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I apologize in advance for the long story...this has been a nightmare. In May of this year, I had 6 fillings done on one side of my mouth. I work for a dentist as a medical insurance coordinator and up until starting this job in August, I've never been able to afford to go to the dentist in my adult life. I am 28. So, I had the fillings done since he said that he could do all of them in one go(he even offered me sedation, but I declined) and had pain pretty much as soon as the aneasthetic wore off. I continued to have a low-grade stabby pain for some time. I was hesistant to tell him about it because I am prideful and I thought maybe it would go away, but it didn't. So I told him about it and he told me that I may have pulpitis because we did so many fillings at one time. I decided to let it be and just ate my weight in ibuprofen for several more weeks. The pain was manageable, occasionally it would get worse but then it would subside. In late June, I had a routine cleaning at the office and the hygienist asking me if I was having any issues, I told her about the right side pain that I had been having. My boss, the dentist who had originally done the fillings was not there that day but the other doctor in the practice was. He did an exam and told me that 3 of the fillings did not look like they had been done properly. He told me that this happens occasionally, sometimes the material doesn't dry properly and the margin of the filling is off. He scheduled me to have the fillings redone and prescribed me a course of steroids and atibiotics, just in case I had an infection that he couldn't see. I took the steroids and antibiotics as prescribed and I did feel a slight improvement, which I attributed to the steroids. Unfortunately, the daily pain( I would say it's a 2-4) came back and I just really didn't want to say anything about it. Partially, I was afraid I might need a root canal and I really can't afford any extra expenses right now and they don't do root canals on molars in their office and told me that if I needed to have a root canal done then I would be referred out to an endodontist and partially because I didn't want to complain. I endured the pain for about 6 weeks, even went on a vacation, it was bothersome, but manageable. I continued to take 4 ibuprofen probably at least 3 times per day. Then, on Sunday, August 4th, I woke up with much more severe pain. I took ibuprofen(even though, I don't think its ever done much) and tried to ignore it but as the day progressed, the pain became more and more severe. By 8:00PM that night, I thought I might die, it hurt so bad. Normally, the pain is just focused on either my upper or lower right side of jaw including the teeth but this was different. All of the teeth on the right side of my jaw were SCREAMING and I could feel pain in my ear, cheek, lips, chin, nose and eye, all the way up to my right eyebrow. I don't know how to describe it, it was unreal! I couldn't move, talk, eat, sleep, or even lie down and found myself just sitting upright in bed rocking back and forth and grunting from the pain. I wanted to call in sick to work because of how awful it was, I was dizzy and nauseated from how bad it hurt but I decided to go to work in the hopes that the dentist could look at me and maybe I did need a root canal and the pain would be gone once that was taken care of. I asked him to take a look at me that morning and he did do an exam later that day, it was very difficult for me to focus on anything with how bad it hurt. He took a bunch of x-rays and did some tests with hot and cold and percussion and all of my responses were negative for any kind of dental issue. There was no swelling, no signs of infection, and nothing abnormal on my x-rays. He told me that he wanted me to go to the endodontist to rule out a tooth issue because he is not a specialist and she may be able to see something/find something that he didn't. I made an appointment with the endodontist. I went back to my desk and continued to try and work until about 3:00PM when I told him that I needed to go home, this pain was unbearable and I was really not functional. He wrote me a script for Norco(hydrocodone) and told me to go home and try to get some rest. I had not slept at all the night before and was completely drained and exhausted. I took the Norco as soon as the prescription was ready and had already taken 2 doses of ibuprofen 800mg that day. The pain continued and did not seem to be helped at all by the Norco. My appointment with the endodontist was at 8:00AM the next day and I only slept maybe 2 hours from shear exhaustion on Monday night. She did pretty much the same tests as my boss/dentist and could not find anything wrong either. She was very kind and told me that she knows I am hurting, I was sobbing in her chair, and that she is going to help me find some relief. She called my dentist/boss and they agreed that she would prescribe me flexeril in addition to the Norco for the pain. She told me that while she doesn't feel that this is a tooth issue, she thinks maybe it could be TMJ. My dentist/boss's wife is also a dentist and she specializes in treating TMJ/facial pain/migraines, etc. with a program of massage, cold laser, jaw deprogrammers, and a bunch of other stuff so they made me an appointment with her that day. She did a cold laser treatment but didn't want to do anything else that day for fear that it might make things worse. At the end of my treatment, she told me that she thinks that I may have Trigeminal Neuralgia and I need to see a neurologist because she cannot treat or diagnose me for this kind of condition. I did not go to work that day, I stayed home and took pain meds round the clock and tried not to come unglued. The pain was still very bad but it seemed like it would come and go and was not as constant as the initial, unrelenting death pain of Sunday and Monday. I slept just under 4 hours that night, waking up every 2 hours or so. I went to work on Wednesday because I cannot afford to miss this much work, I need my pay to survive. I was in pain most of Wednesday, but it was more of the low grade with probably 5 or 6 really bad "attacks" that brought me to my knees. Today is Thursday, August 10th and I was able to sleep for probably 12 hours yesterday/this morning and I only woke up twice during the night and took more pain meds. I went to work and only felt a bad twinge once on the way to work(as the wind from the car window blowing on my face was irritating me) and then at lunch time when I tried to eat some chips and salsa that were left over from a staff meeting the day before. Otherwise, I have been completely pain free today. The only thing is that when I bite down, there is one tooth that emits a sharp pain...and now I am back to wondering again if there really is something wrong with my teeth. I talked to my mom on the way home from work today(I've told her all about what is going on) and I told her that I feel like I am crazy! I don't understand what is going on!? How could it be so terrible that I felt like my head was going to explode, that I would rather die than continue to feel like this and then it's gone?! Like nothing ever happened?! Am I crazy?! Am I going to feel this pain again?! I'm terrified of it coming back. I have my neurologist appointment this coming Monday but now I feel like a fool for keeping the appointment because I am no longer in pain. Is this Normal? Has this ever happened to anyone else? I'm so confused and scared and exhausted from all of this and I just want answers.
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