If you've been reading my blog for a while, you have probably heard me talk about my chronic pain. For years I've had pain in my neck/ear/shoulder that flares up at times to the point where it consumes my thoughts, ruins my sleep and generally makes me miserable (and miserable to be around, I'm sure).
If you have chronic pain too, I'm sure you've dealt with the endless cycle of going to a new doctor, getting a new diagnosis, trying a new treatment and then being disappointed when the pain persists. Hope, disappointment, hope, disappointment. . .
After 5-6 years of this, I had really given up hope. I take a lot of Advil and try to remain healthy (working out and eating right) so my body can do as much as it can to help me keep the pain at bay.
Last week I went to the dentist and he took one look at me, did a little test and he thinks he knows the problem. He thinks a disc may have slid out of place in my jaw. I go for an MRI today.
I'm not happy -- just nervous. I refuse to let myself believe that he may have found the source of the pain because I've been in this place before -- too many times. I'm trying to be hopeful, but I just can't be at this point.
Wish me luck in the MRI -- I'm a little nervous about it because I'm quite claustrophobic and need 4 different scans of my jaw. If this shows the doctor what he needs in order to treat me though, I'm willing to try once again.