I have not posted in awhile, but lurk every few days to see how everyone is doing...
Unfortunately, I have been feeling awful this past week. It all started around Thanksgiving, when I started getting very painful ulcers in my mouth. They were very red, and on my gumline, sides of my tongue, and even a bit on the roof of my mouth. They would stay for a few weeks, then go away.
I have been to the doctor 3 times since Thanksgiving looking for relief from them (every time they come back, it is worse and they stay longer). The first time they said is was "acid reflux," even though I have absolutely no burning sensation in my chest-just the terrible ulcers. Second time, they thought it was a virus and gave me antiviral medication (Valtrex, apparently, cures more than just one kind of herpes! When my husband came home with the prescript
ion, he jokingly asked, "Is there anything you want to tell me?").
Third time at the doc, they said it was oral lichen planus, an auto-immune disorder, and gave me some prednisone. As soon as I was off of it, they came back with a vengeance.
I am literally to the point where I can barely eat and it hurts to talk. (Which is a problem, because I am a teacher and have to talk most of the day). I tried to schedule another appointment with my GI, but was told "he can't see you until March." I tried to get ahold of his nurse to (nicely) insist that he see me, but she is on vacation for the next week. So I am stuck. :(
Here is my question: after researching on the internet a bit, I found that low B12 can sometimes cause mouth sores....I recalled that my surgeon said that I would need B12 shots eventually, but not until about
a year after surgery (it has been about
9 months). Has anyone ever had mouth sores that went away after a B12 shot??
Also, does the sublingual (oral) B12 work as well as the shot?? Because I can get this over the counter, and see if I get some relief soon.
Any advice and experiences that you could share would be so greatly appreciated! I know it sounds small, having mouth ulcers, but they are ALL over the inside of my mouth. :( I am pretty uncomfortable 24/7.
Thanks as always, everyone. :)