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Have you seen a doctor or dentist about the bump and pain in your tongue? It could be infected, or perhaps some food has worked its way into the incision.
You're not going to like this suggestion at all, but please take the stud out of your tongue and let it heal.
Please let us know how this turns out.
Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
so i took your advice, i talked to my docter also talked to my piercer. my piercer said everythings fine & that hes seen this before through the healing process, he couldnt really explain what it was or anything but made me feel better that hes seen this before.. my doctor the following day said that it was my tastebuds reacting to food, like salty foods or something like that, & she said they (my tastebuds) were just irritated, to stop eating salty foods while i have my tongue swollen from my piercing otherwise take it out, witch i didnt want to do so kept it in & now the bump has gone tremendously down & redness has gone away, not all the way but look so much better!
I discovered the same pea-sized lump in my tongue about three years ago. I showed it to my dentist and he said it was probably a salivary gland. Told me to watch it. A year later he suggested I see an oral surgeon. The OS practically laughed at me but had me come back in 6 months. Since the lump is still there (not painful, only mildly annoying) he suggested removing it (for $675!). Shouldn't he biopsy it and then make that decision? What does a biopsy entail? I have a very high deductible on my insurance policy and can't see paying that much if the lump isn't doing me any harm. I can live with a little lump. Should I see an ENT doctor for a second opinion? Thanks for your help!
If a lesion is small, the excision biopsy removes it all. Perhaps that is what your surgeon meant. If the lump worries you, and you are reassured by your specialist, you will stop worrying about it if you have it removed.
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
Thank you. I appreciate your view point. I have an appointment with an Ent tomorrow. We'll see what he says.
I have the same thing! All day long I felt nothing and no pain really, and at the end of the day it started hurting.. What did yours turn out to be?
Let us know the results. We've all been there in one way or another and are eager to help you through whatever the diagnosis turns out to be.
Take care and best of luck!
Thanks, Mimi. I saw an ENT who told me not to worry about it, so I am not having it removed at this point in time. The oral surgeon disagreed and felt I should let him remove it because "it shouldn't be there". But I'm a self-pay and $800 for something I probably don't need is silly. If insurance was paying for it, I'd probably do it. Or if I was afraid it was cancer, I'd definitely do it. If I notice a drastic change I'll rethink the issue. My lump gets bigger at times, then shrinks, which leads the ENT to think something is just clogged (he probably used a better word!) Thanks again for your concern. Hope this helps someone.
I too have a lump inside my tongue that started as small as a ball bearing and is now the size of a kernal of corn. I first noticed it about 12+ years ago and my periodontist said it's nothing. About 9 yrs ago I went to an oral surgeon who said he didn't know what it was and come back to measure it in a year. I never went back. I now have another appt with an oral surgeon next month. It is painful sometimes, unnoticed other times. It swells up sometimes and others it stays the size of a kernal of corn. I am terrified of its removal based on everything I've read here. The fact that I've had it so long makes it think it can stay there, but a lot of that is the fear. Truthfully I'd like it out as it hurts and it doesn't belong there, but the terror keeps me from committing to the removal.
I'm not sure why you're terrified. If my lump hurt, I'd have it removed. For me it's strictly a question of expense. Are you afraid of finding out it's something serious, like cancer? My ENT said that if I'd had the lump for 3 years and I wasn't dead yet, it wasn't cancer. You've had yours for 12 years! The oral surgeon is trained to DO SURGERY (mostly on gums), so that's what he wants to do. I've been told (by a couple doctor friends) that if I decide to have it removed I should let the ENT do it. ENT's have more experience with the tongue. If you're afraid of the pain involved with recovery from the surgery, that's another thing which wouldn't bother me too much. The mouth heals quickly and the relief of having the lump out, and dealing with the results, would outweigh the pain. Best of luck to you.This message has been edited. Last edited by: monellie,
Mountainlaura, the lump in your tongue is clearly interfering with your quality of life and your peace of mind. In the time that it's been there, has any of the doctors you've seen bothered to biopsy it, or taken a scan of your mouth? Monellie is right--an ENT would be the better choice (as opposed to a periodontist or oral surgeon). I must be a real weakling compared to you--I'd only had that little bit of evil on my tongue for about 4 months when I decided it HAD to go. Please do not break this appointment.
Like Monellie, I'm not sure what you're afraid of. The worst part for me was before my surgery; fear of the unknown is pretty common. Afterward, I was in almost no pain (apart from the sutures scraping the roof of my mouth), and it was a relief to have the thing gone. If it's the financial aspect, there are doctor's offices that take payments, and I'm sure that programs still exist to provide financial assistance.
Let us know how it turns out.
Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
Thank you Monellie and Julia for responding to my post. I agree that having had this lump for 12+ yrs, it probably isn't cancer but then I started thinking that since it doesn't belong there, maybe it could turn into cancer. That's why I've made a new appt. My dentist who recommended the appointment checked my mouth for cancer and said I was good. He doesn't know what the lump is, ergo the appt to a specialist. This particular oral surgeon practices Oral & Maxillocial surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and comes highly recommended. The fear is that maybe it turned into cancer and the other fear is that it's a very bloody surgery and you taste blood for weeks and I'm afraid that my tongue will swell and I won't be able to breathe or I will choke to death. I'm terrified abt that so I'd rather keep the lump if I can be assured it's benign. I was told or read somewhere that a biopsy would mean removal.
In my case, because it all happened so quickly, I pretty much figured that I had tongue cancer before I ever saw a doctor. The worst part of the biopsy was getting my tongue numb enough to snip a bit of tissue. As I recall, it wasn't particularly bloody (just uncomfortable). I didn't taste blood--or anything else--after my surgery. I had a trach for the reason you mentioned (swelling making it difficult to breathe). If it does end up benign, you'd really have to discuss removal vs leaving the lump in place.
I'm hoping for the best for you.
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Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
First of all I want to say THANK YOU for this website, and am very happy to have found it and others with possibly similar issues.
I've done a lot of searching on line because my primary doc sent me to an ENT and they diagnosed me with Burning Mouth Syndrome, and there is no cure for it so I've never been given meds. So me being me won't just accept this, and keep looking for solutions.
I'm going to an acupuncturist, but no help yet other than me taking cat's claw tincture. The Tincture hasn't resolved the burning, however It helped bring attention to the small pea sized bump with slight swelling IN the fleshy part of my tongue (not on the surface) towards the center of my left side of my tongue about 1/2" to 1" back from the tip of the tongue.
So I'm guessing that this thing has created nerve damage and that is why my tongue burns, and worsen as the day progresses.
I'm so worried that this is a virus or something worse that I can't get rid off. Any suggestions on possibilities / diseases I should talk to my doctor about? I've used many different mouth washes to try to kill off something like Miracle Mineral Solution, I'm at wits end and becoming depressed and overwhelmed by this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank youThis message has been edited. Last edited by: action figure,
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