Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Resolution of Oral Lichen Planus

It has been nearly two months since I went off the Cellcept and I still have very little signs of Oral Lichen Planus. The cold that I had stayed for a very long time, though, and eventually because it aggravated my asthma, I needed to take some Prednisone to get it under control. Presently, the cold is gone, my asthma is under control and I am titering down from the Prednisone.

Still no sign of the Oral Lichen Planus. The few times in this last six weeks that I thought I might have some signs, I have used my Clobetasol ointment, and it has been enough. Let it be understood that my mouth is not entirely perfect looking. I still have some redness, a little bit of lace appearance on the inside of the cheeks, and some thinning of the tissue on top of the tongue, but the pain is gone and I am able to consume most foods that I would have eaten in the past before the OLP with the exception of highly spiced foods. I still have some permanent scarring inside, and swelling on the outside edge of my chin.

I have now been able to appropriately take care of my dental health. I am using a sonic toothbrush and Biotene toothpaste. I can floss well, though I do not use a mint or cinnamon flavored floss. Mint and cinnamon are not recommended for people with Oral Lichen Planus. I also use a Waterpik. All of these methods for good oral health were difficult to perform when my mouth was so flared up in the past.

Needless to say, I am very happy!


Anonymous said...

Very informative, OLP Biopsy 2005 neg.[Temple Dental professor states a hint of OLP in original, 1st Bx]..2008 positive biopsy OLP...not a lechnoid drug reaction., have OLP, Burning Mouth Syndrone & Candida [controlled w Mycelex 3 x/day], & Herpes Simplex 1, Treated Pain Mgt Jefferson, evaluated at Temple Dental School2008. I cont' w problems & triggers are any new meds, dental work, & I guess stress excessive...sometimes stress & no problems. mouth goes haywire...none of current treatment work, Dexadron Elixer, Temovate oint, I have been on Klonopin for BMS for 5 or 6 yrs..0.5mg, anti depressant low low doses...makes me feel awful hard to describe...never on very long 2 to 5 days because of side effects...I have terrible erosive outbreaks that nothing gives relief...I am looking for laser & or accupuncture...also note after a new drug I get all 4 of list at same time...just came of of Medrol dose pak..no longer made therefore a Prednisone decling schedule. side effects terrible but OLP better..I am on Ultram 300mg every day for arthritis as I can't take NSAIDs Celebrex..due to damaged kidneys after 5 yrs of Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex. I am interested mostly in laser & apprecaite any info...I have asked Jeff Pain Mgt & Temple Specialist reluctant ..4 yrs ago..Temple & Jeff..told me not standard of care...I am sick of pain...never know when it will stike...oh, after any new med eg UTI...antibiotic, or any dental work.OPL ful errosive outbreak..when it is calm..ok...but the storms get to me & I say no more...apprec that someone out there had same or simillr problem...blog so long i must read entirely at another time.

Antidepressant & Ultram = Serotonin Syndrone, also on BP med,,,I guess I'm in error as I inclue alternative tx methods...but above is in literature for tx
Anyone w all 4...also mulyiple anticonvulsants for BMS...doesn't help..too many sideeffect...

Elizabeth Munroz said...

Have you tried Cellcept. It was given as a last ditch measure and helped me considerably. Cleared it up with minor problems for over a year. I find that with most meds there are side effects. But, if it will clear up the OLP, I'm for trying them. Found most meds that you apply to the mouth not very helpful. Now that I am off Cellcept, I have very few and quite controllable outbreaks. The burning mouth is supposed to be caused by candida. I have the burning even when it doesn't have typical candida appearance. Antifungals in pill form help me, too. Never heard of laser being used for OLP. Why would it be helpful at all. Would have to burn off all the epithelial tissue. Wouldn't it?

There is also Imuran which immediately began clearing it up for me. However, I have a rare liver condition that made it impossible to continue taking. One MUST be tested for that before taking Imuran. It's a very rare liver condition.

I hope you can get through the blog. Start at the first page and come forward.

Good luck. I know how important it is to get control. I have numerous other medical problems, too.

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