Edit: A couple hours after writing this I managed to get some rest, and as the pain eased I fell asleep. Since waking it has been only mild discomfort and adjusting to the new bite. My osteo did reply with advise to press on certian areas to ease hte matter but I was already asleep by then.
I'm in agony.
In the spirit of continuing my saga of sharing what life under successful osteopathic treatment is like I may as well cover this too.
I thought my teeth and upper jaw were done moving, but I was wrong. For the past 12 hours or so I've been alternating rest - which makes the movement more intense - with distraction, which slows things down and helps with the pain but just puts it off for later. Currently on the scale of 1-10 my pain is about a 6-7 when distracted and an 8, bordering 9 when resting. In the area where my wisdom teeth were taken out a year and a half ago it feels like my face is being pulled down to those singular focal points, with some pressure on the lower ones as well. The jaw pressure extends inwards on all my upper teeth, the two front ones currently so sensitive that carelessly biting down results in shooting pain.
I've emailed my osteo who will more than likely respond with specific suggestions on how I might ease matters a bit.
The nice thing about these sorts of bad days are that they aren't purposeless - on the contrary, they accomplish a great deal. It's just painful in the meantime. I mentioned this particular shift is "like braces but without the braces" in a previous post, and, well, it's happening a lot faster than braces. Which is generally my style of doing things anyway, but in the midst of that it's hard to remember at times. Headaches are also brewing as this shift affects other bones it's connected to.
Everyone around here knows by now that I speak highly of cranial osteopathy, but I think some may have the impression that it's just a nice little therapy that will help you feel balanced. It isn't. Though gentle in application this treatment moves bones, and if you have complex structural issues that's not always going to be a comfortable feeling.
On the bright side, I can already feel that my nasal passages are wider because breathing through my nose feels markedly easier and more open*. And who can complain about straight teeth?
*This is addressing another structual issue - I couldn't breathe through my nose for the first 9 years of my life, and it has been possible but limited in capacity since then. Maybe soon I'll discover what it feels like to have nose breathing come naturally...
A "bad" day
Blog entry posted by Dainty, Aug 7, 2012.
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Dainty became ill as a teenager and spent 7 years mostly bedridden from ME/CFS, life-threatening MCS reactions, extreme food allergies/sensitivities, cognitive impairment, fibromyalgia, episodes of temporary paralysis and various unexplained emergencies. The past 5 years she has experienced profound improvement from various treatment approaches. With homelessness and PTSD presenting as significant obstacles, she continues to pursue healing full time and find incorrigible opportunities to enjoy life.