I am my own worst enemy.
Satisfied that all my pain was related to the TMJ and I would get that taken care of by the dentist, I didn't go for my cat scan. Had I gone for the cat scan, I might have realized the the EXRUCIATING pain and general malaise I've been feeling for the last two days is because I have a raging infection on the right side of my head.
My dentist was none too pleased with me today. In fact, I think I heard her mutter "Darwin" under her breath after she told me if I let it go any longer I would have been in the hospital.
So we've got TMJ, an infected tooth that spread to other areas, including the area where an impacted wisdom tooth sits, which is now infected. I originally thought the TMJ was giving me a tootache. Au contraire - it was the tooth problems that caused the TMJ to flare up like it did.
Coincidentally, I had an appointment this week to have root canal done on the offending tooth. Instead, I'll be having that tooth yanked as well as the wisdom tooth. They're not doing it until Thursday, so I'm on a heavy course of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory stuff and painkillers until then.
The best part is, I am now taking an unscheduled week of vacation from work. Yes. My vacation is going to be spent half in pain and half getting dental work done. And it's all my own fault.
I told my husband he should just put me in one of those senior centers now. They'll take care of me medically, even cut my hair and fix my eyeglasses and help me through the obvious loss of my mental faculties. I can get into a Friday night routine of knitting and Lawrence Welk if it means I won't cause any more harm to myself by being totally and completely negligent about my medical care. Hell, I'm 42 and I never even had a mammogram. I'm just not a doctor kind of person.
Anyhow, that's the latest medical update and more than you'll ever need to know about me. I apologize in advance for anything I write here while under the influence of codeine.
You may now get on with your lives which you put on hold while waiting for me to regale you with tales of dentistry.