Pain and Swelling in left jawline up to ear, lump/pain on back left side of neck

///Pain and Swelling in left jawline up to ear, lump/pain on back left side of neck
Pain and Swelling in left jawline up to ear, lump/pain on back left side of neck
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  • AvatarShannon V
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    Hello DR.

    I have been dealing with pain and swelling for about a month now after getting my badly infected left wisdom tooth removed. It took me months to save up to remove it. The oral surgeon claimed I should be fine and the abscess pockets would go away. I went to the ER lots of times since then due to the amount of pain I’m in. I am completely healed from the extraction. The ER I went to sends me home with medications, which I’ve taken plenty of times, and the pain and swelling/symptoms are just getting worse and seem to be spreading. Something is seriously wrong, its easy to tell. Now the past few days, I have been getting pins & needles down the left side of my upper back.

    All of this is only on the left side, my right side is completely fine. Extreme pain and swelling, from between from temple, all the way down to chin. You can also feel a long inflamed lump where my jaw muscle is, again, all of this is my left side only. Also I a few weeks ago I developed extreme neck pain on my left side, along with a lump on my Splenis Capitis.

    I have been to the ER so many times. Currently waiting for insurance to go through so I can see a specialist. Something is clearly causing all of this and its only getting worse. The medications they have prescribed multiple times is not working. Seems to not do anything. I feel helpless. I can’t live with this pain, I already have for so long. My symptoms are just getting worse as well as the pain and swelling, seems like it is spreading. The past week the left side of my back has been feeling pins and needles from my shoulder blades straight down to mid-back.

    The right side of my body is completely fine. Something is clearly wrong with the left, it’s only getting worse. The ER turns me away with out trying a different approach, or doing a MRI. I am extremely worried, debating on going back to the ER again right now because the pain is so unbearable.

    The left side of my body is slowly getting worse, the pain/swelling in my left jaw, to the pain/lump on left side of neck, to the pins and needles that travels down my upper left back. Any thoughts and advice would be highly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    Avatargerrard87
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    hello! something simillar happened to me. I felt some stabbing pains in right ear and nose, that came and go, nothing serious at that time, and one doctor thought that it might be my wisdom tooth, so I got rid of it, but no improvement. A few days later, I had a such a bad ache in the right ear and the right part of the neck and then to my surprise, all the right part of right chest was hurting like hell. I lived in constant pain for more than 3 months now, thank God that all the symptoms seems to alleviate when I sleep. I also had intense diffuse pain on the right trapezium muscle. Even if the pain started at the right side of my body, now i feel neck and ear pain also on the left side, but it’s not that severe. I’ve made a neck MRI showing some problems at c5-c6, c6-c7. Tomorrow i’ll be consulting another neurologist. Keep us updated! Good luck!

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Having a “badly infected left wisdom tooth” with continued pain after extraction worries me. It is not unlikely that you have a continued abscess based upon your current symptoms. This first thing to do is to go back to your oral surgeon and ask for a new scan, maybe an MRI but I don’t know the appropriate scans for facial problems. It might be that lab tests might suffice but my knowledge base is limited in this area. You might have developed trigeminal neuralgia, another facial disorder but again, this is above my pay grade.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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