Re: Chronic Post Nasal Drip - BAD BREATH.
You're welcome! I'm sorry to hear about your mom turning down the tests. I'm sure it's no consolation now but, if you're 16, it won't be long until you can pursue medical treatment on your own. I don't have any real in-depth knowledge about the disorders myself. I'm a Biochem student and I am really interested in healthcare, so I am constantly watching health shows. I remember one episode where a woman lived her large part of her life with bad breath and later body odor. She was eventually diagnosed in her 30s with Trimethylaminuria. It's a disorder where your body doesn't metabolize certain compounds properly. I'm not saying you have that! I just thought it was pretty amazing that she lived with it for so long before she got the proper diagnosis. For what it's worth, there's a list on Wikipedia that details out lots of different non-oral causes of bad breath. Just take a look at the article for halitosis. I'm just saying don't let anyone tell you you're crazy until all tests have been done - even though you might have to wait until you're 18 to do that. I have also heard that people with thyroid disorders - I think hypothyroidism - have a really terrible bad taste in their mouth, although no one else can smell it. Thyroid disorders can be determined with a blood test. My husband had pretty terrible breath for a while. He stopped drinking coffee, garlic and onions for a long time, used a tongue scraper and mouthwash daily and it eventually went away. It still comes back pretty strong if he drinks coffee. Just hang in there! You'll get it figured out eventually with the proper doctor and the right tests. Also, I can't remember if you have talked to your dentist or not, but that definitely wouldn't hurt.
Last edited by Pastafarian; 06-25-2012 at 12:17 AM.