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Sharp pain around the jaw after alcohol consumption
For about 2 years now, I have noticed that after a glass of wine I experience a sharp pain around my jaw. I've had this sensation before whenever I eat a citris or sour fruit, however, lately after consuming any alcohol such as beer, wine, and margaritas, etc., I get this sharp, excruciating pain after just one glass. It hurts so badly, especially if I drink water. The moment the H2O hits the jaw part of my inner mouth, a burning sensation immediately follows. Now, here's the strange part, if I drink another glass of alcohol the pain will subside instantly. The pain will still return but will not be as painful as the prior time. I have read about Lymphoma, and I cannot say that I experience this pain any where else in my body, and I don't seem to experience any of the other symptoms. I'd appreciate any input in helping me come up with a solution for this. Someone told me that the solution was to either drink plenty or nothing at all in order to avoid this... ha ha. Anyway, one more thing... I don't think I have this problem with mixed drinks containing sodas and liquor.
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Hi MCurley,

Have you ever received a response about your symptom after consuming alcoholic beverages?  I've had the same problem for, as far as I believe, a little over a year 1/2.  No one else that I know has the same problem.  I don't drink much so I can't really say wether it gets better if I drink more, just as in your case.  At first, I thought in only happened with wine, but it does with any alcoholic beverage.  Know anything else about this?
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I have it too, and I just read that someone else has it while eating yogurt, but everyone else online (and yes there are many) have said alcohol (one in mouthwash) triggers it in them.  I think it may be an allergic reaction or sensitivity to the sulfidies or yeast (also in yogurt) in the fermenting process.  I seem to do worse with lower grain (cheaper) alcohol and better with the more filtered stuff.  I plan on doing more research but as I have a food allergy already (tree nuts) I think that this may be the key.  Hope it helps!
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hi there, sunny. If you don't mind my saying, yogurt is made with bacteria (mainly various lactobacillus types).

by cheaper alcohol, do you mean wines and spirits? Besides the sulfites (and sulfates) that you mention, you might want to look also at the congeners in fermented beverages. Vodka (of any price) should have the least amount of those.

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I have had pain in my jaw for about 20 years. It only occures when I eat things that contain some sort of yeast, etc. So I get the sharp pain when I drink beer (which I do not anymore), wine, eat very fresh breads, even skins of grapes. I don't like yogart, so I don't eat it. If I drink other types of alcohal like votka, schnops, etc. I have know problem.

Most of the time I can get away with a glass or two of wine. I learned over the years how to control it. And will only have the pain about twice a year now.
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This problem is not as uncommon as you think. I've just been researching this condition as from time to time I experience sharp pain just below my jaw running down from my ears when drinking cheap wine. The pain usually starts during the first glass, doesn't last long (10 minutes or so) and I can usually carry on drinking the same glass without the pain returning. Odd!
At any rate, from what I can gather through my research, it's caused by the sulfides (preservative 220 - 228) in wine & beer and is a slight allergic reaction. Solution - don't drink cheap wine! ;o)
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I have a similar sharp pain behind my jaw/below my ear after drinking. Eating one pill of Vitamin C before drinking removes the symptom completely.
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that's interesting, because the primary breakdown product of alcohol is acetaldehyde, and vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that quenches acetaldehyde
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I also have this pain, mostly when I drink wine.  It's so weird, like a burning sensation right under my ears and behind my jaw, then a very painful sharp burn and then it disappears all in about 5-10 minutes. I have noticed it only when I drink wine or sweet/sour cocktails such as margaritas.  I have no idea what it is, but trying to research the causes.
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I have had this situation for years.  Sometimes the pain becomes so bad that it is just on the borderline of completely intolerable.  It feels like it is shooting from below my bottom wisdom teeth down my jaw and below my ears.

It is most consistent with beer and wine.  Happens occasionally but far less frequently with spirits, of which I usually drink single malt scotch or tequilla.  When I do drink spirits, they are usually top shelf so I can't speak to quality relating to the problem.  

I will try the Vitamin C next time before I consume wine or beer and see what happens.

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I have been experiencing pain when drinking alcohol.  Mine is a more dull pain, feels like a lump in my throat and hurts when I swallow.  And it lasts a day or two.

For any of you with similar experiences, does it happen every time you drink alcohol?
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I just wanted to say, Thank God!  I thought I was crazy.  I drink beer on the weekends, maybe about once or twice a month.  Usually during the second or third beer I get a sharp pain where my jaw reaches my ears and feels like my salivary glands are getting pinched.  I'm not a wine drinker, so I've only noticed it with beer.  

