ulcers on tongue...vitamin deficiency
In oct I switched from BA chewables to OTC pills for all my vitamins. I tried to talk her into checking all my labs to see if anything else is off, but no go. She only checked my B12. So vita-gurus how concerned should I be about everything else in lieu of any actual symptoms?
I will be placing a BA order today, but worry if I need to up anything to resolve a deficiency. Any suggesrions?
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Are you taking the B12 as sublingual or considering that you actually get what is in your multi?
Do they hurt? Thrush is fairly commonn in first year ppl, but it's not particularly painful.
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It is quite painful, the ulcers are all around the bottom edge of my tongue on both sides. I am barely talking and have been living on cottage cheese, yogurt and r/f beans exclusively this week. Dr. gave me a topical analgesic to ease the pain enough for me to eat and that helped immensely. Tonight I had a bit of baked chicken with my r/f beans.
Michelle, my PCP has been checking my labs, but not to my satisfaction...definitely not 14 vials worth! I have discussed this with my surgeon and for my next labs he will write the orders. He did not feel it necessary to rerun them in Sept right after my PCP had done them. I am using a sublingual B12 that I got at my local health food store.
I have not posted my labs in the past for input mostly because I am too lazy, but I think I will go dig them out and make the effort.
They should definitely be taking at least 14 tubes of blood - I think mine is usually more like 20.
You really should not wait until symptoms develop to get labs done - by then serious problems, some irreversable, may have occurred.
How low is your B12? What are you doing to bring it up?
As for how to bring it up, the Dr just told me to go back to BA since that was working for me before. I insisted on the test today to see how low I am in case I need to double up on my supplement to bring it up. Do you have any other suggestions?
I will call leave a message with surgeon tomorrow to let him know what is up and get his feed back on the situation.
I would also want a complete set of labs right now, though, to make sure nothing else is low. If it is low, you would need to add additional amounts of whatever it is to get back up to normal, just the BA would not likely do it.
What are you doing to bring the B12 up? Really, you need the number to figure out what to do and how much.
I've learned the hard way - always, always get the numbers.
I have had them occasionally since i was a kid....
my vitamin levels are fine.... sometimes they just happen.
on 12/30/10 6:21 pm
I know it sounds weird but I can only use that for 3-5 days on and then 2-3 weeks off.
Even if what you have isn't viral, the mouthwash might help with the pain until you can get your vitamins straightened out. Not good that your doctor didn't recommend something like this. Blisters on the tongue are SO painful!!
I do not come into contact with young children. There were a few at the family Christmas, but I didn't interact with them. Dr. did consider the viral cause, but felt the vitamin deficiency was much more likely the cause.
I did get an Rx for the liquid lidocaine....rather than mouthwash, I just apply it to the ulcers with a Qtip.
I am presurgical and I also have vitamin b-12 deficiency and developed sores in my mouth. Labs were done when I went to PCP because my mouth was so sore, as I guess this commonly happens according to my PCP and turned out fine, but when I was at my dentist a few days later, he thought maybe my mouth was too dry because having a dry mouth all the time can also cause sores. Dry mouth can be from medications or not drinking enough or a c-pap machine he said. He recommended using biotine mouth wash and toothpaste, and since I started using it in november, the sores have improved greatly... maybe the biotine can help things feel a little better or maybe depending on how your labs come out, it may not be a deficiency causing them