Hello, i wasnt sure if this was the right place to post this, i had done some googling (even after i told myself i wouldnt, because most of the time it seems like no matter what sympoms you search it always turns out to be something horrible) but i had searched a few key words and was brought to this website after seeing similar situations, but i wanted to post my exact one, so i could get some advise.
Almost a year ago, in July 2011 i had 5 teeth extracted from my top jaw, 3 on one side, 2 on the other all in the back. i had some cavities and some were wisdom teeth, and i hadnt been to the dentist since i was really young. and i had really bad pains on the one side and had all the ones on the top taken out that needed to be removed.
a few months after i started getting dull pains in the area where i had the tooth ache, and they became more frequent since then, and starting last week it had gotten REALLY bad, a few nights it hurt so bad, the entire side of my face hurt, my upper and bottom jaw, my cheek, behind my ear, and i also getting really bad headaches, i had tried taking advil, motrin PM to try to sleep, and some leftover penicillin i had from the surgery, after none of those helped i had taken one of the left over hydrocodone i had from after the surgery to hold me over until i was able to get an appointment at the dentist i went to.
The day i went into the dentist i wasnt in pain at all, just a little pressure on the side, and the dentist had looked in my mouth and poked my gums and hit my teeth with his metal mirror to see if it caused any pain, and it didnt, and i had explained the pain usually came at night after 7pm to about 5am (when i was usually in minimal pain and was able to fall asleep, with the help of meds i had) after the appointment he couldnt figure out anything from his inspection and from the xrays, so i had another appointment with the oral surgeon that had done my surgery a WEEK later (which was today) he had given me another perscription for penicillin, but later that night the pain came back again, horribly, it was so bad, i was pacing around my house crying and even thinking about hurting myself because i didnt know what else to do, and i dont understand where the pain is coming from or why its happening. so the next morning we called them to see if there was another thing they could do until my appoitment with the surgeon, and he called me in a perscription for ibuprophen 800 (generic for motrin) and i had taken those until my appoitment today, where the surgeon did the some kind of poking around and i was explaining everything over to him like the first dentist, and still he cant figure out whats wrong, but was persistant to assure me that it doesnt have to do with the surgery i had because the pain is happening to late after the surgery happened.. so he gave me a referral to ANOTHER surgeon at another dental place for the 3rd opinion (i havnt called yet, but i plan to tomarrow).
I just really want another opinion from here, so i can have another idea in my head and ease my mind, i am sick of hearing that they dont know what is wrong, and thinking to myself conspiracy theories that they know whats wrong and they did some damage and wont admit it, or that they make more issues so you have to keep coming back.
i know i just ranted a ton of stuff but to summorize my issue:
Months after oral surgery (almost a year now) i am having really bad pains in my jaw and it makes my whole side of my face and head hurt, and my neck at times. ive been drinking ALOT of water which somtimes seems to sooth the pain for a little while until i cant take the pain anymore. the pain happens throughout the day, but isnt to bad until the evening after 7pm (usually) through the night. I am currently taking penicillin 4 times a day, and ibuprophen 3 - 5 times a day depending on how long the pain lasts for. but even when i take the pain meds there is still some pain in the eventing where half of my face feels sore, and i cant lay my head down to sleep on that side, because its very tender to the touch.
Thank you for reading
- Tiffanie and Lansing, Michigan USA