The pain isn't as bad as others have posted, and mine usually goes away after about 5 to 10 minutes.
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I get this too...shooting pain behind my ears down my jaw after drinking beer or wine, I just asked my dentist about it to see what he would have to offer me as a solution.  I thought that it seemed odd since its similar to the tastebud pain after you eat something sour but my pain lasts for over 20 min and has gotton progressively worse, but only when i drink alcohol. But, It sounds like this may be a common thing, maybe some sort of reaction from the tastebuds. He was thinking it may be a neurological pain...hmmmm so we will see what he suggests.
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I get a burning pain starting below my ears and down my jawline when I have a mixed drink with a meal. The pain usually starts right after I finish eating and goes away after about ten minutes.It never happens any other time I drink beer, wine, or liquor or when eating a meal with a non-alcoholic drink. I can't seem to find any information to explain why this happens.
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I too suffer from this problem and have for probably as long as I've been drinking alcohol (25 years or so).  The pain is very odd and unlike any I've felt on another part of my body.  Does anyone else experience an extreme  increase in pain, extreme; when trying to eat or drink something during an episode (especially something sweet)?  

I've researched it before and probably saw the beginnings of this thread.  It is nice to know I'm not crazy and/or alone on this.
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I get this same problem with only margaritas and wine after a big meal.   It is a slow steady sharp pain that increases.  It seems to start torward the rear exterior of my jaw and then increases in pain centered just behind the lowest part of my ear.  Then after about 10 minutes pain goes away completely. It feels like it might be the behind the tonsils.  I notice sometimes my ears seem to try to pop after this sensation.  Would like to know if it's an allergy. Pain seems to occur within 1 minute after consumption.
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I do experience an increase in pain with consumption of sweet things when drinking! I ate a strawberry while my jawline was still aching after a drink of wine and as soon as it was in my mouth it felt like someone lit my jaw on fire!

After a bit of reading and seeing others comments, I have to agree that it's probably an allergy or irritation of the salivary glands from the sulphites in some types of alcohol.

I mostly drink spirits now to avoid the pain, the ones I buy do not contain any sulphites.
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I also have this problem. GP and dentist had no clue.  Allergy doc tested me for a bunch of allergies (not sulfides or yeast) and was convinced it is not an allergy. (don't know if I agree).  Neurologist is convinced it is an atypical migraine of the trigeminal nerve.  (Don't know if I agree with that either since ibuprofen has no effect on its occurrence).  I suspect it is somehow related to dehydration.  Does anyone else notice a correlation with being dehydrated?
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I get Right cheekbone (zygoma) pain about 1 hour after drinikng more than a "drink", beer, wine or scotch in less than an hour. open beer 4:30, finish at 5:00, pain at 6:00. Right cheekbone only, very intense, lasting up to an hour. Have not continued drinking to see what would happen. If I sip the beer till 5:30 all is good.
Cousin sent me a "web" mail about 16 ounces  of gatorade curing a migraine, well it does the same for me, if I get on it soon enough. That suggests to me its an electrolyte problem, but only on the right zygoma????At times with in an inch or 2 diameter of the bone
Any ideas??
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i am 26 years old, and drinking alcoholics about 9 years now, always suffered pain in my bones after drinking especially forearm and leg bones and also headache. then someone told me it's because of the lack of water, from then i drink enough water after drinking alcoholics, and i have no problems with bone ache now.
i have used  many different kinds of drinks, vodka, whiskey, wine, beer, even pure ethanol! and never experienced ache in my ears and jaw, but now i get that bad pain after drinking a beer that i made myself, not all of my products, but some of them, i guess it has something to do with overload of saccharomyces cerevisiae, or maybe something that i eat with my drink (ate pizza with my beer tonight and got that pain)
anyway after searching google i got to this thread and some other, where they suggested vitamin c, i made a cup of vitamin c drink and while i got a really bad pain in my jaws for opening my mouth to drink, the pain was really gone while finishing the drink!
still i don't know it was for vitamin c or water, i will try water next time to know that :p
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Wow after 15 years with this I finally research and see most of you have experienced the same thing as myself. I drink one beer or glass of wine, and by the time the drink is gone, I get this pain in my jaw like nothing else I ever felt. It's a shooting pain, when I swallow it shoots, when I cough it shoots. The pain shoots from the back of the lower jaw right up the line to almost my ears. I usually have to let my jaw sag and not talk for 15-20 minutes to let it subside. After that, I can drink as much beer or wine as I needed pain free. I see above the "sulfides (preservative 220 - 228)" issues, and that's what I will reasearch further.
I can drink all other types of alchol, with no problems. I like my Whisky, and have never gotten the pain from it.
I have one time experienced something similar, it was when I demolished a whole large bag of Zesty Cheese Dorito's. I assumes it was the constant chewing action that kicked it in, but am not sure.
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I have a problem that when i drink the very first shot or beer or anything I feel like the bones are acheing inside of my body but after the first one I am fine but it hurts badly very badly and I dont know why. its like all the bones in my arms and legs ache like a headache yet its only when I have had one and it wont stop till I have had one or two more sometimes.
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Thank you to everyone on this post for this information.  I, too, have this same problem--a terrible shooting pain and tightening in my jaw which radiates into my ears.  It lasts about 30 minutes (but, usually I take an antihistamine immediately when it occurs).  Interesting--it only seems to happen when I drink certain red wines, and I can't figure out a way to predict which ones will cause this reaction.  For now,I will try staying away from cheap wines (not sure if that is really the problem), stay well hydrated and take the Vitamin C.  Hopefully, it will not happen again.  If anyone discovered anything new in their research, I would greatly appreciate it.  
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Hi, how did you now to take an antihistamine? There is a connection in that both histamine and alcohol are metabolized down into acetaldehydes.

