Great board! Glad I found it!
First, the basics: Male. 32. Married / with my wife for almost 9 years. Ex-casual smoker (quit when I met my wife). I rarely drink alcohol.
A few months ago I noticed what could only be described as a skin tag on the front underside of my tongue. I didn't think anything of it and basically ignored it and moved on with my life. Well... apparently I was due for another bout of hypochondria because with absolutely no provocation,Ã‚Â I started freaking out about it. I spent hours and hours scouring the internet looking for information on "skin tags" on the tongue but came up with nothing. What Google did leave me with was two horrifying options: Oral Cancer and Oral Warts. After doing some reading, it almost seemed like they were one and the same.
I spent many additional hours searching for info and carefully inspecting photographs online. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to look like what had grown in my mouth.
I immediately scheduled an appointment with my dentist. Unfortunately, he was booked a week out so I spent the next seven days obsessing over this foreign object in my mouth. My constant fear and worry affected my work, my interactions with my wife and son... the whole nine yards! I literally wanted to do nothing but scour the internet or sleep.
Anyway, my appointment was last thursday. After my cleaning, I mentioned the "tag" to my dentist. After visually and physically inspecting it for literally 10 seconds, he matter of factly says "it's a papilloma. It was probably caused by friction or injury to the tongue." No mention of HPV. No mention of cancer. Nothing. He said removal was totally optional and could be done at any time. Basically, he didn't seem concerned about it in the slightest. Before he could even finish talking, I enthusiastically informed him I wanted that thing out of my mouth asap! An appointment was scheduled for today (2/10). He quickly explained the procedure (a quick snip and MAYBE a stitch) and then said that it was normal procedure to send the hunk of tongue off for biopsy. He said that he was "99.9% sure that it was nothing to be concerned about." I asked him if he's seen these before. I don't remember his exact words, but he basically made it sound like he sees them on a pretty regular basis.
So here I sit. On the internet. Unable to find one single website that mentions papillomas in the mouth WITHOUT mentioning HPV. I was hoping for a sense of relief but instead I'm mortified. I feel as if I was just handed a death sentance via oral cancer if this was indeed caused by the HPV virus. Does anyone have any insight? words of wisdom? anything? I'm really kind of grasping at straws here.
Honestly, if it wasn't for my wife, who's extreeeeeeeemly supportive and has pretty much said she could care less what grows on my body, I'd probably be in the loony bin right now.
Here's a pic of my tongue for anyone that cares. The pic's a little deceiving... I think because of the angle I shot it at. The growth flaps around like a skin tag and isn't nearly as wide as it looks in the photo.