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    Still in pain after root canal
    Jimw3 posted:
    On or about July 14, 2009 I went to a dentist with pain in my lower right molar (#30). The dentist recommended and performed a root canal (which was to be performed in several parts). After leaving the dentist's office I was okay until the anesthetic wore off, and then pain in the tooth started to increase. I took antibiotics (amoxicillin) and pain killer (vicodin) for five days without any real improvement in the pain. Went in to the dentist the next week and was told this was normal. Pain at this point was radiating down jaw and to right ear and cheek. Had retreatment done on July 28, 2009 and pain still has not subsided to this date. Pain wakes me up and makes eating difficult. Pain also gets worse when I'm working in the sun. Meanwhile I'm living on ibuprofin to manage the throbbing pain. Rinsing with ice water seems to help, some, Tooth #31 had a root canal 2 yrs previously (by endodontist) with no complications.

    I am scheduled to see this dentist on Thursday to have post and crown put in. I'm not anxious to put in a crown if the pain hasn't subsided. Is it normal for pain to persist for seven to ten days after the root canal?
    painq responded:
    the thing that scares me is that my jaw is stiff, entire lower right side of my mouth, gums are very sore, and my ear really aches. of course, THE tooth is sore as hell and i can not bite down. feel like both the dentist and endodontist don't really take my pain seriously. that is, "just take vicidin then switch off to motrin, throughout the day. i am at the point like i would go to the hospital if that were the answer. this is my second day on z pac antibiotics so i am praying that whatever i have will be cleared up with this strong antibiotic. that said, the pain is so intense that i have taken at least 8 vicidin / oxycontin within the last 12 hours.
    babylimarie responded:
    have the same problem, i had 4 canal in one molar. i still have pain off and on. very irritating. anyway i did went and see endodonthis and he told me he can retreated but only 85% chance. if the root crack then i have to pull the tooth. i don't know what to do. so next week i will decided to pull the tooth.
    babylimarie responded:
    hey, there did you extract your toot or does it get better at all? Mine still off and on pain. still waiting to heal. it's been 1 month.
    robbisuehiro responded:
    Hi- I had a very similar experience. My dentist was at a loss regarding my pain and encouraged me to see my doctor who sent me to another doctor which resulted in a diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia aka TNA. This, unfortunately is a chronic facial pain. Many patients, including myself have one or more teeth removed because of the concern and confusion over the pain. I hope this helps. :^)
    angelsons replied to painq's response:
    I SO get it to all of you....I've had two children too and nothing compares to this pain! My root canal was done on 2/1/2010. Prior to that on December 23, 2010 I had 4 teeth pulled. I am still in enormous pain, swollen jaw, sore gum line, sensitive teeth and pain in the tooth I had the root canal done on. Has anyone ever heard of: ISCHEMIC OSTEONECROSIS ??? I was doing some research after seeing my oral surgeon again, 2 endodontists, 1 dentist (no one can seem to help or understand what is going on) and I found this very interesting condition that could be the answer for someone....I hope. Look into it and read the articles and see what you think. Here is a link that I found to be informative.

