For over a year I have been getting very severe blisters on the roof of my mouth. They seems to occur every other month, the week after my period. It starts with the roof of my mouth getting numb, then when I eat or drink, I get a huge blister, like saliva is backed up. It eventually pops, peels, and is very raw and tender for up to a week afterwards. They ONLY occur on the right side of my mouth, and almost always in the same spot.
I have seen mulitple doctors. They have done blood work, biopsies, allergy tests, and nothing has shown any abnormalities other than my natural antibodies are low. Therefore, I take 200mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid with 400mg of L-Carotene 2x daily as recommended by my doctor. This seems to be helping. The blisters are less frequent but I have other symptoms now.
The past two outbreaks I have had have been on my face instead of my mouth. They look like hives or bee stings. They always show up in the same spot, one on my nose and one on my chin. They are there for one day then disappear by morning.
Another symptom is insomnia. It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to fall asleep without taking Tylenol PM, Advil PM, or 5mg or more of Melatonin.
Along with all that, my jaw is always extremely sore at my right joint. It pops like a knuckle and is very stiff in the morning.
The weirdest thing to me is this strange discoloration on my shoulder. It is about the size of a dime, in a circle shape. It never goes away, showed up around the time my mouth blisters started. When I feel them, or the hives on my face coming on, the place on my shoulder always itches and becomes swollen and dark red, when it is usually just a shade or two darker than my normal skin tone.
I know my symptoms are strange and seem unconnected. However, I find it strange they all had a similar time of unset. whatever it is, it is NOT an STD, I have been tested multiple times, and my boyfriend, who is the only person I have ever had sex with, has no symptoms and has also been tested for STDs.
Could all these symptoms really be caused by over working myself and having a weak immune system as my doctor thinks, or is there an underlying cause? He told me it is NOT autoimmune, nor is it life threatening. I'm not really worried, but I'd like to know if there is something other than what I am already doing to help remedy my symptoms.