September 30, 2006

It's Acute Maxillary Sinusitis

Yay!  I finally know what I have!

Ok, so I didn't actually go to the doctor.  I asked Dr. Google.

I just wanted some validation that tooth pain COULD be related to sinus problems, because I get relief from decongestants and steam treatments, the same as if I had normal sinus congestion.  Except my freaking teeth hurt SOOOOOO FUCKING BAD that I have been begging Hubby to shoot me in the face (NOW!!!!)

Not to mention that my left cheek is swollen and if you touch it, I WILL SHOOT  YOU.

A week ago I had many of these symptoms, but then, POOF! they were gone.  For a whole blessed week.

Tonight the motherfucker WOKE ME UP at 2 am!  But I know why.  The winds changed, and we are being inundated with smoke from the Day fire again.

Anyway, I started looking to see if tooth pain was ever associated with sinus problems, and every symptom listed is something I have:
nasal congestion?  Check.
nasty nasal goo (discharge)? Check.
Swollen, painful cheek?  Check.
Tooth pain not identifiable to one specific tooth?  Check.
More painful when lying down or bending? DEFINITELY
Better after steam, heat applied to face, and/or decongestants?  Check.

I had no idea that this was even possible, let alone common.  Go figure.
And now it's 4:30 AM and I need some sleep.... maybe I can, the decongestant seems to be working ok.

Posted by caltechgirl at September 30, 2006 04:25 AM | TrackBack

Affects your ears too. Like a constant drumming pain. We can commiserate together. LOL.

Posted by: Tink at September 30, 2006 07:36 AM

Damn...that sucks. I'm sorry!

Posted by: Sissy at September 30, 2006 01:21 PM

Get thee to a doctor!! GRRRR. You have some tra-vel coming up. You need to get rid of that infection!

The word tra-vel and com got banned by munu. Go figure.

Posted by: Bou at September 30, 2006 06:43 PM

Oh holy crap!! Take care of yourself and I hope that you are feeling 100% better really soon!!

Posted by: Richmond at September 30, 2006 08:28 PM

My daughter suffers from the exact same problem although it cost an arm and a fortune after several doctor visits! High levels of grass pollen trigger hers. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Next time I’ll tell her to try Dr. Google first…

Posted by: Edd at October 1, 2006 04:53 AM

I advise a doctors visit AND x rays.....unfortunately I had the same thing 20 years ago and went for root canals, sinus surgery .... then they discovered a tumor and it, unfortunately, turned out to be malignant...went up into my eye area on right side....after massive surgery and radiation I survived ... but I still don't understand why dentists think its all about teeth and not about a tumor !!!!!!!
Good luck....

Posted by: Bob Russell at October 2, 2006 02:01 PM

About 15 years ago I was having monthly bouts with humongous incapacitating sinus and ear infections. During a rare break in my antibiotic of the month regimen I had four impacted wisdom teeth removed at once. Much to my more sinusitus until about three years ago when it cropped up again. Had my tonsils and adenoids removed and that resolved the trouble,

Posted by: Paul at October 3, 2006 06:03 PM

well, i'm glad to know i'm not the only person who self-diagnoses. i'm glad you're feeling better though.

Posted by: sarahk at October 9, 2006 07:03 PM