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Link between failed root canal and EBV?

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Old 10-08-2003, 08:04 AM   #1
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Post Link between failed root canal and EBV?

Wasn't sure which board to post this question on, the dental or the chronic fatigue board, but I guess I'll try here first.

I was diagnosed with chronic Epstein Barr Virus about 4 years ago. It was so bad that I had to quit my job and basically all I did was sleep all the time.

Right before I got sick, I was having problems with one of the root canals on my upper right side in my bridge. My face swelled up and my gum was very tender but really no pain and the bridge felt tight against my gum.

I went to see my husband's dentist because my dentist (the one who did the root canal/bridge) was ungodly expensive. My husband's dentist took an x-ray and showed me the dark area around the tooth and told me it was a failed root canal. He said I needed to see a specialist. The specialist wasn't able to get me in for two weeks so I ended up going to see my dentist.

My dentist looked at the tooth, took an x-ray and told me it was NOT a failed root canal and that basically the other dentist was full of it. He said the swelling was me irritating the tooth from my teeth grinding. He gave me some pain pills and eventually the swelling went away. Now I am a very bad tooth grinder. I've had three root canals (all in the bridge area) done due to the tooth grinding and had a mouth guard made to prevent more damage, so I figured he was right.

A few months later I started to be ungodly tired, unable to get out of bed, flu symptoms, low grade fever, achy, etc. and after a few months of trying to get a diagnosis they ran blood work on me and said I had Epstein Barr Virus and that my blood levels were some of the highest they had ever seen.

A few years went by, with me basically not feeling any better, wondering if this was in my head, going to different specialists with no help, etc. and then my bridge fell out (the one that had the root canal that was bothering me before).

I went to see my mom's dentist (cause I was sick of everyone else lol) and he told me that (surprise, surprise) I had a failed root canal in the same tooth that I had seen my dentist about around 4 years earlier.

He said there was a 90% chance of failure of the root canal being able to be saved and as much as he hated to pull it, he felt that was my best choice. He also had to pull one of the other teeth in the bridge area because the bridge had gotten loose from the failed root canal weeping and the tooth was all decayed and really was nothing left of it.

Even after numbing me up, when he went to pull the failed root canal tooth, it was so sensitive that it was hurting and he had to numb me up more to get it out.

I had those two teeth pulled a few months ago and I've been noticing that I am feeling almost like my old self again. I still get tired and have the chronic sore throat I've had since I got Epstein Barr but it's definately a HUGE improvement.

I guess my question is, is it possible the infection from the failed root canal is what caused me to get sick? Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I have an appointment with my internist next week to get blood levels (which by the way have never gone down in the entire 4 years I've had this virus) so it will be interesting to see if there is any improvement. It's possible this is a coincidence but I won't know for sure until I see my new blood levels.

Also, I've been noticing that the gum where the bad tooth was feels a little funny sometimes. It will throb a little when I walk or twinge once in a while, even tho there isn't a tooth in that spot anymore.

I'm supposed to be going in to get my new bridge done and I'm wondering if I should get that gum looked at. Is it possible to still have some infection in there?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-08-2003, 09:01 PM   #2
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sounds like you could still have an infection in there. did the dentist remove anything along with the tooth? perhaps there is an abcess there. perhaps get a panoramix xray - get some bloodwork to see what your white/red blood count is and ask for a SED rate. Also, get a 3 phase bone scan - this will show any infected bone.

HTH - hope you feel good!
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