Young woman’s ‘living nightmare’ with ‘incredible pain’ caused by contraception

A young woman says her “whole life has been turned upside down” by the “incredible pain” she suffers on a daily basis caused by a contraceptive implant.

Danielle Hayes, 24, has been left unable to carry out everyday tasks and is desperate to live “a normal life” again, describing the pinching pain caused by nerve damage as a “living nightmare.”

The customer service worker is now helping to raise awareness and warn others of the possible risks the implant can have as a form of contraception.

Hayes, from Prenton, says that there is very little information of the side effect that left her unable to move “without being in tears”, the Liverpool Echo reports.

She had the implant fitted in her left arm in October 2020 and said the only aftercare she was given was a pamphlet and was told to only come back in extreme circumstances.

But soon after she began feeling a pinching pain that she describes as “if you trapped your skin in between two pieces of metal”.

She had the implant removed in April 2021 but was left with pain from a dead arm that prevented her from doing even the most simple tasks.

Hayes told the Echo : “My arm was completely dead – I couldn’t even carry a cup of coffee or hold my phone.

“I was just in ridiculous pain and could barely move it without being in tears.

“I thought maybe I was just being dramatic but I just couldn’t take the pain and went to the doctor.

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“I had countless appointments and was then diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome in December last year.

“It’s just basically turned my whole life upside down.”

The pain is so severe it’s left Ms Hayes unable to do everyday tasks – and she’s had to change her lifestyle to take the pain into account.

Contraceptive implant is a small flexible plastic rod that is placed under the skin of the upper arm.
Contraceptive implant is a small flexible plastic rod that is placed under the skin of the upper arm

She added: “I get a pulsating ache that runs down my whole arm to my wrist and back up to behind my earlobe.

“It’s like an electrical shock going up and down my arm and I get a numbness in my hand.

“It feels like the worst sunburn you can ever imagine – I can’t wear long sleeves because my arm feels like it’s on fire.

“I have to push a shopping trolley with one hand and can never use a basket.

“I have to have a big bag to carry washing around the house as I can’t hold it.

“I don’t go out drinking anymore, firstly because I can’t because of all the medication I’m on and secondly because I’m scared in case someone bumps into me.

“I just want to be a completely ‘normal’ 24-year-old as this has all been a nightmare.”

Ms Hayes said there doesn’t really seem to be many treatment options – and it’s instead about pain management moving forward.

She wants to share her story to raise awareness so more young people are wary of the possible effects of the implant when considering contraception.

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Ms Hayes said; “I don’t want anyone else going through this.

“To be honest I don’t really think there’s enough research behind it.

“I’ve tried to look more into it and find case studies but there’s not enough about it.

“I think they should just be offering the contraceptive patch and the pill – not things that go internally into your body.

“I just got told there might be bad cramps – no nerve damage.

“You can have this done from when you’re 16, but I don’t want any 16-year-old to be in the same situation as me.

“I find it terrifying this can be a side effect.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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