I forget if I mentioned it, but I had nerve damage from the first dental surgery, way back in June. Everything else healed up more or less all right, but that one kept hurting. Actually it felt like two damages- one that was healing, albeit slowly, and one that was staying static or getting worse. The prospect of living with that pain for the rest of my life was really daunting. Medical marijuana, which had been so helpful at first, was having more side effects with fewer desirable effects every day. It eventually became clear my surgeon had no idea what was going on or how to fix it so I went to a neuroendodontist, a subspeciality I really wish I wasn’t already familiar with.
A toenailectomy looks awful but feels like nothing at all. A neuroendodontal exam is the exact opposite. It looks like some guy very gingerly touching around your mouth, but he is not only deliberately provoking pain, he needs you to pay attention to the pain and report on in it excruciating detail, while you remind yourself that inaccurate reporting leads to inaccurate diagnoses.
For all that pain, I actually got very good news. Even though it feels like I have two distinct damages, it’s actually only one, and it is healing. Nothing is guaranteed in neurology but existing data is consistent with this eventually healing itself. And in the meantime, he gave me new and different medicines. We’ll see what the side effects are, but at the very least I have options to rotate through.