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Posted by Pat G on November 04, 2000 at 21:20:11:

In Reply to: Bone Density Test posted by Maria on November 04, 2000 at 20:06:55:

: Hi everyone, I'm hoping some one can help me out here. To start with I have serious back problems. I'm 30years old, I've have two laminectomies and I have Degenenerative Disc Disease on 8 discs. I have serious pain, and numbness on my arms, back and legs. To top it all off, my jaw is out of it's joint, and I have serious dental problems. Now you are probably wondering why I'm posting on the back problem, and dental board. Well, my dentist can't figure out why my teeth are rotting. I do everthing right, and yet every 3-4 months a new x-ray shows more problems. He talked with my PC, and they put 1 and 1 together, and presumed that I might have some form of arthritis (?) They figured between my dental and spinal problmes that there might be some kind of connection, and ordered I have a bone density test. Has any one here ever heard of that before? I mean is it possible to have dental problems as a result of arthritis? I'm a little confused about all this, even though it makes terrible sense.
: Any information at all would be very helpful. Thank You
: Maria

Dear Maria: I cannot answer your questions, but I want to you know that I, too, have spinal arthritis and live with that pain. I have it in the neck, low back, and I think there is an area of my mid-back that is starting to go out. I had neck fusion in June, 2000, and I've had a laminectomy in my low back in 1993.

I would be very interested in your results of the bone density test and to hear what your doctor has to say about the connection between teeth and bones. Maybe your body isn't absorbing calcium properly.

I am not a professional; just another woman in chronic back pain. Take care and I am very sorry for your pain; if it helps, I understand the back pain. Pat G.

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