Soooo, it’s been 8 days now since I had my upper molar out. It’s not been the most fun week of my life but I’m incredibly thankful I’ve had no complications, such as the dreaded dry socket or any infection.
ME-wise, the extraction really knocked me about for 3 days and I slept a lot and felt very fluey, but I was a good girl and did nothing but rest and miraculously I perked up on day 4 like nothing had happened 🙂 .
Mast cell wise I definitely had a small flare, sneezing and itching like it was going out of fashion. Within hours of the procedure my tongue also developed a disgusting thick yellow coating, which only went when the bruising and swelling resolved on about day 5 (I usually wake with a white coating on my tongue which I scrape off every day, but nothing near as yukky as this). No idea what it was all about, but definitely seems to be some kind of immune-related symptom (usually tongues are linked to the stomach, but to come on so suddenly only hours after the extraction a stomach-related explanation simply doesn’t fit).
Pain-wise this week hasn’t been a bundle of laughs. If I could have taken painkillers it would have been bearable, but without drugs the pain was intense for a good 3 days and even now the whole of that side of my face is sore. I’m fairly sure my already painful and subluxing jaw was damaged during the procedure and is causing me as many problems as the actual extraction site. Even my lower teeth have been painful and achy, and my cheek bone which contained the roots of the molar is still very sore and tender to the touch.
My stitches are still in, though should be dissolving in the next 3 days – if not, I’ll have to pop back to hospital and have them physically removed. I really don’t think the extraction site will heal properly until the stitches, which are really irritating my gum, have gone.
I had significant swelling and bruising on my face, neither of which I was warned about or prepared for. At one stage I really did look like someone had clobbered me! It was 6 days before both the bruising and swelling disappeared, though my gum still feels swollen and bruised internally. I do take forever to heal from things, and really don’t think I’ll be back to normal or able to eat on that side of my mouth for several weeks yet. Again, I’m sure if I could have taken some ibuprofen to help the inflammation it wouldn’t have been nearly so bad. Instead I had to make do with spending half the first 3 days lying on an ice pack freezing my bits off 😉 .
My biggest fear is that some kind of regional pain syndrome develops, as currently all my upper and lower teeth on the right side of my face are aching and painful – quite why my lower teeth should be sore is flummoxing me!
I still can’t eat hard foods, like toast or biscuits, but at least am eating soft things OK and the nausea has gone.
On the whole I wouldn’t look forward to having it done again any time soon, but if I ever did need another extraction I wouldn’t be concerned.
On a different topic, I now have a physiotherapy appointment for my hip…………in a months time *sigh*. If I’d been happy to see any old physio I could have had something sooner, but it needs to be the senior Rheumatology woman I saw last year who at least has some knowledge of EDS and who I have faith in. In the meantime I’ll just continue to hobble stiffly around yelling “for FUCKS sake!” every time my joint pops out and a searing pain shoots down my leg 😉