Dry mouth

What is Dry mouth?

Xerostomia (also termed dry mouth as a symptom or dry mouth syndrome as a syndrome) is dryness in the mouth (xero- + stom- + -ia), which may be associated with a change in the composition of saliva, or reduced salivary flow (hyposalivation), or have no identifiable cause.

This symptom is very common and is often seen as a side effect of many types of medication. It is more common in older people (mostly because this group tend to take several medications) and in persons who breathe through their mouths (mouthbreathing). Dehydration, radiotherapy involving the salivary glands, and several diseases can cause hyposalivation or a change in saliva consistency and hence a complaint of xerostomia. Sometimes there is no identifiable cause, and there may be a psychogenic reason for the complaint.

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hi i am a 41 yr old female a few months back i started to get fierce pressure and pins and needles in my head mouth tounge and throat and constanly had a salty taste in my mouth then the taste turned metalic i visited my ent heexamined my ears nose and throat and said everything was fine however my symptoms have got way worse i still have all the pins and needles pressure but its all on the left side i now have completly lost my taste and have a chronic dry mouth and throat im on alot of pain medication due to a back problem so i know these tablets can cause dry mouth but im on the same tablets 16 months and take less than what i was taking i wear dentures and now my dentures are falling out of my moth my left cheek bone feels like there is less musce around it than my rght so i came into hospital under a nuroglist for tests he has done a mri of the brain and cervical spine both were normal and numerous blood tests all normal he has even sent some special antibody blood tests away the last few days my mouth is wet but my the water just drips off my tounge its like my tounge wont absorb anything i do have a lump of gum on my upper mouth and it feels like there is something stuck in my ear i eat some cream awhile ago but it just turned into like grease in my mouth please help me im at my wits end with all this and im still in hospital

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I will advise you CT scan brain and PET scan

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I have studied your case.

As per your history and investigation there can be possibility of benign malignancy may be arising from neural origin.
I will advise you CT scan brain and face and PET scan.

Stem cell therapy...

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How is lupus nephritis treated? I m a 36 yr female diagnosed with SLE 12 years ago. I also have fibromyalgia , migraines, fibercycstic breast disease , TMJ , chronic dry mouth and eyes, Siracusa of the lower, and scoliosis. I m currently taking 2000mg of cellcept, 400mg plaquenil, 100mg savella, 100mg ultram er, tramadol/aet, voltren gel, voltren, omega 3, vitamin e, multi vitamin pack, and calcium. For the past 3 month I ve to several doctors trying to find out why I still had a uti. I recently found out on Friday I don t have and never had a uti. I have blood in my urine, chronic feeling of having to go urinate only to have nothing come out, painful spasms of the bladder, and some lower back pain.

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wht does your urine routine examination amd culture report say ?
the symptoms you described are very much suggestive of a UTI, urinary tract infection.
lupus nephritis treatment involves following :
1) control of symptoms like joint pains fever etc by medicines like plaqnil you are taking.
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How long does it take dry mouth to resolve once you stop a medication?

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Dry mouth

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Generally speaking , if a given medication is responsible for causing dry mouth then the condition should improve within a week or so of stopping the medication. There is a scientific principle called half life of a medication in the blood that determines...

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How long does it take dry mouth to resolve once you stop a medication?

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hi i am a 41 yr old female a few months back i started to get fierce pressure and pins and needles in my head mouth tounge and throat and constanly had a salty taste in my mouth then the taste turned metalic i visited my ent heexamined my ears...

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How is lupus nephritis treated? I m a 36 yr female diagnosed with SLE 12 years ago. I also have fibromyalgia , migraines, fibercycstic breast disease , TMJ , chronic dry mouth and eyes, Siracusa of the lower, and scoliosis. I m currently taking 2000mg of cellcept, 400mg plaquenil, 100mg savella, 100mg ultram er, tramadol/aet, voltren gel, voltren, omega 3, vitamin e, multi vitamin pack, and calcium. For the past 3 month I ve to several doctors trying to find out why I still had a uti. I recently found out on Friday I don t have and never had a uti. I have blood in my urine, chronic feeling of having to go urinate only to have nothing come out, painful spasms of the bladder, and some lower back pain.

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