I was minding my own business and pretty much at peace. Yeah, lots of flare ups but I've felt like I've had some mental breakthroughs and I felt like I was weathering the storm okay. Then I had a swig of ice water. And I had a twinge of sensitivity in a tooth. THE tooth. In less than a nano second, I freaked out. Oh God. NOT AGAIN!!! A few years ago, I had to have two shoddy crown on-lays replaced. My dentist repaired them both as best as he could but the one tooth got increasingly more troublesome till the pain was unbearable. Dental nerve pain has got to be the worst pain. I finally got the darned thing extracted and vowed to never let something like that go on again. Instant relief. The dentist expressed concerned that the other tooth…the premolar on the other side of my mouth, might be sensitive too. I shrugged. It was fine. Nary a peep out of it. Even with the defective crown on-lay, it never bothered me. Which brings me to yesterday. I wanted to scream when I felt that mild jolt. It was that other tooth. The one that never bothered me. Then I forgot about it until this afternoon when I felt a very, very slight twinge. I went to do my guided imagery and it was so stinking tough to stay focused. I was freaking out over this mildly sensitive tooth. First, I suspect my subconscious tucked away the dentist's concern over that tooth. (He was shocked over the shoddiness of the work but was able to patch it okay.) I also suspect that since I've been addressing every symptom as TMS my brain decided to up the ante a bit and bring my dental health back for an encore…nothing can scare the daylights out of me like a dental visit. And the fear I dealt with over that extraction (which really ended up being no big deal), was epic. (Valium, anyone?) I keep up on my dental visits but I absolutely dread them. (I'm a bit over due for my check up right now but will make an appointment.) And now I'm panicked over this tooth. I already decided if this tooth goes bad, it's going to be yanked too. That is, after I go hunt down that dentist who did the crapola work and slap him silly. I get disgusted with the dental industry and their "every tooth must be $aved!" crusade. But it IS upsetting to think of having a second tooth pulled. (Though in the scheme of things, it's not a big deal since I still have my wisdom teeth.) Sigh. I'll find out soon enough if this is a TMS thing or that hack job of a crown. I'm pretty upset at either scenario…pissed over having another TMS symptom or pissed over more dental work. (Especially if it ends up being an extraction.) I'd appreciate any word of encouragement.