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What causes metallic taste in mouth and discomfort tongue while talking?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: I have stenosis in my spine from a previous T11.T12, L1, L2 compression fractures from 1989. I have severe neck pain and issues throughout noted on an MRI. They also saw 3 unspecific spots, not cancer or anything. I saw a neurologist who said my brain scan actually looked healthy and he ran some test on my reflexes and stuff and said I look good. But I have such bad neck pain sometimes and lately my tongue feels like it gets in my way when I say things no slurring or anything like that, just feels dry and fat sometimes. I have severe anxiety as well. I have become obsessed with this issue and lately when I tilt my head a certain way I feel off balance. Not often, just when the neck is really bad. I will tell you my balance is great, even on one foot, my gate is perfect, and strength is really good overall. I am worried about the tongue thing though. Also, I get a metallic taste in my mouth if the neck is too stiff. I went to a chiropractor and he said it was extremely stiff and could very well cause all of this. I also grind my teeth and he said I am most likely pinching nerves and that is what is causing all of this. No problems in arms, legs, or anything else.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Anxiety may need to be treated.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I have studied your case and I think you have two sets of problem.
For your tongue problem and metal test I would suggest you to see a psychiatrist. Most commonly it is due to anxiety, stress and lack of sleep. You will be helpful if you take tablet Nexito plus. it is good for such symptoms.
1. Neck pain and weakness of spine is due to fractures and nerve compression. It is at multiple level so surgery is not an option. I would suggest you to follow these steps.
2. Improve your bone strength, take calcium 1000 mg daily. vitamin D-3 60000 unit per week for six weeks. Injection teriparatide daily for three months. This will decrease your pain.
3. Hot water fomentation and violin gel local application.
4. Avoid jerky activities and very soft mattress.
5. Muscle relaxant like clobazepam. You will need prescription for this.

I hope these steps will be help fun for you.Let me know if there is any other followup questions.
thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (31 hours later)
Do you agree with neurologist that the three little unspecific spots are nothing to worry about? I feel he is wonderful, but the radiologist scared me. Lastly, when I move the head a certain way and it gives me that off balance feeling; why does it do that? Do you think it might be a nerve? I feel it in the neck. Thank you so much
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Unspecific spot is not serious

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
thanks for replying. MRI is very sensitive test and It can show some details which are not very important. If neurologist think it is not serious then I agree with this.
Off balance thing is due to cervical spondylitis. It is due to compression of nerves in neck. If it is happening repeatedly then you can take giddiness medicine like spin free once daily. Also wearing neck collar is effective.
Thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Anxiety may need to be treated. Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case and I think you have two sets of problem. For your tongue problem and metal test I would suggest you to see a psychiatrist. Most commonly it is due to anxiety, stress and lack of sleep. You will be helpful if you take tablet Nexito plus. it is good for such symptoms. 1. Neck pain and weakness of spine is due to fractures and nerve compression. It is at multiple level so surgery is not an option. I would suggest you to follow these steps. 2. Improve your bone strength, take calcium 1000 mg daily. vitamin D-3 60000 unit per week for six weeks. Injection teriparatide daily for three months. This will decrease your pain. 3. Hot water fomentation and violin gel local application. 4. Avoid jerky activities and very soft mattress. 5. Muscle relaxant like clobazepam. You will need prescription for this. I hope these steps will be help fun for you.Let me know if there is any other followup questions. thanks