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Yet more tooth ache

It seems I just can’t get any respite. Just 2-3 days ago, one of my front teeth started being increasingly sensitive to cold. The sensitivity increased day by day, until we reached today, where it leveled up in pain, and has now started hurting by itself, and also by pressure as well, making it increasingly difficult for me to eat.

Fortunately painkillers still seem to work, but I have no idea why this particular tooth started aching all of a sudden. It’s nowhere near the one that got extracted last week and I never had problems with it. And yet, now it’s hurting as if it also has a fracture.

Goddamnit!

Another tooth bites the dust

So, a few hours ago, I got back from the university dentist clinic…with one tooth less. Finally my odyssey in finding why I’ve been in having pains when chewing with this tooth and lately simply constant extreme pain on it and around its area, are at and end.

You see, this particular molar had been torturing me for years, I  initially noticed a few years ago, shortly after I got my wisdom teeth removed, chewing particular foods with it, (especially “chewy” ones like rump steaks and the like) sometimes caused extreme pangs of pain, but it was infrequent enough that I could dismiss it. Unfortunately it wouldn’t dismiss me.

The pains started getting more frequent and later on affecting other kinds of food as well. I mentioned this multiple times to my dentist when I visited for my regular check-ups, but every time he looked at it and said that it doesn’t look  as anything more than pressure from my grinding issue. With alarm I kept mentioning that the pain was growing in frequency and intensity as time passed but nothing else came of it.

Eventually, one week ago, things came to a head, ad this tooth simply started hurting constantly one day. It started as a weak pulsing pain but day by day it increased to annoying, then distracting, then intense, then “the painkillers, they do nothing!” to “Gawds please kill me quickly” kind of pain. At around the point where it was just “intense” I decided to get a second opinion, since my regular dentist couldn’t find anything wrong with it (“But it’s a perfectly healthy tooth!” were his words – granted this was before the pain become a constant experience, rather than only present when chewing on this tooth). Frustratingly, this second doctor made the same exact remarks and thought it was simply pressure as well and gave me a small drilling to alleviate it. However to his credit, he did passingly suspect the true cause and said that I should return if the pain persists.

However after the pain didn’t dissipate and one particularly painful night, and a suggestion by liriel and my mother-in-law, I decided to go for the ultimate investigation and visited the university clinic. Unfortunately I didn’t know the correct time, so I ended up in the emergency care, after roughly 3 hours of waiting around, I got to sit on the dentist chair, and the doctor that checked it, announced that I have aggressive periodontitis. She did some cleaning and said that I should visit the clinic again during daylight hours and go see the Periodontology experts.

Fortunately, the cleaning she did seemed to stop the general pain all around the area (until then, the pain was a “throbbing” kind that seemed to move from tooth to tooth, and even reached my ear), which allowed me to sleep easier. Unfortunately, it focused all that pain into the problematic tooth itself which made the pain constant, rather than throbbing and made it so that even the slightest touch hurt like a motherfucker.

So into the periodontology clinic I went, and after significant waiting again, I got looked at by a certain long-haired expert who announced that I definitely do not have aggressive periodontitis. Dismayed I asked “Then what do I have doctor” who then, to my frustration announced “I have no idea, but it looks very healthy, albeit suspicious”. Fortunately he had the good grace to say that a healthy tooth shouldn’t be hurting like this, so he would refer me to some other experts who would drill in to check the nerve itself…next day. I went into the clinic at 1pm and left at 5:30 so they were about closing at that time and I had to practically run to an arranged meeting I had for Mage Knight (Note to self: Not a good idea to try to explain very complex board games while having intense tooth-ache).

Anyway, so next day (i.e. today) I started quite early on and went for a visit to those other experts. Fortunately the waiting time was much less and soon I was in to figure out what the problem was. After a few tests on how alive my tooth was, where I didn’t even neither cold nor electrical shots to it, they declared that I had…aggressive periodontitis. Their suggestion was they should simply clean the area and make me come back next week. Fortunately I managed to convince them that this was definitely not a good idea with the amount of pain I was in, and that they should go and consult with the Periodontology expert who said that I don’t have periodontitis. More specifically, I asked them to look for the long-haired blond dude1 and see what he thinks because I damn well was not going home without a definite diagnosis today.

