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#301 of 590 Old 09-17-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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All your symptoms sound very familiar to me, I've had almost all of them. But the issue with me is that some months I was fine and others were terrible, how about you? Were your symptoms regular or different all the time. I still haven't had the IUD removed, I have an appointment to remove it on Wednesday this week. We'll see what this doctor says and I'll keep you posted. Let me know how your symptoms are doing. Stay in touch and good luck.

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How are you feeling now?

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If you want more information about detoxing from the IUD, please join our Yahoo group http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copperiuddetox/

 

ALSO- read the earlier posts about detoxing, not many but some may apply..then Join us at the link above.  PS Facebook has a possible group for class action lawsuit, therefore document everything you can think of should you wish to be involved with it ..as of now they are looking for a Law Firm to handle the case...Anyone know a Great Attorney? Due to the size on FB page it looks like this could be serious.

 

Wishing each of us health and recovery <3
 

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Ladies: I wanted to ask those who ARE now IUD-Free...please post how long since removed and how this is going for you? Also if you are using nutritional balancing, supplements, saunas, detoxing of any kind, yoga, etc?  I have posted about Yahoo page but not everyone may go there and its important that we keep this information out in many areas as I know when I began searching I went to at least 4 forums to look for clues as to what was wrong with me.

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Oh my goodness!!  I dont even know what to say!!  I have had my copper IUD for 6 years now.  I feel like I have a weight in the front of my head, it feels heavy alot.  I have EXTREME anxiety, EXTREME panic attacks.  I am TIRED all the time!  I am ittitable, cranky.  I am scared to death to be alone!  I was the most outgoing, social person, and always there to help EVERYONE!  I love to help anyone who needs it, I love people!!  Now im a prisoner in my own home!  Could this really be true??!!!  If I have this god forsaken thing removed, can I get better??!!  Or have I poisoned myself for tooo long??  I have been to a heart specialist.  I have been to a neuroligist.  I have been to a internal medicine specialist!  I have alot of thyroid diease symptoms, but my thyroid is fine!  I have terrible heart palpatations also!!  I am so sorry, I am rambeling, but all the doctors look at me like im crazy and try to put me on anti depresants!  Im not depressed, Im scared to death!!  I want my life back!!!  I also am thirsty all the time, and no matter what I cant fix it!!

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Apologies for the posts length:   NIKK18, It is not in your head, it is your IUD! I too got to a point after my 4.5 yrs w/ the IUD where I could not take being alone. Please read my earlier post to read my story (user: Oklahoma)...IN FACT read each story from all of these Brave Women! We each had MANY things in common so its worth the effort when your feel up to it.  Here are a few great links: I found this one first when trying to figure out what was wrong with me too. I was told at first they were thinking MS or Lupus! I had 8+ autoimmune tests in last 7/12 to 8/12 and all were OK... A good link to reviewhttp://www.tvernonlac.com/index.html .   IMO Ms. Theresa Vernon is one of the main people I read to get help. She has great information on line at this link above as does Dr. Wilson's page http://drlwilson.com/detox_protocols.htm.  At the bottom is one more. Be gentle on your self and take YOUR TIME! Print and Slowly review these articles/ documents, as it is overwhelming to see it in black and white. I cried many times too see about my symptoms on this forum and these websites, also highlighted each story w/ symptoms like mine.. was really trying to clarify to myself that it was more than just me with all these issues. Many blessings and YES we will ALL get better! This last link has several resources to view http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copperiuddetox/links.

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Thank you so much Oklahoma!!  I have been so scared and so alone and have felt like im crazy!  I will go to all the links you gave me and read all of it.  I now feel like there is hope!  Bless all of you ladies who have posted on here, and I am sooo sorry for your loss of years.  Thank you again, a 1000 times thank you. 

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Glad to get some hope out htere for you! Several of us have joined the Yahoo forum http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copperiuddetox/links to share Detoxing and other information...anyone interested please join! Just like here support and information can be found there too. Take care!

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I had the paraguard iud put in May 11 2012. Since then I have gradual experienced numbness, burning, tingling in my arms and legs. It normally happens when I go to bed at night but I can still feel the symptoms mildly throughout the day. I experience eye dryness, constipation, bladder issues, bacteria infections, crave carbs, and I'm so moody.

