Are you plagued with burning in your mouth or tongue, sometimes called glossodynia? Have you been to numerous doctors, dentists, allergy experts, or ear, nose & throat specialists who say everything looks normal?
Listen to this story. Jeannie, a vivacious 42-year-old mother of two children is a massage therapist and chef. She was living the idyllic life in beautiful northern California until burning mouth came into her life. She has severe burning pain throughout her mouth and tongue.
It started two years ago. Her life has become a living hell since then. She is not able to enjoy the great food she makes. She has a 45-minute routine to use mouthwashes and pastes in her mouth in order to fall asleep. She doesn’t have a life-threatening condition, but her life is miserable due to burning mouth.
She has seen eight different health practitioners. She has been to a dentist, allergist, ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. She has seen alternative health practitioners including an acupuncturist, a nutritionist, and a homeopathic practitioner. She saw a naturopathic doctor who supposedly treated her with hormones, but they didn’t work.
According to a review article on burning mouth syndrome in the International Journal of Oral Sciences:
“Most clinicians DREAD seeing the patient presenting with a primary complaint of burning pain on one or more oral mucosal surfaces (the lining of your mouth and tongue).”
DOCTORS DREAD SEEING YOU! WHY?
Because they don’t know what to do for you!
WHO AM I?
I’m Dr. Susan Sklar. I have formally trained as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist 35 years ago. For the past 5 years, I have been treating men and women with bioidentical hormones at my Restorative Medicine Center. I have had the opportunity to observe women closely for the past 35 years. I have witnessed the tremendous changes that occur in some women with changes in their hormones. I didn’t start out to treat women with burning mouth and tongue, but I noticed that as I treated them for hormone imbalances and deficiencies with a full restorative hormone program, their burning tongue and mouth improved or went away. So did burning skin and itching skin on shoulders, backs, waists, and thighs. There is solid scientific evidence for why this is true.
WHAT IS BURNING TONGUE SYNDROME or BURNING MOUTH SYNDROME?
How do you know if you have burning tongue/ burning mouth? Most importantly, you feel like your tongue or mouth has been scalded or burnt by hot liquid. Burning tongue and mouth is defined as “an intraoral (in the mouth) burning sensation for which no medical or dental cause can be found.”(International Headache Society). The burning sensation occurs on a daily basis and is present for 4-6 months.
The pain is usually gone during sleep but starts in the morning, becomes mild to moderate by late morning and may progressively increase through the day, reaching its worst level by late afternoon or early evening. The pain often interferes with falling asleep.
Earlier medical studies minimized the severity of the pain, but more recent studies have reported that pain is moderate to severe and is similar to the intensity of toothache pain.
The medical establishment has been underestimating the severity of your pain. It’s a high level of pain!
You may also have dry mouth, itching, feeling of roughness, a “sticky sensation”, trouble swallowing, a metallic taste or other taste changes. Usually, the onset is spontaneous, but sometimes there is a specific event which started it such as a dental procedure, illness or medication. Once burning starts, it often persists for many years.
There isn’t much information on the natural course of burning mouth/burning tongue syndrome, but some studies have shown partial recovery without treatment six to seven years after it starts. That’s a long time to wait to see if maybe it’s going to go away!
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF BURNING MOUTH/BURNING TONGUE SYNDROME?
What you are up against:
1) Doctors who believe that depression is the cause
2) Doctors who think anxiety is the cause
3) Scientists who think fear of cancer is the cause
They are saying it’s all in your head! They think you are worrying yourself into burning mouth syndrome. They are also saying that because you are depressed, normal sensations are being perceived as painful. You know it’s not normal. I know it’s not normal. Because doctors can’t figure it out, they are blaming you, the person with burning mouth syndrome. The more enlightened doctors say you’re depressed because of the pain. That’s more like it. Of course, chronic pain is depressing, especially if your sleep is affected.