Guys So sorry, didn't realise anyone had responded! I assumed I would get an email saying there was a reply.
Thank you so much for the support ( not getting much from Hubby! )
Day 5 now and still clock-watching to see when I can take some more painkillers. The salt rinses help but the Difflam spray is useless.
On the first night I managed to get some sleep with the aid of co-codamol but was awoken by a popping sensation in the area of the biopsy - pretty certain it was the stitch coming away but decided that there was no way I was returning to the hospital to have another one put in.
I'm self-employed so was back at work the next day and my colleagues were horrified by the huge purple bruise under the tongue which I assume was from the needle when they gave me the lignocaine. And the nasty swelling on the side of my tongue, much bigger and more painful than the original lesion.
The young man carrying out the procedure was being guided by the nurse holding my tongue to one side - after 3 needles, he attempted the biopsy only to have me nearly jump out of the chair as I could still feel pain. The 4th injection completely numbed the area and he was then able to take a piece of tissue. I know trainees have to start somewhere but I couldn't help but think Why me, Lord!!
Another friend who had a very painful tongue biopsy also had tissue taken from the side of the tongue so this must be the most sensitive area.
It really helps to know you went through it too, demc, on the NHS website it says a punch biopsy doesn't need stitches ( it did) and that it is not very painful - humph! I was so incensed that I emailed them saying they should change their advice but I got a very bland response saying my comments would be passed on to the appropriate department.
Even taking tablets was torture to begin with but I read somewhere that tipping your chin downwards as you swallow would help, and it did.
Oh yes and I bought a mouthguard from eBay, a silicone one which you dip in hot water and mould to your teeth - the consultant told me to ask my dentist to make one to wear at night so the sore area didn't touch my teeth but I wanted to try it ASAP and couldn't get in to the dentist - waste of money, I can't sleep with a mouth full of plastic, it was horrible.