Sore throat is mentioned in the majority of symptom lists for Still’s Disease but to me this seems very unspecific. Since I currently have what I would describe as ‘Still’s Throat’, it got me wondering what exactly it is and how it relates to our other symptoms. One article states that:
“The sore throat of AOSD has been described as a severe, constant burning
pain localized to the pharyngeal area. A review of 341 cases revealed 69% of
patients experienced sore throat early in the disease course”
The few people I have spoken to with Still’s Disease seem to agree that it is not the same as an ordinary sore throat, with the pain being more of a burning / muscular type pain. For me right now it is predominantly on the right side and makes swallowing and yawning difficult. I can’t see any inflammation but when I have tried to ‘touch’ the painful area it seems also to effect the roof of my mouth; the throat/neck area on this side is also quite tender. These things lead me to wonder if Still’s throat could be down to one of the following:
- Swollen glands, although this would also suggest some underlying infection; but perhaps it can also occur as a result of the over-active immune response that is going on in our bodies during times of active disease.
- Some sort of muscular/joint inflammation in the area – possibbly deferred from the jaw? There is actually a tiny joint in the throat that can be effected by arthritis, called the cricoarytenoid joint.
- Some other unknown cause – suggestions on a postcard please.
I did find an article about severe sore throat being a presenting symptom of Still’s Disease; however, I can only access the abstract and not the full paper… perhaps I can get my medical friend on the case.
I know it’s not the most major of symptoms – more of a niggle than anything else – but I hate not having answers and would love to solve this little mystery.