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metallic taste

Postby Jill » Tue Nov 16, 2004 4:12 pm

i have some of the most bizarre symptoms, sometimes i feel like i'm crazy. does anyone here ever have a metallic taste in their mouth? i've never read it listed as a symptom of ms. the metallic taste began a year ago, when the trigeminal neuralgia started, exact same day. the taste is really one of the minor problems i realize, but it is just so odd i wanted to ask if anyone else experiences it. i guess i'm still looking for some other reason aside from ms, for my symptoms....something they can fix permanantly. if denial made this illness go away, i'd be cured! :roll:
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Postby OddDuck » Wed Nov 17, 2004 1:36 pm

Hi, Jill!

Since nobody else has responded yet, but several have viewed your question, I'll take a stab here.

I don't believe you will find it "usual" for someone with MS to complain about a metallic taste, but I'm sure it's not unheard of. BUT, having said that, I would still mention it to your physician, as that could be a sign of several different things (including a side-effect from some medications).

I did find an article that you may find interesting, and I'll paste an excerpt from it here. You can find it at: http://www.webhealth.co.uk/WebHealth_A- ... neral.html

"Metallic Taste

Q: What does it mean when you have a "metal" taste in your mouth that is persistent?

A: There are many things that can distort one's sense of taste. Change in our ability to taste can be a very unpleasant sensation as well as a signal of other health concerns. ...

...Once the tasted item hits the taste cell receptor, there is a change in the cell membrane, causing a flux of ions through the membrane and stimulation of nerve endings, which in turn send signals to the brain for interpretation and integration. A lesion or problem anywhere along this pathway can muck things up. Therefore, inadequate saliva; the destruction or coating of taste buds by infections, toxins or other problems; and injuries to the nerves or brain all may cause a reduced or abnormal perception of taste. " ....

I hope this helps some. I'd advise you to perhaps take a look at the article, and at the very least put this symptom on your list of things to discuss with your doctor the next time you see him/her.

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Postby Jill » Fri Nov 19, 2004 4:23 pm

thank you deb! the info you posted was very interesting! i have mentioned it to the docs, they look at me like i have 3 heads....but i am in the process of finding new docs.
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Postby OddDuck » Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:03 pm

Hi, Jill! You're very welcome!

Oh, boy...........I know how going through different docs can be!

Hang in there! :wink:

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Postby kspackrat » Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:33 am

Jill,
I know what you are talking about, I have it at times as well a other taste changes. Some are related to the meds I am on at the time but others I relate to MS. I have sensation changes in my face/mouth also My Dr did not look at me like I had 3 heads when I asked about it, but she did not have a solution either.
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