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Severe headaches after extraction
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Severe headaches after extraction

I had my top right 2nd & 3rd molars extracted 10 days ago.  I returned to the Oral Surgeon 3 days ago with problems due to dry socket and have since been taking amoxicillin & tylenol 3 as prescribed.  In addition to the pain in my mouth associated to dry socket, I am experiencing severe right sided pain in my head.  It's generally near and above my right eye.  It's not relieved by the tylenol 3 and keeps me up at night. Is this normal? Should I assume it is a result of the extraction?  
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An infection in your sinus may be the cause of your pain.  You should promptly return to the surgeon for evaluation.  A simple radiograph can rule-out sinus involvement.

Dry sockets are customarily treated with packing of the surgical site with a medicated dressing.  The pain usually diminishes within 45 minutes of the packing.  If the pain persists longer than additional sources should be sought.

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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