What Are the Symptoms of Zinc Poisoning?

Intestinal distress is often the first sign of zinc poisoning.
Zinc poisoning can cause a fever.
Dietary zinc is found in many multivitamins.
Low blood pressure may be a sign of zinc poisoning.
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Zinc is a very abundant element, appearing as a blueish white metal in its pure state. Zinc is also highly adaptable and has many uses, including rust resistant coating, blending with other metals, and use in wood preservatives. A small amount of zinc is necessary for a balanced human diet. However, being exposed to more than 10 times the amount of recommended zinc can result in zinc poisoning. Zinc poisoning can be deadly if not caught and treated quickly.

For healthy adults, the daily recommended amount of zinc ranges between 12 and 15 milligrams. Most people are able to get the necessary amount of zinc naturally, through eating foods which have absorbed zinc. Others may take dietary supplements to increase their zinc intake. Dietary zinc appears in most multivitamins and also as a plain pill. It is unusual for people to experience zinc poisoning due to ingestion of dietary zinc, as long as the dosage recommendations of a doctor are followed.

There are other sources of zinc which can lead to zinc poisoning, however. Workers in factories which use zinc or zinc alloys are often exposed to high levels of zinc. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States regulates the amount of zinc individuals may be exposed to in the workplace. Sites which are contaminated often contain zinc, which leaches into the soil and may contaminate drinking water as well.

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Zinc is an intestinal irritant, and the first sign of zinc poisoning is usually intestinal distress. This includes vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. Further symptoms of zinc poisoning are low blood pressure, urine retention, jaundice, seizures, joint pain, fever, coughing, and a metallic taste in the mouth. If these symptoms appear and exposure to zinc is suspected, the person affected should be given lots of milk or water and taken to a hospital. A poison control center can give a referral to a hospital, along with other suggestions for making the patient comfortable.

Zinc is considered a heavy metal, which means that it is dense and that relatively low concentrations of the element in the body may lead to heavy metal poisoning. The symptoms of zinc poisoning are similar to other types of heavy metal poisoning. Because of this, exposure to any type of heavy metal should be disclosed to medical staff.

If left untreated, or if a high level of exposure continues, zinc poisoning can be deadly. Exposure to unhealthy levels of zinc should be limited for all ages. Parents should keep zinc supplements out of the reach of children, as well as keeping their children away from contaminated soil and water. Other adults should be aware of their workplace environments, and should follow medical recommendations on zinc supplements. If living in a contaminated area, filtered water should be used and soil disturbance should be avoided.

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Evee
Post 154

I am reading here about the heavy metal poisoning and can recommend one treatment: Kombucha. It is a fermented tea and sugar in which you put the starter, called "mother," which is a symbiotic gelatinous mushroom like pancake which forms on the top of the liquid during fermentation, and ferment it for about a week or two depending on the temperature.

Kombucha binds to heavy metals (gluconic acid in Kombucha plays this vital role) and removes them from your body. Russians discovered it during Stalin's time in villages which were heavily polluted by industry, but people had no cancer.

rsb
Post 152

This is really hard, My aunt has suffered with this for the past 2+ years. It started with her losing her balance, losing focus in conversations, falling, losing her eyesight, etc. She can't dress herself, she can't walk and most recently she's saying things that don't make sense. When this all started in 2010, my aunt was a retired, healthy, vibrant women who took care of her home, her husband and even played golf. And now she can't do anything for anyone -- not even for herself.

The hard part is that my family is very proud and would not accept any help from outside of family/friends nor consider a lawsuit. When my husband told me in February 2011 he had heard something about denture cream causing people problems, I got on the computer and looked at all the information I could find. My aunt prided herself on never letting anyone see her without her teeth, not even her husband.

When I found the information I was stunned, but I called and shared it with my family and I sent my aunt's daughter the law suit information. No one was ready to accept this diagnosis. It sounded too hopeless, and they kept taking my aunt to specialists and therapy in hopes she would get better.

Today, she's not any better; she's much worse. Today her sister/caretaker called me and asked for the information I tried to send her in 2011 about zinc poisoning, because she's now has to accept this and she needs to know what else to expect. This is really hard for us, but I don't know if she can get better now. It looks like this is coming to an end for her soon.

Does anyone know if there is a cure or something that will help slow the effects? We tried having her wear a copper bracelet but she said it made her legs hurt.

@anon53035 Post 55: Keep praying because your story sounds a lot like mine and I'm praying for a different outcome. Thank you all.

anon285876
Post 151

My mother died in 2004 of a mysterious nerve disorder. Basically, the doctors couldn't figure out why she was paralyzed and had to be on a breathing machine.

It started out that she had ulcers that were so severe that she lost a lot of her teeth from vomiting because of where the scar tissue was in her stomach and it eroded her teeth from years of vomiting. She had surgery to remove the ulcers in her stomach and then the ugly road to using Fixodent started.

She would get shaky from time to time. She had to walk with a walker and then went into a wheelchair. We took her to every doctor, every specialist and they were all stumped. Within six months, her legs went numb, and it moved all the way up until she could no longer breathe on her own. She used fixodent like candy to keep those dentures in.

She ended up in the hospital in 2003, unable to walk, feel her legs and had severe contractions in her hands. I used to visit her in the nursing home three to five times a week and she couldn't speak, but I could read her lips. Her body had failed her but her mind was all there.

I would feed her, shave her legs but I remember always having to clean her dentures, and she wanted lots of fixodent on them because the nurses wouldn't help if they slip and they did not read lips very well.

Well now, finding this information today, we finally found the last piece of the puzzle of what really happened to my mother. She was 55 years young. I love you, mom. --Terri

anon283630
Post 148

If a person is poisoning you with zinc or copper over a period of time, by putting it in your food, let's say 25-plus years, will you have symptoms of MS?

anon280614
Post 147

I used Fixodent cream for over 10 years. For at least a two year period, I had severe stomach cramps, and was nauseated around 85 percent of the time. I also had what I only know how to refer to as “spells,” where I would become so weak I could hardly move and I felt as if my life were being drained out of me. I was under the care of a doctor and went through a lot of different tests to find out what caused all of this and no answers could be found. I took Promethazine for nausea just to be able to function.

I got new dentures and switched to Fixodent powder. I was reading the instructions and saw what was said about zinc. I looked up zinc and Fixodent and was shocked at all I read.

My dentures were old and I would put fresh Fixodent on twice a day and used a lot. I could not understand why I could eat a particular food today and it would not make me sick, but eat that same food another day and get deathly sick. I now understand.

To sum this up, I stopped using Fixodent in April of 2012 and the transformation that has taken place in my body is beyond amazing. All of the things I referred to above stopped and have not occurred again. I consider this a miracle because from what I’ve read, I realize that if I had continued to use Fixodent, it would have completely destroyed my life.

I had a blood test done in May to check my zinc levels. I was told that normal was 60-120 and mine was at 115, 10 days after I stopped using Fixodent. I am 66 years old and in fairly good physical shape. But, again since I learned this information, I feel like a different person.

I firmly believe that Fixodent packages should have a warning about zinc on the front. I remember when they said “new label, or new package” but I did not pay that any attention because I “assumed” it was just new packaging. If it had said “warning,” I, just like many others, would have read the details.

People need to know about this. I am sure that not everyone has such an extreme intolerance to zinc, but I am also sure that many people do. Neither I nor my doctors had any idea what was causing so many problems.

weird1
Post 146

All of these stories are heart-wrenching. My God bless all of you!

anon272912
Post 145

I am a 56 year old woman. I have been wearing dentures for 30 years and I have used denture cream for nearly 30 years. For the past 27 years I have been having unexplained health problems, momentary vision loss causing a star burst effect in one eye, sharp pain in my arms and legs muscle spasms, tingling sensations, a feeling of fluttering under my skin, back pain, sharp pain in my ears, fluid in my ears for more than 10 ears now, vertigo, fluttering in my leg muscles, feet and hand cramps, numbness in my toes, prickliness in my feet and hands, back pain, sharp pain in my head, joint pain, muscle pain.

For the longest time, I have been thinking that I was losing my mind and so have my loved ones. At least now I know that I am not. I pray to God that I will be able to get the testing that I need and be able to take action against those that would cause me and others harm because of their love of money. I have no job, my husband is on social security, I have no insurance, and I live with constant pain.

evon1314
Post 144

I think that zinc is just the same as the copper.

anon267572
Post 143

I just realized that some of my problems may be from using Fixodent for over two years. I had most of the signs, but I had no idea it was from my denture cream. I am having shortness of breathe and I am so tired. I never needed to rest during the day, but now I need to lie down three to four times a day.

