Hi! I'm new here and I've been having kind of weird symptoms for almost two years! It all started when I was walking through a mown - down soybean field. After coming back from the walk (a few hours later?), my right cheek hurt so badly and it even looked a tiny bit swollen! I'm assuming that it was an allergy to the soy dust or something in the air.
I've been getting episodes of right side cheek/head/teeth pain on and off since that happened! I have also a wisdom tooth on that side that's crumbling (it started to break off about a year ago) and is pretty decayed, now. I also have a couple of other teeth that have gumline cavities and they, along with the wisdom tooth, feel a little bit sensitive when I touch or irritate them, but not painful! They're only painful during one of these pain episodes.
Anyway, I think that the pain episodes were increased during the winter before last because I was exposed to kind of a lot of mould while I was sleeping! D: Then in the Spring and Summer, they again increased because of the thingies flying in the air! Sorry if this is confusing, but it's kind of complex, heehee ^-^
The pain at its worst was (still sometimes is) mildly severe and would wake me up at night and it made me cry! D: It was like a gnawing pain that would get worse while lying down. The pain was also on the left side of my face and head! Sometimes it was on both sides :s
It's like this intense, gnawing, almost burning pain that sometimes originates in my cheek and sometimes in my teeth/gums on the right side and radiates vertically to my lower teeth and my head :s When I push on the side that hurts, it hurts.
The pain episodes just dissipate after a while. Sometimes it's hours, and sometimes it's only 15 minutes or less! It's almost ALWAYS gone in the morning after I wake up and then it starts up again at some point in the mid to late afternoon. It comes and goes!
It stopped completely, I think, around *last* Autumn and Winter and then in the beginning of January, I woke up with pain along my *left* gums and teeth/cheek/etc. That lasted for like a day, I think. I think it happened again once during the Winter. As soon as this Spring started, the pain started all over again!
It happens almost every day, currently, like a few to several hours after I wake up, and then it just goes away and it's totally normal when I touch that side or push on it and everything!
Also, I've been getting these shock - like pangs of sensitivity/pain all along the teeth on my right side (upper *and* lower!), usually only during one of these pain episodes. Like even if I run my tongue along my teeth, that can trigger the sensitivity/pain electrick shock thingie!
I'm going to see a dentist and my doctor about this, but has anyone experienced anything like this? I'm scared of getting my wisdom tooth/teeth pulled because I've read about some people that die from that. It *really* freaks me out D: I've had two teeth pulled for braces before and I was fine, so that makes me feel a little bit better.
I'm going to post this in the dental health section also, because I'm not sure if it's wholly tooth or allergy related.
Even though my wisdom tooth is decaying, I don't think it's infected, or ever has been. Wouldn't the pain be unbearable and constant and more superficial? This pain feels more on the inside.
I've noticed that it's worse when my neck/shoulder muscles are tense and they often are :s Maybe it's related to that also? Oh! And a few years ago, I had similar pain at the base of my head in the back, where the neck muscles attach to my skull, I think! It was strange and also came and went mysteriously!
Also, it only happens in the afternoon or evening and goes away as though nothing's happened, lol!
Any ideas or suggestions?