Jan 09, 2014 - 5:35 pm
I am curious if anybody else has experienced this or knows anything about it.
Ever since my Extended Radical Neck Dissection surgery in December, I have been experiencing First Bite Syndrome.
It involves the first one or two bites of food at every meal, which triggers an intense, almost painful, sensation in the lower back corner of the mouth. It is somewhat similar to the sensation when you bite into a lemon, but off to the side of the mouth. It has been getting a bit more intense as my recovery from the surgery progresses.
It is odd in that water and thin liquids usually do not trigger it, but thick fluids, like yogurt do. Or, of course, anything solid. I have to just bear through those first 5 or 10 seconds, and then it goes away and I can eat normally - even though it is my new normal of small bites and careful chewing.
If I take a respite from eating for 10 minutes or so, then I have to endure this again when I resume.
My doctors say that this is rare, and some have only in the last few weeks become aware of it. Google searches don't turn a lot up, but what is there indicates that it is related to surgery in the parapharyngeal space, but the actual cause is not understood. And there does not seem to be a good treatment for it.
Anybody else run into this interesting torture technique? It certainly puts a damper on snacking (which is not a bad thing, in my case).