I cannot see the doctor because medical insurance is to expensive. I have switched to Poligrip that is zinc free, and I hope I will begin feeling better soon. I don't know what else to do. I was afraid I might be dying until I read some of the people's problems and I am sure that is why I feel so terrible.

anon212210
Post 142

Can anyone tell me where I can sign up for the class action law suit? I have been using two major brands of denture adhesives. I too, have had numerous symptoms that were not diagnosed. But I am glad that this news came out about the adhesives. Please post where I can sign up.

anon179570
Post 141

I am 66 years old and suffering from zinc poisoning. When tested two years later my test was negative. However, i still have tingling and numbness, pain, use a walker, am on disability and need help from the courts to take our cases and not restrict us to just a zinc test, because they know it's bigger than that. Help!

anon174164
Post 140

i am a 62 year old who has been using fixodent for 15 years. I have been having strange pains and numbness for most of those years. I have been diagnosed with arthritis and tendonitis but meds didn't help much. After reading peoples comments here i realize that i have 80 percent of the symptoms listed here. I will be going for a zinc test as soon as possible.

anon165644
Post 139

I am a 58 year old female, and today i had to try and convince a UK legal firm that i have suffered from zinc poisoning since at least 1992. The experience with the legal exec. reminded me of all the years of medical visits, when doctor after doctor, no one believed me. One locum doctor in 1998 got near it. He prescribed b12 and amitriptyline, and told me to stop smoking (i did that day). He also referred me to our neuro hospital and my legs had pads put on them to test, and i passed this test.

I was referred to the diabetic clinic/hospital to test for neuropathy, and i passed this test as well. i had a ct scan on my brain and i passed this test. as a hospital worker, i went to see the occupational health and the specialist there said it sounded like fibromyalgia, but it wasn't that.

i told everyone who would listen "a body needs three batteries to function but two of mine were not working." i hated going downstairs as i couldn't feel the tread under my feet and i often had spots before my eyes. i hated crossing roads because my head said move quick but my legs would not move/felt heavy and lead lined. i constantly tripped, lost balance and dropped things that i thought i had gripped. i felt like i was a 90 year old and became seriously depressed.

i could not sleep because of muscle pain everywhere in my body. my feet still have a stinging sensation. i had a blood test last week for zinc and copper, although i stopped using fixodent/poligrip in august 2009, i don't suppose the test will tell me anything although i still have problems.

i want to know what permanent damage has been caused. i want the medical profession to wake up and recognise this zinc poisoning issue. i want the disability to be recognised. i want all those who need medical support to be given it and not be charged as in the usa.

i want the medical journals to send out clear warnings to all medics (i found nothing in the Lancet except stories of 'mysterious numbness in lower limbs' but not linked to zinc.) My doctor said now what do you want me to do? I said i want an apology. good luck. Annie C., Liverpool, UK

anon164759
Post 138

Has anyone developed psoriasis-like condition from an overdose of zinc? Many of the lupus-like symptoms have existed for some time and for some reason I have forgotten I stopped all zinc ingestion several months ago but am now covered in scaly, red and very tender to the touch in the more mature presentation. The balance issue is improved (B 12 was recently added) but there seems to be no help for this horrendous outbreak all over my body.

anon163695
Post 137

I'm 41 now and i started using fixodent when i was 32. i starting getting symptoms a couple of years after using fixodent. i was in perfect health until then and i never had to go to see a doctor at all.

i started getting dry skin that turned into sores. other symptoms included when i would kneel down and my legs would go to sleep in about two to three minutes, then every joint in my body would ache.

i went to the doctor and they did tests because they thought it was arthritis but the test come back negative. They didn't know what the problem was. I've always had to deal and work around it all the time and still do.

My back would hurt so bad i could move and I've been to the doctor with that too, and they couldn't find anything wrong. I had to get my coworkers to help me to the car so i could drive home. i had to let a 36 dollar an hour job go because i couldn't hold up a grinder or welder anymore.

the pain would come and go. now I'm lying in bed, hardly able to move for the pain i have in my lower back. it hasn't gone away this time and i just found out about zinc poisoning three weeks ago. i don't have any thing wrong with my legs or feet as far as weakness, but i have awakened with my legs hurting so bad i could only lie in bed until the pain was gone.

i go to the doctor to tomorrow to talk about getting a zinc test done. I'm sure the test will come back positive for zinc poisoning. i dread even just getting out of bed because i can barely walk for the pain i have in my back. What do you think? Does it sound like zinc poisoning to you?

anon162905
Post 136

i used to wear dentures and used fixodent -- a lot of it --several times a day.

Well, i was to have surgery but my white blood count came back really low so the doctor refused to do the surgery and said i needed to see a blood doctor. it took a couple of days to get the appointment set up. In the meantime, that very day we saw an ad on tv about the dangers of using it. i stopped using it, not knowing that i should have used it till my blood was tested. it was 10-14 days later that i saw the specialist. i asked for the zinc test but he didn't want to do it.

since i was not using it any longer he should have done the hair test because it stays in the hair for three months, but because he didn't run the test, i have no proof it was the fixodent that caused my health issues.

I have a low heart rate now, as well. I was suffering with chest pain while using fixodent. i now have to live with a low heart rate as well as with a low white blood count and the surgery i was to have will never happen. i have no insurance nor can i get an insurance company to touch me.

please, if you're using this stuff, get tested before you stop using it. don't take no for an answer. but yet the specialist tells me he thinks i'm wrong about the fixodent causing my health issues but he never found the cause of my illness.

mmisty
Post 135

just curious: has anyone had a foul smell almost like burning gasoline or similar that only you can smell, causing burning in your nose and throat?

anon161460
Post 133

I am a 46 year old female, and have worn dentures for a little over six years. I have very little bone structure, therefore have used a lot of Fixodent to keep my dentures in place.

My ailments are too numerous to mention, but having had my zinc and copper levels tested last week, stopped using Fixodent immediately, and for the first time in years. I feel like a new person! I did not suffer weight loss, as did many of the others posted here, but actually unexplained weight gain! I am now using Secure brand denture cream, and tossing my hat into the ring on the lawsuits. This stuff needs to be pulled off the shelves now.

jgp06
Post 132

For 15 years I too, have used Fixodent.

After the first four years I began to have stomach problems. Sent to the hospital many times with stomach cramps, diarrhea, pain worse than child birth. Given morphine for the pain to stop. Hospitalized and tests were done, thinking it might be diverticulitis. Result was no. Then I was told it's just a nervous stomach. I have gone through this for at least 11 years.

Other health problems are sinus infections. Always being put on antibiotics to clear the infection up, but it recurs within weeks. This has been for the past five or six years. Now have a picc line in my arm with antibiotics daily for the past three weeks. The MRI showed fluid behind both ears, white matter over the right side of my brain from infection. It is possible the medicine may continue for another three weeks. I feel like I'm on a boat that never stops moving.

Don't sleep well because of my legs always moving or cramping. Sometimes when walking, it feels as though I start losing the ability to keep walking.

These are just a few of the things I'm living with. Fifteen years of Fixodent seems to have really made a mess of my life.

anon154379
Post 131

After reading the article and a few comments of other people it really had me concerned. My mother used Fixodent all the time when she first received dentures (which was in her thirties). Sad to say she died three years ago to a brain aneurysm in which she had no warning. After hearing about this it really made me think about how much she used this product. I hope people take this seriously and get themselves checked out because the day she had her aneurysm she had numbness in her legs and a headache.

anon152686
Post 130

I have been using Fixodent powder for one week and started to feel lightheaded, dizzy and just plain crappy and stumbled on this web page. I quit today and will see if it goes away. Could it happen this quickly? I used to feel the same way when taking calcium supplements, Fixodent seems to have calcium and zinc.

anon152309
Post 129

Attention dairy farmers! If you are having the same symptoms and adding a zinc supplement into the cows' feed or water get tested. This happened to us and after hospitalisation they still don't know what it is and after reading this forum we are getting tested.

anon151774
Post 128

This is truly serious! My mother, age 65, never had any health issues other than taking a low blood pressure pill. She developed a hoarse voice and we thought it was allergies until it got worse, then the was unable to swallow but the initial problems were muscle pains in the legs. It continued to get worse with severe weight loss.

After many doctors and tests because she resembled someone that had a stroke, she was sent to a neurologist who just straight said she has ALS also known as Lou Gherig's disease. I did not believe this and still do not because my mother used fixodent for over 30 years and she used a lot of it due to lack of bones in her mouth. Please, if you have these problems, don't ignore them or take a diagnosis of this sort as what it is. My mother died a terrible suffering death. She could not swallow she had to have a feeding tube then she was unable to walk or talk and then couldn't even hold a pencil to tell us what she wanted to say. She eventually died because she couldn't breathe anymore. This is heartbreaking when you know that something could have been done if caught. now we live with the memories of our mother suffering because of this product.

anon151464
Post 127

My father was a hog farmer for over 60 years. He mixed the hogs feed and breathed large amounts of the feed dust over the years in feeding the animals because of the machines that mixed the feed. He has a muscle disease that has left him with severe muscle loss and can barely walk. His hands are so weak he can not hold the grip of a hammer to drive a single nail without dropping the hammer. There is a lot of zinc in hog feed.

We are checking his medical toxicity records to see if they tested him for zinc poisoning. My question is if any other farmers experienced similar symptoms?

anon150126
Post 126

*Post 103* Yes, my 36 year old fiance first started with red flag stroke like symptoms. I say red flag, because they are kind you hear about on PSA's telling you to get to the ER for critical medication.

My fiance is 36 years old and was in good health until August 2010. He started wearing his dentures in 2007, and not long afterword his health begin declining until that fateful day in August.

It started with weakness, fatigue, pain and numbness in his extremities, and just a general feeling of unwellness. It was so bad however, that he had to leave his well paying government contracted job because he couldn't travel due to either not feeling well or doctor visits.

