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Nerve Damage from Wisdom Extraction

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 6, 2007
  • 03:52 PM

Hello,
My name is David. I'm 20 years old, a healthy fit gay male. I had 4 wisdom teeth cut out back in March of 2006. From the moment I left the chair I had problems, I felt dizzy and felt like something was wrong. Within hours my parents brought me home and I started vomiting. Turns out they gave me PCN which I am allergic to, long story short I ended up going to the ER and was treated for dehydration and uncontrollable bleeding (I had sadly ripped all my stitches out). Eventually after many hours my bleeding stopped with gauze, my vomiting stopped and I was discharged home with a new set of pain medication. However it's been so long I couldn't really recall what it was, perhaps T3 + Oxycotton, however it's been a long time and I find what medication I took was irrelevant. About 5 months after the surgery I started noticing that my allergies had changed and were now uncontrollable and that I had chronic post nasal drip syndrome and was CONSTANTLY gagging on my excessive fluid that was dripping down my throat. Along with this new uncontrollable fluid that was pouring out of my nose and down my throat, I noticed that both ears were tingling and often went numb and felt like my eardrums were moving.

It was at this time I decided that a month had went by and my symptoms were getting worse so I made a trip to see my Family Practice MD. She said that my symptoms of chronic post nasal drip are often seen in gay males who have an HIV/AIDS infection and that I needed to be tested right away even though I told her I haven't been with anyone in 6-8 months, and I used a condom, plus I had just had a HIV test done and it was negative. Anyways the lab came back and of course it was negative. Now my symptoms have moved from my ears to the jaw line and temple. The tingling is now persistent and was coming about 5-20 times a day, constant tingling and numbness as if my entire head was asleep and attempting to wake up. She then proceeded with saying that I am presenting symptoms of HEARING LOSS, I literally laughed and told her to schedule me an MRI or I would do it myself and find a new MD. She refused until I had the hearing screen done just to rule that out. I did and within about 3 minutes of testing the MD came out and said I have perfect hearing but I do have some slight fluid on the ears, which he said was probably from the post nasal drip and my allergies.

We proceeded a few weeks later to have an MRI done at the Hospital I work at. MRI didn't show any sign of tumors of bleeds and showed no signs that would be causing me to have such symptoms. I felt as if I'm going crazy, still stumped on what is wrong with me. She tells me it's all allergies and the sooner I get it under control the better for me, and her. I proceed with getting allergy testing and was surprisingly only allergic to about 5 different things. I now take a allergy shot once a week and moved up my Loratadine to Allegra D-24 hour. My symptoms (except for the tingling and loss of feeling/numbness) have bettered, but I am still blowing my nose 10 times a day and am still gagging on the post nasal drip.

I noticed my acid reflux was getting bad again and said perhaps my ulcers were coming back, so she put me on two kinds of medication (I can't remember which). Another long story short, the medicine she gave me didn't allow my 40mg of Omeprazole to work properly. About a week later I complained that the acid is bubbling up into my mouth nonstop and that I could not take it anymore. She scheduled me an apt. to have an Endoscopy done and the physicians found about 15 polyps in my stomach, the screening for cancer was negative, however they didn't remove them but rather want me to come back once every 2-4 years and have them rechecked. Acid reflux was finally back to where it should be, I was no longer getting it bubbling up into my mouth and didn't always feel sick.

However, my original symptoms were still there, if not worse. The numbness has moved now to everywhere from my jaw line, inner eardrum, chin, cheeks, top of head, temples, etc. You get the idea, it's random, loss of feeling/numbness, is now persistent. I now am confused, I am so lost that I cannot see straight, so I cried, no one was giving me answers I was just beating around a bush and thought about giving up and seeing what happens until one night I recalled that I had my wisdom teeth out and my post nasal and tingling/loss of feeling WERE NOT THERE UNTIL POST OP. It was at this moment that it all fit together and I realized after all this time I forgot that I even had it done.

I contacted my oral surgeon 5 times this week but he will not return my phone calls, I even left the messages with his personal nurse that I felt I may have nerve damage if not severe and wanted to know my options for treatment. But I know what the answer will be: It's been almost a year the chances of nerve repair are slim and that it will be a wait it out and see type of thing. I'm waking up in the middle of the night because of the weird feelings on my face and I just want to share my frustrations with others. I'm not crazy, I'm not making anything up, but it would make sense.

What should I do now?

