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Excruciating shooting pain in gum area between lip and nose

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Excruciating shooting pain in gum area between lip and nose

Postby Matty_Oz » Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:52 am

Hi guys

Had jaw surgery 7 days ago. Upper and lower, plus genioplasty

I wont go into details cos if I do I will scare off everybody thinking about jaw surgery

Can anyone help me with this problem which is making my recovery a nightmare - when I fall asleep I wake up straight away with a severe stabbing/shooting pain that is located above my upper lip and below nose, possibly in the gum

I cant tell if there are stitches in this area as I am in too much pain to lift my lip up and see for myself. The pain is unbearabale. My body wakes itself up as soon as it feels it, so even though I want to sleep I am too scared

I can make the pain happen when I am awake if I twist my lip a certain way or whatever.

Its all hard to explain, but I am hoping someone had had a similair problem

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Postby badbite » Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:04 am

I don't know, but I am sorry you are feeling that much pain :cry: . I have not had my surgery yet, but I don't remember reading about people feeling quite that bad.

Hopefully someone else will be able to help you out more.

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Postby DotCat » Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:48 pm

When I had stitch imflamation, it was very sharp and intense pain as well. Icing helped a lot. Maybe you should have a doc have a look at that area? Might be a little painful, but better than getting complications, isn't it?

Good luck and I trust you will be fine soon.
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Postby freerideuk » Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:14 pm

did you have your top jaw impacted if soo the area you are talking about will have a an incition there

if it os only painful when you move you lip a certain way maybe you are subconiously moving your lip that way in your sleep causing you to wake up

also if you are not already you could try sleeping more up right as it could have something to doo with that ??? i don't really know

i also had a stich get inflammed it is no big deal jsut take some more rinces of your mouth wash and visit your surgeon if that is the case as they removed the stich for me that was bothering me and had no trouble since

but tbh not a clue i was never in reallly bad pain


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Postby Matty_Oz » Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:04 pm

Thanks for the replies

Spoke to one of the surgeons today and told him what was going on

Explained to him the extreme pain I am getting from the stitched are of my upper jaw incicision and how I simply can not sleep due to it

He told me the reason there is such pain is that they stitch the upper jaw incision extremely tightly so as not to inflame the nose during recovery (or something along those lines). So basically the wound is stitched so tightly that there is no leeway for the tissue to relax and move I guess

Im having my check up in 2 days time and my stitches will be taken out, so I am hoping that it will all be fixed then and I can recover fully

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