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Old 02-20-2011, 01:09 PM   #226
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Re: Bilateral joint replacement/rheumatoid arthritis

Hello Friends,
Shirlett, please thank your son-in-law for serving our country.
To those of you who have those arch bars, I give you guys lots of credit. It sounds painful.
To those of you facing surgery- my best wishes and support go to you.
Take it from one who has been there, the pain eventually goes away. My joints were replaced in Sept of 2009, and we just got my bite in the right spot. I have false teeth, so we're going to keep the bite stabalized for about a month, and then make new teeth to the right bite.
It has taken 27 years, and probably as many doctors, but this is it for me, no more pain. Yippee!
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #227
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You two are too much removing your own arch bars. You are both very brave. Oh wait wasn't there something about a bottle of jack? At least you have a sense of humor left.

 
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:53 PM   #228
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Re: Bilateral joint replacement/rheumatoid arthritis

Shirlett,

That was how mine was, with the wire and the twists. I cut all the twists off and from there not to sure, I just grabbed what ever wire I could and then pulled, LOL. In general my wire was not pulled super tight, in fact in some places seemed fairly loose.

Friday night, hmm, for me that would have been scotch in place of Jack

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Shirlett,
So glad to hear you were able to chew!! Praying for no more surgery for you!!

 
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:04 AM   #230
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shirlett I forget and could not find it again on here. But I thought I read that you were hit in the head alot to times. First Was that you and if so if you don't mind me asking you were mugged? Sounds so horible. Hope that they are serving alot of time?

 
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Re: Bilateral joint replacement/rheumatoid arthritis

Pegala,

What type of false teeth do you have? I still have some teeth left but in quired about dentures and was told with the TJR I would not be able to wear them. The OS and I just talked about the screw in but I would have to have a diferant type as they cannot screw anything into my implant. He showed me a metal devise that goes under the gum, like a small metal plate and once the gum heals they screw each tooth into the plate. Just curious. Made the comment to the OS last Friday that TJRS are pointless if you do not have any teeth!
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painwithtmj,

No I was in a car accident, hit on the left side, other driver panicked and continued to hit the gas inplace of the brake, she hit me three times, my seat belt did not lock as I was moving forward through the traffic light, so I went through the windshield then the seat belt pulled me back three times before the cars stopped moving. I NEVER saw her comming so I never applied the brake which would have locked the seat belt. The OS thinks this is when my left disc became disloged and all my TMJ fun began! I was not diagnosed via MRI until 8 years later.
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Still Alive,

Did they send you home with the wire cutters? I have a collection going now. For me the ones with the claw on the end work much better. I have only had to cut mine open once when a wire in the back broke and everytime I swallowed it was slicing my tongue open so after a few hours of that I just cut the wires open and cut the one in back that was cutting me. Who EVER invented arch bars clearly has NEVER have worn them!
I hope all is going as best as it can be for you!
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OMG you poor thing. You have been thru so much.My problem was dr messed up.I had minor tnk problem. I woke up in morning with headaches probably from grinding but not aware of it. Went for surgery to fix occulsion and the probelms began. I have always said about myself if it were not for bad luck i would have no luck. Same applies to you. FEEL BETTER

 
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Hi still alive Isn't your surgery this week? Please let us know how you made out if you are able to. good luck

 
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Getting there, leave in 55 minutes to head over to hotel near hospital, surgery is tomorrw. Won't see any responses till friday the soonest

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Re: Bilateral joint replacement/rheumatoid arthritis

Hello Friends,
Shirlett, I have good old fashioned wooden teeth, just like George Washington.
No, seriously, I have a top plate, and a bottom plate. I've had them for about four years and I'm thrilled with them. I've been working with my TMJ specialist (dentist) to get the right bite and now that we have it I'm going to get a new set of teeth. The dentist is going to put four screws into my lower jaw. The screws will have a hook on top of each one. I will have the matching hooks on my lower dentures. This way the teeth will stay in place. Right now, I have to glue them in, and reglue them several times a day.
As far as false teeth and TJR, my surgeon didn't see any problems with them. As a matter of fact he said that in some ways it's easier to work with dentures, as they can be taken out and the bite adjusted. This way my muscles don't get stretched and my mouth is not held open for work. The dentist has been building up and adjusting my bite by applying a clear acrylic on the teeth. At this point it looks like I'm wearing a bite plate.
Please let me know if there's anything else that I can answer.
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Getting there, leave in 55 minutes to head over to hotel near hospital, surgery is tomorrw. Won't see any responses till friday the soonest

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I hope it all goes well and is as painless as possible.

Post when you can, but take care of yourself first.

 
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