In August of 2010 my fiance was in California - having fallen back on his old career in trucking - when he ended up in the ER because of stroke like symptoms. Tingling, and numbness down the left side of his body, electrical shocks down the left side, his speech was slurred, he sounded completely out of it, and was unable to fill out the paperwork at the ER because it all came out like chicken scratches.

He has had several MRI's, the last one with a tesla-3 magnet (basically the highest powered MRI that is available at this time) no sign of stroke.

Since then he has lost about 14 lbs, suddenly got restless leg syndrome, chronic pain that is not made better by Neurontin, black stools, diarrhea, upset stomach, electric shocks, passing out, fatigue, slow heart rate (dropping as low as 39 bpm), low blood pressure that goes up and down like crazy, low body temp, sudden and increasing urine retention (just with in the last few months). The list goes on and on, and has been repeated here by so many people.

Even as we have been sitting here tonight looking this stuff up online, he has been having extreme pain down his right arm into his hand.

We've had nerve tests, all sorts of blood work and panels, MRI's, CT scans, spinal tap, electrocardiogram with a bubble test, a halter monitor, stress test, and most recently a loop recorder surgically implanted into his chest to monitor his slow heart rate even closer.

Of course with all of this nothing has been found, nothing is "wrong". The docs have worried about giving him pain medication since they think it has to be neuropathy, but those don't work. ER docs have told us it's just anxiety, and don't want to give pain meds.

We haven't experienced any jaundice, but I wouldn't be surprised if it started soon.

This has caused us so much stress personally, and on our relationship. I love him so much, but we are truly suffering. The docs have told him he can no longer drive, and with the economy the way it is trying to get back into his last job is almost impossible, especially since everyone wants a college degree.

We live paycheck to paycheck on his unemployment and my SSDI. He also has no health insurance, and is considered by the state of Utah an able-bodied male since the docs haven't diagnosed him with anything. Even though he has dependent children, he still doesn't qualify because they don't live with him. He was just turned down by the only other health insurance resource the state of Utah offers.

He is getting help through the hospital financial aid, but it only lasts for six months (ending in May) and they still require $50.00 co-pays for doctor visits, and procedures.

This is so sad, and maddening for us. To know that some of these issues could be discovered by a simple test, and that all this while it probably has been caused by simple, everyday product.

We will be calling his doctor tomorrow and demanding a zinc and copper test. Blessings be to anyone else who has suffered, and the woman who posted in 117. No one should needlessly suffer like this! --Meggan SLC, UT

anon144976
Post 125

I'm 52 years old I have used fixodent for about 15 years. I had my zinc and copper checked my zinc 1703 and normal is between 700-1200. My copper level was normal so the lawyer that I talked to said they could not because my copper was not low. So what do people like me do now?

anon144768
Post 124

For all of you who have not had your zinc and copper level tests done: please, please do it! I have been using fixodent several times a day, for 20 years, I got my results back today and they were extremely large high levels of Zinc! So if you have not been tested, please do it!

anon141028
Post 123

and I thought I was the only one with this nightmare.

dollphinz66
Post 122

I found out about this when I called for an appointment for a permanent set. The temporaries I have now are two years old. I have been using fixodent for two years.

Once I began to research this, I became very alarmed as that many of the symptoms I have been experiencing over the last year and a half and had attributed to getting older and entering possibly into menopause. I am a 45 year old female.

Some of what I learned is that an adult should take in about 30mg of zinc daily. One gram of fixodent contains 13,000. I have been using a 68oz tube of fixodent every 10-15 days. My next appointment will be to have my zinc and copper levels checked. Elevated intake of zinc will also lower your copper levels.

Since I have learned of this I have been an emotional wreck. The last couple of weeks I have been really sick and could not understand why. After reading these posts, there is no doubt in my mind what has been ailing me. Many of the symptoms these are folks posting are identical to mine.

anon137165
Post 120

I have watched these zinc-poisoning commercials and have acquired all of these symptoms fit my 10 month poor health transformation. Got my dentures Feb 2010 through a charitable dentist as I couldn't afford them on my own.

Symptoms started developing noticeably in August. I'm a regular plasma donor for two years. Since August I haven't made but about half my health checks (can't afford a doctor). I was failing with conditions I have never had before, like rapid heartbeat, which I'd never had in two years of donating, almost 10 pounds weight loss in one month. Never since 1987 and I'm 40 years old now, morning nausea, vomiting started today, fatigue, low blood pressure (but 130+ pulse), electrical feeling in extremities, pale skin (never in 10-plus years --heavy tanner), and low red blood cell count. Again, never an issue in two years of donating (even with four to eight times the rda of iron tabs).

My dentures had widened so much in six months, I started filling the trench for what started out as a half an ounce of poligrip to about an ounce and a half. Can't afford to get them adjusted or new ones. Also black tarry stools for two months now.

I thought I had cancer (maybe I do, but who wants to hear that), but researched this zinc poisoning thing. Took an after Christmas pic and compared it to my 4th of July pic. My weight loss from 120 to 111 pounds didn't show up too bad, but my face was pale (indian close to mexican complexion to start with) and it looks as if I've aged five years. Now I'm looking 45 years old when my well-toned summer body looked about 28 years old.

I'm happy I discovered this threat early, because it looks to be life threatening. And how long does it take for the body to repair itself after removing the zinc exposure? God only knows if there is long term organ damage to liver, etc.

anon136794
Post 118

I am a 57 year old male who leads a very active lifestyle. Since i had my upper teeth removed three years ago, I have been using Fixodent to hold the dentures in place. I have noticed a very obvious drop in my health over this same time period including dizziness, blurred vision, apathy, tingling/burning in legs and arms, weakness in arms and legs, coughing and lower back pain. With all these symptoms I had attributed them to my simply getting 'old', but by accident, I discovered the disturbing facts about the zinc additive in the denture cream that I was using. I have stopped using the product as of today and have switched to an alternate denture cream that has no zinc.

I do not intend to have any tests conducted nor pursue any form of litigation. I simply will monitor my 'condition' and hope that it improves.

I will post on here again in a couple of weeks and inform everyone if there are any positive results.

why this zinc problem is not made public knowledge is beyond me. I guess it's the dollars that matter and not the health of the people.

TiffanyL
Post 117

My fiance passed away Aug 27, 2010 at the age of 36 and had been using Poligrip since he was very young, as far as I know he was a young teenager.

We just finally got the results of the autopsy report two days ago (Dec 17th) and from what they said he died of a sudden heart attack, cirrhosis of the liver, and toxins in his blood.

I do believe this stuff contributed to his death, as he had never been diagnosed with anything. I would really like to seek legal help as this has ripped my life apart. What I don't understand is, he was in the hospital on two different occasions in the past year. One time was last Dec, when we were involved in a serious car accident in which he had internal bleeding and had to have his spleen removed.

The second was in May, he was told he had food poisoning after being taken to the E.R in an ambulance. I don't believe the diagnosis one bit. How did they not know his health was this bad? He spent two weeks in the UNIV of MD Shock Trauma and was told he had no health problems. They said they checked out every organ while they had him open.

I believe he had been sick for a while and it was always overlooked. The symptoms he had in the past were that he had become weak, yellowing of the skin, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, very bad edema in his feet and legs and excessive bloating in the stomach area. I did do some reading up today and cirrhosis of the liver can be caused from metal toxicity. He never drank alcohol his whole life, so that is out of the question. It is a shame that this stuff was even on the market to begin with and I will be getting to the bottom of this one way or another.

If this stuff took the love of my life, they will pay dearly.

anon134676
Post 116

I am another person that has used poligrip and fixodent, found that fixodent held better, so have used it for 30 years and my health is awful and the drs can't pin point my exact problem. today i insisted they do a zinc and copper tests on me, and it's going to be done tomorrow.

anon129660
Post 115

I'm a 37 year old female who has had cancer three times. I've had all my teeth removed and just started wearing dentures five days ago. I was in perfect health until I started to use denture cream.

I'm in perfect health, I have my neuropathy under control and my anemia under control. Three days after using denture cream I became very ill. I wish I had done the research first and found out about the zinc issues with denture cream. I'm glad I was able to figure out what was making me sick early, it was easy to do since the denture cream was the only change in my "diet".

anon127941
Post 114

I just found out from my girlfriend this morning about this issue. I find it to be a huge relief to know this has caused the pain and issue i have been dealing with. I am 37 and for 12 years I have had dentures. I was in good health and happy. These past few years have been the worst.

I have had the numb hands, panic attacks, vision loss, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, tired all the time, feel like crap and my body aches and is restless a lot. I have been to the doctor several times and they say nothing is wrong. I knew I felt like crap and started thinking I was going crazy. This is a huge relief to know I was right about how I felt.

Now I am having a new issue as to whether or not I trust the doctors who are supposed to care for us, our kids and our families. David - Seattle

anon127304
Post 113

I am a 61 year old female. I am a correctional officer at a prison. Two months ago I was diagnosed with shingles on my face, ear and mouth. The pain is terrible.

I have used Fixodent for over 30 years. Now I have extreme pain in my back and legs headaches and stabbing pain in my ear. Numbness in my left foot and my legs ache and burn. I talk to a lawyer and this can be the result of denture cream use.

anon125009
Post 112

Never had any health problems until i got my dentures. Had to use poligrip on them to hold them in so i could eat.

