Don’t forget to look after your physical health when you are mentally ill

Because of my mental and chronic illnesses, I didn’t go to the dentist for 2 years. I finally went last month, after receiving several reminders to make an appointment. I also received a mildly threatening letter from the dentist informing me that my family would be dropped from the surgery register if I didn’t make and keep appointments. Ooops! So I hurriedly made an appointment and got one for 29th December at 5.15pm. It was a dark evening. The dentist was not happy with me…. He told me off for told me not looking after my dental health… in a professional way off course. He was not interested in my protestations that I have fibromyalgia and depression amongst other symptoms. He told me that I had a badly infected, rotten tooth that had to be cleaned, filled, and needed root canal treatment in the near future. Now, I have not had root canal treatment ever my life, but I have friends, who have had it done. The impression that I have of root canal treatment is that it’s painful and very expensive. As I also have chronic gingivitis, I then told him “Take it out”. He nearly gulped down his own teeth. “Take it out?” He then went on a long explanation about why I should keep my tooth. I must admit, I wasn’t listening any more. I said politely, “Please extract my tooth”. A few days later my tooth was extracted.

So what have I learnt… I must look after my general health in addition to treating my chronic and mental illnesses namely Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Depression and Anxiety, IBS, SAD etc…..


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  1. You’re so right about needing to look after our routine physical health, because when we don’t what used to be a small problem can turn into a big one…. I don’t like going to the dentist – I’m always a ball of nerves when I go – but I make myself have my cleanings every six months anyway. It helps keep my fear of dental visits from becoming a full-blown phobia and gives them a chance to find any potential problems. I’m glad you were able to get your problem resolved and hope your teeth and gums are feeling much better. Blessings to you!


      1. You’re definitely not alone there. The reason I chose the dentist I did was because his ad said, “We cater to cowards.” I thought if he realized that people were afraid, and that he could have a sense of humor, it would help me not be so nervous.


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