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I had surgery on my foot two weeks ago and have a numb tongue tip now

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I had surgery on my foot two weeks ago and have a numb tongue tip now due to the intubation. My doctor this it will correct itself in time, and suggests I eat tangy/ spicy foods to help stimulate the nerves. Is that crazy? He is pretty sure the nerve damage was caused by compression. The sensation has changed from feeling ice cold at the beginning to now it feels like I burned my tongue on hot chocolate. The area affected MAY be shrinking, or I just may be getting more used to it! What would you suggest to help my recovery?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. David
I suggest you give your tongue more time
that is good you have tried spicy foods
if you enjoy eating the spicy foods, then continue to do this
if you don't like spicy foods, then you don't have to eat it
with more time, the nerve will get better on its own.
compression of the hypoglossal nerve can cause temporary nerve numbness after intubation.
but this usually gets better with time.
http://www.aana.com/newsandjournal/Documents/unilat-hypo-neur-endo-intub-should-0613-p233-236.pdf
this is an article about this
let me know if you have questions.