My hands and feet are the worse. I'm in so much pain. I've been checked for carpal tunnel and my nerves are fine. I am 24 years old and was fine before the iud. I am scheduled for removal this Tuesday. I am hoping removing it will make these horrible pains go away. The doctors have me worried with talk of MS or thyroid issues.
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Just thought that I would share a bit of my experience...I have been reading through all of the posts lately looking for info...

 

I had the Paragard for just over one year.  I removed it myself at the beginning of August and started feeling better right away.  I finally wanted to eat healthier food and not only carbs and sugar and chocolate...the cystic acne started to go away and my skin that was looking like I was 60 years old started to get some life back---the wrinkles around my eyes have almost disappeared...I read about a connection between copper and the ability to create collagen so I guess that's where they came from.  I am 25 years old and have been a vegetarian since 2005, so my diet was already pretty high in copper though I had never had any issues with it before the IUD.  Aside from the skin issues that I had with the IUD, I had some sporadic joint pain and started worrying that I had inherited my grandmother's rheumatoid arthritis!!!  That seemed to clear up after a few months---it started last fall and disappeared again.  Then I noticed that one of my molars had broken--one of the "corners" or points, you could say, just wasn't there one day and that's when I realized how yellow my teeth were looking.  I have always had nice, white teeth and don't drink coffee or really eat anything that would stain them so drastically.  So I think that the copper's ability to deplete Vitamin D is related to the changes in my teeth...I have started taking Vit. D supplements...hoping that helps!  What else....the constant discharge drove me crazy.  So gross and some of my underwear went in the trash b/c it seemed like the discharge literally ate it!!! Like it destroyed the cotton fabric and left holes!  What else could it be?!  I had never had such a thing happen before the IUD....freaky.  So I realized that that's why the thing worked as birth control for me--how could sperm survive in there if the discharge could destroy things!?!  I also had a few periods where the pain and cramps were sooooo bad that I couldn't leave the house.  I have never had bad PMS or cramps or anything in my life but that little copper demon sure brought it all for a few months!  That was long after I got it put in, too....so these symptoms are super random and never all happened at the same time for me....

 

I also LOST a lot of weight....I am not sure if it's due to my lack of appetite which struck starting about 5 months ago or what.....All i wanted to eat for a while were carbs/sweets...so I was definitely not getting the vitamins and minerals necessary!  But I never gained weight with the thing.........I did get the MAJOR bloating at certain times of the month and even thought that I was pregnant a few times until I realized the cycle that the bloating followed.  I would retain tonsssss of water and get this little pouch that looked just like being maybe 4 months preggo...yuck.  I don't have a stomach to begin with so that was depressing!!!

 

On to the WORST part of it all.  My hair.  It started shedding maybe in May..I thought that it was just regular shedding which usually happens a couple of times a year for me depending on the seasons.....so I didn't pay attention to it since my hair still felt full.  Only later did I realize that in March or April the texture of my hair had completely changed before the shedding started---it got SUPER dry and felt awful...but I started using lots more conditioner and it seemed to improve and felt more normal.  But then the shedding....it was a lot of hair but I didn't notice a difference in the thickness of my hair until July when it seemed to coming out in clumps especially in the shower......so by August, I could feel that my hair was just disappearing and now in September, I think that I have only one third left!!!!   And even though I have been without the IUD for over 6 weeks, the shedding DOESN'T stop!!!!   I am getting married later in the fall and won't have any hair left by then!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooo scared and sad..........I am taking all of the vitamin and mineral supplements that I have read about for copper toxicity and yet the shedding continues....there are some new hairs growing but with the shedding continuing, it doesn't make much difference and some of those tiny hairs fall out, too!  I had the most beautiful hair and had finally grown it out after 2 years of patience and care......now, I will be bald in a couple of months....I don't know what to do.  I am eating really well again and following the diet suggestions on the sites I have found...my acne is much better though still present at times.  The discharge stopped IMMEDIATELY after removing the thing and no more crazy bloating....but this hair loss is killing me.  I can barely stand to wash my hair b/c I know that I will see half of it going down the drain or in my wide-tooth comb.....:(  I really researched all of my options before getting this thing and thought that it was the best option. HA.  It has destroyed my life.  Oh and I didn't mention the depression and lack of energy....I had never felt depressed ever in my life but certainly felt that way the last 6 months or so.  Feeling much more like myself since removing that little devil.  

