My history with the Vitek Proplast Teflon Temporomandibular Implants began in 1984. I had a jaw injury and after 3 years of therapy it was recommended I get the implants in 1987. I had them in for 5 years of pure hell and they were removed after the recall. Within 3 months the implants had completely eroded my condyles and caused an autoimmune reaction throughout my body.
When I was younger I did a lot
of research and went to a lot of different physicians and therapists. I even
spoke with Dr. Christensen, the inventor of the Christensen jaw implant. When I
told him about my head swelling up after the implants were put in he asked if I
was allergic to metal. I told him I didn't even wear a wedding ring. He said not
only could I not get his implant, but that I should never have had the implants
in the first place, regardless of the later recall.
I was never asked those questions, nor did I know they were going to put 8
metal screws in my skull. I finally resolved myself that nothing could be done.
The oral surgeons knew the implants caused systemic problems, but they didn't
deal with the rest of your body. Most physicians wanted to act like the implants
didn't exist. If it wasn't in their medical training...it didn't exist. As the
years went by I became more and more of a vegetable.
I have just started
treatment with a new pain specialist. As I looked over the test schedule, I
noticed he order a CT scan of my mandible. I am optimistic that I finally found
someone who is going to treat me as a whole. After all these years I decided to
look online to see what is out there. After reading several stories
online I have decided to go into more detail about my experience with the Vitek
8/24/15 - The pain specialist said he had never seen anything like the damage shown in my CT scan. His only solution was to prescribe Oxycontin, which I do not tolerate. I still do not have any answers. All I can offer is confirmation to other survivors that they are not alone. What has helped me is Neurontin - for the nerve pain, muscle relaxers - for spasms, hot packs and a TENS for pain. Above all, plenty of rest.
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