burning mouth syndrome, burning tongue, wasabi crisis

Q. Four months ago I woke up with the tip of my tongue burning. My doctor prescribed antifungal drugs, first Diflucan and then Mycelex, which provided no relief.

Now the roof of my mouth is also burning. Do you what causes this or what can be done about it? I have had zero success with prescribed medications.

A. You may want to ask your doctor if you could have “burning mouth syndrome” (BMS). Although this condition is mysterious (no cause or cure have been identified), researchers have noted that it is associated with lower levels of magnesium (Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, March, 2009) and vitamin B12 (European Journal of Medical Research, Sept. 28, 2001). Acid-suppressing drugs have been linked to lower levels of vitamin B12 and BMS.

Ask your physician to measure both magnesium and vitamin B12 to see whether your levels are low. If so, perhaps dietary supplements might ease your symptoms.

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  1. Bill
    New Jersey

    I had bronchitis about 3 years ago and went to 4 ear, nose, and throat doctors to try to clear up my cough. They all prescribed different inhalers, but none of them worked. After 2 more months my cough cleared up on its own. But I noticed I lost taste for my foods or drinks, and my mouth was on fire, and till today it still is. I’m thinking it was the inhalers that caused this. As a matter of fact I’m damn sure it was the inhalers. I’m going on 4 years now and still don’t know any doctors who can help. All they keep saying is there’s no cure. Can anybody out there relate?

  2. Evelyn

    I had my teeth cleaned by a tep: who stabbed every part af my gums frount and back and was very rough with cleaning- masses of blood! Thought the burning pain was because of the clean but now 2 years later even worse pain ! It affects me more at night when I lie down so I spend so many nights wandering around and crying!
    Dr has gave me sleeping pills but they are turning me into zombie!
    I’ve been so many places to sort it out but they just say BMS so I’m trying to sort it out for myself!

  3. Barbara H
    Boulder City Nevada

    I have had BMS for 9 years and have gone from Doctors from A to Z. I have found Clonazepam has really helped and also Pamelor,

  4. Jeanette

    I get burning mouth when I’m around computers, wifi, cell phones… I have electric sensitivity. I don’t have burning mouth in the night because Im not around electric things in the night.

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