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Hey all. I haven't been able to get into a Dr. yet, but I have a question. I've seen a couple of messages referring to this, but not exactly.

I have a small lump (the size of a pea?) on the INSIDE of my tongue on my right side. It can't be seen quite easily and it's soft. i never noticed that or better to say i never thought it could be something important. until i went to my dentist today and she found out by checking the tongue there is a lump. i told her i had never smoked cigarettes in my life and never drank alchohol. she told me then there is no reason to worry about it but it's better to go for a check up in dental hospital by time. i have become quite worried since and noticed now that i know it it's a bit sore on the side of the tongue when i bite it. I also feel it's a slightly sore when i eat something. i just want to know until i go to the hospital for the check up if it is definitely cancer or can it be something differnt as well. By the way i'm 55 years old and am very sporty and do loads of other types of relaxation excercises like Yoga and Tai Chi and meditation. None of my family members had tongue cancer. It'ss be great if you tell me what it might possibly be.
Thanks a lot for your help.

hi again everyone,

i haven't visited for a while so first i will answer oritil who asked what kind of infection i had in the end. i don't know but i still have the prescription bottle. i took Clindamycin HCL 300 mg for ten days. the lump almost completed deflated very quickly and now, in january, there is only the tiniest lump that i guess is a bit of a scar.
maryam, for sure go check your tongue with an ENT specialist as soon as possible. be sure he considers the option that it's an infection. also, i first was given weak antibiotics that had no effect on my lump. the second stronger round did the trick. good luck. i hope you are fortunate and also discover that your strange lump is just an infection!
all the best to everyone here!
Hi Sofiaane

You didn't say how long you've had the lump, but anything that hasn't cleared up in about 3 weeks should be seen by a doctor.

It could be any number of things: an inflamed taste bud, a blocked salivary gland, a small cut on your tongue from a chip shard. To find out for sure what it is or isn't you really need to go to the doctor. Please ask your mom to get you an appointment.

Let us know how it turns out.

Hi my name is Tahlia, I am 14 years of age and I am a smoker.
I have recently about 4 or 5 months ago (Unsure when I actually got it) I realised I have a lump on the left side of my tongue, about the size of a pea that is about an inch away from the tip of my tongue (It’s not noticeable but you can’t really feel it from the top only the bottom of my tongue). I thought it was just a lump from me bitting my tongue or something, so I didn’t tell my mum about it. It was only today I realised it’s still there as I was looking at my tongue because I’m getting it pierced next year, so I told my mum. I don’t think it has gotten any bigger or smaller, I am really worried, I have been searching about it on Google and I can’t sleep as I am scared I might have tongue cancer. My mum is taking me to the doctors in a day or two but I am unsure if I should believe what the doctor says, any advice?
Hi Tahlia

At the risk of sounding like your mum, quit smoking now! Unless you're a tobacco company, no good has ever come of this habit.

I was going to suggest that your mum take you to the doctor ASAP--I'm happy that she's beaten me to the punch. You might want to take with you any questions you might have. Anything unexplained sore is scary, and if it hasn't cleared up in just a few weeks, it really ought to be checked out. It's unlikely that you have tongue cancer, but I'm glad that you're being proactive.

As wonderful as the internet is, it's really not meant to be a diagnostic tool; this is especially true when you're already scared out of your shorts. Worst case scenarios seem to be the web's stock in trade.

Let us know how it turns out.


Back in 2000 when I traveled abroad to Europe I got a swollen lump in my tongue (not visible), it did shrink after a few weeks, and I was left with a smaller lump. No pain. No sores. Then in 2010 when I traveled abroad again the lump did swell up again for about a week.
I'm wondering if something like this is maybe caused by an allergy? Or perhaps flying? lol I don't know. Anything strike a bell?
btw currently I am a white 29 female not a smoker or drinker but do have a thyroid condition (hoshimoto) and no insurance.
Thanks for your help and have a blessed day!
Originally posted by lygio:
I developed a large sublingual lump in the middle of my tongue and I am quite worried about it. It has been there for two months after suddenly appearing in a rather painful and inflammed way. (A similar lump appeared under my chin at exactly the same time but subsequently disappeared although the tongue lump has remained). The inflammation went down and the lump seemed smaller so my dentist thought I could wait and see what happens but a few days ago I suddenly felt it has grown and gotten harder and feels painful again.

