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So I woke up yesterday with pain and swelling in my face. This isn't the first time I've had an absessed tooth. I need an antibiotic. So they called in a prescription to the compounding pharmacy and they don't have the ingredients on hand. I won't be able to get it until tomorrow, late afternoon/evening.

I have known people who have died when the absess got into their brains. In the meantime the swelling and pain are getting worse every minute.

Should I go to the emergency room and get enough of the corn filled antibiotic to hold me over until I can get the corn free, gluten-free, soy free one they are making? I'm a bit scared right now and in a lot of pain. I know I'll be sick from the corn, but I'm afraid I'll be dead by tomorrow night if I wait.

HELP!!!

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Could they prescribe one that the compounding pharmacy has? Sometimes more than one type will work.

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Dang! I tried to edit so that it said ADVICE, not ADVISE. But it would only let me edit the body, not the title. Oh well, you get the idea, and I AM in pain, so I'll use that as an excuse for the mis-spelling.

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Dang! I tried to edit so that it said ADVICE, not ADVISE. But it would only let me edit the body, not the title. Oh well, you get the idea, and I AM in pain, so I'll use that as an excuse for the mis-spelling.

That's OK. I knew what you meant.

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Sick vs dead....is there really a debate here? Get some antibiotic now, pronto.

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Go to the ER, don't mess around.

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'How about a dose of IV antibiotic or a shot?

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What they prescribed (and they ALWAYS prescribe this when it is teeth) is clindamycin. That's the one that can give you D and can sometimes cause C-diff. I won't be able to tell if the D is from the drug or from the corn.

I called to see if they could prescribe a day's worth of the corn stuff and they won't be back in the office until an hour from now. The compounding pharmacy is 60 miles from here but I can get the corn filled stuff here in town. Now I just have to wait until they are back in the office.

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I'm sorry you are in such pain. I would take an antibiotic from the regular pharmacy to tide you over. No guarantee but several of the generic manufacturers don't use gluten ingredients. They would be more likey to have corn.

Feel better:)

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Go to the ER and get it drained immediately! This is not something to fool around with.

A good friend of mine just had the same experience last weekend. The abscess apparently was so large he will have to get the tooth pulled later this week. He was too weak to have it pulled last Thursday. He is on clindamycin now. He was able to get a no gluten, lactose or casein variety. Am not sure about the corn however.

Before his gums and cheek swoll up however he felt no pain. Is that what happened to you?

Instead his digestion got way worse and he's thus steadily been losing weight these last 8 months... No one could figure out what was wrong since he didn't have h. pylori induced duodenal ulcer--which is what the doc thought he had. Finally now he's starting to be able to eat more normally again.

Good luck. No doubt soon you will be feeling a lot better.

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I'm sorry you are in such pain. I would take an antibiotic from the regular pharmacy to tide you over. No guarantee but several of the generic manufacturers don't use gluten ingredients. They would be more likey to have corn.

Feel better:)

I know. EVERYTHING has corn in it, and corn is a worse problem for me than glute.

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I posted the same time you just did. Maybe start on some probiotics ( if you aren't already) while on the abx?

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Yolo, I've known for a while now that I have a bad tooth, but with no insurance, I have been putting off going. My dentist does not have a payment plan.

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Maybe it was missed. I think we both posted at once. Can they give it to you as a shot or an IV?

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Karen, my doctor is also 60 miles away and I was hoping not to have to go to the ER which will cost WAY more than I can afford.

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Karen, my doctor is also 60 miles away and I was hoping not to have to go to the ER which will cost WAY more than I can afford.

Many areas will have sliding fee scale clinics. I have used one and saw the bill drop from 150 dollars to 4 for a visit. Some of them also have dental services that also charge on a sliding scale. Your local hospital or Social Services office will be able to tell you where one is. Give them a call.

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Maria just went to pick up my corn prescription. In a few minutes I can take them and although I will be sick, I don't care. The pain is getting intense and the swelling is increasing.

My doctor runs a free clinic here in town once a month. The sliding scale place is 60 miles away and they SAY the dentist is a brute. Not only does he not use novocaine, but they say he isn't very good at what he does. The dentist here in town is expensive but good. I'll have to borrow the money to get this tooth pulled. I HATE doing that, but it looks like I have no choice.

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Don't a lot of big hospitals have compounding pharmacies built in? Idk I guess you couldn't afford that either

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I know you may balk at the idea, I did at first, but sometimes there really are no options left... Medicaid is there to help people. If it can provide services to people who have no desire to get a job and help themselves, then those of us simply down on our luck shouldn't be ashamed to ask for a little help now and then also.

Get to feeling better!

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Oh, so sorry bartfull, if this corn thing is an allergy, can you check and see if you can take an antihistamine at the same time to knock down the reaction to it ?

Oh, wait, that might have corn in it, too. gaaaaaaaaaaaaah. :ph34r:

What about some sorts of otc heartburn acid blockers, have heard that they also can act as an antihistamine- like allergy blocker, but don't know enough about your antibiotic to see if it is going to be clashing/reacting.

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Maria just went to pick up my corn prescription. In a few minutes I can take them and although I will be sick, I don't care. The pain is getting intense and the swelling is increasing.

My doctor runs a free clinic here in town once a month. The sliding scale place is 60 miles away and they SAY the dentist is a brute. Not only does he not use novocaine, but they say he isn't very good at what he does. The dentist here in town is expensive but good. I'll have to borrow the money to get this tooth pulled. I HATE doing that, but it looks like I have no choice.

Sometimes dentists willl let you pay monthly. Many will take a trade.

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Huge (((((HUGS))))) sweetie!

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Thanks everyone. I took the corn filled meds and went home. I HATE closing the shop early, especially during tourist season, but I was wiped out and needed to go lie down. The weird thing is, the pain has subsided, but the swelling has gotten worse. This morning my eye is closed, my nose looks like a boxer's, and I don't have any lips on that side of my face. They say it takes 24 to 48 hours for the meds to kick in, although it has usually been my experience that within 4 to 8 hours they start to work.

I'm going to keep an eye (that's all I've got right now) on things. I may end up in the ER yet.

At least I'm no longer in pain. :)

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You made it thru the night! Glad your pain is down

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I know you may balk at the idea, I did at first, but sometimes there really are no options left... Medicaid is there to help people. If it can provide services to people who have no desire to get a job and help themselves, then those of us simply down on our luck shouldn't be ashamed to ask for a little help now and then also.

Get to feeling better!

I agree! There are too many people who shouldn't be getting this and those who wouldn't ask, should.

I would just go to the ER next time and ask them to give you a shot of antibiotics, to get you started. You won't get sick and

they can't refuse to treat you. Just tell them honestly that you don't have insurance and you need a reasonable bill so you can pay it. I know they don't charge as much in cases like this.

Sorry you had to go through this.....you must be an incredibly strong person to have dealt with all you have in the past year!

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