Hello, I'm hoping someone here can help with my question. I am a frequent on the HU LUPUS forum but I thought I'd pop across here to hopefully get an answer.
I have a LOT of ongoing symptoms that indicate an autoimmune and I'm currently undergoing investigation and possible diagnosis.
One of my ongoing and more prominent symptoms is First Bite Pain. This is characterised by a sharp shooting pain that usually only lasts seconds when you put the first mouthful of a meal or snack in your mouth. It is often painful enough to make you clutch at your jaw like you've been hit!
My problem is that whenever I mention it to my doctors it keeps getting brushed off. The only information I can find online about it is that it is very common with people who have had oral trauma (e.g. surgery, infections, radiation for head and neck cancer etc.) but in the event where there is no trauma it is highly indicative of malignancy!
Now, I have had a reasonably thorough oncological workup due to other symptoms that raised reg rags at first and as far as we know I have no oral malignancy.
My question is whether anyone on here with Sjogren's has come across this symptom?
It seems logical to me that it would be associated with dry saliva glands but I can find any medical material linking the two (I can't really find any definite medical material on First bite pain at all!)
I would much appreciate any answers I can get.