I went to see a local ENT but he has no idea what it is and wants me to wait another 5 weeks to see. He seemed unconcerned that it could be cancer or anything malignant. I feel concerned that it would be dangerous to wait any longer. He says doing a biopsy or an MRI would be of no help.

I did not feel good about the first ent so today I saw a second one who I felt much better about. He felt confident it was not cancer BUT he said he had absolutely no idea what it was and never saw or heard of anything like this in his 35+ years of practicing. He guessed it could be an infection and put me on antibiotics. He also said I should see a Head and Neck specialist in 10 days. He was very concerned about the position of the lump and thought it will likely need removal and this will be very bad because of the location.

Does anyone out there have anything to share with me? I would greatly appreciate any insights or further information. I'm scared and not sure what to do.

Thanks for any help!

hi my brother just went to see a doctor about the same thing, I live in Santa Rosa and would very much like to know which doctor you went to so I can either call him or have my brothers doc contact him. he my be schedule for surgery very soon as you mention in a later post'thank you for the consideration
Hi. I've been reading over all of these because I have found the same pea sized (maybe a little bigger) inside my tongue as well. When I first noticed it a few days ago, it was painful. Now it is only painful when I put pressure on it. Also, I have had a sore throat for over a month. When I went to the hospital for it (twice), the doctor told me it was chronic sinus infection and I did two rounds of powerful antibiotics, which seemed to help for a day or so after I finished, and then would come back.

I used to be a smoker, but quit over a year ago with the exception of Electronic Cigarettes. When I did smoke tobacco, it was 1/2 a pack to a pack a day. I am unemployed with no income and am a college student, but I do have a plethora of medical problems. I have PKD (Polycystic kidney disease), Hypertension as a result, arthritis in my back, deteriorating discs in my back, and a arachnoid cyst on the left temporal part of my brain. I've had my appendix removed two years ago and an abcess removed from my throat a year ago.

Needless to say, I'm concerned. When I talk to my family about this, they seem nonchallant about it. I really dont know what to do.. I realize that I need to go to the doctor, but I dont even have a GP. Is this lump something I should worry about?

Please Help.
Good Morning missjessi,
The advice we always offer is "if a change occurs in the mouth and does not clear up in three weeks see your dentist or doctor" I appreciate that it is easy for me to say this when I live in a country where excellent medical services are available to all 24/7 and central government pay the bills. I am not in a position to offer any suggestions on the financial aspects since I am not familiar with the American system perhaps one of our American members may be able to help.
You were quite right to quit smoking, however I seem to remember seeing an article recently which cast doubt on the safety of electronic cigarettes but I can't remember if there was a health hazard or they had a nasty habit of catching fire; it may be a good idea to check up on this point.
Keep Smiling
First off, please stop smoking Frowner
Second, tell your mom and go see a doctor Banghead
Third, I had the same thing and it turned out to be an blocked and infected gland. To you and anyone else reading this EVERYONE'S CASE IS DFFERENT! and only a doctor can tell you what's going on but if it is a infected gland, you will need an antiboditic. My doctor also told me that rinsing my mouth with warm, salted water then massaging the area. Lightly press the area between your (clean Duh) fingers. Finish with a rinse of hydrogen peroxide.

I hope this helps. Smiler
Hello! I have the same pea size (or a bit smaller) lump in my tongue. I'm on day 9 of 10 of antibiotics for sinus infection. The lump showed up last Wed night. I thought I had one of those "acid bumps" as I call them and went to look in the mirror. I can't really see it but I can feel it and it seems closer to the bottom of my tongue. I'm very nervous about this and going to see the dentist next Wednesday. When it showed up I was still battling a very strong sinus infection. Was hoping the two were connected but the antibiotic doesn't seem to be affecting the bump at all. Any advice?
Originally posted by Alexjlulu:
Hello ~

I am a 51 year old female in good health. I haven’t smoked in over 20 years (& I wasn’t a heavy smoker, but I did smoke.) I don’t drink alcohol. I exercise regularly.

Some quick timeline backstory . . .

About 5 months ago I had a severe toothache (2nd tooth on the bottom left from center.) Took x-rays & it showed nothing. As I was examining my tooth & the surrounding area I noticed (on the other side of my mouth,) this tiny blue dot on my gum line. After about 3 weeks the dot was removed & diagnosed as a “gingival cyst.” Now by this time, the pain in my tooth had abated, but when I pull my lip back over my tooth I get a pressure of small pain.

