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Eye pain after root canal - very worried

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Please advise if you can as I am in a panic.

I have had a bad infection in my mouth for 6 months as my dentist failed to do anything about it even after several visits. I have now changed dentist and have had root canal performed on an upper left tooth 2 weeks ago. The infection was still present and I complained to the dentist about a strange eye pain so it was re-done 3 days ago and I was given antibiotics.

Since the second root canal my eye pain has become worse. It feels like someone is pulling down on my left eyelid and the movement of my eyeball hurts - it feels very strained. The vision in that eye feels a little bit hazy - fine in other eye. I went to my optician yesterday and given the all clear. I went to the Dr earlier and also given the all clear.

I am concerned as although given the all clear no professional knew exactly what it was - they gave ideas such as it's because of the work that has been done and it has affected the nerve around the eye.

Please if anyone has any experience of this can you reply.

Thanks in advance. I am getting really worked up about this as it is affecting my eye sight which is very worrying.
 
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Hi,
It is possible that the nerve is damaged, most probebly the facial nerve (but it is difficult to tell without examining you). The question is what excatly caused it. Most porbebly its the infection and the dental work around it. If this is the case, the complain you have should be a temporary one and go away within two weeks.
 
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I had an abscess left untreated for about 20 months also by a dentist that wouldn't admit something was wrong. I also had pain in my eye and I even had under my eye jumping which is very annoying. My vision was effected but it was hard to explain and I thought I was going mad.

I found another dentist and they did a rct and after a few courses of antibiotics and a lot of work and effort by this dentist my tooth face and eye did clear up.

I would think it is the tooth and infection that has effected your eye, as turned out to be the case with me. I hope this puts your mind at rest a bit. I think given a bit of time your eye will stop hurting.

Let us know how you get on.
 
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Thank you both so much for your reply. My eye has went down a little - but it is still not right or back to normal. My Doctor is sending me for a CAT scan to check it is not sinus issues. But the scan plus results will take another 4 - 5 weeks to come back.

I have had blood taken to rule out things and everything was clear EXCEPT a high inflamation level. I asked if that meant the infection could still be present in my tooth/gum area and the Doctor said not really, inflamation can be from anything like the common cold. But it has to be high for some reason - and I feel fine elsewhere.

My RC tooth/cheek area is still 'niggly' and I have no idea what to do. I don't want to get any dental work done until my scan comes back because my Doctor did say it may be nerve damage although like I said, they're not sure at all. My dentist seems to think the infection should be gone in my tooth, however they do want to finish it all off and double check.

All the Doctors and dentists keep saying that an infection from your tooh SHOULDN'T link at all to eye pain - but it just seems like far too much of a coincidence to me that this all came about at the same time.

I really want all this over with (has been going on in total for almost 13months now) but I am scared if I wait for the scan my possible infection will get worse, OR if I get more dental work done and it affects the nerve more (if that's what it is), OR all along this tooth/cheek/eye pain is sinusitis and I keep getting unecessary work done!

Nightmare. Again, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for replying again.
 
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Mine didn't clear up instantly, and I still occasionally get the odd eye jumping thing. I am sorry I cannot be of any help to you but I just want to wish you well and hope you feel better soon. Try not to worry too much, I know it is hard but there are doctors and dentists listening to you now and trying to help, so they will get to the bottom of things for you, I am sure. :grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:
 
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Thanks again, Carole, much appreciated.

Just for anyone else out there with a similar problem, I have also had a congested nose alongside my eye pain and in the last 48hrs my sinuses have now started to drain causing me a very runny nose, sore above eyebrows (both sides), sore cheek bones (both sides), headache (I NEVER get headaches), and what feels like tooth pain (both sides). Saw a Dr today that checked me over, I also have a bit of a fever (she took temp) which I didn't realise. She said she has no idea what the eye pain was all about, and is glad I will be getting a CT scan to double check teeth related/eye issues.

She said that the symptoms I am NOW having link to sinusitis and she has prescribed me antibiotics. She said she didn't know whether anything was linked and would have to wat for CT scan to see if any other issues are here.

