OK. I've got pain that's been moving, but mostly sticking on the left side. It changes, too. Sometimes it's sharp. Sometimes it's dull. Sometimes it's closer to a numb feeling than an actual pain. When it is focused on a tooth, it doesn't stay on that tooth for long.
I had the same thing a few months ago. They took X-rays then, and determined I needed a root canal on a lower left tooth. I should mention that at that time they couldn't get that tooth to hurt with their hammer. I was constantly drinking cold water to keep the pain down, and not getting any sleep because nothing cut the pain. I was referred to an endodontist.
The morning of my endodontist appointment, my pain had stopped moving around and had set up shop in the tooth I was told was a problem. That tooth only hurt when I bit down on it, which was all the time, since it seemed to be the highest tooth in my mouth. When I talked to the Endodontist, he said this was a normal pain progression for a lower infection, and that there was no pain medication that would have helped. The root canal went fine, and I went on with my life.
Flash forward to a couple of days ago. I started getting the same symptoms (pain moving all over the place and not staying the same). I went to the Dentist this morning and the only "funny" thing on the X-ray was a black area under my root canaled tooth. The Dentist, however, felt that this was "scarring" and thought that since banging on the tooth didn't produce any reaction, it couldn't be that. She said to come back in a week, or if the pain sets up shop in a particular tooth. She gave me a perscription for a mouth rince, and 800 mg Advil. She also advised that I see my Doctor.
I saw my Doctor this noon. She didn't have any real ideas, but gave me perscriptions for a couple of pain meds that don't seem to be working.
My question is, am I really stuck being miserable and sleepless until the pain localizes? Do you think it would be appropriate for me to call my Endodontist to see if he has a different opinion? If it makes a difference, I'm in the US. I would really like to call my Endodontist (if I can work up the courage), but I'm scared he'll think I'm an idiot or a troublemaker, or he'll want to see me and charge an arm and a leg that insurance won't cover because I wasn't referred.