Hello.. I’m Michelle, a 46 yesr old single Mom of my Beautiful 17 year old Daughter. In 2011 I was injured at work which has required 4 wrist surgeries along with 1 Torn Rotator Cuff Surgery. On my last wrist surgery I had in 2014 I knew immediately something was not right when I woke up. I felt like someone had Literally poured gasoline on my arm/hand and lit it on fire.
Finally after thousands of hours of researching myself and seeing a Neurologist at the Dayton Neuroscience Institute I was diagnosed with an Auto Immune Disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). It’s an abnormality in the Peripheral and Central Nervous System where chronic burning/pain which is normally triggered by an injury or trauma to that area. With all the medications I have to take it has caused me to now have Xerostomia which is where your mouth doesn’t produce as much saliva because of the medications so ultimately your teeth start to break and decay and weaken. I am in dire need of having the rest of my teeth pulled as the infections are affecting my health negatively now as well. I have gone to 3 Dentist’s as of Date with my treatment plans starting at $13,000 all the way up to $52,000. I’m on Full Social Security Disability with Medicare Dental Coverage of $1,000 max annually. I had two teeth extracted which wiped out the Dental Coverage in 1 appointment…
I have avoided smiling/pictures or anything that would show the now huge gap between my front teeth because they’re so loose along with the 5 missing teeth due to extraction over the past year. It’s become difficult to eat normal foods as well.
My Daughter will be a Senior in High School this year and I pray for nothing more than her to Graduate with Excellent grades and myself be there to see it and smile my biggest grin with a pretty smile. I would love to be and feel myself again as my quality of life has depleted tremendously since being diagnosed with CRPS, and to the fact of always hiding behind my hand or turning away. I want to be able to take pictures with my Daughter and Smile and laugh like we used to… I’m praying day in and day out I’m able to receive a new smile. Thank you in advance for reading and am grateful Beyond words for any help that I may possibly receive.