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    I think many of us put off certain things. Especially since the majority of us are women, and it seems to be a trend with a lot of us to put other people first and ourselves last. Well, once again it's come to bite me in the butt. I've known for a while I needed to get to the dentist. A tooth I had fixed only a few months ago, the back just broke off. It didn't hurt, but I knew it would eventually, but I kept putting it off. Now I sit here in a lot of pain and the dentist can't see me until Friday. I even have pretty good dental insurance, so I can't say that I couldn't afford to go. So I will have to get the next few days of kids and grooming with this pain until I can get in. Ibuprofen keeps the pain to a dull roar. If I had just taken care of this when it first happened I'd be a much happier camper right now. I am determined not to cancel any of my appointments due to my own stupidity. I only have a little yorkie to do tonight. At least I might shed a few pounds since eating is not comfortable.
    What a caterpillar considers the end of his world, we call a butterfly.

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    If you can take it, Aleve works better on tooth pain than Ibuprofen. My dentist told me that, I went out and bought some, and sure enough, it did work better. Make sure you take precautions- eat well before taking and drink lots of water.
    I am sorry, tooth pain is awful. I would rather have knee surgery again than have another tooth go bad.

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    • #3
      Go get some baby orajel and put on the aching tooth. That will help numb it down a little till you can get to the dentist. That and Aleve is about all you can do to make it more comfortable till Friday..

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      • #4
        OK this one is going to sound odd but I read about it and tried it in a week of nothing but pure desparation. While I was away at grooming school with absolutely no hope of a dentist appointment I got a toothache. I dont mean a bit of pain, I don't mean gee this is bothering me pain, I mean omg just kill me, pacing the room, crying, whimpering PAIN! I would have gladly cut off a hand if someone promised my mouth would stop hurting. Pulled out my laptop and started to hunt for something online. I tried every pain med the store had, I tried oragel I tried everything. Then I read a post somewhere to chew cloves..yeah just like you use to stud a ham cloves. I stood in line at the grocery store with tears streaming down my face and bought some.

        Chewed them for about 20 minutes swishing the liquid around in my mouth and fell asleep. Woke up and it was like there never was a toothache. repeated this twice a day til I was able to get home to the dentist..and I tell you as soon as it started to build pressure and hurt, in went about 5 cloves crunch crunch for 5 minutes, spit rinse, 10 minutes later, zero pain.

        I dont know why it works, but it does. I have fallen back on it 2 other times and, it always works. Seriously the only problem with it is you have to remember to go to the dentist after cause the pain is GONE.

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        • #5
          You should be able to find oil of cloves at a health food store, it's what we used when i was a kid, worked well. Gross but works.
          ~~Everyone is entitled to my opinion!~~

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          • #6
            Nothing hurts like a bum tooth. However, as long as you bring it up....have you had your eyes checked lately? Ignore your eyes and you could end up with a lot worse than a toothache....glaucoma comes immediately to mind LOL! I wish I hadnt waited so long but fortunately caught it before TOO much damage was done. However, what has been damaged will remain...damaged. It could've been avoided had I kept a closer, well, "eye" on my eyes.

            Take an hour out of your life and get your freakin eyes checked.
            Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
            George Sand (1804 - 1876)

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            • #7
              I'll be the first to tell people, get your yearly checkups and don't ignore signs that something is wrong. That is the reason my step mom died. Between her own mother who has had ongoing health problems for years and my dad who had recently had open heart surgery, she put her health on the back burner. She was having pain and cramps and did nothing about it. If she had been getting her yearly pap tests, she might be alive today. She had cervical cancer that spread to her lungs and then her brain. Quite frankly she wasn't taking care of herself and it has devastated our family. My grandmother died also because she thought what she had was just something that would pass. I can't tell you how awful holidays are around here when I am the only woman left in a family of men, most of whom I can't stand anyway. So please, get yourselves checked out regularly, stay on top of health problems, and for crying out loud, if something doesn't feel right, go to the darn doctor. Imagine how your kids would feel w/o their mother.
              I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
              -Michelangelo

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              • #8
                Yes, my eyes were checked last year! And my last trip to the dentist was about 6-8 months ago. My mom also passed because she ignored her health and I truly do try to make sure I take care of my health. But I guess I figured, it's just my teeth, won't kill me. I've been seeing my doctor about every 3 months, getting more blood tests done, going over things, etc. Had an u/s done a few weeks ago, which reminds me I need to call and get the results.
                I am a huge proponent of health insurance and seeing a doctor regularly. If my mom had insurance she would have been able to have the tests her doctor wanted her to have and I could almost guarantee she would not have died when she did and the way she did.
                What a caterpillar considers the end of his world, we call a butterfly.

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                • #9
                  Oil of clove works really well, but you gotta be careful not to get it on your gums, because it will burn. And I don't mean it stings, it burns tissue. Chewing a few cloves is better. You still get the oil, but it's not as concentrated.

                  Another home remedy that works really well is vanilla extract. Put some on a cotton ball and bite on it. Use real vanilla extract, not imitation. The imitation will work, but not as well.

                  As for OTC pain killers, I've found that they work better if you rotate them every couple of days. Pick two or three that you can take, and don't take any one for more than three days in a row. I learned that trick when I fractured my L5 disc.

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                  • #10
                    Boobs need love, too

                    Speaking of things that need to be checked, how many of you get regular mammograms? Im dreading my first and have been putting it off but now that DH has awesome insurance the pressure is on (LMAO! Get it? HAHAHAHA! I crack myself up..).

                    Does it really hurt as much as I've heard it does?
                    Last edited by PuppyFluffer; 02-17-10, 07:30 PM.
                    Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
                    George Sand (1804 - 1876)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PuppyFluffer View Post
                      Speaking of things that need to be checked, how many of you get regular mammograms? Im dreading my first and have been putting it off but now that DH has awesome insurance the pressure is on. Does it really hurt?
                      I`ve had one, going on 11 years ago now (I was 33 at the time), and it didn`t really hurt. Maybe a little uncomfortable from the pressure, but didn`t hurt. Not that I`m really well endowed or anything, lol, but I`ve heard from other women who don`t have much in the chest area that it really hurt them.

                      I was supposed to keep up with them yearly, but have never had one since.
                      I know, I know, my bad.

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                      • #12
                        Goodness I know this too well! I have braces and some days I could jump off a bridge. Cloves do work well for tooth pain!! I hope you find so relief!
                        I learned the hard way that putting off stuff b/c of my work is very bad. I had abdominal pain for three days just dull a little less than my monthly friend cramps and on the fourth day I woke up and couldn't walk or breathe it hurt sooo bad. I kept telling myself I can wait it's nothing, gotta get through the day. Well......... went to the er and had a abcess falopian tube the size of a ping pong ball. Had I just went on day one or two could have been simple now I don't even know if that side is able to help in the children making process........ And it took weeks for the antibiotics to work all the while going to the dr of an untra sound every three days to make sure it wasn't worse. It cost a lot more money than it should have because I was being stubborn. Now I go to the dr at the first sign of trouble I will gladly work and extra day to have the comfort of knowing i got help.

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