The article you did on mercury fillings ("Risk from mercury in ‘silver’ fillings still prompts dental debate" Sept. 8) was interesting. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 26 years ago. My progression has been a continuous downhill journey. I did have a time when I got a little better, but it was because I had chemotherapy and steroids. I have been using a wheelchair for the past eight years. Even though I have limitations, I have remained active.
Last spring, I went for my normal dental checkup. The hygienist I had that day didn’t usually work for the dentist. She asked if I had ever considered getting my fillings replaced. She told me the dentist she worked for did that type of thing.
I remembered that my first symptoms appeared a year or two after I had a ton of dental work done. After sifting through everything, I decided to do it. The dentist had me go to a doctor to get on supplements, then I got a root-canal tooth pulled. When I got home from that, I noticed it was much easier to get in bed.
About a month later, the dentist started removing the fillings. After each of the sessions, I noticed improvements in my ability to do things. The last of the fillings were replaced in January 2009.
Some of my improvements: I have used an ankle-foot orthosis on my left foot for 25 years because of foot drop. I haven’t used it since last September, and I no longer have the foot drop. My left arm and fingers had been curled up for at least 20 years. I couldn’t clap very well, I couldn’t use two hands on the keyboard, and I couldn’t really spread my fingers out. All that is gone. It’s not perfect but at least 90 percent better.
My walking isn’t what I would like it to be, but it is coming. Last week, I was able to come up the first two steps “normally”. I’ve been going to physical therapy working on my walking. It is very slow, but I know with hard work it will come back.
I believe the silver fillings triggered my MS. The dentist was very professional and never said getting the fillings replaced would help my condition. But they were passionate about getting rid of mercury.
I don’t know if I will ever get back to normal. I do know the doctors and dentists need to take a closer look at this situation.
Sue Dye, Twinsburg
FURTHER READING: What are the relationships between odontomas and organs/diseases?