Humira/6MP combo is making all my root canals FAIL, UGH....

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snowbomb63
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   Posted 7/17/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, Just another thing to add for us to keep in mind and potentially deal with, I've been on Humira in addition to my 6MP since October, and have been having the worst dental problems since December. At first I thought it was coincindental, but as I'm learning more, it isn't. At this point, I"ve had to have three tooth extractions, the three teeth had previously had root canals done years ago, ( I"ve been on 6MP alone for like 6 years), and all of a sudden, one after the other, they started killing me. They each got horrible infections that wouldn't go away with antibiotics, one infection got so bad and spread to my sinuses so severely, I needed sinus surgery as well. Well, yesterday, my oral surgeon who was about to pull my third failed tooth told me he sees this a lot in immunosuppressed people, root canals, he says, are not "sterile" and the small amount of bacteria they leave behind are great sources for an infection to start for us... Just a word of warning. I"m getting off of Humira and taking my chances for now. When does this all end??
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Humira, Entocort, Pentasa, Topamax, Effexor, Vicodin,
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reminder to take good care of the teeth I have.


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Sunaddict
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   Posted 7/17/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I to have been on Imuran and Remicade (just did my fisrt 4 shots of Humira today) But I get horrible bad cavity's. I get it filled and then it comes back. At first my dentise thought I wasn't brushing, but after I told him the meds I take he relized. So far lucky tho havn't had any effections. I hope it's not actually the Humira and maybe the Imuran. (I get stop taking those sooner) not so much with Humira.
Hope you get this all sorted real soon.
Side effect of meds we take, we just never know!! sad
24 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Hoping to get my life back with Humira.


ExJohnson
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have recently started putting a little baking soda on my tooth brush now each night and morning. That's supposed to help.
I am a pre-30yr. old who has been diagnosed with Crohn's for 14 years.  Symptoms change from cramping and weight loss to severe anemia with fatigue and diarrhea. 
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Sunaddict
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   Posted 7/18/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
really! good idea.. i'll try that.. Thanks!: )
24 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Hoping to get my life back with Humira.


Nanners
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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have crowns on just about every tooth in my mouth. And even then my teeth still aren't that strong. One thing I hate about Crohns is the damage it does to our teeth:(
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Sunaddict
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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
ot truly is horrible. Didn't capping your teeth help at all? I've been thinking of doing this
24 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Hoping to get my life back with Humira.

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