Shay McDowall went from a C-cup to an E-cup after getting a boob job to boost her self-confidence at age 18.
But now the 25-year-old mum-of-two has spoken out about having the implants removed.
Shay, who works at a vet’s surgery in Brisbane, Australia, said she was struck by migraines, chronic fatigue, blurred vision, severe acne, rashes, chest pains and even fertility problems.
She first became ill following the birth of her first baby daughter Skylah when she was 21, but she put those down to being a new mum.
But now she says she only started to recover after having the implants removed earlier this month.
“My body was screaming for help but I was naive”
“I knew I had to get them removed after our second child,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
“My body suffered from placenta poisoning five months post-partum and I, again, ignored the warning signs.”
What started out as fatigue spiralled into flu-like symptoms, anxiety, chronic eczema, frequent sinus infections, joint pains and yellow, pasty skin.
“These came on like a tsunami,” Shay went on.
“My body was screaming for help but I was naive.”
Shay — who blogs under Embrace Bliss and Grace — admitted she hadn’t known anything about breast implants when she had them as a teenager.
“I requested a D-cup and ended up being an E-cup,” she said.
But her swollen chest soon caused neck and back pain, which she says was down to them being too big for her small frame.
Shay — who is now on the road to recovery — said she was shocked to see her implants covered in “oozing pus” when she had them removed recently.
Now she wants to use her experience to warn other women about the dangers of breast implants.
“I want to raise awareness so other women do not end up in my shoes,” she said.
“There needs to be more research about the effects of breast implants.”