I am humbled and truly thankful for all the support and help that my family and I received after writing about the physical and psychological problems I've been having since August. The good news is, things recently began to change.
So after tons of blood draws, x-rays, poking, prodding, and consultations, I was basically told I have a lot of the symptoms of:
- Lyme disease
- Tooth abscess
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
…And several other issues, without actually having any of them.
One of these negative diagnosis was, it turns out, wrong. Well, kind of.
I was experiencing some tremendous facial nerve pain that seemed to originate from near a tooth that had a root canal several years ago. It felt like somebody had connected a nerve just above the tooth to a car battery, occasionally increasing the power to maximum. ER visit dismissed it as anxiety and set me an appointment with a psychiatrist. Dentist took an x-ray and saw nothing wrong, but referred me to an endodontist to see if I had a cracked tooth. Endodontist said there was no cracked tooth and said I should see a neurologist, that it sounded like I had trigeminal neuralgia (facial nerve damage). He did note that I had a leaky filling (basically, the old filling and the tooth no longer fit tightly) on the tooth next to it and would inform my dentist, who would get back to me.
A week later, I called my dentist and was told to wait, they would call me. Two weeks after that, I called again and got an appointment to get the leaky filling replaced. During the procedure, I hear, "Oh, there's some cavity here. I'll clean that out. *drill* Okay, there's some more cavity under that. *drill* And even more beneath that… *drill* Still more cavity *drill* This stuff goes deep *drill*…" And so on, until it was all gone.
The cavity hadn't showed up on the x-ray. It wasn't even where I was feeling the pain. The dentist assured me, though, that the hidden cavity could be the root cause of many, if not all, of the problems I've been having.
The next day, things began to get better. Energy began to return and a lot of the symptoms I had been having started fading away. Today? The facial pain is gone. My energy level is slowly returning. I'm not exhausted all the time. Several other symptoms have disappeared completely. I'm still a ways from being "normal" again, but things are looking up.
The bad news? A few physical symptoms that I had associated with anxiety seem to be sticking around. However, since the actual anxious feelings have gone away, I'm beginning to wonder: Is there's another hidden culprit at fault?