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Old 10-14-2003, 05:14 AM   #1
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2 months ago I had some cosmetic work done on upper and lower teeth on my left side. Family dentist injected same anesthetic he's always used into jaw joint to numb left side. I had a panicky attack, when I couldn't feel my tongue to swallow(this has never occured before with numbings in same locale), but I managed to get through the work and when the numbing wore off(mercifully) after 2 hours or so, I thought I was fine. 36 hours later I began to experience the symptoms which to this day are still making my life Hell. More days than not, my tongue at some point will feel irritated, too large for my mouth, and proceeds to wag around in there like it has a mind of its own(Jolly Ranchers seem to help calm this), ocassionally it will interfere with my swallowing complex, and less ocassionally I will slur over a word or 2, which I've never done. The WORST part however, are the INVOLUNTARY throat contractions which hit me just as I'm almost asleep. I have made 5 different visits to Urgent care center, the last time being referred to 2 appointments with an ear/nose/throat specialist(useless), and as yet the problem remains UNDIAGNOSED. Valium(Diazepam)seems to help more often than not. It was prescribed by the urgent care m.d. and I only take 1-2 mg after trying to fall asleep without it. Would appreciate the advice of an expert or someone who has or is enduring this same malady. Thanks for your time.

 
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Old 10-14-2003, 06:28 AM   #2
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Did they send you to a neurologist. It sounds to me like he got a nerve. You can really damage a nerve with dental work if the needle gets the wrong place. On the other hand I have heard of someone else with this problem and it did finally resolve after some months. Hope you get some relief.
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Old 10-14-2003, 11:47 AM   #3
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I'm wondering if you have what is called Geographic Tongue? Although, I don't know if dental work can cause this. I would head for a specialist and talk about the injection you received. Have you spoken to your dentist since? I hope you get relief.
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Old 10-14-2003, 11:56 AM   #4
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The tongue itself appears healthy and normal....no geographic, no hair....I'm wondering if, in fact the dentist did graze what I assume to be the lingual nerve, what is the treatment and or prognosis for recovery....From what I've studied on-line about injury to this nerve, my symptoms don't seem as severe as the ones described....no real pain....just irritation during the day, and a little rigidity at night, wanting to lock to the roof of my mouth. The throat contractions which jerk me back from the brink of sleep are the worst, though....any thoughts?

 
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