This may not make any sense. I am having a difficult time explaining to myself or anyone else what I am thinking about this root canal I had planned for Wed. morning. I use the word "had" because I just called and canceled my appointment. I feel like I am going crazy. I have some pain, sometimes in my mouth seemingly near a certain tooth. But, I am not sure how bad the pain is, or when it happens, or what it is caused by, or anything about it. I am not sure if my tooth just feels weak when I chew with it, or if there is actual pain. I know there is some pain when I drink cold water, but not lingering pain. I have never been so unable to monitor my own body, or make a decision about how my body feels. I know something isn't quite right, but I don't know what is wrong or the best way to fix it. And I honestly felt like I was rushing into a root canal that might possibly be unnecessary. I am so confused and frustrated right now. I don't want to put off a needed thing, but I don't want to have a root canal unless I really need it.
The thing is, I know the tooth needs a crown. It has a huge old filling that has deteriorated and is weak. I've got to get that fixed. But I can't put a crown on until I figure out this root canal thing. If I do need a root canal then I better get it done first. That is why this is so frustrating for me. I feel like there is a time pressure.
How does a person know that they need a root canal if they aren't in excruciating pain?