hello everyone im on fentynal 50mcg and norco for break thru 6 a day if needed.Most days i get by great with what im on until this horrible tooth pain which comes and gos but here lately pain is frequent and bad. They say i have advanced peridontal disese ive never had a problem with my teeth until about 2 years ago now keep in mind ive been to a dentist twice in my life and have always brushed and tryed to take care of them i pull my own because i cant afford to have them pulled 2 years 4 teeth sorry im going on and on guess my questin is why isnt my pain meds helping?? thanks in advance Eric
4 Sep 2012
If this too pain is not what the meds were originally prescribed for it makes sense as the tooth pain is addition, or over and above whatever the original condition is. So with additional pain your existing meds probably will not help , and since you've been on that much already, it may be difficult to get enough (or additional) that will help, unless you have an appointment pending to correct the situation with your mouth (which I understand you already said you do not). Hope this helps.
4 Sep 2012
You might try using some Ambesol, or the store brand equal, on the gum area around the affected tooth. Just be careful not to use too much too often or you'll literally burn the gum. You could also try using ice or wet heat against the cheek nearest the affected tooth. Ibuprofen might be more effective than the bc powders since it's an anti-inflammatory. I hope this helps. :)
4 Sep 2012
You are having what is called ACUTE pain on top of your chronic pain. It also sounds like you could have infection or abcess going on in your mouth. You really need this addressed by a dentist whether you can afford it or not. Infection needs an antibiotic. Most will take payments if you cannot afford a visit. Pulling the tooth may just make the situation worse not better if there is infection in the gum. You may need your norco dose adjusted or increased until this subsides...
4 Sep 2012
Hello owen and welcome to DC. My guess is that you have an infection now and that is why they are not working. You have been masking the pain with the narcotics so imagine what it would feel like if you were on nothing at all??? I think you need to get yourself to a periodontist like right away. Pulling your own teeth isn't normal either and you could be doing yourself more harm and damage than good. Have you ever heard of "dry sockets"??? Not a good thing... Bottom line is... even pain medication won't "kill" pain... it makes it bearable until it isn't. I think you are at that point now...
5 Sep 2012
Pulling your own teeth is not a good idea. If you have infection present you can spread that infection straight into your brain and end up with encephalitis which can be fatal. Most dentists will work out payment arrangements. Please see a dentist. You are really messing with your health here as periodontal disease can cause infections in your heart too if left unchecked. Its time to stop playing with fire and see a dentist. There are many lower cost options like trying a dental school would be better than going untreated or doing your own dental work.
5 Sep 2012
I have to tell you that using Ambesol, ice, wet heat, or Ibuprofen like one of the previous posters suggested will not help you with this pain of the narcotics that you are on aren't helping... you need to go to a dentist and STOP doing your own dental work, (ie. pulling your own teeth!) this is dangerous! If you can't afford a Dentist there are Dental Schools that will help you!! Hope you feel better soon!
6 Sep 2012
i just read your question and the 7 responses you received. i would have recommended a dental school, but i didn't have to. it warmed my heart to see so many people respond to really try and help. and since you didn't know about the discounted/free dental schools, that means others don't either. so lots of good came from your question and the great responses. next time someone searches dental pain, they might find out about dental schools for the first time and find relief. i''ll stop now, it just made me so happy to see this site really help someone and give the potential for helping others in the future. one more thing. eric, i wish you would go even though it's not hurting right now. i'm sorry you have such pain.
19 Nov 2013
owens... I understand the problem you're having with tooth pain. There's one thing that no one has mentioned yet & that is, Often when teeth are pulled ~ they fracture or break off a piece of bone! Oh mama mia ~ talk about some pain! I couldn't even begin to bend over!! You should look at the area's that you have pulled teeth in & if you see an area that's not the color of your gums but is sort of white ~ get yourself to an oral surgeon! The pain from a broken bone will NOT go away on it's own. Like the others have said, you can get help from students taking class's to become dentists. In my area, you can call one of the college's & there is a Licensed Dentist there at the class-room. Depending on what the students & Dentist see/find ... they can usually give you a list of Dentists who will help you according to your income. They can often help you to get into a Dentist a bit faster than you could on your own.
You can get infection from the splintered/broken bone too, which does spread thru your body & can cause a ton of other problems ~ like back pain. I know it sounds insane but it's true ... I had started having awful back pain & when I went to my Dr., he found no reason for the back pain. But, the blood work he'd ordered showed that I had a high WBC count which means, "infection". It all came from the 2 teeth pulled & the piece of broken bone. I wish you all the luck in the world with this & I hope that you'll be able to get it solved, SOON! Plz, let us all know what the outcome is with you!
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