The left sinus infection I've already posted about (starting late oct early nov) won't go away. Am on 3rd week of flucloxacillin 500mg 2x per day, with at least 2 more weeks to go. Recent hospital Xray of sinus and jaw show lucency in jaw area of my upper left molar titanium implant (installed almost a year ago, following the extraction of chronically longterm infected molar that had been rootcanalled and crowned over 20 yrs ago, leaving some pain in the jaw which the dentist told ne was phantom pain but which my oral surgeon felt was actually due to lingering infection). Now my gp & rheumy feel the staph aureus infection in my L sinus is due to infection in the area of jaw bearing the molar implant.
Have found good info online re upper jaw osteomylitis, but am preparing myself for seeing maxilliofacial surgeon (at same big teaching hospital as my great rheumy: they are both in touch). So, am interested in any feedback/help anyone here can give me, especially re how being on plaquenil 400mg per day is factored in when trying to beat infections like this one. I gather that when you've got lupus, it's easier for infections to"seem" to be cleared , only for lurking bacteria to reinfect you and get stuck in again, especially when you offer bacteria a fresh wound eg via surgery putting an implant in. I guess this is what's happening to me
I also gather fungal infection can merge with any bacterial infection, cause the mouth is so full of these things
Also, it seems that others with lupus have problems with the rejection of implants of various sorts (titanium stents in arteries etc ), so I'm interested in any comments on this too
Any comments, tips, advice folks?