I have had the same menthol sensation in the back of my throat. It's been going on for 3 weeks!
Prior to it starting, I ate a TON of raw cashews. It gave me terrible gas for a day or two. Following that, I had about a week of the menthol sensation. Not knowing what the heck it was, I read about apple cider vinegar for heartburn, so I was trying that as well as eating other things I probably shouldn't have (garlic, onions, etc). I think I further aggravated the situation. About 5 days into it all, I started getting a bitter taste in my mouth.
I saw the doctor and he put me on Prilosec. I never got any true 'heartburn' sensations or even a stomach ache post cashew incident.
I asked my allergist about it (I get allergy shots regularly) and he said I may have irritated my stomach and esophagus from the nuts.
I have been eating the most basic flavorless very low fat diet possible, no caffeine and no seasonings aside from salt. I've been writing everything down I eat and I feel since I started the medicine.
The menthol feeling subsided until I ate a piece of chocolate birthday cake I made, two days ago. I imagine the buttery, chocolately cake didn't agree with me. I guess??
I am stumped, and I see everyone else on here is as well. I hope someone can shed some light for ALL the people experiencing this odd sensation.
I am stumped too. I started experiencing the minty breath symptom a few weeks ago. I thought it's from smoking or chewing too much gum. But then I noticed the symptom persistent, all day long. It's prevalent on the tip of my tongue and right behind my front, upper teeth, barely radiating to the center of the roof of my mouth. My breath (is not bad) but doesn't smell minty, it just feels cool and minty in those areas like I just finished chewing a piece of gum, or brushed my teeth when in fact I'd barely have woken up, let's say. I do suffer from allergies and had shots for them in the past. And right now it's fall season where I suffer the most from them. My throat used to itch; now I don't get that. If it's allergies I'd rather taste mint than itch. I'm just hoping it's not some kind of a first, weird auto-immune disease symptom that turns into a mystery diagnosis.
I get this, the cold tongue feeling, every now and again. The only thing I have noticed with any consistency is, and I know some may find this disgusting in itself, if I haven't brushed my teeth when I get up, a couple hours later I'll notice this cold tongue/mouth effect when I breath in. It goes once I have brushed my teeth, usually by the time the mint effect of the toothpaste has worn off.
Sometimes I get up in the morning at the last minute to take the wife to work, once getting home I want a cup of tea or coffee and don't want it tasting minty, so I'll brush my teeth after breakfast, once I've enjoyed the after taste enough.
If, on the rare occasion I don't brush my teeth that morning, the cold tongue/mouth thing will last all day, or until I brush my teeth next.
Maybe its down to some endogenic (? Uses heat in its reactions) bacteria/flora that developed in the mouth from either having eaten some certain food stuffs prior, or some kind of constant/mild infection. Or maybe the bacteria leaves a coating that facilitates heat dissipation. Maybe if some have this coldness even after brushing teeth in the Morning, it could be a sign of a bacterial infection.
If it is bacterial, it could be consistent with those who get the sensation in the throat, as they must have lost of this bacteria, enough to travel down the pipe.
In case its any relevance, I am a light smoker, eat a wide range of foods (except fungi, they're only good for one thing), in general good health. I used to suffer from gingivitis when younger, my gums are slightly damaged as a result (they look fine but can get sore/bleed more easily than usual and are prone to infection if I'm not careful). Currently, my back gum by my wisdom tooth keeps getting infected because of a big gap from having one back tooth removed and the rear most wisdom tooth coming through, taking its damn time. Although it isn't sore or swollen it produces that lovely smelly yellow stuff and I have to keep on top of it with cleaning so I don't get breath that kills at a hundred paces.
As an aside, for those getting dry mouth, this is the environment that tooth rotting bacteria has big parties in as saliva regards the aggressive attack of bacterial decay.
maybe other cold tongue/mouth sufferers can find relevence, and we may even find common causality.....
Same thing started happening to me about five days ago and has been pretty constant since then. For me it's only in my throat and chest, feels like someone poured peppermint oil down my throat. Really annoying.
