Friday, February 27, 2009

I feel like a tool, at least I didn't cancel my upcoming dental appointment.

the past few weeks, on and off, I've had pain in my mouth/jaw/ear area.

First, I was convinced I'd somehow fucked up my jaw napping on the couch. (don't ask, it doesnt make much sense no matter how I explain it)

Then, I figured it was the cavity that I neglected to get fixed ast year wehn I was dealing with my ROTTING wisdom teeth. (It wasn't bothering me, and like I said, I had ROTTING teeth to deal with)

THEN, when it started to bug me when I swallowed, and the pain got so bad I was driven to tears, and at its worse the ENTIRE SIDE OF MY HEAD hurt, I came to the conclusion that it was my ear.

A few days ago, when I was still convinced it was my teeth, I called and made a dental appointment.

Later that day, I was convinced it was my ear, so I thought about cancelling the dental apt, but figured eh, might as well get the cavity dealt with.

Today, the pain was so bad (amongst other things) that I called out of work. Thus forcing myself to go to the little clinic (thats what its called) and I figured I'd leave with a RX for a free antibiotic, cause well, I thought it was my ear.

Nope. WRONG. both of my ears are in tip top shape.

So are my teeth. The Psychian guy was jelous of my teeth, though he commented that it appeared that I had a grinding issue ('ve been told I do...) which prompted him to run another test that involved me moving my jaw in every direction imaginable...

and thus, the diagnoses of TMJ came about.

so, yea, it's a jaw thing thats causing the ENTIRE SIDE OF MY HEAD to hurt.

on the plus side, this will in no way effect flying cross country on a trip that the majority of people feel I am insane for taking.


  1. I don't think you're insane for going...just the opposite, in fact.

    But you would have been insane for going (by air, anyway) if you had an ear infection....

    Glad you got it checked.

  2. I'm glad you got it checked, too. Is there anything they can do for your jaw? Sounds very painful. Poor C! Hugs.

  3. I was instructed to drink plenty of fluids and take ibuprofen for the pain and to explain to my dentist about the pain. I kinda wish it was an ear infection, cause then i'd have a quick fix! grrrr.

  4. Everything is connected one way or another, so it can be tricky nailing down the cause of head pain. It's good that you know what it is, and though it's not a quick fix, at least you're starting on the correct path sooner than if you had cancelled, eh?

  5. I've heard that TMJ is connected to stress, or trauma (I had it last year) Sometimes wearing a mouth piece to bed helps, if you grind your teeth at night.