I am Newcastle, Australia. We are way behind Canada and the US in terms of cavitations and dental problems. I donít have the money either, but itís really my last chance. All this started with my teeth and I am not going to give up on it. I havenít worked for 6 years, but I am on the disability pension. I live with my brother and so donít pay rent or bills. My Dr helped me apply for the disability pension under the disease of Chronic-Fatigue-Syndrome even though he believes I have immune deficiency from dental problems.
I am totally undecided about this considering if it doesn't show anything I think I'll go ballistic!:
Yeah, I am scared of that too. I donít know how much the cavitat scan will be here, but I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision before heading to the US. I am getting worse each year, with more allergies, and I am so afraid I will end up living in a shack, in the country, in exile due to environmental allergies. When my jaw hurts my system shuts down and my allergies get worse, which is happening right now.
I was originally diagnosed form my OPG. Even I could see the big hole where my wisdom teeth were. This has reduced in size after the first surgery, but it is still there. The other tests I have had were multiple bone scans all suggesting that it could be an infection or healing bone. The general practitioner sent me for that after I asked him to. I had a gallium scan which showed an infection on the right side and that is when they put me on IV Antibiotics . A gallium is similar to a bone scan in terms of the way it is performed. I think they inject a different isotope. However, the Specialist I was seeing ďsuckedĒ and said that the bone didnít need debriding- that Antibiotics are enough- what crap!! My hands were tied and I couldnít change his mind. So yes the Antibiotics helped but when they stopped the infection started up again. Mind you this treatment was 3 years after the necrosis was diagnosed. Even when the necrosis was operated on I was only on oral antibiotics for 3 days. I have been mismanaged right from the start.
Apparently MRIís and CT scans only show cavitations or osteomyelitis if there is 40% bone loss. You may only have a small cavitation, but this is still leaching bacteria into your system and playing havoc on the immune system.
Blood tests for me werenít helpful because I donít have an elevated white cell count, nor do I have elevated inflammatory markers. I have never had these yet I had a dental abscess for 3 years, pneumonia, Mycoplasma, Giardia, salmonella and a necrotic jaw bone.
You mentioned a lump. I have two lumps over each lower wisdom tooth extraction. The oral surgeons here say it is muscle build up. My practitioner attended a seminar where a Dr from the US was giving a talk on cavitations etc and said that this is a definite sign of osteomyelitis (necrotic jaw bone).
Which doc did your surgery?
An oral surgeon, Dr Nigel Curtis. Only because my dentist tried and said that it was too difficult and he was the only one that my dentist thought would be accepting of this diagnosis. The oral surgeons here are very negative about this stuff. The last oral surgeon I went to said that my gums were pink and healthy so I donít have an infection. But they were like that when I had the necrosis, so go figure. It is really frustrating!!!!! We donít have any oral surgeons who are interested in this unless you are in an acute phase, so bad luck if you are in the chronic phase, like myself.
I tried Dr Shankland. He wonít look at your OPG unless you see him. A bit far for me to travel.
Thanks for the advice. I am also on threelac and have tried the other things you have mentioned. But because of this ongoing infection my body doesnít detox and so herbs and that just overload my system. I have found PCA-rx really helpful, for not only initially getting rid of metals but for helping me detox daily chemicals I come in contact with.
I truly pray that both of us gets better so we can continue with the rest of our lives!
SO DO I.
I think you should find a good oral surgeon or dentist that can look at your OPG. Get on the net, ring around and see if any are willing to do this.