I thought maybe it was acid reflux of some sort, but I've taken Tums a number of times and it didn't go away. I thought maybe is was something I was eating, so I've been adjusting my diet slightly each day, but without luck. Also, I'll often have it immediately upon waking up, so I don't think it's food related, unless it's a longer term symptom of a particular diet rather than an immediate reaction.
The one thing that did make it go away was going for a run. Immediately after, I paid attention and didn't notice anything. However, it came back about a half hour later.
wow, nice to know I'm not alone. Going to the GI tomorrow, been struggling with lots of GI issues. Doc switched me from Prilosec to Pepcid about 5 days ago and this cold burning showed up. I thought I was crazy. Will see what GI doc says
I have the menthol feeling when I breath along with breathing problems..its been goin for about 7 years .I cant function any more period..whatever this is is ruining my life...i feel like im having a stroke/heart attack when its at its worst...yawning over and over..cant get deep breath..its scary..ive been an athlete all of my life ...and im scared to excercise
you might be having a panic attack, that happened to me twice went to the ER got looked at and lungs x rayed and everything looked fine. try a breathing exercise or maybe a bath, that works for me. try even brushing your teeth or gurgling mouthwash. and remember mind over matter, dont panic and tell yourself everything will be fine. they shouldnt last long if it is a panic attack or anxiety maybe 10-15 minutes. and if that doesnt work try going on a relaxing walk. good luck!
The culprit is using a humidifier - perhaps not cleaning it regularly enough or something.
I never normally use a humidifier, but started using one after Thanksgiving, shortly before the problem started. Then, like three days ago, I stopped using it, and the problem seemed to go away. I also had noticed it would go away when I went to work out, which, since I'm studying for finals, was one of the few times I left my apartment.
Anyway, just to test it today, I turned it back on this morning, and within a couple hours, I started to feel the sensation come on again.
There's lots of stuff available about the potential dangers of minerals or bacteria getting into your lungs from humidifiers. I'm not sure if the feeling comes from using an unclean humidifier, or using tap water in it, or what, but I'm just going to stop using it altogether.
Has anyone noticed that if you stay really warm/hot - like in the am before getting out of bed or when watching tv with an extra blanket & nose covered with blanket - that the issue seems to go away. Or if when breathing out your nose with your hand over your nose - your breath can be seen
Ok, I have this too. A really weird, tingling cold sensation in the mouth along with a minty menthol taste. My mouth constantly feels like I have just brushed or rinsed with very minty mouthwash - the way it makes your gums and lips tingle. Even my eyes feel strange sometimes, like when you have been near menthol vapour.
I only started getting it after a dental implant which became infected and I personally think it is dental
related. Either that or someone ever suggested it could be a galvanic reaction between the metal in the implant and the amalgam fillings I have!
The other long shot is that I stated taking a very strong odor controlled garlic supplement a few months ago (for high colesterol) and it is maybe that? I am going to stop the tablets for a week and see if it helps.
it is a complete mystery and I cannot stand the idea of having to live with it for the rest of my life!
It seems like a sensitivity issue with our throats. I know mine started today after a sore throat for a day or so. I have a lot of drainage too and I felt pretty wierd all over today. I am feeling d bit of bubbles deep in my throat like a reflux of some sort. Strange no Drs have commented. I found this post by doing a google search to see what it was. It is a very strange cold feeling deep in my chest.
I am in Virginia by the way. 30 yrs old
I too have had this peculiar cool sensation in the back of my throat just near the top of my chest. The first time I experienced it was about two three months ago. I was using an E-cigarette off and on. I decided that the e-cig was causing it and stopped using it completely Well, the sensation still comes and goes. It is quite doubtful that I have acid reflux, but I suppose it's in the realm of possibility. I do find it irritating, and a little worrisome, but I am a little relieved that it is not too uncommon and everyone is alive and posting.
