 of 573

Didici09 -  I notice you mentioned Keppra.  That is an antiepileptic drug.  Are you by chance eplieptic?  I am and my seizure activity was set off by the copper IUD.  In fact, I hadn't had a seizure for 8 years and then I had my first copper IUD inserted.  In 2 months, I had a seizure.  I never put it together.  I had to have my first IUD taken out for a surgery. 

 

Then last November 2011 I had my second copper IUD inserted and then had another seizure this February, just 3 months after the new IUD.  I am now experiencing things like crying for NO reason and uncontrollable.  I keep saying to my body, "snap out of it why can't I stop"?  ugh.  It is so frustrating.  My husband wants to help but if I can't even explain it, there's nothing I can ask him to do.  My head feels like it has a really tight headband on ALL of the time.  It's not really a head ache though it doesn't hurt sharply. Concentration is terrible.  Prior to my seizure I felt like my entire world was spinning, I thought I had adult onset of ADD or something.  My kids actually started saying "we know mommy, you are just forgetful".  It was super cute and understanding of a 6, 4 and 2 year old.  But breaks my heart.

 

I just stumbled upon copper toxicity and it all is making sense now.  I'm getting a blood test tomorrow to check my copper level.  But I've also been reading that sometimes it isn't found in the blood test.  I might just get the copper IUD out regardless. 

post #202 of 573

Didici09 -  I notice you mentioned Keppra.  That is an antiepileptic drug.  Are you by chance eplieptic?  I am and my seizure activity was set off by the copper IUD.  In fact, I hadn't had a seizure for 8 years and then I had my first copper IUD inserted.  In 2 months, I had a seizure.  I never put it together.  I had to have my first IUD taken out for a surgery. 

 

Then last November 2011 I had my second copper IUD inserted and then had another seizure this February, just 3 months after the new IUD.  I am now experiencing things like crying for NO reason and uncontrollable.  I keep saying to my body, "snap out of it why can't I stop"?  ugh.  It is so frustrating.  My husband wants to help but if I can't even explain it, there's nothing I can ask him to do.  My head feels like it has a really tight headband on ALL of the time.  It's not really a head ache though it doesn't hurt sharply. Concentration is terrible.  Prior to my seizure I felt like my entire world was spinning, I thought I had adult onset of ADD or something.  My kids actually started saying "we know mommy, you are just forgetful".  It was super cute and understanding of a 6, 4 and 2 year old.  But breaks my heart.

 

I just stumbled upon copper toxicity and it all is making sense now.  I'm getting a blood test tomorrow to check my copper level.  But I've also been reading that sometimes it isn't found in the blood test.  I might just get the copper IUD out regardless. 

post #203 of 573

I had to write in response about the copper IUD, because I have had similar experiences to a lot of the writers on this blog.  I had my son in Aug. 2011.  I had a copper IUD inserted in Dec. 2011.  Since December, I have had panic attacks, depression, lack of focus and concentration.  My memory has been shot and I have been very irritable.  I blamed it on being a new Mommy; lack of sleep, working full time, taking care of two young children, and the list goes on.  I never once made the connection to the IUD, until my husband said something.  Once my husband mentioned the IUD, I realized that all my symptoms seemed to have started in December.  I then went online and found this blog, that started back in 2008, about the IUD causing a lot of similar problems for other women.  I then went on to do some more research, and found Dr. Lawrence Wilson.  Dr.  Wilson has done a tremendous amount of research on Copper toxicity and talks about the toxicity of Copper IUD's.  He uses a hair test analysis to determine the level of metals in your system, level of stress you are at, your immune system and how you metabolize sugar and carbs, and maybe some other stuff, too.  Anyway, I did end up getting the Copper IUD out, and I have to say that I haven't felt this good in a long time.  I started feeling ALOT better the next day.  I also have sent away to have my hair analyzed by Dr. Wilson.  I have already started his recommended nutritional balancing diet and some of the supplements he has recommended and I continue to feel better and better everyday.  My concentration, memory, focus, ability to multi-task, is all coming back.  I also had the tightness feeling in my head, which has also gone away.  I would recommend looking up Dr. Wilson and if anyone is having these symptoms with the copper IUD, I highly recommend having it removed.  I don't think everyone is as sensitive to the metal, but for some it can be mind altering and crazy making. 

