At the end of June I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled. In the first appointment I had with the oral surgeon, we discussed the Lupus issue and the complications of having the disease with surgery in the mouth. We decided an antibiotic for after would be wise.
I’m allergic to penicillin. In fact, all medicine that ends with “illin” and is related to penicillin (even if it’s a distant cousin) gives me Lupus-like symptoms. So, the doc prescribed Clindamycin, which is a drug that is given to people who are allergic to Penicillin.
Surgery went great, I was completely under anesthesia so I don’t remember a thing. I’m released and sent home a few hours later with ice bags on my face. Later that night, I force down some chocolate pudding and drink some Gatorade. I was hurting, my jaw very sore, but it wasn’t unbearable. I guess the pain meds worked.
Then, around 5pm, my neck is itchy. My scalp follows shortly after. When I looked in the mirror there was a small rash under my neck that led up under my hair. I decided to shower, thinking it was residue from the OR. I also put a call in to the surgeon. He assured me it wasn’t a reaction to the antibiotic so I continued taking it.
Skip ahead three days and I’m in the ER. Although, my mouth wasn’t hurting, I had a head to toe rash, swelling in my face and a constant fever of 104. I ended up staying in the hospital for four days with the same fever that only went down with Tylenol and a very itchy rash.
For all of you that don’t know what it’s like to be in the hospital, let me explain. The last time they checked on me was around midnight. Then, the docs did their rounds starting at 7am. (I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend stay with me overnight and most of the time during the day, until he had to work/shower. Thanks, Evan!) Anyway, every day they poked my already barely-there veins and drew blood, checked my temp, blood pressure, temp, heart rate and oxygen levels. They did this around 8am (after I had already fallen back asleep) and then again around 11 and so on… Total pain! My kidney function numbers sky-rocketed but Lupus remained quiet. How? No idea, but thank God it did.
I saw my nephrologist, my rheumatologist, an internist, a dermatologist and an infectiousness disease doctor. Alright, let me just say, I had enough of that after the second day. Aside from wanting to itch my skin off my body, I felt fine. It was just an allergic reaction, however, I understand the need to be cautious. Again, just a pain.
When I was finally released and home in my own bed, my fever subsided as the rash dissolved. My skin peeled from being so dry and it took a two weeks before I could use any products on my body to help.
All in all, quite the dramatic scenario for what was only supposed to be my wisdom teeth. Damn, body, you go all out when you’re unhappy. From now on, whenever I have to take an antibiotic, it will be much more researched.
Does this happen to any of you? Does your Lupus react? Does your body? PLEASE let me know!