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Tooth & Nail ~ Surviving Dental Work With Fibromyalgia

Having two needles injected on the back bone of  both sides of the mouth, drilling out old fillings ‘jack-hammer’ style, and having your jaw unhinged for 2 hours like a yawning python, usually doesn’t make the top 10 on the ‘what I’d rather be doing’ list.  Now throw in the increased pain sensitivity due to abnormal amounts of chemical P produced by the brain as well as a lovely bout of ‘post-exertion’ malaise, and you have the rainbow cocktail of fun that is the dental experience of the person with Fibromyalgia.

Surviving dental work with fibromyalgia

Oh yes, there is also the issue of normal amounts of anesthesia just not quite cutting it anymore.  You see, because of the exaggerated pain response accompanying FMS, there are two options;  #1: more needles going through the jaw bone and an hour or two tacked on to the ‘Fat Albert’ after effect,  or #2: a sweat drenched, white knuckled, full body clench.  I opted for the clench.  Hence the post-exertion malaise.

Ironically, I chose to share a recipe that I won’t be attempting to eat tonight, but hopefully you all will enjoy.  Through the culinary wisdoms (no pun intended) of chefs Gordon Ramsay and Ina Garten, I have gleaned the techniques of how to make a perfect pan fried steak.

~Pan Fried Peppercorn Steak~


~2 petite cut sirloin steaks

~very course crushed peppercorns

~garlic salt

~1 1/2 TBSP olive oil

~1 TBSP butter

Combine peppercorns and garlic salt on plate and press both sides of steak into seasonings.  Heat oil and butter in pan and add steaks when very hot.  Cook for 4 min on each side.  Remove to plate and cover in foil allowing to rest for 10 min.


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    November 6 at 3:33 pm

    Good luck! That sounds miserable! I just wanted to say hi and thank you for following! If you have been missing my posts, its because I actually switched up my blog host. I’d love to still connect with you! You can refollow at http://sweetteasweetie.com if you’re interested. Thanks!
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      November 6 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you Kari, will do ! 🙂

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    November 11 at 8:51 am

    I hate the dentist!! I can only imagine what you were going through…but the steak looks yummy! This looks really yummy! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again!! Pinned!!
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      November 11 at 11:19 am

      All done now Elaine! Thanks though! 😉

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    Miz Helen
    November 11 at 10:44 am

    The flavor of this steak will be fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
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      November 11 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Helen 🙂

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 15 at 7:55 pm

    So sorry about the dentist, I hate going too. It always hurts so much! I did not have an aversion until I got my wisdom teeth out, it was horrid. So bad they took me out the loading dock in back not wanting other patients to see me. LOL It was that bad. Now I hate going. UG! Thankfully I have no cavities, a blessing. But I do have a man-made partial after I broke a tooth, knock on wood that it lasts a good long time!

    The steak looks lovely. A great way to whip up a tasty meal when we can’t get the grill going in the winter. Yum!

    Feel better soon!
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      November 18 at 6:58 am

      Wow Nikki, that does sound awful! Thanks for the steak compliment! 😉

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    November 17 at 12:33 pm

    Oh that looks absolutely delicious. I love it. Will have to try it out. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme
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    August 26 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing. My dentist was very understanding when I told him I had fibro and felt pain so much more. It helped him to understand that I was not just being difficult. It isn’t just tmj causing pain. It also made me understand that there were repercussions beyond the dental work. After contacting norovirus, and reading your post on that helped me to understand how fibro affects that whole experience of colds and flu. It is what it is and I have to be more kind to myself and take extra care of/for myself, and not compare to others who are fibro free.

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      August 27 at 6:50 am

      You are so welcome Valerie! I’m glad your dentist was so understanding, that’s fantastic! 🙂

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