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    I had my tongue pierced 4 days ago and it doesn't seem to be infected or anything, it is looking better each day but is really, really hurting me. I've taken ibuprofen and paracetamol and can't have any more for a good few hours, but my tongue is killing me, particularly the bottom. I think because the barbell is quite big it might be rubbing a bit.

    In a minute I'm going to put some ice on it but does anyone know of any other pain relief I can try? For example would caffeine help or make it worse?

    I'd appreciate any advice

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    Tongues literally heal in hours because it has a great amount of nerve endings. So on that basis, you can assume there's something wrong.
    I'm no expert but I think it's either infected or pierced wrong.

    (Sometimes infections aren't visible.)

    Ibuprofen won't help because it's anti inflammatory. Paracetamol will have a negligible effect in that area, again because the tongue has a lot of nerve endings.

    Ice won't help.

    Caffeine will make it worse. It'll sharpen the pain.

    See a doctor. I'm inclined to believe the piercing was done incorrectly.

    If you can't be bother to get a doctor to have a look, call NHS direct and ask them if you should pop into A & E
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    (Original post by tamimi)
    Tongues literally heal in hours because it has a great amount of nerve endings. So on that basis, you can assume there's something wrong.
    I'm no expert but I think it's either infected or pierced wrong.

    (Sometimes infections aren't visible.)

    Ibuprofen won't help because it's anti inflammatory. Paracetamol will have a negligible effect in that area, again because the tongue has a lot of nerve endings.

    Ice won't help.

    Caffeine will make it worse. It'll sharpen the pain.

    See a doctor. I'm inclined to believe the piercing was done incorrectly.

    If you can't be bother to get a doctor to have a look, call NHS direct and ask them if you should pop into A & E
    That sounds a bit dramatic, they did say it would take a few days for the pain to go down and from what I've read elsewhere on other forums etc most people experience this?
    I mean I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm not an expert either but I had been thinking it was normal
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    (Original post by abc:))
    That sounds a bit dramatic, they did say it would take a few days for the pain to go down and from what I've read elsewhere on other forums etc most people experience this?
    I mean I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm not an expert either but I had been thinking it was normal
    Fair enough.
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    Just an update... I've looked all over the internet including a piercing forum about what's going on with my tongue and it all seems pretty normal, except a couple of thing that are symptomatic of the bar being too long, so going into the piercing place to see what they say.

    However if anyone here has had a tongue piercing I'd be interested to know what you think?
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    Masturbate... constantly.
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    Masturbate... constantly.
    Haha I think the aching in my mouth would be too distracting right now!

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