 

Here is Dr. Wilson's website: http://www.drlwilson.com/

post #204 of 573
I couldn't believe it. I have been having anxiety and depression since I had the couper iud put in . When I took it out I felt better almost instantly. I'm 30 weeks pregnant now and I don't know wihat form of birth control I'm going to use but reading this post is not going to be on other iud. Great info thank you
post #205 of 573

I want to thank you all for this thread!  I just wish I had seen it back in October 2011.  Since I had a copper IUD installed, I immediately felt the change in myself.  I know I am a sensitive individual to changes in my body but I immediately began to have anxiety, a sense of the world crashing down on me.  I went back to my doctor after the first period after getting the IUD put in and a fear of the excessive bleeding caused me to start having reservations.  I actually went to the ER and was told to get on birth control during my period to increase my estrogen and see my gynecologist.  His response was that this was normal and to "ride it out".  I followed their advise even after talking in depth with my boyfriend.  He even said he was concerned how this IUD was reacting to my balance.I was frustrated often, had a hard time concentrating, severe anxiety, no motivation, weight gain,depression, and hopelessness. I even took a leave of absence from work!

As the months past, my bleeding slowed down but my mental state seemed to have begun to diminish.  I talked with my doctor and gynecologist again about my concerns.  They kept saying there was no correlation between the two.  I began to seek out my psychiatrist with my concerns.  As many of you stated before, they just prescibed my anti-depressants which seemed to help, but was not the answer.  I would have days where I just didn't even want to get out of bed.  I felt like the world was against me yet I knew it was not me.  I could almost see myself from outside my body and kept asking myself what was going on, why I did not have control, why I could not just get over it and why I kept getting sick. 

My boyfriend kept saying we should go see the gynecologist again and he was concerned with the IUD.  Finally, this past weekend was the last straw for me. After taking several medications, reading self help books, and going to church more often  I felt like I completely lost control and didn't know what was going on anymore.  I woke up Monday in the middle of the night, in pain and just could not bare it any more.  My boyfriend said that was it and took me back to the ER.  While there, I had the IUD removed.   Yes, it can be painful but truthfully, the moment they took it out, I felt a relieve, as if a weight was taken off my shoulders.  I know I have a road long ahead to get back to myself but I can already feel myself again!  I will be doing a detox, increase my vitamin intake of Zinc and monitor my diet!

I want to THANK YOU ALL!  After reading your own stories, I realize I am not crazy and not the only one going through this alone.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!

P.S. it is always to important to follow your women's intuition. If you feel a sudden change in your behavior once getting your IUD you are not crazy. Get it taken out spare yourself the pain Ive gone through for the last 8 months:)

post #206 of 573

I got a copper IUD in December of 2008 because I could not tolerate hormonal birth control (I had tried multiple pills and even the NuvaRing over a 10 year time period). After six months of having the IUD, I began to develop an alcohol intolerance. I also developed acne like I had never seen before. It was more like boils under my skin rather than typical acne. I became extremely tired and began having severe depression/anxiety (especially during PMS). After a year of having the IUD… one day I went out for a run (it was all I could do to continue my workout routine). After running for just a couple of minutes, I started to have heart palpitations and numbness in my left side. I ended up going to the emergency room. They did a chest x-ray, EKG, and blood work. Everything came back normal except for the blood work (which showed elevated CPK levels). The next few days I began having severe muscle pain (to the point I was unable to walk). I decided to have the IUD removed and within two days I started feeling more normal again however, my health never fully returned to 100%. After a year of continued muscle pain and fatigue, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have tried to manage the condition over the last several years but I recently read the book: Why Am I Always So Tired? Discover How Correcting Your Body's Copper Imbalance Can Keep Your Body From Giving Out Before Your Mind Does by Ann Louise Gittleman. It took me years to recognize that my chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia were linked to the copper IUD but now I can see that the timing all fits. If I could go back in time, I would have never gotten the IUD! It was the biggest mistake I ever made and I beat myself up everyday for the damage I did to my body. I thought pretty much any symptoms/damage done by the IUD would be reversible and although I am now trying to chelate/balance the copper with supplements like Molybdenum, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc, and Manganese... It has been almost three years since I got the IUD out and I don’t know that I will ever get my health back (only time will tell). If you are considering getting an IUD, please don’t… If you have already gotten one, please get it out… and if you already have yours out and you are still having issues – read Ann Louise Gittleman’s book.

