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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, just wanted to share a short story about my last dental visit, I wonder if any of you have experienced this. I went to the dentist to fix a fillling, while I had a small flare up.The dentist gave me a freezing shot, it didn't work, then she gave me another one which didin't work either,  I ended up having  5 shots that still did not freeze me. The dentist never seen anything like this, and told me to comeback another time. I am 100% positive that it was due to fibro, later that day I developed a really bad ear pain mad on the same side where she froze me. I know that the only time a freezing will not take is when you have an infection, which was not the case.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I found out as a young girl that I needd several shots to deaden the area b/f the dentist could go to work. The dentist I had then never doubted my word, always made sure I felt no pain. Yrs later I had a dentist who gave me one shot and refused to give me a second. I told him I generally need at least 3-4 shots. He smirked and said, NO, You don't. I said I have always had several shots, 1 doesn't help me. He finally had to give the extra shots, since I had such tremendous pain. He said I was too sensitive. JERK! I never went back to him. The next dentist gave me the extra shots and did the work. No problem!

I have had problems w/ meds, either a reg dose is too much or too little. I had no idea of FMS when I was a child, I was usually very comfortable w/ my teeth being worked on, I never dreaded a dentist visit - till later. The only problem I remember w/ the extra shots was my bottom lip blew up something nasty. I couldn't feel it for hrs, so I kept rubbing it w/ my tongue and upper lip. I had the Angelina Jolie look going for me as a 10 yr old. smilewinkgrin

I never had an infection when I had a dentist appt.

God bless.   Alice.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the same problem and now ask for carbocaine instead of novacaine.  It works better, faster and wears off quicker.  Plus novacaine makes my heart bang out of my chest.
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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting topic! People with fibro are way more sensitive to many outside stimuli. This is the basic foundation of what fibro is...amplification of pain signals. So it very likely could take more 'freezing' to get the job done. Speaking up is the best thing to do and I applaud you for not going back to the one dentist who was such a jerk! It is OUR bodies and we know them a lot better than they do. WE have the choice of what is done to us and it's so easy to forget it and just take what they dish out without ever questioning it. I ask everything and only one specialist..the was insulted by it. Guess he has a shaky ego that needs boosting. I'm not the one to play his game. I'm lucky now to have a dentist who keeps records of your preferences such as...needs a neck pillow, likes the heat pad on but no massage, prefers headphones with music. I always get a snuggley blankie and my favorite pillow when I go It does pay to shop around.

It will be interesting to see how many others are affected the same way!
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I always need extra novocaine for dental work, but I thought it was due to my hair. I read a study a while back that found out natural redheads need extra anesthesia. One of my drs. recently told me they found out redheads bleed more during surgery. Interesting, huh? Diane
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   Posted 7/15/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Diane-I'm a redhead, too, and have heard the same thing. I also need extra novocaine for dental work. I wonder what the reason is for this?
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   Posted 7/15/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Up til 1990 I had a great dentist who was so sensitive and sincere, nothing ever hurt. Since he moved away I have been long in between dental visits! I need to be numbed for even a tooth cleaning - without numbing I just cry and cry. I can't stand the pressure in my mouth and head. This is one of the (many) things that is making me wonder if I have had fibro my whole life, but had no words for it. I know that sensitive teeth in and among themselves don't mean fibro, but coupled with so many other things.. maybe it does.
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