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  • He is an ******e. Find another oral surgeon asap. Report what he has done to the state Dental/medical board. Get a lawyer before a year is up to get your case started. Most likely, from what I know, if they don't remove those teeth correctly, they can create a hole to the middle of your brain (or somewhere where there is not suppose to be a hole). Sounds like your nasal passages may be perforated. I would begin with an ENT man in addition to some type of dentist/oral surgeon. I think you need a CAT scan of your brain to determine the extent of the damage, plus, your lawyer is going to get you a fat settlement after the CAT scan or ultrasound. You may need several surgeries to patch up the holes, if that is what it is. Yes, it could be the nerves, too. Once you find out the medical situation (and you may need to go see several doctors for 2nd and 3rd opinions), I would ask around for a good acupuncturist. There are some good nerve points that could at least sedate you until your surgery. Poor guy....and, always use those condoms!!! Even with just oral sex. Could you also have an STD in the mouth?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 7, 2007
    • 03:13 AM
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  • I honestly doubt it, the chronic post nasal drip has been going on for about 7 months now... Plus I have had 2 zpacs since then and another antibiotic so I doubt I have an STD in my mouth.And then again the std in my mouth wouldn't make up for the numbness and persistent tingling in my face, I've called now 7 times and left a message with his RN and still- no reply.I don't understand how the teeth not being removed properly could possibly give me 'holes', not sure what that means or why that would happen. Also how would my nasal passage become perforated? I could see the perforation but don't understand about the hole from unsuccessful removal. I have all my teeth in a bag, they are completely BLACK/BROWN for some reason, I think he said it was from the acne medication I was on.And can I really get a lawyer when I understood the rare problems that could happen?Thanks so much for replying. :)If you have further information if someone could PM me on AIM (AOL Instant Messenger): dlakemper, YIM (Yahoo Instant Messenger): dla_kemper, MSN Messenger: dla_kemper@hotmail.comThanks so much again for the reply, glad to see it's not all in my head.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 7, 2007
    • 05:31 AM
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  • 2 of this same message might get posted because I have forgotten to log in each time lol.I doubt I have a std in my throat, and in fact I assumed it was that in the beginning and got on a antibiotic, which was a zpac I believe, and no change in any of my symptoms. How can the teeth not being removed properly make holes in other parts of my body, ie- brain. Can you expand on that? Also I received my teeth and they were completely black/brown which the dentist said was due to the Minocycline I take for acne. I don't doubt the teeth were removed properly, I'm just concerned about the 2 holes I still (after 8 months) have in my bottom gums (where they removed the last wisdom teeth on each side). And with the tingling in my jawline, head, and other parts of my face. And let's not forget my favorite, gagging on the chronic post nasal drip that was not there until post op.Also will I be able to get an attorney (knowing I signed a consent) to attempt to file for dental malpractice? And one last question, who do I need to go to and have the cat scan of my brain done? Will the cat scan of my brain show damaged nerves in my face? That's what we are aiming for I think if were going to go the sue route... Let me know your thoughts!
    dla_kemper 3 Replies
    • October 7, 2007
    • 09:37 PM
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  • Update: My oral surgeon finally called back and I had an appointment today. He said that he looked at the new xray they took today, and didn't see any nerve damage. He then made me open my mouth and with his fingernail literally stabbed at my tongue, and gums, and pinched my cheeks. I guess this was a good measure, but it still hurt... I could feel everything except my chin which he pinched really hard and I could eventually feel that. He said I have no nerve damage and that I am grinding my teeth when I sleep at night and that is causing my ears to be sore and my jaw problems. He (get this) wants me to smash my food for 2 1/2 weeks and not eat anything that strains my jaw and to put a warm pack on it every day for about 5 hours in different periods... My response: "Your kidding right?" No he wasn't, he sent me home with these instructions about TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome) and a warming pack for my face and wants me back in 2 weeks. I refuse to even try it because he didn't listen to anything I said, I clearly said my face is tingling multiple times a day and he jumps to the conclusion TMJ because I said the word ear and infection. No description or symptom of TMJ even says tingling, it says swelling and pain, I have no pain, just loss of feeling and tingling. I think I will be going to see a Neurologist or perhaps another oral surgeon. Ughhh.
    dla_kemper 3 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 03:17 AM
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  • I doubt that you will find your answers with your oral surgeon. Sounds like you have developed a form of facial neuralgia, which is not common, but not really all that uncommon either after difficult extractions such as yours with complications. I would request a consult with a neurology specialist who deals with neuralgias of the head and neck, particularly having to do with the dental area. They are out there. Often you will find them located at Teaching Hospitals. Is there one near you.
    Anne Surratt 1 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 04:55 PM
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  • I live near Columbia, MO. which has many teaching hospitals. I will print this off and take it to them. I refuse to follow the TMJ diet and healing process because I refuse to believe that I have TMJ. Thanks for the reply! :) :D
    dla_kemper 3 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 05:35 AM
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  • I told you to go to someone else and you went right back to this man. If a second dental specialist agreed that you have TMJ and no damage to your jaw bone, then it may be TMJ. Tell the second doctor you had it done in a different state, otherwise you might not hear the truth, too. You get holes left to the bone if the teeth are not removed correctly. That is a problem with the Mexican dentists, but sometimes it happens if the dentist did not take care when he did the procedure. You won't get any answers until you give up the ghost that you can get good care from that person.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 05:47 AM
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