Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Heading Back to Oral Surgeon

Update: The pathology did not come back yet, but everything looks good.  The visit took all of 3 minutes.
Update 2: Pathology came back and all is well.  It was definitely an amalgam tattoo.  Nothing was noted other than this on the report.  I'm glad it is over with now and it is finally starting to heal really well too.

In about an hour I'll be heading back to the oral surgeon to make sure everything is OK.  Recap: I had an amalgam tattoo removed last Tuesday that had been in my mouth for almost 20 years.  It was about time to get it out and I do believe mercury leeches from these damn things.

Ever since the removal of the amalgam tattoo I have not been feeling quite right.  I don't want to immediately jump to the conclusion it is mercury, but it certainly makes me wonder.  The weird panicky feelings I was having last year started to come back yesterday which was just strange.  I had been doing really well and then I don't know what triggered my brain to start thinking obsessively.  Very peculiar.

I have been having these weird dull headaches.  The best I can describe it is almost like a burning.  Have you ever accidentally snorted some pool water and your sinuses hurt and burn for hours?  That is exactly what my headache felt like.  Perhaps I just picked up a mild sinus infection or something.  Quite weird though!

Hopefully they will have gotten the pathology back and they will let me know what they found in the tissues.  I will ask nicely for a copy of the report and then will post what it said.

I got the DMPS prescribed to me (after a little sweet talking) and it is being compounded by College Pharmacy.  I really like this pharmacy as I never had any problems with them and anytime I had questions for the pharmacists they were more than helpful.  This is the same place where I got my Methyl B12 injections.

The DPMS is more costly than DMSA.  It is about $2.75 per 50mg/capsule.  I guess it could be worse.  Years ago DMPS was running about $5 a capsule.  I'm going to be taking the DMPS 3 x a day for 3 days.  Then have 4 off days.  If everything goes well I may ask the doctor to up the amount of chelation days.

*Fingers crossed*

5 comments:

Liz said...

Hi, found you googling "amalgam tattoo oral surgeon". I have one, and it is the last mercury in my system but I'm trying to find an oral surgeon who would think it's important/necessary - did insurance cover yours? What area are you in? i live in Michigan. thanks for any info: Lizz7711(at) yahoo(dot)com Did you notice a difference after having it removed? Mine is the cause I think of soreness in the tooth next to it that did not let up after even a root canal (no metal). need to get it out! Liz

Birdlady said...

Yes my insurance did end up covering most of the procedure. It ended up being about $20 and then another $15 for the pathology.

I am in western PA and I went to the oral surgeon my dentist's office recommends. He is considered one of the best in this area. I am really glad I did because every other office told me there was no way insurance would cover something like that. Well they were all wrong.

Most of the offices had no idea what an amalgam tattoo even was which did not give me much confidence in them at all.

I'm not sure I noticed a difference, but that may be because the tooth above it needs a crown really bad. There is a metal post in there I believe is leaching metals...

The oral surgeon didn't really give me a hard time about it at all. He said that any dark spot on the gums should be removed and sent off to pathology just in case. In my case everything came back normal and it was indeed an amalgam tattoo!

There is no scar at all and you can't even tell I had surgery there now. It completely healed up.

Liz said...

Thanks for responding...that's good to know that insurance covered it. A dentist's office in a nearby area that I had emailed yesterday called me today and recommended I see a periodontist for the procedure rather than an oral surgeon since it is a gum issue and they will graft tissue etc. Guess i'll keep searching!

I also read some of your info on hydrocortisone -- i'm one of those who got on it w/o prior testing, however, I have to say that it literally saved my emotional life - the difference that having some cortisol in my system made was truly miraculous. I know I needed it, and still do. I don't do those things you mentioned though, like having an emergency injection or bracelet. I need to get on that I suppose, you never know when you'll have an emergency.

thanks!

Birdlady said...

Well the important thing you need to tell the oral surgeon is you want it removed. You don't want it simply covered over for cosmetic purposes. I didn't need a gum graph at all.

You definitely need to get at least medic alert bracelet like yesterday. It is dangerous to be on HC without this because you have likely suppressed your own production to the point where if you were ever in a car accident or emergency situation, your body would go into crisis. I'm glad it has been very helpful to you, but I'm sad you never got properly tested. Don't you ever wonder really what was going on? I do on a daily basis...

It is just too common these days for people to go on HC without testing and I am sick of the websites that promote it like it is candy. It is irresponsible of them and I will be making a post about this in the upcoming months.

As you may have seen I am very opinionated on this. These sites are flat out irresponsible and it shows in the fact that you do not have a medic alert bracelet nor an injection kit. These are standard things that are just glossed over like it's no big deal. It is a big deal! You could die without them.

Birdlady said...

As always talk to your doctor about all of this stuff!

http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/86/7/2909.full

"The patients and their families should have instructions for such instances. Every patient should wear a medical alert (Medic Alert) bracelet or necklace and carry the Emergency Medical Information Card that is supplied with it. Both should indicate the diagnosis, the daily medications and doses, and the physician to call in the event of an emergency."