The musings of a fourth year English medical student

Friday, 18 September 2015

7 weeks post double jaw surgery

Finally, I have something positive to write about!

I have improved loads since last week. In my previous jaw recovery post, I mentioned that a lot of pain suddenly came back. Thankfully it had subsided 2 days later, and I am feeling great. I don't have lots of detail to go into so I've summarised the recovery into sections, which I should have done right at the start really!

Pain:
Almost no pain whatsoever. Sometimes when it gets very cold it makes my teeth chatter which hurts. Occasionally I get a strange jerky twinge in my jaw which is painful, but only lasts a second.

Numbness:
Almost all my sensation is back. I have almost normal use of my upper lip, but that whole area feels a bit funny sensation-wise. You can tell that the full motor use hasn't come back yet because I still have a funny smile when I try to do an open-mouthed smile. Upper gums are still completely numb but I never notice it. 

Food:
I still had liquids at uni and then semi solids at home this week, but I am going to start eating normal food during the day time now. I can now eat things like pasta, but I can't actually chew stuff yet. Things can be thick and lumpy. As long as I don't have to chew it then it's fine. As I eat I need a supply of tissues to hand as I get a lot of food all over my lips. I have a massive appetite and cannot wait for food again. What is stopping me from eating is the fact that when I open my mouth widely I get a lot of pain in my left jaw, and chewing is painful as well. This will slowly go. 

Swelling:
Practically non-existant. Nobody would suspect I was swollen, but I can see that I have more swelling on my left side than my right.

Braces:
The elastics on my braces are so annoying. I'm so glad that I can take them out when I want, but they snap all the time and are SO hard to put on!! They just snap at any moment, particularly at night which worries me because I could choke on them. 

Sleeping:
I cannot sleep on my stomach yet, but sleeping on my side is fine. I do get pain in the left side of my jaw if I lie on it for a while, so I prefer to sleep on my right side.

Overall I am happy with the recovery, but it has made my university experience much more stressful. I have a lack of energy because I can't eat well during the day, and when I had my jaw pain last week it was really hard to concentrate on my work. It has been incredibly intense, but everything is starting to feel doable now. 








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  1. Sounds like your recovery is going really well. I had this procedure done a few years ago, and it took me quite a bit longer before I was feeling ready to try solid foods again. I think you're going to be really happy when it's all said and done though.

    Cynthia Bowers @ Bay Area TMJ & Sleep Center

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