Have you looked into the "alcohol flush reaction"?
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I have this pain too but I don't have it every time.  It usually does occur when I drink alcohols of some type, usually beer or wine.  It didn't always happen.  It started in my 20's but seems to be happening to me more frequently (I'm 35 now) and it hurts even more.  It happens when I drink cheap alcohols or expensive ones.  I just drank some higher quality tequila and my ears and jaw are killing me.  The pain is right behind where the jaw attaches to my skull and travels down to behind my jaw where it starts to turn in towards my mouth.  I'v seen a lot of comments from those who have it but I haven't seen a comment about what the hell it is.  Does anybody know?  
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Gods way of keeping you all from turning into alcoholics! ;-P
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I also get this pain behind my jaw and up to my ear. My ears also feel like they are on fire when this happens which is every time I drink any type of alcohol. This seems to be getting worse the older I get now at 48 my drinking days seem to be over. Although I was never a really big drinker I would like to have one every now and then, so if anyone comes up with the answer PLEASE POST IT.
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Regarding sharp jaw pain when drinking alcohol and eating - I've had this a few years too very painful that I can't drink for a while after. No doctor I asked had heard about it and I've finally worked it out! I now have osteoarthritis (I'm only 44yrs old but have done repetitive heavy lifting work quite a lot and been very stressed for a long time and done a lot of clenching of my jaw and even used to grind my teeth. I think its called 'Bruxism'.  Found this useful site http://www.medicinenet.com/temporomandibular_joint__disorder/article.htm
It makes sense to me and even though osteoarthritis is annoying, I'm relieved that I don't think its a serious condition. But go to a medical practitioner anyway because I'm no doctor.
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I have the same problem. With me I think it is a salicylate sensitivity as I can't use orinary toiletries or cosmetics as they clamp up my jaw and make my neck muscles go into spasm. Don't use anything with herbal or plant extracts as these will make it worse if you have the same problem as I have.
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So, would any doctor like to comment because NOW i find this very strange that so many people ask, but for 2 years have had no explanation. we all have this same problem, and although it is seemingly nothing, it could be an underlying effect of something MUCH larger, government influence?
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i have the same problem but im 15 and dont consume alcohol..it occurs out of the blue eating a snack of some sort or having beverage its a very sharp intense pain in the back of my jaw that overwhelms so badly i spit out what ever i put in my mouth..anyone know what could cause this? dont know if this could be related but when i yawn my adams apple moves out of place or farther back sounds weird i know..my dads girlfriend used to be a medical response dispatcher and has never heard of such a thing i know it moves though because i can take the skin from my neck and pull it a quarter ways up my chin kinda like i just turned 80 and received a turkey neck? any responses would be appreciated
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I also have this nerve type pain in jaw radiating to and from ears after one beer & before I even finish a glass of wine once or twice a week.  A doctor friend said it was the added sulfites so I started drinking organic red wine years ago with only natural sulfites, but this also causes the pain but not as severe. I've never been a big drinker but beginning to think it is God's way of keeping me from being an alcoholc ;) I am interested in learning more about the trigeminal nerve, but it seems more like the pain is in the mylchyoid nerve or the interior alveolar nerve? And definitly going to research acetaldehyde, and if vitamin C and water before my one drink works for me! Emailing this link to my sweet husband so he knows I am not alone or the party pooper!
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I get the same sharp jaw pain after drinking alcohol. Very painful and slowly gains strength until I have to stop drinking. I do find that the Cheaper alcohols are worse. Nobody else I know has had this problem. Allergy doctor said he never heard of it. I've been sticking to wheat beer at the doctors request, seems to help. I also have a tree nut allergy. It would be nice to know if this is nerve related or sulfites or what! I will check out the vitamin c idea.
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I finally DID get this diagnosed by an ENT. He said it is called "first bite syndrome" and it is considered a sensitivity, not an allergy.  Mine is apparently to food preservatives--most obviously sulfites (heavily used in wine, beer, tonic water, citrus juices, and dried fruit) and ascorbic acid (sour mix).  They cause the muscles in my salivatory glands to spasm.  
Okay, so that's what he said. I'm still not convinced it isn't somewhat tied to allergies, as I notice that I also get it sometimes with hard cheeses--and I am allergic to mold.
I find that drinking water, while excruciating, flushes it out. I've never been able to keep drinking through the pain, so I have no idea if would go away if I kept drinking.
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I have this same experience as does my Mom (so I am thinking it might be a genetic). I have experienced this pain after consuming as little as one beer or a glass of wine for at least 20 years.

