Hello: My wife asked me if a history of root canals can prevent recovery from Lyme. I can't see why it would, but she said that she read this several places. Anybody have ideas or experience with this? Thanks. GM
Many people avoid them when possible. If you google it you will see that root canals can harbor infection. So yes, it could be difficult to recover from Lyme if you are harboring yet another infection.
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Thank you for the reply. I never realized that could happen, and hope she doesn't have yet another infection to deal with! If so, I'm hoping the antibiotics she's on will clear that too. Thanks again.
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I'll try to have a consult with a biological dentist, thanks for the input and advice. This isn't good news, but then again, nothing about this situation is good.
Even though I'm new to this spectrum of illnesses, and I feel like I'm sadly lacking in knowledge, I am keeping a positive frame of mind. Between studying books, listening to youtube lectures, asking questions, and reading the wealth of info on this forum..... I'm hoping to quickly get up to speed.... yeah, who am i kidding?
My head is spinning with all the conflicting information I've read. Old protocols, new protocols, hybrid protocols... Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, and now Modern Chinese Medicine... why the heck didn't I learn any of this in undergrad followed by extensive medical training? I took microbiology, immunology, anatomy and physiology, and even pharmacology, but no class even came close to touching on information that could have come in handy in the situation in which I find myself. For a smart guy I feel really inadequate.
I feel that to truly master this information I need to study one practitioner's works and protocols at a time. And I know who I'm going to start with. Thanks for reading.
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GlassMaster, I suggest you get your wife in with one of the top docs in the country. Then, you don't have to become an expert on any of this. You will be employing an expert to figure it out for you.
When I was treating lyme with a well-known lyme doctor, he never brought up root canals or metal fillings or any dental issues to me. As I was getting better, I asked him if I should get my metal fillings out in order to recover.
He said that in my case, evidently not. You see, I was improving rapidly with his treatment. So, he saw no reason to look at what was in my mouth.
That is my advice to you also. A very good lyme doc, if he/she sees that you wife is not properly improving, will then delve into other possible causes of failure to improve.
There are many such possible causes including high levels of heavy metals (such as from lead paint exposure or mercury fillings--of which I had a number), infected root canal teeth (I had root canals when I had lyme), inability to detoxify, thyroid issues, mold illness on top of lyme, early exposure to pesticides or other toxins, etc. etc.
This is why it pays to get with a top doc. They know all the things that can hold back a lyme patient. As they observe how your wife handles treatment, they will look into the appropriate other issues that may be involved in her case.
You may want to read my post "What Makes a Lyme Doctor Top Notch" to get an understanding of the expertise that the best lyme doctors have.
LymeNet has put that post permanently at the top of Medical Questions under "Important Info on Lyme and Cos." The direct link is here: