This is a non-Fiverr rant, but I need to let it out.
8-years ago, I was in agony with toothache. Living in Scotland at the time, I did what normal people do and went to the dentist. They told me that I needed a root canal to drain a nasty infection. I believed them, as I could actually feel the infection in my face. - Not pleasant.
There was just one problem. Dentists are expensive and the price I was quoted was eye-watering. Then I had a stroke of luck. My boss at work at the time told me that she’d had the same problem but had cured herself by accident, by taking a course of antibiotics that she had been prescribed for something else.
At the time, I had a first-aid travel bag chock full of antibiotics that I’d picked up in Egypt. (I’d had food poisoning like a lot of people get when traveling, and pharmacies in Egypt sell antibiotics over the counter.) 4-days later and I was completely pain-free. - And I’ve stayed this way until a few days ago.
Now, to say I have a toothache at present is an understatement. Even the left side of my face is swollen. As it’s the same pain from years ago and in the exact same place, off I went this morning to the doctor to see if I can get a prescription for antibiotics. To my surprise, they said no.
As I have a tooth problem, the doctor told me that I’d need to get a prescription from the dentist. No problem (I thought) and so off I went to the dentist.
By the time I got there, it was hard to open my mouth wide enough for him to conduct an examination. However, after poking around and zapping me with an Xray, he came to the same conclusion as my old dentist years earlier. - I need root canal surgery. Then he quoted me an appalling price.
Saying I couldn’t afford it, I asked if he could just take the offending tooth out and/or prescribe antibiotics. To my horror, he said no. The best he can do is prescribe me super strong pain killers.
To me, this makes zero sense. His excuse for not pulling my tooth is that it is relatively healthy. In this case, it’s his way or the highway, even if this means I have to suffer in agony until I can afford surgery.
Thankfully, I have managed to take the edge off myself now my guzzling 2-liters of apple cider vinegar mixed with water, in the hope that this helps fight the infection. I’ve also managed to get some activated charcoal which I keep packing around the offending tooth to try and draw out the infection. It’s all pretty much me playing things by ear, but I can now almost open my mouth fully, and this wasn’t possible this morning.
While doing this, I’ve also managed to buy some of the same antibiotics I last used when I had this problem online. All that is left now is for me to hold on until they arrive.
Really, though, I shouldn’t have to go to these lengths just because a dentist refuses to accept $400 to pull a tooth, because they want $1K more to drill a hole through it and suck out a blooming infection that may well return afterward. - It’s like being held hostage.
On top of all that, why are dentists so expensive? I could literally have just broken my leg and got fixed up for less than I’ve already paid today for an appointment and head Xray. (Though granted, this would be different in some other places.
All that said, not being able to chew looks like it might help put an end to my fat phase. In this case, I guess there is always a bright side.