I was so sick all the time so I learned to eat without my teeth. I have a brand new pair and can't wear them. They make me sick. I also developed a heart problem all of a sudden. Now i am on medication for it for the rest of my life. I wondered what was wrong with me, and i wondered about the poligrip. I guess my suspicions were right. It was the poligrip.

I have read these posts and i have had all or most of the symptoms that these people are talking about. The worst is the pain in my feet and knees and legs. I have a real hard time walking now, and hurt 24/7. I need to get this test done. But I can't afford to go to the doctor.

anon123147
Post 110

I have had tingling in my feet ever since using Fixodent about four years ago, when my permanent capped teeth came unglued. About four months ago I stated having burning under my arm pits and have experienced some heartburn. I never used that much fixodent. Luckily, a tube lasts me about nine months to a year. I am going to have that test done soon.

Does anyone know if the zinc is accumulative in the body? Implants are not the answer either, especially if they use titanium. Titanium can cause bacterial infections. I have known several people who had to have their implants removed.

anon122953
Post 109

Well, i am in the same boat. i have been to so many doctors they think i am nuts. i am 45 and have been using poligrip and fixodent for 15 years due to bone loss. i have nerve damage in my face, causing paralysis, i have b-12 deficiency, low blood pressure, tingling, aches and pains from head to toe, muscle spasms, anxiety attacks, can't use my hands sometimes. i constantly walk into walls, chairs, people.

I have recently started getting burning pains in my leg. The doctor thought it was sciatica, but after tests decided it was a muscle problem, so i am getting the zinc test done and would love to know if this is what has been causing me so much pain for years.

danainman
Post 108

i started using fixodent in 1992 and i felt fine for a little while. I just found out about this last night on TV. In 98 i had to sign up for ssi. i was 32, but they said i had a nerve disorder, fibromyalgia, the disks in my back were crumbling, and now i have three. i have had seizures, headaches, shoulders burning, my hands shake and liver damage.

Well i got on the internet and researched zinc and copper poisoning, neuropathy and nerve damage.i started to cry because i have all of the symptoms from using this product. the doctors won't help me. they think I'm only there for pain and nerve pills. my family thinks that, too.

I haven't been tested for the zinc and copper, but I'm going to find me a different doctor and tell them about what i have found just by doing research on the net. i feel like I'm 80. god bless everyone who feels like i do.

anon120619
Post 107

I am 41 and am actually feeling better to know that I'm not alone in all of this. I have been wearing dentures for 10 years and using all of the adhesives. Fixodent, Poligrip, store brand and after watching videos online, realized that Cushion Grip is also falling into this category of problems.

I've gone as far as recently having a new set of dentures made, but because of the lack of bone in my mouth, I am forced to use adhesives in order to eat.

I have researched and researched and finally have answers. I have seen approximately 20 different doctors in six different states trying to figure out why I have had non-stop excruciating pain, electrical currents in my extremities, weakness in my arms, legs, feet and hands.

I have not been able to sleep in a bed for almost four years, blaming it on never getting the right mattress. I've had approximately 20 surgeries for intestinal blockages, urinary problems, etc. I've been accused by some past doctors of just wanting to obtain pain medication because they hadn't been able to explain why my pain could never be eased. They couldn't explain the severe burning in my legs.

Finally, after about four years of researching online, I went to my doctor and asked to have a zinc level drawn on me. And wouldn't you know: I have zinc poisoning. Who's to blame, the companies for making such a dangerous product or me for using the product because I spent all my money on doctors and whatnot trying to find out what's wrong with me and not being able to put that money into possibly going with implants instead of dentures.

I have a hard time dealing with having a lifetime of pain, possibly losing my ability to walk and living on anti nausea medication, pain medication and sleep aids.

We are a civilized world. Why can't we make something that will be beneficial and safe for people like us that are forced to wear dentures.

If and until that time comes, I think that the company's that have put us into this position should step forward and compensate us for our pain and suffering.

anon117486
Post 106

I have only had my dentures for three or four months and i have already had a lot of the symptoms i have been reading about. I use polygrip and fixodent. i am going with seabond or i will go toothless. i want to live a normal life.

anon116488
Post 105

Wow! Maybe my three-year search has finally hit home. Just not sure until I get some blood work done in six more days. I've had dentures since June 2007 and by Aug 2007 I was so sick and in so much pain that I haven't been able to sleep in a bed for almost two years. I was a walking zombie because the suicidal pain was so excruciating that no pain killer would help.

Nerve pain always gets more sensitive at night. From 150 lbs in May 2007, I was down to 88 lbs by Nov 2007. The shins of my legs took on a darker pigmentation that could not be explained. I actually thought I had a bone disease. Never had an upset stomach because my food never made it past the breast level of the chest. I just threw up every thing I put in my mouth.

Most of the time I was literally bouncing off the walls because I couldn't walk straight. Hard to explain, but I did not have numbness in my feet at this time. Even at 88 lbs, I was still a diabetic. Being new to the area, a doctor had put me on metformin. After two months of metformin, in a conversation with a cousin, I reported numbness in my feet.

She had just been to a podiatrist who told her that metformin is responsible for the peripheral-neuropathy in her feet and legs. Another Wow! I stopped taking the metformin without any improvements of the numbness going away but it hasn't spread any farther either.

I did do a research on it and sure enough, that's what the new studies say. The study indicated that only the patients low on vit B12 got the leg pain and numbness. I really find that hard to believe as well as most diabetics take a multiple vitamin. I myself always take 4-6 Super B Complex vitamins a day. At least, I am narrowing down my research between the two products. From 88 lbs, I am now up to 158 lbs and now I cannot stop the gain since I tried when I reached 115 lbs.

Nothing in my body works any more, thyroid, digestion, elimination. So maybe I'll request the zinc and copper testing to be sure. One other symptom that I had that no one has touched on here is a very fluid cough. I thought maybe it was from the melting fixodent going down my throat and the sugary saliva of a diabetic. The cough did go away when I started metformin, and now is back since I went off of it.

Does anyone know if metformin has zinc in it. They put mercury in vaccines and children's immunization shots, so I'm beginning to wonder. I'm approaching 59 soon, and haven't had a flu shot since age seven, so no blame there.

anon116465
Post 104

i have used these products since i was 22. i am now 52. In my late 20's they started noticing low blood pressure. for the past 20 years i have had many of these symptoms. It got to the point that the last 3 years have been horrible.

The last 10 months i have been deathly sick always vomiting headaches all the time. I had my test drawn today. This has ruined my life and my marriage was destroyed. No one wants to hear how you are sick all the time.

So I will pray that this is the problem and i will praise the lord that it can be reversed to a degree.

anon115395
Post 103

anyone experiencing stroke or stroke like symptoms?

anon115096
Post 102

Had used Fixodent for over 30 years. Can't remember when I didn't have numbness in my feet and hands. Started using Poligrip, zinc free, about two months ago and the numbness is almost gone. Don't suppose it was the zinc?

anon114860
Post 101

I have been using denture crm for 16 years now. The last six years I have had problems with my knee but with no knee injury. Could this be why? Definitely going to ask my doctor to run some tests.

anon114762
Post 100

To the denture wearers, how many times have you been back to your dentist after having your dentures made? The ADA recommends yearly visits to properly assess the fit and conditions of the oral tissues. A well fitting denture does not need any adhesives to keep it in place and from slipping unless there is not adequate bone present. And in this case, implants can be placed to secure the denture to. So visit your dentist and address the problem.

anon114432
Post 99

No. 98: People are getting sick from the products, as I am. How dare you?

anon111434
Post 98

When did we become a world for complainers, whiners and sue-happy wimps! If a commercial with a lawyer came out and told us that breathing would kill you, some of you would die holding your breath as you reached for the phone to call a lawyer!

anon110401
Post 97

I woke up one morning and couldn't walk the pain was so excessive and I couldn't lift my right leg. I have been told I have RLS and taking meds for this about five years. I had an MRI done in July and a steroid for the pain and inflammation, no relief! I have used Fixodent for about 20 years. Each time I read a post I thought Oh my God, that is me. I will insist that I have testing done for zinc and copper levels.

anon109839
Post 96

I am 56 years old and have been wearing a partial and using Poligrip or Fixodent for about 15 years and have experienced numbness in my toes and joint pain which is getting worse month by month.

I had a neurologist do many tests to find out the cause of the numbness with an end result of 'no reason'. Now I wonder if the denture cream is the real culprit of these problems and also the eternal thick mucus I spit out every morning after hacking like a 90 year old man to get it out. I swallow tons of this stuff every day.

anon109510
Post 95

I am a 53 year old woman and I have been using poligrip and fixodent for six years. I have all the symptoms, but I didn't know until about three weeks ago when I saw the commercial on TV.

anon107081
Post 94

I have only had dentures for four years now and always used poligrip, super poligrip and fixodent and wondered why I am in so much pain. Never heard anything bad about this until it was on the tv.

I have had every test that you can imagine wanting to know what is wrong with me. I have had back surgery (two times), aorta replacement and used to be able to walk about, but now it is almost impossible to stay on my legs. It is so hard to pick them up or even stay up on my feet.

I also have a heaviness on my chest, not heart, just chest, feels like someone is giving me compressions, no sex for the last almost 18 months (my husband is ready to leave me), headaches that won't leave, cramps when my legs are not moving.

