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Bad dreams
Horrible dream last night that I was in bed with somebody [who I have been in bed with before, but who shall remain nameless] and they were doing a series of piercings on me which were basically along the top of my cheek, and they were doing this by putting some sort of stapler-type-thing in my mouth and piercing through the whole of the cheek, and they'd done four of these on one side and two on the other and it was just hurting too much and I wanted them to stop, but it was all lop-sided and I didn't want to leave it lop-sided. I said that there were only two to go, but they insisted that there were three, and I couldn't work out if I'd just miscounted because I was in so much pain, or if they were lying; and then I realised that these piercings weren't going to be something I could hide at work etc., and I got really worried, and I also realised I couldn't smile at all with the piercings in, which made me even more upset. Horrible, horrible.

[Logical explanation could be that my lurking wisdom teeth were hurting in the night, or that I was grinding my teeth in my sleep (I do that a lot when I'm stressed, can't work out how to stop it though). And my ear-piercings have been really grim lately so I've been worrying about them... Falling apart, basically.]

Current Mood: sickened

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bellinghman From: bellinghman Date: May 25th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
One way to stop sleep bruxism (yes, there is a word for it) is an occlusal splint.

The othr way is to get rid of the stress, but that's often harder.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 25th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Coo. For use in craniomandibular disorders, apparently. I like all these fancy words!

Getting rid of the stress would probably be better. I suspect having to wear weird splinty things would stress me out anyway...
bellinghman From: bellinghman Date: May 25th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You put it in before going to sleep - and take it out on waking. It feels a bit weird to start with, but you quickly get used to it.

(You can tell I've experienced this, can't you?)

One problem about grinding your teeth is that it wears them down. This means that your jaw has to adjust to the new shape of your teeth, and that causes strain on the maxilliary muscles. Not to mention that teeth are sort of finite.
lusercop From: lusercop Date: May 25th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
is an occlusal splint
I should be worried, I guess, that I read the "splint" as "spliff", and then wondered what occlusal meant.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 25th, 2004 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

A spliff would probably help reduce the stress...
lusercop From: lusercop Date: May 25th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. That's aided in my misreading, I feel. :-)

I've been very good though, haven't had any since 01/01/2004.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: May 27th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could either just dump the ear piercings - your ears are fine without holes and metal in them and decorations can be painted or glued on as needed; or treat them: with tea tree oil and lavender oil, neat, but mixed 1:1; or with triple antibiotic ointment; or with hydrogen peroxide.

Also a good time of year to start up the B vitamins, and when your budget permits start eating mango and/or papaya and/or dried apricots. Good for skin, hair, and self-esteem.
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