Taste sensation GONE - IBD, Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, Crohn's
Is there any hope that I will ever again enjoy the taste of any foods? Initially diagnosed in 2015 (age 67) with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis and Ulcerative Colitis (unusual to have eosinophils in the ENTIRE GI tract) was prescribed Budesonide (for 90 days), Mesalamine and Omeprazole (for stomach ulcers) which seemed to ward off most of the ill gastronomic effects until December last year when I was having an increased number of watery stools to the point where it got to be as many as 15 a day. I also started having mouth sores, "geographic" tongue and the sensation that the inside of my mouth was sensitive and at times swollen tongue felt like it was scalded. To shorten the story, after more tests and scoping, the diagnosis is Crohns with a side dose of E-coli. Discontinued the Mesalmine, took the antibiotic for the E-coli and was put on 200mg Azathioprine daily on April 27. As of today the stools are more well-formed (not totally so) and the frequency is down to a max of four a day first thing in the morning (which is a blessing!). However, I still have the "scalded" and fizzured tongue with white bumps, with a flat, smooth surface (no papillae?) in ADDITION to having NO SENSATION OF TASTE AT ALL. The gastroenterologist says he doesn't have any experience with mouth issues and advised me to consult my dentist??? Gastro doc has had a practice for over 15 years! I'm hoping that others may have a similar experience having a cessation of mouth issues and a return of taste sensation. OR am I doomed to satisfy myself with what I have?