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alexx_kay
The other night, I got home to find kestrell complaining about both a migraine and the fact that the Evil Hum had spread to her room. It's not as loud as it was before the pump got swapped, but it's quite pervasive.

I'm rather at a loss to know what to do. When the plumber left last time, he didn't have any clear course of action for 'next thing to try'. There was some vague discussion of finding the pipe where the vibration is starting and clamping it down better. Unfortunately, it's almost certainly inside a wall, so that could be a major operation.

When I'm in Positive (or Wishful) Thinking mode, I think that our current hypersensitivity is caused by our other health issues, and once they are dealt with, the Hum will cease to seem Evil. In Kes' case, the migraines (I picked up the refill for her migraine medication last night), in my case, the ongoing jaw pain.

I haven't mentioned the jaw pain lately because I've been in denial. "It's just healing slowly," I told everyone, including myself. I think it was even true for the first few weeks after the wisdom tooth came out. But for the last few weeks, I haven't been able to detect any physical progress with my tongue, and the pain has been ramping back up.

As I write this, I am on my way to an oral surgeon to have it Looked At. This is not the one who was out in Guam, but a new one I am seeing for the first time, who is on the Green Line. He came highly recommended, and I hope to have a good experience. Certainly he has a good person manning the phones; she asked intelligent questions, gave me directions without being prompted, and managed to get me an appointment on roughly 24 hours notice. More updates later.

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Good thing I allowed lots of time. Red Line is "experiencing delays due to a disabled train."

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Feh. The doctor was very personable, and very efficient, but not actually very helpful. The jaw pain comes and goes, and it was mostly absent when he saw me. so he basically said "Give me a call next time you get pain during working hours and we'll try and see you right away." Le sigh.

On the plus side, he took an x-ray and looked around inside my mouth, and said everything looked as he would expect. I asked him how much longer I could expect the healing process to take. Apparently, around *six months*! Amazingly, no one had yet bothered to mention that to me. Gahhh...
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Just remember, if there's anything I can do to help out the situation, do speak right up.

That sucks on the wisdom tooth front, although considering what has been done to your jaw, sadly not surprising.

Have you websearched for ways to deal with this?

This is not the one who was out in Guam, but a new one I am seeing for the first time, who is on the Green Line.

That's good; the Green Line to Guam is unreliable.

Feh. The doctor was very personable, and very efficient, but not actually very helpful. The jaw pain comes and goes, and it was mostly absent when he saw me. so he basically said "Give me a call next time you get pain during working hours and we'll try and see you right away." Le sigh.

It's frustrating when a doctor can't help. At least this one believes you, and is willing to see you on short notice.

I asked him how much longer I could expect the healing process to take. Apparently, around *six months*! Amazingly, no one had yet bothered to mention that to me.

That's really bad. However, that might be an upper bound, rather than the expected value—mine didn't take anything like that long.



It may be time to try some pipe insulation on any exposed bits of pipe. Especially if you can jam it into the hole it comes out of.

Good luck.

Try a course of antibiotics to see if an infection could be the problem? I had gold crowns put on live teeth. It took a *year* for the pain to subside. Next time, root canals.

Can't help about the teeth, nor do I have any golden words about the pipe noise except to take it seriously -- apparently annoying constant noises are one of those things that one doesn't get used to, they just keep on being annoying.

Maybe I do have an idea. If this is noise being generated by a pump and transmitted to your room through a metal pipe that that pump is connected to, then putting a short length of rubber hose between the pump and the pipe will help prevent the trnsmission of the sound.

If, on the other hand, the pipe is vibrating due to changes in water pressure or the flow of water, that won't do any good.

I noticed your comments about bleeding air out of the system. I don't know about *your* system, but my understanding is that heating systems that need to be bled should normally be bled every year, that some air gets in as a normal consequence of operation, that sometimes they need to be bled several times to be fully effective, and that it's a simple process that the homeowner or renter should become familiar with, not requiring a plumber. All that said, I have no idea if it has anything to do with your humming.

Best of luck..

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