Have you ever had a swollen taste bud? Man, those things suck. They hurt, but only slightly. Kinda like some really tiny dude is standing on your tongue, but he’s also pinching it with his tiny dude hands.
It’s the kind of pain you notice when you rub your teeth over it, or eat something. It’s the kind of pain that only wants you to know it’s there. And boy is it.
You can actually pull them off, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I don’t think anybody would, except those who do it. I know someone who does it, that’s how I know it’s a thing.
I’ve tried pinching it off, and honestly, I kind of enjoy the pain it causes, which I think brings up a whole new set of issues.
After a few days they go away, usually.
I only bring this up because for the last month I’ve had this sore spot on my tongue. It’s on the right side and it goes from the top of my tongue to the bottom. You can’t really see it to look at it, but if you rub your finger over it, it’s very there.
I went to a nurse practitioner at an Urgent Care, and she said it was out of her league, but said that it definitely wasn’t a canker sore. She recommended I go to a dermatologist or a dentist, so I scheduled an appointment with my dentist.
He said he does the same thing as I do, which is when I sleep, for whatever reason, I push my tongue up against my teeth and it rests there all night. Then when I wake up, the right side of my tongue hurts. He said it’s probably what caused it. He said it was because of that, and the fact that one of my bottom teeth had a tiny little ridge on it that rubbed on my tongue the wrong way.
He had his sanded down, so that’s what he did for me.
I watched this white cloud puff out of my mouth, only it wasn’t from smoking anything this time. After only a few seconds he was done and said my tongue should be okay in the next couple days. He prescribed me some antibiotics because the pain in my tongue had gone to my neck, and I could feel the right side of my neck was puffier than the left, so we figured infection.
My tooth feels strange now, but only if I intentionally check the spot where it was sanded down. But it didn’t help.
It has been a week since then and my tongue is still sore and my neck is too. Well…
When I went to that nurse practitioner, she prescribed me this liquid stuff for the pain and said to let my tongue sit in it for 30 seconds. I tried it once back when she prescribed it, and it didn’t do anything. This time I did it better and it worked. So well, in fact, that I think my tongue is finally healing.
Yeah, finally after a month of having this terrible sore on my tongue and having it hurt badly every time I ate, drank, or spoke, I FINALLY get it to stop hurting and start healing… and I get a swollen taste bud on the end of my tongue.
Remember how I brought that up? I’m dealing with it now, and I was wondering just what might cause that. So I Googled it, as one does. After all, why go to a medical professional when I can look it up on the all knowing, completely trustworthy internet?
It said they can be caused by acidic fruits, among other things. I wonder if this has anything to do with it.
I’ve been drinking a lot of orange juice lately. I need it in my life. I feel like Kevin Bacon from Stir Of Echoes.
That and water, but I always drink water. Every now and then I throw in an apple juice to the mix, but for now, OJ is calling me. And I’m answering. Swollen taste buds be damned.