THE MONTH-LONG (AND CONTINUING) SEEMINGLY NEVER ENDING SAGA OF THE MOUTH FROM THE
DEPTHS OF HELL
Okay, if you’re squeamish, you might not want to read my newsletter this month…because
I’m the first to admit it’s not a pleasant topic of conversation. But I need
to vent—and if I can’t vent to y’all, then what’s the point of having a newsletter?
So, please, if you can just indulge me…
I remember exactly when it began—May 23rd at around seven o’clock in the evening.
Well, that’s when I first noticed a strange, metallic-like taste in my mouth.
I was sitting at the computer, working. Little did I know that I was entering
into a nightmare of such proportions that my sanity would be tested for the next
The bad taste in my mouth grew steadily worse each day—to the point that I could
no longer taste foods normally. I remember buying a Payday one afternoon,
and when I ate it, it tasted like I was eating…well, the wrapper. The
texture was there, but I couldn’t taste the salt on the peanuts nor the sweetness
of the candy center. It was at that point that I knew I had to see a doctor.
When I can no longer taste one of my favorite candy bars, I know I have a serious
I suspected that my malady was caused by a recent change in my thyroid medication—Levothroid,
which my doctor had prescribed for me because of an under-active thyroid.
Just a few days before my “sewer mouth” began, he’d increased my medication from
one tablet to one and a half a day. So, I figured it was either the increase
or the fact that I had to cut a tablet in half that had caused this problem.
But he said no, he’d never heard of Levothroid causing a metallic taste in the mouth.
(Metallic taste sounds so innocuous; let me tell you, it’s not to the person suffering
it. It tastes like something crawled into my mouth and died there.)
So, I went to the doctor. She was clueless. Completely at a loss.
Even though my mouth showed no signs of a fungus, she gave me this “swish &
swallow” anti-fungal medication to try. Desperate to get this god-awful taste
out of my mouth (which also now was making anything I ate taste just like it), I
tried it. The stuff was hideous. It tasted worse than death, and did
absolutely nothing to improve my problem. I quit taking it after 48 hours.
Back to the doctor I went (this after going to the dentist for a cleaning; she found
absolutely nothing wrong.) The second doctor I saw was as befuddled as the
first one. All she could do was give me a referral to ENT.
So…for going on two months now, I’ve been cursed with this slime mouth that no one
seems to know what’s causing. After talking to my pharmacy, they agreed with
my doctor who said the Levothroid wasn’t the culprit—that perhaps it was the Deconamine
I’ve been taking for over three years (for allergies) without a problem. So,
I quit taking my Deconamine. I also quit taking my Levothroid. And guess
what? My problem started improving. No, I never quite lost the
bad taste in my mouth, but it got to a point where I wasn’t thinking about the problem
OBSESSIVELY for every minute of every day, and I could kind of taste my food
again. But then I did something stupid. I started taking the Levothroid
again (because I got scared at not taking it) and here I am again, my mouth as dry
as a bone, but yet with this hideous, disgusting, bittersweet taste. And I
feel like I’m losing my mind.
In the four weeks before my ENT appointment, I tried numerous home remedies to get
rid of the taste:
Nothing helps for more than a couple of minutes!!!!!
Finally, the day arrived for my ENT appointment. I went there, hoping they’d
know what was wrong, and better yet—have a miracle cure for me. Guess what?
Clueless. The ENT doctor scheduled me for an MRI…which isn’t scheduled until
July 24th. He wouldn’t tell me what he suspected, but the
sudden onset of the problem seemed to concern him. I got the feeling he thinks
it might have something to do with my brain. Scary stuff! I’m determined
not to worry about it, though. I just feel in my gut that it’s nothing serious.
But whatever it is, I want it fixed.
I can hardly remember when I had a normal mouth, even though it was only eight weeks
ago. I’m terrified that I’ll never have a normal mouth again. (One day, the
taste was so bad that it actually made me feel nauseous.) I want to taste
food again—because…believe it or not…I really enjoy eating. And it would be
really nice if my saliva didn’t taste like battery acid.
Enough, already…I know that’s what you must be thinking. Okay…moving on.
Congratulations to Wilma Frana from Calmar, Iowa, my June website winner. I’m
changing this month’s contest a bit. I’ll still be giving away a hardcover copy
of UNDERSTUDY, but I’m also going
to give away an original necklace or bracelet from Beautiful
Evening Beads. So, stop in at www.CaroleBellacera.com
and enter. Oh, and when you go to my website, you’ll notice my new design.
I figured it was time for an overhaul. So browse around, and let me know what
you think. J