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Hi there.. I've been on-and-off seeing little swollen red bumps at the back of my tongue. I was suffering from a sinus infection and when the anti-biotics and menthol steams finally started working, the post nasal drip started and there has been a lot of mucus. So, since then, I've been clearing my throat a lot!! I know it's not good to do, but I can't help it. I think I'm probably really irritating my mouth, tongue and throat.

I stumbled upon this forum while doing a search. And through the forum I followed the link to http://www.dentalmedsoft.com/O...Text/Chapter%201.htm suggested by Dr. Vinod. I looked at all of the pics on the page and found two that look similar..
Figure 1.39. Bilateral foliate papillae (tonsillar tissue) on the posterior lateral border of the tongue, green arrows. Also, note the largest of the lingual papillae, the circumvallate, blue arrows.
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Figure 1.45. Dorsal surface of tongue showing a double row of circumvallate papillae running posteriorly to form a "V" shape. These are raised above the surface and mimic small "tumors."

Dr. Vinod or anyone have any thoughts about this. Do these bumps seem like they could be related to the whole sinus/post nasal drip problem? Maybe pharangitis?

Thanks!!
 
Posts: 1 | Location: Turkey | Registered: 17 December 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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dear dr.
i am hoping you can shade alittle light on my problem. i am 30year old female,
as of dec. 18th i was having trouble breathing so i went to the er where they told me i had bronchitis and also gave me a antibiotic and sent me on my way, 8 days later i went too another er they also sent me home said it was bronchitis, and then about the 20th of jan. went back to er because i had swllowen lypod and sore ear and was told it was upper respitory infection and bronchitis, and gave me anitibiotics and predison, then went to ent cuz dentist referffed me to go there i have a tooth that needs to be pulled, after that she sent for for a ct scan, well while waiting for results i had another app. at gp and she said i had a chronic sinus infection and prescribed nasonex, i have been taking it ever since, i went back to the ent. she ruled out chronic sinustits,i then went to urgent care at the clinc i go too and she didnt see why i was having trouble breathing said something about she sees nothing but something looked small but didnt say what, she gave me adviar and the next day i decided to look at the back of my thoart to see if it looked red.its been about 4 or 5 days now i have noticed i have large lumps on my tounge in the back cant tell if they go into my thoart. thoart and chest seems dry...i dont know why none of the doctors have mentioned this while looking in my mouth. i am at my wits end, i have called and schuled another app with the ENT and it is schuled for this coming monday, i am going nuts i hope it goes away soon, i have been using antsptic mouthwash for 3days now twice a day, and they still seem as large as they were. also i have what looks to be like little red dots on roof of mouth. when i was first sick i would sit with my face in steam it would help me beable to breath.
 
Posts: 1 | Location: deerfield,ohio | Registered: 04 February 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hello Nyki

There are many lumps and bumps at the back of the tongue that are natural and so you could be worrying about nothing. So have a good weekend. Make a list of questions to ask your ENT so that you can be reassured of your fears. Let us know how you get on.

Best wishes
Vinod Coffee


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
 
Posts: 3906 | Location: St Luke's Hospital, Bradford and Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield | Registered: 14 December 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi, I feel like everyone on here is freaking out about these bumps on the back of their tongue. I looked at the back of my throat tonight because I kept feeling something tickle back there. I used a tongue scraper and the bumps on the back of my tongue started to bleed, which I know is Not normal. I then put my finger to the back of my tongue/throat area and could feel a huge flap of skin and when I relaxed my muscles it felt like the "flap" went back down on my tongue and was actually a part of my tongue. I am not in any pain, but this is bothering me. I am married and no this is not an std. I have clinical this week at a nursing home and do not want to endanger any of the residents. Could you please give me your best opinion of what this may be? Thanks in advance!
 
Posts: 1 | Location: Ky | Registered: 10 February 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hello Amwest

I suspect the "flap of skin" you described is the epiglottis which is a flap of tissue that sits at the base of the tongue that keeps food from going into the trachea, or windpipe, during swallowing. It's the part of your body that flops down over the windpipe when you swallow to keep food from going into your lungs. Without your epiglottis, you would cough or choke every time you eat.

If you manage to stick out your tongue far enough you might just see it. Videoclip: The epiglottis appearing as a 'second tongue'.

I don't think you should scrape your tongue as far back (to the circumvallate papillae) as you appear to be doing.

Best wishes

Vinod Coffee


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
 
Posts: 3906 | Location: St Luke's Hospital, Bradford and Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield | Registered: 14 December 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yes my name is Jeremy, I am 18, i used to chew for about 5 years on and off no more than 8 months at a time i would chew then take 6-7 months off. I recently had white patches in the back of my throat, and i went to my doctor he said i had several viral infections and they'd clear up soon. Well it hasn't its been about 2 weeks since i seen my doctor last. When i went in i told him i had stomach pains sore throat and jaw pains. He said i didn't have any cancerous cells in my mouth but now i am seeing lumps on the back of my tongue that i've never seen before. What do i do?
 
