I Felt Like I Was On An Episode of House!

I decided on a whim to get my tongue peirced a year ago and i loved it, i still love it but after a couple of months i found a small lump on my leg one night. I though nothing of it until i found more and more on my lower legs until one night i had to go to hospital to get checked out becuse i was in so much pain and couldn't walk.

The nurses there had no idea what it was so told me to come back the next day when the doctor was in, he wasn't sure either so i went in for a multitude of tests - blood, chest x-ray, throat swabs etc. Most came up with nothing but they saw from my chest x-ray that my heart was slightly enlarged and so i had to have an ECG.

The results from this showed i had leaky heart valves which cannot cause much damage as they are but if they get worse they could. Which also means i pick up blood infections more easily so no more piercing, tattoos, dentist work for me or i may just get another case of erythema nodosum or something worse. I will go back in a years time when i turn 21 to have my heart checked out again so fingers crossed it will be fine.

kikiatari kikiatari
18-21, F
5 Responses Apr 20, 2007

Check out your teeth people. I just had two dental implants removed and my EN went away. I have no lumps and bumps and no joint pain. And I got all my energy back :) This has been a long year of suffering.

Wow! That sounds really frightening... I hope everything goes well for you! <br />
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*hugs*

kikiatari, <br />
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Thanks for sharing your story! I would like to stress the importance of continuing to seek dental care. Your primary care doctor may have mislead you into thinking you should avoid the dentist due to your leaky heart valve. <br />
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During the last 18 months the American heart association and American Dental Association have changed guidelines on treating patient with cardiac abnormalities. It used to be feared that invasive dental procedures (extraction, deep cleanings) would allow oral mouth bacteria to enter your blood stream, then possibly go to your heart and cause an infection of the heart valve (endocarditis). This used to be prevented by a large dose of antibiotics one our prior to the procedure. Now, the thinking is only very, very, sick patients need antibiotics prior to invasive dental procedures. These patients are usually VERY sick- they look blue from severe cardiac birth defects, prior endocarditis, or recent cardiac surgery for stent placement, or recent artificial joint placement). <br />
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I encourage you to review this with your dentist and cardiologist. Dental care and regular check ups will prevent periodontal disease. Uncontrolled periodontal disease is related to cardiac disease (because it sets up a systemic inflammation process), low term birth weight of infants, and a worsening control of diabetes. <br />
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In the mean time, to prevent/ slow tooth decay I recommend Act fluoride rinse. To reduce periodontal disease I recommend Chlorohexidine prescription mouth wash. <br />
My two cents! I hope everything works out for you at the next checkup for your heart.

Hi,<br />
Well that is an interesting story. I'm happy to find your group. If you wish to meet more of us who have EN (nearly 1500 members) join us at my yahoo erythema nodosum support group:<br />
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erythema_nodosum_Group/<br />
Love,<br />
Rebecca

scary! thanks for sharing and hope this never comes up again for you!