pain overload

Ow. That is all I can say. I’ve suffered from TMJ since I was a teenager, but I have not had this kind of pain in a long time.

Friday I went to the dentist because my jaw had been bothering me on and off for almost two weeks. I began to get nervous that I actually had a bigger issue at play, but after poking, prodding, massaging, x-rays, and me accidentally biting my saint of a dentist, I left the office with no additional problems, just directions to use hot compresses and lots of Advil.

Well, this morning at 5:30 I woke up in such excruciating pain that I was sure I was going to have to go to the hospital. I got out of bed and went up to the third floor to wash my face and take more Advil, and within 5 minutes of standing up the screwdriver-like-stabbing-throbbing stopped. Why? Because my sinuses started draining.

So not only is my jaw screwed up, but my sinuses are so inflamed that they’re pressing on the nerves on my teeth again. Good to know I’m not dying, but I’m still miserable. So much for getting outside today and cleaning up some of the garden beds… Any and all advice and happy thoughts are welcome!

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