Tonight, I cooked some sauerkraut (12 ounces) with a good deal of organic apple cider vinegar (1.5 cups)  and a bit of white wine vinegar (2 T) as well. For the first time after eating, I felt the exact same pain. I can't imagine as little as 2 T of white wine vinegar could give me this same sensation...so I am now wondering about the apple cider vinegar and/or the sauerkraut-both fermented foods. Could there be a fermentation connnection?
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I am a dentist and I suffer from this as well. I don't drink very often, so I tend to forget about. After I drink a beer I will get intense, shooting jaw pain if I eat something soon afterwards. My assumption was the pain was coming from the salivary glands, possibly caused by a lower pH. The comment that mentioned the salivary gland spasms made sense to me. If it were allergies I would expect to feel a burning or itching sensation. I will continue to research this and post more when I can.
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That would be awesome! I've asked a dentist and 2 GP's and they said "I don't know" and look at me like I'm crazy!
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I agree that it might be connected to fermentation!!! I get the same pain behind my ears with wine and now I get it with beer.  I didn't think there would be so many people with this problem. As I gotten older I am also allergic to fruits: cherries, peaches, apples.
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I have had this same problem for years.  I'm only an occasional drinker, but, this always happens when I drink more than 1 1/2 margaritas.  I'm okay up to that point, but I can't finish a second one!  I couldn't drink more than 3 sips of a cosmopolitan last night, because the pain was so bad.  It gets very scary, at the time it's happening, because it seems like an allergic reaction.
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so I am an MD and I just got to this forum trying to find out why the heck my Parotid (big salivary gland just in the back jaw area and close to the ear) hurt so bad after drinking some wines. even though I haven't read it in a scientific paper, the theory of this being a spasm of the salivary gland (or the muscles) makes sense. it is well known that acids stimulate the parotid gland to secrete saliva, so I guess something in the wine (or the other things you have mentioned) cause an abrupt stimulation of the parotid causing it to hurt.  something really benign just bothersome.
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I can say confidently, this in not an allergic reaction.
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I was drinking a glass of red moscato by sutter home and got the sharp pain. I've gotten it before but it's only occasionally.. That's gotta be it! Sharp pain below my ears and jaw. Thought I'd look it up as I'm having the reaction lol this *****! It's been about 10 mins now and it's stopping stinging as much. Glad it's not just me! :D
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I'm not crazy!! I think this chain is a lifesaver as well as a sanity booster. I have had this problem since my teens - not with alcohol then, and not only with it now. Even back when I was about 14 I experimented with foods and ingredients to figure out what the culprit was. Wheat seemed to be the prevailing consistency leading to the pain. Shortbread is the devil, and has caused the most pain by far. Seriously, it hurts like a mother.

Drinking water sometimes creates the pain when I'm not already noticing it, and will cripple me when I already am. Here's the weirdest part - taking a shower exacerbates the the pain more severely, and will almost make me faint. My family never knew what the heck I was grabbing my ear for, and when I'd tell them it was the wheat, they must have thought their daughter was now a schizo.

This is real, this is common, I'm not alone. I'm so relieved. And I'm not crazy.
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I have this same problem and I ran across a VERY helpful response That I am going to share:
The symptoms you describe here are almost certainly a form of "ectopic" pancreatitis. The cells of the Parotid salivary gland are very similar to those of the pancreas, and they respond to the same stimuli. The pancreas "hates" alcohol. It causes it to swell and leak its own enzymes, particularly amylase and this effectively starts the process of auto digestion. You are digesting your own tissue, hence the pain!! There is no cure and no treatment, just don't drink alcohol. The facial nerve also runs through the parotid gland and when swelling of the Parotid gland is triggered by a stimulus such as alcohol, this swelling can push on the facial nerve causing pain.
The symptoms may lessen if you eat when you drink as then the marjority of the amylase produced by the salivary gland is diverted to the stomach and GI tract to digest the food.
I hope this helps
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Yay! God bless you all.. Me too.. I have had just a mouthful of Semi Sav Blanc just a cheapy one, but same pain from base of my ears, along my jaw and cheeks.. Gosh.. What is it?.

