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   Posted 10/28/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Got my tooth pulled, hurray, I was hoping to get better, or at least for my facial pain to still be sporadic. Even if I got attacks that lasted a few hours now, I'm dealing, it doesn't last forever, right?

All last week I had earaches in both ears, some bursts of pain on the right, but nothing too bad. Then the same tooth as the one I got pulled on the right became hyper sensitive on the left. Friday, the day of the field trip from hell, I was woken up at 4am with tooth pain on the left. All my upper molars were burning, with pain along the cheekbone, jaws, nose, temple, and behind the eye. It hasn't left :(

It's not bad all the time, but I always have some pain. And at times it hurts so bad I want to pull my face off and yank my teeth out with pliers. My last left top molar is a little lose, and I think it shifted, my bite feels off. Anyway, any kind of pressure on it sends the pain through the roof. Anything in my mouth that isn't just a bit warmer than body temperature sends my pain through the roof. My face constantly feels like it is being pulled or squeezed.

All of Friday and Saturday, it felt like TN pain... sharp, electrical, not centered around the tooth. Then on Sunday it felt like all I had was tooth pain. I was going to call the dentist on Monday to see what I could do (I already had an appointment for today to repair a filling), but they were closed until Tuesday. So I called my NP, he got back to me late Monday afternoon, but said I was beyond his skill now, so he booked an appointment with his supervising doctor for yesterday. She saw me, said doctors don't do teeth, and said basically there was nothing more she could do until I get my teeth fixed and have my MRI (end of November). A specialist she said won't see me until I have my MRI.

So ok, I have a dentist appointment today. I'll just get them to pull the darn thing out. At this point, they could yank all my teeth for all I care. I still don't believe tooth pain is all I have, but it can't be helping. Anything for some relief! My dentist couldn't even finish putting the topical dressing to freeze the skin, I was writhing in the chair, the whole side of my face was on fire. So she stopped, prescribed another round of antibiotics, and is making a call to the oral surgeon who did my first extraction. Who knows when he will call me back to see him?

The dentist couldn't do anything for me. My doctor can't do anything for me. I can't eat, can't sleep, the kids drive me nuts with the noise, ds has his b-day party Halloween night, and dh is leaving for another week Monday morning. Any pain killers they give me really don't touch the pain much when it revs up, and I can't take it when I need to drive, they make me loopy. My last try was Tylenol 3s, this time it's something like Tramadol, but that's not it... sorry, can't remember the name. It has Tylenol in it and an opiate. anyway.

So that is why I haven't been around much. I'm trying not to freak out, but I feel like I'm losing it. Right now I'm not too bad, hopefully this is the upslide. I hope. I know I'm not the first person in the world to be in pain. How the hell do chronic pain sufferers deal? Oh, and to top it off, my fibro is acting up b/c I can't exercise the way I need to. Still, it's the least of my worries right now.

Thanks for being there for me to unload to.
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   Posted 10/28/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry mamanan that you are having to deal with this pain. I've had lots of dental pain (lots of root canals & 2 surgeries) over the past three years and I know how excruciating it can be. I also know how completely frustrating it is when they can't find the source of the pain!

I'm sending soft (((hugs))) and prayers your way. Please hang in there.

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   Posted 10/29/2009 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan, I'm so sorry you are dealing with all that stress and pain. I just broke a tooth a couple of weeks ago and had a minor freakout, nothing to te level what you are going thru, but I totally understand. Try to be good to yourself, make sure and try and rest - I know whenever I get overtired, the pain and stress get magnified and then I feel hopeless. I haven't been able to exercise lately either, the way I like (walking the dog) which would unload some stress, and I know it's frustrating. You hang in there and I will too, Ok?

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   Posted 10/29/2009 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I shudder thinking about the pain you must be having Mamanan. There are times when my teeth seem sensitive but I can't imagine going through what you are. I really hope they get to the bottom of all this pain quickly and you get relief.
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   Posted 10/29/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry you are going through this with your Teeth.. I can so relate..
I do pray it lets up on you and you can get it out very very  soon... its crazy how this Fibro and CFS affects out teeth.. and I Don't think all Dentist are aware of this.. I know mine the last two root canal turned bad.. after drilling and killing my neck and back holding my head just right for him the dang thing cracked and had to be pulled.. after all that.
then he fixed like 5 teeth and filled small holes by the gum in the front . . so I thought ya they are good now.. but I looked at them the other day as My teeth hurt a lot and the back side of all these is black. and you know what that means. they will need to be pulled. I think with all the problems we with Fibro we have with dental work. I will end up just having all my teeth pulled and dentures. I really just wanted a partial you know. but every time we try to save one ,,beside the cost and pain of sitting in that chair with my head tilted . the pain for days after and the flare it sends me into . . really its a no win thing.
I am sorry you are going through this right now. I hope you get it out real soon and things let up for you ...
you are never alone . remember.
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   Posted 10/29/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Could you possibly have another infected tooth?  I've also heard that using heat helps some with the pain.  I'm so sorry you are going through this.

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   Posted 10/29/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I so know how you feel! I broke a filling once - thanks, father-in-law for the hidden peppercorns in the stew - and I could not afford to have it fixed for a year. I was constantly getting infections and absesses and the pain was enough to make me sob like a baby.

On another note, I have on a few occassions had severe swelling in my sinuses, which would make my gums feel swollen, and every tooth on one side of my face or the other hurt like .... It was a pain very similar to my absess - I know I spelled that wrong - except that it switched sides on me, so I knew it wasn't my teeth. Good luck.
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   Posted 10/29/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Maman..I used to work for a dentist and I can't tell you how many patients would come in and complain about severe tooth, jaw and ear pain only to discover it was sinus problems.  I don't know if that could be going on with you, or if they have checked that out already.  I have also gone to the dentist insisting I had an abcess or something in a tooth and x-rays have shown the infected sinuses.  As a matter of fact, I think I might have just had a root canal for nothing after complaining about a constant toothache...It's still there!  Also..has anyone mentioned TMJ?  That can give you severe headaches, mouth, jaw and ear pain.

Hope you get some relief!


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   Posted 10/29/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you clench your teeth? If you clench during the day, you definitely clench at night. Pulling the tooth changes your bite which can make the other teeth hurt afterwards. It can hurt a lot.

I hope you get help soon.

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   Posted 10/30/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have problems with my mouth when it's going to rain or snow. I hurt alot when the air pressuer outside changes, I can tell if it's going to be a bad strom.

A couple of times my ex husband would take me to the Dr and in front of Dr he would state that there was nothing the Dr could do because it was my teeth. The Dr would shake his head and say nope it's her sinuses.

Yes heat does help but use moist heat. Get a rag and wet it then put it in the microwave to heat it as hot as you can stand it and try it. Plus use Tyeonal Sinus but the one that has a ment flavor at least that's the one that helps me.

Good luck and I do feel for you so here's a soft hug.
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   Posted 10/30/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was in my early 20's I got a bad toothache and I thought it was abcessed because the pain was radiating.  I got an emergency dental appointment and you'll never guess what the problem was.  A popcorn "husk" was caught below the gum line in between the gum and the tooth!  Now, what are the odds!  He removed it and the pain was gone in a few hours.
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   Posted 10/30/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
How awful!!! That has got to be just terrible. I hope you get some relief soon!

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   Posted 11/1/2009 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Mamanan, So sorry that pain is still there. Hoping that someone will be able to figure something out soon and fix it for good. keeping you in my prayers!



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