I can't believe that this has happened to me. I no longer feel as if I'm in my 40's. It feels like I should be pushed in a wheelchair in my 90's.

anon106545
Post 93

I have been using a denture adhesive for eight years. Not polygrip, but a well-known store brand. For the last year I have had so much leg pain, numbness, tingling, and hand pain. Now maybe I can find some answers.

anon106117
Post 92

does anyone know if the polident powder contains zinc?

anon103994
Post 91

i am a 63 year old woman and have used fixodent for at least 40 years and am having tingling and pain in my right hands and fingers. what can be done to relieve my symptoms? worried.

anon103011
Post 90

I am 82 and have been using poligrip and other products for over 10 years. I have numb legs from the knees down including the feet. Also both hands hurt and are hard to use. I also have type 2 diabetes and have thought my trouble was due to that. What now?

anon101914
Post 89

My husband has been using these products for almost 25 years. Over the past year he has developed severe pain in his hands, legs and feet. Numbness, tingling, burning, cramping so severe that he cannot sleep for long periods of time because he cannot get comfortable. His hands are getting so bad he can hardly grip anything. Forget opening jars.

We just heard about this zinc situation and will have him checked out. Hopefully this will get us the answers we have been searching for.

anon101037
Post 88

This makes so much sense now. I have used denture cream for years and I have been so sick. Well, now it makes sense. Wow. I need to get some help.

anon99347
Post 87

I am a 42 year old female and have been wearing dentures for a year now. Since I started wearing dentures I have gone from 158 pounds to 122 pounds. No matter what I do, I cannot put weight on. But recently I have become exhausted all the time. I have muscle cramps, back pains, headaches, stomach aches and here just two days ago, woke up with leg muscles hurting so bad I could barely walk.

I have only been using fixodent and poligrip for a year.

anon99312
Post 86

I have been using fixodent for 24 years. After reading these posts I suspect the problem I am having with my right foot, tingling and slight numbness in my big toe are zinc poisoning. it has been going on for about three years, and is beginning to get worse. I am going to switch adhesive.

anon97925
Post 84

i am so damn mad! i have been through so much and now this! Years of doctors and surgeries!

anon96317
Post 83

I have been using Denture Cream for the last 10 years but fine so far, I found information on the Denture cream poisoning and the lawsuit online. They seem to have good information on zinc poisoning and the related lawsuits.

anon92668
Post 82

Oh my God! Every one of the issues I am experiencing are listed in these posts. I have been using Fixodent and polygrip for nine years. In the last two weeks it has gotten so bad I don't feel like doing anything. I will call for testing tomorrow! Thank you, thank you! G

anon92523
Post 81

I just noticed today that poligrip is now zinc free in the stores. I think it is safe to try.

anon92237
Post 80

i too have been using both super and regular poligrip and I'm having all types of problems as we speak. i heard about the problems this product is causing but even though i am currently under a doctor's care, i haven't mentioned this to him. maybe this is some of my problem: heart, back, legs, arms, blood pressure, sleeping disorder, etc., noticeable in the last three or four months and i have been using that product for the last 10 years.

I guess i need to be checked for that also. By the way, did you all notice minyards started phasing it out and taking it off the shelf in the last three or four months? Thanks, guys. E.T.JR

anon91727
Post 79

It's been two days since I changed the adhesive to Effergrip and already I have seen that the burning pain in the shoulder is gone!

anon91554
Post 78

It's so bittersweet to hear all these stories as I can relate to all of them. I have been using denture adhesive for over 10 years and have been experiencing all of the same symptoms as you all have described on here.

I was 24 when I first got my dentures and was fit as a fiddle with a pain free life, and now I am 40 and I feel like an old man some days and there is rarely a day without some form of pain or problem.

If anyone with this same issue would like to keep sharing information I would truly like that.

Thanks for sharing your stories.

anon91089
Post 77

I just learned about zinc poisoning and have been using fixodent and other adhesives for my dentures. I'm 63 years old and have many symptoms that might come from zinc poisoning. I have constipation, burning in my shoulder, a facial tic and get headaches. I will be tested next week and have ordered effergrip online to replace the zinc adhesive.

anon89083
Post 76

Looking for the name a a good lab that will test the hair for zinc and copper?

anon82966
Post 74

I developed nerve pain in my left foot, which persisted for three years or more until I recently, by accident heard of the nerve problems caused by zinc. I immediately checked the amount of zinc in the Ocuvite vitamin I take once a day (prescribed by my opthamologist) and saw it was 267 percent of the RDA!

I immediately stopped taking it and my foot pain improved dramatically within two days! I am going to take info on zinc poisoning to all my doctors, along with the Ocuvite bottle. Doctors don't have -- or don't take -- the time to learn about everything. We all have to research and think for ourselves. -- Marlene B.

anon76097
Post 73

Wow. I'm a 48 year old Canadian woman who began using super strength Poligrip about three years ago, after getting partial dentures that never fit properly. Every hour for three years I reapplied.

First the stomach pains sent me to gastro doctor, who found nothing serious. Then my hands went numb to the point of getting an assistant at work. An M.R.I. test showed lesions on my spine indicating M.S. Lack of balance and constant electrical pain through out my body has left me frustrated.

Now to hear this about the poligrip zinc levels gives me hope that if I get tested and can confirm my illness to be zinc poisoning. I must admit that it beats M.S.

Hopefully I will be able to eliminate my pain and heal my spinal lesions.

anon75272
Post 72

I am a 47 year old female. Everyone thinks I am crazy because of all the complaints that I have all the time. I started the numbness and tingling in my hands and fingers almost six years ago. Then one thing has lead to another and over the past couple years I have gotten so much worse!

My body hurts all the time, weakness, fatigue, headaches, falling and many other symptoms. I have used Fix-a-dent for about 25 years. I have been reading a lot in the past few days about the zinc poisoning.

I have an appointment next Monday to have my levels checked. After all this time and with all the pain I have been having, maybe now I will get some answers. Thank God!

anon74933
Post 71

i am 44 years old. In the last two years i have not been myself I've been falling and off to the point i would just joke about it. I have a flipper for 15 years.

Just this past week i was tested and waiting on results. no one can ever know what goes thorugh your head when you hurt, legs toes,fingers, you just don't feel right. ruth ky

anon70651
Post 70

I have a very good friend who just found out about this. she has been using fixodent and poligrip for more then 10 years and I know that she has a lot of the same symptoms that are mentioned in the different comments. My question is: how can she go about filing a lawsuit or does anybody know a lawyer or can recommend one who can help her? She is always sick.

anon69241
Post 69

i am 46 years old and i have been using poligrip for a while. i have been experiencing the very same symptoms that i am reading about so thanks for the input. maybe i can start on the road to recovery.

anon69044
Post 68

i have had dentures for five years. I was 28 when i got them and i felt about 16. i was very active, outgoing. I have been a faithful poligrip user, and use it several times a day. Use at least one large tube in one week [squeezing out every last drop] Now at the age of 33, i feel about the age of 78.

I'm always weak, exhausted, tired, have suffered several bladder and severe kidney infections. I'm short of breath, get tingles in my lower legs and feet and worst of all, i hurt. I hurt all over all the time.

in the past year i have been searching the net for a possible cause for the overwhelming fatigue, weakness, tingling, and body hurt which i have been feeling terribly in the past year. I've looked at things like fibromyalgia but i never would have thought to look at zinc poisoning or anything like that.

Today i happened to see a commercial on t.v., and they mentioned several things that i have suffering with for so long, so now I'm wondering: could this be whats wrong? did i find out what's wrong? Is it my "lucky" day of finding out how unlucky i am?

I can't wear these without poligrip and i can't eat or talk without these. And i can't let my children suffer anymore. the mom who always made everyday fun, has faded into someone who feels as though they are on there last breath.

what do i do now? i functioned better with a toothache.

anon68626
Post 67

I tried secure denture adhesive, it is zinc free and all food ingredients. It burns a little when you first put it in but that's from trace amounts of alcohol used to make it. check it out online.

anon68205
Post 66

I have been using fixodent for four years now and i have a dropped right foot and numb feeling in my right leg. It makes it so hard to walk on and they can't find out why i have this.

i have bad pain in my right shoulder and i can't sleep anymore. Pain killers don't work. i am having my zinc and copper levels checked tomorrow and hope maybe they will find out what is wrong with me.

anon67772
Post 65

I am always disturbed when I hear of the harmful effects caused by RX drugs, OTC and other products that are marketed as safe; especially when doctors do not listen to their patients. I am actually writing this comment to piggy back on what one person said - retrofit your dentures so that they hold right and you won't have to use any adhesive. It may cost a few dollars but is well worth the price to prevent further pain and suffering. Good luck.

anon67235
Post 64

I really hope that the links are founded. My family has used this for years and my aunt and grandmother passed away.

anon66779
Post 63

I read in the Daily Mail on friday the problems with zinc poisoning through poligrip. My father has been using poligrip for the last 20 years. I would say for the last six or seven years he has been having all the problems that everyone else has been reporting.

He has been falling over for no apparent reason and is unable to get up. He says his legs and arms just go like jelly and he has no strength in them at all. He is actually in hospital at the moment recovering from yet another fall.

I took the newspaper article into the hospital on friday and gave it to the doctor. He smiled and just said, "I don't think so." When I explained that he has had every test going and no one can find out why his legs and arms give way, he told me i am worrying unnecessarily.

