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Old 03-27-2010, 02:48 AM   #1
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What is involved in draining parotid gland?

Hi,
was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, about 3 years ago. Decided, after a month, to not continue with medication that was prescribed. Terrible side effects & instilled a lot of fear that I would ruin liver & eyes. Have tried alternative treatments - homeopathy, vitamins, nutrition, energy healing & chinese herbal medicine to name a few.
My energy still fluctuates, sometimes dizziness & nausea, skin problems, dry eyes,dry mouth. Waking up to a swollen parotid gland on the side of my face every morning is getting quite depressing. So I'm asking - Would draining the parotid gland be a good & successful solution, & what is involved- Does it leave a scar? Is it painful? Is it day surgery?etc etc etc.............
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Rosa

 
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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Re: What is involved in draining parotid gland?

i'm not sure anyone would do something as invasive as draining the parotid gland.

Have you tried manual massage and warm compresses?

 
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:24 PM   #3
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Re: What is involved in draining parotid gland?

Rosa,

My situation is different from yours. I had a swollen parotid gland but due to hiv. Mine was drained because my doctor was trying to diagnose the reason at the time. I was sent to a Radiologist who numbed the area inserted a small needle, drained as much fluid as he could and then checked for cancer. It does not leave a scar, was done outpatient and the only part that hurt was the pressure I felt as he was extracting the fluid. Because your syndrome is quite different from mine I cannot say that it would work but your words touched me and I COMPLETELY understand the social stigma of the lump. My thoughts and prayers go with you and I know that you will find a resolution!!!!

 
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