A week ago, I saw my GP for sores in my mouth. It actually started with a sore throat, but then I noticed white patches in the back of my throat as well as inside the cheeks. These were quite painful . The doctor thought I had thrush and put me on Chlortrimazole lozenges, 5 per day . About 4 days later, I had new mouth sores that were even more painful inside my cheeks. My GP referred me to an ENT doctor who diagnosed these sores as "mouth ulcers." By now, it hurt to eat, talk, and my gums felt swollen and inflamed on the side of my face where the ulcers were located. Now, I'm taking "Magic mouthwash" the past two days which is compounded at the pharmacy, It has lidocaine, benadryl, maalox, anti-inflammatory, etc. It has really helped with the pain. I take this 3 times a day as a "swish and spit". I'm on Prednisone 40mg for the GCA and Methotrexate. It is known that Methotrexate causes mouth sores. This is a real bummer. Several months ago, I had some kind of mouth infection, and was treated for thrush.
Have any of you experienced any type of mouth sores since being on the Prednisone or Methotrexate. I also take folic acid every day. My ESR and CRP are elevated again even wtih taking these meds. My white blood cells also increase and my hemoglobiin is dropping slightly. The brain fog has been serious. Other than that dear friends, I'm just fine!!!!! However at church today, two lovely women touched my "moon face" cheeks, and asked why my face is so swollen. I haven't had anyone touch my body with such concern since I was 8-9 months pregnant.
Take care everyone. Somehow, we shall all persevere with this mystery of symptoms that attack us from all sides. There is a light at the end of the tunnel; we just may not have passed around the right curve to see the light shine.