Severe Sore Throat with Tooth Problems
I'm not sure if these two problems are related, or in which forum this message belongs, so I'm going to post this in two forums and hopefully get some advice.
My problem began about two weeks ago, when I started having some discomfort in my upper right teeth. They started getting sensitive to hot and cold, and when it got bad enough I finally saw my dentist. He could find nothing wrong with the teeth I perceived to be aching, but suspected "referred pain" from a bad wisdom tooth at the back. I also have a cavity near that same wisdom tooth which I haven't had filled yet (three years after it was found). I'm scared of such procedures which is why I've kept putting them off. Anyway, he prescribed an antibiotic which he claimed would cure the infection, though he recommended I have the badwisdom tooth out ASAP. I started taking the antibiotic on Thursday (a 10-day prescription), but by Sunday the pain was even worse. The pain seems to move back and forth and even jumps to the lower teeth, though it always stays on the right side of my face. It's worth noting that the worst of it seems to be when I'm lying down - during the day, the pain usually recedes to more tolerable levels. But I can't afford to be deprived of sleep! I'm considering making a follow-up appointment with the dentist but I want to get some advice here first.
The problem has since become even more complicated and far more painful. Within two days of starting the antibiotic for my tooth, I started to get a sore throat on the LEFT side. By Sunday it was so severe that swallowing is pure torture, causing tremendous pain to travel all the way up my ear canal. I have had such sore throats before when getting a cold, but by now I usually have other symptoms of a cold as well, which I currently do not.
It's important to note a history of problems with my left ear. For a couple years now, I've had problems with that eustachian tube, causing me to hear my own breathing etc, dizziness, popping, and on rare occasions a severe distortion of sound (music sounds off-key, even nauseating) This ear hasn't bothered me for some time, but has been quite bad in the 2-3 weeks leading up to this climax of problems.
I can only hope that somebody here will be able to offer me advice. I can get to a dentist easily enough, but I can't get to my GP for at least 3 weeks (that's Canadian health care for you). I don't think I can stand another 3 weeks of this. I'm in complete agony, unable to eat or sleep much, and I basically just don't feel like doing anything at all. I just can't take much more. I don't know if the two problems or related or not, or what kind of medical professional I should be seeking help from.
In the meantime, I sincerely hope somebody here may have some insight.