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Severe Pain, Mostly in Tongue



I hope you can help. I have severe pain, mostly on both sides of my tongue, but the pain is much worse on one side. I can see a diffuse swelling, sort of like a bump, but no sore, and no canker sore. I also have a burning tongue, but I don`t know if that`s a separate issue, or part of the same issue. The pain on the side of my tongue is VERY severe, and I`m having trouble eating and talking. Even if a tooth scrapes against it, it`s very painful. My ENT looked at it, but said he couldn`t see anything. I, however, can see a bump on that one side, and in the beginning (several months ago), I could see a small, but longish, white ridge. The only things that help are warm salt water and kaopectate mixed with liquid benadryl. On the side: I have Fibromyalgia and undiagnosed neurological problems. Please help if you possibly can! (Oh, and chocolate, toothpaste, and certain other substances irritate my entire mouth, but esp. the bump). Doc wouldn`t give me any meds.


Thank you for visiting NetWellness. From your description, it sounds like you may have a condition called 'Burning Mouth Syndrome'. For more information please refer to the NetWellness article on Burning Mouth Syndrome. If an oral and maxillofacial pathologist is available, he/she would be good choice for an evaluation and any additional recommendations regarding management.

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University