Well I can empathize with you on the teeth I have two that need root canals done and crowns and one that broke in two and they put a temporary filling in it last February I was suppose to get them fixed in a couple of weeks and then I just have let them go, they start really bothering me in May and I desided just to get them pulled because the two that need root canals are so fragile that the doc said after the root canals they might not be able to put crowns on them and just have to pull them anyway. But the doc did not want to pull them so he gave me antibiotics to get rid of the infection which was causing the pain and he said it would buy me some time to think about it more. Ha it is the middle of August and I am still thinking! It is so expensive, they want 900 dollars for each root canal and now they have raise the price of the crowns to 950 dollars apiece, and that is for the cheapest crown. Heck it only cost 500 hundred to have them pulled! and they are top second to the back teeth. I do not envy you golitho. and yes those meds you are on are very hard on the tissues of the mouth, and teeth. Even with extremely careful and diligent mouth care they can still go to pot on you! I am sorry that you are having all these problems.
You know golitho I was told my a surgeon a month or so ago that I got stuck with some very bad genes, and that I had the spine of an eighty five year old man, with all the arthritis and every thing in it, and it would do nothing but get worse as time goes by! Well two week ago I had another epidural done at C-3, that is three of them in the last few months, and my pain doc wants to send me back to the surgeon again for another diskectomy and fusion. You know I had seen a Rheumatologist a few years back and I had a positive ANA but lupus and some other tests turned up negative, Now I am begining to wonder about it again, because since that time my little finger on my right hand has gotten all deformed at the joints the knuckles are swollen up big and it is the bone and is very hard,and painful and I can't even bend it anymore!!. The other fingers on that hand seem to be following suit, I can not straighten any of the fingers out flat on that hand and they are all getting knoby and gnarled! Now they tell me my right hip joint is bad, I had an MRI of it and an Arthrogram, and they tell me it is bad. I got a steroid injection into the joint of the hip yesterday, and according to the doc, the joint is really deteriorating rapidly from the arthritis and there is a cyst in the cartilage, and edema in the bone marrow The radiologist says it is suspicious for anterior femoral acetabular impingement if the cam type, which when left untreated can cause severe arthrites and rapidly destroy the joint. All I know is I have a heck of a time driving for any length of time and laying on my sides the pain is a killer. Anyway I know I am getting old but not that old yet!
I really do feel for you golitho, I think maybe I am starting to be able to really understand and empathize with what you have been having to endure, but just a little. Because you have been having a really tough time of it for a long time, and they have had to get out some pretty big guns so to speak to fight it off! That methotrexate is pretty heavy duty stuff, and it is really nasty stuff! I have seen it from the other side, I have not taken it but I have giving allot of it when I worked on Onco!! Now the question I have for you, Is it helping you? That is definitely the important thing! Anyway I am glad to see you posting again! and am glad you are coming out of your "funk" Enjoy your parent visit!
I do wish you well golitho, and hope that things gets better for you, and take care of that shoulder!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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