Re: What does a toothache feel like?
I've been wondering how you were doing. Was hoping all our dental trauma would be behind us by now!
I saw my ENT again today. He had no explanation except he noted I had a very dry mouth. I suppose it could be contributing to the problems, especially the tongue symptoms. I mentioned that my dentist thought I should see an oral surgeon (who is also an M.D.) for his imput and he thought that might not be a bad idea - rule out TMJ and such, and maybe treat the dry mouth (although I don't want to take additional meds. unless I have to). I'm having a good day today with minimal pain, but it really fluctuates up and down and I can never predict it, which is frustrating. Anyway, I'll make appointment with oral surgeon after Thanksgiving and try to be more patient. Definitely not going for the root canal at this time. Heck, yesterday I chewed granola on the tooth with no problem in the morning, but soft bread made it hurt at suppertime. Makes no sense! I figure I've had this pain for a long time now, a couple more months won't make a huge difference. I know what you mean about nerves healing - I had a cervical disc rupture a couple of years ago and it was really a full year before the pain went away after surgery...I'm just not that patient, especially when I'm not exactly sure what the problem is. I've started a diary of my symptoms so hopefully I can tell if things are getting better overall.
Hope you're feeling better soon!