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.