Oct 08, 2005 - 10:02 pm
I had tonsil cancer in February of 2002 and as a result doctors removed my tonsils. Then, although my cancer was, as the doctors put it 99% gone, was advised to have chemo and radiation as a precaution. The radiation, a six week, daily treatment has damaged my jaw bone resulting in excessive bone loss and removal of 3 teeth on the lower left jaw bone. Now, I am in constant pain and can no longer open my mouth more than a half inch or so. The pain is chronic and take morphine daily. The only thing left to do is have my jaw bone replaced by using the small bone in my leg. I am only 54 years old and feel I could handle any operation well enough (but who wants to). My questions and concerns are many, but I mainly would like to know if any one has had this proceedure and could offer any advice or alternative solutions. I will have to do something soon because the pain and the drug use has gone far enough, I would be fine living with the condition if I could just stop the pain.