Altered taste (sour minty menthol) and odd skin sensation
I have found this page as a result of googling for days as to what might be causing my odd symptoms which would appear to be from cranial nerve irritation or damage. I wonder if anyone else has this, and if it could be viral.
I have had for three weeks now, the strangest taste in my mouth, almost menthol, minty and sour. Sometimes bitter and medicinal. It does not seem to be an 'actual taste', (ie poision from dental or sinus infection, acid reflux) as it is not affected by anything I eat or drink. It is an all pervading sensation of sour menthol/mint which I only describe as a 'taste' because I feel it in the mouth. (While I am glad it is not rotten onions or garlic - it is not as pleasant as it sounds!) I also have a very cold sensation in all the soft tissues, the same feeling as you get after you rinse with strong listerine....a cold tingly sensation exacerbated by breathing in. Like when you chew strong menthol gum. I also have a sensation of 'cold sunburn' all over my skin - and strangely - an actual feeling of menthol vapours in my eyes. Nothing I have eaten or drunk contains menthol, and as I mentioned, I know it is an 'altered sensation' rather than a 'taste.'
I am actually starting to worry it could be a lesion or brain tumour. It is getting worse not better. Dentist can find nothing untoward (I had a dental implant last year) and GP (UK) is not taking me seriously enough to order further investigation.
Interestingly, over on the MS board a patient mentioned a pervading 'minty sensation' and she has known cranial nerve problems.
Appreciate any imput, thanks
Last edited by DC1962; 01-24-2012 at 09:44 AM.