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Tooth pain switching to headaches

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  • Posted By: Havantes
  • January 14, 2010
  • 04:25 PM

Condition: Undiagnosed. Suspected as being a Migraine, then diagnosed as sinus related problems.

Symtoms: Pain in teeth (see general medical history below), then pain switched to mild to severe headaches (forehead and / or temples).

Started: Tooth pain - June to October 2009
Headaches - October 2009 (everyday until present)

Treatment History:

Initially diagnosed as a Migraine (first 2 weeks).

Diagnosed as sinus related problems after that. Given various antibiotics and various pain killers (until December). It has subsided but no idea if that was due to the treatment or not as it goes from medium to bad pain regardless of what treatment I have been on. There is no pattern.

Refered to ENT. Sinus related problems ruled out.

General Medical History:

Three crowns fitted June 2009. Two were root filled with a post in each. The remaining tooth was just crowned.

From June to October I had anything from mild to medium pain either just happening on its own or when I would chew on the teeth.

This pain seemed to stop when I the headaches started. At least two occassions during the last few months the pain would return to my teeth, the headaches would go away, then return back to my head and my teeth would be pain free.

The Dentist has taken x-ray's of the 2 areas he worked on and has said there is no sign of infection. He said that he has not heard of people getting a transference of pain from the mouth to a persons head, yet two people (not medical professionals) have said this can happen due to what their family members have experienced.

I have never experienced continious headaches like this. I have had no history of sinus problems and the next step is to see a Neurologist. My gut tells me it's something to do with the treatment on my teeth causing this though. I heard a small "crack" sound when one of the crowns was fitted and thought the tooth underneath had broken but the Dentist said no and that this can't be seen on an x-ray even if that was the case. Is this true?

Has anyone else had a similar experience or can you offer any advice as to what my next course of action should be? I don't feel like the people I have seen so far have been thorough enough and this is completely new to me.

I'm curious if things such as the type of metal in the posts can cause headaches (since there is already talk of a connection between amalgam fillings and headaches).

Thanks in advance.

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