Fortunately the guy was still available so they went to fetch him. After a while however, rather than him, I saw yet another dentist come in, in a rush, wordlessly grab his utensils and start banging on my teeth once more. Once I made it clear that the molar really really fucking hurts when he’s banging on it, he discussed a bit with the others and then got to the anesthetics. At around the time, the long-haired dentist (by now I knew he was dr. Roellke) arrived as well and he got to see them drilling it to figure out what the hell was wrong with it. Fortunately, they suspected correctly this time (I must have got the drilling expert this time) and they saw my tooth had a small fracture right down the middle…vertically.

This kind of fracture was positioned in such a novel way2 as to make it invisible to x-rays as well as to the naked eye, which is why my regular dentist as well as everyone else couldn’t see anything wrong with the tooth and announced it as perfectly healthy. Unfortunately, all this time, the fracture as deepening until it eventually reached the nerve area, which allowed germs to pass through and wreak merry hell on my pain receptors. I suspected something was horribly wrong with the tooth for years now, and perhaps if we had caught the fracture when it was still beginning, we might have saved the tooth, but everyone was so focused on my grinding problem that they didn’t believe me that this tooth has a special kind of pain.

Unfortunately this meant that the tooth was unsalvageable, so this time dr. Roellke himself took me to the surgeons who would extract it. 3 different anesthetics and some serious pulling later, I had the bad tooth lying in front of me, looking all ashamed for its act. However, I really don’t care. Testing my teeth now, I finally bit down without any pain, which is something I haven’t had for years no, so one bad tooth is a small price to pay for this.

Time for my first golden tooth methinks!

  1. I am so fucking lucky he was distinctive like that and I could make them figure out who he was, without remembering his name []
  2. seriously, they came and took pictures to teach other students about it []

The chauvinist pig flu

Interesting IM convo today

  • purelonewolf: man fuck..nice
    nah – I call it man flu, but its really shit – ill as hell
  • me: ah ok then
    perhaps you do have the man flu. The chauvinist swine flu 😛
  • purelonewolf: hehheh – I like that one
    causes you to sneeze demands for beer from the nearest woman?
  • me: and makes you too weak to make a sammich. Also your pants and bed feel umcomfortable and you can only tolerate sitting on the couc h with your underwear. And your balls itch a lot.
  • purelonewolf: wow.I have that!
    probably no known cure though…..unless
  • me: golly. You should seek feminist attention soon. It may become chronic!
  • purelonewolf: yes…I will inform them that performing fellatio is the only known cure
  • me: Hmmm, I don’t know, sounds too much like a palliative to me
  • purelonewolf: hmm
    interesting point
  • me: And if you leave it too long, your family feminist might be forced to perform an emergency balls-ectomy to save you.
  • purelonewolf: I’ve heard about that .. not my idea of fun times tbh
  • me: yeah and there’s also violent reaction. I’ve heard some men became porn stars as a result.
  • purelonewolf: not all bad then

😀

The pain. TEH PAIN!

All I have to say is that this week has just been a bundle of pain. Certainly not as much as some others but enough for such a small operation which left me with two gaping holes in my mouth.

I think, this week alone, I must have downed 3 full packages of painkillers easily. Ibuprofen is now my new best friend, while I truly learned to hate Paracetamol which did fuck-all for me (Although that is probably related to the fact that it does not help with inflammation).

In any case, almost every day in the last week I have woken up as a direct result of intense pain and more times than I’d like to, I woke up once or twice in the middle of the night (Fuck you Paracetamol).

Hopefully, eventually this will pass soon, only to start again from the 1st of April.

2 little bastards down. 2 little bastards to go

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So here I am, typing one handed because the other hand is holding a block of ice on my cheek to keep the swelling low (No, that’s the real reason. Now go and wash your brain). As you may have guessed by noticing my wonderfully blurred pic on the right, I have pulled out two of my wisdom teeth.

Yes, I wisened up at 27.

After I managed to go to the dentist 9 months later than what I wanted, I was convinced by Viola in coordination with the Dentist to get rid of these worthless pieces of bone. This was generally never high on my list of things to do as they never bothered me much but apparently, at least according to my dentist, they were partially to blame for the grinding of my teeth.

So I took the plunge and today my total sum of teeth has gone from thirty…errr…has been decreased by two.

Unfortunately for me, the roots of these damn things were horribly crooked and/or deep and/or many, leading one to need excessive force to pull out and the second a bit of an operation.