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I have been experiencing this pain a year after I started drinking. I noticed it at first when I was drinking malt beers and hard lemonades. Then it hit me hard when I drank wine. At one point I was doubled over on the couch, clenching my jaw, unable to do anything other than wait it out. Water, like everyone else said, made it worse. At first, I couldn't find anything on this issue. I thought it was an allergy to sulfides. I don't drink much anymore, so it really isn't as much of an issue. However, last night I had yogurt with strawberries in it- and it happened again. Today, I had a strawberries in my salad... and it happened AGAIN. I am really worried that it is going to affect the strawberries I eat (they are my favorite fruit). I thought this just happened because of alcohol. I feel like the ENT doctor made the best sense, I am not sure about the pancreatic theory - why would this happen when I eat fruit? Does the pancreas hate strawberries too?  
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thank you so much! Ive had this now for about a year, and right now, I just eat 2 sandwiches with wheat bread and drank a coors light with it & after 5 mins I got excruciating jaw pain going all the way to my ears. Im convinced this is the correct diagnosis because last time this happened to me I had two hotdogs (white bread) and coors light
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Also everyone, after this pain happens you could resume drinking your alcohol, it goes away after you drink more (sounds weird) but Im serious. also drinking water while its happening will help even though its painful
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This makes sense, because every time I get that (usually after drinking some kinds of beer, like Guinness, which is my favorite) it is preceded by short pain right where the pancreas should be. Well, I can't be 100% sure it's the pancreas and not the liver or gallbladder, but it's that spot. It goes something like this: a glass of beer, 10 minutes later short pain in the pancreas area, 30 minutes later jaw "pins and needles". The pain I have there is really not as strong as most people here seem to have (it's really just sharp pins and needles) but It's enough to worry me. By the way, the exact same thing happens after I eat a local artisan rye bread, so I'm pretty sure alcohol is not to blame per se, as I don't have any problems with hard spirits. And just as the others note, If I continue to drink or eat the same stuff the pain goes away. My belief is that the cause of this is an allergic response of the body, probably to specific types of yeast/bacteria (I don't have problems with yogurt as others, for example, but I've been eating it my whole life, because I'm from Bulgaria).
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I have same issue. I go for acupuncture and was telling her about it. She knew exa tly what I was talking about, said it is realted to tne alcohol and also hot spicy foods. Whether you believe in chinese medicine or not, she said it hss to do with how stomach digests the alcohol and tbe way it releases excess heat is back through the jaw thus the sharp pain. Just recently I have been getting intense throbbing pain that affects half of my face for a few minutes at a time-seriously, you do not want to experience this! She says it may be triggered by the same things. She recommended I go see family doctor to rule things out, but may be able to just treat it with acupuncture.
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I've been experiencing the exact same thing, and it was great to finally find others who share this predicament.

It seems to happen most often when I haven't had a beer/wine in a while, when I drink more frequently it hardly ever occurs.  It's happened a few times with food as well.  And once it happens, lasting 10-15 minutes, it goes away and doesn't happen again.

The theory that a sensitivity of the salivatory glands creates some sort of spasm when exposed to whichever substance is causing this (sulfites, bacteria, etc..) is the one which makes most sense to me so far, and I'm looking forward tot eying that Vitamin C theory.

Thanks everyone!
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Vitamin C therapy begins right now. The pain has grown incredibly worse over the past two years. This am I had maple syrup on blueberry waffles, and have been experiencing jaw pain, "pins & needles" discomfort, along with spams for the past two hours.  The pain rarely goes away anymore. My throat even has a odd pains, moving around, not in any one spot.  
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I use 2 ice packs, one on each side of the face.  It may not fix the issue but at least you can lay down in relative comfort and wait for the pain to subside.  I mean I'd rather have a cold numb face than all the sharp stabbing pain.

Hope this helps someone like it's helped me.
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I too have experienced this pain under my jaw after drinking alcohol. It is accompanied by an aching and stiffness in my bones. I have also had the jaw pain after eating something sweet and laughing at the same time. It happened a lot when I was a kid. Thanks for making me feel a bit more normal. :)
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So glad to have found this thread, I too have suffered a similar problem after drinking small amounts of wine (even high quality wines) or certain beers (domestics and lagers are worse than darker ales and stouts for me) and certain mixed drinks like margaritas (though not straight whiskey or whiskey and water, which is now my preferred alcoholic beverage). I have also found that if you power through and keep drinking it will go away, though this is less true with wine than beer, and I personally find (unlike many others here) that eating sweets like ice cream or candy or salty foods like pretzels or popcorn seemingly helps to rid the pain faster. Water does seem to make it worse. Big thanks to the Dentist and MD for providing their insights, as well as Amorette89 for the seemingly plausible and science-based explanations. I have found this issue to be so painful that I now avoid drinking wine and bees, which is a bummer. What makes my situation slightly different from other posts on here (and why I wanted to contribute) is that I did not have this problem until several months after having my tonsils removed when I was 20 (and yes, I drank plenty before that age.) Having no medical knowledge to speak of, I have wondered if the surgery exposed the tissues (salivary and/or Parotid glands apparently) which are most sensitive to the substances which cause this reaction? Curious if others on here have had tonsillectomies and if there is a relationship between this procedure and increased sensitivity to acidic and/or beverages with naturally produced preservatives or tannins? (which a sommelier friend thought wasthe most likely cause of this reaction). it would also be nice if someone could offer a remedy or preventive measure based on their medical/scientific knowledge of the tissues involved and their reactions to the culprit substances... thanks all!
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Hello everybody, I also just found out after all these years I am not alone in this.
So I would like to share some thoughts, just for the research of this thing!
This happens more with red wine to me too especially sour and cheaper ones. Sometimes with white wine and sometimes with beer (not all beers).
I believe it happens more often if I haven't talked for long before drinking, or when my mouth is dry.
I mostly start noticing the pain when I start talking, or moving my jaw.
I think if I drink while talking or moving my jaw, this doesn't happen.
I only notice it when i have 1 or 2 drinks.
If I drink more than this, than I usually don'r experience the pain at all.
It usually occurs only after eating while drinking, and after stop eating... I mean If i am just drinking without food usually I don't get it.
If I eat bread with wine the pain will get worse.
It doesn't happen to me with other alcohol drinks.
I also have another weirdo thing going on to me, that I don;t know if it is related... when I drink soda, the first zip also gives me the hiccups, sometimes first zip of scotch does the same. does anyone else have the both symptoms? I don't think it is related, but who knows after all? :-)

