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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/19/2009 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
As some of you may have noticed, I haven't been around for a few days, Sorry about that! After having my tooth drilled out last week and having a temp filling put in, we had unexpected company for a couple days. A friend and her husband of my wife who she used to work with moved away to Kansas a few years ago but had stayed in touch w/ my wife ever since was in Fla. visiting and in Orlando which is only a little over an hour from us. My wife insisted that they come up for a while. We had a nice time w/ them for a couple days but my tooth started hurting again and has just gone down hill all week. Yesterday after our company left I called my new dentist who said come in right away. They took a bunch of xrays and after checking my gums and did some other yearly check-up stuff while I was waiting for the dentist which was nice of them and free w/ my insurance anyway. He then came in and gave my mouth a full check-up and cancer screaning (something my old dentist never did!) then checked the bad tooth. He told me that I had two options, pull it out or get a root canal since the tooth obviously wasn't going to get better w/ just a new filling and crown.
In the past when ever this option was given to me, I simply had it pulled out as the thought of paying all that $$$$$ to save a tooth seemed extravigant at the time. I've never had a root canal before but since the dentist told me that this tooth is still a "working tooth" meaning, there's a tooth still below it, I should try to keep it as it will be cheaper than getting a fake one. My wife agreed I should try to save the tooth so I have an emergency apt. w/ a specialist tomorrow, the same day and time I'm supposed to go to Social Security for my first meeting for disability!
Jeeze> Do I take care of the raging pain in my mouth, neck and head or go to my SSD apt. and maybe stall or even hurt my chances of getting it??? This is how things usually play out for me, it never seems to just be simply one thing at a time. This seems to happen to alot of us CP'ers, dosen't it?? Yesterday after going to the dentist, I called my lawer's office and got ahold of my "caseworker" after trying to call her for two days. OMG, what a peice of work she is!! > what have I got myself into this time? I asked her what I should do? Answer> "I don't know!" Well, will it hurt my chances if I cancel my apt. w/ SS? > "I don't know!" What the %^()*!@#$$ do you know, how to take my $$$ if I win? Some chance of that happening w/ you helping me!!! So I have this morning to descide what I should do?? This tooth has been bugging me for about a month now and now the pain pills I take do nothing! I'm a crankypuss and I'm whining at Y'all! I've been up every night this week w/ this tooth and it's caused my neck to flair up much worse than the normal everyday pain> I'm sure Y'all know what I'm talking about (normal everyday CP <vs> flair-up pain) GRRRRR!!!
As usual, I'm sorry for going off> Oh, there goes Pete again> w/  it's all about me again!!
I'm just frustrated, tired & cranky!!
Thanks for listening!
Your friend,
Poor Pittyfull Pete!
PS>> PA, I read your post, thats great you found a descent dentist but too bad the other jerk may have cost you your tooth! Hang tough my friend, we may be toothless but we're good people!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


edt
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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Pete,

I am so sorry you have to deal with yet another added pain situation.......but DON'T CANCEL your SSD appointment!!  Maybe schedule the Dental appointment for after!!

XXOO
Patti


Chartreux
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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Awe Pete,
so very sorry your having to face a root canal. Try calling the dentist doing the root canal and ask if you could get in
at a different time as another emergency has come up...Just don't put it off too long as the pain will get worse
if left untreated...the root canal could take up to 2 -3 hours depending on how bad it is, my last root canal, last year took 2 hours,
they had to use kid sized equipment as I have a very small mouth and so it took extra time too, it's not an easy procedure...
also ask for or if you'll need an antibotic...
I'm so sorry you need a root canal!
Keep us posted as to how things go, will be thinking of you..
lots and lots of soft hugz
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Pete)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
you and PALady hang on in there, we luv ya both...and sure hope your both feeling better soon!
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MPD
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   Posted 8/19/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
blush   I have had numerous root canal treatments which enabled me to keep my teeth.
Have had not problems.
It is not that bad to have it done and keep your tooth

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/19/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Pete!
 
     Good morning *huggs* I am glad you stopped by! But holy cow, I thought for sure you said "I will have to try to take it easy" <~~ smilewinkgrin  
 
      I would call the destist, if I were you, and be honest. Tell 'em you in a bit of a pickle. Something like ~~>"I need this fixed, but have my first appointment with the SS Office." . Maybe you can be worked in at the end of the day? Also, Orajel makes these little "liquid sticks" . They have helped me termendously! .. slaughtered the spelling of that word... !!Off track!! Gosh I sure hope one or the other can be re schedualed!
 
