Starting back in February, I had a horrendous pain down the left side of my face, by far the worst thing I've ever experienced. I went to the dentists, and they examined all the teeth as they do and could find nothing wrong. I went to the doctor, who ordered an x-ray, suspected it could be Trigeminal Neuralgia and gave me some pills to take which killed the pain.
X-ray came back clear, and the pain went away. My doctor did some further inquiries and tests, but eventually had to admit that he was unsure of the cause. In late April or early May, however, the pain returned, not quite as intense but exactly along the same spot. The same night it started, I noticed a swelling on my gum, which had seemingly burst or eased by the following morning. Another trip to the dentist followed, where they did an x-ray and examination, and again found nothing. Thinking that the pain could somehow be a sinus infection, they sent me to the doctors for antibiotics. Not convinced, I sought a second opinion, getting the same response. Antibiotics killed the pain completely, and everything seemed normal.
Now I'm getting exactly the same symptoms again; same swelling that disappeared by morning, same intense pain, same responses from the dentist - including a third this time. I'm concerned that this seems to keep coming and going, and that nobody but me seems worried by it. I'm booked to see yet another dentist on Monday, but I fear the same response. I can't believe that something so painful, that is clearly affecting my gums, is not dental in origin. Am I being foolish, or are they missing something?