I am slightly concerned that it has been my sinuses all along as I have had sinus/tooth pain in the past which cleared up with antibiotics very quickly. It worries me that my previous dentist wouldn't have picked up on that though (before the RC, they could see nothing wrong with the tooth on x-ray and basically started RC because there was no other option for my aching tooth).

I will try to antibiotics (although I hate taking things when I don't know exactly what's wrong with me! Like a guessing game) and see if they clear up my sinus issues - will be interesting to see if it clears up my tooth/cheek pain and eye pain. I will post on here after the course just to let others know if they ever have similar issues in the future. It has been a nightmare for me but like you say, at least people are now listening to me instead of fobbing me off :)

Thanks again :jump:
 
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Re: Eye pain after root canal

I also had root canal done 18 months ago (tooth #14, upper left) and had immediate eye pain and headache the day after my root canal. I had never experienced such stabbing eye pain with accompanying headaches. Went back to same dentist, as well as the dentist who referred me, and both stated "nothing is wrong". I suffered with excruciating eye pain and headaches for the next 18 months! Severe stabbing pain would wake me in the middle of night and I was taking lots of aspirin. No infection present at any time. Saw other specialists, ophthalmologist, neurologist, etc., even had head MRI - results were all negative.

Saw original dentist again recently who said the eye pain was probably caused by stress issues and not related to the tooth! Of course I knew "stress" was not the problem. Saw 1 other dentist as well who could find nothing even though the problem started immediately after my root canal! While visiting my sister and seeing me crying from pain, she referred me to her dentist who said the root was cracked and the pain was probably caused at night when I would grind my teeth. I had reached the point that I was willing to sacrifice the tooth with the hope that it would relieve my ongoing pain. Well, the good news was that after having tooth #14 pulled the excruciating pain and headaches have finally gone away. Bottom line, I KNEW that the eye pain was related to the initial poorly done root canal and was glad that I didn't stop looking for answers!
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Hi :welcome: to the forum.

I am glad you got your pain and tooth sorted out and that you are fine now. Thank you for taking the time to add your experience to this thread. :butterfly:
 
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Patilla,

sorry to to hear about the trouble you are having.

Diagnosis in dentistry and medicine can be complex especially in the mouth face area where there are many vital structures and nerves all crammed together.

It is really difficult to be certain of the cause of pain, but if you think there is a good chance it is related to the tooth I would consider seeing your dentist again and see if they can dress the tooth with an antimflammatory. Alternatively get another opinion of an endodontist.

one other thing it could be is tooth grinding or clenching especially if the filling is high on the tooth. This can lead to pain due to muscle spasm and as one of the smaller muscles attaches to the back of the eye socket the pain can be referred here.... But this would not give you a fever unless there is coincidentally an infection elsewhere. You could check this by putting your fist under your chin and opening your mouth against light resistance from your fist to see if it makes the pain worse. Or clench your teeth together and press firmly along the back of your jaw line to your jaw joint see if the big strap muscle is tender Grinding the tooth out of the bite or wearing a night guard should eliminate this as a cause.

hope that helps and best of luck.
 
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a nerve I had a similar problem -no answers either- I think he damaged a nerve and no one wants to point the finger- my regular dentist says its not related to the work- but I know it was it was immediate and on the same side- see my post on dental problems thanks



Please advise if you can as I am in a panic.

I have had a bad infection in my mouth for 6 months as my dentist failed to do anything about it even after several visits. I have now changed dentist and have had root canal performed on an upper left tooth 2 weeks ago. The infection was still present and I complained to the dentist about a strange eye pain so it was re-done 3 days ago and I was given antibiotics.

Since the second root canal my eye pain has become worse. It feels like someone is pulling down on my left eyelid and the movement of my eyeball hurts - it feels very strained. The vision in that eye feels a little bit hazy - fine in other eye. I went to my optician yesterday and given the all clear. I went to the Dr earlier and also given the all clear.

