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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 7, 2007
  • 00:15 AM

I wanted to write to you since you know your stuff.

I had a tooth out (upper wisdom) two-three weeks ago and now i have numbness as if i just got the shot. Also, i woke up babbling (not stuttering) twice last week. Some are telling me i had a mini stroke. I am very worried.

What are your thoughts?

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  • My first thought is call back the doctor who did the surgery, and ask that person! Tonight. After hours. Now.These are serious symptoms, and you need to start with the doctor who worked on you. I am definitely NOT a doctor. And the symptoms you describe require a doctor's attention. Call now. Have the doctor paged. Then stay calm with whomever you speak to: medical people are notorious for thinking that anyone who sounds freaked out (even with good reason) is a wacko, and they won't give you the attention you need.Shula
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  • Anne,And post back what the doc says. If you're still concerned after talking, and the doc doesn't give you any solid answers, write again with whatever happens.Shula
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  • I was told that because it was an upper wisdom tooth that nerve damage was impossible. It was an easy extraction - no pain, nothing ever. Now time goes by and i get a feeling like novacaine has invaded the same area.The dentist thinks it might be a stroke. How rare to have a stroke and the same feeling like novacaine? The numbness has stopped finally, but it lasted for almost 3 days.
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  • What did the dentist tell you to do, if it is a stroke?
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  • He said that I should make an appointment with a neurologist this week to make sure it isn't a mini stroke. Just the word "stroke" makes me nervous. I think making an appointment is silly - I should head to the hospital but he insists mini strokes are common and that i should be this worried.
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  • There is nothing wrong with going to the emergency room if you feel that it could help. Just because the doctor said you could wait, doesn't mean he is right.On the one hand, that you can type, speak, follow a conversation, walk, etc. seem like pretty likely reasons why the doc said it could wait. On the other hand, I wonder if it would be his butt in a sling if you had a stroke in his office, and he didn't notice.But follow your gut. YOU are the only person who can know from the inside if something feels like you should be seen now. If you come out of this a bit embarrassed because "it was nothing" that is the very best outcome you could hope for, so don't worry about that.Meanwhile, if you are really stressed out about this, you could be causing your blood pressure to go up, and maybe make more damage.So do what your gut tells you to. And if that is to go to the emergency room, GO. And write when you get back.If you are still not sure, here is a page and a video to look at, that might help you decide: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/stroke/knowstroke.htm Shula
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  • Shula - you are wonderful and generous with your time! Thank you for your advice!
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  • I'm glad it was helpful. I hope you feel better soon.Shula
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  • I thought I'd put in my two cents since I've had TONS of dental work done (extractions, implants, wisdom teeth, etc.).Yes, it can be nerve damage, even if it was an easy extraction. Wisdom teeth go DEEP; yanking one out WILL disturb things. The recurrence of the novocaine feeling makes that likely (although it's not guaranteed). The good news is that it's usually temporary. The bad news is that it could take months to heal (four to six, according to my dentist). That's just the nature of facial nerves, I'm afraid. I had a "paralyzed" upper lip for months after a particularly nasty extraction of a top front tooth. It went away, as he'd promised it would.As for the babbling, I'm not sure, but it does take at LEAST four days for anesthesia to completely clear the system. Your results may vary. Were you speaking actual words or gibberish? It could easily be a post-anethesia episode. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless it happens more often.That said, you are always entitled to go to the ER if you are concerned. Yes, a stroke is a possibility, but I would think a distant one. If you want another opinion, call your GP and describe the symptoms. If he/she also thinks it may have been a stroke, go to the ER and have them make sure. Better safe than sorry, and if it eases your mind, it's worth it.Good luck, and let us know what happens!
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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