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Hi my name is Terry, age 49 at diagnosis and underwent 6 weeks radio/chemo for base of tongue right tonsil stage T3/N2 in July 2010.
General recovery has been good, but my constant daily reminder was dry mouth meaning lack of saliva, waking up with my tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth. Waking throughout the night for fluids (meaning poor sleep patterns), difficulty swallowing and talking for sustained periods was limited requiring constant fluid intake which in itself continuously can be a raw uncomfortable experience to mention only a few of the complications with dry mouth.
Apart from what I already know, does anyone have any other ideas on how this condition can be relieved.
Hi. It all depends on how your mouth is after the treatment but I found sugar free chewing gum helped me a lot. I chew it constantly and it does help stimulate saliva production a bit. Biotene gel isn't bad either but for me the gum works better. Hagg.
Good Morning terryconnect2
Dry mouth is an almost universal problem after Rt & chemo and Hagg's suggestions are generally effective. If you want to read past postings on this subject click on "Find" towards the top left of the page and type in "dry mouth" this will open up past discussions on the subject.
Biotene!! spray, gel, wash, gum!!!
I had awful problems with Dry Mouth since completing treatment for base of tongue cancer in July 2010. Constant drinking, gels, sprays and synthetic saliva’ 24/7/ became unbearable. I found in the US a Colonel Richard Niemtzow who discovered, developed and still practices his Dry Mouth treatment in Maryland.USA. He also created battlefield acupuncture and is the world renowned authority on these treatments.
I exhausted places in the UK to be treated with his protocol. so visited him July 9th, 2011 and within the first of only two sessions was able to produce saliva again. No more gels, sprays and synthetic saliva since this date and unbroken sleep since.
I was profoundly affected at the results of the treatment so started in the UK The Dry Mouth Foundation. www.drymouthfoundation.org. but you could visit the colonel via his website www.n5ev.com
Let me know how you get on.
Dry Mouth Foundation.
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