Corry, I feel your pain and understand it completely. 21 years ago when I was riding my bike to the library, the front wheel locked on me and sent me sailing over the handlebars. I landed a good 10 feet or so from where the bike fell. I landed on the left side of my face and shoulders. I even had road rash on the backside of my earlobe from where my ear folded over during the fall. But the most serious injury was to my teeth. Had I not had braces, I would have lost three of my front teeth. Indeed the wire held them in place, although they were visibly bent inwards. A city utility crew witnessed the incident and called paramedics.
The trip to ER was fun. The ER physician wanted to know if I was wearing a helmet and when the ambulance driver said now, he shook his head. Well...in this case, a bike helmet would not have helped as the initial impact was square on the jaw. Corry, or any other cyclist here, please show me any bike helmet that will protect the jaw. I politely mentioned that fact and I got a dirty look!
I was taken to my orthodontist after my time in ER when it was found I had no concussions, was not going to go into shock, no neck/spinal cord injuries, etc. My orthodontist had a specialized X-ray machine that traced along the entire jawline. After it was determined that my jawline was intact with no hairline fractures, did he put in a new wire? Oddly, no. I was sent to my dentist for an exam there and he put in a new wire. After checking to see if my teeth were still alive and the nerve was not damaged, he doped me up with Novacaine and had me breathing the nitrous oxide. Problem is, that did not do squat for the 30-45 seconds of pure pain! My dentist, as well as my father, could see my teeth literally being pushed back into line with the rest of my teeth. Those who have had braces know all to well the pain for the first few wires used. Well...multiply that times ten and that was how I felt as my teeth were being realigned.
The next few days were spent on Tylenol 3 and lots of rest. Despite the general thought that braces would cause more harm to a jaw injury, that was disproven by every doctor/paramedic/dentist saying my braces saved my teeth. To this day, I have a scar of sorts from the accident. There is a dollar coin sized area (or a "Toonie" sized area for our Canadian members) on my left shoulder joint where the skin is a few shades lighter. Even after 21 years of repeated tans and burns, it still remains.
So Corry, as a person who knows your pain all too well, I hope you are feeling better very soon. Not sure what you are taking for pain, but if BC sells AC&C (an aspirin, caffeine, and codeine pill for those nat familiar with what it is.) over the counter, the codeine, even in the reduced amounts compared to prescription versions, will be a blessing for your pain.
PS: When I used to go to Toronto, I would always bring back two or three 200 count bottles of AC&C. It was great for my whopper headaches!