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Hi, I have been in Thailand for the past ten months diving.
Sometimes within the first two meters of descent I get an excruciating pain always in the back left hand side of my mouth. This makes it impossible to continue diving and it is only diving that causes the pain.
I am back in the UK now but need to travel again to start with Tech training. However we haven't got to the bottom of this problem. I have no fillings and no cavities in my teeth, none are cracked, the dentist cannot find anything wrong. I have had an x-ray on my teeth and also I have been referred to ENT and they tested me for allergies.

I have no allergies, I have had an MRI scan and there is no visible problem apart from slight mucous thickening but apparently that is not sufficient to be causing the problem. I cannot tell when the pain is going to happen but it feels like my tooth is going to explode out of the side of my face. I have tried decongestants, antibiotics, antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays and steam inhalers none of which have helped.
From what I have read it must be a tooth squeeze or a sinus squeeze however the people that tend to suffer from this have fillings, cracked teeth or sinusitis.
Has anyone had similar problems? or can anyone recommend a doctor or dentist with an interest in this area? The NHS so far have been very slow and seem to be stumped.


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Thank you all for your responses but wouldn't all these things hurt all the time when diving though? where as sometimes it hurts so much I can't descend and other times it doesn't hurt at all and other times its uncomfortable but I can get down if i descend slowly
 

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Thank you all for your responses but wouldn't all these things hurt all the time when diving though? where as sometimes it hurts so much I can't descend and other times it doesn't hurt at all and other times its uncomfortable but I can get down if i descend slowly
Depends if it's full of gunk or air.
 

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Hey Katy

I went to the dentist for the first time in years due to the same problem. After a thorough examination and x-rays, they couldn't find any problems related to my teeth and wrote it off as sinus squeeze.

I now take antihistamines a couple of days prior to a dive and it seems to have alleviated the problem somewhat. I've also found that on bad days, a really slow descent, staying at the same level for a couple of minutes when the pain really flares means I can continue within aborting the dive.

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Depends if it's full of gunk or air.
I think Woz has it nailed. I once suffered the reverse of this with severe pain after surfacing from a 10m diver. The eventual release of air was heard by everyone on the dockside but an immediate trip ton the dentist revealed nowt - and it was put down to food particle(s). You may have a particular 'hole'/crevice that gets filled with food particles on occasion.
 
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