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My mother is awaken during sleep with sharp pains in her tongue. She has asked her family physician, her dentist and neurologist. None have an answer to this problem. Has anyone had a similar problem. What was it caused by and how was it treated?
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replied May 9th, 2009
acute tongue, under tongue pain during sleep
I also have been experiencing acute pain in and under my tongue that wakes me abruptly during sleep. It first happened last summer and has been happening more frequently over the months. I grind my teeth, clench my jaw, and even bite my tongue at night so, I have attributed my pain to something related to bruxism/tmj. I now know I must go to a specialist. Does this ring a bell with anyone. I need help and am scared at the possible causes.
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replied July 8th, 2013
I have also experienced stabbing pains in the sides of my tounge at night only whilst half asleep and always in bed. it had recently become more frequent so I got to see a E.N.T specialist, he looked with a camera through mynose into my throat and found that I had silent reflux. for the past 2 months I have been taking 40mg ozmezrapole daily and symptoms are better, but not gone completely. It will take a few months to get better he says. I find if I havemy once a week bottle of red wine the stabbing returns. this diagnosis for the mysterious stabbing is accurate I am certain. by the way, the silent reflux gives me no heartburn or indegestion symptoms whatsoever. please see an E.N.T specialist.
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replied December 21st, 2013
i found the answer i have the same problem,i lacked folic acid and iron,i went to rite aid and bought 800 mcg of folic acid and slow release iron in vitamin section,i take the folic acid and wait and hour before taking the iron,it immediately cured me,take with water, dont take with orange juice it will cause your body to not absorb the folic acid and iron.i was jolted out of sleep with stabbing pain in my tongue,all better now.
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replied February 15th, 2014
I have had these pains in my tongue off and on for some time in the night. However, two nights ago it was so bad it felt as though I was in a torture scene in a movie, receiving electric shocks on both sides of my tongue at once. As I am typing, I am getting goose bumps remembering it. I have a pretty high threshold for pain, but this was intense! A lot of people are reluctant to take vitamins but I am not. Thank you for this post. I have just taken the folic acid and set my timer for one hour to take the iron. We'll see how it goes. I'll let you know.
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replied April 3rd, 2014
Sounds 100% to what I am experiencing. I wake up in the middle of the night every couple of weeks or so with a horrible burning sensation on my tongue.

Folic and Iron is the cure. Thanks for your response "FoundTheAnswer"
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replied June 20th, 2009
Awakening with sharp pain within tongue...
I've been living with this for years. Only today did I do a goggle search. I have no grinding, clenching issues. The pain is always on the sides of the tongue but not on the edge - about 10mm from the edge. The pain feels like I've bitten my self but the area of the pain is too discrete like a needle inside the tongue. Recreation would be with the molers but they are too large to create. Also, my tongue has 'cracks' or fissures around the front and center but not near the site of the pain. I've just bookedmark this site and I'll read the links...
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replied April 8th, 2013
How I Was Cured.


I NEVER...had a history of geographical tongue. Then suddenly, I had strange symptoms of TMJ appear a little over a year ago...the pain spread to my tongue, and before I knew it, I was getting a biopsy done to see if I had cancer. I'm sure many of you have been through this before...I was put on every steroid and pain killer known to mankind, but nothing...NOTHING could ease my pain. It got so bad...I was unable to speak, barely able to eat some days, I wanted to give up....

Six months ago, a doctor heard about my pain and suffering...he talked me into seeing him. I had my doubts..and reservations. Keep in mind I went to doctor after doctor, and they all pretty much gave up on me, they said there was no cure after being diagnosed with psoriasis of the mouth.
Long story short....the cause of my pain...a pinched brain stem. That part of the brain stem was the source of blood and information that fed my mouth "tongue".....in not so many words...my tongue was dying, because that part of the central nervous system was not delivering blood/oxygen into my mouth properly, so it was causing the nerves in my mouth to fire off the pain receptors non-stop. He said many chronic glossitis/geographical tongue sufferers may be easily remedied if only they were properly diagnosed.

My testimony...almost 100% pain free. I still go to therapy about twice a month to correct the twist in my spine that created the pinch in my brain stem.

A regular chiropractor may not diagnose this properly. His kind of practice follows the teachings of Clarence Gonstead, he has alternative care facilities all over.


