I've had a toothache for about a week now, bad enough that it's interrupting my sleep, making my life generally shitty. I just signed up for a dental discount plan today so tomorrow I can actually start calling dentists so I can get this taken care of before tax season really gets underway, but in the meantime I've been trying to find things that make me feel better.
Weirdly, it doesn't hurt when I eat, it makes it feel better, actually, to be chewing on something - which seems strange to me. When I'm laying down it feels worse. So I'm trying all the normal things - saltwater gargling, advil, cold compress, heat compress...nothing works for very long, or to take away all the pain.
So the other day I had bacon and eggs for breakfast, and my tooth felt GREAT for about 4 hours afterwards, didn't know why. Then a bit later I was reading online about toothache remedies and someone had posted about how they knew this was odd but they placed bologna on their gums and it was an instant removal of pain, they didn't know why either.
So the other night I'm lying in bed in total pain throughout my entire jaw, and I get up and heat up a hot dog in the microwave. Put in mouth, bite down right where jaw is hurting, and - Ta Da! - complete and total removal of pain! What the hell? Few more chews...honestly, if I wasn't afraid of choking myself in the middle of the night, I would have slept with the damn thing in my mouth. Probably better that I didn't, because before I could choke on it, I bet one thousand dollars the cat would have come and removed it for me - hot dogs, for whatever reason, are the one thing she will just come up and eat right out of my hand if I'm not completely on it - anything else she'll respect that it's my food and not hers, but hot dogs have some kind of random enticement for her.
After eating the hot dog, was able to sleep for 5 more hours before waking up with a bit of pain. Hot dogs are amazing! I'm gonna get fat on this hot dog/bacon diet, but I'm going to the dentist this week if at all possible so it won't be too much longer...
So if you ever have a toothache, bring out the dogs!