... dental. In 4 to5 days pain returns. Now I went to the doctor and have a sinus infection been taking. Mess for that for three days and I still have pain it seems to move around my mouth and face. What should I do?
Wonderland: If I were in your situation I would look for a good Maxillofacial Surgeon and have him/her give you an oral examination. A good oral surgeon can take some ex-rays of your mouth, do some probing, and likely find out if you have anything serious. Obviously, you have something traumatic which is causing the pain, and you need some form of treatment. I believe since the pain is mouth related, a dental professional would best serve your needs. My second choice would be for you to look at a Eye, Ears, Nose, and Throat Specialist. Remember, you have already been diagnosed by someone in the medical community as having a sinus infection. If your condition does not improve after a period of time, then something is wrong. Continuing pain along with fever is often a signal that things are not going well.
I hope you feel better soon. Best of luck!
Hi wonderland. Just want to say that a sinus infection can be a BEAR to get rid of and it will take time. I assume you are on some form of antibiotic. Something else I find helpful is gargling with really warm salt water. It can be soothing, too, as well as help draw out the infection. The other thing I do is use a saline nasal spray like AYR to help breathing through your nose. Hot compresses on the face can also help with any pain, swelling and again to help draw out the infection. My doctor told be to fix myself a cup of hot water and drop in a cough drop like the menthol eucalyptus types. Let it begin to desolve and sip on that instead of sucking on it. Boy, did that help!!! You can do this several times a day.
Stick with a course of treatment for at least the length of time your doctor is treating you for. That could be 7-10 days... But after 7 days if you are not feeling any better or you get to feeling worse like it is moving into your chest... by all means contact your doctor so you don't end up with bronchitis, too.
Be safe, be well and take an Advil or something similar for pain and or fever. If Tylenol works better for you then take that.
Since the pain moves around, it is probably not a tooth or bone issue which would cause pain in a certain area. I would try ENT (Ears Nose and Throat or Otolaryngologist) for the problem. Sometimes there are infections in the sinus that dont clear with oral antibiotics. Sometimes fungal infections can be the problem in the sinus. They can go in and drain and clean up the sinus tracts if they need to. Since the pain is moving around, I would strongly suspect a sinus issue. A good ENT specialist should be able to help you. Are you taking an antibiotic as a pre-med for dental? Sinus pain will often present as pain in the upper teeth and jaw areas. The pain may affect the areas around the ears as well as jaw areas. It may affect one side one day and the next side the next day. Sinus issues can also cause ringing in the ears, dizziness, nausea, headaches, pressure in the cheeks and fore head.
It could be a neurological issue. I too had mouth pain in different places in my mouth last March. Also I've had an asymptomatic sinus infection for years which shows up very prominently in both MRI and MRA which my otolaryngologist wasn't concerned about. I saw a dentist who did an all around the head dental exam at the time and didn't think that it had anything to do with a dental problem. My mouth pain was like electrical shocks in my mouth, very severe, like a 10 out of 10 pain level at times. My neurologist thought it sounded like Trigeminal Neuralgia. He put me on Trileptal, then Lyrica and finally Baclofen which really toned down the pain without terrible side effects. But my pain kept getting worse on the one side of my mouth. Now my newer neurologist who I kept complaining to month after month, ordered a CT scan to look for dental issues. It showed that I have an abscess in one of my teeth! Sure enough the dental x-ray confirmed it.
So now after I get the root canal, then we'll see if the rest of my mouth pain goes away, since the dentist said that tooth pain can refer to different parts of the mouth. So I don't know what happened in the meantime, but now another part of the puzzle is solved. It may be that the pain hasn't gotten to the point that it shows up as an absess. I can't figure my own situation out. But you might consider a neurologist to evaluate it.
Have you had any dental work in that area, an extraction or a root canal? An extraction of a tooth can cause a hole in the sinus - a serious issue, which can be missed by dentists and doctors. And there are some dentists that believe root canals are not good, that they can trap decay and it can lead to serious health issues over time. Our teeth are held in place by living tissue - bone is alive, and filled with hundreds of tiny, microscopic canals in which blood flows through. When you have a root canal, it plugs one large canal with material and causes that natural flow to be stopped - plugged - and it traps decay. A root canaled tooth is a dead tooth - our bodies are not meant to keep any decay - it can really undermine your overall health. We can't give websites here but try Googling 'root canal and sinus problem' and look into some of the links that come up. I hope you can be feeling better here soon - Regards, ElizaJane23
This is pain full, I had a cap put on a tooth which I felt no pain in until I got home, called Dentist back he said it was my sinus started me on keflex, two weeks later of pain he said got to do a root canal, that infection went to my sinus and had two weeks of Avelox , mine moved around to, see a ENT that has a cope to look up in the sinus and do a culture, this way you will know you have the right meds for the infection, take something for information as well like Aleve or Advil, best of luck, hope your felling better soon.
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