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I just got home from my dentists appointment, over 2 hours of being on my head! He had to cut out my wisdom tooth (after prying it out of the gum!) The main nerve that runs through your face was some how wrapped around the root, OF ALL THINGS!! After he finally gets it out he tells me that he may have nicked the nerve and that I may not regain feeling in the left side of my face or my tongue, I can't believe this! At this moment I feel like I am drowning, I don't think that I can take much more bad news from any direction!!

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Tammy,

I am so sorry. It is pretty frustrating! The other day I looked at my husband and said, " Wouldn't it be neat if I felt good for just an hour?" Hang in there! and I hope that the dentist was wrong.

Nan

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wow how nice of him at least he told you. I know what you are saying I have been going to theraphy since Monday and today my left arm is killing me. I'm about ready to chop it off, LOL!! But I won't. Take care and I hope everything is ok. Sam


Sam

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Hi Tammy - Sorry to hear about your dental experience. Over 20 years ago I had my wisdon teeth pulled and sure enough, I could not feel the left side of my tongue and part of the left side of my face. I went back to this fellow and he told me "Oh, don't sorry, it will come back". Well, it never did. It took a while to get used to - I had to be very careful not to bite my tongue. If you do experience this, hang in there - be patient, it will get easier. Be sure you tell your hygenist. They need to go very carefully around the bottom teeth. Feel better!! -Ann

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Oh Tammy, I am so sorry!!!!

 

Was this a general dentist, or oral surgeon? A lot of times with nerve damage like that, it will takes months to reconnect but most of them do over time. So there is some hope out there.

 

Again, I'm so sorry.


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Tammy,

 

What a coincidence? About 8-9 years ago, I had my wisdom tooth pulled. Everything went smoothly, but I started feeling numbness on left side of my face and right side of my chest. I had very respectable dentist and he was good friend of our family. He said this should not happen, but to be safe he referred me to another dental surgeon. His opinion was also same. According to him, there is not a single nerve in the area which can affect my entire left face and right chest. My primary physician referred me to a neurologist. He took brain MRI, fluid from spinal cord, and very exhaustive list of blood tests. He saw abnormal MRI -- some scars in my brain and he thought it was MS. My ANA was positive and my SED rate was high. He started me on small dose of Cellcept at that time and continued to look for any autoimmune disease. He continued to believe either MS or Lupus. Either he or my primary physician refused to consider Scleroderma due to rarity of the disease. I did not have skin thickening at that time. I consulted one of the top notch doctors in the country for Lupus in Northwestern University in Chicago and he went through all tests for Lupus and ruled it out. By that time, I was just tired and fed up with all testing, and simply ignored the issue. If I had to conclude now, it was start of Scleroderma and dental work was just a coincidence. I do not have any more numbness on chest; numbness of my face is limited to my lips and tongue. My facial skin started to thicken in 2003. The brain scars are still mystery to me. It could be from seizure, stroke, minor heart attach, or something else. I had completely forgotten about it till this post. I should dig out my old records and take it back to my primary physician for review for the abnormal MRI and see if there is something to worry about. I hope it has nothing to do with severe depression I having for last two years.

 

I was finally diagnosed with Scleroderma in March 2005 - seven years later.


Kind regards,

 

Kamlesh

 

 

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Tammy,

 

Here's a (((((((((((((((((((very BIG HUG)))))))))))))))))))).

I'm so sorry that you had to go through that. The "nerve" of that doctor!

 

Four years ago I had a muscle biopsy done and the doctor pulled a nerve which brought me up off the table. My upper right thigh was totally dead for a year, but it has slowly gotten better. It still has a little of a numb feeling, but lots of improvement. Hopefully, your feeling will come back with time. It takes a while for nerves to heal. In the meantime. please take Ann's advice and be careful as to not bite your tongue. Of course if you ever thought about getting your tongue pierced, I guess this would be a good time. LOL (Kidding!)

 

Big Hugs Darlin',


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi there Tammy,

Wow you are a strong person...I can still hear the fight in your voice. I will send you a BIG HUGE HUG! You diserve it. Please hang in there, we are always here to listen!


*WestCoast*

 

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Good news! I had a follow up with my dentist today, the feeling is back in my tongue and most of my cheek and I think once the swelling goes down that will return as well! valuable lesson: Never let a regular D.D.S. perform the job of an oral surgeon (OUCH!!!) Thanks for listening to me vent!

 

 

 

 

Warm Wishes to All

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