- Sep 6, 2017
I’m not convinced that I have TN, but my endodontist has referred me back to my regular doctor for the possibility. Back story: I’ve had three root canals, two fillings, and four crowns in the past year. After each time I’ve had work done, either the tooth will not settle down or other teeth suddenly become very painful. My treatment plan has jumped all over my mouth (major work done on #31, #2, #3, #19,#18, #11, #12) and changed monthly due to new pain. The last root canal I had was on tooth #18. Neither my dentist nor endo initially wanted to do it, thinking it only needed a crown and didn’t test like it needed a root canal. But given my recent history of pain in other teeth, the endodontist finally decided to treat it as a prophylactic measure. The procedure was horrible- I couldn’t get numb and had to have a catheter put in for an intraosseus injection (had probably 4-5 of them in addition to the nerve block). Other than the pain, it only took one visit and he said it went well. Fast forward and five months later it feels pressure like a vice around the tooth (except when I first wake up). I still just have the temporary filling in. I was given a short round of steroids, which didn’t help, and prescribed Soma (carisoprodal), which I was too scared to take. Nothing changed and now I’m scheduled for an expensive retreat. 3-D scan shows all roots filled to the tip, no fractures, and nothing missed). On the same side of my mouth, tooth #12 (had a composite filling in August) has been hurting since it was filled. Low/mid grade nearly constant pain, hurts with cold test, and slightly with pressure. Sometimes zings of electric shock/nerve pain. I also have pain/numbness feeling when it is at its worse radiating from the bottom molar to my ear, lower jaw, up to my cheek and to my eye. The endo isn’t sure retreating #18 and packing it with medicine will help, but he wants to do it. He doesn’t want to root canal #12 (#13-15 all have major old silver fillings but don’t test right for a root canal). He said it isn’t bad enough (despite my pain - pain is almost constant besides cold zing but the other tests don’t make it hurt worse really) and he suspects trigeminal neuralgia, not a tooth issue. I’m not convinced based on reading about TN. I have a lot of constant pain, not just flashes. Tylenol does NOTHING for the pain. Not even slightly. I am allergic to NSAIDS, so no ibuprofen for me. Haven’t tried opiods because they scare me. Does this sound like TN to anyone that has TN? I know acetaminophen (paracetamol, Tylenol) doesn’t work well for tooth pain, but shouldn’t it do something? I have seen two dentists and three endodontists over the past year and no one seems to offer real advice or relief. Can I demand root canals? I barely sleep from pain and eating is difficult. I even have trouble swallowing since having to eat on only one side of my mouth for months on end. I’m now so tired of pain, but have grown to have a new level of dental phobia since the treatments never stop nor help and even cause pain. If root canaling more teeth would make it stop, I would. But going to the dentist and endo nearly twice a month for months on end about this pain has made me look crazy I think. Help? I just want my life back! I wish I could go back in time and never have any of the work done because the pain has just never stopped.