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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/2/2007 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,  well since I had my solumedro for the electrical shocks in my back, I haven't been symptom free yet.  Called my neuro Friday because of muscle spasms, and a pain that goes right up my spine from my shoulder blades and every time I tilt my head, the pain shoots up the back of my head.  The neuro is sending me for an MRI on Monday to check on what is going on.
Now I have a problem that I have never had before.  My teeth hurt.  When I drink something cold it is like a sensitivity thing, and it hurts to bite anything, almost like my jaw has been clenched too tight for too long.  I was wondering if this is a dental problem or an MS problem I have never had before.  I have been very stressed because of my health, a nasty divorce and trying to sell the house but I don't know if I've been clenching my teeth at night.
Thanks for always being here for me.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 6/2/2007 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie,
I know what you are going through with your teeth. I have had facial neuralgia of the left side of my face for a very long time now. Nobody can tell me what is causing it and even though I had MRI scans, CT scans, every type of scan, been referred to a facial specialist, ear nose and throat surgeon, oral facial surgeon, nobody can tell me why I have this pain. Yes, stress can make it worse, I get a terrible throbbing pain in my face which is constant and very hard to treat. I went to several dental specialists that specialise in root canal therapy, thinking there could be abscesses on the roots of my teeth. The result of all that is I ended up with no teeth from the incisors upper and lower left side to the back including wisdom teeth. One specialist was treating one of my upper molar teeth and doing root canal to it when he just scrubbed and cleaned just a bit too much and went clean through the top of the root of my tooth and punctured a hole into my sinus cavity. Well with all the antiseptic he had used this ended up running out of my nose burning the inside of sinus cavity and boy was I sick for about two weeks. I had to get daily injections of antibiotics for a week.
You may well be clenching your teeth and grinding them in your sleep. Have you been to a Specialist in this area? They seem to know how to correct this problem if they get to you quickly enough. It is too late for me I don't have any teeth that side to grind. I hope this helps, don't give up but be careful what you let them do to your teeth if anything. I believe that if it is caused by your jaw or muscle spasm, they can make a splint which you wear at night and sometimes all day which takes the pressure off and reduces the muscle tension and pain.
Let us know how you get on,
Good luck,

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 6/3/2007 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Debbie,
I am so sorry to hear about your divorce.  I don't know if I can help but I will give it a try.  I grind my teeth at night.  I have broken four molars over the years.  Three of which now have gold crowns to repair the cracks.  I have a bite plate that I sleep with so I won't damage my teeth.  It generally helps with tooth and jaw pain too.  But, then I get lazy and don't sleep with it and then I grind and then I have the tooth and jaw pain.  I have damaged the cartilage on the left side of my jaw.  It can click partially out of place even.  You need to find out if you are grinding.  It can be a response to stress.  If you are grinding, I really recommend a bite plate to protect those choppers.  Good luck with that and your divorce.  That has got to be rough.
Love and prayers,
diagnosed: MS  July 2006
rx: copaxone

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