 

Well, ladies, that was very long!  Sorry.  But if you have lost hair with the IUD, I would really like to know how long it took for the hair loss to stop...I need some hope here......Take care and blessings on your healing, everyone!

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I just got a iud on September 18 (Tuesday). It is now midnight on the 22 and I am in the emergency room for iud complications. I called my dr after hours and was told by the hotline to go to the ER, I wasn't even able to leave a message with the on call dr to get a return call. For anything regarding the iud the hotline tells you to go straight to the ER. I'm still bleeding and have clear discharge, which I was advised I would bleed for a couple days, I am having really achy pains and had some blood clots. Can anyone let me know of their experiences after iud insertion? I gave birth on July 13, i went 8 hours without getting an epidural, but the pain when they were putting the iud in was unbearable. I wanted to close my legs, but knew that would cause more pain. When I sat up I was about to pass out and was seeing stars. Now at the ER I just had a trans-vaginal ultrasound and the ultrasound tech hit one spot and man did it hurt bad. We'll see what the dr says, but after reading all of the posts I want this thing out of me!
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Just get it out Honey!!! It's not worth all the pain and problems. Some people can tolerate it and some can't. Good luck.

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Did anyone expiriance breathing problems? Rib pain or visian disturbance?imm only 16 &keep havin eveerydaay headaachess
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How soon, after getting an iud, is too soon to get it removed?
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Take it out now, you've seen its effects on your body....remember not everyone can have an IUD. Remove it now, yes the cost of the IUD and removal are steep...however after 4.5 years of IUD hell and now 7 months w/ out it ...I am still spending money on "my health 'this toime to recover thankfully! So Listen to YOUR BODY, it IS reacting! Many blessings and feel better soon! ~Oklahoma

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Just a quick update to almost a week IUD-free. My knee pain is gone. I did have a headache yesterday, but could have been from another source. I'll keep letting you as time passes other changes I am experiencing.

 

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I'll give it at least a month to go through my cycle before I get too excited!!!!

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For those looking for detox info, this might be helpful.  (Note:  I haven't used this, an online friend posted it after a discussion on our group about lead removal).

Reasonably-priced mineral analysis. Checks for mineral imbalances in your body & detects heavy metals. They recommend specific supplements to correct each individual's imbalances--based on the lab results.
http://www.arltma.com/HairAnalysis.htm

 

 

I also have a friend that is an herbalist, or something along those lines.  For copper detoxing she recommends Vit C (NOT ascorbic acid).  "I suggest taking TONS of C COMPLEX (NOT ascorbic acid!). Rosehips, acerola cherry powder, etc. Take C Complex every hour, increasing your dose until you get diarrhea (not just loose stools). Then take 3/4 of the total you have taken so far and divide that number by 2, and that will be your daily detox dose for the next 3 weeks or so. So....if you take 1/2 teaspoon of acerola cherry powder at 8:00 a.m., and 1 1/2 tsp. at 9:00, 2 tsp. at 10:00, and by your 3 tsp. dose at noon you've got diarrhea, your total amount for the day so far would be 9 1/2 tsp. 3/4 of that is 4 1/2 tsp. So, your dose for the next 3 weeks is 2 1/4 tsp. at breakfast, and 2 1/4 tsp. at supper. Now, that is quite a bit of C Complex, so I'd suggest if you use acerola cherry powder, that you start out your day of "dosing" testing, with increments of 1/4 tsp. at a time."

 

You have to be very careful in what you get.  I went to the natural foods store and asked for ascorbic acid.  What I was given did have rose hips and acerola, but the main ingredient was ascorbic acid.  I was several huge doses in and it wasn't affecting me, but my nursling would have diarrhea when she nursed.  That's when I went back and checked the label a little more closely.  Have to say, I was pretty pissed.  She also suggested combining this with an Epsom Salt bath every day while drinking a tea that is sweat inducing, like yarrow.  So, hot as you can take it tea and bath.  You want to treat it like a steam bath (if you have access to a steam bath or sauna, even better!); putting a towel under the door to hold in the heat helps.  I still haven't found a source of Vit C in town, so am ordering it.  Will let everyone know how it goes.

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Thanks Ms. Jljeppson! Great stuff... my Hair tissue Mineral Analysis is via http://www.arltma.com/HairAnalysis.htm - same lab.  My practioner submitted the sample and reviews the report s w/ me first. She has been SO calming for me, listening and patient with all of my questions about my report/ supplements recommended on the report as well.  You do not have to purchase supplements listed on the report,  its only suggested. I choose to do so as my Husband (amazingly supportive man) insisted that I get the supplements recommened ASAP, so I did. It is a true learning experience.     Look up Nutriotnal Balance practioners in your area/ adrenal fatigue, etc. to find folks to work. Again you can go it alone, the report is comprehensive and detailed - many things you can look up online to refer too.

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May I also state that PLEASE READ FIRST ALL INFORMATION regarding detoxing - BEFORE - you test it out, purchase products, and the like! Just noting that not every detox will be effective for each person AND even for some it will cause additional side effects- not that can linger - but can be not easy to tolerate.  I chose hair tissue mineral analysis because after several attempts to heal myself I needed guidance -answers too! Please keep in mind this as you are on your journey, I keep w/ this forum and others so I am always getting new or possibly useful tools to aid me in my recovery.  Many blessings to you all!

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http://hcp.paragard.com/contact-us

 

The above it the CONTACT link for PARAGARD! A good old fashioned write in/ email/ calling campaign is something we should look at doing. It takes ONE Stone to make a ripple in even the largest lake :) Thoughts? Thinking of you all.

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Anyone detoxing...if so how is it going?  

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Lots of weird acne, continued hair loss, some anxiety/depression that comes and goes, some insomnia, some candida issues that have been coming and going this week....overall feeling better but the hair loss is really making me depressed.  I have read that it can take a year for it to get back on track with the cycles of growth/rest so that is not happy news!!!  And I still get some of the cravings that I had starting months ago for chocolate, juice, and sweets in general and no desire to eat other stuff....trying to say no!  Haha.  I have been living abroad the last 3 years and got the IUD last year on a trip back to the US...moving back next month so then I will be able to get a hair analysis done and find a nutritionist, etc. to work with and probably get a hair piece :(  If it would just stop falling out then I could find some sort of style to deal with until it really grows back.....

 

Hope everyone else out there is doing okay!!

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Catratcha....just replied to you on the Yahoo forum....I am not clear on vit/ mirerlas for hair...wish i could help but put a ASK to the ladies over there as i understand how devestating this is to experience. many blessings to you ~ oklahoma

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please read this Brave Womens blog, though she had the Merina IUD her words are powerful! http://mylifeaftermirena.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html

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Yes!  Thanks!  I just replied back ;) I know the right vitamins and minerals for hair but it's apparently a whole lot more complicated than just that......so I am doing what I can!  

 

And that blog that you shared is very powerful!!!  Lots of interesting information there.

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I’m also new to this thread, but I’ve been trying to find a rationale reason for all of the pain & problems my new Paragard might be causing me.

 

I had been on all sorts of different bcp’s, the shot, the patch since I was 16; I never had much trouble until I was about 25 (now 31) and the hormones started bothering me (headaches, migraines, weight gain, ovarian cysts, depression). Since then, I’ve been looking for a better solution.

 

During the 3 times I’ve been completely free of hormones since age 25, my libido shoots through the roof. I loose weight & feel amazing. But, I’m not in a position to start a family yet & I break out, get red, itchy & swollen any time I try latex.

