Hi vt...sadly, I really don't have any suggestions but I do have a couple of comments. Why is it that patients are so often told what they are experiencing is 'normal'??? This just happened to me also after another recent trip to a dentist re: my complications. (I did not know that it was 'normal' for my face to be frozen for weeks or months after a wisdom tooth extraction...in fact, I had been told prior to the operation that there would be a slight
chance that this might happen). I was told (again) at my last visit that "your facial numbness is normal...you just have to be patient...it might come back in 3 to 6 months...or maybe not." Sometimes I wonder if 'they' really know what they are talking about or not! We
(the patients) are the only ones who know what we are experiencing or have experienced in the past with pain, etc. related to teeth problems. How did your doctor rule out your idea that your jaw bone might be 'dying' so to speak? If you personally know what a sinus infection feels like because you have had them before, why didn't he/she listen? I don't know how many physicians you've seen, but I would go for another opinion...print any information re: symptoms, etc from the internet that you're experiencing and show it to them. Ask them how they know it is definitely sinus infection that is causing your problems and how do they know it is not something else.
Sometimes I wonder if we're really living in the 21st century?? Why are so many people experiencing such pain and extreme discomfort after dental surgery?
Sorry, I'm being pretty negative here...but I am empathizing with your pain and frustration...and I wish I could do or say more to help. Maybe we just have to be more aggressive?? Honestly, the most helpful things I've found to deal with my situation have been reading what other patients have tried....not from what the dentists or oral surgeons or doctors have said or from the drugs that have been prescribed for me. I was given anti-depressants on my last visit to the doctor. I hate taking them and, in my opinion, it does nothing to lessen my symptoms. How do anti-depressants reduce the pain I'm feeling in my chin??? All I really want is straight answers...and if that includes admitting that they don't know what is going on then they should tell me that, too..so that I can look elsewhere for help.
Thinking about you, vt...keep in touch..