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I am 35 weeks pregnant and having horrible jaw pain, 2

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i am 35 weeks pregnant and having horrible jaw pain
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: 2 days...it comes and goes...20mins ago it was so bad i was crying..
JA: Please give me a bit more information, so the dentist can help you best.
Customer: I was having a problem with my right back molar...now im having radiating pain throughout the right side of my jaw. They xrayed it a month ago and didnt see anything. Im not sure if i have an infection under my tooth. There isnt any redness, inflammation
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. Hegland replied 6 months ago.

So if the area has been recently xrayed it probably isn't a cavity or something that's causing nerve pain, but if the discomfort is that extreme you may need to see a specialist (endodontist) to determine if the pain is coming from that molar or if its from another source. Let me know what specifically I can answer or help you with so that you can get your pain under control.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
The pain is coming and going. It's so severe that it's making me cry. I don't know if it's an infection or what. Nothing is swollen. Just sharp pain radiating in my jaw. I really don't want to go to the emergency room. I'm taking Tylenol and I can't take pain meds bc im pregnant and a recovering addict. I don't know what they would do in the ER
Expert:  Dr. Hegland replied 6 months ago.

Well if the pain is that severe, Tylenol probably isn't going to help. If you go to the ER at least they can do a brief exam, and they could numb the area (because that's safe when your pregnant). If the area is numb, at least you'll be comfortable until you can see a dentist or an endodontist.

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