Hi Dr Kirsch,
I've emailed you a couple of times, and hoping I can ask a further question on my mom's injury.
She had a wisdom tooth extraction in March, and has had numbness in her tongue ever since. She just had a CT scan done to rule out any other factors (ie tumors), and that is fine. This numbness is really causing her tremendous anxiety. She has told her oral surgeon this, and on Thursday when she visited his comment was that he is "optimistic" that the feeling will return, and to "keep the faith". He gave her an appointment with a neurologist and some pain killers. Supposedly this neurologist can prescribe something to help "build the nerves".
He did say it looks like there has been some "movement", but the nerve is "bruised". She has so much trouble coping with this....has trouble eating, her tongue feels like its sore at the back, and she describes when she talks, it is like her tongue is taking up all the space in her mouth.
Could you give me an opinion on this? Is there anything in the meantime she can do to relieve this discomfort? I really am worried for her if this doesnt go away.
Thanks again Dr Kirsch for your time and advice,