Friday, March 19, 2010


Failed root canal. Infection. Oral surgery. Blah blah blah.

I am not a very happy camper right now. (No, really? Why-ever not, I wonder quietly to myself…)

The thing that annoys me the most is that pain relief is probably about 48 hours out. When I whined vigorously mentioned casually in passing that my Vicodin prescription was doing precisely diddly-SQUAT! for the pain on this deal, the otherwise charming dentist shrugged uncomfortably and said, “Wellllll, unfortunately, there’s not a lot to be about that, then…what will help you is the antibiotic but, well, that’s not like, you know, take a pill and pop! Pain relief…yeaaaaaaaaaaah…it’ll probably take, you know, a day…or two…”

Here he glances at the x-ray showing the blackened areas where the demons of HELL are playing hurley with the heads of champions the infection is, and muses, “…probably two, yeah, proooooobably two…”

I kid you not, I was >>this<< close to asking him if he wouldn’t just, you know, numb me up. Yeah yeah, surgery isn’t for two weeks, but could you just get me good and numb for a couple hours, so I could maybe eat something…? Or maybe take a nap?

Actually, maybe you could numb me up for, say, 48 hours? You know, just until the antibiotic starts taking effect and that thing where my whole entire face is throbbing settles down a bit…?

Yeah. That’d be swell, thanks…


Oh well. On the bright side, the antibiotics should be getting in the ring with the infection and kicking some bacterial butt soon; 48 hours sounds like a long time right now, but if you really stop and think about it…that’s miraculously fast.

And it’s possible it could work even sooner! So, you know…I could wake up tomorrow already feeling Significantly Better! (I reject YOUR reality and substitute my own…)

And furthermore, what a wonderful time I live in, huh? There was a time when something like this was practically an automatic death sentence. (And what a horrific death that had to be, too. Ugh.) Shoot, infections like this still kill people from time to time, even here in the “civilized” world.

But me, well, at the first sign of real trouble I trot on in to the dentist’s office and he catapults me over to a specialist, and there are instant digital x-rays and we can point at the various lines and dots and say, “Here is the infection, and there is the bone loss, and this right here is how the one leads to the other, so we will go in this way and pack that with this and then, well, problem solved!”

Shoot, as of a couple months ago, I even have dental insurance…which won’t pay for all of this or even potentially the majority of it, but it will cover some which is a lot better than none, right?

All things considered, I’m still leading a charmed life…even when my entire face is throbbing and I’m pretty sure one of those demons is actually gnawing on my inferior alveolar nerve


Kere said...

Awwe! I'm sorry! Take the antibiotics, remember to eat something with the Vicodin (especially yogurt because the antibiotics are going deforest your digestive tract) and again, ibuprophen with the Vicodin! Almost forgot, take a wet washcloth, stick it in a zippy, put it in the freezer for 20 minutes then stick it on your face for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed!

Anonymous said...

So when I left the dentist after the root canal from hell last Monday, the nurse gave me four ibuprofin and two tylenol to take all at once and it kicked the pain very well. I had hydrocodone at home but that stuff makes me itch like crazy. Also lots of clindamycin antibiotic. Cold packs help some.

I feel for you big time.

Judy said...

when I had an abcessed tooth my dentist gave me vico but like you it did nothing, just gave me a horrendous headach.
He then told me to take Advil, 2 or 3 pills at a time. It worked.

Louiz said...


Hope the antibiotics kick in *really* soon.

Yep, modern medicine is amazing, so glad we have it:)

PamRad said...

I've been "lurking" on your blog for about a year...and enjoying it immensely. You have inspired me, I am calling my dentist on Monday! I am so sorry for your pain!

Pirate Alice said...

I've been a lurker here for a long time too. I recently went through the same exact thing. Vicodin never helps me. My dentist said to take 4 ibuprophen tablets, that's equal to a prescription strength and will help with the swelling. I hope things get better really fast. tooth pain is the worst.

Quilty bird said...

I had a broken root that became infected, pulled tooth, dental implant in January. Terrible pain - worse than C-sections, not quite as bad as brain surgery (really). Anyway, Vicodin didn't help me either, but the oral surgeon prescribed some Tylenol 3. Yeah, Tylenol, whoop-di-do. Except, that "3" part really did help. Along with the advil and antibiotics.

Worth a try.