Things have been a bit discombobulated for me lately… awkward posts at various times of day… I think I may have missed one or two… and I debated about whether to share some personal stuff, which I normally wouldn’t, but maybe some good can come of my experience.
Last week, I felt tooth pain coming on, and called and made an appointment which was to be on Tuesday of this week. Oh, I didn’t feel great, but I could last until then. Come Sunday night, though, holy cow!
I was in Big Pain. Like, whew… could I make it until Tuesday?
Monday I went to work… It wasn’t a good day, but I made it. Then Tuesday, feeling worse, I left from work to the dentist. By then I figured I needed TWO root canals! Some quick X-rays, some air and tapping and my teeth were pronounced HEALTHY. Right about then, I had big pain. All along my cheek, along both upper and lower jaw… it was ROTTEN!
My dentist couldn’t find anything wrong… but, boy, was I in pain. He quickly called to Cody and got me an appointment for an oral surgeon on Thursday. Two more days. He wanted him to check for something called Trigeminal Neuralgia.
The pain eased for a while, and I was hopeful, but it would come back, then fade, then come again. I knew better, but I was looking for some relief, and I got on the internet. I knew I shouldn’t have, but I did. Oh, Lord. Right about then I started praying hard! If I had Trigeminal Neuralgia, I could see much of my lifestyle disappearing. I left work early Wednesday in tears because of pain and worry about my diagnosis. That day I had pain in a crowned tooth, but also in my cheek and jaw.
TN is the nerve that runs from your spinal cord to your eye, upper, and lower jaw. For whatever reason, it starts to misfire giving excruciating pain. No particular thing triggers an attack… cold air, brushing teeth, eating… smiling even! Some people could have up to thirty attacks a day. I was in plenty of pain, but to hear people’s stories, about what it was like and how they tried to cope and find a cure was gut wrenching.
Thursday, Vernon and I headed to Cody… and when I felt some discomfort, I tried acupressure and massage, and I did pretty well. I hadn’t eaten much for four days, and a cup of soup was all I wanted for lunch! Finally, it was my turn for the oral surgeon. Believe me, I said a prayer from my heart that I did not have TN!
They had the amazing head CT scanner, that revolves around your head in less than a minute. A while later, Dr. G. comes in and asked me questions, examines my jaw and teeth, and reads the scan. The one crowned tooth was tender, unlike Tuesday at my dentist’s.
Finally, his prognosis… The crowned tooth is bad, and my dentist couldn’t see anything with his standard X-ray, but the fancy machine could see it. It was NOT a nerve problem… it was NOT TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA!!!!!!!!
Praise the Lord.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Then I thought… oh, I am sooooooooo sorry for all the people that have this horrible condition. I cannot imagine living with such pain. If you EVER think your life is bad, and you have it rough, just go watch a video about this condition. Your life will look pretty blessed. The weight was lifted off my shoulders.
I got up this morning and made a donation to the Facial Pain Association. I know there’s many medical problems I’ve never heard of or experienced, but coming so close to such a diagnosis, it, honestly, scared the snot out of me! There is no cure to speak of, and opening the skull to cushion the nerve is a dangerous endeavor. I’ll make a plea for them… if you know of someone going into dentistry or neural surgery, get them to find a cure for this! This is soooo painful, you just can’t imagine.
My tooth still isn’t fixed as my dentist is gone until next week… but the excruciating pain has stopped. I can live with being uncomfortable since I know there is an ending coming my way.
But, once again… if more people knew of this condition, maybe some research would help this situation. Spread the word. Make a donation. People need relief.