I remember the pain and suffering that I went through...I truly wanted to die. If I can help heal another with this information "not saying this is the reason for your pain" but it could be...and if you have tried traditional doctors and pain pills with little or no pain relief in sight...why not check it out.
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replied January 14th, 2014
Hello anne034

I don't know if I have you problem or not. But I was wondering if there was other symptoms that came with your problem. Mine seems similar. I have the electric shocks in my tongue when I sleep but not all the time. I do get tongue sores that come with the shocks. I also get them without the shocks. Its pretty much continuously. It started with such severe sores it left huge holes in my tongue. Now the sores are much smaller but still end up eating away at my tongue. I also get on and off eyes swelling. That's my eyes not the skin. The eye balls will swell so much it worries me, it looks like my iris area might cut onto the swollen white area, of course its bright bloody red by then. Most times my right eye is worse than the left and it also seems to have less ability to see in the dark. Its not much change but I do notice it. I also notice stinging pain in personal areas when tongue is having episodes, which is almost constant 95% of time. I do have an injury in my neck disks. That happened 22 years before these symptoms showed up. Although the neck injury was reinjured 9 years before these symptoms showed up. I have gone to physical therapy for the neck/shoulder/upper back problem and got quite a lot of relief from the pain symptoms but not all of it even now. I have been currently doing tests to see if it is auto immune related. So far negative results for the typical blood tested kind. Any one who could give a direction to check in would be most appreciated.
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replied January 14th, 2014
Further information to narrow possibilities. I take no meds. I breath through my nose, I don't bite my tongue or grind my teeth. I don't have metallic fillings or bridges. I have never had braces or related mouth wear. B vitamin test were normal. I had all female parts removed because of cancer 5 years ago. Doctors say that meant absolutely no menopausal symptoms would ever come up. If others had menopause symptoms after there full hysterectomy its psychological not physical. My mouth is not dry and I am not excessively thirsty. Of course acidic foods hurt my mouth more, after all there are open wound on my tongue. Also acid tests were normal. It is not herpes, went that route first 2 months, that is ruled out. All other s.t.d. are all ruled out. Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, and gout are ruled out.
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replied November 22nd, 2009
Same here! Really sharp pain shooting in tongue during sleep
Oh wow, good to finally find others with the same issue!
I have been experiencing this over the past 2 months and until now I always thought that I bit my tongue during sleep. However the last time I experienced this was during a light nap and I conscious enough to realize my teeth were not to blame. Also, as per the previous comment, the location of the pain is too offset to be attributed to tongue biting.

The pain is indeed as though someone stuck a needle in your tongue - a needle with electric current running through it. I have jumped from sleep several times in shock due to the severity of the pain.

I also clench my jaws during sleep so I guess we all have this in common.

I'm 30 years old and the only change to my health has been the addition of Welbutrin to my daily dose of Paxil.

Anyone else taking any similar meds? I'm very interested to finding the cause and of course a solution to this problem!
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replied December 24th, 2012
I have had what feels like electral current type pain shoot through the left side of my tongue and sometimes I think a tooth could be involved. I have been told it was TMJ. I finally went to see a Chiro Dr. He put stems on my jaw joint and gave me exercises to do stretching my jaw after he had xrays done. He said I had arthritis in my jaw area causing the nerve problem with pain. The treatments lasted one month now are starting to return. I will go back to see Dr because he has been the only one who was able to help me. It is 2:30am and can't sleep because if I lay down the pain will start again. Also he told me to chew gum it did help with the day time pain but you can't chew at bed time.
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replied December 24th, 2012
I have had what feels like electral current type pain shoot through the left side of my tongue and sometimes I think a tooth could be involved. I have been told it was TMJ. I finally went to see a Chiro Dr. He put stems on my jaw joint and gave me exercises to do stretching my jaw after he had xrays done. He said I had arthritis in my jaw area causing the nerve problem with pain. The treatments lasted one month now are starting to return. I will go back to see Dr because he has been the only one who was able to help me. It is 2:30am and can't sleep because if I lay down the pain will start again. Also he told me to chew gum it did help with the day time pain but you can't chew at bed time.
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replied February 27th, 2014
Try the folic acid and iron, it worked for me too!
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replied June 8th, 2014
It's 2 am I have been awakened again with the same pain! Mine started two weeks ago. Does the folic acid and iron really work? And why does it work?
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replied December 21st, 2013
go buy folic acid and iron from vitamin section,take one hour apart with water,do not take with orange juice it will prohibit your body from absorbing the vitamins and iron,do not take as a multivitamin.take 800 mcg of folic acid and iron,i bought slow release iron,i am not a doctor,i just researched it online and found the cure for me,it completely stopped the stabbing pain at night in one day.so amazed and happy i am pain free
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replied December 19th, 2009
tongue pain during sleeping
I have the same problem. when I drint sufficient water, I don't get those pain. Lack of water or alcohol causes me to have it during night; exact same symptoms as described in the thread.
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replied December 19th, 2009
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HI ive tried to google this and the symptoms are commonly related to menopause where you develop tongue pain or burning sensation which there is no cure..Any other advise was diabetics get this problem and as we get older our taste and tongues weaken against cigarrette smoke which if a heavy smoker can bring it on..As always recommended a visit to your doctor or referral to dental specialist is usually the only solution to this problem..If you tongue is cracked its because the intake of salt in your diet is too high..Some medications can also affect the tongue,s sensitivity and develope weird mettalic tastes to the mouth..I know its not much help but its a start and maybe answer some other queries to some users.
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replied February 15th, 2010
Two nights ago I had this happen to me, too! I was suddenly awakened by a sharp, stabbing pain under my tongue. It felt like a knife with electrical current. It lasted about 2-3 seconds.

