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Back Again! Burning Mouth symptoms

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by pilatesgirl, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. pilatesgirl

    pilatesgirl Peer Supporter

    Hello, I spent a lot of time on this forum while healing from chronic pelvic pain which has since healed several years ago. My experience with pain completely transformed my life and purpose - like many of you. Since then I have experienced a few symptoms other than pelvic pain but nothing has "stuck".

    Last week I started having a dry mouth and increased thirst (which I do experience when I have intense anxiety and always goes away) and then it developed into odd burning sensations on the tip and middle of my tongue, right side of my tongue, cheeks and lips. It moves around and I never have it when I sleep, take a nap and decreases when I eat. It will also change in severity during the day.

    I have seen my dentist and they were familiar with it - they did not see any abnormality and prescribed "magic mouthwash" to interrupt the pain cycle. The dentist said it was an autoimmune disorder but I haven't seen that information.

    I've had a very stressful year and I am enrolled in a big course coming up October 1st so it doesn't come as a big surprise that something has popped up. I am very aware of tms and pain science but when it's a new symptom it's like all my knowledge goes out the window and fear takes over. Since this is such a new symptom and one I've never had before I am still ruling out any other underlying conditions before I immerse myself in my tools. I have read some threads on here about the subject but would love to hear some success/healing stories of this symptom as they were incredibly helpful for me the last time I healed.

    Thanks so much! xo Pilatesgirl
  2. had

    had Peer Supporter

    I've had TMS symptoms in many parts of my body including the mouth. Severe dental pain that sent me down a path of worries about extractions and implants and the cost of all that. Went to dentist...nothing was wrong. Didn't believe him...went to another...nothing was wrong....didn't believe her...went to another...nothing was wrong...finally accepted it and it went away.

    I also had an episode of pain in the roof of my mouth and back of throat...same rabbit hole story where I was afraid of some infection, some tonsil stone defect, some whatever...even had red spots convincing me more I had some illnesss. Doctor did tests for the usual and also weird stuff like toxoplasmosis/lyme since I have an indoor/outdoor cat and ticks around here. Everything was negative. No signs of actual infection or disease. After jumping through all those hoops and no answers it finally went away after a few months.

    While it's impossible to be 100% sure 100% of the time...unless there is some obvious trauma/disease backed up by exams/tests I have learned to just try my best to accept it as TMS. Personally journalling and stuff like that doesn't help me. I just get enough evidence and then try my best to move on and not obsess...if it is going to go away then it does on it's own eventually. Unless there is some definitive disease requiring a medication or treatment, nothing like eye drops, mouth wash, supplements etc have EVER helped me. Only cost me, so personally I don't even bother with stuff like that...not because of the "if you use any treatment you are not REALLY believing it's TMS" nonsense...but because I don't want to waste the money for nothing. Even Sarno says it's fine to treat things if it helps you move forward so whatever works.
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  3. pilatesgirl

    pilatesgirl Peer Supporter

    Thank you had, for your response and your experience! You have no idea how much it helps.

    It amazes me how quickly one symptom can spiral into several others - always moving around and then that's ALL you feel and think about. I had labs done today to rule out anything else and my doc took another look at my mouth - no visual sign of anything. I will begin the process of accepting and allowing without adding more tension or fear. Helps to read stories of healing too as that's what I did previously to help me believe. I had the same experience with journaling as it wasn't helpful and added more anxiety - which only increased my symptoms. I too need enough evidence then I can work on the hypervigilance. At the moment feeling a strong metallic taste in my mouth but the dryness is less and inside cheeks are fine. When you're well for so long it's easy to forget how powerful the brain is and can create the most bizarre sensations.

    Thank you again for responding.
  4. had

    had Peer Supporter

    Yeah I've had metal tastes too at times and it can be entirely imagined, or physically caused but benign like from some food aftertaste or a random episode of acid reflux which everyone has at one time or another. In fact I was just thinking about that as I read your post and now I can taste it...so that's clearly something my mind just made happen. Evidence like that is what helps...getting symptoms when you haven't even moved or done anything, or when simply thinking of an issue...obvious TMS.
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