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my never-ending headache

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  • Posted By: tannenbaum
  • December 1, 2013
  • 11:02 AM

I've head a uni-lateral never-ending headache for about 6 years now, ever since I got a tooth crown placed. Oh, and that crowned tooth (which also has a root canal) has been hurting ever since too. Sounds like a straightforward problem. Except that over a dozen dentists have told me that there's nothing wrong with that tooth or the crown.

I have also seen several GPs, a neurologist, a cardiologist, two psychiatrists and three psychologists.

I went from being a PhD candidate at one of the most selective universities in the world to barely managing a minimum-wage job. There's barely a day when I am not taking pain killers. I've gained 30 pounds in the last few months from eating ice cream - having something cold over that tooth seems to make both the toothache and the headache temporarily better.

I'm desperate enough that I have begged several dentists to extract that tooth even though they couldn't find anything wrong with it. From where I stand, the potential gains of a headache-free life far outweigh the risks and costs of a potentially-unnecessary tooth extraction. But I have yet to find a dentist willing to do that. They all refuse to extract a "healthy" tooth.

I have no idea what to do from here. Any suggestions?

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  • I am curious to see what happens. If you get the tooth extracted please report back. I have had similar headache that began after dental work. I read of a case of a woman with a 10 year headache cured with tooth extraction.
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