Another Post Surgery Update: If It Can Go Wrong, It Will

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Hello everyone! I don’t want to bore you all with the continuing mini-drama of my wisdom tooth surgery aftermath, but I know many of you genuinely want to know how I’m doing, so I decided to do another update, this time I’ll just bullet-list what has been going on the past few days:

  • Wednesday I went to the dentist in the morning, where he did indeed diagnose me with dry socket. He cleaned out the area and then put a clove oil soaked material in there. It didn’t hurt much when he did that, but the incredibly strong taste of the cloves made me horribly nauseated the rest of the day and made everything taste disgusting. It was so strong, my husband could smell the cloves across the room when I had my mouth shut!
  • The clove stuff did eliminate most of the pain for a couple days, but this morning (Friday), that awful deep, throbbing ache has returned off and on. I do have more clove oil I bought, but the scent alone of it makes me so sick, I honestly don’t want to use it. Right now I am trying to get by taking the maximum amount of Ibuprofen and Tylenol, while occasionally using Ambesol to numb the area.
  • I do still have opioids left, and it is extremely tempting to use them, but I took them so much the first few days after the surgery that my bowels have become clogged pipes 😦 I hope that isn’t TMI, but it is a common side effect of opioids, and when you already have IBS like I do, I think you are even more prone to stuff like that. I have been taking stool softeners like crazy, eating mushy prunes, and even broke out a little Exlax, but nothing yet.
  • By the way, I forgot to mention that after I got home from the dentist on Wednesday, the blood clot on my other lower socket became dislodged and lost, so now I technically have TWO dry sockets. That was SO frustrating! If it was going to come out that day, why couldn’t it do so BEFORE I visited the dentist? Luckily, that side does seem to be a bit further along in healing, so it isn’t as painful overall as the other side, but it is still annoying.
  • I have also been running a fever off and on, which seems a bit concerning considering the amount of Ibuprofen and Tylenol I am taking. You would think that would knock out any fever. I can tell right away when I am running a fever because I will get these intense sweats, and become even more nauseated and dizzy than I am already. Most of the last few days I have had to spend flat on my back most of the time due to that dizziness and nausea.

Well, that pretty much covers the last few days. I hope this is over soon. I appreciate all the concern and comments you guys have been leaving. It means a lot to me when I am feeling so poorly, even if I don’t feel well enough to write long comments back.

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18 thoughts on “Another Post Surgery Update: If It Can Go Wrong, It Will

  1. You are not having a good time at all … well I hope soon you will feel better ,some people just heal differently , so rest and do not feel pressured to feel better and before you know it you will. And going to that bathroom if you think about it it won’t happen .. lol been there .

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  2. That genuinely really sucks. I use clove oil all the time at home. Just put a bit on a cotton tip and swab the affected area. Been using it as a home remedy for years. But yes, because of the foul taste gotta be wary of how much. Ick.
    And with bowels, I dunno what it’s like with IBS but home enemas are actually really helpful – only in my experience I mean. Earlier this year I had some really backed up bowels and it was causing such pain we bought a kit and it helped. It didn’t “fix” everything but it was such a relief. Lol TMI yeah I do that. But totally recommend.

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    1. I use enemas once in a while, but prefer to use stool softeners and fiber intake whenever possible. Enemas are just not that fun to actually do lol. They are helpful though if nothing else is working.

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    1. Yeah, I had the bottom two out. The top two didn’t come in yet, so they aren’t really expected to come in at this point. The only reason I would have to have them out is if they developed cysts or actually broke through the gums, which is unlikely at my age.

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