I'm a jaw clincher and teeth grinder, but I haven't worn my mouth guard in eon's.
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replied March 2nd, 2010
Wow, this has really helped, knowing I'm not alone in these exact symptons. My pain is usually localized to one spot on top front area of tongue, pain so intense it awakens me and continues to throb for maybe 3 minutes or more. Sometimes it happens to the entire tongue. I am a clencher/grinder and wear my nightguard faithfully. I do take Celexa.
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replied December 15th, 2011
This is really helpful. I have the same tongue pain described in the thread. I wonder if this can be attributed to taking anti deppressants. I am taking citalopram/celexa.
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replied April 12th, 2010
Hi, same here. Quite disturbing. I grind my teath so I wear a guard but this pain seems to happen even when I wear it. I thought I was biting it but it felt more like someone to a knife and cut the middle front of it. I tried to reproduce the effect while I was awake. I do have a bottom back retainer which I was trying to "cut" it on but couldnt.
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replied April 21st, 2010
Yeah this happens to me sometimes as well. I''m a registered nurse and have no idea, never heard of this in my own patients, and doctors I spoke to ask if I bit my tongue, but most attribute it to me being a chronic teeth clencher and gum chewer.

I also notice that it''s so sharp sometimes I think I''ve bitten my tongue during sleep. I notice though when it happens that my mouth is very dry as well and the tongue is dry, so I wonder if it''s chronic dry tongue/mouth causing the pain (I''m a mouth breather during sleep).

Anyway, if anyone knows or maybe it''s just one of those weird nothings.

Thanks
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replied May 23rd, 2010
Tongue pain during sleep.
Okay so I'm not losing my mind. This just started happening to me. It's always in the middle of the night and wakes me up its so sharp and painful.
As others have said its not a pain biting yourself would cause. To bite myself that hard I'd have to sever my tongue! Its the entire tip of my tongue.
Also at times my tongue swells and I don't know why. I do sometimes clench during the day. But so far as I know I don't grind. I do have fibromyalgia and generally just blame everything on that. But as this is new I find it a bit worrisome.
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replied June 6th, 2010
it's not from lack of water. I drink water like it's going out of style and have been experiencing this for a while now. I'm a 29 year old female. It happened to me twice thismorning and both times I was able to wake up enough to realize that I was not biting my tongue or grinding my teeth. The pain doesn't feel like you've bitten yourself either.... I wish I knew what this was!! It's so weird!!
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replied June 25th, 2010
Nighttime tongue pain
THANK YOU! This has been happening to me for the last two weeks! Always between 3 and 4 AM, and it feels like a hot needle in the side of my tongue! I do bite my tongue in my sleep sometimes, but this is new to me. It makes me so tense I can't fall back to sleep waiting for another jab! No change in meds, diet, etc.
I sometimes get a sore spot on my tongue (not the same thing, and the other side of it) that I've been told by my oral surgeon that it's stress-induced. Swell, this is making me more stressed! Sad

One tip you might try: get some Gaviscon (for acid reflux) and swish it in your mouth after an episode. I've tried it before I go to sleep and it doesn't help, but it does seem to prevent a second jab if you use it after the first.
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replied March 24th, 2011
I have a similar problem; very sharp pain in tongue during night as if a needle has been pierced in. Tried many doctors but to no avail.

Finally I gave homeopathy a try; and it did work like a miracle. the medicine prescribed to me is just one drop of "Lachesis-1M". (Morning before eating anything)

The pain has vanished and hasn't recurred in a month. Please be advised that homepathic medicine is very specific to patient; do please ask your homeopathy doctor before trying. But, giving one drop of Lachesis a try won't hurt.

