Eileen, I’m happy to give a run down of where I am right now with the “experiment”. To recap, about a month ago I purchased a topical capsaicin cream (.1% capsaicin) and a topical lidocaine gel (4% lidocaine). I’ve been mixing them 1 part capsaicin to 3 parts lidocaine, to give me a gel that is .025% capsaicin and 3% lidocaine. I apply this wiht a q-tip, approximately 4 times a day to the gum area that hurts. At times I take one of the green rubber tooth picks and apply a bit between the teeth.
I think I can say with confidence that things are moving in a positive direction, though slowly. I no longer have to chew gum or wear a mouth guard 24/7–there are several hours in the early morning, and evening, and sometimes in the early afternoon, when I can act like a normal person (no gum chewing!). I can get through social occasions without chewing gum. Nights are now pretty much pain free which is fantastic.
I also am no longer feeling the burning strip and numbness on the left side of my tongue, there is only a tiny bit of residual numbness. I emailed my dentist a few days ago, to get his opinion on the products I was using and how, and he had no problems with me continuing with this treatment.
I also started adding the 5 mg. Valium pill (I was using this separately) to the gel mix. I crush it between two spoons, and after a while it completely dissolves. That is working really well and seems to keep me pain free much longer. Not sure why I didn’t try it before…
It’s taken a lot of experimentation and failures to get to this point, but overall I’m pretty happy with how things are progressing. Days are up and down (today wasn’t great), but the trend is positive, and I’ll take that for now!