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.
fibromyalgia and possible trigeminal neuralgia
50 mgs amitriptyline daily, T3s for facial pain (really not appropriate med)