I very politely and very strongly demanded a zinc and copper test. He is going to get one done tomorrow so hopefully I will have more news next week.

anon66731
Post 62

I am 71 and have been using Fixodent for over 13 years. I have attributed many small physical problems to old age and a deteriorating body until I heard about denture adhesives and zinc poisoning through a caring friend.

Imagine my dismay when I read about the burning and tingling feeling in toes because I've had that for a while now - after I sit down and put my feet up. I can't say I've had more serious symptoms but tomorrow I'm calling my doctor to see if I can get tested. Meanwhile I purchased Secure Adhesive Cream online and as soon as I get it, will toss out my Fixodent. I don't know if it will be as good but it will have to do.

I can't find Effergrip on line or in drug stores - any suggestions? I plan to write to the manufacturer of Fixodent and tell them what I think of them.

anon65911
Post 61

I have been using fixodent for 25 years and about ten years ago I began to experience tingling, numbness and burning in mainly the toes of my right foot. I have been to four doctors and have every kind of nerve test there is and they have found nothing.

One doctor(Podiatrist) said it was neuropathy and that surgery was the only help for it. I will be getting tested for both copper and zinc very soon.

anon62637
Post 60

I am 52 and I've had a thyroid condition for about five years. I've been having a lot of pain in my arms and legs and feet, especially after I've gone to bed or just laid down. My feet burn and sting and hurt and I don't have good balance.

I'm really scared about this. I've used fixodent for about 19 years. I need a bone graft before I can do implants. My teeth won't stay in my mouth without some kind of cream, but I'm going to switch to another kind as soon as i get a blood test.-- scaredtodeath

anon61154
Post 59

I am a 40 year old male, who has been a victim of a crime since 2004. and have been using fixodent for six years. I had a stroke six years ago (sucker punch). and the state won't give my disability money. and i'm being poisoned for what.

anon56670
Post 58

After 12 years of Poligrip, I was tested for excessive Zinc. Normal, I am told, is from 70 to 140. My zinc count is 277. My copper count (by blood) is 100 (the low part of normal), but I am advised that a urine test is better for determining copper deficiencies.

In researching this, I have found that the count, apparently, is not important, because, although we speak of zinc poisoning, I have yet to find a demarcation. I had a serious case of dermatitis last year, which left my arms discolored.

I didn't attribute the illness to zinc, but I see that some studies do. They also relate to an unbalanced ratio of HDL to LDL, and I don't know whether that imbalance lead to blocked arteries and a heart attack, so I'll keep trying to find answers.

I have found some here, so thanks to all who have related their stories and history. J. Mac, Hollywood, FL

anon55906
Post 57

After reading about the effects of zinc poisoning I switched my mother to effergrip extra strength. It works just as well for her with no zinc.

I order it online. Jim

anon53239
Post 56

I'm 61 years old and have used Fixodent and Poligrip for more than 35 years. I've had serious issues with foot pain and numbness in my fingers for a long time.

I have stomach problems, cramping, and difficulty concentrating for any length of time. I was never checked for excessive zinc in my body, but after reading these comments, you can bet that will be a major priority in the next few days.

As far as a good denture adhesive goes, I never had much luck with Sea Bond. Fixodent has always worked the best for me. I'm not sure what to use now.

anon53035
Post 55

My Grandmother just died last month. For months we couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. She had pain in her legs, joints. She couldn't eat.

In september, my Grandfather called me to come help him get her off the floor where she had fallen and couldn't get up. apparently it had happened three other times that week that we didn't know about. She thought she had a UTI for weeks because she could not urinate.

Long story short, the doctors found that she had very low copper levels and believed she had a couple of strokes. No one ever even thought to check for zinc. My Grandma was very vain about her teeth and often times would even sleep in them.

I'm sick with outrage that we had to watch her die slowly in the hospital.

I'm crying as I type this and I pray that other families will not have to go through the same horrible time that mine did.

anon49884
Post 54

What a nightmare this has been for me. The pain; i thought i was losing my marbles, they actually put me on downers and uppers and sleeping pills, they thought i was going through menopause, thought i had pernicious anemia. my right shoulder and between my shoulder blades hurt so bad and the pain was awful. The spacy feeling i always had it was awful, i thought am i going to be like this for the rest of my life? i could not make up my mind to save my life, i did some really stupid stuff because of this. My husband divorced me after 22 years together. He didn't understand i didn't understand. Thanks for listening

anon49160
Post 53

I am a 40 year old female. I have been using denture cream day and night in heavy doses for approx three years. I have experienced a large array of the problems described above but it's not my primary problem that I was searching for an answer to. I have skin pigment problems for the last two nad a half years that has progressively gotten worse. I thought I had the answer to it when I found "The Mask of Pregnancy" disease. Yet my doctor said that wasn't it. He had no idea why my skin pigment was off. These are the following symptoms that have baffled my doctor for the last 2 1/2 years. Keep in mind I have back blood tests to show that none of this was an issue until 2 1/2 years ago. A) A pigment problem that splotches my face and makes me feel like a deformed freak. B) A very low ferritin number from ongoing anemia. C) Gastro problems that appeared at first to be the gall bladder and then ulcer like. D) Rising cholesterol levels and bad HDL cholesterol levels. E) Daily migraines and neck pain. F) Continued decline in muscle strength. G) A balding and thinning of my hair. H) Stiff and sore muscles after just a few hours of lying down or sleeping. I) Numbness and pins and needles like symptoms in my hands and feet. J) Feeling cold and unable to raise my body temperature. I came across and article on the zinc in denture cream and emailed my doctor with a request to have my zinc and copper levels tested. He thought I was nuts but agreed to humor me and ordered the test. Turns out my copper is very low and my zinc is very high. He was stunned. He never thought to test my zinc or copper levels. This is his explanation as to why: "Copper is naturally found in almost every cell of your body, even people with the poorest diets have stable copper levels. It is just a naturally absorbed mineral that unless you have a patient on a known zinc increasing medication, you just wouldn't ever have to test your patient for copper levels. I am stunned to find your levels in the ranges they are at. This is unheard of but I will be researching this as I may have other patients with this condition " I strongly urge any of you who use denture cream to have your zinc and copper levels tested. If your doctor is reluctant, see a different doctor. If it turns out that your copper levels are low and your zinc high. Please research the Internet for the many law firms who are taking cases on this. I contacted an attorney immediately and were eager to add my case to the individual clients they are already representing. Poligrip and Fixodent have known this condition exists since as early as 2005. I am starting a zinc poisoning recovery group online as I fear there is not enough support out there for the frustrating medical problems we have had to endure. On a final note. Copper regulates so many different things in your body, it is the third most important mineral to your body function. It regulates your skin pigmentation, hormones, adrenal gland, thyroid, liver and so much more. It's just unheard of for a average Joe Schmo to have low copper levels. Have yours tested. Get healthy and send a message to these companies by filing your claim. Thank you. Michelle

anon48292
Post 52

I have had facial numbness, swollen tongue, and loss of muscle control of my mouth. I have had three MRI's, an MRA spinal tap and a lot of other tests and the nuerologist and othe doctors have said thatI have trigeminal neuropathy. Odd how that nerve is OK. I had so much pain that I could hardly take out the upper. I used denture cream for years on my uppers and just learned about the possibility of the zinc poisoning. I changed to the powder two weeks ago and the pain has about gone away. I had a test three days ago for the zinc poisoning. My doctor said that his wife has had the same problem and will have her tested and will make sure that she uses powder.

anon47277
Post 51

For all of you out there, research Zinc free denture adhesive. It is great. As a result of fixodent and polygrip I lost over 50 pounds. my family thought I was anorexic or bulimic. I couldn't keep weight on. I had dithers, nausea, weakness, leg pains, my muscles in my legs and feet kept drawing up. I have an excess amount of zinc in my system. Try the research I suggested and by all means use seabond in the meantime. Lisa Jordan

anon46125
Post 50

My daughter has been getting very ill for the major part of this year. She has pain in her feet and legs, and now is getting numbness in them. Her hands and arms then refused to work. Some doctors thought it was M.S. and some did not. This has gone on for five months. She started falling and was unable to get up from the floor. She has been in the hospital now for the past two months. She was placed into the rehab institute in St. Louis and there she had gone from bad to worse. She became comatose and was placed into hospital again. She was unable to receive any p.t. because she is unable to even turn herself in the bed. We insisted she have a 24 hour urine test and it showed a 9400 count of zinc and the normal we have been told is 200. She has used Fixodent and Polygrip for 17 years both day and night. The doctors say her condition has nothing to do with these products but how can a person get that high a level of zinc any other way? She has not been able to eat food for the past two months and she thinks she has been eating large meals. This stuff plays with the mind as well as the feet, legs, arms and hands. Help. ECollier.

anon45809
Post 49

I have been wearing an upper denture for about 20 years, and using Fixodent for almost all of it. Of course, I am concerned about the recent news about zinc poisoning, but I keep seeing the same types of posts here. A lot people are reporting that they have had issues that they are now suspicious may have been caused by zinc poisoning. But the only post I see that reported the results of actual testing came back normal. Has anyone else gotten tested? If so, please report the results!

