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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.