Thanks,
Abby
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replied July 28th, 2010
I'm a jaw clencher/teeth grinder myself & this happened to me to yesterday too but @ work in the late afternoon. It feels like someone stuck/stab a needle on the side of my tongue. It still feels a little bit sore this morning. This is a real mystery! I don't have any health insurance & kinda in a financial crisis right now so I can't even go see a doctor/specialist for this. We'll see if more water or taking Gaviscon can help ...
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replied August 4th, 2010
tongue pain, solution?
This happens to me fairly frequently, at least a couple times a month. My pain is just as you all have described it. My pain is on the sides of the tongue. I think I figured out because I grind etc. that what i am doing is not really biting too hard on my tongue but I have the sides of my tongue under my molars for probably a while. The pain I am guessing is similar to pain when blood leaves a body part, you get that tingling pain. Anybody think I am on the right track here? I have recreated this as the parts of the tongue that hurt fit perfectly under my molars. Now all I have to do is apply pressure for a few minutes to see when the area desires blood by creating a pain. Not really wanting to push it that far but I am pretty sure this is the problem.
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replied September 20th, 2010
Tongue pain at night
This tongue pain hit me last night and awoke me from sleep. The pain was strong and on the top of my tongue just to the left side of front center. I don't grind my teeth and have never experienced this before. I am really puzzled on what could have caused it, no I did not bite my tongue. This is my first attempt at trying to find out what caused this weird pain. I will check with my doctor next.
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replied October 3rd, 2010
Sharp pain on left side of tongue
I sometimes experience the same thing. I was thinking it was related to nerves on the left side of my head. With me it doesn't happen regularly or often, it usually happens when I first go to bed and before I go to sleep. This is the only time it happens and it only lasts a few seconds. It is a strange and unusual sensation, if it wasn't I wouldn't be searching Google to see what caused it. Smile
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replied October 14th, 2010
wow i'm so glad i'm not crazy! YES to the same tongue pain, sharp...stabbing, almost like someone is piercing the center of my tongue....sometimes a little off to one side or another but always near the center. lasts 3ish seconds of sharp pain followed by about 5-10 seconds of residual what-just-happened pain. i am 33 and first experienced this about 2 years ago. now it happens 2-3 times per month and it always freaks me out. and it's always just as i'm lying in bed trying to fall asleep, usually between 2-4am (i'm a night owl).

i'm going to do some more extensive research and consult some doctor friends. at first i just thought it was random and nothing to worry about but as they become more frequent i'm getting more worried.

will report back with my findings!
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replied December 21st, 2013
i just found the answer in one day after researching this problem for one day on the internet,i have been jolted outof sleep with stabbing pain in my tongue,it is lack of iron and folic acid in my body,i went to riteaid bought 800 mcg of folic acid ,i take and an hour later take slow release iron ,my pain at night stopped immediately,take with water,never orange juice it causes the body to not absorb the vitamin b and iron
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replied January 3rd, 2014
I have the same ultra-sharp, electrocution-like pains as you others, on occasion, during sleep. (I take cipralex and wellbutrin)
Just tonight however I accidentally reproduced the same pain, on a smaller scale, while awake. My teeth had touched a very particular small area `on the side but far back. I immediately put my finger on the spot and ran to the mirror. But I couldn't see anything different in that area. But it's hard to see it myself so I'm going to see my dr.
So to me it seems like a very localized problem, as opposed to some general deficiency. We'll see what the dr says.
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replied January 3rd, 2014
And it didn't seem to me that one could "grind" such a tiny delicate area while sleeping.
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replied January 4th, 2014
According to my image search, i believe my small area of pain is in the Foliate Papillae part of the tongue.
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replied December 27th, 2010
Sharp pain in tongue during sleep
I came here looking for solutions but realized that other people are experiencing it too but don't know why. However, this is the first time that I am having it during the day and this was the most painful. I have just started back taking my medication for diabetes so that could be a factor.Hope someone comes with a solution soon.I am 50 years old.
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replied January 24th, 2011
Stabbing Tongue Pain
Same thing happened to me last night, it was like someone drove a nail through my tongue and it jolted me awake at about 3am. I'm frequently a "mouth breather" and my mouth does get dried out at night to the point of diffuse pain. This was a stabbing pain, but may related. Its scary, but doesn't happen frequently enough to worry too much. If it does to you, and you're a mouth breather, I'd suggest water by your bedside, try the Biotene oral rinses and try the "Breathe right nasal strips" so you can sleep with your mouth closed. If that doesn't work, and you still have chronic stabbing tongue pain, you should get to your primary care doctor or to a neurologist.
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