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What is making my tongue sore?

(24 Posts)
NorbertDentressangle Thu 01-Nov-12 18:31:12

My tongue was sore for a week or so a couple of weeks ago and today its suddenly sore again.

Am I deficient in something? Is it a reaction to something I've eaten? A symptom of something? Any ideas anyone?

Marrow Thu 01-Nov-12 19:37:51

Have you eaten a lot of sugar? That often gives me a sore tongue.

milkybrew Thu 01-Nov-12 19:39:52

Does it look a normal colour, as oral thrush can make your tongue sore? I think it presents with a whiteish coating or spots. I've not suffered but my sister did as a child and each bout started with a sore tongue. HTH

NorksAreMessy Thu 01-Nov-12 19:40:25

Myob says that blebs on you Tongue are from telling lies!

digerd Thu 01-Nov-12 20:16:55

My tongue used to become sore for a day after drinking tea too hot, or sucking a boiled sweet. Can you actually see anything where it hurts?

NorbertDentressangle Thu 01-Nov-12 20:38:21

Just had a look in the mirror - no white coating, possibly some tiny red spots but those might always have been there but I've not noticed them before IYSWIM.

Not to do with hot tea or eating lots of sugar.

I certainly never tell any lies Norks <nose grows> wink

The soreness seems to be all over the top of the tongue apart from down the centre of it and theres an odd little round patch (size of a finger nail) towards the front of the tongue that seems to be a different colour (ie. the glass of red wine I've had hasn't coloured that bit). That patch isn't in the sore area though

MissZombRee Thu 01-Nov-12 20:39:16

It can be linked to a vitamin deficiency but I forgot which one blush google?

R2PeePoo Thu 01-Nov-12 23:41:34

Geographic tongue?

I get little discoloured patches with no feeling in them, stinging sensation, feeling that my tongue is a little swollen. Its caused by certain foods, stress, illness and hormones (if it was several weeks ago you got it last it could be related to your cycle).

NorbertDentressangle Fri 02-Nov-12 08:01:00

R2PeePoo (great name BTW) - it does sound like geographic tongue from how you've described it. I don't think its connected to my cycle and haven't been ill (although maybe feeling a bit run down?) so I guess that leaves food or stress.

I reckon its food but no idea what.

Have you found anything you can do to get rid of the soreness ?

doinmummy Fri 02-Nov-12 11:54:15

Yes I second geographic tongue. Not sure if there's a cure though. Does drinking milk help?

R2PeePoo Fri 02-Nov-12 12:25:21

Have you found anything you can do to get rid of the soreness ?

Yes, the most boring bland diet ever. Hardly any sugar/gluten, no alcohol, very little fat and salt, small amounts of dairy, no citrus or tomatoes, lots of water, plenty of fruit and vegetables, simple grains and white meat/fish.

It only disappeared fully when I went onto the diet (which I am on for reflux) and it comes back when I eat too much of the wrong things. You could try it for a bit (and its not fun but I have lost two dress sizes) and then introduce other things slowly to see whats causing it.

If you are feeling run down it could also be that too, I had it almost constantly last year when I was very run down.

runmumrun Fri 02-Nov-12 21:58:10

I had something very similar earlier this year, lasted maybe a week, then cleared up, then came back. Go and get checked by your GP just to be safe - my GP thought it hormone related, I couldn't eat anything spicy, found rinsing my mouth after eating helped (try Corsoydl - be warned, tastes vile).

NorbertDentressangle Sat 03-Nov-12 10:07:52

Well this time it only lasted a day or so.

It can't be related to spicy food as we had a curry last might and its fine.

Re: the hormonal I'm mid 40s I'm wondering if it could be peri-menopausal?

AgentProvocateur Sat 03-Nov-12 10:22:51

I get this after I eat pineapple or drink pineapple juice. It lasts for a couple of days, and it's quite sore.

charlottehere Sat 03-Nov-12 10:32:53

My DD has gepgraphic tongue, sounds like that.

maybeIwillmaybeIwont Sat 03-Nov-12 10:34:15

B12 deficiency also causes a sore Tongue <nods knowingly>

drjohnsonscat Sat 03-Nov-12 10:47:19

I have geographic tongue. It runs in the family. Walnuts, pineapple and sometimes tomatoes will set it off. I'm too greedy to cut anything else out of my diet. Agree that it fluctuates with stress, hormones and sugar intake.

coffeeinbed Sat 03-Nov-12 10:59:51

Vit B deficiency?

coffeeinbed Sat 03-Nov-12 11:02:11

Sorry, didn't see the post above!

AgentProvocateur Sat 03-Nov-12 11:43:38

What foods are high in Vit B? I'm suffering from recurring ulcers.

nomadwantshome Sat 03-Nov-12 14:34:38

I suffer from this and am sure its food related but also it's improved when I've taken extra b vits. I take the holland and barret liquid.

noddyholder Sat 03-Nov-12 14:36:18

b12 it was one of the first things to go once I had the jabs

NorbertDentressangle Sat 03-Nov-12 14:51:13

aah the vitamin B / B12 deficiency could be a factor as I'm vegetarian (although TBH I feel that I do have a good, balanced diet overall).

Also, Agent, I get the sore tongue from pineapple too but I've not had any for ages.

noddyholder Sat 03-Nov-12 15:04:43

b12 deficiency isn't really about good diet It is just that b12 needs a lot of other things to be absorbed and utilised and if they aren't there it just leaves the body unused. I think in veggies that is the case

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