What to do...

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    Feb 07, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    When you don't have health insurance for six months, no money to pay bills, get denied for care credit because of your massive student loan debt and are starting to get sick... and OTC meds aren't working.

    Here's my dilemma. I'm really hoping that it's a result of my wisdom tooth that is rearing its ugly head a la the stomach bursting alien from that awesome movie from long ago.

    It started about three weeks ago... maybe a little longer. I'd wake up in the morning as always, but instead of hitting the gym at 4:30am like I always did before work, I'd snooze and roll over until I had to get out of bed for work. This was a continuing trend that started to build. On my days off I began sleeping 17-18 hours, with no desire to get out of bed, save for going to the bathroom. When I was up, I felt lethargic and just crawled back into bed.

    Last week, my wisdom tooth made its presence known while I was on a business trip to Phoenix. It was an excruciating pain I though I'd be dealing with for quite a while. On day two, the pain seemed to have subsided for quite a while yet that night I started convulsing violently (really bad chills), I could hardly walk and nearly passed out from oxygen deprivation because I could barely breathe. I didn't feel ill, I was just shaking. That night I probably sweated everything out because I woke up with a massive headache and downed 5 bottles of water with no problem.

    Fast forward to now... I still feel fine, but my mind is screaming at me to move yet my body is like "bitch, please". I'm starting to get a cold and a cough again, and I'm praying that all of this traces back to that damn tooth.

    So the thing is, I'm not sure what to do. I'm already paying nearly $900 for four dental procedures without insurance and I can't afford immediate care, but nothing is making me feel better. Has anyone had any similar situations with their wisdom teeth knocking them on their ass?

    I also have noticed I don't really have an appetite anymore, which is odd.
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    Feb 08, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties but it's really important that you see a dentist about your wisdom teeth. It sounds like you may have an infection that may be turning into an abscess. That could explain your chills. What concerns me is that you have been dealing with this pain for a long time. Never ignore tooth pain because if you are fighting a tooth infection/abscess, the bacteria can reach your bloodstream and that can produce an entire list of complications.

    I understand that cost is a factor since you don't have insurance. Try taking to your dentist's office personnel on how they can help guys in your situation. For me, I would setup some sort of payment plan. I would rather pay the full cost of a dental procedure to fix the wisdom tooth pain than deal with the consequences associated with ignoring the symptoms.
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    Feb 08, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    if you're still in Phoenix, go to Tempe Dental Care. It's a state-of-the-art facility that I used while I was there; and they'll work with your current insurance and/or income (I have no insurance).

    Otherwise, my input isn't helpful cause I don't know your current location.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Feb 08, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    When I use to have dental insurance, the office I got work at advertised financing programs for as low as 20 bucks a month. Since it has been a while I had work done, I don't know if some places offer that.

    If you can put some form of payment down, there should always be some place wanting to take your money. I hope this gets resolved soon.
  • LJay

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    Feb 08, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    Is there a dental school in the area? Both I and a friend have gotten excellent. low cost care at the dental school here. If you have a regular dentist, go there first for an exam. A dentist may be able to extract a tooth and prescribe antibiotics at reasonable cost. Not all wisdom teeth require surgery for extraction.

    You may also have some sort of assistance available through your public health department.

    Do you have a regular doctor? The symptoms you are having could suggest a number of problems and an office visit may be in order. Most any doctor will make payment arrangements, especially if you have a previous relationship.

    I am really sorry that you have these problems. Just keep working on it and the medical professionals will do the best they can for you.

    This situation may help us all to appreciate the oncoming requirements for basic health insurance that will be available at reasonable cost for young folks. From what I hear, a year's coverage will probably be less than the cost of a couple of days in the hospital.
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    Feb 08, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    I am getting my wisdom tooth removed at the end of the month (27th). As for the office working with me... not really. The only thing they did was delay payment for my two visits this week (the new patient and cleaning) until I got paid today. That was still half my paycheck gone :/ $550 out the window. Blah.
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    Feb 10, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    It sounds like a tooth abscess has now led to sepsis, which can be deadly. You need to skip the dentist, and go to the ER.