It has now been nearly six months since I had my cavitation surgery with Dr. Volz in Switzerland. If you read my previous post (My Experience with Cavitation Surgery in Switzerland) then you will know that this surgery was a major turning point for me in my healing journey. However, about three months post-surgery, I experienced a return of my cavitation infection symptoms This experience was a very difficult uphill battle. Ultimately, I have been able to regain stability in regards to the health of my mouth, while also gaining additional insight into the healing process involved with recovering from cavitation infections and surgery. I am happy to say that despite the struggles I experienced over the past few months, I am back to feeling like my energetic, adventurous, rock-climbing self. Whenever healing gets difficult, my go-to mindset now is to remember that the purpose of all of this is so that I can get back to doing what I love and live life to the fullest.
Cavitation Infection Flare-Up and Additional Healing Insights:
Initially after my surgery, my mouth and face felt dramatically better. Once the pain from the surgery faded away, I felt like I was in the clear. However, about three months post-surgery, I began to experience shooting pain in the two cavitation locations in my lower jaw. This began when I increased my dosage of herbal Lyme supplements. My doctor and I took this to be an indication that there was still an active infection in these two lower cavitations. However, upon examination of my mouth, it appeared that the infection had also spread within my cheeks, the muscles in my jaw, and my gums. Due to the severity of the infection and the great pain I was experiencing I was put on an intravenous and oral antibiotic protocol for two weeks. The protocol was extremely difficult, but ultimately got the pain and infection back under control.
My doctor thinks that the resurgence of the infection was probably due to several factors: My low vitamin D status, not hitting the infection hard enough immediately after the surgery, and also that unresolved emotional issues were hindering my healing. Once I began to address these three factors in earnest, my mouth and face began to recover.
- Low Vitamin D Status: My vitamin D levels have always been pretty low. When I had them measured last summer, they were around 32 ng/ml. This past December, the level was even lower, at 28 ng/ml. Vitamin D is essential for activating the immune system and promoting healing, including regrowth of bone. My low vitamin D was likely preventing my immune system from effectively addressing the infection, and also hindering the growth of bone that is supposed to take place after cavitation surgery. The reason my vitamin D is so low is probably due to a combination of vitamin D receptor resistance due to long-term infection as well as the fact that I am allergic to oral vitamin D supplements and cannot take them. As a result, I had to find an alternative source of vitamin D. About a month ago, I started using an FDA-approved vitamin D lamp (I use this one: D/UV-F KBD Sperti Fluorescent Table Top Lamp ). I notice a visible reduction in inflammation in my face when I use the lamp. Another strategy I have been using is to apply MAFactive cream to my face, and then directly shine the vitamin D lamp towards my face. MAFactive cream contains GcMAF, an immune-stimulating compound that requires vitamin D in order to function. By combining these two, I feel like I am hitting the infection directly at the source. Recently, the manufacturer of MAFactive has been shut down, so I am using up the remainder of the MAFactive cream I have, as well as doing Rerum injections, which is the updated injectable form of GcMAF.
- Infections: One reason I may have had a resurgence in infection post-surgery is due to the fact that I didn’t hit the various infections I’ve been dealing with hard enough immediately after surgery. While IV and oral antibiotics were crucial for getting the infection under control recently, now that I am done with those, I am back to using natural medicines for treating the infection. I am using Cistus (BioPure Cistus Incanus Tincture (Pink Rockrose) (4 fl. oz.)) to break up biofilm in my mouth and target Borrelia and coinfections, as well as Argentyn, which also kills Borrelia. In addition, I have been stepping up treatment of infections in my intestines. I have struggled with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and candida for a while, and I think this has further exacerbated my cavitation issues. The wisdom tooth meridians are actually linked to the small intestine, so issues in one location can strongly affect the other location. I have found this to be true personally, as when I eat something to which I am sensitive or allergic, as soon as it hits my small intestine (several hours after eating), I experience symptoms in my cavitation areas. Conversely, when I take herbal products to address the small intestine infections, my mouth feels significantly better and inflammation decreases.
- Gut Infections: I've been using Atrantil for treating SIBO (Atrantil (90 Clear Caps): Bloating, Abdominal Discomfort, Change in Bowel Habits, and Everyday Digestive Health) and Candicid Forte for treating candida as well as the flare-up of yeast infection that occurred after the round of IV and oral antibiotics (Ortho Molecular Products, Candicid Forte 180 capsules).
- Emotional Healing: Unresolved emotional issues can have a huge impact on the body, including the immune system and the body’s ability to heal from traumas such as surgery. I definitely had some unresolved emotional issues before my cavitation surgery and for the first few months afterwards. It appears that this placed a significant strain on my body and its ability to heal. Once I addressed the emotional component through several different modalities, I began to feel a lot better, and my improvements have remained stable. I did shamanic work with my doctor in order to heal the emotional issues. I have also been using affirmations and guided meditation to promote positive thinking and stress relief. I recently started using a program called Holosync, which is music that contains certain sound frequencies that help put the body into a deep meditative state. This has really helped me relieve stress.
Overall, addressing these factors has helped re-stabilize my health after the resurgence of the cavitation infection. My energy has returned, and I once again feel like my body is on the right track towards healing. For anyone considering cavitation surgery, or any other form of dental surgery, I would definitely recommend looking into these issues before surgery so that you can optimize your experience and give your body the best chance possible for a full recovery.