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I think I bithe my thongue ath nighth

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I've been waking up many mornings recently with one side (generally the left) of my tongue all sore. I thought for the longest time that it was some sort of infection or autoimmune stuff, but then I examined it in the mirror, and realized that my tongue bore a fairly good cast replica of the nearby teeth.

My family (especially Mom) has a major history of bruxism (nocturnal teeth-grinding) brought on by anxiety, and I'm wondering if this can also spread to the tongue.

I also know that a tongue discovered all bitten in the morning is a sign of nocturnal seizure activity, so I'm wondering whether to chalk this up to anxiety or to consider a seizure disorder......

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i wake up with a sore tongue a lot; it's obvious i've bitten it in my sleep. weirdly, THIS morning i woke up and i was in the act of actively CHEWING the tip of my tongue. ouch!

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Hi,

It could just be anxiety(just? ;) )

Have you asked your dentist/orthadonist(?)(excuse my spelling)about a mouth guard to cover your teeth at night? That might help.

SW

Edited by Snow White

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IDK but I do that. Sometimes I wake up thinking "fuck my tongue hurts"... and after conceptual analysis followed by examining the empirical evidence (it's hard to have an actual time frame for you) I realise that I am indeed still biting down on it rather firmly. I also sometimes have trouble deciphering between whether my mouth is open or shut at these times and fiddle around trying to find my tongue with my fingers to examine it... too numb and zombied to realise that i'm just hitting teeth and a little stub of tongue.

I have real proprioception issues with a seizure hangover after a suspected nocturnal funk.

But me doing it doesn't necessarily mean it's seizury.

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I also know that a tongue discovered all bitten in the morning is a sign of nocturnal seizure activity, so I'm wondering whether to chalk this up to anxiety or to consider a seizure disorder......

I would definitely tell your pdoc about it.

Oreo

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update on the lingual unit...

I've been told widely (by people ranging from fellow neuro forum buddies all the way to friends of mine who are neurology physician-residents) that the best way to distinguish between anxiety tongue-biting and seizure-induced tongue-biting is the location of the bite marks... apparently, anxiety bites happen at or near the tip of the tongue, and seizure bites appear only on the sides, going all the way to the back. Mine match the latter pattern, so I guess this is of concern.

I spoke with my Ndoc about this earlier this month, and he said it wasn't seizures, but a condition called "convulsive syncope". Apparently it's some sort of non-psychogenic pseudoseizure caused by a brief loss of blood to certain part/s of the brain. He says that although the name "convulsive syncope" implies that I'd be having a GTC whilst fainting, that it could refer to any blood loss in the brain resulting in symptoms identical to many different kinds of epileptic seizures (including the tongue-biting variants of simple and complex partials), even during sleep.

Then again, my Ndoc had at the time this obsession about the idea that what I have is caused by repeated attacks of blood loss to the brain (and he's not even a stroke specialist!!). My IDdoc gave him a good talk about how I had just about every symptom of a systemic infection by some flavor of 'gram-negative' bacteria, and I think the Ndoc is now open to the fact that I've got a brain infection.

anywayth, I'll thend in updateth ath they come...

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