Posted 11/21/2007 11:04 PM (GMT -7)
Sorry to hear about teeth. I hate toothaches, esp at night. I had four back molars crumble suddenly on one day in 1998 during a bad flare up of my disease, and had two break about two years ago. I also have had all these salivary glands and lymph nodes removed. Prior to my teeth breaking I had no sjogrens dx or receding gums or tooth infection. I didn't think I had dry mouth until I took evoxac, then my teeth tartar buildup improved dramatically and less stains and tooth pain and less gum bleeding. I think there is a nerve thing involved in that too, though I had four root canals the first time. I don't know why it all happened at one time in one day when I bit down on something. It was horrible. Possible vitamin deficiency and calcium might be contributing. I know dry mouth even somewhat mild will drasticallyeffect teeth. Also, check for tmj and think of buying an overthecounter night guard to protect your teeth from grinding. It sounds like you might have jaw tension and I'm sure lupus/CTD must make this worse, as would steroids which hype us up. I take klonopin but used to take valium for it. It will realy ache at night as you prep to grind during your sleep. I hope you feel better and sorry so long, I did read the post and am trying. Relaxation tape at night might help too. I use one when things get bad.
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn