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Old 10-20-2019, 02:07 PM
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I had oral surgery last week. The first 2 days were fine. Some pain, but nothing unexpected and it was well-controlled with ibuprofen/tylenol that the dr recommended.

The past few days have been horrible pain-wise. I've been taking the ibuprofen more often than recommended and I'm still in a lot of pain. It is throbbing. It sometimes gets better for a few hours, but then always comes back with a vengeance. I've also applied heat, because I read that cold only is good for the first 48 hours. My gums are pretty swollen, but I think that's normal.

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Old 10-20-2019, 02:11 PM
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I hope that you will contact your dentist or oral surgeon to check on this! Good luck!
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If you had a tooth pulled
Old 10-20-2019, 02:18 PM
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It is possible you have a dry socket, especially since the pain has increased. Otherwise, you may have an infection. You really do need to go back to see your professional.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:19 PM
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I would contact my dentist or oral surgeon as it could be an abscess or if you had tooth removed, a dry socket.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:19 PM
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Do you have a fever at all?

It is probably time to be seen by a doctor. I hope you feel better soon!


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Old 10-20-2019, 02:21 PM
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Is it hot? Do you have a funny taste in your mouth? Could be infected.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:26 PM
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Yeah, I'll be calling tomorrow. No fever or other symptoms of infection. It's not a good week to miss school, but I'm assuming he will need to see me.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:29 PM
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Your health comes first. I know it's hard to miss school, but you're worth it!
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Definitely call the oral surgeon's office...
Old 10-20-2019, 02:40 PM
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There is a complication called dry socket that people can get after oral surgery. I wouldn't think being in such horrible pain is normal.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:43 PM
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I do have his cell phone number because he called me on it the day of surgery to check up on me. I think he said I could use it. But my memory of that day is shady from the drugs. Not sure if I should text him now or wait till morning.


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Old 10-20-2019, 02:50 PM
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PEPteach, I would highly recommend getting in touch with the dentist now. He may be able to see you, send you to an emergency dentist today, or send in a prescription. There's no reason to be miserable from now until morning.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:59 PM
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I second contacting the doctor tonight. Otherwise, call his office and they’ll probably have an emergency number or an answering service. You should not be in that much pain a week out from surgery.

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tooth infection
Old 10-20-2019, 03:04 PM
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I'm so sorry you are in pain. I also think you should go ahead and call. He may be able to suggest something for the pain for now before he sees you.

Meanwhile, gargle with salt water and keep your hands off the facial area where the pain is located. Aggravating it by massaging it makes it worse and the infection could travel down towards your lymph nodes.
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:23 PM
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Thanks. Waiting for a call back.
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:38 PM
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Let us know how it goes.
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:09 PM
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Haven't heard back yet. I hope I know tonight whether or not I need a sub in the morning. Not something that's easy to arrange once the school day has already started.
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:20 PM
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I hope you hear back from your dr and can get help ASAP.
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:39 PM
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I'd call a sub right now because it is easier to cancel than request one. Good luck Pepteach. I'm sorry you are hurting

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Old 10-20-2019, 06:57 PM
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I hope you have called for a sub by now. They will probably be able to work you in at some point tomorrow since you are in so much pain! In that kind of pain you need to call a sub anyway. I hope you get relief soon!

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Old 10-20-2019, 07:04 PM
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Ugh...he called back. He said he'd be happy to see me tomorrow if I'd like to come in, but he said the surgery does cause a lot of pain and it gets worse before it gets better. I don't feel like the intensity of the pain was emphasized before surgery.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:23 PM
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Please go in to see him. He is responsible for your comfort. You shouldn’t have to deal with this pain for days.. until it just gets better. Not okay or fair . Hugs!
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