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I'm new here but wanted to share a little of my bizarre story. I had severe lower back pain which Dr. said was osteoarthritis (nothing else showed up on the MRI really) and was prescribed Bextra. It worked wonders and I could walk more than 1/2 block for awhile - lived on it for 3 months. Then something else happened which I know was the solution for me.
Believe it or not but my back pain was connected to tooth infection. Yes you read it right! Had a root canal and the pain immediately disappeared. It was unbelievable as I had had back pain for 5 years or more (off and on) but finally was getting so bad I could not even hardly walk. Has anyone else experienced this? Are you a person who has very sensitive teeth? Anytime my teeth were cleaned I ended up having a couple root canals. Anyway I was going to back specialists at the time and of course they said it was not possibly connected. Was good then for a few months, then had more tooth work done (dumb, yes I agree) and the pain came back 5 days later. Went to the dentist and on a hunch I asked him to give me a prescription for Pen V antibiotic as I was starting to suspect tooth infection. It took 5 days later to work but the pain disappeared and it has now been about 5 months free of back pain. It is so wonderful - a real miracle. My dentist told me that he had heard of upper back pain from tooth infection but not lower back. The Dr.'s just told me I would have to live with the arthritis and do exercises to help. The strange thing though was that I would feel somewhat relieved after a night's sleep and not feel stiff like I imagined arthritis to be like.
It was after I was up and moving that the pain would come back. I would get some relief when I sat down for a minute. The worst was sweeping and vacuuming! Not sure why those motions were so bad for me.
I sure wish that all your pains could be given an antibiotic and you would feel no pain but I guess I was just fortunate. If my story can help anyone I will be happy for you. It might be worth trying Pen V (penicillin if not allergic to it) especially if you have had sensitive teeth. Remember that I went for at least 5 years off and on with pain and did not even realize I had deeper tooth problems. A friend told me that she works for a Dr. clinic and many people are prescribed antibiotics 2 -3 days before getting their teeth worked on (of course some of those probably need it to reduce the infection before a root canal) I have had lots of root canals as one would trigger others. Sorry this is so long. Lots more to the story but will cut it here.
I sympathize with your pain and hope that you will get some relief as pain is so debilitating.
Vibramycin (a penicillin) apperently has an effect on backpain in some cases.
If the backpain is caused by the nucleus leaking out of the disc and causing a chemical irritation to the nerves, then Vibra can help.
It somehow stoppes the effect of the irritating substances in the nucleus, how I don't know.. I'm not sure doctors know either.

Of course you can't keep on eating penicillin for the pain, but some doctors use it as an indicator to find the reason behind the pain. If Vibra proves effectful you could benefit from Enbrel (called Remicade here) injection as it is antiinflammatory. Lots of sideeffects though so it's only on trial as I understand it.

Maybe it was the antibiotics that cured your pain all along while having dentalproblems, or was it just the fixing of the teeth that did the trick maybe?
Anyway, good you got better!
This is an intriguing story. Thanks for posting it, Humming.

Vibramycin is actually not a penicillin. It is the brand name for doxicycline, an antibiotic in a different class (the same as tetracyline and the other "cylcines") One of the reasons Humming's story intrigues me is that I was on a dose of doxicycline just _before_ my back problems began. And so it suggests there may some some interesting back and forth between antibiotics and back problems that we have yet to figure out.

I am in the process of getting some dental work done (no root canals, but a crown), so maybe that will help.

Enbrel, btw, is a very different medication. Not an antibiotic at all, but a form of anti-inflammatory that actually reduces immune response. That is why serious and sometimes fatal infections are one of the serious side effects of Enbrel and some other medications in its class.

Standingman
It doesn't seem to matter which antibiotic I use. My dentist has given me just plain old Penicillin. This time I'm on Metronidazole since the tooth was so badly infected! It never hurt though, I guess maybe because my back usually hurts so bad I couldn't even feel it. I've also been on Erythromycin in the past few months for chronic Sinus infections and broncitis.

I know I more than likely don't have anything wrong with my heart, I'm 25 and in pretty good shape, also a vegetarian. I don't know how or why they seem to take back pain away, but I know it worked for me. My dr seemed to think it was more of a coincidence though. I have a co-worker who has arthitis and she said the same thing happens with her, her inflammation goes down when she's on antibiotics. So it must reduce inflammtion in some form or another.

Katt
Quote from KrisL:
Vibramycin (a penicillin) apperently has an effect on backpain in some cases.
If the backpain is caused by the nucleus leaking out of the disc and causing a chemical irritation to the nerves, then Vibra can help.
It somehow stoppes the effect of the irritating substances in the nucleus, how I don't know.. I'm not sure doctors know either.

Of course you can't keep on eating penicillin for the pain, but some doctors use it as an indicator to find the reason behind the pain. If Vibra proves effectful you could benefit from Enbrel (called Remicade here) injection as it is antiinflammatory. Lots of sideeffects though so it's only on trial as I understand it.

Maybe it was the antibiotics that cured your pain all along while having dentalproblems, or was it just the fixing of the teeth that did the trick maybe?
Anyway, good you got better!


Hi Thanks for the info. I think it was the fixing of my infected teeth not the antibiotic. The first time it happened after the root canal the pain moved to my knee and then disappeared. It was just unreal and probably wouldn't believe it if someone else described it but it really happened to me. The next time had a filling done and sore back came back after 5 days. Took Pen V and in 5 days my back was totally pain free and has stayed that way now for 5 months. Scared to go back to the dentist but need some crowns put on root canals.