Constant gum pain

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 I have not been diagnosed yet- Im gathering information and trying to figure out my next step? Im considering neurologist? I've had 8 dental appts including 2 endodontist appointments since August for right side teeth and gum pain. I've had close to at least 10 oral xrays including a full mouth 3d Dental CT scan. I've been on clindamycin for gum inflammation (my request, dentist didn't want to prescribe) Gums are peeling where tooth and gum meet due to a mild reaction to toothpaste, so it is making things more painful? One dentist said I needed a root canal on a tooth but the endodontist did not agree? Other teeth are bothering me too? I had a very painful dental appointment a month ago which created the most excruciating pain.  I was numb for a filling and crown, but the anesthesia started to wear off. While in the chair I started having terrible nerve pain, it was electric, stabbing, deep, pulsating pain from teeth, jaw into my head? I was given 3 more shots of anesthesia but it didn't touch the pain? I keep having twinges of shooting pains in gums and a warm sensation that runs through jaw after being in cold air? I'm tired and anxious because I dont know whats wrong?  

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    Hi, your story sounds like Mine. I’ve been diagnosed with Atypical Odontalgia. I’ve had lots of dental work in my life for my bad teeth, but about 18 months ago, I chipped a tooth. I went in and had a crown placed, and have been in constant pain ever since. It started on the bottom right and moved to the upper left, then bottom left. Now, it’s on the upper right, and feels like electric jabs in my front tooth. I’ve been on gabapentin for the last year and am not sure how much it helps. I started Cymbalta a few months ago and it’s helped more than anything. I’m so depressed over this, as it feels just like a toothache, but they always tell me my teeth are fine.
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    Trust me when I say I feel your pain. I had a similar experience. I was told that one of my crowns had a fracture in the root and that the tooth could not be saved. An endodontist told me that, so then I went to see an oral surgeon who removed the tooth. He said it was a traumatic extraction. I believe that caused me to have trigeminal neuropathy. Which is a little different from trigeminal neuralgia. As soon as the tooth was pulled I experienced the most horrible burning to all of my gums. I am a nurse so I looked all of this up and diagnosed myself with BMS ( burning mouth syndrome). Please look that up and see if your symptoms lead to that diagnosis. I haven't found anything that helps. I'm seeing a neurologist soon and hope he gives me more answers. My PCP has been treating me with Gabapentin, Tegratol, and Elavil. I've been in pain for over a month now. I have only been able to eat soft foods and have lost almost 20 pounds in the last month and a half. The most important thing with BMS is that you brush your teeth after eating and drinking anything except water. I've gone up on the three medication doses and have only gotten minimal pain relief. I've done so many google searches and joined so many groups looking for help and answers. Being a nurse I know that I must research and try to help myself and not just rely on a doctor to do all the work. I hope this information that I've shared helps you in some way. It sounds like you have BMS along with trigeminal neuralgia. Bless you and I'll be praying for your pain relief to come very soon ???

     

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      Thanks for much for all the information! I’ve also had burning in my mouth, tongue, and gums, but that has dissipated. I’m an elementary school teacher, and it takes me all I’ve got to get through the day. I’m seeing a doctor at Penn Medicine and he insists it’s NOT trigemenal neuralgia. The pain is only in my teeth , so atypical odontalgia is what they tell me. I’ve seen every doctor under the sun looking for a cause for all of this. ENT, Neurologist, Endodonticts, Oral surgeons, Allergists, Chiropractors, and more.... nobody has helped and only the oral medicine doctor was confident in his diagnosis. He said the goal is to reduce the pain but that it may not ever go away completely. That’s the most awful thing to hear, ever. I pray you find answers, and that healing comes you way soon! 
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    Hi, Im 65 years old and my experience on TN  based on my own study and research, it mimic tooth aches, gum pain and sinuses. Im so very very careful when it comes to my teeth. I was blessed to have a complete teeth even at my age. I went to a dentist twice and to my EENT Dr twice to make sure the pain is not coming from either teeth or sinuses. I even discussed to them TN and make sure that they are well inform of TN. I believed it was TN and brace myself to a lifetime pain since I don't want to go on different pain killers with a lot of side effects. After a year the pain is getting worse until somebody discussed to me about Vitamin B1B6B12 (B Complex in the US). I tried to use it three times a day for about a month now and it works for me. The pain is gone but I can feel its still there. Its just the nerves seems to relax  and Im pain free as to this date! I will update if the pain comes back. Its only vitamins which means safer to try. Consult your Doctor. Good luck and God Bless. 

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    Hi leahce - Your post sounds like you are telling my journey with trigeminal neuralgia.  Back in the spring of 2006 I was at my desk working and took a terrible pan in my tooth on my left side.  I was taking an over-the-counter pain med to help relieve my pain but it wouldn't even come close to settling my pain down.  I made an appointment with my dentist.  He checked my tooth out and did x-rays.  he told me my pain was not due to my dental health.  After about 10 hours the pain settled down.  I had no pain for a few days and then it started again.  I was convinced that my dentist missed something so I went back.  This time he took a panographic  x-ray with the same result.  I seen my doctor and she diagnosed me with TN.  Besides having appointments with my dentist, I seen an endodontist,an oral pathologist, and a oral facial pain specialist to rule out TMJ.  My dental health was fine.  I seen many pain specialists with the same result.  A pain specialist I was seeing referred me to two neurosurgeons.  Both said they couldn't help me.  With all this facial pain happening, I started to get electric shocks.  The shocks were so strong I would just cry.  I was in contact with a neurosurgeon in another province (I live in Canada) and he started to question me about the shocks I was having.  he confirmed that my doctor's diagnosis was correct and that I had TN.  I had to travel out of province to have brain surgery done - micro vascular decompression.  I sure hope I didn't bore you with details but wanted you to know that my TN all started as a result of a tooth ache.  I did see a Neurologist and had an MRI.  If you have any questions, I would be pleased to answer them as best I can.  Since the MVD surgery, I no longer have those horrific electrical shocks.  Best wishes.

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    Hi, I would not get a root canal. I had two done and 3 teeth pulled and it was all a mistake. It wa the trigeminal nerve and the root canals made it much worse.

    Someone on this site mentioned turmeric and I was wondering if they knew how much of it to use.It is worth a try.Good luck.(I am on gabapentin...tried many other medications also.)

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