Severe ear pain after wisdom tooth removal

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So I had my lower right wisdom tooth removed nearly 6 days ago now and I'm still in agony! Although the pain from the actual extraction site has subsided the pain in my ear/jaw and rest of my lower teeth has gotten worse. I have taken really good care of my mouth since the surgery as I really didn't want to get "dry socket", so I've gently cleaned my mouth with warm salt water religiously. I've eaten only soft foods and done so on the other side of my mouth. However, this pain does seem to be increasing, so much so that I cannot sleep at all because of the throbbing pain in my face and sharp pains in my right ear. I would call my dentist but its bank holiday weekend and I'm crying in pain, I really need some help. Has anyone else been in this position and did it resolve itself?

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    No haven't had such an experience but think there must be somewhere treating emergencies like this. I would call the nhs helpline and get advice on what to do. Don't just suffer like that. Sounds awful.

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      Yeah I think I'll be calling 111 in the morning, don't have any other choice. Thanks so much. 

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    Did you find out what was wrong? 

    I had mine out 6 days ago and the pain is becoming unbearable.

    I have no pus or bad taste just agonising throbbing. I have followed all instructions given and nothing is helping.

    I went to a and e last night and they said my infection markers are fine but gave me a stronger course of antibiotics just incase and also gave me some steroids intravenously. They said my jaw and the muscles around were just in spasm. I thought hat helped last night but I'm thinking it was just the morpine because now the pain is still as bad 😳 

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    Hi, I’m going through that right now and the pain killers only last so long what did you do to resolve it? 
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    Hello I had an infected wisdom tooth removed on Tuesday and the pain I've got now is horrible ! I know the infection is still there because I can taste it and smell it! I only have 2 more days of antibiotics left. I'm more worried about the pain to my surrounding teeth is the normal? Thank you

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      3 weeks ago I had a right molar removed and the pain is horrible. The 2 teeth on the side of the extraction the are hurting so much. For me to sleep I have to take a tylenol pm. I have aches during the day but when I lie down at night's it is really bad. Went back to dentist he said nothing is wrong. He said I am grinding my teeth asked him how when I'm wide awake but was in know mood to argue the point. He had a mild made to be picked up on Tue but pain has not eased up. Will ask about dry socket when I go back

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    Well I suppose it’s good to know I’m not alone! It’s been 6 days since I got all 4 impacted wisdom removed and since then I have had nothing but a nagging horrible pain in my ear! Not pain from the extraction site but there is no relief for my poor right ear. It gets worse when I lay down so I have to sleep upright and straight because if I move my head slightly to the left or right I’m in even more pain! Has anyone figured out what is causing this? All my friends said it took them about 2/3 days to fully heal and here I am a week later unable to sleep at night or do any normal activity besides lay upright in bed after work. Advil only does so much. Have an appointment with my oral surgeon in about an hour but I will be very frustrated if he’s unable to do anything for the pain.
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      Did you find out what was causing it? I’m 7 days post op and can find no relief for the unbearable ear and jaw pain I’m having. I’m at the end of my wits and I feel so hopeless. The pain is so bad it’s making me shake and I’m too exhausted to hold back the tears anymore. It’s affecting my career, my relationship, and ability to care for my 4 year old, and my overall sanity. Please tell me they found a solution for you! 
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      I could have written your post kait. I am 5 days post op and currently 26 weeks pregnant. I am currently sitting in bed, eyes streaming, bolt upright, taken lots of paracetamol, ice pack on face, and yet the pain is in no way easing. I will ring dentist in the morning. It will be interesting to see what they say and advice they give to treat. I can’t have another night of this. sad 
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      I’m so sorry to hear that!! I would say that was one of the more miserable periods in my life.  I did finally get relief and the pain will go away eventually even though it might feel like it never will! I got a second opinion after about day 9 and the second surgeon found I had a bit of a dry socket in my lower right canal which was radiating the pain all the way up to me ear. I told him I was convinced I had a middle ear infection because the pain felt very similar, but he insisted it most likely from dry socket. He gave me some numbing jelly to squeeze into the socket and the relief was almost immediate. (I’m not sure he was supposed to give me it, but I would inquire with your surgeon if he/she does find you have dry socket.) I think I was finally all better after about 2 weeks but I do wish somebody had warned me about horrible of a procedure that would’ve been! Worst I’ve ever experienced and I’ve had quite a few surgeries! I’m so sorry you’re going through it right now, but if your pain isn’t being treated properly, ask for another surgeon to check it out!
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      Thank you so much for the reply I’ve got an appt with the dentist in about 2 hours. I pray that she will just take a look and know what is wrong and tonight I will be able to sleep. Last night was defn worse than the birth of my first child, if that’s possible.  Thank you Sophia for taking the time to send a reply. It definitely gives hope. J 
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    Hello. I am having the same problem! I am 43, and just had my right lower bone impacted wisdom tooth removed. I did get dry socket. The doctor had to pack it two different times with the (medicated cloves?) and removed the packing yesterday.  I couldn’t sleep last night.  There is pain from the exctraction that shoots to my right ear and to my other teeth. I also keep getting that salty taste. I’m not a complainer, but I can”t live like this. 😢 Did it get better for any one of you? 

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      P.S.  it has been 12 days since the extraction. 

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