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Cheek, lower jaw pain with drink or food.

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  • Posted By: shetawk
  • March 7, 2011
  • 07:07 PM


Pain began in hospital immediately after awakening from right carotid artery surgery. Nurses said pain was from intubation and would go away in a few days. That was 5 months ago.

Don't even have to chew. Just introducing food or drink causes excruciating pain on right cheek, jaw. First two chews painful and then pain goes away until next meal. Dental surgeon said it's not my salivary glands or TMJ.

Digastric muscle was cut during surgery. Surgeon said he never heard of these symptoms after surgery.

A dentist noted that I have 3 teeth in permanent bridges that haven't had root canal and said it's probably one of those but cannot tell which one. There is no infection. Don't want to start popping those nerves unless I have more evidence that it may be tooth related.

Since I had no pain immediately before surgery, I kinda think it may be surgery related unless it's a tooth, which would be a strange coincidence of timing.

Whaddya think?

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  • Pain began in hospital immediately after awakening from right carotid artery surgery. Nurses said pain was from intubation and would go away in a few days. That was 5 months ago.Don't even have to chew. Just introducing food or drink causes excruciating pain on right cheek, jaw. First two chews painful and then pain goes away until next meal. Dental surgeon said it's not my salivary glands or TMJ.Digastric muscle was cut during surgery. Surgeon said he never heard of these symptoms after surgery.A dentist noted that I have 3 teeth in permanent bridges that haven't had root canal and said it's probably one of those but cannot tell which one. There is no infection. Don't want to start popping those nerves unless I have more evidence that it may be tooth related.Since I had no pain immediately before surgery, I kinda think it may be surgery related unless it's a tooth, which would be a strange coincidence of timing.Whaddya think?:confused::rolleyes::cool:ok let me help u wit this....such a case as described by u above may be due to a severed parotid gland duct.....any damage to digastric muscle will not have such a relation with eating or drinking....probably d right parotid duct has been severed during the surgery....everytime u take in food,salivary secretion is stimulated....but an obstructed duct cannot lead to transfer of this saliva into the oral cavity....this leads to obstruction and accumulation of saliva in the gland thus causing pain....if i m not wrong u had a surgery on the right side of ur face??....the common carotid artery lies in the groove bw the anterior border of sternocleidomastoid and the thyroid cartilage.....so very close to the duct.....if any part of parotid is severed,it can give rise to such symtoms.....be quick to consult ur surgeon.....thnk u.....do inform me if u r cured.....best wishes.....
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  • Thank you. Oral surgeon said salivary glands working well. Still, I think there may have been damage, even if fascial constriction if not cutting. I'm on my own. Surgeon doesn't want to know anything. Said it never happened before to anyone else. Like I used to say to school principal, "My sweet little girl doesn't do those bad things at home".Went to osteopath who injected lidocaine into scar. Facial/buccal pain reduced by 50% incidence although intensity of pain hasn't been relieved. Am going back for more injections; they were like a miracle. Scar softened and flattened and huge lump under jaw disappeared although whole area still sore. Primary doc gave antibiotics because lymph nodes were swollen.
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