    Good luck to everyone....I can feel your pain literally and I agree....NO ONE has taken me seriously and my endodontist actually asked me if I might be addicted to pain meds....can you even believe that? Let me know if you find any thing out. I am sorry you are all going through this much pain. I go back to my oral surgeon today to show him this article and hopefully have a diagnosis. I'll let you know and feel free to email me! Thanks for listening!!
    babylimarie replied to robbisuehiro's response:
    Hi, i did read about trigeminal neuralgia. did doctor recomend anything for the pain or you just have to wait till the nerve is healing? Did you get better at all?
    thelittlemonkey responded:
    I'm in the same boat as you. Went to the dentist Tues its now Sat and I had my 5th root canal so this was nothing new to me. I also had to have a tooth that had a root canal done over a year ago pulled because it was cracked. Now I'm in horrible pain just as you said the pain comes in waves but I have a throbbing pain constantly. Nothing is helping with the pain I've tried ibuprophen, 7.5 mg.vicoden, 5 mg percocet. Ive cried the last 4 days. Like I said I've had this procedure before and never did I have pain in any comparison to this. Please post what the dentist may have to say about your pain. I'm going to go in Monday without even having an appointment because something has to be wrong to have pain this bad. Just as you said my ear, jaw, neck, and throat are hurting now also
    casmille replied to thelittlemonkey's response:
    I had a root canal about two weeks ago and had a temp put on. It was fine and I went back a week later and he removed the temp and decided to do another round of antibiotics so he put another temp on. Once the novacane wore off I was in serious pain and went back the next morning. He then fitted me for my crown and the release of pressure felt great. But when he put another temp back on until my crown comes in, i was in crazy pain again. He told me over the phone he would like me to get back on antibiotics and that the temp is rubbing on the infection and that is what is causing the pain. I will try it and let everyone know if it did indeed help.
    angelsons replied to thelittlemonkey's response:
    Heads up to everyone!!!!!

    I just left the hospital after 6 days and was finally diagnosed with osteomyelitis of mandible. PLEASE ask your oral surgeon about this as I have suffered for 2 months identically to what all of you are posting. This is a nasty disease and you need IV antibiotics for around 8 weeks to kill this bug off. It is worth asking and don't give know your body better than anyone and pain as bad as I know you are all suffering is NOT normal. It will require a bone scan, CT directly of the jaw bone and possible MRI to detect. I feel better already and am SO thankful I was my own advocate.....I NEVER GAVE UP even though they all thought I was nuts. Hang in there and pursue until you get the right diagnosis. Email me if you have any other questions or call me. or 303-601-9296
    angelsons replied to casmille's response:
    Please read my post I just entered may give you some hope and leads...GOOD LUCK!!!!
    casmille replied to painq's response:
    I had a root canal and had a temp put on. It was fine with no pain, then I went back and my dentist said it still looked infected so he but another temp on and more antibiotics. This time I had a crazy amount of pain and went back the next day for him to look at it. He said it was infected and I asked to get my crown fitting so he took my tooth down and took the fitting which felt great and was a huge relief. He then put on another temp and the pain came right back. He prescribed more antibiotics and said it was an abscess of blood or puss that was causing the pain. I stuck with the antibiotics and now the pain is all but gone. I hope it is that easy of a fix for you because I understand the amount of pain you are in.
    MarieObrien03 replied to thelittlemonkey's response:
    I'm in more pain now after a Specialist did a root canal 48hrs. ago. the pain is getting worse and spreading to all surrounding teeth upper and lower on the side of root canal. My jaw feels like its locking up and my ear, my sinus, my head and teeth feel like they are going to exploded off my shoulders any minute ... whats going on ???? Should i go to the emergency room. Pain medication isn't doing anything to help.
    pained5 replied to MarieObrien03's response:
    I had a root canal on Tues. and today is Thurs. I took 1 Tylenol 3 on Tues night and had a terrible reaction...severe dizziness, and landed on the floor, after bumping my head on the wall. I have been struggling with Tylenol extra strength, 8 tabs. daily ever since, but am in horrible pain. Cant take Vicodin...have gastro problems.
    BBeth62 responded:
    I hope that your problem has been resolved by now (a year later )

    It has been my experience that when ice water helps the pain, I have some sort of abscess. Sometimes the location can be difficult to find due to referred pain in the mouth; An infected front tooth causing pain over a molar...

    DON'T hesitate to get a second or third opinion. And DO go to an endodontist.
    tinybonox replied to mtbrownell's response:
    feel your pain. After 3 root canals, 2 extractions and an apicoectomy i know true dental pain which killers could not even touch. i've since beed dignosed with trigemianl neuralgia which is the most painful thing I've ever felt even after having my utereus reconstructed. On that note my endodontic gave me neurontin after 2 weeks of severe pain from the root canal and it was the only thing that gave me relief and worked much better than pain meds. it blocks the nerve pain and worked for me. Good luck!

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