 

I thought that the non-hormonal Paragard was finally the answer. Insertion wasn’t horrible & after just a couple days I felt fine. I knew there would be some pain, cramping & additional bleeding. No big deal. I had mine inserted in June 2012. This being only the 4th month, my problems don’t seem to be lessening, but compounding! I noticed right away that my libido went from pouncing on my amazing boyfriend to having zero interest in sex. None. I give in because I feel like no matter how much he says he understands, at some point, he's going to wonder why I won't sleep with him anymore! I love him dearly, and he is absolutely the most loving man in the world. But again, I thought – I just had a copper thing shoved up inside me that is irritating my innards to prevent pregnancy; my sex drive will come back, right?

 

Well, it hasn’t. I’ve also been keeping track of the other compounding problems. I thought these were maybe just related to an intensifying PMS cycle, being the week before the next period but as time continues, these symptoms get worse & worse & more frequent. Maybe even PMDD? And I am talking about feeling anxious for no reason. I wake up in the middle of the night, heart racing & can’t get back to sleep. My heart will just start racing for no apparent reason. I feel scared to go to work….to teach…..to sit on the couch?! Seriously. So, especially that PMS week, I can’t sleep – can’t fall asleep & when I do, I wake up after a few hours & can’t fall back asleep. I’ve been finding myself crying, uncontrollably at times, sobbing feeling helpless & hopeless. Every little things bothers me. I get mad, sad, angry, furious, resentful, jealous & scared all in one action & it’s all very confusing. But the depression-like symptoms, crying & feeling lost has started creeping into non PMS time. Time for help!

 

So, I step back and think – this is not me! WTF is going on?! But even the realization that this is maybe my thyroid or too much copper or what?! The WHAT is what I’m trying to find out.  

 

Plus, the mid-cycle (just post ovulation for 4-5 days) odor sure doesn’t help wanting to be intimate either! It’s horrific & coming from inside. I cleanse with dial or some other normal bar soap so I don’t irritate anything with fragrances. I keep it as clean as possible & as dry as one can. After washing my hands, while checking for the string, the odor that comes back out is pungent & terrible! Maybe fishy, maybe just like something died! If this still smells tomorrow, I'm heading in. I would assume BV, but like every other month, it’s here for 4-5 days & then vanishes on it’s own. But my back hurts & all the “parts” feel swollen, too.Maybe ovarian cysts - but then they'd tell me there's nothing they can do for those. Again.

 

Anxiety, depression, foul odor, exhaustion, zero libido, bad acne, & insomnia is not what I expected from a non-hormonal method. Is it not related? Am I just nuts? I’m documenting anything daily so I don’t feel like I’m making this up! This is real; this is frightening & this is not what I signed up for when I thought, non-hormonal high libido birth control. Any suggestions?!

 

I do also have this weird calf pain that happens any time I stand & walk after sitting or sleeping. No clue if it's related, but it's just more pain I've encountered, no injury to be the cause since I got the Paragard inserted. It's not muscular, but feels like it's deep down. Maybe the Yaz I took did something awful to me!

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OMG!!! Where do I start. I'll first start by thanking all of you ladies for sharing your stories. I have been following this thread for the past two weeks and it along with a lot of prayer has kept me from going berserk. I too have had similiar issues with the Paragard. Before getting it removed a week and a half ago, I had the paragard for 7 years. For years, as far as I can remember I don't believe I had any major issues. I do remember having lots of yeast infections but never linked it to the IUD. I also gained lots of weight that I couldn't seem to get off.

 

However about a year ago I believe, my period started to get really heavy....staying on for almost two weeks and my PMS symptoms would start 2-3 weeks before my period even came on. I would be EXTREMELY tired to the point where I could not move some days. I would also be soooo cranky that I even nicknamed myself CARRIE (from the movie) during that time of the month. I also had lots of clotting. Still never connected the dots to the IUD.

 

About 6 months I notices I would break out in red bumps in the folds of my arm and I got an itchy rash on one side of my body....inner thigh, outer thigh and arm. I had started on weight watchers around this time and had swritched to all whole grain products so I just thought my body was adjusting to the change in my diet. I found out later that whole grain foods are high in copper. I would also crave chocolate a lot which is high copper also.

 

The scare for me came three weeks ago when started having real bad panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, and heart palpitations. I had never experienced anything like that in my life. I was in and out of urgent cares and doctors office every other day. I took a thyroid test, mono test, std panel, lab work and they all came back negative. Like many others on here I'm not sure what prompted me to research the copper iud but I did and I was literally in tears reading the forums. I was soo that others could relate to what I was going throug and that I was not crazy.