Now I really know what blood smells like, as well as how it feels to really hear a drill in the inside of your head as a piece of tooth root is being excavated, and I’m not joking…

Aaanyway, at least the good to come of this is that the dentist assumed that I would not be able to speak decently and also need some rest so he wrote me 3 days off. Which means the rest of the week is off for me. Kinda like a free and painful vacation.

Interesting bites

So I was at the lunch break with some of the other Greeks at work and I had ordered the chiken with rice (or as we greeks joked: Πούστη με Κινέζο). All was going well until at some unexpected moment an ambush herb (or somesuch) got in my mouth. The only thing I realised was a very salty taste kind-of “explode” in my mouth but I did not think much about it. I swallowed.

Three minutes later I started feeling a a reaction in my stomach. It started getting worse by the second so I decided to visit the toiled. I ended up springing towards it as I started heaving before I took three steps. Inside I pretty much puked my guts out (almost choking in the process) while the other worried Greeks were calling security and an ambulance.  I stopped throwing up as blood started coming out.

I was taken in the back to relax and I informed the team leader on what happened. He excused me the rest of the day while the medics arrived and started making tests. In the end they decided to check me in the hospital to take some blood and do some tests just in case.

In the end, I ended staying in the hospital for 3 very boring hours. I was checked out at around 4 pm at which point I visited the bank to take my stuff and go home. I decided to skip german lessons for today 🙁

Meh. At least it wasn’t as bad as the last time when I ate fish with feta cheese and as a dessert, strawberries with creme…oh how fun that was :S

Ouchie

  • My neck hurts – Strained a muscle headbanging yesterday
  • My chest hurts – I manaeged to get a small second degree burn while firedancing on Sunday
  • My ankle still hurts – I twisted it back in February

Pain

Κουραστικός μήνας

Ένας μήνας γυμναστικής πέρασε τελικά, η μεγαλύτερη περίοδος γυμναστικής που έχω κάνει στην ζωή μου για να πω την αλήθεια. Όταν ξεκίνησα δεν περίμενα οτι θα τα καταφέρω να κρατήσω το ενδιαφέρον μου αλλά φαίνεται ότι ακόμα συντηρείται.

Ακόμα δεν έχω δει καμία συνταρακτική αλλαγή στη σωματική μου διάπλαση αλλά αυτό είναι κάτι που δεν συμβαίνει άμεσα, τουλάχιστον σύμφωνα με τα διάφορα κείμενα γύρω απο το συγκεκριμένο θέμα που έχω διαβάσει στο internet. Παρ’ολ’αυτά η φωτογραφίες που κρατάω κάθε εβδομάδα δείχνουν μια σχετική πρόοδο (Όχι δεν πρόκειται να τις δείξω ακόμα). Συγκεκριμένα έχουν αρχίσει να φαίνονται κάποιοι κοιλιακοί μυς αλλά τα πατσοκοίλια στα πλάγια παραμένουν σταθερά και δεν εχω ιδές πως να τα κάψω. Επίσης η αντοχή μου στους κοιλιακούς και τα push-ups έχει αυξηθεί κάτι που βρίσκω αρκετά θετικό.

Αυτή την εβδομάδα όμως απέφυγα ήδη 2 φορές την εξάσκηση και δεν μ’αρεσει. Θα γίνει τρεις εάν γίνει και σήμερα. Διαβάζω όμως ότι δέν χρειάζεται καθημερινή γυμναστική. Τρείς φορές την εβδομάδα (λογικά) αρκούν. Ίσως. Τις τελευταίες μέρες νοιώθω κάποιο πόνο να παραμένει στην κοιλιακή μου χώρα και λέω να το πάρω πιο χαλαρα, Θα ακολουθήσω τις οδηγίες απο εδώ για αλλαγή να δω πως πάει. Ήδη παρήγγειλα και την μπάρα ώστε να μπορώ να κάνω σηκώματα.

Slumber

Last day, while I was about to leave work I started getting that annoying uncomfortableness you get when you’re starting to get ill. I informed the team leader that I might be getting sick and went home…

…and slumbered

I seriously got on my bed, read a book for about 2 hours and then slept until next morning. Then I got up, went to work, they saw me looking like shit, sent me back and I slumbered again until now.

1 day lost. What could be better…