amalgam toxicity and cidp

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2009 at 10:26 am

      what is your opinion on amalgam filings causing neurological illnesses? do all amalgam filings contain mercury? I just find that interesting because the year that I first became ill was the year that I had almost every tooth in my head filled. no fillings before that. I believe that infection or other factors from the dental work like going to get a tooth pulled while I had the flu had much more to do with it. but I just find it interesting none the less.

    • August 24, 2009 at 10:30 am

      Did the doc do a heavy metals test? If you have additional work, ask for them not to use metal fillings.
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • August 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm


      Ten years ago I was wondering the same thing. I did a lot of research on the net and talked with my dentist (who was the first person to notice my health decline).

      I decided that – for me- the stress (and expense) of having my fillings removed and replaced with the alternate fillings was not worth it. Also, back then, the alternate fillings were not as strong and needed to be replaced more often than regular silver fillings.

      My bloodwork did not reveal heavy metal poisoning. Ten years ago there was a test to check levels of mercury in your mouth. At the time is sounded like a con, but perhaps it is now considered an accurate medical test.

      Mercury poisoning is a real and dreadful condition. However, I think dentists would have been the first to be affected if it was caused by the amalgam.

      I continue to blame my CIDP on an infection.


    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

      yeah I cant immagine that as common as amalgam is, that it could actually cause neurological conditions with out getting more attention than it has. maybe irritate a preexisting condition though. I have a friend who says her ms has slowed since she has had hers removed. anyways, I have recently picked up dental coverage at my work on top of my husbands. its only an extra $26 out of my check. my dentist says I have a complicated mouth. I need 11 crowns and all are going to be vanier. even though they are only 8 years old, my filings appear old enough to replace and my dentist only uses composit.
      heres another question, should I be taking antibiotics for the dentist?

    • August 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

      Try searching previous posts. I believe many have. I am not sure if it was because they were on steroids and that would make one vulnerable to an infection or if it is just done as a proactive measure for all w/cidp. In theory, in my uneducated opinion, I would think that avoiding infections at all cost could only be beneficial when dealing w/cidp. All of the dental work does pose a possible infection risk that could cause symptoms to flare. I probably would ask for antibiotics if Kevie were going through this. Although he just had a new port put in and was not given antibiotics pro-activeley, I would assume it was because the incisions were covered and sterile, unlike bacteria that is constantly in the mouth regarding food intake and such. Good luck to you!!
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • August 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm


      I am very careful to take antibiotics even if all I am having done is a teeth cleaning. My dentist explained that a cut in the gums could lead to pericarditis – an inflammation around the heart. I take antibiotics from the day before I go to the dentist until 2 days after the appointment. I have been taking prednisone for 10 years and try to be proactive about its side effects.

      A personal quirk that I have developed since getting CIDP is that I cannot take pain shots containing epinephrine – at the dentist or the dermatologist. Also during complicated dental work he stops occasionally and gives me the oxygen mask “to improve my color”.

      My dentist said he has an MS patient who went out of town to a specialty dentist to get all her silver fillings replaced. She was better for a while and then had MS issues again. MS is viciously unpredictable.

      Congratulations on getting dental insurance. It is bad enough to need all that dental work without paying a lot too.


    • Anonymous
      September 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm

      Our 5 yr. old daughter showed symptoms of CIDP 2 days after 5 mercury amalgum fillings were put in 9 yrs. ago. She still battles the disease and we know that was what started the CIDP. From what I have found on the internet a blood test or urine test is not reliable to test for mercury. There is something that has to be introduced as a binding agent to pull the mercury out of your system to test for mercury levels. The hard part is that the mercury can migrate somewhere else because of the binding agent so you have to find someone who is knowledgeable in this area.