Teeth Out/Blood Clot – 2/4/19

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I turned 60 in March and I have that stupid disease called Multiple Sclerosis. In August of 2018 I made the decision to have all 26 of my remaining teeth removed. Two of my front four teeth had fallen out or broken off. My other teeth were also losing their enamel. I’m blaming this on the IV steroids I took for MS exacerbations in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Every health professional I saw said I should have my teeth taken out because bacteria can build up on teeth making gums prone to infection. Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease, known as periodontist. Infected teeth can result in the spread of infection to nearby parts of the body such as the jaw, neck, sinuses, heart and even the brain.

On August 20 I went to our nearby hospital. After 2 hours of questioning the nurses wheeled me into the operating room. The anesthetist gave me his knockout juice and I was gone. The actual surgery took only about an hour. When it was done my lips were cut up, I had bruises on my face, my chin was numb and my MS fatigue would become worse. I was also missing 26 teeth! We drove home and my day was done. One thing I did like was that the oral surgeon personally called me at 4pm on the day of the surgery. He wanted to know how I was doing. I’ve never experienced that before in my life after a doctor appointment. I thought it was kind and considerate.

I then saw my oral surgeon the second week of October. He checked out my face and gums. I’m happy to say that my mouth, lips and face had all healed from my teeth extractions! On 1/20/19 it had been five months since the operation and I’m still feeling more fatigued than usual. Some days I don’t even want to get out of bed. My oral surgeon said the operation is comparable to amputating an arm or leg and said fatigue should be anticipated. At the end of November I saw my regular dentist to get fitted for my dentures. Not sure why but they drag out getting dentures five weeks. I’m happy to say that I got my dentures and I have no more crooked teeth! Yeaaa!!

Just when I thought bed sores/pressure points were a pain in the rear I developed a blood clot in my right ankle. I had my yearly physical on 12/18/18. Everything turned out great except my feet and ankles. Two weeks prior to my appointment they had been swelling up and my left foot was a deep red color. My right ankle was almost as big as my lower calf!

My doctor looked at my feet and ankles for about 30 seconds and scheduled an ultra sound immediately for my legs. After the appointment we went directly from the clinic to the local hospital. At the hospital I had an ultrasound done on both of my legs. It turned out I had developed a blood clot in my right ankle from sitting on my scooter too much. The whole process including my scheduled appointment lasted from 3pm until 9pm.

The blood thinner Eliquis was prescribed for my blood cot. I started taking the Eliquis immediately that night. The reason for the blood clot was because I’m on my scooter 12-14 hours per day. My legs are at a 90 degree angle all day long. That same position for such a long time cuts off the blood flow to my feet.

In addition to the Eliquis I also bought two pair of compression socks. I wear the socks everyday from when I get up until I go to bed. The compression socks cost a cool $35.70 per pair so I spent $71.40 but none of my insurances would cover them. I’m happy to say though that as of 2/4/19 that the swelling has gone way down and I should live to see another day. lol