It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve posted on here…mostly because I talk to quite a few of you off the forum. Anyway, the last time I was on here, there were about 30 members…now there are hundreds, and that breaks my heart! I am praying for all of you on a daily basis as I know how hard this journey is! I can tell you to hang in there, it does get better, but it is a LONG journey and full of ups and downs. For the most part, I’ve been doing MUCH better – I’m at 4 1/2 years and back to work, running, family and friends…basically back to normal life, with flare ups here and there caused by stress (Emotional or physical). I gotta say the flare ups are still brutal though, and I will never get used to them. I am currently in a flare up because of dental work, and was hoping to get some encouragement/advice – PLEASE be gentle as my anxiety is high because of this.
Anyway, so I had a few questions that I’m hoping you all could help me with! I have been going for dental cleanings regularly through this, and my gums would always act up a bit for a few days after, but nothing unbearable. Well, about 2 months ago, I had a back molar chip in such a way that I had to have the filling in it replaced and since it was a big filling, I had to get a crown. I had the dentist put some temporary bonding on there till I could muster up the courage to get the crown done. I was SO scared of that numbing shot!!! Fast forward a month, and I felt ready. I was feeling good and brave, so off I went to the dentist to have the tooth prepped and have a temporary crown put on. The numbing shot was absolutely fine (no issue at all), but what I didn’t prepare myself for was once the shot wore off (stupid on my part – I know how sensitive we are, so I should have been prepared to be at the very least uncomfortable for a while).
Once the numbing wore off, the pain took me aback – it was brutal. I have gone through this entire botox process med free (aside from an ativan here and there if things get really rough, but even that was only 3-4 times a year), but this pain brought me to my knees, and I caved and took some ibuprofen, which helped to calm things down, but as soon as it wears off, there’s the pain again (in the crowned tooth and the tooth in front of it…I also have had gum sensitivity and pain in other teeth, which I know for sure is botox/nerve related sensitivities since those teeth weren’t touched, so I know that will go). So, I took the ibuprofen for the first few days, then stopped it and decided to try to wait it out till the permanent crown came in a couple weeks. During those couple of weeks, the pain waxed and weaned, but was always present to some degree.
Today, I went back to get the permanent crown put on. I refused the numbing shot, because I wanted to make sure that they got my bite correct. Wow, talk about pain!!! When they finally got the temp off (OUCH!), they put the permanent on. I was doing okay so far, though in pain. Once they put the cement on the permanent and then put it on my tooth, I wanted to pass out. It was literally like having acid poured into an overly sensitive tooth. They then put a desensitizer on it, but that didn’t help any. I’ve had the dentist check twice in the past three weeks for infection or problems, and there are none. He says everything looks fine and that even when he prepped the crown, no pulp was exposed, so he doesn’t think pulpitis is involved. I told him I would tough it out as long as I can in hopes that things will calm down, but if not what do I do. He said the only thing to do is a root canal or extraction. I told him I won’t do a root canal (I’ve researched extensively over the past 3 weeks, and I know that extraction would be my chosen route, if necessary), so he said that’s fine…if it comes down to it, we’ll remove the tooth. The pain right now is unbearable, and I need some insight from people that know what we botox people go through.
Okay, so here are my questions (sorry for the long winded lead up). Again, please be gentle as my anxiety is quite high because of all of this.
– Has anyone on here had EXTREME pain after a dental procedure (like I have to put all my food in a processor right now, because I can’t chew anything…constant, intense, pain that makes it so you can’t sleep, shooting nerve pain in the tooth from anything touching it, even my tongue, etc), and if so, did it calm down and how long did it take?
-Has anyone on here had a tooth extraction through this? If so, could you describe your experience and the healing process. I’m not scared of the shot, since I did fine with it before, but I am scared of the healing process – basically I’m having terrible anxiety that I’m not going to be able to get rid of this pain!!!
-Lastly, if I can stand it, how long do you think I should wait to see if it does calm down before having the tooth extracted. I realize I just had it worked on today, and without numbing, so of course it’s going to be painful even with the ibuprofen I’ve taken, but I seriously feel like I want to go in there and rip it out myself right now because the pain is so bad.
If anyone could give me some encouragement/helpful insight, I would be forever grateful! Thank you so much!