What I believe is happening with the jaw pain is that the Parotid salivary gland is sort of blocked due to some reaction and stops producing saliva for a while. moving it makes it hurt but brings it back to work again!
I will continue the research and be back on this!
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I think you've cracked it for me. Only happens occasionally, and only when I drink with a meal. Hadn't happened for a while until today.  And I've just had a tense day at work so pretty sure I've been clenching my jaw all day. A glass of wine before eating caused no problem, then I ate had another glass and it was agony. Also the way I relieve the pain is to move my jaw from side to side which increases the pain briefly but usually helps fairly quickly, presumably because it relaxes the jaw muscles. It did tonight and I'm now on my third glass. Cheers!
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Dear all, thank you very much for all your comments, as I thought I'm the only one who had this very odd problem....people look at me oddly when I told them my experience. I'm having this painful sensation now while writing this up and I keep on rubbing my jaw from my ears. It does not happen all the time, but only with certain types of red and white wines, beer and certain whiskey. I think it might be the sulphides in the alcohol that cause a slight reaction. Thank you all for sharing and esp McCurley who had the courage to mention it first.
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Dear all, thank you very much for all your comments, as I thought I'm the only one who had this very odd problem....people look at me oddly when I told them my experience. I'm having this painful sensation now while writing this up and I keep on rubbing my jaw from my ears. It does not happen all the time, but only with certain types of red and white wines, beer and certain whiskey. I think it might be the sulphides in the alcohol that cause a slight reaction. Thank you all for sharing and esp McCurley who had the courage to mention it first.
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I am also suffering from this pain.  It's so weird, like a burning sensation right under my ears and behind my jaw, then a very painful sharp burn and then it disappears all in about 5-10 minutes.
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Check this out everyone...
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/sulfite-sensitivity
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I have this problem, and have found both the cause and a temporary solution. The cause is sulfite sensitivity, as others have suggested. As long as it's not so bad that you should be avoiding wine entirely (asthma is more serious symptom), then there are ways to counteract it. Vitamin C and vitamin B12 both reduce symptoms. If I open a new bottle and find that it's causing the sharp jaw pain, eating a few bites of clementine, orange or other vitamin C source kills the pain immediately and completely, and allows me to keep drinking the wine. It also helps to avoid wine with added sulfites (all have natural sulfites).
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thank you all so much for posting this... I too suffer with this...mine is more of a sour mix/lemon/lime issue.  If I just drink tequila straight up...no problem. If I drink a Margarita. ..huge problem.  Sometimes it's just food with lemon in it like chicken franchise. It's frustrating and so very painful.
Well armed with all of the info posted here I researched a bit more...i found only one thing to share...there was a post about something called Sialolith...it calcified stones in the salivart gland or duct much like a kidney stone...it can cause blockage and inflammation...they suggest seeing an Endocrinologist. This may not be the answer but I think I'm gonna give it a try. I hope that one of us can find something to help us all resolve this issue...it nice to know I'm not alone and not crazy. :)
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Thank you all for sharing, I started to get really nervous about what this was, but at least I am not alone. I have just recently started to feel the same pain - from under ear and forwards on the lower jaw - once in a while, I think possibly only with red wine. A couple of months ago I also got diagnosed with the jaw joint disorder thing (inflammation in the joint from pressing teeth a lot). I just tried a new red wine and after one glass it was really painful. I just had some lemon juice for vitamin c and it seem to have helped, might be a coincidence. Will try to have vitamin c onwards and see if it makes it stop doing that. Started to think I would never be able to drink again!
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Just a thought, maybe you have a salivary stone (they're tiny but hurt a lot) in your parotid gland. The parotid gland is in your jaw, back by your ear.  Anything tangy or sour would cause pain in this area. I've heard that the way that doctors get the stone to pass is to have the patient suck on lemons until the stone comes out of the Stensen duct (adjacent to the upper molars).
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Amollette89 Posted a very telling piece of information a few years ago, but it seems to be burried, and many people have not noticed it. I have gone through similar pain for 4 years now, so I thought I would re-post her comment as I found it most helpful among everything here!
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The symptoms you describe here are almost certainly a form of "ectopic" pancreatitis. The cells of the Parotid salivary gland are very similar to those of the pancreas, and they respond to the same stimuli. The pancreas "hates" alcohol. It causes it to swell and leak its own enzymes, particularly amylase and this effectively starts the process of auto digestion. You are digesting your own tissue, hence the pain!! There is no cure and no treatment, just don't drink alcohol. The facial nerve also runs through the parotid gland and when swelling of the Parotid gland is triggered by a stimulus such as alcohol, this swelling can push on the facial nerve causing pain.
The symptoms may lessen if you eat when you drink as then the marjority of the amylase produced by the salivary gland is diverted to the stomach and GI tract to digest the food.
