my mouth feels wierd!

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shelly1979
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   Posted 4/12/2007 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I've been on this board with many questions...and I appreciate all of your help!  But I have another question that I hope somebody can help me with...
 
Does anybody out there with IBS-D get this wierd feeling in their mouths...like a bitter taste / dry feeling???  I've had this since this all started (a year now, believe it or not) and it's especially bad when I wake up in the morning.   My mouth is so dry...it's wierd.  I'm thirsty too...maybe because my mouth is so dry and I have a bad bitter taste.
 
Maybe this is IBS-D related, stress, GERD related??  Any ideas??  I mentioned it to my GI specialist and he told me to suck on lemon drops...not really a cure!  Any ideas what may help this?
 
Can anybody relate??
 
Thanks!
Shelly

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/12/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe since you are having so much diarrhea, you are getting dehydrated. If they recommend 8 8oz glasses of water a day for a regular person, you should probably be knocking back more than that every day you have some D.

Also, just a change in sleep patterns may be the cause; snoring causes many a dry mouth! Sleeping on your back seems to make it worse for everyone.

A lot of prescription meds can cause dry mouth, especially any for sinus problems. Actually OTC sinus meds can dry you out. A lot of people are taking those now because of the pollen.

And sometimes a bad taste in the mouth is a sign of a tooth problem. I don't mean that you have a bad tooth, but it may be time to have them cleaned (helps a lot with morning breath/taste), or you may be eating something that's setting off the bacteria in your mouth. You might try using Listerine at night before bed.

The other thing is to suspect a mild bacteria in the guts problem and start taking probiotics or eating yogurt.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/12/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Your mouth may be drying out at night as was said. Orajel makes a tolerable saliva substitue the only one that doesn't make me gag. It is a spray. You might try that. You are not taking sleeping pills are you as they will really do a number on your taste as will many meds. I would check all your meds and see if that is a side effect. Suck on a lemon, oh, please, that would probably make a dry mouth worse. If you do use a mouthwash before bed make sure it is one without alcohol. Not sure about Listerine but you could try Biotine which is for dry mouth.

dbab
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   Posted 4/12/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with what has been said. The reason your doc suggested a lemon drop is because this will stimulate the saliva glands and cause them to secrete more saliva. Biotene is a good product and they make toothpaste and mouthwash. There is also a spray that you can use during the day for dry mouth called Oasis, it works really well. Dry mouth can be a sign of many different things so you may want to do a search and look at the different causes. In your case with the D, dehydration would be my first guess but may not possibly be the culprit.
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dbab
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   Posted 4/12/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
If your mouth is dry, I would definitely not suggest Listerine as it contains alcohol that will make matters worse for you. Products like Biotene are specifically formulated for dry mouth and do not contain such chemicals... some that are not specified for dry mouth can be alcohol-free but you have to read the label and understand all the chemical terms for alcohol or you may get lucky and they will specifically say "alcohol-free" on them.

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