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If You Have Multiple Myeloma, Have You Had A Root Canal Or Shingles. I Need Both Yes And No Answers

If You Have Multiple Myeloma, Have You Had A Root Canal Or Shingles. I Need Both Yes And No Answers

As a retired physician, I hypothesize that a cause for multiple myeloma is long term exposure to your immune system by a never changing bacteria or virus. The most likely source for such a bacteria or virus is a root canal or shingles. Bacteria can multiply and divide without exposure to plasma cells in the tubules of a dead tooth. Shingles virus hides in the spine. The never changing bacteria from the dead tooth then leaks into the gum where plasma cells are constantly stimulated to create a… read more

A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

I have had root canals after MM diagnosis without any problems because they don’t like pulling teeth because they are afraid it won’t heal and could cause a jaw infection. I met a guy who had a regular dental cleaning and he got a jaw bone infection and had part of his jaw replaced with titanium so I would recommend you go too a dentist who deals exclusively with cancer patients. My dentist won’t do anything without having me check with my cancer dentist first.

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

I have 14 answers. 6 had root canals. 2 had shingles. 4 had both. 2 had none

posted over 2 years ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

I’ll add that I had shingles after having both types of shingles vaccines years before I developed MM. I had chickenpox as a child. Chickenpox virus never leaves the body. It stays dormant until it reappears as shingles. I take Acyclovir twice a day now to decrease the chance of another shingles outbreak.

posted 20 days ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

I have had a root canal years ago. I had shingles but that was since I was diagnosed with MM. I had both types of shingles vaccines and I still broke out with shingles.

posted about 1 month ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

Never had root canal or shingles

posted over 1 year ago
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