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    Old 04-26-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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    chronic fatigue + dental health

    I wonder if CFS could be a direct cause of poor dental health? I started having problems when I was pregnant with my daughter with my teeth and 2 years after she was born, I developed CFS. I got to the point that I completely quit taking care of myself, including my teeth, I could not deal with it at all, and became completely non-functional. Then I ended up with 12 cavities at once. Had absessed teeth. I've had 9 teeth pulled since. Have had more cavities that needed fixed. And have 9 painful teeth right now. 2 which are in no question are going to have to be pulled because of the severity of the pain. I have felt so horribly fatigued since this new pain in my teeth started in. If my fatigue improves after I have these back teeth pulled, I am going to have to seriously question the possibility. Well I can't go get them all pulled out just to find out if I'd feel better. I don't think I want to know that badly to what's causing this.

     
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    Old 04-29-2009, 09:15 AM   #2
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    Re: chronic fatigue + dental health

    I would think that you could have a connection. If your body has to fight off infection of the teeth, it is possible that it is diverting energy to do that. Take care of your teeth as you can also cause many other health issues by ignoring them. In addition, if there is anyone you can ask for help-you should. It is overwhelming what we deal with and the more help the better. (I have no one, so I could only imagine) Anyway, I wish you the very best.
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    Old 04-30-2009, 07:29 AM   #3
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    Re: chronic fatigue + dental health

    I saw my dentist yesterday & it seems even though my teeth hurt, nothing much is wrong with them, i do take care of them now, it's just that I went through a period that I didn't, and I had cavities for a few yrs due to where I couldn't get my dentists to fix them.

    I would grab at any idea that might explain why I feel this way. i know something is wrong or either I wouldn't feel this way. and I need to know why. Because without knowing why, there's not a darn thing I can do.

    I don't have any help either and could only imagine asking someone to help me on days when things get too overwelming. They bring stress into my life which honestly just makes it worse, and there's the few that lack at all understanding what it's like to be this way. like thinking there is nothing wrong with you or that they can experience pain but your incapable of knowing what it's like to really get sick. Or telling you it's all your fault because you don't exercise or drink water.

    Well I do now and it really doesn't make a difference.

     
    Old 04-30-2009, 09:49 AM   #4
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    Re: chronic fatigue + dental health

    I am unsure what all of your symptoms are, but having fibromyalgia myself, I can tell you that when your brain has to deal with nonstop pain signals, it causes it to have to use much more resources to do tasks. In my opinion, at this time--there is only the beginnings of understanding what the illness is and surely not any true answers. I am on several meds, and they do help, but only slightly. In the fibro section there was someone who posted what she called "a letter to normals" which was brilliant with regards to explaining to people who are healthy what chronic fatigue and pain is like. See if you can find it. I have given up in trying to have help or to even have understanding in my family--and all my "friends" are long gone, so I can't help in that area as I am lost myself. Good luck.
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    Re: chronic fatigue + dental health

    I believe my fatigue was the causative factor for the FMS. I had severe fatigue probably 5years before I developed Fibromyalgia. I also have sleep disordered breathing which believe it or not is not a causitive factor to this fatigue. It's too extreme & the cpap did not help it at all. The sleep doctor said it couldn't be the reason for it.

    The muscular pain I have is usually just some mild cramps in my legs, & I have this place in my back with pain running into my shoulders that feels like a muscle sprain. I twitch there. Alot of times, very hard to sleep because of. I also have esophageal pain/stomach flare ups (acid reflux - chronic inflammation) Irritable bowel flare ups + my kidneys/bladder hurt alot, last few times I took Bactrim, it helped. I can get a muscle spasm anywhere and have tingling that hits me anywhere. Even my head gets tight. I have this never ending tooth pain, today I found out it's bruxism. It causes upper neck pain and headaches you can't stand. So I have my share of pain. But it's not causing the fatigue. On days I don't hurt that bad, I'm still extremely exhausted.

    I want a chronic fatigue specialist, but I haven't been able to find one in my area. There's different types of testing that can be done, and I have not had all possible causes for the fatigue eliminated. All I have had done is a thyroid function test + to check for anemia.

    Then there's the ANA test which is what I tested positive on the begin with on many occassions showing the same thing: 1:320 homogeneous pattern. So I'm told my body is attacking itself & I will never feel okay again. CFIDS / Auto-immune dysfunction. The ANA wasn't specific though to any particular illness. I have had a couple of ANA tests come back negative. And I have never tested high on ESR or C-Reactive protein so I figure the likelyness of that is unlikely.

    And the Epstein bar test, I tested positive on that, but I was never told the virus was chronically active.

    I did a hair analysis through Smokey Mountain Laboratories that showed I had a high amount of aluminum in my body. It also showed my calcium & magnesium out of wack but in my blood tests my calcium is always normal except once when I was passing a kidney stone, it became elevated. The doctors dismissed this like it was nothing, so then so did I.

    Maybe I should try going back to a rhematologist. I don't know.

    I've never had my adrenal glands checked. And I know there has to be other things that can be looked into beyond what I have had done.

    I think there is a possibility something could be up with my liver. My gastrenterologist is going to CT it with contrast this summer to see what the tumor is. I pee'd green urine for a week back in January. That's just not right.
    I also have cholesterol problems & always liked to drink. So getting that checked out can't hurt.

    I don't care what it is that's wrong. I don't care if they tell me it's cancer. Just as long as they tell me what it is that is wrong. I can't do anything until they tell me what's going on to make me this sick. I can feel a little better with certain things I've tried but I always end up back in the same shape I was in.

    If I have bruxism because of stress, this is why. Everytime I turn around, I am balling and crying over the way I feel. My body feels like a 150 year old person and is so ready to die but I however would rather not, so that's not an option I want to look at. But I can't deal with it and I'm not going to pretend anymore that I can. I'm sick of this.

     
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