My dentist thinks I may have an abscess on my tooth but he is not sure as I also have a back wisdom tooth growing at a strange angle into my teeth. The abscess has not showed up on X-rays yet and he plans to do another in 2 weeks time as he wants to make sure because the treatment of removing the tooth or canal root filling is very invasive.
My symptoms started out as an almost continual nagging pain moving to just a shooting pain if I bite on something - it now seems more obvious that it is coming from one of my back teeth. As I have CSS I have not been able to take ibroprophen but have managed by increasing pregabalin and using paracetamol.
My dentist has now suggested I could take an antibiotic which may ease some of the pain. I told him this would mean my coming off my azathioprine - and so he then said that probably I shouldn't bother. He doesn't seem to know much about my condition or the effects of my medication so I worry about him giving me the best advice sometimes. I took a prescription just in case I need it, Three days later I have started to feel generally unwell and my neck under my jaw seems slightly tender - this could be reated to my tooth or just a cold. I'm not sure whether to go ahead and take the antibiotics (even though the dentist said they had some unpleasant side effects) as I've since read people with poor immune conditions generally should have antibiotics. Also do I need to increase my steroids for that period whilst I takethem? I do hate the idea f taking more tablets and increasing steroids when I have fought so hard to reduce them. And sometimes there seems to be so little guidance from the medical profession. You also hear so much about how you shouldn't take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, Sorry to rant - i get quite indecisive sometimes when i feel unwell - just wondered if anyone had a similar experience?