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Burning tongue

  • Posted By: Sensitive
  • December 7, 2006
  • 01:46 AM

Has anyone ever had this problem? The first week in October I started having a different sensation in my tongue. It sort of felt like it does when you've been to the dentist, had a numbing shot and several hours later the sensation of the feeling begins to come back. It's like a cooling, menthol effect. This is the way it started. Now it has progressed to a burning sensation. My taste buds aren't as good as they were. Anything that is mint flavored, cinnamon or the slightest spicey sets the burning sensation off. BTW, I did have a root canal on Wed, September 27. I've had these before and nothing like this has ever happened. My dentist thought it might be some kind of viral infection in the family of chicken pox, shingles, herpes, etc. so he put me on Valtrex for two weeks. That hasn't helped. Another doctor did blood work up on me checking on two types of thyroid conditions, folate levels, B-12 deficiency. All came back normal. Family doctor told me to switch toothpaste. I did that and still have the problem. Any suggestions from any of you?

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  • Yes, I had the exact same thing and it was a pain in the behind. I could hardly eat anything without getting the burn. My Doctor ran the same tests as yours and all was normal but still told me I needed B-12. I bought "Sublingual B Total" which comes as a liquid with dropper. The box states its for liquid energy but after using for about a month or so the pain went away and I have not had pain ever since, and that was about 1.5 yrs ago. Hope this helps.
    always the sinuses 3 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 02:55 AM
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  • thanks for the info. Did it kinda effect your taste buds also? I will definitely look for the stuff you offered. I hope it doesn't taste bad. I'm not a good liquid medicine taker.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 01:56 PM
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  • Yeah, it affected the buds and as the medicine goes, it says fruity taste but im still wondering which planet the fruit came from.......sorry.
    always the sinuses 3 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 10:16 PM
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  • You could have damage to the lingual nerve. This can happen from a root canal or infection. Confirm what filling material your dentist used in the root canal. If it included Sargenti paste (aka N-2, Rc-2B, RC-2W) you could have side effects from the formaldehyde (yes, formaldehyde) that is in it. It is not approved by the FDA and most dentists that use it won't tell you because it is considered malpractice. Ask for your records, don't ask them 'cause they will try to cover it up......
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 10:50 PM
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  • I have had the same problem. I had the dentist take off my crown today and the burning and bitter taste still continue. I have gone to see many specialists but when they take x-rays, everything looks fine. one site says there may be a hole in the root and it has not been filled in properly and the tooth needs to be removed.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 21, 2007
    • 06:35 AM
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  • I think I have the same thing. I ate some hot soup one day, and I thought I just had burned my mouth. It's been weeks and the back of my toungue still feels like it was burned. I like spicy food, and when I eat it my tongue feels very, very sensitive to it. Something is definately different. The pain is mainly from the middle to the back of the tongue near the throat. The tip is fine.Coincidentally, I was at the dentist having a cavity filled. However the burning sensation was happening prior to the dentist. I don't think there is any relation there.I also had a cough and small fever for a week or so. I think it might have been a touch of whooping cough. It went undiagnosed but now my daughter has pnuemopia. My cough seems to have gone away but still the tongue deal is here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 9, 2009
    • 11:30 PM
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  • Wow i have the same thing. 3 days after giving birth i got a numb tongue(feels like its burnt) along with internal shaking. I also have burning legs and numbness and digestive problems. No one can figure it out. I have had my thyroid tested, ana, crp b12 and the only thing they can find is lesions on my spleen. Please help!
    daisykf 21 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 08:54 PM
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  • UPDATE: Most of the burning has gone away. Only the tongue, nothing else with the body. When I curl my tongue I still feel something weird.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 25, 2009
    • 02:34 AM
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  • UPDATE: Most of the burning has gone away. Only the tongue, nothing else with the body. When I curl my tongue I still feel something weird.Did you do anything to help it go away? I had a cavity filled and unfortunately ate some hot soup that night. I thought I had burnt my tongue and it would go away in a few days. here we are two weeks later and my tongue still exhibits sensitivity to slightly hot foods as well as spice. My taste buds aren't working as well as they usually do, which is kind of good because I don't have self control with food, but the constant feeling drives me nuts! When I am with my wife and kissing her my tongue feels, to me, more like a cats tongue but she has not complained about anything. When i touch my tongue with my finger both sides of it feel the same. I'm hoping that it is just burnt and it takes a long time to heal.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 30, 2009
    • 05:10 PM
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