post #207 of 573

Regarding the posts related to seizures and the IUD, Theresa Vernon is a nutritionist in California and she has personal experience with copper effects on the body.  She noted that her seizures were related to her copper imbalance.  See her website: tvernonlac.com/

post #208 of 573

Wow... This discription fits me to a tee!! I had to go on depression medication 2 weeks after getting the copper iud. I kept telling my doctor that I thought it was the iud and he kept reassuring me that he didn't think it was. I have had anxiety, panic attacks, extreme aggitation and my kids say I'm always cranky. I can't remember the last time I felt happy and I have no motivation. This makes me really sad writing this. I am getting the implant out in 2 days. I have had it in for a year.

Its definetley not worth continuing to have it in considering I feel crazy and lazy all the time! It's just not appropriate for mothers considering the side effects listed by so many other women are so extreme. I just can't function.

post #209 of 573
I just called my OBGYN and you are absolutely right...it is 200.00. The thought of taking mine out on my own is scary though. My history: Got the IUD in 2008 and the side effects are acne on face, back, and chest, blinding pain that mimics contractions, bleeding after sex(recently), and I do not know if this is as a result but unexplained 'dents' on the surface of my skin, as to mood swings that is up for debate since I am up one day and down the next. All test come back negative...so it has to be in my mind, right? I have kept it in this long for two reasons: my fear of another pregnancy (1 child and DO NOT want another)and my OBGYN thinking that my symptoms are ABSOLUTELY not related to the IUD. But the more I research, the more I am finding more women who are having the same problems. But even more scary than any of the above listed is what do I take as a substitute to the IUD. I have tried so many things in the past. I just started taking zinc two days ago and hope it will help. I had initially chosen the copper IUD because it is hormone free (the hormone implant I had before gave me boils)! But now I see I really should have done more research prior to having the IUD inserted. I hope this helps women who think that they are going crazy because the professionals say "Its not the IUD!" or gives you that 'condescending' look. Please do your research, search the internet, there are many women with the same problems...if only for a PEACE OF MIND! I have said a mouth full but I am sooooo glad I am not alone, I could cry.
post #210 of 573

Hi, I had my paragard inserted June 2011 and went through the "normal" things the gyn told me about.  On and off bleeding, heavy periods, breakthrough bleeding.  About 2 months ago, I went back to the gyn to get a check because I went through the worst period of my life.  Pain so intense I cried, I thought perhaps I was miscarrying.  She checked the strings and told me take motrin for the pain. Next month came same thing.  On top of this, I have gained 20 lbs, so tired(as a mom of 5, I know what tired feels like, this is different) no concentration, pain in joints, numbness in limbs on occasion.  To top it off, my husband was actually poke/scraped by string!   I went for my annual check up and spoke about switching to the Mirena.  Gyn was all for that(only mentioned the painful heavy periods)as long as I was switching not just removing.  But now I am so concerned about getting another IUD that could potentially have problems too.  It is strange how adamant the drs get with you that you shouldn't remove these devices, I feel as though I am being reprimanded.  Not sure what to do after I get the Paragard removed for birth control.  I have 5 children ages ranging from 14-2.  Husband isn't in favor of getting v done and I am not sure I want to get a tubal.  Any suggestions? The reason I chose paragard in the first place was it was non hormonal, I am 36, and would rather stay off bc pills.  Argh!  BTW, thanks to all who posted their stories, it is a big help for those who are searching for answers!
 