anon45330
Post 48

My cousin has used the denture creams listed. She has slowly getting sick for about one year. It started with facial tics. In the last three months she started losing her balance and falling. She was to the point of not getting out of bed without help. She is in great pain, and pain killers will not even touch it. She has pain in her legs, and everywhere. The last straw was when she fell and laid on the floor and could not get up. Hours later a family member showed up and found her. After three hospitals and eight doctors later, we found one who may have finally listened to us "non-doctors" to check her urine for zinc levels. He said he never heard of this "Zinc Poisoning". They first diagnosed her as having multiple sclerosis --wrong! She was slipping in and out of a coma, had no food or liquids for three weeks at the second hospital. We finally spoke up, and they ran a 24 hour urine test. Well that was two days ago, and the results came back -- her zinc level was at 9000! We know that it's too late for anything to be done, so people please listen to all these other people: Stop using denture cream, and make your docotrs listen. Take them printouts of these articles. Maybe it won't be too late for someone else. My cousin is 55, a new grandma, and her life is over! -anonSTL

anon45017
Post 47

i have used this product for 30 years. Five years later I was maybe diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, then with a list of more medical problems and docs than i can count. i can't feel most of my body. My heart rate drops to 30 beats per minute. have doctors lost. I lost my gallbladder last week waiting on pacemaker and out of all that blood work no heavy metals test. i think i am ready to get one monday. this makes me sick to think this product is to blame. What the ----? the pain i and my family have been through is unbelievable not to speak of the thousands at least, on medical bills. I am still in disbelief. lostheart

anon43438
Post 46

I too have used Fixodent for many years. I am 78 years old and have experienced tingling in my legs for past six years - no circulation problems - had MRI and nothing shows up. x-rays show nothing but still the tingling sensation continues. I will have blood test for zinc on my next visit but I will guess that the Doc will not say that it may be related to zinc.

anon43421
Post 45

You may want to seek the advice of a holistic doctor who can deal with heavy metal poisoning. I have heavy metals from my amalgam fillings, but it doesn't show up on a typical blood test. You have to get a hair analysis, which western doctors will tell you it isn't accurate because they don't know how to go about it. There are holistic doctors out there to help, just stay away from doctors who don't know how to eradicate the heavy metals.

anon42874
Post 44

I've worn my false teeth, day and night, for over 40 years. I've suffered a *lot*. Heart trouble, leg pains, knee replacement, throbbong in my neck, etc. I have for 3 years had mini implants, but still used Fasteeth or Super Poligrip for a tighter bond. I quit a couple of days ago whem I read about the dangers of zinc poisening. I had in the past also taken zinc suppliments and used zinc oxide ointment for rash and sunburn protection. It makes me mad that what I thought was a good thing turns out to be such a bad thing. I called my doctor and his nurse said I don't need a blood test. Only men are affected. A shotage of zinc affects their sperm count. I couldn't have explained it any clearer. I wawsn't worreied about a shortage of zinc or a loss of my sperm count. I'm a 73 year old *female*. But in November he will do a zinc and copper count, if I still want one! Of course I do, I'd like it *now*.

anon42561
Post 43

I just recently heard about this and have most all of the symptoms: recently numbness in my tongue along with a metal taste in my mouth and lose of taste, my feet hurt, not very stable when walking and no stamina. I have used polident since 1998. Will be heading to the doctor next week. This is really scary.

anon41643
Post 42

if my brother has problems walking at nite and is feeling numbness of the legs and it hurts to walk, does that mean that he could have zinc poisoning?

anon41416
Post 41

Hello all, I had been using polident and fixodent for about 9 years. I have been complaining to my doctors for a couple of years about my unexplained muscle aches and extreme fatigue. I never told them about the neuropathy in both my feet as I thought it was due to my age. I stopped using polident and fixodent a little over two weeks ago.

I also stopped taking my one a day vitamin as it contained 15mg of zinc which is the RDA for a day.

A week after I stopped both items, I first felt sensation in my toes for the first time in two years or so. No muscle pain or unsteadiness that I also complained about to the doctors. This is not 100 percent but I feel better than I have felt in quite some time. I had a blood test this past Wednesday for zinc poisoning but have not received the results as yet. There is a denture cream out there without zinc. It is advertised as so and is not too bad. Google for it. I won't give the name as the other posters here will think I am shilling for them. Bob L.

anon40316
Post 40

I have used poligrip and fixodent for about 9 years. I too sleep in my dentures and have noticed a lot more blurry vision in the past 2 years and tested for rheumatoid arthritis then osteo then fibromyalgia. my fingers and toes sometimes feel like a bite or sting suddenly. Hot spots on my back but at times I feel unexpected tiredness and attention span is not what it used to be. I am 52 years old and have EKGs for the chest pain I suffer and excruciating back pain sends me for tests year round.

poofyp
Post 39

well i have written here several times, and have been very concerned about the whole fixodent/copper/zinc issues. if you take further note, you will find that low copper can also cause aneurysms and other blood vessel related issues. i have used fixodent heavily for several years, and the pain in my feet is absolutely excruciating at times. i got my lab results back today. my copper is 102 in a range of 80-155 and my zinc is 95 out of 60-130. so all the stress and worries that i went through several times a day while brushing and using more fixodent was totally unfounded. i urge all of you to go have your blood tested and don't worry until the results come back! i will always have issues with my feet, and Lord willing will continue to walk when i'm 60, but at least now i know for sure its not from fixodent which can cause a plethora of other issues! good luck to you all and hopefully you will find that the causes of your problems lie elsewhere --its also stressful to find out what else works that has no zinc in it!

anon37923
Post 38

i heard about the problem that fixodent is having with zinc i stopped useing the product, but probably too late! i used it for 5 years or more! The doctors said my pain was because of my back surgery. after a few months of not using fixodent, the pain i felt in back stopped! i also had spots in my back that felt like they were hot as fire and i would cry if it was touched! now i have something going on with my bowel and my hands, also i get dizzy and can't drive. is there a doctor who is willing to help use the little man!

anon37603
Post 37

My daughter has a neuropathy but doctors are unable to diagnose the cause. I use denture cream but she does not. could she have zinc poisoning as a cause for her neuropathy and if so, what else could cause this? i am concerned as she is getting worse and it has been 3 months and still not diagnosed,

yours truly, Linda Ochenduszko, Dedham, MA

anon37023
Post 36

we have zinc countertops in our house is that unsafe?

anon36319
Post 35

I am 33 years old and I started using denture cream in January 2009- I immediately suffered serious health problems as a result of the zinc poisoning from the product. I suffered intestinal distress and in March 2009 I had to have my gall bladder removed due to the damage it caused to my gall bladder. In May I developed Ramsay Hunt Syndrome and have suffered from nueropathy and facial paralysis since. there is no telling what else I will have to endure as a result of using the denture creams containing zinc/ copper but the products need to be recalled and the makers should list the dangers associated with the use of product and the product should inform consumers that it contains zinc and copper. The denture cream products that contain zinc and copper are dangerous and anyone using the products should have your zinc and copper levels checked often for metal poisoning and if you use denture cream with zinc and copper and have had chicken pox you are at risk for developing Ramsay Hunt due to the fact that zinc weakens your immune system and can cause a dormant virus to reactivate.

dots1952
Post 34

After seeing the polygrip info I have been searching the web for info and stumbled in here. Been reading all of your stories and am sitting here crying. Because I am tearless from an autoimmune disorder though, even *that* brings little relief. I think *many* of my problems are from using Polygrip for 6/7 years up to a few months ago. Throughout this time I have been diagnosed with various serious problems, including heart disease. I had angioplasty at the age of only 52-they believe the knotting was possibly caused by autoimmune disorders, one of which is Lupus. I have tingling/numbness in my hands and feet and leg pain as well as twitching of my hands/legs at times. I have trouble walking any distances and feel very weak. I am on 12 different meds daily. I wake almost daily crying from the pain in my body and it takes a while to be able to get up. I also have sleep apnea, angina, Sjogrens, fibromyalgia, Lupus, osteoarthritis, RLS, interstital cystitis, kidney stones and GERD. At one point I was dealing with extremely low blood pressure as well. I have basically lost many of my teeth over the last 6/7 years and polygrip was used through it all. Much of the time *overused* to try and hold bridgework, or dentures in my mouth. I assume since I stopped using the polygrip that when I get my bloodwork done it won't be off/high anymore. Not sure what steps I need to take but am hoping there *is* help for me. Good luck to you all as well....

anon35077
Post 33

i am 43 and i have numbness,pain and tingling in my hands and feet.i have lumps on the top of my feet. i have joint pain but i have no health insurance.please help, how do i get a diagnosis without health ins. and do you think i would be a candidate for disability. some answers please.

anon34985
Post 32

I have used Polygrip and Fixodent for many years. I have Cerebral Neck Tumors and a restless leg syndrome. Would this be caused by the Zinc in the Denture Cream.

anon34457
Post 31

When I saw an article about zinc poisoning/toxicity a few weeks ago, and what the related symptoms were, I thought to myself "Aha - Now I know what has been causing my neuropathy's, numbness, dizziness, etc.!!". I had been using Fixodent, on a daily basis, for about 8 years, and the related symptoms started a couple of years after that.

