Anyone have answer to how to get mouth flora back to normal? Is it the gut? Yeast? Now I am eating raw garlic to help with the symptoms.
Hi Stacy. You have not explained much of your symptons but it could be the beginning of Burning Mouth Syndrome. I have had BMS for nealry four years, it is an unknown syndrome, no-one really knows how or why it suddenly appears and there is no known cure, it can only be treated, whatever is best for the person with BMS. Symptons can be mild or very severe. Mine at the moment is on a 4 out of ten, but boy oh boy in the beginning 10/10 for a long time. I could tell you my symptons but some are different, the most powerful was the metallic, burning, singeing, throbbing, soreness of the whole mouth, gums and tongue area. Check it out on google and you will understand more. The only medication for me after about eight months after numerous appts was, and still is Amitriptyline. It gets into your system and helps me tremendously. I take 4/5 tablets a day two on awaking then another two late afternoon and sometimes one in the evening.
Although it is an antidepressant tablet, I have beeen told that it does not go into that mode unless you take 6/7 which I have never done so. Without these tablets I would be in an awful lot of pain and discomfort. It never actually goes away, I can feel it there all the time, the morning is easier but it gets worse thru the day time. You have to take the tablets on a continuious basis otherwise they will not work, if I miss or am out and do not have my tablets with me, my tongue startrs to tingle and burn especially the tip of the tongue. I can only recommend that if it is bad for you at leat you can try Amitriptyline, do not give up because they do work for me and hopefully for you Other people may have other tips for you as well. BMS is a big question mark and you will find that some doctors plus other people have not heard of it. It is not in our minds and BMS can be very painful. Do not let anyone else tell you otherwise. All of us who have this symdrome keep hoping that someone will find the reason why it happens and can it be cured - at the moment no.
Good Luck June.
After reading other people's experience with BMS, I am feeling pretty lucky. Although I have had it for five years now, and I don't really know how severe mine is because of meds, I can tell you the following. On the classic scale of 1-10, I THINK mine is about a 7 or 8. I am on gabapentin in the morning (600 mgs) and amatriptyline in the evening (20 mg) and it has decreased my pain by 60-70%. I get flare ups during the day from things like brushing my teeth and tongue, eating abrasive foods like apple, hard candies, etc., drinking red wine and spicy foods. At those times I take a tiny nip of oralgel and distribute it around my mouth with my tongue. This buys me about 15minutes of numbness and lets the pain to die down from the actual event. Hope this helps.
Lastly, during my journey to find relief I took Lyrica. It reduced my pain by 80%, but I couldn't tolerate the side effects. Bummer.
Your comments were posted back in June. I hope you've found some relief for your BMS symptoms. I, too, have an issue with a burning tongue and have found little help from the medical professionals. Coincidentally, I seem to have relief when taking omeprazole, which is prescribed for acid reflux. Similar products are sold OTC and would be worth a try. I was surprised when told I had GERD as I had no symptoms (someone referred to it as Silent Reflux). I wish you the best. ellie
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