My mother had an extremely high tolerance for pain. She used to have her teeth drilled without Novocaine. She also claimed that childbirth pain was vastly overrated. Period pain and cramps? In your mind. She worked with someone who had to take Percocet monthly and Ma just disdained that.
Me? Cavities- I used to get gas and Novocaine! Teeth cleaning – numbing agents. I was so not her. In fact, when she finally admitted to pain with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and cried, I was terrified.
My husband also believes that pain is mostly in the mind.
In the last 6 months or so, I have been in pain but due to my upbringing, not really acknowledging it. Following my mother’s lead, I have just looked at it as part of my new reality.
I started taking medical marijuana a month ago (more in another blog). My impetus was based on hearing people report improved mobility. Yeah, I mentioned pain but just to justify the prescription. Guess what? I found that it numbed or lessened my pain. My right leg is the one most effected by this condition but my left knee feels like it is a football. Even with the MMJ, it has been a constant throbbing presence. I have been unable to concentrate. It has impacted my ability to do everyday things. Some days everything just hurts. I am my mother’s child. I soldier on.
One of the areas that has been hurting is my teeth. I have had two huge holes in my teeth. I chipped a tooth a couple of months ago and it has just rotted away.
Let’s talk about teeth and my condition. Due to losing my job (I didn’t lose it; they let me go), I found myself with a huge open hole in one of my teeth. I thought I couldn’t afford to do anything about it as I was trying to keep three households afloat on unemployment, severance and savings. I am convinced that this was the gateway in for my condition. I did have a huge infection.
I had my first cavity at 18. My great-aunt lost her first tooth at 92! As an adult, my teeth continued to deteriorate and I have had root canals, crowns, implants and extractions. With one of the first extractions, I was given Vicodin. Amazing! I was still going to Zumba and did really well. I taught a class that literally always gave me a headache with no stress. I told my neurologist. She laughed and said it was addictive. I said at my age, “Who cares?” She gave me Baclofen. It didn’t hack it.
I went to the dentist a few weeks ago. I allegedly have dental insurance through ACA. According to that dentist, most of my mouth needs extractions and root canals. Of course, insurance either denied or referred to a subpar clinic. Once I acknowledge my mouth, I take care of it. I have learned the hard way that dental is not the place to scrimp. I headed back to my favorite, expensive oral surgeon. My MMJ supply is also running out and I need to go for a refill. My thinking was that I could make it till next week because I would get Vicodin. Well, he took out three teeth last night. Two next to my upper front eyetooth. No Vicodin!! Just regular ibuprofen. This surgeon is excellent. No pain.
Of course, me being me, I went for sedation. So, last night, no pain, just blood. And in addition to the Vicodin, I have been looking forward to antibiotics. I know I have an infection running amok in my body so drugs will kill it.
The brilliant thing is this morning I woke with NO PAIN! NONE! Not my legs, not my head, not my shoulders, not my teeth. I am walking more freely. I can almost type the way I used to. I can actually concentrate! Bad news is this probably won’t last. How can I get this effect legally, cheaply and regularly?