I’ve recently noticed a pain in both salivary glands (just under/forward of ears) with exposure to the slightest amount of alcohol.
It doesn’t have to be a strong spirit - it’s happened with drinks with quite low alcohol content (under 5%)
It might be the sort of pain we’ve all experienced occasionally. Do you ever put something in your mouth, and it’s so mouthwatering, you literally can’t make enough saliva quickly enough, to the point it hurts?
Well, it’s like that, but very specific to alcohol. I made the mistake of Googling (which I’m forever advising others not to do, so know I shouldn’t have). But apparently this phenomenon is a rare but very specific symptom of lymphoma. Lymphoma and MS are thought to share a common genetic basis, so that’s got me even more scared.
However, I don’t have any other symptoms typical of lymphoma, such as unexplained weight loss - apart from feeling generally cak most of the time - but we already know I’m not well.
I was wondering whether any of you with MS have had a facial nerve problem, that caused issues with salivation, or alternatively whether any of my drugs (notably Baclofen, Diazepam or quinine) can cause salivary issues.
Other than those, I only really take conventional painkillers of codeine, paracetamol and ibuprofen, and those not all the time, and I’m not aware of any of them them being linked to salivary problems.
I usually get a summons from the surgery about both my flu jab and a medication review (which usually consists of just a blood pressure check), about October or November, so not long now. Wondering if it’s OK to wait 'til then and then mention it, or if this needs investigating more urgently.
But I do feel a bit of a hypochondriac saying: “It hurts when I drink”, in the absence of any other symptoms, as the obvious answer is: “Well, don’t drink, then!”, and I’m sure the question will be raised of whether I should be, with all the other crap I’m on.
Any experience of this please?