Thanks for your kind wishes. I also picked up another week of subbing (for a different teacher) so I start week after next. I may pick up some random days next week also.
No one seems to know what causes BMS:
Here are some possibilites:
deficiency in B vitamins (my doc had me take a lot of those)
GERD (I do have severe GERD...I take Protonix and Pepcid)
being postmenopausal (just got checked..am 49, but still have good estrogen levels...no menopause)
nerve damage during dental procedures (can't remember anything like that)
thrush- a fungal infection (doc gave me an oral rinse to use in case I had this)
having previous episode of serious depression (are they kidding? I am bipolar...my whole life has been one serious episode!)
One researcher has found that Klonopin taken daily (a low dose) helps a lot of people with BMS). I was put on .5 per day.
More women than men have BMS, although men do have it. It's mostly found in women in their 40's and 50's, although younger people get it also.
It's a weird problem...you wake up with normal feeling in your mouth. Then around noon, the tip of your tongue gets numb and the area around the two front teeth (the gums start burning a little). By four or so, the roof of the mouth and lower teeth and more of the tongue is involved. By dinner, it's really bad and it's hard to talk cause your mouth feels swollen. By bed it eases a little and you can sleep. Eating and drinking make it feel better. The roof of your mouth and tongue feel like you had a bad pizza burn on them.
Mine is probably 75% better right now.
I don't know if it's the vitamins, the mouth rinse, the Klonopin, or what. I do think stress plays a role.
For the LONGEST time I had no idea what was wrong with my mouth. I thought it was a side effect from my psych drugs. My doctors had never heard of BMS. I finally found it after searching my symptoms on the net. Fortunately, there was an orofacial pain guy in my town who treats it.