Mid-Life Ramblings; Sanity Optional

Friday, December 30, 2005

I should at least get points for coming up with something original

Two days ago I noticed a lump inside my right cheek (facial cheek, not my ass). It's not painful but it's the size of a small marble so I got pretty concerned. Yesterday I went to see my doctor and found out that I have a stone in my parotid salivary gland.

According to the link:

Salivary gland problems that cause clinical symptoms include:

Obstruction: Obstruction to the flow of saliva most commonly occurs in the parotid and submandibular glands, usually because stones have formed. Symptoms typically occur when eating. Saliva production starts to flow, but cannot exit the ductal system, leading to swelling of the involved gland and significant pain, sometimes with an infection. Unless stones totally obstruct saliva flow, the major glands will swell during eating and then gradually subside after eating, only to enlarge again at the next meal. Infection can develop in the pool of blocked saliva, leading to more severe pain and swelling in the glands. If untreated for a long time, the glands may become abscessed.


Special, isn't it?

Now I get to go see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist next week to talk about removing this thing. The doc was totally shocked that I'm not having any pain. She said it would probably start soon. The removal of the danged thing sounds pretty painful to me. Happy freakin' 2006 to me!

6 Comments:

  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger Dixie said…

    ACK! Needles and knives in your mouth! Holy crap!

    That makes the gallbladder thing sound not so bad. At least you're knocked out for that scene.

    Sorry this is going on, sugar.

     
  • At 7:36 AM, Blogger PissedOffPencil said…

    Poor you! Sorry you had to end 2005 this way.

    Anyway...

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

     
  • At 4:06 PM, Blogger christina said…

    (You don't know me but I'm just popping in from Dixie's blog)

    Oooh, bad luck, I know what that's like.I had a blocked duct a couple of years ago and my doc said I could first try to flush the thing out by sucking on sour lemon drops to increase the saliva flow. The more sour the better. It worked and the 'stone' popped right out. It wasn't all that big though - maybe the size of a matchhead.

    Good luck to you!

     
  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Kim said…

    Mike's cousin had the same thing. She let hers get huge before she finally went and got it removed. It was about the size of a large lemon seed (according to her). She swears the actual stone hurt more than the removal.

    Good luck.

     
  • At 11:31 AM, Blogger Shark-fu said…

    A bitch has never heard of anything like that.

    Wow!

    Be optimistic...think of the post surgery meds...

    Seriously, I hope they take it out before it hurts because face pain is no joke.

     
  • At 3:55 PM, Blogger Dixie said…

    Okay, I just damn near busted a gut reading Christina's (You don't know me but...). God only knows why, but that struck me funny as hell.

    Hey, I'd try the sour lemon drops thing. What could it harm?

    Although I did just get ooged out at the idea of "stone just popped right out...".

     

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