Re: Wisdom tooth - infection?? Help!!
I am not a doctor but I can add a few more cents worth from my own neverending battle...
Have your wisdom tooth extracted asap so that you can find out asap whether or not the gland pain and swelling is caused by it. A gland can ache from a tooth but it is also the other way around...teeth ache from swollen glands under and around them. The process of elimination is the only way. I already mentioned how my dr here had refused to forward me to the immunologist and gland specialist until "teeth" were eliminated. Should you mention a wisdom tooth problem or that you still have them to a dr while experiencing gland probs, I guarantee you they will send you to the oral surgeon first. I have had to have all them removed and now I am waiting for a gland specialist and immunologist (next month) to continue testing. My gland problems persist but atleast I haven't got the drs nagging at me and ignoring me because of my wisdom teeth. Now I am being taken more seriously...atlast after a year of severe pain and malaise. Are you experiencing any joint pain, muscle aches, malaise, mild fever, chills, weightloss, earaches (endless list pf symptoms)? If you have any other more serious symptoms then it may be more than your wisdom tooth but then again, if the wisdom tooth is infected and putting pressure on a gland, it can cause numerous unpleasant side effects. Are you afraid of having it removed? After all of the dental work and pain I went thru, having my wisdom teeth extracted while "asleep" was the most "pleasant" procedure of all. My upper ones healed perfectly, just the lower ones seemed to struggle. Forgot to ask, which gland is sore? It also helps figure out what the problem is. If it is at the beginning, then it will still be localised but if you wait too long it will spread and start to affect more glands and make it more difficult to figure out what the source of it is. Time is of an essence here. Don't make my mistake...wait and wait and see if things magically improve...surprisingly, in my case, they "magically" got worse.
Hope some of the able makes sense...I always get carried away because there is so much involved in these precious matters.
Take good care,
Listen to your body...not your dr.