Recently, while just falling asleep my jaw clamps shut so unexpectedly that I bite my tongue. It doesnt happen during the day, just when Im so relaxed. I also have jumpy, jerking legs, but this happens during the day too which I can cope with. Ive been on carbamazepine and this seems to have settled down the jumpy jerking legs thankfully . Im wondering if anyone has experienced this with their MS and why it is happening. The side of my tongue is so sore this morning. Thanks Heather
Hi Heather. I have no diagnosis of MS..... I guess I'm a limbolander
I have had this happen to me on several occasions. Dead asleep and then this lacerating pain in my tongue, under the left side of the tip, awakens me. I did not think that I had bitten the tongue and it certainly was not sore at the time or the next day. Usually when you bite your tongue it leaves a mark or pain of some sort. I guess these symptoms are a little different in that respect.
I do this and it is due to myoclonic spasms. I actually have broken two teeth as well as biting me tongue and the inside of my cheek. My dentist made me a bite guard. Normal people have these spasms in sleep starts.
This doesn't occur to me while sleeping but the title of your post got my attention because I've noticed I am frequently biting down on my tongue while awake, when my neuropathic pain is at its worst. Kind of like gritting one's teeth I guess. I'm not actually aware I'm doing it at the time, but I can actually see the impression of my teeth around the edges of my tongue. I notice it every day when I brush my teeth.
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