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I’ve had this for 40+ years--so does my sister and so did my dad. Never happens if I drink without eating, but instead is a delayed reaction to the first ounce or two of acidic alcohol (beer, wine, champagne/cava/prosecco, margaritas, tequila sunrises, etc), about 15 min. into or after the accompanying meal. Happens with expensive wines too (even biodynamic ones w/o sulfites). Especially if I’ve gone a few days w/o alcohol, or if it’s been a long time between meals. Has never happened to me at multi-course dinners with wine pairings or on vacation in Europe, where eating & drinking go hand-in-hand at lunch, dinner, and after.  I figure it’s God’s way of telling me I’ve had enough alcohol for the day--I get to enjoy the taste but never drink enough to get buzzed (sounds weird, but I hate getting high). Never lasts long enough to be debilitating (toothaches, labor pains, fractures and back sprains are far worse).
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I have experienced such pain twice in my life. First time there was no alcohol involved at all. I was hiking at the mountain and I took too little water with me. I was hiking long time, all day long, 14 hours, and I was dehydrated. When I came home, totally exhausted and dead tired, I drink water (few glasses) took a bath and then set to eat. I was eating different things but when I tasted yogurt, incredible sharp pain hit my throat and all salivary glands. It was like fire, no warning at all! I stopped eating. It took 15 minutes before I tried to taste the food again. Everything on the table was OK, but the yogurt was causing the pain. I repeat, there was no alcohol a day before, no alcohol during the hiking, no alcohol during the dinner. The next day I wake up, still pain in my muscles, and I decided to eat a peach. The sharp pain hit again, but the intense was no so intense. Then after a few days, when my body recovered completely from tiredness, I could eat yogurt, peaches and everything normally. So, I think this is something with metabolism (in liver, kidney, pancreas, I don’t know, I just guess), clearly, no alcohol involved. Second time, it was alcohol involved. I was having fun, drinking vine brandy and eating salad of raw parsnips, daikon, beetroot, and carrot. I was not drinking water enough, so I was dehydrated. During the night it was OK, but the next morning I wake up exhausted and dead tired. When I tried to eat anything spiced, or crisp, or beer, the same sharp pain hit my throat and all salivary glands. I was drinking alcohol many times before, all kinds, including vine brandy too, but I’ve never experienced something like this. This time, the pain was in all jaw, i.e. in all salivary glands. I was worn out and in pain for 7 days. So, I think, the problem must be more complex than it seems. Maybe, some chemistry in other organs, driven by dehydration, or tiredness influences on body reaction.
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For me its not so much as a pain, as much as it feels like electic shocks on nerve endingat the joint of my jaw bone near my ears. I normally experience this when I drink wine coolers.so I dont anymore. Now it happens occasionally when I just have an alcoholic beverage.  So what is it called?
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Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid, which causes some people the symptoms.  Search this thread for salicylic acid.
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I get the horrid intense pinching pain between the ear lobes and corner of the jaw when eat any kind of food after having any kind of alcohol.  If I drink after I eat the symptoms occur but less intense.  I'm going to research what someone else here said about "ectopic pancreatitis".
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I have had this same problem for a bout 20 years. It feels like intense pins and needles. When it's happening, it worsens if I swallow of yawn. Anyone else? It doesn't happen to me just from drinking wine, but if I drink wine along with food that acidic, like pickles or anything with vinegar, that's when its the worst! I'm curious to hear if anyone else has experienced this and relates to the food/wine combo.
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I have had this same problem for a bout 20 years. It feels like intense pins and needles. When it's happening, it worsens if I swallow of yawn. Anyone else? It doesn't happen to me just from drinking wine, but if I drink wine along with food that acidic, like pickles or anything with vinegar, that's when its the worst! I'm curious to hear if anyone else has experienced this and relates to the food/wine combo.
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You're absolutely right, Vitamin C will give almost immediate relief (have tried several times, always works).  No need to suffer ;-)  Would be interesting to know what causes the pain/cramping effect, biochemically, though!
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I'm also allergic to tree nuts (almonds and hazelnuts) and I also get this pain from wine. Frequently white wine, only sometimes red. If a diagnosis is made I'd be thrilled to hear what it is as I often have to pour out a good glass of wine!!
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The bitterness and astringency of tannins cause a rapid increase in saliva secretion from the salivary glands, according to “Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine.” The main salivary glands in your mouth are the parotid glands, the submandibular glands and the sublingual glands. The parotids are the largest salivary glands and they are located directly over the hinges of the jaw, also called temporomandibular joints. Sudden stimulation of the parotid glands, either by ingesting tannins or from a cold draft, can lead to painful sensations and jaw muscle contraction or spasm. Jaw pain from consumption of tannins is usually mild to moderate in intensity and short-lasting. A similar phenomenon is experienced with drinking fresh, unsweetened lemon juice.
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My symptoms are a bit of a twist here... First off, they are slightly different for wine than for spirits. For wine, the problem presents itself after consuming whites or certain varietals of red - most notably from Italy or Spain. (I have had fewer problems with California reds.) I get massive sinus congestion, pressure headaches, and a stiff jaw. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a clenched jaw, occasionally misaligned with the bottom protruding out further than the top. It's bizarre and only happens in my sleep. I drink only top shelf spirits, but seem to have a problem with scotch or rye whiskey. Typically, they will produce more of a rattling head ache - sometimes just after a few sips. But then too I can become highly congested.