post #211 of 573

I've been reading these postings, as I was looking for answers to some health issues I have had especially in the last year.  I got my IUD in 2008 and did great with it--no hormones pumped into me and feeling great. However, in the past year I have suffered from constant headaches and ear pressure, sinus pain, joint stiffness and pain (especially in the shoulder), and an overall "spacey" feeling.  My life in general has taken a quantum leap these last few months, and really hoped having a positive path would ease some of these ongoing symptoms.  I want to feel great, mentally I do, but my body just didn't seem to be catching up.  I eat a plant based, organic diet, and take a few recommended  supplements and I only drink water.  I'm as clean as can be, but why still these physical pains and foggy brain?  After reading these posts, I decided to take the paraguard out.  I was assured that the copper could not absorb into my system and was reminded that our body needs copper.  Now I think rationally: I had a plastic T wrapped in wire inside my body for 4 years.  A foreign object or substance introduced to the body always affects synergistic mechanisms of the systems of the body, no matter "positive" side effects might be involved.  Ladies, trust me: It IS too good to be true that this hormone free device would not effect imbalances in the body.  Maybe some of you can compensate for that more easily.  My body/mind/spirit are very sensitive in general and I do think if you are having some of these symptoms, and you feel you might be one of those more vulnerable type of character then you should take it out and see what happens.  

post #212 of 573

I had a Mirena for two years and it was the worst two years of my life. I had HORRIBLE side effects. So, after having my son in Dec. 2012 I decided it would be good to try the copper IUD. I don't do well with hormones AT ALL! I had the copper IUD inserted and gained 13 lbs within a week and a half. I have continued to gain and am up 30 lbs from my weight at insertion 3 months ago. In addition I have horrible period cramps and sex is miserable because I can feel the IUD, which they SAY you can't but I absolutely do! Far more troubling that that is the fact that I have been having numbness and tingling in my hands, feet and face as well as severe dizziness. I am exhausted in ways that defy words. I have 5 kids ages 13, 11, 9, 7 and 5 months. Like someone else mentioned, I know what tired is but this is different. I had a ton of blood work done this morning for thyroid, anemia, and pretty much anything else they thought might cause my issues. Everything they tested for was normal. The one thing I am still waiting on is results of the test to determine if I may be vitamin B12 deficient. I don't think they will find a deficiency. I would pull this thing out myself if I could get a good grasp on the strings. I am all but convinced the IUD is my problem. I wish doctors weren't so quick to say there is NO WAY the IUD could be the cause of this... how many of us have to suffer before they consider they may not know everything? I bet if they were inserting this crap into a MAN'S body they would believe him if he said it was causing him to have all these issues! lol. 

post #213 of 573

I neglected to also mention the joint pain. It's insane! I feel like I'm 80 years old. Every joint in my body hurts. Well, maybe not EVERY joint, but it sure does feel like it!!!

post #214 of 573
So I had the copper IUD put in six months ago and I'm having the heavy periods but also bleeding inbetween which they said would happen. I'm also in so much pain that it goes from my back all the way down my legs and through my chest and im not on my period. I'm depressed and I go to sleep with a racing heart that's very uncomfortable. when I first had it in I could taste the copper in my mouth and my toung felt gritty. Right now I'm in my bed on my stomach because I'm in so much pain that this is the only position I'm comfortable in. I just found this website because I was worried and wanted to know if this is normal. But as I've been researching I've found that it can imbed itself into the skin and its possible I'll have to have surgery to get it out. it also makes you pee more and I have direea when the pain comes. I can't wait to get this out on Monday and be back to normal. This thing isn't right for the human body. I also can see the possibility of it causing cancer in the future because of the amout of copper releast into one small area corroding the skin. And last but not least its the most uncomfortable device during intercourse and I've gained weight from it. I know my body, and this is not right!!!!!! greensad.gifgreensad.gifgreensad.gif
post #215 of 573
So I had the copper IUD put in six months ago and I'm having the heavy periods but also bleeding inbetween which they said would happen. I'm also in so much pain that it goes from my back all the way down my legs and through my chest and im not on my period. I'm depressed and I go to sleep with a racing heart that's very uncomfortable. when I first had it in I could taste the copper in my mouth and my toung felt gritty. Right now I'm in my bed on my stomach because I'm in so much pain that this is the only position I'm comfortable in. I just found this website because I was worried and wanted to know if this is normal. But as I've been researching I've found that it can imbed itself into the skin and its possible I'll have to have surgery to get it out. it also makes you pee more and I have direea when the pain comes. I can't wait to get this out on Monday and be back to normal. This thing isn't right for the human body. I also can see the possibility of it causing cancer in the future because of the amout of copper releast into one small area corroding the skin. And last but not least its the most uncomfortable device during intercourse and I've gained weight from it. I know my body, and this is not right!!!!!! greensad.gifgreensad.gifgreensad.gif

