Dry mouth even though b/s is under control??

By Clayburd Latest Reply 2014-05-04 19:25:11 -0500
Started 2014-05-03 08:15:46 -0500

Hi - So I was diagnosed a couple weeks ago. I had already changed my diet and for the last couple of weeks I've been monitoring like crazy. My numbers are usually between 94 and 130. I'm having dry mouth even though I drink about 140-180 ounces of water every day. I pee a lot too… I'm on a metformin and also toviaz (which I've been told can cause dry mouth). My doctor said dry mouth is just a symptom of diabetes and we need to get it under control. My feeling is I've kinda got it under control, don't I? Aren't those numbers good? Will the dry mouth ever go away? Thanks everybody for listening. New to this…

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jayabee52 2014-05-04 19:25:11 -0500 Report

Howdy Clay
From what I can tell from what you report you seem to have pretty well dialed it in to quite good management of your diabetes. Yes thirst is a symptom of DM (diabetes mellitua) but is dry mouth?

This is what Mayo about the subject has to say: "Dry mouth is a common problem that may seem little more than a nuisance. But a dry mouth can affect both your enjoyment of food and the health of your teeth. The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia (zeer-o-STO-me-uh)." under Symptoms it says: "If you're not producing enough saliva, you may notice the following signs and symptoms
•Dryness in your mouth
•Saliva that seems thick and stringy
•Sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth
•Cracked lips
•Bad breath
•Difficulty speaking and swallowing
•Sore throat
•An altered sense of taste
•A fungal infection in your mouth
•Increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease"

As far as causes go: The following are listed (and more fully treated in the paragraph following: "Medications, Aging, Cancer therapy, Nerve damage, Other health conditions, Tobacco use." first of a multi page source: ~ http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions...

I agree with Joyce that you will need to see your Dr, especially if it greatly troubles you. You might try to rule out certain causes with Dr's help. If it is caused by Meds, perhaps changing the type of med will change your dry mouth.for the better. And who knows maybe the med may even be less expensive than the Toviaz.

I freqeuntly have dry mouth myself, I believe mine is due to my dialysis treatments and my liquid intake limitations. I combat it by chewing SF gum which seems to get my saliva flowing. There is also a line of OTC products called Biotene ~ https://www.google.com/search?q=biotene&s...=

I've tried the mouth wash, but want to try the gum and also the gel.

God's best to you and yours


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-04 17:48:52 -0500 Report

The best person to answer your questions is your doctor. I would call him/her for an appointment. You could have a medical problem that needs to be checked or diagnosed.

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