I have burning in my mouth tongue and gums

This post from  Jamie really broke my heart.  Her condition has been life changing.  If you have a similar experience please add your advice below.

burning in my mouth tongue and gums 
by: jamie 

I have been a periodontal patient for 8 years. I am now 42. 13 months ago I took Z PAC antibiotic for a sinus infection. 

During this time I developed a burning in my mouth that has not let up. I've been to many dentist, oral surgeons, perio and endodontist and even an ENT. Nothing. Nada.

I was dating this man around that time that had seriously bad breath and I found that out by kissing him. Come to find out he had not been to a dentist in 20 years and his gums were in awful shape. 

So I guess my question is, can his infected mouth cause my mouth to burn like this? 

Every gum specialist I've seen does not believe it is my gums. There are no signs of bleeding, but my gums are starting to recede. Other than the recession there is nothing visual. 

I was told it could be burning mouth syndrome. Because it affects the right side of my tongue, my upper teeth on that side and my gums. Oh and my teeth ache constantly. 

This has changed mt whole life. I have lost my job, I have no social life, I stay to myself, and I'm very depressed because I am always hurting. 

Not that I would, but I think I about ending my life daily. If anyone has any hope for this or you suffer with this too, please let me know what you do to cope. Thank u.

My reply

Hi Jaimie, Thanks for writing. It breaks my heart to hear how you have suffered. I'm so sorry. 

I don't claim to know any more than the list of specialists you have already seen. But here are a couple of suggestions...

Have you ruled out the possibility of an allergy to a product or food? 
There have been a lot of readers who have reported severe reactions to Sensodyne products here.

You can be suddenly sensitive (allergic) to any product. It would be worth some consideration.

Burning mouth syndrome is tough to remedy but since you are the age where hormones may not be where they should be and that is one cause, I would pursue that with your primary care physician or OB/GYN. A blood test might show a major imbalance that would be simple to fix. Bioidentical hormones make HRT less risky.


I have known women with this condition and they have eventually recovered. Hopefully someone with first had experience will reply with more suggestions.

Lastly, you don't need to worry about kissing the guy with gum disease, it is not contagious.

Good luck and hang in there:)
Shelly

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