 

Over the past year, or even longer, I have experienced lots of pressure in my head, joint pain in my left wrist ( I had to wear an arm brace in order to type), a rash on one side of my body, bad pms symptoms, very blah feeling, no motivation to do anything, feelings of depression and in recent weeks anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, neck pains, throat pains, loss of appettite. I took an allergy test which showed that im allergic to something but im sure the IUD is behind that also.

 

I am now going on two weeks post IUD and I have my good days and I have my bad. I tried taking zinc supplement but heightnened the anxiety and I toss and turned all night. From what I've read the zinc makes the symptons worse as it works as a copper antagonist so Im sticking to just foods high in zinc and avoiding high copper food. My body doesnt hurt when I try to move it...which was one of the benefits i did feel.

 

I am now taking Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 and praying everyday to get better. I feel like im in a bad dream and i cant escape. I'm 31 and i've always been pretty healthy and vibrant but this copper iud/zinc defiency/copper excess has really taken a toll on my body and mind. I'm researching like crazy and have read several articles inclduing Dr. Wilson's, Paul Eck and others who have expertise in this issue.

 

Thank you all again for posting your stories. I truly appreciate you all. I'll continue to post each week to let you all know if things progress with my health and I would definitely like to hear how you all are doing post IUD.

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Hi Leah,

 

I also have a copper IUD.  At the age of 38, I had the Paraguard inserted.  That was approximately 2 years ago.  I never had bad or heavy periods before the IUD and now my periods are unbearable at times.  I'm also having the jolts of what seem to be electricity shoot down my arm & head.  Here are some other symptoms I'm experiencing that all seemed to have started around the time when I had the IUD inserted:

 

horrible cramping during menstration

thin fluid leakage that has an odor  ( know this sounds gross but trying to be as detailed as possible)

very heavy bleeding & LONG periods - 6-8 days now (before they were only 3 days)

painful ovulation

extreme fatigue

complete loss of libido  angry.gif

joint pain & stiffness

forgetfullness

 

I've mentioned my symptoms to my OB-GYN and my internest, and neither think my symptoms have anything to do with the IUD, however, after reading all these posts, I can't help but think differently.  I love the freedom the IUD provides, however, I'm very close to having it removed to see if my symptoms go away.  I'll be sure to give updates once that happens.....

 

GOOD LUCK LADIES!!!!

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OMG!!! Where do I start. I'll first start by thanking all of you ladies for sharing your stories. I have been following this thread for the past two weeks and it along with a lot of prayer has kept me from going berserk. I too have had similiar issues with the Paragard. Before getting it removed a week and a half ago, I had the paragard for 7 years. For years, as far as I can remember I don't believe I had any major issues. I do remember having lots of yeast infections but never linked it to the IUD. I also gained lots of weight that I couldn't seem to get off.

 

However about a year ago I believe, my period started to get really heavy....staying on for almost two weeks and my PMS symptoms would start 2-3 weeks before my period even came on. I would be EXTREMELY tired to the point where I could not move some days. I would also be soooo cranky that I even nicknamed myself CARRIE (from the movie) during that time of the month. I also had lots of clotting. Still never connected the dots to the IUD.

 

About 6 months I notices I would break out in red bumps in the folds of my arm and I got an itchy rash on one side of my body....inner thigh, outer thigh and arm. I had started on weight watchers around this time and had swritched to all whole grain products so I just thought my body was adjusting to the change in my diet. I found out later that whole grain foods are high in copper. I would also crave chocolate a lot which is high copper also.

 

The scare for me came three weeks ago when started having real bad panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, and heart palpitations. I had never experienced anything like that in my life. I was in and out of urgent cares and doctors office every other day. I took a thyroid test, mono test, std panel, lab work and they all came back negative. Like many others on here I'm not sure what prompted me to research the copper iud but I did and I was literally in tears reading the forums. I was soo that others could relate to what I was going throug and that I was not crazy.

