This is my first question on this site. I’ve recently been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome (although I think I’ve had it for years) and Graves Disease. Every so often over the years I’ve noticed patches of taste buds appearing to be missing but at the moment it is worse.
About 10 days ago I ate salsa which resulted in large patches of missing taste buds and the tip of my tongue was swollen on one side and a sort of crack appeared at the end of my tongue. The swelling lasted for about a week.
I’ve been eating bland potatoes, pasta and cheese etc. Today I tried to eat something with tomato sauce and my tongue is now very painful again and the inside of my lips began to bleed a little.
Can anyone tell me if this is the Sjogren’s dry mouth and if so, how long this kind of thing lasts. Is there anything I can do to improve things so I can start eating foods with more taste?
I’m using Biotene as a saliva replacement, using Vitamin E capsules squeezed onto my tongue and putting glycerine in my water.
Sorry if this is covered in a fact-sheet. I couldn’t see anything about anything other than dryness.