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Percocet, Ambien, and severe jaw clenching/pain

I have been suffering for the last week with TERRIBLE pain in my teeth/jaw, particularly on one side of my mouth. It hurt constantly and did not even go away with the medication I am taking regularly for my recent lumbar surgery (Percocet and valium). The pain has been so bad that I can't sleep on the left side of my face or even eat ramen noodles on that side. The pain is throbbing and stabbing and feels like my teeth have exposed nerves and are all about to fall out. :(

Anyways, after lot of digging online, I found information and studies linking Percocet to bruxism (grinding/clenching in your sleep). For people in my age bracket, the chances of this side effect are pretty low, but it increases with age. The study also found higher instances in people who also took Ambien/zolpidem, which I do. I have since switched to Norco and lunesta, and so far so good! I just wanted to share this in case anyone was suffering like me and couldn't find answers.
L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015


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