I am concerned as although given the all clear no professional knew exactly what it was - they gave ideas such as it's because of the work that has been done and it has affected the nerve around the eye.

Please if anyone has any experience of this can you reply.

Thanks in advance. I am getting really worked up about this as it is affecting my eye sight which is very worrying.
 
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a nerve I had a similar problem -no answers either- I think he damaged a nerve and no one wants to point the finger- my regular dentist says its not related to the work- but I know it was it was immediate and on the same side- see my post on dental problems thanks
I had root canal treatment on the 4 December, 2013 and ever since then have had sore eyes and a strange feeling in my head which sometimes is a slight headache. I have been back to the endodontist and he said the tooth is healing well. (I had an abscess).

I have been to see an ophthalmologist, a Maxillofacial consultant and had a brain scan. Everything was negative. I have also seen a neurologist who seems to think it's migraine, but I don't think it is as it started the day after I had root canal treatment.

I'm now considering having the tooth out as I can't stand feeling unwell every day.
 
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That must be so frustrating. It sounds like it might be nerve damage. If it is, extracting the tooth might not help. Did any of the doctors that you saw give you any ideas of what it might be? Hopefully over time it will get better.
 
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That must be so frustrating. It sounds like it might be nerve damage. If it is, extracting the tooth might not help. Did any of the doctors that you saw give you any ideas of what it might be? Hopefully over time it will get better.
No, none of them said what it could be apart from the neurologist saying the root canal treatment might have triggered a type of chronic migraine, but that doesn't account for the sore eyes. (I haven't been able to wear my contact lenses which I've worn for 50 years without any problem). The feeling in my head is difficult to describe. I have called it a fuzzy head which sometimes feels like pressure and then at times it's a slight headache. I do sometimes have slightly better days, but it never goes away completely.

i don't want to have the tooth out and then find I'm no better. It's a difficult decision to make.
 
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I had root canal treatment on the 4 December, 2013 and ever since then have had sore eyes and a strange feeling in my head which sometimes is a slight headache. I have been back to the endodontist and he said the tooth is healing well. (I had an abscess).

I have been to see an ophthalmologist, a Maxillofacial consultant and had a brain scan. Everything was negative. I have also seen a neurologist who seems to think it's migraine, but I don't think it is as it started the day after I had root canal treatment.

I'm now considering having the tooth out as I can't stand feeling unwell every day.[/QUO


Hello ,

i have been having the same problem and has been just getting worse, very similar to what you are having .
what is even worse is to fund an honest dentist . Please refer to an article of Dr. Mercola ( why a root canal is a dangerous dental procedure) . I am now considering to have the tooth pulled out and actually replaced all my root canal teeth to implant eventually . It has been hard for me because i have to take care of my kids and they are both homeschool and i cook 3 meals a day and all that .
i really wish we both find a solution as soon as possible . I am even afraid to see any dentist anymore but I have no choice but find their service again.

take care .

maria
 
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Please advise if you can as I am in a panic.

I have had a bad infection in my mouth for 6 months as my dentist failed to do anything about it even after several visits. I have now changed dentist and have had root canal performed on an upper left tooth 2 weeks ago. The infection was still present and I complained to the dentist about a strange eye pain so it was re-done 3 days ago and I was given antibiotics.

Since the second root canal my eye pain has become worse. It feels like someone is pulling down on my left eyelid and the movement of my eyeball hurts - it feels very strained. The vision in that eye feels a little bit hazy - fine in other eye. I went to my optician yesterday and given the all clear. I went to the Dr earlier and also given the all clear.

I am concerned as although given the all clear no professional knew exactly what it was - they gave ideas such as it's because of the work that has been done and it has affected the nerve around the eye.

Please if anyone has any experience of this can you reply.

Thanks in advance. I am getting really worked up about this as it is affecting my eye sight which is very worrying.



