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Mystery Dental Meltdown - Please help me.

Went to the dentist recently and they found 10 cavities. Three of them REALLY bad and in need of root canals (all on my left side where the neck swelling and head pains/sensations have been) These infections were going into my nerves and jaw even. Well, I had the third root canal yesterday done by one of the best root canal dentists in the Midwest. During this appointment he said one of the other two root canals I had done might have to be extracted because the dentist that did it, "over filled" it and went way to deep, consequentially making a way for harmful bacterias. He also said it looked like it might have small cracks in the tooth.
The most disconcerting about all of this is, now I'm feeling constant tingling, muscle twitching in my legs!! Like all the time! I have no idea how this could be related but all that I know is that I NEVER had ANY of these issues until all these dental infections caught up with me.
It seems pretty coincidental that these issues would begat me all at this same time.
At first I thought auto immune disease like MS but, like I said my brain MRI looked totally normal so, I don't know what's going on but this is REALLY depressing me. This may sound silly but, is it possible for a bad tooth/tooth infection(s) to set off nerves and sensations in other parts of the body? Perhaps a response to bacterial infection in my mouth? I'm totally miffed.
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540545 tn?1377626518
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
That seems a bit more unusual.  Sometimes pain can be related or "referred" to somewhere else but to the legs seems a bit far.  Maybe to the ears, jaw, sinus area, etc but legs I'm not sure about.  Perhaps you should see your primary care physician first.
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I have been having really bad problems with my teeth and tongue I was wondering if you could me here. I have several abscess in mouth for at least 2 years now.but there not painful .recently I've been having a yellow coat on my tongue but it brushes off and the tip of my tongue would go numb whenever I bend my tongue but now its gotten worse now whenever I bend my tongue a certain way it tingled and twitches and cramps
540545 tn?1377626518
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
My initial guess is that its thrush (oral candidiasis).  Its a fungal infection of the tongue.  You would need some anti-fungal medication from your doctor.

As for the abscess, you should get those taken care of.  As the abscess grows, it'll continue to spread and get larger, causing damage to your jaw bone.
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Thanks I didn't know oral thrush could make your tongue go numb
540545 tn?1377626518
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Not common but possible with a severe oral thrush infection.  Are you going to see a dentist soon?
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Yes I'm going to I've had this tingling in the tip of my tongue now for a while and now its been starting to twitch so I'm going to go and have these teeth taken care of
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This oral thrush also causes my tongue to have some light bleeding but the thing that bugs me the most is the tingling numb feeling it comes and goes but it only seems to go numb at the tip of the right side and only when I bend my tongue my throat also gets scratchy on and off everyonce in a while I figure that's probably normal with all this infection in my mouth but my throat hasn't been sore for at least 3 or 4 days now
540545 tn?1377626518
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
If you have health insurance, you could consider going to your primary care physician instead and get it checked out versus seeing a dentist.  Although I would recommend getting an overall checkup for both soon
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Ok do u think it could be cancer I've had these symptoms for a while and they seem to come and go
540545 tn?1377626518
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Its hard to say over the internet.  Cancer is always a possibility but I don't think so at this stage based upon your description but there's no way to know until a biopsy is performed, etc
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All these symptoms seem to die down whenever I'm on antibiotics
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All these symptoms. Seem to die down whenever I'm on antibiotics
540545 tn?1377626518
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
That seems counter intuitive to oral thrush since oral thrush is a fungal infection, antibiotics wouldn't have much effect on them.  Unless you are also getting a bacterial infection somewhere else not on the tongue
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Ok thanks alot I appreciate all your advice I do have one more question though like I said I have made a dentist appointment for next week but I was just wondering if all this infection would have something to do with why I have a poor appetite and fatigued on and off
540545 tn?1377626518
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Possibly.  Usually the oral thrush will stay limited to the tongue area but with any infection, it can always spread and a long term infection can put stress on the body's immune system.
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