My question is...is it safe to have dental work (fillings) when you have a high SED rate w/ symptoms of lupus flare? I have been feeling rotton for awhile and have been putting off getting 8 cavities filled. My primary ran a lupus panel a couple weeks ago and my SED rate was elevated...34, which I understand isn't extremely high, but I am in a lot of pain (joint, muscle), have fatigue, low grade (under 100) fevers w/ sweats, and on and off again viral symptoms (sore throat, post nasal drip, nausea, malice.) I am unsure whether symptoms are from Lupus flare or Fibromyalgia or what? Now my husband will be losing his job in 3-4 weeks and although I've been told by the Nurse Practitioner that took over for my doc who went on maternity leave, that I should avoid dental work with a high SED rate, I am worried about letting cavities go, and not knowing when I will be able to get them done due to no insurance. Anybody have any thoughts? I'm afraid if I ask the dentist (who is very conservative with treatment) that she will advise against it. Cavities are not causing much pain currently, but are not small, so could become a problem anytime. I also fear teeth breaking, requiring root canal and crown ($$$$), which has happened twice from putting off dentistry in the past. Have you heard of SED rate preventing dental work from being done?
Thanks for your advice.
Lupus and Reynaud's Syndrome 2002; Fibromyalgia added 2006; Lupus diagnosis changed to Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease in 2007; Gastroparesis (stomach paralysis) 2007-2010; Lifelong struggle with depression; Anxiety with panic attacks since 2008.
Medications: Plaquenil, Fentanyl patch, Tylenol, Aleve, Methocarbamol, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Microgestin, Kava, Vitamin D, Miralax, Multi