Hi, I am having the same problem for the last 4 years. I had root canal in 2013. I experienced the same symptoms you are experiencing. I checked my eyes and sinus but it was normal. I am feeling that this is all because of wrongly done canal. Plz do tell me if any antibiotics worked for you. Or did you have to redo the canal.I am also very much worried about it. Last few years have been like a hell.
 
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Hi Jojo,

Thanks for sharing your story. I think I have a very similar one and would be very interested in comparing notes as we go through this process (thank you internet!). I had a cavity three years ago that got infected and eventually I had to get a root canal done. However, the first one wasn't done well and I had to go in for a retreatment. During this process, I'm afraid that perhaps one of the procedures created a hairline crack in the upper left molar. Since this whole thing happened, I have strong discomfort in my left eye which gets aggravated with screen time and it gets to the point where I have to close it and rest it after 6 or 7pm at night. It is very frustrating as it severely limits my productivity. Googling images of the trigeminal nerves, I see they are very connected to the eye and I'm not sure what's causing it. I will keep you posted on my next visit. I'm going to get a scan and going to try to get my tooth checked again. If you figure yours out, please let me know? What kind of discomfort do you feel in your eye? Does it bother you when you read on your computer?

Thanks!!

Please advise if you can as I am in a panic.

I have had a bad infection in my mouth for 6 months as my dentist failed to do anything about it even after several visits. I have now changed dentist and have had root canal performed on an upper left tooth 2 weeks ago. The infection was still present and I complained to the dentist about a strange eye pain so it was re-done 3 days ago and I was given antibiotics.

Since the second root canal my eye pain has become worse. It feels like someone is pulling down on my left eyelid and the movement of my eyeball hurts - it feels very strained. The vision in that eye feels a little bit hazy - fine in other eye. I went to my optician yesterday and given the all clear. I went to the Dr earlier and also given the all clear.

I am concerned as although given the all clear no professional knew exactly what it was - they gave ideas such as it's because of the work that has been done and it has affected the nerve around the eye.

Please if anyone has any experience of this can you reply.

Thanks in advance. I am getting really worked up about this as it is affecting my eye sight which is very worrying.
 
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I’m facing something similar. I had a root canal on a lower second molar about 6 months ago. I couldn’t get numb and was given an intraosseous injection. The endodontist kept the catheter in and had to keep adding more lidocaine as it kept wearing off and I was in a lot of pain. I started feeling nauseous and lightheaded after all of the shots but it was better than pain, I guess. After that treatment, I have had increasing pressure around the tooth, worsening at night. I also have developed upper tooth pain and numbness/fullness spreading all over my cheek and up to my eye on that side. Sometimes it radiates down that side of my jaw and neck. Occasionally I get chills and odd twitches, numbness in my head on the same side. I have gone back to the endodontist numerous times, consulted my dentist, and seen another endodontist. All say the tooth looks good, including the one above that now hurts all the time and reacts badly to cold tests. I’m afraid I have some infection that hasn’t been treated or nerve damage. The endo wants to retreat my molar before crowning it, despite the fact that the 3D scan looked perfect. He doesn’t want to touch the upper tooth that constantly throbs. I’m afraid to keep consulting new dentists and have no idea how to get out of this pain. It is awful and I have no idea who to trust or what to do. Wish I had never had the initial root canal. Please let us know what you find out and what you do!!
 
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Hi all , I thought i would share my on going saga .. I have eye pain which feels like a burning /stinging / pressing sensation in (only) my right eye which started around 2010 , I initially went to the GP thinking a thorn or branch may have scratched or gone in my eye as i had been doing some forestry work a few weeks before , but i didn't recall anything significant at the time .
I was sent to the eye infirmary everything checked out ok , but i was given drops for mild dry eye which did nothing for the discomfort i had in my eye .

I kept going back to the GP as it was getting no better , eventually in 2011 i paid to see a neurologist privately and he could see nothing wrong , I did mention to them around 6 months prior to the symptoms starting that i got hit in the eyebrow by a log i was chopping and thought it may have been something to do with that as it does feel tingly when its touched and remains swollen there to this day .
The neurologists i have seen dont think it is anything to do with it though.


