Canker Sore or something more serious?

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For the last 4 days I have had a very sensitive and painful area of my gum, back of my right side of mouth. It almost feels like it stings, either way it's very painful. Today it was accompanied by just under my jaw bone being very tender to the touch.

As it is in such an awkward position, I have no way to see any ulcer type marks but I can feel that it is slightly inflamed. I do not have any tooth ache or any other type of gum pain and my recent visit to the dentist was excellent. I did ignore it and hope for it to fade but it is restricting me eating and anything such as resting my hand on my cheek is very painful. I have tried rinsing my mouth out with hot salt water and using a hot, wet towel against my cheek along side painkillers, but its not budging.

My housemate told me he thought it could be 'canker sores' or a tooth absess (I hope not!!). I've done some research on canker sores and abscess' but I'm finding it hard to differentiate between the two because the symptoms are so similar to me, I don't know anything on dentistry haha.

If it makes any difference, I have been diagnosed with severe anaemia and also have just started the contraceptive pill about a week ago. Also, in the same week, I've just had to deal with moving house and having to deal with a slacking landlord which caused me a lot of stress and exhaustion.

I know that the ideal thing to do is to go and see the dentist, however, I can not afford to go at the moment so that's why I'm turning to this forum for some answers. So, can someone please put my mind at ease please smile

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    Hi yes it may well be that the pain you describe may be attributed to an ulcer at the back of your mouth or an impacted wisdom tooth. I would see a dentist ASAP 
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    I have just seen that you have severe anaemia you need to tell you GP and are stressed with moving house. Stress impacts on the body and with your aneamia I am concerned. Has your GP tested your ANA? If not it might be worth seeing him again
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      Thank you very much for your reply! I used to be on perscribed medication for a year, 200mg iron supplements, for my anaemia. When I was diagnosed the doc informed me that it was the lowest result she'd seen and was very concerned. However, silly of me really, but I haven't been on them for a while thinking I was better because all of my side effects, fainting, head rushes, fatigue, had gone, however I have just started again after feeling ill. I went to the GP a week ago but she didn't speak about my anemia. Never heard of ANA so I'll have to question that when I book an appointment. I'll take your advise and go to see the dentist and doctor, hopefully it'll be nothing serious as it'll be a pricey trip! Thank you so much for your help and advice and replying quickly. smile
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    If the pain doesn't subside, I think you would be wise to see your GP, as aneamia could be causing the problems you are experiencing. He may want to check your bloods again, as there could be an association between aneamia and the mouth ulcers you describe 
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