 

Over the past year, or even longer, I have experienced lots of pressure in my head, joint pain in my left wrist ( I had to wear an arm brace in order to type), a rash on one side of my body, bad pms symptoms, very blah feeling, no motivation to do anything, feelings of depression and in recent weeks anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, neck pains, throat pains, loss of appettite. I took an allergy test which showed that im allergic to something but im sure the IUD is behind that also.

 

I am now going on two weeks post IUD and I have my good days and I have my bad. I tried taking zinc supplement but heightnened the anxiety and I toss and turned all night. From what I've read the zinc makes the symptons worse as it works as a copper antagonist so Im sticking to just foods high in zinc and avoiding high copper food. My body doesnt hurt when I try to move it...which was one of the benefits i did feel.

 

I am now taking Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 and praying everyday to get better. I feel like im in a bad dream and i cant escape. I'm 31 and i've always been pretty healthy and vibrant but this copper iud/zinc defiency/copper excess has really taken a toll on my body and mind. I'm researching like crazy and have read several articles inclduing Dr. Wilson's, Paul Eck and others who have expertise in this issue.

 

Thank you all again for posting your stories. I truly appreciate you all. I'll continue to post each week to let you all know if things progress with my health and I would definitely like to hear how you all are doing post IUD.

Hi! I am happy to hear you decided to remove it. I am sure the IUD causes your symptoms. We all went through similar experiences and felt alone with our symptoms. If you like to share your detox process you can join us on http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copperiuddetox/ There you will find a chart that I developed to follow up the symptoms during the detox process. Also we are uploading there all the links that can help us understanding what happened to us and getting back on track.

You are all welcome to join us! For Spanish spoken women I started http://cuidadoconeldiudecobre.wordpress.com/ with a summary on the information I found on copper toxicity in Spanish.

I hope you all start feeling better soon!

Love,

Flor

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It's not what any of us signed up for.  It is a nightmare.  One that unfolds slowly and takes even longer to go away.  I posted my story last month and had many of the symptoms you have shared....I diagnosed myself with copper toxicity/zinc definciency and took that sucker out myself one day.  I started feeling better immediately--what stopped right away was the weird, smelly discharge.  Literally, it stopped immediately.  No more.  The acne cleared up for a while but has since come back as I detox...it's not nearly as bad as it was but it comes and goes and before I got the IUD, I had hardly any acne at all.  The joint pain was scary for me.  Rheumatoid arthritis runs in the family and a cousin of mine was diagnosed around my age so the joint pain I kept feeling made me PANIC.  My grandmother has been on meds for that for so long that she now has to stop all of them and detox her body b/c of the horrible side effects......anyway, I have had TONS of symptoms of copper toxicity over the last year and the worst has definitely been the hair loss.  It started sometime this spring but I thought that it was just seasonal shedding...but it never stopped and then got worse and started coming out in clumps...I have maybe 1/4 the quantity of hair now as compared to before this little devil.  I have some new hairs growing now but the long hairs are still falling out since what must have happened was an interruption in the normal cycle of growth and rest of my hair...so the hair that had already gone into rest (which can last 3-4 months) before I removed the thing is still falling out.....so I have to wait for my hair cycle to readjust itself and regrow.  UGH.  So incredibly depressing.  I had been letting my hair grow out for 2 years and it was getting long before the IUD and then sometime during the winter, it seemed to just stop growing....or growing very slowly.  I didn't think about why but thought it was strange....then I started searching for clues symptom by symptom--thought that I had a thyroid problem or diabetes or something until I came across the common factor: copper.  Scary as hell.  So now that that is out of me, I am scared to death about becoming pregnant.  We don't have the financial stability for a baby right now AND it wouldn't be healthy for the baby or me...the baby would be born with high copper levels and I am already so unhealthy from the messed up diet that this thing led me to.......so I guess that I will get a diaphragm ASAP.  There don't seem to be any other options out there.  

 

Sooooo...this started off as a response to musician31......you are not alone.  It is not you.  It probably doesn't have much to do with the Yaz.  It probably has everything to do with the IUD.  The sooner you get it out, the less damage it can cause and the faster you can recover.  I wish that I would have known all of this longggggg before I did.  

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