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Suicide Disease

Tooth pain is one of the leading causes of suicide and I completely understand why. There’s a condition known colloquially as “Suicide Disease” which can present itself as chronic dental pain. I feel terrible for anyone who can’t afford to get what dental procedures they require, or the medication needed to manage the pain. For my part, the pain medication itself is barely helping, and every few hours, the pain reasserts itself almost worse than before. It’s been about a week and the pain I feel is severe. It’s difficult to do anything, including eating and sleeping. It hurts to eat, it hurts just to open my mouth. I wake through the night from pain, take more pain pills, hold ice against my face and feel sorry for myself. I’m supposed to take pain medication every six hours as needed, but I’ve been taking it every three hours, because the pain comes back sooner than six, and it’s a lot, almost too much. I’m not suicidal, but if this pain persists, and if the pain medication is insufficient to manage it, then I can see how suicide might seem to be the best option. Again, I am not suicidal, but I can understand how people dealing with chronic dental pain end up choosing to die.

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