I wish you the best of luck. I can sympathize with the emotional toll that these problems can wreak on a person's life. I don't even like to go out in public as I feel like a freak sometimes.
I am happy to report that I had a good first appointment with a dentist I found on the http://iaomt.org website. It's kind of weird but I was excited when he remarked at first glance of my xrays and told me that at least one old root canals is infected. For some strange reason it gave me hope. Hope that I haven't had in a decade.
He put me on antibiotics and wants me to take them for at least a week before scheduling the extraction. While I'm not looking forward to this process, I am looking forward to maybe finally getting some relief.
This will leave me with 4 more root canals at least one in each quadrant. I'm going to go slow which is what the dentist actually recommends and to be honest it is all I can afford right now.