Just started biting my tongue while talking. Never had this before. What is it?
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Hello @brianrossrick and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. This new change to your speech sounds like you ca
– Biting your tongue: What does it mean?
From the link:
It’s All About the Brain
The biggest reason why you may bite your tongue while you eat is due to coordination. There’s a part of the brain known as the pons that is responsible for controlling habitual actions like biting, chewing, swallowing, and more. It’s an action we don’t really have to think about. We just do it.
Sometimes, the pons gets its signals crossed, and it misses a step in its otherwise perfect coordination. This could be due to an outside distraction – the urge to talk while eating, for example – that drowns out the signals the pons might be sending to help control your tongue.
Does anything sound familiar to this explanation?
I have had periods where this happens to me. I think there's a valid point to the other poster's note of coordination and distraction, but I also feel that my tongue is enlarged or too large for my mouth and have felt this way for many years. Don't think that there's any good solution if it is, or if there is such a thing
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Welcome @lvnv89131, I think you could be on to something if by enlarged tongue it may be due to swelling or inflammation. Here's more information on the topic — Swollen Tongue: Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis: https://www.healthline.com/health/tongue-problems
Do any of the symptoms or causes in the article sound familiar?
Thanks for the Welcome and the link, by the way, how does one provide links, I tried in a comment and it was disallowed? There are several symptoms that are close or familiar but some of the other related symptoms or diagnoses don't match, or have already been explored, or as many find, our dr's don't believe and/or won't pursue. I don't have a smooth tongue, if anything more or a rough geographic tongue. I do have swollen salivary glands that an internist and oncologist were at first impression sure it was a lymph node issue and possibly nhl, as I have swollen lymph nodes in my armpit, etc. but after a p.e.t. dismissed swollen areas under neck as a salivary issue, I was dismissed on all counts and no further diagnosis or interventions have been given even with periodic sore throat issues at the swollen areas and other immunity type issues. If anything I hyper -salivate which is the opposite of some of the tongue and salivary gland issues. I have puzzling off and on irregular immune lab values which for years some have speculated to be lupus but I keep getting the run around to Rheumatologists who refer me to Immunologists who refer me right back to Rheumatologists. Right now I'm most suffering from cardiology and neurology issues that I'm almost 100 percent certain are adrenaline issues but can't get anyone to do a thorough investigation and after years of trying as exhausted and nearly given up. A post on here titled "Adrenaline spikes: Med detective needed, award given" is very similar to some of my issues and what drove me to this site. I tried to post a lengthy recount of my own nightmare but no matter what I tried the site wouldn't load the page and after many tries I gave up after exhaustion. I'm sure someone or many will very kindly say things like "Keep Hope" "Keep Trying" "Be your own advocate" but I've done all this and I'm nearly tapped out. I'm a disabled young senior male who was in very good physical health in general, have always exercised and eaten healthy and taken supplements, never smoked or taken drugs, till recently was on no prescriptions and up till 10 years ago only had a social drink maybe 3-4 times a year on special occasions but haven't even had one drink in the last decade, but am now very incapacitated and barely able to take care of myself and have no family, friends or support system of any kind…can you hear the violin accompaniment in the background? Sorry, for feeling sorry for myself. If nothing else I hope to share a little of the research and experiences that I have, when I'm cognoscente/coherent and feel able to do so.
@lvnv89131, You should be able to post links in a few days. New members are prevented from posting links for a short period to prevent spammers and advertisers from sharing in our discussions. I know it's easy to be discouraged after fighting for answers for so long. I'm hoping you really don't give up.
I'm not sure if it's an option for you or if maybe you have already done this but have you thought about seeking help at a major teaching hospital or health facility like Mayo Clinic?
John, Thank you so much and I apologize for parts of my comment. I live in Las Vegas and there aren't any good teaching hospitals near by. Also being disabled and low income and on minimal social security and medicaid, I don't have many acceptable insurance alternatives or the financial ability to avail myself of most of the options like Mayo, but I am very grateful for your interaction as well as all the information available on this board. I'm wondering if you could also shed some light on another issue I'm having with posting a comment/topic. While I've successfully posted a few fairly short comments, when trying to post a lengthy comment recounting my story/experience similar to the topic's poster, the page just keeps loading/spinning and won't load the comment or page and I have to refresh the tab losing the narrative or open a new tab and try again. Have tried to post my long comment numerous times to no avail. Is there some kind of character limit for comments/replies/topic posts? I see a notation when posting a new topic about a limit but notice many of the original topics posted are very long, so a bit confused?
@lvnv89131, No need to apologize. We all have been there once or twice. I'm glad no one was around a couple of weeks ago when I got a letter from Social Security saying I was no longer eligible to receive payments. A lengthy phone call and I had that straigtened out, some screw up on their end. Then the following week I received a bill to pay for my Medicare monthly plan since they couldn't deduct it from my Social Security and another lengthy phone call to straigten that out.
I don't think you are alone losing a really long post. I think it's happened to others also and might be due to a couple of things, one being their Internet connect having a problem or possible the web browser they are using to view Connect. What type of web browser and device/computer are you using to view Connect?
Sometimes if I know I am doing a long post, I will use Windows Notepad to type in the text and when I'm happy with what I have written, I will copy and paste it into a post. If you are on a computer with Windows you might give that a try.
John, again Thank You so very much. Colleen replied to my email stating that there's a 500 character? or word? limit and that may have been the reason for the long comment not taking. I'm sure my computer and browser are fine as I'm a former IT professional as well. I totally relate to the hassle you had with Social Security and Medicare and glad you got it straightened out. Take care.
This isn't a reply to my question. 😭
Hi @connieman, Welcome to Connect. It looks like this is your first post so I'm not sure if you tried posting before and it didn't get saved. What was your question?
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