P.s boils of acne under the skin and now I know what contractions feel like without even having kids. When your not on your period and bleeding the copper out it try's to come out in other ways like on You'r face with acne or through blinding pain lighting you up like a Christmas tree. It's You'r body trying to say this baby is not yours!!!! So GET RID OF IT!!
post #216 of 573

I'm curious, so you did take it out and you feel so much better? I have the same symptoms for over a year and trying to have removed asap. Curious how long it took for you to feel "normal" again.

post #217 of 573
Mommaliss, I have simular symptoms. I had an Paragaurd in 2007, within 6 months it came out. I then had a new one replaced after about 4 appointments of them not having it trying to give me the hormone one and then not being able to insert it, I finally got it replaced in 2009. I had bad cramps heavy periods and I was so emotional, but I was going through a lot in my personal life. I am still emotional I cry so easily and just thought this is how i am now. Well starting in April 2012 I got palipations I attributed them to stress. Then around May 13th I started getting numb hands arms finger. They are sometimes stiff and painful. I have tender spots just behind both arm pits, not in my arm pits. I started thinking I have Lyme, or I have CIDP, or I have heavy metal poisoning. I have been searching for answers. I had 13 vials of blood drawn today as well a urine sample. I'm waiting for my results. That could take a week maybe up to two, they are checking heavy metals as well. I had to chime in as some of you have my symptoms. One thing I will mention is that a week before this started I had two vaccines. I've been thinking it had to do with my symptoms? They were hep b and tetanus. Good luck to you all. I will wait for my results and I'm praying they find out what's wrong. Thank you all for posting. I'm hoping this helps someone. I'll be back to give my results.
post #218 of 573

OMGGEE! I am so glad i found this site. I have has a lot of the same problems. I had my copper iud inserted asap after my daughter was born. So I didnt know it was it that give me some many problems.

The cramps feel like early labor pains.

I get so moody sometimes and fight about dumb things with my husband, although sometimes he does give me a good reason.

But what made me look into it is because i am having the hardest time losing weight. It just wont come off. I lost a little but this is rediculous. So I am convinced it needs to come out! I dont have medical insurance though, so I need to find out where I can get it removed asap. I hope the weight comes off then.

post #219 of 573

I'm sure this isn't the recommended course of action but... I took mine out myself. When I had my Mirena removed they grabbed the strings, told me to cough, and when I did they pulled. It came right out. So... with that experience I knew what it should probably feel like to take it out. I squatted in the shower, got a grip of the strings tugged a little... then coughed and pulled... and there was my IUD in my hand. My cramping IMMEDIATELY stopped. I lost 4lbs in the first 7 days after I removed it... I'm going to weigh myself again tomorrow to see if I've lost anymore in the second week. I already feel better. My dizziness has stopped and my numbness/tingling is improving a ton!

post #220 of 573

these are old posts--but i am interested in results from anyone getting it out?--I used to have chronic fatigue, so it's hard for me to differentiate symptoms, but I am struggling with fatique, irritability, anxiety and I can lose the weight I gained when I got it inserted....I am looking into a tubal ligation and getting this copper thing out--hopefully it helps

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