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19 Sep 2007

Swollen Gland Help
Hi Doc,
I need your advice. Since the beggining of this year once or twice a month when I ate or while eating the right side of my Jaw would swell (just below the ear between the ear lobe and cnr of my jawbone.

After the third time. I went to my doctor and he advised it is a blocked salivary gland and only an op or siglocoma(not sure of spelling) could help. He advs me to eat lemons when swelling occured as a natural remedy but this makes it worse.(Obvious he advs this is a theory among doctors). I eventually went for this procedure mentioned above and the specialist advised it was not blocked. I still suffer with this and problem now occurs more frequently and lasts longer. More than two days at a time, I have also since then seen a dentist who informed me that my wisdom teeth need to be extracted but that it could not cause that swelling. There is no pain coming from or around the tooth/gum area.

Please help I have already spent a fortune on medical bills and it is effecting my eating/sleeping habits etc.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Anon
You may have a small stone in the duct - did the surgeon insert a thin tube into the salivary gland tube to see if it is open? I think you should go back to the specialist and ask him to relook the situation ( or get a second opinion) - sounds to me like a blocked salivary tube - the stone may be movable and from time to time block the duct.
Dr Bets
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