First bite syndrome

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What is first bite syndrome?

First bite syndrome is characterized as pain in the parotid (salivary gland) gland or lower jaw area (mandibular region) at the first bite and, subsequently improves with each bite. The cause is unclear but, may be related to nerve impairment from surgery or other conditions.

Common symptoms reported by people with first bite syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with first bite syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spring Valley Vitamin D3)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with first bite syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with first bite syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness false happiness 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spring Valley Vitamin D3)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with first bite syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has first bite syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 10
30s 19
40s 17
50s 32
60s 21
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 4
30-39 years 5
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 2
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 39
Female 72

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 16
Not Diagnosed 15

These charts show data from first bite syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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