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Old 08-14-2006, 01:56 PM   #1
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Lump inside tongue

This is my first post in the Sjogren's area, but someone over in the thyroid area suggested I ask this question here.

17 years ago, during my pregnancy, I developed numerous symptoms that remained after I delivered. No one could find anything wrong, so I was told it was "fibromyalgia". I was also dx'd with sjogren's by an immunologist at the Cleveland Clinic, based on the filter paper test. I have one Parotid gland, on the left side, that is slightly enlarged and is painful. It's been like that for 17 years.

About 3 years ago, it was discovered that I have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, with extremely high anti-thyroid antibodies. I tested negative for the antibodies that are seen in sjogren's, and so I have often wondered if I really have sjogren's - or were the symptoms (dry eyes, mouth, muscle and joint pain, extreme fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, etc) caused by the thyroid disease?

The last 3 months or so, I've noticed a hard lump inside my tongue, on the left side, as though some duct were getting clogged, because the lump would disappear if I messaged the area. Now, the lump is there to stay, and has not disappeared for about 5 days. It is very painful, and you can see a purple discoloration on top of my tongue, just over the lump. The lump can not be seen, only felt, by running the finger over the surface of the tongue, or grabbing it between thumb and forefinger. I am having my thyroid removed in one week, and wanted to have the surgeon (and ENT) look at the lump in my tongue this week, before the surgery, to see if he needs to do any surgery on my tongue, but he is out of the office until the day of my surgery.

Any thoughts on what this might be?

Thank you!


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