Too Painful to Chew

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Cannot chew well due to pain describes pain that makes it hard to chew.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Palpitation

  • Numbness of the body

  • Dizziness

  • Fever

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Headache

Possible causes

  • Spinal canal stenosis . spondylolisthesis

    Narrowing of the canal that surrounds the spinal cord. It can be caused by normal wear and tear of the spine, or by previous injury to the region.

  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

    Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) or chronic relapsing polyneuropathy occurs when immune system attacks the myelin sheaths (protective fatty covering) around the nerves. The exact triggers are unclear but could be systemic conditions like liver disease, diabetes, infections, cancer, immune system disorders, etc.

  • Familial amyloid polyneuropathy

    Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAPs) are a group of life-threatening multisystem inherited disorders in which amyloid (abnormal protein that can be deposited in any tissue) deposit in the nerve fibers and around the nerves.

  • Adrenal cancer

  • Spinal cord infarction

  • Inclusion body myositis

  • Eosinophilic polyangiogenic granulomatosis EGPA

  • Autoimmune necrotizing myopathy (statin-related autoimmune myopathy)

Related serious diseases

  • Mumps

    A highly contagious infection with the Mumps virus.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have difficulty chewing due to pain?

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Reviewed By:

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD (Emergency department)

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