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Old 01-24-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Altered taste (sour minty menthol) and odd skin sensation

Hi all
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
DC

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Old 05-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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Re: Altered taste (sour minty menthol) and odd skin sensation

Hi there

dont know if you found out what the cause was because the taste thing is almost exactly what i have been having for 3 months and wont get to see a neuro till mid July, you have described just as i have in that i know it not from sinus or reflux the taste is just there all the time nothing gets rid of it..........

 
Old 06-04-2012, 06:37 AM   #3
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Re: Altered taste (sour minty menthol) and odd skin sensation

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Hi there

dont know if you found out what the cause was because the taste thing is almost exactly what i have been having for 3 months and wont get to see a neuro till mid July, you have described just as i have in that i know it not from sinus or reflux the taste is just there all the time nothing gets rid of it..........

Hi. YES I found out what I had. I saw an oral max specialist. It turned out it was cranial or facial nerve damage (in the upper jaw) probably caused by a badly placed dental implant damaging the nerve , but I will never know exactly why. I was told you can also get the same nerve damage in the upper and lower jaw from all sorts of things including rotten teeth, blows or impacts to the jaw, ear or head (which may move the teeth or break the root) and also from neck injuries, whiplash and even mild sports injuries to the jaw and neck/head.

Known symptoms are disguesia (change of taste) tingling of the mouth and tongue, and dry eyes!

No cure as such.... but once the nerve heals (it took six months for me) it disappears completely
good luck

 
Old 06-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #4
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Re: Altered taste (sour minty menthol) and odd skin sensation

Hi DC

Thats interesting because i had recently been to the dentist (days) just before mine started....a coincidence? ........my dentist decided to do a descale and a few days after that my furthest upper molar cracked and a piece of tooth came away...and thats when the altered taste came about but i know it wasnt from decay as you mentioned and the dentist told me it wasnt coming from the tooth...he thought it was from a virus ...but its been 3+ months now ......Glad to hear you found out the cause and that you have recovered from it........thanks for replying

 
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