I've had this cold sensation for a couple of years now.. Sometimes it turns into an "oily" feeling in my mouth... Sometimes it goes away completely for a little while (hours - not days). I'd had to get a back molar pulled, and that area seems to be particularly prone to the symptoms. But the cold sensation is usually on one side of my mouth/teeth/cheek/tongue - always on the side the tooth was pulled. This also goes back to soon after I'd had a bout with C.Diff infection from taking antibiotics for ear/sinus infections. The meds for the C. Diff caused thrush - and the meds for *that* seemed to be the precursor to all these other mouth problems. I've tried multivitamins, antacids, everything I can think of, and the problems persist. Like others here, I REALLY wish a physician would ring in on some sort of answer here...
i have the same thing, started about 3 weeks ago, really annoying. feels like i put vicks sauve on my nose like i used to when i was a kid. but the cool sensation in my throat wont go away. yes i agree, can a doctor check in here and give us all an answer. please!!
I have the same thing, but I also have numbness in my tounge and throat. I think maybe all the symptoms have something to do with anxiety. I also have a burning sensation in my throat so then again maybe it has to do with acid. I took zantac before for it, but I quit taking it when I got pregnant. These feelings are driving me crazy. Does anyone have any other ideas?
cold sensation in the mouth, auto-immune, underactive thyroid,
I've had this cold feeling in my mouth for a few weeks now, like i've just brushed my teeth with really minty stuff. I've been TAKING MY TEMPERATURE morning noon and night and it is consistently below normal. I think its UNDERACTIVE THYROID. I have many of the other symptoms, which doctors love telling me is because of menopause, but my hormone levels are normal and that doesn't explain why men on this forum experience the same symptoms! I have also had hot and cold sweats, another sign of thyroid dysfunction, as the thyroid regulates every system in the body, especially metabolism. I am on a low dose of thyroxine, but think the real answer is TAKING EXTRA IODINE, which I ordered on the net from USA. its called 'Iodine Plus2' with selenium and iodide etc. it will speed up the metabolism and regulate body temperature. It takes a few months, but from all the literature I've read, this seems to be the answer to my problems. underactive thyroid, anxiety, stress and poor auto-immune all go together. I might have an explanation as to why you are all experiencing the same thing but come from different corners of the globe - 85% of the Earth's population have insufficient levels of iodine. Its such a simple explanation! Give it a try. cheers, Dawn
I've also had these same symptoms for several months, ie, icy cold sensation in throat/upper chest, cold sensation when breathing in, pains in chest which go into back and shoulder blade area. I also suffer with sinus - hence have been experiencing toxic tastes all the time like I've been poisoned and it's affecting my tongue too. My GP's seem to have no idea what it is - they put the chest discomfort down to something called condochondritis, which I felt they were just guessing at, and told me to take painkillers for it. This was after initially sending me to A&E with suspicions of heart trouble, which scared the life out of me. After x-rays they told me I had a chest infection and just to take rest and take painkillers... I got so fed up with not getting any improvement I decided to visit a private GP, who, as you would expect, spent actual time talking to me, taking interest. She listened to me and eventually said that I have gastric reflux, or possibly a hiatus hernia, which is causing complications with my sinus/post nasal drip. The fluids are mixing together and causing all these horrible complications. The cold sensation is actually the burn of acids but the body feels it in a different way. She has prescribed Pantoprazole gastro-resistant tablets which she says will also deal with the sinus problem as well. So, in a few days or so I should be feeling a lot better.
I recently had an upper resp infection plus some kind of virus.However my MD said my conditions were triggered by my terrible allergies that I have.I went on the z-pack and finished and feel better... but now I have the cold sensation everyone is speaking of in the back of my throat.So strange..I really feel it's related to allergies.I will be seeing an allergist soon and will ask.
Hello, i have same symptoms on my mouth, throata and nose. a i am feeling burning sensation on my face. generally i have conspation. some times diarrea. nearly i have all of this sepmtoms for one year. i went so many physacians nobobdy cant help me. is anybody knows the correct answer what i have ? how i turn to normal? thanks.