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    I have dry socket and cant irrigate
    omgthishurts posted:
    I have dry socket (confirmed) and was given the dry socket pack,, and it helped on my left side and not the right. the left side has a dark red circle (new clot im assuming) and the right just looks like cut gum. i can irrigate the left with no, or relatively no, problems, but the right side, actually causes the pain that everyone reading this has either felt or read about... shooting up to my ear, INTOLERABLE! The problem as i see it, is i have to eat to get nutrients to heal (which i REALLY havent been able to do, and im REALLY feeling it :( ) but need to irrigate after eating, which is so painful i dont even want to eat! what do i do.. also, it's friday and, lo and behold, the OS's office is closed till monday.. btw, i did get the pack taken out this morning from both sides, and since my job requires me to be VERY personable, and talk to people, it was decided that smelling like rotten iodine for the whole of the weekend wasnt an option... though im now obviously regretting it. to top things off, he's (OS) actually making me feel like im doing something wrong here, or just not manning up and dealing with this, and is complaining that if he writes me enough pain meds to deal with it (which still doesnt really do anything other than dope me up enough to not really care how much pain im in) he's chancing getting investigated and that thats where his worry lies... which says everything to me aout what he cares about! anyways, i apologize for the tangent, had to vent i guess... if anyone knows any straightforward answers (i.e. it does or does not need to reclot, the dry socket treatment will or will not cause that, this will ease the pain and is a safe thing to do, it will last approx this long without any medical attention, since the med attn is just to manage the pain aspect to the best of my understanding..) PLEASE share.... dont take this wrong, but in advance, please dont give me the canned "im a dental assitant and you need to go see your dentist and have the dry socket impaction done.... and it doesnt hurt (totally inaccurate btw)"... it feels like all those people are basing their view of this HORID affliction on their college text books, NOT having gone through it! I guess to surmize, my main problem is that i can't irrigate without blinding pain, that lasts a few solid minutes.. what do i do... thanks for letting me ramble, and im looking forward to hearing a response...
    Sully73 responded:
    Hey, I understand your pain, as I'm currently healing from two dry sockets myself. It's like Satan in your head with a hammer. If you've lost your blood clot, you will not reform a new one, your body will just have to heal around the bone. The open bone is what's causing the pain. It's odd that the dry socket packing didn't give you relief, they usually use a gauze dressing with clove oil and other things in it to ease the pain, protect the exposed bone, and stimulate healing. It gave me immediate relief. Irrigating a dry socket has to be an unimaginable pain, just a light breeze will bring you to your knees. Mine flared up on Saturday, and I called my dentist and he met me in his office to pack it - (he's such a dear, the dude saved me from a weekend of pain). I saw him again today (Monday), and he said he already saw that the bone was covered with new gum tissue, put another packing in and told me to come back Wednesday for removal. He said no further packing would be needed after that, which makes me nervous because these packings are my little insurance policy against the God-awful pain. It sounds to me like you have an uncaring a-hole for a doctor, to be honest in my opinion oral surgeons are the worst!! I've had my dealings with them in the past, no thanks. The packing process should not hurt as bad as you described. Honestly, all I can tell you is to go back to your oral surgeon (or sh*t can him and find a dentist, are you established with one?), because he's the guy with the clove oil. There are some home remedies out there, but sometimes you can do more harm than good screwing around with it yourself. And the home remedies are using clove oil that you can buy at drugstores or GNC. As far as nutrition, it sounds crazy but get some Ensure. My dentist recommended it to me on Saturday because I was so weak and wobbly from the pain and not eating and all the Ibuprofin (Advil). I can't tolerate narcotic pain killers, most of them have acetominiphen (tylenol) in them which gives me hives. The Ensure really made me feel better, it's just a milkshake type drink but it has lots of protein and vitamins. That and he suggested mashed potatoes, he said the Carbs are good for you. I wish you the best, I totally understand your pain. You can't sleep, you can't eat, you can't think. I've had three dry sockets now in my life, and have given birth three times. I will take the giving birth over dry socket pain ANY day. I wish you well. -Sully
    db2kp responded:
    Bypass your Oral Surgeon. Go to the drug store-to the pharmacist and ask for oil of cloves. Put some on a cotton ball-do not saturate the cotton ball. Put into the socket. Let sit for a few minutes. Do it again in 2hrs. Or take a dropper with oil of cloves, put one or two drops in socket every two hours. You can put a piece of gauze over the socket so you don't taste it so much. It will ease the discomfort. Ibuprofen for any inflammation. Let me know how it goes. D
    inpaintoo responded:
    Please tell me how you are doing and the rest of your experience, because I am currently going thru exactly what you have described. If I could be fed with an IV until this resolves, I would because the pain associated with irrigating afterwards is so untolerable. Are you better now?!
    knwilli75 responded:
    I currently have dry socket too, but with a few complications, and I wanted to share with you some things that might help. First off my situation.... I have something called vonWillenbrands disease which means my blood doesnt clot like everyone elses. This usually isnt a problem unless Im getting surgery or a tooth pulled. So when I had this last molar pulled 7 days ago I advised my Dr of this condition and he put some packing in the hole to reduce bleeding. I also take HRT which doesnt help apparently, and they didnt tell me that either. So now I have a wicked dry socket. I have called the Dr several times, they packed it with that horrible tasting stuff once, told me to take ibuprofen and clyndamyicin to relieve the pain and that was all they could do. Up until yesterday I was in horrific pain, even went to the ER with it and no one will do anything. Yesterday I decided to poke around a bit to see if I could get any pain relief. I found out that the packing the dentist put in the first day to stop the bleeding didnt disinigrate like he said it would, it was still in there and it was rotting. I pulled it out and lo and behold, alot of the pain has gone away. Also the horrid taste that was keeping me nausiated all day and night has gone away too. I would recommend taking at least 800mg of ibuprofen if you can tolerate it, gently swish with warm salt water, and find another dentist who is more caring about his patients than his own self and if he will get investigated. Remember, Drs and dentists are people too, and you are bound to find some of them that got into the business to make money and watch their own backsides instead of taking care of others like they should.

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