I kept returning to the GP as there was something definitely wrong , eventually he sent me to neurologist who did some tests and asked for a ct scan which showed no problems , over the next few years , im not sure of the dates as the appointments were so far apart i lost track !!
I had another CT (they lost the first one ) an MRI and an MRA which all showed to be clear .
They gave me all sorts of tablets to take , Pregabalin ,gabapentin , and a few others which i cant remember the names of , none of them helped , they just kept saying double the dose on most of them !! . it got to the point where i was walking around work bumping into things they were making me feel as though i was drunk !! .
In one of the neurology appointments i had they mentioned one of my tooth roots looked close to a nerve so i changed to a private dentist and had a few fillings done , he couldn't see any problems on the xray but i said one of my teeth, the top right molar (2nd one in) had a bit of a strange taste to it , it already had a filling but not painful , I asked him to look at that tooth considering the eye problem on that side , he took the filling out and said i needed a root canal and crown which was done , this was approximately 3 years ago every time i go for a check up i say i do get the odd pain in that tooth but he says it is fine ,
i had the last neurology appointment 5 months ago and am currently taking lamotrigine which is not helping at all .
Over the last 12-18 months my vision has deteriorated in just my right eye but left eye is near perfect (according to the opthamologists) and the eye pain is getting worse , also when i floss around the tooth i get a bad taste and it seems to aggravate the eye pain , i had a dentist check up 2 weeks ago , he did another x ray and said the tooth is fine ,
I have made an appointment with another dentist this monday and praying they find something wrong with the tooth as its been nearly 8 years this has been going on and getting steadily worse .....

PS The only thing which has helped was when the dentist did the local anesthetic before the root canal and also i had a nerve block injection in my eyebrow near where i got hit by the log , they gave me a local anesthetic before the main injection , but as soon as the local wore off the pain was back as before ..


sorry for the long post ..
 
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Hi Jojo,

Thanks for sharing your story. I think I have a very similar one and would be very interested in comparing notes as we go through this process (thank you internet!). I had a cavity three years ago that got infected and eventually I had to get a root canal done. However, the first one wasn't done well and I had to go in for a retreatment. During this process, I'm afraid that perhaps one of the procedures created a hairline crack in the upper left molar. Since this whole thing happened, I have strong discomfort in my left eye which gets aggravated with screen time and it gets to the point where I have to close it and rest it after 6 or 7pm at night. It is very frustrating as it severely limits my productivity. Googling images of the trigeminal nerves, I see they are very connected to the eye and I'm not sure what's causing it. I will keep you posted on my next visit. I'm going to get a scan and going to try to get my tooth checked again. If you figure yours out, please let me know? What kind of discomfort do you feel in your eye? Does it bother you when you read on your computer?

Thanks!!
Hey Dean,

I have the same issues as you, sleepy at 7pm sometimes even nausea. All left side of face pain to head and back of eyes as well as around the molar tooth where the root canal was done. It’s been now 3 months! Nothing works to relieve the pain from antibiotics to ibuprofen to homeopathic nerve medication to muscle relaxers. I seen you posted back in February so was wondering if you have any succes from that time... I also went to a chiropractor, 2 other dentists, neurologist, ent doctor, and a lot of scans with X-rays done and no cure for this... should I get my root canal retreated maybe that will solve the issue? This has been the worst pain I ever felt!
 
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Hey Dean,

I have the same issues as you, sleepy at 7pm sometimes even nausea. All left side of face pain to head and back of eyes as well as around the molar tooth where the root canal was done. It’s been now 3 months! Nothing works to relieve the pain from antibiotics to ibuprofen to homeopathic nerve medication to muscle relaxers. I seen you posted back in February so was wondering if you have any succes from that time... I also went to a chiropractor, 2 other dentists, neurologist, ent doctor, and a lot of scans with X-rays done and no cure for this... should I get my root canal retreated maybe that will solve the issue? This has been the worst pain I ever felt!
What did you end up doing? Did you pull it out? Did it work successfully?
 
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