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pain in tongue
my brother is suffering from sudden shooting pain on left side of tongue while sleeping only since 5-6 months ,pain lasting for a sec. he has no addiction but has extracted  a couple of molar teeth. plz advice
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Thank you for your question. Although without being able to examine you I can not offer you the specific advice on diagnosis and treatment that you need, but I would try to provide you some relevant information about your health concern.

Generally, tongue pain may occur in diabetic neuropathy, mouth ulcers, iron deficiency anemia, pernicious anemia, B-vitamin deficiencies (glossitis), leukoplakia (or oral cancer) and exposure to irritants such as tobacco/alcohol/hot foods/spices. Usual symptoms could be pain, swelling, and change in appearance of the tongue. Sometimes tongue movement problems also can cause pain and most often caused by nerve damage. Other reasons could be mechanical irritation/damage from rough edges of teeth, dental appliances, trauma and burn. I would suggest a careful examination by a dentist or a doctor who will evaluate all mentioned possibilities here. He/She may order blood tests to rule out other medical conditions. In the meantime, it will be helpful to maintain good oral hygiene thorough tooth brushing/flossing and regular professional cleaning and examination may help prevent glossitis. Hope this information proves helpful to you.

Take Care & Regards!!!


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You can get nerve pain from teeth extractions.  There is another injury board where people post from dental injuries and one of the "common" ones is from wisdom teeth extraction.  It appears the longer you wait the higher the risk of nerves being intertwined with the tooth.  

Did the pain start shortly after the tooth extraction?
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hi , thx for the response,actually i have got all his tests done Hb is 10.5 g, bld sugar is normal, no sharp teeth,no teeth extraction on left  lower jaw,  dental hygiene is good. no addictions or spicey food.but i will get peripheral smear done
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It will be essential to evaluate possibilities of any nerve impingement or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder developing that may be causing tongue pain. Please consult a dentist or oral surgeon in this regard as well. Hope this helps.
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