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Well, I'm bracing myself for daignosis but I figure sooner is better than later and I might as well get to it. It's been tough reading the material. I would love to get your thoughts.
I had a feeling under my chin about two months ago that felt like a salivary gland was irritated (kind of like a "twinge" and I've felt it before when I've been sick or getting sick (I had been struggling with some kind of bug for a while at the time) - no biggie. Slowly my teeth on the right side developed a mild ache and I went to see my dentist and she found an area of receeded gum but my teeth and gums are very healthy according to the pano X-Ray she took - this was confirmed recently by a periodontist who took a 3D CT scan. A few days ago I cut out of work early and had some drinks (a few too many) and the next morning (Wednesday) I woke up with more soreness in my teeth which got pretty bad by the time we sat down to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Nothing on my face seems to trigger it and I can eat, etc. but they were pretty sore. I have a very high tolerance for pain and this was getting my attention. Advil helped a little and I had some Vicodin left over from knee surgery and it didn't help too much. Today they weren't all that bad - still a little sore but I just used some Anbesol in a few targeted spots which seemed to work. I have an ENT appointment for Dec. 1 because the periodontist did see a small irritation/mass where my salivary discomfort was, but I sort of feel like I should jump to a neurologist and possibly a neurosurgeon soon - I've identified a very good one. My teeth ache only midly now, I'm more tired and scared from all the research, etc. Unfortunately with the holiday weekend I have a few more days before I can contact anyone.
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