So my problem wasn't my tooth after all. The endodontist looked at my X-rays again before doing the "cold" test and banging a metal tool against my teeth before he told me that I didn't have a root canal. Thank God.
But after my visit with him last Wednesday, everything started to feel worse.
I finally went to see a doctor who told me that I had a sinus infection. It was hard to swallow at first because I haven't had a cold or any other viral illness since nearly a year ago. Just major tooth pain, extreme exhaustion, and headaches all of a sudden. The doctor must be right because the Amoxicillin I'm taking is working. It has been about a decade since I last had a sinus infection, and I don't remember being knocked out for so long when I got them in college. Again, another reminder of being almost 30. Today was the first day that I felt normal for the past week and a half.
The only explanation for this must be the high levels of tree pollen in the Baltimore area that I found on PollenCast and Weather.com. Weeds and grass had noticeably low levels.
According to a recent report from WBAL-TV, all the trees and flowers are blooming simultaneously after weeks of being covered by the record snowfalls we experienced back in February. The report, and others, predict that it's only going to get worse.
So after doing some research, I came up with this checklist of ways to prevent future sinus infections:
Carrie Oleynik is a writer based in Baltimore, Md.
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