I've been feeling really good and pain free since December 26th. I felt so good that -- silly me -- I skipped some of my supplements and vitamins -- for a few days, actually. Then Monday night, I noticed something was awry. It was hailing outside. I heard a loud 'crack' of thunder so loud, my house shook! Every muscle in my body tensed up, and I got an instant-headache, brainfreeze-style. Pain a la carte. Same thing happened on the road that night! Driving along, and opposing traffic slung a big sheet of water over our vehicle. The splash was so loud and visually shocking that my body locked up again, repeat of instant headache. I was getting nervous: Dentist appointment in two days. Then my mother came into town with virtually no warning. Had to trash my list of 'very important things to get done before the big, bad dental appointment,' in order to entertain her. My nerves were shot, and I forgot to take any supplements or minerals at all that day! (Except Calcium Pyruvate -- can't live without that.) Then switched to a new prescription last night. Very nervous about that, too. Plus so nervous about dental appointment that I can't sleep. I was up till 4am this morning. I woke at 10:30am, and something told me, 'Cancel, cancel, cancel! NOT today!' but it took me four months to get this appointment, so I didn't. I was so nerved up from getting no sleep and rushing my son off to school that I forgot to take my supplements & minerals -- again! Rushed to dental appointment -- what a nightmare! I went in to get a crown. They numb my mouth; ouch, it didn't take! They numb me again; ouch, that still didn't take! They numb me some more. Okay, it still hurts, but not so bad that I'll scream. So they go forward with the procedure. (I've been in that scary chair for over an hour, and they're JUST starting the procedure thanks to my numb-resistant mouth.) I was so anxious, my mouth would go too dry, then too moist, then too dry. Then my sinuses would drain, and I'd have to swallow. It looked like they wouldn't get anything done at all today, but then I started to calm down and the anxiety passed a bit. Here's the nightmare: They removed the filling and found out I had a "bubbly," inflamed nerve hiding in there! This had not shown up on the x-ray. NOW they tell me I'll need to schedule a ROOT CANAL. NOT covered by my dental clinic at all. Ugh!! So they remove the filling and replace it with a 'sedative' temporary filling. Then they send me off with an antibiotic rx and an rx for 600mg of Ibuprofen. I did notice that the assistant had asked twice, "You just want her to have ibuprofin then?" This made me nervous! But my mouth was so numb, I did not sound a protest. Got home, got my son back, then my mouth starts to unfreeze. The pain! The pain! came in blinding waves. I was in soo much pain, it was on par to labor. I had already taken 1 of the Ibuprofens, but even after an hour, it did nothing. So I had to take another -- but that still didn't help! I was in so much pain, I could not put my son in his pajamas. I just took off his jeans, had him pull on sweatpants, and told him to go to sleep. He even asked if he could brush his teeth. (The irony!) I said I wished he could, but Mommy was in too much pain to help him tonight. (I said we would do it first thing in the morning.) The pain was SO awful! My whole body was going bezerk. I finally had to do the thing I only do in unusual dental pain emergencies -- have a wine cooler. For some reason, this helps my pain reliever kick in. I know this is dangerous, and I don't recommend it, but it was only 5% alcohol, just enough to get things rolling in the pain relief department. An HOUR later, the pain started to subside. Oh, man, just when you think you're getting ahead, a flare! Isn't that always the way? I actually wrote in my journal, "I'm about to run in the streets screaming for someone to please run me over!" (No, I'm not suicidal, I swear it, but the pain was that rocking and rolling back-and-forth "OMG, when will it ever end," kind of pain.) I can barely read my handwriting from that entry. Well, this was a book, but I'm getting so, so, so phobic about seeing a dentist. And they want to do SO much more work. (Not only the root canal, but filling cavaties and making a bridge for an extraction.) Ugh! I seriously want an "EASY button," for my dentist visits. Right now, I'm just dreading when the Ibuprofen wears off. I'm not ready for round two of pain a la carte, not by a long shot.