For those of you that know me, you know that about 3 years ago I admitted that I had and sought help for an addiction to prescriptions pain killers. Specifically opiods. Medicines such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone, oxycottin, etc. I completed the program that I started; which was a methadone maintenance program. Meaning I started taking methadone at a clinic daily. Once they found my stable dose; which is the dose that keeps one from craving more and keeps one from entering withdrawal symptoms, I stayed at that dose for awhile. Then, slowly and with counseling, they weaned me off of the methadone until I was completely drug free. I'm happy to say that I haven't had any opiods enter my body for 29 months. As far as that part of my life goes, I'm doing great. Here's my problem. I found yesterday that I have an exposed nerve in one of my teeth. It had been aching on and off for about 2 weeks and then yesterday the proverbial flood gates opened and I was in non stop constant pain. It hurt so bad that my ear started to ache as well. So I went to the dentist. They examined my tooth and discovered that I have en exposed nerve and that the tooth needs a root canal. The procedure is scheduled for Tuesday. In the mean time, the dentist prescribed me antibiotics for the infection and, you guessed it, hydrocodone/acetaminophen 5-325 for the pain. I've been instructed not to take ibuprofen because it is a blood thinner along with aspirin. acetaminophen(tylenol) is the only thing that I can really take for now and it's not working. Orajel worked for about 5 min. I've also tried tramadol and it isn't working either. What do I do? Do I take the pain killers that the Dentist prescribed. I told him about my past so he only gave me just enough to make it until the procedure is done, still though, I'm worried that if take one then it will lead to two, then three, then four, and onwards we go back to addiction. I'm in excruciating pain, though. So what can I do? Does anyone have any suggestions?