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GlitterKitty74 06-23-2012 06:40 PM

Abscess tooth & shortness of breath
I have had many Abscessed teeth as I don't have insurance so I can't afford to see a dentist. The current one is in the top upper left all the way in the back. I have taken bactrim DS for the past 3 days and it helped somewhat (I know it is not for my problem but It is what we had) I have had severe headaches today with shortness of breath to the point I can't really go more than 10 feet with out feeling so tired and short of breath. Now the pain feels like it is in my jaw and seems to creep down the base of my neck. I really don't know if these things are related or if I might have another problem on my hands. My heart seems to flutter every few hours to the point where I feel like I should be able to look down and see it beating (but of course I can't) My legs also seem to hurt just to move them but they are not swollen. My hands are starting swell.....has increased over the last few hours. Not sure what I should do or if I am just being a big baby.

janewhite1 06-23-2012 07:42 PM

Re: Abscess tooth & shortness of breath
How bad is the swelling from the abscessed tooth? Do you have a fever? Swollen glands? If the tooth infection is starting to spread, you must get it seen to within 24 hours.

Of course, it could be something different, I don't know.

GlitterKitty74 06-23-2012 07:52 PM

Re: Abscess tooth & shortness of breath
I have mild fever (under 100 degrees) the swelling for this infection was bad enough I couldn't close my mouth all the way as it was right where my jaw hinges. It has gone down though since I started taking bactrim DS. My Lymph nodes are slightly swollen. Going to the doctor isn't an option. I don't have insurance and I have an outstanding bill of over $25K from an appendectomy 2 years ago

janewhite1 06-23-2012 07:57 PM

Re: Abscess tooth & shortness of breath
You know, most dental schools have low-cost clinics open to the public. I don't know if you live anywhere near one, but it's something to look into.

GlitterKitty74 06-23-2012 08:08 PM

Re: Abscess tooth & shortness of breath
Closest one is 2 hours away. No even possible as I have 2 jobs, Hubby is sick and on disability for the next year and 6 kids in the home

Gellia 06-24-2012 05:33 AM

Re: Abscess tooth & shortness of breath
Go to the Emergency Room of your local hospital. They cannot turn you away because of no insurance and will give you antibiotics and something for pain. It is IMPERATIVE that you get the right antibiotics for this.
Please go. They shouldl be able to help you.

Please let us know how you are.
Best to you,

tanyasue 06-24-2012 06:12 AM

Re: Abscess tooth & shortness of breath
Please go to the ER as soon as possible, dental infections can kill. Sometimes the hospital will have a dentist on call to pull the tooth. Evenif you owe them money they have to see you

Have you looked for community clinics? There are often lost cost clinics in the county, and they are based on income and lack of insurance. If you cant find one in your area, and the ER cant pull the tooth, you have to find a way to get it cared for. If it was just about the pain, dental infections are very, very serious. Please treat this as seriously as you would if it was one of your children (you know, where'd you move heaven and earth to get it addressed).

I'm truly so sorry-it sounds like you already have way too much stress for any one person to deal with!

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