This started over the weekend. I developed an intense pain in my lower jaw - radiating in a straight line across the cleft of the chin. Its not a sharp pain, but its throbbing and …electric for lack of a better word. And it seemed centered around my lower front teeth which are crowded and overlap somewhat but they’ve been like that for 40 years. (I’m 60, I had braces as a teen but these slipped back gradually after the braces were removed) but it felt like the jaw was being squeezed in a vise.
I’ve had problems with jaw pain before, maybe 12 years ago. Back then it seemed to be a side effect of anti-depressant medication but it persisted after the medications stopped. I was frustrated for a few years then I went to a new dentist who recommended replacement of my old worn-down amalgam fillings. Although the recommendation had nothing to do with my facial pain, it turned out to be an immediate and complete cure - the Novocain wore off and I was better.
That was jaw pain in the side of the lower jaw though - this is new pain in a new location and much more intense than that ever was, although both times the pain had the same buzzing electric quality. I had intense pain Sunday night but it felt better Sunday during the day. On Monday, I was able to keep the pain in abeyance until evening, then it ramped up to full intensity. Advil and Robaxin(mild muscle relaxant) helped somewhat, other painkillers did’t make much of a dent. Pain kept me up until 2-3AM then I crashed in spite of it. When I woke up I felt much better and was able to keep the pain in abeyance with Advil until evening, when I had the same experience as the night before - intense pain until I crashed at 3AM or so.
Now, late last week I had noticed a slightly sore spot deep in my chin, I thought it was the start of a cystic pimple. Now I’m thinking maybe I was feeling an inflammation at the root of a tooth. I can’t feel that spot anymore.
So I went to the dentist today and, much to my distress, they could not find anything wrong. And when I got up this morning everything felt better, just a little residual soreness from last night’s agonies- so he could not observe me when I was having pain. The dentist told me to see an oral surgeon if it persisted.( apparently they are also facial pain experts, who knew?)
And now, knock on wood, it’s 5:30 and I’m still feeling no pain, as it were. But I’m concerned - no, to be honest, I’m scared. Scared I am going to be stuck in some nightmare where I have a mystery debilitating pain that keeps me from functioning and no one believes me.
Only other odd factor is that my lower back went into painful spasms Saturday and I was barely able to walk for a couple of days. And, as a side note, I do not take any anti-depressant or any other regular medication and I practice yoga and meditation daily. At this point my fingers are crossed - I’m hoping maybe my theory about a small infection that hit a nerve was right and maybe the infection was small enough to clear up without intervention.
So has anyone ever had a similar experience or any ideas as to what was/is wrong with me?