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Apr 22, 2008 - 3 comments

I am so exicted to learn that I really was experiencing pain and not just begging for drugs.  My dentist did a root canal on a jaw tooth of mine a couple of years ago and I have still had pain from it. I was under the impression that once you had a root canal, it was nothing left to hurt.  Boy was I wrong.  Especially when the dentist missed the canal and left the root and nerve exposed.  Anytime I told my hubby or my dentist I was hurting, I had this sinking feeling that they couldn't believe me.  It got to a point that I really began to doubt my own pain.  Tuesday of last week, I had all that I could handle and went to my dentist (that I have been seeing since I was in high school) and told him that I couldn't stand it anymore.  He did a panarex xray and could not stop apologizing.  He had totally missed the root and he said he didn't see how I had been handling the pain.  When I told him how bad it was, he gave me a script for 10 lortabs.  They worked, but not really well.  Today when I called him, he made me come to the office and he gave me a script for percocet and made me an appointment with a specialist in a neighboring town.  My main concern is that if I get a script from this doctor and have it filled, am I  going to be tagged as a doctor shopper.  I have also had enough dental surgeries to know that if you get a script, get it filled and take it like you are supposed to because if the pain ever gets away from you, it can cause you some very serious suffering.  

I want to have this root canal in the morning, come home and get back to work on Wednesday.  I have no intention of staying out any longer than I have to, so please remember me in your prayers.  I am going to turn in for the night and try to get a little sleep before my big day.  I am excited to finally be getting rid of the pain that I have experienced for a while.  The pain that I have doubted about being real or phantom.

Thanks, Sue

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by spacecadette, Apr 22, 2008
A dentist will not "make you " come down and/or offer you a script for percocet unless the patient is asking for it.  If he is sending you to a specialist it is most likely because he cannot figure out why you are still having pain or suspicious and not wanting to be called for anymore scripts.  Sorry to be so blunt.  But it's true.

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by sue41, Apr 22, 2008
I appreciate your comment, but in this case, it was wrong.  I commented on my appointment today and there were 2 canals that were opened and my dentist had not cleaned out.  These canals were also "full" of infection and that is what was causing me the pain.  The dentist was giving me the scripts (for antibiotic and pain meds) when I told him I was hurting.  The reason he didn't want to bother with me was because he knew he would be admitting that he had made an error and would lose time and money correcting something he missed in the beginning.  I can see where you  would think that, but if you had read all of my posts you would have seen that I had told all the doctors in our area about my problem and not to prescribe me any form of narcotic or habit forming meds.  I had not given a letter to him because I was truly in pain.  He is not the only dentist in the area and I could have very easily shopped around and got whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it.  However, when I would get a script it was about every 6 weeks (which was only for 12-14 pills at a time) so that averaged to about 2 pills a week.  And I know that a dentist will not "make you come down or offer a script" for no reason.  I was in a great deal of pain.  Even though I am an addict, it is still possible that I can have pain and need relief.  

All of this is water under the bridge now because I had the tooth completely fixed today and it will be closed in 2 weeks.    

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by spacecadette, Apr 22, 2008
Well then I truly apologize for not having read further into your posts.  For the record, your antibiotic should help clear things up shortly.  Just please don't get hooked again....it's not worth it.  I'm sure u know that....and I do hope you feel better.  

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