Posts: 2 | Location: USA | Registered: 26 February 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi Jeremy

Have you quit chew completely? If not, that would be the first, best thing to do. (sermon is now over.)

The best advice I can give is to see another doctor, especially if it's been more than two weeks and nothing is improving. The next suggestion would be a dental appointment.

Please let us know how this turns out.

Julia


Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
 
Posts: 983 | Location: Hollywood on the Huron | Registered: 15 February 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yea i quit chewing completely and the last time i went he gave me some penicilin VK and it started to clear up. Although its back again they called said blook test just showed Viral infections so im not sure
 
Posts: 2 | Location: USA | Registered: 26 February 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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OK, so I have something in common with some of the posts on here, and some that are different. I had a bad abscess procedure 12 days ago (perirectacl abscess). I was given some pretty heavy antibiotics that I took twice a day for 7 days, and 3 times a day for 10 days. About day 5 as I took them, it felt like one had gotten stuck in the back of my throat. Well needless to say, it wasn't the pill, but it is still driving me nuts. I am swallowing constantly as it feels like there is something sticking up on the right side of the back of my tongue. I looked and the bumps are where I can see them, where normally they aren't, so I'm assuming we have our culprit. Next question: Now what do I do? Do I wait it out? GP? Dentist? anything OTC I could take to help? Could this somehow be caused by the antibiotics I was taking before?
 
Posts: 1 | Location: Taylorsville, UT | Registered: 25 May 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hello Theres

Please see your GP for a diagnosis of your problem.

Best wishes
Vinod Coffee


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
 
Posts: 3906 | Location: St Luke's Hospital, Bradford and Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield | Registered: 14 December 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Dr. Joshi, I have read alot of the post on this site and they talk about lumps in the back of the tongue. My son has about 4 or 5 hard lumps the size of peas. He found them last week and has been washing with salt water and it is not helping. They do go down a little bit part of the day but still quite large. He is getting very scared.
 
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Hello SniperWife

It is not possible to make a diagnosis over the Internet. The lumps are probably normal anatomy ( circumvallate papillae.) but you need to confirm this. Please ask your son to see his dentist for a proper diagnosis. If your dentist is unsure, you will be referred to a specialist. Do let us know what the diagnosis is.

Best wishes
Vinod Coffee


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
 
Posts: 3906 | Location: St Luke's Hospital, Bradford and Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield | Registered: 14 December 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I feel like an extreme scratching in the back of my throat. It's like I swallowed a couple nails and they are stuck back there. The most pain was when I swallowed my saliva. I became frustrated and wanted to see if I can feel what is back there. I stuck my finger back there and felt a couple SHARP bumps at the back part of my tongue. I brushed it with a toothbrush and it felt better, but then it came back worse.


This happened out of nowhere. I noticed it two nights ago after I was helping paint my aunt's new apartment. I spent about 8 hours painting with windows and door wide open. At night there were moths and mosquitoes flying into the apartment, so at first I thought I might have swallowed one. Then after I felt the bumps on my tongue I thought it might of been my acid reflex from eating a 1/2 pound burger. I don't know really, I'm just trying to make sense of it. I'm scarred it might be worse then those simple explanations.
 
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For a few weeks now I have been experiencing small bumps on my tongue and now on my throat as well.These bumps are almost invisible, unless looked at very closely. They are painful when I rub my teeth or toothbrush against them, and the bumps in the back of my throat hurt when I swallow hard or push my tongue up against them. I have an inkling that the cause is related to my sugar consumption, but it would be nice to have somebody elses opinion before I went to the doctors. Please reply soon, thank you.
 
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HiDoctor-
I have been in constant pain for 6 months now. I have been to 10 different docs, er twice and have had every test in the book from cat scans to pft's. I have pain with every breath and a constant lump in throat. ENT scope saw no lumps. However-there is a lump. I can feel it with my finger at the base of the tongue, it is attached the far back of the tonue UNDER the flap of the epiglottis. (The ENT doc said "theres no way you can FEEL your epiglottis with your finger") I had my dentist feel it and he said yes, it was def the epiglottis. The lump is a fleshy firm lump the size of a cherry. He believes it is putting pressure on the epiglottis in turn putting pressure on the back of the throat and possibly involving the Vagus nerve that goes into the chest area, causing my constant aching painful upper chest, upper back and ribs, and of course the lump in throat pain. But he is a dentist-he has referred me to an oral surgeon. It is rediculous how hard it is to get doctors to be open minded to this asI know it is something nobody has probably every seen before, that's what it feelslike anyway. I am in SO much constant pain, and just need to know if this is possible explanation of what could be causing my pain? Pleas help I am desperate!
 
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