Aibu to ask your advice re teeth etc?(11 Posts)
Hi, apologies for what may become a long post!
I am currently under investigation for a number of things and have been newly diagnosed within the past 3-6 months with hypothyroidism and coeliac disease.
I have chronic asthma and have been seeing a respiratory consultant for 6-8 months as I'm producing a lot of mucus which the ENT specialist has said is post nasal drip due to a new allergy to trees!
When I saw the ENT specialist last week she cauterised my nose and noticed that I have a cyst on my vocal cords and need to go in to have that sorted....
My GP last Friday saw that my thyroid levels aren't reacting as they should (possible conversion issue) and so is referring me to the endocrinologist...
Okay, for the last two days I have also now had a really sore mouth, or rather teeth and gums on the lower right jaw and I know that one of my teeth above it has a hole that needs sorting and about 3-4 weeks ago one of my teeth on the other side feels like it's crumbling.... I'm only 44 and I try and look after my teeth so am not sure if this is a side effect of my conditions and meds.
The problem I have is that 1) I am frightened of anyone messing around in my mouth and worry I'll have an asthma attack through the anxiety so would rather be totally knocked out, 2) II really feel like I'm falling apart with all these issues and this just depresses me further and 3) I simply can't afford to go to the dentist!
So, AIBU to try and ignore the tooth issue and hope it goes away? Perhaps when all my other issues are under control it may be fine?
Alternatively, does anyone know any way of getting free dental treatment where I could be heavily sedated etc near Oxford (UK)?
Hi, OP. just a thought but you might be better off posting on the Auto Immune board than AIBU. You'll get more sympathetic, knowledgeable help I think.
Good luck. I know that lots of symptoms do come in an overwhelming flood sometimes.
It's driving me nuts... and I feel like I'm a one person drain on the NHS! Thankfully I've managed to stay at work full time but evenings and weekends are a wash out....
If your teeth are crumbling you can't ignore them. That problem won't go away.
Being coeliac your body will have been missing out on absorbing many nutrients, contributing to you feeling crap. Most think of it as a condition affecting the gut, but don't forget your throats and mouth are connected to that, so are much more prone to getting mouth sores and ulcers - it's a common symptom (once had the holiday from hell with ulcers all over my throats from an accidental gluten fiasco).
Things will get better in time for the long-term, but you shouldn't avoid the short term issue here.
i also have a post nasal drip - allergic rhinitis thanks to dairy. Sometimes, when your body is struggling so much with gluten issues, it is weaker when fending off other issues such as allergies
I know it's scary but do not just "ignore the tooth issue and hope it goes away". The human body is remarkable and sometimes it fixes itself but whatever pain you are feeling now, if it doesn't get resolved and gets worse then can you imagine it being 100x worse than now? And needing more intrusive treatment? Save up and then go to the dentist. They will probably not knock you out cold but will give you enough anaesthetic that you won't feel anything and you can always close your eyes or wear an eyemask so you can't see anything either.
Thanks teabag and grey poncho...
I guess part of me is worried that as my teeth are crumbling it will mean I'll end up with false teeth by the time I'm 50 and it's another thing to add to the list... the cost is a worry too but I can't seem to see any way around that as we aren't entitled to benefits and having another child is the last thing on my mind!
It does seem that the two new conditions are to blame for a lot of my symptoms in the past few years and it's taking a while to get used to it, have been gluten free for 6 weeks now so early days but I was gluten-bombed after a couple of weeks and oh my god!! It was horrendous! 2-3 hours after eating the gluten I exploded and then I had 48 hours of brain fog and joint pain! I still crave a doughnut or French bread though
With hypothyroidism and coeliac disease you are probably lacking in essential nutrients including vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D can cause dental problems. If this has not been checked I would suggest you ask your doctor.
Thanks Mission, I know you're right and I will have to get it sorted... I can't use the excuse of not being able to get there either as it's on the floor above me in my building.... I might pop up tomorrow and ask about payment plans and sedation options......
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