Woman dislocates jaw on huge burger
A woman literally bit off more than she could chew at a burger restaurant when she was left nursing a dislocated jaw.
Nicola Peate, 25, had to have her jaw moved back into place by medics after it locked while she was attempting to get her teeth around a "triple-patty" burger at a Liverpool restaurant.
The social media manager initially tried to laugh it off when the incident happened during a work night out at Almost Famous, on Parr Street, Liverpool.
After her fiance, Neil Docking, finished the remainder of the 'Kids in America Burger', containing pretzels and candied bacon, the pair made their way home - oblivious to the seriousness of the injury.
But by the time Miss Peate, from Ormskirk, Lancashire, arrived at work the next day the pain had become unbearable.
She said: "I didn't think I'd dislocated it - you don't expect it to happen eating a burger! But I tried to eat it with a knife and fork and couldn't. I couldn't open my mouth fully.
"It felt like I had cramp in my tongue, then I started to get an ear ache and a headache. The next morning I woke up and felt really, really ill. The whole side of my head was hurting. Then it started to feel like it was in my jaw and I knew I'd dislocated it."
An x-ray in the Emergency Department at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital confirmed her fears and a doctor quickly manipulated her jaw back into place using his thumbs. A second x-ray assured medics that everything was back to normal and she was discharged and warned to "stifle yawns" and not to open her jaw too far for a fortnight.
Miss Peate has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), which means she has hyper-flexible joints that are unstable and therefore prone to dislocation, so she has visited many hospitals over the years.
A spokeswoman for the restaurant invited Nicola to enjoy a burger on them - complete with an emergency kit including cutlery and painkillers should she need it. She said: "While it's something that people joke about quite often, this is definitely the first instance of jaw dislocation as a result of an Almost Famous burger we've ever heard of!"