I had a zinc and copper level test done last week (it was supposed to be done a week after stopping use of Fixodent but the lab screwed it up!!), and am awaiting the results. I'm seriously thinking about going ahead with litigation procedures against Proctor & Gamble (maker of Fixodent) - it depends on what the lab test results show.

I found that "Sea Bond" denture adhesive (the "paper wafer with adhesive") works fairly well, and *does not contain any zinc*, so you all might want to look into trying that.

Best of luck to everyone suffering from this. -George

anon34281
Post 30

I would strongly consider having my dentures remade or refit so that I wouldn't need adhesive at all, or mini-implants to hold the dentures are a good option. I would give up adhesive that way.

poofyp
Post 29

amazingdoc~

im sorry you hurt so much! i am going thru similar things, i swear the top outside of my left foot is broke! i've gone thru one foot surgery, that was enough. i've got neuropathy now, from what i understand using dental cream with zinc in it raises your zinc lvls to dangerous proportions, stripping away the protective sheathing on the outside of your nerves, giving you neuropathy. no cure for this either. ppsshhh on disability, i've been thinking the same thing.

i also was a waitress, that is where the beginning of the end waas for me~ i'm not sure where to turn to for help but google it and you might get some more info

amazingdoc
Post 28

Without health insurance I have not been able to confirm or be diagnosed with anything. I just know how I feel. I also know that ever since I've had dentures, I have had health issues.

Weather this helps you or me is up in the air. Is there anyone that can share what process I should use to get a diagnosis? I have a lot of lumps in my feet that make it unbearable to walk many days. Being a waitress, these make it impossible for me to work.

I have been turned down for any type of disability as they tell me I haven't worked and earned my "quarters" but can't work with feet this way. Been unable to work/maintain work for over 12 years. Also had five surgeries on my right foot and now they are popping up on my left foot. Like walking with rocks in my shoes. Podiatrist calls it fibrosis or something like that. But always comes back after surgery so I quit havin these operations. These are also on my hands/fingers. But no one can/will diagnosis. Can't afford any more doctors that cannot fix problem.

anon33038
Post 26

I have been using Fixodent for about 15 years. Last fall I had some bottom teeth pulled so my old plate does not fit. I have not used Fixodent or any other adhesive for months and have had more stamina. I have TMJ and have had torticollis, but I have felt okay lately. I am forty but in the past I have gotten out of bed and walked like an 80 year old woman. This has also been improved.

poofyp
Post 25

annilyn, ty for responding! i don't know what to do either. i called the number on the tv, they are sending me a package requesting release of info from my dr, also for a blood test that will test for copper and zinc lvls. i was told that there were other products that were zinc free, and that i would get a list. however, if i change before the blood test, the results will be altered. i am just ill thinking that i will have foot trouble all my life, but so happy that there may be a reason for it!

u can't change neuropathy, but perhaps the IBS and other stuff will go away when we stop using it~although it prolly works the best out of what is on the market! there are days when getting up is so painful i hobble like a 90 year old and it just makes me cry thinking that i'm still so young~what will i be like when i'm not? end up in a wheelchair? pity parties do no good, but sometimes they are needed!

i'm not even concerned about any type of settlement, i am more focused on how to fix it from getting worse. and if this is true, what a miracle to find out the root of the problem. now every time i use it i cringe like you!! have a beautiful day and ty again!

annilyn
Post 24

I don't have a lot of numbness. I do have foot pain mostly the right foot. I'm at a loss as to what I should do. Sadly and stupidly I am still using the stuff. I don't seem to have a choice. I'm really at a loss as to what I should do here.

poofyp
Post 22

wow! i'm a 43 year old woman, with a top plate now for about 7 years. i was shocked when i saw the ad on TV today. i have swallowed wads of the stuff, like all of you have, and i was wondering what the long term effects would be of not wanting to look like a toothless wonder!

i have been diagnosed with neuropathy in my foot, now it is both feet, they are at times numb on the right foot clear into my calf! that, and of course fibro again, although my blood tests show positive for SLE, they say it's not active in my system.

anyone out there with neuropathy please send me a tell! i've not really talked to anyone about it, and am curious what you think of the zinc poisoning thing. thanks!

annilyn
Post 21

I just heard about zinc in fixodent. I have been using it for decades. Like others who posted here I keep my dentures in 24/7 and am quite sure I have ingested quite a bit of it..

I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, ibs, and carpal tunnel among other things.. now I am wondering if zinc plays a part in my health problems. I am in constant pain and have been prescribed a nerve blocking medication so that I can function...

My dentures don't stay in without fixodent... is there another product on the market that is safer?

I mean... I have to eat.. I can't eat with out my teeth... what do I do now??

anon31632
Post 20

Do you know if zinc poisoning can interfere with previous surgeries? I have dentures but only use fixodent on my lower plate which I just got 8 months ago, but have to constantly keep putting more on to keep them in place. Recently my neck, toes and hands have started to go numb and ache all the time. Is it possible that it could be linked to the zinc?

anon31560
Post 19

I have used poligrip and fixodent for the past 40 years. I was diagnosed with Lupus about 13 years ago. In the last 2-4 years I have suffered with joint pain, tingling and numbness in legs, feet and sometimes hands. Has also had times when my face felt numb and mouth would twist.

csmith731
Post 18

I have been using both denture adhesives for many years, though not as often as some of you.

I have been diagnosed with Lupus which at first they thought was Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Lately I have what appear to be tremors but only in my neck. These are not always present but they cause a lot of discomfort and embarrassment in public. Anyone else have this problem?

anon31494
Post 17

For the last 15-20 years, I have had almost constant explosive diarrhea, fairly frequent migraines, and severe cramping, bloating and flatulence in the abdominal area. I also got my first dentures about 15-20 years ago. Gee, think it might be related?

cliffclaus
Post 16

I just viewed an advertisement soliciting users of Polygrip and Fixodent concerning a lawsuit alleging zinc poisoning by these products. Since these are the brands of denture adhesives I have used frequently for years. How much info do you have on zinc poisoning and its symptoms? Obviously my wife and I are interested.

anon29332
Post 15

Is denture powder (used for denture adhesive )also

responsible for Zinc poisoning?

anon29302
Post 14

i am scared to death and don't know what to do. i have had a stomach ache for a month now. i have a bladder infection and was just diagnosed with neuropathy.

so now after my mother in law asked is it from my fixodent i was freaked out when i read about it and the er dr. had no clue y my belly hurt nor did he ask if i wear dentures.

i have had them about 15 yrs and have worn them day and night for years. what should i do now? should i ask the er for a blood test?

anon29290
Post 13

I know I have ingested a lot of denture adhesive with ill fitting dentures. It is always gone when I go to brush my teeth. Does anyone really know how to counteract against this zinc ingredient?

toolman
Post 12

I have been using fixodent & super poligrip for about 20 years. I have chronic pain in all of my joints & have had just about all of the tests done to try to find the problem except testing for zinc poisoning. After I saw the lawsuit that is underway against the makers of poligrip & fixodent, the next test is going to be for zinc poisoning. I will keep everyone updated.

irisheyes
Post 11

Does anyone have any info about using fixodent or poligrip? I have been using both for about 25 years. I have constant pain and am being treated for arthritis and lupus, but I saw a commercial and am wondering if it might be something different!!

thanks for any info anyone might have.

ebridgette
Post 10

I use fixodent 24 hours a day, I never take my dentures out and have not for the last year and a half. I even sleep in them, do you think I should have my zinc levels checked? I know I have digested plenty of fixodent.

anon26220
Post 9

is excessive zinc intake ever fatal?

decades ago when i worked in heavy metals research, we were unable to induce any symptoms of zinc poisoning in rats receiving 1 % of their diet as zinc. they were smaller and had lower copper levels and lower hematocrits than the controls. zinc is often labeled as toxic, when there are other toxic heavy metals are present, eg. cadmium.

anon25254
Post 8

Cancer is usually caused by genetic abnormalities. Carcinogens and mutagens can alter a persons genetic makeup (one of the ways this is done is by methylation). Zinc supplements are very unlikely to cause such effects, heavy metal poisoning is caused by interference of natural biological processes.

anon22306
Post 7

Excessive ingestion of zinc may suppress the immune system.

anon22228
Post 6

I read that zinc poisoning can be caused by using poligrip or fixodent with dentures. Is this really true??

duanef61
Post 5

I was shown some very nice raised garden beds that were made with galvanized steel metal roofing on the walls which were framed on the outside with 4x4" posts that I'm considering building for a vegetable garden. I am interested in any research, data, comments concerning the use of this or aluminum roofing in the context of corroding and leaching into the soil and/or contaminating the food, as we are organic proponents.

anon16176
Post 4

My son somehow accidentally got a galvanized nailed punched all the way through his hand at work. Does anyone know if it is poisonous in that way?

Dayton
Post 3

There seem to be a couple of investigations into this published around the web. If anyone thinks that this sounds familiar, contact your doctor.

anon1980
Post 2

there is a report out of dallas, texas about two specialist at southwestern medical center who have diagnosed zinc poisoning from the use of super poligrip causing nerve damage(neuropathy). this discovery is of a critical nature since there are millions of denture wearers.

nowaybaby
Post 1

my father-in-law has wilson's, and is treated with zinc supplements. he was recently dignosed with cancer, but the doctors are not sure now, and said it could have some thing to do with the amount of zinc he has taken. does any one know any thing about this?

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