WOW!I just had mine removed yesterday!
Wow, I just stumbled onto this site the other day to find out what the side effects for the mirena were and was dumbfounded to hear all of what you women have been going through. It was like I had written some of the testimonials myself. I have had the mirena IUD in for over 3 years now and just removed it yesterday. Of course the Dr. dismissed most of what I had to say as being me just needing therapy and actually said I needed to try yoga! Can you believe that? Don't get me wrong, I love yoga, but that's not the point. The point is that there is an overwhelming indication that this device can be a potential life altering and even life threatening product, and that something must be done before more women lose their sanity, health and relationships.
Here are my symptoms:
-Weight gain of 20 lbs. over a 3 year period and I barely eat anything
-lower back pain and muscle spasms
-upper neck and shoulder pain that has lead to recurrent headaches
-teeth grinding all of the time, go figure
-sore breast all of the time, especially around the areola
-non-existent periods, that can't be good for homeostasis or body health balance
-oily hair and skin
-always on edge and snap at anything
-constantly nit-picky with boyfriend
-no sex drive whatsoever
-feel rundown all the time
-rarely happy with anything
-feel like I am hanging onto sanity by a string
-I always want to be left alone
I'm sure there are more, but that is the gist of the symptoms.
Since the thing was put in I have gotten divorced, quit my job, I have barely any friends anymore since I never feel like doing anything with anyone, my boyfriend now is trying to hang in there, but the lack of intimacy has him at his wits end too.
I hope these side effects ware off sooner rather than later. I have heard 2 months to a year for the body to go back to a normal balance. If anyone else has a friend that is thinking about using this device, please send them to this forum first before it potentially ruins their lives as well.
Please give me some advice if anyone has any about speeding up the healing process.