Yesterday I reached a milestone–the first day in many months that I was able to get through the entire day without chewing gum to distract the nerve! I started chewing gum, as a substitute for using a mouth guard, back in July, if I recall correctly. It became pretty much an all day habit, at the worst I was going through a pack and a half a day. Not really pleasant, stupid looking, and I’m sure not great for my teeth. But we do what we have to do to make it through.
I have ATN, TN2, NP, whatever you want to call it. Basically it is a constant pain of some sort in the left half of my mouth during all waking hours–burning, itching, aching, tightness or a mixture. The pain level goes up and down with a definite circadian rhythm, but it always there.
The low point was when my dog almost died after getting into a pack of sugar-free gum. I found out that one stick could kill him, and spent 2 days absolutely scouring the house for gum, totally paranoid. I ended up switching to sugared gum, not great for the teeth.
But with the use of topical meds, I was able to slowly reduce the number of sticks. And yesterday I managed, without too much discomfort, to get through the entire day without that crutch! Very happy to get to that point, and I’m sure things will improve from here on out. Today I’m stuck at home and my teeth are being more bothersome, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it. It is an up and down process.