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Need help with chronic oral facial pain

By Anonymous October 27, 2011 - 5:06pm
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In April, 2009, I had a 12.5 hour TMJ surgery to replace my jaw joint on my left side. Ever since then I have had constant 24/7 pain in every tooth, all gums, part of my palate, my lower lip and chin. I have tried a variety of prescription medications, including narcotics prescribed by a pain management physician. I have tried nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablations. Nothing has provided me any significant or lasting relief. On my best days, my pain level is 6 on a scale of 1-10. Sometimes it is a 9 or a 10, for which I have had to go to ER several times. I have had to quit my job, sell my home and move in with my mother, and go on disability because I cannot work any type of job. It has also caused a number of other medical issues which I did not have before the surgery. I have looked into laser therapy and botox injections for pain, but have not tried them yet. I live in a small town outside of Augusta, Georgia. Can you please help me or give me any more ideas for relief from my constant, chronic, oral/facial pain?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question. So sorry to hear this, I can imagine how you must be feeling. Seems like you have tried it all. That's why I feel it's important to talk to your doctor and let him know your symptoms have been after your surgery. Only him can guide you into what you should do to alleviate the pain.

Here's a link on TMJ that might help.


October 28, 2011 - 6:57am
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