Recently, the headaches of take on new territory. I now get a very stiff neck every evening (even after good wine), and significant pain in the upper back are of my neck, just below the skull. It's awful.

Separately, I've had significant issues with gastrointestinal pain, pressure and gas (during sleep). Even sitting in a car feels uncomfortable in the upper gastro region - near the pancreas, gallbladder, et al. I've had these checked out, and everything came out A-okay. Docs haven't a clue. EdwardRe's repost of commentary from Amollette89 makes me think it's possible all of these symptoms are related. #help
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Have you checked for a wheat gluten allergy? I suffered for most of my young adult life with major gastro intestinal problems, headaches, runny nose, fatigue and skin rashes. I discovered I have borderline celiac disease. Whisky (Scottish whisky made from barley) and rye are the worst alcohols for me-- both barley and rye contain gluten. It might be worth checking into.
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This chain is the best thing that has happened to me in the last 5 years, which is exactly the time I've suffered from this. The first time it happened, I was having red wine while eating some grilled meat (I was 25). From the get go, I suspected it was something unusual and possibly serious, since I associated it with the parotid glands and thought nothing "benign" could come of it. Since I couldn't get a straight answer from any relative or friend -they look oddly at me to this date- I went to the Internet looking for answers and it only got worse since I got all types of explanations, many of them cancer-related. I was so scared I had a panic attack. After that, I mustered some courage and went to an MD... no straight answer. At that point, a couple of years later, I started to forget it, but each time it happened, I got scared *hitless nevertheless. So I went to an endocrinologist... she didn't take it seriously... she didn't even charge me for the appointment. She said it was some sort of allergic reaction and that was the end of it. Then, a few months later, I tried another doctor. He ran some general tests, ruled out anything serious but still, didn't give me any clear answer, much less a solution. So... anyway. Yesterday, it happened again. Some Lambrusco and anisette triggered it this time so instead of googleing "parotid pain" I went for "face pain" or "jaw" and came across this forum which has shed more light on the subject than 5 years of clueless specialists.
It is such a redeeming relief knowing I am not alone... at this point my parents believe I am completely nuts. I know now I am not.
What happens to me is that after drinking some red wine or beer -perhaps 5 to 10 minutes- I get this needle sensation behind my jaw, under the ears (both sides). I've tried water... as many of us have... only got worse. What I do is just wait it out; not speak, no nothing for about 10 minutes and then it goes away.
I've found a relation with grilled food. It happens more easily if I have a dry mouth at the moment also... and I believe food in general happens to make it more likely. It hasn't happened every time. Actually I've gotten drunk XD a few times during these years without suffering from it at all but with food, it is more likely. Gonna try a dentist next or allergologist, when I get a chance, but God knows I am so relieved now. Thank you guys.
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I've always had pain in my 'gills' (sharp pain below my ears, down the side of my neck) when I drink white spirits (particularly gin), beer, tonic water etc, so I now just avoid them. I've met one other person in real life who gets this, so I'd suspected there must be more people out there too!
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I have had this for years—I find it is related to alcohol and salty foods. When I drank beer (mostly stout, which I stopped years ago due to allergies [processed with dairy, etc.]) I used to have it with a bag of chips before heading home from University, and my jaw/lower ears would burn and burn, a sharp piercing burn.

I now get it less often, but just had a vodka on the rocks with some veggie sushi. Of course I dipped in soy sauce—salty! As a result excruciating pain below both my ears and behind the jaw. Only just subsiding. I wish we knew what causes it.
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Mine goes away after the first glass as well and is gone by 10 minutes or so. Usually it's only when I have wine but right now it is happening after having Sierra Mist with Pinnacle coconut vodka and Smirnoff raspberry vodka in it. So strange and hurts like a MOTHER for those few minutes!
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First bite syndrome, following surgery. Mine was a late teens tonsillectomy. On a search to find a margarita that doesn't trigger it.
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