Operation (teeth) and “RSI”

Question: Dear friends. I have just found out that I will be having a general anesthetic operation to remove my wisdom teeth and I cannot help wondering if it will affect my RSI at all….any views?

Answer 1: Your post caught my attention because I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed 5 days’ ago… I was advised not to have general anesthetic because of my overall RSI condition (neck, arms, shoulders, wrists), and post – MVA TMJ: Intubation not considered advisable because of manipulations of jaw. I had gas, IV, needles and operation was quite painless.

Answer 2: Please could abbreviations like this be spelt out for those of us who haven’t been around this list long enough to have a clue what they mean?

Answer 3: So sorry for assuming …. Insurers, doctors, Workers’ Compensation Commission. Sprinkle these abbreviations around like sawdust. I thought we all knew them. My mistake.  They are

  • Motor Vehicle Accident – MVA
  • Temporo Mandibular Joint syndrome – TMJ

Answer 4: Teeth and bites are strange phenomena, not at all obvious. Aches behind the eyes could be related to “malocclusion”, also some sore necks and headaches, perhaps ringing in the ears and dizziness. Sore arms? – I have not heard that suggested. You could look up “TMJ” on the Internet. There is a huge dental research literature on the subject. I had it expressed to me that some people have “bad bites” and no problems because they are relaxed, others with “bad bites” have major troubles because they grind their teeth. Relaxing definitely helps – we had some success with EMG biofeedback and others have also reported success with the same approach. The main thing to look out for is that after wisdom tooth removal your bite will change and if you aren’t relaxed you might get some uncomfortable symptoms in your face and neck. If you have problems see your dentist again. It is a wide open field it seems!


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