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Hey all. I haven't been able to get into a Dr. yet, but I have a question. I've seen a couple of messages referring to this, but not exactly.
I have a small lump (the size of a pea?) on the INSIDE of my tongue on my right side. It can't be seen by just looking, however, sometimes, if I bend my tongue back behind my teeth, you can see a white spot where it's trying to protrude. However, I can tell the white is just the skin stretching and not the lump itself. It's painless unless I press on it too much, then my tongue gets sore. And it seems more prevalent in the morning when I first wake up. As far as I know, it hasn't grown any, but it does seem to me like it will change size throughout the day. I have a habit of biting down slighty and pushing the area back and forth through my teeth, so that seems to make it smaller. If I press too much, with my teeth or fingers, the size goes down but will return to a certain size. However, that size is not generally the same as in the morning. Am I making sense here?
I'm 26, not a smoker or chewer, and not a heavy drinker. Just at social events and on weekends. I consider myself in good health with having no major problems in the past. I'm not overweight, but I could lose about 10 lbs to get to my "regular" weight.
Anyway, I'm holding out hope it's just a messed up gland. Does anyone else have any ideas, or experiences like this? Thanks.
Hello everyone! Just like you MySpamAddress, I have noticed a lump the size of a pea inside the right portion of my tongue, just about half an inch from the tip of the tongue. And yes, in the mornings it feels 'bulkier'. I also press it with my teeth and that seems to decrease it's size, but pressing it too much also makes it painful. I went to an ENT and he told me that sometimes glands in the tongue get blocked and become bulky. Weeks have passed and I still have the lump and I'm getting bothered by it, even thought I don't have sympthoms that might indicate something serious other than the lump itself. In a previous post, a person experiencing the same condition was told that it was due to a salivary duct and that she had it removed. Could the surgery to move such lump cause other complications such as loss of taste or movement, swallowing problems, or even speech? Any feeback would be greatly appreciated.
Is yours more on the bottom of your tongue?
Just curious. And do you know what some of these "other" symptoms might be? I don't seem to be experiencing anything either. Just would like to know.
It isn't in the bottom of my tongue and when moving my tongue, I still cannot see the lump from the bottom or from the top. I just can feel it with my fingers and teeth. When I noticed the lump I obviously freaked. The ENT asked me if I had experienced loss of movement of the tongue, loss of taste, or pain. I have none of that. I will probably see my ENT again because I'm full of questions! LOL Take care!
Im sorry, I didn't phrase the question right. What I meant, was can you feel it more toward the bottom of your tongue? I can feel mine from both the top and bottom, but it seems to poke out more on the bottom. Does that make sense?
Also, is your lump hard or spongy?
Hello again! It's hard to describe it. Mine does not really poke out more from the bottom. I feel it the same from the top and from the bottom. It's kind of in the 'middle'. Probably it does not make sense. LOL. My lump feels like a bulky vein, probably half an inch or less long. By the way, I'm 23y/o, male, non-smoker and non-drinker. I just don't understand why I have it. Have you seen an ENT? For how long have you had it?
Mine is actually a lot like you describe, except it's easier to feel from the bottom. Actually, it changes. Sometimes it feels longer, sometimes it feels shorter. I'm not sure how long I've had it. And I haven't been able to get in to see anyone yet.
Hello again! Have you gotten your lump check by a specialist? If so, what did it turn out to be and how are you going to handle it? Hope everything is going well.
Hi, I just discovered the same thing -- little bump in my tongue--about 2 weeks ago. I had a biopsy this morning and am waiting to find out more. Did you ever get a diagnosis? If so, was it a gland?
I also have a lump on the inside, bottom of my tongue. You can't see it, but you can definitely feel it and it hurts. It just popped up over night. I don't use any type of tobacco products. Just looking for some info/answers.
Hey there...I got a lump inside my tongue about a week ago, and I was very concerned...I thought it was serious as I smoke and have my tongue peirced...but turns out, when I went to my Doctor he just said, yep infection, thats it...he gave me some anitbiotics and the lump is now half the size, I have been on the pills for 3 days...sall good, except for the fact I have lost my tongue peircing...I took it out in hopes that the swelling would go down, and the hole closed :O....not happy Jan!!
but yeah anyway...thats my story
About 2 yr ago, I woke up lying next to my husband (then fiance) and my tongue had swelled so much that I spoke like Corky Thatcher from a 90's t.v. series. It took about a month or two for the swelling to go down enough where it didn't distract me into playing with the lump. It was in the middle or between the top and bottom layer of the tongue, as well.I went to my physician, and wasted a few hundred dollars for him to tell me he had no clue what it was, had never seen or heard of anything like it and to keep a close eye on it. I still have a hard lump in the middle of my tongue. Every now and then it will swell up, but usually "deflates" itself. All I can say is warm liquids, and Ibuprofen seemed to help.
I'm a three and a half year survivor of stage 2 tongue cancer. The left side of my tongue was removed and replaced with a piece of my arm. I speak as well as I ever did.
My tumor was located on the bottom of my tongue but gradually grew up and around the side and it didn't hurt nearly as much as my ear did (referred pain).
If you've already seen your regular doctors and came away with nothing conclusive, I strongly urge you to see an ENT.
Please keep us all posted--the folks on this site are really helpful.
Hoping for the best for all of you.
Julia (and Flappy the tongueflap)
Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
I got the same thing a few months ago. It was a pea sized lump in the middle of my tongue which would get larger and smaller daily.
I have been using chewing tobacco daily for about 20 years.
I have just had a biopsy, and will get the results in a day or two. I'm glad to hear a few of these instances haven't been cancer so far. Also, my doctor mentioned it didn't look cancerous and maybe more like scar tissue.
I had the same thing, however, mine wasn't quite a pea sized lump...it was like an uncooked noodle, about a quarter of an inch or so. It was located on the right side of my tongue, and was about an inch or so from the tip of my tongue. I saw three people... my primary doctor who told me he was 85% sure it wasn't cancer, but then told me he wasn't sure what it was (who does that?), I saw my dentist who told me it was an infected or swollen gland (but also told me to see an ENT), and then an ENT who told me that it was an inflamed saliva gland, and she did the whole cancer screening on me.. through the nose, down the throat, everything. I used chewing tobacco for over 15 years, and the results came back as not cancerous. I was more worried then anyone will ever know. I guess what I want to tell you all with this problem is... Don't worry until you need to. There are many things that this could be, but go get it checked and move on. Also, early detection is a life saver, so keep tabs on yourself. The earlier the better. If ever in doubt, go get it checked out. My friends make fun of me because I tend to worry more then I should, but there is no price for my piece of mind. I hope this helps someone. And remember the power of the mind. If you believe you can... you can. Take care all!
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