About 1 month ago, I woke up and about 15 minutes later I realized my tongue was swollen with a lump (the size of a pea inside of my tongue, not on the outside.) By the time I got to the bathroom to look at it, it was gone. It’s almost at the very tip of my tongue & I can feel it when I press hard between my lips. The oral surgeon that removed the cyst said it’s nothing ~ probably some vascular-like activity . . . but now it’s happened about 4 more times and I can tell exactly when it’s going to come up because right where the lump is, my tongue gets tingly or numb ~ kind like how your tongue may feel a couple of hours after you burn it on something hot. It’s freaking me ~ such a strange thing . . . all these mouth issues. I should probably mention that 4 years ago I discovered a large lipoma (fatty tissue benign tumor) on the left side of my neck.

I’m going to consult w/my ENT doc & see what she says.
Hey myspamaddress.
My girlfriend and I are both 14 and a few days ago she got a bump on her tongue exactly like the one you had. I was just wondering if anybody has figured out what it was, or how it got there, or how to get rid of it. We are really hoping that it isn't mouth cancer and by going through these paragraphs I've read, it isn't. Her mom and her boyfriend just tease her and tell her that it's herpies, even though her and I both know it isn't. Her mom, nor her mom's boyfriend, will take her to the hospital, so if anyone figures out what it is please, please, reply to me. I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks to all!
I've had this same lump in my tongue for 4 years. I went to a oral surgeon over 3 years ago. He didn't know what it was, but he took it out (which was so painful). He did a biopsy on it and it was non cancerous. Within a few months it was back. I still don't know what it is but it is annoying and I find myself biting my tongue more often because its in the way. It doesn't seem as though anyone has had any clarification of what this could be.
Hi all. I was very worried over th last number of months as I had the same “small pea sized lump on the inside of my tongue” it was on my right side just off the midline about 1/2 inch from the tip. I put off going to the doctor because I was stressed with college but finally booked an appointment with an oral surgeon. I said I’d post my experience for others. He told me I had nothing to worry about. That it was just a “trauma” from biting my tongue where I caused perhaps a hematoma and distressed the muscle of the tongue. I was worried because people had previously said theirs was changing in size where as mine was consistent.ill keep an eye of it as I forgot to ask him if it was a permenant fixture as it’s not painful at all but annoying as I go through phases of really noticing that it’s there!good luck to those reading this. Defo go see an oral surgeon but don’t worry until you know for sure.

Hello all, 

I’ve read every post here, and although the OP is close to 15 years ago... I’m relieved to see I’m “not the only one”.  I’m 41 female, trim and in good health.  I first noticed the “pea-sized lump” INSIDE my tongue around age 19-20.  It would be sore, and would be more prominent and larger in the mornings, and come and go depending on who knows what.  It was like a painful tiny hard balloon.  It felt like a marble had been implanted inside my tongue.  It pop in out of nowhere, stuck around for a day or a week, and eventually it would shrink in size and soreness and come back some other time just the same.  I couldn’t come up with any coincidental triggers.  I had seen my dentist and ent, who (to my terrible memory) didn’t know what it was and weren’t concerned about it.  

Around age 30, I needed to have my tonsils removed (glad I never have to do that again) and I had the ent see about my “marble” while he was at it.  He said it was a vascular cyst of some kind, where there was a vein going through my tongue, and it just ended and pooled in that spot.  (Another thread, another time, I have major painful veins going THROUGH every muscle in my left leg... some kind of vascular anomaly)  He removed the lump pool, cauterized the supply to it, and stitched the tongue back up.  That spot was sore for awhile and until completely healed, would occasionally bleed when I held my tongue tight (while brushing teeth, etc.)   No marble or pea for maybe 5 years (just a guess).

I started to notice that I was having the same soreness come and go again... did you guess that it’s now further back inside my tongue?  That same darn vein that was cut off, is now pooling at its new end.  I certain the same procedure would bring me the same result.  Upon my touching it, I can feel the soreness of the “supply” to the bump too.  I’m wondering if there is a way to inject the vein and kill it.  

As I mentioned earlier, I have many many sore veins going THROUGH muscles, and most of them are “extra”, no real function other than make standing painful.  I’ve had many of them treated with  laser therapy, sclerotherapy, ablation, phlebectomy, vein stripping, and compression stockings.  I only mention this because I believe the “unexplained sore lump INSIDE the tongue” is related.

Has anyone with the same lump had it removed, and had it return?


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