In the Spring of 1996, my husband, daughter and I boarded a bus for a 3 day church convention. For the entirety of the trip I had excruciating pain in my left eye, underneath the eye and in all 4 corners of my mouth. My gums and jaws were throbbing. Neither aspirin nor Tylenol gave me any relief.
Family members suggested I see a dentist but I did not because the pain was not associated with any specific tooth. I sensed it was stress related and m doctor agreed. I was prescribed muscle relaxers and for the next two years, as long as I took my medication faithfully I had no issues.
When I decided to wean myself off of prescription medication, I did so by taking the prescribed dosage every other day and then one half every other day. Once the pills were gone, I was good for about 7 days. On the 8th day, the pain in my teeth, gums , jaw and left eye came back with a vengeance. It felt as if the gums underneath each of my teeth were experiencing extreme pressure.
Over the ensuing years, lack of sleep or going 3 or 4 days without proper rest would cause the discomfort to return. I realize that there is some stress that will always be a part of my life and I may never be totally free of this issue. I have found natural methods that may help others dealing with stress related teeth/gum/eye/jaw pain.
When I sense the pain returning I do one or more of the following
1. Soaking in the tub, with Epsom salt..
2. Deeply breathing in through my nose, holding for a count of 5 then slowly exhaling through my mouth.
I do this 5 times, the repeat once or twice more.
3. I get my husband to massage my neck and shoulders.
4. I apply pressure and give myself a massage at the following points: At the eyelid just under the brow, near my temples, the soft spot behind my ears, and my lower neck. I gently massage each area for 10 to 20 seconds.
5. Hot liquids also help. I drink cocoa chamomile and peppermint tea, or dark chocolate hot chocolate,
6. Fresh air
Taking a walk, or sitting in the warm sunshine for about 15 minutes is very relaxing. I don’t swim but I enjoy sitting in the water on the beach, or at the local water park.
7. Dark chocolate
Eating dark chocolate along with any of the above seems to really help relax me.
8. The massaging effect of brushing my teeth and gums gives relief so I will brush and rinse as soon as the pain begins.
9. Sinus medication
Because I often deal with sinusitis, I have found that a combination antihistamine decongestant relieves whatever pain may be sinus related.
10. Keep moving
Walking, jogging, running or dancing gets the kinks out of our bodies. Sometimes I will g for a job and feel almost immediate relief.
Studies are ongoing regarding the relationship between mental stress and physical pain. The main thing is to know your own body, and the triggers that cause the pain. If it becomes too severe do not be ashamed to take an over the counter pain reliever or seek medical help. Each person must do what is best in their own situation.