Darn those teeth

Sorry I haven't been very good about blogging lately! I've had a little set back with these teeth of mine...

To make a short story long:
Warning: This post contains some pretty gross and painful details!

For about 2 weeks I haven't been feeling that well. I've had an eye infection, sore throat, my lymph nodes were super swollen, and I was SUPER tired. (And that means a lot coming from me!:)

So what I thought was Mono, was actually symptoms of a severe infection in the root of one of my upper teeth. I had a root canal done in 2003, but it wasn't done correctly and so I've pretty much had an open wound festering in my root. (After the procedure the dentist said the infection was so deep and bad that I'd probably been fighting it for months if not years. Nice.)

The pain really started last week, and regardless of what pain killers I took the pain got worse and worse. Thus, me taking LOTS of pain meds, antibiotics, probiotics, blah blah and a nice 911 call last Thursday because I thought I was going pass out and I had Aidan crawling all over the place. (No, not my finest moment.)

Friday (Praise the Lord) in total pain & on 2 Percocet pain pills I got the darn thing worked on. After 4 shots I still felt dull pain and when he took that great gas off I started crying because the pain was so bad. It was worse then contractions...I'm not kidding.

The Endodontists then proceeded to tell me its "rare" that the infection gets that bad (eating away at my bone), that I'd probably been fighting this for months if not years, and that the whole time he was working on it puss and crap kept draining from my root. Gross. Gross. Gross. Then he made an incision on my cheek to help the drainage and more gunk came out. (Sorry this is really sick.)

This picture gives you an idea, but the infection was all the way up to my eye.
So, beside looking like a chipmunk (sorry, no pictures people) I had the worst weekend I've had in a long time (as far as pain goes). Needless to say, I'm doing MUCH better now (can't imagine being worse), and next time if they don't have a face epidural I want to be put under. Seriously.

Boo for pain caused by teeth & the money we pay for it. And I hope even my worst enemy never has to go through this. Well, okay...maybe my WORST enemy.:)


Tanya said...

glad you're ok. sorry you had to go through that!

M Smith said...

That is terrible! I'd heard you had a bad infection, but I didn't realize it was SO bad. I'm really glad you seem to be doing so much better.

Peter Smith said...

I want pictures

Peter Smith said...


swtelford said...

OH MY GOODNESS, I'm SOO sorry. What a nightmare. Glad you are feeling better now.

Janas Bananas said...

That happend to me when I was prego with Bailey. I was up all night popping tylenol 3's that were doing nothing!! and I could not lay down or I would start screaming in pain. Mine needed a root canal to fix the absess. So I can't imagine the pain you had on yours!! glad that is over...hope the bill was not too big..Arrggghhhh.

Suzie said...

Oh my heck! That sounds awful! I am glad they figured out what it was and you weren't having to live in pain forever. I'm glad you are finally starting to feel better. Let me know if you need any help with anything.

Lindsay said...

Oh Emily! That sounds so awful! I am so glad it is over with and you are starting to feel better.

Also loved the pipe cleaner ideas!

Anita said...

Oh, wow - that's awful! Especially having to keep track of Aiden through all the pain. My husband heard me gasp as I was reading your blog and he came over and read over my shoulder. He thinks you should sue the original dentist :) (Just kidding, of course...I think.)

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