*warm huggs*
   dani
 
 
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


straydog
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   Posted 8/19/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete do not cancel the appt with SSD keep it. Work around getting another dental appt. I know the tooth situation. I had to have not one but 2 root canals done and two crowns put on recently. But, they are working teeth and needed. Try taking a whole clove and put it by your tooth, an old remedy that works many times, Another good one is the stuff made by OraJel. I do not understand why your regular dentist does not do root cancals, never heard of that before. All of my dentists have done their own root canals. All told 2 root canals, 2 crowns and a deep plane cleaning $5,400.00 I nearly &%#$ a brick.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 8/19/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I agree with Susie about keeping the SSD appoinment, but it's probably too late now anyway for you to read this. But I'd suggest calling your new dentist (the one who has seen you) and asking for an antibiotic now. If you're like me, you may have an infection that's also driving the pain. I know my tooth pain increases without the antibiotic - as well as my pain meds.

But SSD is likely much, much harder to reschedule than the dentist.

Good luck!!!!

PaLady

anice
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   Posted 8/19/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I have been missing you. I was wanting to start a thread and ask if anyone knew what was going on with you. And I got sidetracked and didn't do it...I am sorry you are having this going on. And it would be great if life would deal out these things one by one instead of in two's and three's...I have only had a few toothaches, nothing serious(knock on wood), but it sure did hurt. I do hope you can get this taken care of with as little pain as possible. I am thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery. I do hope you get to feeling better soon. And no apologies needed, you vent as much as you need to. You know how much we all care about you and what is going on with you.

Anice

Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 8/19/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Everyone! Y'all are the best! I rescheduled the SS apt for next Tuesday. They were real cool about it! I told them I could bring them a note but they said, no problem it's just good you called, lots don't! The dentist did give me antibiotics yesterday, 4 per day> I forget what they were but he said they are strong ones. My new dentists does do root canals and gave me the option of him doing it or going to a specialist. I said to him, I know nothing about them, what do you suggest? He said mine was really involved because he drilled out so much already and I should see the specialist. I thought that it was realy nice of him to be honest even though it cost him some biz! I will have the post & crown done by him though. I hope the other dentist is just as nice! People here in the country are much nicer than where I came from! It's funny that in Florida, you have to go north to get to the real south! S.E. Fla is mostly yankees and foreners but here families go back generations, I love living here!
My tooth is driving me crazy! I have the origels and some other stuff but it doesn't seem to get to where the pain goes>> into my jaw & head and my pain pills don't do squat for head pain! My neck is giving me fits too from tensing up my head and jaw I guess. Anyway, sorry I haven't been posting, it's kind of a chore sitting here when the pain levels are up, as many of you know! Hopefully I can get caught back up this weekend!!! If anyone is having a bad time, I'm really sorry I haven't replied!!! I just haven't been reading the posts at all! It makes me sad!!!!! But like the Govenator said>>> I'll be baaaak!!
Love you Gize!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Oh my gosh pete!!!
 
"into my jaw & head and my pain pills don't do squat for head pain"
 
*huggs*
 I just finised that! Im so so sorry! *huggs* That literally, nothing touched. Literally took 4 full days of antibiotics before it moved back to just the jaw. confused  Ache in the jaw took a full week confused   On a more positive note! I think it really speaks volumes about a man, when he acknowladges that something is out of thier league. Says alot. I think , I would be sure to mention him by name if you runa cross a friend in need of a dentist. Don't run into that everyday. :-)
 
Take good care of yourself !
 
*huggs*
  dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


PAlady
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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I totally agree with Dani! I wish my dentist would have done the same. He should have.

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 8/19/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((Pete)))))))). I hope that they can get that tooth all sorted out for you tomorrow! No fun!

Skeye

Hara
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   Posted 8/19/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Pete don't miss your SSD appt. Change the dentist one. I would advise you to try a little ground up Clove put it in a little piece of papertowel and put it back there on or near you tooth. It will numb it up for you just a bit until you get done at the SSD office and can get to the dentist.

HARA


anice
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   Posted 8/20/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I am thinking about you , my friend. I do hope you are feeling some better. We do miss you. But you get to feeling better first. That is the important thing. I know how you feel about not posting and getting behind on the reading of them too. I haven't been reading or posting as often as I would like too. And I miss it too. Please take care of yourself.

I am glad you have a good dentist. That speaks volumes!!! And I am very glad you are happy where you are. Are you in Florida? Where did you live before? I don't remember... I have been to Florida once and it was so beautiful.I live in LA-not too exciting!!! But I have lived here my entire life and haven't done much traveling either. It is good to hear of others who live in nice and beautiful places. One of these days I would love to go see a little bit of the rest of the world!!! I really am happy for you and your wife. You have a happiness and content about you. That is nice. I know you really are glad.
Anice
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